When I was a little girl, one of my favorite places to visit was the stationery store. The stationer’s was a precursor of today’s big-box office supply store, but with a much narrower — and more charming! — set of offerings.
One of the best parts was the near-complete lack of plastic packaging for all the delightful gadgets in the store. That meant if I were careful, I could handle them. Bliss.
I hovered over the pencils, pens, notepads, and the stationery. Those papers enchanted me. Printed or embossed, elegant or sweet, they looked fresh and expectant, ready to be filled with a message and mailed to a lucky someone.
I still love the physicality of this. Email is immediate and convenient. But a handwritten letter, packaged up in a sealed envelope, brings so much more of the sender along with it. Discovering it in the mailbox is like being caught off-guard by a surprise party. Opening it is like opening a gift. Is this old-fashioned now?
Natalie (for whom this blanket was made) is a member of my extended family. And in my family there are several people who maintain this gratifying habit of writing letters — I can count them across three generations. Natalie is wonderful in many ways. Yet when this blanket was ordered, what did I think of first? Her gentle notes and letters, so representative of her.
The order was for a throw of pinks and pale oranges, so that’s where I started. And, as usually happens when I make these blankets, an unforeseen opportunity presented itself — this time, the possibility of a postage stamp :).
What could be more fitting?
With much love for you, Natalie, and with gratefulness for the way that you are ♥ — here is “Sealed with a Kiss.”
“Sealed with a Kiss” (57″ x 76″)
This is a custom-made blanket.
3 thoughts on ““Sealed with a Kiss””
From one paper and pens lover to another, the blanket is just beautiful!!
Joan if am not sure if I love the blanket or your reminiscing about a stationery store more…both are lovely.
Diane, it was fun to reminisce.I can picture my little-girl me, diminutive and shy, standing in the aisle, excited to see what was new. It rated up there with being mesmerized by the Sears Christmas catalog with page after page of TOYS. Remember that??!