What’s In My Mailbox? Fathoms Below


Flippers and flipbooks! The perfect snail mail antidote to the most miserable Massachusetts day imaginable. (Yes, it snowed several inches yesterday. No, I’m not planning on running away to the Pacific; why would you ever think that?) 

Mail has been on the slower side over the past week or so–which might be the small consequence of sending off literally ten letters at a time, like I did earlier in the month. As you all know, though, there’s nothing like a empty-ish mailbox week to make you extra appreciative of the lovely letters you do receive! Good things (i.e. sparkly cards and chevron washi tape) comes to those who wait, I suppose.


I’ve known this pen pal for twenty-three years–because she happens to be my mother! (I write letters to strangers all over the world, so how could I not share the letter-love with my family as well?)

It’s probably no surprise that I am all about that mermaid card and the little marine scraps of fabric she tucked in the envelope. I’d totally wear a dress made out of the starfish print!


This letter from Canada took me completely by surprise: but in the loveliest of ways! I’m still somewhat shy about attempting to make flipbook-style mail, though this pretty (and summery!) sample has inspired me yet again. (Plus, someone listed me as “Kelly” during a work-related meeting the other day–the ultimate betrayal–so I was weirdly pleased to see my proper name in beautiful script handwriting.)


And with the Halloweekend on the approach, how could I leave out the cute pumpkin washi tape that graced a recent incoming letter from California?

On that note–has anyone else tried out those Jack-o-lantern Forever Stamps yet? I just received a whole block of them and now need an excuse to send out semi-spooky mail before Monday…

7 thoughts on “What’s In My Mailbox? Fathoms Below

  1. Pots of Tea October 28, 2016 / 8:42 am

    Oooo what lovely mail!

    Just to let you know my response may take a little bit of time as I’m trying to do 101 things all at the same time. I can’t wait to get started though. I am still completely obsessed with your letter ❤

    • Mailbox Mermaid October 28, 2016 / 2:30 pm

      Oh, the “doing-101-things-all-at-the-same-time” feeling, I know it well 😀 Don’t worry about it at all! I’ll look forward to a letter when the bustle has died down!

  2. thesnailmail October 28, 2016 / 11:18 am

    Is that Laurel Birch art on the stuff from Mom? The suns, at least, look very much like her art.

    I skipped over the jack-o-lantern stamps, but I love the Diwali ones I just started to use! =D

    • Mailbox Mermaid October 28, 2016 / 2:29 pm

      Well spotted! I just double-checked and you are absolutely right. I’m familiar with her Fantastic Cats but didn’t quite recognize the style in this mermaid version. 😀

  3. marinegirl1 October 28, 2016 / 2:37 pm

    Oh Jack-o-lantern stamps, that is so cool. Need to look those up right away 🙂

    • Mailbox Mermaid October 28, 2016 / 4:39 pm

      They’re pretty spooky and cute! I can send you one in my next letter, though they might be a little out of season by then ;D

  4. Idle Emma October 28, 2016 / 8:39 pm

    Your mom sends you such lovely mail!
    By the way, once or twice I have had to double check that I didn’t write Kelly instead of Keely – but in my defence, my sister’s name is Kelly so that’s what I’m used to writing 😀

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