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While we may be known to indulge in a little ice cream no matter the season, there's just something so inherently summery about an icy cold treat - bonus points if it's direct from the neighborhood ice cream truck or a walk-up window! 

If it's August, (and oh shoot, would you look at that? It is!), we'll be doing our best to soak up as much summer sweetness as possible before the cold weather returns - lake dips and road trips, juicy peaches and toasty s'mores, and yes, as much icy goodness as we can stomach.

So with that in mind and, if we're being honest, taking into account the potential cuteness factor, we thought Ice Cream would be a dream theme for August! And not to worry if you don't like ice cream, or if ice cream doesn't like you, we're equal opportunity dessert-ists and all sweet treats are welcome! If you're more of a fan of flan, or jam is your jam, or you can't get enough of popsicles, your sweet tooth is welcome here.

This month we're inviting you to create cute and colourful mail based on the Ice Cream (etc) theme. We can't wait to see what you dream up! Don't forget to share over on Instagram with the tag #prettypostal



So how does this whole monthly mail challenge thing work? 

It's quite simple really. We'll reveal a theme and if it inspires you, you'll create pretty mail based on that theme. Mail it off to someone you know then post images of your pretty mail on Instagram using the tag #prettypostal.

By taking part in our monthly mail challenges, you'll connect with people both on and offline, get inspired, try new things and spread good cheer. We'll share #prettypostal images we love through our Instagram feed and stories. See you there! 

xoxo


Hello again friends!

Can you believe it's July already? As much as many of us may want 2020 to just hurry up and be over with, it would be nice if it slowed down just a little for the next couple of months and let us soak up all that summer sweetness. It may not be a summer of weddings and family reunions, but it might just be the perfect summer to find a shady spot under a tree or to sit on the porch with a tall glass of something icy and write some letters.

Sounds kind of nice, doesn't it? That said, since we've all been pretty cooped up for almost four months at this point, we're thinking you might have been doing some tidying and organizing (and maybe even some online shopping) and are left with piles of paper and packaging lying around that you keep meaning to do something with. Or perhaps a stack of old magazines and catalogues that you want to look through one more time before donating or recycling, just in case?

Well for this month's theme, we're inviting you to do something with all those bits and pieces you've been saving... 

The Junk Mail Challenge is all about turning trash into treasure! 

Repurpose, reuse and upcycle your junk mail, cereal boxes, catalogues, or whatever else you have on hand into pretty mail. 

We can't wait to see all the creative ways you interpret the theme!


So how does this whole monthly mail challenge thing work? 

It's quite simple really. We'll reveal a theme and if it inspires you, you'll create pretty mail based on that theme. Mail it off to someone you know then post images of your pretty mail on Instagram using the tag #prettypostal.

By taking part in our monthly mail challenges, you'll connect with people both on and offline, get inspired, try new things and spread good cheer. We'll share #prettypostal images we love through our Instagram feed and stories. See you there! 

xoxo

Happy June!

It's both Pride month and the first taste of summer. Everywhere we look, the world is bursting with lush greens and bold bright hues. After a difficult spring where many of us found ourselves stuck at home and overflowing with anxieties, there's a hint of hope in the air (in so many ways) and we thought it was the perfect time for a celebration of colour.

June's monthly mail theme is Rainbow and we can't wait to see how you choose to interpret this colourful prompt. Perhaps you'd love to celebrate Pride via snail mail creativity as a member of the LGBTQ2S+ community or as an ally. Maybe you are a colour lover and want to cram as much brightness into your mail as possible. Or maybe you literally love rainbows and have been looking for an excuse to create rainbow-themed mail!

No matter how you choose to interpret this month's theme, we are looking forward to seeing your rainbow-hued creations over on Instagram.



So how does this whole monthly mail challenge thing work? 

It's quite simple really. We'll reveal a theme and if it inspires you, you'll create pretty mail based on that theme. Mail it off to someone you know then post images of your pretty mail on Instagram using the tag #prettypostal.

By taking part in our monthly mail challenges, you'll connect with people both on and offline, get inspired, try new things and spread good cheer. We'll share #prettypostal images we love through our Instagram feed and stories. See you there! 

xoxo

Spring has sprung and the world is filling with colour once more! There's nothing like the beauty of nature to brighten your day and spark a bit of hope in your heart (and we sure need it, don't you think?) With that in mind, our pretty mail theme for May is Flowers!

Flowery mail will always have a special place in our hearts - our very first swap was a floral swap, after all!

Pull out all your favourite floral supplies, (virtually) visit local purveyors of paper goods for pretty cards and stationery, and get creative, then send blossom-filled pretty mail to friends new or old. Share images of your process, your outgoing mail or even your floral discoveries over on Instagram using the tag #prettypostal.

We're excited to see how you'll be be spreading cheer through snail mail this month! 


So how does this whole monthly mail challenge thing work?

It's quite simple really. We'll reveal a theme and if it inspires you, you'll create pretty mail based on that theme. Mail it off to someone you know then post images of your pretty mail on Instagram using the tag #prettypostal(Sorry, we won't be assigning partners this month!)

By taking part in our monthly mail challenges, you'll connect with people both on and offline, get inspired, try new things and spread good cheer. We'll share #prettypostal images we love through our Instagram feed and stories. See you there!

xoxo

April is National Letter Writing Month, and whether or not you're taking part in Write_on Campaign this year, we think it's a fabulous time to send someone a note in the mail. (I mean who doesn't need some cheering up these days?) But if your local post office is shut down or you're nervous about sending mail right now, that doesn't mean you can't take part in this month's challenge.

