Sending Out Some Cardboard Hugs!

Wow when you guys reach out, you reach out!

I'm in awe, thank you to every single person who took the time to let me know they were there after reading Monday's post. I haven't felt so empowered in a while. I'm so grateful for this amazing community. THANK YOU. 

It's been such an unexpected year in so many ways. When I started An Inspired 2015, I was so excited about what I would learn on the way and I hoped people would want to get involved too. Seeing handwritten letters pop up from our Love Letter Swap and so many bloggers rising to the challenge of Falling (back) in Love with their blog has been incredible. 

For the love of snail mail #aninspired2015

So today I'm celebrating by sending out my 'cardboard hugs'. I have new pen pals that need replies, some friends I just want to drop in and say hi to and some goodies to send because yarn in the mail is awesome right? Knowing that someone will find a little piece of happiness on their doorstep this week is great motivation. It feels a little like 'giving back' after the positive messages of support I received this week.  

Our exclusive Volume 1 card designed by  Tilly Flop  in response to the 'Just a Card' campaign

Our exclusive Volume 1 card designed by Tilly Flop in response to the 'Just a Card' campaign

If you're sending out mail this week will you do me a favour? Will you tag me on social media with a picture? I'd love to see some real mail and happy intentions. If you've tucked your Volume 1 cards somewhere for safe keeping, let's make this week the week we send a smile in the post! Oh and you can let me know if you've received anything too- I want to see those smiles because it makes me so genuinely happy that we're knitting this community together. 

Just a Card campaign

Also, don't forget that if you bought your card locally and supported a maker, tag it with #justacard too because that is a message I want to see loud and proud everywhere. If you missed the details of this global campaign with very local implications, please click here

Stay playful!

 

The Muse Connection Volume 1: GIVEAWAY!

Sad you missed out on the first ever Muse Connection? Don't be! Helen and I have two goodie bags left over that we want you to have! 

The Muse Connection Volume 1 goodie bag

Featured in this bag:

One skein of Terra via our sponsor The Fibre Company

An exclusive Tilly Flop Design to support the Just  a Card campaign

The Muse Connection postcard

A Curious Handmade pattern

A Playful Day buttons

 

All you have to do to win is leave a comment below telling me who you would love to see as a speaker at a future Muse Connection sessions. Go wild, we'd love to hear your ideas!

Leave your comments by Tuesday 24th March 2015 and keep an eye on the blog for a winner announcement. You can enter both mine and Helen's giveaway to double your chances. 

 

SAVE THE DATE

Volume 2 tickets go on sale THIS SATURDAY for The Muse Connection Volume 2 and we'd love to see you there. For more details, please check the event page here

 

Good luck!

Just a Card

The joy of a handwritten card or note is something I've already passed on to the Tot. My family take great delight in dropping little cards to her in the mail that she greets with glee upon discovery. We mail out little masterpieces she's created and so when I thought about hosting a letter swap, I felt sure it would inspire lots of other people too. 

Something caught my eye while I was noodling around on the internet recently that made me think further about the importance of a card. 'Just A Card' is a new campaign being led by the very talented Sarah Hamilton and supported by Mollie Makes magazine as well as The Design Trust. It's a simple idea- buying a card (or other little trinket) on the highstreet might be just the action we could all take in order to support some of our favourite shops and galleries. 

Just a Card poster

I'm really excited about this campaign and will be following along and sharing my little purchases and using the hashtag #Justacard too. 

Perhaps your letter swap might include something fun and local to spread this message further?