Caboodles Of Creativity …

The other day I posted the writing challenges from the first letter I received from my fellow correspondent … no that sounds too formal … my pen-pal , that sounds better ! It turned out to be the fourth letter she has written to me . I'm now wondering , what on earth has become of the other three ? I suspect they'll find their way to me … in their own sweet time!

Over the past week , I've been gripped by the idea of the hand-written letter correspondence . I already have a second pen-pal who is on board and we've exchanged postal details . So the last two days , I've been on a mission to find some fresh inspiration for writing challenges , for my pen-pals . Remember , the writing challenges are included in the envelope and have to be completed BEFORE reading the actual letter . Anyway … I found this quaint little place called CABOODLES ~ doesn't that sound lovely ? I love the sound of words and caboodles has an "aural appeal" of sorts … it sounds wholesome and quirky in a fun way … so I googled it to confirm the meaning … it means bunch/entire collection …

The shop contained oodles of caboodles – what I call little nick nacks and thingiemajiggies that can be used creatively , like stationery items and other teeny weeny hand-made crafts . I also met a lovely lady named Sarah , who is one of the creative minds behind the products . I think she's an artist/illustrator cos she was busy sketching on a pad (she called it doodling … but it looked like distinct drawings to me …). Anyway , I had a blast in the shop and could have stayed there for hours .

When I got home , it struck me that , in all the excitement , I forgot to extend the invite to fellow bloggers . If there are any bloggers/writers who really have a thing for writing letters by hand , and would like to exchange hand-written letters , please mail me at : mish(at)writer-in-transit(dot)co(dot)za … and we will take it from there .

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  1. Victoria on August 6, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    Such a great project you have going there, Michelle. I love some of the words you've used in this post like caboodles, and thingamajiggies. Now I'm looking for an excuse to use them!

    • mish on August 6, 2011 at 7:52 pm

      Yes , it will be interesting to see how the project will impact creativity . These words have a lovely feel , don’t they ? Perhaps you can use them as part of your writing prompts … ?

  2. Damyanti on August 7, 2011 at 8:12 am

    Love that this has inspired you to connect with more penpals!

    • mish on August 7, 2011 at 8:22 am

      I’m just waiting now to see what the response will be like … quite exciting actually … 🙂

  3. Blaga on August 7, 2011 at 11:42 am

    I'm ready with my letter to you Michelle, it will be on the way to you Monday or Tuesday! Thanks for sharing this lovely idea with me. I hope you will like my letter … Regards!

    • mish on August 7, 2011 at 12:32 pm

      I’m sooo excited … and looking forward to your letter as well ! I will post your letter tomorrow … 🙂

  4. jaye on August 10, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    I also, like Victoria, enjoy the way you create vocabulary. Watch out…I have been know to "steal" a good phrase or word….or two.
    The penpal idea is great and I may try…I have many friends in different parts of the world…and this could help…I am ready and willing for any new ideas.

    • mish on August 10, 2011 at 4:33 pm

      You’re welcome to “steal” any words/phrases … *chuckles* … give the penpal idea some thought when you’re away and see how you feel when you return !

  5. Rebecca Bradley on August 11, 2011 at 10:17 am

    I love this idea and that you are doing this. I barely have time to keep up with my blogging and writing never mind sit down and write by hand, letters. I'm really looking forward to keeping up with you and how this is going.

    • mish on August 11, 2011 at 12:40 pm

      Thank you Rebecca … for me , writing letters by hand is the quickest and easiest thing in the world ! It feels … natural ! 🙂

  6. JamieDedes on August 11, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    Of course, this is a fabulous idea. I am mulling over what challenge to take on/suggest. I'll contact you Mish about an exchange of letters per your suggestion when I come up with an idea.  
    Happy days, clever lady …

    • mish on August 11, 2011 at 6:12 pm

      Thanks Jamie … think about it and get back to me … I look forward to hearing from you …

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