First off I want to apologise for the terrible images! I have to write blog posts, take pictures and work on projects at night after I finish (paid) work, and the light is still lacking these evenings, especially if I finish late. I can’t wait for long summer evenings to arrive so I can photograph away to my heart’s content with decent light levels. So all of these photos are rushed and poorly lit, but you’ll forgive me this time right?!
I finished my postcard for the Great Big Stitched Postcard Swap and it was sweet and fun to work on. I made a transparent envelope again so that the postal workers also have a little brightness in their mailbag to counter all those bills and official letters!
Mine is on it’s way to Mary in the US, all the way from sunny Brussels. I took an existing postcard that I got from the lovely Flow Magazine and made some edits and embellishments of my own, just silly, fun stuff, to make it brighter.
A number of months ago at a huge street brocante (flea) here in Brussels I found a guy selling these elegant vintage paper letters, dated around the turn of the last century. The style is dated but beautifully so. I’ve been trying to use them as inspiration ever since for my own stationary, but the quality of the paper is better than I have in my stash. The little boy and the blue flowers are made of an embossed cardboard with ribbon underneath. And the text… Soooooo absolutely sweet! I have about 5 of these and they’re all letters from children to their parents or godparents and are unbelievably sweet. This one starts “Little Father, Sweet Mother, On this beautiful day I come to present you with my best wishes for happiness…” (my translation). I can only hope my kids will have the ability to write so elegantly, never mind expecting them to sit and write me long letters of adoration! Amazing.
I have my own stash of images that I cut from magazines and that I find on other free leaflets and postcards, and these make for a good treasure trove when I want a letter to look that bit more special. It’s running out though, I must hunt for some more!
Check out the Do What You Love blog for more of these nice events. I know that I have an awful lot on my plate at the moment, working full-time in another sector, and trying to start my own business from zero having moved countries. But it’s worth taking an hour out of the schedule to do something that gives you pleasure, just for the sake of it, rather than something that needs to be ticked off a To Do list. It’s a different sort of satisfaction, and very necessary to a healthy mind and heart…