It’s been far too long since I have done a Letter-Writing Campaign post. I have been neglecting the letters sitting in a neat row on my shelf, but no longer! This adorable, yummy missive hails from Richmond, Virginia — and arrived during #write_on month.It reads: Hi Sarah, Thanks you so much for the opportunity to win a generous amount of goodies to support the write_on campaign. This is my first year participating in the 30 day challenge & even though it’s only day 3, I’m having a lot of fun with it.
I’ve loved snail mail for as long as I can remember. My excitement & anticipation for checking the mailbox has never changed. As a kid I bought stationery kits/sets from my favorite cartoons. I had the Care Bears, Smurfs, Garfield and more. I’ve always loved to write & I have a semi-obsession with buying new pens & paper/stationery/notebooks etc.
Unfortunately I’ve not been able to find letter sets like the ones from my childhood but I recently discovered Kawaii sets from Japan & Korea! So I am writing on one of my favorites now. I guess it may seem childish to some but it has a comforting appeal to me. I’ve never stopped writing letters but honestly, I don’t write as much as I’d like. Now that I’ve find found stationery like this one I’m motivated to write more. I feel young again & the entire process of letter writing, snail mail/postal service anything gives me so much joy.
I’m glad I’ve stumbled upon your website. I hop you have many year of success & happiness in what you do. Thank you for your inspiration and motivation! Sincerely, Angela
Thank you so much for writing in, Angela! I hope you made it through the challenge — 30 letters in 30 days is hard! My 10-year-old is off at overnight camp, and before she left, I promised her I’d write every day. That was nine days ago, and while I’ve kept my word, it’s not easy. Yet we got a letter from her yesterday where she wrote that one of her favorite things about camp is getting mail — so hopefully she’s a life-long letter writer and stationery addict in the making!
Unfortunately, I don’t have a Japanese or Korean writing set for you — as a kid my favorite was Hello Kitty — but I do have a take on the concept from Compendium that I hope you like (and will give you supplies for 20 letters!). Because of You is filled with tri-fold notecards that open to reveal first a spot in a framed section designed to complete that phrase (you can see that area in the lower right hand corner of the image below), and then unfold completely with room to expand on this. A booklet takes you through the whole process.
It kicks off listing who to consider sending them to — the person whose life is an inspiration, the barista who always makes you smile, the coworker that keeps things moving smoothly. That’s followed by suggestions of verbiage to put in the little frame: Because of you, I didn’t give up. Because of you, my child loves to read. Because of you, the tough times were a little easier. Because of you, I have someone to look up to.My Wish for You was created along the same lines, but is meant to send a bit of cheer to someone who can use it, or a blessing to someone entering a new chapter of life — a new job, house, baby, etc. The layout of the cards are the same, and again the included booklet is full of suggestions for who to send these to: the coworker whose day needs a little brightening, the traveler who is off on a new adventure, the stranger who deserves a surprise.
And the wishes are great too — a day surrounded by family and friends, one week of good hair days, success in your new venture, as much happiness as you’ve given me, a future that only gets brighter, a to-do list that completes itself. There’s also ideas to make wishes come true; for example, send with a favorite candy bar, accompanied by a wish for “a sweet reason to smile” or a gift card for a massage, accompanied by a wish for “an hour of complete relaxation.” Again, there’s plenty of inspiration in the colorful booklet.
I really hope you enjoy these, Angela! Please look out for them in your mailbox. And a big thank-you to Compendium for donating them!
So, do you want to score some free, fabulous stationery swag for yourself? Just drop me a note on your favorite paper (which is most likely gathering dust) and tell me what makes it so. My address is: P.O. Box 22133, Beachwood, Ohio 44122. And if you’re interested in being a sponsor, I’d love to hear from you too!