Friday, December 20, 2013

letter writing goodies.

My godmother is a consultant for Stampin' Up and I recently requested a catalog from her to see what kind of fun goodies I could buy to make my letters even more fun! I found a few great things, plus a ton of inspiration in the catalogs!
I picked up a paper punch that is a stamp shape! Not sure what I will use it for yet, but looking forward to playing around with it. I also got 3 rolls of spring inspired paper tape. Gosh, I love paper tape. I have a slight addiction to it honestly. And then this gorgeous lace doily tape! Isn't it fantastic? I think it will look great on some black envelopes! oh la la!

Have you gotten any fun letter writing goodies recently?

Thursday, December 19, 2013

merry christmas mr. mailman.

I wanted to give my mailman a little present this holiday season now that we are living in a house and not an apartment!

I love to bake and during the holidays it is non stop around my house. I thought some delicious sugar cookies with a nice card would be the perfect little gift to give him, and even better because I had a mailbox cookie cutter! I hope he enjoyed them!
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all the mailmen out there delivering all of our letters!

p.s. Do you do anything special for your mailman during the holidays?

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

locks of love.

Do you guys have a Bucket List?

I created mine several years ago, and continue to add things to it as well as check things off that have been completed. One of those was mailing a very special package off this morning.
I have always wanted to donate my hair to Locks of Love, so I was beyond excited to finally be able to do it and send my hair off in the mail this morning.

I have always had thin hair and because of that have kept it short since college. I always wanted long hair but realized short hair looks better and fuller. One my husband proposed two years ago next month I decided to grow my hair out so I could have a nice updo for our wedding. I figured since it finally started to have some length on it, that it was the perfect time to continue letting it grow and once it reached the length it needed to be I would cut it off and donate it! Man, does my hair grow super slow!! It took almost two years to get it to 10 inches. 

I was so excited when I finally made my appointment to get it cut off! I won't lie though, I was really nervous when she put it in the ponytail and started cutting it all off, but once it was cut I felt fantastic. She ended up cutting a little over 11 inches off! I love knowing that my hair will help with a great cause and help young adults feel more confident!

Do you want to know more about how you can donate your hair towards a great cause? Check out Locks of Love website for more information.

I thought I would share a Before and After picture with you guys too...



Thursday, December 12, 2013

nye in an envelope.

I signed up to participate in the Happy New Year Letter Exchange project that Papered Thoughts set up and the first task was to create new years eve in an envelope!

At first I didn't know what to do, but once I got one idea it just came together. I decided to stick with traditional (in my opinion) NYE colors. So everything I created was based around black, silver and gold! And who doesn't love those colors with a little glitter added!
I first grabbed some glitter scrapbook paper from JoAnn Fabric for my inspiration! I thought these papers were awesome!
Confetti! What NYE doesn't involve glitter?
Then I picked up these great glitter chipboard letters and black satin ribbon from Michael's to make a New Years banner! I thought it would be great for her to use for photos! I loved the banner so much, I ended up making one for my husband and I to use too!

I packaged everything up and labeled all the packages using some kraft stickers with silver letters.
I decided to package it like a little book. I taped two pieces of cardboard together and taped everything inside!

The finished project! I mailed it off yesterday to Australia! I hope it makes it there safely and she loves it! I had a great time making it.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

letter writing day.

Today is Letter Writing Day! 

Grab some of your cutest stationery, pens, stickers, etc. and sit down and write someone a handwritten letter today!

Friday, December 6, 2013

postcard writers need stamps.

Ms. Farran's class in Brooklyn, NY is need of stamps!
You can help her and her class out by donating to a great cause. You can choose any amount to donate and help her buy stamps for her class to send their monthly postcards to family!

Her Project: Each month her students send a handmade postcard to a family member or friend telling them about what they are learning in school. They share what they learned while strengthening their writing skills. They get the opportunity to surprise their friends and family with mail!

They are running low on stamps and currently have 46 cent stamps. The postal rate is changing and are in need of some stamps to make up for the 3 cent change. THey are also in need of more first rate stamps as well as international stamps for students who want to write to relatives overseas.

Help this teacher out by donating here!

What a great project! I hope these kids always keep writing!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

dear santa.

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Do you have a child that would love to write Santa a letter this year?

You can mail your letters to Santa Claus to the address below.

Santa Claus
1 Santa Claus Lane
North Pole, AK 99705-9901

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

holiday shipping dates.

Mailing out packages to loved ones this holiday season?

Below is a list of estimated shipping dates to make sure your packages arrive on time this year!
(Best to mail before listed dates. Domestic only)

First-Class Mail - December 20th
Priority Mail - December 21st
Priority Mail Express** - December 23
Standard Post - December 14

** Priority Mail Express postage refund eligibility is adjusted for shipments mailed Dec. 22-25. Some destinations may have extended service commitments.

Monday, December 2, 2013

advent day 2.

This weekend I worked on getting all of my christmas cards done and ready to mail!

And today, my advent activity was to mail out all of my Christmas Cards!

I decided to hit up the post office on my way this morning and drop them all off. I always hope that I am the first card of the holiday season that people receive!

Have you gotten your cards done and ready to mail yet?

o christmas tree.

This year Zach and I decided to do a very untraditional Christmas Tree!
I put up 24 red envelopes on our wall in the shape of a tree! It not only serves the function of our Christmas Tree but also our Advent Calendar this year! I have filled each envelope with fun holiday activities for us to do each day!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

letter writing goodies.

I hit the jackpot with letter writing goodies while I was out shopping with my mom last weekend! IF you are out and about you should stop by Target and Michaels! They have some great things for a good price to add to your collection.
The Target dollar section has so many great things right now! I picked up two packs of the kraft label stickers, some kraft letter stickers and some robot stickers! I can't wait to use them all on some letter
I then hit the jack pot at Michaels! A lot of the stuff I got was on sale, so that is always a plus! I picked up a label maker and a pack of green and pink tape refills, a cute paper pad to use for mail tags in my letters, a pack of kraft mini envelopes, a pack of multi-colored letter stickers, and two cute donuts to put in letters!