The Paperlove Blog Hop: On snail mail

I haven’t done this before and I’m very excited to participate in my first-ever bloghop! The idea is that all participants (see the list at the end of this post) write a little something about paper. Anything at all about paper in any or all it’s forms. And we all publish at the same time and link to each other’s posts. There’s a chance to win some lovely goodies and get to know some new bloggers who also share paperlove! So I’m giving it a try!

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I know that my metier is textiles. This is my passion and gives me motivation and daily pleasure. However, it should come as no surprise that I adore nice paper, as I write about it frequently here on the blog. And of all paper, I especially adore letters. Both sending and receiving. It’s such a simple pleasure. I mentioned that I recently visited the Museum of Letters and Manuscripts in Brussels. I was so impressed with the visit that I offered tickets for a giveaway here on the blog and am delighted that the enthusiastic Virginie will be soon visiting!

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I love receiving snail mail, not just for the fact that it means somebody has taken the time to sit down and think of you while writing, but also because it means something other than official letters and bills in the postbox. And given my troop of creative family and friends, it’s usually charming too! The letter pictured above was written by Edith Piaf to Louis Gérardin and is full of passion and angst. “Why do I love you so much? What have you done to me” and “Why can I no longer sleep? Why have you made me know what love it?” (My translations!) I found this in The Museum of Letters and Manuscripts, which is all about snail mail. It’s a beautiful history of writing letters in all forms – romantic, political, familial, professional, religious, and more.

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I especially adore letters that use more than just the letters of the alphabet but have images and photos to accompany the text. Do you know the story of Le Petit Prince? I was introduced to it when I started dating The Belgian. It’s a very sweet, eloquent story of one boy’s adventures and is quite poignant in parts. The above image is from a letter by the writer of Le Petit Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. He lets the Little Prince speak for him in this illustrated letter to an unknown lover : “She’s never there when you call her…”

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These are my own versions of collage stationary – images cut from magazines stuck on a high quality writing paper. It’s so easy to do but changes a simple letter into something more elegant and engaging. As soon as I’m finished writing here, I’m off to write a few overdue letters, including finishing a postcard for the the Great Big Stitched Postcard Swap! I’m verrrrry excited to sit down and start cutting and pasting pretty paper into something resembling a postcard! If you would like a letter from me, send me your address in a private message for some sweetness in your letter box!

a x

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The PaperLove Blog Hop is a celebration of all things paper! Follow the links to discover more bloggers who love paper and use it to inspire and delight. And if you want to explore a whole world of paper, and stretch your paper passion further with a host of creative projects, why not join the innovative new online course PaperLove (starts March 31). Led by book artist Rachel Hazell, PaperLove is a five week creative adventure for paper lovers. Find out more here

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The list of participants in Paperlove Bloghop – click on the links to discover more wonderful bloggers!

Majo Bautista / Tona Bell Louise Best Cathy Bluteau / Jennifer Bomgardner / Giova Brusa / Lindsay Buck / Beka Buckley / Joanna Caskie / Jonathan Chapman (Mr Yen) / Halle Cisco / Sarah Clare / Cathryn Clarge / Dawn Clarkson / Rhiannon Connelly Jenny D’Fuego / Molly Dhiman / Ian Dudley / Ayisatu Emore / Akmal Farid / Monika Forsberg / Claire Fritz-Domeney / Louise Gale / Chrissy Gaskell / Julie Hamilton / Emma Hawman / Rachel Hazell / Holly Helgeson / Claudine Hellmuth / Kim Henkel / Sarah Hoffman / Joanne Hus / Paula Joerling / Beth Kempton / Julie Kirk / Eos Koch / Katie LaClair / Kristy Lankford / Michelle Manolov / Doreen Marts Rosie Martinez-Dekker / Tori Mears / Maria Mederios / Lise Meijer / Debbie Miller / MaryJane Mitchell / Suzy Naidoo / Grace Noel / Hannah Nunn / Camilla Olsson / Jo Packham / Rachelle Panagarry / Monette Pangan / Melanie Paul Nicole Piar / Jen Pitta / Liz Plummer Julie Reed / Michelle Reynolds / Lisa Rivas Angee Robertson / Natalie Ryan / Aisling Ryan / Elisabet Sapena / Kyrrha Sevco / Jamie Sprague / Elizabeth Steele / Terri Stephens / Juniper Stokes / Mary Tanana / Maike Thoma / Linda Tieu Gabrielle Treanor / Tammy Tutterow / Deborah Velasquez / Jordan Vinograd Kim / Cat Whipple / Brooke Witt / Katie Wood Amelia Woodbridge

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7 thoughts on “The Paperlove Blog Hop: On snail mail

    1. It was great wasn’t it! I’ve never done this before and it was lovely! Your post is very sweet, I like your images a lot!
      a x

  1. I like this post. Et la passion que vous y mettez. Quelle créativité!
    Merci pour le clin d’oeil, je vais au musée cette semaine et je ne manquerais pas de vous transmettre mon ressenti! 😀
    Les cartes jointes à votre envoi on trouvé leur place, certaines en marques pages, d’autres affichées sur mes murs. Notre partage me reconnecte avec une partie de moi que j’avais laissé s’endormir un peu, je me sens totalement revivre lorsque je viens faire un tour dans votre univers! J’ai hâte de venir vous rencontrer lors d’un atelier, dès que cela sera possible pour moi!

    1. Oh! You’ll be very welcome at the next Craft Sunday and very welcome to share my universe and bring some of your universe with you!

      a x

  2. There’s a museum devoted to letters? I need to go there ASAP. I have a friend that visits Belgium a lot and now I can tag along with her. I love the way you personalise your writing paper, it’s really attractive. You’ve inspired me to write a letter. Thank you {*}

    1. Oh that’s really sweet, thank you. I love making little edits to writing paper. I have a box of stamps and ink too, which is always fun.
      The museum is incredible. It’s not only letters but all sorts of manuscripts. They have original scores written by famous composers. Handwritten notes made by Einstein, including some letters from him… Just wonderful!
      a x

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