National Card & Letter Writing Month 2019

April is my favorite month!

The U.S. Postal Service officially designated April National Card & Letter Writing Month in 2001 “to raise awareness of the importance and historical significance of card and letter writing.”

Send Cards Spread Love

I'll be joining our friends at Pretty By Post (for the 3rd year!) in the Send Cards Spread Love letter writing challenge. This year’s challenge is to send at least 5 cards for 5 days. Totally doable!

Write On Campaign

Feeling more ambitious? Join the Write_On campaign! The challenge they’ve thrown down is to see how many letters you can write during National Card & Letter Writing Month.

Share Your Progress With Me!

I'll be using the hashtags #sendcardsspreadlove and #Write_On all month on Instagram and Twitter. Share your snail mail sending progress with me, and I’ll shout you out on social!

Deals!

Want to stock up on cards on a budget? Check out our sale page for a ton of $2 cards!

You can also use coupon code “APRIL” for 10% off your purchase on our website from now until the end of April. The discount even includes your first month of Card Club if you sign up now and use that code!

Snail Mail Superstar

The Snail Mail Superstar YouTube channel will be full of brand new videos for this special month! Check back in often!

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Upcoming Throughout the Month

We’ll be releasing a series of brand new snail mail themed postcards & stickers in April! We’re working on a “snail mail starter kit” for our online customers that is coming soon as well.

We’ve got a letter writing social event in the works for mid-April, date to be announced soon!

The Card Club packages for the month of April will be snail mail themed, and will include the brand new items mentioned above!

Resources

In case you missed it, here are some goodies I’ve put together for National Card & Letter Writing Month (and for snail mail success all year)!

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Spring Open House

We had a ton of fun at a recent evening open house! Visitors played with wax seals, learned about fountain pens, and shopped with a discount. They also pulled a brand new spring-themed print on our historic iron handpress! Missed the event and want your own hopeful daffodil print? Scroll down and order your own!

Daffodil Art Print - Winter Is Dead
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This beautiful letterpress broadside celebrates the beginning of spring and all the hope that comes with it. Printed on our historic iron handpress with hand-set wood & lead type and a hand-carved linoleum block. Measures 12” x 18” and printed on your choice of gray or kraft paper.

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Snail Mail Envelope Art Inspiration

Hi buddies! I’ve recently been enjoying adding images of creative mail art to my Snail Mail board on Pinterest. I especially enjoy envelope art - both art intended to go through the mail, and art added to envelopes after they’ve been sent and received.

According to Wikipedia, mail art (also known as postal art and correspondence art) is:

a populist artistic movement centered on sending small scale works through the postal service. It initially developed out of what eventually became Ray Johnson's New York Correspondence School in the 1950s and the Fluxus movement in the 1960s, though it has since developed into a global movement that continues to the present.”

Looking at all the beautiful pieces shared on Pinterest, I’m excited to share some of the inspiring envelopes I’ve received and added to my correspondence collection. While I appreciate and enjoy all snail mail, even in an unassuming white envelope, these envelopes all bring a little extra fun to the table. I like to imagine the mail carrier smiling when they slipped these into my mailbox!

