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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!