Postcard Series: Season’s Greetings

In between working on my weekly sketchbook pages of animal art illustrations, and trying to create something everyday, I’m also having fun practicing hand lettering combined with watercolor wreaths. I turned these watercolor postcard paintings into new notecards in my Etsy shop.

Season's Greetings painting img_6218Christmas wreaths painting

Season's Greetings notecardsDrawing all the time makes me happy, so Practice Practice Practice has been my motto this year. It’s also great to be able to add new products to my etsy shop based on my drawings and watercolor paintings.


Snail Mail Treasures

Receiving any snail mail is a good thing. I’ve added some great treasures to my collection lately.

I received another letter from my Paris Letters subscription, which talked about the flowers starting to bloom in spring in Paris. I always feel like I’m right there seeing, hearing and smelling the sights alongside Janice as she writes and illustrates her letters.

Paris Letters February March April

I also have this beautiful collection of watercolor postcards from my friend Cindy, with whom I started exchanging postcards this year. She realized how difficult it is to find postcards these days, so she prints her own using photos and the Waterlogue appWatercolor postcards from Cindy

For my monthly subscription of paper goods from OliveBox, I received this box of treasures in March, which included Samantha Hahn‘s new book of watercolor illustrations of women characters in fiction, one of her prints and a lovely watercolor notecard from Monica Lee. (Click here to see what I got for January and December, and here to see the February box.)

Olive Box for March


I was especially thrilled to receive anything done by THE Samantha Hahn, a famous illustrator and designer, whom we studied in design school. Each portrait is painted so beautifully, and the quote is hand written to match the mood of the character and her scene.

Samantha Hahn's illustrated book

Samantha Hahn's illustrated book

Samantha Hahn's illustrated book

Samantha Hahn's illustrated book

So wonderful to receive a variety of fabulous art in the snail mail to add to my growing collection. Happy letter writing!


Monthly Paper Goods Subscription – February

You may recall that I’m trying out a subscription to a monthly box of paper goods from OliveBox. Click here to see what I got for January and December.

For February, I received this box of goodies, which included a message in a bottle, a mechanical pencil that looks like a giant wooden pencil, an envelope of vintage stamps, and a letterpressed letterquette.

February SubscriptionThe message in the bottle actually has a message. It says “You Are Loved.” How sweet and comforting is that. And the letterquette is an actual glue-bound pad of letterpressed notecards with bright green edge painting and a glue-bound pad of envelopes. Such a clever set!February subscription goodies

Each month keeps getting better and better!


Weekly Snail Mail

Some of my outgoing snail mail lately, going to places like Minnesota, Ohio, California, Florida, northern England.

snail mail Jan 26 2014

outgoing snail mail

It’s been fun to receive a lot of incoming snail mail lately.

incoming snail mail

I love seeing such a colorful variety of postcards and notecards, including some notecards of my own designs.

incoming snail mail

Did you send or receive any letters this week?


Monthly Paper Goods Subscription

I’m trying out a subscription to a monthly box of paper goods from OliveBox.

For January, I received this box of goodies, which included an illustrated notecard, an AHA! notepad, and a beautiful wooden box full of stamps for the alphabet and numbers.

Olive Box Jan. 2014

That wooden box is THE coolest thing!Olive Box Jan. 2014

For the December box, I received a sheet of stickers, a gold glitter gel pen, sparkly washi tape, sparkly butcher’s twine, and a sparkly notecard.

Olive Box Dec. 2013

Dec. 2013Jan. 2014It’s so fun to receive a box full of paper goods around the middle of every month. Of course, I wish it came more often, and I wish it had more in it.

I have been contemplating the idea of putting together a subscription like this with paper goodies from my shop (things like a couple notecards, a postcard, stickers, a cool pen), so it’s fun to try this subscription to see what comes each month.


Weekly Snail Mail

It’s such a thrill to open up the door on our mailbox and find a letter or postcard! Someone actually took the time to find a pen and paper and write a note. As you can see, one of the postcards I received is handmade and beautiful.

Outgoing this week: postcards to my sister, brother, mom and a friend in the UK.

Outgoing snail mail

Did you send any hand–written letters this week?

Incoming this week: postcards from my sister and a friend in the UK.incoming snail mail Did you receive any hand–written letters this week?

In this day and age when people are busy and life can be centered around technology, it’s a treat to send and receive snail mail.