180 degrees

I haven’t liked the mail that I have received this year. At all. There are the bills, the coupons, free and/or reduced offers …and then there are the legal documents  corresponded from my ex-husband’s lawyers to my lawyer and foreclosure letters. That’s about it, really. Did I mention the shameful notices of foreclosure?

We moved. We moved from a safe, warm, sweet, small home back into the “marital residence” i.e. the house we occupied as a married couple and as a family. The house that held memories, both good and bad, that I had to face.

I had my reservations, but this proved to be the only way to keep the house afloat until a time that it could sell. My children and I have been back here for a coupla months and the house still has not sold.

You see, after my divorce, after the bomb blasted and the shrapnel implanted, there has been a time in my life, as I see it, I must extract these metal shards. I’ve had to sift and gather bits of rubble together, keeping what could be kept, tossing what was too damaged to endure.

Before the move, I took out a post office box at the post office. I decided I would just have all my mail directed to this location from now on. While standing beside a recycling bin, tossing the useless mail, I thought of something. I thought I would reuse this old, horrible mail and turn into postcards. I would claim it, own it, and use it for purpose and pleasure.

Every week I gather the mail at the PO Box. I take it home and using only card stock and a glue stick, no scissors allowed, I tear bits of paper and make collages.

And this is where I think it gets fun. It thought, “Wow, why not post my PO Box and let people send me some ‘happy mail’?”. I thought that was a pretty good idea. So I am doing just that. But not only that, if you, you who is reading this, would like for me to send you a postcard in return, please include your name and address and I will send one out to you. I hope to use this “happy mail” to make more “happy mail” to send along, to someone else out there.

Send all “happy mail” to:

Tiffany Parris, PO Box 30363, Winston-Salem, N.C. 27130, USA

Here are few of my favorites so far.

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6 thoughts on “180 degrees

  1. branka on said:

    Hi Tiffany, I found your project through makesomething365 and I hope you don’t mind me contacting you. I really like you project and emphasize with you. We are a group of creative souls on Facebook all doing 365 projects and one of our members posts cranes all over the world. If you would like to join us, we are here:https://www.facebook.com/groups/292386624157701/

  2. Hi Tiffany, me, too, found your project through MakeSomething365. I completed a Mail Art 365 project last Nov. 30 but I haven’t stopped making Mail Art. You’ll be seeing me in your P.O.B. very soon. You can see the cards I made during that year on Flickr. http://flic.kr/s/aHsjsW3hKW

  3. meresmith on said:

    Is the zip 27103 or 27130? 🙂 I love good mail.

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