what’s this all about?
Snail mail, style, and the sea – that’s the short answer, anyway!
I suppose you could (generously) call Mailbox Mermaid a lifestyle blog, since my “lifestyle” does indeed revolve around creative mail art and a quirky style of clothing best described as retro magical realism with a maritime twist. I also post reviews of enamel pins, recaps of my visits to various historic sites and museums around the world, and self-indulgent showcases of my nature photography.
If you like admiring envelopes, think cephalopods are cute, and don’t mind frequent references to early modern seafaring history/cartography/linguistics mixed in with outfit-of-the-day posts, stick around!
which land-bound mermaid blogs here?
In my slightly-less-magical real life, I’m a twenty-something graduate student researching Victorian fairy painting (no surprise there).
…I could go on about that all day, though, so let’s move forward! I grew up on an island and I will probably never be satisfied until I can live closer to the sea again. I can’t wait until modern remakes of Edwardian dresses come into vogue. And I’m married to my best friend and former pen pal (we don’t need to rely solely on letters now that we live together!), so, you know, that’s pretty cool too.
how did you find your pen pals?
When I began my intrepid journey into the world of writing to strangers, I connected with potential pen pals through tumblr (see The Place for Pen Pals) and various tags (e.g. #penpalswanted) on Instagram. Since I created this blog, I’ve also started up some lovely correspondences with fellow WordPress mail bloggers! For safety purposes, I’ve always preferred browsing & responding to other pen pals’ posts on such websites rather than making my own “profile.”
Should you want to dip your toe into the world of letter-writing and mail art – and help bring joy to the life of someone who may need it! – I recommend checking out the MORE LOVE LETTERS project.
what other assorted facts about this blog should I know?
The two typefaces (free for commercial use) that appear in my header graphic are “The Woodlands” by Jeremy Vessey and “Audrey” by Cristina Pagnotta. The accompanying seahorse and humpback whale are colorized versions of public domain natural history images.
Unless otherwise noted, all photos and written content are my own.