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Tips for Sending out Christmas Cards

As someone who loves everything about sending out snail mail (writing letters, finding stamps, addressing envelopes,going to the post office or mailbox…), Christmas is like… well, Christmas.

I’ve been getting myself mentally prepared for this marathon of snail mailing excitement. I’ve loaded up on Santa Claus washi tape, and this is it! Show time 🙂


Whether you’ve got custom cards with a family photo, or you’re picking up a few cards designed by local artists, or if you’re crafty enough to make your own, this is the time of year to be sending out good wishes through the post. We’ve got a few festive cards from Gotamago in our shop (Note: I added these to the website with my very own tapping fingers, which is why they’re formatted a bit funny, but I’m assuming Jon is going to fix that lickety-split).

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The Wonder Pens Family Goes to the National Stamp Show in Toronto

With all the excitement of the Scriptus Toronto Pen Show, I think I needed a week or maybe two weeks to recover, but there’s no rest for the weary! This past weekend was the Toronto National Postage Stamp Show. I have to admit, I was not too excited leading up to the show, but only because I forgot until Saturday night. Had I remembered earlier, though, I’m pretty sure I would have been excited all week, because I love stamps.

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Treats from the National Postage Stamp Show in Toronto

In case you didn’t know this about me, I’m a lover of all kinds of stationery. Obviously, fountain pens, and notebooks and paper, but also even gel pens and ballpoint pens, and of course letter writing supplies and ephemera and…postage stamps.  I have spent way, way too much time and possibly money on the Canada Post website ordering new stamps online. However, I think you can only use so many low value Beneficial Insects stamps before you start writing to Canada Post to come up with some other low value stamps to make your letters look a bit more interesting – so, when I heard of this Toronto Stamp Show, I knew I needed to go and find a few things to spice up my snail mail.

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Postage Stamps – and Maybe a Letter Writing Club?

I had a blast with InCoWriMo, both sending and receiving letters, and which of course was the perfect opportunity to stock up on some more stamps that I had absolutely no need for.


These “glassine” waxed, acid-free envelopes are available for free at your local post office! Apparently there is also a larger sized red beaver one, but my post office doesn’t have any.


Before you laugh at me, I’m going to warn you now, buying stamps can rapidly spiral out of control. I’m serious. It’s like a bag of chocolate almonds, you can’t stop.

Since I’ve started purchasing postage stamps from Canadapost.ca, I’m pretty sure I’ve amassed enough postage to pay for one mailman’s pension. I’m not even “collecting” them, I truly intend on using them! Or so I continue telling myself. I would take a picture of the box that houses them all, but I’m too embarrassed.

Here are some interesting stamps from my “collection”-that-is-not-a-collection.


How could I resist this Sharpei of perfectly symmetrical rolls of fur that I could just grab and squeeze until he squeals with “delight.”


Baby Caleb was born in the Year of the Horse (last year), and so I got a sheet of horsies for when he is old enough to begin writing letters. Jon has warned me to prepare myself for the possibility that he may not enjoy writing letters like I do, but he’s got stamps just in case.



Jon was not impressed when these beauties showed up. But really, what could be more Liz than enormous, $8 bear stamps that I may never have an opportunity to use?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe great Roberston Davies on a stamp? And with that beautiful Santa-beard??

All of this is to say that we’re hoping to begin a Letter Writing Club once a month, after we move into the new space. One of the best things about this new space is that will now be space for things like calligraphy classes and Letter Writing Clubs.

I’m not sure how much interest there is, but please let us know if you are! You can leave a comment on the blog or twitter or Instagram. A no-cost monthly event to come and hang out and write some letters to friends around the world or family members down the street or famous people who are doing amazing things. And maybe enjoy a cup of tea, too.

I can hardly believe that we just have a month left here at 906 Dundas West. Time is flying by.  The baby is already giving me that look like he’s ready to pack his bags and head off to college.