Pretty Snail Mail

Incoming and Outgoing Mails for the Month of May

INCOMING

This month, I got a handful of beautiful incoming mails, both from old and new friends. I am just so thankful for all the friendships that I’ve built over the years. And without further ado, here I post photos of them.

Postcards from long time postcrossing friends

Postcards from long time postcrossing friends

I love it when long time postcrossing friends surprise me with postcards. It means a lot to know that they think of me. 🙂 How sweet, isn’t it?


Talk about pen pals who reply to me as quick as the thunder, it’s them — Sara and Patty. Weren’t it just a few days ago when I only sent them mails? I haven’t even finished my long mail list and there they go to the list again. 🙂 I am just so happy that I have them as pen pals.

From Florida

From Florida

I call this mail a random act of kindness from a new IG friend in Florida. I praised her for doing a great job on this handmade card and there she was in my messages asking for my mailing address so she can send it to me. So, thanks T for this and speaking of mail etiquette, I always find it more kind and proper to send in return. Soon…

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Hoorah for these pretty botanical themed ephemera from Ireland! This mail is kind of special to me because this is the first time that I’ve joined a giveaway and I seriously won! Not bad at all for a first timer. I seldom join and kind of picky on giveaways especially when it is being held in IG because of the strict rules; that I have to repost (I feel lazy doing that), to tag friends, must have a hashtag,  and etc. This one was pretty simple and easy that was held on her blog. And thanks E for this wonderful mail. I love them all because I am so into flora and fauna ephemera this time.


OUTGOING

The month of May was pretty productive for me I’d say in terms of working on my promised mails. I probably owe it to the short offline or digital detox that I took on the first week and I was full of energy and inspiration right after. So, here are a couple of outgoing mails that I’ve managed to send, so far.

Blue, dark and bright green batik cards

Blue, dark and bright green batik cards

I made two of these beautifully matched color cards in early May and decided to send to two of my pen pals in The Netherlands and in Illinois.

Sent to New York

Sent to New York

This mail that I sent to New York was full of pretty and handmade ephemera, she loves birds so it is just right to put a tag with a bird on it and make it look like it is carrying a dried flower.

Sent to Santa Monica for a new mail swap

Sent to Santa Monica for a new mail swap

I’ve worked hard on this mail, did a steam punk themed card, ATC’s and made some industrial stamped ephemera using Tim Holtz’ blueprint collections.

Sent to a long time friend in Malaysia

Sent to a long time friend in Malaysia

This is 1 of the 4 coffee handmade card series that I made a few weeks ago and sent it to A in Malaysia. I really do pray this gets to her ‘coz Malaysia posts is either a hit or miss, still I try to send no matter what. And if it doesn’t get to her, I’ll try again. 😀

Sent to a new pen pal in Brunei

Sent to a new penpal in Brunei

I have sent mails to Brunei years ago and I have found their postal system to be efficient, it takes a little longer but well it gets to the recipient and I am happy to have a new creative friend.

Sent to within the Los Angeles area

Sent to within the Los Angeles area

What I love about sending to within the L.A. county is that my mail gets to the recipient within 3 days. And I am glad she liked what I’ve sent to her.

Sent to a long time mail friend in The Netherlands

Sent to a long time mail friend in The Netherlands

This is the last of the 4 coffee card series that got sent to M in The Netherlands. I usually do mails in batches because I feel more productive that way.

A lot of people have asked me or well at least loved these handmade cards. I easily get bored doing the same art work over and over, the reason I seldom do a repeat but this probably will be an exception, when in the mood, possibly one year later. 😀

Sent to Morocco

Sent to Morroco

This is my third attempt to send a reply mail to my friend in Morocco, I don’t know what the reason is but according to my friend, all her other mails get to her safely. So, I thought that I should do a simple mail art and I pray it will get to her this time. I so want this friendship to work, that is why I try my very best even if it means sending her a reply a few more times.

Sent to Russia

Sent to Russia

If you follow me on Instagram, this is one of the mails that has become most controversial, not really, because of the caption that I wrote.

