Happy Mail ::Holiday Mail Dates::

The USPS went above and beyond today and published the dates for holiday mailing this year–this is PRICELESS information if you are like me and send letters (you know, partially to keep the lines of communication open and partially because YAY!). These are the dates you need to keep in mind for domestic items:

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Do you send holiday mail?

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My Grown Up Pen

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I’ve made no secret of my love for pens AND for fountain pens. Since I’d had much more luck with a TWSBI Eco pen (no calluses on my finger like on the Lamy Safari pens I’d started with), I decided to take the plunge and get a TWSBI Vac pen–it’s a pen that runs over $50 (which I never thought I would spend on a pen),

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A SWEET Freebie for you!

I’ve been blogging for a while, and luckily I’ve been able to meet some great people, as well as be inspired by the giving nature of bloggers as a whole. A few months ago I was making some stationery–and I’m sharing it with you. This is for personal use only, please no resale. Let me know if you have any questions. Feel free to share what you use the stationery for in the comments below,

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Top Chef, Manga-Style: Food Wars Vol 1

Soma is part of his family’s small restaurant–a hole in the wall. While he and his father have a little bit of a competitive relationship, especially when it relates to cooking, his father enrolls Soma in an elite cooking school. The school has stringent standards, and only a ten percent graduation rate.

After a huge cooking competition to prove he belongs,

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::Happy Mail:: Valentine’s Day Swap

My penpal group has some pretty awesome swaps now and again. Actually, I enjoy ALL of the swaps throughout the month that the League of Extraordinary Penpals (LEP) does. This month was no different. I got to send a package to Brandi, up north (still in California) and she sent me a bunch of goodies in reply.

The picture is above–some dove hearts (I love these,

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Wilawaloco – The Stickers You Need

I stumbled across some majestic Bob’s Burgers planner stickers recently, thanks to a penpal of all things! I was able to snap some up. I recommend Tina on a unicorn.

I will have to post pictures of how I am integrating them soon. If you want to pick some up, please check out their site!

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Wizarding World of Harry Potter A Matter of Time Box Review

As a fan of Harry Potter since I read the first three books as part of a college literature class, I’ve got expectations. I expect a lot from the items I get to celebrate my interest in Harry Potter to be of a higher quality and fit within specific guidelines that suit my interest. I got the opportunity to go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter last summer and picked up a few things,

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Free Mixed Media Workshop with Jane Davenport

Jane Davenport, a mixed media artist I have admired for a while, is having a free mixed media workshop to showcase her collaboration with American Crafts, sold at Michaels. How cool is that? I saw the collection at the Michael’s store, thanks to a Facebook group and proceeded to go with my ever suffering husband (he’s posing with Meowth) and got some supplies.

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