What’s In My Mailbox? A Whale of a Tale or Two


Thanks to the wizardry of an automatically queued blog, I should be spotting actual humpbacks by the time you read this! Before that, though, I wanted to share the last two pen pal letters I received prior to heading west. The parcel from the Netherlands included little nods to my oceanic destination, while my French pen pal’s mailing referenced a different kind of fauna.


Beautiful seaside souvenirs traveled to me from Normandie last week! Those watercolor ships in harbor remind me of similar art I saw in coastal Maine two years ago.


My friend discovered a botanical garden on her most recent journey and sent me this gorgeous butterfly patch! It’s an iron-on that will soon join a curated collection of patches on a denim jacket.


Speaking of travel, my next package from my very talented scrapbooker pen pal in the Netherlands was packed with marine and wanderlust-y goodies!


These stamp-inspired stickers are too much for me. I don’t know if I’ll ever find a notebook or other item that deserves to be graced with their presence. (Especially the Egyptian relief.)


She attached myriad interesting odds and ends throughout the flip-book.


And here are the two packages side-by-side! How appropriately red, gold, and Christmas-like.



  1. Whale spotting!

    I am looking forward to the Hawaii photos. Please, if you happen to be so lucky as to go to the Hilo Farmers Market, document the heck out of it! I follow them on Facebook, & every time they post, I want to pack up my house.

    Hope you are already having a wonderful time!

    • Incidentally, whale spotting was EXTREMELY SUCCESSFUL, even though it’s a little early for them! Lots of tail slaps visible from the road 🙂 And gosh, I haven’t been to the Hilo Farmers Market in years but would love to! We have a mid-sized market up here in Volcano that’s the source of most of my family’s produce, but maybe I can find an excuse to drive down some upcoming Wednesday or Friday…

      • They’re open 7 days a week–Wednesdays & Saturday just happen to be the days that they swell to 200 vendors, rather than 30 (according to their website). Honestly, it’s all about the produce & prepared food. I know if I were a local, I’d be a regular! =D

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