JStationery is giving away a Pilot Del Ful Shaker pencil along with an eraser and extra lead. The contest ends March 8th and you can enter here on their website or on their Facebook page. I love Shaker pencils and this one looks really nice Good luck.
While out running errands this weekend, one of the things I had to do was find a thank you gift and since I knew my path would take me near a paper & gift store that I don't get to visit very often, I decided to look there first. While browsing their stationery for a gift in my price range (it's for a letter writer), I was very amused to see a young father carefully examining the stationery while his wife waited patiently with the baby. Having both come from and marrying into families of non-letter writing males, I found it both admirable and amusing to see him checking everything out, stating that he "didn't really need more stationery but wanted to look just in case they had something he couldn't pass up" (how often have we all said that?) and asking the sales ladies lots of questions about several different kinds of stationery (I suspect he's still a bit new to the world of letter writing and fine stationery). He was still trying to decide which box(es) to buy as I made my purchase and hurried on my way to my next stop. If I hadn't been running late, I would have liked to ask him if he was participating in a Month of Letters.
Jane Austen's World has been doing reviews of each Episode of season 3. Here's the review of the Final Episode. I found them amusing, but if you haven't watched it yet have to warn you that she does have lots of spoilers so you may not want to read it until after you've seen the show.
This week our letter writing club went on a field trip instead of holding a meeting. We went to Berkeley and San Francisco to check out as many "pen & paper" stores as possible and we had a blast. First stop: Scrapbook Territory. We got lucky with this one and only accidentally found it because it just happened to be a few doors down from the two stores that were the reason we went to Berkeley. Don't you love the store dog relaxing in the sun to the left of the door?
We found all but the mailbox stamp at the Scrapbook store. The mailbox stamp was at Castle in the Air.
After seeing an article about Miki's Paper in Sunset Magazine last summer, we just had to visit in person. It's full of all sorts of Japanese paper. And a few stores down was Castle in the Air, which is where I found the mailbox stamp. I'd been told about this store a couple years ago so I was very happy when I realized the two stores were so close to each other. They stock all sorts of letter writing material, including pens (fountain, dip, glass, roller balls, and ballpoints), fountain pen ink, sealing wax and seals, rubber stamps, fine writing paper and journals, cards, and more. Unfortunately, I apparently forgot to snap a photo of the storefront but we hope to go back so I'll try to remember to take one then. And they offer lots of classes, including calligraphy. They are a bit expensive but I'm really hoping I can take a class or two there someday (the one I'm most interested in is already sold out so I'll have time to save up).
After visiting the stores in Berkeley (would you believe there's also a Papyrus and a Paper Source on the same street!), we headed across the Bay Bridge to San Francisco and visited more stores, including Daiso and IchiBanKan in Japan town. The window display of the Kokeshi doll umbrellas were in another store we passed and I just couldn't resist taking a picture of them. Sorry the picture I took while driving across the Bay Bridge isn't better though - I'm obviously not a professional photographer.
And to top off a fun day of shopping & sightseeing, I had a good mail day when I got home.
Sorry for the lack of posts. We went to visit family at the other end of the state for the long weekend so I only have a couple pictures of mail. I didn't have much time for decorating envelopes and wasn't able to find a single postcard. None of the stores I checked had any and our favorite restaurant where we've been stopping for the last several years for lunch (and gas - it's sort of our halfway point) that used to carry postcards, is now out of business. While there, we did a little paper marbling and now I'm ready to try my hand at marbling my stationery. I just need to find some of the Smooch accent ink.
Today's outgoing mail. Yes, I did attempt to use the quill to write one of them. Let's just say I'm going to need a LOT of practice. It looks more like the work of a 1st grader. I hope the recipient will be able to decipher it. :-)
This year I mailed all my Valentine's cards off to Valentine, NE to get their special postmarks. And here's the card that arrived today for my husband. My daughter's card is still in transit. Hope it gets here on time. The little card with the hearts flying out of it is a sticker I added, not part of the postmark.
Yesterday I missed the mailman so this photo is of both today's and yesterday's letters together: 4 letters yesterday and 3 today.
And here's some incoming - the big envelope was what was waiting for me at the post office (too large to fit into our small PO Box) and it was full of all sorts of wonderful, papery goodies.. Thank you Marji, I love it all. The AAA TourBook obviously wasn't mail, it was just handy for covering up part of the envelope. :)
Yet again I forgot to take pictures of my outgoing mail (4 letters and 3 PostCrossing cards for those days), so here's a photo of two pieces of great incoming mail - one from an old friend and a great LetterMo letter from Angie of Mailbox Happiness). On Saturday we stopped at the post office to check our PO Box. There was mail for my daughter and a "call slip" for something(s) that is too large for our box but it was too late in the day and there weren't any employees in the back so we have yet to find out what it is. Hopefully I'll have time to swing by again today and get it, whatever it may be.
