Monday, 15 December 2014

Snail Mail Love - PLEASE READ

Hey guys! I'm very excited to see that every now and then a new person starts following this blog, I'm really glad you find it worthy :)
However a few months back I moved my blog elsewhere, at snailmaillove.com

I would really appreciate if you could take the time and follow me there instead, as I don't update this blog any longer.

Here's a few things you've missed so far:

Hope to see you there :)

Fab xx

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Moving blog - please read!

Hey guys! Long time no see, uh?
I'm gonna spare you the part where I apologize and explain myself, here, and I'll go straight to the point: I'm moving my blog away from Blogspot.

I've created a completely new blog (so this one will still be up and all the resources will still be available.. I'm just starting over, if I can say so), and I would really love if you'd like to keep in touch with me and follow me over there.
The blog is called SnailMailLove, and what I'll do there won't be much different from what I did here, hopefully just better and more frequent.
To thank you all for taking the time go through this change with me, I'm hosting a giveaway on the new blog as well.

I really hope to see you there ♥
Thank you so much,
ƒ. xx

Monday, 9 June 2014

Floral Mail Art

Last Friday I had an exam and got a surprisingly very high grade, so when I got back home I was in a rather cheery mood.
I picked up my watercolors and started doodling on an envelope. It had been a while since I last hand painted anything, and it felt really refreshing. It still doesn't have a recipient, but I still wanted to share it with you ♥
Some details:
What do you find yourself doing when you're happy?

Have a lovely day,
ƒ.

Saturday, 7 June 2014

#postallyconnected pt 2

A little while ago, I started a project over on Instagram, that I called Postally Connected.
For my birthday I received Keri Smith's 'Everything is Connected', which is a book of postcards with fun tasks written on them.
Instead of filling them in and then send them, I decided I wanted to give the chance to have a bit of fun with them to someone else, and this is how the project started.

I sent 10 postcards to ten lovely girls, and today, I want to share with you the second batch of postcards that came back to me, to show you what a great work they did with them!

The first one is from Bernice, which is an incredibly creative gal! Our task was to draw a portrait of me as a superhero, and a portrait of her as a bad guy!
 I drew myself as SuperFab (which sounds sooo cheesy, omg) and I even have a Bunny-Signal à la Batman, while she drew herself as Bermean, so freaking cool!
 Next up, is from Jessica; her task was to decorate a 'public space' inviting people to contribute
 and it's so cool to have a token from Toronto Zine Library as I image in it like a very artistic and inspiring place, perfect environment for this kind of project!
 Lastly, I received Chomri's postcard as well! Her postcard had a blank sign she had to fill with a message of her choice, and let me say, she did it beautifully!
 I absolutely adore it; the message and execution are just great!
 So, thank you gals for joining and making this project special!
I can't wait to send more postcards out!

Much love,
ƒ.

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

the Postal Society 2.0

Hello everyone! As some of you may know, last year, alongside some friends, I founded a website called the Postal Society to create a community dedicated not only to finding new penpals, but also to have a better place to host swaps and challenges, and discuss common interests.

Lest year we had a network hosted on a platform, but I was very unsatisfied with the quality and the restrictions of it, so I decided to cave in and create a proper .com website for it!

It is finally ready and I'd love to share it with you all:


We're obviously still getting started but if would mean a lot if you could check it out!

See you there, I hope!
♥, ƒ.

Thursday, 29 May 2014

details: mail from Katzi

Yesterday, I received a wonderful surprise in the mail from Katzi. I knew she was going to send me something, but I didn't really know what to expect and this little box of wonders blew me away!

First off, the lettering on it was amazing! I really wish I didn't have to edit out the rest of my information from the label but you can take my word for it ;3
This is what was inside (or part of it, actually), and I loved everything!
Something I was particularly excited to see, was the Creepy Hearts Club little fellas & zine, which is super dorky and fun!
Another thing I was very happy about, are those gorgeous analog photographs she too! I really love when my penpals decide to share with me some of their shots. Besides being able to see faraway landmarks and cities, I feel like there's something special about being able to see even the smallest detail through the eyes of someone else, don't you agree?
Thank you so much Katzi, you're one amazing lady, and this parcel really made my day! ♥

A question for you before I go, what is one thing you love getting in the mail?
Have a lovely day,
ƒ.

