Long Live the Letter! I said on Monday - and you agreed. I started thinking about my favourites from the past: before emails, before texts. I wrote to my cousin every week for a year when we were teenagers; to a school friend who moved to Hong Kong, to a French pen pal; but some of the most exciting letters of all came from that intrepid traveller Uncle Dave, who wrote once a week from his apartment in Taipei.
I looked forward to that blue airmail letter landing on the mat and I replied by return, cramming news of a n average sized Tall One and a tiny Small One onto that folded sheet. Isn't the design of an airmail letter just perfect? it's so crisply, neatly self contained. You write it, you fold it, you post it..
I decided to make a home grown version
Starting with some older, thinner patterned paper - Jenni Bowlin from a few years back - and a vintage look for a good old fashioned idea.
|The folded flap at the back secured with a Jenni Bowlin sticker. Today's red and cream typewriter is the one Uncle Dave bought in the junk shop. Shh..don't tell anyone, but it's just for decoration: it sticks a lot.|
I had a piece 12x9 inches waiting to be used, so my measurements worked like this:
|The little red leather carrying case for the typewriter. When we brought it home we realised what a quirky purchase it was: it was made in Germany in the late 1950's and has German characters included.|
And once it was finished I thought - I'll make another to post. This one will become a holder for a gift card. And then I thought - I need another one too, to make a "time capsule" birthday page, with a letter folded, ready to be opened on a special day in the future..