Lately I’ve realized how little I’ve mentioned some of the brilliant blogs out there which support our passion for writing. So on this fine, sunny Monday I thought I’d bring up a few that keep me coming back for more.
The gals behind Letter Writers Alliance honestly amaze me. Beginning in 2007, Kathy Zadrozny and Donovan Beeson created not only a blog which consistently highlights the importance of the postal world but have also created a community in Chicago that offers gatherings such as Letter Writing Socials. They also sell unique writing supplies on their fantastic online shop. And best yet, an inexpensive LWA membership gives you access to exclusive postal items and downloads. These gals do it all!!
Oh, Hello Friend is another favorite. Danni sells her products online as well as via brick and mortar in California. She also shares a million DIY paper projects, like this simple message in the bottle.
By the way, head to OHF today for an awesome give-away of handmade notes!
If I want to be visually inspired, Suann Song from Simple Song Design (just outside of DC) always plays with paper, color and design. She also creates stationery for The White House which is a treat to check out.
There is nothing like foodie blogs which grab my attention such as herriott grace (pie in a cup below) and bogart loves (egg in a hole)!
Of course, Letters of Note is one of the most fascinating sites around, gathering all kinds of letters, postcards, memos, telegrams and faxes from over the years. One of my favorites, below, is from Johnny Cash to June on her birthday. Such sweetness.
Who do you all follow these days? Come on now, spread the love.
“Drums please”. So begins “Summertime” by DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince, one of the catchiest and, in my and my boys’ opinion best, songs of all time. “Break to ya crib, change your clothes once more ’cause you’re invited to a barbecue that’s startin’ at 4”. If a better sentence about summer exists I’m not aware of it. If that song (to me at least) represents all that’s good about summer lyrically, then I’d have to say Farmer’s Markets does the same job for other senses.
My family and I are market folks and I don’t think a weekend passed this summer without one of us sneaking in a market somewhere. All those fruits and vegetables and venders combine to make a rich and satisfying summer brew of sights, flavors and sounds. And touch, too. Can’t forget about touch. Tough to beat the feel of a late season eggplant. Uff da. (The above LoveTree Farmstead Cheese and Bogart Loves Bakery are two of our favs.)
But this blog is more about handwriting than swiss chard so on we go. For me, the handwritten signs are as much a part of the overall market experience as the produce and people. Every market day those folks get out the chalk to tell the rest of us what’s good and fresh. The hand that writes each sign is unique – as can be the spelling – and is always changing just as what’s on offer is constantly changing week-to-week.
So when summer ends and we’ve been to our last market (Kingfield Market Oct. 30 was ours) I guess there’s a little bit of sadness. No more pea shoots or mini donuts for another 6 months. Sigh. But on the bright side, with shorter days comes more time indoors and that means, hopefully, more time with a pencil or pen and paper. I don’t have a musical bone in my body but if I ever write the song “Wintertime” the opening line will be “Pencils please”.