resliced Happy Mail #5

I have been on a resliced happy mail hiatus lately – there has been a lot going on. Ironically, I feel like during that time I sent out even more mail than during the times I focus on sending resliced happy mail! Though some of that mail wasn’t as happy as I would’ve like (sympathy cards are never fun to send…), I did have a few fun pieces sent out (hello, Mother’s Day!) – but I’ll admit: some of those were Hallmark specialties (a girl only has so much time! And sometimes Hallmark says it best).

The fifth recipient of #reslicedHappyMail is a lovely lady who was nominated by a coworker. From reading the submission it was obvious that Audrey is fiercely loved, respected and appreciated at her office. Because the words were so sweet, I’ll share with you an excerpt from her nomination:

“Audrey is the most amazing person you will ever meet. She has always done everything she can for anyone. She recently has had to take a leave of absence from work to have a extensive surgery on her back. She has battled the pain and been uncomfortable for quite some time. I and all the employees at work miss her already and we are not even half way through the recovery time for her. […] this woman is so strong sometimes you would never know she was in pain. She has a grandson and another grand baby on the way. She is so excited and hopes that one day she will be able to pick them up again. Oh and dance – she loves to dance (or she did 13 years ago when I met her). She deserves a little bit of HAPPY in her life, for she always gives her HAPPY to other people!”

One thing came to mind after reading the nomination: In more ways than one, Ms. Audrey is one strong lady! And so, I got started on her card.

As you know, I’ve been dabbling with watercolors (of the very childish Crayola variety). The Postman’s Knock really  has me inspired to try more with watercolors (especially after reading her latest post: Painting with Watercolors for Beginners). When I saw this printable card from TPK, I knew I wanted to try my watercolors with it! Being that Audrey was described as liking all colors and being full of love, I thought this sweet floral design would be fitting for her!

And so, here is the card I sent to Audrey!

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As you can see, my watercolor skills still need some work, but I had fun trying them out!

I hope this card reached Audrey and reminded her of how loved and appreciated she is!

I never get tired of reading these nominations. I love hearing all the wonderful things that people do and how they’ve impacted the lives of those around them for the better. My heart is just so full.

I also sent my penpal another letter (after a brief hiatus…sorry to keep you waiting Brenna!). I have been trying out sewing on cards since I have a load of fabric scraps that could use a new home. My penpal shared with me during a recent exchange that her word this year is “enough” so I used that as my inspiration.

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The envelope is made from scrapbook paper. I glued a rectangular scrap piece of computer paper to the front for her address. I’m kind of digging the loosely sewn fabric scraps on the card. I am also loving the Sakura Gelly Roll pens I ordered. They are crazy smooth and the white looks great against the gray cardstock! I might have to invest in additional colors 🙂

You can read more about my #reslicedHappyMail project here. You can browse all of the #reslicedHappyMail creations here.

resliced Happy Mail #4

The fourth piece of #reslicedHappyMail was sent to a lovely lady that I’ve known for quite a while. She’s my sister’s best friend from high school (and our Mary Kay rep 🙂 ). My sister nominated her because her Mom had become very ill. Before I could construct her card, her Mom passed away.

Now this friend, at the age of 27, has lost both her mother and father (a few years prior). I can’t imagine the struggle of losing one, much less both, of your parents at such a young age. And to top it off: she has a toddler at home. The bright side: she has an amazingly supportive husband (oh, and a beautiful daughter!).

Anyhow, Christa’s Mom loved pineapples! They were everywhere in their house. At the memorial service, there was even a blue and white pineapple serving dish that I can only imagine belonged to her Mom.

That being said, I set out on a mission to figure out how to draw a pineapple because I knew it would be the perfect design for this card. I wish I had bought my Crayola watercolor set before this because there are some really lovely ideas for watercolor pineapples out there, but now that I have my made-for-a-child set, perhaps I’ll try again later!

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Watch out! I’m rockin’ and rollin’ with my new watercolor set 😉

I decided to use my calligraphy pen to draw the pineapple with simple details (aka: not many). It was a very easy (and fun) design to draw.

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resliced Happy Mail #4

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.

resliced Happy Mail #3

Last week I ran across a story (via Snail Mail All Year on Facebook) about a boy named Bubby who is celebrating what doctors think might be his last (and 9th) birthday today!

His story (read it here) really pulled at my heartstrings and I knew he deserved to jump line for the next piece of #reslicedHappyMail.

