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Snail Mail Project-Back to School


This photo’s caption read; ”The little green schoolhouse.” It was taken somewhere in Arizona and shows one of Aunt Barbara’s school chums. I’m hoping that on the other side of that hill is grass, trees, and a playground, but somehow I doubt that is the case. I wonder what it was like inside? I wonder what it would have been like to have been the teacher there?

I have been working diligently to sort through Mother’s trunk always setting aside special letters in the altered book I made a few months ago. Recently I found one envelope with three letters inside. They were from a young uncle away at school and included one letter each for Great-Grandmother, Grandmother, and Mother when they all lived together in a house on the hill near the Nolichucky River. He was planning for his graduation. These letters will be saved and shared.

School is back in full swing. I wanted to send some special back-to-school snail mail to the grandchildren, just a little something to share my enthusiasm for the opportunities that schooling brings, and the excitement of a new school year.

I visited my favorite locally owned toy and book store and bought some special school supplies. I knew the grandchildren would have plenty of the basic necessities so I got a few things that are different and special, to help inspire them as they sit down to do their homework. I gathered my mailing supplies together and some colorful paper for decorating the inside of the box, and some tissue to keep the contents of the box from sliding around.
I measured cut some red paper to fit on the inside of the lid. The “Back to School” sign is from leftover scrapbook paper.
The colored tissue serves to cushion the items I’m mailing, and to add some color. The tissue was cut into strips and added to the box.
A few strips of the tissue paper were tucked under the sign to create a surprise flutter of color when the grandchildren open the box.
The school supplies were buried under the colored strips of tissue paper.
I wrote a little note to sit on the top.
When I closed up the box the items inside still had too much wiggle room so I added more tissue to the sides. This box is for the little grandchild. I then repeated the same process to make a box for the big one.
After I weighed the boxes I went to the United States Postal Service website to determine how much postage I needed to have. I put a couple of extra stamps on just to make sure. I used a combination of new commemorative stamps and vintage stamps I purchased from Pack and Post.
The stamps were fun and brought such interest to the packages. I added some washi tape to the other side of the box. When I use vintage stamps I add a bit of glue to the back to assure they stay put on the package. I am not sure of the reliability of vintage sticky paper. I also put clear tape on top of the wash tape since it might not be sturdy enough for travel. After the boxes are addressed I send them on their way.

I am writing this on the day of the solar eclipse and hoping that my grandchildren have teachers that planned for the event and had the children outdoors safely viewing it while marveling at the wonder of it all. I am going back outside to watch. Thanks for listening. Take care.

 

 

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