Monday, January 1, 2018

Mail Art: Week 1 of the 2018 #52weeksnailmailchallenge Begins Now!


I'm so glad you are here at Markets of Sunshine reading my first post of the new year, 2018.  Are you thinking what I'm thinking?  Where did 2017 go to so fast?
I'm what they call middle-age now and time just seems to fly by faster and faster each year.  So, I have found that I need to really be focused on what I am doing each day so that I don't waste a single moment on non-essential things.

One of those important things in life is to let those you love know that they matter to you.  How can you do that? Ask yourself...

Do you love your family and friends?  Of course, you do!  What a silly question.  Well, how much do you love them?  Stop and really ponder that question for a moment and ask yourself these 3 questions. 
Where do I place myself, my family and my friends in my daily life...

Are you ready?  Here we go...
1.  Morning Routine?
   2.  Afternoon Routine?
3.  Evening Routine? 

Life is so short and anyone of us can be gone in an instant.
I'm not trying to scare you or be morbid.  It is just the fact of life in this present world conditions.

If you put off letting your family and friends know each day how much they mean to you and then something terrible happens it will be too late to tell them or show them.

So, I invite you to join me in 2018 in my

Turn a plain white envelope into a work of art.  Add stickers or your own artwork and make it something they will treasure and not want to throw away.

Take cardstock and fold it so that it will fit in a standard business size envelope to keep the postage cost affordable.

Use these ideas to get your creative juices flowing.  Next, week I will share my own creations in a step by step format.  They will also be available for purchase in my Etsy shop, MarketsofSunshine

 Here is a fun game you can play via snail mail called:
Mail Tag!
Here is how you play it.
Make a tag like this one (see below)
Write 3 questions on one side like this

Write Mail Tag: You're It!
on the other side like this.

 Include this mail tag in your letter envelope along with your letter or card so that the game can begin.  The idea is they write you back with their answers and they include a mail tag with questions for you.  So, be sure to spell it out for them since this is something totally new.

For those of you that were born before 1990 you will know the term pen pal and if any of you ever had one I'm sure you played fun games like this one and will come up with some really good ones of your own.

So, if you have any fun games that we can include in our 
let us know in the comments box below.

Happy Writing!

Sending You Sunshine,
Marsha J


  1. I love this idea! I did have several pen pals when I was in elementary school. In fact, in 5th grade I got a pen pal from Jamaica. To this day (we're both 47-48) we exchange birthday cards and Christmas cards. :) There really is nothing like getting something in the mail. It's such a treat in this day and age. This is a wonderful idea! I'm Pinning it! :) I always send snail mail birthday cards to family and friends, and I'd love to see more people make more genuine, heartfelt connections using this challenge. Thanks for sharing on #heartandsoullinkup

    1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on my post about letter writing Jennifer.

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    1. Thank you Janine for taking time to leave a comment. I appreciate your time.