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26 April 2012

Foodie penpals and other mail

Last month I took part in a fun little parcel exchange called Foodie Penpals.  Foodie Penpals was started by Carol Anne at This is Rock Salt, the premise being that, on a monthly basis you send a thoughtful, food related parcel with a spending limit of £10. You are matched with a partner and you get to know their interests and likes and dislikes before sending them a parcel of goodies.  I was partnered with Rhian, who blogs here and here - she is a part time cake decorator so I felt pretty nervous about sending her any of my own baked goodies!

Here is the package I sent Rhian...

Jubilee party muffin cases, strawberry and cream tea, dark chocolate drops, cranberry and white chocolate cookies and cookie recipe book.



I love trying local foods and visiting farmers' markets and farm shops so when the lovely Sophie (who was partnered to send to me) asked me what I wanted in my parcel I asked her to send me some things from where she lived - she kindly sent me some Sussex tea, chocolates and biscuits, along with some more yummy chocolates and homemade goodies.  Thanks Sophie!


Last year I sent out a lot of letters and parcels and was really enjoying having penpals again and receiving lovely things in the post.  Some months ago however, all the pressures of work, the house, being a puppy owner and my endless to do list rather got on top of me and I had a break from it all because I realised I wasn't able to give it the time it deserved.  I'm pleased to say I'm now getting back into it in a big way and have been excitedly buying up some new bits and bobs to make mail art and investing in some new paper (and, on Sally's advice, stocking up on stamps!) I love sending postcards to people via sendsomething.net and I've also been replying to all the lovely people who wrote to me before I had my break.  If any of you are running parcel swaps or fancy exchanging some postcards just let me know :)

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comments:

  1. Ah that foodie thing sounds like so much fun :) xx

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  2. sounds really interesting, great post :) might have to try it myself x

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  3. Does that only relate to the UK or can it be all over the world? I love British treats, and Japanese, and French....etc. Ok, all international treats! lol

    -j.
    www.thefabulousgypsy.com

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  4. Such a cute idea!! This post has totally inspired me to write/send parcels more often to people :D

    Sasha xx

    www.fashpashblog.blogspot.co.uk

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  5. Oh wow the food swap is such a brilliant idea! Right up my street! x

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  6. That's such a lovely idea - both of the parcels look great! :)

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  7. This sounds so lovely! I've always read about swaps, but never done one. I'd love to though, I love sending parcels!

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  8. Aw, what sweet parcels! I love all the local produce, glad you enjoyed your month in Foodie Penpals and come back any time!

    http://thisisrocksalt.com/foodie-penpals

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  9. Wow, this is a great idea!
    I love sending and receiving parcels, especially if you get food inside :)
    Betty
    x

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  10. for postcards, have a look at www.postcrossing.com
    x

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  11. This is lovely!!
    ive nominated you for the 'Sunshine blog award!'
    check it out on my blog
    love esme x

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  12. the food swap idea looks like fun. How exciting! I'm into letter writing and always on the lookout for a new penpal. Let me know if you're interested :)
    you can tweet me @countrygirldoes x

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  13. Hi Rosie, as you know I find your blog a lovely read and you're very inspiring! That's why I've nominated you for a blog award. http://goodgobble.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/7-x-7-link-award.html

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  14. AH this is a brilliant idea! I love parcels and I love food, it's perfection in a box! (: I love little gift swaps like this such a nice way to make someone's day and make some new friends along the way (unintentional rhyming). (: x

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  15. Aww this is such a lovely idea!
    I would love to get involved in things like this as I enjoy putting parcels together and recieving nice things in the post!
    Hope you enjoy your goodies =)
    xx
    emsipop.blogspot.com

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  16. This is an amazing idea! I remember if I ever got writing sets etc as a kid I'd never want to use them because they were so pretty, but something like this seems worth using that stuff for! x

    xkerryw.blogspot.com

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  17. What a lovely idea for sharing the foodie love. I hope you enjoy all of your wonderful goodies :) It's always grand getting mail.
    R xx

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  18. this is such a cute idea ..love it! xx

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  19. This sounds like a great idea, who doesn't love recieving tasty snacks!

    Caroline x
    Caroline's Catwalk

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  20. Oh wow that sounds amazing! Would be great to get to know other people passionate about food. I'll need to see what happens to me financially in the next few months to see if I can star taking part as is graduate really soon.

    Morag x
    moadore.blogspot.com

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  21. Rosie, you did so well you had nothing to worry about!! xxx

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