The Art of Letter Writing

DSC06536I love the idea of letters,

old ones,

The Letter

DSC06536new ones,

Pink or blue blank note cards

The Love Letterold love letters,

matted letter

DSC06536saved letters from friends.


DSC06536Letter writing is a lost art, yet when you peek into etsy you might think differently.

I featured Creative Carmelina's new envelopes which she created from Victoria Magazines in a treasury on etsy I called THE ART OF LETTER WRITING.  If you are not familiar with Carmelina's lovely blog, you must visit her, she is so talented.  I especially love her journals.

DSC06536I love old postage too,


DSC06536letter writing things always inspire me, like sealing wax. art stamps and beautiful fountain pens.  When I have a new pen, I just want to sit down and compose a letter.


This book belongs to antique stampI use old postage when I am shipping parcels or in a beeswax collage.


DSC06536I used old letters to wrap this beeswax collage.


DSC06536Of course there is always a stamp or two included.


DSC06536and fabric designs.

Click on the image to see this in fabric

DSC06536I used that fabric to make this wall canvas.  Some of my customers have used this fabric to create throw pillows and in smaller scale they make sachets.

French Postage in a Canvas

DSC06197Truly I think that the art of letter writing is returning.


DSC06536Even if the letter is the art itself.


Letters of InspirationThe Art of Letter Writing.
French Postage fabric large

embellishment-stationeryThe song for this post is called Luv Letter.
Sara said...

What a lovely post. I enjoyed every minute of it and the music too. Hugs Sara

Kathleen Grace said...

It is a mystery to me why letter writing is dying. We all love a handwritten letter. I guess the convenience of instant communication is too much competition for beautiful letters that take days to arrive. I have all the love letters that Earl sent me while we were dating. Boxes of them since we were apart for a year and he wrote nearly every day! I fear my daughters won't have those treasures from their own sweethearts. Beautiful post Karen!

Snap said...

Wonderful post, Karen. I love letter writing and am so sad that *it* doesn't happen anymore. It's so much fun to open up an envelope and read the latest news from a friend. You just don't get the same feeling in an email! Love the fabric.

Tina Eudora said...

Oh Karen I have to say that the bees wax collage is stunning! I love the rich colors and that lovely girl in profile is! Beautiful work!
Tina xo

Gabriela Delworth said...

Hello Karen,

I absolutely love old letters! The old style handwritten fonts...
The vintage look...

I think I miss getting them in the mail as nowadays everything is digital!

~ Gabriela ~

Anonymous said...

I found you through old "where bloggers create" link. I agree with the beauty & timelessness of letter writing. It is so sad so many young ones have no clue how to hold a conversation with written words. You prompt me to write to my dearest friend, via first class mail. Hugs. Tammy... thank you for having me and your welcome to stop by for a chance to win my GIVEAWAY! Hugs.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

What a beautiful post. I love old letters, and I love receiving letters in the mail.

I will say, I am very out of practice. I sat down this weekend and filled out invitations to a holiday party we are having last month and my hand got cramped after just a few!

Carol said...

Isn't it a pleasure to get a letter in the mail? Always has been and still is.
Your letters and postage are art.

Sarah said...

How pretty! I need to start writing again...maybe I'll ask for some pretty stationery for Christmas!


Joy said...

Karen, your blog is a feast for the eyes, senses, soul. I am so glad we 'met' and I am so inspired by your work. I am afraid that your blog will keep me glued to my computer for many hours (yes!) to come. Wow, what a visual treat. I've spied a sample of your work, oh, I must go off and explore. Fantastic! I too collect old letters, writing, stamps, and use them in collages, and on handmade projects. My son in law stated that handwriting is 'out' in this day of computers, texting, etc. I think it is a lost art, and I loved learning cursive when I was in 3rd grade. A handwritten note is so much more special than any e-mail message. Thanks so much for this interesting post, your photos are beautiful, I see an artist's eye in them. Oh, BTW, when I wanted to get an 'important' person's attention--when I wanted my correspondence to stand out from all others, I wrote a letter--no e-mail... it worked! He even mentioned that since one rarely recieves personal letters, mine was very noticeable.

Ann Nichols said...

What a lovely post and so perfect with Christmas letter writing time coming up! Your photo montages are just spectacular - I feel like I'm looking at an old Victoria magazine when ever I come into your site (Remember how they used to put poetry or verses on photos...)! Thank you for such a lovely glimpse into the beautiful things to be found in life!

A Tale of Two Cities said...

What a beautiful post. I admit I'm much more likely to email someone these days, than sit down and write a letter, but what a joy it is to receive a beautiful letter in the mail. Your vignettes are inspiring--time to get out some stationery and share some thoughts!


Mary Isabella and Kiley too! said...

Stunning post my friend....hugs to you today all the way from me in Kentucky!!!

kpaints said...

A totally beautiful work of art (the post) and everything in it! Just lovely! Thanks for stopping by my blog for a visit...the vintage bag lady...karen

I have always loved to write letters and all the little embellishments that went with it!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

There is something so special about this art; I started writing letters when I was just a small child. I have written to radio stations lodging complaints (yes, as I child I did and it got read on the radio!) and I have written to Olympic athletes and to the President of the United States!!! I love to write, but now with blogging, it is so much easier. Your images are as wonderful dearest as your sentiments. Love to you, Anita

Pondside said...

When I think of all the old letters I have stored in metal boxes I get a warm feeling. I'm sad, though, to think that in this age of instant communication we rarely communicate in a way that lasts.
This past summer I started to exchange letters with another blogger - we've never met and perhaps never will, but we both enjoy receiving a beautifully addressed envelope and a handwritten letter.

Lita C. Malicdem said...

I keep old letters from my late husband since the time we were in courtship stage up to our marriage in my memoirs box. I never realize they can be kept in an artistic manner like what I see here. Awesome!

Found you from our mutual friend Cbel2me's link. Glad to be here. Thank you.

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Oh yes so do I!. Did you ever see the movie The Letter its by Hallmark, one of my favorites..
I still have the letters Gary wrote to me, my Mom has the letters my Dad wrote her.
I have postcards that my Grandma received and that she had sent to my Grandpa. The postcards arrived with only a one name and town..everyone know each other..beautiful times..
I loved your post today..
Have a sweet day and hugs, Elizabeth

myletterstoemily said...

another amazingly glorious post, karen! i
love it! i visited your darling friend, and she
is so creative, too.

i wrote a letter today. :)

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Karen I saved every letter and card my husband and children have ever sent me. I love taking down the rather large box and looking through my letter treasures from time to time. Reading them brings back moments in time so clearly. I hope that letters will never be a "thing if the past" for the future will not know the pleasures they are missing if that ever happens.I have also save commemorative stamps since childhood and have many tins full of them. I enjoy looking at them and sorting through them.

Your art work is so precious! This was such a lovely post and I know I will be back many times to look at it again..almost like re-reading a beautiful letter!