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Will Your Letter Spark a Bond?

US Flag Waving in Wind May is National Military Appreciation Month. Somehow, some way, all our lives are touched by someone who has served or is currently serving in a branch of the US Military. This month, I would like to highlight A Million Thanks. The goal of A Million Thanks is to provide support to service members and their families for as long as the United States has a military. This organization was started in 2004 by then–15-year-old Shauna Fleming with the goal of sending 1,000,000 letters of thanks and appreciation to US Military serving overseas. To date, A Million Thanks has distributed nearly 10,000,000 letters to US troops stationed around the world.

A letter can be so powerful. A note penned as a simple thank-you can turn into so much more for both the sender and receiver. I don’t know about you, but I just love to read about pen pal stories that evolve beyond that first letter!

I adore the story about Rachel, an elementary teacher whose goal was to improve her students’ communication skills through letter-writing to soldiers and who wound up with the pen pal of her dreams. Another favorite of mine is Jen. Her letter—out of hundreds anonymously sent through a community service project to soldiers serving overseas—landed in the hands of her now-husband Jeffrey. You can’t help but admire Sophie, a second-grader who turned her class assignment into a letter friendship that resulted in a trip to meet her pen pal in person. Livi’s story gives me chills every time I read it. When a friend was concerned a staff sergeant serving overseas did not get enough contact from home because he had few family members, Livi sent an email that ended many letters later with them falling in love.

I am in awe of the military correspondence stories of friendship and love that grow from a simple letter. Not all letters turn into stories, but remember that feeling when you open your mailbox and see a handwritten letter. It’s the same for those serving in our military branches when they receive your letters of thanks and appreciation. Take a chance, check out A Million Thanks. Maybe your letter will spark a bond.

Anne

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The Best Month of the Year!

A Did you know April is the best month of the year? Why? The promise of spring, my birthday (oh yay!), and National Letter Writing Month!

April Is National Letter Writing Month

You may be thinking, “Hey, didn’t we just do this in February?” Well, yes, but April is the real McCoy. In 2001, the USPS declared April National Card and Letter Writing Month in an effort to bring awareness to the value and historical significance of card- and letter-writing.

I love this story about the Goucher College Class of 1903 and the women who initiated the Round Robin. These women wanted to keep in touch with each other after they had graduated, so they began by having one person write a letter to the whole group. That letter would be sent to another group member, who would then write her own letter to the group and put in in with the other letter, sending it off to the next member. This let each member read the news of others and add her news to the chain. Sometimes it took more than a year for the letters to circulate through the entire group! The Round Robin project lasted over 50 years. A Round Robin would be a fun experiment to try anytime, but especially during April to celebrate National Letter Writing Month!

Not sure about a Round Robin? Don’t worry, there are so many other ways to share the joy of sending and receiving letters. I have put together 30 ideas, in no particular order, and I am sure you all have many more to share. I’d love to hear them!

  1. Skip the FB Happy Birthday messages and send real cards!
  2. Write a postcard instead of a text.
  3. Send your favorite recipe to a fellow cook.
  4. Decorate an envelope.
  5. Share a book recommendation.
  6. Host a letter-writing social at a local coffee shop, bookstore, or (better yet) a bar!
  7. Send a letter to your sibling on National Sibling Day (4/10).
  8. Thank someone in the military for their service.
  9. Share the best movie you’ve seen all year.
  10. Encourage a friend who’s having a tough time.
  11. Have your pet send a note to their best pet friend.
  12. Try a game—with a friend! You start and wait for the next move to be sent back.
  13. Congratulate someone on an achievement, big or small.
  14. Send an old photo and reminisce about the time, place, or funny fashion.
  15. Write a letter to yourself!
  16. Send a belated thank-you note. It’s never too late.
  17. Kids love mail.
  18. Celebrate an obscure holiday like National Grilled Cheese Day on 4/12!
  19. Invite a friend to join you for coffee.
  20. Write a neighbor to let them know how much you enjoy their garden, tree, or them!
  21. Connect with someone who is not on Facebook.
  22. Try an experiment. See what the USPS will let you send. A frisbee? Beach ball? Message in a bottle?
  23. Write your representative in the Senate or Congress.
  24. Share your card stash.
  25. Give your mail carrier a card.
  26. Thank a mentor, teacher, coach, or old boss who taught you something special.
  27. Send a fan letter. It doesn’t have to be someone famous!
  28. Share a moment with someone you can’t visit in person.
  29. Write to an elderly person, related or not!
  30. Join the Write_On challenge and send 30 letters in 30 days.

