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The Pretty Postal Winter Warm-up Mail Swap

It’s January and we’ve got a serious case of the midwinter blahs… which means it’s the perfect time for the next Pretty Postal swap! This round, we’re inviting you to get hygge with it by exchanging cozy mail with other snail mail lovers.

When the weather outside is frightful, getting cozy is so delightful! And we can’t think of a better way to beat winter’s chill than by indulging in a hot cuppa or two and settling in to create soul-warming pretty mail. Cozy slippers and fireside blanket fort optional!

To make the challenge even more interesting, we want you to think of your pretty mail like a Canadian house – icy on the outside, but warm and toasty on the inside. Create beautiful winter-themed envelopes filled with warmth. 

In the Southern hemisphere? All this talk of cozy mail making you sweat – literally?! No worries, we’d like to issue you the opposite challenge - a Summer Chill challenge. Mail that’s hot outside, but full of icy relief on the inside!* 

 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 winter theme. Ice, snow and c-c-c-cold! (*Summer theme for you Southerners).
    The contents of your wintery envelope should be filled with warmth. (*Or like a sitting in front of the air con if you're down under.) 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, lovely tea, chocolate, or instructions for your favourite way to get cozy!
    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 


Dates, Deadlines & Important Details

    Sign ups start on January 24 and close on February 4
    You will receive your partner assignments by February 6
    Mail must be sent by Monday, February 20, 2017
    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. 
    This is a one-time swap. Participating in The Winter Warm-up 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 (if you have one) 
Theme Choice - Winter Warm-up or Summer Chill
Please note if you’d prefer not to be matched with international partners


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.

Need some inspiration for your Winter Warm-up / Summer Chill mail? Here are some theme ideas...

Winter Envelopes...

snowflakes, winter sports, arctic animals, polar bears, frost patterns, winter mail art, nordic patterns...

Warming Interiors...

teatime, fireside cuddles, all things hygge, après-ski, warm hugs, cozy sweaters, board games, beach adventures, sunshine, tropical plants...

Summer Envelopes...

beaches, flip flops, sunshine, summer nights, palm trees, hot colours and patterns...

Cooling Interiors...

ice cream, popsicles, swimming pools, fans, snow, ocean breezes, cold drinks...

If you're a Pinterest lover, Ashley is pinning more Winter Warm-up ideas over here.


The second Pretty Postal swap - the Midnight Mail Swap - was dark and mysterious and moody (and oh so fun!) Close to 100 snail mail lovers from around the world exchanged midnight-themed mail with each other - there were witches and ravens and wolves and constellations and many many moons!

We were delighted to see such creative snail mail interpretations of the theme. Here's a taste of some of the pretty mail that was exchanged...

@jaanamelin
@atilay

@nrmglr

@dreyray

@arbor_lee


By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes!*

Midnight…
Moonlight & stardust. Magic & masquerade.

For this Pretty Postal mail swap, we’re inviting you to get a little dark, maybe a little spooky, and create beautiful mail inspired by midnight.

Wait, what? Midnight? What kind of theme is that?

It’s simple really – what do you think of when we say “midnight?”

Wolf howls, bat wings & the light of the full moon?
Stargazing with your sweetheart?
Loud music, neon lights & dancing till dawn?
Cinderella’s glass slipper?

Using the magic of mail, transform your vision of “Midnight” into beautiful post and help us fill mailboxes with something other than bills this October.

This mail swap will connect you with a group of 2-4 snail mail loving partners to exchange mysterious midnight-themed mail!

Tell Me More! 

  • You will be matched with 2-4 other people to exchange midnight-themed mail with
  • Pretty Postal swaps are all about decorated envelopes! Make your mail extra-special using beautiful lettering, hand drawn details, stamps, patterned paper, washi tape, paint… anything goes! 
  • Don’t forget a note inside that beautiful envelope. Your midnight-themed mail may be handmade or a card by a designer you love 
  • Include a little goodie with your note. Not sure what to include? How about stickers, a pretty postcard, lovely tea, chocolate, or a recipe for your favourite midnight snack?
  • It’s free to join! 
  • Please tag #prettypostalswap when sharing images on social media

    Dates, Deadlines & Important Details

    • Sign ups start on September 19 and close on September 30
    • You will receive your partner assignments by October 3
    • Mail must be sent by October 17, 2016
    • 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. 
    • This is a one-time swap. Participating in The Midnight Mail 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 (if you have one) 

      Please note if you’d prefer not to be matched with international partners


      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.

      * Macbeth (4.1.44-45)

Need a little inspiration for your Midnight Mail? Here are some ideas to consider:

  • Constellations & astronomy (or astrology!)
  • Moon phases
  • Nocturnal animals - owls, bats, wolves...
  • Tarot, fortune telling, the supernatural
  • Folklore & ghost stories
  • Decaying flowers (or night blooming flowers!)
  • Dark blue or black envelopes with white or metallic ink
  • Vintage apothecary style
  • Edgar Allan Poe
  • "the witching hour..."
  • Black cats & other superstitions

We were delighted with the response to our first swap this spring - The Pretty Postal Floral Swap. 

Snail mailers were invited to exchange floral-themed mail with postal partners from around the world. There were over 100 participants and swappers from all over – Toronto, Vancouver, California, Russia, Australia, Ghana and beyond!

It was such fun to see gorgeous floral mail being exchanged.  Check out Instagram hashtag #prettypostalswap to see some of the fantastic mail that went out. Swappers hit it out of the park, creating lovely envelopes, letters and sharing floral-themed ephemera.  


Here are a few of the lovely pieces of mail that were swapped:




@postalcheer (received from @poppybirrd)


We’re excited for our next swap, and hope that you’ll love the theme as much as we do!