Outgoing Mail: Vintage Valentines

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In case my last post–featuring a giant pink skirt–didn’t drive the point home, I’m incredibly fond of the aesthetics of Valentine’s Day! Forget the commercialization of relationships and the aggressive marketing of thousands of different ways to combine Minions and heart-shaped candy: for me, February 14 means a monthlong celebration of friendship, happy colors, love letters (of any kind), lace, and adorable things in general,  which is just what I need in the winter months.

To kick my celebrations off, I’ve been working on spreading a little Valentine’s cheer to my pen pals, which has given me an excuse to finally use what I call my “vintage couch pattern” paper pack and some of my more overtly romantic washi tapes. Consider this a love note to snail mail in general!

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My letter-writing workspace has been recently transformed with the addition of these incredibly cute little cases that were weirdly cheap (1.99!) at my local Designer Things At Low Prices Named After Someone With Initials store. If they weren’t basically made out of pretty cardboard, I’d use one as a Nancy Drew-style lunchbox for sure.

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Here’s the infamous retro paper, which looks quite good paired with these hot pink envelopes!

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In a similar vein, I’ve been saving up these tiny envelopes and cards for a while–I bought them over the summer, but the “love”-themed sets haven’t seen much use until now. I do hold lots of affection for my pen pals (mostly because they somehow put up with my weird handwriting and tendency to use lots of exclamation points and talk about how cool art history is??) so I’m happy to share a little extra pastel joy this month!

5 thoughts on “Outgoing Mail: Vintage Valentines

  1. brambletonthreads February 3, 2016 / 12:55 pm

    Love all the Valentine’s Day love going on here! This is making me jazzed to send out valentines!

    • Keely February 5, 2016 / 10:46 am

      I haven’t made this many valentines since I was in elementary school whipping them up for the whole class, probably–it’s pretty fun and nostalgic! 😀

  2. thatweirdoakvile February 4, 2016 / 5:30 pm

    I’ll definitely steal some ideas for postcard making ’cause they’re freaking cuuuute! ❤

    • Keely February 5, 2016 / 10:45 am

      I’m glad I could inspire you! Thanks 🙂 Good luck with your crafting!

  3. Idle Emma February 5, 2016 / 5:41 pm

    So cute! I love those tapes ^-^

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