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!
We are online now for the live video part of the Virtual Social. You can watch the feed above or on the event page. Feel free to ask us questions on Twitter or share what you are writing today with the #LWASocial hashtag. We'd love to see what you are writing and making!
We've recieved a restock from Cinnamon Cooper, our seamstress extraordinare, on our official L.W.A. member bags, folios and pouches. They will all be available tonight at 7pm and are of limited stock. Each is handmade with our signature lining fabric and handy dandy Italian linen tape for pins and badges. We hear nothing but wonderful things about our bags from our members, and Kathy & I each have a full set which we put to hard use. Fortunately, everything Cinnamon makes comes with a lifetime guarantee, and it's all so well made that I've never had to take her up on that offer. Order now for prompt holiday delivery.
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 3rd (Sunday)
World-Wide Virtual Social
See our faces, listen to us nerd out on mail, enjoy the silence as we scribble letters, and ask us mail questions live. Live Video via Google Hangouts. Participate with #LWASocial on Twitter & Instagram. Video will be recorded and put on YouTube if you can't make it live. Event Page
June 7th (Sunday)
Chicago, IL Mix & Mailology
L.W.A. Clubhouse at 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.