Castles and cacti–what more could I ask for in a week’s worth of incoming mail?
When I photographed these beautiful envelopes last weekend, I couldn’t wait to sing their praises with my usual levels of snail-mail passion and panache: and then I fell ill a few days ago. Now I can barely manage more than a shaky “wow, letters are so lovely–so much lovelier than being sick.” Still, I’ll do my best to celebrate that loveliness anyway!
(Even if I just want to collapse on some grand four-poster bed in that imaginary castle my pen pal from Argentina drew for me…)
My pen pal formerly-from-North-Carolina (she just moved!) treated me to a beautiful Jane Austen themed letter, complete with stickers, a bookmark, and heart-shaped text snippets.
In the letter itself, she also asked me if I’d ever read The Lord of the Rings. Have I ever. You can guess that my reply might take the form of an equally intricate mailing of Tolkien goodies!
Maps and beautiful hand-decorated stationery flew in, much like that bird of prey, from Stephanie in Iceland! That vintage forest animal washi tape is still my favorite MT product of all time.
While responding to this letter, I mentioned that the prevalence of bears on the tape (not pictured) was fitting due to sightings of an errant family of black bears (cubs included!) around my apartment complex–I prefer them in their washi tape form, to be sure.
More imaginative art came my way from Mayra in Argentina! As did, perhaps, something even more unusual–a museum brochure complete with annotations. I love hearing what people think about works of art, exhibitions, and so forth: you might say that it’s an occupational hazard for a museum professional like me.
Here’s one final close-up of my new bookmark: probably sums up the writing process of a blogger quite well. I hope you enjoyed my “important nothings,” sickness notwithstanding!