Inbound Messages

Parties, Gifts & Crafts

Remember this?

I have sent 34 so far, (still 66 more to go, Yay!). Anyway, I know a lot of people probably think me odd for doing so. So many probably wonder where I have the time to do this. The honest answer is, well, I do not have the time to do this and so I make time. I do it while I watch TV, or while I am cooking, or while I am on the train going home or going to work, or if I am not able to sleep at night. That is the fun part of it all isn’t it ? To make time for doing simple things and spreading joy and kindness and gladness to people you know. I could have written to strangers. But, isn’t it more meaningful to write to a person you know, and bring joy to them?

The responses I have received so far from the recipients has been wonderful as well. Although no body has responded back via letter yet, I did get a good deal of text messages, and emails, expressing just how much they loved receiving my letters and how much joy and delight it brought them.

I was very surprised by the length of words a few people had put in their message to me. I never knew they could write so beautifully. It truly was a message from their hearts. I also got pictures of recipients who were so delighted to receive the letter, I could see them beaming with joy. Some even posted their mail on social media for all to see, such was their excitement.

Well, what is the point of doing it all, you ask? Aside from making others happy, it’s also receiving these:

Thank you for your letter containing lovely and warm thoughts and ideas, nicely expressed. I went through your website you have lots of activities, pleasant ones and interesting. Your pictures stunning. Keep it up. Send more of your ideas and activities. Thanks. Love Uncle

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Thank you so much for that thoughtful letter which actually surprised me. I’m sorry that I didn’t message you earlier but the truth is my dad mixed your card with his mail and he left it out on the table today. What caught my eye was your lovely art work that was displayed on the envelope with my name on it. We don’t tend to celebrate Halloween, it was just two occasions where we decided to. I just want to say thank you so much again and you don’t understand how much it means to me by receiving this letter from you 

P.s I’ve been dying to go to the escape room but it’s either I have exams or Marisa has work, but hopefully we can all push that aside and go.

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“Hi, your letter was so sweet. I was wondering when mine was coming.”

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“We received your letter it was very thoughtful.”

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“..That is so sweet of you. I love it. I specially love the doggy bookmark!” 

******   ******   ******   ******  ******   ******   ******   ******  ******   ******   ******  “Such lovely letters for the three of us . You always remember them love u I loved it sooo much”

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“I received your letter. It was soooo sweet. Thank you. I love receiving letters.”

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“Got ur letter..so Sweet of you.. kata bata samjhish aaja didi lai.. Diwali bhaera ho.. kya ramailo lagyo”

Translated (Got your letter, so sweet of you. How come you remembered your big sister today? … is it because it is Diwali? I really enjoyed it.

 

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All hallows eve

Adventures, He and I, Parties, Gifts & Crafts

It was only a simple gathering.

Dinner with friends
Outside by the blazing fire
A hearty lasagna
S’mores

Halloween decorations scattered around
A spiderweb, a tombstone , skeleton , masks.
Pumpkins laid on table. Carving them
Funny faces , scary faces.

Rum for the ghouls
Painted faces.
Some witchy laughs and spells
And games , not for the light hearted

That is how our Halloween started.

Woodland Magic

Adventures, He and I, Parties, Gifts & Crafts

My best friend’s getting married soon, and the location is out of this world, it is a walk through woodlands to somewhere exhilarating. Just wait till you see where it is, mind you though, it will be a long wait (the wedding is next year, and I am not sharing pictures until then, it’s also probably a secret and she hasn’t told others yet).

So, there I was, on Pinterest, browsing through Woodland weddings. A picture leads me to a post, and then onto something else, after a chain of following one image link to another, I came upon this glorious art installation on this page http://www.runeguneriussen.no/ Seriously, check it out for yourself. This made me want to throw my own woodland party. Isn’t it brilliant?

Maybe for my 30th? A wild woodland, wilderness party, wouldn’t that be lovely?  Lots and lots of lampshades hanging from tree tops. Lights in the dense forest leading the way.  Deeper and deeper you walk, until finally you come to a big plain. Away from all the chaos and racket of the world. Under the cover of the twinkling sky. You will find people sitting cosily wrapped up in blankets. Some are standing, drinking, chatting. Children dancing around the fire with fun adults alike (and hopefully some responsible adults minding the children of course).  Perhaps we will be visited by elves, fairies and gnomes. Goblins, imps and trolls. Perhaps even a unicorn. (Costume party, perhaps?)

It will be magical. We shall be singing, dancing, storytelling.

Celebrating.

[Image from http://www.runeguneriussen.no/]

This is a picture of us at one such magical place a few years ago.

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Celebrations

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Hubby and I have just finished celebrating, six years of us, and also his birthday. Last year, I organised a Postcard Project for him. This year, well, this year:

I wrote him a love note.

