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Hello again friends!

As the nights grown longer (and colder) here in the North, we find ourselves lingering in the warmth of the kitchen. Stirring this, stewing that, sipping on a hot cuppa. In this peaceful moment, before the season's feasts pick up speed and we find ourselves pulled every which way, why not pause and join us in telling kitchen table tales?

Food connects, nourishes and delights us all. Smells, tastes and traditions intertwine with memory in such a way that a single bite can send us hurtling back to reconnect with our 6 year old selves. (Is this where I admit that nothing reminds me more of my grandmother than a can of Zoodles? Oh and a classic Sunday roast - but you're more likely to encounter that cheerful blue can while strolling the supermarket aisles than roast beef and popovers! Spotting that blue can always makes me smile! ~ Marisa)

Won't you invite us to join you at your kitchen table for a cup of tea and a tale? Tell us the story of your grandmother's signature dish or your quest for the perfect chocolate chip cookie, or even the time the turkey caught on fire!*

For this simple yet thoughtful swap, we're inviting you to exchange mail with a single partner. Create beautiful, thoughtful mail based around the theme of food. And yes, holiday food tales and traditions are absolutely welcome but not required!

As we are coming up on the busiest mail season, we will be doing our best to match each participant with a partner from the same country or region to prevent major mail delays.

*Okay, you caught us, that's a scene from the Santa Clause... but maybe it happened to you too?



Want to know more?


  • This swap is only open to individuals who have previously completed a Pretty Postal swap or had joined our mailing list prior to 11/11/19.
  • Each participant will be paired with one person. As we are asking you to be thoughtful at a hectic time of year, we want to ensure that each participant sends and receives one really great piece of mail!
  • Tell a food story through a piece of mail - this challenge is about both visuals and words. Create cohesive and thoughtful mail to share with your partner. 
  • Make or decorate a creative envelope based on your story.
  • Make your mail extra-special using beautiful lettering, hand drawn details, stamps, patterned paper, washi tape, paint… anything goes!
  • Inside your envelope, get creative! Make sure to tell your food story, but it's up to you how you do it. You could write it in a letter, craft a handmade card or make a visual representation of the different ingredients. We're really excited to see all the different creative ways stories can be told.
  • Include a little goodie (or two) with your note. Not sure what to include?  Perhaps you have a recipe to share, a small sweet treat, or some food-themed ephemera you'd like to send your partner.
  • This swap is all about getting creative and challenging yourself! While exchanging “stuff” is nice, the focus of Pretty Postal Swaps is to create beautiful and unique mail art. We are more interested in seeing decorative envelopes and creative contents than big gift parcels.
  • It’s free to join!
  • Please tag #prettypostalswap when sharing images on social media. Sneak peeks are fine, but please don't spoil the surprise by posting images of your mail before your partner receives it.

Dates, Deadlines & Important Details

  • Sign up now! Sign ups are open until Friday, November 22, 2019.
  • You will receive your partner assignments by Monday, November 25, 2019.
  • Mail must be sent by Friday, December 6, 2019.
  • Partners will be assigned randomly. We cannot accommodate specific partner requests.
  • The Kitchen Table Mail Swap is only open to previous Pretty Postal swappers and individuals who joined our mailing list prior to 11/11/19.
  • This is a one-time swap. Participating in The Monochromatic Mail Swap does not automatically enrol you in any future swaps.

How do I sign up?

Have you completed a previous PP swap? 

If not, we're sorry but you will not be able to join this swap. We invite you to join us in 2020 for our next open swap.

If yes...

Email prettypostalswaps@gmail.com with the following information:

Name:
Email address:
Postal address:
Instagram handle:
Have you completed a previous PP swap?


Happy almost-Spring snail mail lovers, are you as starved for colour as we are?

Winter is definitely long (and grey) here in Canada and with brighter days on the horizon, we're more than ready to embark on another pretty mail adventure with you. It's time for a little monochromatic magic...


The Monochromatic Mail Swap is the perfect opportunity for colour lovers or lovers of one colour or even lovers of no colours at all to get creative!

Pick a colour, any colour, and create pretty mail using a variety of hues and shades in the same colour family.

Perhaps this means playing with black, white and all the shades of grey in between.

Or maybe you’d rather get crafty with shades of pink and red.

Really, the sky’s the limit (and speaking of which, wouldn’t mail encompassing a spectrum of blues from sea to sky be simply smashing? Sorry, got carried away there - alliteration is lit!)

Have you already started mentally picking your colour scheme? More info this way ...



Tell Me More!

