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Recap: Handmade Valentine Swap

I hope everyone had a lovely Valentine’s Day! I wanted to post a short recap (meaning, lots of pictures!) about the handmade valentine swap I recently participated in hosted by Lyndsey at The Stationery Place. I had so much fun creating the valentines and sending them out, but I’ll admit, it was even more fun waiting for mine to come in the mail! It’s no secret, I love receiving mail. Anticipating handmade valentines from all over the country and world made that much more exciting and my swap partners did not disappoint!

Here are some pictures of the cards I received and links to my swap partners blog posts about their valentine’s day swap experiences

2013-02-23 1117All my valentines! (Minus a yummy package of hot chocolate, which I consumed fairly quickly upon receipt.) I love how pretty everything is together!

2013-02-23 1106I love all the different textures and details Allyl used for the envelope, so pretty! (And the hot chocolate she included was awesome!) Thanks Allyl! 

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2013-02-23 1123I received this lovely card from Christine of Christhingsss in the Philippines! I absolutely love the stamps she used. I was super excited to read her post on the swap and then wait for my valentine to arrive.  Thanks Christine! 

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2013-02-23 1121I love the fun little addition Brianne from The Ravenna Girls included and all the creative items she used to make her valentine! I really enjoyed reading about her process in her blog post. She also reminded me how much I want to visit Daiso, a local Japanese dollar store I have heard so much about and can’t wait to go check out for myself.  Thanks Brianne! 

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2013-02-23 1120I’ll admit, it took me a long time to open this sweet valentine from Nikki of The Salty Pineapple, I just love the unique additions to the outside! The string, lock and key, so sweet!  The inside was just as awesome too. I absolutely love the silver doily style paper and the awesome heart pin she crafted!  Thank you Nikki! (and I totally agree, a little glitter definitely makes everything fabulous!)

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A huge thanks again to Lyndsey for hosting the swap and all my wonderful swap partners! You are fabulous!

Until next time! XO –
Michaela

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A Handmade Valentine’s Day.

Happy (early) heart day, everyone! One of my favorite childhood memories of Valentine’s Day has always been making a little mailbox to keep on my desk and collect valentines from my classmates.  While I no longer create those little mailboxes, I still love creating handmade valentines to share. Thankfully, there are others who share my enthusiasm out there.

This is the second year I have participated in the handmade valentine swap hosted by the wonderful Lyndsey who runs The Stationery Place, a fantastic blog featuring fabulous and unique stationery.  (If you haven’t already checked it out, be sure to stop by and take a look! I guarantee you’ll get the urge to pick up some stationery and send a fun card or letter through the mail!)

I was so happy to see her post about hosting the swap again and couldn’t wait to get started! Last year I had so much fun and received some of the sweetest (and coolest) valentines. Once she sent out the swap partners, I got to work.

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My valentines were slated to go to San Diego, North Dakota, the Philippines and just across town in Seattle. I’ll admit it, I was pretty stoked to get an international destination on my list. I absolutely love connecting with people and across the globe is just too much fun!

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Since I already spend a lot of time crafting cards, I wanted to include something a little extra this time around. I’ve been working with polymer clay a lot lately so putting the two together was a pretty easy combination.

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I rolled some clay out and made an impression with one of my heart stamps, then attached it to the end of a large paper clip.  Bookmark, decorative paper clip, or just a plain decoration- it could be used multiple ways. Making them was so fun and easy, I plan on making more with different colors and designs.  I really hope they make it to their destination’s in good shape.

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I can’t wait to see what fun valentines make their way to my mailbox this year! I’ll be sure to update once I open my valentines and snap some pictures to share.

What fun things do you do for Valentine’s Day? Do you participate in any card swaps? Would love to hear what you do to celebrate and spread some love!

Until next time friends! XO – Michaela

 

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Creating Imagination.

