Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Mailbox Madness pt. II

Hello everyone! It's about time for me to write a post on my incoming mail, isn't it?
I've been receiving some lovely pieces of mail lately, so here we go!

I received a zine I ordered on Etsy from the lovely Ari, owner of the shop The Big Little Lunch, who really did an amazing job packing it up:
The content was of course amazing too. I loved her zine (suggested to those who love  peculiar, creppy and surreal illustrations), and I was really impressed by the extras she included for me:
In the little bottle there was some cute random object: an heart pushpin, a teeth, a miniature fork and a button!
Then I got mail from Bernadine, who did a swap with me not so long ago; she sent me some adorable

Monday, 20 May 2013

Guest Post: Uncustomary

Hello guys! There's a girl I've met when I first started blogging here that always inspires me with her incredible creativity, and today I have the honour to have her guest posting for me! Please, meet Mary..

Hello readers of Wreck This Girl's Mailbox! I'm excited to be able to post here today. My name is Mary (of uncustomary) and I live near Baltimore in the US. I'm a self proclaimed street artist and mail enthusiast. Today, I wanted to share with you my thoughts on random acts of kindness, especially in the mail.

First, I should say that I own an excessive amount of stationery, postcards, and general paper. There was a time where I was constantly accumulating them and there was no way that I would have been able to use it all, even if I was sending ten things a day. Now, I've slowed down a lot on the intake, and I'm focusing on sending what I have out into the world. I have forty, or so, penpals that I correspond with regularly, but sometimes I feel like I need to spread the love outside of the snail mail circle I've created.

A great way for me to do that is to use sendsomething. If you've never used this site before, it's very basic. All you do is create a profile and include your address, so people can randomly send you mail. There's an option for clicking "random address", which works fine, but you can also search by keyword. This is really cool because I have a lot of specific postcards! So I can search for "feminism" and find someone who clearly likes mail and feminism, and I can send a postcard to them of a famous female figure. The same goes for cereal, actors, and umbrellas.

So what I do, is take a pile of postcards and search for applicable interests. Then, I address, stamp, and decorate them. Later on, I will write messages. Sometimes I write a quote in the message area, sometimes I make a list. Sometimes I write about my day or myself in general, and sometimes I just write a bunch of questions. It all depends on my mood. I think people put a lot of stress on what they should write on a postcard, but it can be very light and fun!

Getting mail from a stranger is an exciting thing for me, so I like to put that out into the world as much as I can. I also do this with things other than mail, which you can see here. I encourage everyone to send mail to people they don't know, and share parts of themselves on paper. It's liberating and a good way to solidify your interests and opinions.

PS - If you write me, I will always write you back.

Thank you Mary for sharing some of your mail enthusiasm with us!
How do you guys feel about sendin/receiving mail from strangers?

Have a nice day,

Sunday, 19 May 2013

smash sunday: DIY idea

Here's a super easy DIY idea for you guys ☺

Hope you like it!

Friday, 17 May 2013

Traveler's Notebook Star Ferry Edition

On Thursday, I finally received my order from Rësor. If you follow me on Instagram you may remember that before my birthday I pre-ordered a Traveler Notebook, specifically the Star Ferry Anniversary edition. It was my birthday present to myself, and coincidentally, it was released the same day of my birthday itself! The release of the notebook, however, was delayed for the US market for a month, (hence the delay in receiving my order) and I patiently waited until today, when I came home to find this:
Isn't this a great start already?! I'm a sucker for pretty packaging and this one is flawless.
Along with it, which contained the notebook it self, I received a postcard, with belated (but much appreciated!) birthday wishes from the lovely Diana,

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Are you looking for a penpal from France?

Hi guys, today I have a penpal ad for you! Meet the lovely Viktoria from France:

"My name is Viktoria, I'm 24 years old and I'm illustrator and photographer, who for now is living not far from Paris.
I have a lot of passions, for now it's knitting and embroidery, but two things is never changes - my love for tea and reading books. I'm looking for a pen friend who loves these two things as well (because little common things is already a big start for find a good friend), and who will be happy to receive time after time little watercolors.
Some links about things what I'm doing: Flickr & Blog (when i was writing my blog, I was in love with Russian language and so i was writing in Russian there).

To get in touch with Viktoria you can write her an email to: alice.korlyhanova@gmail.com

Well, good luck Viktoria! :)
And I hope you're all having a lovely week!

Friday, 3 May 2013

The Postal Society

Hello guys, today is May 3rd, and you know what that means? I can finally share the secret I've been keeping for months with you all.
As you might have guessed from the image above, there's a new community in town! And it's all postal! ☺
I always wanted a facebook-like place dedicated to snail mailers only, so I gathered a couple of trusted friends (the ever so awesome Natalie and Andie) and we worked and worked until today to create a place for us all to be postal together!
But enough sentimentalism here, let me go straight to the facts and explain what is P.S.?
Please check this post on our official blog, I couldn't use better words than that to explain it to you guys. Just let me tell you that if you love letter writing, swaps, challenges, and meeting new friends, that's the place for you and I can't wait to meet you there!

I'm not going to lie to you guys, I'm too excited to write anything else, so please please please, take a second to pop over the website and see if you like it, it would make me so incredibly happy if you could!

I'll see you there I guess?

Have a nice day,
♥ ƒ.