Friday, May 22, 2015

Love Letters Left Behind

Hello lovely, lovely, awesome people. Isn't love grand? Even more grand is proof that love exists through confessions jotted down in letters. Have you ever stumbled upon a box of romantic love letters that belonged to someone you knew? I once spotted a box of letters that belonged to my mom which were sent to her from my dad while he was in the army. I never read them, and sadly, I believe those letters were lost in a move back in the 1980's. My mom and dad were divorced when I was ten years old, and my dad has since passed away, but I would love to have had those letters passed down to me. But I digress.

I stumbled upon a website the other day called After browsing the site and watching the videos they posted, I felt truly inspired to write my own love letters anonymously to complete strangers.  Yesterday, I wrote my first letter and left it at the grocery store for someone to find. Oh how I wish I had access to a hidden camera to catch the reaction of the person fortunate to open the envelope.

I'm not sure if anyone saw me leave it in the basket. I hope not. 

I wrote another letter today but haven't placed it anywhere yet. Here's today's letter.

So what do you think?  Would you be curious enough to open an envelope that said, "Open Me"?

I encourage you to check out the Global Love Letters website. Maybe it will inpire you as well.

I wish all of you much love and a warm heart.
<3 JarieLyn

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Liberate Your Art, Final Results

I know it's a bit late in posting the final results for this year's annual Liberate Your Art project, and I missed the blog hop but I still wanted to showcase what I received and what I sent.  This is my first year participating and I was sure what to expect. I was excited when I started receiving postcards in the mail, yet I was also just a tad disappointed. No offense to the artists, it's just that because I love snail mail and writing so much, I think my expectations were a bit high in receiving more of a personal greeting on the back of the postcards. Out of the 6 postcards I received, only  two of them had personal messages. Other than that, it was a great experience and I would probably do it again.  It's definitely inspiring to see what kind of art others are creating.

What I received:

I do have a favorite of the bunch but I will keep that to myself. 

The following are the three designs I sent. Oh, and I wrote a different personal message on each card. No card said the same thing. And I filled it up as best as I could because to me the message is just as important or even more so than the image. Just my personal opinion.

An image I doodled while watching TV in 2014.

My award winning photograph taken in San Antonio, Texas 2012.

An image I've been drawing for years with a poem I wrote this year in about 5 minutes.

This was a fun project to participate in and I hope that my postcards were well received.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Traveling Postcrossings

Hello, Hello, Hello. 
"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain." ~unknown~

Today's postcrossings are traveling to The Netherlands, Chicago, Germany, and Belarus. 

I write: Dear Frank and Susanna, it's a pleasure to be sending you a postcard. The image on this card represents all of the wildlife we have in our desert. It's my personal opinion that the card is prettier than the actual desert. On antoher note, it's been a fairly lazy weekend for me and my husband. We have been watching lots of movies on TV. Wishing you all the best. <3 JarieLyn

I write: Hi Alena, I love your name. I don't have any romantic couples on a postcard, however, I hope this will delight you. (I doodled an image of a face)  San Diego is a great place to visit. It's about a 5 or 6 hour drive from Las Vegas. Have a wonderful life. I wish you much happiness and love. <3 JarieLyn

I write: Hello Mirjam, warm greetings from Las Vegas. I hope you like these love monkeys. I got this card a few week ago when I was on a field trip with my camera club in Carlsbad, California. We photographed the flower fields, walked barefoot on the beach, ate good food, drank margaritas and snapped a photo of the sun setting behind the pier. Good times were had by all. May you be blessed with many things that make you smile. Have a great day. <3  JarieLyn

I write: Dear Anna, greetings from Las Vegas, Nevada. I am a member of the League of Extraordinary Penpals. It is a fabulous group with penpals for every age. I am 50 years old and I have a mal blog where I showcase my incoming & outgoing mail. "Letters are among the most significant memorial a person can leave behind." ~Johann Wolfgang Goethe~  <3 Happy Mailings. <3 JarieLyn

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Receiving Abundance

Wow! I am truly blessed. Lately, I have been receiving various things without asking. I've been surprised by the kindness and generosity of my fellow bloggers which has made my mailbox, and me, very happy.

