Saturday, April 13th 2019
Saturday, April 13th 2019
I love flowers, all kinds of flowers, but wildflowers and I go back to my childhood days. As a little girl I created a booklet containing pictures and descriptions of various wildflowers. It was so fun to draw them. I showed the booklet to my teacher expecting her to praise my efforts, but sadly I got nothing from her except a little lecture. She told me all the effort I put into those flowers would be better spent on my general school work. Ugh! I guess she wasn’t much into flowers or art.
I didn’t draw another flower for years and years and years.
But now that I’ve become a lady of letters often creating my own stationary I decided it was time to get back to drawing flowers. Art play is such a relaxing thing. Focusing on beauty is very therapeutic and I’ve read that when we focus on beauty it becomes us. The beauty enters our spirit and lifts us up.
Of course a letter requires a few pages of paper so I add extra sheets into each correspondence card. The cards become little books. Colored twine fastens the pages together.
I also think it’s very nice to say a thing or two about the flower pictured so I write a few lines on the back cover of each card – where you might find the flower or other general information. I guess that’s the teacher in me.
You can enjoy a walk in the park admiring wildflowers but not until you draw them will you notice all the intricacies of their design.
It’s hard to focus on a flower and not feel just a little bit happier. That’s probably why flowers are a great hostess gift or why they’re sent to sad people at the loss of a loved one.
Just like people there are all kinds of flowers – the delicate ones, the big ones and small ones and the prickly ones too. It’s just amazing to me how very many kinds of flowers there are.
I won’t run out of subjects to draw for a very long time.
If you’re one of my pen friends you may have already received one of these wildflower correspondence cards containing a letter, but if you haven’t received one yet you soon will.
I will also be selling these cards at the talks I do promoting the art of letterwriting. One card will sell for $3.00.
Packages of 10 assorted wildflower correspondence cards can be ordered by mail. One package of 10 sells for the discounted price of $25.00 plus $3.00 for postage and handling costs.
If ordering send your check to Carol Ann, Lady of Letters at the address shown above.
But if you enjoy dabbling with watercolor pencils yourself make your own wildflower correspondence cards and write me a nice long letter using one of them because as you know . . .
Sharing Doubles the Joy.
Actually my version of a book …
It’s 42 handwritten letters with art on 244 pages. The book is a letter from me, Carol Ann McCarthy, to you. Well, that’s not exactly right. It’s lots of letters from me to you. These letters are a lot like the letters I write every day to my many wonderful pen friends, but in this collection I don’t go off on tangents about this, that, and the other thing. No, I stick to the topic of why I feel the art of letter writing is a worthwhile and wonderful activity. I explain, with examples, how letter writing is a physical, social, intellectual and spiritual activity. Why, in many cases it becomes a ministry.
In our busy lives it’s good to sit down once in a while and not only write but also dabble in art play. Did you ever notice how many adult coloring books are on the market today? But why buy a coloring book when you can have a lot of fun drawing and coloring your own pictures? Adding pictures in the letters you write not only gives letter friends visuals of what you’re describing, but you have a lot of fun creating those pictures and coloring them. Some people call this art therapy, but I call it art fun!
The letters in this collection have all sorts of art I created just for you, for every one of you. The art will give you ideas for creating your own artful letters. I’m sure you have plenty of ideas yourself, but sharing doubles my joy.
Along with the art I’ll share many of my favorite things, things I discovered along the way which add a lot of pleasure to my days. Things like rituals – specifically a ritual for letter writing. If we have the materials ready, on hand, and if we have a system for when to write, where to write, whom to write – then it’s pretty easy to be in the mood to write letters and to actually write them.
Letter writing is a physical activity because hand writing is a physical activity. As we choose a favorite writing instrument it’s much like making music on a violin or piano. We’re being creative. As our hand moves sensually across the page sharing our thoughts, dreams and every day trifles we can sip a cup of some yummy drink, put our feet up and relax. Writing slowly helps us slow ourselves down and busy people need to slow down now and then. Our handwriting is a little bit of ourselves that we send off to others like a lock of our hair. It’s personal and in today’s world the personal touch is quite neglected.
