The Art of Snail Mail

by jenn on August 17, 2009

in Creativity,Inspiration


In this day and age of e-mail, Twitter and texting, old-fashioned snail mail is a breath of fresh air.  Over the past few weeks I’ve received several handwritten notes that have brightened my day, including the amazing correspondence with Dee.  I was thrilled to receive the actual 1967 newspaper article about my grandpa from her earlier in the week.  To honor her kindness, I snail-mailed her a Heart is Hot heart.  (And, thank you Sahara Damore for creating the Heart is Hot goodwill movement.  This story was the perfect example of what Heart is Hot is all about!).

My friend Britt Bravo is one of the sweet souls who penned me a lovely card.  She also shared with me some cool snail mail resources including:

While we may not have the time to decorate an envelope or letter as extravagantly as in Jennie’s book, a cute sticker or a small doodle can add a personal touch.  I like to use artsy cards and especially am loving the following:

Also, isn’t it funny how the perfect book seems to find you at just the right time?  I recently finished reading my book club’s latest selection The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.  I loved how the story unfolded through correspondence.  It underscored for me the power of taking the time to write a heartfelt letter.

Is there someone you’ve been thinking of lately who you can drop a quick note to?  How about snail-mailing a card to someone who inspired you this week?

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

hope | paper relics August 17, 2009 at 5:18 pm

I love sending (and receiving) snail mail – which is good since I am a greeting card designer! YOU inspire me… hint hint… I would love to send you some snail mail!

The Missive Maven August 17, 2009 at 7:45 pm

Thank you very much for the link – I do appreciate it!

It’s great to see other folks lauding the joy and power of snail mail.

monica moran August 18, 2009 at 3:21 pm

I thank you also for providing the link to The Missive Maven! i LOVE, LOVE , LOVE snail mail and sending lovely cards or notes to friends. i have not been doing this much, as i did in the past but i now intend to do so. Thanks for the inspiration and if you’d like something in the mail, please feel free to send me your address or PO box. I’d love to send you something in the mail =-)

i’m loving the Missive Maven site and hope to peruse the archives over time…

Carolyn August 19, 2009 at 12:18 pm

J’ADORE sending (and receiving!) snail mail!! I always try and add a little something – stickers, confetti, etc. so that it’s even more fun. 🙂

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