First, from the wonderfully talented Limner over at Oh Write Me. This is not only a great envelope on the outside, it's bursting with delicious papers on the inside.

The variety is superb.

Patterned Postcards among the awesomeness.

A variety of writing papers with the other side a different pattern or picture.

Unique cut-outs to use in mail art or whatever project calls you to use these fun items.

Pretty tags.

There were a couple of more items that I didn't photograph but all were fun and pretty and unique.
Thanks Limner.

Next up is a package I received from one of my favorite blogs that I've been following for quite a few years, Titere Con Bonete. Alicia, the author of the blog was doing a book review from this post back in March. Well, I made a comment about the post and the next thing I know Alicia asks me for my address so she can send me the book that she was doing the review on. I was not expecting that at all.

I haven't read the book yet, but I was very happy to receive it and hopefully, I will learn something from it. Damn, I sure wish my body looked like the girl on the cover of the book. 

What Acts of Random Kindess have you performed or received lately?

I'm a Winner!!!!!

I'm sure you've heard the phrase, "you can't win if you don't play". Most people think of the lottery when they hear that phrase, but it holds true for any contest or give-away.  One of the blogs I follow, Rite While U Can  was conducting a week long give-away on the blog awhile back so I entered every day. Each day had a different prize. Well, lo and behold, I won one of the prizes. Woo Hoo, Yipee, Hooray! I received my package and this is what was inside.

A tote bag with goodies inside.

2 packs of paper pens, and 6 colorful handmade notecards.

Beautiful!  Thanks Barb.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Empty Inside

Hi Ya'll. It's been a rainy day here in Las Vegas and I am loving it. It's perfect for catching up on blogs, making homemade soup, and watching black and white movies on TV. Oh how sweet it is. I hope you all are having a wonderful day full of things you love.

Awhile back I received a handmade envelope from an unfamiliar person. I was so excited to get it. when I opened the envelope, it was empty. I'm not sure if it was intentional or somehow lost its contents in the mail. (maybe someone meant it to be mail art) Forgive me for not knowing who it's from. If you are reading this blog post and it's from you, can you please let me know if I received it the way you meant or if something is missing. I do love the paper that was used to make the envelope. The return address says it's from Jennifer.

Sunday, May 17, 2015


I know the day is nearly over but I still want to say, Happy Sunday!  Yesterday I was looking for something in the massive pile of junk that I had on my desk and I found two postcrossings that I wrote at the end of March and never sent. Shame on me. I always put the date on my postcards, so now, I will add the mailing date as well so the recipient will know that it didn't really take almost two months to travel. Without further ado, here are the postcards.

The above postcard is goin to China. 
I write: Hello pretty girl. I had the priveledge of traveling to Death Valley last weekend with my camera club. We photographed wild flowers, salt flats, and the badlands at sunset. It was a vrey long day, but a lot of fun. The weathr had been very hot for this time of year. Ihope your world is a sunny one. <3 Many Blessings! <3 JarieLyn

This card is on its way to Italy.
I write: Greetings Agostino! My husband and I traveled to Kentucky last year for our vacation. It is a beautiful state with lots of lush green grass and horse farms. It is quite a contrast to the desert landscape of Las Vegas where I have lived for 16 years. Life is good and I am most grateful for everything I have. <3 Wishing you lots of sunshing. <3 JarieLyn

Friday, May 15, 2015

Letters In The Mail

Good afternoon my lovelies. Did you miss me? I sure missed all of you. It's been awhile since my last post and the only excuse I have is pure laziness. I've received lots of mail but I'm so far behind in posting on the blog that I'm certainly not going to show you everything. Today, I want to tell you about a wonderful site for writers that I discovered awhile back. It's called The Rumpus. It contains essays, reviews, interviews, and all sorts of interesting things. But the most interesting thing about their site that I want to share with you is their Letters in the Mail Subscription.  Each month you will receive two letters in the mail from other letter writers. (I am not an affiliate nor do I receive any compensation for talking about this website) Some of these letters come from famous persons. I subscribed a few months ago and I am always so excited to get my Rumpus Letter in the mail. I know what you're thinking-"why should I subscribe to a service to receive a letter in my mail when there are so many pen pal sites out there?" That's a good question, and one that has a simple answer. Because you are guaranteed to receive two letters every month. With a pen pal, you never know when they'll reply to a letter that you have written. I have been pleasantly surprised with each letter I receive.  Here's what the letters look like.

