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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My Favorite Planner

Personalized Dayplanner

Some years I experiment and try a new planner, and some years I stick with my tried and true. I think this is my fifth year of using the spiral bound Erin Condren annual planner. There is so much I appreciate about these planners: The quality coil binding The customization The assorted options for cover…

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Barn Stamps USPS

four different barn stamps

The price of a regular size (4×6) postcard in the US went from .35 cents to .36 cents. Of course, the previous postcard stamps are still good since they are forever stamps (one of the benefits of having stamps be forever stamps. This is the trade-off we get by not having the face value of…

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Junk Journal Ideas

Junk Journal covers

One of my favorite things to make is Junk Journals. It combines my love of paper along with creativity and finding ways to use these items without just keeping them in a box or folder. Think of all the free address labels most of us receive after having donated to some nonprofit. Appealing magazine images.…

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Stamp Collecting

uncle sam on bicycle stamp

I’ve started a new hobby: Stamp Collecting. I love seeing fun, different stamps on all of the mail I receive and I make an effort to use stamps that I think the recipient might enjoy. I’ve saved stamps for a long time, mostly by color, some by theme, to use them in my zines, artist…

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The TWSBI Eco Fountain Pen in Rose Gold (Limited Edition)

rose gold TWSBI eco fountain pen

I happened across this YouTube video late last year and became infatuated with the TWSBI Eco Fountain Pen Rose Gold Golden Horse Awards Limited Edition pen. It was amazingly hard to find, but my persistence paid off when I was able to order from the German website, FountainFeeder. Granted, it cost me $120 (99 Euros),…

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InCoWriMo February 2021

B&W illustration of a collection of letters

Are you ready for InCoWriMo 2021? Every February people from around the world send mail to each other via this website. There are usually hundreds of participants leaving their name and address in the comment field hoping to connect with others through a one-time correspondence or, in some cases, regular correspondence. If you’re new to…

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A Lovely Letter in My Mailbox

mailed envelope with calligraphy and christmas stamp

I received this unexpected delight in my mailbox recently. It was sent by Stefan from England. I just love the colors, the calligraphy, and the beautiful design. I took a calligraphy class years ago. I think we met for an hour once a week for four to six weeks with lots of practice in between.…

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Postcard Display and Storage

photo of large bulletin board covered in mail

I would estimate that I have over 700 postcards that I have received over the last 20 years. Some came through Postcrossing, Swap-bot, and SendSomething, while others came from pen friends, local friends, and family. Some of them I inherited through family members and some through friends who passed on some cards in their possession.…

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