Happy New Year!

I hope this post finds you celebrating a fresh start to a new year!  I spent some time yesterday writing a few new year post cards with a wine theme and Baby New Year stamps from 2000.  The stamps have a face value of 33 cents–the going rate for a postcard until the increase on January 26th.

wpid-IMG_20140102_113145_437.jpgI have been continuing to correspond, even in my absence from this blog. I had avoided the blog for a while because I had so many spam comments and my efforts at installing a capcha tool had apparently failed. So I shut off comments entirely and the spam ones sat there.  This meant that none of you dear readers could leave a note.  And, really, isn’t blogging about the conversations that happen as a result of what is written?  Without comments–or at least the possibility of comments–the blog felt one-sided and sterile.

I’m not a techie.  At times I avoid technology altogether (there’s a reason why I am such an avid letter writer!).  So I got really frustrated when WordPress froze every time I tried to delete the spam comments in batches of more than a 100.  It was easier to just avoid the 42,000 spam comments than to try to figure out how to delete them so I could get the comment process back up and running.   Recently, in the midst of my Christmas vacation, I had the energy and focus to sit and go through the cumbersome delete process 420 times!  I did it!  And I think I installed a capcha.  So you should be able to leave comments and I hope the little math problem it asks doesn’t cause you too much trouble!

It feels like I’m getting a fresh start on this blog as I approach its third blogaversary!  So I’m making a New Year’s resolution to post more often, to share exciting news from the postal world and to effusively express my love of the handwritten and artful letter.  If there is anyone out there who still reads this, I hope you’ll stop by once in a while and see what’s up here.

Drop me a comment, it will only cost you an easy math problem to leave it!



Country Roads


I just made some envelopes with a West Virginia map I had laying around. They go nicely with the new stamps celebrating the 150th birthday of my home state.

Look at those gorgeous rolling hills. Country roads, take me home.

Graceful Envelope Contest

Every year the Washington Calligraphers Guild and the National Association of Letter Carriers hold The Graceful Envelope Contest inviting calligraphers and artists to take a theme and create beautiful envelopes.

Last year’s theme “D-liver D-letter D-sooner D-better” produced some amazing winners.  Check them out for inspiration and then create your entry for this year’s contest with the theme “A World of Change.” Details for the contest can be found here, and the postmark deadline is Monday, February 25, 2013

Address the envelope to:
The Graceful Envelope Contest 100 Indiana Ave. NW Washington, DC 20001-2144

1910 Postcards Predict the Future

My Dad sent me a great link to 1910 postcards featuring illustrations by French artist Villemard.  They depict how he imagined Paris in the year 2000. Some of his predictions were spot on (audiobooks, Skype, and email) but others are laughable now. Best of all, I love how they all  involve demure clothing. No futuristic silver space suits here.

These lovely images were found by someone at the University of North Carolina.  I wonder if they were in an archive or some old family member’s collection.  What a find!

You can see all of the images in this Flickr stream. Wouldn’t it be great to have these images on postcards now?

An Odd Postcard for an Odd Day

It’s Leap Year, so we get to enjoy an odd, extra day in February 29th.  To help celebrate the weirdness that is an extra-day-every-four-years, I thought I’d share this strange postcard a friend sent me recently:

Happy Leap Day! (or whatever this day is called!)

2012 U.S. Postage Stamps

If you haven’t previewed what postage stamps are coming for 2012, go check out Beyond the Perf’s list.  I have already added reminders to my calendar for the whole year so I won’t miss all the ones I love.  My birthday is at the end of January and I’m going to treat myself with the year of the dragon (my Chinese sign) and bonsai ones out by then.

The one nice thing about my stamp obsession is that it makes me write more letters and cards just so I can use them!

Stamp photos from Beyond the Perf.

Once they’re released, they will be available for purchase at your local post office or online at the Postal Store.

What are your favorites in the coming lineup?


Merry Christmas!


My house is filled with snail mail love of the Christmas variety.  To top off this most magical time of the snail mail year, my friend Cara got me this great ornament of penguins stuffing presents into a mailbox! 

I hope everyone is having a very Merry Christmas if that’s how you roll and that everyone is taking time this season to enjoy friends, family, and food!