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I believe it was my friend Addis (aka sumares) who first brought visual artist Adam J. Kurtz to my attention, and I was immediately hooked. His works are a mix of pep talk and reality check-up, funny and honest in equal measures. Adam won't promise you roses and that everything will be ok... I mean, who knows, right? Like the rest of us, it feels like he's just trying to figure stuff out as he goes along. So whether he's cheering you on, reflecting all our insecurities, celebrating the little everyday successes or just making a joke at his own expense, his work is candid and mostly optimistic, and never fails to bring a chuckle and a nod of understanding.

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Every year, Adam does a Kickstarter campaign to self-publish his popular Unsolicited Advice planners, which helps people get through the year with little drawings and (you guessed it!), a healthy dose of unsolicited advice. This year though, he also launched a series of paper products, including a book of postcards for all occasions. It's called "What I am trying to say" and as the title implies, inside you'll find postcards that will help you express your feelings in a more articulate way. They're as random as it gets, and that's what we love about them the most!

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Some time ago, we got in touch with Adam (who we discovered is also a postcrosser, aka adamjk!) who very generously offered 10 copies of his new postcard book for us to give away. YAY! To snag one of them, leave a comment below telling us one nice random victory that you think should be celebrated on a postcard (but isn't yet).

Some examples: surviving a babysitting gig, submitting your taxes on time, not forgetting to feed the cat, replying to a difficult email you've been postponing, making it to the dentist... Rarely can we find postcards for things like these, and there should be some, don't you think? 😊  So let us know your random little (or big) victory that deserves cheering!

Good luck everyone! Check back on this post around this time next week, to find out who were the 10 lucky members whose names were picked by Paulo's random number generator. And a huge thank you to Adam and also to Kim at Abrams books, for sponsoring this giveaway!

And the winners of this giveaway, as chosen by Paulo's random number generator are... butterflygirl17, Green_Heron, Mandy_L, junkgypsy, amrosendal, theaterfan23, Sheshells, sachartz, Buffy_94 and ejcain! Congratulations, and thank you everyone for your very enthusiastic participation! :)

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Today is the day to thank our mail carriers, and a few days ago we invited you to make something special for these everyday heroes. A lot of you showed us the postcards you had made, and we were in awe of your talent and creativity... so many mail carriers are going to have a super special day because of you!

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You can see all the submissions we've received on this gallery. We had a prize to give to the best one though, so here it goes — the winner is...

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... EmilJohn (aka Emil) from the Philippines, who drew, wrote and decorated the card above. It reads "February 4 is "Thank-a-mailman Day". Thank you and all those who work in order for us to receive our letters. Thank you for delivering my postcards always :) Respectfully, Emil, postcrosser."

Isn't it just stunning? Congratulations Emil on your new stickers.

Now it's time to go and thank our mail carriers, let them know we appreciate their hard work! 📬

PS - A big thank you to Pipsticks for sponsoring this giveaway and making all our postcards a little bit more fun! For those of you who would like to give the service a try, use the code HAPPYMAIL for 20% off the 1st month of any subscription.

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... and we have a mission for you, if you wish to accept it! 😉 February 4th is Mail Carrier Appreciation Day and every year, we encourage you to make something nice for your mail carrier on this day. They're the ones who walk, ride or drive miles and miles every single day, sometimes enduring harsh weather conditions in order to deliver all our mail... without them, this hobby would not be possible. So it's time to say thank you, and make sure they know we appreciate their hard work.

This year though, we thought we'd give you an extra incentive... how does a $50 voucher from Pipsticks sound like?

All you need to do for a chance to win it is grab a postcard, write a nice message for your postman or postwoman on the back and decorate it. Put your heart into your thank you message, and make use of that stash of crafty things you've been collecting for a while now: your rubber stamps, stickers and all those lovely washi tapes. Feel free to use old stamps as decoration too, if you'd like — these cards are meant to be delivered by hand or stuck on your mailbox for them to find on February 4th (or February 3rd, since this year the date falls on a Saturday). Make it sincere and make it stand out!

