Wednesday, April 27, 2016

World Stationery Day, A Giveaway, And A Winner!

Earlier today, I found out that this is National Stationery Week and today is World Stationery Day which is about preserving the art of writing letters and cards.

How fun.  I know the week is half over, put you can still celebrate by mailing a letter (or two) on some pretty stationery or a handmade card.  

I thought it would be fun to celebrate by having a giveaway.  Yes, I am one of those weird people addicted to all things related to stationery and correspondence, such as pretty paper, pens, pencils, out-of-the-ordinary envelopes, washi tape, and on, and on, and on......  

I would like to share a little bit of my stash with you.  We'll call it a stationery grab bag prize!  Leave a comment below telling me how long it has been since you snail mailed a piece of personal correspondence.  I'll pick a winner on Sunday.  

And speaking of giveaways, the winner of a sheet of the Italian handmade marbled paper (from the 4/21 blog post) is.........drumroll, please.......KimM!  Congrats Kim.  I will be in touch soon to get your address.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Lovely Snail Mail And A Giveaway!

It has been so long since my last post.  (Can we say 9 months!!!) Is it me or does it seem like the blogosphere is not as active as it used to be?  Oh well.  I guess blog posting on a regular basis is just not gonna happen with me.  Good thing Blogger doesn't deactivate blogs for inactivity.

I have been meaning to do this post for quite a while.  I received some lovely snail mail in January that I would like to share with you.

First of all, take a look at the beautiful envie that I found in my mailbox........

And just in case you're wondering - that lacey "doodle" on the left side of the envie was hand drawn by  my totally artistic friend, Amy.  Should I even mention that it was her first attemp at drawing lace?!?!  And look at how beautiful the address lettering is.  Doesn't it make you smile?  I think I skipped back to the house from the mailbox.  She could have left out the envelope contents and I still would have been thrilled with this piece of art!  But, there were goodies inside!  First there was a nice handwritten note celebrating National Handwriting Day.......

Also enclosed was a little gift which was wrapped in this "upcycled" paper.....

How cool is that?  I plan on upcycling it again as an envelope.  But more about that later because I know you are anxious to see what was inside the package.  Take a look at these beauties....

Beautiful handmade marbled paper from a bookbinding shop in Florence, Italy.  And my photo does not do justice to the vivid colors!  As a side note, Amy and her hubby spent some time in Europe last year.  If you would like to follow along on her trip, she has blogged about it here.  Tom and I were in Florence in 2012.  I totally missed that bookbinding shop.....but, thanks to Amy, I now have a souvenir.  Aren't these papers gorgeous?  I have decided to frame at least one of the papers....and possibly two.  But, alas, what should I do with the third sheet?  Maybe share with someone else?  Yes, that is a great idea.  So, wha' cha think??  Should I mail a note to someone on a sheet of the marbled paper and use the wrapping paper as an envelope?  Do YOU want to be the recipient???  If so, leave a comment on this blog post and tell me your favorite thing about receiving snail mail.  

I'll let Bozo pick a winner on Monday, April 25.  

 How does he do that with his legs?