Letters, Letter, Letters! That's why we're all here right? No wait, it's about
MailArt, MailArt, MailArt! Right? See the thing is I'm not quite sure actually. Is it all that or is it the "POST" part? Hmmm...
I think it might be several things combined that has us all addicted to this art of correspondence. The fact that something was miles away in someone else's hands and now in yours... there is something so palpable about that. When was the last time you held a Gigabit and felt all giggly?
The time it takes to write and create mail, that too is heartwarming— to have someone invest towards you. And it's a little more singularly focused than your average internet post. So then, it's not so much what goes through the post, but just so that it does.
"This month is the birthday of someone
very dear to my heart. So dear, ONE piece
of mail alone just wouldn't do."
I KNOW YOU HAVE OCCASIONS LIKE THIS. So maybe you want to do what I TRY to do, and that is to add an element of surprise to my mail....
"So what are you saying Nina? Spit is out already?" OK OK.... I send two posts! I do my best to time them so the first arrives before the occasion in question and the second ON the date of the occasion.
One of the tricks is to make sure your first is pretty special. They will be so taken by the first, that the second will be wholly unexpected. In this case my beloved... loves, loves, loves sunsets. So I painted a small scene and sent it in a birthday card that said something like: "I wish you rainbows and sunshine and joy, and blah blah"; and inside the punch line said, "and all that free CRAP!" =)
I knew this was thee card for the occasion because it would help throw them off the scent of what I might be up to. So choose something that may do this but certainly make it very satisfying for them so nothing else is expected. My recipient has a great sense of humor and loves sunsets, so the postal plot was under way.
NOTE: Mine is a painting but that is not what makes it special! My recipient is crazy for sunsets, yes; but even more, they were one of the first persons in my life who put their money where their mouth was and believed in me by purchasing my work. —So just make it relevant to them and you can't lose.
The follow-up mail was a package containing things they enjoy. (What else should you get on your birthday?) An oil diffuser, music, & some humor.
The diffuser packaging came with a cute little beaded doo-dad on the top.
Love little touches like that, which is why I made a BellyBand
for the CD, and wrote their name on the envelope with my ink dip-pen.
Very simple style. Simple is good.
Lastly, for me, I try to do without postage from the meter machine. I much rather use stamps. In my book it can make your mail more engaging. The artist in me doesn't like the aesthetic of a label compared to a stamp!
I manage this by weighing my mail at home. More on that in another post. You can certainly do it @ the post office too. Next time you have a special occasion, try "marking it memorable" by sending a tiered post. Let me know how you make out!
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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