Outgoing Mail: The First Rose of Summer

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I stopped by a multi-family church garage sale this weekend: a true bazaar of wonders. Though I couldn’t justify the purchase of a “remote controlled Alien Sphere!! Really flies!!” or showtunes sheet music from the 1940s, there was no way I could resist a massive bag of scrapbooking paper for $1.

While the paper is lovely, and I’ve enjoyed transforming it into some beautiful envelopes, I can’t help but wonder why someone would collect–and then subsequently want to be rid of–a huge stash of primarily rose-themed paper. Am I holding the relics of a cancelled marriage, its craft supplies relegated to the dollar table? Did someone finally gain closure for a painful chapter in their life by donating this flowery collection to the Unitarian Universalists?

I certainly can’t say. Still, whatever their provenance, these papers sure made some lovely envelopes.

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As usual, I remain flummoxed by the great question of how to write addresses on envelopes with busy backgrounds. In this case, I transformed some of my many mini-notepads into oversized address labels, which I hope will stay affixed throughout the envelopes’ travels!

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A pen pal kindly sent me some vintage-inspired washi samples recently: they were just waiting for a project like this!

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You won’t be surprised to hear that my favorite design of the bunch was a pink-rose-and-pearl situation. One envelope I created from this paper inspired me to design a vaguely color-coordinated mailing, which I’m sending off to Kentucky today.

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Do you ever wonder about the histories of secondhand objects? Why do you think someone let go of $30+ worth of paper for a buck?

Garage sale mysteries aside, I hope you are enjoying a lovely Monday! And, if you’re a pen pal of mine, expect something rose-y in your mailbox sometime soon…

2 thoughts on “Outgoing Mail: The First Rose of Summer

  1. Idle Emma June 6, 2016 / 3:20 pm

    There is no way you could turn up pretty scrapbook paper that’s also incredibly cheap, especially not if it’s floral theme – I’d be wondering what was wrong with you if you did! xD It is really pretty paper, I’m jealous of your find!

    • Keely June 7, 2016 / 9:54 am

      I know! 😀 Thank you, incredibly cheap garage sales for fueling my addiction!

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