Saturday, March 02, 2013

Saturday Snapshot: Letter Month Finale!

All of this last month (February) I've been participating in Letter Month. This is something I only discovered in January, so it was my first time joining in, which I did immediately upon finding it -- as I am already a big lover of stationery, postal mail and all its ephemera. I enjoy writing 'old-fashioned' snail mail, and thought this would be a good spark to set me off, catching up with the people I used to send mail to fairly regularly.

It was a very fun month, even if I didn't make it to a letter a day. I wrote many more than I would have otherwise, and still have a couple in the works to finish this weekend... I can't stop! :) It also fit perfectly with my own Postal Reading Challenge, as part of that is a challenge to write more letters in 2013.

I also came across this educational project, a Canadian geography lesson via snail mail, just a few days ago, just in time to send a postcard before the end of the month...but the teacher is still looking for postcards from anyone in Canada, so if you want to help out  there is still plenty of time!

Anyhow, I thought I'd share a photo or two of some of the letters I sent during February...these are the ones I remembered to take pics of! I am sharing them as part of the Saturday Snapshot meme hosted by Alyce of At Home with Books. The rules for that?

 To participate in Saturday Snapshot: post a photo that you (or a friend or family member) have taken... Photos can be old or new, and be of any subject as long as they are clean and appropriate for all eyes to see. How much detail you give in the caption is entirely up to you. Please don’t post random photos that you find online.

First, an image of the letter that went the furthest of any, a card to my sister who is teaching in Papua New Guinea this year!



Then, a handful of colourful cards and notes to various other friends -- to make up a total of 8 more items in the mail. The colourful card in front covering up some addresses is one designed by my sister-in-law in the Netherlands, a painter



It's been really enjoyable getting back into the correspondence habit and I hope to keep it up, as I was really missing all the fun of picking out nice cards and stamps and sitting down to compose something just for one person :) How about you? Do you still write letters to post through the mail?

22 comments:

  1. I love looking at stationery and often buy cards but I am very much of an online type of gal!

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  2. OMG! I love letters. I wish I had known about the Feb 2013 month of letters.

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  3. There's something about letters isn't there? Emails and text messages are a good way of communicating with people, and very quick, but not quite the same as a letter somehow, My Snapshot is at http://goo.gl/ZoRZX



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  4. What fun! Receiving personal mail is so fun :)

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  5. I still love letters and postcards! Great pictures! Here's my Saturday Snapshot post!

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  6. Lovely post! Letter writing does not have to be a lost art.

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  7. So fun! A letter is so much better than an email.

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  8. Good idea. Something new.
    I like your colorful cards.

    I seldom write snail mail letters.

    My wife and I send a Christmas letter with the cards.
    And send birthday cards. But of course it's different and should not count like yours.

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  9. Thanks everyone, for these comments. Yes, there IS something special about snail mail, writing it and receiving it :) Though I do most of my connection these days via email, FB, etc.

    SimpleImages - I think that Xmas letters and notes with birthday cards totally count! I love receiving those as well.

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  10. As a rural carrier I certainly endorse this project♫♪ Love looking at the stamps as well♥ Here's my SS: http://lore-eleven.blogspot.com/2013/02/fun-with-sundials.html

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  11. Snail mail is a lot of fun to receive! Interesting that the address of the first one is so brief.

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  12. Alyce - actually I photoshopped out the specific street address & name but it was really short anyhow

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  13. I always love the IDEA of snail mail...but then I never actually send it! I may have to join a challenge or blog event some time to give it more of a whirl!

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  14. That is very cool. I didn't know about letter month. As much as I love email for it's speed, I miss finding correspondence in my mailbox.

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  15. Beautiful cards and stationery.

    It is sad that we don't write letters any more.

    THANKS for sharing.

    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews
    My Saturday Snapshot



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  16. Hand written letters are still the best. I just sent one off to my aunt in Germany with photos from the holidays. It's a lot more personal than over the internet.

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  17. I love writing letters, but I rarely have the chance anymore. When I was a child, I had dozens of penpals...do kids even do penpals anymore?

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  18. I send cards and notes to my daughters, annual letters to a couple college friends to catch them up on my life, and more frequent letters to my mother. She treasures letters and will re-read them until the next one arrives!

    I applaud your correspondence project!

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  19. Email is fast and easy, but there is nothing like getting a real letter.

    My Saturday Snapshot

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  20. I loved writing letters on pretty writing paper when I was younger and of course I had to purchase pretty stamps as well.

    Lovely photos.

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  21. What a great idea. I should try such a challenge... maybe not this month but this year. :-)

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  22. Thanks everyone, for your comments! Yes, there is something special about paper mail :) Letter Month will run again next year so keep your eyes open for it to launch next January again. It was a lot of fun to (try to) do.

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