Wednesday, November 28, 2012


Okay everyone, listen up! I know it's the holiday season, and we're all tight for money, but I felt it would be cool to do some sort of giveaway for you. So here's the scoop!

Wednesday 11/28/12

A set of doilies!
One roll of washi tape!
Several cute & colorful paper bags!
Two tags wrapped in two colors of twine!
An assortment of handmade stickers from Etsy!
And, perhaps more!

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Wednesday 12/5/12 @ noon

The winner will be chosen at random. I will post the winner's name on this blog. I will contact the winner by midnight on Wednesday, 12/5/12, via e-mail. If I have not received a response that includes an address from the winner by noon on Saturday, 12/8/12, I will contact the runner-up.

Now, hop to it, folks! I want to give out some mail love this month! =)

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Obsessing Over Etsy & Pinterest

It may come as no surprise to you that I am obsessed with Etsy and Pinterest. The past few weeks I have been searching Pinterest and Etsy for incredible ways to package up gifts, which I can translate into wrapping for snail mail.

I honestly had no idea what incredibly fascinating items could be used for gift-wrapping. Everything from garlands made from baker's twine and hand-punched book pages, to colorful layers of intertwined washi and fabric tape. Beautiful tags made from recycled cards. Lovely printed names cut from pretty paper. Fabric scraps to hold everything together.

Can you picture all the phenomenal possibilities? Can you see how much gift-wrapping has grown over the years? Can you imagine how much more it can grow?

I ordered lots of items from Etsy over the past several weeks. Here is my list of artisans from the U.S.A. whose work and products I truly adore (and yes, they're ALL worth checking out!):

PinkiesPalace (lots of cute stickers)

PaperDozen (fun tags, cards, envelopes, stickers, and die cuts)

greenearthgoodies (gorgeous stickers)

chickydoddle (washi tape)

ThePackageHouse (everything from washi tape and stickers to bags and boxes, and more!)

inkkit (beautiful wrapping supplies, stickers, and clothespins)

PaperAndPresent (everything from washi tape and stickers to bags and boxes, and more!)

frogfeathers (lace and ribbon and flowers)

LuckyLadyPaperCrafts (ribbon, embellishments, and much more!)

kawaiigoodies (stamps, ink, bags, washi tape, and so much more!)

matdi123 (garlands)

smileywileys (garlands)

KatiesScrapNSupplies (tags and fibers)

Now, as much as I would encourage you all to support these artisans, I do have to bring up the negative side, which is the fact that the holidays are coming up! Negative? Yes, because it means you need to order from them sooner than later to get their epic goodies before the holiday rush!

But no, seriously. Negatively speaking, the problem with this whole gift-wrapping snail mail idea is I have to double package everything to protect what is inside, and now to protect what is outside. This means more weight (not a big deal if it's less than thirteen ounces), more bulky bits (the post office near me is notorious for tearing apart items that aren't bubble-wrapped), and more time spent wrapping (which to some like me isn't a big deal, but I know not everyone works well under pressure like I do).

Okay, I've rambled on long enough. Expect a follow-up post in a few weeks with a bunch of photos of the goodies I've ordered!

(Feel free to follow my snail mail board on Pinterest here.)

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Sunday to Sunday Haul: 11/19/12-11/25/12

Some sad news. My craft room, which is in the basement, flooded Friday. I had to move a lot of items to higher ground, and unplug everything. Thankfully, nothing was damaged beyond repair. This means that I have to be extra careful with writing letters as I no longer have an area I can do so without interruption.


A lovely package from a swap! I adore all the cute pages and die cuts! Plus, two wonderful letters from pen pals. =)

An adorable selection of envelopes full of letters from some cool people.

This letter snuck in after I took photos! Glad I found it before the week ended.


Only two letters made it out this week. I have plenty more to send out tomorrow! =)

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Sunday to Sunday Haul: 11/12/12-11/18/12


A package from Etsy and a letter from a NaNoWriMo pen pal!

Letters from my two buddies! =)

Two packages and two letters. Epic!


Some of the new envelopes I ordered, heading out to some pen pals!

Some of the other new envies I ordered that included a Torchwood envie. Guess what isn't being used...

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Sunday to Sunday Haul: 10/29/12-11/11/12

Not a lot of mail coming in for some reason...


Two packages full of some lovely envelopes.

Two letters from pen pals. These two were the first to return my special cards to me! =)


Two late letters.

I covered this with Hello Kitty stickers just before sending it. I felt it was way too ominous.

Some of the new envies I just received!

Some more of the new envies I just received.