May 26, 2010
The Art Of Thank-You
This old stationery box was given to me by a dear artist friend "Judy Rael" who's creative arts never stop amazing me. Judy gave me this box knowing that I would come up with something that would alter it's dated look. It had a crackled paint finish in golden yellow's and creams, at first I was worried that too much time had gotten by without creating something and worrying about what next would I create. I was worried that my dear blogging buddies would bore of me and never visit again. This is when I took the stationery box and began to give it a bit of a new art style to it.
I painted a clean fresh primer finish in white to it so I could see vision for it. This is when it hit me that it needed to be covered with vintage book pages of seven centuries of love letter writings written in affection to win the hand, and heart of their true love. I papered the stationery box on all the important place's, poetically using the pages along with trimming the edges with hand painted paper. By adding paint to the book pages this gave it a faded aged paper look, and feel to it.
The artful paint, as well as sanding and major distressing with coat after coat of hand rubbed sealer finished it for timeless lasting use.
I love adding decorative piece's embellishing it's charm with tattered cottons in soft whites, and pinning a dictionary meaning (stationery) to it with a rusted safety pin, or just adding artful piece's with history. This stationery box will beckon you to fill it with your favorite thank-you note cards, while placed as part of your Euro chic flea market decor it will remind you daily to sit and write out a thank-you to someone dear. One thing that still remains and holds value is the old-fashioned thank-you note, it is a personal form of communication in hand written form that may be read and re-read years to come with lasting memories, where words in writing stand still.
Thank-you notes are authentic, personal, and show the recipient that you truly appreciate their act of kindness, support, endearing love or just thanking them for who they are. A personal note helps everyone reconnect in a world of technology where we are beginning to see a trend where postal snail mail is slowly fading away. We are relying on e-mail, fax, ipod, instant messaging, the link to keeping in contact.
Writing thank-you notes not only expresses your appreciation for the received gift or simply thanking them for a good reason personal to you, it also helps raise the note recipient's opinion of you. Taking the time to write a thank-you note shows consideration, care, and appreciation for who you are thanking.
I wish I could sit and write a thank-you note to each and everyone of you for graciously excepting me into the world of blogging. Not to mention all of your support, friendships and personal comments that have all tugged at my heart, It truly is a place "where women create... friendships."
For this I thank-you.