Coming Soon: InCoWriMo!

Each November, aspiring fiction authors plunge into an intensive month-long novel-writing sprint known as National Novel Writing Month — aka NaNoWriMo. But for those who are more inclined to write letters and cards than novels, there’s InCoWriMo — or International Correspondence Writing Month — every February. First introduced in 2013, this initiative bills itself asContinue reading “Coming Soon: InCoWriMo!”

#StationerySundays (1/3/21) – Building Stronger Ties in 2021

Illustration © Madame Treacle One of the many lessons of 2020 was that finding safe ways to meaningfully connect with others is more important than ever for our mental health, both individually and as a society. While videoconferencing platforms have been popular choices for doing so, people have also been turning to good old-fashioned snail-mail.Continue reading “#StationerySundays (1/3/21) – Building Stronger Ties in 2021”

#StationerySundays (12/13/20) – Six Resources for Managing the Holidays in 2020

Before I get to the actual “stationery” component of this “Stationery Sundays” post, I want to offer some tips that may be helpful in facing what will be a very difficult December for so many. On one hand, the holidays are infusing brightness and cheer into a largely dismal year, which in itself can beContinue reading “#StationerySundays (12/13/20) – Six Resources for Managing the Holidays in 2020”

People of Note: Nicole Elizabeth, Founder, Owner, and Greeting Card Maker, Sent-Well

Ever since childhood, greeting cards have occupied a special place in Nicole Elizabeth’s world, and in 2011, her innovative vision of how handwritten cards could connect people in new ways manifested into her successful online business, Sent-Well.  Unlike most other greeting card companies that simply sell pre-made cards for customers to fill out and post,Continue reading “People of Note: Nicole Elizabeth, Founder, Owner, and Greeting Card Maker, Sent-Well”

#StationerySundays (11/8/20) – A Perfect Time to Give Thanks

Most of us have never been presented with a holiday season like this one in our lifetimes. At a moment when we especially long to come together with those we love, that’s far less feasible to do given safety, travel, and financial concerns. This year, there is an exceptionally large number of families with membersContinue reading “#StationerySundays (11/8/20) – A Perfect Time to Give Thanks”

#StationerySundays (10/25/20) – Stamping Out Winter Dread

As Game of Thrones fans have heard many times, Winter Is Coming. In October, with days getting shorter and temperatures getting cooler, some people who suffer annually from Seasonal Affective Disorder are already starting to feel their symptoms kick in. A few parts of the U.S. have already gotten heavy snow, and it’s not evenContinue reading “#StationerySundays (10/25/20) – Stamping Out Winter Dread”

#StationerySundays (10/18/20) – Eco-Friendly Greeting Cards

Illustration © JacquieLawson.com While the production of greeting cards ranks relatively low among current threats to nature, the paper, plastics, inks, manufacturing, and printing it typically involves do have an environmental footprint via the harvesting of trees and the toxic byproducts generated from the creation of inks and dyes and from the manufacturing, printing, andContinue reading “#StationerySundays (10/18/20) – Eco-Friendly Greeting Cards”

#StationerySundays (10/11/20) – Embracing Halloween’s Lighter Side in a Dark Time

By any account, 2020 has been a truly frightening and horrific year for most people in one respect or another, so at first blush, now would seem like an awkward time to celebrate a holiday that revels in the spooky and macabre — especially since there will be far fewer trick-or-treaters wandering about. However, IContinue reading “#StationerySundays (10/11/20) – Embracing Halloween’s Lighter Side in a Dark Time”

#StationerySundays (10/4/20) – 5 Ways to Help Your Mail Carrier

As discussed in my August 16th post (not to mention countless news outlets, of course), the U.S. Post Office is struggling mightily at the moment. As the organization grapples with an array of woes, legions of essential workers are processing and delivering our mail every day in the midst of a global pandemic while soContinue reading “#StationerySundays (10/4/20) – 5 Ways to Help Your Mail Carrier”

#StationerySundays (9/27/20) – “Sealed with a…”: The Art of Wax Sealing

Shortly after I joined Instagram to promote this blog, snailmailkatie‘s amazing handmade wax seals on the outside of her envelopes inspired me to level up my notecrafting skill set by learning how to create my own wax seals (two of which are pictured above). Prior to seeing Katie’s feed, I had thought of wax sealsContinue reading “#StationerySundays (9/27/20) – “Sealed with a…”: The Art of Wax Sealing”

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