Say it With a Stamp~

This is my outgoing mail this morning. Mary had recently asked me where I was getting the old stamps I’m using on my recent letters.

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Readers of our book and blog already know I am a stationery and paper addict. I don’t do “mail art,” per se, though I am fascinated by those who do. But I am a bit odd in that I enjoy using pretty envelopes, interesting address labels, or…stamps.

For instance, I had these address labels made from a photo of me on the beach, an experience I’ll never forget. I mostly save them for the letters I send to my sister, Joan, who was responsible for my opportunity to see the ocean. It was her home we stayed in while we visited Florida. She and her husband David took us to the beach.

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For awhile, I was ordering PhotoStamps kits on ebay, purchasing as many as 10 sets (that make 20 stamps) for $72. You don’t need to be a math wizard to figure out that meant I was getting personalized stamps for less than the cost at the post office. ($7.20 for 20 stamps)

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When that seller discontinued selling kits, I found another resource for unusual stamps; a collector who sells his excess on ebay under the name of jeweleryandtreasure, at a discount. It was the book and writer stamps that lured me in. So now I have a drawer full of lovely postage to decorate (and mail) my letters with.

And you can too, if you are so inclined. Just check out his stamp listings by clicking HERE. You’re welcome.

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Celebrate Friendship and Mary & Me With a Drawing!

Today is National Girlfriends Day, according to at least one website. According to the United Nations website, yesterday was the International Day of Friendship, with yet another source or two claiming that many counties, including India, celebrate it as Friendship Day on the first Sunday of August. There is also a Women’s Friendship Month (September), National Women’s Friendship Day (third Sunday in September) and International Friendship Month (February). And the fun doesn’t stop there. “Old Friends, New Friends Week” is the third week of May.
The Marys are thrilled to have their book Mary & Me: A Lasting Link Through Ink released during September, a month when two of those “holidays” fall. We are also taking full advantage of tomorrow’s Friendship Day by hosting one of our first appearances as co-authors at The Bread Basket tearoom in Manchester. With a free “friendship tea” from 2:00-4:00, and an author reading at 2:30, it is our way of celebrating both friendship and our upcoming book release. As for Women’s Friendship Month, we have two big launches planned, as well as a friendship tea, and several “Letter-Writing 101” workshops. October promises to look just as busy, and there is even a “Mary & Me” event already scheduled for November.

We have something besides friendship to celebrate this week, and that is the announcement from our publisher that Mary & Me will be released in Australia in the spring! What exciting news~

To celebrate this news, along with Friendship Day, we’ve decided to hold another drawing. One lucky winner, drawn at random on the morning of Tuesday, August 4th, will receive all this:

  • a signed copy of Mary & Me: A Lasting Link Through Ink
  • a sheet of forget-me-not stamps
  • a folio of flower-themed stationery with envelopes
  • 2 notepads
  • five new greeting cards, made with recycled paper that has flower seeds embedded into it
  • a new hardcover book from the lovely Victoria magazine, Writing Personal Notes and Letters
  • $10 Amazon gift card

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How do you enter? Simple. Follow these four steps for your chance to win:

  1. Go to our Facebook Page. Click HERE
  2. Become a fan of our page by clicking on “LIKE”
  3. Comment underneath the drawing link
  4. Then “Share” that post on your Facebook page

One name will be chosen from the entries and the winner will be announced on Tuesday, August 4th, our Facebook page and blog.

Good luck~

Celebrate Our Final Edits and Win Stamps

Mary & Me have been busy with final edits but can breath a sigh of relief as our editor and the book designer now take over. We should see the final pdf file of our book in a few weeks.

We’d want to celebrate our milestone with a giveaway. We were excited to see the new “From Me to You” stamps now available at the post office. We are giving away one sheet of stamps to a lucky winner. To enter, just visit our Mary & Me Facebook Page and “Like” our page, if you haven’t already. Share the giveaway status, and make a comment underneath, telling us how you would use the stamps if you won. That’s it~ one lucky winner will be drawn on April 30. Good luck!

We’ll be giving away more of these stamps as we get closer to the launch of our book.

Enter by clicking here to get to our Facebook Page.

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