After seeing my plain old redish-magenta mailbox day after day, I decided to spruce it up a bit. My bf and I had our house painted just before this winter started and are very happy with the change from red, white, and blue, to a more sophisticated rich navy and warm white. But our mail box was still an eyesore. There is something very nautical about the new blue and it inspired a mailbox makeover! C'est magnifique, non?
I had a blast painting the little critter on my mailbox and thought that my mail carrier would really appreciate the improvement! I think the Octopus is a great addition because he livens up the box from every angle! The mailbox is now worthy of my crafty snail mail and makes me look forward to collecting the mail! I am still looking for the perfect ship steering wheel to glue on to the magnetized clip that hold the outgoing mail. A work in progress.
After painting the mailbox, I felt like the house numbers could stand a makeover too. I took them down right away thinking that I would find a replacement at the snap of my finger. Unfortunately since that day, I've been scolded many times by delivery persons who suggest I put my numbers back up... oops. I was waiting for the perfect numbers.
I led my house number search to Etsy and voila! I give you decorative house numbers by Mooza, an Australian seller, or rather, two creative mama's dedicated to hand making acrylic letters and numbers and matching them with beautiful Japanese papers. Kinda great, isn't it! I really like the blue floral design on the number 21 shown above. I think that this pattern will looks wonderful against the new warm white. I am so happy that my search has finally ended - woo hoo! Have you done anything crafty to your front door area? I'd love to hear about it! Also, have at look at Mooza on Etsy and take care, my friends.
2/25/2010 07:43:52 am
I love the Octopus! It looks real - but not in a scary way. Very cool idea!
3/4/2010 07:03:20 am
This is lovely! I can't wait to see Alice in Wonderland too!
7/6/2013 06:28:44 pm
Did u freehand that octopus? If not how did u find the design? I want to surprise my sister with a painted octopus mailbox!
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2/14/2023 09:28:03 am
We loved what you did to your mailbox and how you painted it and changed your house numbers too. We're interested in improving our house's curb appeal next weekend as a DIY project, so my wife and I will keep in mind your article's insight. Thank you for the information on researching with anticipation where to buy new numbers for your home before taking them down.
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