Outgoing Mail: The Life Aquatic


For whatever we lose(like a you or a me)

it’s always ourselves we find in the sea*

*or, alternatively, the substitute for the sea generated by making ocean-themed letters

– (not entirely) e.e. cummings

So, surprise–I decided to make more ocean-themed envelopes. I’m nothing if not consistent, I suppose! These are totally different from my last ones, though, and feature more of a marine biology theme than those crafted from inflight magazine jewelry ads.

Will I ever tire of oceanic outgoing mail? Well, give me a one-way ticket to the coast and a free house by the sea, and maybe then I’ll take a little break…


These envelopes took shape due to my fortuitous discovery of:

  • A slightly damaged, fifty-cent science book for kids at the Goodwill…all about the ocean!
  • A collection of beautiful aquatic stickers (20% off!) at Big Corporate Crafts Store.

You all know my position on “dying” books: if they’ve lost pages or suffered some other wound that affects their readability, I honor these poor tomes by reincarnating their less-destroyed pages into envelopes. And how lovely this book’s pages are! Beautiful full-spread illustrations and photographs bring the world beneath the waves to life.


Of course, I had to add pretty silliness to these informative book pages with these fishy stickers: though aren’t those wave ones just gorgeous?


They provided the perfect accent for my makeshift address labels!


Back when I merely altered pre-existing envelopes rather than making my own, it saddened me that I had no easy way of decorating the inside of the flap. Luckily, double-sided book pages take care of that for you! I hope the recipient of the otter/sea urchin envelope on the left enjoys learning a bit about COASTAL SEAS.


Unlike some of the other retro books I’ve salvaged in the past, this copy of Under The Sea has at least 40 pages, so I suspect literally every one of my pen pals will receive an ocean envelope at some point. Now I’m off to think deeply about which of my letter-friends would most appreciate a dolphin over a coral reef or bioluminescent fish…

5 thoughts on “Outgoing Mail: The Life Aquatic

  1. Sophie October 10, 2016 / 9:01 am

    These turned out so well! x

  2. Idle Emma October 10, 2016 / 11:03 am

    Well I would love any of those envelopes, they’re all so pretty (and make me want to run away to live in a hut by the sea, provided the hut has electricity that is, I’m of the modern age after all xD).

    • Mailbox Mermaid October 10, 2016 / 3:55 pm

      You know I feel exactly the same way! Is there no “living by the ocean and writing” fellowship out there…? (Anyway, one of these very envelopes should be on their way to you soon!)

      • Idle Emma October 10, 2016 / 9:11 pm

        I’ve been looking but sadly no sign of that fellowship. No kindly millionaires either. It’s a real shame!

  3. thesnailmail October 10, 2016 / 11:39 pm

    Those are swell! I definitely never tire of the theme.

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