Friday, 25 April 2014

#postallyconnected pt 1

A little while ago, I started a project over on Instagram, that I called Postally Connected.
For my birthday I received Keri Smith's 'Everything is Connected', which is a book of postcards with fun tasks written on them.
Instead of filling them in and then send them, I decided I wanted to give the chance to have a bit of fun with them to someone else, and this is how the project started.

I sent 10 postcards to ten lovely girls, and today, I want to share with you the first three postcards that came back to me, to show you what a great work they did with them!
The first one I received, is this one from Pandique in Sweden. As you can see, pandas are a serious business and they have their on sparkly planet, so cute!
 Next I got this lovely gentleman from Spain, made by a very talented girl named Blanca (which also sent me am hand-decorated notebook!).
To prove that Mr. Postcard went with her everywhere, she documented her day in pictures:

How awesome is that? He definitely had an interesting day!

The last postcard I received so far, is from Michelle in the US.
The task on her postcard was to mess up the shirt, and she did that by using food coloring. So original, don't you think?

I'm still waiting for the remaining 7 postcard to get back to me, but so far I'm really happy with how this project is going :)

ƒ.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Snail Mail Love

Hello everyone! Today I would like to show you my newest illustrations, as I'm sure you snailmail geeks will appreciate them ;)
They're a series of five, that I've titled "Snail Mail Love".
They were really spontaneous drawing, but I realized they all represent something I really love about letter writing.

Monday, 14 April 2014

the flat swap

Hello everyone!
Today I've got something rather interesting to show you; a while ago I joined a very fun swap over at Giova's blog, and last week, my parcel finally came!
I was really lucky to be paired with an amazing artist called Aljona (or Katlix) that really spoiled me with many beautiful goodies!
The swap required to send a couple of different things, and here's what I've received:
- for "something handmade in your area of expertise", Aljona decided to make me a portrait! How cool is that? What's even cooler is that she implemented some of my favourite things in it (for example, my hair are teal in her drawing because I told her it is my fave color! So clever).
- for "a drawing of something you like"she sent me various of her prints, and I was really impressed by them and all the different techniques that go into them.
- there was a little letter, of course, in this very pretty geometrical print card;
- for "something handwritten" she wrote a poem called "window" by Forough Farrokhzad on a watercolor stained paper. The poem itself is beautiful, and I really appreciated the creativity in displaying it.
- last but not least, for "something that you own, but not need", she sent me a bunch of paper ephemera and a few rolls of washi tape, that may or may not have made me squeal.
All in all, it was definitely one of the most fun swap I've joined lately, and I'll be definitely up for another round if there's ever gonna be one (*wink wink, Giova*).
Thanks again to Aljona for everything she's put together for me, and to Giova for hosting it :)

Have you guys joined any fun swap lately?
Much love,
ƒ.

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Are you looking for a penpal? III

Here' some of the penpal ads I received recently, if you're looking for a new friend, this might be your chance to find it ☺! 


"Hi everyone! My name is Brendha, I'm 19 and I'm a law student. I want a penpal from anywhere and doesn't matter with your letters are cute or not, I'm more interested in what is written, but please,+16 at least; any gender. I'm not interested in big swaps because the brazilian mail is a headache sometimes, but swap little things of course I do smoothly. By the way, I'm brazilian! I would love swap postcards, I'm planning to assemble a collection of them! I reply as soon as the letter arrives, i just won't do this in special cases, like postal strike and exams."
Contact: breenyep@hotmail.com
Blog: http://daisiesandcallalilies.tumblr.com/
Kik: kontrollverlust;

"Hi, my name is Alex..a 44 year old woman from the UK...really love to exchange snail mail, love handmade envelopes, hand made things, paper, poetry, dogs, positivity, baking and sooo much more...would love to exchange snail mail with you, let's make happy mail days "
Contact: seaweed77@aol.com

"Hi! My name is Mira and I'm from Finland. I'm 17 years old childcare student. I love snail mailing, and I miss getting special mail. I love music, tv series, movies, friends, crafting, baking and magazines. Send me an email if you want to know more!"
Contact: mira.alamikkula@hotmail.com
Blog: http://mira-postcrossing.blogspot.fi/

Friday, 14 March 2014

Happy Birthday to Me!


Today I'm turning 23, which for various reasons, makes me feel rather weird. It could be because I look like I'm 15, or because I feel like I'm 37, or just because who does enjoy growing up after all?

