Receiving mail in Hawai’i over the holidays was such a special treat! I felt like a kid bringing someone to sleep over for the first time and marveling at the strange juxtaposition of two worlds: home and friends. I’m at home, and yet I’m still getting letters from my pen pals who usually write to me when I’m on the Mainland? So cool!
“Cool” seems to be the operative adjective here, as the lovely letters & parcels that came my way during the past few weeks have all featured beautiful hues of teal, aqua, and turquoise. A mere coincidence, or simply a reflection of the fact that my obsession with such jewel tones is common knowledge? Who can say?
Arriving from Germany: a turquoise-and-grey letter with fascinating museum reading inside! This exhibition from the Berlin Museum for Islamic Art basically encapsulates all my academic interests–it explores how visual and material culture reflects trade and exchange between countries and regions in the early modern world. Yes! Katha knows me too well.
This menagerie escorted my letter all the way from Ireland! I’d like to think that the dolphin, otter, and eagle were semi-helpful with the Atlantic and Pacific crossings.
Look at all the lovely colors and ocean-related gifts! There’s an inevitable “Keely attempts to use that hammerhead shark stamp for practically everything” post awaiting you as soon as I’m back on the Mainland.
Also, shout-out to this amazing journal in which I will document my upcoming California travels! The attached envelope/pouch is such a practical and clever idea, as I tend to acquire a good number of brochures, postcards, and ephemera while traveling.
These fun characters helped keep spirits bright during this letter’s long journey from England, I’m sure!
More variations of blue, cream, and gold! Whichever papercraft company is responsible for the switch from more garish red and green holiday colors to white and teal…well, I owe them a big thank-you.
Isn’t this handmade mermaid stamp charming? I let out an inelegant squeal of delight when I saw her for the first time. Considering those iconic side-bangs, I may start using her as a kind of signature to every letter I write–along with the afore-mentioned hammerhead shark, most likely.
Finally, here’s an elegant holiday card sent from PA that I find very minimalist and lovely! I always support thin script fonts.
Thank you a thousand times to my wonderful pen pals for your kind holiday wishes and generous spirits! 2016 was a rather rough year for me (as I’m sure it’s been for many people…) and I’m lucky to have friends like you.