I just LOVE prizes! I was always one for prize giving. I would see something I thought my husband or one of the kids, or a special friend might like, and I’d create an event for prize giving – complete with hoopla and hugs!
Well, in our virtual Blogworld of prizes, we imagine the hugs, and create plenty of visual and textual hoopla within “give-away” posts! We’re encouraged, on varied occasions, to enter to win something marvelous from creative, tasteful women all over the world!
Imagine my delight when I found that within the last few weeks I have won four giveaways! Today, I put together a little post about two of them that I thought complimented each other well.
Trish at Sweetology sent me a beautiful floral teacup with a sweet lid to keep my tea hot!
Abby at Little Birdie Blessings sent me a precious host of Victorian children greeting cards packaged with a lovely personal note and an extra little something to slip between the pages of my Bible!
So, of course, I have to set up a morning of correspondence writing on my old fashioned writing desk – with tea by my side, and a little treat from my favorite local baker – Trish – you’d love them – Steve & Jill at Sweet Life Bakery!
A Blueberry Lavender cupcake with all its purple-blue cream cheese and lavender frosting over a ricotta cake recipe is splendid!
Proper ladies of bygone days, when once cleared of breakfast, might take their tea at their writing desk and dash off their morning correspondence in time to make the morning post.
A leisurely hour or so might be spent handwriting newsy little tidbits and heartfelt sentiments to friends and family. Today, we call that texting tweeting, facebooking, and email.
In the day, however, the elegance of a fine hand and prose perfect words were a mark of gracious womanhood. The copious quantity of surviving letters of our feminine ancestors – famous and not so famous – give us an intimate look into the heart and issues of the daily lifestyles of women in the era depicted skillfully here by Abby – sweet Victorian children committed to greeting cards.
I have a favorite publisher of vintage books – and books for vintage lovers – at Applewood – from whom I have a whole series of Laughing Elephant books featuring vintage illustrations, verse, and in this case, details of the letter writing habits of vintage times. Here’s my lovely copy of a title dedicated to the art of handwritten correspondence:
Just the thing to curl up with to finish my tea – kept so fresh and hot with Trisha’s lidded teacup – after I’ve jotted a few choice words to loved ones filled with good wishes and encouragement – then sent onto the post!
Perhaps it might be a note of gratitude for prizes received with appropriate sentiment:
and the Lord Jesus Christ.