Monthly Archives: May 2011

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Some pictures of stuff I’ve been up to this month.

I think I tend to be on the minimalist side of mail art—I really like finding a strong image and letting it speak for itself on an envelope. The tiger image I sent off to Becky Snailmailer is probably my favorite! She sends me such wonderful stickers; I’m glad I had a good spot to return one to her.

The little letter booklet was sent off to my friend Jamie, who wrote me a fantastic, very real letter about the uncertainties of knowing what we want from life. I wanted to do something special to let her know I really appreciated her letter, so I sewed together a little booklet that contained my reply. It was 24 pages, and bound with pale green thread that also let me make a thin bookmark for her. I did the lettering freehand, basing the letters almost squiggle for squiggle on the library book of Celtic alphabets that served as a reference for that crazy envelope project I did a couple of months ago. The envelope came from a pamphlet to the Boston Museum of Art. The bold colors are pretty awesome, and contrast nicely with Ms. Hepburn.

David mentioned that he loves carnivals, so that was the theme of my whole letter to him. I don’t have pictures of the awesome stationery I used, but I did my best with my meager artistic abilities to dress up the envelope. If you look closely you’ll see that the stamps are actually part of a merry-go-round! The scene on the back is a mishmash of what I imagine a good carnival might have. Elephants! Fortune Tellers!

The Pen Thief (AKA Misty Davis) got an envelope made from a gardening magazine. I almost didn’t want to write on it…. The awesome stationery came from Nut And Bee, a great self-run store out in New Zealand. Check out her website. You may fall in love and buy lots of Dancing Skeleton letter sets…

Finally, Misty got another letter from me this week! The stationery was nothing special, but I really loved the envelope! I accidentally lost it outside right before a rain storm, so the texture is all interesting. And those colors on the aprons are delish!

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127. Mayuri (@Postcrossing) -Ontario

AND Yuming (@Postcrossing) -London

128. Limner -Katy

129. Misty D. the Pen Thief -Ravenna

130.  Lee H. -San Mateo

131. Dustin (@Postcrossing) -Ranch Cucamonga

AND Tracey F. (@Postcrossing) -Red Feather Lakes

132. Scott E. -Hong Kong

133. Alex K. -Seattle



That’s right! I have a JOB!

120. Karen (@Postcrossing) -Virginia Beach

AND Lisa (@Postcrossing) -Little Rock

121. Becky Snailmailer (@Send Something) -Bethlehem

122. my sister the second – Boston

123. Liz C. -Chicago

124. L.R. McArthur (@Send Something) -Decatur

125. Mater

126. Tabatha H. (@Postcrossing) -Sorrento

Taking Stock: April

I was on a roll this month! I don’t know what it is, but the last week or so I’ve just felt really excited to write ALL THE TIME. It must be a combination of Spring energy and the book I’m reading, with the result that I sometimes sent out two bits of mail in a single day. Though I will still continue to write every day, this catches me up and puts me over my quota of 119 letters in 119 days.

Back to the monthly analysis: In the interest of full disclosure, I admit that I haven’t sent #58 to the 2011 Letters project yet—I didn’t like what I had written, so I want to revisit it and change some things around. It’s just so loooong at this point that I’ve been procrastinating. I also haven’t sent #102, but it’s just about done and ready to go.

I DID do a better job this month of balancing my new friends and acquaintances on the internet with people I’ve met in the flesh and blood. Thirteen letters went to online peeps and one to my soldier, leaving 19 to go to people who come from college (9), life (6), family (2), and job stuff (2). Part of that no doubt has to do with my birthday at the end of March. I asked for letters this year instead of Facebook wishes, so I had several exciting things from friends in the mail that week.

My favorite gift, however, hearkens back to this post in February. While I (politely) ransacked the store for the perfect pen, my friend remarked on the similarities to finding just the right wand in the Harry Potter series. I not-so-subtly hinted that maybe she could write a story about magic pens…AND SHE DID! I even get my own line of magic fountain pens! How is awesome is that, I ask you?

90. Maria R. -New York

91. Sarah M. -Arlington

92. Tiffany L. -Chicago

93. Dylan M. -Tuscon

94. Maria F. -Lincoln

95. Linsey (@Send Something) -Tulsa

96. Mello -Boston

97. Laura E. -Chicago

98. my sister the second

99. Grace H. -New York

100. Natalie L. -Livingston

101. Becky (@Send Something) -Bethlehem

102. Jamie D. -Chicago

103. Marton Posta (@Postcrossing) -Jilove, Czech Republic

104. David D. -Cork City, Ireland

105. Jenny S. -Blacksburg

AND PostMuse (Orphaned Postcard Project) – Pittsburgh

106. Jessica K. -Park Ridge

107. Misty D. (The Pen Thief) -Ravenna

108. Sr. Christian M. -Chicago

109. Sharon D. -Bellevue

110. my soldier in Iraq

111. Alex C. -Chicago

112. Limner -Katy

113. Nick G. -Ann Arbor

114. Elaine Mary P. -Cochrane, Canada

AND LR M. (@Send Something) -Decatur

115. Juli Girlonaglide (@Send Something) -Lande

116. Mrs. M. (@Send Something) -Appatomax

117. Lauren P. -New York

118. my sister the second -Boston (postcard)

AND Linsey (@Send Something) -Tulsa

119. Pam (@Postcrossing) -Blanchard