resliced Happy Mail #1

I’ve finished my very first #reslicedHappyMail card and I’m so excited to share this story with you!

When I was first thinking of this project, I immediately started thinking of people I knew. I wasn’t sure what the traction would be or if I’d get any submissions at all so I wanted to make sure I had at least one to get started 🙂

Last year, a former coworker shared with me that her Mom had been having some health issues and because she lived alone (and out of town) may be moving into a nursing home soon.

No mother and daughter relationship is perfect and my coworker acknowledged this, but she couldn’t hide the worry and guilt from showing [ever-so-slightly] on her face. Since this conversation, thoughts of her Mom and how she may be doing have come to me several times. The last time just-so-happened to be as I was planning the launch of #reslicedHappyMail – and I knew she’d be the perfect first recipient!

I immediately reached out to my former coworker to check in. Yes, her mother had been moved to a nursing home. And YES YES YES she’d love to have a card. 🙂

After badgering her with a few questions, I knew exactly what I was going to create for her mother.

According to her daughter, Pat’s favorite color is green and she likes patterns you’d generally find on a quilt.

Well…y’all know my love of sewing! {And you may remember that I’m [very slowly] working on my very first quilt}

In my mind, I envisioned a quilted card with hues of green.

To get started, I mapped out the pattern so that I could fit this mini-quilt on the front of the card. I used a 3 inch square as my pattern template and cut six different fabric scraps. I pieced them together with a 1/2 inch seam – pressing them open as I went.

The “binding” for this mini-quilt was another story. It was good practice because I’m not quite (but almost!) to that step of my actual quilt. I’ve done a lot of research on how to bind a quilt. The intimidation of this process has kind of crippled my motivation for my actual quilt. The binding of this mini-quilt is far from perfect, but I convinced myself it was okay because it was [obviously] not going to be washed so I think it will hold up 😉

I literally stitched the mini-quilt directly to the front of the card without any trouble from my machine.

Here’s how it turned out:

happymail 1 card

Fabric story (from left to right, top row first): the shamrocks were given to me by my neighbor, the ladybugs were previously a scrub top/uniform, the plaid is from a pair of shorts, both paisleys are scraps from previous projects and the dark green floral print used to be a tea towel.

Last week, my friend Emily hosted a Craft Night. That was just what I needed so I could focus on addressing envelopes to finally send my first piece of happy mail. Since I’ve learned calligraphy, I have a very hard time allowing mail to be sent from my house (with the exclusion of bills) without having the address calligraphied (yep, I made that word up). That being said, there’s quite a production before snail mail actually exits my house and it can often sit around for a bit longer than I intend. Gathering with a few friends last week – all of us working on a different craft – was just what I needed in order to catch up on my address calligraphy.

I used The Lawrence style from The Postman’s Knock for Pat’s envelope. It’s by far my favorite way to address an envelope. It’s easy and it looks so stinkin’ fancy!

happymail1I won’t reveal what I wrote inside, but I’ll admit I tried very hard to brighten this sweet lady’s day! 🙂

In other news, I tried out Julie Blanner’s recipe for homemade oreos in honor of the Hubs’ birthday on Thursday. To be honest, I actually made the red velvet cookie sandwiches without the red food coloring (I substituted water) so that we could have the cream cheese icing filling (YUM).

oreos

This might be the only time I use my mixer for anything other than lotion-making 😉

I even bagged the icing and cut a corner so I could pipe it onto the cookies. Also discovered that we own a wooden roller (who knew?!). So fancy.

Ok, back to the happy mail…

If you know someone who could use a little reminder that they are special, nominate them for a piece of #reslicedHappyMail! Read all about it here.

View all of the #reslicedHappyMail projects here.

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