Outgoing in Winter

So Spring has pretty much sprung here in Guernsey and it’s time to share with you my outgoing mail over the winter months.

I had lots of fun using all the new craft materials I got for Christmas and even tried out some new booklet style pieces of mail, see what you think.

Here are the stats for my outgoing mail during winter: I have sent 27 postcards, 4 letters and 6 cards to a total of 15 countries.

*(Belarus, Canada, China, England, Finland, France, Germany, Guernsey, Italy, Latvia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Taiwan, U.S.A.)

Here are some of the shots:

Outgoing in Winter 2017 | The Open Home
Some simple rubber stamp art on it’s way to Canada.
Outgoing in Winter 2017 | The Open Home
Some Christmas thank yous using the ladybird book cover postcards I got for Christmas.
Outgoing in Winter 2017 | The Open Home
More Christmas thank yous from my girls.
Outgoing in Winter 2017 | The Open Home
Belated birthday mail on it’s way to my friend in New Zealand.
Outgoing in Winter 2017 | The Open Home
The inside on my mail to New Zealand, my first attempt at a booklet style piece of mail.
Outgoing in Winter 2017 | The Open Home
The first of my flower fairy postcard, sent to my one and only postcard penpal in Latvia.
Outgoing in Winter 2017 | The Open Home
Can’t go wrong with these floral Guernsey stamps.
Outgoing in Winter 2017 | The Open Home
The Box Tree Fairy on it’s way to Germany.
Outgoing in Winter 2017 | The Open Home
Making use of my new stationery goodies for this piece of mail on it’s way to Germany.
Outgoing in Winter 2017 | The Open Home
A sweet Valentines for a sweet little boy.
Outgoing in Winter 2017 | The Open Home
Another attempt at a booklet piece of mail on it’s way to the U.S.A just in time for Valentines Day.
Outgoing in Winter 2017 | The Open Home
The inside of my rainbow heart mail, making use of my new rubber stamps all the way from New Zealand.

Have you sent any happy mail lately?

Outgoing in Autumn

It’s officially the last few days of Autumn with Winter taking over on the seasonal reigns on December 21st.

I sure love my snail mail but admit I have scaled things down a little this autumn, partly because of new weekly rhythms and partly because I’ve intentionally scaled back on my Postcrossing so as to save some time, energy and pennies for other things.

So rather than post my outgoing mail shots on a monthly basis, I think I’ll share these with you more seasonally.

Here are my stats from my outgoing mail during autumn: I have sent 47 postcards, 3 letters, 14 cards and 1 parcel to a total of 21 countries.

*(Australia, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, England, Finland, Germany, Japan, Latvia, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Taiwan, Ukraine, U.S.A.)

Here are some of the shots:

Outgoing in October 2016 | The Open Home
Mail with a soft vintage vibe off to my college friend in the UK.
Outgoing in Autumn 2016 | The Open Home
A gorgeous vintage postcard sent to my one and only postcard penpal in Latvia.
Outgoing in Autumn | The Open Home
Festive Belle & Boo postcards for my 8 penpals around the globe.
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Some simple hand lettering to welcome the new baby.
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The stash of Christmas cards going all over the globe.
Outgoing in Autumn | The Open Home
Christmas care package going south.
Outgoing in Autumn | The Open Home
One final piece of snail mail for the year before I take a break over Christmas.

 

Have you received any happy mail lately?

Outgoing in September

I thought September was going to be a slower month on the snail mail front due to The Husby and I going on a short city break and having some staycation time on island, however I actually squeezed in a surprising amount of letter writing before heading off to Latvia.

So here are this months stats; I have sent 30 postcards, 2 letters, 2 cards and 1 parcel to a total of 16 countries.

*(Australia, Canada, China, England, Finland, Germany, Guernsey, Japan, Latvia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Russia, Taiwan, Ukraine, U.S.A.)

