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

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Very Hungry Mailbox

I was at the library recently and came across the Eric Carle book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. This was one of my all time favorite books as a kid. I shared that love of all things Eric Carle with the Murphy Brothers as well.  We had many of Mr. Carle's wonderful books. We even tried our hand at making some of his style collage!! That cute (and hungry) caterpillar gave me an idea for some fun snail mail!

I have a couple young pen pals that love books. I wanted to buy this book for them, but was unsure if they already had the book.  It is a classic, after all.  I decided to simply use it as my inspiration.  I divided up my paper into 8 rectangles. In the first space I wrote a short note explaining the link to The Very Hungry Caterpillar and then proceeded to list the days of the week and wrote about what the very hungry Mrs. Murphy ate (and a few of my activities). 

I challenged my young pen pals to read the book and write me a similar response. Hopefully they will find it magical!

Send some mail, everybody. Those mailboxes are very hungry, too!

Mrs. Murphy

Monday, January 25, 2016

Fresh Start!

Hey postal pals!  I know it's been a long time since I've updated the old blog. The Murphy family was going through some hard times this past fall and winter and I just didn't have the time or energy to put into my snail mail hobby. But fear not! It's a new year and it's time for a fresh start! I received a wonderful postcard from a blog reader that encouraged me to post again on the blog. Nothing like a bit of encouragement in the mailbox to brighten someone's day and spur them on to good deeds. (Like writing more letters) It's pure magic!

Unless you have a huge return pile you may be wondering where to start. I often feel that way. So for something a little different I thought I would use my phone contact list as a guide for Mailbox Magic in 2016. Nothing too complicated or difficult I plan on simply going through the contact list alphabetically and sending a spontaneous piece of snail mail. I hope it brings a bit of magic to my recipient's life and spurs them on to pay it forward!!

Has it been awhile since you worked on your Snail Mail hobby? That's ok. Let's start over together!! Turning over a new leaf, (and mailing it) is magical!! Go postal, people!!

Mrs. Murphy

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Of Mice and Mail

Every once in a while I go through my belongings and purge. It feels good to find new homes for loved items that are no longer being used! It's never wise to hold onto too many material possessions. A cluttered home leads to a cluttered mind (and believe me, my mind is already a little jumbled.) 

Anyway, as I was going through some old books that the Murphy Bros. and I read when they were wee lads, I remembered one of my young pen pals. She is at the perfect age for these books. By a strange coincidence, they all happened to be mouse related (Stuart Little, Ragweed, The Mouse and The Motorcycle, Geronimo Stilton) so I decided to create a little mouse mail to go with it. 

I scoured the internet for some interesting facts about mice. Did you know that baby mice are called "pinkies"? I mean, c'mon, isn't that the cutest thing? I made some funny sketches of "mice in action" and created a little handmade book for my pen friend to read along with the books I was giving to her.  

I packed it all up and took it to my post office! Yay!! Hopefully, this back to school box of books will bring a smile to my recipient's face!!

Do you have something that you're not using anymore? Know someone who might enjoy it? Why not send a surprise package in the mail today? It's magical!

Go postal, people!! 
XOXO Mrs. Murphy