Some of the letters are handwritten and some of the letters are typed, but each one is different in the letter writing style. I even received a letter that had doodles in it. Some of the letters have an address so that you can write the author back. It's very cool really. Not only are the letters interesting, but they are inspiring. These letters are from real writers and some read like a chapter from a book. 
So go check it out now.

Have a great evening.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Postcrossings out the door

Good afternoon gorgeous people. I feel like I've been really busy, but in reality I think I've been spinning my wheels. Anyhow, these went out well over a week ago but I'm just getting around to posting. I have some things to photograph that came in also, but I'll save that for another day. Here's the Postcrossings that made it out the door.

This playful card is on its way to Germany.
I write: Hello Anne, I am a 50 year old woman living in Las Vegas, Nevada with my husband. I have many interests and I am not the type of person who gets bored easily. I think it's becaus I enjoy my own company and I iknow how to relax and do nothing. St. Patrick's is coming up and we celebrate by wearing green and drinking green beer or other foods that are dyed green. Have a wonderful day. <3 JarieLyn

This card is going a short distance to Bellevue, Wa.
I write: Hello from warm & sunny Las Vegas. I took al ong walk earlier today and enjoyed the smells as I strolled along. Fresh cut grass has such a great aroma and it gives me such pleasure to be able to breathe it in. I'm sure you have lots of nature to enjoy where you are. Have a wonderful day. <3 JarieLyn

This sweet card is traveling to Russia.
I write: Hello Galina it is my pleasure to be writing to you. I live in Las VEegas, Nevada with my husband. I too, admire Thomas Kinkade's beautiful artwork. I felt so sad when I heard he passed away. He was too young. Life is magical and I am so grateful for nature. Wishing you many blessings. <3 JarieLyn

Friday, March 13, 2015

Pen Pal Letter Out The Door And Postcrossings Out

Good evening gorgeous readers and bloggers. Even though my days are basically the same whether it's a weekday or a workday, I still relish the weekends. It has such a different vibe. I have my camera club tonight and our guest speaker, Parish Kohanim from Atlanta, Georgia will command a full house. I'm looking forward to hearing his story and seeing some of his work.

I feel accomplished that I got one letter written today. I feel so proud of myself.

This is going to a phenomenal pen pal who writes the best letters ever and loves to create art. It's cold where this person currently resides. Hopefully, this colorful letter will bring some warmth to her door. Yeah, you know it's for you even though I'm not putting your name here. I don't know why I'm not but I am.

This postcard is going to Finland.
I write: YOU ARE fabulous! Dear Sirkku, last night's full moon was amazing. I put all of my cyrstals in a bowl and set them outside on a tree branch so that the energy from the moon could charge them up. I left them out there until the next morning. Do something every day that nourishes yoour soul. <3 JarieLyn

This one is going to Czech Republic.
I write: Helo Tereza, warmest greetings from Las Vegas, NV. I used to do a lot of sewing and crafting when I lived in California. I once made some roller shades for my living room that turned out really nice, and some curtains for my step-dad's law office. Those were probably my favorite fabric creations to date. Now I mostly do mail art and doodling. It relaxes me. Someday I will teach myself to knit or crochet. Have a wonderful day. :)  <3 JarieLyn

This is traveling to Malaysia.
I write: Hello Kelsie, I live in Las Vegas, Nevada but I thought you might like this card from Florida. Disney World is located in Orlando, Florida, but I've never been there. Wishing you all the best. <3 JarieLyn

This one is traveling to Japan.
I write:  Hello Sakia, I used to love to ride motorcycles when I was younger. We lived out in the boonies and it was my favorite thing to do. My dad and my brother raced motorcycles and we enjoyed going to the races. Keep on riding but be safe. Have fun whatever you do. <3 JarieLyn.

Have an awesome weekend everyone. Hopefully, I get some more mail out this weekend.