Saturday, August 28, 2010

Return to sender.

A glittery surprise was waiting for me when I checked my P.O. Box earlier this week. A piece of Mail Art in the shape of a heart!

Wait a minute! It was one of mine that I mailed out several weeks back! Oh no!

Smack dab on the front was a "return to sender" sticker saying the dimensions were too small.

Oh no they didn't!!


So far, 12 of the 15 hearts I mailed out all arrived without incident. Some post offices are pickier than others apparently. Hmph!

Even though the mailman dared to mark up the artwork with a red arrow and postal sticker, I think it adds some character to the piece now. It showed it traveled many hands but was ultimately returned. Just another unexpected side to Mail Art!

Now I need to send the heart in a standard envelope to ensure it's delivered this time.

But I'll have the last laugh with the post office.

I'm going to make the next piece of Mail Art I send covered ENTIRELY in glitter. Imagine the mess it'll make in the postal worker's bag!

Hee hee hee.....


Mike said...

Hehehe... revenge is always sweet... muhahahaha

Aaron said...

LOL! I had to laugh at your mischief. That sucks that the mail art didn't get sent!

ricola said...

I agree with the plans for the glitter bomb. :)

Phunk Factor said...

Roflmao...i never kne you could be mischievous!! Btr yet..hav a glitter bomb something....tht would be something! ;)

Stephen Chapman said...

Mail art is a great idea. Anyway... as you take some great photographs, you might be interested in a photo challenge each month on my blog.

It's called "5 on the fifth" - you either take 5 random pictures of something that happens to you on the 5th of September (or the days leading up to it) or perhaps go for my suggested theme. This month, the theme is The Blues.

A link to past months can be found here:

You add a comment on my blog on the 5th with your name, location and link where the pictures can be found.

You can join the 5 on the fifth Facebook page too:

robertga99 said...

Hehe..that will we funny!

stanw said...

Some jealous (cause they are not artistic) mailman, who just had to make a point (bet they had to check the "rule book" for that one), who probably has never been validated ("I never get anything good in the mail so I'll just show them"), just plain cold and even something so beautiful and carefully made didn't touch his/her heart.

Hmph! That's what I say too!

It does add character. A touch of glitter goes a long way!

Anonymous said...

That will teach ;)

Steven Anthony
Man Dish~Metro Style
Life in the Fish Bowl

Kim Rempel said...

sweet revenge....: )
I remember being at a museum in Ottawa years ago, and they had on display a number of years correspondence between two artists (or at least one was an artist). The envelopes were out-of-this-world. Really, I wish I could show you the fantastical artwork. I stared at them a long time thinking how much intrigue and pleasure it must have added to everyone's day who came across these gems en route.

Kim Rempel said...

I just found this blog. Great on the eyes : )

Bill said...

You're so bad! I'd love to see the mess!

WOL said...

This thing you have with glitter -- Are you becoming a member of the glitteratti?

Guerilla warfare against the postal service! Wouldn't it be great if the glitter that came off got stuck to other people's mail? Imagine getting your mail and finding glitter stuck to your electric bill!

Manon said...

Awe... I know mine has arrived but I just haven't seen it yet. I will get it September 18th and I can't wait!!


Hahahahaha That's funny!

William Evertson said...

LOL Dean, The postal service telling you your heart is too small. Keep that one safe. Minimum heart standards.

R. Burnett Baker said...

You'll have homeland security investigating to determine what that shinny substance could possibly be if you do a glitter Mail Art!


Dean Grey said...


It sure is!



It's okay. It happens sometimes!





Phunk Factor!

You're giving me some good ideas here!



I'm not sure I'll be able to participate in the "5 on the fifth" but it sure looks like a neat idea!



Let's hope so, Bob!



I'm glad you agree with me!



Hee hee hee.



The correspondence between the two artists sounds awesome! I bet it looked amazing!



There's a naughty side to me!



Actually....some of the glitter does come off on your hands when you handle it too much.

I'm sure there's electric bills with bits of bright orange glitter on them already!



I hope you like yours!



Thank you!



Clever. I never thought about taking it literally until you mentioned it!



Maybe I should've kept my plans a secret?


Everyone's enthusiastic comments are greatly appreciated!


bK said...

Lol! That'll be awesome! I would love to see the trail of glitter starting from the place where you sent the mail.

I can't believe the mailman stuck the sticker on your art. How rude and just, what a jerk!

Dave said...

I don't understand. If it was too small to mail, how did they send it back to you?

jason said...

A glitter bomb!
That'll show 'em

But I was actually surprised no one had stolen the one you'd sent to me. I know I'd have been tempted. :)

martha miller said...

Spoil Sports! I think you ought to simply glue that on a heart that's a half inch bigger, and send it again! Here's a guy who can relate...:^D

Dean Grey said...


Brody, I gasped when I first saw the sticker!



That's a very good point! I'd like to know that too!



I'm glad yours didn't get stolen!



Elvis huh? At least I'm in good company!


Thanks to all of you for chiming in here!


Meeko Fabulous said...

Ah sweet revenge . . . I love it!

Unknown said...

oh that is brilliant....fully glittered envelope...I will have to send some mail art in fully glittered envelopes!!!!

Love your cool heart mail are so clever!!!

Dean Grey said...


I knew you'd say that!



Mail Art is so much fun!


I appreciate you two stopping by!


Anonymous said...

Although a little bit late, your friends should petition the Pope to canonize you as St. Wicked.

The postal service should be stricken with awe and fear.

Caesar Augustus

Dean Grey said...

Anonymous (Caesar Augustus)!

St. Wicked has a nice ring to it!


Anonymous said...

What an absolutely devilish idea!
Try popping a small piece of fish into an envelope and mailing it to a non-existent address :-) God bless the service by the time it reaches the other end.

Dean Grey said...


Your idea sounds more devilish than mine!