adjective: epistolary (of a literary work) in the form of letters.
“an epistolary novel” literary relating to the writing of letters.
We lead epistolary lives. And we communicate in a multitude of ways. Emails are fast, they’re a dime a dozen and we toss them out all the time. But hand-written letters are special. These are pages that have been touched by your loves ones, who thought of you, took the time to tell you so and sealed it with a kiss. That little parcel of love and sunshine travels thousands of miles to get to your door and has it’s own secret adventure on the way.
Letters are things you not only keep but treasure. They are archives of our relationships; proof we were missed. Proof that we are loved.
So I thought I’d share one of my secret pleasures with you, in the hopes that in spite of this digital age, you might be inspired to write more letters yourself and help keep the art of hand-written letters alive.
These days it’s not easy to find the time or the inspiration to sit down and write to someone. But there is a jolly solution!
When I moved to Canada, many years ago, I wanted to keep in touch with my family. Many of them were not online and phone calls were expensive. So letters were a charming, old fashioned way to do just that. I treated myself to some really beautiful paper and lined envelopes. Over time I added to my stash. I dabbled in fountain pens and colored ink (that’s a whole other post mind you!) rubber stamps, embossing powder, stickers. Oh my, the stickers!
Soon I was looking for any reason to write a letter.
Letters gave me an excuse to practice my handwriting, to muse about this wild, wintry place I now called home and of course, to think about those I loved so much.
I was creating mail art! And it’s every bit as fun as it sounds.
I love to thumb through second-hand books for illustrations (old children’s books are great for this) and cutting them out is almost free therapy!
Is there anyone you’ve been meaning to write a letter to?
It’s your turn to get wistful.
What do you see when you look out to the landscape?
Express yourself with cut outs from magazines, old cards, vintage wrapping paper, maps, star maps. Stamps from around the world are tiny works of art and can be found on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/StampsByFlorence?ref=l2-shopheader-name
Play around with themes or juxtaposed subjects
Or write the teeny-tiniest letters imaginable!
You can find the World’s Smallest Post Service @ https://www.leafcutterdesigns.com/gifts/tiny-mail-stationery-kit/
Let a Blank envelope inspire you.
And meet the tape runner! Your new best friend and indispensable tool when working with paper!
Get crazy with rubber stamps and glitter gel and embossing powder. Doodle all over it. Draw. Water color. Write poetry or your favorite quote.
Seal it in wax with your initial.
And remember the golden rule:
if you want to receive letters, you have to write some.
If you don’t have a penpal and you want one, you can visit the Letter Writer’s Alliance. https://letterwriters.org/
Not only will you find all sorts of goodies to buy and free print-ables (like secret agent stationery, Yes please!) but they also have a penpal Swap service
and you can request to be paired with a penpal from somewhere around the world!
Make a new friend, or remind an old one that you love them. Impress them with your creativity and confetti the world with your masterpieces.
I would love to hear what you think! Please leave me a comment or question and feel free to follow my blog.
Write on my friends!
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