Monday, February 4, 2013

LetterMo: Day 3

Day 3 of LetterMo (although it's the 4th day of the month, LetterMo does not count on the days when there is no mail service, so Sundays are not official LetterMo days).  Going out today is a reply to a previous letter, and I am quite pleased with the result I got from the modest use of some Tim Holtz tissue tape, a little calligraphy, and one of the awesome weather vane stamps from the USPS.  (Alas, they are only 45 cents, which is not enough postage as of last week, but a 1-cent Tiffany lamp stamp - ha - fixes that right up.)

The "hand" I used for the name on the envelope above is called "Alphabet Nouveau" and I got it from this wonderful book: Calligraphy Alphabets Made Easy by Margaret Shepherd.  It really does have a different calligraphic hand for every day of the year.  Some fun and funky, like this one, and many traditional and beautiful ones, like italic (and its million variations), blackletter, etc.  If you are interested in calligraphy, I recommend that you check it out!  Plus, Ms Shepherd posts a different hand on her blog every day, so check that out too.  I plan to learn more hands from this book to dress up my envelopes, in lieu of getting all fancy with the mail art -- although in my opinion, a beautifully addressed envelope counts as some of the best kind of mail art!

I also am sending two Postcrossing postcards to recipients in Russia.  I suppose it sounds bad, but I groan inwardly when I draw Russian correspondents in the Postcrossing lottery, because I know it will take 2 or 3 weeks (or more) for my postcard to get to them.  Oh well, I suppose I should be awed that it can get to them at all, for just the price of a stamp!

Greetings from Mississippi, and a postcard showing Stanton Hall in Natchez, Mississippi.

Hope your mailbox is happy today!


  1. Thanks for the info about sending postcards to Russia! I just started Postcrossing and was wondering why a card I sent on 24 Jan hasn't been received yet. (A fellow LetterMo participant)

  2. Oh yes. Don't be surprised if it takes more than a month -- I have a few like that right now.

  3. My first Postcrossing card was also to Russia and it's already been 6 weeks...She didn't recieved it yet :( And I'm in Europe... also on swap-bot I notice that the mail is verry slow to Russia.
    I love the paper you used for the envelope.

  4. Thanks! It's some G. Lalo stationery that I love to write on. Worth every penny!

  5. I think China has Russia beat. My postcard to China took forever to arrive.