Wednesday, January 5, 2022

I Wrote 52 Letters!

 Hello! I'm happy to report that I accomplished my goal of writing 52 letters in 2021! It was a close call, though. I wrote four letters as we were getting ready for Midnight Mass (meaning I finished around 9 pm). Whoops, procrastination certainly hit me, especially while I had my summer job and during finals week. 

Without further ado, here are the pictures of my last letters: 

Week 51:
For this week, I wrote to my 5th grade teacher again. It has been so fun to reconnect with her through the art of letter writing! Since I was behind, I used a piece of notebook paper for the letter and decorated the envelope with a Spirograph design. The circle area makes a great area for the address too. 

Design made using the "Spirograph Shapes Set"

Week 52:
This was a BIG week of letter writing. I won't bore you with my writing, so enjoy the pictures! 

A letter to my 8-month old niece! I will be giving 
this to her when she can read. :)

Letter #2 was to my older brother AND written
in all cursive. Envelope art is by my brother, Esteban.

A Christmas package for my pen pal: Two letters, 
our family Christmas Card, a Sacred Heart journal, 
a Nativity scene painting, a Christmas playlist,
and our Bible in a Year reading plan

Calligraphy practice!

Another envelope art made with my
trusty ol' Spirograph

My final letter to Michelle Houts, the author
who started this challenge

Thanks to all who followed along on my letter writing journey! I had so much fun writing to new people and reconnecting with others. I plan on doing it again in 2022, as well as writing some posts on letter writing. 

What is the most letters you've written in a week? Did you write to anyone new this year?
-Miss K

Monday, December 6, 2021

Week 48: 52 Letters in a Year

Hello, December! Minnesota is finally feeling like winter with 10 degrees today, but where is that snow? While I wait for it to arrive, I'll write some letters. I'm still catching up to week 49, but I'm determined to finish. Who is up for the challenge next year?

Week 48:
I didn't know where to start for this week's letter, as I have seven replies to write. My friend is coming home soon- problem solved. I wrote her a letter and sent it to her home so she'll have a little surprise upon her arrival home. I kept it simple with notebook paper and a spirograph design on the envelope. I also included a St. Andrew Christmas Novena prayer card. 

Two strips of green paper with a Spirograph
design for the address- a simple way to decorate

A beautiful picture!

Do you imagine winter as a time with or without snow? When was the last time you wrote a letter?

-Miss K

Saturday, November 27, 2021

A Handful of Letters and Replies: 52 Letters in a Year

The year is speeding by with September and October now behind us. The weather has finally turned cold and brought the snow. I may have to make some winter-themed stationary. :) It's crazy to say, but there are only FIVE weeks left of the year! I've slowly gotten a few more replies, including one from Washington, D.C. 

Week 40:
My first letter to the eastern area (Washington D.C.) was sent out in October. A friend of mine moved out there in September and of course, I had to write her a letter. I used paper from my box of premade stationery, as I wanted to get it sent out the same day I wrote it and didn't have much time. 

The letter that has traveled the longest distance

Week 43:
I was surprised with two letters- one from Washington, D.C. and another from my great aunt, who always writes back very quickly. 

Washington, DC!

My great aunt's handmade card

Week 44:
A couple weeks ago, my pen pal sent me a wonderful letter and an envelope filled with lots of goodies!

Those bunny stamps add so much to this theme

The matching letter with some extra paper

A holy card, a couple BEAUTIFUL vinyl stickers,
and some old stamps

Week 46:
I received another letter from a friend, who I haven't heard from since May. A nice surprise after a long day of class! 

Bright colored envelopes are my favorite!

Week 47:

I missed a few weeks of writing, but I'm slowly catching up. I sent a reply to my pen pal's letter with some goodies. This was the first letter that I've added extra ounce stamps. To decorate the letter, I used some paper that my pen pal sent me by gluing it in the corners. I also added some washi tape for an extra decoration. 

It's always fun to look back at all the stamps- this one 
is patriotic themed

A simple collaged envelope

Another cursive letter with the goodies!

Our Lady of Lourdes bookmark

A couple Western postcards, a coloring page, and 
stickers for the goodies

Have you written any letters this year? What destination has your farthest letter reached?

