Snail-y Mail Happenings

Well, I’ve finally broken my stationery fast of 2012.  

Well, to be truthful, I broke my fast just a teensy bit on February 29th. I felt a bit guilty, but it was a postal emergency!  I realized in the middle of the day that it would be fun to send Leap Day-cancelled letters to my parents, my sister and myself.  But I was out running errands and didn’t have any of my stationery stash with me.  Knowing I couldn’t get home, write notes, and get back to the post office by the end of the day, I stopped by the post office to see what they had on hand.  I found this lovely bonsai card set–10 cards, 10 envelopes and 10 matching stamps!:

The set is available here at The Postal Store or in your local P.O. if they carry them.

Preston at the counter agreed to hand cancel the cards, so I sat in the post office and wrote out three.  Preston gave them a beautiful cancel:

But I really broke my stationery fast on my most recent trip to Nest Paper Studio in Oxford, MS. I just had to have these two snail-themed card sets.

This first one is from Lark Press.  Look at that lovely snail!

I also picked up this Greek-inspired snail design from Sharp & Sally.

I love the detail:

The lovely snail theme continues this set I got for Christmas from Orange Tabby Press.

How cute!  I know the term “snail mail” isn’t exactly appreciated by the USPS, but I just love these snail designs.  It seems the stationery world is “embracing the snail” of handwritten correspondence and recognizing it isn’t a derogatory term.  It’s more a part of the slow movement–good things come to those who wait and savor!

What stationery have you picked up lately?