I recall my glee the evening my hubby handed me the stack of postcards he had just retrieved from the mailbox and post office box. I placed them in my planner hoping to savor them later, but then life happened–illnesses, midterms, and life in general. Now, that the madness is less intense for a moment [Spring Break, yay!], I have time to really appreciate the postcards.
The postcards came from friends and Love Notes and heART Exchange pals.
The February 2017 heART Exchange focused on “Quotes from the Heart,” so participants had to include a quote somewhere on the postcard. I received postcards from two of my three partners. I realized after receiving my third card that I submitted my address with the wrong zip code to Louise, the swap coordinator. I used my P.O. Box address with my residential zip code. Duh! I’m actually amazed that most of them made it to me. Kudos to the USPS for the extra work they had to put in!
Nancy of Ellijay, Georgia sent a cute bunny with an inspiring greeting.
Love You Bunny, Art by Nancy F.
You are so special! Believe in yourself and the dreams you hold. Dance in the rain and play in the moonlight. Celebrate YOU in all your glory…Enjoy all the magic that life has to offer.
The happy-face rabbit gives me the warm-fuzzies. Bunnies (rabbits) are among my favorite “critters,” second to teddy bears. I especially appreciate the charge to “dance in the rain.” I can’t wait till the weather stabilizes and I can do just that. There’s something cleansing about walking in the rain. I imagine dancing in the rain is liberating.
“Lacy Heart,” Die cut by Lori W.
Lori W. of Elroy, Wisconsin sent the lacy heart reminding me that [life] is “about love, compassion, kindness, and faith.” It is so easy lately to get caught up in trifles, so this was a needed reminder. She also enclosed a tag which now fills a slot in my faith planner.
“You Are Loved,” Tag from Lori W.
Lori also sent a beautiful autumn postcard with vines framing a window. How did she know about my romance with autumn? 😉
“Nature’s Décor,” postcard from Lori W.
Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.
Christine B. who introduced me to both Love Notes and the heART Exchange, made a sweet fabric postcard and sent it as an extra.
Fabric Postcard by Christine B.
If you love someone, tell them because hearts are often broken by words left unspoken.
Martha, who participates in both swaps, sent another of her gorgeous watercolors.
“Nesting,” Watercolor by Martha Slavin
Your soul is the place inside of you which reaches out to connect you with the universe.
Slightly unrelated, a second Joy to the World card, from the December heART Exchange, winged its way to me from the United Kingdom last month.
“Wishing you Joy, Peace, and Happiness,” from Ann M.
Ann M. ran into a few snafus, and since she was sending the card after the height of the festive season, she remade it, modifying the colors. As far as I’m concerned, blessing the world with “joy” is never out of season.
Love Notes also came in to help me celebrate “love month”–two from new penfriends, Sarah and Eileen, and one from Christine B. (whose postcard made the green-eyed monster appear because she was exactly where I wanted to be, on the beach in Florida). [Click an image for a closer look and details].
From Sarah V.: “give an iota. every iota makes a difference.” iota.
“Sitting on the Beach. Umbrellas All Around.” Photo by Christine B.
From Eileen V. of Germany: Sophie Anderson (1823-1903). “Take the fair face of woman, and gently suspending, with butterflies, flowers, and jewels attending, thus your fairy is made of most beautiful things,” Charles Ede. The Maas Gallery, London/Bridgeman Images
I was ill twice in February, so my friend Cy surprised me with a “get well” postcard.
“She stretched herself upon tiptoe and peeped over the edge of the mushroom and her eyes immediately met those of a large blue caterpillar.”
The postcard is part of the 100-postcard MacMillan Alice set. The illustration is from Carroll’s manuscript for Alice’s Adventures Underground. The timing of this postcard was perfect, not just because I was ill but because I had just sent the same postcard to a swapper who loves Alice in Wonderland. The mail gods sent it back to me. 🙂
Last, but not least, I received a unique handmade postcard from my penfriend, Beckra.
“The Workings of the Heart,” Designed by Rebecca R. (Beckra)
Beckra had fun making these cards for friends and family. No two are alike. She created the texture by painting over text pages and threaded her design over the texture, allowing the diagonals of the threaded design to play against the straight lines of the text that are just below the surface. Her goal was something “vaguely like a heart, but then abstracted.”
I thoroughly enjoy Valentine’s Day cards that deviate from the typical motifs–red hearts, flowers, and chocolate–so I’m loving this one.
My mailbox was full of love last month, and I did my best to reciprocate. I’ll share the postcard I sent in 50 different directions tomorrow.
Until then, maybe you can take a few minutes and write a postcard tonight. Someone in your life needs to be reminded that he or she is loved.