Whoa! And I mean...Whoa!
When was the last time you received something in the mail that your jaw just literally dropped open? Well it happened to me, and I would like to share it with you.
First, the envelope. It arrived in a nice puffy,a slightly heavy envelope, rather large , approx. 8.5" X 5.5" and the outside of the envelope was only the beginning! Her handwriting is to "die for"! I loved her pink script...so charming.
The parcel contained a beautifully vintage crafted tri-fold pocket letter, but with a gorgeous cloth cover, trimmed in lace. Isn't it lovely?
As one opens the tri-fold, the first panel on the left has a laminated picture of Jane Austen in full, glorious color! The pockets are gorgeously cut and also covered with the fabric. More on the details of the contents of the pockets in a moment.
The center panel contained the letter sealed with gold wax and secured with a sheer pink ribbon.
The third and final panel had a laminated quote (one of my favorites with letter writing) and another pocket with Austen goodies.
Here is the Tri-fold fully opened.
Here is the crown of this jewel...a beautiful "Crossed Letter"!!! This was the first one that I had ever received....so you can imagine how closely I examined it in all of it's glorious detail.
And it just so happened, that I had , the week before, joined a "Swap Bot"... crossed letter swa p! Ahh..perfect timing! This was nice to receive, so I could see how they were done, up close! If this sort of thing interests you...then you can find a partner on Swap Bot and do some crossed letter exchanges!
Great pen pal quote.
Oh my heart!!! Be still!
Ahhh...Jennifer Ehle was the ONLY one that would do for THIS Mr. Darcy!
The other pocket had these pieces of interesting Austen tidbits! (I read every word of it!)
Oh my! A real , honest-to-goodness Janeite wrote to me and shared her world and love of all things Austen with me. I feel a bit intimidated (in a good way...so I should probably say..."I am challenged to greater heights!") ;-)
Wow. I was really blown away by the beauty and the sweet surprises in all of the pockets. It was wonderful. It was also a fine thing to receive a letter from a Janeite from ENGLAND! It just seems to add a layer of authenticity to say you are a Janeite from the UK. Ok. enough ogling and on to what I am going to send back in reply to such gorgeousness!!!!!
Well...aha. That is another post! So stay tune, to see what I send out to the lovely Lady Ann. Until then...