Of late, I’ve found my thoughts straying to dinosaurs: or more specifically, the Dinosaur Court built for the relocated Crystal Palace Park in the mid-1800s, where models of Megalosaurus, Iguanadon, and a number of other prehistoric beasts struck awe into the hearts of nineteenth-century audiences. In all the time I’ve spent in the U.K., I’ve never had the opportunity to visit these strange relics of historical science, and I dream of one day wandering through their lost world in London.
In one of my thrift-store expeditions, I discovered a beat-up – and relatively unreadable – copy of dinosaur encyclopedia (this one, if you’re curious, except the one I found was a Spanish edition). It was already missing a few pages and had suffered some damage, so I worked my envelope alchemy to salvage what I could for crafting. In the end, I was so pleased with how these collages turned out: and glad as ever to offer new life to a dying book!
I had no idea what to do with this washi tape – since yellow isn’t a color I frequently use in my envelopes – so I’m quite thankful that these dinos put it to good use!
Yes, I did take the time to cut out each individual claw and curving tail of these prehistoric creatures! Given that I was equipped with only an unwieldy pair of scissors, it took ages to shape each dinosaur to my satisfaction.
To be honest, it’s been a pretty sad summer on the snail mail front – with all my traveling, work, studying, and wedding planning I’ve only sent a handful of letters. I really do miss the days when I had endless free time in the evenings and could write as many messages as Emily Dickinson!
Slow or not, though, these dinosaurs will be creeping their way to various pen pals’ mailboxes soon.