Friday, April 21, 2017

Jane Austen Letter Writing Society Give Away!

I wanted to let everyone know that I have a store wide sale, 20% off everything in the store!

This sale includes all the Jane Austen Letter Writing kits and letter writing accessories!  This is the Jane Austen Letter Writing Society Kit, it is jammed packed ...bursting at the seams with all sorts of paper goodness.  It includes Jane Austen stickers, wax, wax seal....and more!  Here is a quick link!  Jane Austen Kit

Would you like to win this Jane Austen Mini kit?  This drawing is happening on my instagram account:  JaneAustenLetterWritingSociety  The details of the giveaway are there.  

This is also in the shop...the Jane Austen Letter Writing Society exclusive mail tag cards!

Are you running low on your favorite Jane Austen themed stickers?

These and so much more!  Take advantage of my "Spring Fling " sale going on NOW!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Let's Have A Jane Austen Tea and Parlor Party!

Or maybe a weekend retreat?

This coming July will mark the 200th year of Jane Austen's Death. Jane Austen has brought so much wit, humor and just plain good reading to us, we are so thankful for her life!    So, why not consider throwing a Jane Austen Themed Tea and Parlor Party?  I am beginning to make plans for mine, which means gathering up items over time that might come into play.   

Tea cup and tier cookie platter on clearance aisle at Ross.  Tea pot from Amazon.

I love tea accessories.  I love to have tea parties, but must admit that I haven't them as often as I should.   I am always trying to find frugal ways to decorate and to have themed parties.  I am slowly building up my Jane Austen themed party items.  I go to discount stores and always scour  the clearance aisles,  and of course the thrift stores are always great places to find inexpensive items.  I do not want you to think that I spend extravagant amounts of money on these items.   I am really just a poor relation from "Cheapside".  ;-)  I want  to encourage you to be frugal too.  So, I will try to let you know where I get my items (extremely discounted) so you can check these places out as well.   If you are belong to a  one income family like mine, your bread winner will love you for this.  

Cake stand for my cookies, borrowed from my daughter in law, who said she bought it for $5!

After a delightful time of tea, it might be refreshing to have a few activities .    How about playing this wonderful card game:  Marrying Mr. Darcy?  This darling game came to me by way of my very sweet niece , Sarah.  Thank you Sarah, you can see it will be put to GOOD use!

Another activity could be some relaxing coloring time from the  Pride and Prejudice coloring book!

It is always so much fun to have an envelope making session for some good Jane Austen themed letter writing.  Be sure to take advantage of deep discounts at crafting stores when they put their scrapbooking paper half off or more.  Try to make it your motto "Never Pay Full Price"!  It could even turn into a letter writing social!  Have your like minded friends bring a stash of fun things to share, and perhaps making an entire afternoon of it.  Who might even morph into a Jane Austen weekend retreat!  Now that would be quite felicitous, would it not?  

What about you?  Do you have some ideas that you could share perhaps about  a Jane Austen themed party?

Write Letter,
Write often!

Lady Pamela

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

How To Set The Mood For Letter Writing...

Letter Writing Rituals...

Do you ever find yourself in a frame of mind where you just can't make yourself sit down and write a letter?  Did you know that writing a letter requires a great amount of mental energy? An article I read recently talked about the relationship between creativity and mental and physical energy ( article ).  It all made sense to me.    I guess what I need to say to myself is to SLOW DOWN.   I know it's cliche to say, "slow down and smell the roses"...but there is much wisdom in that saying.  The other morning, I was sitting in my living room with a cup of hot tea  just gazing out the window.  I don't know how long I sat there just gazing, but it was so peaceful and re energizing.  The above photo was taken after I got up.

So, Step 1. Slow down, clear your mind of "the tyranny of the immediate".  It also helps to make sure you are getting proper rest and nutrition. 

Step 2.  Declutter your work area.  "A cluttered workspace evokes a distracted mind." was straight out of the article.  For me, not only the immediate work area needs to be neat and tidy, but also the entire room.  

Step 3:  Have supplies at the ready.  I usually spend a craft session or two making envelopes, or the bones of  several flip books.  It is a good idea (if you make your own stationery) to also have plenty of that available ahead of time.  I like to rubber stamp my sheets, but wouldn't that take an immense  amount of time if you were going through that process for each letter?  I also try to have "happy mail" packets ready to go.  I truly dislike searching everywhere for supplies.  It is draining .

Along with general supplies, stationery, envelopes,  stickers are a nice touch, and require no artistic talent.

Step 4:  Let's not forget to stop and take a break for tea!  A little refreshment along the way will recharge you!

Along with step 3, and having some "happy mail" (little paper gifts such as stickers, die cuts, etc. that you can share with your pen friend), be on the look out for items to "enclose" in your letter.  I found these sturdy scripture cards that I have started to enclose with  my letters.  

Once you have finished your letter by putting it in the envelope and sealing it up,  you may find it evokes a sense of accomplishment. For me, that includes the thought that  I was able to give the gift of a letter to someone.  This gift not only  was a tangible item of which I may have spent quite a bit of time creating, but it is a gift in another way.  It is a gift of my time in which I have  focused solely on them.  

Thinking about all of these things, makes me more aware of how I might learn to be more productive in my life in general, not just in letter writing.  I hope it has helped you too.   Please leave your comments below, and be a part of this conversation!  I would love to hear from you!

Write Letters,
Write Often,

Lady Pamela

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Incoming Beautiful Mail....

Lovely Mail

I've had such a happy mail box!  And such generosity....I am just overwhelmed.  

This is a beautiful letter from Lady Anna.  She sent a nice long letter, with a swatch of fabric on one of the back pages that she plans to use in a refurbishing project.  It reminded me of the long ago days when women used to send fabric swatches from quilting projects!  And look  at that beautiful postcard of Holkham Hall in Norfolk,  England!

This tea!  I never knew that Downton Abbey tea existed!  Thank you for introducing me to it, Lady Anna.

My dear Lady Nina Ruth and her crafty, jewelry making ways.  She has spoiled me!

I am in the process of responding to all of these lovely letters.  Hoping things are going well with your pen friend partner and  just think, a new round of sign ups will begin in May!  

Write Letters,
Write Often,

Lady Pamela