Monday, 31 December 2012

Happy New Year!




I haven't really posted here in ages, sorry about that! I've been so busy with college and things that I just haven't had the time!

I wish everyone who has viewed this site a Happy New Year! I hope to update this site more in the new year, it's on the list of new years resolutions which I hope to complete.

I hope everyone has had a good year and I wish you all the best for the future!

Jessica x

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Birthday delivery

My birthday was ages ago now and I haven't got round to putting any photos up of my cards or anything so here they are!





My mum got me this cute tin as a surprise present which came with a chocolate postcard which I didn't eat a bit of before taking the photo or anything...


My brother got me this perfume aww. It has nothing to do with Snail Mail but eh it's cute.


This was a birthday card from Serine in Norway.


From Costanza in Italy.



From Sila in Indonesia 


From Grace in Germany

There were some more things which I haven't got round to taking photos of yet but you can look forward to them soon!






Tuesday, 23 October 2012

My first letter to California!

This is my first letter to Bailey! I haven't bought any paper yet, so I just designed it myself. I hope she likes it! The envelope I'm using is the last one like that I have left, I've had that Winnie the Pooh set since I was like 5.

¡Hola mis amigos!

I'm Courtney, and I'm a new author here! I just wanted to take the opportunity to introduce myself to you all. I'm 16 years old and I love Disney more than anything in the world ever! I live in England and I've only just started penpalling, I have 2 penpals, Melanie from Scotland and Bailey from California. They're both Disney enthusiasts like me, so I'm here to add a little magic into your penpal universe! Hopefully, I'll be able to share my Disney-fied letters and gifts with you once I get going! If you're interested in my other Disney shenanigans, check out my blog: thatdisneyprincess.tumblr.com

See you real soon, and have a magical day!
-Courtney x


Another new author!

Welcome Courtney!


Me and Courtney have been friends for ages and ages and now she has started snail mailing too! She is a very talented artist and I'm sure her letters wont disappoint.
(There's a better photo than the one above ;) )



Thursday, 18 October 2012

The Facebook page is ready!

http://www.facebook.com/MessagesFromBottles

Now you can be more involved with messages from bottles than ever!

Here you can post any of your own snail mail photos, view other peoples or simply just keep up to date with what's going on in the website :)

You can also contact both me and Chloe there as well, so if you have any suggestions for what you would like to see or hear about then please don't hesitate to ask!

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

New letters!

I'm going to make a post in the next few weeks about my birthday cards and things so don't be worried if it looks like your birthday card has gone missing from your letter! 


This first letters from Grace in Germany. She sent back my contact card yay! I wasn't sure if anyone would actually bother to fill them in for me. I like the German stamps, so pretty.


This letter is from Hyeji in Korea. She sent me tea and photos and my little card for a message in a bottle (Which I will do... I'm just not sure when...) She also sent me a little Korea lesson.


I'm not sure I'll be fluent in Koran any time soon but eh! It doesn't hurt to try!


Finally, this letter is from Serine in Norway. I love Serine's letters they are always so cute. I especially love the seal and I cant wait to try the chocolate! 

Thank you everyone <3


Monday, 15 October 2012

I'm back!



I had a really good birthday! I even met Sid from ice-age! What more can one ask for! I realised I maybe use exclamation marks way too often... Oh well.


Thank you pen pals for all your cards and things that you sent, I will be posting them on here soon enough along with, hopefully, a Halloween card type thing... that's if I actually remember to make it ;D

Happy the bit in-between Halloween and my birthday everyone!

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Apologies...

I have been so so busy recently so I haven't really been able to post anything on here :'(

I just started college studying Law, Economics, Psychology, Modern History and German so as you can imagine I am pretty busy nowadays!

However this weekend its my birthday! (13th October) So even though I'm going away for the weekend I will surely make a post about what cards and what not I have received. I have already received some cards early and I didn't realise how much effort people would put into them! They are so lovely <3 Thank you all!


This is a clue to my... mysterious weekend away. I'll be sure to make some thrilling post cards when I return ;D

I forgot to say...

