Wednesday, July 25, 2012

~ Mid-Week Mail Bag ~

So nice to hear from a few for the first time this week, as well as established pen friends.

How have you been inspired recently?

Homemade Pepper Jelly from  ~Shannah~.

Vintage postcards and a CD from ~Andy~.  The postcards were creatively incorporated into each page of his letter.

 ~Stephanie B~


~Stephanie P~



 ~Stephanie P~


 ~Tracy Z~

Saturday, July 21, 2012

~Strawberry Fields Forever ~ Jammin' ~

Just when I thought I had missed my opportunity to make Strawberry Jam - Wham!  Aldi's was bursting with big wonderful containers of strawberries from Plant City, Florida. 1-lb containers for $.99, so I just had to start jammin' again! Whoop-Whoop!

I have been on the hunt for Mason jars, but currently my thrifting adventures and Craigslist sloothing has been a bust.  Second option was to find new ones "on sale".  I have had good luck at the local Ace Hardware store and at the Big Box stores.  For the apricot and peach jams I used the "quilted" Ball style.  For the strawberry jam, I am using the traditional Ball style.  Where do you find your jars? What are your jar preferences?

Strawberry Jam Yield: 21 half pints and 2 pints

How do you enjoy eating strawberry jam?

Thursday, July 19, 2012

~ Thrifty-Thursday Finds ~

Lately I have had great luck on my thrifting adventures.  This is not always the case.  Many times I leave the shops empty handed.  Recently, I came across another bounty of paper goodness.

What types of stationery/correspondence items do you seek when thrifting?

4 Sets of 12 Bee Note Cards with lined envelopes  $1.00 each

Stationery Set - 30 Sheets (With Lines = Bonus) and 15 envelopes  $.69

 Set of 12 Georgia O'Keeffe Note Cards  $.99

2 Sets of 12 Correspondence cards & envelopes  $.99 each

2 Packs of 25 each Envelopes  $.77 each

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

~ Mid-Week Mail Bag ~

This past week of hot and humid summer days are tolerated much better by leisurely reading the daily mail!
How are you staying cool when the temperatures are hot hot hot?





 ~Brittany Ukulele~










Thursday, July 12, 2012

~ Thrifty-Thursday Finds ~

Do you ever take a chance on a purchase, unsure of what you will really get?
How bad could it it be?
You don't know until you try.

I came across a potential "Find" the other day.  A clear bag FULL of cards, note cards, envelopes, etc  - heavily sealed with packaging tape to ensure no access and waterproof.  Keeping it all a mystery until it is purchased by someone willing to take a chance.

I was curious enough and paid $2.41 for this package. Oh yes, that is right - UNDER $3. Arriving home, using a few careful snips of scissors and some pseudo surgical moves, I unsealed the bag.  I emptied its contents and then sorted through it.

Two Complete Pepper Pot Brand 10-piece Note Card Sets

Set of 8 (2 each) Bird Note Cards

 Qty 4 Raccoon Cards

Qty 12 Postalettes  

 Qty 5 Birdie Cards

 Qty 5 Americana Cards

Qty 4 Glassine Envelopes

Qty 6 Blue Stationery with 3 Ribbon Envelopes

There were a bunch other types of cards that I didn't see myself ever using.  I put them aside to donate.

By the looks of things, it was well worth it.

When was the last time you took a chance and it paid off?

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

~ Mid-Week Mail Bag ~

I was out of town for the oh so hot Independence Day holiday, so this week's Mail Bag contains two weeks of correspondence.  

Mail Art indeed!  In addition there were long and lovely letters; beautiful handmade/drawn/adorned cards & envelopes; handmade/created bookmark and...and actual hand ....postcard, that is!

If you do not already know Erin, be sure to see her blog :
I'll be keeping cool from the summer heat by replying to this beautiful bundle of mail goodness!
How are you staying cool?

~Carol B.~

~Anna~ Part I & Part II 

~Anna B.~




 ~Stephanie B~