Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Write On!

January 2017 has come to a close and I'm "write" on track in my postal challenge! I'm happy to report I wrote my 31st letter on the 31st of the month!!

I'm hoping to carry this success into the next month and throughout the rest of 2017! Thankfully I discovered a wonderful source of inspiration and community. Did you know February is International Correspondence Writing Month or #InCoWriMo for short!?! The participants of InCoWriMo pledge to hand write and send a letter (card, note, etc) everyday during the month of February.  Check out their website to join in on the fun!! incowrimo.org

So keep up your correspondence, my fellow mail magicians!! Write on!!

Mrs. Murphy

Thursday, January 26, 2017

新年快乐 Xīnnián kuàilè or Happy New Year !

 As I am ever on the look out for reasons to send snailmail, I thought I would do a little research into one of the most internationally celebrated holidays there is!  Chinese New Year!!  January 28 is the first day of the lunar year in 2017 or the beginning of the Chinese New Year! The global festivities are a celebration of color, light and sound! The merriment includes bell ringing, lanterns, firecrackers and dragon dances. Chinese families gather together for a reunion dinner on New Year's Eve, and clean their houses to sweep away bad fortune on New Year's Day. Traditionally, children are given red envelopes stuffed with 'lucky money' and positive wishes on New Year's Day. 2017 is the year of the rooster!

Cock-a-doodle-doo! You had me at red envelopes!! I created a little info-graphic of Chinese New Year fun facts and sent it to one of my pen pals. It was great fun to research the Chinese New Year celebrations and stories and pass this along via post. I hope my recipient will enjoy my little doodles. Who knows? Maybe it will bring some good luck!

In my experience, a hand written letter is always something to crow about! (Year of the Rooster! Remember? Ha!)

Send some Chinese New Year's post, people!  It's lucky and magical!

Mrs. Murphy

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Postal Challenge Progress

The Mail More Magic Postal Project is progressing nicely! I've written several more letters and a few cards!! Yay!! I just completed numbers 17, 18 and 19 in my snailmail challenge!!

It is sometimes hard for me to pick the next recipient of my mailbox magic. I have a pen pal return pile that, of course, is my number one go-to. Carrying on a conversation via post is such a wonderful experience.

But what if you're new to snailmail and don't have any regular pen pals, yet? Or if you, like me, like to spread the joy of snailmail to non-postal people in the hopes of encouraging them to carry on the letter writing tradition! I just love sharing the magic of mail with as many of my friends and family as possible.

One technique I'm using this year is to send mail to my holiday card senders. These are the lovely folks who took the time to send the Murphy family a Christmas or New Year's card this season. I don't get as many Christmas cards as I used to, but there are a few old fashioned souls out there who still send them every year and I appreciate it!! I grabbed my Christmas card basket and started replying to all those lovely folks. Hopefully they'll feel the magic, too!!

I recently read a story where one of the characters was called "a lady of letters".  What a wonderful description! I would love to be forever known as a lady of letters, one whose correspondence is prolific, interesting, humorous, enjoyed by her readers and most of all...magic!!

Mrs. Murphy

Sunday, January 8, 2017

2017 More Magic Snail Mail Postal Challenge!

Hello, fellow snailmail enthusiasts!! Welcome to 2017! I'm excited to start a new postal challenge in 2017.  One of my postal goals is to send more mail in 2017 than I did in 2016 (and document it better...I'm admittedly horrible at that). My lofty goal is to post 365 pieces of mailbox magic!

The Murphy family took a family vacation to the amazing state of Arizona to start the new year. It was a perfect opportunity to send some lovely postcards. I posted 12 little pieces of touristy magic from the Grand Canyon State! Winning!

Join me in a postal challenge for 2017!  It's a fun and simple way to brighten someone's day and spread a little joy and love in 2017! #MoreMagicMail

Make 2017 your best postal year yet!! Send more mail, people!  It's magic!!

Mrs. Murphy

Thursday, November 3, 2016

A Notable November Postal Challenge

Hello! My postal pals! It has been a long time since I last updated the old blog. Alas, life has once again gotten the best of me and interrupted my blogging flow. But as a wise man once said, "That's alright. That's ok. It doesn't matter anyway!" Or maybe that was a group of cheerleaders? Oh well,  I'm also partial to, "Pick yourself up. Dust yourself off and start all over again!!"

After this long hiatus I'm fired up to start snailmailing again so I thought I'd kick off November with a postal challenge! Introducing "A Notable November Postal Challenge!" My goal is to send a piece of mail every regular mail day!! I'm thinking a great thing to incorporate into this challenge is letters of gratitude...perfect for the American Thanksgiving month!

Won't you join me in this postal challenge? Let's make November notable!! It will be magic!!

Go postal, everybody!!

Mrs. Murphy

Monday, June 13, 2016

It's A Small World After All

"We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open." J. Nehru

If I had my way I would travel the world! I'd have as many adventures, see as many sights, and learn about as many different cultures as I possibly could! But, alas, my resources are limited. You, too?  Well, take heart, my postal pals! Snailmail is the next best way to "travel" the world! And you can do it from the comfort of your couch! Magic!

As an American, I have the most pen pals from the US. I have received post from some lovely folks who reside in Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, DC, Iowa, Illinois, Texas, Wyoming and Virginia, to name a few.  I am also pleased to have a few international pen pals. I've received mail from Canada, England, Ireland, Rwanda, Germany, Australia, Nepal, Taiwan and the Netherlands. I love receiving mail from these great pen pals. We've exchanged stories about our countries, favorite recipes, customs, traditions and photographs, etc. It's almost like being there!

To add to the awesomeness, I recently obtained a map and started marking off countries from which I've received letters!!  Maybe someday I'll get to visit these magical places and pen friends!!

Don't hesitate, people! Your journey can begin today. Grab your passport...I mean, your postage stamps...and send some snailmail!! It's magic! (and much more affordable)

Mrs. Murphy

Monday, June 6, 2016

Sew... It Seams I Wrote You a Letter

Do you send mail on holidays?
Mother's Day? Check. Father's Day? Check. Valentine's Day? Check.
Tailor's Day? Huh?
That's right! In my never-ending quest to find new reasons to send mail I discovered Tailor's Day!!
According to my vast research on the interwebs, Tailor's Day is traditionally celebrated in the United States on June 4th. It is a day where people are encouraged to dress their best and to reach out and thank the person that helps them achieve their high level of sartorial elegance...their tailor.

I don't know about you, but I don't have a personal tailor. I liked the uniqueness of this day, however and I wanted to create something for someone in honor of Tailor's Day. I happen to have a lovely friend who makes clothes for her children and often posts these works of art on Facebook.
First Communion dress created by my friend for her daughter.

I doodled a little sewing machine card, wrote a note explaining the awesomeness of Tailor's Day (and my recipient) and popped it in the mail. Hopefully this magical, snailmail surprise will make her day!!

If you don't know any seamstresses or tailors, have no fear! You can send some mailbox magic for some other totally random holiday. Try doing an internet search for "days to celebrate in June." You'll be surprised what you will discover.

Let your imagination be your guide as you create reasons to send snailmail to your friends and loved ones. You'll never run out of material!!

Follow this pattern, people, and send more mail!  It's sew magical!

Mrs. Murphy