As I’ve shared on my blog over the past few weeks, I’ve been the recipient of some pretty awesome “happy mail.” I always love getting mail and packages, whether they are gifts or things that I’ve ordered, but that sentiment has been amplified during this time of isolation. Every little thing is precious and the connection with the people who made it, sourced it, packed it, shipped it, and delivered it is appreciated even more.
Opening each package is like Christmas morning, filled with anticipation and excitement. And I have found so much joy in finding the perfect spot for all of my new treasures. Just the act of moving things around to find a home for whatever arrived on my doorstep that day has been a happy distraction from checking the news or feeling overwhelmed at managing the boys’ schooling.
Last week, I received some more happy mail…
A few extras tucked into an order I placed with White Flower Farmhouse, a store I’ve long admired, but haven’t been able to shop because of distance.
In my order of twine, a scrub brush, and wool sponges, they added in a vintage postcard of a place that shares my name, a few antique tins, and a bar of handmade soap.
Along with a lavender eye mask that she makes and sells…
One of the coolest things about her masks is they are made from scraps from Linen Bee! The ladies at Linen Bee sent their scraps along to Marilla in order to support her business. Her happy mail then became my happy mail in a different form. It’s a lovely sort of maker’s circle of life. Businesses supporting businesses and creatives supporting creatives.
I also received more happy mail from Maria of Dreamy Whites, but I need a whole other post to share the gasp-inducing things she sent me.
In addition to these recent gifts, my dear friend, Cheri of This Cottage Life, delivered toilet paper, a rotisserie chicken, and a big bag of grapefruit from Costco and even brought me flowers, although the pickings were slim (baby’s breath and thistles). And I knew I could count on her to get flatleaf parsley for me, which seems to be confusing for most people who are packing our online orders! (We end up getting curly parsley and cilantro typically.) Another friend from church brought us fresh fish and potatoes for dinner one night – the first time I haven’t had to cook dinner in over a month.
I’ve been so overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity of friends, acquaintances, and strangers that I am inspired to do the same for others.
So, last week, I started making a pile of happy mail to send to others – small original oil paintings, some crochet dishcloths, and hand-painted color studies on antique linen.
I’ve already sent some packages out including over 30 masks to people who are high risk or working in essential positions. And I’ve been working on more mini paintings and making dishcloths when I’m watching TV, so I’ll have even more to offer and send out.
I’ll be sending some to friends, but I am also going to have giveaways here on the blog and on Instagram to send happy mail to my readers and followers over the coming weeks.
On Friday, Shaunna and I talked about happy mail in our podcast (that will air tomorrow) and decided to start using #happymailmovement to share what we’re sending and receiving and inspire others to do the same. Just imagine happy mail crisscrossing the globe, bringing joy to both the sender and the recipient. Imagine all of the bright spots that will come from a simple handmade or found item or a handwritten card. It makes me smile just thinking about it.
So, what do you think? If you’re in, just send something to someone! Use the tag #happymailmovement, so I can see it and share it!