Written with a Quill
I’m going to try to catch up on posting your fabulous letters during the month of May, starting this evening of the last night in April—where does time fly away to so quickly? Tonight’s letter comes from Oregon. It’s a handwritten treat that arrived in my box in February complete with a fantastic wax seal. The note was in cursive and so beautifully portrayed the...
Blossoming Spring from Georgia
Grace from Georgia also responded to March’s Question of the Month: What are your hopes for the spring? What would you like to see blossom in your life or in the world? Where will you find your spring magic? (If it’s transitioning to a different season where you live in the world—tell me about that!) Her response came in this sweet little card: Dear Lovely Handwritten Notes, ...
Spring Will Come! — Handwritten Hope from Utah
The Question of the Month for March was: What are your hopes for the spring? What would you like to see blossom in your life or in the world? Where will you find your spring magic? (If it’s transitioning to a different season where you live in the world—tell me about that!) And it is possibly my most favorite Question of the Month ever. I’m getting antsy for spring, growing ever...
Spring Has Sprung!
It may have been snowing today in D.C., but spring is officially here—and with it so many lovely handwritten notes to my P.O. Box! Do you see yours in this pile? Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be sharing these letters (and some remaining valentines—who says love ends after February?) on the blog, so stay tuned. Also, a new Question of the Month coming your way soon!
Question of the Month!
A year ago, when spring began its tender arrival, I would ride my bike along the trail through the forest near my house. The trail ended at a lake, and there I would sit at the same picnic table each time, writing letters, beginning this project. Bringing new dreams to fruition. Sending bits of the love I knew to be important through handwritten notes, like this one below, while watching the...
Tickle Me Pink!
Jerimi in Idaho made my whole day with this sweet little handmade Valentine! Jerimi was responding to February’s Question of the Month: Do you give out Valentine’s Day cards to people? Why or why not? Who do you give them to? Do you make them or buy them? How do you make the day special for you and your special people? Jerimi wrote: February 6, 2013 Dear Lovely Handwritten...
Question of the MONTH!
Hello all! Happy February! I’ve decided to pick back up the Question of the Week idea, only make it a Question of the Month. I’m very excited to start receiving all of your thoughtful responses again. :) If you’re wondering what the Question of the Month is and how it works, start here. So, I kind of love Valentine’s Day. It’s sort of cute in a sickeningly sweet...
New Year's Resolution: Get Organized
With the level of organization taking place in my life right now, 2013 doesn’t even know what hit it. Tonight, I’ve spent a great deal of time getting this project re-organized so that I don’t lose track of any of your lovely handwritten notes, and I know to whom I still need to respond. The first step in this process involved paying a visit to The Container Store where I was...
Postal Love from England
Ok, so I got this package in the mail… Which, I mean, look at it…it looks like a bundle of loving excitement! But, then I opened it to find this… Which was even more exciting. But, then, I opened that to find all of this… And I was in postal heaven. Louise in England, you are amazing! Thanks so much! The package also included a lovely response to a past...
Sorry for Falling off the Face of the Earth
I really am. In fact, I’m so sorry that in order to show you just how sorry I am…here’s a photo of a postcard snuggling up to a cup of cocoa: Isn’t it cozy and adorable? Am I forgiven? It’s kind of crazy how quickly this life thing can sweep you off your feet. When did it become December? My to do list, both of the things that must be done and the endless things...
This is a very fantastic project! I encourage all of you to visit the website and get involved in spreading cheer. :)
A friend of mine has an amazing postcard collection she shares on her website. You should probably check it out. This link will take you to a particularly fun post celebrating the official start of the USPS back in 1789!
Question of the Week!!
I think it’s time for a new question. I’ve been keeping rather busy and, it seems, trying to fit more hours into a day than there actually are. Too much push and not enough sleep meant that this girl ended up having to take a sick day today. With that in mind… If you could have a few more hours in the day, what would you use them for? Right now, I’m thinking sleep, but, knowing...
Learning More About Places in the World through...
It has been nice finally getting caught up on some of the lovely mail I’ve received over the past couple of months. Life gets so busy, but I think it’s always important that we make sure to schedule in the time to do the things that just make us smile. So, in between work, studying, volunteering, networking…I’m trying to get back into also just being creative, reaching...
Thoughts from the Czech Republic on How to Save...
Each letter that arrives comes adorned in its own details of its journey. Different postal stickers, scribbles of writing, postmarks, stamps, and barcodes. And, yes, those are hamster stamps! And then you open up these journey-soaked envelopes and find an equally diverse array of beautiful handwritten love. Pavla from the Czech Republic recently responded to the following Question of the...
A Handwritten Story to Prompt a Smile
I recently received a response to this past Question of the Week: What is something just really nice (a story, a joke, a quote, something you’d just like to say, a drawing, really, anything you can think of…) that you’d like to send my P.O. Box to bring it back into the sunshine so that I may then share all of the lovely mementos it receives from around the world on this here website so that not...