He loves snail mail and stickers. I don’t have much of the latter, but I knew I could handle the former. 😉

I don’t have many birthday cards on hand and figured a soon-to-be-9-year-old wouldn’t be super thrilled about calligraphy so I decided some good ole cut-and-paste would do the trick. I used to cut letters from magazines to make funky wording on collages back in the day. I figured I’d dust off my collage skills for this card because the appearance would be more sticker-like and a bit more fun for Bubby to open.

I had picked up a copy of a local magazine, the Blue Fish Digest, at Cafe Strudel the other week because I thought the cover art was super cute (admittedly, that shallow reasoning typically drives my book purchases as well). I had a blank white card and envelope set handy so I didn’t construct the envelope from scratch. I just used the cover as an embellishment on the front.

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All in all, the card and envelope took me about 30 minutes to construct. I made it entirely from material I had on hand. All of the letters and pictures were cut from the same issue of Blue Fish Digest magazine which I promptly recycled afterwards 🙂

I highly encourage you to dig through your stash and send something fun to Bubby! It may be late since today is his birthday, but I think it’d be worth sending so he can continue to feel special everyday!

You can send your card to:

Bubby Everson
P.O. BOX 1142
Graham, WA 98338

Read more about Bubby here.

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.

resliced Happy Mail #2

#reslicedHappyMail is officially in full swing (I guess sending the 2nd piece counts as “full swing”, right?!).

The second piece of #reslicedHappyMail was sent to a lady named Winter (is that not the coolest name ever?!). Winter is a pre-kindergarten teacher (bless her) who loves Starbuck’s and hanging out with her gal pals.

Winter’s sister nominated her, and you know I have a weak spot for sisters 🙂

In the nomination form, Winter’s sister said “My sister is amazing! She’s so kind-hearted and cares about EVERYONE. She is the person that makes your issues her issues and truly cares about the happiness of others around her.” Sounds like a pretty stellar gal, right?

In my mind, I had started to create some kind of inspirational card for her because it sounded like she may be going through a spell all us ladies can relate to. One that reminded me of an all-too-familiar quote…

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Painting by Rachel Tenny – click the image to see it on Instagram.

The painting above is by a gal who is quickly turning into one of my favorite people. I’ve already fangirled about her on here several times, but a few weeks ago I finally had the pleasure of meeting Rachel Tenny in person. She’s just as sweet as I’d imagined and she generously donated a set of her Flower Cards to the #reslicedHappyMail project. Oh, boy was I beside myself when I received those! #HappyDance

Rachel’s posts always make me feel inspired, empowered and understood. Because of that, I knew one of Rachel’s Flower Cards was exactly what I wanted to send to Winter.

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Do you love these cards or DO YOU LOVE THESE CARDS?!

And so…off goes the second piece of #reslicedHappyMail!

In other news, I received a little happy mail of my own this weekend! My sister is a Reading Coach at an elementary school (where she taught 2nd grade for 5 years) and recently hosted a Donors Choose project to help raise money to buy books for her students. The best part about Donors Choose is that they will offer a code to match your donation at some point during the project (I always give during this window of time because it doubles the distance my donation goes…even if it’s only a small amount). I absolutely love Donors Choose – it’s a great platform for teachers to raise funds to help their students (and it’s an easy way for those of us not in the classroom to be able to help). From time to time they’ll even send me credits that I can “gift” to any project I want (how cool?!).

On Saturday I found a package in my mail box full of drawing from my sister’s students thanking me for my donation to her recent project (to get them books):

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Y’all know my feelings on thank you notes [always a must] so obviously these completely melted my heart.

You can see pictures of her amazing students enjoying their new books here – aren’t they so sweet?!

Ok, back to #reslicedHappyMail 😉 …

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.

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:

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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).

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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.

My initiative to spread joy at a snail’s pace

Since starting resliced almost 3 years ago, I’ve had less and less time to dedicate to making-to-sell. I’ve struggled with the balance of working full-time while trying to grow my handmade business. Last year I stepped back a bit. It was tough, but I was able to suppress the nagging voice in my head that was telling me I needed to spend all my free time building up the stock in my Etsy shop (while robbing myself of the creative joy I needed). Instead I started to focus on improving my skills. I no longer beat myself up for making something for me – practice makes first drafts and first drafts aren’t always sell-worthy.

Throughout my hiatus from the one-woman-assembly-line, one thing remained constant: my desire to make something…anything…with my hands and to share it with the world.

I’ve always wanted to learn calligraphy (you can read more about how I became interested in calligraphy in my feature on the Leen Machine Calligraphy blog), so I took a class. The class really reignited my passion for snail mail.

