Postage stamps as art~

If you’ve never seen their lovely magazine, Chip and Joanna Gaines produce the quarterly The Magnolia Journal,  devoted to fresh inspiration for your life and your home. The Spring 2018 issue includes an article on letter-writing.

Magnolia article0002.jpg“Setting aside time to write a letter to loved ones is a tangible way to show them that you care; however, this thoughtful act is just as beneficial to the writer,” the article states, a truth well-known to readers of Mary & Me: A Lasting Link Through Ink.

One suggestion made is to beautify your letters with the use of vintage stamps. Were you aware it is legal to utilize vintage unused postage stamps in mailing letters? I’ve been doing that for more than a year now, ever since I discovered “lots” of vintage stamps on eBay, for less than the face value of the postage. So, not only do my envelopes look more interesting, I’m saving money. My latest find was a lot of stamps with a face value of $50, for just $36. Just type in “discount postage” or “unused postage stamps” if you are interested in getting some stamps for your own use.

My latest find~$50 worth of unused postage stamps for just $36 on eBay.

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For those of you who share the Mary’s love of all things paper, but aren’t having a lot of success locating a source of cards and stationery, you’re in luck. You don’t have to spend hours haunting thrift stores or online resources, the paper and cards can come to you.

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Founder and fellow paper lover Danielle Nelson, believes in the power of intimate connection and keeping the old school way of communicating alive. She is a self-proclaimed paper junkie, obsessed with stationery, journals, lovely notebooks, and greeting cards. Like this Mary, she heads to the office supply aisles in whichever store she visits.

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For $35 for a 3-month subscription, you will get a box of notebooks, journals, stationery, note pads and note cards once a month.

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Each box will include one of a kind offerings. If you aren’t interested for yourself, you might consider this as a Mother’s Day gift for the paper lover in your life.

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If you’d like to know more about a 30-year friendship linked by letters, you can read my guest post (and maybe win a book!) that was featured on Day 12 of her #sendcardsspreadlove challenge.

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What a “good mail day” looks like to one of the Marys

A couple of my children might tell you they are scarred for life because their mother actually used to sing this song when she spotted the mailman at the end of the driveway.

I nearly sang it today when I arrived home from work and saw these things in my mail:

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The boxes of vintage stationery were purchased on eBay. The textbook is for a course I am taking toward grief counseling certification. And what mail day would be complete without a letter, from the other Mary of course.

While I didn’t immediately sit down and write a letter, I did begin reading the textbook, getting to page 55 before I looked up and realized it had gotten dark outside. Yes, I love learning, and am fascinated by anything related to grief or psychology, and this textbook includes both.

It doesn’t take a lot to make either Mary happy, but a good mail day truly makes me want to sing!