It is hump day and as you know that can either be good or bad. Right in the middle of the week could be the time you are trying to keep your head above water dealing with “stuff” or just trying to hold on until the weekend, baby! Yup, that is me! However, I needed to get out of this rut and take control of making my own joy. I came across some goodies that I have enjoyed and wanted to share in this new weekday post I am calling “What Matters Wednesday”.
This Wednesday’s What Matters to is me working to find my joy in creating and connecting with folks. I love blogging and the inspiration it provides, but honestly behind it all I am a snail mail, paper loving, stationery collecting kind of girl. When I came across these lovely reads they spoke my language & I had to share. (Thank you to the amazing LovelyPlans34 on Instagram for sharing this inspiration. Don’t you love IG and all it’s fun!) Check it out…
Snail Mail by Michelle Mackintosh is a pen pal & mail lover’s dream! This book reminds the reader of how beautiful the handwritten letter can be and how it marks our past & future. From stamps, to DIY envelopes, to washis, to pen pal packages the art of the handcrafted letter is still here even in this time of texts, emails & tweets. If you are a lover of those pretty handwritten notes in your mailbox then please take time to read this treasure. You will have a hard time putting this one down…its creative pages will draw you into another world. I purchased the book, Snail Mail, here off of Amazon.
Along with Snail Mail I purchased Good Mail Day: A Primer for Making Eye-Popping Postal Art by Jennie Hinchcliff & Carolee Gilligan Wheeler. Good Mail Day opened my eyes up to the world of mail art. I had no idea that artists and snail mail enthusiasts from all over the world had been handcrafting and mailing out beautiful upcycled letters and 3-D collages over many many years. This society of folks believes in the beauty of the written word, self-expression and the gift of sending friends or strangers un-solicited affirmations. The main rule they follow is “To get a letter, send a letter.” No rules, no art degree required..only the expectation of using your imagination and your ability to be the catalyst of joy for someone else. We all have this in us! Not only was this book pleasing to the eye & sparked my creativity, but gave me the background of the Mail Art Society and how it still thrives today. I also ordered Good Mail Day here on Amazon.
From reading both these goodies I was inspired to join the Letter Writers Alliance. What is this you might ask? A secret society (ok, just kidding, not at all)…a group of folks from all over the world whose common goal is to keep the art of letter writing and mail art alive and thriving. As a child I remember having pen pals and writing letters to friends and family & being so excited to see what pretty envelopes were addressed back to me. As an adult I still yearn for that written communication. Those letters you read over and over or keep in your drawer to return to them years later on a rainy day. I knew that I needed to bring this excitement and jolt back into my world and joining the Letter Writers Alliance (only $5 for a life long membership….yup, I can do that!) would be a wonderfully supportive avenue to begin my journey. Check them out here and look at the goodies you receive once you join.
Snail mail, mail art & keeping the art of letter writing is what matters to me this Wednesday. This is what brings me joy and what I hope to pass on to my children…..creating connections by giving back. We can all do that, right?!?
What has mattered to you this Wednesday? Please share…I can’t wait to be inspired by you!