So far, I've managed to keep with the Month of Letters challenge. It has been a challenge in some ways and a revelation in others. Making postcards and envelopes has been fun; I love experimenting with different materials, paints, stamps, etc. Of course, making the postcards or envelopes isn't required--isn't even the point--but I love doing it.
I've sent Valentines
And received Valentines
My mind goes from "Oh, no! I don't have anything to say!" to suddenly feeling ready to communicate. The postcards are easy and quick, but the letters have me pausing and thinking and sorting through possible topics of interest .
The challenge doesn't require a response, but almost everyone has sent an email saying that they received and enjoyed finding something in their mailboxes besides junk mail. And quite a few people have responded with fun postcards and wonderful letters in return! I've posted a lot of both incoming and outgoing mail on my other blog, but I sometimes forget to take pictures, especially on the outgoing mail.
I've sent letters
And received letters
Isn't that stamp gorgeous?
I got a wonderful letter from Melody Lee (Melody's Reading Corner) in Singapore! My return letter went out yesterday. Writing people that you meet online, that share your interests (crafting on my other blog and reading on this one) has been such a pleasure.
Writing friends with whom I've been out of touch for quite some time has been easier than a phone call because I can do the pause thing--take a sip of tea, read a while, whatever--and come back without any awkwardness.
An artist friend of mine who lives in Santa Fe and I had recently gotten back in touch on FB, now we are exchanging letters! We've known each other since the 7th grade, were friends all the way through college, then life journeys took separate paths, and we seldom got in touch. It was nice to send a FB message or two back and forth, but the letter writing--well, it feels real in a way that FB just can't. In a way, the letters are like we are still the same 7th graders, not well-traveled "mature" women.
Bryce Eleanor loves to draw; painting was a bit more demanding,
but she did a great job.
I love her messages. FNF3 is a game, and
evidently Night 2 has given her trouble.
Here is a site about the Royal Mail in the UK. So many interesting topics: historic letters, postage, writing in code, the origin of the postmark, mail coaches, and much more.