Monday, January 23, 2012

Monday Mail Out: Little Surprises...

"The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity". ~ Walt Whitman

Back in November I sent StoneZebra a MaxiCard with a little note as part of a giveaway. In return I received this wonderfully long letter.

My first piece of mail from a blog reader, it included a beautiful notecard and was written in orange ink from what I assume to be a fountain pen (must source myself one of those).

I just love mail surprises! No matter how big or small they are always welcome surprises.

Written correspondence has been a hobby of mine for a long time, & Monday Mail Out is a weekly feature whereby I can share my love for the lost art of letter writing. I hope my experiences will encourage others to send out letters on Monday too, and have them rediscover the joy of sending and receiving mail. If you have a blog, feel free to join in.


  1. I used to have a cartridge pen with turquoise ink in it :) I could send you a pen and some ink - might not be orange but I know where to get pink, purple, green - I'm sure orange is possible.

  2. Han,
    Many thanks for the offer! I will let you know if I need to take it up. ;) What type of trade would you like to do?
    Cannot find any fountain pens where I live, so I looked on Etsy for something handmade and groovy, but I think they are beyond my budget... :(
    I used to have one, when I was a teen. I thought I still had but I guess it's been lost at some point because I can't find it anywhere. :( I know I stopped using it because I couldn't get any ink for it locally. Small towns can be so frustrating sometimes!
    ~S. xo

  3. So glad you enjoyed the letter! It was a fountain pen and they are easy to find on the Internet now, and some are quite inexpensive with lots of fun inks available. You might check out Goulet Pens or Jet Pens, I believe both ship overseas for a reasonable price and both have inexpensive pens. The Pilot Varsity pen is meant to be a disposable pen (though it can be refilled with a little know-how) and Platinum makes the Preppy pen (I like them and have a half dozen of them!) Kaweco pens might be within your budget.

    Happy hunting and I hope to hear from you whenever you have a spare moment :-)


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