Monday, August 14, 2017

It's a Date With SnailMail Magic!

One of my favorite things is connecting with people in meaningful ways. Obviously, one of the ways I do this is through the post, writing and sending letters and packages to friends and loved ones all over the world.
 But I also enjoy creating simple, unique date ideas to connect Mr. Murphy and myself.  Just trying to keep the ol' romance fires burning! 25 years is a long time, people! (Don't let anyone kid you...True Love takes a lot of work!)

When the elder Murphy Brother recently told me that he started dating someone, my creative wheels started turning! Now was my chance to create a fun date and send it to someone via the mail service! Two of my favorite pastimes colliding in a wonderful, magical, postal way! It could be like finding a magical package full of happiness, adventure, love and joy right in your mailbox! Um...well, you know, it might be sorta fun.

When the elder Murphy Brother described his new friend as someone who enjoyed classic cinema and especially Audrey Hepburn, my creative juices started flowing! Why not mail them a date night package based on the movie Charade staring Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant. One of my personal favorites and possibly a film the younger set may not have seen.

The film is set in Paris so this date is chock full of French inspiration. First, the menu...  My son likes to cook but he is a busy college student, so I suggested serving some simple food with all of the "French" but none of the fussiness.  I came up with a few options that the couple could choose from based on time, finances and energy level. (I want this to be fun for them...not a bunch of work.)

Option One: Pick up some croissants, French cheeses, fresh fruit and brew up some yummy French coffee to enjoy while  you watch the film.  Go out for ice cream cones after the movie. (This is a tie in to the film)

Option Two: Cook some simple, but delicious French inspired food at home. Serve a salad of mixed greens, Chicken Cordon Blue Pasta Skillet and a French bagguette. Go out or serve ice cream cones for dessert.

I also created a playlist of Charade inspired music...a little Mancini, of course (he wrote the theme song for the film), Carla Bruni, Django Reinhardt, etc. to help set the mood. Everything's more fun with themed background music, right?

I created a card based on the movie poster to mail with my package and wrote my letter on the back, including all the date details.  Hopefully, the elder Murphy Brother and his date will find this date magical. I know I had fun creating it!

Share your ideas for fun and adventure with special people in your life. It will totally surprise them and they might find it absolutely magical!!

Go postal, everybody!!
Mrs. Murphy

PS; There is a refernce to postage stamps and stamp collecting in this film, by the way!  (No wonder I love it!)


Thursday, June 1, 2017

A Postal State of Mind

I love to send and receive mail with folks from different parts of the world. It's great fun learning all about their towns, cities, states, provinces and countries! I purchased some wonderful stamps from Patrick of Edelweiss Post featuring my home state that inspired me to create some state themed mail to send to my pen pals all over the globe!

This mail project involves a little research...think 4th grade social studies project. You can include details about your state's motto, nickname, bird, tree, flower, animal, song, etc.  You can also list such interesting facts as your state's highest and lowest points, largest and smallest towns and famous folks who come from your state.

It's also great to include touist attractions and points of interest and of course, your personal favorite places to go and things to do!  I like to include my favorite places to eat, too! I love the idea of making an infographic with all the information. You can also send a fun postcard from your home state/country.

 To encourage return snail mail of a similar nature, why not create a fill-in-the-blank for your pen pal to complete with information about their home.  I would love to get some real insider information about some of my pen pal's home states/countries! Hooray! It's a custom travel brochure created just for me!

Send some touristy, information-filled mail, people. It will put your pen pals in a magical state of mind! And don't forget the state themed stamps!

Mrs. Murphy

Monday, April 10, 2017

100 Days of Mail

Today (April 10th) is the 100th day of the year!  I know this because I was trying to figure out how far behind I am on my postal project. I just posted numbers 80 and 81. A little behind, but I'm cool with it. This project is all about spreading love, joy and gratitude through the magic of the postal system, after all.  Only positive vibes allowed!!

