Then I had a baby, and although I still chat to most people I used to write to online, free time to frivolously mess about with paper & glue became a distant memory.
Now that Dylan's a little older, able to amuse himself for at least a small chunk of each day (plus go to nursery two afternoons a week), I find myself with a little time to play again. (Yes, yes, maybe I should be sorting out my neglected etsy shop, or catching up on Mount Laundry, but a girl's gotta have SOME fun, right?).
So, imagine my excitement when I found The Elevated Envelope on a friend's facebook page.
Essentially, it's a one off mail art project. You sign up, get assigned a swap group, make some beautiful envelopes, send them off out into the world, and wait for some to come your way too. I couldn't resist, and I'm glad I didn't.
I've had so much fun with this project. It's got me drawing again for a start, which I really need to make more time for - I forget how much I love it.
Anyway, the prompt for the design was 'Sweet' - totally open to interpretation. My thought process went 'Sweet... cake... biscuit... tea... tea party... Mad Hatter!'. I also had it in my head that I wanted each of my 9 envelopes to be part of a bigger picture when all grouped together.
So I started sketching, then inking, and eventually, addressing & embellishing. I even got it all done before the deadline, happy face! Here they are, before getting dropped in the post box:
And here, are all nine, together in order, making up my own version of The Mad Hatter's Tea Party. (Click to view bigger) Drawn & coloured by hand, embellished with rubberstamps & collage, topped off with stamps featuring her Madge for true quintessential Brittish-ness.
What do you think?
I've already received a few beauties from other participants, but they deserve a post of their own once they're all here.
Thank you, Tara, for a super fun project, I'll definitely be playing again :)