Monday, September 14, 2015

Charlie Brown Christmas Stamps

I'm super excited about the Charlie Brown Christmas stamps that go on sale October 1! I love colorful cartoon stamps and these ones look super, don't you agree?
I was almost 4 years old when the "Charlie Brown Christmas" aired in December 1965, so I grew up watching this perennial favorite.
I can see myself writing more letters and sending more cards just to use more of these delightful stamps.
You can pre-order your stamps now or wait until they go on sale on October 1. Visit USPS to learn more.

What's your favorite holiday stamp?

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Desks and Maps and Letter Cubbies

We were in Bovey, MN not too long ago which has a cafe + antique store with rooms of stuff for sale. Unfortunately, what I really wanted was this letter cubbie with all those slots for mail, notes, stamps, postcards; but it wasn't for sale. Isn't it perfect?
That sent me to Pinterest where I looked for ideas on creating my own - or looking to find ideas on how to get one.

The photo below came from the Eclectic Home Tours blog found via Pinterest, because when you do a search for "vintage desk", you find some awesome stuff. Behold!
This next one is credited to Home DIT and is part of the 21 Cool Tips to Steampunk Your Home. There is no cubbie, but the chair, desk, lamp and wall map make for an appealing office setting.
What does your dream desk/office look like? Do you have a letter cubbie to organize all your mail? Send pictures!

Friday, August 21, 2015

University Bookstore & Stationery Supplies

I recently went with a friend to the University of Minnesota bookstore. Look at this row of notebooks!!
It was notebook heaven! There was also a great selection of pens, but that aisle was too busy to take a photo. But it wasn't too busy that I couldn't find a few pens to buy, plus two highlighter pencils ( pink and a green).
I also bought the notebook (spiral bound, green paper). Couldn't resist!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Letters & Journals Update

It's been awhile since I've done any update on the status of Letters & Journals. I've met with a designer on getting a new website and have begun plans for a future Kickstarter Campaign but it's been slow-going. My full-time job requires a lot more of my time than my previous job did and when I get some free time, I like to unplug - take walks, read a book, write a letter.
But don't give up hope! This magazine, website, community is near and dear to my heart, and finding ways to make it successful and appealing to those who want it as much as I do is a driving force for me.
I received a lot of wonderful feedback from fans and readers on ideas to offer for donations to the future Kickstarter campaign. Thank you! I'm continually taking notes for future ideas, adding images and articles to my massively overflowing folder of ideas, plans, articles, layout, contests, conferences, retreats. There is so much possibility here and it's just a matter of taking steps to get us closer and closer to the actual print magazine. Thank you for your patience!

Monday, May 25, 2015

My New Favorite Pen - The Pilot Multiball

I have a new favorite pen that I purchased through JetPens. I always order a few of my trusted favorites and then one or two new, untried pens to get my total to $25 and enjoy the free shipping option.
I love a fine point and a generous flow of ink and the Pilot Multiball delivers on both counts! I had been using a Pentel Tradio Stylo Fountain Pen, which I still use and LOVE, but the Tradio is scratchier and seems to me more delicate, which can be a good thing and is part of what makes it a special pen for me.
But at $1.65 the Pilot Multiball is more of a good, everyday pen.
You can see the fine point of the pen in these pictures. The flow of the ink is constant and effortless and soft, almost like a creamy drawing pencil with a deep, rich flow.
This pen comes in blue, green and red (as well as black) so I will plan to have the full assortment of colors in my stash of stationery treasures.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Grace of Gratitude Journal Winner is...

Christi S from Colorado is the winner of the Grace of Gratitude Journal by Deborah Perdue, with illustrations by Tara Thele. Congratulations, Christi!

Christine from New Shelves Distribution will mail your journal to you in the next week or so.

Thanks to all who entered!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Contest Entries

The Gratitude Journal contest entries started to hit the mailbox this past week!
Love getting mail and love to see the creativity of postcards and mail art selected.

Have you sent your entry in yet?