One of the best parts of being tapped into the handmade community is having the opportunity to connect with some incredibly talented and imaginative people. Today I am thrilled to have my online handmade friend Alison Butler from The Petit Caudeau on my blog to tell you about her newest project. You remember Alison from her guest post on how she keeps her creative fires burning back in December when I was off having Eve.
Alison has started a really cool project for children called Petit Mail. Every month children receive a little piece of mail featuring ficitonal character Olivia + Oliver. I will let Alison tell you more about it.
Tell us a little bit about Petit Mail and the inspiration behind it.
Petit Mail is a monthly subscription and children will receive a letter once a month. Subscriptions are available for 6 months or 12 months and are available for Canada, US and International mailing addresses and every purchase comes with the option to print a free gift card. I created Petit Mail because I LOVE snail mail and I wanted something that young children (including my daughter NJ, age 3) could open and enjoy on a monthly basis. Petit Mail is bright & fun. Once a month, children will receive a letter from either Oliver or Olivia (alternating between each character). The letters are designed for young children and are packaged in fun, bright envelopes featuring stamps, embossing & tape. Some months, the letters will also include little extras, like stickers & other goodies.
The names of the characters, Olivia & Oliver, are so cute! How did you decide on the names for them?
I’m so glad you like the character names! Oliver + Olivia were named in a naming contest on my blog The Petit Cadeau. I posted the character illustrations and let readers comment with a boy and girl name for a chance to win a free 12 month subscription. I had a fabulous response and it was honestly so hard to choose the final names, but in the end, I just went with my gut instinct and Oliver and Olivia seem to suit the characters well. My readers are fantastic and came up with so many great name suggestions.
What do you hope children will get out of Petit Mail?
I would really like for children to have a love and appreciation for sending and receiving something in the mail. In our digital age, mail seems to be somewhat forgotten, but it can be so delightful to receive something just for you in the mailbox. A surprise. Something to brighten your day. I hope that children receiving Petit Mail will feel special, and happy every month when they receive their subscription.
What is your favorite thing you have received in the mail this year?
Great question! And a difficult one to answer. I did a holiday card/gift exchange with other creative bloggers, and received a beautiful necklace from Pippa at Story of Mum. That was a complete surprise, and even though we have never met, I LOVE the necklace (a flying bird with my initial) and I wear it all the time.
You talk about that you and your daughter enjoy going on adventures together to check your mail. What other activities do you two enjoy doing together?
I love to read with her and her current love is puzzles, which we sit down and work on together. We spend a lot of family time together on the weekend – this weekend we went to the park to feed the ducks (another favourite) and to the playground. I love to bake with her on Sunday mornings – sometimes homemade pancakes or muffins. She loves to help pour, stir and mix. If you follow me on Instagram you can often see me post pictures of our baking or cooking adventures. She also loves to paint and craft – we recently painted beads to make our own necklaces.
In what ways do you incorporate creativity into your parenting?
It’s hard to be a creative parent when there’s always laundry and housework and meals and other things to do. I’m TRYING (emphasis on trying) to keep the technology (phone, tablet, computer) to a minimum on the weekends so that we can just focus on play and fun activities – this is for sure a work in progress. I encourage her to explore, and to use her imagination (which is an amazing thing). I try to let go of my own boundaries (too messy) and to encourage her to try new things and experiment – Pinterest is really helpful for finding pre-school friendly projects and I try to have some supplies for fun activities ready for the weekend.
Thank you so much for joining me me on my blog, Alison, and for sharing with my readers about Petit Mail!
Alison is a part-time creative, a wife, and mother with a passion for thoughtful gifting. She writes from “the edge of the world”, also known as Newfoundland and Labrador Canada. Learn more about Petit Mail Subscriptions here, and about Alison and thoughtful gifting on her blog The Petit Cadeau.