Mail-art: picturing kindness

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With everything going on in the world towards the end of last year, I got to thinking about kindness, and what it meant. Why did some people seem to have it in spades, while others could act with such coldness, such brutality, that surely all compassion, all empathy, must have been clinically removed from their…

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Spiders, bedtime stories, and what’s the fuss about Henry Fussy?

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We have been reading Charlotte’s Web to the children at bedtime. Last night was the final chapter, and the whole book has been every bit as magical and sad and beautiful as I remember from my own childhood. Scout was enthralled from beginning to end. I wasn’t confident of this when we started: books from this…

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New crush: Botanical Threads

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The next time you make guacamole, don’t throw away the avocado seeds.  Instead, leave the stones to dry on the window-sill, then heat them in a pan for up to three days, eventually extracting a colour that looks deep red. Soak some beautiful fabric in the red liquid, dipping it twice and leaving it for several…

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Quick reminder

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Just a quick note to remind you that my Snail Mail Toolkit newsletter will land in folks’ inboxes tonight. I’ve created the envelope template above, plus another, and will share them as printable downloads along with tips on how to personalise them and turn them into mail-art, writing prompts, and some other fun and useful snail-mail links. If this…

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Summer mail-art

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The past month was ridiculously busy, as December usually is for most of us. In the midst of it all, I found just a little bit of time for mail-art, including a stack of envelopes made out of Christmas carol sheet-music, and one book with an address and stamps on the front cover. There will…

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Thousand Postcard Project: 1-25/1000

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Last week a box of a thousand vintage postcards arrived for me in the mail. They are all between 40 and 110 years old, and most of them Americana – old postcards advertising hotels and stores, landmarks and movies.  I decided they’d spent enough time tucked away gathering dust in boxes and drawers, and that…

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Holidays at home

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Summer holidays at home are for bare feet and late nights. For dining on ice cream instead of vegetables, watching Netflix instead of deadlines, and reading trashy novels instead of weighty text-books. They are for heatwaves and plummeting rain and, when the rain clears, for a million petals carpeting the footpath like confetti.   Holidays are for languid afternoons and lazy nonchalance,…

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New year, new project (1000 postcards)

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It wouldn’t be January without a million people making plans, would it? Mr B and I spent the days after Christmas slowly recovering, and hatching schemes. He bought a book called The Barefoot Investor and declared that this would be the year we take back control of our finances. I let the children consume their very…

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Lost for words

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These nifty Correspondence Cards take postcards and “thinking of you” to the next level. When you want to reach out to someone by snail mail but you don’t really know what to say, they’ll do it for you! With sweet and funny little choose-your-own comment prompts, you simply tick the box that is most relevant. Such…

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I’m ready to send you mail again!

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I have a little Christmas present for you, my friends. Actually, I have more than one to give!  You may remember that I used to send letters to people who subscribed to this blog, to say thank you to them for reading. I had to suspend that in July this year, when I discovered I…

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Just what you needed to hear

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I’ve been doing a course on Instagram, trying to improve my photography and Instagram engagement in general. It’s challenging, fun, inspiring, and frustrating, like most things are when you’re learning something new. Then today, someone else in the course shared this video with the class. I’d heard of this little piece by Ira Glass before, but…

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Oh dear

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And I was so smug. And I felt so free! Less than a week after I congratulated myself on being free from Facebook for a whole year, I find myself sucked back into its insidious blue-and-white vortex. Earlier this week I signed up to a course of study and only after I had committed (and paid) did I…

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