My newest creation – Wildflower Correspondence Cards

 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 $20.00 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.

Sharing Doubles the Joy

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Home Sweet Home

Here I sit, in my kitchen at my laptop, wondering what we should talk about today.

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I have a smoothie at my side.  It’s a delicious and nutritious Summer drink.  My smoothie today consists of  yogurt, bananas, grape juice, strawberries and blueberries.  A quick spin in the blender and I have an easy and healthful breakfast.  Do you enjoy smoothies too?  They say berries are so very good for us as is all fruit.  I hope you’re enjoying a nice drink too as we spend time together today.

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A room with a view

It’s another beautiful day in Hudson.  I’ve opened my kitchen doors so I can enjoy the fresh air and the beauty of nature as we visit.  I make a point of using all the different rooms of my house.  Do you?

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A room with “another” view

 If I look straight ahead I have the pleasure of viewing a wall of green trees.  They stand beyond our grounds past the dining room and porch.  Nature is so tranquil and refreshing.

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My heroe

 The music I’m listening to is also tranquil and refreshing.  It’s a cd of Glen Gould playing Bach’s Goldberg Variations.   In this, my  romantic old world setting, it’s easy to get lost in all sorts of  lovely romantic ideas and artful activities and as you might guess The Art of Letter Writing is  my favorite artful activity.

So speaking of The Art of Letter Writing let me share something that popped up in a recent letter I received from a new correspondent who lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She started her letter to me with these words, “Where shall I begin?  Which of all my important nothings shall I tell you first?”

 With a beginning like that I wondered how interesting the letter would be, (Important nothings?) but her letter really was quite interesting, and one of the interesting things I learned from her was that those opening words were first written by Jane Austen to her sister Cassandra.  My pen friend read and liked Jane’s words so she now uses them in her own letters.  I bet Jane is flattered up there in heaven that people aren’t only reading and enjoying her books, but they’re also reading, enjoying and sharing her letters.  My pen friend’s idea to borrow Jane’s words really charmed me.

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A letter from Gwen

Here’s another thing that charmed me.  It was a beautiful letter from my pen friend Gwen.  Gwen lives in Ohio not too far from me, but we’ve never met in person … not yet anyway.  How would you like to receive such a pretty letter in your mail box?  I bet you would.

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So sweet

I could just imagine Gwen’s creative mind working overtime when she discovered this pretty paper napkin with all its lovely cut work.  Gwen likes fairies too.  She told me she has created a fairy garden in her yard.  (Gardeners know fairy gardens are quite the thing these days.)  So Gwen took one look at the shape of this pretty napkin and decided she had to use it for a letter.  She  fit letter paper within its square center using a fairy sticker to create a cute little letter package.  So sweet!

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Such a pretty letter
More fairies adorn each page of Gwen’s letter, and her neat handwriting and cheerful, positive thoughts combined to create a most beautiful and uplifting  present (the gift of a letter)  which added immeasurably to the delight of my day.

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My letter to Gwen

Today I finally had the pleasure of responding to Gwen’s letter.  I do wish I could answer all the letters I receive more promptly, but I keep thinking of what Robert Louis Stevenson said long ago, the  words that I recently shared with you.  Remember?  Robert said. “If I wrote all the letters I ought to write, and at the proper time, I should be very good and very happy; but I doubt if I should do anything else.”  I guess through all of time men have never had enough time for those things they love the most.”

And so speaking of the crunch time places on us, I must run along and attend to some music planning for the children’s choir I direct.  But I’ll be back with you for another visit before you know it because sharing doubles my joy and I hope my sharing adds to your joy too.