Continuing their campaign from last year, the teams at Egg Press and Hello!Lucky are partnered to give away FREE letter writing kits consisting of 4 letterpress cards and a Gelly Roll pen from Sakura of America. They are doing this to encourage everyone to participate in National Letter Writing Month. They challenge you to write one letter each day for the thirty days of the month. It is open to International friends too, but they do ask that you make a small donation to help out with the shipping cost. Simply go here and fill in the form to get your kit.
Share your letter writing fun on social media with the hashtag #write_on to show your support of letter writing. Happy National Letter Writing Month, everyone! Get writing!
Shut up. These are so great!! It's like they've finally started to listen to us! I think the stamps are sort of blah, but I can't take my eyes off those stickers and the illustrated selvage. Thanks U.S.P.S. for making stamps fun and beautiful. These From Me To You stamps are being released today. If you're in Washington, D.C., why not attend the official release party?
These stamps kick off National Letter Writing Month (which is in April now, and not October, but they'll probably tell me it's in October too. Whatever.) There is a lot of great stuff going on in celebration. Stay tuned to this blog, Donovan and Kathy on Twitter, and Instagram for all the latest!
Graphic Designer Liz Mosley has released a set of three downloadable envelopes from her website. That was sweet of her. The fronts have a blank space left for the address which was also considerate. Thanks Liz! Now we'll have a great answer to the old riddle "What's black and white and read all over?"
Following a tweet from our friend and member Kimberly A.H., I got to read this fascinating article from Bloomberg Business all about SubTropolis. SubTropolis is a huge, and I mean huuuuuuuuuuge, underground industrial complex beneath Kansas prarie. It is also where your stamps come from if you order them online. The U.S.P.S. uses over a staggering 500,000 square feet of space in the facility to house and distribute stamps. I thought it was neat. Thanks for the tip, Kimberly!
P.S. Readers, Kimberly is also a member of her local U.S.P.S. Consumer Advisory Council and is currently doing an experiment in postcard arrival times versus that of letters and postcards sent with letter-rate postage. What I'm saying is, her blog is a good time. Check it out.
I am mesmerized by these stamps and also disturbed by them. While reading about this issue on U.S.P.S. Stamps, I found out that artist Martín Ramírez did these works while spending his life in psychiatric hospitals. I really like it when a stamp issue teaches me about someone or something I didn't know about before. This stamp set will be released on March 26th.
I think the photographs in this new booklet stamp issue look like paintings. There's such a flowing, soft quality to them. They are really lovely, but like most flower stamps, sort of boring. Still, I do like them. Also, I'm going on record for predicting a succulents issue. There was a 20cent cactus issue years ago, and succulents are so in right now. The Water Lilies will be issued today!
By a lot, actually. Over. Seven. Thousand. Would it be wild of me to predict we'll be at an even ten thousand by the end of 2015? Probably, but I'm predicting it anyways. Thank you for joining us in loving the mail! Thank you for all of your letters! Just thank you. ~Donovan & Kathy
Neenah Paper has a really handy listing of downloadable PDFs of envelope template guides. They've got lots to choose from, stately Baronial to utilitarian commercial styles and more. Not all are to scale, but these give you a good place to start if you were interested in making a whole bunch of envelopes. I wouldn't know anything about the desire to make a whole bunch of envelopes though. Nope. Not me.
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.
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.