No 3: THE HOW #LetterSocial

18 Aug

It’s a #Lettersocial Sunday once again hosted by Anni @Tea_and_Letters.
This time it was decided upon discussing the How of Letter writing, as well as joining up on Twitter for a letter writing day.

So this is my ‘Letter Recipe’ but with all recipes they are much better when you feel the measurements and don’t use scales, then add your own twist.

Snail Mail Letter

Serves 1 Penpal Friend.

Basic Ingredients:

1 Writing Medium of Your Choice.
Stationary Paper of Your Choice.
1 Piece of Scrap Paper.
1 Envelope.
A Smidgen of Time.
A Beverage of Choice.

Optional Extras

Coloured Pens/Pencils.
Ink & Stamps.
Washi Tape.
Tuck In’s.
Your Endless Imagination.

Having gathered all your ingredients and made your Beverage of choice; my personal choice is Tea.
Sit down where you are most comfortable and happy to write.

I like writing at my desk or at the kitchen table lately.

Take your scrap piece of paper and jot down ideas for your letter.
I like to plan a theme; such as butterflies, flowers or a specific colour.
Add Topics to Discuss, Questions to Ask, Tuck-ins to Include.
I also practice any doodle designs or fancy writing styles.


Then I am ready to start selecting what I need for my letter.


These 3 boxes above (though awaiting a decoupage make over; I’m trying to collect enough stamps and interesting postage stickers to use) contain exciting penpal essentials.

Box 1: Is My Received Mail Box & General Address book.


Box 2: Is Cards & Writing Paper.



Box 3: Are Tuck-In’s.

I pick tuck-in’s up as and when I see them for good prices or things I think will be appropriate etc.


I then pick my choice of stationary.
Some times I add pages to cards…


Or photocopy pretty paper that has come with magazines…



Picking a suitable colour pen; my small desk draw holds my usual selection. (As well as ink stamps I keep to hand)


And I start Writing!

Half way through I usually reheat my cup of tea as I’m so engrossed with writing and decorating its gone terrible cold.

When I am finished writing, I design my envelope of choice with stickers, doodles, washi etc as you have seen in previous posts.

I try and think about where the postage will fit, the local postmaster is used to me screaming at him “Not There!” As he ruins an envelope with a huge postage stamp. Bless him he now tries his hardest to think about his stamp placement, or I instruct him.

I wrap my tuck ins if I am sending them and arrange my parcel.

Then I nip off to see F the local postmaster, have a chat and hand him my latest creation for dispatch.

The most important part of this recipe is to smile while you work, enjoy what you do, and even appreciate the postal service & having a postoffice.

So that’s my Snail Mail Recipe.

I’d love to hear about how others approach writing.

Some people write to lots & lots of people – If your one of these people – How do you organise yourself? Know what you have written to each person? etc.

How do you find inspiration? Do you prefer wordy letters to decorated letters?

I would love to know.



4 Responses to “No 3: THE HOW #LetterSocial”

  1. Tea and Letters Tue 18 August 2013 at 6:49 pm #

    Preparing and doodling – good idea, i have never done that!

    • Serotiny Tue 18 August 2013 at 8:02 pm #

      Thanks. I would love to hear how you or any seasoned letter writer keeps up with their letter writing and any tips sometime. 🙂

  2. Lynn Fri 18 September 2013 at 2:18 pm #

    This is brilliant!

    • Serotiny Tue 18 September 2013 at 10:27 pm #

      Thank You.
      Do You Letter Write Lynn?

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