Thursday, 19 May 2016

A Good Mail Day

Hello my lovelies. Today I wanted to show you one of the fabulous things I received in the post. As you know I participate in swaps over at Swap-Bot and this particular swap was for a book related flip book. I was absolutely thrilled to pieces to get it in the mail as it encompasses some of my very favourite things; namely books, tea and Jane Austen. Have a look.

Just opening the package and seeing how beautifully it was wrapped was a delight, but when I opened the book up, it just kept getting better and better. My partner really went all out for this, and the fact that she personalized it to include things I like made it very special.

There were several pages and each had pockets to look in, or flaps to lift and explore. The pages of the flip book had excerpts from Pride and Prejudice artfully used as background for the sweet little tea time embellisments that filled the pages.

Lisa, also a fellow Janeite, chose some lovely goodies to put in with this swap and it was so artfully and thoughtfully done that it's my favourite flip book. Thank you Lisa!

Thursday, 5 May 2016

The Perfect Ending

The Write on Challenge is finished now and I'm still writing my letter a day. This is a beneficial thing on two levels; one being that my letters get replied to promptly and secondly, it does not overtax my hands. I have a problem with carpal tunnel syndrome that is aggravated by arthritis and when I do too much I have a great deal of difficultly, so writing and working in moderation suits me just fine.

The last day of the Letter Writing Month Challenge culminated in a perfect ending for me. I received two letters. The first was from Mrs. Duffy whose beautiful handwriting and signature ink colours make her letters stand out. She has such a distinctive style and it's a pleasure to receive a letter from her. The second letter was from a new friend who undertook the Write on Challenge too. Jen sent her letter in an incredible envelope which she crafted herself. She also included a wonderful poem by Anne Sexton. April was also Poetry Month so Jen cleverly incorporated the two by sending poems with all her letters and I was delighted to be the recipient of one of her carefully chosen poems.

This month ended on a high note for me. I've conquered my pile of mail to be replied to with only one or two remaining and have bonded with others who took the challenge. It's been a worthwhile experience to me as I now have that anticipation for writing my daily letter which serves to make it a better conversation and I enjoy the process so much more now.