Friday, February 27, 2015

Spacecat: The Case of the Empty Envelope

The case of the empty envelope

I recently received this phenomenal handmade envelope from Allison Anne, a mail enthusiast with whom I connected via Twitter. We'd exchanged a couple of postcards, and she sent me a letter... but alas, I only received the envelope! It appears the letter fell out en route somehow.

The envelope is so spectacular that I had to share it with you. She tells the full story on her blog, and we both blame the tape used to seal the edges. It wasn't too sticky, and on one edge the tape had come unstuck, giving the letter an escape route as it was squeezed through the mail sorting machines... or so we surmise. (I had to secure it with transparent tape for this photo.)

Space Cat Envelope

I'm sure it was a spectacular letter - how could it not be, transported by such a space cat? - and I'm so sorry to miss it, but nevertheless, I am delighted by this excellent envelope.

12 comments:

  1. thank you for featuring my spacecat in this wonderful post, ilona! i'm so glad you enjoyed the envelope - and receiving part of it is better than the whole shebang being lost! another piece of catmail is on it's way to you now, and you may see it as soon as tomorrow (weather permitting, the storms here have been awful). hope you are staying warm and cozy!

    allison
    www.deardetective.com

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    1. YAY CATMAIL! So looking forward to it. All here in DC is warm and cozy, and just a lovely excuse to settle into mail. :-) Hope you're staying warm and cozy down there in the storms, too.

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  2. This is great. Space Cats - should be a TV show. Converting the universe to a Felinocracy one planet st a time.

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    1. Yes, yes, and YES! (My household is definitely a Felinocracy already.)

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  3. When I was a teenage girl I loved exchanging letters with my friend who in fact lived not far away from me;) Nowadays we live 4 hours driving from each other and we don't do it anymore:((( I don't know anybody who ' d have time to do this. Except me, though I' m a mom of five and I' m the one who is really busy... It' such a pity. I love writing and drawing, but there is no one to write to:( Warm greetings from Poland dear Ladies:)

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    1. There are LOTS of people around the world who like to exchange letters, Matka Polka! I have a sidebar on my blog called "How to find people who might write you back" and it's full of pen pal resources. Also, if you're looking for more mail, for starters I highly recommend Postcrossing.

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  4. Oh no, but yes, at least that darling envelope got to you. I received a vellum envelope whose side seams split open and tiny heart fell out into my entry and into the house as the envelope was pushed through the slot. It made for a festive appearance of the mail. Mail is just so lovely, as we all know. And I hope that Matka finds some new pen pals.

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    1. Your mail gave you its heart, Mim! There has to be some interesting symbolism there. I love that you made note of it.

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  5. Oh no! This exact same thing happened to me just recently! (http://www.brinnertime.com/2015/02/letter-trauma.html) What's with the escaping letters?!

    That envelope is lovely though, glad it arrived safely!

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  6. Oh no, Katri, not you, too! I wonder if there are new sorting machines or something, or if you and I both just got very unlucky. So sorry - it's a terrible disappointment, isn't it?

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  7. Allison Anne is awesome! She sent me a piece for my mail art show last month, and it was absolutely gorgeous. I'm so glad she connected with you as well! We actually have a mutual friend who used to live in Maryland (by me) and now lives in Minnesota (by her). :) Thanks for sharing, Ilona.

    Uncustomary Art.

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