LetterMo is just around the corner! Crack those knuckles, dust off your paper, and prep your pens. It's a month-long scribble fest. To help you get organized download this calendar to keep you motivated and on track with counting your outgoing and incoming mail. Don't underestimate the satisfaction of checking off your "CRUSHED IT" box each day. It's like maaagic... magic.. magic. (echo)
I have discovered that like Tea, knitting/crocheting/tatting seems to be a common thread among letter lovers. These disciplines are all different in their own right as those that practice them will tell you. Whether crochet, sewing, knitting, or stitching— they have all inspired my latest stationery release here. Enjoy!
Keeping track of what comes In and what goes Out in my letterbox has become a task. I think the elements we keep track of varies greatly from scribbler to scribbler. What I choose to document may not be of concern to someone else, and vise versa. On the whole I’m usually more detailed.
"I created a sort of Letter Log with the specifics that are important to me to remember."
I think any number of scribblers could be looking for a log to document their letter traffic. So I have simplified what I use and have provided it for you here.
Do note that the right and left sides are exactly the same except one thing. One starts with “Received” at the top for those who write to you first. The other stars with “Sent” at the top for those whom you write to first. Enjoy!
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!
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...
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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