Sunday, October 10, 2010

happy mail

for a while the only handwritten note i received in the mail was from the air conditioning company thanking me for my business. it was sad. my mailbox was lonely. starved for the personal touch. then one fine day, the postal drought broke, and arty color rolled in with the sunshine!

goodies-from-ninja

that fabulous funny ninja girl sent a tulip field of goodies from amsterdam - stickers, foam beads, postcards, seeds... my girls' eyes boggled when they saw it all! we will have so much fun playing with these treats! thank you / dank je wel / gracias / grĂ cies ninja...(please do not get too upset if i botch the zonnebloem - i'm terrible with cultivation)...

happy mail from thereza

...then my artsygirl came running into the house, yelling, "mommy, you have some royal mail on your hands." did i ever! it was a "wee goodie" packet from thereza! i love her work so much; it's always a delight to get a surprise from her in the mail and now i have more tiny red goodies to sprinkle around the house! p.s. the girls and i tussled over the pencil, and i won....

goodies-from-chopsticks

my friend chopsticks and spaghetti recently returned from a year in china, italy, japan, and lord knows where else, and last week i found a beautiful little paper box on my front porch. she knows how i feel about foreign candies! thanks, chopsticks, and sorry if you got tangled up in the spider webs - i just realized this morning how bad they were and cleaned them all out...

goodies-from-lori

i ordered a few prints from the delightful lori portka, and she sent an avalanche of extra beauties my way! i love her paintings of couples dancing around the world. i can't dance worth a damn but i can at least live by proxy through her work. i get to meet lori soon, and i'm super excited about that...

doodle-diary

...and dawn's new book doodle diary, which i was planning to get for my daughter's upcoming 8th birthday, came as a huge surprise this week - autographed by the master doodler herself! this book is absolutely adorable - it's written for girls, but adults can have a load of fun with it too! it puts beginning art journalers entirely at ease, and every page is a reminder how much FUN it's supposed to be. artsygirl loves it so much that the morning after we got it, i had to yank it out of her hands so she wouldn't miss the school bell!

doodle-diary-inside

thank you, ladies, for brightening my postal life! and happy sunday to you all!

25 comments:

Chel said...

Isn't happy mail (especially unexpected happy mail) incredible? I got some this week and it turned my whole week around.

I just ordered a box of envelops so I can send more of it myself.

painted fish studio said...

eeee! i'm a bit jealous.

rachel awes said...

you are RICH,
dear one.
xox

whollyafool said...

Looks like so much neato stuff! I'm jealous too :P

Sharon said...

So fun!

If you happen to like to send and recieve postcards, check out www.postcrossing.com. Not quite as fun as the mail you write about here, but it is fun. :)

Lori said...

Yay! It is all such great stuff! I love that I made it to your happy mail post. When I order something on line and it lets you write a gift card (even when it is for me) I always write myself a letter. It is so fun to get things in the mail!

la ninja said...

hooray hooray hooray.

well... what goes around comes around, you artsy nutty one, little grasshopper. so hey, you are just getting back some of the sunshine you've spread around the world.

yihaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.
x

Anna Rosa Designs said...

Hi Aimee,
Oh you lucky lady!
Yes, snail mail and goodies in the mail are very few and far between these days unless you're spending lots over the internet! lol
Hugs,
Anna

jane said...

it´s been raining here all week. but my morning just got a little brighter. thanks for that!
p.s. i´m a little jealous too... ;)

Nicky Linzey said...

Mmm - you're making us all jealous Aimee. I agree there's nothing like receiving lovely stuff in the post.
I can't remember the last time I had an actual handwritten letter!

Nina said...

I received some happy mail a week or so ago too - the 3 doodle magnets I ordered from your Etsy store. :) :) Thanks for your prompt delivery and cute packaging! Two of the magnets were for my mom's birthday, so I sent them off in another package of happy mail - and she loved them. She has a shop full of handmade items, and just a few days earlier she had linked to your paper-wrapping-pencils blogpost on the store's facebook (http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Freehand-Gallery/120185164690758 -- you're the third one down!). So she was very surprised and pleased to get some of your doodles for her birthday.

I kept one for myself as a daily reminder to Get Grooving Right Now.

S.E.Minegar said...

lucky mailbox! :)

●• Thereza said...

yipppiiii happy mail indeed :)

The Original Drama Mama said...

Sheesh, when it rains it pours! What a storm of great mail in your box :)

Wow, I need to make some new artsy friends to send me cute things, I suppose I should send something their way first, eh?

At my daughter's school they encourage doodling/journaling and each day the kids spend time in their "magic spots" a quiet place in nature where they daydream, write, and draw. Have I mentioned how much I love Miss A's school?
I'm going to check out that doodle journal as a gift for her now!

~Valentina~ said...

Yeah... I'm jealous too! ;)
Happy colorful mail is the best. I'm so sad today is a no mail day :(

la ninja said...

not at all / graag gedaan / de nada / de res :)

oh yeah, and I want to see serious blooming next spring, mate. enough of feeble excuses. get planting. presto.

Bella Sinclair said...

That's it. I'm hiding in your mailbox. Clandestine interception. Mwahahahahahahaha

Inner Toddler said...

i am returning from the land of the disappeared to tell you that you are rad. enjoy your stash! And valentina's comment about being sad today is a no mail day and Lori's comment about sending herself a gift note for online purchases totally made me laugh.

AG Ambroult said...

Woweee. Serious mail envy here.

Phoenix Peacock said...

getting mail is one of the greatest simple joys of all time. love it!

oneartistjournal said...

SO MUCH 'ZONNEBLOEM' FUN...
XOXOrly

The Itsy Bitsy Spill said...

THIS IS AWESOME!!!!

fUNNNNNNNNNNNN and exciting ! love love love!

night night hon!

Magaly

Jane said...

What a lovely post with such colorful goodies! I love these kinds of treasures too!

The Dreaming Bear said...

Oh my goodness!!! It's a landslide!!! Don't you LOVE getting goodies in the mail that aren't bills? LOVE THAT!!!

aimee said...

yes, lucky indeed! i think i'll start writing gift notes to myself when ordering things, too!