Even if you have a lot of friends and a great family there’s always room for more lovely people in your life. Letter friends can be some of those people. I’ll tell you how you can make friends all over the world by writing letters, how you can find wonderful correspondents. Letter writing will shrink your world into a friendly neighborhood. You’ll have visits every day when the mail comes, letter friends from near and far will be dropping by to say hello, that’s if you become a letter writer. Letter writing is truly a great social activity and you don’t have to dress up, clean the house, or cook dinner for your letter friends. You just have to look into your heart and WRITE.
There is physical pleasure involved in letter writing and letter writing is certainly a social activity. We can cultivate pen friendships and even go off to meet these people if we like, but if we don’t like we don’t even have to know how our pen friends look. Sometimes this is good for the very best person could be hiding within an unimpressive body. In letters it’s heart to heart that matters without physical looks interfering – unless of course we want to share pictures.
But besides all the physical and social delight letter writing is a very intellectual activity. Your letters will be as intellectual as you and your pen friends are. You’ll meet people from tropical islands and big, glamorous cities, small country towns and foreign countries. These people will share information about those places and about the things they love to do. You will share your interests too be it a love for gardening, literature, music or sports. Whatever. You’ll have people to chat with about all sorts of interesting subjects any time, day or night. In my collection of letters I’ll share some of the wonderful things I learned from pen friends. Robert Louis Stevensom said, “The world is so full of a number of things I think we should all be as happy as kings.” Sharing with your pen friends will make you feel as happy as kings or queens or princesses or princes – maybe happier.
Of course this collection of letters from me to you will contain some whimsy. I’ll tell you how your pets can write letters to the pets of your friends. Really! My dog not only had a number of pen friends – others dog friends and even a cat by the name of Alice, but he wrote a letter for the collection. It’s true, well, sort of true. My dog and I will give you an idea or two on how to entertain your mail man with your whimsical animal letters.
But there’s more . . .my collection of letters will also explain how letter writing is spiritual, can even become a ministry. In this one-to-one art form we can do so much for others as we show them we care. We can encourage, praise, show understanding, offer inspiration. We can be a friend. We can share love.
In letter writing we share our spirit. Letter writing may be a physical activity but we do not need to be physically present in order to share our spirit. There’s a time for in-person sharing and a time for sharing without physicality. We can also read the letters of people from the past. We’ll feel these people are writing to us even though they’re long gone. Spirit transcends time and letters are lasting, more lasting than we are. It’s quite magical.
My collection of 42 letters to you from me will talk about all these things and of course I encourage you to write your own letters, some of them to ME! Gee, we can become pen friends if we’re not pen friends already. Wouldn’t that be fun? Sure it would. So if you haven’t been finding enough letters in your mail box – or any letters in your mailbox for that matter, you just might like to buy my collection of letters from me to you. They sell for $30 plus three dollars for postage and packaging if mailed off and away.
The letters will arrive in a big sturdy water-proof, tear-proof envelope complete with my return address so you can write back to me after reading one letter, or five, or ten, or all forty two. This project was a labor of love for you know what I always say, or maybe you don’t, but I’ll tell you. I’m always saying Sharing doubles the joy – because it really does.
The envelopes are on my desk waiting to be filled with 42 letters to you! When your check arrives in my mailbox the envelope will be on its way to your mailbox and these letters could be a unique gift for any person interested in letters for they come complete with a pen friend – me.
It’s been a pleasure sharing my collection of letters with you.
Sharing doubles the joy.
