Christmas Stamps – Royal Mail 2019 Stamps

Every year, the Royal Mail bring out the new Christmas stamps. They alternative between a religious themed set and a secular set. 2019’s Christmas stamps take a religious approach, bringing the nativity story alive. I quite like the style of this year’s collection. There are eight different stamps in the collection. It is very colourful, featuring beautiful paper-cut art and illustrations. You may have already seen these around but I wanted to share them with you, in case you hadn’t. 

Christmas Stamps 2019

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DIY Advent Calendar – Using Letters

This year, I decided to get a little crafty whilst making some gifts for people. I really enjoy writing letters to people – even if they are super short. Often, it takes more time and effort than buying a gift and it’s really the thought that counts for me. So, I came up with a way to combine my love for letterwriting with Christmas. I decided to make one of my friends a DIY Advent Calendar this year. This could easily be changed up for occasion – or just as a random gift – though, in all honesty. 

DIY Advent Calendar for Blogmas

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Letter to Santa – last chance to get free replies from Santa!

As a child, I never really got to write a letter to Santa. It just was not something that I did – or believed in. Over the years, however, I have seen so much excitement of believing in Santa. It is very sweet how excited children can get. They are even more excited when they receive a letter from Santa in reply.

Blogmas - Letter to Santa

Now I don’t think Christmas is about receiving gifts – not at all. In fact, we started doing Secret Santa at work, I usually didn’t get anything. Christmas for me is about giving. That could be giving a gift, helping others or just giving your time to your loved ones. But I really do love seeing how excited children get for Christmas and I love the fact that writing a letter to Santa actually encourages children to write more letters.

Letterwriting is a great habit to get into and if writing letters to Santa is the way to get people into it then I am all for that. 

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World Calligraphy Day 2019

WCD LogoThe past few months have been a bit of struggle. A lot of trying to find my feet in the world and getting back to where I want to be. In order to improve my physical wellbeing, I started to focus a bit more on my health. Attempting to eat a little healthier, take the stairs more or walk a bit. But my physical health is also very intertwined with my mental health. To look after the latter, self-care became a priority. For me, this was finding a way to relax as well as express myself. Self-care means something different to everyone, unique to people’s hobbies and interests. For me, stationery is one of the biggest ways for me to look after mental wellbeing. After all, I did list the top Stationery Self-Care methods I recommend, which I still use to this day. And so, World Calligraphy Day could not have come at a more appropriate time. And I am super excited to be involved with it. Continue reading “World Calligraphy Day 2019”

Pre-release Aumsome Postcards – National Stationery Week Giveaways

With National Stationery Week sadly over, it’s about time to announce something special. Inspired by all of the stationery love out there, my own love of letters and a desire to spread a bit of joy in the world… I’m very pleased to announce that Aumsome the shop will be coming soon. I have designed my own selection of postcards to start selling. There are currently five designs but I plan to release new ones every month, to increase this. I am really pleased with the current selection, which I hope will be popular. These Aumsome Postcards are something that I have previously made for myself to give out and I love them. I am so pleased to be able to share them with you.

The shop will launch in a few weeks. However, the first batch of postcards arrives this week. For the third and final giveaway of National Stationery Week, I wanted to share with you a set of the postcards. The winner will be the first person to sample them! I cannot show you a picture right now – as they have not even arrived yet. However, this is one of the designs that was printed in a test.

Aumsome Postcard - Thank you for being you

The rest of the four are surprises. However, the winner will receive a bundle of postcards that they can send to their family and friends. As you know, I love writing letters. So I really hope this prize helps inspire you to write some too. As a thank you to all of you for your support, I’ve held three giveaways out of my own pocket…

The Three Giveaways:

As you may know, there are THREE giveaways that are currently open. All of them will end at the same time and can be entered the same way. The following prizes are up for grabs… Click the images or links for more information on each of the giveaways.

A Busy B Busy Life Notebook in A6 – Find out more here

Busy B Notebook

A Spotlight Stationery Subscription Box OR a £25 Gift Certificate from Stationery & Art – More Info here

Spotlight Stationery Box

Spotlight Stationery Box

A set of Aumsome Postcards – 5 different designs

Aumsome Postcards

How to enter all of the Giveaways:

For the chance to win any of the above prizes, all you have to do is comment on any post on this blog. This competition is open internationally. You may comment once on each blog post, each will count as an additional entry. I will randomly pick a winner from the comments I have received between May 2nd until the end of the competition.

The giveaway ends on 12th May 2019. The winners for all of the giveaways will be contacted on 13th May to claim their prize.

Oh and if you’re interested in finding out about the launch of my shop, be sure to follow me on Twitter or Instagram. There may also be an extra entry over on one of them.