We also have Formspring: http://www.formspring.me/BottledMessage

So if you have any questions you want to ask but don't understand Tumblr then you can always ask through there :)

3008 Views!

We have hit yet another milestone! Wahoo!

Due to the failure of the last message in a bottle attempt, I will save your messages (However little there were) until we hit a more dramatic milestone.

I would like to take this opportunity to remind people that they can contact both me and Chloe (or both of us together) through various ways:

Tumblr:

Jessica's personal Tumblr: http://jessicaisalice.tumblr.com/
Chloe's persona Tumblr: http://ohsochloe.tumblr.com/
Messages from Bottles official Tumblr: http://messagesfrombottles.tumblr.com/

E-mail: messagesfrombottles@gmail.com (If you have a specific message for either me or Chloe then you can always state it in your E-mail)

Twitter: @abottlesmessage

And, as always, you can comment on anyone of our posts and we will try our hardest to reply A.S.A.P!

The question of the moment, which will be added to the poll, is... Do you think messages from bottles should have a Facebook page?

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Hello!

Hi everyone! Like Jessica mentioned in her previous post, my name is Chloe, and I am the new author on this blog, hooray! Now this will just be a short post but hopefully it'll work at introducing myself to you all!

So, yes, I'm Chloe. I'm seventeen and I live in England, UK. I'm at college where I study English language, modern history, sociology and media studies. I'm a really positive person and love love LOVE spending time with my friends and family and just being a generally smiley girl! :-)

Jess first introduced me to pen-palling several months ago, and I'm so glad she did. While I don't have quite as many snail-mail friends as she does at the moment, I have already been introduced to some different cultures and learnt about people from all over the world, all through picking up a pen and writing letters! In a later blog post I will be writing about what I have personally found beneficial about getting involved in snail-mail - I hope to post quite a lot, alongside Jessica of course, to keep Messages In Bottles constant and fabulous! If you have any post ideas for us please comment and say what you'd like us to write about!

Oh, I also run a personal blog chloechiddle.blogspot.com if you're interested in having a quick look at that too.
Ooh, and before I forget, I'm still looking for potential new snail-mail penpals! If you want cute handwritten letters and little gifts then send me a comment or a message and I'll get back to you on that!

Speak later, my lovely Snail Mail friends!

Chloe xxx

Welcome Chloé!

We have a new author! yay!


I introduced Chloé to Snail Mail a while ago and I haven't got time to post all the time at the moment, so I kinda forced her to help me with the blog! Hopefully now there will be plenty of interesting things to read on here from two Snail Mail enthusiasts... and that's never a bad thing!


(Proof I do know Chloé (; )

Me and Chloé were at school together and used to share many...imaginative conversations together. Somehow we managed to go from singing Lady Gaga to hey! have you ever heard of Snail Mail? and I thought there was no better person to share their Snail Mail experiences with you than her. 

I hope you're all as excited as me to hear what Chloé has to say in the future :)

Jessica <3 

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Yet another visit to Tk Maxx!

I visited Tk Maxx again... yay! I decided I spend soo much money there I should just get a job there. That's not even I joke I actually applied for a job there!


Tada! Here is what I purchased...


This cute little arty peacock notebook. I'm not sure what I'm going to write in it yet so any ideas are warmly welcomed!


This is another notebook. This isn't the best picture but its actually really quite pretty.


I couldn't resist this little tea bag set! I know I'm British, and I know I act like a tourist, but look how cute it looks! 


I got this fairly large writing let which contains letter paper, cards and sticky labels. 


This cute little dog themed letter set was just too tempting!


I love this little set, there are holes in the paper so you can tie the sheets you use together with a ribbon.



Voila and here is the damage! This is what I like to see!

Saturday, 15 September 2012

Penpal Magazine!

Guess what you lucky people! I found a free online magazine all about snail mail! Yay!