Join Our Letter-Writing Social!

Tuesday, April 10, @ 6:30 pm

Postmark’d Studio will be hosting a letter-writing social at Rebel Heart Books in Jacksonville, Oregon. If you are in the area, stop in and join us!

Seize the month! Gather your paper goodies; organize your pen cup; and pull together your stamps, washi tape, and stickers and start sending—because nothing cultivates a romance, nurtures a friendship, or helps us stay connected like a handwritten card or letter!

Let’s get ready to write!

Anne

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The Pencil

Postmark'd Studio Pencils$ To those of you who’ve subscribed to Postmark’d Studio’s PostBox or purchased one of our Special Delivery Boxes: Thank you, thank you, thank you! I am sure you have noticed every box comes with a pencil. Yes, no matter your order, it will always include a Postmark’d Studio pencil made in central California!

I absolutely love pencils and want to share my love of them with you. It is a nerdy obsession, admittedly, but when I am working, there must be at least three freshly sharpened pencils at the ready!

5 Fun Facts About Pencils

1) Did you know the hexagon pencil was created so the pencil would not roll off your desk?
2) Most pencils sold in America today have eraser tips, while those sold in Europe do not. Perhaps Europeans are more confident scribblers?
3) Pencils can write under water and in zero gravity.
4) Before the invention of erasers, breadcrumbs were used to erase mistakes.
5) It is said the average pencil can be used to draw a line 35 miles long or write 45,000 words. This has not been tested … anyone up to the challenge?

2 Fun Pencil Projects

You may find you are at a loss for creative ideas to send your friends Happy Birthday messages during the month of September. Maybe that’s because September is the most popular birth month in America. It must just nudge out August ’cuz, whew, I personally have a lot of friends and family with August birthdays!

Here are two suggestions to get your creative ideas flowing:

1) Confetti Envelope

This is a super-easy project anyone can do. Using a new pencil eraser and either ink or paint, you can create a celebratory explosion of confetti!
Postmark'd Studio Happy Birthday Confetti Envelope

2) Cupcake Envelope

This is a simple sketch of a cupcake (of course always done in pencil first!) that turns an ordinary envelope into an extraordinary gift. You could add pencil eraser confetti to put this piece of mail art over the top. I used this Draw with Me Challenge for a little inspiration to draw the cupcake.
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5 Steps to a Letter-Writing Habit

M We probably all start our days with a must-do list of mundane tasks rather than a cannot-wait to-do list of passionate pleasures. What if we could get into a habit of letter-writing that falls onto our cannot-wait list?

Here are a few hints to help make letter-writing your superpower!

1) Make It Easy

Keep your cards, pens, and stamps on hand. Keep them together where you are most likely to write. Carry a few cards with you, so if the moment strikes, you can write a note!

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2) Start Small

Don’t let the word “letter” overwhelm you. Letters do not have to be pages long. Use a beautiful postcard, write what you would convey in a text, send a favorite quote, or use a fun pun like, “We should ‘stick’ together!”

Cactus Card and Cactus

3) Hone in to Holidays

Birthdays happen every month. Inspire yourself during the month of May to send birthday wishes via snail mail to your friends and family instead of on social media. Think of it as sending a special heartfelt gift!

Happy Birthday Cards and Candles

4) Do It Your Way

When and where you write is up to you! Do you like to write before you start your hectic day, or would you rather pause mid-day and recharge with a 10-minute letter-writing break—or on the go in a coffee shop?

Anne Breck Writing Card

5) Make It Fun

What makes you look forward to mailing your note? Knowing you have chosen a beautiful or funny handcrafted card, sharing moments of your days, or turning the envelope into a work of art? Any one of these will make the receiver smile. That’s the power of a personal note.

Pink and Purple Envelopes with Garden Illustrations

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Letter-Writing Challenge

We had April’s Letter-Writing Challenge—30 letters in 30 days—to get some good habits started. If you participated, I am sure you are on your way to creating a strong letter-writing habit. If you haven’t started your journey yet, it’s not too late to discover your superpower!

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