* With the recent news about Saturday mail delivery ending in August, you may be interested in this article about the USPS's financial woes. * Bibliophiles will enjoy this great library - I'd love to have a "comfy" reading spotand library like this one that Avid Reader posted about. Doesn't it look inviting? Makes me want to curl up in that chair and start reading. :)
Only two letters went out today, although I may take some of my letter writing supplies with me this afternoon for my daughter's ophthalmologist appointment. Writing a letter or two will be a good way to kill time while she's getting her eyes checked - I only have to help with picking out the glasses.
Here's today's incoming mail. The amazing over-sized postcard is from Ria at Mallard Trail Mail. Thanks Ria! I love it! Even my mailman loved it and he brought it to the front door so it wouldn't get bent in our mailbox. I set my pink Lamy Safari on it you can get an idea of just how big it really is. The rest of my incoming mail was two Valentine's, one note card and a PostCrossing card.
I'm not a big fan of "happy clappy" music and when I came across this YouTube video this morning on the InkSlinger's blog, I laughed so hard it brought tears to my eyes. The title says it all.
With LetterMo in full swing, I'm feeling the need to get my mail supplies better organized and I've started looking around and pricing things. So when I was at Staples the other day, I was really tempted to buy some of their Martha Stewart products and then seeing this blog post later the same day about setting up a letter writing center for your children only makes me want it more. The picture the blogger posted of the center she set up makes me like the Martha Stewart organization tools even more. I think it would be just as inviting to adults as children. :) The sad news of the day, which many of you have probably have already heard, is the Post Office's announcement that they are discontinuing Saturday mail delivery service. What a bummer. You can find more info here & here.
For book club this month, we just finished The Book Thief and I'm looking forward to some great discussion. I don't really follow movie news, but when I saw this yesterday about the book being made into a movie, and that Geoffrey Rush will be in in, I decided right then that I'll have to go see it when it makes it to the big screen.
Today's outgoing mail: a Valentine's mailbox, Valentine's to be remailed with a special Valentine's postmark, and a Birthday card.
You may remember this post I did back in December of a video and links to information about how to make your own quill pens. I thought I'd try making my own if I could find some decent feathers but after seeing a forum post on LetterMo about where Mary Robinette Kowal buys her quill pens (& no luck finding any good feathers), I decided buying them would be so much easier and I ordered a set. What fun!
One letter three postcards (my daughter decided to participate in LetterMo so she wrote two to the postcards). The Cicely Mary Barker postcards are from a book of postcards. They're oversized so there's plenty of room for a long note. And the Butterfly envelope is one of Cavellini's correspondence sets that I bought several years ago. They were kind of pricey so I only use them for special letters. This one's going to my mom. ;-)
More postcards (two for Postcrossing but one of the recipients prefers her postcards to be sent on an envelope).
One mail day down, 22 to go. Today I mailed out three packages (the consolation prizes for my giveaway) and two postcards. Now I need to sit down and write some real letters to send out tomorrow. I think it will be fun to track my LetterMo mail but I'm not exactly sure how best to go about it. This is going to be a learning process so I'll probably change it from day to day until I find a format I'm happy with.
A few weeks ago I shared in my Friday links about Randy Osborne who has a project writing a letter everyday through 2013. He also posted in the comments section (thanks for stopping by Randy) so I thought I'd simply copy and paste it here for anyone who would like to sign up to get a letter from him:
During 2013, I’m sending one handwritten letter per day to anyone who asks. Each recipient gets an original, somewhat newsy, most likely meandering but sincere letter, such as he or she might once upon a time have gotten from a person who was not a stranger. People miss handwritten letters.
In less than three weeks – thank you, Internet – the Letter A Day project has reached 28 states in the U.S., plus Canada, Denmark, Australia, Finland, Ireland, the United Kingdom, India, Germany, Malaysia and South Africa. Requests are still tumbling in from territories all over, but there’s room for more. If I get more than 365 requests, I'll just keep going.
If you, or your readers, want one, go here to my homepage (www.randyosborne.com, where I am not selling anything, just trying to keep all the requests organized), scroll to the bottom, and click "email me." Send your postal details. That's it. :)
There's also a Facebook page, public to Facebook members, where you can watch the project:
Thanks, and onward with handwriting. :)
Hello! Welcome to my un-blog. I'm a Christian, a wife and mom, a bibliophile and a fan of the art of letter writing & Mail Art. ~ Jan
I'm not sure where to put this blog or how to classify it. This blogger is a daughter of a friend and while I'm pretty sure she's a Christian, it isn't a Christian blog, or books & reading or letter writing & mail art. It's basically about their travels so I'm putting it here for now: Jen's blog: 3toGo