Here are the links to the current episodes available:

Issue 1: http://www.sandbook.net/new/index.php/2012-07-08-21-43-23/magazine-issues/category/8-magazineissue1

Issue 2: http://www.sandbook.net/new/index.php/2012-07-08-21-43-23/magazine-issues/category/9-magazineissue2

Issue 3: http://www.sandbook.net/new/index.php/2012-07-08-21-43-23/magazine-issues/category/10-magazineissue3

Issue 4: http://www.sandbook.net/new/index.php/2012-07-08-21-43-23/magazine-issues/category/11-magazineissue4

Issue 5: http://www.sandbook.net/new/index.php/2012-07-08-21-43-23/magazine-issues/category/12-magazineissue5

Issue 6: http://www.sandbook.net/new/index.php/2012-07-08-21-43-23/magazine-issues/category/13-magazineissue6

Issue 7: http://www.sandbook.net/new/index.php/2012-07-08-21-43-23/magazine-issues/category/14-magazineissue7

Issue 8: http://www.sandbook.net/new/index.php/2012-07-08-21-43-23/magazine-issues/category/15-magazineissue8

Issue 9: http://www.sandbook.net/new/index.php/2012-07-08-21-43-23/magazine-issues/category/16-magazineissue9

Issue 10: http://www.sandbook.net/new/index.php/2012-07-08-21-43-23/magazine-issues/category/17-magazineissue10

Issue 11: http://www.sandbook.net/new/index.php/2012-07-08-21-43-23/magazine-issues/category/18-magazineissue11

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Recent letters

I found a way to add photos which works... yay! 

So here are my recent letters! 


The first of the letters is from the beautiful Serine from Norway. She sent me loads of lovely photos of her holiday to Spain and Gibraltar and wrote me a lovely long letter! She always buts so much effort into each letter and I love it so much :D 


The next letter is from Rachel from the U.S.A. Rachel always surprises me, I am amazed how someone with so many pen pals can reply with such wonderful long letters really really quickly! She also sends such lovely teas and stickers :D


This is the postcard Serine sent me from Spain. She was there at almost the same time as me just a few miles down the road from where I was staying! 


This next letter is from one of my most loved pen pals, Sarah from Germany. She's one of my original pen pals and I love hearing from her! With this letter she sent me some crazy photos her sister took of her! She should look forward to some crazy ones of me and my brother in return ;D


This is a letter from another of my original pen pals, Opaline from France. She always has the cutest paper and the most beautiful French writing <3


This next letter is from Hyeji from South Korea. She sent me this little packet of cream stuff and a picture of her sister for me to draw for her! I better get busy ;D


This letter was from Belle from Taiwan. I love this postcard! Its so crazy! I've never seen anything quite so weird before!


This letter and postcard is from Sila in Indonesia. I love the postcard its so pretty! Indonesia is somewhere I'd love to go some day.


The next one is from Bailey from the U.S.A. She sent me a mix CD which I really must listen to soon! She also sent me a cool friendship bracelet which looks a bit like a snake! 

I'll add some more photos of my most recent letters soon!

2500 views!

We finally reached 2500 views! Thank you all so much! I'm going to start a competition (with a prize for the winner) for the best message to go in the message in a bottle! :D I will also start making the bottle very soon too!


I thought I'd share some of the stats with you now we have reached this many views


Thank you to everyone from the United States! You really do make up the bulk of my views! Seeing as this blog is .co.uk I am even more impressed! Thank you also to everyone else who has viewed my website, it's lovely to see all the international support <3


I would also like to thank every one of my followers on Tumblr. As you can see the bulk of my followers are redirected from Tumblr so thank you!

Keep checking back for the competition details! ;D



Sorry!

Due to some technical difficulty with blogspot I cant currently post any photos! D: As soon as it starts working again I will add loads of photos... Promise!

I will update you on letters I have received this week, there are quite a few seeing as for some reason I haven't received letters in quite a while and then received loads all at one... hmm..

