Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Snail Mail Collective - Autumn Adventures

I'm so excited to show you guys this!  I took part in the Snail Mail Collective with Lost in Travels and The Nectar Collective back in October!  The general idea is that you essentially get a pen pal for the designated month you sign up, and you buy or make them little presents that fit the month's theme.  The gifts cannot total more than $5 to keep things fair and affordable.

I was partnered with Anwesha from Peanuts on the Road.  We have emailed back and forth several times over the past few months, and I've enjoyed getting to read about her travels and food excursions on her blog.  We had a few delays in getting our packages out, including the fact that I didn't even know that the office at my apartment complex had it for who knows how long and they didn't tell me!  

Also, if you'd like to see Anwesha's Snail Mail post, you can see that and everything I sent her HERE!  Go say hi to her!

Never-the-less, I was so excited when I got the package that I ran from the office back to my apartment (they aren't close) so that I could open it.  The whole way back while I was running I heard jingles, so my curiosity was going crazy!

Here are all the contents of the package!
Anwesha is from Kolkata, India.  I learned that October (or just the Autumn season) has a lot of important religious festivals and celebrations.  

What was really awesome is she sent little notes to explain the meanings behind some of the items she sent me that I otherwise would have no clue about!  This represents the Supreme One.

This is what was making the jingle sounds on my way back - I really love this!  It is hanging above my coffee maker already and I routinely tap the bells so they'll jingle.  :)

Anwesha also sent me a card and a bookmark.
The card is of the three-eyed goddess Durga - who is worshiped in Bengal during Autumn.

Here is another beautiful paper banner.  I'm not sure what the proper term for these are, but they are really pretty!

She also sent me a cute shopping bag!  I've been needing one of these, so I'm sure it will come in handy!

The bag folds up into the pouch and makes a cute flower!  I love it!

I really enjoyed participating in the Snail Mail Collective and getting to know my new friend Anwesha!  I loved getting to know more about India and some specific traditions they practice during Autumn.  It was also really fun to have a way to get outside my typical network of blogs and get to read from Anwesha's perspective!

If you like making new friends, getting snail mail, and picking out little gifts for others then you would love Snail Mail Collective.  They do it every month, so head over and check it out and meet some new friends from around the world!


  1. What cute gifts :) The Snail Mail Collective sounds like a lot of fun, and is a great way to bring bloggers together!

    1. Caitlin, it was really fun! It is always fun to be able to put thought into giving a good gift, and of course opening something unique in return is wonderful! :) I definitely made a new friend!

  2. That's so fun! I recently started my own Letter Writing Revolution to get people back into hand writing letters to people again! :)

    1. It was really fun, Catherine! Your Letter Writing Revolution also sounds pretty neat! I'll have to check that out! :D

  3. Now that's quite a cross-cultural experience with a little gift package! Definitely different from most! I think she did a good job!

    1. Rachel, I totally agree! I've seen some SNC posts where the person sent items that are available in both countries, I'm so glad to now have something special that I've also gotten to learn new things about! :)

  4. Hey Saxon, I am so glad you liked the package. I am putting up my post this evening. The paper banners are called "Chand Mala" (literally, Moon Garland) and these are strung up next to the clay idols. :)

    1. I love it! :) Glad to know they are called Chand Mala, I'll have to remember that! Loved your post, I've been super busy lately, so I'll have to go back over to comment! :)


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