“Devinez qui vous l’envoie” = Guess who sent it to you
Approximately five years ago, while shopping at a “Marché aux Vieux Papiers” (antique paper market) in Paris, France, I purchased a postcard which I found quite amusing. It was a hand-tinted photo card of a gentleman holding a large fish and in the corner it said 1er Avril [April 1st]. There was a goofy feel to the pose, which is what caught my eye. Continue reading →
I don’t know about you, but I have accumulated a ton of letter and postcard writing “things” over the years – things like washi tape, stickers, specialty pens, airmail labels, vintage postage stamps, rubber stamps – you know, all those things that you “need” to have to write letters and postcards. I have found my desk getting more and more cluttered with these little things, not to mention they are never in the right place at the right time.
Recently, I found this post from shannoneileen and decided to make myself a portable writing “desk”. It isn’t an original idea. Letter writing “desks” have been around for over a century ( if you keep a close eye on “The Crown” and “Downton Abbey” you will see the main characters opening their fancy wooden boxes like these when the sit down to write correspondence.
I just so happened to have a wooden wine case that seemed to be the right size. My husband cut me a piece of PVC pipe to hold my washi tape, and through many tries I was able to fit in several boxes to hold the various accoutrements (a tribute to my tetris days). I now have a travelling case so I can write postcards at the dining room table, coffee shop, or meetup.
found at BrandyFitzgerald on etsy
When Abraham Lincoln was upset with someone, he would write a “hot letter” and put it aside, unsigned. He would pour out his anger into the letter – but not send it. By acknowledging his anger on paper, he was able to then step back and process the situation. It also helped that the tools to write a letter were not always at his finger tips (a pen, ink and paper or a secretary). Today, with social media always at our finger tips, we are far to quick to practice the same exercise via the keyboard, but are far too hasty in posting our thoughts. I think the world would be a better place if we all just took a pause before clicking send. Happy Birthday Mr. Lincoln!
Anyone else a huge fan of “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” – or as they are known to the fandom, #The POstables ? Tonight is the night that we get a new “episode”!
If you don’t know about the show, it is about a group of four employees at the Denver post office dead letter division, that track down the recipients of undeliverable mail.
I’m popping the popcorn and getting out the Yoohoo!