The "hand" I used for the name on the envelope above is called "Alphabet Nouveau" and I got it from this wonderful book: Calligraphy Alphabets Made Easy by Margaret Shepherd. It really does have a different calligraphic hand for every day of the year. Some fun and funky, like this one, and many traditional and beautiful ones, like italic (and its million variations), blackletter, etc. If you are interested in calligraphy, I recommend that you check it out! Plus, Ms Shepherd posts a different hand on her blog every day, so check that out too. I plan to learn more hands from this book to dress up my envelopes, in lieu of getting all fancy with the mail art -- although in my opinion, a beautifully addressed envelope counts as some of the best kind of mail art!
I also am sending two Postcrossing postcards to recipients in Russia. I suppose it sounds bad, but I groan inwardly when I draw Russian correspondents in the Postcrossing lottery, because I know it will take 2 or 3 weeks (or more) for my postcard to get to them. Oh well, I suppose I should be awed that it can get to them at all, for just the price of a stamp!
Greetings from Mississippi, and a postcard showing Stanton Hall in Natchez, Mississippi.
Hope your mailbox is happy today!