Goodness, the response to my handwritten letter exchange has been astonishing. Over 600 people have signed up so far which shows how much we are missing receiving something more personal and individual through the post than an email or text on a device. I spoke about it on BBC Radio York and Cambridgeshire on National Handwriting day. You can listen here from 2h 43 minutes in (at one point I pledge to befriend a carrier pigeon).
The closing date to sign up for the letter exchange is this Friday, 5th February...so there's still time to join in and tell a friend or two if you know someone who might enjoy a spot of letter writing.
CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP TO THE HANDWRITTEN LETTER EXCHANGE
Meanwhile I've been scouring electronic land for a few lovely stationery supplies for the merry band of folk who are about to put pen to paper...
I featured Mirta Tyrell of Modern Botanics' beautiful print designs a month or two ago. They're inspired by the landscape and nature finds she brings home from her walks where she lives by the side of Lake Como in Italy. I adore this set of postcards with simple botanical sprigs and trees. Excitingly Mirta is offering 15% off the cards and postcards in her online shop with coupon code writealetter. Click here.
Celia Hart has long been a friend of mine and her linocut designs inspired by Suffolk wildlife and countryside were featured in Country Living magazine a year or two ago. This card design, 'A fox broke cover', is a particular favourite of mine. Celia is offering 15% off all cards in her online shop. Simply enter valentines16 at checkout.
Louise of Super Duper Things posted a little printable beach hut on her blog a week or two ago. I think this would make an stupendous postcard or something to print out onto plain card and include in a letter. I love the idea of tiny cardboard beach huts arriving in letterboxes. Click here
ENVELOPES OF NOTE
Make your own envelopes using this excellent template from Present and Correct. Print brown paper with a stamp before you fold and stick your envelope or use pages taken from favourite catalogues. Toast envelope anyone?
Oh and there\s something tantalising about string washer envelopes, also from Present and Correct. What a stationery-lovers dream their site is.
Adding a stamped image to a letter turns plain paper into something especially lovely on which to write. These hand carved botanical stamps by Little Stamp Store are perfect for this and the shop is full of excellent designs to turn a simple brown envelope into a thing of beauty.
Might you have any recommendations for lovely stationery supplies? I'd love to hear about them...