Painting Mailboxes Brings Me Joy; What About You?

Welcome to Cottage and Cabana’s new weekly blog!  While in the past we have written FYI and DIY articles about hand painted items, mainly hand painted mailboxes, we’ve found that blogging is not only enjoyable, but can be helpful and enlightening to you, as well as us.   With my background in Nursing, Small Business, Teaching, and Arts, there’s a great variety of fun and interesting topics here.  I would like to focus our blogs on the helpful and fun aspects of art and hand painting, home decor, health and well being, and small business ownership.  Why?  Because joy can be found here.   Yes, joy, even in small business ownership.   Read our blogs and along the way, you will see it all unfold before you.  And, I hope you will join us by leaving comments, and as well, please  follow us!

What is joy?

Joy (joi)  a state of happiness or felicity.  This is the definition according to Merriam-Webster.  I see joy as small bites of happiness.  Little building blocks of happy that connect to make a big, more permanent feeling, joy.  This is a life style and a choice.  Happiness ebbs and flows, but joy, once discovered, becomes a part of you.    I want to find these little happiness pieces and make them a part of my everyday.  Wouldn’t you like to do the same?   My aim is to find what gives me joy and learn to focus on that, and not the parts of my life and the world around me that try to destroy joy.  We want to invite you, the reader, on this journey and hopefully find your own joy.

Joy can be found in the little things; some examples are; colors, trinkets, pillows, comfy furniture, flowers, foods, health and maybe even the sounds of typing on an old typewriter.   The secret of joy is less is more.  The best selling book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo, tells us joy can be found by getting rid of things. She teaches that we should look at the things around us and say goodbye to all the things that do not bring joy.  Some of the things we keep around can make us feel guilty or sad.  We keep them because we feel we have to.   We don’t!  Be selective, clutter is the killer of joy.  Invest in yourself, give yourself the best you can of what you discover brings you joy.

Most people think they know what makes them happy and most find themselves dissatisfied when they have it.  Knowing what brings you joy is something people do not spend a lot of time on, but I have said before, I believe this is how you build happiness.  This blog is going to explore the simple and small joys in life and how to identify them.  I am very excited to  begin the search for joy, and I am so excited to share it with you!

hand pianted mailbox with bluebird
Hand Painted Mailbox – Happy Bluebird

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What’s the Use of Having a Painted Mailbox?

Sure hand painted mailboxes are beautiful to look at, but what is the use of getting one?  I mean, what's the point?  If you give me a couple minutes of your time, I will show you that there are many reasons to own a hand painted mailbox, and many uses for them too.

In a word, "Driveway Art Galleria,"  okay, that's three words, but I think you get the point.  Whether you have a curbside post mount mailbox or a house wall mounted mailbox, your mailbox is either at the beginning or end of your driveway.  Either way, your mailbox is at the approach of your home and is one of the first things noticed. Animal, floral, and nature lovers will enjoy displaying their beauty on their painted mailboxes to enjoy each time they drive up to their home, but just as enjoyable is sharing that beauty for guests and all who pass by.

Another reason to own a painted mailbox is to prolong the life of a mailbox.  Whether the mailbox has a life of 5 years or 10 years, adding acrylic paint and a clear top coat on any mailbox will prolong the life of that mailbox.  The clear top coat used on a hand painted mailbox seals over the baked enamel finish of a mailbox providing additional years of longevity to the mailbox life.

Let's not forget all of the uses for a painted mailbox.  They make thoughtful and lovely gifts for weddings, holidays and housewarmings.  A beautiful hand painted post mount mailbox is the perfect envelope gift-holder (and centerpiece) at a wedding reception. A decorative painted post mount mailbox also makes a wonderful garden box for storage of hand tools and gloves.  I've painted post mounts with kitchen decor to use as a breadbox.  I've even seen them placed on the floor with their lid up and opened to make for a lovely umbrella holder.  A decorative painted wall mount mailbox hung indoors makes for a lovely and versatile mail/bill holder, as well as a lovely wall pocket; hung outdoors, it can be turned into an adorable plant holder filled with small potted plants.

The list of uses for decorative hand painted mailboxes is endless and only limited to your imagination. If you have any uses for a painted mailbox which is not mentioned here, please let me know.  I'd love to hear about it.

Please visit Cottage and Cabana to look at some of my very pretty decorative painted mailboxes.


Tina - Cottage and Cabana

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