Crafting Over the Years

Romance Writers Weekly with coffe cup underneath and a mocha foam heart in cupFall is the season for craft fairs. Do you do any crafting, if so what? If not, what’s the favorite thing that you’ve purchased at a craft fair or a county fair? I’ve asked mainly because I want to see how “crafty” RWW authors are beyond the written word.

I was a crafter before a writer, unless you count the elementary years, where my joy of story telling began. Over the years, I’ve attended many a craft show. I’m old enough to remember when “country décor” became popular in the early eighties.  Being different (I almost never follow trends), I wanted a Southwest theme for my den, almost a decade before the style became popular. Wall decor, steer head, southwest pictures and a realistic looking western pistol Southwest items were difficult to find so I made deco when possible. Ceramic studios were ahead of the time for Southwest items and I fired a steer head skull pictured here. Later, I hankered for a Victorian themed Christmas tree.  The ornaments were so expensive, I handmade most. Once the writing bug struck again, my crafting became limited to swag items for promotion.  I made some key chains using my logo as well as stamping some coasters.

On occasion, I till visit some of the local high school craft shows,  where I enjoying seeing what new and innovative things crafters have made. I love my grape vine pumpkin a found a couple of years ago as a local show. Now ongrapevine pumplin lit with mini lights and decorated on the top with fall follage and harvest minitures to the incredible Brenda Margriet. If you haven’t already visited the lovely Jenna Da Sie please check out her crafty post!

 

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Love Letters: A lost art?

Romance Writers Weekly with coffe cup underneath and a mocha foam heart in cupThe question on RWW this week is one I asked our authors.  Love Letters: Have you received any or written any? Has any of your characters written or received any? Share if you dare or make up one to a special someone.

In this modern day of social media, love letters seem to be on the route to extinction like the dinosaurs.  I met my future husband before he was due to leave town on a two week training with his employer.  This was back in the day before cell phones or e-mail.  Below is a copy of the snail mail letter I received while he was gone. It’s the closest thing to a love letter I’ve ever received. The year and his name were omitted to protect the innocent. 🙂

Although social media keeps us connected, it doesn’t usually inspire an environment for love letters. Also, a classic love letter used to be handwritten adding to the personal touch. Fonts can be so cold.

While researching for this post, I found Napoleon to be a naughty boy in one his love writings, mentioning his wife’s “dark forest” and firm breasts.  While Richard Burton alluded to Elizabeth Taylor’s “special and dangerous loveliness.” Whatever that might have meant. 😉

Instead of shooting a miss you text to your nearest and dearest, next time why not text them a handwritten note as a  picture! It may not be a true love letter, but it will be personal! Hope you have already visited Jenna Da Sie and will go on to visit Leslie Hachtel for their take on love letters.

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