A Lovely Handwritten Note from Qatar
This project is about promoting handwritten letters (which, in turn, promotes all sorts of other goodness, like kindness, connection, and cheer). So, no matter how you choose to be involved—whether you’re responding to the questions of the week, requesting a handwritten note from me, or just sending a little “hello” yourself—you’re doing just what you need to do. This...
It can be so simple.
Sometimes my favorite things to receive in the mail are quick one-liners. It can even be a postcard simply reading, “Hello! Love, Me.” How can something so quick leave such a big smile? Thanks, Michelle. :)
Question of the Week!!
It’s not Wednesday, but I think it’s time for a new question. After all of my troubles with the post office these past couple of months, it has gotten me thinking a bit about one of the reasons I started this project — to help save the post office! With that in mind… What is your idea for helping save the post office? It can be silly, bizarre, serious, quantitative,...
A Smile Sent with a Stamp
After a long stretch of an empty p.o. box, letters now are sweeter than ever. Especially when life is in one of those stages where it is dancing so fast it’s hard to keep up. I’m moving this weekend, and for some reason sold my bed a week early. Sleeping on the floor leads to groggy moments come late afternoon. But then, you get a little something like this from Jerimi. Dear...
In Loving Memory
Back in April, I wrote a post about letters from my grandma. It is with sorrow that I share that she passed away last month. When I went to her home, however, I found a final letter she had written to me, but had forgotten to send. I wrote more about it, and the wonder that was my grandmother, on my other blog, Rough Outlines: ...
A Little Story for the Interim
So, I’m still a bit skeptical that my post office box is actually working. Theoretically, it should be, so if you send a letter just let me know so I can expect it and make sure things are functioning properly. I’m also in the middle of a move (very excited!), so life is currently in haphazard piles and cardboard boxes of variable sizes. One of these boxes has all of your letters in...
Quick question, as I have a funny feeling about all of this post office business… Has anyone sent a letter to my P.O. Box in the past couple of weeks?
Responses from Australia!
Yesterday, I introduced Chloe as a letter pioneer, not letting the U.S. Postal Service stop her from getting me her letter. Today, I’d like to share one of her responses to a past question of the week. In her letter, she responded to every question that has been asked so far, and all of her responses were so thoughtful. I also really, really love her cursive. It reminds me of...
Annnd, we're back!! (With a Question of the Week)
EVERYONE…I’ve missed you. I really have. Things are fixed now. Let’s get back to writing letters and spreading cheer, yes? I’d like to thank Laura from Florida and Chloe from Australia for their courage, for their fearlessness, for their commitment to mailing kindness that is so strong that they braved the U.S. Postal Service shutting down my P.O. Box, charged forth,...
Hello, everyone! Sorry for the hibernation. Things are close to being resolved, I think. I’ve been told that if I create myself some letterhead and then write a letter giving myself permission to use my own p.o. box under this name, that it will be sufficient documentation to receive my mail again. Sounds like bureaucratic fluff to me, but, alas, I shall be compliant and hope for the...
IMPORTANT! Please read.
There has been a bit of a disagreement between myself and the U.S. Postal Service. They have stopped giving me mail sent to my P.O. Box unless I can show them a tax ID number for Lovely Handwritten Notes. That’s right, the project has been temporarily shut down by the very entity for which it is trying to help. I didn’t know you needed a tax ID number for a...
Coming to You From Massachusetts!
Emilie in Massachusetts recently responded to the following Question of the Week: Which day of the week do you think is the best day to receive a letter? Why? I loved how she decorated her envelope! She found such a creative use for the material left over after you use up your stickers. It’s so colorful and happy! Here is what she wrote: May 24, 2012 Dear Lovely Handwritten...
A Response from Wisconsin
My last Question of the Week (Yes, yes, I know you are all waiting for a new one. I shall deliver soon!) asked, “Tell me about where you live or where you are from. How does it look, feel, smell? What are the people like? What do you love about it? Is there something you would change about it?” Ryli in Wisconsin read this question, and then took her heart, put it on paper, and...
Yes, yes, I know...
I’m still behind in my posts. BUT…I did respond to eighteen requests for lovely handwritten notes this evening! I look forward to flooding the postal system with art in the morning. :) Also, I know I skipped the Question of the Week on Wednesday…I’m sorry. I vote we start fresh next week!
Question of the Week
These lovely handwritten notes are coming in from all over the world. They’re coming from places I have been to and I places I have not. They’re opening my world up to — the world! I would love to share the uniqueness of where you live with the followers of this project. Therefore, here is this week’s Question of the Week: Tell me about where you live or where you are...
A Response from Sweden
Maria in Sweden recently responded to the following Question of the Week: Which day of the week do you think is the best day to receive a letter? Why? I instantly fell in love with her handcrafted envelope — so fun and bright! Here’s what Maria had to say in response to the question: May 26, 2012 Hello, I love getting mail any day of the week. But if I should choose one day of...
