Pretty things in my mailbox.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

I want to start a group. We could call it, "Pretty things in my mailbox". How does that sound? Maybe a Flickr group? Maybe a street team? I don't know much about group-starting. I was in Girl Scouts when I was younger, but I was far from a leader, and didn't learn any leadership skills like I was supposed to. I'm not even sure I earned any badges. Shame on me. I was a lazy kid. Far less proactive than I am now.

All I know is, nothing makes me happier than opening up my mailbox (or watching my 2 year old do it), and pulling out a beautiful wrapped box or envelope. Yesterday on our way back from the park, Christopher held Eleanore up to pull the mailbox door down, and inside was a pretty purple package. "I don't remember ordering anything", I said to myself. Well that's because I didn't. A wonderful surprise was awaiting me on the inside of the purple exterior. OhMandie had sent me a baby shower gift! This time, it was a gift just for me. I appreciate and love all of the fabulous things that everyone has gotten for Charlie, we all know he'll need them (that cute little helpless chubby wubby baby), but its even more wonderful when somebody thinks of the mama.

I'm always careful to open up the nicely wrapped packages, because I know if they're packaged pretty on the outside, then they're probably packaged nice and pretty on the inside as well. Usually packages that come in a plain jane padded envelope are over sized, with a rather sad excuse for a thank you note (if there's one at all), and were purchased in a large lot for cheapness and conveniences sake. It does the job, so I understand... but honestly, I'm a packaging snob. I hope I'm not the only one. When I order something online (OK from Etsy really), I want it to come beautifully wrapped like a handmade gift, with frills and bows, colors and curtains, the works. Recycled or brand new, a simple thank you combined with some visual happiness goes a long way.

So I snip through the clear tape on this gorgeous purple envelope, and inside I find a wonderful handmade note book. OhMandie!! Thank you!! What an absolute dear. There was a nice little card with a darling note saying something along the lines of "I read your blog post about your baby shower, and I had to join in". My heart paused for a few seconds while I scrunched up my face as if I had just seen a newborn kitten, and said "awwww!" out loud. What a sweetheart!


Oh Mandie! November 8, 2008 at 10:56 AM  

I'm so glad that you like the notebook! Mommas need gifts too, after nine months of swollen ankles and how ever many hours of horrific labor - you deserve a little something!

And I'm so going to join your group when you get it up and running! Its always awesome to get a gift to youtself in the mail!

jessicajane November 8, 2008 at 12:01 PM  

awe thats so sweet. :)

is Christopher too busy to post today? Haha.

Octavine Illustration November 8, 2008 at 1:59 PM  

gorgeous notebook!~
and a lovely blog to boot.

Pfeiffer Photos November 8, 2008 at 8:02 PM  

Pretty things in my mailbox would also make a fun Etsy shop name--fun stuff to enjoy!

~ April ~ November 8, 2008 at 10:59 PM  

I think that's a wonderful idea! I'm in love with that notebook. Definitely bookmarking her site for gift ideas. And I love your recipe boxes, too. And the wolf cards- I'll have to bookmark those for my sister. And... and... and... there are so many pretty etsy things I would LOVE to show up in my mailbox. *hehe*

demandablog November 9, 2008 at 3:23 PM  

Awe! It's so wonderful to get surprise mail! :D

Babz November 10, 2008 at 12:44 AM  

What a great surprise :)

I'm a flickr group leader of 5+ groups (one of them is FAA Fabric Addicts Anonymous with over 1000 members) if you need any help with this cool idea let me know!

isa November 10, 2008 at 8:39 AM  

getting pretty things in my mailbox is my fasvorite. I'm pretty sure thats why i shop online so much. it feels like a present everytime!!!

NotJane November 13, 2008 at 9:21 AM  

Thank you so much for featuring my tags! I love pretty things in my mailbox and your lovely blog.

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