what’s in my mailbox? a tale of two time periods

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Wondering where I’ve been this past week? If you’ve ever had to experience the joy of wisdom teeth surgery, I’m sure I needn’t say more. I survived, though, and in the meantime, received some beautiful letters that I read after emerging from the mental fog of oral surgery!

As I rest and weep and wait for that far-off day when I can eat carrots and blue corn chips again, I have plenty of vintage-inspired mail to keep me company. I say “vintage-inspired,” but what I really mean is “one letter that looks genuinely vintage, as in styled after a kind of mod 60s look, while the other reminds me of nineteenth-century natural history.” Pretty cool either way!

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Emma, reigning monarch of stamp-matching, is at it again with this striking dark envelope that pairs perfectly with a stamp featuring my favorite poet! The envelope reminds me a bit of Art Deco aesthetics, while its contents are a little more Early Modern & Industrial Era.

(Also, can we appreciate that Beatrix Potter stationery?)

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I feel like any of these are readymade additions to my cabinet of curiosities!

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Moving swiftly ahead into the future, my German pen pal sent me a charming flipbook in a jewel-toned retro style that arrived literally the day before my surgery! You can believe that I was grateful, as I’ve kind of been terrified of wisdom tooth surgery for nearly a decade – and I saved her letter for my convalescence as a reward for braving it.

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I try not to show extensive photos of the contents of letters themselves, since they’re personal communication, but I did want to show you the back of the flipbook–I promise you the inside is just as lovely!

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And, of course, she continues to be my calligraphic inspiration!

Enjoy your Monday, friends, and while you enjoy all manner of normal, non-gooey foods, please send kind thoughts to your blogger correspondent who is wrapping up her last day of couch-dwelling milkshake marathons.

7 thoughts on “what’s in my mailbox? a tale of two time periods

  1. IdleEmma May 15, 2017 / 4:25 pm

    I did want to decorate the envelope to match the vintage theme inside but I just really wanted to use that stamp and it went so well with the tape. Oh the dilemmas of a mail art enthusiast! xD
    Also, I hope you’re feeling better after your wisdom teeth surgery 🙂

    • Mailbox Mermaid May 17, 2017 / 7:20 pm

      The stamp was GREAT! I wouldn’t have changed a thing 😀 And thank you for your good wishes! I knew I was feeling better yesterday when I started making envelopes again!

      • IdleEmma May 18, 2017 / 5:58 am

        The sign of feeling better – making envelopes xD

  2. lanidelaurte May 16, 2017 / 10:10 am

    Hope you’re feeling better soon! I’m scheduling mine these next couple of months. Definitely not looking forward to it…

    • Mailbox Mermaid May 17, 2017 / 7:19 pm

      Thanks for your good wishes! Oh man, I am sending you my best thoughts! I have incredible anxiety and was dreading it like nobody’s business, but it turned out that the horrible anticipation and waiting for it was the worse than the actual procedure itself (though it wasn’t exactly fun, just not quite the end of the world as I’d expected!) Good luck to you ❤

  3. Emily Guyton-Lange May 17, 2017 / 8:51 am

    Pretty mail always makes me feel better, hope the same goes for you!

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