Question of the Week!
I often feel like my environment affects the subject matter and wording of my letters. Some of my favorite places to write people letters are in the United States Botanic Garden, on the rooftop of my work’s building, in lovely, little, local coffee shops, and at the lake near my house. Where are your favorite places to write letters? What do you like about them? Do you think your...
Rough Outlines: Kindness and Letters. Letters and...
http://roughoutlines.blogspot.com/2012/06/kindness-and-letters-letters-and.html Rough Outlines is my more traditional blog where I hash out the bundles of thoughts that pass through my mind daily. In this most recent post, I get into a little more detail about why and how I started Lovely Handwritten Notes and what the greater meaning of letter writing is to me. I also display a few more of...
Enveloped Etchings from Australia
Morgan is from Australia, and she recently wrote into the project in response to the following Question of the Week: If you could receive a handwritten letter from anyone throughout history, who would it be? Why, and what do you think they would tell you? What would their letter be like? Her letter was complete with cheerful pirates. These pirates had glitter on their clothes and on their...
Oh, goodness — it's Wednesday!
I got so wrapped up in the loveliness of all the handwritten responses filling my mailbox that I almost forgot it is Wednesday. That means you all need a new QUESTION OF THE WEEK! There has been a theme in many of your letters to me revolving around the idea that letters preserve history and that sometimes they are the best medium for saying what needs to be said. With this thought in mind,...
Handcrafted Thoughts from Puerto Rico
Yesenia’s handwritten wonderfulness from Puerto Rico came in a fantastic envelope. It was complete with this lovely quote stamped on the inside. Yesenia responded to the following Question of the Week: If you could receive a handwritten letter from anyone throughout history, who would it be? Why, and what do you think they would tell you? What would their letter be like? May 17,...
Handwritten from Hawaii
I recently received this lovely card from Doug in Hawaii. He was responding to the past Question of the Week: If you could receive a handwritten letter from anyone throughout history, who would it be? Why, and what do you think they would tell you? What would their letter be like? I have received some truly wonderful responses to this particular Question of the Week, and Doug’s was one...
Piles of Joy
A Handwritten Note from the Garden State
You can never go wrong with a little color. Pizzazz. And Cara in New Jersey knows how to use it. She responded to the past Question of the Week: Why are you interested in this project? What is it that you like (or don’t like) about letter writing? May 2012 Dear LHN, There are a multitude of reasons why I prefer a handwritten note over most other forms of communication, but my favorite...
Handwritten Loveliness from the United Kingdom
I’m in awe of the creative souls this project attracts. It’s the little details of this handmade postal love that can brighten any day. One of these lovely souls goes by the delightful name of Madeline, and she lives in the United Kingdom. I received this handmade card from her in the mail. Yes, handmade. Isn’t it beautiful? It is so elegant and I love the colors. I am...
Question of the Week
It’s Wednesday — time for a new Question of the Week! My schedule has been a little wacky lately, so I haven’t been able to make it to my P.O. Box. I’m hoping to make the trek tomorrow, and receive all of your lovely responses to the previous Questions of the Week. I can’t wait to share them! In the meantime, here’s this week’s! If you’re new to the project and...
I'm back — and with a response from Pennsylvania!
Hi everyone. Sorry I disappeared on you for a few days. I’m back. My P.O. Box has been keeping happy in the interim. I’d like to share a response today from a lady who has this handwritten letter thing down to a tee. Her envelopes, stationery, the whole nine yards, are lovely. She also sends postcards around the world for people to send send back with a message and a postmark....
QUESTION OF THE WEEK
It’s Wednesday! You know what that means — time for a new Question of the Week! Thank you for your continued thoughtful responses. I’ll be sharing more of the ones I have received so far as the week goes on. If you’re new to the project and asking yourself, “What is Question of the Week, and how do I get involved?” You can visit my past post that introduced the activity by...
This project, I’m convinced, is an important gateway to greater joy. Two to four times per week after work, I take a twenty minute stroll under the open air to my post office. I turn the key of my little p.o. box that has seen many before me, and I receive your letters. Then I walk to the metro for my commute home. Some days, your letters find me already high on the sun and the beauty of...
Happy Mother's Day!
Crafting, commence! The planning process. devotion n. 1. the fact, quality or state of being devoted and dedicated; as in giving up one’s time, energy, etc. to some purpose or person. 2. devoutness. 3. loyalty; faithfulness; deep affection. I’ve been itching to Mod Podge some things lately. On to the envelope… Motherhood: All love begins and ends there. —...
A Response from Allison!
Allison is a pal of mine residing in Colorado. We met in New York when we were both counselors at a summer camp. She is fantastically crafty and perfectly creative. In this lovely card she made, she responded to the past Question of the Week: Have you ever received a letter from another country? Where, and from whom? Do you remember what it looked like? Had you yourself ever traveled there...
As written on the wall in one of the exhibits at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum.