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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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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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The pop-up letter shop

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This is the best idea I’ve heard of in a long time. In Seattle, USA, a woman named Rachel Weil has launched a snail-mail truck, known as The Letter Farmer. Like a food truck, you know, but serving up food for the soul (awwwww). She has fitted out a beautiful, red truck with all kinds…

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Things left unsaid

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This is the truth about what really happened that weekend. I have loved you for years. A secret. I have to know why you did that. I’m your biggest fan. There’s a question I’ve always wanted to ask you. I’m sorry. Is there something unsaid lingering in your life, that is eating away at you? Is there someone out…

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Snail-mail: outgoing lately

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I’ve been quiet on here but loud on life lately. Thanks for sticking around! The photo at the top of this page is of a stack of antique (100 years old or more) birthday-themed postcards I sent out to folks on Instagram, to help celebrate my own birthday last week. Here’s some of the other…

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Mail art – prehistoric post

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We cut our way through a tangle of vines, each one thicker than a man’s arm. Heat prickled our skin. The air was humid, tropical, and thick with floral perfume: something like frangipani, with a less-pleasant undertone of… what was that? Sulphur? When at last we pushed aside the final curtain of vines, we could…

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The Postman’s Knock

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This made me laugh this morning. I think I need to watch this movie! Also, a question: does anyone know the origins of the “Postman’s Knock” game? I know it started in England at least 100 years ago, but I’m trying to find a rough date and not having any luck… UPDATE: Apparently the trailer above…

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Mail art – prickly post

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Yawwwwwn. I was up until 1am last night making mail-art gifts for some friends. Those parcels (three of them) are not pictured here, because there wasn’t any natural light in which to photograph them once I’d finished, and Mr B took them off to post when he left for work at five o’clock this morning….

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