outgoing mail: billions & billions of stars

sky mail (7 of 7)sky mail (4 of 7)

Space may be the place, but the sold-individually decorative paper section at a certain major craft store (that will remain anonymous as I still refuse to provide free marketing for chain retailers on my little-read, niche blog) is currently also “the place.” I don’t know when their paper design department upgraded from stripes and polka dots to sky-maps and painted galaxies, but I am not complaining. And neither, I hope, will my pen pals when they receive these envelopes!

(If you want to know how to sing the title of this blog post, check out my #1 jam as a highschooler: one of Symphony of Science’s quality musical remixes of quotes from various “great minds of science.” I think Bill Nye was responsible for this title-worthy phrase!)

sky mail (1 of 7)

It’s strange to use actual craft paper intended for crafting to create my envelopes after my recent love affair with recycled book and magazine pages. I still prefer the cost-effective and Earth-friendly alternative (I can get a book at the Goodwill for $1, enough to make an entire empire of envelopes, which is about the same cost of just one of these fancy papers), of course. Aren’t these gorgeously printed, though?

sky mail (2 of 7)

I appreciate this US map print even more so because it reminds me of a patchwork quilt.

sky mail (3 of 7)

The swirling colors of this gemstone print, on the other hand, remind me of my mom’s incredible marbled fabric!

sky mail (6 of 7)

I wanted to break my standard envelope mold and see if the postal service would accept one that is shaped like a parallelogram! (Or am I just incapable of folding a rectangle? It can be two things.)

sky mail (5 of 7)

When I finished this set of envelopes, I promised myself I wouldn’t start using them until I’d photographed their pristine state for a blog post – and then for some reason I started writing Emma’s address label anyway before I even realized what I was doing? I guess I really wanted to stake her claim on that cool galactic oil painting! The intended recipients of each of the other three envelopes, luckily, can remain a mystery.

5 thoughts on “outgoing mail: billions & billions of stars

  1. IdleEmma April 24, 2017 / 5:06 pm

    Well I am in love with all of the envelopes and now really wish that my local craft store would stock these papers!

  2. IdleEmma April 25, 2017 / 6:19 pm

    I see this post and the very next day the same envelope I see in the picture is sitting on my kitchen table, what great timing xD

    • Mailbox Mermaid April 27, 2017 / 11:18 am

      SO FAST! In the battle of “which country receives mail fastest from the East Coast of the USA,” I think Ireland continues to be the victor!

      • IdleEmma April 27, 2017 / 1:48 pm

        Haha, Ireland’s good for something – getting mail quickly! xD My mail always seems to get to you really quickly too, yet when I send something to the west coast it seems to take so much longer!

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