I wanted to share some great letter writing sets we came across in our travels. They are all remarkable and have such lovely details like cut work and coordinating envelopes. We listed them in our Etsy Shop if you would like to see more pictures. The set below has 80 sheets of paper!
We also found a perfect little Travel Journal which you can fill with your daily adventures, itinerary and even contacts you meet along the way. Also includes some awesome colour maps.
What letter writer's desk would be complete without an address book for all your pen pals? This perfect vintage coil bound book will keep you organized and even includes a card log for all those greetings you send and receive year after year.
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?
As some of you know, Susie is one of the Team Leaders for Etsy SK, and Shoebox Post is the result of creating a new shop to show others how to open their own Etsy shops in a workshop she taught at the Made In Canada sale this past Sept. Well Etsy SK will be having a Winter Pop Up Market this month on Nov 27th at the Saskatoon Farmers Market and Shoebox Post will be there! We are excited to show our collection face to face and talk about snail mail, post crossing, journaling and more.
We have been working hard creating envelopes, curating paper ephemera including, postcards, journal supplies and even ephemera packs! We have updated the shop with some new seasonal products and will be listing some new and exciting paper packs this weekend (when we can take pictures in natural light).
Got a great bunch of postcards this week from Russia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Gemany and Estonia! We will have our collections of postcards with us at the Etsy Market if you are interested in looking through them.