Thursday, October 21, 2010

Giveaways and Letter Writing

I love blog giveaways. I have entered a couple now and have been lucky enough to win twice. The latest giveaway I have won, involves a selection of lovely Parisian goodies, on the 'My Castle in Spain' blog.

I recieved my prizes last week, but have not been able to share any photos of them up until now, because I lost the cable to my camera! Luckily though, I found it hidden in a completely random box and so now, I can show you:

As you can see, the items are beautifully presented and the parcel itself, was equally well wrapped, with lovely purple paper inside the box.

I LOVE the cutlery pens, as they are so quirky and even though I can't understand French (learning Spanish is enough at the moment!), the book will look exotic on my bookshelf.

I have been thinking about doing a giveaway and I'm planning one for around Christmas time, so watch this space! Do you enter many blog giveaways?

Another thing that I wanted to talk to you about, seeing as this blog is about all things papery, is the difficulty that I have had finding decent writing paper.

Last week, around the same time that my prizes arrived, I received a letter. This letter was from a very good friend of mine who lives in Canada. As I hadn't heard from her in ages, I was really pleased to receive it.

When I first moved to Spain over 5 years ago, I encouraged all of my friends to send me letters, as I really enjoy receiving them. In my opinion, they are more personal than an E-mail, as someone has to sit down and think about what they are writing, rather than typing a quick message and then pressing 'Send' (however, don't get me wrong, I still like receiving E-mails).

My friends wrote letters for a while, but gradually, these were less frequent and now, most of my friends only sent me E-mails. Now, I only receive letters, from my friend in Canada. Anyway I digress..

As I don't have letter writing paper left, I decided to buy some more. Since then, I have had so much trouble finding any that I am starting to think that letter writing paper exists any more!

Due to the lack of writing paper in the shops, it made me think whether or not people actually write letters anymore? Or has society become so busy, that they don't have time to sit down and write? Do you write letters or do you prefer to E-mail?

As a child, I also had a lot of pen pals. You could find adverts requesting pen pals in most teen magazines, but in today's society, do you think that this is now too dangerous? Have you ever had/have pen pals?

Letter writing is a little old fashioned, but I love the idea of receiving a handwritten note in the post. I hope that this method of communication hasn't completely been replaced by technology.


  1. Oh yes, I write letters! Nothing can compare to the scratch of a nib on exotic writing paper - a true indulgence.
    Add to that the arrival by post of a fat envelope full of news, gossip and intimate thoughts.
    May letter writing live on and live long!

    What a fantastic post, Spangle!

  2. Those cutlery pens are so cool. That's a great prize! I love your post because it's about something I've been thinking about lately. I would like to start writing more letters because I think there is something so personal and intimate about sitting down to write a letter. I used to have penpals when I was a kid and I so looked forward to receiving the letter and sending one back. I think I need to find me a new penpal!

  3. I know, I love the cutlery pens! I haven't used them yet though.

    I'm happy to see that I'm not the only one who appreciates receiving letters. The problem I have with penpals etc though, is this kind of thing (giving out addresses to strangers, which is basically what you're doing) too dangerous in today's society? I'd be interested to read your thoughts on this....