Posts by Jackie

The Letter Writing Social

It is one of my goals for 2019 to attend a Letter Writing Social. I’ve decided that if I can’t find one near me or travel to one in a different city, then I will host my own somewhere in Minneapolis or St Paul, Minnesota. What is a Letter Writing Social? I can only offer…

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Preparing for InCoWriMo 2019

Letters & Postcards tied with string

Get out your best stationery and favorite pens! It’s almost time  for the annual International Correspondence Writing Month (InCoWriMo) this February! The official site provides names and addresses of hundreds of participants, possibly 1,500,which is their estimate of the number of participants. Or you can create your own list of people to contact such as…

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The Morning Journal

lamp, candle, pen, paper

I am returning to the habit of writing first thing upon waking. In 2017 I discovered Proprioceptive Writing (PW), where you sit with a lit candle, a pen and blank sheet of paper (no lines or drawings), and some Baroque music playing softly in the background. This setting helps create a ritual while relaxing your…

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My Commonplace Book

spiral bound journal

For years I’ve kept a Commonplace Book, although I didn’t always call it that. A Commonplace Book is a collection of whatever you want to collect- notes, quotes, diary entries, scrapbook pages, ephemera, photos, snippets of stranger’s conversations – You get the idea. I began this book in March 2004 and I called it a…

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First Class Stamp Prices Will Go to .55 Cents on January 27

Love postage stamp

On January 27, 2019 the price of a first class stamp will go from .50 cents to .55 cents. Additional ounces for first class stamps will drop from .21 cents down to .15 cents. The new price for a 2 oz. first class letter will be .70 cents instead of the current rate of.71 cents.…

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Postage Stamps Coming in 2019

Walt Whitman

Here’s a sneak peek at the US postage stamps coming out this year. Some of the subjects include frogs, county fairs, winter berries, Woodstock, coral reefs, and my favorite, Walt Whitman. I can hardly wait for this one! Granted, it’s for 3 oz mailings, so I will have to up my game for oversized envelopes…

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Finding Old Journals

I found a forgotten box of old journals and notebooks that have been languishing unremembered and unused in the back of my closet. Some of these journals were still new (unused) and some had writing in them. I especially like the Decomposition Notebook, ‘Deep Stretch’ with the scuba divers stretching in an assortment of positions.…

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2019 Saint Belford Planner

picture of 2019 pink diary planner

Part of the charm and excitement of planning a new year is the process of selecting a new planner (or planners, as the case may be). This year I’m trying my first Saint Belford. This planner comes from Australia and I first heard about it on Chris Guillebeau’s Side Hustle podcast, episode 683. I ordered…

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The Great Christmas Card Experiment of 2018 (Part 2)

postcards with stamps

I loved this experiment and thought the cards turned out wonderfully! Between the holiday Washi tapes, the fun Christmas stamps and some decorative holiday stickers – they all worked together to make the postcards festive and personal. (In Part I of this blog series I showed how I created the cards.) I didn’t have a…

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The Great Christmas Card Experiment of 2018 (Part 1)

assorted Christmas postcards front and back

I love to send Christmas cards! I love searching for just the right card and then I buy enough to send to friends and family and others who I think would appreciate a holiday hello. I love to get the new postage stamps, although I also enjoy using stamps from years passed as well. But…

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