Saturday 24 September 2011

The letter writing box...

Up until the age of the internet I was a big letter writer and when I was sorting out the spare room last week I came across a pile of letters from friends, it made me feel quite sad than now I get instant messages and I know their latest news at the same time as everyone else back home, there is something special about getting letters through the post. Ebi-kun's writing is coming on leaps and bounds so when I sat down for the 2nd week of Mariah's course which is all about encouraging young writers, I decided a letter writing station was what we needed.
I found this box when I was cleaning out the spare room, it never really got used much because of the poor design, when you close the lid, everything falls out! So I fixed that problem and got the paints out...

I have photoshopped a fake address since I wrote our real address on it, you get the idea and I LOVE the big stamp, I managed to soak it off an envelope that was in the recycling pile.

So, what is inside? For starters, two handy straps with velcro tabs to stop all the papers from falling out when you close the lid. On the left are envelopes, notecards, postcards and writing paper and on the right matching paper and envelopes.

Then in the little cubbies, rolls of fancy tape, the spare rolls fit so nicely in this little box!

Postage stamps.

Address cards, with the name of the person on the front and their address on the back and the amount of postage he needs to put on the letter.

Airmail stamp, letter stamps and ink.

One draw has stickers (seals) and the other random things like clips, paper clips and rubber bands.

Cute notecards and envelopes, one thing Japan does well is good stationary!

I also sorted out the art shelf so he now has a bucket of fancy pens to use for his letter writing too, I am also feeling inspired to put pen to paper once again!

Ebi-kun has a sleep over tonight so daddy-ebi and I are out on the town... well, I think we are going to see Harry Potter then probably go for a nice meal.

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  1. That is soooo cool! I love letter writing and hope that my daughter will love it too when she gets a bit older. There is nothing better than finding a pretty envelope or package in the letterbox :-)

  2. I love this idea! Nobody writes letters anymore and I kinda miss it. I love sending (and receiving) birthday cards - it gives me an excuse to send real mail. lol

  3. I Love This!! Thank you for sharing.
    Discovering Montessori

  4. I love this and I want one! Which I could easily have if I would reorganize my letter/card writing supplies, etc. Somehow moving the supplies around often replaces actually writing the letter. :-)

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  6. Hello!

    I like what you've done with the box. I agree, a very poor design.
    After, like you, reading through my old letters I found in a shoebox, I also was a bit nostalgic and missed checking the letterbox for personal letters, rather than bills and brochures.
    I decided, I was going to send letters to my friends as a nice surprise but didn't find the time to do it. When I did have the time, I realised that I didn't have any paper to write the letters on. I had printer paper and a notebook, both not fantastic for letter writing.
    I think good stationary really encourages you to pick up the pen and start writing.
    My wife finally decided to buy me some nice writing paper but it took her some time to find good quality writing sets. This one is good for Unusual Gifts, I highly recommend them in case you ever want more grown up stationary. ;)



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