Wednesday, October 24, 2012

National Stationery Show

I would love to attend the National Stationery Show next May. I've never been, but it sounds like a great place to be!

Back in the days when I was a fashion editor, I attended the Dallas Apparel Market, interviewing designers, going to fashion shows, etc. Then, I became a food editor and attended the Pillsbury Bake-off and the National Beef Cook-off. It was always such fun to connect with people interested in the same things I was.

Just think....thousands of people interested in stationery, cards, pens, journals, papercrafts, etc.! Wow!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Matching your letter topic to your stamps

It's easy to see how our letters match our stamps during holiday times. We put Christmas stamps on Christmas cards and letters, Hanukkah stamps on Hanukkah cards and letters, etc.

But, what about with our everyday letters? Do you ever match your stamp to your letter topic or to your letters' recipients?

I sometimes buy vintage, yet unused and still usable, stamps to put on letters. It's fun for me to sort through the stamps, choosing just the right stamp for the person I'm writing to.

Such activities aren't limited to old stamps, though. You can use the new Earthscapes stamps or the Go Green stamps to spark a "conversation" about environmental issues. Or, if you're raising funds to fight cancer, you could use the Breast Cancer Research semipostal stamp, which benefits the National Institutes of Health and the Medical Research Program at the Department of Defense.

If you like dogs, dance, theater, cartoons, baseball, history, literature, Scouting, exercise, and the list goes on and on, there are stamps to match those themes.

If you're struggling for something to write a letter about to a friend or a new penpal, take a look through your stash of stamps. You might just find an interesting topic just waiting to be licked!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

New Holiday Stamp

The U.S.P.S.'s new "Holy Family" stamp was issued yesterday, Oct. 10, 2013. The Forever stamp features Joseph leading a donkey that carries Mary and Jesus, guided by a shining star in the twilight sky. The stamp also features the word "Christmas" along the bottom edge.

Working together, art director William Gicker, designer Greg Breeding and artist Nancy Stahl have created the image of the Holy Family. 

The stamp was unveiled at a ceremony in the Washington, D.C., National Cathedral’s Bethlehem Chapel, whose “Epiphany Window” was featured in the Postal Service’s 1980 traditional Madonna and Child stamp issue.

 For more holiday images, the "Santa and Sleigh" stamps are being issued today. Here's the post I wrote a couple of weeks ago about those stamps: Santa Stamps!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Repeat Fortune

I've posted this before....but, I opened a fortune cookie this weekend and found the same fortune I received almost three years ago! Do you think there's a message there for me?

I think this is the fortune for all of us letter writing fans in the world!

Heed the fortune...write a letter this week!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Historic Letters Restoration

There was a fascinating article out last week about a project to restore many letters written to author Ernest Hemingway. The JFK Library and Museum in Boston is undertaking a massive project to repair and restore thousands of letters that have been damaged by time, the elements, insects, etc.

According to the Associated Press article, the project could take several years and $300,000. Each letter is worth about $5,000, the story says.

If you're interested in letterwriting, especially the value of the handwritten word in our society, this article would be worth your time.

This photo by Mary Hemingway shows Ernest Hemingway reading a letter at La Consula, the Davis estate near Malaga, Spain. (Courtesy of the Ernest Hemingway Collection. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston)

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