Here are some of the shots:

Outgoing Mail September 2016 | The Open Home
Full snail mail complete with mail tag and fun autumn ideas on it’s way to New Hampshire.
Outgoing Mail September 2016 | The Open Home
Making use of these postage paid airmail letters from 1995!
Outgoing Mail September 2016 | The Open Home
A parcel of goodies for the birthday girls in New Zealand.
Outgoing Mail September 2016 | The Open Home
Making use of the new “Happy Postcrossing” stamps on my many postcards.
Outgoing in September 2016 | The Open Home
Still loving these floral Guernsey stamps.
Outgoing Mail in September 2016 | The Open Home
I just couldn’t resist sending a few postcards whilst in Latvia!
Outgoing Mail in September 2016 | The Open Home
I couldn’t afford the real thing so a postcard of the sweet Latvian doll had to do!

 

Did you manage to send some happy mail this month?

Outgoing in August

August has been a fun month of snail mailing for me, full of bright colours and lots of flowers and summertime inspiration. I finally started dabbling with brush lettering this month so incorporated this into a few pieces of mail art and I again joined in the More Love Letters initiative and hope to make this a regular thing.

So here are this months stats: I have sent 23 postcards, 3 letters and 2 cards to a total of 13 countries.

*(Belarus, Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, South Africa, Taiwan, Ukraine, U.S.A.)

Here are some of the shots:

Outgoing Mail August 2016 | The Open Home
A floral piece of snail mail inspired by the beautiful colours of freesias.
Outgoing Mail August 2016 | The Open Home
Words of encouragement for some lovely ladies across the Atlantic c/o More Love Letters.
Outgoing Mail August 2016 | The Open Home
Some words of affirmation for a brave young man, also c/o More Love Letters.
Outgoing in August 2016 | The Open Home
A selection of panorama postcards that I regularly send out via Postcrossing
Outgoing in August 2016 | The Open Home
A pretty postcard on it’s way to my lovely postcard penpal in Latvia.
Outgoing Mail in August | The Open Home
Pretty pastel washi tape and my first piece of mail on it’s way to Hawaii!
Outgoing in August 2016 | The Open Home
Pretty floral stamps make even the simplest mail art incredibly striking.

 

Did you manage to send some happy mail this month?

Outgoing in July

July has been a productive month of snail mail for me and another month of firsts. If you remember last month I had my first piece of mail go missing? Well this month I had my first piece of mail returned (the piece that went missing last month!) and it just goes to show it really is worth putting a return address on the envelope!

I also sent postcards to Israel and Sri Lanka for the first time, received my first mail from a new penpal in Hawaii and finally got round to penning a few words of encouragement as part of the More Love Letters initiative.

So here are this months stats: 26 postcards, 6 cards, 3 parcels and 2 letters to a total of 20 different countries.

*(Belarus, Canada, China, Czech Republic, England, Finland, Germany, Israel, Jersey, Latvia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, Scotland, Slovakia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, U.S.A.)

Outgoing in July 2016 | The Open Home
A sweet bunny parcel for my friend’s newest addition.
Outgoing in July 2016 | The Open Home
A quick thank you card for a generous penpal.
Outgoing in July 2016 | The Open Home
Some new envelope art for the returned mail and out it goes again!
Outgoing in July 2016 | The Open Home
These Paperchase cards make for perfect love letters.
Outgoing in July 2016 | The Open Home
Sending a little love via More Love Letters.
Outgoing in July 2016 | The Open Home
More love letters on their way.
Outgoing Mail July 2016 | The Open Home
Some dreamy mail for my penpal in the U.S. -hoping this one gets to her safely this time!
Outgoing Mail July 2016 | The Open Home
Another baby parcel on it’s way complete with colour changing stamp! That’s right, rub the writing on the stamp and the letters turn from peach to yellow!

Did you manage to send some happy mail this month?

Outgoing in June

June has felt like a slower month on the snail mail front. Partly because lots of my penpals have been on holidays and I’m still waiting for their return mail and partly because most of my postcards sent through Postcrossing were sent to the same far off countries.

So this month I tried a few different things with my mail art, like using bolder lettering and collaging my envelopes with various stamps and stickers. I was pleased with the results, but see what you think!

I also had my first piece of mail go missing over this past month which was highly disappointing as I was incredibly excited about my cow themed piece of snail mail. I’m still holding on to hope that it may miraculously arrive at it’s destination in Texas and if not I may summon the courage to try and recreate the moo cow goodness another time.

