I don’t know about you but we seem to get more and more junk mail these days.  I miss the days when I would race home from school, hoping to find a pale blue airmail letter with a Canada or France postmark, bearing a letter from my penfriend.  And remember the excitement picking up the letters from friends and family which were waiting patiently in Poste Restante at strange post offices in remote countries when travelling.  Now we have email, mobiles, Facebook, Twitter and all, it is easier to stay in touch, but harder to properly communicate with old friends.  There is nothing like snail mail, and ink on paper, for this.

And so, in protest, me and my two brothers (who live the other end of the country) have decided to start our own mini Campaign for Real Mail.  Every month this year we are going to send each other silly things in the post, and see whether they arrive. The only rule is ‘no envelopes allowed’.

This started when we were reminiscing about our time at uni, when I sent my older brother a piece of toast through the post, and amazingly it arrived!  So for January, I am sending them both some tea bags – a nice cuppa from Yorkshire (which is famous for its tea).  I wonder whether they will get there…

 

Have you ever sent or received something wierd in the post?  It’s completely pointless fun!  Why not try it?

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Now here’s a lady who really is doing what she loves… Have you heard Flora Bowley’s story? Flora lives and works full-time as a painter in Portland, Oregon, where she is inspired by magical forests, abundant gardens and a thriving community of fellow artists.  Flora’s love for life and spontaneous nature are clearly visible in her vibrant, easily recognizable paintings.  Flora will be travelling to England in May to teach at the Do What You Love retreat.  Her work can be found in numerous galleries and homes across the US and internationally, and also on a variety of unique products made in collaboration with Papaya!   Listen to the podcast of the latest Do What You love interview here 

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I am Guest Curating on Crescendoh.com all this week.  Pop over to read my Art Saves story, and see my collection of inspiring posts from other artists and writers

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