With record breaking anticipation the participants of LetterMo 2016 have been chomping at the bit for this year's badge. Hot off the presses, I've made some badges to cut out and apply to my outgoing envelopes.
"Cut straight or with
I want it to inspire my penfriends to participate. For those who want to...
Unbeknownst to me I've gathered too many LOVE stamps. I even purchased the "YES I DO" stamp before realizing that it actually says that! Shame on me for being swept away by aesthetics. And yes, that is when I learned postage stamps are non-returnable. (Is that a word?)
It's actually not easy to use these, as you don't want to give anyone who is single (and even not) the wrong idea.
"But I will have to risk it because here is February right on my heels!"
Ok, so I have strong feelings about stamps. Not sure when that happened, but we'll have to deal with it. Unfortunately my Post Office doesn't do well in the line of stamps and I've managed to make myself a nuisance about them altogether.
"It's like that thing you tell yourself you won't say and because you keep thinking about what NOT to say, like a sneeze it's drawn out of you without your consent."
With just a week before the 2016 A Month of Letter challenge begins, those signed on to do it are taking action and gravitating towards those things that will help them stay on track (yours truly included!). A lovely participant "Mister Charlie" came up with a calendar to keep track of our personal progress. Isn't that a nifty idea?
"Well I sure thought so!"
I ran with it and created my own. I wanted it to motivate me too....
While the US Postal service did announce a raise effective January 17th of this year, that doesn't mean every rate was increased. In fact, you may find that for your letter writing purposes you are unaffected.
I've made a Rate Sheet for you to download, print out and keep handy. Maybe pin it up so you don't end up hunting about for it later. It is not exhaustive. For other rate listings click here.
Enjoy and Keep Scribbling!
Thought I'd Share.
A short film about the beauty of letter writing and how it brings people together. Filmed on location in Capitol Reef and Sundance, Utah. A NØRR film production. Starring Brighton Hertford and Patrick Kintz. Music: Nobody Loves Me Like You by Low Roar.
OK, so on top of the fact that I insist on using my two reams of really bad paper to make my envelopes (hence all the ink bleeding in my calligraphy), things sometimes just get messy.
After you spend time making your letter just perfect things just happen.
"You have to roll with the stamps here."
Today I decided that instead of an ink blot I was gonna send off an INK WHISPER! =) You just have to turn it around. The way I see it, this person probably never had an Ink Whisper (can't you hear it?) sent to them in their whole life, and here I am helping them get that off their bucket list and stuff.
I'm sure you have stories from your desk blotter. What have you turned into a positive? —Keep Scribbling!
LetterMo starts in 2 weeks and many are awaiting with bated breath. The site is churning with posts about pens being at the ready and the anticipation of the coveted (due to release delay?) 2016 'badges'.
"I decided that I would create my own
because I wanted to cut a fringe around the edge to make it look more realistic.
This is how I did it:
It is super-smashing-wonderful when your letterbox is brimming. Brimming with friendship, discovery, laughter, and even some mail art. But how do you make the time to answer your postal comrades? I mean really, I really want to know.
So many of us have different life circumstances. So it can only mean we all must have different methods to make the time to write. Do you go without something in order to do it? Or perhaps your circumstances are that you do have all the time to write. (which I for one do not frown upon!)
Today was an amazing day at the letter box, but of course this means my inbox now looks like this:
A Month of Letters is upon us. For those of you who haven't heard, A Month of Letters (affectionately "lettermo") has put out an annual February challenge since 2010. Which is to write and send a piece of mail daily (excluding Sundays because the post office is closed) for the entire month.
It has quite a following. Some come back every year. Others join in when they can. Let's face it, some years are harder than others. Hence the challenge. I will be joining for the first time this year. (as if I don't have enough things to do.)
But Letter Writing must go on
and we are to do our part.
"Be the change you want to see.."
and all that.
Writing letters seems to have brought on much tea drinking...
In this test I'm using the brass seal I just purchased and the sample wax that came with it from www.waxseals.com. To keep things simple, I'll say they offer two types of wax. Flexible and Breakable. Flexible is a modern version so that your seal will not crack under postal machine stomping before it gets to its intended party. NOTE:
"It is an expected practice that your seal be INSIDE your mailing envelope..."
NOT exposed on the outside. Here is a sample of the Breakable Wax:
I've received my brass Seal! Yeeeears ago I ordered from this same company. Back then I purchased their 'peel-and-stick' seals. They are not wax but a sort or resin. More on that in a later post. The company is www.waxseals.com.
My order included, the Brass Seal, Wood handle (permanent), Sample Flexible wax (all 3 sticks are the same, you get to choose what color when you order. This free sample offer may not always be available), One sample of my design on their 'peel-and-stick' seals, Instructions, and their business card. All in a Black velvet pouch.
"This company gives many
options on just about everything."
I chose to order a permanent handle. They offer removable....
Got your attention didn't I? Well this time the free stuff is for me. (well most of this will go out in my letters I'm sure) But I still have a good lead for you. See that loot above? I got it for free. No, I didn't pummel a crafter outside Michael's and then make a run for the car. (I would advise against that if you're looking to keep your mug off your local police blotter.)
Instead I acquired it all from freecycle.org. It's sort of like craigslist but it's just people getting rid of stuff or wanting stuff.
"The contingency is that
it has to be FREE."
I was trying to get rid of a piece of furniture once and a friend turned me onto it. Worked like a charm. It's so easy...
I have become fanatical about Sealing Wax and Seal Stamps. Locally I’m not finding much outside of an Initial letter or Fluer de lis stamp (which I love). But I’m all about verity in my work and that seems to be spilling over into the esthetic of my letters. So no surprise here that I’ve begun making my own stamps too. There is no ONE way to make them. Researching online, you'll find a variety of methods and materials.
But in the spirit of repurposing (yet another passion), I usually ask myself “What do I have around here that I can use?” before making a store run. (I can not tell you how thrilling it is to use what I’ve got, regardless of the project I’m working on.) Between my Studio and ‘lil Workshop you’d be amazed what I can come up with.
I’ve managed to make about 4 stamps so far by using materials I have along with one trip to Hobby Lobby for some pendants.
"So here is the big thing
about what makes the grade
for a good potential stamp..."
This is just my opinion, but a stamp should be engraved into instead of embossed outward. Does that make sense? I’ll explain.
One of the best ways to improve on something is to keep doing it, right? I'm enjoying the practice. I have to find my way through all the online hub-bub on calligraphy supplies. I'm not finding much locally.
I will say that while I haven't done Calligraphy in 20 years I'm still grateful for having done it before. I'm experiencing less frustration I think. Hopefully I haven't spoken too soon! Try an ink scribble!
Hello, I’m Nina, the maven behind the
IQS blog. I’m all about creativity (ya think?).
I work in several disciplines. So it's no surprise that the Art of Letter Writing would come knocking on my door. Smitten!
However, I did not want to simply add MailArt as a discipline to my website. Thus it became the IQS Blog within my site. And that is why there are TWO navigation menus. *Here’s a Tip: stick with the BLOG Menu in this Column. The main site menu will lead you astray into dark places where you will be screaming for help and no one will hear you.
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