Shabby Miss Jenn

Saturday, September 24, 2005

A Lost Art ..........

A handwritten letter is becoming more and more a lost art form.
Thought I'd share some of my fave simple ways to make them special and fun again.

Scented ink can add a delicate hint of "you" to your personal correspondence, a fragrance that will hit the air as soon as the envelope is opened and get the person thinking of you as they read your words.

Some different ways to scent ink!

1/2 oz (15g) dried lavender flowers
6 tbsp water
1 small bottle ink

Crush the lavender and put into a small saucepan along with the water.
Bring to a boil. Simmer for about 30 minutes or until
there's about 2 tablespoons brown, opaque liquid remaining.
Strain well, pressing down hard.
Mix the liquid with the ink.
Keep the bottle of ink in the fridge to last longer.
Bring it to almost room temperature before writing with.
Good for a few months.

Simply add a couple drops of your favorite
essential oil or oil blend to each milliliter of ink
(that's about 30 drops per ounce).
When the letter is folded and sealed,
the scent will intensify in the envelope.

Scented inks are best used with calligraphy pens or fountain pens of course.
If you don't wish to take that up as a form of can always scent your paper

The easiest way of sending a scent is to simply put a drop of essential oil on the corner of your writing paper. Be careful not to get it on the ink, though, or it may run.
Another method is to thoroughly scent your entire box of stationery before you even begin writing.
Choose a paper or material that is absorbent-blotting paper, tissue, cotton or gauze, for example. Put it into one-inch squares and place one or two drops of your favorite oil or oil blend on each square. Place the squares in different places in your box of stationery (put your envelopes in the box too), between the papers. Close the box and leave for a day or two - to allow the fragrance to penetrate the pages - before using.

Alter the scents for the moods you wish to express in your notes!
Holiday scents!
Springtime florals!
Autumn and pumpkin pies!
Oh you will have so much fun making these and your friends will get an added bonus when you write them.

Hand writing letters is quickly becoming a lost art. Lets bring it back!


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