Anyway, if you know me at all, you'd know I'm not the kind of person to celebrate this happening, so I don't really have any interesting plans for the night, besides maybe baking a cherry pie and eating it!
I don't even know why I'm writing a blog post about it, really. So yeah..!

Enjoy your day, guys! I'll be virtually sending pie slices to ya'll :)
ƒ.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

A little birdy told me

Lately, I've been finding myself using cheap white labels to make my own stickers to somehow decorate my letters. I did like the designs but I wasn't happy with the flimsy quality of them, so I decided to have some professionally printed.
I've been really liking using brown envelopes without too many decorations, and those stickers came really in hand to add a little cute touch to them ☺
I had to print quite a few of them, and I don't think I would ever be able to use them all by myself, so I'm selling some on Etsy.
If you like them and want to spice up your letters with a cheeky sticker, you can buy them here.
Use the code: INSTA10 to get 10% off *winky face*

Have a great day!
ƒ.

Saturday, 1 March 2014

February

Hello everyone!
February passed by so fast it's crazy.. Here's what I've been busy doing:

Reading: still 1Q84 by Murakami. I've just started the second book of the trilogy and finally the plot is unraveling and I'm loving it even more;
Watching: the Walking Dead, Girls, and I've recently seen the pilot a few new series but it's still to early to decided whether I like them or not.
Eating: kiwifruits, lots of these!
Drinking: organic green tea;
Using: brown paper envelopes again, which I'm liking to leave quite simple without going overboard with decorations. I feel like just a nice strip of washi tape compliments them better, and I really hope my penpals are enjoying this new "style" as well.
Recently: dyed my hair with henna from Lush. I'm not too sure how I like them but it'll do;
Wearing: my hair up. It's at this stage where they're not short nor long, and I really dislike it. So instead of loosing my mind with it, I'm just throwing it in a awkward length ponytail or bun and I'm pretty much done with it.
Listening: I've been listening to literally 5 songs on endless repeat this month, and one of them I particularly like is Cut Your Teeth by Kyla La Grange (Kygo Remix);
Trying: to focus on one thing at a time, complete it, and then move on to the next one. (Am I succeeding? Nope. Not really.);
Purchased: nothing noteworthy, I'm limiting myself to buying only the necessary to save up for a couple projects;
Working: out! I've been going to the gym 4 days a week and I'm loving it.

I'm curious, what have you been up to lately? ☺
Have a nice day,
ƒ.

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Mail lately

I've been neglecting the blog again, sigh, I haven't posted about my outgoing mail in a while and I thought it was time for an update.
Here's something I've sent out in the past month:
As I mentioned in my monthly wrap up for January, I've been experimenting new mediums, and with DAS I created this little family of owls that have been sent to a special someone in Belgium.
I've sent a few orders from my Etsy, and a letter to Maddie.
I made a painting (to be shown after the recipients collects it) and sent it across the ocean.
And lastly, more orders, and a letter to Corey and one to Ari ♥

What have you sent lately?
Have a nice day,
ƒ.

Friday, 21 February 2014

Detail: mail from Mexico

I feel really blessed to have many talented friends all over the globe that care to share their wonderful creations with me every now and again! In this particular case, I'm referring to Ely, my awesome penpal from Mexico.
With her letter (all written in spanish, I want to add ♥), she sent me some cards and stickers she designed, and that I quickly fell in love with:
She was also so kind to include a present for my birthday (which is in about 3 weeks, but knowing how slow mail from Mexico reaches me, I truly appreciate the thoughtfulness of the gesture), which is this dragonfly notebook, that besides being gorgeous, is also made from recycled materials and I don't think it could get better than that!
Last but not least, she included a "city explorer kit" from her trip to Querétaro, and I loved going through all the bits and pieces imagining the places she visited ☺
Thank you so much for your wonderful parcel, Ely. Will write back soon!

What did you receive lately?
Have a great week,
ƒ.

Friday, 14 February 2014

Detail: mail from Ari

Erlier this week, I received an parcel from my friend Ari, a wonderful artist from California.
I already featured some of her mail here on the blog, and I probably already said this too, but she's one of those people with whom I just clicked right away, and seeing her letters popping in my mailbox is particularly exciting.
Here's some eye candy for you~
& this is her zine (which you can get here) and besides being a-mazing, it also features a little thing I sent her in the mail a while back ♥ such an honor!
Talk to you soon!
ƒ.