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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

penpal, post card, snail mail

I obviously love sending and receiving mail. It's why I made one of my 2016 goals to send 150 pieces of mail but I honestly didn't think I liked it this much. I've been stealing every moment I can to write postcards. I thought it might be fun to share some photos of my incoming and outgoing mail from time to time for a multitude of reasons. One of which being I have been getting some really awesome postcards in the mail that I want to show off. Another because it's fun to keep track of what I'm sending. I love having really awesome postcards but part of me hates that I'm never going to see them again after I mail them out so being able to take a photo helps with that a little.

Outgoing mail. 
I guess I should say if you've sent me a piece of mail, haven't received a response yet, and don't want the surprise possibly ruined you should avoid this post and any other future ones like it. 

Here's a peek at what I've been sending. After seeing that this little goal was going to start with a huge bang I decided I needed to stock up on postcards. I grabbed two big box sets, Keep Fresh Stay Rad and A Box of Beetles. Both are totally super awesome but then I realized maybe beetles weren't such a great choice since so many people are icked out by bugs. (Seriously though, you're writing me, a girl with kind of questionable interests, what do you expect!?) I've been adding googly eyes in hopes that makes them less creepy to people, plus the eyes crack me up! I highly doubt the eyes will stay on most of the time though, at least not without some extra glue. The postal system can be kind of rough on postcards. It makes me giggle to think about random googly eyes getting stuck on someone else's super important mail. I bought a pack of 700 of them (Hey, it was under $10. See! Don't judge me.) last year with the hopes of sticking them on anything and everything around me but never got around to using them. Guess I finally found their purpose!

penpal, post card, snail mail

Incoming.
I thought maybe after that first round of mail the rush would be over and postcards would only trickle in. Nope. Steady flow of incoming mail, and I couldn't be happier! I've gotten so many awesome postcards from all over the world. It's funny because the first big batch of mail was all from the United States, then two weeks later *BAM* a ton of international mail. I'm trying my hardest to respond to things in the order they come in.

One of my favorite things so far has been seeing all the different ways people get creative with mail, specifically handmade envelopes! Y'all are killing me. It's so inspiring. I want to hit up the craft store and just buy all the little odds and ends to decorate with. Sometimes I feel really boring responding with just a postcard.


One of my favorite pieces I got this last week was from Good Mail Day. Good Mail Day is an awesome subscription box put together by the fine folks at Wildcard in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania... and it rules. I actually cried when I opened the box. It was just one of those days, you guys. Each month has a different theme and within that theme, you can expect to receive several of the following: patches, pins, greeting cards, stationery, ephemera, art prints, bandanas, tote bags, pens, pencils, journals, stickers, crafty projects, accessories, home decor and more! 

January's theme was the moon and the stars. Inside was a patch, a vintage stamps, a gorgeous postcard, two cards, an astrological star chart bandana, and a few other bits and bobs. Way way way into this box! I'm very skeptical of subscription boxes just because I try to be so careful about how I spend my money but this one is incredibly tempting. I don't think there could be a more perfect sub box for me...


Stats as of February 12th
sent - 83 pieces
waiting to be dropped off - 8 pieces
received -  128 pieces
mail sent to 28 of the 50 states!

box of mail I've responded to so far...

I'm, of course, always looking for more folks to write with. For more details check out this post.
xoxo

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26 thoughts

  1. I really love that you are jazzing up your bug postcards with googly eyes! They look so cute.

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  2. I love all these cards. So dang cute. I need to get a box or something to store all of my incoming cards/letters in. :)

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    1. Right now Target has this cute little white mail organizer thing. It was like 10 bucks and it's PERFECT for keeping my incoming mail in. It's super simple but it was exactly what I was looking for.

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  3. Fun fact, I illustrated the cactus print shown here! heehee!! (it's from a Paper Source calendar)

    https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-6d7FfhcAZHg/Vrdx5HpWkRI/AAAAAAAA2vA/yAUjOkSa1uw/s1600/IMG_2440.jpg

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  4. I SEE MINE I SEE MINE!!! I LOVE the googly eyes. As a non-fan of bugs I would totally laugh at googly eyes so that's a win. I love that you're so getting into this!!! SNAIL MAIL FOREVERRRRR!!!!!

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    1. Haha, well glad to hear that the googly eyes are non-bug lover approved! :P

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  5. I'm trying to figure out how I can justify spending $30/month on a subscription box full of (things) when we're trying to purge what we already have..... I'm coming up short. I WANT IT.

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    1. Right!? I hate spending money on something where I'm not even sure what I'm spending the money on but that box was darn awesome!

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  6. I believe you may enjoy these teeth pieces of you haven't already laid eyes upon them over at haute macabre.com!

    I love the stationary, thanks for sharing!

    Court

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  7. I sent you a postcard last month :D Hope you received!That Good Mail Day it's just an awesome idea!

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  8. Your card game is strong! Love all the incoming and the outgoing choices, couldn't pick one. I am very looking forward to send you one myself, I'm afraid thought that before mine gets there, you will already have reached your challenge goal ;) Oh! That subscription box haul is so good! Love that they have a theme each month.

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    1. Oh, I am so not stopping at my goal! Snail mail foreverrrrr!

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  9. I just ordered this box! It's lovely! I can't wait to see what's in store for the next boxes, and I'm stalking my mail box! 👻

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  10. Omg I love googly eyes! They make everything funny. Before my housemate moved out, she put googly eyes all over the house, which made it real rough for the last person to clean up LOL. I'm with you on subscription boxes. They're so tempting, but it's like, do I really need all that stuff? No but I want it all haha

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  11. Ugh, mail gives me all the feels! My favorite part is seeing everyone's different handwriting, they're so unique!

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  12. uggh that subscription box! so tempting! i finally signed up for one after seeing them for so long, and I thought I had picked a winner but it SUCKED! i was so disappointed that I spent $30 on it. That one looks like it will be good every month!

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  13. I see mine! He definitely lost his eyeballs :( But I still love him and the note :)

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  14. I'm always such a late comment-er, but I received your post card the other day! Happy to have found it in one of your blog post photos too! ♥♥

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  15. I want to send you a postcard now! Is that okay?

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