Dust off your stamp collection, this month we want to celebrate the art of postage stamps!

Show us the loveliest stamps in your collection. Create a beautiful piece of mail inspired by a stamp, a card that looks like a stamp or even a piece of art that uses vintage stamps! Maybe you've always wanted to design your own stamp... here's a nudge to give that a try. (nudge)

No matter whether you're sending mail, creating art or simply sharing images of your stamp collection, we do hope you'll join us for this month's theme. 

So how does this whole monthly mail challenge thing work?

It's quite simple really. We'll reveal a theme and if it inspires you, you'll create pretty mail based on that theme. Mail it off to someone you know then post images of your pretty mail on Instagram using the tag #prettypostal. (Sorry, we won't be assigning partners this month!)

By taking part in our monthly mail challenges, you'll connect with people both on and offline, get inspired, try new things and spread good cheer. We'll share #prettypostal images we love through our Instagram feed and stories. See you there!

xoxo

Happy March mail lovers!

As we roar our way into the third month of 2020, we are super excited to invite you to join us for the first Pretty Postal swap of the year (and the decade). Isn't that just the bee's knees?

This time we're challenging you to turn back time... a little bit farther now... all the way back to the 1920s. Let's explore this oh-so-enticing decade through the medium of pretty mail.

The 1920s you say? Why that sounds like the cat's meow. And how!



The Roaring Twenties, the Golden Age, Les Années Folles, whatever you call them and wherever you are, the 1920s were filled with social, technological and cultural change. We'd love you to look at back at this golden decade and find something that interests, intrigues or inspires you, then create beautiful and thoughtful mail exploring a 1920s moment, movement, trend or icon.

You'll exchange pretty mail with other mail lovers from near or far, connect on and offline with our mail loving community, stoke your creativity and maybe even learn a little something in the process!


Image Le Nil, 1926, Erté via Vogue France

Have we piqued your interest?

Here's a few 1920s themes and events to get you started on your journey back in time...

Art Deco design
Jazz / The Jazz Singer
1920s fashion (goodbye corsets, hello ankles!)
Prohibition, Speakeasies and Rumrunners
The discovery of King Tut's tomb (and the resulting Egyptomania)
The Great Gatsby
1920s slang (don't be a wet blanket, it's the berries!)
The invention of sliced bread!

And now onto the fine print...

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.
  • Using the 1920s as your jumping off point, do a little research and find something that thrills you about the decade. (Or maybe you're a history buff and you already know exactly what you want to explore!) 
  • Create beautiful, thoughtful mail using an aspect of 1920s culture or history as your inspiration. 
  • Start with an artful envelope! One of the joys of Pretty Postal is spreading joy everywhere it goes - we want to see creative, colourful envelopes that you've put some thought and effort into. No Plain Jane envelopes please! (Sorry to any Janes reading this - you're lovely and beautiful and clearly not a boring envelope!) 
  • Make your mail extra-special using beautiful lettering, hand drawn details, stamps, patterned paper, washi tape, paint… anything goes!
  • Inside your envelope you should include a handmade card or other clever mail. Your partners would love to hear about you, your inspiration and maybe even some interesting facts about the 1920s culture point that you're exploring!
  • Include a little goodie (or two) with your note. Not sure what to include? How about stickers, a pretty postcard or other lovely paper ephemera. For this swap, let's skip tea bags or anything edible. From what we've read, it sounds like it's unlikely that COVID-19 can be spread via post, but let's be safe and avoid things that go in or near people's faces!
  • 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 are now open. We will accept sign-ups until midnight on Friday, March 13th.
  • You will receive your partner assignments by Tuesday, March 17th.
  • Mail must be sent by Monday, March 30th, 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 Twenties Mail Swap does not automatically enrol you in any future swaps.

How do I sign up?

Please submit your details using this form. If you have any questions, please direct them to prettypostalswaps@gmail.com

February's theme is a sweet one... let's send chocomail!

If there's one thing we love just as much (if not more) than snail mail, it's good chocolate. Dark, milk, white or ruby, we'll happily nibble on it all, so we couldn't resist a theme all around chocolate. 

This month, why not mail something sweet to friends and loved ones near or far. I mean, the only thing better than a good mail day is finding chocolate in your mailbox, right?

And really, is there a better time than February to celebrate all things chocolatey? Well, at least up here in the Northern Hemisphere where winter is waning but you definitely still need some extra treats to get through the season. Plus the temperature is perfect for shipping tasty goodness - no risk of melting on route. For our friends in the Southern Hemisphere, you might need to take less literal approach to sending chocolate mail!

Whether you choose chocolate from a local chocolatier or pick something up by the supermarket checkout, we're sure your loved ones and pen pals will be delighted to discover something sweet in their mailbox!



So how does this whole monthly mail challenge thing work?

It's quite simple really. We'll reveal a theme and if it inspires you, you'll create pretty mail based on that theme. Mail it off to someone you know (or email us for a partner - we'll connect a limited number of people each month), then post images of your pretty mail on Instagram using the tag #prettypostal.

By taking part in our monthly mail challenges, you'll connect with people both on and offline, get inspired, try new things and spread good cheer.

Over the course of the month, we'll share #prettypostal images we love on our Instagram feed.

Over the course of the year, you can expect monthly themes, a handful of mail swaps, features on mail artists and small businesses and giveaways.

We do hope you'll join us for this fresh new take on Pretty Postal in 2020. Can't wait to see what tasty treats you mail this month!