Sunday, 29 March 2015

Pocket Letters
It's been a while since I last blogged, due to a cold and a bad back, but I'm back this morning to share something interesting.
I kept hearing about pocket letters and curiosity got the better of me so I went and found out what they are. Basically it is a letter made by using a 9-pocket trading card holder. To create the letter you fill each section with something different, using a theme or just being creative and going with the flow. One pouch holds your letter and the other eight are filled with things like ACT's, quotes, tags, little gifts like paper clips or stickers and you get the idea. The plastic case protects your little treasures too which is nice but what is even better is that it folds into three and fits nicely into a business-size envelope. 
Janette Lane is the creator of the pocket letter concept and I think it is visual and fun. Here is a link to a video of Jeanette describing the letters. I like that there are 9 pockets for you to explore so it's like opening 9 envelopes. It's great that you can put the letters you receive in a binder for easy storage so you can keep them handy when you want to page through.
I think there are so many possibilities for decorating and filling this type of letter. The only difficulty I'm having is finding the pages at a price that won't break the bank! At the moment no luck so I've had to resort to drastic measures since I really wanted to try out this concept. I have a few 3-pocket planner pages for holding business cards and have used them to make some mini pocket letters. Because these smaller pages only have three pockets I used front and back which gave me six pouches to fill and even better, it will be less expensive to send out which is nice since I've been practising economy. I also have the option of crafting them either vertically or horizontally which allows me to be as creative as I like.
Overall, I think this is a great new way of sending a letter. It's fun and very addictive.

Thursday, 12 March 2015

                                       Stamp Release 
The Royal Mail released it's stamp offering for March which highlights bridges, on the 5th .  They didn't have any left by the time I got into town on the following Tuesday so I'll have to order mine from Royal Mail. I can see why they were a sell-out design. I'm particulary interested in the Pultney Bridge over the River Avon which is in Bath for you other Jane Austen enthusiasts. I've been there and the Bridge is different from the others because there are shops lined across the bridge on both sides to give the illusion of walking down a street. I took this photo when I was there several years ago, and I'm not sure why I didn't take a snap looking down the “street” of the bridge. Next time I go I will do that!
Pultney Bridge

The stamps feature bridges that show "the leaps in engineering" of these structures from the modest stone spans to the more complicated feats of engineering. Each of the stamps represents a a new milestone in bridge building beginning with  A 15th or 16th century gritstone clapper- bridge and ending with the Peace Bridge, River Foyle. A 235-metre causeway for pedestrians and cyclists constructed in 2011.

Monday, 2 March 2015

                               Crossed Letters Part 2

Just after I made the last post about writing a crossed letter, I received the letter from my partner in the Crossed Letter a la Jane Austen swap. Nathan in Thailand sent a fabulous letter, three pages long, written on both sides and crossed on every page.  He used two contrasting colours which made reading easy. For you fountain pen enthusiasts out there he used a dip pen with Noodler's 54th ink and for the opposing lines he used a Lamy 2000 fountain pen with Stipula Saffron ink. I didn't have any trouble at all seeing the script, and what a nice script it was too. The difficult thing was to remember to turn the paper on it's side to read the next “page” rather than turning the paper over. Okay, I did that a lot. I was very happy with this swap and have since written two more crossed letters which will go in the post when I visit the post office this week. Now that postage is going up here, I may just have to adopt this method of writing to save on stamps....

If you are a fan of the Regency Era, a follower of Jane Austen or an avid letter writer and just want a challenge, why not have a go at writing a crossed letter? The swap was so popular, a new crossed letter swap has just been listed on Swap-Bot. I've joined, how about you? Psst, Patricia, now's your chance.