Friday, 8 September 2017

Freebie Friday

This month we have a Freebie made by Siets (owner of Woodenvibe).
She is a big talent when it comes to handlettering and she shares a free alphabet with us this month. 

Let's start lettering now!


Monday, 28 August 2017

Soon to come: new designs in Snailmailshop

Sometimes you think, What a small world. I recently experienced it again. I was just looking at a Facebookgroup about handlettering, one with more than 15.000 members and then I saw the most beautiful designs. I immediately thought: This is something that totally fits in my shop! A few days later, another design passed by which I totally loved. I realised the same person had posted that photo and I decided to send her a PM. And suddenly we found out we live really close to each other. And she even is the cousine of my hairdresser. What I said, it's a small world.

The good news is, she answered my message and would love to design for the shop! Also she will be responsible for the Freebie Friday, how cool is that? We thought it would be good to introduce her to all of you, so here she is:




Introducing myself, oh, I can do that, so I thought, but when I really had to write something down, it was harder than I thought.

I am Sietske, 30 years old and I live together with my boyfriend and our 2 kids, a 4 year old daughter and a son of 1.

When my daughter got too many jackets and she wanted to put the jackets on the coat rack herself, I decided to buy one made for kids. But I couldn't find the one I was looking for. That's when I decided to design one myself and as I liked it so much, I am now also doing personal gifts by request, check my page Wooden Vibe.

And here we are, one year later and a whole new world opened up for me. I am able to creative things with my own hands which I never expected I could make.

Starting with wood, I also tried a lot of other things and that includes handlettering. Suddenly there was Sharon, her sweet message full with nice words about my work, I would never had expected this. I am able to show you all what I got inside my head and I will create it on a piece of paper. The results soon will be added to the shop.

Nice to meet you all :)



Here is a little sneakpreview of one of Sietske's work already. I bet you love it as much as I do :)








Wednesday, 2 August 2017

A proper introduction



Maybe you've already read something about it on Facebook or Instagram, I am the new owner of  Snailmailshop. For those who missed it, here is an introduction.

I am Sharon and I am 34 years old. I live together with my husband in the east of The Netherlands. Some of you might already know me from Pure Creations or Snail-Mail.nl.

I love being creative and I also love snail mail. I love to receive beautiful personal mail in my mailbox. When I was about 7 or 8 years old, I already wrote letters to friends at school and when I was 11 years old, I had my first real penpal.

In 2016 I started my own webshop (Pure Creations). This webshop is all about creativity. You can buy whatever you need for snail mail, postcrossing and other crafts. Soon Pure Creations will be Snailmailshop as well.
Besides this I also have my own blog, snail-mail.nl, which is in Dutch by the way. And I recently started a new item on my blog with Astrid from Cardcetera. She came up with the idea to be blogfriends, so she writes blogs at my blog and I write blogs on hers. For now, that is also only in Dutch though.


Well and now I am also the owner of Snailmailshop and also of Snailmailmagazine. So I am going to write on this blog regular as well.

I am really looking forward to continue this shop and blog. At the moment I am busy with getting a lot of new ideas for this blog, getting new items for the shop (a lot of new items are already available, but there is still a lot more to come!) and a lot more.
I have a lot of ideas and plans, just follow me here, on Facebook and Instagram and don't miss a thing!








Tuesday, 10 May 2016

my 366 project - update 12

After a little holiday on a beautiful island in the north of the Netherlands, there was a nice stack of good old mail on my doormat. 

Please find an impression below (these are the cards I've received in the last couple of weeks for my 366 project).

♥ It's so sweet a lot of people are sending a card back to me after receiving my 366 project card!  

            


Thanks to Barbara, Bianca, Chanou, Cindy, Esther, Janet, Jen, Lori, Maria Rachael, Ramona and Susanne!

Saturday, 23 April 2016

My bullet journal - 1

Sometimes my head is making over hours, with (almost) a full-time job, a family, a household and two webshops. Probably because of that I'm pretty good at forgetting things, which end up popping up in my mind in the middle of the night :(

Therefore I love making lists, which I then also forget (walking around in the grocery store without my shopping list) or even lose. Actually pretty sad :(
Time to organize, although...


