Request: 100 cards for 100th birthday

October 5, 2016 § 3 Comments

I’m signal-boosting a request from my friend Cheryl:

Miss Phoebe is turning 100 in a couple weeks.  She doesn’t want a party, but she would welcome cards.  If you have a few minutes, perhaps you will send her well-wishes as she celebrates a century of life?

Her address is:

Phoebe Anthony
Golden Rule Nursing Home
20806 Bayside Ave.
Rock Hall, MD 21661

For a little more about Miss Phoebe, visit Cheryl’s blog.

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Scribble-icious Christmas

December 29, 2014 § 2 Comments

I received a love letter for Christmas.

It was not the first time I’ve been so fortunate (it’s totally a thing around here), but it was the first time that one was delivered inside a vintage post box.

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That man of mine is adorable.  Love letter + postal theme + repurposed materials = just my kind of present.  (If you’re thinking it’s just your kind of present, too, a very limited supply is available from TnBC designs.)

I’m mulling over where to put the post box and how to use it.  You may recall, I’ve been enamored of the personal P.O. for decades and love the idea of using it to exchange messages.  I don’t anticipate that the one currently sitting on my bookshelf will be utilized that way, but perhaps it will end up housing something particularly special.

Christmas was a pretty scribble-icious celebration:

A dinosaur-themed create-a-card kit (it comes with dino stickers!) and a set of hand-made cards made by my talented photographer sister.

A dinosaur-themed create-a-card kit (with dino stickers!) and a set of cards made by my talented photographer sister.

New pens, Literary Listography: My Reading Life in Lists, and–see that big white triangle under the pens?–a story that my oldest niece wrote just for me.

New pens, Literary Listography: My Reading Life in Lists, and–see that big white triangle under the pens?–a story that my oldest niece wrote just for me.

The sample letters in these vintage stocking stuffers inspired a number of dramatic readings and much hilarity ensued over the dated slang and phrasings.

The sample letters in these vintage stocking stuffers inspired a number of dramatic readings and much hilarity ensued over the dated slang and phrasings.

So much kindness, creativity, and good humor in my family — I’m so very fortunate to know these people.

What creative gifts made your heart sing?

Success: A Type-In & Letter Writing Social Retrospective

December 9, 2012 § 5 Comments

It finally happened.  The day arrived.  We set up the typewriters and the stationery and supplies for cutting and gluing, then we watched it all unfold.

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It is nothing but the truth to say that the Type-In & Letter Writing Social organized and hosted by Thread Lock Press and Scribbling Glue was a huge success.   The typewriters were in constant use and the mailart table was always full.  Over the course of 3 hours, there were 70+ people who stopped by and walked away with typewritten and handmade creations!

If you couldn’t make it (or you did make it and want to relive the great vibe of the evening), here’s a brief photo overview.

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Checking out the mailart supplies.

The first wave of typists.

The first wave of typists.

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A Royal gets a fresh red ribbon.

Cutting, gluing, writing, and creating.

Cutting, gluing, writing, and creating.

A new set of typists.

A new round of typists.

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Best friends creating together.

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First time with a typewriter.

Another question for Lindsay!

Quick! Where’s the typewriter expert?

 

Every time a typewriter was free, a new typist sat right down.

Every time a typist finished, a new one slid into the seat.

And, yes, the evening even included a visit from Santa.

And, yes, the evening even included a visit from Santa.

There were, I think, eight or nine typewriters that made an appearance during the evening.  They were nostalgic for some, novelty for others, and enjoyed by all.

What I enjoyed most was the scope of the event.  The youngest participant was 2 (and the youngest in attendance, who has not quite developed the fine motor skills to write or type, was 4 months old), the oldest were in their 70s and 80s.  Some people came on purpose, others just happened to wander into Evergrain Bread Company as part of their 1st Friday circuit and stayed to make something.  Out of town friends and family of mine made the trip to Chestertown just so they could be a part of the fun–I’m so very fortunate to have such fantastic people in my life!  People showed up as individuals and couples and families.  A man typed a birthday letter to his mother who was turning 94 the next day.  A girl wrote to a friend from school.  A woman typed letters to two of her oldest friends–the three used to work together as typists.  A little boy created a tremendously be-stamped and colorful card when left to his own devices with a glue stick (I missed a photo op with that one!).  I love thinking about all the letters and cards and poems and thoughts that were created and are now going to be sent and shared; the event is over, but its impact is going to continue as colorful envelopes make their way through the mail and are opened on the other end.  This was definitely a happening that lived up to Scribbling Glue’s mission to celebrate how “handwritten letters, jotted notes, and scrawled miscellany add to the forces of good at work in the world.”

I have an inkling that this was not a one-time event.

Oh! And I also have an inkling from the Letter Writers Alliance:

File under: things that made my day

File under: this made my day 

Hooray for being a part of the creative and fun-loving community of letter writers!

Donovan and Kathy of LWA, thank you for introducing me to the idea of letter writing socials!

Huge thanks are also due to Doug and Kelly at Evergrain who gave an enthusiastic go-ahead when asked about holding this event at the bakery.

And, hey, Lindsay, creative collaboration rocks!  I’m so glad we made this happen.

Stamp of Approval: Pass it On!

October 18, 2012 § 2 Comments

Just a reminder to leave a comment or send me a message by midnight on Friday, October 19th to enter in the Scribbling Glue 1st Anniversary giveaway!  What, you ask, is being given away?

1 handmade card

2 trade card postcards

and

1 gift card & 5 mini-flats

Click photos to embiggen and admire in more detail.  Questions?  Just let me know!

Winner takes all, so enter for your chance to be that lucky person. :)

Year One of Scribbling Glue: An Anniversary Giveaway

October 15, 2012 § 6 Comments

A year?  A year!  Yes, it’s true.  One year ago today I launched Scribbling Glue into public view stating that my mission was “To start a revolution and inspire people to connect with each other through the simple act of scribbling.”  Little did I know that, in fact, I was joining a movement that was already going strong.

In case you haven’t yet discovered it for yourself, here’s the inside scoop: the internet is full of letter-writers, post card projects, handwriting enthusiasts, postal initiatives, and individuals and alliances that pour energy into supporting and encouraging these undertakings.   It’s truly delightful.

In celebration of my first blogiversary, I’ve put together some goodies to giveaway in the hopes of further encouraging those who enjoy a bit of postal, handwritten, or scribbled fun.  In the style of Scribbling Glue, what’s included is a bit of a hodgepodge.

The lucky winner will receive:

  • 1 green-hued, one-of-a-kind, handmade greeting card with which to declare your stamp of approval for someone
  • 1 lovely-dovey gift enclosure with yellow envelope
  • 2 reproduction Soapine trade card postcards featuring children who, presumably, are wearing very clean clothes
  • 5 mini-flats from House Mouse Designs; no envelopes, but perfect for sticking in lunchboxes or suitcases, on gifts or vases, and under covers when you need to leave a tiny note

To enter yourself for a chance to have this lovely bundle delivered to your mailbox, either leave a comment or use the Connect! page to send me a private message by midnight on Friday, October 19th.  I will select a winner at random and will be in touch about the necessary mailing details.

I hope you’re as excited about this as I am!

It’s just what I always wanted!

December 14, 2011 § 4 Comments

As the season of giving whips into a frenzy and people rush about madly looking for stuff to give, I’m here to suggest that there’s a less stressful option: give a letter.

I know, this may sound weird, especially if you’re currently under the influence of the ubiquitous reminders to Buy!Buy!Buy!, but stay with me with for a minute.

No matter what you’re celebrating, the underlying point is to share a connection, right?  Birthdays and anniversaries celebrate personal connections.  Religious holidays celebrate shared beliefs and the connections between believers.  Secular holidays celebrate ideas or themes that draw people together.  You see where I’m going with this?

If:

Celebration = Connection

and:

Letter = Connection

Then, how about:

Celebration = Letter?

Why do you give gifts?  I give them because there are people I adore and I want them to know that they’re important, loved, and worth celebrating.  I write letters and leave notes for people to find for the same reasons.  And I’m fortunate to have family and friends who are on board with doing things that are fun and meaningful, rather than just straight commercial.

Am I advocating replacing all gifts with letters?  Not at all.  But if you sneak a letter in among the baubles and the bling, you’ll have the thrill of giving a truly one-of-a-kind gift.

It can be done in any number of ways.  Here are three ideas to get you started:

  1. Love Letter.  One of my favorite presents from last Christmas came in this envelope:
    It was exactly what I’d said I wanted.  ♥  ♥  ♥And don’t limit yourself by thinking love letters are only for romance.  Parents, siblings, children, friends, aunts, uncles, grandparents–you can write a love letter to anyone you love.
  2. Letter of the Month.  Several years ago, my grandmother announced that she absolutely did not want any more stuff for Christmas, so I gave her a card letting her know that I’d be sending her at least one letter each month of the following year.  She was thrilled and I was on the hook to deliver–it worked out to be a huge win-win.
  3. Little Thoughts.  One year for my birthday, a lovely friend of mine sent me a card accompanied by a handful of slips of paper.  On each slip she had written something she enjoyed about me as a friend.  I kept those slips of paper in my desk drawer for years and smiled every time I saw them.The great thing about this idea (in addition to the fact that it will make someone incredibly happy) is that it’s easy to do even if writing isn’t usually your thing.  You don’t have to wax poetic or even use sentences!  Pick a theme–best sister ever, reasons you’re cute, why I love you, remember when, top moments of the year–and jot down a handful of words, sentences, or ideas that capture the essence of what you want that person to know about how you feel.

    When my desk was cleaned out during a move, I packed up the little thoughts I'd received. I can't put my hands on them at the moment, so, in lieu, please enjoy these thoughts I wrote with some friends in mind.

If you’re feeling stressed about finding the perfect gift to convey your feelings, go ahead and skip the whole material object part of the equation.  Go for simplicity and get right to the heart of why you’re giving by scribbling a present or two this year.

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