  • You will be placed in a group of 3-5* and will exchange pretty mail with each member of your group. Most participants send and receive 3 pieces of pretty mail.
  • Pick a colour or shade and create cohesive and thoughtful mail to share with your partners. White and metallics can be used in any colour scheme as accents, if desired.
  • Decorate or make an artful envelope using your chosen colour as the jumping off point.
  • Make your mail extra-special using beautiful lettering, hand drawn details, stamps, patterned paper, washi tape, paint… anything goes!
  • Inside your envelope, continue the colour story. You should include a handmade card or other clever mail. Your partners would love to hear about you, your inspiration and what your colour choice means to you.
  • Include a little goodie (or two) with your note. Not sure what to include? How about stickers, a pretty postcard, a sweet treat or a recipe that corresponds to your colour theme (blueberry pie for blue mail / black & white cookies for black & white mail, etc). Make sure that any/all add-ins are colour coordinated with your monochrome mail.
  • This swap is all about getting creative and challenging yourself! While exchanging “stuff” is nice, the focus of Pretty Postal Swaps is to create beautiful and unique mail art. We are more interested in seeing decorative envelopes and creative contents than big gift parcels.
  • It’s free to join!
  • Please tag #prettypostalswap when sharing images on social media

* We aim for groups of 4, so that each participant sends and receives 3 pieces of mail, but, due to the dynamics of open sign-ups and special requests, some groups end up a little bigger and some a little smaller.

Dates, Deadlines & Important Details

  • Sign up now! Sign ups are open until Friday, March 22, 2019.
  • You will receive your partner assignments by Monday, March 25, 2019.
  • Mail must be sent by Monday, April 8, 2019.
  • Partners will be assigned randomly. We cannot accommodate specific partner requests.
  • Swap is open to mail lovers from all over the world!
  • Participants must be over the age of 18.
  • If you would prefer not to send mail internationally, please indicate this in your sign-up email. We will do our best to accommodate you. Please note that for participants outside of North America, we cannot provide domestic partners - by signing up, you are agreeing to swap internationally.
  • This is a one-time swap. Participating in The Monochromatic Mail Swap does not automatically enrol you in any future swaps.

How do I sign up?

Email prettypostalswaps@gmail.com with the following information:

Name:
Email address:
Postal address:
Instagram handle:
Have you completed a previous PP swap?


Confidentiality Disclaimer:
Your address and contact information will be kept private and won’t be shared with anyone other than your swap partners. Any personal information provided to you about your partners is for the purposes of this mail swap only. Information is not to be shared, sold or used for any other purposes. By signing up for this swap, you are giving us permission to share your name, email address and postal address with your swap group. Any contact, by mail, email or in person, beyond the terms of the initial mail swap, must be by mutual agreement between the swap partners in question. Any violation of this agreement will not be supported or endorsed by the members of Pretty Postal and we cannot be held liable for any misuse of the provided information.

This round, we'd like to do things a little differently and treat one pretty postal pal to a special gift. We're putting together a colourful collection of stationery surprises to send to one of our participants.

It's really simple to enter, when your monochromatic mail is ready to be posted, please snap a photo and share it on Instagram or in an IG story, making sure to tag us @prettypostal and use the hashtag #monomailsent. You can also email it to us. (When posting on Instagram, make sure to cover or obscure any addresses.)

Once we receive your completed mail image, we'll enter your name into the giveaway draw. Only one entry per person, so no need to send us oodles of pictures (unless you really want to!) Images must be of completed mail, not process shots - we want to confirm that you've sent mail, not that you're working on it, but we're always happy to see process shots as you create your one of a kind mail!

We'll also be running a second stationery giveaway on our IG page, so follow @prettypostal and keep your eyes out for the upcoming giveaway post.


It's always exciting to see how our swap themes are interpreted by swap participants. Here's a look at how some Pretty Postal swappers played with the Harvest theme from last fall. Gardens, colourful leaves and the loveliest handmade details abound.


Paper lovelies from @papertraildiary

Handmade envelopes from @killjoy.snailmail


Modern calligraphy from @atiliay


Bold colour and floral details from @postcardsfromindia


Hand drawn details from @shwetamehta_


Check out the #prettypostalswap tag on Instagram to see more pretty mail from all our mail swaps.

Opening garden mail image from @postcardsfromindia

It's the most wonderful time of the year - well, for lovers of sweaters, boots and pumpkin spice everything, anyway! The Harvest moon has risen on another Autumn season, bringing with it a slight chill in the air, painted leaves and an abundance of fresh foods at your local farm market.

For our latest mail swap, we're asking you to take inspiration from the season and create Harvest-themed pretty mail...

