Thursday, February 24, 2011

Bluebird In My Mailbox

"Bluebird of Happiness"
Mail Art Project #21
Cynthia St. Charles

The winds have been howling for 24 hours, whipping the snow into drifts and plunging the temps well below freezing. It gives one pause about going out into it, requiring much bundling and a good reason. If nothing else, I needed to retrieve my mail and newspaper, and what waited in my mailbox was indeed worth braving the elements - this "Bluebird of Happiness" fabric postcard.

I follow Cynthia St. Charles' blog where I had an opportunity to sign up for her Mail Art project explained here. Every week I view her latest batch and hope I am the recipient of an extra, and now in week 21 of her project, my name has finally been picked. On the back is this quotation by Gretta Brooker Palmer: "Happiness is a by-product of an effort to make someone else happy." That is so true, and something I've been very aware of this year.

The bluebird theme also reminds me of a class my friend Judi and I took years ago where everyone in the class learned an applique technique using the same pattern of a bird on a tree limb. The class did not go well for us, and we each had our own take on expressing that with the name of our finished pieces, made into journal quilts. Mine was "The Bluebird of Unhappiness" and Judi's was "The Bluebird from Hell"! Thank goodness, I now have a bluebird with a more upbeat vibe. And I love how my collection of fabric art from other artists via their generosity is slowly growing.

It's not too late to sign up for the project. View more of Cynthia's Mail Art here.


Sherrie Spangler said...

I hope you're snuggled in and cozy with your cheerful bluebird art. Post some blizzard photos!

Fran├žoise said...

Lovely postcard!
Keep warm.