Surprise Birthday Bundle

A few years back, I moved from my little home town in Quebec to a small town in Nova Scotia. It is a 12+ hour drive between my current home and my hometown where the handful of close friends I had still live. In an effort to maintain our bond, I try to send them a little something from time to time..usually in the form of Christmas card or birthday card.

This year, my friend Mc,( who is also the new adoptive mother of my horse) is turning 26. To me, 26 is a big deal..more so than 24 and 25. My mom had me at 26 so I think I always saw that age as the start of adulthood…I know..I’m a little behind XD

Anyways, I thought I’d make her a little something special this year, she has been working hard at restoring her home, raising her first son and recently went back to school to become an accountant so she deserves a little special surprise.

Suprise Birthday Bundle

Surprise Birthday Bundle

Mc and I usually get really silly when we get to hang out together, so I took the silly approach with the package and included a party hat and a whoopie cushion,  and a balloon ( I got this tuck in idea from the wonderful Devalayer) but I still included a sincere handmade birthday card with a more classic/vintage/ horsey look as well.

 

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And finally I was thinking of including this picture of myself for the giggles. That way we can sort of birthday party it up together…sort of.. 🙂

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Passing on my love of snailmail

A little while ago, I made made a blog post called Letters Vs Emails in which I told you all about my love for snail mail and where that love came from. I am not yet a parent, and even farther from being a grandparent, but I am happy to call myself the Auntie of two beautiful and funny little girls named Avery and Emma.

Their mom tells me that her oldest loves to get mail, so I thought, why not be that cool aunt who sends her super fun sparkly letters and cards? Soon enough, Emma will be old enough to enjoy them as well!

So here is the Valentine card I made them:

wpid-img_20150131_152402.jpgI had sticky alphabet stickers which is what I used for the card, and the envelope is just little heart drawn in bright market and a touch of sparkly glue. I plan on including a booklet of stickers too once the storm passes and I can get out to the dollar store!

I’d be so excited if they grew up to be little snail mailers that fill my mailbox with drawings and letters!! 😛

To adopt a hippo!

Every now and again, when I’m working the postal counter, someone shares the story behind their parcel with me. Yesterday was one of those days and it was a great story!

It all started when this sweet older lady came to pick up a parcel which contained her grandsons birthday gift. She told me his favourite song over the holidays was ” All I want for Christmas is a hippopotamus”, apparently the kid has good taste. So anyways, get this, for his birthday, she adopted him a hippo!! As a fellow fan of the hippo song, my eyes must have popped with excitement, because she launched into explaining her gift to me.

All you have to do is visit the World Wildlife Federation and click Adopt.  This will give you a whole big list of animals you can ”adopt”. In her case she said it cost 55$ plus shipping, the money goes toward preserving and maintaining their habitat, the reserves etc. and in exchange you can receive a gift which, for her was an adoption certificate, a plushy, info on the species, a WWF bag and a photo. She took the plushy out for me to see and it was a decent size, super cute, soft and good quality stuffy.

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I thought this was such a fantastic idea!! It’s thoughtful because he loves hippos, he gets a toy and the info cards  to unwrap, and the money is going to preserve the endangered animals he loves!

I am so tickled by this idea that I think I might just adopt a a moose for my mother-in-law in Belgium, or maybe a cute fuzzy looking animal like a polar bear or a koala for my niece!! Or maybe an elephant for myself! What would you adopt and for who?

Storm Day

As for many living on the east coast of North America, yesterday was a storm day. I woke up at 6 am to the sounds of whipping wind and the snapping of the tarp that covers our snow blower. I managed to teeter between sleep and slumber for another hour or so before getting up and checking the radio for closures in town.

As expected, practically the whole town was shut down, including my job 🙂 and the mail service 😦 . It had officially become a snow day!!Yay! So as any sane person would do, I bundles in several layers of clothing ( 3 layers of shirts, two layers of pants, 2 layers of socks, 2 layers of mittens) my snow pants and winter jackets and a weird head/face contraption under my hat and scarf and headed out the door with the little dog. I can always count on little dog to want to be outside in the worst weather!

We spent a good 45 minutes or more running around the field and digging in the snow. Eventually I had to come back to the house and drop off my glasses because they were covered in the blowing snow .Really, when everything is white and a big haze of snow, and you can’t see two feet in front of your face, my eyesight becomes just as good as anothers! 😛

We found an ice patch and little dog sat and judged me while I slid around on my tummy, giggling like a child. With all the drifts, there were several high banks of soft snow that were perfect for flopping into. Right by the house was a huge drift nearly 3 feet high followed by a natural snow trench up against the house just wide enough for me to crawl in, Needless to say, I ninja rolled my butt into there!

Eventually my shirts began to untuck , my socks started to roll down and little dog looked like the abominable snowman’s companion, so we came back in and I helped my Mister plaster the walls in one of the spare rooms like a grownup 🙂

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An older picture, but same idea..actually, she was more snowed over yesterday! 😛

All in all, despite the lack of mail, it was a fantastic snow day!! Much fun was had!

Outgoing!

