Friday, May 28, 2010

Happy Friday - Letterboxing Edition

First I was curious. Then enticed. Then driven. Then absolutely in the thrall of my new found hobby- letterboxing. I don't think there has ever been something more perfectly tailored to suit me (except maybe lasagne). Treasure hunting meets art. Is there anything better (except maybe a chocolate raspberry milkshake)?

At this point my enthusiasm is trumping any actual expertise I have about the process but I'll do my best to explain: you go to this website (or this one) for clues. You arm yourself with a nifty trail name, a hand carved stamp and a journal and then you go forth and seek out a letterbox. Actually finding one is exciting. Some stranger, somewhere unknown, went through the effort to put together and hide this box for you to find. Inside the box is a journal and a stamp. You stamp your journal with the box stamp and you stamp the box journal with your stamp. Capiche? Many of the boxes contain handcarved stamps so you're finding a little piece of artwork in an unexpected place. And you get to take it home. Isn't that enticing? Here's an example of a stamp:

If you have kids, they will love this. Each family member can have their own stamp and their own journal. For more concrete information check out About Letterboxing.

Here I am in close proximity to a letterbox. Shhhhh. Don't tell anyone.Hope you all had a happy week. Tell us about it in a post and link it to The Next Chapter: Happy Book Mail Around. Have a great weekend!


  1. oh oh !!!
    i am so happy to see a picture of you ;-)
    thank YOU!!!

    p.s. the one in your profile is too small to see you

  2. Darling-tinglies!? Do I recognize the carnivore naturey walk a tron? Miss you MonkeyMind!!

  3. Big Timber! I said not to tell! I was in, uh, Oklahoma when that picture was taken! Yeah, Oklahoma...

  4. i am so intrigued by this! it sounds like lots of fun!

  5. yes, i think we'll try it this summer! but first, to make a stamp :)...
    (for anyone interested, a friend of mine made her own stamp for letterboxing, i linked to it on my blog)