I’ve been practicing a lot since then. I used my newfound calligraphy skills to create holiday cards for my friends and family (you can see most of them in this post). I even made a very special birthday card (inspired by Pinterest) for my Dad…

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word on the street is that he liked it! (I was in England when he opened it, but I left specific instructions not to open until the big day)

I also recently taught myself how to make envelopes (with guidance from The Postman’s Knock). I spent a weekend practicing – I made 11 unique envelopes to hold invitations [made those too!] to a Bridal Tea I’m planning for my Bestie (deets to come!).

handmade envelope from the November issue of Skirt! magazine

handmade envelope from the November issue of Skirt! magazine

So, why am I telling you all about the snail mail I’ve created? Well, I’ll give you a hint: it has a lot to do with my new initiative!

I’ve been tossing around this idea for a while. Like a raw stone in a tumbler, I think I’ve polished this idea as best I can 😉

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the back of one of my handmade envelopes which happens to be a quote quite fitting for this post 🙂

love sending snail mail. And frankly, I’ve run out of friends and family to badger with my everyday thoughts (and they never write back!). I want to share the love while continuing to practice my calligraphy and fancy snail mail ideas (you can see some of my inspiration on my Paper Play board on Pinterest). While I may not have the time to mass produce stock for my Etsy shop, I do have time to create and send one card (or maybe more!) per month.

That being said, I’m starting a new initiative that I’ll share with you monthly, but I need YOUR help!

Ponder this: Do you know someone who could use a reminder that they matter and someone somewhere is thinking of them and sending good vibes their way? Don’t we all know at least one person who could?! Well, I want to help by sending a little happy snail mail their way.

And so I present to you my new project: #reslicedHappyMail!

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Here’s how #reslicedHappyMail will work:

1) You fill out this form to nominate someone you think could use a little happiness sent to their snail mailbox. This could be an elderly relative who lives alone, a kid who’s having a tough time at school, or your friend who’s undergoing a serious quarter-life crisis and needs to know someone is sending her some good vibes. Anyone you think could use a little reminder that they’re loved.

2) I’ll collect the nominations ongoing until I reach my capacity (whatever that may be). As you think of someone, submit another form. You can make more than one nomination, but please don’t nominate the same person twice.

3) Once a month, I will pick a nominee to receive a card from me (I will likely go in order of receipt unless a story compels me in an urgent way). I’ll use the information you provided on the nomination form to inspire the text in the card and/or the decoration on the card and/or envelope.

4) Once a month, I’ll post pictures on my blog of the snail mail with a story of the nominee (this information will be pulled from what you provide in the nomination form. Give me some good information [as much as you feel comfortable] so I can tell the story of this amazing person that you know and love). You can follow along with the project by subscribing to my blog (at the top of the page, on the right side you should see a “Follow Blog via Email” button) and by following the hashtag #reslicedHappyMail on Instagram.

Rules

  • You can make more than one nomination, but please don’t nominate the same person twice. Each nomination should be submitted in a separate form.
  • You are permitted to nominate a group (like the staff at your local animal shelter). Reversely, you are also permitted to nominate an individual as a group (like you & all of your coworkers want to nominate your boss).
  • You are not permitted to nominate yourself.
  • The nominee’s address will never be made public, but photographs of the card and/or envelope will be posted on this blog. Their name may be exposed, but their full address will not be (like in the envelope pictured above). If this makes you uncomfortable, please make a note in your nomination form and I will make sure to take pictures before their name and address are on the material.
  • Feel free to make design requests and I’ll attempt to accommodate as I can (but I cannot guarantee).
  • International nominees are permitted so long as the postage does not exceed $5 (shipping from Columbia, South Carolina, USA).
  • Recipients are encouraged, but certainly not required to post selfies with their snail mail on Instagram using the hashtag: #reslicedHappyMail (feel free to tag me: @jordslice11).
  • Incomplete forms will not be considered.
  • resliced by Jordan is not responsible for items lost in the mail. (Fingers crossed that won’t happen!)
  • This is a project being run by one little lady with a passion for snail mail. Should the demand exceed my expectations, I reserve the right to close nominations. If this happens, I promise to come up with an alternate plan. I can’t, however, promise to meet all of your needs or demands (but I’ll try!).
  • There is no guarantee that every individual nominated will receive mail. If/when your nominee is accepted, you will be alerted via email.
  • Additionally, this project (and all snail mail involved) is being provided to you free to charge. Stamp or stationary donations, social media shout-outs, and general happy thoughts are welcome & appreciated 🙂

Ready, set, go nominate someone! Fill out the form here.