Tuesday, October 11, 2011

In-Coming and Out-Going Mail

In August, F.M. of La Wendula was kind enough to send me some vintage library catalog cards when I expressed interest in them through her blog.  She expressed to me her interest in the Amish (a community not far from where I live, west of Philadelphia) as well as tissue paper as an art supply.  As a thank you for her gift to me, I sent her an Amish cookbook (thanks to one of my church friends who was willing to "thin out" her collection!) and a stack of pretty tissue papers.  I sent the goodies in this envelope, decorated front and back:
[prior to adding our addresses to the front]

Each month, F.M. hosts a paper swap for interested participants.  I signed up for the month of September, and swapped with Anne Marie, a fiber artist in Toronto.

I didn't take a photo of the loot I sent along to Anne Marie, but I did photograph the envelope:
[front, with covers over our addresses]
And here is a photo of the great collection of papers, fibers, fabric paper, punchinella, and other treats I received in Anne Marie's package.  It is truly amazing what fits in one envelope!
Some closer-up shots:
I encourage you to participate in one of F.M.'s swaps if you are interested in getting some fun surprises in the mail, and having a chance to work with some materials that you would be unlikely to acquire on your own.  It's kind of fun to put yourself "at the mercy" of another artist, to see what kinds of things she chooses to share with you!


scrapwordsmom said...

Thanks for sharing this, Andria. I would really love doing this!! I do have so much to share:)

lori vliegen said...

i think swaps are so much fun......and while i love what's inside the envelope, sometimes the envelope itself is just as wonderful!! i know your friend will love receiving her new cookbook in that spectacular envelope you decorated for her!! xox

Janet said...

Anyone receiving one of your envelopes would be thrilled. The outside is as good or better than what's on the inside!

Andria said...

Leslie, it is so fun to put things together for these swaps, and to look forward to all new goodies!

Thank you, Lori and Janet! I am loving mail art right now. It makes trips to the post office a lot more interesting, too!

aprilmariecole.blogspot.com said...

I love paper swaps! :]
Such a work of art, that envelope... LOVE IT

LaWendula said...

I love your envelopes, Andria! It's such a pleasure to get one!
Thanks for the goodies you've sent me.
Did you know that the Amish have a "red velvet cake" in their cookbook, sounds a bit too fancy, huh?
Still waters run deep, I must say. ;)

Have a great day! :)

Andria said...

Thank you, April!

Thanks for your visit, F.M. I love your observation about the Amish, based on their Red Velvet Cake!