Sent to me by Christina from Athens, Greece

Sent to me by Christina from Athens, Greece

Sent to me by Julienne from Illinois

Sent to me by Julienne from Illinois

Sent to me by Akasha from Washington State

Sent to me by Akasha from Washington State

Sent to me by Alex from Seattle

Sent to me by Alex from Seattle

Sent to me by Rebecca from California

Sent to me by Rebecca from California

Sent to me by Shari from Washington State

Sent to me by Shari from Washington State

Sent to me by Rodja from Austria

Sent to me by Rodja from Austria

Sent to me by Chelsea from Seattle

Sent to me by Chelsea from Seattle

Sent to me by Alex from Seattle

Sent to me by Alex from Seattle

Sent to me by David from Colorado

Sent to me by David from Colorado

Sent to me by Kim from South Carolina

Sent to me by Kim from South Carolina

Sent to me by Michelle from South Dakota

Sent to me by Michelle from South Dakota

Sent to me by Michele from Washington State

Sent to me by Michele from Washington State

Sent to me by Jon from Seattle

Sent to me by Jon from Seattle

Sent to me by Kim from South Carolina

Sent to me by Kim from South Carolina

Letter Carrier #152, Seattle, Washington
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My great-grandfather, Harold Steinke, was a collector of postcards. He swapped with fellow postcard enthusiasts across the US and around the world. For the past several months, I’ve been reading, scanning, and sharing one of his postcards daily for “postcard happy hour” on my Snail Mail Superstar Instagram and Twitter accounts. The series of postcards featuring my home city of Seattle are my favorite in the whole collection. I don’t know for sure if my great-grandfather ever visited Seattle (it’s quite unlikely), but his love for postcards and snail mail gave him a connection to the place I call home.

As you can see in the images above, my great-grandfather corresponded in the 1920’s with a letter carrier in Seattle named Ralph W. Ives. The postcards give us only basic information about him: his age, occupation, location, and the fact that he enjoyed postcards featuring images of church buildings and beautiful scenery, but preferred not to receive cards featuring other types of buildings.

We don’t learn too much about life in Seattle from reading Ralph’s messages. We do learn that, of course, it rains in Seattle. The message on the left below does seem to reveal that Mr. Ives has chosen to love Seattle despite the rain, as I have. “We have had some fine rains, the weather cool, and life is worth the living.”

Each time I prepare to share a postcard from the collection, I do a cursory Google search for the person who sent it. I rarely find much, but I keep doing it, just in case. This time, I was surprised. I typed “Ralph W. Ives” letter carrier Seattle into the search box, and the first result answered questions I didn’t know I had. The result in question was a small article in the pages of The Daily Missoulian, a newspaper in Missoula, Montana, from September 11, 1914.

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I read the article with an ache in my stomach and tears in my eyes. It may seem a little silly to be so affected by this. Both the sender and receiver of these postcards are long gone from this world. I’ve never met either man face to face. But grief and loss are real and palpable, even after 105 years.

In the 1920’s, my great-grandfather was a young man, exploring the world through postcards. In 2018, I dove deep into the familiar comfort of snail mail after the loss of a dear friend. I wonder if Mr. Ives was doing the same? His days would have been filled with delivering mail to the city of Seattle. Did he spend his evenings reaching out into the world for some small sense of connection and comfort to ease the pain of the loss of his son, if only for a moment?

These are just the imaginings of a sentimental soul, 100 years removed from this interaction between a mail carrier in Seattle, WA and my great-grandfather in Woodstock, IL. Few of us make ripples in history large enough to be remembered (or Googled) 100 years later. It’s heartbreaking that the worst day of Ralph Ives’ life is what history remembers. So today, I share these beautiful postcards with you, to add one more ripple. I hope you received all the peaceful churches your heart desired, Ralph. Thank you for reaching out into the world and leaving behind this beautiful legacy of the place I call home.

With just a bit more internet sleuthing, I’ve discovered that Ralph’s son, Almon, was laid to rest just a mile and a half away from my shop. I wonder how long it’s been since someone remembered him or laid flowers on his grave? I can do that for you, Ralph. You and your son aren’t forgotten.

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I drove to Mount Pleasant Cemetery on a cold Seattle weekday morning. I brought flowers, one of Ralph’s postcards, and one of my own postcards. I parked my car and started to walk toward the cemetery entrance. I heard footsteps down the street and turned to watch a mail carrier going about his route. I couldn’t help but think of Ralph.

I entered the cemetery and wandered the rows for awhile reading names on headstones. Blaine, Mercer, Bell…many of the people laid to rest at Mount Pleasant were pioneers who settled in the area and founded the city. As I wandered, I realized how incredibly difficult it would be to read every stone and find the one single marker I was looking for. I needed help.

After a few wrong turns and incorrect buildings, I found the Mount Pleasant office. Upon opening the door, I was greeting by the familiar sound of zebra finches, flitting about inside their cage, singing to each other. I asked the woman at the desk for help finding a specific grave. I half expected to be turned away, but she was very kind and helpful. I told her the name I was looking for (Ralph Almon Ives) and the year of his death (1914). She said something along the lines of, “Oh, that’s an old one.” Regardless of the age, she was able to pull out a large three ring binder and find the name I was looking for. The information beside the name gave her a location, which she marked for me on a map of the cemetery.