I bought him a ticket to this.

I mailed them to him like this.

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I bought him a bottle of his favourite rum.

I wrote him a note to go along.

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It was a quiet, simple celebration. And then, my parents threw him a dinner party; and we lit all 36 candles on the cake!

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I will write you a letter

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IMG_1805IMG_1811IMG_1824IMG_1838IMG_1852I came across happy mail a while ago, on one of my favourite blog ohhappyday.com. It has the cutest ideas from parties to general everyday stuff that basically makes me want to celebrate every little thing about life, every single day! I decided to have a go at writing my own happy mail recently. So far, I have written and posted three, and you see, I got really sucked into this whole new world of mail art. I love writing and it was so delightful to come across a whole group of an online community who actually do this. So browsing through the net I came upon an Instagram page of Naomi Bulger. She specialises in happy mail and mail art stuff and lots of other amazing things, go on follow her and find out. While reading through her blog, I stumbled upon one of her projects, called a thousand postcards, and got really inspired to do the same. However instead of using postcards I thought I would use some of her mail art templates and ideas to write letters and start a project of my own. Surely a thousand was too ambitious for me. I don’t even know a thousand people. I decided I would be less ambitious and start off with 100.
I am picking people at random, my selection process will probably include but I won’t limit it to these ; people who would absolutely be grateful for this, people who would least expect it; and people who think letter writing is soppy and wouldn’t have a care for it. Do I really want to write to the last kind? I did mull over this, but then I decided I am going to do this out of generosity and kindness and do it nonetheless.
Writing is such an amazing thing. For me personally, it helps me communicate much better. It helps me let it all out, it makes my mind wander, and though it sounds bizarre, it makes me feel all tingly. Taking time out of my day to pen a note to someone, I would be a liar to say I would not care for gratitude and acknowledgement. I am after all human, but, I have decided I am doing this and once I have written and posted the mail that’s it, no chase ups, no follow ups, and no questions.
Hopefully, I will have made someone’s day brighter, or maybe inspired someone else to do the same thing, or just generally put a small smile upon their faces, even if it is a little one.
I don’t know what I will write about. The letters I have already written included small gifts, poetry and random facts about me. But I see now, that there are so many ideas and information available on the World Wide Web and so I am not too concerned about what to write.
I may put up some of them on my blog. It would depend on a lot of things I suppose, but, I would definitely like to share some.
So here I go, starting off with a new project.

Certainly keeping myself busy!

 

Birthday Week!

He and I, Parties, Gifts & Crafts

Its birthday week this week!

A lot has been going on since my last post. First, I have learnt that I might be at a risk of being made redundant, which is a total bust. There is so much to think about. First, would be the normal like paying bills, and mortgage etc. The second thing and also the thing that really upset me, is having to hold back my holiday plans. It is really frustrating not having that financial security of a sort. I have had to think about saving up in case I don’t get a job in time and I need to have enough to be able to pay the daily, ‘grown-up’ bills. I would also then have to find a job, and save up enough all over again to be able to start travelling and going on exciting adventures. Eurghh! So this is a big thumb down in my life right now.

Apart from that, I have been extremely busy in preparations for a traditional event for my brother. It is a religious Hindu ceremony where he in ‘simple terms’, can now become a ‘student’ of Hinduism. It is quite a big event, coming second to a wedding ceremony. So we have had lots of family come over. We have a house full of people and I have been busy catering to them and in organising the event. The celebrations finally finished last weekend, and it was a tremendous success.

I am now looking forward to celebrating my birthday. I know it’s going to be a special one as I will have all my extended family to celebrate with.

I will be back with exciting things again! I promise!  Just need to get things back on track again.

That’s all for now!

We are all mad here!

Parties, Gifts & Crafts

Looking through my phone, I came across some pictures of my old ‘craft’, I’ll probably lose them, so why not put it up on the World Wide Web?

Last year, I threw Sunny an Alice in Wonderland themed birthday party. It was also an item from his bucket list, to host a garden party, and so we did. I had a go at making my own cut-outs of some of the characters from the story. There was Mad Hatter, White Rabbit and the Cheshire cat, scattered around my garden.

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Mad Hatter, White Rabbit and The Hare with some sign posts reading This Way, That way and etc.

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The White Rabbit

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See the Mad hatter on the fence

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Cheshire Cat

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Had a go at trying to make the Caterpillar and his den

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This was The Den

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Check out the doors with the cute drink me bottles

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We are all mad here!

 

With all the hustle and bustle of the party and preparations (I mean I was hosting a party for c.80 people) we totally forgot to take pictures during the party! And I was wearing my  shimmery , shiny, golden Jacket too!