212: postal post

My bloggy pal Tracey from Paper Dolls For Boys emailed me last week to ask for my snail mail address. She had found something at a yard sale that reminded her of me  and wanted to send it along. Isn't that the coolest? I love presents.

I got it today and it could not be more perfect. 

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I am a sucker for good packaging. A sucker, I tell you!

First of all, the ribbon: stripey grosgrain. I do so love a present tied  with real live ribbon. My heart  breakdances when I'm given a present  tied  with real live ribbon.

And the paper? A tissue pattern piece! I am totally stealing this idea. 

I mean, I would be happy just to receive the ribbon and tissue. Seriously. You can ask anyone.

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Before she sent it off, Tracey was starting to get nervous that my expectations might be getting  too high since I was so psyched to get the package. I told her  that I just love getting mail and I would show that much enthusiasm if she had told me she was just sending a postcard!

I used to be quite the letter-writer, you know. I suppose I still am, just an inactive one. My oldest and dearest friends have literally boxes of letters from me. ( at least they better still have them, dammit! ) I would spend hours gluing things onto paper, writing the letters , drawing on the envelopes, stuffing the packages with insence, glitter, stickers, confetti, leaves, receipts etc. Someday I'll get back into the habit. Letter-writing is a very satisfying hobby.

And  what fun when you get a chance to be on the receiving end!

Excitedly rushing to the house from the mailbox, tearing open the package, eager to see what's inside.
Here it is, the thing that a fellow blogger saw at a yard sale  and had to send me:

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Can you believe it? A paint chippy, rusty-looking bracelet? Are you kidding me? Awesome!

Tracey also  included some of her own artwork for me, a little mixed media piece:

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Isn't it lovely?

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A little faerie, how perfect! 

And this:

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If I had seen this laying on the ground all discarded and lonely, I definitely would have rescued it and given it a warm and loving home. This is a gooooood rusty bit, y'all!

And the last thing I looked at, which took me by surprise and made me laugh out loud: 

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Killer letterpress printed postcard by  etsy seller rar rar press . You know you want one. I love this postcard like I have loved few others.

Thanks, Tracey.  I am so touched by you taking the time to gather together this bundle of happiness just for me.

I am somehow comforted that someone can read my blog and be able to send me a package as carefully compiled and perfectly suited to me as this one. It shows me that I really am sharing myself here and you really are getting to know me.

You know, I guess I still am an active letter-writer, now that I think of it. These posts are just like all the letters I used to write by hand: sometimes chatty and silly, sometimes weepy and heartbroken, always with love and a desire to connect with someone else.
This time, you.

xo, m