Carol Ann McCarthy
110 W. Streetsboro Street 1B
Hudson, Ohio 44236
When people talk about the art of letter writing I realize they are usually referring to the thoughts contained in a letter and the verbal construction of that letter. Just as one would write a novel or a poem writing a letter is a literary act. There is an art to how we spin our phrases and reflect upon ideas, but there is also visual art involved in letter writing too.
Hand writing is an art in itself. Unfortunately with technology many people are forgetting how to hand write and even worse, many children are not even being taught cursive writing. How will these children be able to read the great writing which has come before them? They will be illiterate. They will not be given the chance to develop their own unique script which is a reflection of personality and style.
But in addition to the art of hand writing there is also the very real art of stationery, distinctive papers sold in fine stores or those we create ourselves. One very frugal soul I have written to in the past worked cleaning offices after hours. She would raid the wastebaskets in those offices collecting any papers with a blank side and she’d use those papers for her correspondence. I must say some of the business matters discussed on those papers was as interesting as the thoughts and activities shared in those letters. The papers we use for our correspondence say a lot about us.
Pens, with their various fine or broad strokes, ink colors, types of paper, our unique hand writing all work together creating a uniquely personal and one of a kind missive. So the Art of Letter Writing is a combination of verbal and visual expression.
I do love all sorts of beautiful cards and letter papers which I find in stores all around town, but it’s great fun designing my own stationary too, using color and design in any number of ways. Some people tell me they have no ability in art but I don’t believe them. One doesn’t have to draw or paint in order to have fun with art. We can create bits and pieces of artful objects, arranging these things to create stationery that can be quite delightful. It’s called art play.
Years ago while strolling through an antique shop I found pages from some old magazine with the cutest historic images. I purchased these old illustrations and now scan them to decorate some of my letters. Adding a few sprigs of grass or background material makes for a fun looking letter. At least I think so.
How about writing the name of the month at the top of a letter adding some color. Perhaps edging the paper with that same color and adding a few polka dots…
… or using laces and/or ribbons, co-ordinating their color with that of the paper. Such touches may be simple, but they are still artful. My letter friends tell me they have great fun visiting craft shops collecting all sorts of materials for their stationary construction and letter writing fun. I do too.
I’ll see some cute illustration in a book and I’ll make it my own by changing a few details here and there.
Did you ever try making flowers by placing finger prints onto ink pads and drawing stems and leaves? . . .
I once saw boxes of greeting cards for sale. Each card pictured the drawing of a little handbag containing an initial. Now anyone can draw a handbag putting their own initial onto that bag and presto! You have monogrammed stationary for pennies a card.
My town of Hudson, Ohio has a clock tower on its village green. I love to sketch that clock tower on my stationary. I add a few trees of the season – a Christmas tree in Winter or a deciduous tree with green leaves plus a few flowers in Summer. Maybe your town has some famous land mark too. Did you ever try to draw it? Go ahead. Try.
When I write my sons I like to send happiness and hearts.
And there’s nothing like a little bubble therapy when I’m in need of a pick- me- up. Spreading the idea around to my letter friends is easy in words and in pictures too. Actually I got a card very much like this picture once upon a time. You probably get lots of cards too, cards that would be very easy to make your own. Why just color in a book? Use those cute cards as models, recreate those images, and then color your very own picture.
I’ve always loved flowers even way back when I was a wee little girl. I remember creating a little booklet back in the 3rd grade. Each page had the picture of a flower and a brief description. I enjoyed creating my little book and I was very proud of it. I remember showing it to my teacher expecting her to shower me with praise, but I was quite disappointed when she made nothing of it only suggesting I use that energy and time on my school work. HA! I continued to enjoy art class at school but it’s no wonder I stopped drawing flowers for a long time. Then in high school when given the option of extra art or music classes I chose the music probably because back in the third grade I was not given encouragement for my art. Music has been my life and I have no regrets, but when I became a letter writing enthusiast the love of art surfaced once again and now I regularly create stationary with drawings of flowers on my papers. The artist in me is back and I’m very happy she is. I missed her.