The woman explained to me that most graves from 100 years past were marked with a simple concrete headstone. Families with wealth could afford marble, granite or bronze headstones and markers, but most families could not. As time and nature march on, the concrete markers become covered in dirt and moss and grass. The cemetery staff let them be covered, because when nestled under a blanket of earth, the markers are safe from corrosion.

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Once I had the map in my hand and a location to head to, I was ready to go find Almon, or at least get close. I expected, once again, to be sent off alone. Instead, the woman at the desk sent a message to another woman who works at the cemetery to meet me out at the spot and help me find the specific grave I was looking for. I went back for my car and drove slowly through the length of the cemetery to its farthest boundary.

The area of the cemetery marked on the map for Almon’s grave was quiet and beautiful. Huge trees grew up between scattered, moss-covered grave stones. I imagined the rows of unseen grave markers, safe and warm beneath the earth. I walked slowly, trying to decipher words from the corners of smooth, worn stones peeking out from under grass. A soft rain began to fall.

“We have had some fine rains, the weather cool, and life is worth the living.”

After taking a few slow laps around the area, I assumed Almon’s stone was buried, and this would be the end of the road. I sat for several minutes in quiet contemplation on a large tree stump. I thought of Ralph and Almon and Steinke. I thought of all my grandparents, laid to rest far away. I thought of my friend Chelsa, her life cut too short, like Almon’s life was.

I heard footsteps, and shook myself from the fog of my thoughts. A woman walked toward me, and asked if I was looking for the Ives grave. I’d stopped a few hundred feet short. She’d found the grave for me, and uncovered it. I followed her with careful steps, weaving between stones and markers, until I saw the little mound of dirt and freshly uncovered stone.

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Ralph A. Ives
Sept. 6, 1914
Age 15 Years

Ralph Almon Ives was laid to rest in Mount Pleasant Cemetery by his father, Ralph Waldo Ives and his mother, Louella Sumwalt Ives. 105 years later, I knelt by his grave and softly outlined the A of his middle name with my finger. I left flowers of remembrance. When I left the cemetery to return to my life in the present, the young woman who helped me find the stone, covered it up with earth again. It will rest there, safe for another 100 years.

I added images to Almon’s Find A Grave listing in the hopes that someone in his family will find them if they’re looking.
More info about Mount Pleasant Cemetery can be found
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You can find more info about my great-grandfather Steinke’s postcard collection
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While doing additional research about the Ives family, I discovered the obituary for Ralph W. Ives’ wife, Louella. The story of her difficult and beautiful life was an encouragement to me today, and so I will share it with you.

“Louella Sumwalt was born on April 17, 1864. While she was only a little girl her mother died, and not long afterwards her father also died, and she and her four brothers were left orphans to battle with the world. She early came to a realization of her responsibility, and at the beginning of her useful life, while still a young girl, she was baptized into Christ, and followed him closely until the end. At the age of thirty-two she became the wife of Ralph W. Ives, whose life for thirty-one years she constantly encouraged and strengthened, and it was through her encouragement and influence that Brother Ives, under trying circumstances and difficulties, shunned not to preach the gospel of Christ. To this union there were born two boys, only one of which, Jesse, remains to mourn wither husband and her four brothers. She was an exceptionally good wife and loving mother. She took great interest in the development and the training of her home. She was quiet, retiring, and exclusively modest, a disposition which caused her to gain friends slowly, but which made for her the best friends, whose love and respect she forever retained. She was not demonstrative in her affection, but loved intensely, and considered no sacrifice too great for those she loved. She went to sleep in Jesus, March 19, 1928. In the last months of her life her suffering was intense, but her faith in Christ did not waver, and she passed over death'’s river in the triumph of a Christian faith.”
J. W. Maddox. - Gospel Advocate, May 17, 1928, page 479.

Spring Window Display
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The inspiration for our spring window display is fairy doors! These tiny doors are believed to be portals between our world and the world of the fairies. Believers in the magical can place tiny doors in trees or other places to welcome visits from fairies. We could use a little magic to get us through the final days of winter and into the freshness of spring. We’re hoping the tiny doors in our new window display will usher in just the magic we need.

