I don't even remember how or when I discovered Kaitlyn Webb Patience and her blog, isavirtue, but it was inevitable because she creates one of the things I love most in the world – beautiful stationery! Delectable writing papers aside, I also love Kaitlyn's philosophies on life, art, love, and mail – all the things that make up her wonderful blog.
She has this feature called "Thoughts On" and I sometimes find it a little freaky how much her externally shared thoughts match my internal ones, such as this post on envy, this post on friendship, and this post on list making and stress. It's nice to know that I'm not the only one who feels like that sometimes! She also shares mail she sends and receives, stationery that she makes, and amazing art that she comes across.
Recently, on her birthday (alongside some amazing goals for giving up bad habits this year) Kaitlyn did a mammoth week long giveaway and I won the massive birthday jackpot. I got a whole bunch of vintage paper, stamps, embellishments; a gift voucher for her Etsy store; and the art work that she created from the Make Art a Part of Your Life e-course.
I then went a little crazy and bought a whole heap of her stationery (so typical of me!)
AND I also bought the Make Art a Part of Your Life e-course, because it sounded amazing and I wanted to try out something artsy and out of my comfort zone. I can't wait to have some time off over Christmas to really get into the course and maybe make some art of my own!
Mail Art Challenge
Kaitlyn doesn't just make notebooks and writing paper, she also creates envelopes that are pieces of art in their own right to send around the world to her friends and loved ones! She has a mail art challenge that you can buy on Etsy for just $2 and you receive an envelope full of papers and bits and pieces, the challenge being that you must create your own mail art using every element included in your kit.
I am (clearly) a massive fan of Kaitlyn's blog, isavirtue, and her adorable stationery that you can check out on Etsy. If you only take one recommendation from me this year, I think you should take my suggestion to visit Kaitlyn's lovely blog and make art (or, at least, stationery) a part of your life.