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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Love Letters

A favorite book to linger over is this one called Passionate Love Letters. It not only quotes passages from those romantic letters but includes some little envelopes with facsimiles of the letters inside the envelopes.

I have always loved reading love letters from historical figures. I also love writing beautiful letters even if they aren't frequent. It is so much easier to just send an email to people in today's world, but think of the thrill when going to the mail box and finding an actual letter from a friend or relative instead of bills and spam mail. Just about all the mail received today is one form of spam or advertisements.

How thrilling it is to receive something in a pink envelope with lovely script flowing on flowered paper. I have a plethora of writing paper. All of it has flowers on it. When I write a letter I usually note the date, but also the time of the day and where I am sitting when I write it and my thoughts on the day I write. Now, I'm going to be brave and tell you that if you would like a letter from me, just send me an email from the address I have on my side bar and I'll be thrilled to fill your heart with a letter from me.

When one isn't married to a "romantic" it's a bit of a challenge. Love Bunny isn't a letter writer except when he and I were separated due to him being stationed in far away lands. I think I'll ask him for a love letter for Christmas since we've given up the commercial aspect of the season.

Are you one to save old love letters? I am. I love going back and reading cards sent to me and the love letters from hubby. There is always space in my heart for that.

Just a few photos of just some of my correspondence papers and note pads. Some of these are extremely rare. The roses one just below the violets cannot be found at all anymore and is the most gorgeous note paper I've ever seen. I'll usually include a few sheets of this paper when I gift some one with a swap. It is truly the prettiest paper ever.

Some of the papers are die cut and some are so delicate as to appear ethereal as is the one on the bottom left.

Small selection of note cards along with some stickers I've collected over many years. I have beautiful colorful ribbons around the sets to tie them together also.

Some have fruit themes. ALL are beautiful.

Even my staples are colorful and lovely. Nothing goes unnoticed in my world.

This is my favorite set of stationery. I've even embossed it with my name. Sorry, but I obliterate my last name on the blogs to preserve me and my family some privacy.

And all of it in beautiful storage boxes. Just a small sampling for you.

And if you are very fortunate, I'll drop in a bauble or two to brighten your day when I correspond with you. ;-)

Lastly, I have to admit I took these photos in that ethereal light just before the sun peeks over the horizon. BUT today it was 5° with a wind chill factor of -3° while taking these photos on the back patio with just a sweater on. I decided to come in and capture a photo of my red cheeks and nose. And this was before I even ran a brush through my hair and, of course, no makeup. See how brave I am!


  1. Connie, I'm like you in that I love pretty things, especially paper, envelopes and stickers. I love sending and receiving real live letters through the mail. It's so fun. You are so cute that even your staples are color coordinated. That books looks so interesting. Have a great day. Kathi

  2. Hi, Connie... you are beautiful, early in the morning or any time of day! :-)

    That stationery is gorgeous. Loved it all.

    Here's a note of my own, wishing you a very Merry Christmas! Hope it's the best one yet!


    Sheila :-)

  3. You are beautiful, with or without makeup... and my email is going your way right now... I want a letter!!!

  4. Oooooo you have to tell me where to find the colored staples. I NEED those for the "china" paper teacups Connie!

    Lovely post!

  5. G'morn, Connie ~ In our shop we carried a lot of these stationary items. I, too, use many the same as do you. Love any rose stationary.

    Will have to seek the book, would be interesting to read.

    DH isn't the writing type ... durnnit!

    GOSH! IF at your ge we all could look so good ... you are gorgeous!

    Have a blessed & beautiful MERRY CHRISTMAS, sweet friend.
    Hugs, TTFN ~Marydon

  6. I'm with you my friend! I love stationery, pens, and papers are wonderful!!!

    Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

  7. Hello Connies, still making my PS visits. We had alot of snow and my ISP was down. What a nice book, I've seen it in my book club and had considered getting it. I love all your stationary too! I have many of the same! Loved your pink post with all those pretty rooms. I think the red was my favorite!
    Have a wonderful and blessed Holiday!
    Shirls Rose Cottage

  8. I adore the stationary, so pretty. And yes to the staples, PINK ones I see LOVE them, lol.

    IF you don't mind I am gonna send an email your way too.

    Hugs from Marian

  9. Ah, Connie, you look lovely! I do love letters, especially loveletters! I'm glad that there was not much email when husband and I were courting, because I have some wonderful ones from him that I treasure. I love all your stationary!


  10. Wow, I agree with you concerning letter writing. I so love to get and give letters over email...actually....I even seal them with wax. I think your "ethereal" stationary is beautiful., btw where do you find such terrific staples....I would have never even imagined colored staples could exist. LOL. Well God Bless You this season and thanks for sharing your lovely treasures with us. Merry Christmas

  11. When I was a young girl, my camp friends and I would hold stationery swaps in the changing rooms (ballet camp). I can still picture being quite excited to write to my best friend who had moved to TX, as well as pen pals, on new papers.
    My very, very favorite thing was sealing wax. I sometimes think I should buy some, as my daughters most likely have never seen it.
    Merry Christmas!

  12. I love this post Connie, the book looks wonderful, I'll have to look for it. You can write to me anytime...please! The stationery is so pretty, it's hard to say which one I like best.

  13. What pretty things you have, Connie, and how nicely you store them! Looks like you have so many treasures in your beautiful home!!


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