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This is a parcel that I sent to Russia two days ago which for some reason had to bring it to the PO just to find myself so bummed because the woman clerk who assisted me was so careless, she just stuck the customs form over Monalisa.  And then she looked at me after doing that but as composed as I always am, I didn’t show any unkind reaction towards her, and to me, this is the best part because she probably did it to annoy me.

Nevertheless, I am just glad that she received it safely and in good condition.

In as much as I would love to do more parcel swap, I probably in the future will avoid it especially if I have to send International because of the high fee ($13.00) that I have to pay. The postage fee is more than what I usually put in the envelope. I would love to do simple mail/letter swaps though, but paying for $13.00 every time is just not practical and impossible for this hobby.

And lastly, I just want to rant on something that is not related to this post but something for the new snail mailers to think about because I find it dishonest or frustrating when someone tells me that she’s sent me a mail already and 5 months later or so, nothing arrived. Saying that you’ve sent me mail is plain duplicity. This hobby calls for the right attitude, responsibility, honesty, and commitment and it is not for someone who just wants to go with the snail mail trend. I do my mails with all my best, with love, care and utmost attention; I don’t actually have any expectations on how you do yours and how much effort you put on but well, at least, get it done the right way.

10 Comments

  1. The care and detail that goes into these letters is impressive and so very beautiful. Such creativity! I love it that you are keeping the almost-lost art of letter writing alive.

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  2. That all looks so gorgeous! You are so lucky to have such sweet freinds around the world, and they are lucky to have you as a friend as well. Have a great start in the weekend – Irma

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    • Thanks Irma, glad to have you as an addition to my circle of snail mail friends. Can’t wait to get in touch, but please be patient with me. 🙂

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  3. Good word, I am amazed! “Thought”ful would be saying it lightly. Creative in every level. Plus your blog, really is a chic one. 😉
    That wood (table?) looks good too. 😀

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    • Yay, thanks my friend! you too has your own way of being creative. I remember you making those wrist bands from a long time ago. 🙂 Be well in Japan.

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  4. Just goes to show, it’s worth entering the odd giveaway – you never know when you might win a selection of floral goodies! I’m the same with IG giveaways to be honest, I don’t really like reposting things and I feel like I’m bothering people when I tag them in posts!
    Anyway, really lovely mail you had last month, both incoming and outgoing. I’m not a fan of the beverage but your coffee themed mail is lovely.
    And really, $13.00 for a parcel! That’s expensive. Is that for heavy packages? It would cost me about €12 to send a package that weighs between 500g and 1kg outside of Europe.

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    • I know right? I often get a lot of tags for giveaway but I just let them be, I cannot blame them for wanting to win especially when the prize is so pretty. And for the parcel rate, $13 for when you go beyond the standard envelope size or when you stuff in in the envelope some ephemera that feels hard or bulky. But for my usual mail/letters, I pay for the first 3 oz $1.21 (international) and .47cents when sent within US. So, I always make sure I stick to those rules.

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      • Not so bad for standard letters then – always handy to have a scales nearby though! Mine has saved me from a few close calls of entering the next weight bracket! Having a limit can be annoying but I guess it also means you have to get creative what’s the most of different things you can fit in while still being classified as just a letter and not a package!

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  5. That is quite a creative hobby you have there — your snail-mail friends are very lucky to have you (and vice-versa)… such pretty cards. I just have to admire the pictures of them, so I’m glad you post those here on your blog. (I have neither the talent, patience, or space in my house for a hobby like this. ) But it brings me great joy to know that I have blog friends from so many countries and so many states here in the US — so I understand how happy it makes you to have these exchanges.

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    • Thank you Sallie, I am happy to share my creations here in my blog and show how wonderful snail mail is and how this hobby is making the postal system thrive. Yes, I do understand about having blog friends, I also have a couple of them, maintained over the years since 2006 and we’ve actually become real good friends.

      Cheers to all our hobbies no matter what they are.

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