January 23, 2012

Longing for simpler times...

Hi friends, I'm feeling much better tonight and happy to be back with a little post for you. But first I'd like to thank you all for your sweet comments, not only for when I fell ill but also for taking the time to visit my little blog for the daily quotes, or just because. I know there are a lot of beautiful blogs to fit into our days and I am humbled and honored that you want to visit with me. I truly cherish every visit and comment.

So do you remember a time, not too long ago, when letter writing was as natural a ritual as breathing...when it was far from ever becoming a lost art...?


a time when, without a second thought, a pen effortlessly made its way into our hands...danced along the pages of beautiful stationary...


when letters formed into words...words blossomed into sentences...and our souls became forever etched within the pages of a heartfelt letter.


Perhaps because I have a young daughter growing up in such a fast paced world I'm suddenly realizing she's missing out on the beautiful art form of letter writing....


I find myself longing to return to simpler times....a time when we did not rely on texting, tweeting, facebooking, and emailing to connect with those we love and cherish....


I long to weave the art of letter writing back into our everyday....for us to pour our hearts onto pretty paper with heavenly scents of parfum still lingering long after it was written...with the edges of the pages worn with time...where years later every word still beats with love......will you join me on this quest?

Beautiful handmade stationary coming soon to my shop!

xo,

Abby

P.S. Here's a peek at something I made for a dear friend....a petite bird nest pendant to strand along her neck....I may create a few for my shop too. 



22 comments:

Hibiscus House said...

Beautiful. So glad you are feeling better.

NanaDiana said...

Oh Abby! What a lucky friend you have...but even MORE importantly, what a lucky daughter you have to guideher along the way of a return to the beauty of yesterday! I have so many letters that I have saved over the years from when my girlfriends and I communicated by writing letters.

I am so glad you are feeling better. xo Diana

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

You are SO RIGHT about the dsying art of letter writing!

Believe it or not i had a dear friend over for tea last week and she brought a petition for me to sign......and I happily did, and she kinda laughed and said the lady who "signed" one up from where I was signing ask her why there were two lines, and my friend said "One to sign, one to print." And she said "Sign? What's the difference between the two?"

My friend said "One in cursive and one printed." She said she didn't KNOW cursive.

Can you imagine this????? Oh my gosh I have beautiful h andwriting because it was absolutely positively drilled into us in school (oh trust me the hours and hours of writing!)

And this young woman didn't even KNOW what it WAS??? My friend just told her to print both lines and left it alone.

Shocking. What oh WHAT would Jane Austen say about this????

Great post and lovely pictures, and I am thrilled and thankful you are feeling better.

(I am sorry this was so long but I HAD to tell you!)

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Interesting you did this post. Handwriting really is becoming a lost art. My 19 year old commented on that fact just last week. He was making out a check, and paused to refresh his technique. So much is done electronically now. There's just not a lot of practice for our youth.

BECKY said...

Such a lovely post, Abby. Too funny, too, because I just recommitted myself to writing letters! Have yet to pen one yet, but am really looking forward to it. Hope my friends write back, but somehow, I'm not quite sure they will. I hate how busyness can run our lives! It was never suppose to be that way.

Love pendant, too! I decided to keep one of your beautiful nest ornaments for myself!! Just a sweet treat to me!!

Hugs to you! So glad you're feeling better!
Becky

BECKY said...

Oh and I will probably be buying some of your stationary!! Just lovely!!

:o)

Lilybets said...

I'm glad you feel better,I love writing and old traditions...your letters are beautiful!

Teri said...

Abby, you are so right, the art of letter writing has truly been neglected! I LOVE to write letters and my girlfriend and I have kept it up since she moved away over 15 years ago!! It's such a sweet feeling to go to the mailbox and have a letter waiting, that you know someone took the time to slow down and think of you!! I love your inspiration photo of the pen, having gone to Catholic school, we used fountain pens all the time and I still use them! The stationary is gorgeous!! Oh and I was told my someone recently that cursive writing is not going to even be taught anymore!!! I hope it's not true!! I do have a six year old grandson who is obssessed with cursive writing and practices it all the time! LOL!! Probably is annoying his teacher!! Sorry for the lengthy post, wouldn't it have been much better handwritten??? heehee!!
Hugs,
Teri

Haworth said...

It's true -- and very sad -- that letter writing is becoming a lost art. I've kept up hand-written correspondences with friends and family for years. (And some only live 8 miles away!) I use antique hat boxes and lovely photo boxes to hold all their letters and cards. I feel as if all those letters are like their life stories that they told me over the years and are too precious to discard!

Barbara Jean said...

Lovely post.
Always enjoy my visits here.

blessings
barbara jean

andrea said...

Papermaking itself is also such a beautiful art form... the colors and textures speak both to the giver and receiver. Regards, andrea@townandprairie

A Cottage Muse said...

The written letter, delivered by snail mail...I miss it too!

Do you remember those wax presses to seal the envelope? My favorite aunt gave me a set for my birthday one year...wish I still had it!

Susan said...

I agree - letter writing is a beautiful form of communication. I wish more people kept it up.
Sorry to hear you were ill, Abby. I do hope you are feeling much better. Glad to see you creating this gorgeous stationary. :)

Fishtail Cottage said...

Lovely stationary! Glad your feeling better...
xoxo, tracie

Dorthe said...

Abby ,so true, -we are loosing the beauty of letter writing, and it is realy sad.
Love the beautiful envelopes you made-and the cards- all is lovely, dear.
Sorry for not writing every day-- I`m GRANDMA for this week :)
Hugs,Dorthe

Margie said...

How right you are Abby and your beautiful paper and envelopes would make me want to write a lovely letter to my daughter in law to tell her how much I love her. E-mails and telephone calls are all very well but I know she would appreciate my words in writing. Can't wait to see what you put on your Etsy site.

victoriantailor said...

I remember all the beautiful stationery's you could buy, scented, flowered, etc., used to love to collect them,

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

I feel exactly the same! I make it a point though to still send hand-written thank you notes and letters whenever possible.

Cynthia said...

So happy I visited your blog today (from My Romantic Home's "Show and Tell Friday"). A very timely topic, and I very much agree; the art of letter writing is sadly becoming a thing of the past, although I'll never give it up! I still "think" better when writing longhand.

Lydia said...

You have me hankering for an inkwell. That is a wonderful thought!

Jil~Say It With Roses said...

I am sorry you have not been well and and hope you will feel better soon!
I learned my cursive with a pen much like the one in your picture. I still write, by hand, thank you notes and always our Christmas cards.
I don't use the computer for sending cards or thank you notes as I think it is so impersonal!
A beautiful post and you have a very lucky daughter in having you for her Mom!
Jil ♥

Janae said...

Just so gorgeous!