Our first meet up was a great success! We had about 17 people attend; some recognizable faces and some new, including some young snail mailers! We swapped cards, talked about our collections, signed up a few new users to Postcrossing and held a couple giveaways.
We met at the Blue Rooster Cafe & Studio in Pilot Butte (which is just outside Regina). They were the perfect meet up spot not only for their set up but also their friendly service and awesome food & drinks :P
Our meet up cards went fast. We are sending some to Germany, India, Belarus, Solvakia, Austria, France and Canada. It was fun to have everyone sign the cards that will be going out into the world and we had a lot of requests for our limited edition cards.
I had some of my favourite cards on display.
We brought lots of supplies, including stickers, washi tape, pens/markers and rubber stamps. Anglea of Sparkling Medusa had a great selection of notecards/postcards for us to buy as well. I love showing off her photography.
Thanks to everyone who came out to make it such a fun evening and time flew by! We hope to have another meet up again in the future.
After being a member of Postcrossing for 8 months I have reached a milestone; my 50th postcard received! This one comes from the Ukraine. I looked back on my tin of postcards this weekend and I am very happy with my new collection.
We have started a Facebook Event page for our upcoming Postcrossing Meet Up. We hope you can join us. I will have a small 5 pack of Saskatchewan postcards for one lucky attendee to get started. I may gather a few more freebies to give away as we near Jan 21st.
Jeremy and I also listed some new items in our shop this weekend. Some vintage postcards, a journal, a stationery set and this cool book Jeremy found while we were in Edmonton.
This gem is full of examples of letters (almost 400 examples) where you simply change the name a a few minor details of the template and there you have a well written, thoughtful letter using all the right letter writing etiquette. In the Preface, there is a list of hints for the reader to consider when sending correspondence. They are as follows:
1) Always address and date a letter.
2) write distinctly and do not write across your letters.
3) Punctuation is important.
4) The formation of sentences deserves attention.
5) Be natural and do not strive after effect in your correspondence.
6) The frequent underlining of words is a blemish which should be avoided.
7) Too many quotes, dashes and notes of exclamation are unnecessary.
8) It is better to err on the side of over-politeness when addressing gentleman of any position.
9) Come to the point.
10) Huried writing is to be depreciated. A clean, well written letter, free from erasures and unsightly blots implies consideration.
11) Rude or impertinent letters should never be written and of received, should be ignored or returned to the writer.
12) Never say ill natured things in a letter
13) Never use postcards when applying for payment of a debt.
14) Never assume in correspondence the pretence of being a Solicitor. And finally
15) Fold your letter up carefully. Do not crease it up to make it fit in a small envelope. Use, rather a large one so that the sheet of paper may be unsoiled and smooth. Put the stamp on straight and fasten the envelope firmly.
Now how's that for covering the basics?
I got a beautiful section of postcards yesterday from my friend Angela. She is an amazing photographer who has been shooting photos of everything around her. She has a nice selection of prints, cards and postcards in her Etsy Shop which all capture the prairie charm we love in this province. If you are looking for some totally unique postcards to send out all over the world, you should shop with Angela at Sparkling Medusa and show others the beauty we have around us.
I must admit I was a bit jealous of Jeremy yesterday because in the mailbox was a very special postcard with his name on it. He was a lucky recipient of a super limited Postcrossing meeting card from France. Meetups happen all over the world and postcrossers get together to send out cards and share the love of writing. Often all those who attend a gathering or meetup all sign the back of the postcards being sent out. As you can see, Jeremy had a lot of people sign/stamp his card.
If there is enough interest perhaps we will host a meet-up in the future. For those interested in learning more about Postcrossing, send us a note or check out the website www.postcrossing.com. It is also a great hobby for kids!
I've been also making more envelopes (it's so much fun!) and I got these beautiful papers from my friend Lindsay and had to use them. The envelopes are double sided and the patterns are very classy fall/Halloween themed from The Planner Society. I also made some journal cards out of the pieces I cut off (another addiction). Also pictured are some of the Halloween stickers I got in my sticker club yesterday and some washi tape I added to my collection recently.
I've also added some new envelope packs to our Etsy Shop this morning which includes papers from past Planner Society kits.
I sent out an order yesterday in a handmade envelope and the mailman at work was happy to see something new and exciting in our outgoing mail. He said it brightened his day and he told me he really liked the envelope :) Isn't it wonderful, something as simple as that.