Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Back to Basics

Hey! Hope this Tuesday is finding you happy, healthy, and halcyon. :o)
Look at this little birdie perched upon our front porch feeder. 
Though you can't tell from the photo, this is one bitty bird.
She (the males are red) is a House Finch, and only about 4-inches in length.
 A few of her cohorts are trying to build nests in my carport.
If they can manage, I say, "Why not?" :o)


One of my new features begins today. I'm calling this Back2Basics. Each Tuesday, I'll post on the basics we've  seemed to ignore as life has progressed. I'll challenge you to incorporate them back into your daily living. I'll also post on Sewing and Dressmaking Basics, as some of you are new to sewing and have asked for tutorials.

These basics will be derived from some fun sources...

The BLUE BOOK of Social and Friendly Correspondence
by Mary Owens Crowther
Published in 1935 by William H. WISE & CO.

Everyday FOODS Textbook
by Jessie W. Harris, Elisabeth Lacey Speer, and edited by Alice F. Blood
Published in 1944 by Houghton Mifflin Company

Household Searchlight Recipe Book
Compiled and Edited by Ida Migliario, Zorada Z. Titus, Harriest W. Allard, and Irene Nunemaker
Published 1944 by Copper Publications for Household Magazine of Topeka, Kansas

Singer Sewing Book
by Jessie Hutton and Gladys Cunningham
Published in 1972 by the The SINGER COMPANY

The Golden Hands Complete Book of Dressmaking
Text written by Elizabeth Baker, Alison Louw, and Valerie Punchard
Published in 1972 by Random House

Let's begin with correspondence...
Now, bloggy friends, I may be 'preaching to the choir' when it comes to correspondence. I love the comments and chatting that goes on throughout my day with y'all. Generally speaking though, I have found the written word to be sorely lacking when I reach into my mailbox.
Think back to when you received an unexpected note from someone. Didn't it warm your heart just a bit to know someone took the time to take pen to paper and let you know you were special? My most cherished letters came from my Grandma. Oh, how thrilling it was to find a note from her! :o)

According to The Little BLUE BOOK of Social and Friendly Correspondence,
 a "letter is a substitute for a spoken conversation. 
It is spontaneous, private, and personal.
 It is non-literary and is not written for the eyes of the general public."


Whew! The pressure is off! I simply have to write to the addressee as I would speak to him/her. I can write on a whim, and don't have to worry about it being published...unless I happen to be writing to a fellow blogger. I think it can be assumed that anything I do could be used as blogger fodder. ;o) Today, I've chosen my nephew "Spike" as the recipient of my letter.

Spike is almost five, and most likely would not truly appreciate my fancy stationery. Instead, I'm using a watercolor scene I created one afternoon while painting with LittleGirl. It's 8.5x11" in dimension, and easily folded into an envelope.
Letter to Spike
Click to enlarge

The CHALLENGE
  • Grab your inditing implement and a card, some stationery, or even a plain 'ol piece of paper.


  • Think of someone you'd like to surprise and to spread a smile. Perhaps it's a family member, such as an aunt or uncle you don't see often, or a former school chum. Maybe a hermitlike neighbor that's been tucked away inside for the winter could use some sunshine in the form of a note. What about a former teacher?
  • Jot down at least three lines before you sign your name. Here's a starter:  I was thinking of you today, and...

  • Address the envelope.

  • Lick and stick the stamp.


  • Pop the note into the mail.


  • Congratulations! You're back to the basics of letter writing!


Before today, how long has it been
 since you've handwritten a note to someone?

From whom did you receive your all-time favorite letter?

Let's get Back2Basics
and have a
Happy Tuesday!

PS...If you're so inclined, leave a comment and let me know
 to whom you're writing your letter. :o)

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