House For Six

Letter Writing Station For A Special Little Girl

Deme Crinion16 Comments
We love our new state, but one of the hardest things about living in Ohio is having our extended family and many friends clear across the country.  Yet, one of the sweetest things to come from that distance, is an emerging pen-pal relationship between Mia and her cousin.

I'm not even sure how it started really....I think Ella included a little note to Mia when her mom sent a package of goodies and Mia wanted to write back. They've exchanged a few notes over the past few months and she recently started writing letters with a good friend of hers back in Albuquerque too.

In an age where we're attached to our gadgets (#guilty), I'm so happy that my sweet girl has a love and appreciation for the handwritten note.  It's something that started very young with her and I hope it's something she keeps with her for the long haul!

Even as a pre-schooler, Mia loved stealing cards from my stash and making pictures or notes for her family and friends.  Her desk drawers were stuffed full of them.  And this girl still loves sending special messages to the people she loves. 

So, when the folks at Tiny Prints reached out to us about a project collaboration, it didn't take long for us to land on a letter writing station for our little miss.
Letter writing station for a little correspondent

The credit for this idea actually goes to my mom.  Leave it to a Yiayia to pick up on her granddaughter's interest...in one of her visits awhile back my mom brought a desk caddy, some blank note cards, and some blank labels (to be printed with the addresses of her family and friends).

The idea was to create a spot with all the tools Mia needed to quickly whip up a note for a friend and mail it off....which may or may not have been in response to my admitted slacker-status when it comes to timely thank you notes.  Or any correspondence for that matter.

It was a great idea, but we never could seem to find the right spot for it or to maximize it's potential.   As I planned out my office makeover, I wanted a designated zone for crafting.  Both for me and the kids.  Mia often likes to be in the office with me during the boys' naptime, so it seemed the perfect spot to set up this little note writing area.
Letter writing station for a little correspondent

We had so much fun picking out these stationary essentials together!  I tried really hard to keep my mom-opinion to myself and let her choose.  Tiny Prints seriously has a TON of options, so I did a little perusing on my own first, saved a few choices by adding them to a favorites list, then had Mia come make her picks.

She started with this Blooming Bounty Return Address Label , which I completely adore, and it was our jumping off point for the rest of the writing station goodies.

Letter writing station for a little correspondent

With the stationary selected, we needed a spot to corral all that paper goodness.   The desk caddy from my mom was the perfect size, we just needed to spruce her up a bit.
Letter writing station for a little correspondent

A little hot glue, pom pom trim, and a label (using one of the sheets from her notepad), and we were in business.
Letter writing station for a little correspondent

Letter writing station for a little correspondent

Mia was all about the florals and the pinks for this project....  

These Petal Clusters cards are so cheerful and have plenty of space for longer notes.  
Letter writing station for a little correspondent

But if she prefers writing on a piece of paper, she can use her Lush Bouquet Notepad.  Or just for kicks, these Royal Fun Flat Cards...how cute are those princesses!?



The Brushed Chevron Notebook is the perfect spot to jot down addresses...or notes...or doodles....or lists.  Because she really is my daughter and can bust out a list with the best of them.
Letter writing station for a little correspondent

We made sure she had stamps and plenty of colorful pens nearby.  A girl needs options...
Letter writing station for a little correspondent

 And some stickers and washi tape to jazz up those letters and envelopes...
Letter writing station for a little correspondent

Letter writing station for a little correspondent

I found the cutest mailbox for $3.00 at Joann's and it's helping us solve one of the biggest issues we had in responding to friends in a timely manner: keeping track of the letters and people awaiting a response!  Now when Mia receives a letter from a friend, she can put it right in her mailbox until she's ready to sit down and write back.  It's also a great place to hold lists of gifts received for birthdays/holidays, as she works through writing thank you cards.  We dolled it up with a little gold ribbon and a small chalkboard label (both found at the Target dollar bins).
Letter writing station for a little correspondent

It's right next to a pictures of her pen-pal cousin, who just happened to arrive for a visit this week!
Letter writing station for a little correspondent

Letter writing station for a little correspondent

I don't know if I was more excited to show her this special spot or if she was to see it.  She could not wait to jump in!
Letter writing station for a little correspondent

Letter writing station for a little correspondent

Letter writing station for a little correspondent

I have to admit...having that handy station right next to my own workspace has prompted me to write a few quick notes myself.  I can see Mia spending a lot of time creating here and I love watching her relationships continue to blossom - even from afar.  I truly hope this is an art she never loses!

And to all you mom's with kids resistant to handwriting, setting up a pen pal for your kiddo can be a great way to sneak in some unofficial practice ;)

A huge thanks to Tiny Prints for helping us create this adorable, personal space for our girl!  You can check out all their products and their amazing selection right here.  They have everything from stationary, to photo books, to home decor...I loved all the options for personalization and was really impressed with the quality of their products.

Does anyone else have a budding writer on their hands?  How do you encourage your children to keep in touch with their long-distance friends and family?

*Tiny Prints provided us with most of the stationary items (all linked to in the post) for this project.  All opinions and hot glue techniques are my own.


Thanks so much for reading! We would love to hang out!
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