I’ve got half a dozen of my outgoing envelopes to share, so that you can start your weekend off on a creative foot! Hopefully the recipients loved their snail mail treats, because I sure enjoyed making them.
My talented and very patient friend, Anna Jane Searle, runs a lovely little shop on etsy. She is an illustrator at heart, whose passion has now leaked over into textile and jewlery design. Since we already trade mail art, I though it’d also be fun to trade from our shops; she happily accepted. In classic Jessica fashion, I am late in sharing the wonderful treats I received from her. My apologies for keeping the adorableness a secret. I picked out a set of hand-drawn earrings! My favorites of the four are definitely the little black skulls and the mini deathly hallows symbols. They are even tinier and cuter than expected! The treats showed up in a wonderful and exceedingly generous mail art package which included books, animals, stamps, gemstones, and extra treats from her shop. Thanks again for sharing your talent with me Anna.
Today is the final post chronicling late February & most of March’s mail: outgoing part 2. I’ll start with my mail art for Barbara Wanhill (@2catsandapencil). Her quirky twitter name inspired me to make a little custom moleskine, and it was sent along with a bee eater pocket mirror and paper ephemera.Jeannine Saylor‘s (@saylor_made) reply envelope began with an adorable bee notebook that I thrifted. Add in some maps, gardening ephemera, a sexy model dude et VOILA!Dana Davis (@dzynmkr) collects bottle caps; lucky for her my beau drinks unique brews often. I spent several months collecting specific caps, and to my pleasant surprise, she recognizes only 1 of the 10! Vintage alcohol ads & stars were sent with the caps.I’m surprised the Zine Queen Marissa Falco (@czarcastic) is still friends with me, after taking nearly 4 months to reply to her!!! I was waiting to finish ANY of the 5 zines I’ve had on my brain or partially in progress. I recently completed my two sketchbook project zines and thus sent her the very first 2 copies as soon as they were cut, folded and stapled. I was playing around one night in the studio altering postcards, and a super epic mixed media collage emerged. Although I was tempted to keep it on my studio wall, it seemed like the perfect postcard that Rhya Tamasauskas (@rhyat) would truly appreciate.My ABC/123 pen pal Amanda Nicole White (@amanda_ink) got package #3 from me this week. Three epic outer-space items, a trio of bats, and a pile of 3-themed items were sealed into the “part 3: the rendezvous” envelope decorated with airmail tape & stamps.The beautiful Caren Gibb has been super upset about the deer cull going on in Invermere, BC right now (and rightfully so!). I sent her a few antlered friends and two of my new sketchbook project zines to cheer her up. My UK pen pal Anna Jane Searle (@annajanesearle) found a bird chirping her name and address on a large white envelope this week. Inside was a wonderful storybook about pet owls as well as many map, nautical and DIY craft clippings. I sent it with a gorgeous $8 grizzly bear stamp. Check out Anna’s blog post about it to see a beautiful shot of the bear.Crystal Plett (@thehouseofheart) is not only a lover of lions, but she has recently been collecting and trying tons of recipes. These 3 vintage cookbooks ought to make her smile.Another feather and bird loving gal like me, Carol Whitley (@imsilverfeather) was sent one of my screenprinted / handmade envelope plastered with vintage postage stamps was stuffed with tons of fun paper ephemera and craft feathers.And last but certainly not least is a gentleman emblazoned handmade envelope that was sent to Sarah Churchill (@scjammycustard) filled with whiskey treats, a lego card and an envelope informing her of some of my favorites.I hope you had fun with these past four posts that featured the piles of letters and mail art I’ve sent & received. Another set of postal pleasures posts can be expected in just a few weeks time, as I leave for a week-long sunny vacation in just two days, and will inevitably be away from postbox and mail art duties for a few more weekends.