Fun Stamps

cartoon monsters postage stamp

New stamps are regularly released at the United States Postal Service. This whimsically fun Message Monsters stamp assortment will be available on September 24, 2021. On Sunday, August 29, 2021, the cost of a first class stamp in the US will go from .55 to .58. Of course, the Forever stamps are automatically honored at…

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World Postcard Day is October 1

hand holding pen writing a postcard

October 1, 2021 is World Postcard Day. Did you know that there is an official postcard for this occasion? Visit the website for more information and to find out how you can download and print the official postcard. What’s the protocol? Writing the postcard on World Postcard Day? Writing the cards and having them ready…

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Today is National Book Lover’s Day is August 9

book lover words with an illustrated short pile of books

Monday, August 9 is National Book Lover’s Day! Next to letter writing and mail, I am all about books! I usually have 2-3 books going at a time including a fiction book (general fiction, mystery, or sci fi), a nonfiction book, sometimes a young adult or middle grade novel, and often an audio book. Here…

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Postage Rate Increase August 29

uncle sam on bicycle stamp

Some postage rates common to letter writers are increasing in just a few weeks for the second time this year. Regular first-class mail will increase from .55 to .58. Additional ounces will remain at .20 per ounce. The postcard rate for regular size postcards in the US will go from .36 to .40. I didn’t…

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Contest Winners

red fountain pen

We had two contests featured in our May 2021 edition and now we’d like to announce each of the winners! The Ferris Wheel Press contest featured a Scribe Ballpoint Pen in a color chosen by the winner. The winner is Fonda R of North Carolina who selected RED CARPET. Congratulations, Fonda! The second giveaway is…

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Time to Write a Letter

illustration of girl running with letter to mailbox

I love mail! Getting mail. Sending mail. Buying stamps. Perusing stationery sets and new note card sets. Writing letters and postcards. Reading and saving letters and postcards. It’s a wonderful hobby! One of the many positive factors for being a letter writer is that you can do it as much or as little as you’d…

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Letter Writing Ebbs and Flows

I have been a letter writer for over 50 years and I’ve seen the ebbing and flowing of this hobby throughout my life. Changes in life sometimes opens up the path to letter writing, while at other times they close it down. Moving, starting a new job, going back to school, starting a family, heartbreak…

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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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