by Brandi McElhatten
I posted it. Did I ever send anyone anything? Nope.
I started thinking about that viral post-promise thing, along with the box of letters in my basement that I had saved since high school. I used to write so much, actual pen to paper. I am terrible at sitting down now and writing anything. It took me over a year to write my thank you cards for my baby shower gifts. And Christmas cards? Forget ’em. But I love getting them from other people. Hello hypocrisy.
It dawned on me that it would be nice to have an event where people could get together and share supplies and all write letters and make trinkets to send to people. With my background in crafty events – – I really had missed organizing events. I messaged my friend Haley, who is the mastermind behind Memorabilia Productions, and told her my idea. She mentioned that I should meet her friend Erika who was going to be opening a store soon – – that it sounded like something she would be into.
Erika, Haley and I met up one afternoon to talk about our plan. The meeting went swimmingly, otherwise I probably wouldn’t be writing this now. Erika told me about her store and how she was planning on having a mail art section in the store. I told her about my idea and what had given me the idea. I think we all agreed we were on the same page.
We settled on the name PenPal Social Club. Our first event was April 25th and also served as a sneak peek at Erika’s store, Canopy.
Our first event went so great. I was so inspired by everyone, the event itself really fostered a sense of community. It was really hard for me to sit down and work on my own letters. I really just wanted to watch everyone working on theirs.
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