Monday, July 11, 2011

A Stack of Happiness


Look at this stack! This is a stack of the happiest, most fun mail you are ever going to see. This is a stack of 112 envelopes for the Liberate Your Art postcard swap! On Saturday, things were sorted out enough in our house that I had the time and space to start going through these envelopes. It just filled me with joy! This is not work in the slightest, but exceptionally fun and inspiring.

Some of the envelopes were completely decorated. I love all of you mixed media artists who find any surface something to create art on! Just look at this one, can you guess where it's from? You would be right!


And here's one from closer to my new home, California. A little bit of art in the mail, anyone?


My blog friend, Kristin, created this envelope from inspiration from this photo I took in Ravenna. Funny thing, I took that photo because I was reminded of Kristin by the snail! Such a fun circle of inspiration that happens with artists sometimes. Too bad the US Postal Service covered up some of her art with their sticker.


Here's one that I didn't want to open, just look at that! I think the dancer stamped on the envelope is definitely Liberating her art...


The stamps were art too! I didn't know I had anyone in Hong Kong participating, what a nice surprise.


And then, opening the packages there were lots of little treats inside. Some were prettily wrapped, like this one from TJ of Studio Mailbox.


I was surprised at how many of the participants included a little something for me. Totally unexpected! Lots of postcards and little notes. Some magnets and little bits of this or that to use for my own projects. Even some chocolate! This was fun mail at its best. Here's a tiny sample of what was shared with me, but I don't want to give away too much, so that you will be surprised by the art you get in the mail!


This was exactly what I needed to inspire me and reconnect me to the creative community after my move. I can't wait for the rest of the envelopes to come in and then to get this art liberated back into the world. If nothing else, everyone liberating all of this art has had a wonderfully positive effect on me!

PS - My blog is now on Pacific Standard Time! I updated my profile location and about me page too. Sorry for the two posts in one day but I'm trying out my new schedule. So far, so good! 


PPS - Linking in to Creative Every Day and The Creative Exchange today. It's good to be back!

31 comments:

  1. I love mixed media artists...just when I think I've got something good going, they blow my mind!

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  2. I cannot even begin to image what this experience must be like Kat. Absolute, over-the-top pleasure!
    I also have so enjoyed seeing some of them here. Such an amazing amount of talent.

    Thank you so much for this today at The Creative Exchange.

    Have a great day!

    lisa.

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  3. **MAIL ART LOVE***
    juuuuuhuuuuuuuuu

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  4. Oh, what great fun! Thanks for giving us a peek at some of the mail....now you have to explain how you can possibly sort out and re-mail the lovely postcards!

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  5. I just cannot imagine what it must be like to have that many beautiful works of art in your hands!!! Totally overwhelming!! Thanks for sharing with us!!

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  6. How fantastic this looks, Kat! And I'm glad to read that you're not overwhelmed by this stack of envelopes ;-) Thanks so much for making this happen!

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  7. Just BeAuTiFuL for the Creative Exchange!!

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  8. Those are so cool!! See, already a great and joyful reason to be back "home" and not in Italy.

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  9. It must be like being a child in a candy shop! I reckon the joy of opening all those yummy envelopes would easily offset the work involved in sorting. Thanks for sharing a few Kat.

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  10. Oh that must have been a wonderful pile of mail to sort though. It all looks fabulous.

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  11. a stack of happiness indeed! what a lovely welcome to your new place, too. Thanks for sharing :)

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  12. What a stack of joy! What wonderful art!

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  13. Just reading your words and seeing the photos here makes me smile! What fun to read your reaction...and I can't WAIT to see what comes in the mail!

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  14. I love looking at books filled with mixed media. How wonderful to get it in the mail. Thank you for sharing.

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  15. What a fun way to spend a day! You lucky girl! And of course the first envelope has to be Valerie! Julie

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  16. it's amazing to see these lovely envelopes you have been receiving. unfortunately mine is plain and yellow and boring, ha! can't wait to see more.

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  17. Oh, how I wish I would have thought of that. Awesome artistry! :)

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  18. So inspiring... thank you for sharing!
    Love all the "artsy" envelopes :]

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  19. oh man! i wish i was sitting with you going through all of them! how fun! love these envelopes!! i rushed to get mine in the mail in time so unfortunately my envelope was on the sparse boring side :)

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  20. oooh! What a lucious stack o' mail! And what a treat for you. Enjoy! Can't wait to see all the fun art being sent around.

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  21. Oh, you lucky girl, just look at all that goodness, it's like Christmas came early :)

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  22. This is so inspiring..and such fun!! Lucky you to get to be the recipient of so much creative energy!

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  23. These must be the most decorative, fun group of packages that you have ever received! You should "bottle" all that creativity - everyone would want some:)

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  24. Looks like you had a great time sorting through that stack of creative efforts!

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  25. Such lovely things you received! The envelopes you show here are gorgeous. Gosh, it must be fun to sort through all of this!

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  26. I can't wait to see what gorgeous art is awaiting in all of those envelopes! How much fun to get to sort through it all :)

    Glad to see you're settling in and hitting the ground running - you never fail to inspire me dear friend xx

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  27. Hooray! Happiness, indeed!!! I love seeing that fantastic stack of mail goodness... this is such an exciting project I'm just bursting at the seams - I can't wait to see more!!! Wheee!!!

    Thank you for putting all of this together!

    xo
    Kristin

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  28. So excited to be apart of this post card swap - wish I had the motivation to be more creative - sorry - a lot going on with the breast cancer journey that I am on - I have been trying to document this journey and keep my blog about it
    Looking forward to getting the postcardsand meeting new artist friends
    Thanks kat for doing this!!!!!!

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  29. Wish I was in this swap, it sounds like it is a lot of fun! :-) Good luck with the sorting, daunting to get everything right I would think, but fun project. :-)

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  30. I have not been able to blog lately... Looks like fun getting all the post cards/mail. I am excitedly waiting to see what arrives. Thanks for doing all that work!

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