My Stationery Addiction Now Has A Support Group! (52 Weeks, 52 Letters Challenge)
Anyone who knows me knows that I have a serious problem with stationery supplies. It’s partially genetic. My father collects fountain pens. My mother makes handmade paper goods from recycled fabrics and paper waste. I’m finally using my last stick of sealing wax left from a huge batch that my great aunt gave me in 1978. Yes. 1978. I inherited hundreds of vintage Christmas cards from my grandmother–another hoarder of ephemera– that are so beautifully made, that I couldn’t bear not to use them.
Did I mention that my grandmother passed away in 1990?
When I started my November 1st, 2001 Resolution to “Get Rid of 10 Things a Day,” I did an audit on my Stationery Closet. Yes. Stationery Closet. Did I mention I have a serious problem with stationery supplies? Nine years ago I had $3000 in handmade note cards, rag paper envelopes, exotic inks, and decorative papers. Today, I have close to $300 still left.
So, I was only too excited to read about the 52 Weeks, 52 Letters Challenge on The Non-Consumer Advocate. In addition to giving me added incentive to write letters–something I actually do already–and helping me find a purpose for my still robust collection of writing paper and cards, the 52 Weeks, 52 Letters Challenge fits nicely into my personal challenge for 2011 of “only handmade.”
The rules for the 52 Weeks, 52 Letters Challenge are simple: One piece of “real” mail sent out each week. The one piece can be a letter, a postcard, a care package or even a thank you note sent to anyone in your life.
Once a week, for all 52 weeks of 2011.
Want to sign up for the challenge? Go here: The Non-Consumer Advocate