Saturday, November 30, 2013

official letter from santa.

Image from:

Do you want to send your child a letter from santa? I found several great sites that offer just that!

Each one offers different varieties of letters and gift options to choose from! So take a look and see which one best fits your needs this holiday season! What a great tradition to start with that special child in your life. What child wouldn't want a letter from Santa Claus in their mailbox this holiday season!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

happy thanksgiving!

I hope that you all have a fantastic thanksgiving filled with love! I am looking forward to spending the day with family and celebrating all that I have to be thankful for!
Image from:

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

postmarked with love instagram.

I created a new instagram account for my blog! Check it out and help spread the word!


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

received with love.

It has been a great few days for receiving mail! I love when my mailbox is filled with wonderful things, especially when it is day after day!
My awesome in-laws sent me the perfect door mat for our front porch this holiday season! I can't wait to start decorating and put this out!
I received my first letter from my new penpal Lynsey! It was filled with such cute goodies... Some tea I can enjoy while writing my next letter, an adorable foam dinosaur sticker, a bert and ernie sticker and a music playlist she enjoys!
I also received my first letter from my new penpal Helen!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

christmas cards.

Are you looking for some handmade christmas cards this year?
I have created a set of paper tape christmas cards just for you! You can order them here.

Monday, November 18, 2013

new year letter exchange.

Want to participate in a letter exchange? Rin over at Papered Thoughts has created one! I just sent in my request to participate. Deadline to sign up is Nov. 27th, so hurry!
Image from:

Thursday, November 14, 2013

north pole postmark.

Can you believe it is that time of year again already?

Do you want to have your holiday cards postmarked from the North Pole this year?

All you have to do is place your stamped and addressed holiday cards or letters in a box or envelope and mail them to the address below in care of the Postmaster!

North Pole Holiday Cancellation
4141 Postmark Drive
Anchorage, AK 99530-9998

The deadline is December 10th for specialty postmarked cards in time for holiday delivery!

Image from:

Wednesday, November 13, 2013


I have added my travelope sets back to my etsy shop! They make the perfect stocking stuffer for that letter writer in your life or make a perfect addition to your stationery collection!
Envelopes are made using Resort Maps from different cities!
Cities available:
Outer Banks, NC
Ocean City, MD
NYC Subway Maps

Each set includes:
6 handmade envelopes
6 flat notecards (pale blue, pale green or white)
12 white address labels

All packed together in a cellophane bag, perfect to use for yourself or give to a friend!

If the city you want is not listed, just purchase another city and put which one you want in the notes section of your order!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

stamps: harry potter

Image from:
The first U.S. postage stamps to feature images from Harry Potter movies go on advance sale today. These stamps will be available in post offices starting Tuesday November 19th.

The U.S. Postal Service will produce 5 million booklets of 20 First-Class Forever® stamps. These limited-edition commemorative stamps will have 20 unique images from the eight movies about the British boy wizard and his friends, foes and fantastic creatures. Among the images will be Voldemort, Dumbledore and the Weasley brothers.

Susan McGowan, executive director, notes that Harry's adventure into magic begins when he receives a letter inviting him to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

In the books and films, Harry Potter's life changed with a letter, so we couldn't envision a more fitting tribute to commemorate the world created by J.K. Rowling and brought to life in the Warner Bros. films."

The postal service will release more information about the stamps over the coming week on the postal service Twitter feed @USPS with the hashtag #HPstamps.

If you are a Harry Potter fan, then you will want to add these to your collection!

amazon and usps join forces.

Did you hear?
Image from:

Amazon is offering the beleaguered U.S. Postal Service a lifeline.

Yesterday, the online retailer announced plans to use the postal service to deliver packages to U.S. customers seven days a week.

Read the full article here.

sent with love.

I have been writing letters like crazy this week! I still have a few more to write, but wanted to get all the ones I have written so far out into the mail this morning.
Sent some letters to my long time pen pals and friends.

