Hand to mail


We live in the age of technology. While it has helped us advance as a society, we have lost the personal touch in communication. I do enjoy texting for its convenience and speed, but I truly love the craft of a handwritten card. Growing up, my mom would always make me and my sister send thank you cards after birthdays and holiday. We would love getting Christmas cards so we could hang them around the house. I am lucky to have had been able to have the sentiment of a good card instilled in me at a young age.

I continued this into adulthood. I would send birthday cards to all of my friends, make cards for my coworkers for different holidays and I had a stretch of time where I was writing 15 cards a month for friends just to keep in touch. Some even reciprocated the effort too. I mean, who doesn't love getting a card in the mail?

I thought I would go back to my roots this week and write some cards - make my mom proud! I have a large stack of white card stock notes that I aquired a few years ago and thought it would be fun to watercolor them. It was a gloomy, rainy day so I made some tea and went to town. I'm not really sure what I created but it was more about the journey than the destination... at least that is what I am telling myself. I'm sure my friends and family will appreciate them!

I recently stumbled upon Terry Runyan @terryrunyan on Instagram and have been wanting to try to replicate her work. Terry posts youtube tutorials to teach followers how to watercolor and the above shot is my amateur attempt at a llama. You can see I didn't get too far on the llama - I still need to work on it - but it's fun to practice.



They aren't perfect but they are perfectly mine. This was a great way to express some creatively on a rainy day and rekindled my passion for card making.

This little project rekindled my passion for cards and I am committing myself to writing them again. I know the feeling of getting a card in the mail and I want to be able to replicate that for friends and family. If you'd like to receive notes from me, email your name and address to themysticavenue@gmail.com and we can become pen-pals. It will be fun for both of us!

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