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Happy Mail: Vacation

Summer = vacation season (and I can’t believe it’s almost over!!!). This month, Elizabeth Graeber and I exchanged mail that makes the feeling of sunshiney adventures last. See Elizabeth’s quirky watercolor drawings of famous redheads in her upcoming book A Field Guide to Redheads.

Here’s my envelope to her. I’m taking my first trip to the Southwest next week to Las Vegas, Zion, the Grand Canyon, Sedona and Phoenix, and I can’t wait!



I’m very curious to see what the desert’s like.


And here’s Elizabeth’s envelope to me:


Elizabeth writes: “For the vacation theme I decided to illustrate a colorful, tropical bird with palm trees and a pink moon!”



  1. Shari

    August 25, 2016

    I love Happy Mail! What a gift to receive a piece of art along with a message from a friend.

  2. karen

    August 25, 2016

    I love that! And I am so eager to hear what you think of our beautiful desert. It’s still pretty hot here, so be prepared!

  3. Katheryn

    August 25, 2016

    Your post have really inspired me to send my friends creative postage. I’m a lover of snail mail and find any excuse to send cards to my friends and family. It brightens their day and it really helps me express my creativity. Also I just love making everything look pretty and handmade.

  4. Mikaylie

    August 25, 2016

    Hi! I love these posts so much! I was wondering what website you use to print the envelopes you design. I am assuming that you don’t just paint and illustrate on a blank envelope, but if you do I’d like to know that too!

  5. Mikaylie

    August 25, 2016

    I love these posts! I was wondering what website you use to print your designed envelopes. I’m assuming you don’t just illustrate on blank envelopes, but if you do, I’d love to know that too!

      • lucy
      • August 26, 2016

      Hi! I do just paint on blank envelopes! I use gouache because it’s nice and opaque + matte.

  6. Gemma

    August 25, 2016

    Beautiful!! : )


  7. Jane

    August 25, 2016

    So fun! Would love to receive something that pretty in the mail. Also- enjoy your trip!! We just got back from a similar road trip. Fun stops to add to your trip if you have time: Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend (sunset!) in Page, Arizona — the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen. We also rented a hogan we found on AirBnB so we could stay on Navajo land near Monument Valley. I definitely recommend it!

      • lucy
      • August 26, 2016

      Yes! We’re planning to make a day of the drive from Zion to Grand Canyon and stop at Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon. I can’t wait!

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