Early last year, I decided to do something that had been on my mind for some time. The idea of the somewhat lost art of writing personal letters intrigued me. As a child and young teen, I had pen pals and I remember eagerly awaiting letters in the mail.
As soon as one arrived, I raced to my bedroom and wrote a reply. I wanted the letters to keep coming.
Later, when family members moved far away, we communicated with each other by writing letters. Long distance phone calls were infrequent and expensive then, but getting a letter in the mail was a delight.
With these and other memories in mind, I began creating The Letter Box, providing subscribers with a beautiful, illustrated letter every few weeks. It was exciting and fun, and my subscribers loved it.
Little did I know when I began that 2017 would turn out to be such a difficult year. Lots of big and tragic events came along. By late fall, I was finding it hard to keep all the balls in the air and it was with regret that I had to stop writing and illustrating the regular installments of The Letter Box.
Now, my life seems to have righted itself again. (What a relief!)
But guess what! After all that letter writing, you wouldn't believe all the beautiful pages I have. I am so excited to tell you that I have gathered them all together and put them in a book! I have also added more letters that even the previous subscribers have never seen!
The Letter Box - An Entire Year of Illustrated Letters is now available to purchase.
Isn't it pretty?
And here is a special surprise: A peek inside!
I made some changes to some of the original letters, adding more of my watercolours and keeping everything current.
My goal with this book of letters is to shine a light on the beautiful things that are around us every day, and to help us all find enjoyment in the sweet ordinary.
The letters are personal with details about my life, including travels and discoveries.
The Letter Box also has lots of great tips and ideas, from recipes and decorating ideas to advice on cleaning closets and enjoying summer days (not at the same time, though).
Where I share creative ideas, uplifting thoughts, and spread sweetness to help us all make life pretty.