Monday, 6 March 2017

Via Brown girl Post

I haven't shared incoming for a while so I thought I would show some of the mail goodness I've received. Limner's distinct style is always a welcome sight in my letter box. Her berds and bugs are favourites but I love the new addition of Brown Girl. To me, she epitomises the fun of getting and sending letters. Inside this lovely envelope was a treasure carefully wrapped in a stunning sheet of embossed tissue/velum and secured with a length of butterscotch satin ribbon. The colours are warm and the book just invites you to take a peek inside. The paper has a gorgeous texture to it and inside there are pockets and pages for me to fill. I adore nature themed stationery and this is among my all-time favourites. I have gone back again and again to admire this beautifully crafted book.

Another book from Limner is this intricately folded little keepsake book. I've been examining it for quite some time now, which is probably why I'm so late in showing it here, but oh, it is lovely. I've tried to make one of these, that is how impressed I was with it but so far my attempts have not been as fluid and eye catching to look at as my little snowflake book from Limner. Little pockets inside hold thoughtful things to discover as you page through and you are compelled to just keep turning the pages to see what the next leaves hold.

 I've always loved books of all kinds but a book made just for me has to be the best of all. These are so personal and pretty and even better, they are from a dear friend and I cherish them. My books are on my desk now, I keep them there so that  I can admire and take inspiration from them. Thank you dear Limner.

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Keeping in touch

Things keep blocking my path when I'm on my way to blog, preventing me from posting. So many things to say and never enough time to say them, sigh. I have a list of topics I want to share but must needs, work before pleasure.

That being said, Lettermo has come to an end and I did okay this year. I had a brief period while I was ill that mail did not get written but on the whole, I managed to send out a good deal of post. It's gotten me back in the swing of my daily morning missives and that in turn gets the mind going when I put down my pen and my attention turns back to the daily renovations.

I think while I work: I mentally compose letters, come up with new ideas for crafts and daydream a lot. My mind is always occupied with these thoughts as I toil away. It wanders and things occur to me and as the task I am doing can be monotonous, like sanding or filling in cracks, I drift away mentally and elaborate on those things. Since we live rather rustically while the house gets it's makeover, I often wonder how Jane Austen made time for writing when there were so many more mundane things to do. She and her sister Cassandra had to make their own ink, for example. I don't have to do that, but one of my mind's favourite jaunts is on making different types of ink I've read about. I have made ink from oak gauls or oak apples as some call them. There is also the walnut shell method and even birch bark to be tried. Who knows how many other things are lurking in my garden just begging for a chance to d├ębut on my blog and in my letters? But those are posts for other days, right now they are just errant thoughts while I work.

Today I just wanted to keep in touch, a little postcard if you will, and promise there are posts in the thinking about such subjects. Things I find fascinating and hope you will too, so stay tuned!