Tuesday, July 22, 2014

message in a bottle. anniversary edition.

For our two year anniversary I wanted each one of us to write a romantic letter and throw it out to sea in a bottle. Since we were going to Ireland, I thought it was the perfect place to do it.

Zach and I each wrote a letter on each side of the paper. Basically a love letter to the person who hopefully one day finds it. It talked about why we were in Ireland and things we loved. I also included my email address and blog address for the person who finds it to contact me. 

We then rolled the letter up and placed it into the bottle.

Zach then threw the bottle as far as he could into the waters of Ireland. I hope one day someone finds the letter and it puts a smile on their face!

Monday, July 21, 2014

pen pal of the week.

I am excited to announce that I was featured on Pen Pal of the Week today!
I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed doing the interview!

You can read my entire interview here!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

post offices and postboxes of ireland.

I had the most AMAZING time in Ireland with my husband. If you ever get a chance to go to Ireland, do it! Every town had their own unique post office and I made sure to capture them all!
We first had a layover in Manchester, England and was beyond excited when I found Paperchase, a paper store, in our terminal of the airport! I bought a few things of course. 

And then a Royal Mail mailbox from England!

The postbox and post office in Milltown, where we stayed our first two nights of the trip! I stopped in to buy stamps for my postcards! The ladies working in their were very nice and got me exactly what I needed!
Sitting in a local coffee shop writing out my postcards to mail!

Mailing off my postcards!
Postbox in Galway!

Post office in Galway!

Postbox in Galway! I think this was my favorite. I love how it was built into the stone wall!
Post office in Kinsale!

Letterslot in the side of a hotel wall in Kinsale! The manager thought it was funny that I was taking a picture of the letter slot. I told him that I love mail, and he offered me a job polishing it everyday! Sir, If I lived here I would!

Post office in Cork!

I hope you enjoyed my tour of Ireland through post offices and post boxes!

Friday, July 18, 2014

sheep letterset download.

There were so many adorable sheep everywhere I turned in Ireland, that it inspired me for my next letterset download!
®2014 postmarked with love
®2014 postmarked with love

Download your own copy of the sheep letterset here! Enjoy!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

received with love.

I just got back to work from an AMAZING holiday in Ireland with my husband. It stunk having to come back to reality, but all these fantastic letters made it so much better.
My first postcard from postcrossing!
A package that I ordered from LadyendeVagehond!

And a lot of letters from my pen pals!

Friday, July 11, 2014

honey bee letterset download.

"Life is the flower for which love is the honey." -Victor Hugo
©2014 postmarked with love
©2014 postmarked with love

Download your own copy of the honey bee letterset here! Enjoy!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

cat mailing packages coloring page.

Image from: handipoints.com
Print this adorable coloring page for your kids to color! Who doesn't love cats mailing packages?!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

wedding invitation timeline and checklist.

I have been designing more wedding invitation suites recently, so I thought it was a good opportunity to share a wedding invitation timeline since it pertains to mailings!

Save the Dates
(Should be mailed 3-6 Months before the Wedding)

Wedding Invitations
(Should be mailed 2 Months before the Wedding with an RSVP date of 1 Month before the Wedding)
          • Reply Card (Include a Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope)
          • Reception Card (Includes Directions to the Reception if different from the Ceremony Site)

Wedding Announcement (Optional)
(Should be mailed the day after the Wedding)

Thank-You Notes
(Should be mailed within the month following your Honeymoon)

Tips for Postage on your Wedding Invitations:
Purchase postage after you have assembled your invites, so you can weigh an envelope, with all inserts included, to determine how much postage you will need.

You can purchase the Wedding series stamps in 1-ounce Forever® or 2-ounce 70¢ stamps.

Where Dreams Blossom: 1-ounce Forever® stamp.
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Yes, I Do: 2-ounce 70¢ stamp.
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Wedding Roses: 1-ounce Forever® stamp.
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Wedding Cake: 2-ounce 70¢ stamp.
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Send a test invitation to yourself before the rest are mailed. You will be able to confirm you've used the proper postage and have a copy of your invite-complete with local postmark-to save.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

national u.s. postage stamp day.

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Today we not only celebrate the postal worker, but we also celebrate the U.S. Postage Stamp. The postage stamp helps us send and receive mail with ease.

Did you know...
Before the postage stamp, the cost of sending a letter was actually given to the recipient?
The postal worker would deliver the letter to the desired destination, and would only then, collect the money for the postage. Due to this, there were often times when the recipient would refuse the letter, leaving the cost to the postal service.

The postage stamp completely reinvented this whole process, leading to a simpler, smoother system of delivering mail!

Celebrate today, by designing your very own postage stamp!

national postal worker day.

Thank you for delivering happy mail to our mailboxes all year long!
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Today is a day to appreciate and thank the men and women that work consistently to help is send and receive all of our happy mail and packages! Take an extra minute today to say thank you to your postal worker and let them know how much they are appreciated.

Postal Service employees may accept the following items:
• Snacks and beverages that are not part of a meal
• Items with little intrinsic value (greeting card, pen, coffee mug, etc.)
• Perishable items ( flowers, chocolates, cookies, etc.)
• Items with a value of $20 or less

Postal Service employees may not accept cash-in any amount or form
(bills, checks, money orders)

Ways to show your appreciation to your postman:
• A nice little card thanking them for their hard work
• Bottle of water (After all, it is pretty hot in July)
• Giftcard (Starbucks, 7-11, WaWa, etc.)
• Homemade Cookies
• Etc.

"See the mailman dressed in blue, will he bring a letter to you? He works when it rains and when it snows, he even works when the wind blows."