A Happy Mail Surprise!

I received this lovely Happy Mail last month, but it has been a crazy couple of months, so I’m just getting around to sharing it! I love getting things in the mail, especially when they are so wonderfully thought out, as to fit my style!

Vintage beauty and colorful kitsch, need I say more? Of course I do!

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These are from the wonderful Jenny. They were all lovingly wrapped in kraft paper with their sources written on them and accompanied by several thoughtful notes and letters! Treasures indeed! Thank you Jenny, I can’t wait to use them! That whole “Why didn’t somebody tell me 2 years ago, Pyrex ovenware is 30% to 50% off!” rocks my world! I totally feel her pain!

I may leave the children’s cookbook as is and use it as an art journal!

Those stickers already have a special place in a particular journal I plan to share very soon!

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These two groups are from my sweet friend Iryna in Belarus. She always sends me a beautifully eclectic collection of ephemera from her country along with a thoughtful handwritten letter! As I look through all of this loveliness, I think of where I might use each piece.

And because I have decided that I must stop hoarding my mail goodies, and start using them…

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…I made a sort of commemorative page in my “Big” journal! This was so much fun! I will definitely have to do this more often!

As you can see, I stayed with a red food theme, with the exception of the ladybug and the rose of course! See the radishes? Iryna usually tries to include them in her mailings, Love!

I love the little girl peeking from behind the strawberries!

Do you have a special way that you store your letters? I’m not sure how to go about it. If you have any ideas on the subject, I sure would like to know about it!

Once again, thanks so much for stopping by,

Have a great day, it’s Friday!

~Patty

The Decorated Mini Tin

I have had a couple of people ask me about my decorated mini tins, so I though I would do a quick run through on how I make them. Quick, because they are super easy!

Supplies: an Altoids “Smalls” tin, embroidery thread, embroidery needle, scissors, a 2″x3″ piece of quilt batting, 2- 3″x4″ fabric scraps, multi-surface glue, assorted buttons or flare button, sand paper, and pinking shears (optional).

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 Make a quilt “sandwich” (batting between two pieces of fabric) and stitch around the edges, going in a 1/4 inch or so, with the embroidery thread.

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Sew the buttons on then cut around the edges to fit the size of the tin top. Give the top of the tin a bit of a sanding to give it “tooth” for the glue to hold on to. Apply the glue and adhere the quilted bit to the top of the tin.

It’s that easy!

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Sometimes, I will sand the entire tin and paint it, but I was going with red, white and blue, so I just kept the tin it’s original red. These small mints come in other flavors and colors of tins, I may have to explore this option. Painting them can be a pain!

I like to keep stamps in these, or I’ll use them to hold buttons and small bits for my stitched journals.

Well, I hope those were clear enough instructions, let me know if I missed something.

Once again…

Thank you for the visit,

Have a great weekend,

~Patty