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Snail Mail Revolution

This year has been a lot of things. But one thing is certain, we have all missed the opportunities for connection that we took for granted before the pandemic became our new reality. This has been heavy on many of our hearts especially as “what is okay to do” changes from time to time. It’s been heavy on my heart as well. So, I’ve been thinking of a way to help people send a little love through the mail. I want to join the #snailmailrevolution and give you an opportunity to join me.

I’m here to introduce our new collection of “Snail Mail Suprises” in our Etsy shop:

Our first new Snail Mail Surprise is the “Hug-a-Doll”

This is the perfect surprise for someone that you can’t see at the moment, but think of always. Comes with your choice of “Hug-a-Doll” made from fabric that you select. It includes a small separate note about what a “Hug a Doll” is: “A special “Hug-a-Doll” for you: to show you I care and to send you a little hug by snail mail!”

There’s a simple little handmade and hand-colored card and on the inside- I can include a note to your friend or family member. We have a “Hello Beautiful” card or “Miles Apart, Close at Heart” card to choose from. Write what you want inside the card in the note section before you checkout! I can send it straight to your loved one as soon as it’s made!

A Handmade Card with a Hug-a-Doll

Secondly, a Snail Mail Surprise for your Favorite Bookworms

Send a special note to your favorite bookworm with a handmade bookmark. Comes with your choice of bookmark, perfect for small chapter books! This is a smaller version of another bookmark in our shop. Simply select the fabric you want before check out. And it includes a small bookmark for them to color themselves! The simple little handmade and hand-colored card has a section on the inside where I can include a note to your friend or family member.

A Handmade Card with a Bookmark for your favorite Bookworm

Our Family’s Favorite: the Red Panda Gram

Send a special note to someone you love with a Red Panda Gram. Comes with a red panda sticker inside! It’s original artwork by me, and I had so much fun creating this little guy. There is a simple little handmade Red Panda card and on the inside- I can include a note to your friend or family member.

A Red Panda Gram

A Snail Mail Gift that Changes with the Season: the Tea Wallet

What in the world is a tea wallet? No one likes to buy tea from Starbucks – talk about expensive! Why not carry it with you so that you can enjoy your favorite drink too! Just grab a hot cup of water from your favorite cafe and add your own tea bag. Convenient to carry in a purse with you on the go.

If you really want to surprise someone this season- send them a little tea wallet in the mail! It’s like a little stocking stuffer in an envelope! Our Christmas version has nutcracker fabric, and this will change depending on the season. Include your message to your friend and family in the note section at check out and I will include it in the snail mail with a little handmade Christmas card!

A Nutcracker Tea Wallet for the Season

Just visit ConnorsRdCollective on Etsy and you can find our listings with all of the pictures to show our variations. Also, if you want special discounts, news, and fun- be sure to subscribe with your email to be a part of our Silly Old Pooh Club at and you’ll get a code for a free fabric bookmark with your first purchase in our shop! Just copy and paste the URL into your browser and you’re all set!

Join us in the Snail Mail Revolution and send a little love under 1 ounce to your loved ones!

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Around the Spinney

One thing that we really love to do together as a family is to read and listen to good books. When our first two children were 4 and 2, our favorite story to listen to was “Winnie the Pooh.” We had the physical copies of the book and we also had the audiobook version with Stephen Fry as Winnie the Pooh. (I would recommend this version to anyone- the voice actors bring the characters to life so beautifully.)

I cannot count how many times we have listened to and laughed at A.A. Milne’s timeless stories. Winnie the Pooh was my favorite lovable and huggable bear all throughout childhood as well. And of course, that is why my business is called “Around the Spinney.”

I have always loved the story of Chapter 3, “In which Pooh and Piglet go hunting and nearly catch a Woozle“. Pooh is joined by Piglet as he walks around and around in a circle, tracking something. This is one of my favorite paragraphs in the story:

“There was a small spinney of larch-trees just here, and it seemed as if the two Woozles, if that is what they were, had been going round this spinney; so round this spinney went Pooh and Piglet after them; Piglet passing the time by telling Pooh what his Grandfather, Trespassers W, had done to Remove Stiffness after Tracking, and how his Grandfather, Trespassers W, had suffered in his later years from Shortness of Breath, and other matters of interest, and Pooh wondering what a Grandfather was like, and if perhaps this was Two Grandfathers they were after now, and if so, whether he would be allowed to take one home and keep it, and what Christopher Robin would say. And still the tracks went on in front of them…”

This feels like one of our days as a family- walking together, determinedly but in a lolly-gagging sort of way. Trying as best as we can to cherish our time together and to pass on thoughts, wisdom, and well-wishes to one another. Not really knowing where we are walking to, but knowing that if we do it together we will enjoy the journey.

More on our favorite stories soon!