Well, faithful readers, thank you so much for following along as I explored a year of letter writing.

It was an interesting and, at times, laborious process that saw me scrambling to write the next day’s post and polling my friends and family members for ideas (thank you Mark for saving my ass on at least one particularly challenging occasion). And thank you so much to everyone who took the time to write.

A few highlights…

The dozens of postcards from April just floored me. I still want to tally up the amount of postage it took to get all of those cards up here.

The letters from my young cousins in England were always a highlight. Keeping in touch with them this way keeps a 35-year tradition alive between our distant families. I love knowing my letters are kept until dinnertime when they could be read at the table out loud to everyone. So cool.

The one overwhelming observation that emerged when talking to people about writing letters was that most people felt their handwriting had seriously deteriorated in the years since they started using computers to communicate.

Haiku February was a big hit. I didn’t expect that. People posted pictures of their haiku postcards on Facebook too and I received a lot of really positive comments from people both on the blog and by email. Poetry is not dead!

The ongoing correspondence with two Mary’s – one a writer in Chicago and one a Canadian lady of the prairies with a love of local art and culture – was unexpected but a complete joy and if either or both of those friendships continue by post I’ll be most pleased.

I received post from only one stranger who found my blog and took the time to write, and that was at the very tail end of this challenge. Jitrenka’s letter arrived just in the nick of time! (See yesterday’s post.)

The fact that I put a serious dent in that Drawer of Paper impresses me. I get into these modes where I want to divest myself of stuff and tidy all of my spaces, so seeing that drawer now looking much less schmozzled makes me want to move on to all the other cluttered surfaces in my office. In time Peressini, in time.

I’m still surprised that I was happy just to write letters on loose-leaf paper with my Pilot pens and didn’t end up going out and buying stuff to make the exercise more artful.

My exchanges with far (enough) flung friends and family – from Victoria, BC to Oklahoma City, OK and from Portland, OR to Saffron Walden, Essex  – have been treasured connections that I will continue to keep active. And soon I will be writing to another friend in Oklahoma. My best friend is moving to Tulsa so a whole new batch of US-bound envelopes will be heading southward soon.

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Sorry. I can’t smile about that one… yet.

So, on that note, I bid you farewell. Now I turn my energy toward finishing up my nutrition studies and starting in on a whole new adventure that pertains to food and natural health. If any of you are interested in staying apprised of anything Nib & Tuck-related, please get in touch at info@nibandtuck.ca and I’ll add you to the mailing list. I’ll still be making and selling cards. This is not the end of Nib & Tuck, only the end of my crazy one-year blog project. Or stay connected to Nib and Tuck on Facebook.

Letterwriting will be taking a bit of a backseat now as I finish up school so it may take me a while to reply if you write. There is so much new and exciting stuff on the go. Thanks again for the fun ride and please continue sending letters to those you love. Keep the joy of the personal handwritten hello alive and well.

Much love,

xo

Christina

Jitřenka is the only stranger who has found my blog and sent me a letter this past year. And just in the nick of time too!  Her colourful Easter card and happy handwriting were such a treat to see when I opened the envelope. My reply may be a few weeks in coming but I will eventually answer all of her questions about my life here in Canada.

And so starts the month of birthdays! It feels like 50% of my social circle was born in April. Today’s wishes and card are for me bruddah.

To answer her question, I’m more taken with the “vintage” stamps than the clog-dropping owl although he is awfully cute.

The stamps remind me of my first ever trip to the Guggenheim. Calder’s kinetic sculptures (read: mobiles) were a highlight after having studied him at university. I look forward to seeing those Calder mobiles again soon as I’m heading to the National Stationary Show in New York City in May! Talk about a paper freak’s dream come true. Can’t wait to be there and to see all my NY pals again.

Par avion … a Oklahoma City e Chicago. Did I just use French and Italian in the same sentence?

One of these is the letter to Jen penned a few days ago and the other is my last letter Letter-a-Day letter to Mary in Chicago. I ran out of US stamps too and used International ones instead. A bit of a waste of excess postage but what can I say. Doing little things like that is good to loosen that Type A grip I often have on all the silly little aspects of my life.

April is baaack with postcard #25! And she’s keen for me to visit. She tells me this is the sight I will behold when I fly into the City of Angels. Any of you been there?

Apologies for the lack of actual image today. Things are a bit bonkers between work and school and social life.

Photo of the Theme Building found on You Are Here’s site: http://www.you-are-here.com/modern/lax.html

 

 

 

 

I finished writing my midterm early and had a half hour to kill so I penned a short update to Jen in Oklahoma on three-hole punched notebook paper because that’s all I had. Again I’m reminded just how odd it is that a paper fetishist like me didn’t make more of an effort to buy nice writing paper during this challenge. Weird.

The year-long blog challenge is coming to a close at the end of this week and school will be coming to an end soon too. End of July to be precise. It’s going to be interesting to have all this newly freed time in a few short months, but my spidey senses tell me that I’ll be filling that time in with other important things.

Sorry, no photo today. :(

The Reef is a great little brunch place on Main Street here in Vancouver. They give you a blank Reef postcard with your bill. Twice during this blog challenge now I have sent their postcard back to them with feedback. Last weekend’s brunch was a bit of a workout so I let them know. :)

You may recall that I’ve linked to some articles on Shaun Usher’s Letters of Note website over the past year. Shaun’s been working on a book version of this online museum of letters and he is putting the finishing touches on it now. Check out the video interview over at Unbound.

As an aside…

Only one week left to go! :)

Ladyhawke receives today’s letter wherein I talk about the hectic course schedule I am taking right now.

I decided to take what are probably the two  most homework-heavy courses in my entire program, and take them simultaneously. But a few power sessions at the computer and the last week off school – March break – helped me get a lot done. As I write this I am studying for a midterm and working on assignments for both classes, but by the time you read this I’ll have finished about half of those assignments and the midterm will be over. I’ll still have the research paper to write and a massive case study on a client/friend to finish. But I love it. This is the challenge I loved when I was at university taking five courses at a time.

Because I jammed it into a tight-fitting envelope before photographing it, you get a photo of a letter that is shoehorned into a stray envelope – one of many in my drawer of paperstuffs.

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