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!

Take a Stand Against Censorship

I’ve censored the following, in protest of a bill that gives any corporation and the US government the power to censor the internet–a bill that could pass THIS WEEK. To see the uncensored text, and to stop internet censorship, visit: http://americancensorship.org/posts/18066/uncensor

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Uncensor This

Bad News for the USPS

I hate to put a damper on the holiday spirit I’ve been drumming up here on Save Snail Mail, but I wanted to point you to a news roundup on European Paper‘s blog that provides links to news articles about the USPS.  Regular readers will know I’ve covered the financial problems faced by the USPS and the potential cuts in services before.  I thought some of my you may be interested in updates on this issue.  It’s grim reading.  So check it out and then get to sending those holiday cards with first-class stamps so we can all do our part to save snail mail!

 

Square Books and Nest in Oxford, MS, Again!

In October I made a visit back to Oxford, MS.  You may recall that the last time I was there, I found several nice things at Nest Paper Studio.  This time, I stocked up on some more Kartos stationery since I’d gone through my first batch so quickly!

Nest is located on the square in downtown Oxford. Oxford is a beautiful little town and sports many nice restaurants and boutiques.  I was fortunate enough to have dinner at City Grocery and if you you ever make it to Oxford, I highly recommend it. Their chocolate mouse dessert with a side of passionfruit sorbet and a passion fruit chocolate truffle was AMAZING!  Plus, they very graciously and deliciously accomodated my vegetarian tastes and made me something unique and off-menu!

A couple doors down from City Grocery is Square Books–a very successful local book store that has actually expanded to two other locations on the same square! Square Books Jr. specializes in children’s books and Off Square Books touts itself as a “lifestyle store” although I don’t know what that means since I didn’t get a chance to go check it out.

I did spend some time in Square Books, though.  They have a wide selection of books–including many authors from Mississippi (I picked up a collection by Eudora Welty the last time).  But of course I gravitated to their stationery section and I wasn’t disappointed.  They had several great card sets, some stationery sets, including this stationery set about mostly stationary cats.

I picked up the following lovelies to bring home:

A card set featuring a painting, by Molly Hawkins, of Square Books’ location on the square. Note the little blue mailbox out front!

I also had to have these gold-embossed, red dragon cards by Graphique de France.

My favorite find were these little books of labels by Galison New York.  Woodland creatures, flowers and, my favorite, Paris!

My favorite image, of course, is the dachshund with the striped shirt and beret! So cute!

 

 

Snail Mail Roundup

I wanted to share a few articles I’ve read lately about the USPS’s financial situation, email privacy (or the lack of it), some neat postal service history from Springfield, IL, and another person sharing the fact that snail mail in her mailbox makes her squeal with delight.

On another note, last night I put together the stationery stash I’ll be giving away on the 15th.  It includes 15 different card/letter designs and will come in a nice folio by Kartos.  To be entered into the drawing, send snail mail to: Dana c/o Save Snail Mail, P.O. Box 95, Carrboro, NC 27510 USA.  Senders of all notes received by November 15th will be eligible and I’ll announce the winner that night!

P.O. Box Warming and Giveaway

For those of you who missed it, or just need a reminder, I’ve asked readers to help “warm” my new post office box with letters and notes.  In return, everyone who writes between now and November 15th will be entered into a drawing to win a variety of stationery from my personal collection (some of which has been featured on this blog over the last six months).

Send your notes to:
Dana c/o Save Snail Mail
P.O. Box 95
Carrboro, NC 27510

I’ll write back and you could win a new stash of stationery!

Keep writing!