Pen Pal Kits on Etsy

Etsy is a wonderland of stationery and ephemera goodness including fun and unique postcards, papers, posters, postcards, envelopes and so much more! I recently connected with Lea Cadisch, owner of Postcards & Stories Etsy shop (Switzerland). She has a wonderful assortment of stationery and pen pal goodies that she ships for free. Lea was kind…

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Ferris Wheel Press Giveaway

The Scribe Ballpoint Pen Giveaway Ferris Wheel Press is sponsoring a giveaway where one lucky winner will receive the Scribe Ballpoint Pen in the color of their choice. (Value: $58 USD/$63 CAD) Due to shipping costs, entrants are limited to Canada and the USA. Entry is by mail only (see below). Each entry will be…

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Letters & Journals Issue 2

Magazine front cover features a cottage on a lovely summer day

It’s here! The second issue of Letters & Journals Magazine! You can read it online here. There are two giveaways in this issue so if you’re looking to win something, you may want to check them out! I’ll post the contest information in its own blog next week. Lots of good stuff in this second…

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Planning for My 2022 Planner

pink planner with coffee cup on table

Is it too soon to begin planning for my 2022 planner? Shall I go with tried and true or try something new? Do you know what you’re doing? As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been quite happy with my Erin Condren monthly planner. The selection and quality are exceptional. The only downside is that I like…

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Star Wars Droid Stamps 2021

Star Wars Droid Stamp

May the 4th be with you! Get this sheet of stamps at the United States Post Office. They will be available on May 4, 2021. You can pre-order online now or wait to visit your post office in person. I love to order online as soon as I see new stamps. It costs $1.30 in…

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Espresso Stamps Go on Sale April 9, 2021

coffee stamps

I love these new stamps! The Espresso Stamps go on sale on April 9, 2021, and can be pre-ordered from USPS.  New stamps are always released with a first-day-of-issue ceremony that includes speakers and other fanfare depending on the theme and location. Seattle, Wash., is the location of this stamp’s new release ceremony. In these…

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InCoWriMo 2021 Recap

desk covered with mailed envelopes

In 2021 I received 21 letters from InCoWriMo writers. I started receiving them in January and they continued into early March. In some past years, I have not received a single letter, so this is quite impressive! Although in most years, I have received a couple. I attribute receiving more this year because of our…

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The Journal of My 59th Year

leatherbound journal

There are two ways of looking at being 59 (or any age) – as if it’s the end of the world or the beginning of one. We all know the alternative of aging so with that in mind, it’s best to adjust our perspective, find the grace and the gratitude in our current place in…

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If the Envelope Fits…

handmade envelope

I love handmade envelopes and sometimes find myself creating some out of paper bags, old maps, scrapbook or calendar pages. This week I received some letters through #InCoWriMo and was so pleased to have handmade envelopes included in the mix. Like this one from Mass. Or this one from Texas. It’s not unusual to find…

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InCoWriMo Feb 2021 Update

I have been duly tracking what I send and receive for my participation in InCoWriMo 2021. I must say it’s my best year yet for receiving mail. Loads of fun stuff has come my way! I have received mail from 11 participants so far. I’ve responded to about half and have also been sending mail…

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