Fatima went, saw and conquered London! She had a fab time & we made a deal on getting together during or after the summer to look at the pictures from her trip. She is still crazy busy with school and like English ladies, we want to do it proper.
So, she sent me a marvelous cup of tea! Look at it, it’s adorable. My heart was smiling when I found this lovely card..
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.
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..
One of the perks of sending mail: receiving mail! Remember my blogpost about the letter I sent to my friend Fatima? Well, did she respond. I was stunned by the beautiful mail (or should I say gift) she sent me. It arrived yesterday, but I didn’t check my mailbox until this morning. And there it was. A big, fully stuffed package.. with my name on it!
Ofcourse I wanted to thank her immediatly via Facebook or e-mail, but then I read her letter: she was very surprised by my mail & didn’t want to respond through regular Facebook, instead sending me a surprise back. And a surprise it was! Nice detail; one of her little sisters thought the letter I sent her was an invitation to a Royal Ball because of the wax seal. Isn’t that cute?
Let me show you the contents of this wonderful package! There’s ofcourse a letter, a really awesome keychain (attached to keys already? Yes!), a cashews & dates gluten, dairy & wheat free cookie (yum!), two teabags, a bar of Leonidas Chocolate (very nice), coffee and a really cute postcard that says: “A friend is someone who knows you and still loves you”! Check out the pics below!
Update: Fatima let me know that it is in fact not a keychain, but a bookmark. Even more lovely!
Via Facebook I learned a lot about a friend of mine, which I’ve only seen 3 times in real life (but we also chat sometimes). Fatima loves Jane Austen, Edgar Allen Poe and many other great writers. She currently studies English & is aspiring to become an English teacher (which I love). She also mentioned that she loves to receive mail, but doesn’t get much. Perfect opportunity!
I decided on a French/English/books theme and sent her a brown kraft envelope with a sticker of a camel & a very (very) old, used stamp from India and Alice in Wonderland (yep, I love my stamps).
Included are: a letter, a vintage photograph of Maison Hameau, the cottage of Marie-Antoinette (which I found in an antique shop last year), a sticker with a Victorian chair, a vintage dinnerplate sticker, a button sticker, old stamps, a sticker of a bookcase, a quote by Virginia Woolf, some hearts from a map of France & some other paper goodies. I sealed the envelope shut with my wax seal.