Well, it’s day 13 in A Month of Letters and I am thoroughly enjoying it. (If you’ve been thinking about playing along, but haven’t gotten around to starting, don’t despair! Read Mary’s post about starting late.) Before the month began, I printed the official calendar and scheduled my first week of letters, which made it so much easier for me to make sure the letters got written, even on days when I felt sluggish.
Bookmarks! Three library-related and one–shameless promotion–from Scribbling Glue.
So far, I have written and sent out: a birthday card, a few bookmarks to a bookmark collector, a quick note to a friend who I’ve not seen in a while, a congratulatory note to a friend who just had her first child, a note to my grandmother, a letter to someone I met virtually during 30DC, a reply to Leah at European Paper Company who wrote to me as part of EPC’s celebration of National Letter Writing Week, another installment in my epistolary story collaboration, a letter accompanied by part of another story that I’m writing for a young friend, and a handful of Valentines.
Five of the letters I sent were letters I’d been intending to send for quite a while, but hadn’t gotten around to actually writing. In one rather embarrassing instance, I’d been intending to write since October. And now I finally have–success!
This week’s line up will include several more birthday cards, a note to another Month of Letters participant, and a couple letters to people I just haven’t written in a while. And I must get the rest of my letter-writing schedule plotted out for the month. I’m having such fun with this! Have you written any letters that have made you happy lately?
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Last week, for my first day of A Month of Letters, I sent a birthday card to a friend of mine. I made it myself and you can create your own remarkably unique creations by following the same easy steps I took:
- Find an old photograph.
- Embellish it.
- Place in envelope.
- Giggle all the way to the mailbox.
- Wait with great anticipation for it to reach its destination.
I started with this:
I have no idea who these people are. It was an abandoned family portrait, long ago separated from its family. Since it has no sentimental value to me, I felt the best thing I could do was to reuse it and give it a brand new purpose.
With the help of a pack of brightly colored paper, my trusty scissors and some glue, I transformed it into this:
Oh, joy! Don't they look much more festive now?
Some close ups:
After trimming the frame, this beauty of a card just fit into a 9″x12″ envelope and I definitely did some giggling along the way as I pictured the reaction it will get when opened.
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Never think, because you cannot easily write a letter, that it is better not to write at all. The most awkward note that can be imagined is better than none…
~Emily Post, 1922
I found this quote on A Month of Letters and it struck a chord. I sometimes delay writing letters because I feel the need to create The Perfect Letter. What is The Perfect Letter? Who knows?! Despite aspiring to it, I can’t even define what it is I have this notion I “ought” to be creating. This is why the the idea of an awkward letter being an appreciated gesture appeals to me. And to take Emily’s thought a step farther, I’d say that the perfection of a letter is likely best determined by the recipient rather than the sender. Therefore, any letter has the potential to be perfect…except for the one that is never sent.
To encourage myself not to put writing on hold until the days I feel capable of perfection (they are so few and far between), I’ve signed up for A Month of Letters, which invites participants to write a letter a day for the month of February. Having done–and loved–a 30 Day Challenge last October (the end result of which was the beginning of this very blog you are reading), I’m looking forward to success and enjoyment with this month-long letter writing challenge. Intrigued? Take a look at the details and join the fun if it appeals to you!
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