So here are this months stats: I have sent 22 postcards, 3 letters and 3 cards to a total of 12 countries.

*(Austria, Belarus, Bulgaria, England, China, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, U.S.A.)

Here are some of the shots:

Outgoing Mail in June 2016 | The Open Home
A very quick yet effective piece of snail mail on it’s way to friends in New Zealand.
Outgoing Mail in June 2016 | The Open Home
Quite possibly the sweetest baby card I have ever come across! (also on it’s way to New Zealand)
Outgoing Mail in June 2016 | The Open Home
Something a bit different for a couple of male Postcrossers, one in China and one in the USA.
Outgoing Mail in June | The Open Home
A sweet reply to a beautifully calligraphed piece of snail mail.
Outgoing Mail in June | The Open Home
Trying out some bold lettering mixed with collaged stickers and stamps.
Outgoing Mail in June | The Open Home
All ready to be bound and sealed and sent to Germany.
Outgoing Mail in June | The Open Home
More bold lettering on it’s way to the United Kingdom.

 

Have you managed to send some happy mail this month?

My Current Pen Pal Count

My Current Pen Pal Count | The Open Home

The other week The Husby called me a pen pal floozy – a floozy! – because apparently, according to him I have lots of penpals, when in reality in the world of snail mail I actually have very few.

This then raised the question of how many is too many? I’ve heard of some avid letter writers out there who have 30+ penpals on the go, but I guess the answer to this question depends entirely on how much time and energy you have to dedicate to exchanging letters.

The great thing with snail mail is that anything goes and there is no one way to write letters so you can tailor your penpalling to suit your needs. I have penpals with various styles and tastes and with some I exchange long handwritten letters with creative envelope art and with others it’s simply a postcard.

With that in mind I have grown my penpal list not only to suit my interests but to balance well with the time I have.

Here’s a quick look at my current penpal count:

My Current Pen Pal Count | The Open Home

When starting with snail mail and letter writing I always suggest you utilise your existing contacts first and these are the gal pals that I started with:

Cherie, New Zealand

When Cherie moved back home to New Zealand in 2014 sending surprises in the mail was one of the ways I was able to feel closer to her despite the distance. I mainly send cards and small parcels on an ad-hoc basis for the whole family to enjoy.

Bec, Australia

I met Bec back in 2012 when we were both staying in Bournemouth for a short while. We hit it off and stayed in touch via social media and recently began to exchange letters and play a spot of mail tag.

Ruth, England

Ruth and I met when our husband’s were at college together back in 2012. Again, we kept in touch via social media but recently discovered we both have a mutual love of letter writing so started exchanging letters every couple of months.

My Current Pen Pal Count | The Open Home

When I decided to find some new penpals in the true sense of the word and exchange letters with people I’ve yet to meet, I then found these lovely ladies whom I exchange letters with, roughly on a monthly basis.

Sarah, Canada

Sarah is the first pen pal I found via The Postal Society and we like to exchange simple letters and paper goodies on a regular basis.

Loren, New Hampshire USA

Loren was the next pen pal I found, also through The Postal Society and we both enjoy writing long letters, using washi tape and playing a bit of mail tag.

Kristin, Texas USA

Kristin and I are both members of the Letter Writers Alliance and met via Instagram. We swap recipes, play mail tag and send lots of bright and creative snail mail.

Barb, Canada

Barb is a fellow blogger and letter lover and we also met via Instagram. We both have a passion for the art of letter writing and hope to encourage others to take pen to paper.

Maija, Latvia

I found Maija via Postcrossing and we now exchange postcards about twice a month. I do love the challenge that comes with writing something interesting on something so small!

Anja, Germany

Anja is my newest penpal also found through The Postal Society. We both love mail art and papery goodness so like to get our craft on and go all out with our snail mail creations.

So there you have it. That’s only 9 pen pals, 3 of whom are existing friends that I’ve known for a good few years now, hardly what I would call a penpal floozy!

For me nine is very manageable as I tend to only have 1 to 2 pieces of snail mail on the go each week. Don’t tell the Husby, but I’m actually hoping to add one more penpal to my count as I’d love to learn more about another country and culture. Ten feels like a good round number, don’t you think?

How many penpals do you currently have?