Apple trees & pumpkin patches,
Leaf-peepers & pie-bakers,
Farm markets & Fall feasts!

Delicious inspiration abounds in this season of plenty. Won't you join in the fun?


Tell Me More!


  • You will be placed in a group of 3-5* and will exchange pretty mail with each member of your group.
  • Your envelopes should be based on a harvest theme. Farm markets, fall fairs, fruits & veggies, and all sorts of glorious home baked goodies definitely apply.
  • The contents of your harvest envelope should be just as autumnal. We’re looking forward to seeing your interpretation of the theme. Don’t forget a note – a handmade card is always nice.
  • Make your mail extra-special using beautiful lettering, hand drawn details, stamps, patterned paper, washi tape, paint… anything goes!
  • Include a little goodie (or two) with your note. Not sure what to include? How about stickers, a pretty postcard, a recipe for your favourite pie, chocolate, tea...
  • This swap is all about getting creative and challenging yourself! While exchanging “stuff” is nice, the focus of Pretty Postal Swaps is to create beautiful and unique mail art. We are more interested in seeing decorative envelopes and creative contents than big gift parcels.
  • It’s free to join!
  • Please tag #prettypostalswap when sharing images on social media

* We aim for groups of 4, so that each participant sends and receives 3 pieces of mail, but, due to the dynamics of open sign-ups and special requests, some groups end up a little bigger and some a little smaller.


Dates, Deadlines & Important Details


  • Sign ups start on Tuesday, September 25th and close on Sunday, October 7th.
  • You will receive your partner assignments by Wednesday, October 10th.
  • Mail must be sent by Wednesday, October 24, 2018.
  • Partners will be assigned randomly. We cannot accommodate specific partner requests.
  • Swap is open to mail lovers from all over the world!
  • Participants must be over the age of 18.
  • If you would prefer not to send mail internationally, please indicate this in your sign-up email. We will do our best to accommodate you. Please note that for participants outside of North America, we cannot provide domestic partners - by signing up, you are agreeing to swap internationally.
  • This is a one-time swap. Participating in The Harvest Swap does not automatically enroll you in any future swaps.


How do I sign up?

Email prettypostalswaps@gmail.com with the following information:

Name:
Email address:
Postal address:
Instagram handle:

Confidentiality Disclaimer

Your address and contact information will be kept private and won’t be shared with anyone other than your swap partners. Any personal information provided to you about your partners is for the purposes of this mail swap only. Information is not to be shared, sold or used for any other purposes. By signing up for this swap, you are giving us permission to share your name, email address and postal address with your swap group. Any contact, by mail, email or in person, beyond the terms of the initial mail swap, must be by mutual agreement between the swap partners in question. Any violation of this agreement will not be supported or endorsed by the members of Pretty Postal and we cannot be held liable for any misuse of the provided information.




Excited to join the Harvest Mail Swap but not sure where to begin? Here are a few ideas to get you started...

Visit your local farm market and take inspiration from the piles of pumpkins and the smell of pies baking. Apples and pears and oh so many decorative gourds (and tasty squashes) abound this time of year.

Take a walk in a local park or woodland... listen to the crunch of fallen leaves underfoot, inhale the crisp Autumn air, pause to watch the squirrels frantically collecting acorns and soak in all the colours of the season.

Did you grow up going to a local fall fair? Homemade quilts mingle with carnival culture. Giant pumpkins, hay rides and candy apples. Tractor pulls, square dances and ferris wheels.

Or maybe you want to invite us to your Thanksgiving table? There's a reason we feast to celebrate the season!

There is so much delicious Autumn inspiration - take us on a journey to your hometown fields and tables or harvest your imagination! We can't wait to see what you come up with.

We've been pinning Autumn and Harvest imagery over on Pinterest. Follow along!

Way back in January, while the Northern hemisphere was in a deep freeze, we challenged our pretty post-ers to send juicy, colourful, tropical mail. And, oh my, did they ever deliver!

Gloriously vibrant mail filled with pineapples, palm trees and pina coladas brightened up mailboxes from coast to coast and across the world!

We love seeing all the different interpretations of each theme and the variety of techniques each swapper uses to express it. Here are a handful of our favourite images shared on Instagram. Check out the #prettypostalswap tag for more!

 
@melgodecki got colourful with pretty papers and embellishments



@postcardsfromindia played with a combo of watercolours and embossing


@pen.cell pulled out all the stamps!

@fleursjosephine combined interesting materials and textures


@shirleyshirleybobirley captured the joy of a big pile of colourful mail with your name on it!

Looks like fun, right? Hope you'll join us for our next snail mail adventure.

Opening image and gorgeous calligraphy from @atiliay