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January 1, 2010

Where do you like to write?

Filed under: Correspondence, Giveaway, Inspiration, Morning Musings — jackie @ 8:57 am

Happy New Year dear readers!

I hope everyone had a fun and safe celebration. Mine was spent relaxing with family.

I don’t know about you but I’m not too fond of standing in line at the post office just to purchase stamps. I prefer to buy my postage for shipping packages online or at one of the kiosks within the post office. Also, there’s no guarantee that they will have any of the decorative stamps that I want.

Recently, I decided to try ordering some stamps online. It was actually a pretty nice experience. I could choose from a large selection of designs, purchase with a credit card, pay a very minimal shipping charge and they showed up in my mailbox two days later. I love to mix and match stamps on my letters so I’ll buy a variety of different stamps in varying amounts. I almost always add too much postage to my letters but it’s ok because I am personalizing my correspondence. Alexandra Stoddard taught me to do this in her book Gift of a Letter .

Years ago when I wrote letters on a regular basis I would write early in the morning before I went to work. I would sit at my kitchen table with a cup of coffee and my stationary and pens and write letters to friends near and far.

Where do you write? When do you write?

I mentioned the other day that I was going to have a little giveaway for the new year.  Post a comment here and tell me where and when you like to write.  I’ll put your name in a hat for a special little prize and I’ll pick one this coming Sunday evening.

I hope everyone has a great day.

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  1. I must confess that I write far fewer letters in these days of email. However, when I do write a letter, I am like you and prefer to do so sitting at the table with a cup of coffee. A bit later in the day for me tho’.
    I have been interested to see that some people are now making an art-space of their envelopes and I am thinking that I might give this a try. Would mean writing more letters…!

    Comment by Margaret — January 1, 2010 @ 12:51 pm
  2. I am so lucky to have my own studio. To me this is a sacred place; I love to sit there and write my letters.
    best, Annie - the Netherlands

    Comment by Annie — January 1, 2010 @ 12:54 pm
  3. Happy New Year Jacky!

    when I was a teenager I had penpals in Italy and Canada, i loved to write decorated letters sitting at the desk in my bedroom, these letters must look silly now looking back… Nowadays it’s mostly email or a simple handmade card. So no dedicated place to write anymore, maybe it would be a nice (late) resolution for this fresh new year, surprise someone with a handwritten letter, hmmmm….. :D

    Comment by dymphie — January 1, 2010 @ 5:55 pm
  4. I’m definitely a morning writer - letters, journal, e-mail, even bills - if it doesn’t happen in the morning it won’t happen that day. I’m definitely interested in the postal art thing. I got the neatest decorated envelope from a friend in Germany - what a fun surprise.

    Comment by Judy — January 2, 2010 @ 5:05 pm
  5. I’m also a morning writer, first thing when it’s quiet and my husband is not yet up. Coincidentally, writing more often is one of my goals for 2010. Although it happens rarely these days, I love receiving handwritten notes and cards, and I want to pass that feeling on to others.

    Comment by Clara — January 2, 2010 @ 10:43 pm

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