Month: April 2013

Sent: Fatima’s UK Kit

You all remember Fatima? She sent me a great package full of treats & a lovely letter some time ago.

I was informed that Fatima will be going to fabulous London in May. She is crazy about everything UK-related, a true Anglophile. This is the first time she is going to the UK & I wanted to send her something nice. At first, I only wanted to send her a Crumpled City Map of London, but I went a little overboard.

Crumpled City Maps are awesome. These are made from Tyvek, which looks like paper but it really isn’t. It’s a waterproof, indestructable material, on which you can write, protect yourself from the rain, use as a picknick plaid and even throw in the washing machine.

But as it turned out, the postage box was still pretty empty with just the map in it. So I found some nice London-themed goodies to go along. Because, who would go to London without an UK kit? Exactly, noone in their right mind.

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I bought a Moleskine and stamped it with a London stamp. Also some handmade Jane Austen soap from PenandCandle. Some UK postcards from Zazzle, half a paper pad, luggage tags & a set of bookmarks from the All Aboard collection from Papermania. A set of 4 sheets of UK themed postal stickers from Sellzang. Some die cuts from the Chronology collection , a facemask & a teabag. On the last minute I made a bracelet with a cute brass key, put it in an apothecary bottle, adorned it with a 7Gypsies bottle label and distressed it with Distress Ink (Ranger).

I had some kraftpaper laying around, so I decorated it with London themed stamps (a crown, a Victorian chair) from the Printery stamp set (Prima Marketing, Inc). To my surprise, everything fit into the box. And it is still small enough to fit through a mailslot!

I painted the box black, cut out an opening flap and stuck 4 photocorners by Tim Holtz on the inside. I slid a Pride & Prejudice postcard (Zazzle) in to cover the backside of the brads I used on the top of the box.

As I said, I used a lot of Graphic45 stickers on the front, as well as some Bo Bunny brads (Camp a Lot), a brass key and gears from the Chronology collection (Papermania), a wooden pocket watch (which I’ve painted black, also from Prima Marketing), some stickers from the Idea-ology Lost & Found collection (Salvage Stickers) & a sticker of Jetta Goudal I found in a magazine.

Next, the box needed to be secure for posting. So I wrapped it in brown kraft paper, stamped it up and used some rubb-ons from 7Gypsies.

I hope the box will arive safely. I wanted to wait a little longer before shipping this project, because May is still a month away. But Fatima started talking about buying a map of London & I tried to talk her out of it (because I had my Crumpled City Map for her). Must have been weird for her. All excited telling me about buying a map to highlight the must-see spots & here I am saying she should wait..

Anyhoo, onto the pictures!

Received: Tiny Presents for a Bad Day

When I got home, there was a box on the doormat. It wouldn’t fit through the mailslot, I presumed.

It was from Greece. My mind was racing, because I didn’t order anything on Etsy or eBay…

I opened it… and there it was! A box full of cutely wrapped presents! And then I remembered; I joined in on a swap on Swap-Bot.com called “Tiny Presents for a Bad Day”. What a surprise!

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These was a cute note from Athanasia, she made this beautiful surprise for me. And since I was too eager, I already unwrapped a present.

It had beautiful papers in it.. with my address on it! Perfect for snailmailing! And also these awesome Alice in Wonderland tags! Aren’t they stunning?
If this first present is a prelude on all the awesome things Athanasia has wrapped for me, I’m in for a treat!

Better get started on my box..

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Sent: Around the World in.. two days?

‘T was my grandma’s 91st birthday yesterday, so I decided to give a pair of my handmade earrings. She was very surprised, but: she doesn’t have her ears pierced. So, I promised her to make her a necklace & sent it to her per mail (she doesn’t live so closeby, so mail it was).

I sent her a nice card & the necklace. Because I can never sent mail without decorating the envelope, I decided to make it seem like it had traveled the world.

Distressed the envelope with Distress Ink (tea dye), put stamps on it from India, New York, Cuba, Poland and ofcourse Holland. I stamped it with postal stamps, wrote the address on it in Hindi, Arabic & Chinese and put on some fingerprints. I sealed it with a wax seal on the back.
Now here’s hoping it will reach her safely…