Heather

Jul 252016
 

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If you follow me on SnapChat or Instagram, you may have noticed my love for sending snail mail.  As a matter of fact, this month I’ve been on a mission to put one piece of #THSSnailMail in the post every single day. I am oh-so-thankful for friends and family across the country who love to fill my mailbox, too.  I think my love for snail mailing has definitely come in handy for nurturing my long distance friendships and I believe it’s an especially important hobby to keep up with in the days of convenient [but life-changingly amazing!] digital conversation.

I have a tool box [err…a tool dresser drawer] full of snail mail tools that help me add pizzazz to mailboxes across the country.  I’m often asked about stationary brands I recommend.  Here’s the answer to that question.

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Postcards from EVERYWHERE.  Road trips long-or-short, business tripping, shopping a gift store in my very own town… I love picking up random location postcards to send quick notes to the little people in my life, especially.  Grandparents, parents, and old high school friends are other loved ones I love to send a snap shot from the road.

Since I’m on a postcard kick these days, I’ve also found several designers to add to my collection.  In the past couple of years I’ve added:

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Greeting cards are the classic attendee in the #THSSnailMail collection.  Thinking back, it may have been our family move from Chicagoland to Wisconsin farm community during my middle school years that first brought the love of snail mail to my life.  I often spent my baby sitting money on stationary, stickers and stamps, sending letters to my friends back in Illinois in an effort to hold on to those friendships.  The money I earned during my high school years brought me to Hallmark, searching the aisles for the perfect words-by-others to capture my feelings towards my best friends [looking at you, D!] and racking up Gold Crown Rewards points like the type-A collector that I am.

These habits, and the addition of Envelopes of Random Love, carried on into college as my high school pals were spread out across the country.  Snail mail sending continued to come in handy as I moved myself from Wisconsin to Louisiana to Texas to New York.  Now-a-days I’m less likely to stock up on Hallmark greetings [though it does happen from time to time] and more likely to fill my cart with goods from one of these favorite-spaces for greeting card purchases.  

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Designs by Nicolina // happy thoughts, simple designs 

Row House 14 // honest, stylish, and smile-inducing

Nightly Doodles // bright and whimsical, specializing in puns

Emily McDowell Studio // large collection ranging from  those that bring LLOL to her popular perfectly worded Empathy series

Viv Jordan // The Eclectic Press // beautiful hand lettering

Able and Game // quirky like woah

Julie Ann Art // because adulthood is laughworthy

The Paper Pony Co // moody California-made eco-friendly greetings, heavy on the adorable animals

Betty Turbo // uber fun, ironic pop art cards

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Em Dash Paper Co // genuine and sassy greetings from a lettering/calligraphy artist

Pen and Paint // happy greetings for every season

Little Dog Paper Co // delightful designs with a pinch of pop culture

LetterHappy // sweet and silly cards with a love for song lyrics

Jack and Della Paper // simple designs delivering big messages

One Canoe Two // so very “lovely heartland”

Trader Joe’s has awesome cards for an awesome price. Next time you are there take a few minutes to scan through the rack. I bet you leave with at least one “perfect” card for someone you love.

The local USPS. Sometimes I shop online at USPS.com, but I like to visit my local post office, too.  I think getting fun stamps adds a bonus dose of special to each piece of mail. I’ve definitely loaded up on POTUS and Disney stamps in the past.  The post office and website also sells postcards and other stationary that matches some of the stamp sets, too!

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WASHI TAPE!! I use washi tape on just about every piece of mail I send, but I also use washi tape for approximately 1 million other things, too.  [Self proclaimed #washiaddict, right here!]  Would you be interested in seeing a list of washi resources, too?

Where are your favorite places to buy stationary?