As a child, I was obsessed with stationery. I was constantly writing, drawing and painting but I think the root cause of my addiction was the fact that my dad was head of supplies for Liverpool City Council. This meant he had a constant supply of free samples of the latest stationery and craft goodies from companies all over the world. Pretty cards from Germany, Japanese writing paper, felt-tips from Hong Kong, stamps, stickers and glitter - my childhood pen-pals must have thought an explosion had taken place in Paperchase when they received my letters.
As an adult, my stationery addiction has been absorbed by my craft habit but my love of sending and receiving letters has been woefully neglected. I have one pen-pal I've been writing to since I was about seven but other than that, the last time I wrote letters with any regularity was when my friends and I were scattered around the country at uni. We agreed it would be a nice touch to exchange handwritten letters rather than just email and I'm so glad we did as I've now got a lovely box of letters documenting that important time in our lives.
When the lovely Anna of the delightful Miss Beatrix blog announced she was setting up a Post Circle, I joined immediately. The idea is that members exchange letters, notes, cards and anything else they want via post. After collating short completed surveys from everyone, Anna separated us into groups of six. Each group is named after a woodland creature (such a cute touch!) and I'm in the fox group, or #TeamFox as I'm insisting on calling it.
Once I was in a group, my thoughts soon turned to stationery. Like any self-respecting craft fanatic (I really feel that should be one word. Crafanatic? Craftanatic?) I already had washi tape, cards, glitter and stamps, but this was the perfect excuse to buy some writing paper for the first time in years!
If you'd like to join in the Post Circle, drop Anna a line and maybe one day we'll be sending each other pretty packages of loveliness!