Monday, November 18, 2013


Hello friends,
Just wanted to say hello and let you know that I'm terribly behind in everything right now (including sending out those giveaway winners packages).  After Clay getting sick, then visiting my parents out of state, and then me being sick, I am behind on work as well as all the things I love to do like writing letters!
However, Thanksgiving break is coming up and I'm hoping to get lots of things done.
Hope you are all doing well!

Incoming card and doodles from Aaron
I love narwhals!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Congratulation Cards

We have received several congratulations cards for our engagement from family and friends. Every one brings a smile to my face. It's so exciting and I am so grateful that I have such wonderful people in my life. 

--- up on the fridge ---

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

It's not over yet!

Sent for the Halloween mailart swap for the League of Extraordinary Penpals. The murder card was a leftover that I had made last year for the Elevated Envelope swap.

Curse of the Were-Rabbit!!!

Pumpkin Head Ale!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Napkin Mail

When I was at the Chicago workshop with Donovan Beeson I learned something fun and new!
You can decorate your mail with napkins!

Donovan had a few different packets of Halloween napkins and showed us how to use them.  You should peel off the top most layer to use for the mail art.  I believe she used a glue stick to glue them to the envelope, but I was a bit concerned that they would come off, so when I tried it at home I covered them with clear packing tape too.  :)

This one is a bit messy, but I like the end product and sometimes it's fun to be messy and it's therapeutic to just not worry about the wrinkles!

In this one I cut out the image from the napkin. It's still a bit wrinkly but I think it looks a bit cleaner.

I'm excited to do this more! It's fun to get pretty napkins sometimes (to eat with) and one napkin normally has 4 images because of the way that they are folded, so they are real work horses in terms of mail art equipment!

I also liked the Jazz stamp for my Halloween mail since it has a nice orange, black and grey color scheme.

Oh, and in the last envelope, in the lower left hand corner I had tried to draw a bat and it came out looking terrible! So I just slapped on some Charlie Brown stickers. Mail art is always salvageable. :)

Monday, November 4, 2013

Na Na, Na Na, Na Na, Na Na, Na Na, Na Na, Na Na, Na Na, Na Na, Na Na, Na Na, Na Na... BATMAIL !!!

Made at home... creepy wrinkly bat flesh!

Made at the Chicago workshop. I loved using black envelopes and shiny pens!
I hope my mailart didn't scare away any penpals!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Googly Eyed Horrors!

A letter to my cousin Aaron. This is one that I made at the Halloween mail art workshop in Chicago. The image I used was already pretty creepy but I think the googly eyes made it even better!  Also, the Johnny Cash stamp was pretty great for Halloween mail.  I still think that the USPS should make a Halloween stamp at least every other year.
"Have a horrible Halloween."
Lovely stamps given to me.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Big News!!

Hello friends!

I am engaged!!

I am so happy and excited. Clay and I have been together for over 5 years now and I'm just so very happy. We got engaged in October and it has just been a wonderful month.

Clay knew that I didn't want an engagement ring, so he bought me another kind of engagement gift... 

a typewriter desk!

Here it is covered with Halloween makings:

It has a recessed area to put a typewriter.  You push up the panel and the recessed area rises up.  It is reallllly awesome. I haven't put my typewriter inside yet as I need to get a new ribbon and fix something on it.  It is fussy about feeding the paper.

Anyway, here's another shot of glorious Halloween papers and a skull!!!

I need to post photos of the Halloween mailart I made. And time to move on to making envelopes with pictures of turkeys and other delicious food.

Thanksgiving here we come!

P.S. Can you even guess how excited I am about designing my wedding invitations??!!!