I’ve seen quite a few people posting about their outgoing and incoming mail lately, so I thought I’d jump on the bandwagon with my outgoing mail from the last week or two. Unfortunately, despite constantly trying to remind myself, I forgot to snap a picture of the letter I sent to my newest penpal in San Francisco as well as the finished January package sent to my in-laws. -.-Anywhooo..Here’s my first reply to Muriel in Belgium!

First reply to Muriel!

First reply to Muriel!

Unfortunately the picture came out fuzzy, but you get the idea! 🙂 I include one of the Cat in the Hat bookmarks I got in a pack of 30 at Michaels (Score!!) and a comic font sticker. As this is the first time I reply to her, I didn’t want to have too many tuck ins..I like to wait and build up the friendship a bit first I guess..

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Here I’ve got a little Birthday package to a colleague of mine which contained some tea, a few chunks of wax melts and some Almond sweets. She loves horses, so I stuck this horse postcard I got while in Iceland. The little birdie with the scroll was a letter to my penpal in the Netherlands which I’m hoping to hear back from soon, she usually replies really quickly and always sends me great letters and stuff 🙂
Ensuite; the poppy bookmark was a handmade tuck in that I sent to the mama in-law in her January package. I’ve decided to try to send her one letter/package a month until her visit at the end of the year. I’ve even managed to get my husband to participate a little with some ideas and topics…after all, he is her son 😛 The letters are just rambles about whats been going on in our daily lives, and we try to include something fun related to whats been happening or a holiday, or just something she would like. The January package(which I forgot to get a picture of-.-) had a little pocket planner, the bookmark and a few Jamie Oliver recipe cards(shes a cook and looooves Jamie Oliver). Hopefully she likes it! 🙂

And finally, spiderman and the tv haven’t gone anywhere yet, I just had some fun decorating the envelopes on the days where I had no letters to write. Not sure who to send them to yet…but I’m sure I will figure it out eventually! Maybe in the week to come! But somehow I doubt it…I’ve gotten quite attached to my tv…

Fable or poem inspired mail art- Challenge!

Anybody who paid any amount of attention in school can remember at least one fable or poem that was introduced as a means of learning an important life lesson or simply to study its poetic structure( or something like that).  I know I was introduced to a good few in grade 4 when we spent a whole semester learning about different types of poems, couplets and tercets and counting our syllables for Haikus( though I don’t remember them being called Haiku in French!)

So here is a challenge for you, fellow mail-art lover( or snail mailer, or artist!). I challenge you to create a piece of mail art using a fable or a poem from your childhood as your inspiration!  It can be a drawing, a collage, a colour scheme, or anything you like that you feel is in theme with the fable or poem of your choice. Once completed, upload a post about it and show your readers and me! Please tag it  Fable Mail Art  and/or share your post in my comment section so I can see it!

Heres mine, I chose the fable that stuck with me the most ”The fox and the Crow”( Le corbeau et le renard). I can remember first reading the story in class, how I saw where it was going when the fox starts to trick the crow and then cringing as the crows falls for it. The strangest things can leave an impact on a child apparently!

Anyway, we later moved on to the poem by Jean de La Fontaine which was inspired by the fable.

Maître Corbeau, sur un arbre perché,
Tenait en son bec un fromage.
Maître Renard, par l’odeur alléché,
Lui tint à peu près ce langage :
“Hé ! bonjour, Monsieur du Corbeau.
Que vous êtes joli ! que vous me semblez beau !
Sans mentir, si votre ramage
Se rapporte à votre plumage,
Vous êtes le Phénix des hôtes de ces bois. ”
A ces mots le Corbeau ne se sent pas de joie ;
Et pour montrer sa belle voix,
Il ouvre un large bec, laisse tomber sa proie.
Le Renard s’en saisit, et dit : “Mon bon Monsieur,
Apprenez que tout flatteur
Vit aux dépens de celui qui l’écoute :
Cette leçon vaut bien un fromage, sans doute. ”
Le Corbeau, honteux et confus,
Jura, mais un peu tard, qu’on ne l’y prendrait plus.

Fable inspired Mail Art

Fable inspired Mail Art

I was even dorky enough to have some fox stamps on hand and added them for the sake of the picture 😛 If I was Really Cool I’d have these stamps to plaster it with!

PicMonkey CollageHowever they are A- Not Canadian and B- Fairly old, most likely hard to come across and probably pricey. But the thought it there!

Anyway, this is my first ever attempt at a challenge so I’d be every so grateful if someone participated! And remember, it doesn’t have to be a drawing..it can be a colour scheme, stickers, collages, whatever reminds YOU of the fable or poem YOU chose 🙂

Craft classes

Recently, the shop across the hall from where I work opened as a local crafts shop. You can find anything from amazing wood carvings, to funky paintings, homemade cards, photography, jewelry in masses, and lots of knitted and crocheted wonders. This was pretty cool I thought, and then they brought in a weekly farmers market with free coffee and lots of delicious homemade treats to buy!

Coooll!! Who doesn’t want a free coffee with a freshly baked bag of cookies on their break??

But now, rumor has it as of yesterday that they are thinking of hosting craft classes in the back locals now!! What!? You mean I could get off work, change, walk across the hall and plop myself down for a painting class? A knitting class? A wood crafting class!?

My excitement levels at this prospect are very very high! 😀 I just have to hope they do not charge ridiculously high prices and then become a master crafter 😛