Attention Members! There's a new way to request a pen pal from us. Kathy, in her infinite wisdom, has moved her matching into an online form. Simply fill it out and she'll get you assigned. We hope this will help speed up the process and save us all some postage for real letters.
If you've already requested a pal using the old mail-in system, we will try to fulfill all of those requests as soon as we can. If you have mailed-in your request, there is NO NEED to resubmit the request online. Kathy will respond to you with a match via mail, so no need to worry about your request getting ignored during this transition period.
You do have to be logged in as a member to access it. Just use the handy "pen pals" tab at the top of the Clubhouse page. We've updated the policies regarding pen pals as well. Thanks for helping us get better as we grow bigger!
The eagle-eyed among you (and those who follow Kathy on Instagram) have noticed that we released three new Initiative Response tasks with matching badges. Perform your task, earn your badge, get embarrassed while explaining what "Fruit Relocation" is to people. It's totally fun.
Initiative Response projects are only available through the member shop. Remember to log-in before clicking the link above.
People kept asking us to; so we finally set up a little Zazzle shop where you can order sheets of L.W.A. Crest postage. The image is sized to the smaller sized stamps, but you can get it in lots of different denominations (U.S.P.S. valid only). We get a tiny portion of the sales from these stamps and be aware they are higher than face value. I'm not the hugest fan of custom postage mainly because the bar codes annoy me, but I may pick up a sheet or two for "official" purposes. If you guys really like them, maybe we'll make more.
We have a brand new R.S.V.P. coming up on Wenesday and the theme is SPACE. On Wednesday the 11th at 3pm CentralSeries #14 will go live and you will have a chance to get one of 10 sets. R.S.V.P. is only available to members, so make sure you are able to login without issue if you want to grab a set for yourself.
The Royal Society of Venturesome Parcels program is the closest L.W.A. comes to a subscription service. R.S.V.P. is a themed mailing over the course of four weeks with one package sent each week. We curate the packages to contain all manner of nifty things, leaning heavily on stationery and other philatelic items. Most mailings have something vintage and are limited to 10 sets.
We have been wanting to have our very own wax seal stamp for so long and I am so happy to announce that we now have two for you to choose from!
The seals themselves are sized at 3/4" with 3" wooden handles. Choose between the L.W.A. Crest or a clever vintage inspired saying, "Good sense sent with good cents". Each seal comes with a stick of sealing wax so you can start using them straight away.
The seal stamps are currently on pre-order for $10 off. These are only available to members, so you'll have to login to view them. Expect to get them in your hands around April 1st.
Kathy has been working her little digital fingers off making our website shiny and new for everyone! There might be some updated things in it you haven't seen before so I recommend checking it out. Please let us know if there's anything you find that is a bit wonky. We're always improving! And thank you for being a part of this with us. We can't do it without you!
We will be retiring the original L.W.A. Member stationery design at the end of December. It will be replaced with a new design that will represent our community. We will reveal the new design soon, but I can tell you that it will still be printed on the mauve laid paper with black ink, so there will be some similarities. If you like the original design, the one that started our organization in 2007, then order a set for yourself before they are gone.
Your USPS is open today, but with limited hours. Most will close at Noon. Also, if you are putting mail into a blue corner mailbox, the pick-up will also be no later than Noon. Post accordingly! Call ahead if in doubt! (The same applies for the 31st of December.)
The last day to place your orders for 2014 is this Sunday, the 21st. Donovan and I will be taking time off from the shop from Dec. 22 to January 4th. All orders place during our vacation will ship after January 5th.
Thanks for being awesome members and for understanding we need to take vacation time too!
In this era of instantaneous communication, a handwritten letter is a rare and wondrous item. The Letter Writers Alliance is dedicated to preserving this art form. Prepare your pen and paper, moisten your tongue, and get ready to write more letters!
May 28th (Thursday)
Chicago, IL Letter Social
Uncle Art Gallery 7-9pm 1359 N Maplewood Ave
Join us and our typewriters to write some letters together. We will have mail art supplies, stationery, and a few of our old-fangled typing machines available for your use. Free!
May 30th (Saturday)
Chicago, IL OBSCURA DAY 2015
L.W.A. Clubhouse Several time slots available
Enjoy exclusive access to the Letter Writers Alliance Club House in celebration of Obscura Day. You'll see the inner sanctum of operations for the letter writing organization and have an opportunity to write letters and postcards using vintage typewriters.
Your ticket includes free supplies and typewriter time. Donovan, the Letter Writers Alliance typewriter expert, will be on hand to answer questions, troubleshoot cranky machines and make pithy comments. Come join us and type a letter or two!
Tickets: $5 Purchase options available soon!
June 6th (Saturday)
Chicago, IL Postcard Party
606 Opening Celebration, 10am-6pm
Humboldt Blvd between Cortland & Wabansia
Write some postcards and explore the new Bloomingdale Trail with us. Free!
June 7th (Sunday)
Chicago, IL Mix & Mailology
L.W.A. Clubhouse 3:30-5pm
Old Fashions and Wax Seals, two old-timey things we love. Learn the secrets of mixing an excellent Old Fashion and making the perfect wax impression on your envelopes. We will also have other wax-like experiments for your mail art pleasure. Our solutions, both alcoholic and artistic, will surprise you. All materials, including liquid forms, will be provided.
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July 12th (Sunday)
World-Wide L.W.A. Book Club
Join Kathy, Donovan, and a special guest Margaret Haas (of Paper Pastries) via live video while we discuss Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn. Discussion and further info can be found on the Goodreads book group page. Event Page
The L.W.A. was established in 2007 by Kathy Zadrozny & Donovan Beeson. These two ladies manage every aspect of the Alliance, from design, to packing orders, to maintaining the website. The L.W.A. is a labor of love and we are happy you have joined us in sharing a love for letters.