Tween Mail

Last week during the heat wave, my friend Dari and I hosted a Crafternoon for Tweens at our local playground. Dari taught lanyard making and I brought some beautiful, donated papers, supplies, and postage stamps to make collage cards for friends. Serendipitously, a posse of girls from the local horse stable’s summer camp happened to be cooling off in the playground’s sprinklers so they jumped right in to the mix. At one point one of the campers said, “This is so much better than shoveling manure.”

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Even though I was a bit sloth-like due to the 96 degree heat I still had a great time chatting and making cards. And the kids loved it. Nothing better. Please consider making a donation so that I can continue to provide free mail making events to adorable people of all ages. Viva Snail Mail!

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Summer camp mail

Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah,

As a kid I mostly went to day camp but I was fortunate enough to also go to sleep away camp a few times at Camp Asto Wamah. It was idyllic. I recall tetherball, archery, swim classes in a beautiful lake where we had to turn our jeans in to a flotation device while treading water, and piles of white bread on the mess hall dinner tables, which was a novelty for this hippy child.

I also remember mail delivery as a big event in the day. And my sweet parents obliged with postcards, letters, and care packages. Inspired by this fond memory, I am proposing a give away. I will send a summer camp for grown ups care package to the first 2 people to email me an anecdote about summer camp mail.  Extra candy if you include a scan of some original correspondence!

Send your entry to melissa@vivasnailmail.com.

Treasures of the Post

shell postcardSummer is upon us and its postcard season! I just returned from a summer kick off mini vacation with my family and guess what I forgot to pack? Postage stamps.

VSM summer postcard sending tip #1: Tuck some postcard stamps in to your wallet so that when you are near postcards you can take advantage.

VSM summer postcards sending tip #2: Start a Postable.com address book so that your snail mailing addresses are retrievable online. Its free!

VSM summer postcards sending tip #3: Visit the site, Bad Postcards, for some postcard inspiration.

Viva summer postcards!