he month of May is chalk-full of birthdays of people I love – coupled with Mother’s Day and thank you notes/hello-I-think-you’re-great notes, this means that I got to say “yo” to the friendly postal workers more than once. (Here is Part I of mail art for last month in case you missed it.)
My best friend from college, Rochelle, has a birthday in May – she used to be a competitive synchronized swimmer, so the second I spotted this card from Rifle Paper Co., I had visions of framing it for her.
I added a watercolor mat in order to fill in the frame, then wrapped it in kraft paper – my favorite.
Since we were in the process of moving, it was time to take down my Anthropologie-inspired installation of gold foil stickers on string – but instead of throwing them away, I decided to give them a second life wrapped around the present. I like how it turned out! (The wrapping paper was recycled from when I dyed clothespins.)
Then I popped it in a USPS box. Little guys wearing sunglasses are always a welcome addition to any package…
My soul twin, Lauren, who taught down in New Orleans with me, also had a May birthday. She’s been living in the Bay Area this year but will be moving soon. In order to properly commemorate her time there, I found this adorable little DIY embroidery kit of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Then I wrapped it up and – of course – it got some gold foil dot treatment as well.
Into a package it went!
Complete with a birthday warning on the side instructing her to wait to open it…
Those stickers are from Japan. I’m obsessed.
My dad’s birthday was in May – and Father’s Day is today (HAPPY FATHER’S DAY, DAD! Wow am I ever grateful for you and the inspiring, centered, generous way you live your life.). My dad is a masterful gardener and has an eye for cooking gorgeous meals. From the moment I laid eyes on this recipe book called The Forest Feast, I knew he would love it. You should definitely run to your nearest book store and look through all the beautiful pages in person…but in the meantime, here’s how I wrapped it up:
Black wrapping paper with chalk pens is one of my new favorite tricks.
I sent out a letter to my pen pal and college friend, Michelle. We’ve been exchanging letters for 6 years and she’s faithful about it even when I drop the ball. Michelle, I’m your biggest fan!
A letter to my in-laws whom I adore:
And to my family back home (whom I obviously adore as well!):
It’s a privilege to be able to send love through the mail. One of the best things in life!
SO MUCH mail art goodness in one post! Thanks for the Sunday Sunshine!
My pleasure, Martha! I so appreciate you keeping me company over here on the blog – it always makes me smile to hear from you. :)
Great inspiration for how to show people you really care about them. We treasure the mail you send us, Grace. xoxoxo Gini
I absolutely love sending mail to you and Rob! Can hardly wait to see you both soon!
So beautiful to see! Your work gives me a renewed spirit and passion to create some mail art. (Especially love the cute rabbit envelope!)
Your mail art is lovely, Celeste! Glad I could reignite the passion!