Queen of the universe

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“She wasn’t doing a thing that I could see, except standing there leaning on the balcony railing, holding the universe together.” ~ JD Salinger, “A Girl I Knew” Sometimes do you feel like you are trying – and failing – to hold the universe together? I don’t mean the WHOLE universe, of course (now wouldn’t THAT…

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Find time for yourself

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Find time for yourself. Feel it no shame at proper periods to be doing nothing. Make seasons for leisure and for recreation. Climb the hills; scour the valleys; row on the river; stroll along the beach. Cultivate the friendship of the fields and the ferns and the flowers. Laugh with the young folk and romp…

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Hey letter-writers: do you want to be in my book?

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I think I might have mentioned but I haven’t really explained… I’m writing a new book! It’s about snail-mail. It’s been a long time between books for me – Airmail came out in 2011 and I wrote it a couple of years before that. I started and didn’t finish another novel in the interim, and…

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Winter

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The trees that line our street are bare, their leaves rotting in brown, woodsy, rain-soaked piles in gutters and corners. We are spending more days inside. Baking bread, writing letters, painting, cuddling. Pumpkin, pomegranates, cinnamon, crumpets. Mandarins, red wine, sausages, cloves. Every morning I rise before the sun, readying the house for my still-slumbering family….

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Do you want to know how letterpress works?

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Every time we learn something new, we gain more than skills and knowledge. Often we gain confidence, or a sense of purpose, or a sense of achievement, or creative inspiration to do more, try more, experience more, learn more. Learning brings SO MUCH GOOD, even learning things we don’t necessarily want to learn, or think…

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Beautiful, creative, generous, heartwarming incoming mail

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It’s time – long overdue – to do a bit of show-and-tell with some of the SERIOUSLY GENEROUS snail-mail that has been filling my letterbox of late. Each and every one of these letters and postcards completely made my day. Every time (every single time!) I find a personal letter or card in the letterbox,…

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The darkest night

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The darkest night has passed. The winter solstice, the shortest day and the longest night of the year. Our ancestors lit bonfires on the winter solstice, the bright light and heat of the flames symbolising the turning of the sun back towards their homes, warming and brightening and lengthening the days. When they lit the…

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After the party

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These photographs are the calm after the storm has passed. The quiet after the chaos. When your child has a birthday, you want to take a moment. To pause, to remember: “this time last year, this time three years ago, this time 18 years ago…” I don’t think the power of that day goes away…

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Snail-mail vending machine

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File this under fun but probably-impractical business ideas: I want to find myself a vintage, coin-operated vending machine, and fill it with beautiful stationery and snail-mail ephemera*. Stuff you need if you want to send a letter on the go, or just feel suddenly inspired: airmail envelopes, beautiful short-run letterpress stationery, hand-painted cards by local artists, unique postcards, sealing wax…

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Mail-art tips from Darren Di Lieto

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It’s been Mail Central around here lately, and here are 11 of my latest creations. The whole house smells of matches and sealing wax and take it from me, that scent should be made into a perfume. It is SO good. In the spirit of making pretty mail, I thought I’d share some tips for making…

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DIY mail-art envelope templates

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Would you like to make these envelopes to send to a friend? I have collaborated with Deanne Wild from Wild About Melbourne to create some easy-to-make mail-art envelope templates for the guests at her upcoming Etsy Craft Party on Friday. The party theme is “paper taking shape,” and all craft supplies will be provided. Deanne…

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Monday morning pyjamas + links

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Yesterday I didn’t get dressed and I didn’t leave the house. In fact I barely moved from room to room. Out of the four of us, Mr B was the only one to don “day clothes” as Scout calls them, or to walk out the front door (to get coffees in the morning and later,…

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