it's been entirely too long since a happy mail post has been written on Dolce Vita. Forgive me lovies! (this post is already going to be entirely long, so forgive me for bulking a lot of mail together) I can't even begin to tell you how grateful i was to be welcomed home by so many lovely letters of support and kindness. Lovies, you truly are sunshine, never forget it!
this part is called spoils from L. Nicole
^i loooove each book she sent!
^her beautiful photographs, which you can find on her etsy
^she always sends the most beautiful mailings. case & point: these awesome postcards (the blue is a wooden block)
^ collage from Shelly (i LOVED your letter), art postcard from Cynthia (love the van gogh!), 1st letter in the brown from Courtney, Zoe's is in back of hers (you can see the full image on her blog- included some yummy flavored chapstick!), ice cream (one of my faves from Diana) from Carrie Marie, Lyon postcard from Ria, Belle & Boo/b&w postcards from L. Nicole, cupcakes from Erin, and Robot stamped envelope from sweet little Miguelito & Kary
Erin's envelope, italian postcard from Janette in Germany (who knows how much i love robbie williams and italy), letter from my real life friend (that sounds silly but you know what i mean!) Courtney, another sweet letter from Carrie Marie, Lean Forward into Your Life book & the most kindest card from Mrs. Happy Mail herself, Jamie (i can't wait to be inspired. thank you my darling for sending this beautiful book to me in TX when i needed it), thriller book about twins from CW & her sweet card
^GORGEOUS necklace & always fun letter from GORGEOUS & fun Tillie
^pretty collages from Phoenix Peacock. When my life was upside down, she wrote this post just for me. How much do i adore her? a lot!
^speaking of peacocks, pretty Farah sent me these all the way from Malaysia, reminding me that true love does prevail- and just because she was sure of it, she sent me the peacock hair pin (just like carrie wore when she was marrying Big) i might have cried.
^Ria sent me a perfect package from the country i love (and where she gets to call home) Italia. The minnie pasta is so cute (as was her packaging). It meant a lot to me because she sent it to TX with hopes of cheering me up. Ria, you completely did!!! grazie xo
^Amazing Frida card from Blanca (i could never thank you enough for sharing your story with me. You touched my heart!)
^love from my twinkie when she was in the Windy City
^so you already know Claire is one of the loves of my life. She sent me a "cheer micaela up" package when i was in TX (her card said, "since i can't take you out for drinks..." i just love her). The most loveliest decor about compassion, seriously one of my favorite bath & body works aromatherapy scented bath foam, TX stickers, and another one of her great CD mixes of old school favorites. Thanks to her, i'm also a proud owner of Down & Out Chic's hair pins which i loved putting in my nieces hair when they were visiting.
^another fun mixed tape, this time from my Coody Bug! J of Life is a college girlfriend and if you know her (which you should! another love of my life), you know she lives & breaths music. She sent me her favorite covers. Jess, when my life was upside down, i couldn't stop listening to this one over and over. It just fit so perfectly.
^my Texas themed package from the beautiful Faiza : TX maps and pins, and two fabulous rings she made herself. love love love!
^parcel from Heike in Germany filled with stationary goodness- danke!!!
^the cutest froggy stationary from Belen (enjoyed the fake mustaches seestur! MUST send you a photo of me & max with them lol)
and finally, my favorite Postcrossings:
^from Belarus (image says love me or leave)
^of course i love this Klimt! from the Netherlands
^TX postcard to Claire, a little Texas love to my fellow TX + Bestie M, vacuum postcard to Carrie M, Courtney, thank-you card to Blanca, & a postcrossing
^parcel for Ria
this part of the post is called my handmade : a lot of postcrossings i was assigned to preferred handmade cards (and i'm one to always try and pay attention to what postcards people enjoy best- seriously, it's like a fun challenge for me to find one that applies. For instance the Neil Patrick Harris one you'll see later-- who would have known he was such a big star in the Czech Republic? though I didn't have one laying around of him, i instantly flipped through my PEOPLE magazines to find a photo to make one)
^going to Slovenia
^going to the Netherlands
^going to Kansas
< to L. Nicole
this one is another one for her made on a piece of cardboard:
(back) ^my theme was "the reader"
^my collage card reply to Phoenix
her blog- they are so much better than mine) Faiza loves giraffes and when i saw this 3D puzzle piece it had her name written all over it. The doily my Momma made (she's sending me some more - she's a crocheting phene lately so don't worry lovies, you'll get one soon enough. *wink My momma is just the CUTEST thing and is so happy to make them for y'all. i love it that we're so close, she wants to be involved in my blog world!)
^my reply to Zoe + postcrossings
^since Summer already got my letter, here's the postcards i sent her (she had just joined Postcrossing & asked me about places to get postcards & because i think she's candy sweet, i surprised her with postcards that reminded me of her- i can't think of Mrs. Brown without thinking of mustaches! illustrated one above is by Super Duper)
^circle package going to Germany for Heike, letter to my twinkie's bff Stephanie (miss you!!!) & reply to Belen
sorry for the novella, but i had to catch up!
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