Yes I am a digital aficionado.
It’s pretty obvious with my ‘Stylish+Geek’ blog name and my technical communicator credential.
But make no mistake I LOVE TRADITIONAL HANDWRITTEN LETTERS! Yes, I used all caps if only to demonstrate my absolute penchant for this craft.
It all started in 7th Grade. Our English teacher had our class participate in an international-letter-exchange. My pen pal would be a teenage student from Paris. The program ran for 3 months, which totals to three letters.
I was ecstatic every time it was the first week of the month because that would be when the postman would deliver my Parisian’s letter. It was thrilling to know a perfect stranger from another culture and read the stories about her life and environment. It opened up my eyes and expanded my vision of the world. It also piqued my interest on the possibility of travelling to another country and see their traditions in motion.
Although that English assignment was brief, I continued my snail mail affliction. And it did not matter if the recipient was in close proximity. It was just a nice feeling to write and receive a letter. Soon I was collecting different kinds of stationery (it was such a cool thing to do back then!).
Then the email became extremely popular in college so my practice of letter writing was somewhat halted. Soon even writing in script became rusty. My skill in penmanship, which I was proud of, deteriorated.
So it comes to no surprise when I became excited after stumbling upon a post of blogger friend Esther (I do not really know her in person but we support each other’s posts and social media that I consider her already a ‘virtual friend!) sharing her home-grown blogger snail-mail exchange!
It was called Lovely Letters and the concept was simple:
1. Just sign up by a certain date in the month
2. Wait for the email from Esther that partners you up with another blogger.
3. Send your snail mail package by a deadline date.
4. Receive your own snail mail and write a post about it.
5. Share you Lovely Letters experience and support the other bloggers by reading up on their own stories.
Without hesitation I signed up right away, which was the first week of January! And within a week’s time Esther’s email came with information with whom I was paired with. Her name is Genae Banks. And she is a lifestyle photography, event planner, stylist, and fashion blogger residing in Atlanta. I sent an email to Genae to introduce myself and asked for her mailing particulars, while providing mine. After she responded I began to think of the ‘package’ I was going to send her way.
Lovely Letters isn’t just about writing a letter in a pretty stationery. It is also sending over some thoughtful trinkets that you feel the recipient might enjoy. It took me awhile to think of what to put together in my package. Little did I know that I should have probably paid closer attention to a couple of sentences in the instructions. Therefore, in addition to the 5 simple steps above, I will add this one, which, I will definitely admit, I did not follow:
6. Take note of the ‘theme’ of the exchange. This will guide you on how to curate items to include your Lovely Letters package.
Because I was remiss in following the theme of ‘New Year’, my first Lovely Letter package was very different. I decided to put together some items that would introduce Genae to my heritage and the country from where I was born – the Philippines.
So I gathered the following:
- A cultured pearl bangle bracelet (because the Philippines is known to be the ‘Pearl’ of the Orient)
- A sachet for the bracelet made of Pina cloth (Pina is a fiber from pineapple plant leaves and is known to be the ‘queen’ of Philippine fabrics).
- A leather hand-made coin purse
- A long rayon warp and silk woven scarf
- A delicate evening purse made of Jusi, a hand loomed fabric of raw silk
With that I included a few assorted greeting cards and note cards. There is also a hand-made Valentine card that I thought Genae could give to someone special.
After assembling everything together and wrapping it in yellow tissue, I placed it inside a Priority shipping box and sent it on its way.
A few days later my own Lovely Letters mail from Genae came in a bright pink package. I was so excited to open my loot:
- A handwritten note
- Delicious Lindt Lindor truffle chocolates (Yum!)
- A two-strand and gold-tone resin bead pearl necklace (Genae saw some of my posts and noticed I decorated my book shelves with my jewelry collection)
Thank you Genae! I enjoyed reading your letter! Now I have made a blogger friend in Georgia!
I have been bitten by the Lovely Letters experience, and now I want more! So off I go to sign up for the February Lovely Letters.
If you are interested to sign up please do click the link below for details!