If you scroll all the way to the end of this post, you’ll find a Snail Mail Superstar video I made about the process of creating this window display!

“The Fae Door Legend, is that of a traveling door, given to a human, so that they may have access to the fae, and their realm. Legend states that a daughter of a brewer woman, had been going through trouble and the townsfolk had grudges against her for fear her mother was a witch. Late one night, the towns folk came to confront her mother. The daughter had woken up from the noise while the mother still slept, only to see a fae at a door, gesturing the daughter to come in. As soon as the mob came knocking at the door. The mother ran to get her daughter, only to see a door laying on the ground, wide open, with light coming through. She picked it up as the villagers set fire to the straw on her house. In nearby woods, she placed the door down at the base of a willow tree, and as she tried to open it, it wouldn't budge. She heard her daughter call out to her, but she couldn't ever open the door, so she carried it the rest of her life, waiting for the door to open once again.” (From Wikipedia)

You can read more about fairy doors here and here.

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We're Made In Washington!

We’re so excited to announce that a selection of our cards are now available at all four Made in Washington stores and online! Check out the displays in stores at Pike Place Market, Westlake Center, Bellevue Square Mall, and Alderwood Mall and let us know what you think!

500 YouTube Subscribers Giveaway!
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I'm Sara, the Snail Mail Superstar. I'm a greeting card designer, letterpress printer and stationery shop owner. First and foremost, I love snail mail! In this video, I'm celebrating meeting my goal of 500 subscribers on YouTube by doing a watercolor painting and answering your questions! I'm giving away a Shinola Detroit notebook and a Lamy LX fountain pen, as well as bundles of Constellation & Co. greeting cards, postcards, and stickers! There will be 1 grand prize winner and 10 winners of a smaller prize. All of the rules and instructions are below, keep reading!

Official Giveaway Rules and Entry Details:

-You must be subscribed to my channel on YouTube to win.

-You must comment on this video to be entered in the contest.

-Winners will be chosen on March 15, 2019.

-All entries must be submitted by March 14, 2019 at 11:59 pm PST.

-Once notified, winners must e-mail their mailing address to giveaway@constellationco.com (so I can send the prize).

-The grand prize cannot be won by employees of Constellation & Co. or their immediate families.

-There will be ONE grand prize winner, receiving a Shinola Notebook and a Lamy LX Fountain Pen as well as a Constellation & Co. bundle of cards, postcards & stickers), prize valued at $150.

-There will be TEN additional winners receiving a Constellation & Co. bundle of cards, postcards & stickers valued at $20.

-Please do not re-sell the prize - use it for the snail mail joy for which it is intended.

-Prizes will be shipped by April 1, 2019.

-Any personal data collected will be used ONLY for snail mail sending purposes.

-No purchase necessary to win.

-YouTube is NOT a sponsor of your contest and bears no liability related to this giveaway.

-We adhere to the YouTube Community Guidelines and expect all subscribers to comply as well, or their entry will be disqualified.

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Valentine's Day Window Display
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The shop's window display is one of the big recurring projects we tackle each month. For February's window, I asked Michelle to take the lead. She did a great job! The first image is her planning sketch, and if you scroll down, you’ll see the finished window! I also made a little video about the process.

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Constellation & Co. 2018 Year In Review

IN 2018...

  • Our brick & mortar shop celebrated its 4th birthday

  • Constellation & Co. released over 50 new products

  • Sara uploaded 123 videos to her Snail Mail Superstar YouTube channel

  • We welcomed 2 new employees to the team

  • Sara read 53 books & wrote 46,424 words toward her first book

interesting milestones

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Sara’s Appearances

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important words in 2018: delight, hope, grief, snail mail, connection

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Our Team in 2018

This year, our beloved letterpress printer, Brooke, started her own private therapy practice!

After 3 years working with us, Meredith set off on her own to focus full time on her photography business & start a new venture, Om Mama Co.!

This summer, we had way too much fun with Sara’s sister & summer intern, Beth! Her big project this summer was documenting a year of Card Club. We also enjoyed the exuberant company of another lovely Beth, who filled in throughout the year (Once they worked on the same day, & we called it Bethapalooza!). Lara & Haley were also a big help filling in at the shop this year.