So what have I learned during my 100 days of mail?  I think my letter writing skills have improved. I, hopefully, am becoming a better story teller.  I'm definitely becoming more observant. This project is forcing me to keep my eyes and ears open for great stories and happenings that I can relay in letter form to my pen friends. I also feel more bold and open with people as I write these letters. Writing letters by hand makes me slow down. It gives me time to think through things and ponder deep thoughts.  I find I am taking the time to reflect more on my recipient. Who really is this person to me?  Do they know how I feel about them?  How can I express what their friendship really means to me? There's just something magical about a hand-written note nowadays.  Its rarity seems to make it an appropriate place to express feelings that I don't always share face to face or over the phone. Profound feeling of love and gratitude abound! In other words...MAGIC!!!

This has been a great project so far.  I'm still motiviated to keep on writing!  I've been getting a lot of wonderful replies, too!  Thank you so much! Keep 'em coming! And if you are participating in a postal project of your own I encourage you to Write On!!  It's magic!

Mrs. Murphy

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The Never-Ending Awesomeness of a Never-Ending Card!

Snail mail people are a creative bunch of folks!  I recently took part in a fun postal swap...creating a never-ending card. I had never tried to create a never ending card before but... you know what they say..."Never say never!!"  Except when you're describing this card that seemingly never ends, I guess??  
Thanks to the magic of the wonderful, worldwide web and super crafty folks who share their skills on YouTube, I was able to follow a tutorial and make my own. It was a fabulous time of never ending, crafty, postal fun!

Snailmail is such a wonderful hobby! Not only can you unleash your creativity with cute, clever cards and lovely, long letters but you can send them to your friends and most likely get something equally wonderful in return. You send. You receive!  It's a never ending cycle of magic!!

Go postal, people! 
Mrs. Murphy

Saturday, March 25, 2017

The Wonderful Rule of (Mailbox) Multiplication

Have you ever heard of the rule of multiplication?  It is something like... the probability that events A and B both occur is equal to the probability that event A occurs times the probability that event B occurs, given that A has occurred.

I'm not completely sure what that means but I'm positive that if I send mail (event A) the probability that I will receive mail (event B) is very great! In fact since I started my mail more magic postal project, I've had so much happy mail! I've even had some spontaneous mail from folks that have just heard about my love of all things postal! Just today I received a hand written note and a fascinating article about receiving mail on the trail during a bicycle adventure. This note and story made my day!! Thank you so much, postal pal! 

I encourage you all to continue your quest to mail more love. We really can stamp out despair one letter, postcard, note, card and package at a time! 

Send more mail, people. It's mathematically proven to be magical!

Mrs Murphy

Monday, February 27, 2017

The Power of Postcards

February is coming to a close and I am about 10 pieces of mail behind on my postal goal is to send 365 pieces of mail. Whew! That' a lot! But fear not, my postal pals. I will reach my goal!! So today I am playing a little catch up with postcards...short, sweet and a magical way to send some massive mail (like 10 pieces).

 I used to think of postcards as only something I would send from my trips. I love picking out pretty, touristy postcards and sending them to my friends back home. But what about non-geographic postcards?? There are some really great postcards out there!  Funny, cute, artistic you name it!! This one would be perfect to send to either of the Murphy Brothers...

Some people have awesome postcard collections from which to send lovely mail. I, however do not. (I'm totally going to start one!) I solved this dilemma by making my own lovely cards. What's better than sending a postcard? Sending your own mailart creations. Yay! Creativity! And it's frugal, too. I used some card stock I had on hand and decorated the cards with a little washi tape, rubber stamps and some old postage stamps from my stamp collection. 
It was a fun way to make some cute and quick postcards!! Any mail that you make and send is wonderful...even if it's "just" a postcard!! Send some to your friends today! It's magic!

Mrs. Murphy

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!!

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

Mrs. Murphy