czwartek, 30 marca 2017

The hawks delivered me a snail mail box. Let's have a look inside it.

Ladies and gentlemen,

It has been a while, as always, but today I have a very rousing reason to finally break the silence. For as long as I can remember I have always dreamt about a box related to letter writing for which I could subscribe and receive every single month. Something that would make us, letter-writers, glued to the pane while waiting to see a postman stopping by to finally deliver this magical box (this month it literally was magical, but in a while crocodile... I'll tell you about it later ;-)). I saw a lot of them containing beauty products or even some food but so far - no crafty things. Then I accidentally discovered the SNAIL MAIL BOX which made my little dream come true, att least in part. This box is dedicated to passionate postcrossers and can fly to your house every month with a great bunch of inspiring postcards and little surprises. It would indubitably be a nice adventage, having it delivered by hawks, but not this time, guys. Let's have a closer look to what one could find in March. Are you ready? 

 Every box contains a lovely intro letter with an interestingly written explanation what we can find inside and why. Each of them is also prepared according to a different topic. On the facebook fanpage there are always some hints, but I have to admit that it's very difficult to guess it. I don't mind, as it's great fun to discover the contents of the misterious box later. This month we could enter the world of magic, because on 10th April we will celebrate exactly the 20th anniversary since our beloved Harry Potter made a stay on our bookshelves. If any of you has ever dreamt abour receiving the famous Hogwart's letter - it was almost like that. But even if you weren't keen on adventures of our dear four-eyes wizard, you would love the box. 

 Even though I'm not such a big fan of postcrossing (my adventure with it was very short as I fell head over heels in love with letters) I still occasionally write a postcard or two to my penfriends to tell them a funny story or just to say hi. The more interesting and unusual postcard I can pull out from my mailbox, the happier I am. Those you could find in the box were just perfect to send out with a favorite Harry Potter quote. For those who prefer more realistic cards - don't worry! There were plenty of them and I totally adored the cat one, which you can see in the picture below. There were also 3 sheets of a beautiful stationery, an envelope and wax to seal it and send across the ocean, or just to a neighbor. To sum it all up - 16 postcards that will surely surprise you and make you travel around the world and around your imagination, too, and little surprises to make all the writing process even more fun. 




Feel invited to visit the snail mail box page and get to know how to find this treasure in your mailbox. 

sobota, 7 stycznia 2017

3 things I find important while writing the first letter


 
How to write an intro letter? How to make it interesting enough to get a response back? What to do to make the other person waiting impatiently with a nose glued to a window to finally notice the postman coming? I was asking myself all these questions when I discovered the gripping world of handwritten letters. I was wondering what makes me want to reply to some letters more than the others? I'm not a master, but since I've started to receive lots of messages on instagram with similar questions, I decided to finally put my 2 two cents in, so make yourself a good cup of coffee or tea, or my beloved winter hot cocoa and relax while reading. Just bear in mind that everyone is different and when another good idea comes to you while reading - do not hesitate to share it with me in the comment section below. I'll be eagerly waiting. 


1. Pay attention to the aesthetic appearance of your letter and make it personal.

I've received many letters that seemed to be written in a rush, on one or two pages pulled out right from the first notebook that was within reach. Ugly, ragged pages don't make the other person feel that you care. Those pages yell: It doesn't matter! Just send me a letter back! And the reaction of your receiver is more like: Well, it seems I'm not important enough to put an effort into a letter written for me. That's sad. So I started with buying nice stationery sets. It wasn't easy in the beginning of my “career" but since penpalling has started to become more and more popular I don't have problems finding beautifully decorated pages and envelopes in the store. Sometimes I took part in swaps. I had lot's of little notebooks, pens and tapes I would send to someone to receive a letterset back. It worked great and everybody was happy. The other option I liked equally as much was decorating blank pages, but I made sure to dust my scissors first, then I used tape or I drew something. It's helpful to get to know the person we write to at least a little bit. We can draw something she likes and that would surely put a smile on her face. It's a nice gesture. For example my heart is melted whenever someone draws or picks a Moomin character for my letter or a bear. Just try it! There are days when I just open pinterest and search for inspirations to create an exceptional letterset that will fly to my friend. The sky is the limit, seriously. Just make good use of scissors. ;-)

 2.  Tell about when you fell down the stairs the last time.

Of course it's just a metaphor, but let's stop for a while and think what kind of letters you like to read - these full of personal stories, memories, adventures. Or those "My name is... I like..." ones? Don't get me wrong, it's blatantly obvious that we have to tell the basic stuff but what about making it more interesting? Sharing some memories or simply tell why. Let's do a little experiment:

In my free time I like knitting. I do it mostly in the evening and I find it relaxing.

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I have liked knitting since I was a little girl. I spent every holiday at my grandparents' house. I still remember the smell of raspberry tea she always prepared for us in the evening. I was drawing or coloring books and she was sitting in a big and comfortable armchair and knitting on the opposite side. She was very good at it. Once she even made a little sweater for my doll. And then I just asked how to do that and I caught the bug from the first moment.

Which story would you like to read in your letter? I vote for the second one. Try to share a little bit more with your future friends. Let them get to know you. Show who you really are, what's important for you. Write that you like eating cheese with strawberry jam or that you like smiling at strangers or watching Sex and the city - one episode after another since the sun is rising up again. There are people who might find it difficult or they don't believe they are interesting but rather boring. Then try to ask yourself WHY, whenever you share a fact about yourself. This little question can help you to open up.  

3. Ask questions.

I find it extremely nice and it really makes me feel special when I see that someone is interested in my life - in what I like to do or what I think about something. It makes me feel that someone cares, that I'm kind of important and my penfriend is interested in getting to know me better and not just receiving a letter from me. Because all in all, in my opinion, it's about creating a beautiful friendship not sending nice, colorful things. 

Let me know about your opinion, as I said before - I'm very curious. Happy letter writing!