Tuesday, August 3, 2010

maps for cynthia

I have a new obsession...and it's called Swap-bot. You've probably noticed I really like sending and receiving packages, and although I'd heard of this website I never got around to signing up. Well, I finally did it last week and I'm having so much fun, I'm sorry I didn't do it sooner.

I've already gotten several great recipes to try, and I've mailed out a couple of parcels as well. One of them is pictured here, my package to Cynthia in Virginia. This isn't really an official rated swap, just something for fun--a sort of "wish list" type thing, whereby I'm granting a wish for maps for someone in a thread, and the next person grants my wish.

Even though I was only supposed to send maps, in this case some vintage ones I had, I had some other things I was dying to send:

*Since this is all about long-distance correspondence, I included some stationery from Griffin and Sabine, one of the most mysterious and romantic letter-writing stories out there. Years later, I still remember how much I liked opening all the envelopes in the books and unfolding the letters to read. I had some G & S stationery (really nice illustrated envelopes and notepaper and stamps) and postcards, as well as some Catolan ones, so into the package they went.

*A few months ago I bought a vintage folio of Cathay Pacific Airways stationery, and I included a few of the airmail envelopes. I love how the thin paper feels with their cheery striped edges, and it's so nice that each envelope has a thin waxy sheet slipped under each flap, presumably to keep the gum from sticking.

*The last few things I decided to put in after reading Cynthia's profile. She likes pages from books, so I sent her vintage pages of one of my favorite chapters from The Middle Moffat--the one where Janey gets caught up into an unexpected basketball game.

*Cynthia also likes young adult novels, so I also put in a copy of one of my favorite YA books, Lois Duncan's Down a Dark Hall, which is dark and spooky and the perfect for scaring yourself with, and well-written on top of it. Cynthia also talked about the 6-year-old girl she nannies, so I thought it would be fun to include a copy of  Ramona the Pest.

I bound the little parcels with striped baker's twine and a vintage Crackerjack suitcase charm on the airmail envelopes, then wrapped the mailing envelope in vintage maps--with California on the front, of course. I hope Cynthia enjoys her package...it was great fun to put together!


  1. That is wonderful that you are truly enjoying your self and putting your essence onto craft. It is truly lovely to share with others what one enjoys, and I love the authenticity of this package. Much love Ana Goncalves from Swap bot.

  2. I know what you mean when you say obsession and additive to swap bot lol...I myself have been there when I started...I really need to join more swap though since the summer is winding down...lol but i love your package...it looks super yummy...TFS! :D

    Stacy (luvystacy from Swap Bot) Blog Me, baby Swap!

  3. welcome to swapbot for sure! looks like you are going to be a great asset to the site, it can be great :) I have made some fantastic penpals through it

    april-rainbowafterrain81 blog me, baby swap


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