Maybe you liked art as a small child and somehow you forgot all about that love. But even if you never thought about art before, think about it now. It can be a wonderful therapy. It can be a most relaxing delight in your day and if you share your art in your letters. . . well you know what I’m always saying – sharing doubles the joy.
“True art is in the doing of it.”
The weather outside in my town of Hudson, Ohio is frightful. It’s 32 degrees with snow, then sleet, but though the weather outside is frightful I’m having a delightful day with a number of my interesting pen friends who have come to call to keep me company. There’s Randall from California, Jenna from Maryland and Margie from Nova Scotia.
Letter writers never need to feel lonely because even if it’s not a mail day, or even if no letters happen to arrive in the mail that day, a letter writer can still have the company of others as she or he enjoys writing a letter to an interesting pen friend.
And it’s not only the actual writing that’s fun when composing a letter. There’s lots of fun to be had in creating the stationary for that letter. I love to draw flowers on my letter paper and along the edge of the paper I tell my letter friend a little bit about that flower. Just the other day a letter friend told me if she ever feels dreary she draws flowers. It must be something about the beauty of the flower that gets into our spirit. Of course you could draw whatever appeals to you if flowers aren’t your thing, but I promise your drawing, whatever it is, will amuse your correspondent.
There’s something about art play. Lots of people are discovering coloring books for I see millions of them in bookstores these days, but who needs a coloring book? Just draw and color your very own picture. I know you can do it!
Practice makes improvement
But what’s especially magical about letters is how we can share ideas with people far away, people we would probably never meet in normal everyday life if it weren’t for letters. It’s amazing to think with letters alone you can develop a best friend without ever leaving your easy chair. All you have to do is join a letter writing group like The Letter Exchange. Then, even if the weather is far too unpleasant for you to venture out and socialize you can socialize from that easy chair while sipping a favorite drink as you sit comfy by the fire.
It takes me months to wish all my pen friends a Happy New Year, but what a fun task. In this world of texts and impersonal emails and Facebook messages I think it’s refreshing to sit quietly and think of one person at a time, writing to them, reflecting on and with them – one to one.
If we make our letter pretty as well as thought-filled our penfriend will feel honored that we used our precious time to focus on her. Our letter becomes a friendly compliment. Don’t you light up when you find a letter addressed just to you in your mailbox? I sure do.
I learn a lot from letters too. My pen friend Margie from Nova Scotia is married to a lobster fisherman. Because of Margie I now know a lot more about lobsters and the life of a lobster fisherman. Margie sends pictures too. The pictures enhance her descriptions and make her letters even more interesting and enjoyable. It’s good to keep learning and not only about things, but also about people and how differently their lives might be from our own. Living in Hudson, Ohio I’d never meet a lobster fisherman, but thanks to letters I now have a personal relationship with one.
We’re all so different with so many different interests. My pen friend Randall likes to draw as I do, and he also enjoys writing poetry. So far he hasn’t gotten me into writing poetry, but you never know. I might try to write a poem someday. Randall is educating me too, as Margie is.
Randall introduced me to Charles Baudelaire, a French poet of the past, his role model. Charles advocated writing short poems and walking. He loved walking through the streets of Paris. Who wouldn’t? I may not be writing poetry in the near future, but I will be walking the streets of Paris like Charles did because I will be spending a week in Paris with my family this May and I bought a book called Walks in Hemingway’s Paris. I’m sure Randall and all my other pen friends will be hearing about these walks that I take and they will undoubtedly also be getting pictures from these walks. Why? You know. Sharing doubles the joy.
Sharing is a good thing. We humans were not created to live in isolation. We can share with our family and local friends, but if you are a letter writer you can also share with lots and lots of other people. Sharing will become a hobby in itself. What will you share? You’ll be sharing all sorts of things in your letters – your travels, your latest shopping adventure and that new swim suit you purchased. You’ll share your dreams and your creative ideas.
