What’s In My Mailbox? Cactus in the Sky


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 RingsHave 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!

3 thoughts on “What’s In My Mailbox? Cactus in the Sky

  1. thesnailmail September 17, 2016 / 12:16 pm

    The cacti images are beautiful! And that constellation hair makes me think of Steven Universe characters.

    Okay, so I don’t read Tolkien, but I heard & met a wonderful musical trio last week who mentioned to me that they have a program and an album (actually they say they are the only group authorized to do this) of Tolkien music! I’m already thinking of how to put them to use.

    Hope you are feeling better!

    • Mailbox Mermaid September 22, 2016 / 8:57 pm

      Oh my goodness, I’m pretty sure that’s the kind of Celtic fantasy band I always dreamed of joining as a preteen 😀 Good on them for getting authorization from the Tolkien estate; I imagine that’s no picnic. Thanks for the link!!

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