Thursday, 23 October 2014

Happy Mail!

I love nothing better than going to the mailbox and finding real happy mail. Not bills, not pizza vouchers and not yet another letter from a real estate company offering to sell my house (which isn't for sale!). No, I mean real, actual letters, packages and postcards!

I recently joined  Snail Mail Revival, which matches up pen pals worldwide and I now have two lovely friends that I write to regularly. One lives in Michigan, USA and the other lives in NSW and I get some lovely happy mail as you can see from the pictures above.

It is quite amazing how much you can connect with someone you've never met and I just know that if I ever met my pen friends we would get on like a house on fire. Just like connecting through blogging and social media, some real friendships can be made by exchanging good old fashioned hand written letters.

I also participate in Postcrossing, which is an international postcard swap where members send and receive postcards from people all over the world. Recipients are selected randomly and you get a short bio of the person you are sending to. So I regularly get beautiful postcards from places like Belarus, China, USA and Europe arriving in my mailbox.

A side benefit of my letter writing is that I get to feed my stationery addiction because I have the perfect excuse to buy paper and envelopes for my letters. Of course, I also "need" stickers, stamps, washi tape and lots of paper craft stuff because I can't possibly send undecorated letters and envelopes, can I?

Do you like to write and receive letters or do you think it's an outdated mode of communication? If you do write letters, who do you write to? 

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