The Adventures of Not Sleeping In: Mixed Media Mail Art
As a child, I remember summer vacation a lot differently than I have experienced as an adult. It was endless fun for weeks. Swimming in the pool, trips to the library, lounging about the house reading and painting, sleepovers and days spent at my best friend’s house. I didn’t want it to end. I had the life during my childhood summer vacation and I loved every minute of it. Apparently, I took those ideas into adulthood, forgetting that I wasn’t on the receiving end of the vacation. Summer vacation as an adult has certainly has been a letdown in the rest department.
For instance, as an adult, sleeping past 6:45 am is one of those things that I get excited about. It seems like yesterday, I turned off my alarm for summer to sleep in. But that first day didn’t quite meet expectations. In fact, it was a disaster, henceforth leading to the decision that there would be no more sleeping in while the children were off from school.
And what happened to all the hours I was going to devote to my children’s education and enrichment this summer? They slipped away. Much like my patience with the constant bickering over the broken LEGO ship in my boy’s bedroom. Or who made the mess, leaving all the LEGO’s on the floor that I happened to step on, on the way to give my boy’s goodnight kisses. Haha! I won’t miss the bickering or the stepping on LEGO’s but I will miss the bickerers.
So, with just a week and a half left to summer vacation, I am making the most of those cuddles and kisses. We are reading, playing, watching movies and enjoying what time we have left together. I hope that their summer vacations turn out to be full of pleasant memories that they can return to when they reach parenthood. Because the truth of it is, parents don’t get summer vacation.
Creating the Mail Art
I used a postcard as my base. I covered it with book paper that has been stenciled with black gesso and the Collage Textures and Patterns, Circles Stencil. I then layered a piece of scrap chipboard that I painted with black gesso and stamped in white with a Japanese Wave stamp.
I added some leaves from I Am Roses before layering some fiber, stamped images (Pink Persimmon, PaperArsty, Graphic 45) and splattered gesso.
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I am sharing a drink related post with all my friends over at Elizabeth and Bleubeard‘s. I have this yummy Apple Mango Hibiscus from Fusion Teas. I love the taste but if I let it steep for too long the elderberry flavor is very overwhelming. I love lighter tasting fruit teas so I try to be careful how long they steep. Hubby bought this one for me for Christmas and I must say he did fine job.