InCoWriMo

It’s International Correspondence Writing Month (according to these folks who call letter writing “vintage social media”), so participate if you’d like!  InCoWriMo simply encourages people to post at least one letter or postcard a day for each day in February.

You can do that, right?

Ex Postal Facto

 

ex postal factoHave you heard of Ex Postal Facto?  It’s “a weekend event celebrating correspondence art, faux philatelics and postal modernism” which translates to mail art fun!

Events include:

  • A mail art show and reception at the San Francisco Center for the Book on the 14th
  • A vendor expo at the SF Elks Lodge #3 on the 15th, and
  • An afternoon of mail art & postal modernism lectures at the SF Public Library on the 16th.

I wish I could go!  I believe some fellow bloggers, and my pen pals, from The Well Appointed Desk and Craftgasm are going (Thanks, Melissa, for cluing me in.  I have been out of the loop!).

Save Snail Mail will be there in spirit! Please share stories with me if you go!

 

 

Glorious Mail Day!

I have had the most glorious mail day.  In my P.O. Box, I found a mail-art postcard, a letter from Ana of The Well-Appointed Desk, another note from someone who liked the article I was interviewed for in the Postal Record, and my handwritten letter from Mary Kate McDevitt’s project! Check out this AWESOME Q!

In my mailbox at home, I received another letter and two thank you notes.  I didn’t receive a single piece of unwanted mail!

When I started this blog only a year ago, I don’t think I had any idea that I could truly transform my mailbox experience so drastically…with a lot of help from my fellow letter writers and mail artists, of course! What a lovely rebirth I’ve experienced–writing letters to people who write back, meeting new people from varied backgrounds, digging more deeply into my creative talents and coming up with some great art I didn’t know I had in me.

I have a lot more in store for you as this blog enters its second year.  I hope you’ll continue to read and if you want to join in on the fun, please do.  It’s much more fun that way!

Yours in letters,

Dana

A Warm P. O. Box Indeed…and We Have a Winner!

You may recall that I recently got my very own P.O. box.  I’m certain you’ll recall this if you have read this blog more than once because I kept bringing it up.  Why? Because I wanted you all to help make my little P.O. box feel like a welcome addition to the Save Snail Mail family. I asked folks to send something to help “warm” it.  And you all rallied! Look at all this fun mail:

I have been busy responding to all the lovely notes. Here’s an outgoing pile:

As promised, all of these mailbox warmers got notes in reply and one lucky winner will receive a fun packet of stationery in a nice Kartos pen-and-ink themed folio.  Check it out:

Who won?

Well, the random number generator chose “3”, so I pulled out the third piece of mail in my pile and it was from Abigail in the state of New York.  Abigail sent the cool Zentangled envelope in the first picture above.  Congratulations, Abigail, this packet is on its way to you!

Thank you so much to everyone who participated.  I had such fun meeting new folks, finding new pen pals, and putting together this giveaway packet, that I am sure I will do it again, soon.

Keep writing!

Write Me Request + Stationery Give Away!

I recently obtained a post office box.  I’m not entirely sure why, but it seems to make Save Snail Mail more official,  the other cool kids have one, and I don’t have to post my physical address on the interwebs.  But I realized that I need to ask people to write me in order for me to actually get any mail there!

So, I thought I’d provide a little incentive.  Please send me a note or letter or post card or piece of mail art to help break in my new P.O. box and every person who sends me something between now and November 15th will 1) receive a reply and 2) be entered into a drawing to receive a lovely package of various stationery from my personal collection.

So get writing!  I’m so excited and I hope you are, too!  This is my first blog giveaway, so I’m looking forward to putting together something great.

Please send some fun to my mailbox at:

Dana c/o Save Snail Mail
P.O. Box 95
Carrboro, NC 27510

Send your Pictures by Post

You know that awesome picture you snapped on your camera phone of your friends dressed as zombies? Yes, that one. Wouldn’t it be fun to share it with them through the mail?

Well, touchnote.com does just that for you.  From your computer or through a smartphone app, you can now generate some lovely (or scary, if zombies are involved) snail mail for your friends and family. You can even add thought balloons or captions to the photos. Each postcard printed, stamped, and delivered is $1.49.

I found out about this service by receiving just such a postcard from my cousin.  He took a picture of me and my sister with his phone while were visiting family in Maryland.  A week later he sent us these:

So many great photos live on phones or on facebook, and it’s nice to have a way to liberate them into the real world for prominent display on the fridge. And the postcards are very sturdy, so they’ll withstand some front-of-fridge wear and tear.

I’m going to send some out soon!

Scottish Thistle Postcard

I’ve had some good mail days recently:

I wanted to share this particularly lovely postcard sent to me by my friend Laura:

It was an old, used postcard with a postmark from 1912.  Laura wrote a new note around the old note, writing perpendicularly to the original message, popped it in an envelope and sent it my way.  It was something old and something new at the same time!  What a wonderful treat to find in my mailbox.

I especially loved the Robert Burns quote in the upper left:  “Heaven spare ye lang to kiss the breath o’ mony flowery simmers.”  Yes, please.

Six Months of Good Mail Days

Today is my 6 month blogging anniversary! It’s been so much fun sharing my love of snail mail with you.  In January, I began this blog with my birthday request for friends and family to send me letters.  I have had a lot of great mail days since then.

I’ve been remiss lately in posting some of the great things I’m getting in my mailbox.  I wanted to share a few photos of the giving and receiving…and also share how I keep track of all the comings and goings.

Here is a pile of  recent incoming postcards:

The old-fashioned postman postcard is from my pen pal Maria.  The postcard was designed by the Missive Maven.  The Missive Maven has a great selection of snail mail-themed postcards and you can purchase them here. I have been sending out the “Snail Mail: Not Dead Yet” ones lately, because they combine my love of snail mail and my love of Monty Python!

The amazing sewn/quilted/dyed “Hello” postcard is from my pen pal Lisa.  She blogs about her quilting and other adventures at Upstate Lisa.  As her pen friend, I get to benefit from her mad quilting and paper crafting skills.

Here’s another pic of fun in my mailbox:

And I’ve been following the snail mail golden rule: Want a letter? Send a letter.  Here is a recent outgoing stack:

How do I keep track of all of this coming and going?  I use my handy Letter Writers Alliance correspondence log, of course! I think you may have to be a member to purchase it, but membership is inexpensive and, it does have its privileges!

The log provides separate sections to keep track of what you’re sending (and on what stationery, so you don’t bore your pen pals with the same old stuff each time) as well as what you’re receiving (so you can keep track of whether or not you replied).

I just love keeping track of my mail in this nice, old-fashioned-feeling ledger.  It makes my correspondence feel so official!

I hope you have had some great mail days recently, too.  And I look forward to sharing more stationery, stamps, and other fun tidbits to make your snail mail spectacular. And I hope you keep reading!

Florentine Fun in My Mailbox!

My friend Allison lived in France for the past year (and was the inspiration for a trip to visit her in April).  She and I exchanged letters while she was there and she just sent me her last installment from Strasbourg before her return home at the end of June.

She began her last letter thanking me on behalf of her and her mailbox for keeping them busy! Here’s a pic of Allison checking her mail. I loved those crazy mailboxes in the courtyard she shared with several other apartments.

In her letter, Allison wrote that she had spent a little time in Florence as a last getaway before she moved home.  She said the food was spectacular, but that she also found some time between the pasta and pizza to check out the city’s amazing paper offerings.

Below is a little memento she was kind enough to send me from her excursion.  Check out this beautiful book mark (and the great little paper bag it arrived in):

Oh, how gorgeous! I’m putting it to use right away!