Did I ever mention that I am a local celebrity? Okay, well I am not really, except with the ladies at our little post office. They think I am pretty cool because I receive the most amazing packages in the mail. Lovely little, thoughtful gifts and greetings from a very special lady, my sister Sheila. My sister is no doubt the most creative person I know.
You won't find Sheila on facebook or any other social media, as she likes to do things the old-fashioned way. She won't email you photos she has taken, but will instead take the time to print them out and mail them to you.
I thought I would share some of my recent treasures from her.
Sheila mailed me this adorable little pencil case filled with treasures. Notice how the "Falls" is falling on the address label.
Sheila always handpicks the most wonderful stamps. Stella, is the creation of award-winning children's author and illustrator Marie-Louise Gay. My sister is also a redhead, although she does not look quite as young as the gal on the stamp. Close, but not quite. Sheila also dreams of illustrating and writing a children's book some day and I have no doubt she will succeed.
Tucked inside the pencil case was this little journal Sheila made. Sheila hand cut the paper and used a needle and thread to bind it just perfectly. She makes the most amazing journals (and Christmas cards and thank-you cards and the list goes on).
The case was filled with pencils, pens and an eraser. No doubt, Sheila handpicked the items for me, knowing my love for scrabble.
They say that twins quite often have a special connection. Although Sheila and I are not twins, we sometimes share that connection. One day I was at the local coffee shop reading an article in The Walleye about artist Ian Phillips (shown above). Ian's hometown is Thunder Bay which is close to where I live. The article was talking about some artwork that Ian had done depicting a pink dessert known locally as a persian. Anyway, I read this article, go home and check my emails and Sheila (who lives in another province) has sent me a link to another article about Ian. Really, how does that happen? Both of us are attracted to the same artist and read about him on the same day. Several days later I receive a beautiful print of Ian's work in the mail from Sheila and then I receive this postcard also illustrated by Ian.
Sheila kept it simple, filling up a large portion of the card with beautiful postage stamps (no doubt handpicked for my love of gardening) and just one quote:
I laughed out loud when I received this little package. I told Sheila that I was going to start dieting and the plan I was following allowed you to eat whatever you wanted on the 7th day. This little package was marked "for day seven".
Imagine putting your key into your tiny mailbox, reaching your hand inside and pulling this out! Speechless is all I can say. I had been telling Sheila I wanted to start up a facebook page but I was clueless about facebook. She cut out the window to fit the "dummies" wording just perfectly and mailed me a little "Facebook for Dummies" book.
Thank you Sheila for all the smiles and laughs I get from all the treasures you mail me. You know your favorite green sweater you left at my house about three months ago, that I have been promising to mail to you - I haven't done it yet. Sorry. I am not like you and know that I can never be like you. You are unique. You are the best sister in the world and I love you!
p.s. to my other sister, Cass: I love you as well, but Sheila sends me cool things in the mail and you don't. lol