The thing about Happy Mail.
Maybe you noticed that my Art by Jaci Musec Insta & Facebook pages have been talking all about Happy Mail. What is the deal????
I LOVE MAIL!
Seriously. I really enjoy writing, sending and reading letters. I love opening the mailbox to a personalized message from someone I know. My "go to doodle" growing up was a mailbox. I LOVE MAIL!
Several years ago I even signed up to be paired with not one but 2 pen pals! That's right!!! I have a penpal in Ireland (Claire) whom I have NEVER met in person. But we exchanged many letters over the years and we mainly stay in contact via Instagram now. Both of our lives changed a lot over the years of knowing her and it has been so cool.
I also have a pen pal in Germany (Bo) who I actually had the chance to meet IRL!!!!!! A few years ago when she was traveling through Chicago! Oh My Goodness it was so fun! We have the best conversations and have sent some of the best mail to each other throughout the years. And I can honestly say we will remain friends for life.
Pen Pals are so much fun!
I also wrote so many letters to strangers. I have been a contributor to many bundles of letters via this beautiful letter writing movement. (Check it out : http://www.moreloveletters.com/ )
I wrote letters and left them around town; at the grocery store, the book shop, tucked behind a rock at the park. Those letters were written with the thinking that "whoever needed a love letter... would find it"It was like dropping little bits of my heart around. I loved it.
I also wrote to "sort of strangers" people who requested letters or who put in requests on behalf of someone else. People I may know or have known, or perhaps not. But these letters were more purposeful in the way that they were written specifically with them in mind. Even if I didn't quite know "them".
I'm REALLY -REALLY- REALLY "into" writing letters, but it's more than that. IT's about the human connection. The encouragement, the community, the voice you can share when you have someone reading your words on a page. It was part of my healing and part of my gift .
As my life continued to unfold and my art became so much more, I let some of my snail mailing habits take a back seat. I simply would run out of time and energy after volunteering, creating, documenting and also being. Years would go past with only a few heartfelt letters written.
Sometimes it would be more than others, sometimes less. Life is like that ya know.
It had actually been a while since I had mailed letters...and then this Global pandemic burst onto the scene.
I found myself wanting to write. Wanting to connect. Creating these little happy mail care packages for my friends.
I started sending them out... one by one. And It was such a joy.
I would be filled with excitement knowing that in a few days someone I care about would open their mailbox to find this burst of sunshine... in the form of a decorated envelope filled with a personalized booklet of encouragement, topped of with a handwritten letter.
(Guys, I've had years to hone my skills and I love to gift give so these packets were something very special)
One of my dear friends suggested I should sell these packets.
BUT HOW? And who would want them? I mean... yes they are super cool and fun. But they also take me a long time to create, to personalize.
Then I had an idea...
a way to give people some of my supplies and a little example so that they could create their own. That IS part of the fun! And with so many of us stuck in our homes missing our friends and families what a great idea.
I put together a few options.
And I added them to my website (this website that you are reading this blog on). I had been procrastinating on putting products on my site for so long, because it seemed too hard, too complicated. But I did it! I did it for you!
sending mail is a gift. Reaching out through distance... with a piece of paper and a pen, your thoughts in your own penmanship... it's a beautiful thing. And you don't need to make the envelope cute, or compose a fun booklet... a simple letter is so meaningful and beautiful and enough.
But if you want to be extra.
and you want to have some fun being creative...
why not send some Happy Mail.
I put together some bundles for you. Each bundle has a little page full of ideas if you need some.
The Make it @ Home Activity Kit
Has a hand made (by me) care packet ready to be personalized . Think of it as a template to follow to make your own. And then a whole kit of supplies. Everything you need. Seriously... except maybe a pen, glue stick, scissors and your imagination)
The Materials Pack & 1/2 pack
Just the materials baby! You can order these on their own or add them on to the bigger bundles. Each one is unique. You get cute paper, washi tape, masking tape and an envelope.
The Big Bundle of Love
This one is just plain fun! It comes with 2 handmade care packets & so many materials!!!!
Everything is ready for YOU to do the personalizing!
That's right! You get 4 hand made ready to personalize care packets! This one is for those of you who don't want to mess with the materials... you just want to add in a few of your own personal touches and get those babies in the mail.
Another option exists too...
You can have ME personalize the care packet!
Send to yourself or send to someone else!
You just fill out a little survey and I will make it just for you (or your friend).
**this can be done with any of the bundle that has a "ready to personalize" care packet inside. If you just send me a note I can arrange for you to get the survey.
**also, with any bundle you can request a letter.
**and if you need your items shipped instead of a porch drop off or porch pick up.... please add the little shipping option too.
It's not a perfect system but it is chock full of love and goodness and I am so happy to be bringing you this piece of my heart.
I love using words to connect with my fellow humans.