What’s In My Tealbox? Jewel-Toned Mail


Do you ever return from a trip, open the huge pile of mail received in your absence, and cry out to the heavens “I am undeserving!”?

Nothing makes me feel more grateful and giddy than the generosity of my talented pen pals–especially when the universe aligns and I receive several letters that all feature my favorite oceanic color palette! (It’s almost as if literally everyone knows that I spend my life in shades of teal and aqua…wonder how they picked up that top-secret intel?) Coincidence or not, I enjoyed photographing these masterpieces of mail art to best show off their watery beauty.


This veritable rainforest of pretty colors came courtesy of one of my newest pen pals from the U.K.! (You can follow her crafting journeys here.) The tropical birds are a perfect match for the floral envelopes, decorative paper, and cards: the spectrum of hues in this letter made me think I was back home for a moment!


All-caps, glitter-covered JOY is a pretty good description of how her letter made me feel.


How could I celebrate this sea-green snail mail haul without bringing out my Squishable mini sea dragon? (Shout-out to both the genius who designed an aquatic dragon plush in my favorite color and the lovely person who bought him for me.)


In from Spain this week was a cute vintage-inspired parcel full of forest-themed goodies.

One of my favorite parts of having multiple long-term pen pals is the process of acquainting myself with their individual snail-mail styles. A few curate little collections of torn ephemera and old memories, others pack their envelopes full of postcards and photos, and some doodle all over their letters in a cute “BFFs-passing-notes-in-class”* fashion. I wonder how my pen pals would describe my snail mail aesthetic. Do you think you have one?

*n.b. As a former homeschooler and Pathological No-Fun Person, I have never actually passed notes in class: but, you know, I’ve researched the phenomenon. 


Here’s one final preview of a beautiful teal envelope from my dear pen pal in Germany–but you’ll have to wait until next week to discover what it contained!

6 thoughts on “What’s In My Tealbox? Jewel-Toned Mail

  1. Idle Emma October 7, 2016 / 12:10 pm

    Ooh, what lovely mail! I love how well it all goes together, are your pen pals conspiring with each other? xD I’m not sure if I have a snail mail aesthetic yet, I think I’m somewhat eclectic!

    • Mailbox Mermaid October 9, 2016 / 8:48 pm

      Me too; I have a hard time pinning down what my general style is! I do know that I tend to send lots of natural history/nature-themed postcards and museum brochures in literally everything I do, so maybe I have a kind of National Geographic chic going on?

      • Idle Emma October 10, 2016 / 9:04 am

        National Geographic chic, I think that very suitably describes your style!

  2. thesnailmail October 9, 2016 / 1:11 pm

    Nice, I really like the Croome Park stamp, & the tropical birds postcard. I’d love to be where I can see those birds flying wild.

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