postal pleasures from a few new pen pals

12 Feb

This week I was greeted by two awesome envelopes from brand new pen pals: one who is a long time friend from elementary / jr. high school and one who is a twitter friend. Jessica Mayne, is one of the most colourful characters I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Our friendship goes a long way back, and I cherish MANY memories with her… and now, despite the fact that we live far apart, as pen pals we can continue to make memories until we are old ladies! The above image was on the outside of the envelope she sent me. She gifted me some wonderful vintage beauties like slides of the house of parliament or 1926 violinists instruction guide. There were some laugh out loud items in there including Titanic ephemera, silly stickers and a note I had written to her way back in grade 7 (which was mostly about farts lol). Barbara Wanhill (@2catsandapencil) has been following mail art adventures of mine and other twitter friends and just recently found the time to take the plunge with us. Her package to me was so heartfelt and thoughtful – filled with kind words and items that are right up my alley: hand-pulled prints, tea, silly bands, a hand bound notebook, UV decals for my windows to help the birds, anatomy photos, and even brand new Canadian postage stamps! So awesome. The last package delivered to me this week was from Nick Oostyen & Olivia Delorme (o_delorme) who have been spoiling me with endless envelopes lately. This most recent one was most definitely “HOT” containing hot yoga cut-outs, water cooler talk cartoons, a sexy crotch grabbing cat, moustaches and tons more fun collected ephemera. Luckily I sent an epic reply their way and they found it on Friday, so I’m not feeling as guilty as I was earlier for being showered with letters from them. I used a magazine that a Jehovah’s Witness gave to me at my door: “What Is The Bible’s View of Sex?” as an envelope by taping up the sides and adding in goodies. The collected treats included stickers, Magritte joke postcards, a new electronic music CD, a cedar waxwing clipping and a sexy sweater ad with a girl who looks eerily like Michael Jackson. My pen pal who is a royal family fanatic, Jeannine Saylor (@saylor_made), surely loved the recent packet I sent her. I used a fold out poster of Diana & Charles’ wedding as an envelope and gently sealed it with washi tape so that she could delicately open it without rips! Inside I sent a bunch of medical illustrations, an Escher bee postcard, vintage map stickers, washi tape samples, a typed note and a set of four flash cards representing the Saylor family as hippos and giraffes, her fave animals. Alexis Fullenkamp got quite the risque envelope, as I realized that adding a line to the middle of a girl’s spread legs easily creates the first initial of her name! Inside this super sexy envelope was playboy cartoons, 1970′ advice on how to turn your man on, sex education cartoons, a 70’s catalogue hunk postcard, a couple pussy cat stickers and the most romantic cover I have ever seen on a sewing pattern publication. My ACAD friend Mynthia McDaniel and I have rekindled our pen-pal-men-ship and this week she found a Where’s Waldo postcard in her mailbox this week… it should keep her amused for hours lol. I typed her a message on the back & my vintage typewriter started going all haywire when I began talking about the sexy Marlon Brando postcard she sent me. I guess my Mongomery Escort 550 has a little crush on this classic movie star.As always I’m looking forward to spending time on some mail art parcels this week, a few of which will be first time packages for my new pen pal friendships – EXCITING!

4 Responses to “postal pleasures from a few new pen pals”

  1. The Second Magpie 12/02/2012 at 09:22 #

    I love the Royal Family mail art, you put a Kate/William stamp on my last letter and I’ll admit I was excited a bit! I’ve just made a load of envelopes from an old book about them.

  2. Jeannine | SaylorMade 14/02/2012 at 14:49 #

    Ha! I love the ‘wrestling’ beettles at the top! I have Emily Orpin some ‘hugging’ skunks once. Seems like my royal package was one of the more demure packages this week! Hehe. I loved all of it. I think I might use some of your washi tape and affix the family cards to my daughter’s wall. She’d get a kick out of seeing them every day.

  3. cArol 14/02/2012 at 19:54 #

    Wow! I still don’t see how you keep up with it all. Is there some secret? HeHe

    • naturesmyfriend 14/02/2012 at 20:46 #

      I keep lists of who I owe and photograph packages as they come in and before I send them out. When I come across an object thats perfect for a specific pen pal, I stash it away for a later reply. Mail art is also one of my favorite hobbies so I tend to work on replies at least once week plus I always write the weekly blog post. I also am a hoarder who is constantly collecting cards, books, games and small items from thrift shops and garage sales that are perfect to have on hand for my postal adventures. I often make jokes (although it is somewhat true) that my fiance spends his free money on beer while I spend mine on postage stamps.

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