Monday, March 27, 2017

What's in your mailbox?

Ever since I was little, I loved mail, and this is something I have passed on to the next generation. There is always a mad rush to the door when we hear the mail slot click open. There is something exciting about the possibilities of what will be waiting when you pick up that pile of mail. Sometimes the best it has to offer is a catalog to peruse, but other times, Joy! an actual handwritten note. This was a really fun one I received from Janet as part of the Pushing the Envelope exchange.  I placed a Dove chocolate on the envelope, something else I love, that is also meant to be savored and enjoyed. Like the Dove wrapper, you open it, and there is a message. In addition to getting mail, I found out a little of the history of triangle letters. In WWII, Russian soldiers sent triangle letters and they were delivered anywhere in Russia for free. Pretty cool. Janet has also visited the Clark Museum in western Massachusetts.  I have added that to my bucket list!
Janet's Triangle Envelope

This was a fun use of one sheet of paper to create a letter and an envelope. It reminded me of making chains out of gum wrappers when I was a kid, and mom and me origami classes I did with my daughters at the community recreation center. I used Janet's envelope for my template and sent my version to her using washi tape to seal the envelope.

Sending out mail is almost as much fun as receiving it. It gives me the chance to try something creative, practice my lettering and hopefully brighten someone's day. There's something special about connecting this way, and if I make a pen pal friend in the process, that is an added bonus.
Sent out, coming to a mailbox near you.

One of these cards needed to be hand cancelled, requiring a trip to my local post office.  Lucky me, no lines and a chance to add to my collection.
Stamps, stamps and more stamps...I couldn't resist

Friday, March 24, 2017

Match the sketch

Happy Birthday Card
It's been a while since I have made a card. has a weekly challenge, and Pushing the envelope exchange included birthdates in the March swap. Viola, the perfect opportunity to combine the two.

in the mail. Now to eat some cake! Always a good idea.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Thankful Thursday

This week I had a fantastic visit with my long time friend CJ.  We normally art skype, but we've done a few field trips too! This time, our visit was at her house. Since she is in central Massachusetts and I am north of Boston, visits like this are at a premium. This get together was packed with all sorts of fun stuff and conversation. We started with a deep dish pizza at Uno's...what's not to love?

Then it was back to her house to play with essential oils. CJ brought an assortment of oils, and let me pick my favorites. After much deliberation, I settled on a mix of bergamot and eucalyptus for a hand sanitizer spray. We made the sanitizer spray with oils, distilled water and Vodka.
My pressies
My hand sanitizer was coming home with me, along with a handcrocheted bag filled with goodies and a cleaning solution made with essential oils.

After this, came the hard work! Of course, having a lovely table set with fine china, cloth placemats, vanilla chai tea, and italian cookies certainly made it easier. But then again, tea parties are the best!
CJ sets a beautiful table.
We finished the day going over some of her notes from a 6 month class she is taking. Lots of inspiration and things to try.
Romans, lend me your pens. My attempt.
It was such an awesome day, with an awesome friend....and no traffic! Can it get any better than this?

Saturday, March 18, 2017

St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day. A good place to start...With the luck of the Irish.