September 10, 2010
Dear Darlings…
This summer, I joined the Dear Darlings pen pal project. Melissa organized anyone that was interested in the project in groups of five and sent us an email with names, addresses and birthdays. I sent my first letter to each of the ladies in my pen pal group several weeks ago…and the other day, I received two letters from the group. I think I’ve mentioned before that I LOVE receiving real letters, so I thought I’d share my goodies with you as part of a few memes that I’m linking up to today.
IMG_6052 RS
My first letter/package was from Miki, from Argentina. The moment I found out that Miki was part of my pen pal group, I knew she’d send me a letter or package with personality written all over it. Her unique theme (the clothes line with little articles of clothing) carried throughout – from package to letter.
IMG_6057 RS
I loved how she even decorated the back of the envelope with this beautiful “shine” sticker. It made me realize how lame my first letter was, and I’m now more determined than ever to send them an exciting letter in the next round…maybe I’ll send my pen pals some photos…I mean, I am a photographer – it would be appropriate. 

IMG_6103 RS
(this photo being linked to Macro Friday and Punk Rock Mom)

Interestingly enough, when I looked inside the package, there was a ton of confetti. It was like she sent a little party to me…all the way from Argentina! I was careful to remove the contents of the envelope so I didn’t make too much of a mess, but it was too beautiful NOT to photograph.
IMG_6089 RS
Actually, Miki has a reason to celebrate. She is engaged to David, and is planning to move to California soon to be with him. I don’t know exactly when their wedding will be, but I do know that she’s excited to start a new life together. Awww…don’t you just love a good love story?
IMG_6091 RS
(this photo being linked to Punk Rock Mom)

As if sending a letter wasn’t enough, Miki was so sweet to also send a small gift. I swear, this girl is so creative – she certainly knows how to make someone feel special. I’m not sure that my photos can even compare with the amount of creativity this girl has.
IMG_6093 RS
Because we both like cats, she even included a little cat cutout on top of the package. Right now, she’s trying to figure out how her black cat, Dimetri, will travel to California with her when she moves.
IMG_6097 RS
I mentioned that Miki sent a gift…well, what did she send you might be asking? Well, she sent a set of six thin coasters. I think I might have actually said something like “awwwww” when I opened the gift…followed by running over to my husband to show him the goods. In typical male fashion, he said something to the effect of, “that’s cool.”
IMG_6100 RS
(this photo being linked to Punk Rock Mom) 

Like I said before, I really loved every moment of Miki’s package and letter. She’s the type of girl you can’t help but have fun with, and you can tell that she’s the type of person that really puts a lot of effort into anything she gets involved with. So anyways, I won’t get into much more detail of her letter, but I do want to give Miki a shout out. Thanks Miki! If you have a chance, check out her blog. 

IMG_6054 RS
My second letter was from Amy in Canada. She too is quite the creative person and sent a handmade card and envelope with her letter. Just looking at the envelope, you can’t help but be in a good mood.
IMG_6058 RS
Can you tell I really enjoyed photographing these letters…even down to the small details – again, I think my first letter out was really lame. Look at the time and attention she put into making the envelope.
IMG_6059 RS
I love how she used Peanuts on the outside of her card. if you’ll remember, I used the snoopy flag during the August 2010 Photo Hunt to represent me (by the way, voting is now open…click HERE to see all the favorites – I’m listed in several categories). It’s like she paid attention! 

Ashley Sisk: Flag that Represents Me

Inside the card, Amy included a couple of images from magazines as well as a black and white flower. On the side, she wrote that I could color the flower in if I’d like. Well…I might just do that.
IMG_6061 RS
Then of course she wrote me a fun letter. I liked that there was a unique (and pleasing) smell to her letter…it set the tone and shared part of her personality with me. Amy is still in college and hopes to be an Art Teacher one day. She also loves photography, so perhaps she’ll like my next letter to her. She wrote, “I like taking pictures of something usually regarded as ugly and showing it as beautiful. Because, I believe everything is beautiful!!! We just have to find out why.”
IMG_6062 RS
I do love a girl with a creative spirit…and it looks like both Amy and Miki are just the type of creative people that I’m going to enjoy hearing from as part of this pen pal project. If you want to see a little more from Amy, you can click here (although I don’t think she blogs as regularly as Miki).

Anyways, that’s my “show and tell” moment for today. Thank you to my darling, Melissa for organizing the Dear Darlings pen pal project (you should visit her too), and I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!