What a surprise! I mean, really! Didn’t expect this AT ALL.
My mailbox was very happy, a nice stuffed package from Irene (Lentetypes). She recently opened up her new webshop, with little presents that fit through your mailslot, so cheap shipping equals big fun!
Okay, here we go!
First, there was this big letter, which I really enjoyed. She also included some really cute die cuts, postcards (with cats!) and little notecards. And the best.. a eco-friendly brooch! It’s huge and I love it! Go big or go home, right? And it’s in sailor colors, which is absolutely awesome. She attachted a note that read: I think you will like this. Well, I do!
In her letter, she wrote about her exciting plans for her new home, saving up some cash for decoration and her new webshop. It was a lovely letter!
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..
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!
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!
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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!