Outgoing in Summer

I’ve really enjoyed creating my summer mail art. My lettering has come more naturally and I feel like I am finally finding my style and seeing improvement. I’ve also had immense fun with my rubber stamps, which make even the simplest of mail art look utterly fabulous!

Summer also saw the launch of the Guernsey Letter Writers Society and I was delighted to gather with like minded people to writer letters and send a little love into the world.

Here are the stats for my outgoing mail during summer: I have sent 31 postcards, 7 letters and 8 cards to a total of 21 countries.

*(Armenia, Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Guernsey, India, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Ukraine, U.S.A.)

Here are some of the shots:

Outgoing in Summer | The Open Home
Outgoing to Germany in one of my go to colour combos, classic neutrals.
Outgoing in Summer | The Open Home
Combining my new loves of poetry and typing with my longstanding love of snail mail.
Outgoing in Summer | The Open Home
The last of my Grandmother’s postcard sent out into the world: France, Germany, Russia & the U.S.A.
Outgoing in Summer 2017 | The Open Home
Gorgeous seaside snail mail going across the Atlantic.
Outgoing in Summer | The Open Home
Can’t beat these panorama postcards when Postrcrossing.
Outgoing in Summer 2017 | The Open Home
A long overdue postcard swap heading out to the lovely Alena in Czech Republic.
Outgoing in Summer 2017 | The Open Home
Bonus mail on it’s way to New Zealand, because when you have a slow mail week your bestie gets extras.
Outgoing in Summer 2017 | The Open Home
A belated birthday wish to this sweet girl.
Outgoing in Summer 2017 | The Open Home
Mail sent out from the first meeting of the Guernsey Letter Writers Society.
Outgoing in Summer 2017 | The Open Home
A few thank yous for my fellow letter writing club hosts.
Outgoing in Summer 2017 | The Open Home
Getting ready for Autumn with this piece of mail sent out at the very end of summer.

 

Have you sent any happy mail lately?

 


 

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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 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?

Outgoing in May

I’ve had so much fun writing letters this month! At the beginning of the month I decided to dedicate a good chunk of time to creating a stock pile of envelopes and this has saved me lots of time, allowing me to simply focus on writing letters.

This month I wrote that daunting first letter to my newest penpal in Germany, finally ticked Spain off my “sent to” list and feel I’ve made some real progress with my hand lettering and faux calligraphy.

So here are the stats: I have sent 23 postcards, 10 cards and 4 letters to a total of 19* different countries.

*(Australia, Belarus, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, England, Finland, Germany, Guernsey, Latvia, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, Taiwan, Ukraine and U.S.A.)

Here are some of the images…

Outgoing Mail in May 2016 | The Open Home
This is my introductory letter to a new pen pal in Germany along with a few Guernsey pics taken by yours truly.
Outgoing Mail in May 2016 | The Open Home
A spot of handwriting practice for Blossom’s thank you cards.
Outgoing Mail in May 2016 | The Open Home
I tend to send a lot of postcards with Guernsey scenes, but these Postcrossers were after something a bit different.
Outgoing Mail in May 2016 | The Open Home
A paper crafted envelope and letter on it’s way to one of my pen pals in Canada.
Outgoing Mail in May 2016 | The Open Home
Proof that sometimes pretty stamps and fancy writing are all you need.
Outgoing Mail in May 2016 | The Open Home
Lots of family birthdays in the month of May.
Outgoing Mail in May 2016 | The Open Home
I couldn’t resist this beautifully illustrated card.
Outgoing Mail in May 2016 | The Open Home
Love using lots of stamps!
Outgoing Mail May 2016 | The Open Home
Finally got to send my succulent card to a fellow pot plant collector in Belgium.

Have you managed to send some happy mail this month?

Outgoing in April

Another busy month of snail mailing for me as I upped my Postcrossing game and took part in a few direct swaps with fellow Postcrossers who are trying to collect postcards from around the world. I have also been delighted to acquire 4 new pen pals this month, based in Canada, Germany, Latvia & Poland.

I’ve sent a couple of themed pieces of snail mail, started to collect vintage travel postcards and even begun to get a bit picky about my stamps! I’ve also been pleased to see my cursive handwriting improving.

So onto the stats; this past month I have sent 32 postcards, 4 letters and 3 invitations to a total of 25* different countries. Wow!

*(Australia, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, England, Finland, Germany, Guernsey, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Latvia, Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Russia, Switzerland, Taiwan, Ukraine, U.S.A)  

Here are some of the images…

Outgoing Mail in April 2016 | The Open Home
A spring theme for this letter and mail tag on it’s way to New Hampshire, USA. (Although I wrote the letter in March, I didn’t get to finish and send it off until April!)
Outgoing Mail in April 2016 | The Open Home
Proof that mail art can simply be pretty stamps and fancy writing.
Outgoing Mail in April 2016 | The Open Home
Freesias are one of my favourites so I sent this postcard to a flower loving postcrosser in Japan.
Outgoing Mail in April 2016 | The Open Home
Loving these postcards by local artist, Gina Andrews. Sent via Postcrossing to Belgium, Czech Republic & Netherlands.
Outgoing Mail in April 2016 | The Open Home
Sent out a stash of invitations to family members for Blossom’s birthday tea party.
Outgoing Mail in April 2016 | The Open Home
A postcard of a vintage travel poster sent via Postcrossing to Beijing.
Outgoing Mail in April 2016 | The Open Home
Using up my old scrapbooking supplies to make a paper crafted envelope for my friend in the UK.
Outgoing Mail in April 2016 | The Open Home
A beautifully bright set of postcards on their way to three different continents! South America (Peru), Asia (China) & Europe (Ukraine) all via Postcrossing.
Outgoing Mail in April 2016 | The Open Home
Some vintage Guernsey postcards sent on island to Guernsey friends.
Outgoing Mail in April 2016 | The Open Home
A fun and colourful Guernsey themed piece of snail mail for my fun and colourful friend who will be celebrating Guernsey’s Liberation Day from a far.
Outgoing Mail in April 2016 | The Open Home
Particularly pleased with this set of cow themed snail mail for my pen pal in the US.

Have you managed to send some happy mail this month?