As you can imagine, this window display pretty much stopped me in my tracks.
I mean, honestly.
It’s almost as if the window display designer at Tiffany’s got inside my head, rummaged around, and couldn’t find anything in there except thoughts of Crane’s classic laid envelopes, red Stabilo felt tip pens, the occasional piece of See’s Candy (chew-y), and a teeny tiny wondering as to whether or not I should carry an umbrella tomorrow (it’s been raining quite a bit here. Notice that the umbrella is not a priority.)
My other, ever-patient half waited on the sidewalk while photo after photo was taken. “How often does something like this happen?” I wondered outloud. “A window display of pink envelopes? And cancellation marks?! What do you think about those mailboxes?”
“Did you even notice the jewelry?” he asked with a sardonic smile.
All this must mean that Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us. Instead of buying into all the fanatic couple-based heart’s day brew ha-ha, I usually opt to get involved in projects that involve large groups of people a.k.a Valentine’s Day postcard swaps. There’s something about sending out a mailing of pink and red and a touch-of-doily that takes me right back to the third grade.
You’d get to decorate a manila envelope — all glitter glue and felt-tipped pen. Then on the big day, there would be cards or letters delivered by a “junior postman”; in my gradeschool classes, this was usually an honor bestowed on one of the well-behaved, overachieving kids in class.
There was always that secret hope that someone you were crush-y over had a crush on you too, or that a mystery card from a secret admirer would be mixed in with the ones from friends and teachers. Sometimes it worked out that way. Sometimes it didn’t. As an adult, I send out Valentine’s cards as a way of sending that feeling to someone who might not necessarily be expecting it. After all, everyone deserves to get a card on Valentine’s Day, right?
Here are some tips for making your mail art valentine(s) smiling all 365 days of the year:
–If you’re in the mood to send something charming and unexpected, visit the World’s Smallest Post Office. Leah Redmond hand creates each and every single one of her exquisite missives. I will say no more; just click through to her site. You will not be sad, I promise.
–Instant love: Paper Source’s vinyl airmail envelope pencil case. Delicious! As if I could love my pens and pencils anymore…
–and if you’re going out to a fancy dinner to celebrate Valentine’s, perhaps your server/charming wait-person would like a Valentine. A bank note folded into the shape of a heart is the perfect thank-you!