You know, I feel I should be doing my snail mail posts on a Saturday or Sunday to make use of alliteration. Doesn’t ‘Snail Mail Sundays’ sound good? But I like my Monday, Wednesday and Friday schedule. ‘Mail Mondays’ could work but that’s my planner post day…maybe I’m just over thinking this. Let’s just get to the actual snail mail part!
I mentioned my Postcrossing stats last week and them being out of whack. Well, they’re almost back in order. I sent out 7 postcards at the start of May! These went off to France, America, Japan, Germany, Czech Republic, Taiwan and Russia. Most of these were tourist postcards. They’re the easiest to send when people say they like landscapes and such…or when they just don’t have anything written on their profile at all. A bit annoying that. I do my best to send cards I think a person will like but I need some information to help my decision!
Anyway, the last postcard I sent was a very, very simple watercolour drawing but I forgot to picture it. Whoops!
I sent all seven postcards out on the same day and they all had the same stamp so I had a bit of an otter army!
Onto Swap-bot now. I mentioned the chocolate swap I was involved in last week. I got chocolate from Sweden and I sent a box full off to New Zealand, with of course a tea bag or two as little extras because really, a nice cuppa is needed when enjoying some chocolate as the weather gets cooler as it is on that side of the world.
But it’s time now to take a look at my pen pal letters and mail art! I tried to up my game in making nice looking envelopes to send out in May. My favourites by far are the colouring book envelopes. I sent this snake off to Keely as it was the closest I could get to a dragon and I know she likes dragons! I would have liked to have had a stamp to go with the envelope but Ireland doesn’t have snakes so of course we don’t have snake stamps. An eel was the closest looking thing I could get!
I’m also quite fond of this somewhat grumpy looking rhino (I’m sure he’s just guarding carefully the letter inside). I sent him off to my friend in the Netherlands and I have no doubts it got there safely with him on watch!
For my third colouring book based envelope of the month I went for something a little different. Rather than make a full page into an envelope, I cut out an image, in this case a panda, and stuck it onto a brown envelope. I decided to keep it a very simple black and white…and brown, theme so I found a stamp that’s mostly black and kept my lettering very simple. If I have to pick, I think this is my favourite envelope of the month – shows that sometimes less is more!
Sometimes I like to use pretty notecards when I write letters to my pen pals but I have a habit of waffling on and I end up with some pretty long letters that definitely won’t fit into a single card! My solution for this is to get a few sheets of decorative paper that are white on one side, fold them in half and stick them inside using some washi tape. It’s a simple solution but it works for when you need to make more space in those cards – just turn them into booklets!
This next envelope is a page from a free promotional magazine about Limerick City. It’s a picture of one of the bridges at night. I thought it would be fun to use the seal stamp I had as the blue was the same so it looks a bit like he’s swimming in the sky!
Again, this was a really simple envelope to decorate. It was just a standard white envelope that I glued a piece of floral patterned paper to. I used a small strip to different patterned paper at the bottom to cover up the rest of the white envelope and stuck the address label over the part where they meet. Simple but effective.
You may remember my last giveaway a few weeks back. Well, these are the two envelopes I sent the goodies off in:
These are pretty large envelopes. I made them using my envelope bunch board. The paper was 11.5×11.5 inches it made the largest envelopes that punch board can make. I love the paper – they’re from a paper pack I got in Tiger a few months ago. Most of the images in the paper pack are winter related but these too had enough colour in them to be used for the spring. Gotta love paper designed to look like cross-stitch!
And finally, these last two envelopes were made using some pages from a dream journal:
So there are my highlights from the month of May. I’m gonna have to figure out how to top myself for June’s outgoing mail!
And oh yes before I go, stamp time! Take a look at a few more of the Irish stamps I used for the month of May: