Tuesday, January 24, 2012

mAiL aRt

HELLO!!!!  I haven't posted in a while and I have a few excuses as to why...

1.  I got a brand new camera, which got fried!  I plugged in the USB cord into the computer, as usual, but nothing was happening...and I was smelling smoke!  I pulled out the end attached to the camera and the cord's end was bright red!  I don't know if I ruined the port because we ordered another cord and even though the description said it would fit...it didn't.  Well, procrastination has just taken charge of this situation and I continue to take photographs...but don't have a way to download them.  Silly right?

2.  I have a 5 MONTH OLD!!!  And she doesn't sleep!  I thought I was the luckiest woman in the world when Claire was sleeping 9-10 hours every night at 6 weeks.  Well, now she just wakes up every hour and I'm exhausted.

3.  Because of the aforementioned excuses, I just haven't wanted to really make anything.

However, I guess my creative juices are still flowing because I started writing my niece and nephew letters and in doing that I started drawing, coloring, etc.

So, in my limited spare time, I started writing letters to others, made my own envelopes and decorated them.  There are a ton of blogs dedicated to this.  A couple of my favorites are Papered Thoughts, Penpal of the Week and Missive Maven.  

Here are a few of my attempts at Mail Art...oh and all of these envelopes were hand made.

I hand stitched the envelope and even though it is white on the outside,
when you open the envelope it is filled with color!

I used a charcoal pencil and shadowed all the creases.
I think it makes for an interesting look.

These are made from basic paper but it is so easy to color
with colored pencils.  I like to draw the address frames.

I'm in love with this envelope.  The print on the inside is
 a beautiful brown and cream  pattern.  I cut out a
butterfly from the scrap paper and glued it to the top of the
address label made from another piece of scrap paper.

I also got to send out my friend, Jennifer's, baby blanket and burp cloth set I made for her newest little addition, Ben.  He's a cutie pie and I'll have the "making of" photos as soon as I can get them off of my camera!

By the way, I hand embroidered that square.  So proud of myself!!!!

My niece, Jazzlynn, responded to one of my letters a week ago and she was using some of my mother's stationary, so I thought I would whip up some stationary for her featuring some inked drawings by me.

This is so much fun.  It has given me a creative outlet without having to drag out SO MUCH STUFF!  I love to sew and I can't wait to have my very own sewing/crafting/drawing/art studio where I can keep the machine and whatever current project I am working on out in the open...with a door....that I can close....and no little fingers can get them!

I'm going to try to post more...and as soon as I can get the pictures off the camera, there will be quite a few posts to make.

Until then....


shannah said...

Love the envelopes! Great blog by the way. I will be following daily! I love to sew as well, and crochet :) Can't wait for your letter! Will respond quickly! :D


Momma C Designs said...

Thanks Shannah! I just took a photo of your letter. Can't wait to get your letter soon!!

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