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Fresh Shop: Flyinghousewife

May 15, 2008

by Anda Corrie

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Remember your fourth grade penpal from the USSR that wrote you one letter politely inquiring about your school and then never responded to your urgent questions like Do they have Alf in the Soviet Union or what? Last week when I was searching for items to feature in the emails I write, I flew headlong into flyinghousewife: a cute new shop with one innovative idea: selling handmade, handwritten letters. Now you can choose from six flavors, ahem, topics of correspondance and in a few short days a totally engaging letter will appear in your unloved and underused mailbox. Voila, instant penpal!


I chose the one that promised to include a recipe for delicious-sounding lemon bars, and my letter from Joon arrived  quickly, with the promised recipe and a ultra sweet letter that was written to me (not some canned paragraphs that could apply to anyone out there). In fact, flyinghousewife’s letter made me immediately want to get out my stationary and write her back. And that is penpal magic, friends.

I’ll let you know how the lemon bars turn out!

Have you seen a new shop with potential? Leave it in the comments! Also, check out previous Fresh Shops for more good stuff.

Speedy Delivery ...  Handwritten Letter and Surprise Extra
Speedy Delivery ... Handwritten Letter and Surprise Extra
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Letterwriting is a Fine Art ... Handwritten Letter with Art Postcard
Letterwriting is a Fine Art ... Handwritten Letter with Art Postcard
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Wish You Were Here... Handwritten Letter with Surprise Postcard
Wish You Were Here... Handwritten Letter with Surprise Postcard
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Bookworm ...   Handwritten Letter and Surprise OOAK Upcycled Bookmark
Bookworm ... Handwritten Letter and Surprise OOAK Upcycled Bookmark
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Mister Rogers Roger That  ...  Handwritten Letter and Pinback Button
Mister Rogers Roger That ... Handwritten Letter and Pinback Button
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Comfort Food  - Handwritten Letter and My Own Lemon Bar Recipe
Comfort Food - Handwritten Letter and My Own Lemon Bar Recipe
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ReSeRVeD for ANN Floating City ... Upcycled Vintage Book Cover Painting by joon
ReSeRVeD for ANN Floating City ... Upcycled Vintage Book Cover Painting by joon
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14 comments

  • sixsisters

    sixsisters said 8 years ago

    This couldn't happen to a more deserving shop owner. Hooray for Joonie !!!

  • jessicajane

    jessicajane said 8 years ago

    so cool. I had a penpal from St. Petersburg Russia from like 3rd grade until high school. We quit writing once we got older, and just last month I found her address and wrote, and I got a letter back about a week ago! It would be sweet to meet her one day.

  • jamieribisi

    jamieribisi said 8 years ago

    That's so freakin cool! We used to make slap books that you would put your return address tamp on which was cusomt made per mail order (before the age of internet) and it had a pick of your favorite band and a song quote. Then you'd write an obnoxiously long list of other bands you like and interests. It was like a catalogue of your penpals and all of their pen pals-- it was like Myspace for the 90's!

  • jamieribisi

    jamieribisi said 8 years ago

    *return address stamp*

  • VintageScraps

    VintageScraps said 8 years ago

    How odd, in a cool way of course! I love the concept, and enjoyed looking around her store :)

  • ArguingTheMobius

    ArguingTheMobius said 8 years ago

    very cool, look forward to purchasing one in the near future :)

  • ponyup

    ponyup said 8 years ago

    wow, that is genious. it's so human in a technological world.

  • preciousquilts

    preciousquilts said 8 years ago

    Congratulations! This is the sweetest person you could ever come across. All her letters are from the heart and so meaningful.

  • alisclair

    alisclair said 8 years ago

    This is so beautifully Joon. A wonderful shining personality. Well done Joon you deserve the spotlight ;0)

  • flyinghousewife

    flyinghousewife said 8 years ago

    I am overwhelmed by the response to my new shop. Thank you, Anda, for this thoughtful and beautifully composed feature. Thank you to everyone who has shown their support for my handwritten letter revival ~ the hearts, convos, comments and orders are heartwarming and inspiring. I was unsure about this shop concept. I am so glad I followed my heart and intuition. <--- I highly recommend this. :) Even in its infancy, this venture is immensely gratifying. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Here's to new friendships. ox joon

  • stacysdesigns88

    stacysdesigns88 said 8 years ago

    OMGGGGG! Congrats Joon! I'm so happy for your success and such an excellent article for one awesome shop and one exceptional woman. Creative, refreshing, thoughtful, charming, and best of all...green! Yayyyyy! ;)

  • wildrubies

    wildrubies said 8 years ago

    What a delightful unique idea . Good Luck with your shop!

  • GatheringSplendor

    GatheringSplendor said 7 years ago

    Lovely--much luck

  • baublestore

    baublestore said 6 years ago

    Good for you and great work!

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