Archive for ‘Mail Art’

January 8, 2012

Mail Art joys

Before Christmas I received some wonderful mail art from Jeannine (Saylor made) Including some beautiful artwork, a thoughtful note, some personalised homemade stickers, a handmade bookmark, a card and, as usual,l some pretty buttons.

I also got a wonderful package from Sumi Sethi including some of her gorgeous hand printed fabric, a handmade badge, some lovely green fabric that I used to decorate my marmalade jars, a deer badge (My fave Sumi illustration), some stamps (top picture) and her beautiful ‘Ship Shape’ design printed onto fabric (I think I will make something special with this).

And yesterday a little envelope popped through the letterbox from Jessica Gowling, a beautiful treasury of butterflies and moths including some pages from an old book, a postcard and some pretty stickers.

Thank You So much mail Arters! I am looking forward to sending out some worthy replies in 2012! x x

November 27, 2011

A good day for my Letterbox

Just when my post was beginning to be dreary again I received two lovely surprises in one day;

A marvelous mail art package from Melanie Furtado containing not one, but TWO owl prints, a handmade zine, a magnet (that sadly broke in transit, but a beauty nonetheless), a hand-made moth card (I also love drawing moths!) and a little envelope containing bits and bobs that reads ‘Make something’. It was a perfect little mail art package and I am looking forward to replying, even though it may not be until January now!

As well as a peachy little package from the very lovely 91 Magazine, which is made by Patchwork Harmony , a lovely blog and shop that I’ve been following for a while now, I especially love their beautiful interior styling, you must have a peek if you havent already.

I also received my greetings cards from the printers yesterday and I’m so happy with how they look, the card has a lovely matte feel and the image is perfect and crisp. They will be available to buy  in my online shop soon and also at the markets I’ll be at in December.

October 12, 2011

Crafty mail art

My most recent batch of  snail mail was craft themed, inspired by a vintage handicrafts book I found. I put together 7 packages for my mail art friends all including cuttings from the book, fabric swatches, a doilie, ribbon, buttons and some personal touches;

To Anna Searle:

To Jessica Gowling:

To Sumi Senthi:

To Lucy McDonald:

To Jeanine Saylor:

To Ashley Gaia:

To Hailey Restuccia:

September 15, 2011

Mail art from 100 mile house

I love Jessica Gowling‘s address, it sounds so remote and idyllic, I imagine a little log cabin nestled into the foot of a mountain with a long winding track up to it. I received a lovely garden themed package from her this week in a beautifully decorated envelope. It contained some lovely cuttings and paper ephemera, a pressed flower and  some wonderful stamps that I am in love with. My favorite piece was the old book page with a pretty mountain scene and a quote that reads ” I cannot offer gentle flowers, only these strange and fateful blooms”, there’s something captivating about those words.

incidentally, if you have a penchant for beautiful hand printed illustrations of wildlife you should check out Jessica’s shop. I especially LOVE these pieces and have put them on the wish list in my head:

August 23, 2011

Sumi Mail Art

I returned from a weekend in the mountains to a lovely envelope from Sumi Senthi, she kindly sent me a beautiful handmade envelope with a cool ant stamp filled with goodies including; one of her illustrations, some handmade tags, some beads, an origami crane made from old music paper, some clippings, a beautiful broach containing her rose illustration which is so pretty and such a good idea, and of course a lovely letter. Thank You Sumi!

August 17, 2011

Mail art love from an Annarack

I received a gem in the post this week from Anna Searle, an Illustrator from Newcastle, I have been admiring her illustrations via her blog for a while, intricate geometric scapes in beautiful colours are right up my street. She has also just opened an Etsy shop selling vintage treasures which is definitely worth a visit.

It was the envelope that just kept giving, I felt like I’d found treasure, it contained mountains of  art and ephemera created and collected just for me;

A beautiful original drawing of a compass that I love and cant wait to frame

A delicate handmade paper box with geometric design that opens to reveal a teeny dragonfly; so precious

Some vintage Snow White stamps that are just adorable

A small handmade scroll reading my favorite word

A bag a textile goodies; SO many pretty ribbons, swatches, buttons and some paper cuttings of vintage adverts

These are my favorite buttons, I would like to make a piece of jewelry out of them.

