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