Then I sent out a bunch of letters to all of my new pen pals that I received from my pen pal ad! I am excited to have so many new pen pals to write to all over the world. I look forward to hearing back from all of them!

Monday, November 11, 2013

pencil friendship bracelet.

I don't know about you guys, but when I was a teenager I was obsessed with making friendship bracelets! I loved making them so much, that I started a little business in middle school making them for people in custom colors and designs.

I was searching online the other day and stumbled across a friendship bracelet pattern with pencils on it! How adorable is this?
Image from:
I am thinking of attempting to make these for my pen pals! (I still have a ton of thread left from my friendship bracelet making days.) I am hoping it is easy to make... It has been a while since I sat down and made one. 

If you would like to try and make one yourself for your pen pals, you can download the template and instructions here.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

received with love.

I received quite a few letters this week from different pen pals! I love when I have a good mail week!
One of my pen pals sent me a great letter that included a postcard with an awesome quote on it and a lovebot sticker! Want to learn more about lovebots? Check it out here.

p.s. Did you have a good mail week?

Saturday, November 9, 2013

visiting brooklyn.

Last weekend I went to NYC to visit my dear friend and former roommate Kathryn. We have been friends for almost 9 years now and it has been a long time since we have visited our old stomping grounds together.

I used to live in Brooklyn, NY while I was attending Pratt Institute. I was excited to visit my campus and it was fun to see the corner mailbox where I used to mail all of my letters to friends and family back home! I also snapped a photo of the post office that I would go to near my apartment. My mom used to send my roommates and I care packages filled with cookies and goodies all the time, so I visited that post office to many times to count in two years!

Friday, November 8, 2013

"And none will hear the postman's knock
without a quickening of the heart.
For who can bear to feel himself forgotten?"

-W.H. Auden

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

stamps: gingerbread houses

Image from:
These new holiday stamps capture the delicious tradition and childlike nostalgia of making gingerbread houses. Stumbling across a magical cottage made of cake and candy, Hansel and Gretel knew just how special gingerbread houses could be-but no witches will jump out of these confectionery domiciles. Instead, the Gingerbread Houses stamps will add a touch of whimsy to your holiday mail.

These stamps feature four different gingerbread houses set against a bright blue background. Made with gingerbread and royal icing, each house has sugary fruit slices for shingles, peppermint sticks for support beams, and round, candy-coated chocolate for doorknobs and holly berries, and yet each is unique.

Sally Andersen-Bruce was the photographed the houses, created by baker Teresa Layman. Art Director   Derry Noyes designed the stamps. Gingerbread Houses is being issued as a Forever® stamp.

p.s. I don't know about you guys, but this is the stamp I will be picking up to put on my Christmas cards this year!

Monday, November 4, 2013

penpal ad.

I recently discovered a new site called It is a great way to get more penpals from all over the world! I decided to send in my own penpal ad and it just got published! I am super excited! I have had several people email me so far to be penpals! I look forward to sitting down and writing a bunch of letters this weekend and growing my penpal list!

Here is my list of top 10 quirks:
You can view my entire penpal ad here. If you want to receive more fun and exciting letters in your mailbox you should check out pen pal of the week. There are a ton of penpal ads to read or you can send in your very own ad!

Friday, November 1, 2013

pumpkin pie postcard.

Remember the cake postcard I showed a while back?

If pie is more your style, check out these pumpkin pie postcards!
Image from: SheKnows
Gather your Supplies:
• 4x6" piece of upholstery foam (found in hobby or craft stores)
• 4x6" piece of cream colored mat board or cardboard (found in hobby or craft stores)
• 1 bottle of yellow ochre craft paint (for the sides of the pie)
• 1 bottle of honey brown craft paint (for the top of the pie)
• 1 tube of almond or biscuit colored tub & wall caulk 
• 1 tube of white tub & wall caulk 

And then check out SheKnows instructions on how to make these awesome pumpkin postcards!

p.s. These would be adorable for thanksgiving!