Snail Mail Ideas: Wrapping Inspiration

In between my real work I always try and fit in some snail mail wrapping and crafting. It makes me so happy and I love seeing a package come together. There is a sense of achievement in finishing it, coupled with the joy of giving. What could be better... than a bit of DIY fun! With all the Christmas inspiration flying around the internet - I thought I would rather share some snail mail inspiration which is relevant all year round.

I like to layer lots of random goodies like stickers, tags, fabric and buttons when I wrap small gifts. It creates a colourful combo of textures which is sure to make my pen pal smile.
I love using buttons to finish off a parcel. This minty polka-dot one and bird button are unique finds, but also really cheap. Paired with some washi tape and twine they add a unique touch.
Plain paper bags are useful as you can decorate them as you see fit. Sometimes I leave them plain and add a small detail or I add lots of strips of washi tape to brighten things up.
Like most crafty people I have a huge stash of supplies so I don't actually have to head out and buy more items to get creative with (often I can't resist though). I like to keep my items neat and tidy so I can really have a good look and use the things I have. It also encourages me to make hand crafted gifts rather than buy snail mail pressies. I had these stickers made to match my branding, but there are loads of stamps out there or ready to buy stickers which you can add to your handmade creations.
I like to decorate the padded envelopes which I send snail mail in, but I find if I do it too intricately it gets damaged. Small additions like washi tape on the outside makes it pretty and also tells your pen pal that there is something exciting inside (rather than the boring old mail most people receive).
I like to wrap individual items so that my pen pal has several small packages to unwrap. I use wrapping paper, paper bags and also pretty pages from magazines. I often buy packs of items like pens or notebooks and then split them up so that I can give them to different people.

It's also fun to just send papery items now and again - which is a great deal cheaper to post. I like to fill a bag or envelope with a nice note, some stickers, cards and other flat crafty items.

Making gifts can be super simple. I made this small brooch using a mix of buttons, thread, a piece of felt and a brooch back. It didn't take long at all, but it's a piece of hand made love for a special faraway friend. I found a simple black box and packaged it up. 

Snail mail is such fun and I hope this inspires you to get creative.

Durban: Must-Visit List

I've tried out a few really great and fantastic Durban places lately and wanted to share them with you. If you live here then be sure to stop by or if you are here for the holidays then add these to your 'must-visit list'.

Daniel and I checked into The Concierge for a wedding anniversary 'staycation'. Quirky and fun... this hotel offers a good night's rest and a truly authentic local experience.

Afro's is opening their newest shop at 33 Churchill Road this week, which means their tasty chicken is easier than ever to get your hands on! If you haven't sampled this cool brand's food then make sure you dash there (right now).

The Hilton Hotel has long been a sparkly glimmer on our skyline and now you have the ideal excuse to visit. This iconic hotel serves high tea every Saturday and Sunday (2pm - 5pm at R195p/p) in their remodelled lobby. There is a hint of old world charm perfectly matched with luxury. To book call 031 336 8232.

I CRAVE Mexican food! Finally I can get my fix at El Hombre. This new addition to Florida Road is my current favourite stop. Their ordering process is fun and different. The food is a delicious array of flavours! Mmmmm...

Described as a premium bar The Dutch doesn't disappoint. Escape into a beautifully decorated space for a decadent night out. It offers the perfect excuse to don your heels and splash out on a glass of happiness.

Voucher Special: The Gift of Business Success

If you are still on the hunt for the perfect gift for a creative friend then I have the perfect option for you. I'm offering an awesome December special on my consulting sessions! Give the gift of creative business and help a friend or even yourself to build a successful business with a little help from me.
What is the voucher for?
It is for a one on one consulting session of up to two hours. I run the sessions via Skype or FaceTime for those not based in Durban so everyone can make use of the service. It is one of the most popular aspects of my business where creatives get to tackle concerns or ideas directly related to their needs. The session is ideal for those just starting out or thinking of taking the creative business leap. It is however, suitable for creative businesses at any level. I cover what you would like me to. Sometimes it's a pep talk, or a strategy... it's up to you and if you don't know where to begin then don't worry, I can help with that too! It's really easy to buy the voucher - just email me so I can get the correct details & get your voucher posted off asap. I can either send it to you or to your friend.

For R375 you will receive:
  • A session voucher valid for six months.
  • A notebook to capture your ideas and to start planning for success!
  • Free overnight postage via Speed Services to your closest post office.
  • Each package is wrapped in my signature style and includes a free 'Season's Greetings' postcard.

The total value is R500 including all the little added extras and the overnight postage, but I'm offering it for R375 up until the end of December. The voucher is valid for up to six months so the recipient can book a session to suit their schedule.

To buy your voucher - just email me (click here).

A few kind words from a client who has made use of the service...

Seven Things: December

A glimpse of life captured via Instagram

1 > Post: The postal strike is over (for now at least), which means we might stand a chance of actually getting some pretty things in the mail this Christmas! I sent off a big batch of cards this week and hope they make it safely to faraway friends.

2 > Paper Trends: Oooh... have you seen these goodies at CNA? The Paper Trends range is a fresh new collection of whimsical stationery. It's a pity the Creative Stationery brand's website doesn't showcase their work more. Anyway, the prices are really affordable (except this owl USB that I desperately want), Awesome things to send to pen pals the world over.

3 > Fashion Camp: On Tuesday I spoke at Fashion Nanny's Fashion Camp for teens. I touched on social media, blogging, YouTube and also online safety. Followed by... a DIY with the young ladies. They had such fun making tape measure brooches and personalising them with washi tape and buttons. 

4 > En-sem-ble: I visited my client Tina's pop-up shop this week at Windermere Centre. She has collaborated with several lovely local creatives to set up the shop for the festive season. It is next to the new Woolies Food in the centre. It makes me so proud to see how hard my clients work and how well they do. This puppet friend is one of her personal creations which she creates for schools to accompany books and stories. Over and above that she hosts event, sets-up play areas at markets, runs them and also manages to work on pop-up events like the House and Garden Show! Impressed!

5 > CHRISTMAS: Woohoo... this year I am really indulging in enjoying each and every day of December. Actions of love, writing cards, decorating or doing some shopping. Filling each day with a little more joy before the 25th. Snow Fairy from Lush is delightfully sweet and adds a touch of cheer to every shower. Have you tried it? It's limited edition around this time of year.

6 > Shopping: With all this Christmas cheer comes a lot of selecting and also not shopping for myself more than others - ha ha! Easier said than done - I spotted this Typo Thoughts and Reflections journal and was torn, but decided to stay focused on my gift giving instead. Nice to look at nonetheless!

7 > Season's Greetings: Part of said gift giving is spoiling my clients! One of my favourite things to do. Claire and I worked on this postcard to send out to a special few.

Are you enjoying the silly season so far? 

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