This is a bit of a milestone post– my 100th! So I wanted to write about something a bit extra-special, with the added bonus of showing some pictures from last year that never made it into posts.
I love getting surprises in the mail. When I was in college, one of my mom’s best friends would send me random care packages. They were always filled with fun, thoughtful little items, and always seemd to arrive on days when I especially needed a pick-me-up.
At some point during that time, my sister had the ingenious idea of sending care packages to friends and family under the pretense of being hand-crafted samples from a gift company. We all loved recieving those, complete with a sticker on the back handlettered with “Inspected by #44.” For a wonderful while, I joined her in those endeavors. Once when we were mailing twenty boxes at the post office, people in line behind us asked if we had a business. Then kids happened, and we ended up living in different cities, and I think she still has a box of supplies waiting to turn into the next installment. Someday, I hope!
But the point of this post is Happy Mail. Twice last year, I recieved some from internet friends. I won the pincushion in a Keep It Thimble Contest. That cheerful cupcake made my day!
And the coffee cup coaster came from a new friend while we worked together on a friendship quilt. It’s one of my favorite ones to use in my studio now.
So now, I’m on a mission. In the midst of all the other craziness, I’ve set a goal to send out one Happy Mail package or note a month. If I can figure out how to make a blog button, I might even turn this into a Happy Mail Along. Would you join in with me? Commit to sending one surprise something (even if it’s just a note) to someone once a month this year. At the end of each month, I’ll post about what I sent, and you can comment about your participation. For my belated January Happy Mail, I’m sending a batch of Wildflowers in reproduction print colors to someone who is TOTALLY not expecting it.