out on a school night with paper lovers

photo by John Correa / elizabethcraneswartz.com

photo by john correa

the internet is a funny thing. it's also a fabulous way to meet new people in real life. earlier this month, I received a lovely invitation via instagram from a woman I've never met named bobbie pinto (of even if nobody reads this in SF) to join her and some other creatives for an evening of #happymailhappyhour. I knew only one other person going (the lovely joy from frock files) but as you'll see, sometimes it's important to just say yes.bobbie-pintothis whole get together started on instagram with bobbie (above) and the women behind of note stationers and was thrown together in three weeks! the #happymailhappyhour idea is this - get a room full of people to craft and write and celebrate all things paper and snail mail. mission accomplished. aside from my #cardart endeavor at christmastime I'm embarrassed to admit that it's been ages since I wrote an actual note and put it in the mail. I used to send postcards to the kids at school but even that never really turned into a habit. I typically hand deliver birthday cards (ie: they're always late) and I've relied too heavily on email for thank yous. #happymailhappyhour / elizabethcraneswartz.comphoto by John Correa / elizabethcraneswartz.com

bottom photo by john correa

what's not to love about beautiful letterpress cards, fancy pens (from a favorite store - black ink) and stickers from kawaii goodies to jazz it all up? we sat for a couple of hours in the very hip boston cyber arts gallery getting to know each other and gussying up a few cards from of note stationers and B.IMPRESSED to send 'just because'.#happymailhappyhour / elizabethcraneswartz.com#happymailhappyhour / elizabethcraneswartz.com

top photo: artist les kotinas at work / bottom photo: his finished card art from @ofnotestationers on instagram

it was a lovely evening meeting FASCINATING and creative people, snacking on treats by the busy bostonian with an array of drinks from local vendors and serenaded by a nearby subway busker on a saxophone. #happymailhappyhour / elizabethcraneswartz.comI can't make this stuff up. do me a favor and just say yes.