Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Greetings from Virginia

Back in late winter, I went to Cracker Barrel to buy postcards to use in my Postcrossing mailings. They no longer sold postcards. :-( Sad Face

Imagine my delight when I found bundles of 5/$1 at a local flea market. I bought all they had....about 7 packets of them. Many of them are duplicates, but I have enjoyed sending them out. I love the retro look of the photo letter ones. How about you? Any great finds lately?

Monday, June 20, 2011

One Good Envelope Deserves Another

Or, four will get you five! Elle over at Art of a Letter requested a set of the Laura Ashley wallpaper envelopes I'd offered a while back. I sent them and look what she sent back...five GORGEOUS handmade envelopes. I love the patterns on all these papers and am having a difficult time choosing a favorite. I've narrowed it down to the first two, but am leaning toward #2, the pale aqua one. They're all lovely and I will enjoy using them in my correspondence.

However, the envelopes weren't the only thing sent. Check out this lovely postcard on which Elle sent her message. Isn't it beautiful? At first, I didn't see the sunglasses nestled inside the foliage. One certainly doesn't need rose-colored glasses to see this is a great card. Thank you so much, Elle.

Friday, June 17, 2011

This Just In: Davy Crockett Surfaces in Bermuda Triangle

Bobbie Cade, aka Limner, sent me a letter a few weeks back. It was dated May 26th. She went all out on the Davy Crockett envelope you see above, even going so far as to persuade the postal clerk to cancel the stamp with a Crockett, TX postmark. (For those of you who don't get the connection, I live in Crockett, VA.)

Well, the letter was missing. I kept waiting for it to arrive. Bobbie kept trying to track it from her end. Nada.

This morning I mentioned the missing letter to my husband. He asked, "Have you checked in the Bermuda Triangle?"

I had not. But, I did. And, voila...the missing letter has surfaced.

The Bermuda Triangle (Crockett affiliate) is located in my vehicle. Nissan calls it a Door Pocket. I have lost, AND FOUND, my cell phone there twice, as well as various and sundry other items. I don't know why I don't just check there first when something goes missing.

Or, stuff it full of something so items don't fall into it.

Or, stop driving like a maniac, careening around these curvy mountain roads on two wheels, making items skedaddle across the passenger seat only to land in the abyss. Not likely to occur.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Greener than Green Mail

Back in March, I sent a letter to Donna Parker in Mexico. I used an inside-out envelope my bank statement came in, collaged a few bits on it and sent it on its merry way. You can see the envelope in the stack of mail pictured on my blog post dated March 14th.

Donna, whom I have dubbed "The Green Queen", collaged it some more and sent my return letter back in the same envie.

Here's the back side with its extra embellishments. But, she didn't stop there!

Check out the letter. The writing on this side is mine to Donna. I added the car in the background and Barbie over to the side. The new images in the foreground are the ones Donna added. She answered by writing on the flip sides of all these pages which were blank.

What a fun letter to receive. It reminded me of some letters my piano teacher let me read when I was a young girl. Those letters dated from Civil War times...but that is way off subject and fodder for some post in the future.