Friday, March 14, 2014

♥ Want to be a Pen Pal & Send Us Happy Mail? ♥

Don't you just miss that feeling of receiving hand-written cards or snail mails? The sweet anticipation of waiting for a reply from a loved one, or maybe even a surprise greeting card? I sure miss it.

With the advent of technology nowadays, it's just so quick and easy to type out an email or send an e-card. Too quick, too easy actually... almost as if we didn't put much thought into it. Just almost. As with all handmade goods, handwritten letters seem more special as you need to spend more time and effort on it.

I remember when I had a childhood pen pal, my mum told me to always use the same writing paper so that it becomes your "signature style" and every time the person sees that paper, he/she will think of you. I didn't really do it as I liked those cutesy coloured paper with cartoon drawings on them :P My mum, however, always used a faintly scented onionskin paper. I used to think that meant the paper was made out of real onion skins haha... but no, they are actually just a type of thin, light-weight, strong, often translucent paper with a high content of cotton fibres. Even now when I see, albeit rarely, these kind of onionskin paper in the bookshop, I think of my mum.

Anyway, when I was in Canada earlier this year, the shops were getting ready for Valentine's Day and I spotted these cute mini tin letterboxes!! I just HAD TO buy them for the boy and Lil Pumpkin! :) The red one for the boy, and the pink for Lil Pumpkin. I plan to put them up so that we can pass love letters to one another.. or maybe just little presents and chocolate for encouragement. It won't be just for Valentine's, but something we can do as a family throughout the year. Now, won't that be fun? 

I'm sure Lil Pumpkin will jump on the idea. She loves surprises and will be excited to check what's in her mailbox daily!! I reckon this will be a good way to encourage her to recognise words and write more as well. I write letters to her on the blog, and sometimes pass her little notes but this will up the wow factor even more *grins*

My friend, Ana, has been talking about the Postcrossing Project so I checked it out and thought it was pretty cool. Basically you send a postcard to someone in the Project {a "Postcrosser"}, and you'll receive one back from a random Postcrosser in the world too! I think I'll sign Lil Pumpkin up. How interesting it'll be for her to receive something from someone far away... like Finland or something! :P

If you want to to be Lil Pumpkin's pen pal and send her {or any of us!} letters too, use the address* above! I'd put it into her little pink mailbox to pick up herself :) Here's to more happy mail, received with love in our house! ♥

Do you still hand-write your letters? Ever had a pen-pal when you were young?

*This is not our home address so don't bother stalking us haha. Please do not send us junk mail!!

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19 comments:

Masshole Mommy said...

I had a pen pal when I was young and LOVED it. I am going to ask my boys if they'd be interested in being pen pals with her. I bet they would get a kick out of it :)

Annaleis Topham said...

I was just talking to my little girl yesterday. Telling she had to write letters to hopefully get some back. What a wonderful idea.

alissa apel said...

Mica wishes his friend that moved away would write him. Mica wrote this long letter to him. His friend isn't as studious as Mica. :( I told him that he could write to my co-worker's daughter that the same age as him, but he keeps forgetting, and he says it's a girl, so he doesn't know what to write about.

I used to write when I lived in Georgia to my family. Now they are here, so I don't write them.

J-Mei said...

I had joined for Postcrossing Project for around 1 year and still enjoy send or receive postcard :)

Agy Lee said...

I had pen pals (Italy, France and America) when I was younger. It was exciting to receive mail and write back (although my mum said I shouldn't be too quick to respond!).

Ai Sakura said...

Masshole Mommy: oh that's wonderful.. let me know :)

Annaleis: Send some over! ;p

Alissa: Aww it's tough to keep in touch with friends far away, especially at such a young age. I hope that they skype at least.

J-Mei: oh that's good to know! thanks for sharing :)

Agy: wow that's great! Haha why did she say so?

Stacy said...

So cute! Pink box is bigger than the red.. which is fine coz I suspect Lil Pumpkim will be getting more mail!

Adeline @ GrowingwiththeTans said...

Noah picked out a postcard this afternoon for Lil Pumpkin! But in his excitement, the postcard got bent quite a bit. Hope she won't mind!

stephanie @ stephsjoy said...

I had a few pen pals when I was a kid, one from the US and the other from NZ. It was fun getting mail. Alas these days the only mail we usually get is bills!

Serenely said...

I had a pen pal too when I was a girl. From Finland. It was always exciting to get a letter from her. The internet does make connections so much more convenient and faster... but there is something about a handwritten letter that is really like an extension from the person him/her-self.

Angeline said...

I loved penpals when I was young too! I had one from NZ when I was small, all the way to one from Japan just 10 years ago, and one locally that I still write to!

Thanks for sharing on the postcrossing project. I'd love to have my girl join it too when she can write abit :)

~Summer~ said...

So cute, i love these mini letter boxes, Ai and what a fabulous idea! =) I'll try to get Angel to drop her a letter sometime! I never had a penpal before but it does sound awesome to have one!

L Lee said...

The letter boxes are really darling!! I would love to get my family some but we have too much stuff already, sigh.

I used to have penpals when I was about 12 - those that lasted included one from Greece and one from Mauritius. The one from mauritius has gotten married and had kids like me, and these days we keep in touch via email!

mail4rosey said...

My husband has all of his pen pal letters from a student he exchanged pen pal letters with many, many years ago. His penpal was in Finland. :)

Sweetday said...

I dun have penpal but my ex-classmates and I used to write a few letters to each other once in a blue moon. It stops when we were in Secondary. Sad to say, I have lost touch with them.
Would love to drop a mail or two to Little Pumpkin though. It will surely bring a smile to her face. Just the way it did to my girl when my friend sent over a birthday invitation attention-ed to her name.

Bubfriendly Winnie said...

Love snail mail when I was a little girl - so excited every time I hear Mr Postman come on by! Pen Pals from all over world and some of them were real gems! We never got to meet in person but some of us have chatted on the phone etc. Unfortunately we have all lost touch now - would have been nice to have still kept in touch with some I think. I think when my lil C is a little older she would love to be a pen pal with Lil Pumpkin! Will get a card in to her some time too!!!

Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me said...

I can't remember the last time I wrote a proper letter - how bad is that? Maybe at Christmas time in a card. I'm faster with my typing and so being busy (lazy) I just type x

Grace said...

Oh, what a great idea, Ai! The last time I wrote a letter was gee, over 3 years ago and guess what? I never got around to sending it.
I really do miss snail mail. But I guess to get some, you gotta send some!

Mama Obito said...

I used to have pen pal in Australia and US when I was teenager. I would love to start doing it again.