Outgoing Mail: Ocean Discoveries

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Did any of my fellow -00s kids (is that a thing? how do I stylize that? 90s kids sure have it good!) grow up playing the charmingly oceanographic CD-ROM game Barbie: Ocean Discovery? In it, a surprisingly capable Barbie is apparently not only gifted with the ability to breathe underwater with no scuba mask or any kind of gear, but is also a marine biology expert committed to thwarting the exotic pet trade in the name of science and friendship.

(Don’t believe me? Behold my childhood.) 

Anyway, making these watery envelopes–recycled from the ad pages of an inflight magazine–suddenly led me down the rabbit-hole of nostalgia and watching other people’s YouTube videos of the CD-ROMS of my youth. So it goes.

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When my parents visit, they always bring me Big Island treats galore from home (Na’alehu sweetbread! Hawaiian Sun “pass-o-guava” nectar! Chocolate-covered fortune cookies from Big Island Candies!)–and this time, I received this magazine as part of my homesickness remedy package. It was wonderful to read and then recycle into crafts!

If you’re going to make magazine-envelopes (a practice with which I became obsessed only last week), any periodical from Hawai’i is probably a good place to start. As you can see, even the jewelry (and submarine adventure) ads feature gorgeous photos!

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My mom also left me with some off-brand Finding Nem–I mean, Generic Colorful Clownfish & Palette Surgeonfish Friends stickers, too. The perfect touch before these envelopes headed off on their mail journeys!

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  1. I’ve never heard of that Barbie game but I love that she doesn’t need a scuba mask but is still wearing the tank 😀 I guess she just absorbs the air right from the tank 😉

    • 😀 It’s hilarious, isn’t it? I remember my marine biologist mother letting us know about all the factual inaccuracies (though none were as funny as water-breathing Barbie) in that game!

  2. I love your generic colourful clownfish stickers xD (I’ve never heard of that Barbie game but it sounds amazing! Oh childhood games! – I have fond memories of all those Scooby-Doo games I played and Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego)

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