In September, we welcomed Michelle to the team! She does a great job running the front desk, helping customers, assisting Sara with marketing, & coming up with out of the box ideas.

In September, we also welcomed Molly to the team! She has stepped up in a big way, taking on the lion’s share of our letterpress production work. I made this video about Michelle & Molly’s first day.

On May 23rd, we lost a member of our team to cancer. Our wholesale manager, Chelsa, had been with C&Co. for 4 years. Words will never do her justice. I hope you got to meet her. She became fast friends with everyone she met. Her smile lit up the shop. She made our team a family. She was our dear friend. She’ll always be our Wonder Woman. She loved working at Constellation & Co., & loved communicating with all of you. C&Co. will always be full of her memory, and are doing our best to live with joy every day in her honor. I made this video in the days after her passing, trying to make sense of my grief.

In 2018, our window display got a lot of love!

I had way more fun making this video retrospective than is even appropriate. I hope it makes you smile! I’ll be doing another big giveaway when my YouTube channel hits 500 subscribers - do me a favor & click here to help me reach that goal!

Places Sara Visited in 2018

St. Petersburg, Florida
New York, New York
Portland, Oregon
Sanibel Island, Florida
Vancouver, British Columbia
Sonoma County, California
Los Angeles, California
Naples, Florida
Whidbey Island, WA
Treehouse Point, Issaquah, WA

Sara’s Favorite Albums in 2018

The Undoing - Stephanie Gretzinger
American VI: Ain’t No Grave - Johnny Cash
Georgica Pond - Johnny Swim
Evening Machines - Gregory Alan Isakov
Tearing at the Seams - Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats
Lush - Snail Mail

Sara’s Favorite Books Read in 2018

I Am Radar - Reif Larsen
Year of Yes - Shonda Rhimes
The Signature of All Things - Elizabeth Gilbert
The Bookshop on the Corner - Jenny Colgan
Of Mess and Moxie: Wrangling Delight Out of This Wild and Glorious Life - Jen Hatmaker
We Were the Lucky Ones - Georgia Hunter
The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman
My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry - Fredrik Backman
Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race - Debby Irving
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism - Robin DiAngelo

The Most Watched Snail mail superstar Videos on youtube in 2018

$1 Stationery Wish Haul - 5.4K views
Unboxing the New Sailor 1911 Stormy Sea Fountain Pen - 2.1K views
Stationery Gift Box Review - 457 views
An Informal Guide to the Heidelberg Windmill - 433 views

In 2018, Sounders FC won the Cascadia Cup, & it made an unexpected visit to the shop! Thanks, Big Dave!

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Letter Writing Retreat at Treehouse Point

For my final few videos of 2018 and to finish up the inaugural year of my YouTube channel, I checked something off my video-making bucket list! I took Mr. Snail Mail Superstar on an overnight adventure to one of my favorite places in the whole world, Treehouse Point. We stayed in the Treehouse called “Nest.” I used the quiet evening away for a mini letter writing retreat. I wrote 16 pieces of mail, addressed to two countries and nine US States. I also took some time to shoot some photos of my favorite cozy items from our brick & mortar!

Treehouse Point, located in a forest beside the Raging River in Issaquah, Washington is a rustic bed and breakfast, featuring six hand- crafted treehouses. It’s the perfect place to turn off technology, escape everyday stress, and enjoy the rejuvenating powers of the PNW. Treehouse craftsman, Pete Nelson and his wife, Judy, share a vision of connecting people through personal encounters with the trees and nature. You may recognize their names from the popular Animal Planet TV show, Treehouse Masters!

This video is Part 1 of 4 in a series! The other parts are linked below. In this segment, I’m leaving Seattle in the pouring rain, arriving at Treehouse Point, giving you a tour of the “Nest” treehouse and talking about the greeting card collaboration I did with the lovely folks from Treehouse Point.

In this segment, I’m opening my mail and reading reading some holiday cards and postcards that I’ve received recently.

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In this segment, I’m writing letters and cards with my favorite fountain pen and using my Snail Mail Superstar wax seal… all in a treehouse! I wanted this video to be a peaceful escape, so I didn’t include any clips of me talking (you’re welcome), and left all the great ASMR letter writing sounds in there. I hope you love it!

