Cousins For a Lifetime: Mixed Media Mail Art

Cousins for Life

Growing up I never had the pleasure of being close to my cousins. I was pretty much the only girl in a family full of boys, with the exception of two older girl cousins. While I was playing with dolls, they were dating boys. I was a bit envious of all the fun my brother had at cousin sleepovers or outings that I was never allowed to attend. I always wanted that close relationship with a family member that wasn’t a sibling. Because, let’s face it, living with family is way different than choosing to spend time with them.

Until a year ago, I never knew the close friendship that could develop between cousins. I speak of a cousin by marriage. I have been so blessed to find a best friend right in my back yard. We share a love of reading books and collecting books (yes, they are different), exchanging snail mail, family, chickens and who knows what else. When we get together we love to sit and watch the ‘little cousins’ whispering in the corner about some mischief that is about to take place. We talk about how wonderful it is that our children are going to grow up together.

I am very blessed to have found a life long friend.

Creating the Postcard

For this postcard, I started with a PaperArtsy postcard base. I then covered the postcard with used tea bags and stenciled with the Collage, Textures Patterns,Circles. I used dictionary paper, a Rolodex card, paints, stamping, thread, and fibers to embellish.

I used a Japanese wave stamp and script stamp in the background along with some white embossing.

Other Mail Art:


Hold My Heart Gently

The Countess

Elephants In My Garden

The Patterns of Friendship

It’s A Party Everyday

Tea Day

I am joining all the ladies for tea day over at Elizabeth and Bleubeard‘s. I am sharing my mug of green tea next to my newest plant, a crassulass succulent. It has some interesting finger-like suckers that drew my attention immediately, My son also thought it was cool looking and urged me to get it. So, this interesting creature came home with me. Here is a better picture from the net.

My picture is somewhat dark as it was taken during one of our many rain showers today. In fact, it is supposed to rain all this week. There has been a lot of flooding in our area already but thankfully we live on the ridge of a mountain so we are staying mostly dry.

Happy Tea Day,


20 thoughts on “Cousins For a Lifetime: Mixed Media Mail Art”

  • Hi, Kate. That is fabulous post card art! Love your cousin story that goes with it. I was blessed to have grown up with two cousins who were sisters. My mother and their mother were cousins and were close like sisters. Our parents would get together and my sis and the two cousins would play together. We stay in contact now that all our parents are gone, but all four of us are spread out in three states. A neat cousin quote is “ cousins are those childhood playmates who grow up to be forever friends.” Another one is really good but can’t quite remember it. Manyway lovely post about cousins! Happy TDay!

  • Your mail art postcard is gorgeous. What impressed me was how well you stenciled the area over the tea bags.. I would have trouble with that because of the uneven surface, It is a fabulous entry and those paper dolls are so impressive. I love the layers you create, too.

    I love your mermaid mug and it is perfect for a rainy day like you were having. That’s a stunning plant, too. I think it will get lots of love in your home. Thanks for sharing your lovely mail art, your new plant, and your tea with us for T this Tuesday,

  • It is a fantastic postcard you created, super layers and detail.
    It is good to find a friend or relative that we can become close to. It may take years for us to find them, but they become the family we choose for ourselves.
    your new plant looks interesting and such a vibrant green shade.
    Happy T day wishes
    Yvonne xx

  • Such beautiful heartfelt words, and I couldn’t agree more, it’s a blessing to find forever friends 😁. Your postcard looks wonderful and I love the way you covered it with all those teabags! A cup of green tea is always welcome too – Happy Tea Day! J 😊 x

  • The colors and textures of your postcard are yummy. The little girls remind me of me and my only girl cousin. We were two years apart in age. Both had brothers that were the same age. As kids, she and I didn’t get along much. She thought she was one of the big kids and I was too little to bother with. We started getting close when we were both married. So nice that you found a best friend and someone to share things with. Your plant looks interesting, but I’m glad I brought my tea with me. =^,.^= Happy T Day

  • I too love to collect plants and succulents are included in that.. Although i haven’t started collecting any since our move to Arkansas… You remind me i need to..:) What a pretty mixed media post card Kate.. But how do you send that thru the mail? I grew up spending time with some cousins.. Playing freeze tag and such at family gatherings.. fond memories.. but we have all gone our separate ways in adulthood.. And live too far apart for our children to be close. sad really.. Happy T day! Hugs!deb

  • A really gorgeous post card! a wonderful reminder that childhood friendships can be precious…love those sweet little girls and the beautiful layers on this card! Cute succulent too….I got the urge to get a spoon jade last year, and I love it. I think the ends of each branch flare out a bit more than the one you show here.
    Happy T day!

  • Hi sorry I am a bit late in the day to visit all the T friends-I needed to go food shopping and then friends stopped by.
    A life long friend is defiately special-I have not had one over the years except for my blogging friends.
    Love your art and I really love your new plant.\ ps I don’t know if it is just my computer or what but I can hardly see what I am typping here so hopefully not too many typos Happy T Day Hugs Kathy

  • I grew up with lots of boy cousins too, but I just hung out with them. And I wasn’t even a tomboy really, but I guess they just put up with me. I love the latest art piece, and wishing you a happy T day. hugs-Erika

  • Love your gorgeous tactile postcard, such a wonderful way to use teabags!

    My father’s family moved to the US while he stayed in Europe, so I never was close to my cousins from his side. My mum was the 11th of 12 children and my numerous cousins from her side were all much older, but I admired them from afar…. You are lucky to have found such a close friend in your husband’s cousin!

  • Really, Kate, you inspire me no end! This is an amazing tactile piece with such beautiful colors, and a wonderful way to celebrate your blessing of a lifetime friend! I so enjoyed reading your post and have missed your lovely blog posts while I was away. We are enjoying a week of rain, too, and my garden is so soggy and sad looking. We are in a low area and flooding badly. Happy to have a watertight roof over my head! Sending hugs!

  • I had the lovely experience of growing up best friends with my cousin Judy including sleepovers and sewing clothes for our Barbies. How nice that you’re now enjoying the experience. Well – without the Barbies 😉

    Your card is a beautiful tribute to “sweet cousins.” Gorgeous layering!

    Happy T-day! Hugs, Eileen

  • I love the story about how you and your cousin get on so well. My best friend is my ex sister in law who I have known for around 55 years now – she lives in France but we are forever on the phone or face timing(or visiting!) I love the postcard and how you created it! I thought my Easter Cacti had died after leaving them in the sweltering heat but after a few weeks they have picked up nicely – I hope your plants as strong! Belated Happy T day! Chrisx

  • Your mail art postcard is simply gorgeous. You are such a pro! What a fantastic make! I love your cousin art piece so much, it so speaks to me as I love my cousins ( 2 female, 2 male so much as well as I was a single child and grew up with theme so wonderful!

    I love your mermaid mug and that stunning plant, too.
    Big hugs, Susi

  • Your postcard is very special. A real work of art. I don’t suppose you are sending that in the mail. Frame it more likely. My hobby is postcards but yours are in a league of their own.
    What an unusual succulent. I have not seen this one before.
    Happy belated T Day,

  • How gorgeous is this mail art!! truly love your layers and the depth you have created with those colors!
    I have been fortunate to grow up with close cousins and still have times together and lots of awesome memories!
    Jackie xo

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