What’s In My Mailbox? | Flora, Fauna, & Finery

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There’s nothing pen-pal-people dread quite so much as a “no mail week,” as it’s often called on instagram tags. The horrid fate of opening up your mailbox in the fading winter sunlight every day to find nothing but flyers and bills…what could be worse in the mail world?

After suffering through weeks without mail recently, I was happy to find my letterbox restocked over the past few days with an impeccably gorgeous selection of incoming letters from Canada, Nevada, Germany, Ohio, North Carolina, and Utah. Better late than never, right?

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In an example of astounding snail mail coincidence, Stephanie of marinegirlsadventures posted a preview of this incredible envelope on the very day that I happened to receive it! Its rustic, woodsy feel inspired me to photograph it out on my porch: I’m sure the little animals enjoyed being closer to nature.

I feel a strange affinity with this rust-colored creature featured so prominently in the design, too–we redheads have to stick together!

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Also documented in the great outdoors was my first letter from Haley in Canada, featuring a fun red-and-vintage theme! (Or at least that’s my curatorial interpretation of this mailing’s contents.)

(I understand you believe that “cash is for amateurs,” Vintage Lady, but what other options did you have available in pseudo-1960? What is your non-amateurish legal tender of choice? Truly a koan for the ages.) FOR BLOG (19 of 37)FOR BLOG (18 of 37)

Speaking of fairly new pen pals, Dana from North Carolina always sends me the cutest assortment of floral cards and cheerful little designs. Who doesn’t love anthropomorphised donuts and maritime history?

(In real life, though, I’d prefer my pastries didn’t wink at me.)

How do you get through no-mail-weeks, my fellow letter-writers? I hope your mailboxes stay full for the foreseeable future!

6 thoughts on “What’s In My Mailbox? | Flora, Fauna, & Finery

  1. marinegirl1 February 26, 2016 / 10:12 am

    No-mail-weeks usually end up to be postcrossing card writing weeks for me, in my head somehow that automatically means that there will be less no-mail-weeks in the future. Doesn’t really work that way but it helps a little 😉 I’m so sad with the way they stuck the stamps on the envelope at the post office but before I could ask to put them on myself it was already too late 😦 at least the flowers fit the theme of the envelope though…

    • Keely S. (Sarr Trek) February 26, 2016 / 2:35 pm

      You know, I’ve been really considering joining postcrossing after hearing so many people talk about it–it sounds like a lot of fun! =) Definitely wouldn’t mind filling my mail-less weeks with some postcard writing!

  2. wavesofthoughts1 February 26, 2016 / 4:05 pm

    I love getting mail but unfortunately I don’t get it too much! I would love to have a penpal one day! xox

  3. Namaste Chick February 26, 2016 / 9:51 pm

    I started my snail mail hobby in 2007 thru postcrossing and stopped in 2013 when I found that the IG community is more fun because we can also interact thru comments & dm. No mail days for me is fine because I know that in order to get one, I have to send one. 😁 And I have been kinda slow since the year started.

    I love the vintage/retro mail.

    • Keely S. (Sarr Trek) February 29, 2016 / 2:15 pm

      I do love the snail mail community on instagram; I’ve found some great pen pals that way! It’s cool that you’ve had many years of snail mail and letters; sounds wonderful 🙂 I hope I’ll keep it up for years to come!

  4. Idle Emma February 29, 2016 / 10:07 am

    I love the envelope you got from Stephanie, it’s just adorable!
    I’m think I had a no-mail week last week but I can’t say I noticed too much because I had such a back-log of mail to send already 😀 I got a bit slow with my snail mail so last week, between sending letters to my pen pals and participating in swap-bot swaps, I think I sent out about 13 things!
    But I’m caught up now so I hope this isn’t a no-mail week!

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