Last year I bought all my Christmas cards at the local Papyrus store the day after Christmas for 50% off and have them safely stored in the closet, ready to be written, addressed and mailed in December. But when my USA Philatelic catalog came in the mail yesterday and I saw the Christmas stamps on the cover, it was almost enough to make me want to get them down and start writing Christmas cards. But they won't be released until sometime in October so I'll have to wait. In the meantime, I'll make some mail art and write a few letters.
Since our letter writing club, Write to Delight, is scheduled to meet tomorrow I'm trying to decide on a project from the book The Handcrafted Letter that we can do at our meeting. I'm having a hard time picking a one though as they all look a bit too complicated & time-consuming, especially considering the fact that we usually meet at a park & most of the projects in the book look like they'd work better if we were meeting in an art studio than in a windy park (it's almost always windy here).
So, I did a bit of searching on YouTube and found this great video. Now I want to try making these! Check it out.
The blog "Travel by postcards and letters" has come up with a giveaway that sounds like lots of fun and promotes letter writing at the same time. It's a giveaway with a twist: you have to write a letter to someone who doesn't write letters and then show "proof" to the blogger, Snow angel, to qualify to win one of the prizes (the washi tape alone makes it worth entering). You can find her post with all the details here. Now I just have to decide which non-letter-writing friend/family member to write to.
According to the American Tolkien Society, today is Hobbit day and they chose today because September 22 is both Bilbo's & Frodo's birthday. With the movie set to be released around Christmas this year, I need to re-read The Hobbit and I sure hope I can find my copy! Because I have more books than I have shelf-room, lots of my books are boxed up and stored in the garage and I really don't want to have to search through all those boxes. Maybe I'll put a copy on hold at the library just in case.
I love this Spurgeon quote about mastering the books one reads and not just skimming them. I'm a slow reader but there are times when I'm in a hurry to get through a book so skim parts of it and end up missing a lot. "Master those books you have. Read them thoroughly. Bathe in them until they saturate you. Read and reread them, masticate and digest them. Let them go into your very self. Peruse a good book several times and make notes and analyses of it. A student will find that his mental constitution is more affected by one book thoroughly mastered than by twenty books he has merely skimmed. Little learning and much pride comes from hasty reading. Some men are disabled from thinking by their putting meditation away for the sake of much reading. In reading let your motto be 'much not many.'"
DosankoDebbie is going to be starting an etagami e-newsletter (in English) that will cover some of the history, trends & techniques of etagami and information about etagami contests, etc. You can learn more & sign up for it here.
Years ago a seagull snatched a churro out of my hand while at Sea World so this article and YouTube video about a seagull stealing a tourist's camera caught my attention. And it turns out there are several YouTube videos that were "filmed by" the bold thieves. From now on I'm going to make sure that I wrap the camera strap around my wrist very securely to keep marauding gulls from flying off with it.
* According to this article in The Times of India, snail mail along with the demand for more post offices, is growing. If only that was the case here in the USA. Unfortunately, USPS is closing the sorting center in our town & now all our mail is (or is in the process of being) sent to Oakland for sorting. And that already seems to be slowing the time it takes for my mail to arrive at its destination. Mail sent to southern California used to take two days but my last letter took six days to get there. * For those times when one needs a little help writing certain letters, American Stationery has several nice articles on The Art of Letter Writing, from How To Write a Friendly Letter to a guide to Writing the Perfect Thank You. I haven't tried it yet but they have some nice looking stationery that I've added to my Christmas wish list. :-)
Last month I sort of participated in Austen in August and chose Mansfield Park as one of my re-reads. Years ago it was the only one of her books that I didn't care for so wanted to see if I would like it better or still dislike it. I have to say that while it still isn't my favorite I did like it much better this time. Here's a quote about letters that made me smile:
She was really glad to receive the letter when it did come. In her present exile from good society, and distance from everything that had been wont to interest her, a letter from one belonging to the set where her heart lived, written with affection, and some degree of elegance, was thoroughly acceptable.
Here are pics of some of my outgoing. Unfortunately, I was in a hurry to get a bunch of my letters out to our mailbox when I heard the mail truck so didn't take pictures.
For those who admire beautiful handwriting, be sure to check out this post at A Place to Flourish. Her penmanship/calligraphy is always gorgeous but I think these are especially drool worthy. I know my handwriting could never be as perfect as hers but with LOTS of practice I'm sure it would improve enough to be proud of it. My penmanship could do with a lot of improvement; when I'm in a big hurry there are times when I have a hard time reading my own grocery lists. ;-)
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