Crafting Haul: SEA-son’s Greetings

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It is, truly, the most wonderful time of the year: because in three weeks I’ll return to my family in the middle of the Pacific! I’ve been counting down to this trip since September and I could not be more excited to spend a warm Christmas in my childhood home, where the only snow around will be (maybe!) a light dusting way up on Mauna Kea.

Since I’m going away for nearly a month, I’ll keep up with my pen-palling while in Hawai’i (so those who write to me can expect letters with a postmark from the Volcano post office!). At the same time, I wanted to get a head start on my holiday snail mail packages before my trip, as craft stores aren’t exactly commonplace when you’re living 4,000 feet above sea level and an hour away from major retailers. I think this juxtaposition of wintry papers and tropical ocean stickers will perfectly capture that Christmas-in-the-Pacific feeling!

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Here’s a sneak peek at my holiday envelopes, made from a pack of themed cardstock jazzed up with glitter wash tape! I’m hoping that these will be strong enough to hold the various flat gifts I’ll send out to several lovely people over the next few weeks.

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I try to keep my winter mail holiday-neutral (since I don’t want to assume that all my pen pals celebrate the same things I do): which means snowflakes instead of Santas and lots of typographically beautiful yet generic seasonal platitudes.

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The best part of being a weird ocean-obsessed crafter in the middle of landlocked Western Mass is that maritime embellishments and stationery are considered “off-season” in the winter–and are therefore extremely affordable around the holidays.

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Big, chunky shell scrapbooking stickers give me life. I actually have found real versions of most of these ocean treasures in my many beach combing expeditions: and stickers are a lot easier to mail than real shells, that’s for sure!

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And how could I resist preppy whales for sixty-nine cents? I feel like these guys only eat country-club krill. (Assuming, of course, that they’re baleen  whales and not strange stylized odontocetes.)

Who else has already started preparing to send out holiday cards/packages? What a glorious time to be a snail-mailer!

12 thoughts on “Crafting Haul: SEA-son’s Greetings

  1. I’ll just started making my Christmas cards last weekend, after I realized how many I need and that some have long journeys ahead. So far I’m really happy with the ideas I got as I felt so much more creative this year than last 🙂 I just send a letter your way yesterday so hopefully it will get to you before you leave for Hawaii (I really hope it doesn’t get stuck in the mail system due to too much december mail being sent).

    • Ah, the struggle of December mail! Our post office here actually announced that it will be open on SUNDAYS in December because they get so much business…it’s usually packed in there. Anyway, I’ll keep an eye out for your letter! 🙂

  2. Well I love the idea of mixing snow flakes with sea themes!
    I’ve started preparing my holiday mail to send out (so many cards to make!. I think the deadline for sending Christmas mail is the 12th if it’s going to the US but I’m sure I’ll have my mail all sorted before then! I’m aiming to send my mail out mid next week so I’ll be sure to send it and the response to your letter to your Hawaii address so you won’t miss out on them 🙂

    • My parents usually bring me some Punalu’u guava sweet bread when they visit…though they didn’t manage to this Thanksgiving! Alas. At least I’ll be in the same neighborhood as Na’alehu soon enough!

      • The deep south! Some time ago I decided to drive out to Ka Lae in my little rental car, and momentarily bottomed out on the rough slope at the end parking area. It was only later that I took a look at my rental paperwork & noticed the company forbade renters from driving there. At least, that’s the way I remember it; I might have known in advance, but how am I supposed to recall something like that?

      • Oh man, I have very clear childhood memories of getting temporarily stuck out there in our family car–which was even made for off-road driving, as I recall!–must be the requisite sacrifice for visiting such a beautiful place. My dad was recently there for fieldwork and impressed us all by claiming that they didn’t run into any road issues: though in a government vehicle you’d hope that would be the case!

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