Hi, I’m Kim and I live in a little tin house, with a pointy roof, surrounded by my garden, on three, lovely Far South Coast acres. I share all of this with my husband, Pete and my son, Lew, my step kids Jess, and Josh, and a menagerie of cheeky animals. I write and cook and potter in the garden, and I have re-discovered my love for old fashioned letter writing.
Betty Mae Wrote began as a humble little blog called Feather and Nest, in 2010, back in the days when blogging was a thing. I spent most of my time, way back then, unschooling my son and sharing snippets of our daily life. I still blog from time to time, and you can find me rambling away about my imperfect country life over there. It’s still called Feather and Nest and you can get to it HERE.
A lot has changed since those early years of blogging, there’s been ups and downs and around and arounds, but as the years have rolled on, my desire to tell stories and connect with people who enjoy the everyday lovely moments of life: the little things that bring cosy and joy (a cup of tea, a piece of home baked cake, the first ripe tomato in the garden, a flower unfurling…that kinda stuff) has remained.
And so in 2019 I created a snail mail exchange called The Lovely Letters Project. It has become a wonderful community of like-minded women, who enjoy sharing snippets of their everyday lives, and connecting with one another through the art of the hand written note. My humble old letter box has become my most favourite place to visit each day, and I can’t imagine what 2020 would’ve been like without the excitement and joy that each and every letter I received brought me.
This little shop has come about because of that joy. In 2020 I decided to create a box of goodies, sent via the mail, that would bring many moments of cosy and joy to women who were looking for lovely, and affordable country style stationery to create their lovely letters with. I wanted the box to be an experience, not simply a purchase of 'things'. I called these boxes: Tea and Toast and they have become a bit of a hit. As the years have rolled on, the boxes have changed, ever so slightIy, but what remains is that cosy, hand made feel of unique stationery goodies to keep your letter writing supplies a plenty.
I have added more stationery goodies to this space. Here you will find: wax stamps, wax to create seals with, my ebooks, some wax sealing accessories, cards, postcards, letter writing kits, pens, and a few bits and pieces to add to any letter lovers desk. Oh, and sometimes, you will also find my son's artworks. He is the artist behind all of the drawings found in the Tea + Toast boxes.
At the start of 2023 I made a big decision to change the name of my business from Feather and Nest to Betty Mae Wrote.
Why Betty Mae Wrote?
Betty was my Nan’s name. We were as close as mother and daughter, for many reasons, but I think the main one being that I lost my own mum, her eldest daughter, when I was 18. Oh, and when I was born my mum and dad were very young, and so we lived in the downstairs flat of my nan and grandpa’s house.
My Nan died in March 2022, the same month I turned 50. It all felt terrible. Really terrible.
My nan was the woman in my life who I adored the most. She did all of the things I love to do (oh except she was way better, because I can’t sew or knit or anything clever like that), and I learnt so very much from her over my 50 years of life. She was always there for me, through thick and thin. I could go on forever and a day about her loveliness and preciousness. She was just awesome and everyone knew it.
She was also the first person I ever wrote a letter to. Letters were important back then. The phone was expensive and with a 9 hour car trip between my home and hers, letters were a lovely way to keep in touch and share our lives. All through my life we wrote letters to one another, sharing the significant and insignificant moments of our day.
My Nan was born at a time when letter writing was the only form or communicating with people who didn’t live close by. person I would write to the most. She wrote to me all the time, even up until just before she died. She wrote to me when I was a little girl. She wrote all through my teen years, when I left home she continued writing. When I got married, had my son, remarried. She always wrote letters. the have to say, that in recent years, I became extremely slack in the letter writing department (until Lovely Letters, of course!).
My Nan and her sister, Eleanor May (see where I’m going with this?), wrote a lot of letters to one another. For decades it was weekly letters. In more recent years the letters became a little less, but even well into their 80s, my nan and her sister wrote to one another.
Nan hated her name. It was plain old Betty, not Elizabeth, not Beatrice, and not even a middle name to make up for it. Her words, not mine. (personally, I love the name Betty). Nan and her sister were always close. Like chalk and cheese, in many ways, but as close as could be. But Nan was always jealous of Aunty Eleanor’s name, and the fact that she got to have not one nice name, but two - well that always bugged my nan. Haha
Spelling Mae with an E also represents my Nan’s married surname (Rae). She had this funny little thing that she’d say whenever she wanted people to take note of what she was saying:
I am Betty Rae!
It basically meant, you have to listen to me because I’m Betty Rae. It was so funny because she was the most unassuming, placid, non controlling, 4 foot 9 woman!!! The best human ever.
Anyway, that’s the story behind Betty Mae Wrote. My nan would possibly cringe at the thought of me using her name in my business, but my hope is that it honours her and all that she was.
So with all of that, my hope is that you might find some lovely, cosy moments each week, to sit at a favourite spot, enjoy a hot cup of tea (the whole thing, not just a sip here and there), with a pen and paper in hand, and write lovely letters to share with friends and family. I hope that you also get to experience the wonderfulness of finding a lovely letter inside your own mail box from time to time. That would be just lovely.
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