Never write a letter while you are angry. In fact, most people just never write letters anymore. If you have never clicked through to my Postcrossing page then you probably didn’t know that I am obsessed with sending and receiving mail. For my 200th post I thought I share this little passion with you to hopefully inspire more letters, postcards, care packages, photos…anything really to be sent via the real physical mail.
I’ve been a member of Postcrossing for FOUR years now. I’ve sent & received over 440 postcards over 4.7 million kilometres, 119 laps around the world! Although there have been times when I haven’t sent any cards for months due to moving or not being able to justify postage, it is always something that makes me happy when I do it. Opening my door to see cards that have hopefully not been stepped on makes my day better. If you want to see all the postcards I’ve received and delve deeper into the stats then feel free!
I like sending mail. I like having lots of books. So when I come across a book about mail I cannot resist!
This was the first mail related book I picked up. It was cheap because it was a bit damaged but also signed by the author so I thought why the heck not! To The Letter by Simon Garfield takes you on an epic journey through the history of letter writing and it is really interesting and inspiring. It’s very well written and I couldn’t put it down. But you have to put it down to write all those letters you’ve been meaning to write!
I saw this book in Waterstones Piccadilly and then thought no, I don’t need that. Then I browsed for a bit longer, went to a completely different floor and thought, yep I need that. To my surprise, Snail Mail is by an Aussie! Michelle Mackintosh takes you through all the different kinds of letters you can write, how to address & close them as well as make them look super cute. There’s templates, fun pictures and stickers in the back. I. Love. Stickers. So I love this book! As you will see below I love to have many things on hand to decorated any postcards or letters I send so it’s always good to have a bit more inspiration as it makes writing letters even more fun. I didn’t know that was possible!
Also, to note in the picture above, I love the German stamp teaching you that it is bad to step on nails, don’t do it!
This barely scrapes the surface of my stationery collection. And don’t forget the rubber stamps, sticker books and mountain of stationery I left behind in Perth (I will rescue it in December, I won’t forget you!). At the moment I don’t have a desk, which is killing me, but in the meantime I’m using this cute little clipboard I picked up from the Pound Shop pop-up at the Science Museum by Ding Ding. Postcards are from galleries, trips and box sets and I have more than I could ever afford to send. You always need cute stickers, fun pens and washi tape to finish off your heartfelt handwritten notes. Don’t forget stamps!
I hope this inspires you to sit down and write something! Remember, it doesn’t have to be ten pages long and decorated to the extreme, even just a small note to say thank you sent through the mail means so much more than an email or a text. And I bet you that the person on the receiving end will keep it and shower you will chocolate* the next time they see you.
*chocolate not guaranteed