^Real, unused vintage postage stamps. Um, YES PLEASE!
^Lots and lots of mailing labels, one thing I have yet to buy for myself...will have no trouble putting these to use!
^Vintage Batman fold-n-seals. OMG I LOVE THESE.
^I got such a kick out of the dialogue in this one...
^Kitty cat fold-n-seals. I know a certain someone who might enjoy receiving one of these. :)
^Bewitched fold-n-seals. Again, I can't believe she included these. Bewitched holds a special place in my heart because growing up I would watch the show on Nick at Nite every summer on "Bewitched BeWednesdays!" I get a very strong feeling of nostalgia whenever I think of that show, The Munsters, I Love Lucy, I Dream of Jeannie etc. because they remind me of such good times being a kid over summer break...sigh...
^Mail-themed rub-ons. I actually have never heard of such a thing but I guess I will be experimenting with these very soon!
^Tractor calendar envelopes. I love hand-made envelopes...everyone has their own style so it's great to see different templates. I think these may be the most manly thing I own...LoL!
^MORE VINTAGE! Air Mail-themed envelopes and note paper. I hate to even use them because I just want to keep them forever!
Great stuff, huh? Here are a few pictures of what I sent out in my package to Patty for the swap. I feel kinda bad because I certainly didn't include as much stuff as she did, but my collection of stuff to send for mail-related swaps is pretty small at this point, and most stuff I send has to be made or bought, and I don't have a ton of money to spend. That said, I think I put together a pretty decent package and Patty said she really enjoyed it, so that's what really counts, right? Ok, here we go:
^All contents together: Handful of handmade envelopes, sticker sheets, note cards with envelopes, "P" post-its, rubber stamps, and 6 sets of handmade stationery.
^Close-up of one style of stationery I made. This was my first go at something like this, so they were nowhere near perfect...I cut out the 3 images from a food magazine article about traveling in France, glued them to paper, and drew lines for writing, then photocopied and made 5 sheets of each page. I quite like the way they turned out.
^Close-up of my new rubber stamp. I bought bird-themed scrapbook paper, cut it to note-size paper, and then stamped each page for a place to write date, etc.
Onto some food...
This past Friday, J and I had some of my good friends over for dinner and visiting time since I don't get to see them much anymore. I say my friends because I knew them all first and I met J later, but we're all friends now. :) We put together a delicious roasted beet salad and then had a build-your-own-pizza bar for everyone to be creative with. All 3 of them thoroughly enjoyed everything which makes J and I very happy. :)
^Toppings: Arugula, goat cheese, parmesan, homemade pesto, sliced and diced tomato, basil, hummus, mozzarella, kalamata olives, capers, and homemade pizza dough out-of-frame.
^Before the oven...
^425 degrees and 10 minutes later...VOILA!
Last deal of business for the day, some fun incoming mail. I think after this post I will be all caught up with the multiple pieces of mail I've had lying around...such a nice feeling to know I've gotten around to posting it all and can safely put it where it belongs in my stash.
^Reply letter from Lauren. LOVE all the date stamping! I want to get one of those stamps so bad but have yet to find one that fits into my budget. They're quite expensive, no?
^Back. More date stamps? Yes please.
^50 State Challenge entry from Bianca, to cross off Oregon. This is a re-gift from a swap package she received, and it has a welcome spot in my collection now! :)
^Back of the postcard, complete with signature Bianca-esque lettering, handwriting, and adornments. I love the 3-D strawberry! P.S., I guess it might seem kinda weird that I blurred out the message; it's not anything super personal or weird, I'm just taking a cue from other mail-bloggers who do the same. In my mind I guess every message has something unique about it from person to person, and keeping it personal5 between person A and person B is a nice thing to do.
^Postcard from L, who was one of our dinner guests the other night. She really, really enjoyed all of my postcards, letters, and fantastic things I've received from all over the world! Usually, as I've mentioned before, people think my love for mail is a bit strange and a borderline addiction (LoL), so it was a nice change to have someone who enjoyed it so much! :) I told her if she thought the stuff I've created (envelopes, labels etc.) was so cool she should check out some of my fellow bloggers' stuff and be truly blown away! I have yet to send her those links but now that I'm thinking of it I will. Anyway, instead of a normal thank-you card, she sent a gorgeous postcard thank-you to add to my collection.
^Lovely decorations and a wonderful thank-you note.
Well folks, that should do it for this post. Thanks to everyone who has contributed to the incoming mail above! By the way, if you see any fun mail items above (i.e. stuff from the stationery swap) that you like and would like to see in your mailbox, let me know! I have a ton of stuff I am dying to use; I know some people who would like certain things, but definitely call dibs on anything you see and like! Also, I have updated my 50 State Challenge list with the postcards I have received this week, so check back and see if you have anything to send my way! :) Like I said before, if you sent me something and I didn't post it here on the blog please let me know so I can give credit where credit's due, ESPECIALLY if you have submitted something for the postcard challenge. I am really appreciative to anyone who sends something for that that I definitely want to acknowledge you all in some way. Alrighty, until next time! :)