Here they are:

1. Serine - Norway
2. Rachel - U.S.A
3. Sarah - Germany
4. Opaline - France
5. Hyeji - South Korea
6. Belle - Taiwan
7. Sila - Indonesia
8. Bailey - U.S.A
9. Michelle - Denmark
10. Ayana - Japan
11. Makenna - U.S.A
12. Vinny - U.S.A
13. Grace - Germany

So as you can probably tell it's going to take me a while to reply to all of these but don't worry! They will all be replied too!

Monday, 27 August 2012

2427 Views!

We are just 73 views away from a message in a bottle! Yay!

Change of Appearance

As you've probably noticed, I've changed the design of this blog!

What do you think?

Vote in the poll!

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Message in a Bottle story: A Ticket to Freedom

During a 1979 cruise to Hawaii, Dorothy and John Peckham passed the time by writing notes and throwing them overboard inside empty champagne bottles. They asked anyone who found on of their bottles to write back to them, and even went as far as to include a $1 bill to cover the postage.

On 4th March 1983, John's 70th birthday, the couple received a letter from Hoa Van Nguyen. Nguyen a former soldier in the Vietnamese Army, said he and his younger brother had found one of the Peckhams' bottles as the two men were floating 15 kilometres from the shore of Songkhla Province in Thailand. They were braving the waters of the Pacific in a small, shallow riverboat in order to escape the Communist regime in Vietnam. When they saw the bottle, they felt as though a prayer had been answered, giving them the strength to carry on. After reading the letter, the Peckhams looks for Songkhla on a map and were shocked to find that the bottle had travelled 9,000 miles from Hawaii.

The Peckhams corresponded with Hoa for years, sharing in his joy they received a photo from his wedding, then again nice months later when they saw his newborn son. But most of all, they empathized with Hoa's desire to give his family the best life he could. So when Hoa asked if the Peckhams could help his family move to the U.S., they didn't hesitate. After months of working with U.S. Immigration, the two families finally did meet in 1985, when a plane from Thailand landed in Los Angeles - the Nguyen's new home.


I saw this story and it really inspired me. It looks like the bottles I send out for our website views wont be the only messages in bottles I ever send. 

Any Questions? Queries? Curiosities? Suggestions? Ideas?

I haven't mentioned it in a long time so I thought I would mention it again! If you ever want to ask me anything, give me any suggestions, or just say hello! you can always contact me at many different places!

E-mail: Messagesfrombottles@gmail.com
Tumblr: http://messagesfrombottles.tumblr.com/
InterPals: http://www.interpals.net/jessicaalice

Or of course! On a comment of anyone of my posts ;D

Maybe you're thinking OMG! What shall I ask? Well maybe you think ugh Jessica the colouring for your website is disgusting I think it should be blue with orange and green flowers. If you think that then send a message saying JESSICA! the colouring for your website is disgusting I think it should be blue with orange and green flowers!

See it's easy! I look forward to hearing your recommendations soon ;D

P.S. If you'd rather just get to know me more then don't be shy! Ever heard the rumour that I'm related to royalty and want to know if its true? Well you have now! So don't be afraid, ask away :)

Psssssttttt... We are at about 2350 views which means only one thing... Its nearly message in a bottle time! Don't forget to submit your message for it! All are welcome :)

Guess who went stationery shopping!

This weekend I thought I'd take a trip to TkMaxx to see what cool pen pal things I could find. I wasn't disappointed!

The first thing on my shopping list was a box to store my letters in and I managed to find almost the most perfect box for the job! 


Its all decorated with postmarks and airmail stamps and I love it! The best bit was probably the price it was about £5, (6 Euros or $9 approx.) which is an absolute steal in my opinion! 

Looks like I'll have to buy another one fairly soon! 


The next thing I bought was this glittery card set which came in a glittery box!


The cards are as pretty and glittery as the box and they come in two designs. Look out for these beautiful cards when its your next birthday! 


The next thing I found was this pink textured letter set. It's more girly than what I would usually choose but I think its quite nice and I couldn't resist it at the price of £1! (1.20 Euros $1.80 approx.) 


The second letter set was from the same company and its the see through envelopes with the question mark designs that intrigued me. I can't wait to send one of these mysterious letters to my pen pals soon!