New Stamps!

My letter writing has come to a crashing halt since the Write_On challenge ended in April.  But these week, I received a letter from Kate (thanks!) in the mail with an ice cream cone stamp.  Apparently, I am totally out of the loop on new stamps because there are some real gems.  I'm immediately ordering the  Soda Fountain Favorites:

If ice cream cone stamps can't motivate me to write a few letters, I'm not sure what will.  How about these Classic Trucks and the Pets stamps (other than the snake - eek)? 

These festive flags (Colorful Celebrations) remind me of Cinco de Mayo:

It's summer, the season for road trips and exploration, so these National Parks stamps are perfect (plus, there is a new IMAX out called "National Parks Adventure" - we are going Friday).  

Finally, I know it is early to be thinking about the holidays, but how about Songbirds in Snow for holiday cards this year?

All images credit to the U.S. Postal Service.

New Stamps for Summer

National Letter-Writing Month is over, but the U.S. Postal Service is offering an incentive to keep up with letter-writing in the form of well-designed new stamps.  The "From Me to You" stamps are still my current favorites, but there are some new offerings that I really love.  First, the design of the Coastal Birds stamps is so clean and the colors make me think of summer.  You can read about the creation of these stamps here - they were designed by Always with Honor out of Portland, which does really cool, streamlined work.  Second, there are the Summer Harvest stamps, which depict vintage produce advertisements.  These make me want to run to my local farmer's market!  Finally, purple forget-me-nots adorn the Missing Children stamps, which are intended to make the public more aware of the search for missing children.  Now I need to get back to letter-writing!

The USPS also has a neat "guide" called "Style Meets Sentiment" that talks about creative ways to make your letters stand out.  Check it out!

How is the letter writing?

It's the 4th day of April and so far I've managed to write a letter each day.  Only 26 more to go!  I've enjoyed taking a few minutes to myself each day after Blythe goes to sleep to write a note and to reflect on what we've been up to, what's on my mind, etc.

My Write_On notecards and pen arrived, as did my new stamps!  I'm really digging the "From me to You" stamps!  Did anyone else order (and receive) their free cards?  

Holiday Stamps 2014

I know, I know... it was just Halloween.  That said, the holidays will be here before you know it and I love one of new offerings from the USPS this year called "Winter Fun."  It contains four designs (three of which I like - there is something about the tiny heads on the skaters that looks weird to me):

There are some other new stamp releases for the holidays including a Rudolph series (pictured below), an international Silver Bells Wreath, and the Christmas Magi.  Is anyone thinking about this yet or am I too early? I know at least two of you are because we had an e-mail exchange today on this very subject (you know who you are).

All images credit to the USPS.

Holiday Stamps

Is it too early to be thinking about Christmas?  The U.S. Postal Service released its first ever holiday stamp (at the public's request) in 1962 and due to the popularity of the first stamp, they became a yearly tradition.  Thirty years later, you could not only get a traditional holiday image (mistletoe, decorated trees, etc.) but also stamps for Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Eid, and more religious Christmas stamps.  This year, the new arrivals are a poinsettia, the gingerbread houses, an evergreen wreath and the snowflakes.  Unfortunately, the wreath is for international mail (great if you send a lot of cards abroad) and the snowflakes are for bulk mail, but the poinsettias and gingerbread houses are festive options.  It's never to early to plan for sending holiday cards!

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All images credit to the U.S. Postal Service.