Monday, November 15, 2010

art every day #15: special delivery

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mailbox-letters

here's my favorite AEDM project so far! most likely it's because i had no idea i was going to make it until i found a bunch of letters my birthday girl penned to herself on behalf of her sister, her friends, and someone named mr. nobody. obviously she thought she was going to get shortchanged today so she took matters into her own hands. and clearly she needed a place to put her special deliveries. i had a load to do today and had no business painting this mailbox, but the urge trumped everything else, and that in itself was a notable feeling. i went back to home depot, picked up a plain white mailbox for $20, went nutso with the liquitex, and gave it a quickie varnish job à la how not to paint chairs. it's drying now, and i'm crossing my fingers it will be firm to the touch when she gets home to all of her letters and packages, which arrived in quite a scene this afternoon when i opened the door and the doorknob fell off. mailman laughed and said, "sorry, i don't make house calls for that." as always, sorry for the dirty porch! and happy birthday, sweetie. you are MY special delivery - the gift that keeps on giving all year, every year!

42 comments:

cindy said...

i think you're very lucky i don't live in your neighborhood, because that mailbox is fierce and steal-worthy even if i were to end up in jail! i would love to the see the mail person's face when s/he sees it!

Sugarplum Kawaii said...

That's a very happy looking mailbox! Delightful (-;

seven swirls designs said...

SO CUTE! When I was young I had a *ton* of pen pals and my mom would just leave all my letters in a spot on the table for me... this would have been so much more fabulous!

Liv @ Choosing Beauty said...

so. stinking. cute. and. clever. and. creative. period.

Emma said...

What a fun mailbox!

Christie said...

Those are the best projects I think -- the ones that buzz in out of nowhere and trump everything else. Such a wonderful and whimsical gift to your birthday girl. Hope she has a wonderful day!

lori vliegen said...

happy birthday to your special girl!! she's gonna LOVE her new shiny, happy, colorful mailbox.....i know i sure do!!! party on!! xox, :))

Karen M said...

My neighbors would frown on your mailbox. I might have to make one like it! Happy Birthday to your girl!

Leah said...

*love!*

aimee said...

thank you everyone!! karen, you should do it! send those neighbors' tongues-a-waggin'! xo

Eden said...

I am LOVING.....LOVING that mailbox and I sure hope it goes outside for EVERYONE to enjoy!! You're going to have some fun tonight after the screams of delight subside!! She will love it!

Megan Walker said...

oh WOW....... now that is one *HAPPY* mailbox!!! LOVE IT!!!

Annie Pazoo said...

Super, super, jealous here!

aimee said...

i wish these pictures were better. it is hard to photograph a mailbox!

Candied Fabrics said...

Ooh - what FUN! I'm sure your birthday girl will LOVE it! Hope she has a splendid day!

cath c said...

and now i wish once again that my mailbox was not encased in bricks....so fun!

painted fish studio said...

you are the coolest momma!

Bella Sinclair said...

YAY!!! I'm going to mail you a letter, JUST so a part of me can live in that colorful letter house for just a few hours.

And HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Artsygirl! Woooohooooo! I LOVE that she wrote cards to herself!!!!

jennifer lee said...

OMG. Loooove this!

Phoenix Peacock said...

this is so cute. I love that you just followed the hints your daughter was leaving to come up with THE BEST present she could have hoped for

Domestic Scribbles said...

I like how the women in your house take matters into their own hands--hooray! Hope the extra special artsy delivery made her day!

freefaller said...

that looks great Aimee, and a happy birthday to your daughter :)

Gina Lento said...

I like this Aimee. It's a very welcoming mailbox.

Missy said...

Love your mailbox!

gm glimmerglass said...

Now, that's what I call mail art!

Happy Special Delivery
to
thy extra talented
kiddo on her big day!

:-)

JodyC said...

Makes me wish I didn't have one of those community lock mailboxes! absolutely art-o-licious!

awesome

Carissa said...

You are thee coolest MOM - ever! Little Miss Thang is so fortunate! What a treasure!! I love you, and little Miss Thang toO! (Can I move in and you paint me a mailbox too?!) heheheh

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

xoxox!!!

Shelly said...

Oh my goodness, that is the sweetest thing ever. And the idea that your birthday girl wrote letters to herself makes me smile too. Very creative, Mama! AND, Happy Birthday to your funny birthday girl!

rachel awes said...

i.love.this.mailbox.
:)
xoxox

M said...

What a cheerful way to start a day! Love it Aimee!!

Stephanie said...

I love it! I think I'll do this for my girls for christmas. We had cheapo foam ones around valentines day and they LOVED them...(they've been asking me to get another, they didn't make it!) this seems much more fabulous! (and permanant!)

I got the scrap pack yesterday....it was so nice to come home from work to a special present! Thanks!

heather smith jones said...

I love how you describe following the urge to paint, be/c I know for me sometimes if I don't, it doesn't happen. I'm sure she loves it! Happy birthday to N.!

AG Ambroult said...

way to seize the moment. Her very own mailbox is a great idea. It's fabulous..please tell us her reaction when she saw it!

S.E.Minegar said...

happy birthday nina! style'n' mailbox! my nephew is five today. they grow up so fast!

Kat W said...

I love this mailbox. Your daughter must have been so surprised and happy when she got home.

Hope she had a good Birthday and that you all had fun celebrating.
My daughter seemed to have a few days of fun and was really happy.

Kat :-)

freebird said...

Oh this is great. I'd love to have one like this. Bet your daughter was happy to see this when she got home.

Lori said...

Its awesome!!!

Inner Toddler said...

this is my favorite too! maybe you'll stop getting bills because you mailbox is so cute.

meg duerksen said...

that is fabulous!!!

dthaase said...

ok, this is marvelous...do come and play at Whimsical Wednesday: http://dthaase.blogspot.com

Sherry Lynn said...

I LOVE THIS.....OH how I want to make one.

Tiffani said...

I want to do this to our "real" mailbox!!! Maybe it wouldn't be so appreciated by the neighbors in our new 'hood though? On the other hand, maybe it would brighten things up!