this being a mail time monday post, i realized i never shared what i got in Megan's Stationary Swap exchange. I love who i was paired up with- Molly (gorgeous!) from "my name is Yeh." She sent me the best mix of postcards (hello Johnny Depp!), hand made notes, polaroid cards, and even included a CD from Juilliard of her playing the drums. The pencils she included said funny things like, "give up and be a back-up dancer." what i loved most is that each paper pastry had a reason why she loved it-- a notecard from her favorite cafe in NY, or a hamburger card cos she mostly has a foodie blog, and penguins cos it's her school mascot.
Molly I loved everything!!! (and have already used quite a few things already)
I was so sad that silly me accidentally erased the pictures of my swap gift for her, but here are a few pics she kindly snapped for me. Her gift was the first one i tried using a record as packaging.
from moncy3, my place to get hand made envelopesthanks for hosting such a fun swap Megan!
^Blanca had emailed me asking for instructions on how to put a button on her blog with a link. I happily helped her and in return, she sent along some of her recent etsy purchase. I love them and insisted she didn't have to! again, i adore random kindness and will always try and return it to the world.
^lovely lauren nicole (she is my envelope making muse). Always the sweetest, she included a packet of vintage stamps & a wish token (a token to keep in my pocket/purse that holds an encouraging thought to brighten my day). Thank you L. Nicole! I'm going to really need it this week at work.
^thank-letter from sophia in Australia who got my swap gift for Cole's "favorite things" exchange. I was happy to get her because we had already exchanged letters before, but it was still fun to surprise her.
^this yellow box provided all the cheer i needed from a horrible day at training. Passion wrote the sweetest post on her blog about her package to me. I feel incredibly blessed. The gingersnap in the napkin was shamelessly eaten by me and Max in no time, they were delish and made with a hint of red pepper.
my brother has a stuffed Domo that belongs to my 3 year old niece sophia that he takes with him everywhere and takes pictures of him in different locations.
^each gift had a special meaning written on a piece of stationary and this necklace she made for me. Passion, you are a darling girl! really. Such a lovely surprise!!!! Not only were their goodies for me, but Passion's Mom knitted a Domo doll to send to my brother in Iraq. Isn't he beautiful!? i'm beyond touched that she would do that for me and my family.
Of course right now Domo is currently serving in Iraq as well. When I send this to Marco, I'm going to address it to Domo as well. Passion, he's going to LOVE it!!! thank-you sooo very much! I've sent something out your way today, so hopefully you'll get it this week. I can only hope you love it as much as i loved my package! xo
^postcrossing from Belarus (artwork from a famous belarus artist)
^from Brittan, who sent along the sweetest postcard, original water color (such a talented artist & currently working on illustrating a children's book) with a pin she thought i'd love. I do! thank you sooo much sweet friend! x
Zoe who sweetly asked to write me. We have a lot in common, me and her- twin sisters, we're vegetarians & she wrote on a piece of stationary that said la dolce vita. Love! just like her envelope.
^my "little seestur" Belen (love her stenciling and stickers! Plus she sent me the CUTEST card!), fellow Texan Tiffany, and Caiti.
^to my lovely VA girl friend Danielle who has a parrot called Flojo. Obviously you see why it reminded me of her! btw... lovies, she's hosting a fabulous giveaway with a photography i just LOVE! my go-to for notecards and my christmas cards last year.
^reply to Belen. See, Molly? i'm using lots of my stationary swap gifts!
^postcard to Summer's Dad. PLEASE, if you have a free minute, send him an encouraging letter. He is fighting a battle i KNOW he will win, but a happy letter is always a great healer of any bad day, isn't it? Summer told me he likes old cars so i thought this one was cute! ps. he also loves zero bars and gum! that went in my first little package for him. ha