14.1.15

MAIL | SEND A LETTER "I JUST KNOW YOU CAN DO IT"

january 8 to 14 is international letter writing week - so today is the last day! but don't worry, there is one more writing prompt for you.


today, write a letter to someone who could use some encouragement. my brother just got a new job - and although i'm sure he's totally not nervous at all, i'm going to mail him a little note of encouragement that sums up today's theme: "i just know you can do it." follow me on instagram to see the mail before it's posted.

today is the last day to get my stationery at 25% off - just use the coupon code LETTERLOVER. happy international letter writing week!



13.1.15

MAIL | SEND A LETTER "VIA AIR MAIL PAR AVION"

january 8 to 14 is international letter writing week! every day i'm posting prompts here (which really, could be used, any day, year round). today's prompt is "via air mail, par avion." it's a term used on air mail stickers that includes both french and english (that's not just a canadian thing is it?).


try writing to someone who lives very far away. i mean, you could technically write someone in your own country a letter and it might travel by air - but bonus points if your recipient is on another continent.


i actually have two friends that live in england. strangely enough they both have the same name (i always found that to be a funny coincidence!). i'll write to one of them today - my old roommate from university. follow me on instagram to see my mail pieces before i send them out!


and don't forget - all stationery is 25% off until january 14th with the coupon code LETTERLOVER.

12.1.15

MAIL | SEND A LETTER "HELLO (I JUST WANTED TO SAY HI)"

january 8 to 14 is international letter writing week. this means taking the time to write and post some happy mail!




today's theme is "hello, i just wanted to say hi." pick someone who might not expect a random hello from you in the mail. the goal is to have them feeling delighted and surprised!



i am going to write to an old university roommate who is just coming home from a long trip away. she's sort of a migrating bird right now and doesn't have a solid address so i'll send it to her father's house and hope that it makes its way to her. i imagine it will be a nice surprise to come home to. follow me on instagram to see my mail pieces.

 
everything in the stationery shop is 25% off until january 14 with the coupon code LETTERLOVER. enjoy!


11.1.15

MAIL | SEND A LETTER "I APPRECIATE YOU/THAT THING YOU DID"

january 8 to 14 is international letter writing week. but wait! it gets better! today is international thank-you day! some of my favourite letters to write and mail are thank-you notes. because if there is anything better than receiving a letter, it's receiving one that sings your praises.

 

since moving back to ontario i have been in a constant state of appreciation. having a baby really brings out the generosity in others. this is perfect during a time when you are taking care of another human being and you have nothing left to give yourself. while i just finished a series of thank-you notes to those family members who gave jack a christmas gift, i am going to send one more to one of his new caretakers. follow me on instagram to see my mail.



here is a post i wrote on how to write a thank-you note. it really covers everything! and here is another article about thank-you notes to bring the point home. if you are looking for some nice stationery to keep on hand, everything in my shop is 25% off until the January 14 with the coupon code LETTERLOVER.
 


10.1.15

MAIL | SEND A LETTER "TMI TOO MUCH INFORMATION"

january 8 - 14 is international letter writing week. today's letter writing prompt is: "tmi too much information." write a letter to that person that you can tell anything too!


some of my favourite letters are rambling "stream of consciousness" diatribes from my closest friends. i'm going to write a letter to my best friend who just had a baby. i'll admit i'm hoping for a TMI letter in return about her entrance into motherhood!


find TMI and other acronym products in the shop for 25% off this week with the coupon code LETTERLOVER.



8.1.15

MAIL | SEND A LETTER "I KIND OF SORT OF MISS YOU"

january 8 - 14 is international letter writing week. today's letter writing prompt is: "i kind of sort of miss you." write a letter to someone you miss or haven't seen in awhile!


i'll be following my own prompts and writing letters too. follow me on instagram to see photos of my mail pieces before i send them out.

and of course, everything in the stationery shop is on sale today. use the coupon code LETTERLOVER at check-out for 25% off!

HOW TO | WRITE A LETTER

happy international letter writing week! from january 8-14 every year, the world celebrates the joy of writing letters to penpals, friends, and loved ones. how great is that?


when i was younger, i attended a leadership conference and heard the amazing sunjay nath. sunjay is an inspirational speaker - and one of the best i have ever heard. from him i learned about the humour of linguistics, the nuances of peer pressure, and how to remember every single prime minister. but my favourite was when he compared one's life to a deck of cards. 

i found myself referring back to this theory while writing letters as a teenager. stuck for something to write i would think "okay, i already wrote about my hearts (my new boyfriend, my dramarama friends, my annoying parents), and about my spades (stressed out because of exams, had a cold recently), so i should talk about my diamonds and my clubs (how much mould i'm making at my fast food job, and the classes i'm enjoying at school).  when i didn't know where to begin a letter, i just follow the suits as inspiration! see below and above.

clubs | your job, career or work. your school, classes or education. your hobbies, events and extracurricular activities.

hearts | your spouse or partner. your parents, siblings or children. your extended family. your friends, acquaintances and co-workers.

diamonds | your money, your finances, your struggles, house buying, wedding planning, children related costs and gifts.

spades | you, your mental and physical health. how you are feeling.

happy writing!

30.12.14

LINKS | CALLIGRAPHY, CONSUMPTION & CAMBRIDGE



one | images and text join together in the most beautiful way

two | zooey has always been my girl crush (oldie but a goodie)

three | improve your handwriting

four | pfff, why doesn't all kid's clothing look like this?

five | minimalist instagrammers, my favourite.

plus

i think jack would love to play and mouth these bobbles


um, excuse me, why isn't this available in canada?

so many fascinating female responses to childlessness

i'm somewhere in the squiggle right now

i love them so much it hurts.

i think canada was headed in this direction but took a strange turn somewhere back there.

escape the death spiral of consumption

25.12.14

CRAFT | FAMILY CHRISTMAS CARDS ON BARK


back in the spring, i went for a walk with my family (whoa, that still sounds weird to say and not have it mean my brothers and parents). there were some beautiful birch trees where people had stripped the white bark off. we lamented this and tsk tsked about how sad it was (could someone go back and explain that to my eight year old self please?) then we saw some dead birch trees on the ground, and my husband pulled a piece off for me. i stared at it for months, looking for inspiration. i knew i wanted to send it through the mail, but to whom? and how? and could i even do that?

so when i saw a stack of pre cut bark that was painted to look like birch at the art of home, i knew exactly what to do with it.




i trimmed each piece down, wrote a short message on the back in sharpie and packed each one in a cellophane bag (i tried a test without the bag that failed miserably - sorry sam for the sad arrival, and to canada post for the undue stress). i put label stickers with the addresses, and of course, some christmas postage. for some i even included our ridiculous family photo!

they were definitely a fun surprise for all the recipients!





22.12.14

ISAVIRTUE | NEW CUSTOM STAMPS


it has been such a pleasure these past few months to create custom stamps for new clients. it can be a bit of a process trying to get the right file, or alter the ones we have - but it's always worth it when i look at the final product (like the ones below). i haven't included any personal address stamps below (permission required i should think), but i've done a lot of logos, some personalized stationery, hang tag designs, wedding monograms and more. search me what ampersand distillery is doing with this beastly stamp...but i can't wait to find out!
 
there is a certain empowerment to stamps. they are beyond perfect for small businesses who can't pay to have cards and tags printed, and they make printing on impossible surfaces possible (recent client's have stamped on paper shopping bags, coffee cup sleeves and cork photo mounts).