In this segment, I’m taking you with me on my morning walk around Treehouse Point to show you the other beautiful treehouses and listen to the roar of the Roaring River. I’m also sharing some thoughts on progress and milestones and reflecting on where my life was at 5 years ago, the last time I visited Treehouse Point.

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This treehouse series has been produced in collaboration with our Washington State neighbors, Treehouse Point. Each 4bar card is letterpress printed by hand in 3 colors on a kraft card and is accompanied by a green envelope. Card is blank inside for your personal message. Available as single cards or as a boxed set of all 6 designs.

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Northwest Is Best
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This celebration of Northwest life is letterpress printed with hand-set lead type and an original vector illustration. Card front reads, “Northwest is Best” and the interior is blank for your message. 4bar kraft card with a green envelope.

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Treehouse Outtakes! For every video I make, there are a lot of weird moments you don't get to see. Here are a few of them. ;)

The Story of Empathy, Kindness, Respect
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On January 20, 2017, I designed a poster to carry for the next day’s Seattle Women's March. I'd been thinking for days about what to say on the poster. I had so many swirling thoughts and ideas. I wanted to show others that I care about them. I wanted to say that injustice isn't fine with me. I wanted words to aspire to. These are the three words I chose. They felt right at the time, and they've settled into my heart and life as goals for this year, and goals for myself. I don't do these things perfectly, but they're who I want to be. They're what I want for my family. They're what I want to show to others.

Empathy: the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.
Kindness: the quality of being friendly, generous and considerate.
Respect: a feeling of deep admiration for someone elicited by their abilities, qualities or achievements.

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I put the design together with antique wood type in my print studio, and pulled poster prints on my iron handpress. Later, I scanned my original letterpress print and digitized the image for use on other items.

On January 30, 2017, I partnered with Cotton Bureau to offer Empathy, Kindness, Respect shirts! In the 2 years since I first created this design, I’ve sold over 800 shirts! So many people are walking around the world wearing this message of love in action. Even better, I’ve donated every dollar raised from Empathy, Kindness, Respect shirt sales, and have donated over $5k to International Rescue Committee and Refugee Women's Alliance, refugee aid organizations working in Seattle.

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The shirts are still available to order on Cotton Bureau. The Empathy, Kindness, Respect design is also available as a greeting card on our website, and a poster in our brick & mortar shop.

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Our Empathy, Kindness, Respect card is 4bar sized and lovingly letterpress printed with black ink on white paper. A matching white envelope is included, and the card is blank inside.

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Snail Mail Gift Guide

I took a deep dive into the best corners of the internet and called in a few favors with my stationery industry buddies to bring you… drum roll… my 2018 Snail Mail Gift Guide! Let me know what you think, and if I missed anything fun.

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Write More pencils - Dahlia Press
I Licked An Envelope For You card - Paper Bandit Press
My Love Language is Snail Mail card - Paper Bandit Press
Snail Belated Birthday card - The Social Type
Snail Mail Holiday card - Bloomwolf Studio
Snail Enamel Pin - Gingiber
Snail Mail Moving card - Gingiber
Letter Lover enamel pin - Night Owl Paper Goods

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Snail Mail enamel pin - HibouDesigns
Just Saying Hello card - Darling Lemon Paperie + Studio
Snail Mail is my Jam tanktop - Julie Ann Art
Happy Mail enamel pin - Queenie’s Cards
Parcel Post Envelope pencil bag - Belle & Union Co.
Parcel Post Mailbox pencil bag - Belle & Union Co.
Parcel Post Stamp pencil bag - Belle & Union Co.

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Tiny Envelope earrings - Tiny Forget Me Nots
Correspondence Set enamel pins - City of Industry
Snail Mail Sticker Set - The Imagination Spot
Snail Mail Superstar enamel pin - Constellation & Co.
Better Than a Text postcard set - Ginger P. Designs
Good Mail Day postcard set - Ginger P. Designs
You Make My Mailbox So Happy card - Constellation & Co.
Snail Mail Superstar zipper pouch - Constellation & Co.

