snail mail

Valma’s letters

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When I was a teenager, an old lady named Valma used to write me the longest letters. Easily 20 pages or more, in scrawling cursive on foolscap paper. Valma and her husband Bill lived in a two-room hut on a little dirt road called Saddler’s Lane, and I came to know them because I would ride by…

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Mail art – fruits of the forest

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These envelopes are sisters to my last post. That collection was all about the wee small creatures of the forest. This one celebrates the fallen leaves, berries, flowers, pine-cones, gum-nuts and fungi to be found in the canopy and on the forest floor, if you chance to look. “I don’t care what town you’re born…

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Mail art – friends of the forest

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“I’m so happy!” sang Benjy, as he slipped off his boots. “No more London! No more noise of buses and trams! No more poor sooty old trees! But clean sweet bushes and woods, bright flowers, singing birds and shy little animals slipping by. Oh, what fun!” This passage is from The Children of Cherry Tree…

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A recipe for mail-art

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I have been so busy making mail lately! Cutting out little packets of handmade stickers and labels, collecting vintage stamps, hunting for postcards old and new, photocopying old recipes and household tips that once belonged to my great-grandmother, then bundling them all up together in handmade envelopes from old catalogue pages, melting green or red wax over the…

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Mail art: while on holidays

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While we were in Sydney on our holidays, I painted these handmade envelopes to send out into the world. A pair of animals, books and coffee, but mostly wildflowers. I have a lot of fun painting wildflowers. Also while we were on holidays, Scout made mail of her own. She asked to send a postcard…

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A handful of letters

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My postman, Patrick*, told me last week, “You get special mail. Very special.” I like to think that decorated mail puts a smile not only on the face of the recipient, but on each and every person who handles it along its journey. Here is a handful** – a very big handful – of the letters and…

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Mail art: in defense of domesticity

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This suite of mail-art envelopes was inspired by former blogger Natalie Holbrook’s 2015 book, Hey Natalie Jean. In the book, she is unabashedly proud of her role as “Queen of her home,” championing the kind of feminist mantra that says feminism is about choice. Natalie has a choice and she chooses to be a homemaker…

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Mail-art: late harvest

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Do you know that feeling when you think something is getting on top of you, but you don’t have the courage to look too closely into it, because it might be even worse than you thought? Yep, that feeling. And then you do look… Well, I took a deep breath and then took a close look…

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54 letters, 22 countries

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Estonia  ::  United States of America  ::  Singapore  ::  Scotland  ::  Italy ::  Portugal  ::  Canada  ::  Indonesia  ::  Morocco  ::  United Kingdom  ::  Philippines  ::  Australia  ::  Japan  ::  Germany  ::  Norway  ::  The Netherlands  ::  Arab Republic of Egypt  ::  Mexico  :: Malaysia  ::  Russia  ::  Vietnam  ::  France    I sent a…

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Tangible texts

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Yesterday I brought home a small, fat parcel from the post office. It had Mr B’s name on it but upon opening it, he handed it across to me, saying, “This is for you.” He’d ordered for me a stack of late-Victorian postcards, all used and most of them still carrying their stamps. We spent the evening looking…

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Tiny letters

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I’ve made something for you! Tiny handmade envelopes, created from the delicate, antique, tissue-paper that separated each of the old postcards I set free a few weeks ago. I kept the tissue when I posted the 100-year-old cards, and traced, hand-cut and pasted each individual piece into a miniature envelope. What better words to place inside a…

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Mail art: four assorted

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I only have four mail-art packages to share this week. The cylindrical one at the bottom was quite a challenge to create and paint, but a lot of fun as well. Selise told me she loved marigolds, so I was determined to give it my best effort. Want to know what was inside? Cereal boxes!

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