Maggie wrote a great book. No One Cares What You Had for Lunch, 100 Ideas for Your Blog. But each one of those ideas has its own ideas and variations. So, it’s actually like 1 Million Ideas for Your Blog. (You can use that, Maggie.)

In chapter 4, Take Your Time, which, incidentally, has the darlingest, tiniest picture of a glass of wine and a burning cigarette next to the page numbers, idea number 63 is: Make Contact.

You miss real mail. The kind with a stamp placed on the corner of the envelope and your address scrawled out in human handwriting. Get a P.O. box and turn your readers into pen pals. You can send postcards, bookmarks, photos, and small tokens of affection. Agree on themes for swaps and post photos of the results on your blog.

It might be cheating to take this challenge since I already have a P.O. box, but I’m not going to let that stop me. For a long time I’ve wanted to do a painting that has contributions from all over. If you aren’t familiar with my paintings, you can view them here. You’ll see that I use a lot of found objects like leaves, seeds, papers and twigs but I could also be using things like buttons or string or any small bit of a thing you have around the house.

So, send me stuff! Maybe only what fits in an envelope. I don’t want anyone having to pay lots of shipping. Make sure to include your name and where you live so I can give you credit both in my blog and on the final painting. I’ll post periodic shots of the painting getting done here so you can all see it coming together. I’m so excited!!

Send stuff here:

543 Country Club Dr #B 538
Simi Valley, CA 93065
Updated to add: this address no longer works. Please email me for the address.

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  1. I could send you what I was going to have for lunch….

    Sounds fun….I will have my eyes open for the appropriate contribution.

    ps. it makes me nervous you are posting your residential address. It’s actually your bodyguard’s address, right?

  2. Oh boy, that is the BESST IDEA EVER!!!!!!! You, Leah are brilliant. I am going to send you stuff I find on the street. That’s my favoritist stuff anyways. Stopping at a traffic light I’ll look down and see the coolest things. Or at a drive thru, I usually see lots of money and if I can pick it up I do. And give it to the window person.

    This will be fun!

  3. What a beautiful, wonderful, amazing idea.

    I’m really going to try to do this, to send you something. I’m mind-bogglngly scatterbrained, so that’s a problem, but I’ll try.

  4. This is awesome because I have a box of “stuff” that I find that I think is pretty or neat, with the grand plan of someday doing something with it. But, instead, I’ll send it to you (at least what fits in an envelope) since you may actually do something with it!

  5. […] People sent me stuff! I went to the PO box this morning and there it was. Thanks to Ashley from Washington State and Leta from Indiana. I’ll get the painting set up and get things started. Anyone else that has stuff, send it! I also got the Traveling Journal in the mail. I’ve been wondering when it would show up. I’m thinking hard about what I want to put in there. But I’ll get it off before too long. Thanks, Paige. […]

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