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Once you're happy with the result, take a photo or scan the postcard you've decorated and send the image to thank-a-mailman@postcrossing.com until the end of Feb 2nd (GMT). The best submission will win a $50 voucher from Pipsticks. We'll announce the winner on Feb. 4th, and also show you the submissions we've received until then.

I've already started my postcard... but I really want to see yours! 😍 Come on, show us what you've got — and let's make our mail carriers extra happy on their special day!

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To say I'm a big fan of stationery would be the understatement of the year. Things like labels, washi tape, rubber stamps, or stickers just make me go all starry-eyed, sighing in delight... I treasure (read: hoard) all the bits and pieces that can turn postcards into mini-works of art.

Sadly, living in a small town does present some challenges, like the lack of nice stationery shops in a radius of 200km... which is why I've recently fallen in love with subscription services! They're a godsend for those of us in rural areas, as the goodies come to us, pre-selected and nicely wrapped. Bliss!

Enter Pipsticks, a monthly sticker subscription club, offering an eclectic mix of sourced and self-designed stickers in two flavours: kids or grown-ups.

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The kids pack (above) features animals, monsters, robots and funny puns in all their sparkly and puffy glory, while the grown-up pack (below) is a little less exuberant and more versatile, but just as much fun.

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I quite like how their selection has a bit of everything: backgrounds, cartoons, labels, a white postcard, and of course both tiny stickers and bigger pieces, all ready to bring a pop of excitement to any postcard or occasion. Some people might prefer to pick and choose what they buy... but I for one, am quite happy to be surprised and not overwhelmed with choice. Also, it's nice to have a selection of different things available instead of 3-4 sheets of the same designs.

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To help you bring your postcards to the next level, Pipsticks is offering one lucky postcrosser a "Studio Sticker box", which is a box loaded with washi tape, blank postcards and stickers. Sounds amazing, right?! 😍

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For a chance to win all these goodies, leave a comment below letting us know one cool thing you'd like to see pictured in stickers more often! (Me? I'd vote for eggs. 🍳 The world needs more egg-citing stickers!)

Don't forget to check out their website for more details on their fun subscriptions — or you can have a look at their Instagram for a peek of their previous and future packs.

As always, come back this time next week to find out which lucky postcrosser was chosen by Paulo's random number generator!

And the winner is... terrimik! YAY! Thank you everyone for sharing your favourite sticker ideas — so interesting! :)

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Remember the World's Smallest Postal Service (and their fantastic DIY activity kit) which we mentioned here on the blog some years ago?

Lea Redmond and her company have been busy creating lovely new things in the meantime, and we're here to tell you all about one of their more recent ventures — a book of letters which you write to yourself, to read in the future! 😍

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The "Letters to My..." are a series of themed books, each containing 12 paper time capsules (which are a set of 12 aerogrammes bound together in a hard cover). There are several themes to choose from, from letters to your "older and wiser" self, to your baby, mom or dad, grandchild, the bride...

On the Letters to My Future Self for instance, each letter features a prompt such as "things you never want to forget" or "promises you made to yourself". As inspiration strikes, you write down these memories or pieces of advice on a letter, which you then seal with a special sticker and save for when the right time comes. We'll let Lea show you how it works:

Each aerogramme is beautifully designed and the thoughtful prompts encourage us to sit down with our thoughts and plans for a little while, inviting reflection and appreciation.

We're truly enamoured with this simple yet genius idea. Wouldn't they make perfect gifts for snail mail lovers? We think so too, which is why we're super excited that Lea's company Leafcutter Designs shared some of these with us — so we can share them with you guys!

We have 2 copies of Letters to My Future Self to give to two lucky postcrossers who answer the following question in the comments: If you could write one short piece of advice to your future self right now, what would you tell yourself?

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Good luck everyone — remember to check back on this post around this time next week, to know whether your name was picked by Paulo's random number generator. And a big thank you to our generous friends at Leafcutter Designs, for sponsoring this giveaway! 😊

And the winners, as chosen by Paulo's random number generator are... otegami and ravioli22! Hurray! Thank you everyone for all your interesting comments and precious words of advice!

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