April 26, 2009

Wonders That Arrive in the Mail

If you're like me, then you love getting mail. Recently, I've gotten some really great things in the mail. Some of these things were expected, and some were surprises, but they all have great designs, which is why I'm sharing them with you.

A couple of weeks ago I found an artist on Etsy selling these miniature works of art ( and was really taken with 'Pretzel Man' who now graces my desk and keeps an eye on things in the studio when I'm not here.

I knew I would love him, but when he arrived and I saw that he was on a little piece of wood, I loved him even more. I actually had the artist make me another 3-eyed custom 'Pretzel Man Monster' for a wee friend of mine who's taken with monsters, particularly the 3-eyed kind.

Another package that arrived recently was a wooden neclace that I ordered from an artist in Hong Kong. The necklace itself probably deserves a post, but in the package she included this little playing card with a ribbon attached. I just love the picture and might have been more excited about receiving that than I was about the necklace.

My husband has an Italian friend that lives in Paris and she's always sending him THE most fabulous packages (which is where some of my favorite stamps come from). Last week she sent him this card, which somehow found its way into my design greedy hands and a permanent home on my desk. I particularly love that the design included some old stamps, and I happen to have these stamps in my stamp collection too. While I'm not a great fan of roses, I think this butterfly is absolutely fabulous and I wish someone could paint a thousand of them on my studio wall.

The last item I have to show you was something that I received a few weeks ago and had completely forgotten about until today when I was cleaning up my desk. I ordered a batch of 12,000 stamps and the seller included a tiny little envelope of 'suprise extras', which somehow got buried on my desk and remained unopened until today. These are a few of the little gems that were inside, along with about 100 others. I love that my all-time favorite writer was included!

I know I've been slacking in the blogging department this last week as my semester wraps up, but I will be posting more often from here on out. Tomorrow I'm posting 'Stamps of the Week' which I never did get around to posting last week and I'm working on some artist profiles to post in coming weeks. If you think you, or someone you know, would make a great artist profile, let me know.


  1. Oh wow.
    Those are all lovely!!
    Who knew stamps could be such a wonderful suprise :D
    I love getting mail too!
    Maybe I'll do something like a mailbag Monday Lol

  2. Some great purchases and surprises there...those stamps are little works of art aren't they...

  3. Yes. That's what I love about stamps and why I like to work with them. They all have their own little mini-story in their mini-art.

  4. LOVE that Pretzel Man!
    : )

  5. The stamps remind me of my stamp collecting days as a child. I had some really great ones going all the way back to the 1800's. Lost EVERYTHING when I moved from Boston to California in the 80's. So sad. Especially as I bet some would be worth quite a lot today...