Friday, February 10, 2012


That refers to the mail, not my personality.

I've learned to fake it really well, but my true self is socially backward, fearful of everyone, and quite content to be alone, thank you very much.  If I don't know you, I'd really rather not talk to you.

As a kid I would sooner pee my pants than ask where a bathroom was.  Literally.  I'm not kidding.

And this hatred of talking to strangers is not limited to face-to-face interactions.  I also hate talking on the phone to people I don't know. It took me until I was 35 to get up the nerve to call for pizza.  Thank goodness I've always lived with someone who's willing to do it.

But I digress.  Today I remembered to scan my mail before dropping at the post office, and here are a few things going out to folks from the "good mail day" list:

This next one is for a swap-bot trade that involved using a file folder as an envelope, and restricting your collage images to a single book:

Happy Friday.  I'm going to crawl into my cozy cave and make more art!


  1. There are some lucky people going to get some really cool mail art in the next few days!

    I used to be very shy and didn't talk to people. Now I talk to people everywhere except in large groups. But I'm not a phone person. Just not my thing! I do enjoy spending time alone in my studio, not talking to anyone. Enjoy your cave time!!

  2. love love love them all,

    I am not shy at all, I will talk to anyone, I say hi to people I dont know, I can start a conversation with anyone, my daughter says she hates going anywhere with me, all I do is talk to strangers (lol)

  3. omg. i call my art room my cave.

    i am such an introvert, i am literally exhausted after interactions. i sleep for hours.


  4. Like Lee above, I'm a talker and enjoy chatting with folks - whether I know them or not. However, I've noticed as I've gotten older that I definitely don't have the 'need' to socialize as much and am perfectly happy creating away all by myself for days at a time. I like to work in quiet too - I rarely have music on & certainly no TV. Just me and my thoughts. FUN!
    By the way - what a cool folder envelope! When you say use one book, does that mean all the images/text came from only once source? Cool idea.

  5. your single book file folder piece will be sent shortly. Hopefully after this weekend. I tend to make 4 or five before I decide on the perfect one.

  6. Happily creating away in a cave without interruption from errands, sales calls or poll takers sounds like bliss to me!

    I never answer my door or my phone....yes, there are 2 cars in the driveway and all the lights are on....take a hint, people!!

    I like what you're making in your cave, btw...

  7. File me under"carbon copy"! An extremely extroverted husband and good acting skills are very helpful with this personality type. And a safe, cozy art studio!

  8. these are fantastic. the tiny tyrant made me giggle!

  9. Love the file folder idea. I can appreciate the shy not wanting to talk thing, as a kid I was the same, glad I finally got over most of it. xox Corrine

  10. Totally with you - or at least I used to be. We figured out after the fact that I had something called selective mutism - you might want to look it up, since a couple of those sound like my symptoms. The phone thing especially. I've gotten more confidence over time, and the mutism got healed at a prayer meeting (which I know sounds insane, but it's completely true) and I'm capable of making phone calls now. I still don't like it, but I can.

  11. You sure hide you're true self well. Never had a clue but the art does make sense now. Sure do wonder how you do it all.