-Miss K

Monday, September 27, 2021

Catching Up to Week 39: 52 Letters in a Year

I've made another appearance, finally! Summer seemed to fly by and now I'm already into my sixth week of real college, which is crazy. I'm still on track to have 52 letters sent out into the world, but I have missed some weeks. As the weeks go by, I have gotten less replies but it is still fun to send out my own letters. :) Recently, I got a reply from one of my teachers! 

I've only written one letter this moth, but I'm currently at 41 letters. Here's the pictures I have from weeks 29, 31, 34, and 39 (which is this week). 

Week 29:
Another friend of mine turned 18 in July, which means another birthday card! We were on a family vacation though, and I didn't want to bring all of my craft supplies along (because that would be a LOT). I used a premade card from my stationery set and added a birthday message to it. 

A butterfly card turned into a birthday card. 
A matching envelope to add to the butterfly theme

Week 31:
My last letter a pen pal was in August, when I created a fun summery birthday letter and card. I also sent her a Rosary bracelet in her favorite colors. 
Thanks to my pen pal, I have been using graph paper to practice my cursive handwriting. It works great to keep the lines straight. I used scrap paper for the edges and a "Happy Birthday" stamp. For the card, I used cardstock and designer paper, along with Tombow Brush Pens. 

Birthday letter!

Another handmaid birthday card with scraps

Mail tag: -favorite birthday celebration, 
-what superpower would you choose and why, 
-consistent routine or adventure and changes

The Rosary bracelet 

Week 34:
In August, I surprised my 9th grade English teacher with a letter. I kept it simple with notebook paper and added a wavy design around the border. I also designed a matching envelope.  

The waves bordered the entire paper.

A simple flower with more waves and dots.

Week 39:
Yesterday, I wrote to my great aunt, who has been a joy to write to. She always responds very quickly and has beautiful handwriting! I got the pleasure of visiting her this summer after not seeing her in four years, so it was time to send her another update. I used some flowered stationery paper and an envelope made by Esteban. 

I've been saving this envelope because it is
just too cute to send!

Have you ever made mail art envelopes? What is your favorite birthday celebration?

-Miss K

Sunday, July 11, 2021

I'm a Little Behind: Weeks 20 through 27

Hello, friends! These days I've been busy working, but thanks to my graduation party, I have a lot of thank yous to write and they reminded me the fun of writing letters. :) I've missed blogging about it, so here I am! 

Week 20:
In my last post, I mentioned my reply to my pen pal in Missouri, but I couldn't show pictures since she hadn't received it yet. So, here are the pictures now! I kept the theme simple because I wanted more room to write the letter. I attached a small piece of a torn brown paper bag with watermelon cut outs on top of the blue paper. Then, I used a flowered washi tape to finish it off. 

Another cursive letter and mail tag
(-what is one historical
event you wish you had witnessed, -three things
you're grateful for today, -do you have a skill
that you'd like to learn)

A few goodies to add to the Spring theme: 
St. Therese of Lisiuex stickers, flowered stamp
prints, and some scrapbook paper

Week 21:
For week 21, I surprised another teacher- this time my middle school music teacher! I haven't talked to her since 8th grade so it was very fun to write. I wanted to get it done before the school year ended, so I put more time into the writing rather than the decorations. 

The musical envelope!

The simple heading for the letter

The letter!

Weeks 22-25:
Between these four weeks, I only wrote one letter, unfortunately. Between starting my new job and preparing for my graduation party, time got away from me. However, I got three replies throughout these weeks! 

Week 26:
Last week, I wrote a thank you letter to my two Cross Country and Track coaches. They've been coaching me and were on the sidelines of all my races since I was in 7th grade. They deserve a huge thank you so what better way than to write them a thank you letter! Procrastination hit me (I wrote the letter 15 minutes before the award ceremony) so I had to use a store bought thank you card.

Week 27:
This week, I started writing my thank you notes to my graduation party guests. I also wrote to my pen pal for her 18th birthday and to two friends. 

Another unique birthday card!

My gift to her was a Rosary bracelet custom made
with her favorite colors. 

The envelope for the letter and some pictures, made
with my own Spirograph design. 

I hope you enjoyed these pictures. I've also created a page titled "52 Letters in a Year Challenge". It has a few statistics that are interesting to look at, including average reply and farthest distance. 

Do you prefer to write in cursive or print? Are you enjoying your summer?

-Miss K