Anyway I do want some peace and quiet in my mind and obviously it is necessary to write everything down in one place. So I was very interested in the phenomenon of "Bullet journal", I came across it the other day when browsing Pinterest and immediately searched for more information. Well you can find loads of information on the internet, many pictures of bullet journals, a lot of movies and I became more and more inspired. Still, I was not ready to go ..

Only when we were going about to sell these super cute personalized notebooks I got started. First, my lovely daughter made my notebook personal by drawing this quote on it and then I could finally get to work.

As I see a bullet journal it is a notebook that you are using as a kind of diary, but for me I will use it mainly as a storage medium for all kinds of things: to-do lists, but also birthday wish lists, a list of books I want to read, packing list for my  holiday and so on.

A couple of weeks ago I started..

As I mentioned before, I grabbed one of our "own" notebooks, apparently there are special bullet journals for sale, but I like to make it totally my own.

You number your pages and make an index page at the start of the journal. (Which of course you do not have to do the whole book all at once, I just do it the moment I'm going to use that page).

Next I made a monthly overview for the first half of 2016 and here I wrote some details; birthdays, holidays, special days ... Most bullet journals also have a list per month where the days are written in a vertical list, but I didn't see the use of that.



Then I also made an overview of the different icons with their meaning, a kind of legend.


The next pages show a weekly overview for my first week. Many examples on Pinterest show a weekly overview on 2 pages with the to do's / bullet points on each day. For me this is not convenient. I usually do a lot of things that do not necessarily have to be done on a particular day, it's just a list of things that need to be done. That is why I have chosen to make the weekly chart on the left page and then the bullet list on the other. I've been using the journal for 3 weeks now and I'm very happy with this setup.

Of course you can decide what you want to do and always adapt to what you think is fine. It's your journal and you're in charge :)



After the week view, I also added some lists, such as this example's wish list for my son's birthday. But also a list of when my shops may appear in the media or books I would like to read.


In my next blog, I will show you how I use the to-do lists to keep track of them and to create peace and quiet in my head...


Tip For more inspiration type the words "bullet journal" on Pinterest and you will find masses of examples.

Freebie Friday - April 22, 2016



This week's freebie is a printable from Studio Stift; just because we love their work and next week it's Kings day in the Netherlands. smile-emoticon


Friday, 15 April 2016

Freebie Friday - April 15, 2016

This week a very cool freebie, we found it on the site of Mr. Printable.


366 project - update #11

Please find an overview below of all the cards I've been sending in the last couple of days for my 366 project...




This joly card was send to Tayssir from Tunesia



I went to the Amsterdam Zoo the other day with my son and couln't resist buying some cards... This beautiful lion was send to Jessica from Guernsey, UK


A card from our new collection is sent to Stephanie from Almere, the Netherlands


A nice card to Suzi from Glasgow, Scotland


This card is one of my favorites, this time I've sent it to Laura from Capelle aan de IJssel, the Netherlands


Card 93 has been send to Jennifer, from Danvers Massachussets, USA


I love London :) I hope Savannah from Oegstgeest, the Netherlands does so too


Spring is in the air (although it is raining at the moment) this card is for Corine from Leiden, the Netherlands


This card is for Janet from Eureka, California, USA


a nice Ikea card for Linda from Kerkrade, the Netherlands


a card for  Bianca from Colijnsplaat, the Netherlands


a card for Aimée from Den Dolder, the Netherlands


WOW, day 100 already... This card is for Bernardine from Bennekom, the Netherlands


a nice card for Ramona from Hoorn, the Netherlands


a card for Esmee from IJsselstein, the Netherlands


This one is for Jenny from St. Larksville, USA



A nice card for Yvonne from Preston Vic Australia




and the last one in this update is for Graham from Canada (via his  vriendin Blaine)

Saturday, 2 April 2016

Yesterday it was Freebie Friday

We've been pretty busy yesterday and therefor I completely forgot to publish our next freebie for Freebie Friday on this blog. My sincere apologies...

This time you'll receive a couple of nice labels!

Go to  http://www.snailmailshop.nl/nl/freebie-friday to download them.
(sorry, site is still in Dutch only, but we are working on translating everything in English).

Monday, 28 March 2016

New collection is now online!

Just a quick blog with some nice pictures to let you all know our new collections is online, together with some new products from other designers.

We are proud! What do you think? Have a look now: https://www.etsy.com/shop/snailmailshop