Yay! This was so worth the wait! The envelope was deceptively not-overstuffed, but look how much was in it:
First off, lots samples of handmade paper, including one embroidered in chain-stitch! Three pages of a blank Shakespeare journal, one with a great illustration of "Two Gentlemen of Verona". There are some painted ATC backgrounds, some stamped paper (including great gold bees!) and a bookmark that Spidermom cross-stitched with a tiny grasshopper.
More paper, both plain and printed. (I especially like the skulls.) Two sheets of die-cut letter tags. A couple of old magazine articles, one of which is on aerosol food, with a great photo of spray mashed potatoes. Some local items including a 25% off coupon from the Highland Tavern (I would have kept that!) and a classic horror illustration of a mad scientist milking venom from snakes. How did
you know how much I would like that?
In a little bag were four great metal buttons and a tiny container of watch parts, including four microscopically beautiful cogs.
But wait, there's more! An old road map of Colorado and Wyoming, a 1975 Delta Airlines schedule (I would have so
coveted this if it had appeared in anyone else's package!) and a magazine photo of people feeding a rather mangy-looking bear from their car window. A personalized notebook (with handmade brown paper), and a couple of additional fishing items. Three snapshots of the Colorado countryside (I love all the local stuff) and five flash cards (?) of insects and spiders. Not everyone would love these, but I sure do!
And finally, this antique photo deserved its own shot. It's a lovely family group from about 1910 (judging by the hats) but the real story is the annotation on the back: "Ray, Iva, Raymond McBride. All killed in car accident near Boulder Colo." Suddenly the anonymous figures become real people with a tragic story.
Thanks so much, Spidermom, for this great collection of stuff. I love all of it!