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Donovan Beeson
Chicago, IL
Craft Engineer & Co-Founder of the Letter Writers Alliance
Interests: comic books, maps, office supplies, mail, religious iconography, paper goods
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Happy American Thanksgiving to U.S. members if you celebrate and Happy Friday to all others. Check out this neat link from Graceland for holiday greetings sent to Elvis, complete with scanned letters and telegrams, like the one above. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Letter Writers Alliance
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Subscription boxes are a big thing these days, not that I mind! I've been a long-standing subscriber of the Mail More Love box for example. I love getting a surprise packages in the mail; so when the good folks at... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Letter Writers Alliance
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Make It Merry is an endeavor by RiteWhileUCan to help send holiday cheer to every homeless person. Their mission is to give each person a personal Christmas card. The purpose behind the project is to acknowledge that the homeless are... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Letter Writers Alliance
Thanks for being a reader and commentor!
*Salutes*
Toggle Commented 7 days ago on Holiday Delivery Dates at Letter Writers Alliance
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You know, the search function within the blog leaves a lot to be desired. When a member sent a us a link to the Letter Box Study Group, I knew I had written about it before on the blog. But... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2017 at Letter Writers Alliance
Hi Eunice, I understand your comment. I copied and pasted that instruction from the Elsewhere Philatelic Society and didnt catch that. Since they are a location-based organization from San Francisco; their assumption is pretty on point. If this were a Letter Writers Alliance project, itd be different. Were very happy to have so many international folks participating! -Donovan
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Perhaps you remember me mentioning the Elsewhere Philatelic Society once or twice before now. Should you like to play along at home, they are having a stamp window from the BOTTOM OF THE EARTH! Follow the instructions below. To receive... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2017 at Letter Writers Alliance
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The time draweth nigh! Holiday shipping deadlines are listed over at the U.S.P.S. site. For domestic mail, the goal for delivery by the 25th for packages is Dec. 14th. That is four weeks away, folks. It is go time. GO... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2017 at Letter Writers Alliance
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Our friend and letter-loving champion Rhea over at Mail More Love is a truly inspiring person. In the midst of hurricanes, she is a magical mailing Mary Poppins. She has launched an initiative this month called The Gratitude Letters. Involvement... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2017 at Letter Writers Alliance
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If you have ever wanted to carve your own rubber stamps, this is the website for you. It explains multiple processes and techniques. I found it to be a very detailed guide from conception to execution. Have any tips to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2017 at Letter Writers Alliance
Its by Snow & Graham and I got mine at GREER. https://greerchicago.com/collections/pads-jotters/products/copy-of-stamp-notepad
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Our written action site, Stamp Out Hate, is running a bit differently for the month of November. Stamp Out Hate has always been a positivity-focused mailing initiative. Being gracious and respectful of my fellow humans is at the core of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2017 at Letter Writers Alliance
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Friday is the 6th annual Fountain Pen Day, always held the first Friday in November. Check out the resources list for tons of fun pen links. Maybe take the time to review your pen collection. It's a good reminder to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2017 at Letter Writers Alliance
Ugh, they are meh. Thanks for the catch!
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These are the stamps that have come out in September and October. I can't say I'm super enthused. I think the color palette on the two non-secular stamps is too close to each other. I do find "The Snowy Day"... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2017 at Letter Writers Alliance
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Some of you may know that Halloween is my favorite of all the holidays. I ran out of time this year, but I love to host a Halloween Mail Art Party. Without question, my favorite mail art to make is... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2017 at Letter Writers Alliance
SUNDAY! Im sorry. Thank you for pointing that out.
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Come one and all! See our faces, listen to us nerd out on mail, enjoy the silence as we scribble letters, ask us mail questions. The virtual social itself will be all day Saturday SUNDAY (the 22nd), but we'll be... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2017 at Letter Writers Alliance
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(Above envelope by Jean Pellerin,First Place, Over 18 and Beyond category, 2016) The illustrator Edward Gorey was quite the mail artist in his time. In his honor, the Edward Gorey House hosts an annual mail art contest. The contest is... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2017 at Letter Writers Alliance
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Lindsey of The Postman's Knock has a super Halloween tutorial for making smashingly spooky cards on black paper with white ink. She provides a download of this awesome Frida Kahlo design and also a step-by-step for how to make your... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2017 at Letter Writers Alliance
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I have never seen a video so nicely describe how mail works internationally. Turns out that there's one spreadsheet to rule them all, one spreadsheet to find them, one spreadsheet to bring them all and in the darkness determine exactly... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2017 at Letter Writers Alliance
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Attention all intrepid postal aficionados! There are three brand new projects available to test your mailing mettle. That means there are now nine badges you can earn. The previous tasks are joined by Secrets Can you keep a secret? We... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2017 at Letter Writers Alliance
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I was super-tickled to see Member Billie post this picture of her favorite postal clerk, Chuck. She graciously allowed me to share it here. She says: "Shout out to Chuck, the most amazing postal clerk a girl could ask for... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2017 at Letter Writers Alliance
Oh Awesome! Thanks so much!