Here’s your task: Enclose at least five items in an envelope that define you. Nope. This is not a bridal shower game, but it was the subject of a swap I recently completed–“Me in an Envelope” hosted by “isabellasnow” on swap-bot. The swap required that participants send an envelope of items that would give the recipients an idea of who we are. What did I include? My partner and I have very similar interests and tastes, so I sent her things that I thought she would use:
- a book of poetry–I’ve loved poetry since I was a little girl and I am thoroughly enjoying teaching the British Romantic and Victorian poets this semester.
- a couple of tourist postcards–one from New Orleans (home) and one from Alabama (where I live now)
- a third postcard–robots (guess why)
- peace, hearts, and flower stickers–the ideology of “Flower Power” is still so appealing to me
- inspirational quotes–Don Miguel Ruiz (“The Four Agreements”) and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (“Nine Requisites for Contented Living”).
- some of my own nature photos
- Paris notecards–Paris is on my bucket list. I did spend a few hours in a Paris airport once. I don’t think that counts. 🙂
- teddy bear postage because it was easier to send the postage than it was to send an actual teddy bear
- washi tape samples–my latest “crafty” obsession
There were many other things I wanted to include, but I forced myself to exercise a little discipline. I’m not sure I would say these things “define” me. They certainly hint at some aspects of “me,” but a package that “defines” me would probably be much more difficult to put together. Besides, even though the swap was “sender’s choice,” I try to send people items they can/will actually use.
I think “Metruis,” my “receive from” partner took the same approach. We have some similar interests as well, and she sent a fun package of goodies.
Her note was written on this far too cute panda postcard.
Christmas all year long, I say! I love these pandas. Isn’t the one hanging from the tree simply adorable?
Metruis is a freelance writer and an artist. She even drew a picture of herself on the back of the postcard, “sort of.”
She sent fabric swatches from the last quilt she made. These will be great for making a collage postcard!
She loves loose tea, so she sent two of her favorite teas and recipes. Here’s one of the recipes:
She paints, so she sent a paintbrush. She “always” paints her nails and her favorite color is green, so she sent green “nail glitter.”
She loves steampunk, so she sent a “steampunk dude.”
And a compass charm because she makes maps for a living.
Along with a receipt from one of her favorite restaurants and a library checkout receipt, she sent a bookmark advertising one of her web comics.
What would your 5 items be?