I've had wonderful artists and friends send me the most fabulous mail art over the past few months, and I have been woefully remiss in responding to them as I should. Slowly, slowly, I would like to catch up, both by featuring all the Mailbox Love here on the blog, and by reciprocating with some Mailbox Love of my own. Thank you for being patient with me, my friends!
A super-fun way to ensure a happy mailbox is to participate in one of Karen's swaps over at Mail Me Some Art (MMSA)
. She provides new and varied projects and themes, and there truly is something for everyone. Most recently I participated in the postal-themed ATC swap
and the handmade envelope swap
I think anything postal-themed deserves a closer look, so here are some close-ups of the latest ATCs in my collection:
This beauty came from Leslie:
And I thought the back of it was almost as delightful as the front (I never pay as much attention to the back of my ATCs as I think I should, and Leslie has inspired me to try!):
This bit of postal perfection comes from Rhoz:
If you check out her blog at Full Circle
, you will see even more postal and non-postal loveliness!
Lynn sent me this ATC that appealed to my love of orderliness and grids:
If you check out her blog at Sunny Room Art
, you will see that she is ALL about postcards, ATCs, mail art, and swaps!
And from Julie I received this ATC with an adorable vintage baby image and other fun postal embellishments:
If this isn't enough postal-themed ATC goodness for you, please visit the ever-creative and postally-inclined Pamela of Cappuccino and Art Journal
, where in this latest post she's whipped up even more ATCs and other goodies to send and to swap.
Here is my handmade envelope loot:
It's hard to tell here, but Ellen's envelope, with the keys at the back, is a full twelve inches long!
envelope is made from a page of Time for Kids
magazine, and includes Hello Kitty and cupcake stickers, so you know that's a hit with my younger daughter!
I have to give a special shout-out to Christie, who included a lovely, color-coordinated ATC with her envelope:
included her artful business card:
I have just signed up to participate again in the Great Big Stitched Postcard Swap
hosted by Beth Kempton of Do What You Love. This will be my third year to participate, and because I absolutely love the look of stitched paper, it is a natural fit for me! If you want to sign up, the process is quick and easy, and you have until October 16 to get your postcard in the mail!