Thursday, October 13, 2016

Things I’m grateful for


I love autumn, but there’s something about this season that feels bittersweet at times. It reminds me of some of my most anxious moments in life, but at the same time nature is so gorgeous, especially here in Vermont, and as the temperature drops, it makes me want to get cozy and snuggle under a blanket, and eat warm meals, and talk with my friends around the kitchen table for hours on end, and listen to moody music… and write very long sentences, apparently.


Letters, too. And postcards. And things I’m grateful for lists:


* Beautiful leaves in the trees, on the ground, in my hair…

Julie Leaves


* Walking to the post office every day to mail stationery orders, and sometimes stopping by our friend Thanh-Thuy’s place on the way back home.


* Finishing season 4 of Orange Is the New Black, then watching 2 episodes of Wentworth every night with Denise, and writing to my prison penpals, in the comfort of my home, that happens to not be a prison.


* Reading The Shift: One Nurse, Twelve Hours, Four Patients’ Lives by Theresa Brown, and admiring nurses even more.


* Last night’s delicious pot roast dinner cooked by my wife, that we shared with our friends Cindy and Tina for Tina’s birthday.


* Eating apple pie (warm, with vanilla ice cream, obviously) and not having diarrhea! That’s a major win, and way too much information to share here on the blog, but my life has a new meaning now.


* So many people wanting to keep me in the United States (thanks, friends) and donating to my immigration fund. So far we raised half of the money we need for this process, have hired a lawyer, and started doing paperwork. I’m trying to focus on the half of the glass that’s full instead of the one that’s empty.


* Receiving this pretty envelope in my PO Box. Sushi mail art! Emma in Maryland made Super Sushi super happy with her incredible talent.

Sushi Mail Art


* Some of our friends from the League of Extraordinary Penpals arriving for a 4 day weekend meetup at the Headquarters tomorrow! Four days of letter writing, eating, drinking, laughing, crafting and chatting at our house with like-minded people… Priceless! (Let’s not forget our night of Cards Against Humanity at the funeral home.)


* My sister getting her passport soon and being able to visit us in Vermont.


* My mom turning 70 years old in December and being healthier than ever, mentally and physically.


* Denise and I planning our first real vacation ever (not entirely sure if our 3 day honeymoon counts) and going to Georgia in November. My wife lived there for 15 years, and one of her friends is getting married and offering us the trip so that Denise can officiate! We’ll be on the road a lot, and will hopefully be able to meet a few LEP members along the way. Denise will actually turn 41 while we’re there. (November 6, for anyone who wants to send a birthday card!)


* Celebrating 2 years of wedded bliss on November 17. Some people were wondering if we’d still be head over heels in love after a little bit of time, and I can confirm that it only gets better and better for us! Being married to my best friend is something I treasure and feel grateful for every day.


* Receiving 6 boxes of writing sheets and 6 boxes of envelopes that I designed (no kidding, the UPS guy just left) and wanting to pinch myself every month, because I can’t believe I get to create stationery and fulfill stationery orders for a living.


* Finally taking the time to list new stationery in the Etsy shop, and getting a lot of positive feedback about the designs. Harry Potter! Halloween witch! Woodland Whimsy! All perfect for autumn, so I’ve been greedy and writing lots of letters on them lately.

Harry Potter stationery


* Dark chocolate toasted coconut cashews from Costco. Dark chocolate, sea salt and caramel pretzel treats from Costco. Vietnamese food, not from Costco.


This list could be endless, but I’ll stop for now, because I don’t want Cecilia to find me asleep and drooling on my keyboard tomorrow when she arrives for the LEP meetup!


Hopefully we’ll have stories and photos for you after the weekend, and maybe even a penpal ad!

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Steffi in Austria


There’s no better time than right now to share a new Quirky Penpal Ad with you! Postcrossing first connected Steffi & I… and now she’s looking for some new penpals!







If you’re interested in exchanging mail with Steffi, you can email her at


Before I close, I wanted to tell you how thankful I am for all of those who have given donations to our immigration journey. We’re almost halfway to our goal… you guys are amazing! We’re still accepting donations, so we’d be especially grateful if you feel led to give and/or share our story.



My name is Julie and I'm 36.
I'm French Canadian and fell
in love with an American,
so I'm now living in Vermont
with my wife.

I write letters, I love stationery and I have a handwriting fetish. I often eat sushi, still feel like I'm 16 and only wear skirts & dresses (with colorful tights when it's cold).

I'm happier with a mind full of ideas, a mailbox full of letters from my penpals, a shop full of stationery, a house full of pens and a day full of hugs.

Read my Top 10 Quirks here.

This is me with my wife,
Denise. We met through the
League of Extraordinary
Penpals and are living
happily ever after in the
Stationery Kingdom.

Denise blogs here too and is
the one in charge of the
social media: Facebook,
Twitter and Pinterest.

She's 40 years old,
from South Dakota,
and in love with me, washi
tape & imperial rolls.

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