Thursday, May 10, 2012

Letters from Home

I'm a hopeless romantic when it comes to the postal service and receiving mail -- I mean the old fashioned, hand-written kind of course.  Do you know how difficult it is to even find  a postcard these days? 

"Letters from Home" is my way of honoring the lost art of letter writing.  With each panel, and help from my ever present 'stash of stuff' I tried to convey what it means to get a letter from someone who has taken the time to sit down, write from their heart and send it along to me. 

Each stitch brought forth memories when our mailbox entertained cards and letters - packages and pictures.  Those days are behind us -- but this is my small way of keeping the thought alive. 

"Letters are expectation packaged in an envelope". - Shana Alexander


  1. Yes, you are so right. A mailed letter is special. My niece made some bad choices and is on a little vacation courtesy of the State of Indiana. I write to her very often. They are limited in what they can receive so I can't to artsy things to send. I look for blank cards with pictures on the front that I can make up a story about. It's always as if it is a picture from the family album and a "do you remember" kind of thing. At least she can look forward to something in the mail, not just bills like me!

    I love your pieces.

  2. Oh, yes....I still treasure letters I've kept as long as 55 years! You have been working hard...and created lovely rememberings.

  3. I recently found letters I received when I was a student - my word, we were a chatty lot! My email correspondance isn't anything like as entertaining, with one or two honourable exceptions. You've created a charming tribute to something which is almost a lost way of life!

  4. Those are lovely pieces, I love the details. I wonder how many letters are sent now a days, not many I guess.

  5. Well, of course I Love letters...and these are especially beautiful. Every so often someone I deliver mail to gets a beautiful envelope in the mail along with all the bills and advertisements, I just know how special it must make them feel. I don't send nearly enough real mail. Must remedy that!

  6. Lovely work!
    I've been a mailart artist since the mid 80's and there are 1000's of us all over the globe sending letters with decorated envelopes, and art through the post.
    The post marks become part of the art, look it up you'll be delighted that it keeping the post alive!

  7. Penny, these are just so lovely!! I adore the hand stitching, the colour, and the sentiment that they hold!!



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