You can share a picture of that French potato pie you made recently along with its recipe. You can share anything and everything in your letters. Others will share with you too. It’s so fun!
My penfriend Jenna loves the writings of Jane Austen. I do too. Do you? She told me her love affair with Jane’s books began when she was 10 years old and her aunt gave her the book, Emma. Do you have a favorite author or favorite book? Most letter writers are also fond of books and books become a regular topic in letters. Who needs a book club when your letter friends report on all their latest book adventures? If you are a fan of Jane Austen Jenna suggests you find Jane’s History of England. She says the book is quite “a trip”! I’ll have to look for that book. Jenna’s got me curious.
So I hope you are a letter writer like me, enjoying all the pleasures this lovely old art provides , but if you aren’t, there’s no time like the present to get started. Write your old auntie. Write your friend who moved away. Write a letter to anybody at all. Sit quietly. Doodle a little drawing on the paper, maybe even write a short poem as Charles Baudelaire and Randall suggest. Join The Letter Exchange and connect with people from all over the world. You’ll be glad you did when you go to your mailbox and find lots of letters addressed just to you. And you WILL find these letters for there’s an old saying – when you give good things come back to you. Give a letter. Get a letter.
Recently I was reading a book called “A History of American Literature since 1870”, and in that book Mark Twain and his work was discussed at length. Upon reading a passage from Twain’s “Old times on the Mississippi” in which he described the home town of his youth, Hannibal, Missouri, my thoughts instantly traveled to one of my pen friends. You see, my pen friend Greg also makes Hannibal is home. Greg is very proud of Mark Twain and rightly so.
Every one of Greg’s letters is marked with a Mark Twain postage stamp. He even sent me a sheet of Mark Twain stamps so I too could post my letters to him using these stamps. Needless to say, anytime the name Mark Twain comes up in conversation, or in any other way, Greg comes to mind. He lives far away from me. We’ve never even met in person, but through letters I’m getting to know Greg quite well, better than any of my next door neighbors in my town of Hudson, Ohio. Greg’s out of sight, but not out of mind.
How is it we can cultivate meaningful friendships without physical contact? We can do this easily if we share our true spirits through thoughtful, written conversation. In fact, sometimes it’s easier to get to know the heart of a person if we’re not distracted by physical appearance. Physical first impressions can color what we hear a person saying. For that very reason I don’t ask to see pictures of my new correspondents met through friendship books ( little handmade booklets filled with names and addresses of people interested in getting to know each other through the mail. These little booklets are sent from one letter friend to another.) or through The Letter Exchange (an organization which introduces letter writers to each other). Sometimes years go by before I have any idea what a pen friend looks like. Sometimes I never know, but yet sight unseen, I can feel that pen friend is a best friend. After all, poets tell us Letters mingle souls and how nice it is to rid ourselves of the physical now and then.
Friendship is a wonderful thing and there are so many kinds of friendships – school friends, work friends, relatives, neighbors, friends who share our hobbies, old friends and new ones. They’re all great! But letter friends can become some of the best, and I maintain – the more the merrier.
Though we may seldom, if ever, get together with a pen friend in person, we may know them quite well if they’ve shared their personal stories and feelings in their letters to us.
Sark, in her book, “Succulent Wild Woman” writes, ” A story can travel without you and inspire many. The tiniest story in your life can deeply touch another. You cannot know the effect your story may have.” But whatever effect stories shared in letters have, we can be sure these stories help people get to know each another.
And this makes me think of a song with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Getting to know you, getting to know all about you;
Getting to like you, getting to hope you like me.
Getting to know you, putting it my way, but nicely.
You are precisely my cup of tea.
Getting to know you, getting to feel free and easy;
When I am with you getting to know what to say.
Haven’t you noticed suddenly I’m bright and breezy?
Because of all the beautiful and new
things I’m learning about you
Day by day.
