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

Monday, May 30, 2016

Hello! It's Me or The Beauty of the Introductory Letter

Allow me to introduce myself.  I am a letter lover, a dispatch devotee, a mail maniac, a postal proponent, an epistle enthusiast, snail mail supporter, and an alliteration admirer! Hello, I am Mrs. Murphy.

I recently wrote an introductory letter to a friend of my son's at college. (A girl!!) This particular (girl)friend encouraged the elder Murphy Brother to write his mail-loving mother a letter. I was so overjoyed at this, I simply had to write a letter to this wonderful person!!!  I first asked my son's permission to write the letter. (Always a good practice when writing to your children's friends.)
He reluctantly gave his permission stating, "OK, I guess. She doesn't even know you though. Wouldn't it be better to meet her first?"

To which I replied, "Oh no, writing a letter is perfect." (Obviously!)

For my introductory letter I chose to tell a little about career, my family life, some of my own college stories, my interests and especially how I got into snail mail. I included some little drawings to make my letter whimsical and fun (hopefully). Most importantly I asked some questions of my recipient and encouraged her to write back, which she did. Yay! She said I am her first pen pal ever. Double yay!

I also have received some mail exchange requests through this blog and I've really enjoyed getting to know people from all over the world through the post. It may seem weird at first, writing to someone you don't know, but it's a wonderful beginning of a friendship!

Not sure what to write? It's often fun to compare favorites...favorite book, favorite meal, favorite vacation spot, etc. Perhaps you could come up with a little questionnaire. Answer it yourself and then send it in your introductory letter to be answered by your new pen pal!

Letter writing is the perfect form of communication for all the shy people out there, so don't worry if that includes you. You can take your time and think of the perfect way to say, "Hello! It's me. Let's be pen pals."

So let's start writing to complete strangers, people. It's magic!

Mrs. Murphy

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Thanks, Doc!

There are some amazing people out there! Wonderful people, strangers, really, who touch our lives during our most vulnerable moments. These fabulous folks are doctors, nurses and healthcare providers. 

Last fall the youngest Murphy Brother broke his elbow during a football game. It was a very sad time for all of us. Our son's senior season was lost and we weren't too sure if he would be able to play basketball, his favorite sport. 

Well, one of those amazing strangers came into our lives and gave our boy a new elbow and his senior year back!! The orthopedic surgeon that helped our son was just doing his job but to me and my family he's a real hero! Because of this doctor's work our son just completed an outstanding basketball season with a fabulous team. The highlight of the season was the game he dunked twice in one quarter with his surgically repaired elbow!! Woo hoo!!

I had to send this wonderful physician some thank you snailmail!! I hope he gets a sense of how grateful we are!!

I created some simple circle sports people for the front of the plain white card and inked in the word "Thanks". Easy, right? I wrote a heartfelt letter of thanks on the inside. Hopefully our boy's doctor will like this little bit of mailbox magic!!

Do you have some professional people in your life that really made a difference? A doctor, nurse, lawyer, realtor, plumber, hair stylist? Go ahead and send them a letter of appreciation.  Everyone loves a little mailbox magic thank you note! Even if they were "just doing their job."

Send some snailmail to your own amazing strangers! It's magic!!

Go postal, people!!

Mrs. Murphy