Wednesday, July 7, 2010

In a romantic mood...

Yes dreamy and romantic...this is how I feel these days...and all the more since this morning a beautiful handwritten letter was waiting for me in the letterbox. It is the second manuscript letter I bought from dear blogger friend Mélanie (Le petit cabinet de curiosités). This one is addressed to Monsieur Le Vicomte and speaks of dinners and social gatherings. The hand writing is fluid and elegant. Mélanie is very sweet because she again added another letter to it as a gift. A very cute pink letter from a young girl to one of her friends in a boarding school.
Slowly but surely I'm developing a healthy addiction to handwritten letters from the past. So I made a box to keep them. One of them was still laying nonchalantly on my desk but imagine a can of soda gets spilled on it accidently...oh that would be terrible....

I wrote Lettres d'antan (letters from the past) on the cover

Reçois chère amie les meilleurs voeux de bonne amitié.
Ton amie qui t'aime et qui t'embrasse

Dear friend, please receive all my best wishes and assurance of friendship
You friend who loves you and gives you a kiss

Isn't that cute ?

22 comments:

Fashion, Art and other fancies said...

What a romantic and charming post!
I adore letter writing; reminds me of my impressionable childhood years writing letters to a childhood suitor;-)

A Gift Wrapped Life said...

These are exquisite! What a lovely collection to start, priceless. XO

Joyful said...

Beautiful. The bygone days of sending a heartfelt greeting by letter. It is wonderful :-)

High Heeled Life said...

Oh how wonderful ... I just love shopping Mélanie's on-line antique shop. I have started collecting handwritten letters as well - and I have also been fortunate to purchase some other small items from her. When the mail arrives it makes me smile when one of my purchases arrives!!

The box is a great idea! I will have to borrow it for my letters. :) ... and I really should do a post about all my wonderful treasures from her. Happy Wednesday ..HHL

Elisa, Croatia said...

I really like the box you made. With technology now a days, letters are becoming a scarcity, how wonderful that you got your hands on such lovely letter(s).

Mélanie A. said...

J'adore ta boite et tes photos. Je suis heureuse . Ces lettres sont dans de bonnes mains

Elle said...

ooohhh what a lovely collection you are starting... I find letters from the past so engaging because of all the things they discuss... social gatherings, and summer evening dances, and dinners at the estate next door... the very peak of victorian entertainment :)

Yoli said...

I also have one of her letters and I absolutely love it.

Simply Mel said...

Lala ~

Leave it to you to create a gorgeous keepsake box for these exquisite love letters!

Your creativity soul never ceases to amaze me...

Bisous,
Melissa

Gina said...

Dear Lala, Of course I love the Letters but I like your Letter box even more. The golden swirls mimic the flourishes of the Letter writer.

Theresa Cheek said...

sigh....we talk about handwritten letters as if they are artifacts....and I guess they are because of the computer! I simply love the instant communication the computer allows but miss the art of letter writing...

Karena said...

Something just so stunningly beautiful about a handwritten note, and your box is lovely!

Karena
Art by Karena

Mademoiselle Poirot said...

I love those old handwritten letters, it's such a shame that emails had to take over. Isn't it so much more romantic to receive something handwritten... Such a beautiful collection especially with that lovely box. Love from London x

Cloud of Secrets said...

Oh, how touching and beautiful! It would be so easy for us, today, to make pretty handwritten letters, but there is something about blogging and Facebooking, too -- sharing ideas with many people at once, and budding all sorts of new conversations -- that is wonderful.

I've written many letters by hand in the past, to people who value such things, but I wish I had a device like Thomas Jefferson's. Tt was a jointed structure with a pen attached, and it would copy his writing movements onto another sheet of paper, so he had an instant copy of the letter he was going to send out. I could photocopy my letters on my scanner, I suppose, but it would certainly use up my ink cartridge quickly!

Also, thank you for the blog visit and the recipe! Tinto de verano sounds dangerously easy to make and to drink. I would have to experiment with fizzy lemonades; in the US, they can be sweet or imports that are quite dry/sour. But the experimentation wouldn't be a bad thing!

Margaret said...

There is so much romance in handwritten letters, isn't there? The letter box is just lovely.

On a totally different note, are you excited for the World Cup final? This is Spain's first time in the finals, isn't it? Exciting stuff...

Ily said...

What a beautiful and romantic post. I love the photos and the way you describe your love of handwritten letters. Makes me want to buy pretty pages and cool pens!

Indie.Tea said...

How completely beautiful! I love how the lavender matches that ink...and your handwriting is so elegant.

aguja said...

I can't imagine a more wonderful collection to have. As I think of it I feel the wonder and joy that you must surely feel each time you open your box and unfold each letter. So very precious!

Thank you for sharing - my day is uplifted a notch!

Agneta said...

lovely lovely lovely lovely dear lala

Christina said...

these are beautiful! i so need to stop over and take a look see. how romantic, indeed.
xo

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

Hello called in to say HI, I found your link on Paris Parfait's blog.. and I am so pleased I did. You live in a wonderful place, not that I have been, but read about it.

I also cannot believe you lived in Paris, which is now home to lots of my wonderful friends who have blogs, I have also met them, when I made my first visit to Paris last year, yep 1st, now have been 3 times and about to go again very soon.

I also follow Melanies blog, love looking at her interesting antiques.

I think you are the first Spanish blog I have read .. so going to add you to my blog roll.

Veshoevius said...

Simply gorgeous.

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