I love the idea of a whole village waking up to find mysterious handwritten letters addressed to them personally. Doesn't that make you just want to write to strangers? I love the one about the giraffes, and the one that just said, "I am amazing": as the recipient wonders, who is the "I" in that letter?
I am addicted to buying notelets and stationery (as you saw in this post). However there is something wonderful about homemade stationery, like these envelopes made from old magazine pages (find the tutorial on the Craftinomicon blog here).
Or why not stitch re-usable envelopes from felt, like these (by small adventure, featured on the Twig & Thistle blog here)? Admittedly these aren't necessarily designed to travel across the ocean but I think they could be adapted to work as real envelopes.
Come to think of it, why not embroider your letter onto fabric for something even more tactile and unusual? (This example also comes courtesy of Twig & Thistle).
Using vintage stationery can also make your letters special and unique. I love the bright pink and green on this 'velvet petals' set from Jenny & Penny. And if you can't resist buying new, don't forget all the pretty handmade and original things to be found on Etsy...
Look, pretty bunting! I'd love to write letters on this set by Ninainvorm. I have been so lucky to have won some lovely postcards in various giveaways, such as these cute kitties by Beth from Doodlecats:
I love the way the cats are all wearing little disguises. My favourite design was the nerdy bookworm cat but I've sent those already! And check out these beautiful heart cards I won by Deer Little Fawn.
Perfect for Valentines Day, n'est-ce-pas? If you have a talent for photography and some image editing software, you could make some of your own! And finally...
p.s. Polly from The Enchanted Pixie is on the look out for pen pals!