Month: September 2016

Incoming and outgoing mails for the month of August

Speaking of snail mail, August was a good month for me. I got many beautiful mails from all over the world. INCOMING And some others which I failed to post individually on Instagram —  on center is of a Korean painted houses, from my very best friend in Taiwan who went for a summer vacation in South Korea; the elephant card from Yiyi from France who went for a short trip in Thailand; and the map card when Shelley (who now lives in Australia), went home to visit her folks in UK. I am always thankful for friends who think of sending me postcards when they travel. Well, that’s what I usually do too. 🙂 OUTGOING Green mails because I wanted to take a break from the muted colors that I have made the past weeks. I wanted to try making this kind of mail because she loves kawaii themed stuffs. I hope this was kawaii enough for her. 🙂 Finally, I was able to send her a promised mail art. She’s one of the few …

Outgoing mails for the month of July

I never realized until now that I had a few incoming mail last July or did I just fail to keep count and organized? Nevertheless, here is a couple of mails that I managed to send. I love making vintage themed brown mails. On top is a plain brown (kraft) envelope that I purchased years ago at Michaels  and the other mail is a medium brown grocery bag that I bought at a dollar store.  I chose word stamps by Tim Holtz and stamped randomly on it using archival distressed ink stamps, also by Tim Holtz (I am huge fan, you can tell).  Added some washi tapes for contrast and for a more vintage look. I then glued on a scrap of paper for the addresses and added some matching stamps. For the larger mail (grocery bag), I machine stitched the sides to give it a more appealing look. These are just a small part of what I sent to two friends, one in Florida and the other in the Philippines. I made this folded Japanese paper …

Journaling as an active meditation

Of the countless forms of meditation we can use, journaling offers its own unique benefits. Most meditations help empty the mind of concerns and bring positive ideas from our mental landscape, but journaling helps us anchor that experience in the material world. Not every person is attracted to meditating in seated silence, and journal meditation is a nice alternative as an active meditation. It allows us to trace our journey and see where we have grown and what lessons we may be repeating. By employing a different part of the brain than creative or inspired thought, writing or typing a journal or art journaling can create a greater sense of connection and union with our physical selves and the world around us. I find putting my thoughts down on paper as an art or plain writing really helps me clear the clutter in my mind and in my soul. When I was younger,  I used to worry a lot about people reading my thoughts, and it kept me from truly expressing myself. Now, I don’t …