“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.” – George Bernard Shaw

Happy New Year, everyone! During 2012, I focused a lot of time on developing myself and creating more art.  While I have mostly only shared my photography and experiences up to now, art has played a huge role in my life and I realized there is no better place (or time) than here (and now) to start sharing it.

Looking back, I have been creating things for as long as I can remember.  From my Aunt giving me my first camera and teaching me how to use a sewing machine, to my Nana teaching me embroidery and giving me my first Sculpey clay set.  I’ve spent a lot of time trying out different things and I love experimenting with new crafts, but my love for photography and sculpey clay has always come back to the forefront.

I’ll be honest, I had a pretty difficult time narrowing down my interests and really deciding what direction I wanted to go in with my art. Over the past couple years I have spent a lot of time experimenting with different crafts, mediums and projects, connecting with other artists/crafters and volunteering for different craft shows.  After those experiences and also receiving some great advice and encouragement from EtsyRAIN group members, I finally feel like I know what direction I am moving in and am excited to get to it.

That being said, I am currently in process of opening my own Etsy shop to share my creations with the world, but in the meantime I would like to share with you some fun little characters I recently created.  What I enjoy most about creating these characters, is bringing out imagination.  I cannot help but think of amazing adventures and stories for these little guys when I look at them and my goal is to share that excitement with others.

What adventures can you think of? I would love to hear your stories and ideas!

Until next time, XO
-Michaela

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Got Mail? 52 Weeks of Mail

Who doesn’t love getting mail?

Not an email or junk mail or bills, but a true piece of snail mail. A handwritten note, a card, a postcard, or even a funny newspaper or magazine clipping.  Something sent specifically, just for you.

I love receiving mail, I always have.  When I was young, I always looked forward to the holidays; as it meant I would get a card in the mail from my Nana.  A brightly colored envelope with her beautiful handwriting, addressed just to me. She has since passed and I truly miss her and receiving those cards.  A Valentine, a Halloween greeting, a Birthday card, each one was special. I saved almost all of them and to this day I still cherish every single one.

A lot of the time I enjoyed seeing the postal stamp that was used.  The colors, the designs and the characters, the themes, the stories. Even to this day I am a huge fan and have even started my own amateur collection.  The ability to share history in the smallest square, I think we take for granted the things we can learn from this simple item.  All over the world stamps are used to convey history, culture and more.

There is so much to gain from a single piece of snail mail.  The personal connection, the history, the meaning. Now with the popularity and convenience of the Internet, smart phones, e-cards, e-vites,  Facebook, the joy of snail mail seems to have tapered off.  Where has the love for snail mail gone?

Last year I was delighted when I found the project, 52 Weeks of Mail, started by the Etsy Greetings Team. This project encourages people to commit to sending one handwritten card or letter every week for the entire year.  I participated and had a lot of fun. It was a wonderful way to connect with people from all over the world.  Sort of like the classic pen-pal from way  back when, but utilizing the internet to make the initial connection.  Many wonderful bloggers also organized and encouraged their own holiday card swaps which were fantastic.  The rejuvenation of snail mail has begun!

I am continuing the 52 weeks project, as the team has restarted their commitment this year and I truly just enjoy making and sharing greeting cards.  There is nothing like a one of a kind handmade card, unique in it’s own way, being sent especially for one person.  One of my goals for continuing this project is to connect with more people I don’t already know.  Create new relationships with other artists, crafters and fellow snail-mail enthusiasts while encouraging others to do the same. Maybe even leaving cards for strangers to brighten up their day. A simple way to spread some joy.

Are you a fellow snail-mail admirer? Are you already participating in this project or energized to join? You can start anytime! Just commit to keep sending cards or letters, small hand written notes, it can be anything!  Make sure to check out the 52 Weeks of Mail Facebook page to connect with other enthusiasts.  I would also love to hear from you if you are interested in exchanging letters or cards! Feel free to send me an email (developandcapture (at) gmail.com) or leave a comment below.

Until next time!
XO –
Michaela Rose

Below are some shots I took took while documenting my 52 weeks last year.

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