Saturday, January 28, 2012


For thousands of years, letter writing has been the primary form of communication.   In fact, I recently read that George Washington wrote over 40,000 letters in his lifetime, many of which were written while he was in office.  Sadly, the personal letter has turned into an email in which to say hello, thank you or come for dinner.  The joy of letter writing is becoming a lost art and that walk to the mail box is producing less and less excitement when all that awaits us is junk mail and bills.  I have decided with  the vast assortment of writing materials available, we have no excuses NOT to take the time to sit down and compose a letter to a dear friend or loved one.   First thing to do is create an atmosphere that is quiet, peaceful and cozy.  .  .  .  .

                     This desk is over 100 years old.  It belonged to my grandmother.
I sat at this desk as a child and played school.  I had my crayons in the
small drawer to the right and they stayed there all of the time.  When I
would spend the night with my Grandma and Aunt, my crayons were
always waiting for me.  Then one day, this desk became mine. . .

This desk sits in a cozy corner up in the loft and I have
recently gathered a lot of my writing materials into one place.

A cozy lamp, a tray filled with great stationery, a brass container
full of birthday cards,  thank you note cards, old books,( but of course),
a picture of my mom and me, a candle, fresh flowers and stamps.
No excuse here for not having all of the accoutremonts necessary for
sharing thoughts with a special friend in the absense of a computer!!!

I have put a few pens into a flower vase which works well
and looks attractive . . .

The oval crystal and silver box on the silver tray is a find from
France that was under dust and piles of old papers.  The silver top
was black as was the little tray beneath, polished it looks
 wonderful.  It used to be used for pates.  Today I use it for my
stamps and paper clips and I love how perfectly it works on my desk.

Tonight, I lit a candle, drank a cup of tea and wrote my daughter
a letter. . . . . it was quiet and the ambiance perfect.  Thoughts
came easily and I couldn't have enjoyed more, putting my pen to
paper and sharing thoughts that would be mailed in
the morning.  Have you seen the new Chinese New Year stamps?
They are beautiful in shades of powder blue and coral with touches
of soft yellow. . . .and yes, that coral envelope matched the
stamp beautifully . . . . ok, I guess that is just my design
sense kicking in . . . but it did look pretty.

The cubbies of this desk are half the fun. . . they are packed full of note cards
letter press stationery and fun seals for the back of an envelope.

This chubby little blue bird sits on the upper part of the desk.
He holds dear memories for me.  In preparation for the Christmas
holidays when I owned the store, my mom admired him .
She and my dad helped mark product as it was shipped and made
Christmas a little easier that year.  .   .  .  .I wanted to pay them
for their help and they wouldn't take a penny.  Christmas morning they
each opened one of these birds that I had attached a hundred dollar
bill to the underside.   SURPRISE!!  I think we sold over 100 of
these little guys.

Fresh flowers, and a letter to
be answered. . .

It truly was a joy sitting here tonight with pen in hand, classical
music, a cup of tea.  All was quiet and serene in this little
corner of my world. . . . . I encourage you to try it and help
me to revive the lost art of letter writing.     When you have a little
space with a hard surface, pretty note cards or stationery, a cozy
atmosphere in which to write, you too will be encouraged
to take the time. . . . . . . no searching for writing materials
and no excuses to answer letters (and they will come!)   Who knows
someday, if I had your address, you might go to your mailbox
and find a letter from me!


New from crane's

Poor photo but oh so charming this french thank you note, by
cheree berry

One of my very favorite note cards from a company
called local wisdom


This is another design from cheree berryGreat white card stock,
lining of envelope to match the  engraved printing oxox on the card.  I think
some of her designs are the best I have seen in awhile.  Even the edges
are painted on these cards.

The new stamps that were just released to celebrate the
Chinese New Year.  .  .  so colorful.  These stamps are
referred to as Commemorative Stamps.

Ashley's in Clarendon Hills (suburb of Chicago) will not disappoint!
She has selected for her customers some of the most beautiful invitations,
announcements and personalized stationery for adults as will as children.
Her staff is friendly (ask for Denise) and always ready to assist you with your writing needs.

Wedding invitation offerings are plentiful and always so beautifully
done.  Save the date, shower invitations, books on wedding etiquette await the bride. 
Sample books are numerous for your custom selections as you finalize
your special day.   This staff is so ready to ease your concerns and make
wonderful suggestions when you are sometimes so overwhelmed. 

  Ashley's also carry
Vera Bradley accessories and Lilly Pulitzer stationery, books, calendars
and desk accessories,  as well the stationery line of Kate Spade.
    Great gift ideas and decorative accessories for the home complete
what you may find at Ashley's.
If you wish to visit, in order to get your little corner of the world ready
for writing, they can be found at:

ASHLEY'S Custom Stationery  & More
22 S. Prospect Ave.
Clarendon Hills, Illinois 60514

If you happen to be in the neighborhood at lunch time, just walk across the
street to REDD HERRING  ~ great food and open for lunch! (and of course
dinner too!) 


Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

What a wonderful space Mary Anne. The desk is beautiful and filled with fabulous memories.

Love this post!

Mary Anne said...

Hi Pat at Back Porch Musings,

Yes, I created the 'cozy' and look forward to my next letter in the still of the early evening. Glad you enjoyed the post Pat.

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Love those little desks that can be tucked away in a corner.


✿ⒹⒺⒺ✿@ A Lapin Life said...

Beautiful desk. Such a wonderful treasure!


WhiteWhispers2u said...

Good Morning! Thank you so much for your sweet comment and your visit.It's been a changing time for me that's for sure.

Funny, I stop for a visit and it's about letters and writing.I have a bag full of letters from my grandmother to her mother as well as to my dad that I got from my dad's home and I am so excited to read them and get to know them even better than before.

If it wasn't for letter writing I wouldn't have these to touch and smell {not that they smell good at all} Lol Though I am so excited to have them and have the chance to learn more about my family and get a closer look at what was going on at the time.Priceless, I think really.

I love your grandmothers desk and yes all the cubbies are so sweet.I try to write note cards to my grandmother still, which reminds me I should send one to her today even though she may not remember who I am these days.Sad!

Who doesn't love a card in the mail with a few photos in it.I know I

~Blessings Kim

WhiteWhispers2u said...

Oh yes! Those stamps are beautiful and I am off to get some myself today.~Kim

Anonymous said...

Such a wonderful posting on letter writing and all that goes with it, Mary Anne. Once again, you've given me inspiration for beautiful organization of what I might already have. Your grandmother's desk, now the desk of you (and someone else's grandmother) is as tender a story as there can be. Thank you sharing your inner spaces once again.

Off to the post office to buy some stamps!

Acquired Objects said...

Hi Mary wonderful you get to sit at your Grandmother's desk and do something the human race has forgotten, write a hand written letter. It's nice you've surrounded your Grandmother's desk with fond memories from your travels. Thank you for stopping by my blog and here's to joining yours!


Jennings and Gates said...

Such a great post! Hand written letters mean so much. I always sift through the mail to find a card or letter and if there is one, hooray! How wonderful too, to use a desk for letter writing that has been passed down from letter writer to letter writer. Wonderful...

cityfarmer said...

I should've taken a closer look at that little beauty during my overnight ... you know me, I love gramma's things!

you tell the story with such meaning my friend.

When my kidling were little, would tell them "to get a letter, one must first write a letter"