I'm sure all of us enjoy getting a little something in the mail, a letter or a package, something made or written especially for you by a friend far away. When I was around 12 or so I had a pen pal from Germany who I dreamed of one day visiting, everything about her seemed so mysterious to me - especially her address that just seemed so far from and foreign to my own. So, over at the new Meet Me At Mikes craft forum (which I highly recommend perusing and joining) there is a crafty pen pal swap starting up. The idea is that each person joins and is then randomly assigned 2 swap partners to write to. For this first swap the theme is 'decorated envelopes', which is super manageable for those of us who are a bit busy, plus how exciting to get a letter from a crafter (possibly) over the sea from you full of inspiration and general craft goodness. You've got until September 30th to sign up, quick sticks!