Wherever I go I check out the mailbox situation. I can’t help myself. I need to know how people get their mail, and where I can drop my outgoing correspondence off (my never ending quest for postcards became a bit of a joke). There were all sorts of fun receptacles in Okinawa – I loved it!
Stephanie and I met through by brick and mortar boutique. She is a fabulously crafty lady who binds her own books and is just as stationery obsessed as I am. You should check out her work: you’ll thank me. We became friends over the years, and when she and her awesome family moved to Okinawa, we started exchanging regular letters and notes and are closer than ever. Not only is she awesome to hang out with, but was a huge help in regards to all things Japan. I would probably still be trying to buy postcard stamps at the post office if she weren’t there to help with the transaction (smiling and bowing only got me so far).
The holiday season is insane for me and it’s really hard to grab a spare second to do anything aside from have product ready and man by brick & mortar shopfront. But this morning I allowed myself to work on some of the mail that has been piling up the last few weeks and it was such a fabulous break! I’m ready to head back to the grind.
I even got Henrietta ready to head out into the world again with a few screws to make sure she doesn’t become an amputee.
There’s just something about a pile of mail that makes me smile!
Henrietta has finally returned to Alaska from NY and a few places in between. This was her craziest journey yet, heading to the small town of Springville NY only to be forwarded to Angola via a very weird system. Apparently she had to head out of NY to be forwarded back it to the correct address. We’ve asked what fun sites she saw, but again, the bird isn’t talking.
She went to visit my friend Bethanie and her super awesome Bicon Frise, Seftali. She oversaw the unpacking of a new apartment and took her job as Top Bird very seriously.
We heard Henrietta and Seftali became quick friends.
And just for giggles, Henrietta visited the meat department (just to see if she had gained any weight snacking on all those, well, snacks, as she travels). Because why not?
Where do you think Henrietta will turn up next?
Approximate miles flown thus far: 15,991
Henrietta had such a good time in the Arizona desert that she extended her stay to take in the rays and enjoy my friend Minerva’s company (and her awesome dog Bailey who likes to dress up like a lobster). She even hitched a ride back in a box full of goodies instead of flying on her own. But since I got awesome presents (yay!) I’ll forgive her laziness. So now that she is so well rested, she is on her way out the door again to fly another mission. Where do you think she will go?
Distance flown so far: 11,920 miles
Happy World Post Day! Hooray! World Post Day is celebrated each year on 9 October, the anniversary of the establishment of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) in 1874 in the Swiss capital, Berne. It was declared World Post Day by the UPU Congress held in Tokyo, Japan, in 1969. So basically, it’s the official day of making mail awesome around the world! Celebrate by dropping a letter or two out to friends, or make some new ones!
I sent a letter to Canada. Where did yours go?
It started as a comment on my facebook page about craving a specific food from worldly travels, and ended in a google search and discovery of a foodie penpal swap. I chose to participate despite being out of the country the day boxes were to be mailed (whoops). But I think I made up for it with a box full of yummy things from Iceland and in turn got a box of my own from Cookie in Maryland. It had a ganache cookie mix as well as a lemon poppyseed scone mix and an edamame/goji berry package. Yum! I’m a coffee addict so the coffee flavored candy hits the spot, and peanut butter granola bars? Yes, please. The sour cherry drops are also spot on as I love the sweet & sour combination (I have been known to remove all taste buds from eating too many Sour Patch Kids in one sitting).
I signed up to give it a go again next month! You should do an exchange too! It’s cheap and easy, and you get cool stuff. So, go. Do it.
I had a rare full day off today (I forcibly kept myself out of the studio) and had a great time sending birthday thank you notes and a few letters.
One lucky lady is also getting a brand new wax seal (my husband rocks and supplied me with both Hogwarts and Gryffindor seals for my old lady birthday!) on her envelope. I’m always so terrified I’m going to set the envelope on fire as I’m dropping wax….but it seems the only goof on this seal is that it’s upside down. Whoops. Accio flip?