Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Special Delivery Date Idea

I have two really great people in my life with whom I love to share my favorite things.  I call them the Murphy Bros.

Murphy Boy Wonder
Super Murphy Boy

One of my favorite snailmail items to send them is a date idea! We all know how easy it is to get stuck in a rut when it comes to romance and busy college students don't always have the time or resources to plan unique date ideas. That's where Mrs. Murphy's Mailbox Magic comes in!  Not only do the boys get a new idea for a date, but I get the joy of sharing some of my favorite things with the next generation! (And I get to create some fun snailmail, of course.)

For this snailmail date I've decided to share another home cooked dinner and a movie date idea. What could be more fun than combining food and flicks with a cinematic-inspired cuisine!  I'm a fan of quirky, independent films and so are the Murphy Bros. They also, both love to cook! So I decided to find a recipe to go with the film Everything Is Illuminated  (Warner Independent Pictures 2005) starring Elijah Wood.

This film is a quirky story of a young Jewish-American man who travels in search of a mysterious woman in a photograph who apparently helped his grandfather escape Eastern Europe just prior to the Nazi invasion. His journey takes him to Ukraine where he meets some very strange tour guides who make some discoveries of their own.  

Since this film take place in Ukraine, I included a recipe for a simple twist on Chicken Kiev. However, I don't think Chicken Kiev is actually Ukrainian....Hmm??? Kiev IS the capital of Ukraine, so that's good enough for me!  Ha Ha. And it's, who cares!? Yummy!! Check out Pillsbury's recipe for Chicken Kiev Crescent Bake here!

 I also included some discussion questions for the film because I am a complete nerd and love that sort of thing!! I packaged it all up and sent it on it's merry way. 

I hope the Murphy Bros and their dates enjoy this special delivery date idea! I had fun creating it! 
Try sharing your favorite things with your favorite people via post! It's a fun surprise that is simply magic! 

Send More Mail! 
Mrs. Murphy 

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Brown Paper Packages Tied Up With Strings

Hello! Snailmail Enthusiasts!! I hope you all have been busy sending and receiving post!

I've been thinking a lot about favorite things lately. Specifically my pen friends' favorite things! Snailmail by itself is, obviously, on the top of everyone's favorite things list, but I put my creative thinking cap on in order to come up with some fun themed snailmail packages to send to some of my favorite people!

One of my pen pals is a true kindred spirit and loves not only snailmail but also books and all things Jane Austen. I decided to come up with a little Jane themed post to send her way.

Letters are a wonderfully recurring theme in all Jane Austen novels, so I started with the letter, of course. I aspire to what Jane calls "the true art of letter writing" which she describes in a letter she penned to her sister, Cassandra.

"I have now attained the true art of letter writing, which we are always told, is to express on paper exactly what one would say to the same person by word of mouth." - Jane Austen.

After I completed the perfect missive, I crafted a Mr. Darcy corner bookmark and added it to the package. This cute bookmark is a super simple oragami craft made with a square sheet of paper and some colored pencils. Isn't he dashing? (Every time I look at him I think he's judging me..."You're done reading already?") Ha Ha! Hopefully my recipient will feel loved (and not judged!)

Check out Red Ted Art for directions and some wonderful inspiration for these great bookmarks! I based my Mr. Darcy bookmark on the Ron and Hermoine corner bookmarks I found on Maggy's site! The possibilities are endless and would work with so many different kinds of "favorite things" snailmail packages.

I also added a fun Jane Austen Bingo card that my recipient can play during the next Jane Austen Film Festival she hosts!! The internet has all kinds of fun options to choose from or you can simply make your own. Easy and fun!

I encourage you all to send some favorite things snailmail to all of your favorite people!! It's magic!

See you at the mailbox!
Mrs. Murphy