(Thank You Anna for your peachy piece of mail joy, I hope you can be patient for my reply, as I’m taking a break from mail art for a month or two to organise my shop!)

August 6, 2011

Mail mail mail…

This morning I got a lovely package from my Gran via my Mum; two beautiful doilies, I also received an amazing postcard from my sister who is in France for the entire summer, I miss her lots but this cow’s face and her almost unreadable handwriting cheered me up.

Last week I also received a peachy package from Lucy (Moll and Mostin) The envelope was one of the best I’ve seen, beautifully decorated with collage and paint, and the inside was just as wonderful. She kindly sent me a hand-made colouring book that she had picked up in a cool little shop in New York, as well as a notebook that she covered, I cant wait to start writing lists in it! There was also one of her handmade cards for me to send to someone and a handmade paper rose broach. Thank You Lucy!

This bit of letterbox love has reminded me to finally post about some mail art I sent a long time ago, I had been waiting to publish it as the recipients had not received it for ages due to the Canadian postal strikes, anyway here it is, along with some bits I sent to Manchester and Newcastle:

A reply to Jeannine aka Saylor made was in order after her wonderful package,  I sent her a beetle illustration, a map garland,a fabric screen printed key, a cutting of some pink mountains, some more buttons and a long letter:

A reply to Jessica Gowling: I sent her one of my beetle illustrations, a paper map garland i made, some teeny moth illustrations, a fabric screen printed key, an old map picture, a stamp and some cuttings I thought she would like:

I also sent a reply to Sumi Senthi including one one of my barn owl illustrations, some interesting map pictures i found, a Queen of hearts, a 1920’s advert for a company in Manchester which I thought she might like as she lives in Manchester, some ribbon, a pretty button and an original piece of art – a typewriter in return for the typewriter she drew for me.

I also sent a requested package to Anna Searle which included the faberge egg illustration I did for her illustration project, a ‘I wanted to tell you’ illustration, a map garland, a 1920’s magazine excerpt, a Canadian stamp, a Queen of diamonds, a screen printed key and some embroidery beads and lace that I thought she would like to use for her beautiful embroidery. Thank you Anna for your kind words, and for encouraging me to include garlands in my shop (coming soon):

I also received a parrot adorned package from Ashley Gaia from Florida containing a treat for any stationary lover; lots of paper bits and envelopes and a piece of beautiful handmade paper, as well as some stickers, cuttings, a piece of original art and a card adorning a very graceful bird, Thank You Ashley.

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July 28, 2011

Letterbox love

Recently I have been feeling the pressure of my mail art commitments and worrying about the amount of time it takes to create a package worthy of sending, as setting up my own business is going to require strict budgets not only with my money but also with my time. However, today I fell back in love with it completley after seeing three beautiful hand scribed and decorated envelopes nestled together on the floor underneath my letterbox.

Firstly some art from ezerd for winning a Twitter competition, I loved it so much especially the cake print! I shall definatley be sending something in return.

Next was a package from Hailey Restuccia of Bella and Tino, It was right up my street as it contained a vintage hand embroidered napkin and some old images of doilies and crochet:

And then, an absolutley beautiful collection of artful goodies from Jeannine Saylor, I have found myself really looking forward to Jeannine’s envelopes, they are always so thoughtful and personal, I found this one especially heartwarming as it was really ‘me’, the colours of  the watercolour prints of flora and fauna are just beautiful and I love the map and stamp images. I am also enjoying our little button swap:


July 11, 2011

Letterbox sunshine

Today was lovely; I spent my lunch break in the garden soaking up some sun with Luna and I received a beautiful bundle of mail art from Sumi Senthi. She sent me so many artful treats including some original artwork (which I LOVE) my favorite being the personalised typewriter illustration, two badges, some collected bits and a pretty little letter. Another burst of joy through my letterbox.

June 16, 2011

Mail art

I received two exciting bits of mail this week:

Firstly some mail art from Jeannine Saylor (Saylor Made):

She sent me a hand decorated envelope full of cheer, including a lovely letter, a mixed media drawing, a button swap, some cuttings, a vintage Rolodex print, a new set of antlers and some fuzzy felt letters, stickers and googly eyes!

I also got this little beauty from ezerd :