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Snail Mail Superstar shirt & sweatshirt - Designed by Constellation & Co., available on Cotton Bureau
Airmail Sticker Sheet - Mr. Boddington’s Studio
Snail Mail Socks - Constellation & Co.
Stamp enamel pin - Rifle Paper Co.
Letter Lover necklace - Oh Hello Friend
Postage Stamp holiday ornament - Little Postage House

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Snail Mail Hello Notecard - The Lavender Whim
Acrylic Mail Tray - loopsandbelles
Snail Mail Sticker Set - Yellow Daisy Paper Co.
Snail Cards, Choose Your Message - Whimsicals Paperie
Funny Snail Mail Sticker Set - Kiss and Punch Designs
Pen Pal Flair Sticker Set - Kiss and Punch Designs

Meet the Team: Michelle!
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Q: Describe yourself in 6 words or less.
A: Do I have to grow up?

Q: What is your favorite thing about working at Constellation & Co.?
A: I love meeting people, interacting with people, encouraging people. I am a people person who loves to share life and have everyday heart-to-hearts with anyone willing to connect. Constellation & Co. is all about community and I'm 110% invested in that. 

*Warning: If you come into the shop and start me talking, I may not stop for awhile. Atticus, the finch, is your only buffer and way out. 

Anywho, come in and say hi! :) 

Q: What are you doing when you're not in the shop? (Other jobs, hobbies, etc.)
A: When I am not in the shop, I'm probably doing something with my church community. I LOVE my church family and am in a season where I get to pour heavily into it and get a lot in return. I'm not from here originally, so, to FINALLY have a group of people surrounding me, supporting me, praying for me... investing in my life after what felt like such a period of readjustment and isolation is just amazing. 

Something fun to know about me is that I'm an illustrator and writer by profession, so there's drawing, designing, book writing, etc. going on. Sometimes, though, I'm simply binge watching a foreign TV show so I can learn about another time period or culture. And of course, spending time with my fantastic husband. He's the best.

Q: What is your favorite place in Seattle? (Shops, restaurants, parks, etc.)
A: It's a toss up between Uwajimaya (The Kinokuniya Bookstore, you guys!!! Ah!) and Pike Place Market. I really enjoy being in market place environments where there are lots of colors, sounds, smells, and things to discover. I like finding cutesy stationery items, eating all the delicious snacks, and searching for the world's best teas (I do have a collection!). Also, how beautiful are the flowers are at Pike Place Market?

Meet the Team: Molly!

Hello there! It’s been a season of change at Constellation & Co., and it’s time to bring you some new Meet the Team blog posts. Molly joined our team in September to help keep things running smoothly in the production department. Our beloved letterpress printer Brooke recently cut back her hours at the shop to focus on starting her own therapy practice, and we are SO PROUD of her! It was the perfect time to bring on another member of the production team, and we’re so glad Molly applied!

Molly graduated this past May from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma with a degree in Art and Design, with concentrations in Book Arts and Graphic Design. She has acquired quite a bit of letterpress experience in a short period of time, which is quite impressive! (No pun intended.) She’s super efficient and talented, and has sprinted up to speed, quickly making herself an integral part of the team. Molly has made herself right at home in our print shop since coming on board, and we’re so glad to have her on the squad!

To hear more from Molly, check out the video I made about her first day!

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Q: Describe yourself in 6 words or less.
Happiest when french fries are present.

Q: What is your favorite thing about working at Constellation & Co.?
My favorite thing about working at Constellation & Co. is just getting the opportunity to do what I love. I get to come to work, be creative, and print the day away. Adorable print shops are my happy place.

Q: What are you doing when you're not in the shop? (Other jobs, hobbies, etc.)
When I'm not at Constellation & Co. I'm working at another letterpress print shop in Tacoma, carving linocuts and attempting to print out of my tiny apartment, or starting a new Netflix binge.

Q: What is your favorite place in Seattle? (Shops, restaurants, parks, etc.)
I haven't spent enough time exploring Seattle yet, but at this point I'd have to say I've fallen in love with Fisherman's Terminal. Taking a lunch break to sit and watch the boats in the marina is probably my second favorite thing about working at Constellation & Co. 

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