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A Little Summer Post Support

It did not make the headlines of our local paper but a few weeks ago the U.S. Postal Service received lots of press, both good and bad. Let’s start with the not so great news. The Postal Service reported a quarterly loss of $3.2 billion which is $1 billion more than during the same period last year. Ugh. And they are seeking to eliminate Saturday mail delivery and reduce health and other labor costs. Double ugh.

The good news is, due to strong public opposition, the Postal Service backed off a cost-cutting plan to close thousands of rural post offices, proposing to keep them open with shorter operating hours. This would save about $500 million a year over the next few years. So we say, let’s keep those postal service workers busy with our own personal mail!

Thankfully, our friends have been embracing the postal service lately, filling our mailbox with postcards from around the globe. The other day I received a card from my friend, Nellie, who was recently in San Diego for work staying at the historical El Coronado Hotel. Long ago we spent our holiday break on a mission trip in the San Diego area. I hadn’t thought about that trip for a long time but her card triggered the memories to race back.

Our friend and brown ink supporter, Jenni, has been traveling for work the past month but still has time to mail postcards to the boys from Chile, Morocco, Monaco, Portofino and more. They adore listening to her adventures with details of unusual animals, castles with royalty, race cars and gelato.

Another friend, Jenny, from LA, sent me this postcard from Primo Passo Coffee Co, a new coffee shop in Santa Monica. It’s a cool card, containing a wonderful and quick Hello from a friend I unfortunately don’t see as often as I’d like. So simple yet so meaningful.

But you don’t have to travel to send a postcard.

My friend Katherine who lives in Portland sent me a postcard this year of a bridge we crossed while on a long run together years ago. It’s a great memory she brought back to life with a simple card.

So wherever the road may take you this summer, grab some stamps, a pen and small address book along for the ride. You never know where you might find a postcard just itching to be sold, used and enjoyed.

Lastly, for those of you wondering how Pat the Pigeon is journeying onward, this just in…

Pat has landed at his next destination. Onward he travels, supporting our Postal Service.

Old School Arrival

The other week I was coming back from my last run around the lake, (Baby Brown has had enough up and down movement for this pregnancy), when I noticed a tentative mail carrier leaving our home. This was an unusually early time to receive mail although I was more curious why this woman was walking away with such caution. As she drove off I noticed an odd figure hanging from our mailbox. I started to laugh out loud. Hard.

Our Pigeon Post had arrived! Recently Sally, my mother-in-law, had mentioned something out of the ordinary would be arriving via mail. She hinted what this might be only to me.  The pigeon was originally sent from cousins in San Marino, CA who had read my holiday gift post and loved the idea of the Pigeon Post from Letter Writers Alliance.   I never thought we’d be fortunate enough to receive the carrier pigeon ourselves. So I left the goofy looking bird hanging from the mailbox for the boys to see that afternoon. Their mouths dropped when they returned home from school.

After reading the letter sent from Sally & Bobbi, we learned that “Pat the Pigeon” was originally Guru Govind Singh the 118th in retirement from the India Post service. He was one of the best service pigeons, being clocked at a top speed of 125km per hour. Sounds as though Guru is a mentor to the other pigeons serving the LWA in its regular delivery service. Who knew? The boys were hooked. The idea that at one time letters were delivered by pigeons had tackled their imaginations. Who should we send the pigeon to next was a burning question soon on their minds.

 

A few weeks later Oliver and I handed Pat the Pigeon to a kind mailman sitting in his delivery van (LWA suggests dropping it in the mailbox but we thought the letter carrier might get a kick out of the bird). He had witnessed a coconut being sent through the mail but a pigeon was the first. So watch your mailboxes, readers. Pat could be arriving at your door any minute now.

 

A Few of My Favorite Things…

It was too challenging to narrow the list down to only a dozen, so hold on to your pens my friends. The holiday gift idea list is a bit on the long side.

First off, to the postal lovers.

 

The World’s Smallest Post Service is at your service, ready to be enjoyed by your favorite letter writer. What a great excuse to sit down, focus on something small and send it off to someone you love. 

 

For those of you who may have a family member who still looks back with naustalgia at the carrier pigeon days, here is the perfect gift. This Pigeon Post package from Letter Writers Alliance (one of my favorite sites) provides you with everything you need to send the pigeon back and forth, holding a letter in it’s pouch, just like the good old days.

 

You can’t go wrong with a custom stamp from Paper Source works. Although this means you would be stamping and not writing, if a stamp provides the motivation to write a letter then bring it on. I gave my mother and mother-in-law these personal stamps for Mother’s Day this year and both were thrilled (free shipping with orders over $100).

 

Now let’s celebrate stationery.

I am sucker for notecards and sales. And right now R.Nichols has a great deal for you. Free shipping and 25% until the end of this week. Too hard to pass this up!

This Ikat Domino + Wood Box Set from Stripe and Field might be the ideal gift for that family member who appreciates hand written notes…or just to keep for yourself!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These stationery sets are beautiful enough to frame.  Peony from Satsuma Press is produced by one woman in Oregon and the three dimensional Retroplants from Crafterall is created here in Shorewood, MN by a one gal as well (love you single, female artists!).

 

And for that friend with the beautiful handwriting…

My friend, who will remain anonymous, is surprising her sister with her very own OpenType font created from her personal handwriting. I thought this was a brilliant idea especially for someone with impeccably, unique handwriting.

 

Spread the Journaling Bug.

For the bird watcher or traveler in your life, this Hamline Pocket Journal is made in Heirloom Cognac leather and can even be personalized. Can we say Father-in-Law?

 

And for those bloggers (who ever you are) out there, this Archie Grand notebook from J.Crew is the perfect way to keep track of your favorite sites.

 

Pens and Pencils are perfect stocking stuffers.

The retractable, ballpoint Spectrum Pen in the MOMA color palette will keep you smiling all the way through every journal entry.

 

Why not step out of the box and pick up one of these beautiful pottery mugs to use as a pen and pencil holder. Something a loved one would see every day at their desk can make a meaningful gift.

 

And for those of you with more expensive taste…

From the Rad and Hungry, a site which sources interesting supplies from around the world, treat the pencil fanatic in your life with a Yearly Subscription of (twelve kits over 12 months) of 14 STMT X Pencils each month!

Coming from Symthson on Bond Street, this Jonathan Saunders Panama Diary is one you want to hide from the kids.  It’s elegant in every way using goatskin leather and lined with printed silk. Oh la la (or Ho Ho Ouch!).

 

In my world, the ultimate gift would be a quarterly surprise in the mail where you would be delighted with cards from different artists each season. Parchment Post read my mind. Here you can purchase a six month or one year subscription of their seasonal collection of cards. Sending handwritten cards just became even more enjoyable.

 

Lastly, for those of you still in need of holiday gift tags, look no further.

 

Etsy rocks with many treasures created by talented artists including…

Joy by Paper Lovely Letterpress

 

 

 

And Tree and Red Cherries by Conversational Design.

 

 

 

 

 

These gifts cards from Rifle Paper Co. can be ordered online or, if you live in the Twin Cities, pop into Paperista and droll over the beautiful variety of stationery (check out their blog as well).

So there you have it folks. My list of the year. Hopefully something grabbed your fancy and you will join me in making this holiday season a time for writing and reflection.

Merry Merry.