Lovely Letters II. A snail mail exchange.


Snail Mail exchange

You may remember me sharing about a snail mail exchange last month. Well, it was so fun I signed up again.

This is the beauty of the Lovely Letters exchange. You just sign up when you want to.  This time I was paired with fellow blogger and Canadian Stephanie.


Stationery from abroad has such personality

Stephanie,although from Toronto, has been living in Korea for some time now and has access to the most amazing, different stationery than we can get here. Just look at all these lovelies she sent me.

Did you notice the ‘memo-it’ paper tabs?  So cool.  Can you imagine those in a classroom? Perfect for all sorts of fun, inspiring work.  I should share them with my teacher friends. Really, I should…

snail mail exchange, penpals, lovely letters, paper,

“Make today the best day of your life”

I actually received a lovely thank-you letter from Stephanie before her actual package arrived. But good things come to those who wait, and once it did arrive, I made sure to make some time just to savor opening her package; no distractions, no commitments.

There were a set of postcards in my package (one shown above) that I just love. The inspiring quotes and graphic, almost animated, drawings are  so different, they charmed me right away.


There are many snail mail exchanges to choose from

And these markers! I may have to stash these far away from those in the house that seem to steal/borrow my pens as these are just too nice to end up at the bottom of a backpack or under the couch cushions.

A big thank you to Stephanie for her thoughtful choices and lovely letter. Do pay her a visit over at Living Free where she gets as excited about snail mail as I do (I know, hard to believe).

Should you want to give the whole ‘pen-pal’ thing a go, I’ve compiled an ever evolving list with many snail mail exchanges to choose from.

How do you like to open your mail? Rip it on the way back from the mailbox or perhaps pour a cup of coffee first?

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  1. are those little cats??? so glad you were able to participate this month! asia makes some of the cutest stationary! every time i visit i try to stock up! 🙂

    • The cutest little cats ever! I loved being surprised at all the different, adorable, stationery from Asia too. Thanks for your visit, Esther.

  2. What amazing stationery!
    I’ve recently signed up to Post Circle after losing contact with penpals I had when I was a teenager. It’s a lovely thing to receive post which isn’t bills, isn’t it? I always smile when I see a handwritten card/letter on the doormat.

    • Hi there Rebecca, I’ve heard really good things about Post Circle. I bet it will feed your passion for seeing that handwritten card waiting for you when you get home. I too love to receive (and send) snail mail. Something extra special about it, I think, but then again I’m biased. 🙂 Thanks for stopping in for a wee visit.

  3. That was certainly worth the wait! How adorable is that stationary! 🙂

    • Indeed, it was Melissa. I can’t wait to put all that Korean stationery to good use. Thanks for stopping by.

  4. What a lovely idea to swap with people from different countries I may just have to sign up for this 🙂

    • It is a fantastic swap, Laura. I especially like that you can just sign up for a month here and there if that’s what works best for your schedule. Fascinating ‘meeting’ people from around the world via snail mail. Perhaps I will see you there some time? 🙂

  5. What a lovely swap! The ‘memo-it’ paper tabs are adorable 🙂

    • I love those too, Ashley! I can’t wait to put them to use. They would make even studying so much fun. Lovely of you to visit.

  6. I love that stationery – so vibrant and colourful and those markers look fab too. The Lovely Letters exchange sounds like a great idea 🙂

    • Hi there Louise, you are quite right about that colourful stationery, it is very cool and different from anything I’ve seen here in Canada. Maybe you will give Lovely Letters a try? I would love to see some paper lovelies from the UK. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.

  7. Looks like a lovely colourful month you’ve had there. I love to sort through our post when we come back from holiday or a weekend away and always open the interesting post first! #paperypeep

    • I like your thinking Stephanie about order of opening mail.I like coming back from vacation too to a full mailbox, just hoping that there is something ‘good’ in there vs all bills and junkmail. Lovely to have you visit.

  8. Just lovely and so colourful! And I tend to make a cuppa to savour my mail 🙂 #paperypeep

    • Ahh, Carol, it would seem we both like to be uninterrupted and focused on the pleasure of opening a letter. I’m with you on that for sure. Lovely to meet you.

  9. What a lovely exchange! So colourful and fun, thanks very much for sharing with #PaperyPeep x

    • Hi there Jocelyn, It was an indeed a colourful month for stationery finds. Appreciate the chance to hang with all you nice UK #paperypeeps 🙂