While going through my attic the other day I came upon my old, blue typewriter. What did it make me think of? It made me think of my lovely pen friend Amy. Amy lives in Pennsylvania. Though Amy is quite the modern woman she enjoys typing on her old typewriter now and then just for fun, and wouldn’t you know, Amy’s typewriter is blue just like mine. Amy writes terrific letters and she’s quite the artist too. Her stationery is always a delight to behold. Letter writers do appreciate lovely stationery and we love letters that look as good as they read. Amy’s letters are the best!
And whenever I make a cup of tea who do you think comes to mind? It’s my pen friend Kim, also from Pennsylvania. Kim loves traveling to England and Scotland and she loves taking tea in those places. She has sent me lots of pictures from her travels – tea houses and the tea goodies she enjoys there. Getting her letters with these photos is such fun. I look at her pictures and my imagination kicks in. I feel I’m with her, sharing my tea, not in my kitchen, but in Scotland or England at some cozy tea house. What fun, and I have my pen friend Kim to thank.
And if I’m out in nature I’m always thinking of my pen friend, Janet. Janet lives in Virginia. She loves nature as I do and she also loves to photograph nature so every one of her letters is filled with pictures of the things she recently saw when out on one of her nature expeditions. One picture is truly worth a thousand words, but she adds eloquent verbal descriptions of those pictures ( she’s a former English teacher so of course Janet’s a great writer.) I’m getting to know Janet quite well, but also the nature world of Virginia, thanks to Janet’s letters.
There are so many lovely people in the world and I’m so pleased to be writing to many of them … people like Michelle in Washington D.C.. She has the most beautiful handwriting. When we’re not writing each other we both enjoy intimate sharing in charming places. No wild parties for us or loud, noisy restaurants where you can’t think or barely hear the person sitting beside you. Michelle and I are kindred spirits.
Michelle is forever kind and shows an interest in many things. I’m one of those things, as are her other correspondents, and it’s very comforting to know there are people out there who care about me? I care about Michelle too and all my many pen friends. Caring about others is a wonderful thing. We step out of our own lives and concerns, focus on someone else, and return to our own life with renewed contentment.
Pen friends may live far away but through letters their spirit surrounds us at all times bolstering us up and helping us feel rich. Our pen friends may be out of sight, but they are seldom out of mind. I hope you have a pen friend, or better yet, lots of pen friends.
Letters shrink the world into a friendly neighborhood.
When was the last time you wrote a personal letter for no reason other than to let a friend or relative know you were thinking of them? I wrote two letters a few hours ago. This is a daily ritual with me. It feels great to take my mind off my own life and focus on the life of someone else. I have my regular pen friends, but I also enjoy sending letters off to relatives and local friends, people I like who I don’t have the opportunity to see often or ever!
I enjoy pausing in my busy day to reflect on life for if I go, go, go and never stop life becomes one long “to do” list offering me no chance to ponder and appreciate those very things that I’m doing. I double my fun by “doing” things and then “reflecting” on those things. Lord Byron (one of my “dead friends”) had it right when he said, “A life without reflection is a sad affair.” I think reflection is important. It gives us a chance to stop and relax in between activities.
I could reflect and keep the reflections to myself, but I truly believe sharing doubles the joy, so I share my reflections in the letters I write to my pen friends. My pen friends then share their reflections with me. It’s a wonderful cycle.
I know I could use the telephone as my way to reach out to others, but I might call at an inconvenient time for my friend. Just because I’m in the mood to share doesn’t mean my friend has the time just then. A letter is polite. It arrives, but can wait to be read at whatever time is convenient. It can also be kept and read again and again and again. A letter is lasting. Why would someone want to reread a letter you ask? Well, if we write letters full of kind thoughts, compliments and beautiful ideas our friends might like to reread our letters when they need a lift.
Besides all this, there’s art involved in letter writing, not only the personal art of our handwriting, but also the opportunity for us to enjoy a little art play as we create our stationery. Creativity is very therapeutic and good for the soul. There are plenty of machine-made items in the world today but how many handmade articles do you encounter daily? A hand written letter will always stand out because not only is it personal, and handmade, but it is also quite rare in these modern days.
I love writing letters but I get equal pleasure from receiving letters like this one from my pen friend Sarah in Viroqua, Wisconsin. With lots of pen friends the whole world becomes your friendly neighborhood. As you write to all sorts of people with all sorts of interests and experiences your life is enriched.
My pen friend Sarah is a real health food person. She shares all sorts of healthful recipes with me and whether or not I make these things I enjoy reading about them – things like her snacks of yogurt with carob powder and sorghum. Sarah eats sorghum morning and night. She says it digests slowly and is a good fuel source. Did you ever eat sorghum?
Sarah buys grass fed beef hot dogs, chops up 2 eggs right out of the shell, adds celery seed with a liberal pad of butter, some spinach, parsley or cilantro, and cooks it all up to create a lunch she loves. Well, it’s not exactly a lunch I would love, but I enjoy the subject of food and discussing it in letters is interesting to me. Would you find this subject interesting too?
Sarah said she doesn’t eat much bread but if she does indulge it has to be Sprouted Organic Ancient Grains – The Queen’s Khorasan. Ever hear of it? I hadn’t. It’s made with sprouted khorasan wheat, an ancient grain that entertained Egyptian royalty more than 5,000 years ago. Who would know? Pen friends teach me all sorts of things about food and about many other subjects as well.
I may not be able to hop on a plane and travel to far off places, but because I have pen friends in those far off places it’s easy for me to enjoy virtual outings whenever these friends write to me sharing their world. One such special friend is Joanna who lives in Edinburgh, Scotland. Besides her beautiful handwriting and her Scottish news I love to see the stamps on her envelopes.
Joanna also shares picture postcards from her travels. These post cards always contain lovely descriptions and lots of background information. I could just read The New York Times travel section (which I do read) or National Geographic, but there’s something special in getting a friend’s personal reaction to a place. Do you recognize the picture above? It’s a picture of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy. Joanna visited it recently and found it interesting that in any other Renaissance building most people would spend hours admiring the painted ceilings, the immense collection of classical sculptures and the portraits of European monarchs of the 16th and 17th centuries, but she noticed no one was paying any attention to any of those features at the Uffizi Gallery because they were too busy looking at the other paintings. I too love art and my pen friends help me see things I would otherwise not have a chance to see.
Did I just say I love art? Yes I did, all kinds of art, so you can see why I enjoy finding creative letter envelopes in my mailbox. This one is from my pen friend Kathy who lives in York, Pennsylvania. Kathy loves cats. She often draws a cat on her letter envelope among other things). I love seeing her art work. She especially loves her cat Alice, but Kathy loves lots of good things that I also appreciate, especially her love of classical music and singing in a choir.
No, this isn’t Kathy’s Alice, but I wonder if Kathy would dress Alice up in this way. Kathy tells me there was a “dress up your pet contest” and this cat pictured was a winner. I wonder if Alice would put up with a hat and earrings. My dog would never have heard of such a thing. But to each his own. I have some catnip in my garden and I’m planning to send it to Alice via Kathy. I never had a cat, but I do love animals, and any friend of Kathy’s is a friend of mine, a friend deserving of a little present now and then.
Letters are wonderful. I can’t imagine living without them. Some letters are serious and others are whimsical. Some letters educate and others just share simple pleasures. Letters add so much to my life and I know they would add as much to your life too.
I hope you are a letter writer. I hope you have lots of lovely pen friends as I do. I hope you enjoy art play creating your very own stationery. It’s all so good! The Art of Letter Writing is not a lost art. It still exists. All it needs is You! Write your friends and relatives. Join The Letter Exchange if you need a few new interesting pen friends. Leave a comment on this post. I’d love to hear from you myself.