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My mailbox is kind of shoddy looking and we never got around to getting it renovated to new materials, so when I spotted colorful mailbox covers, called “MailWraps” by Magnet Works, Ltd., I was interested in getting one to disguise my not-so-attractive mailbox – plus the ‘MailWraps’ are very cute and colorful. And there is a wide variety of themes to choose from for each season or holiday.
The first one I purchased has an image of a happy snowman on it with bright red colors and birds. Every winter, I take it out of my supply storage to reapply it to my mailbox. It is super easy to attach because they are magnetic and readily stick to the mailbox. But what also surprised me is the fact they last a long time. They are very durable.
Mine, after a couple years of use, has not torn or faded, so I can attest they are worth the investment. Additionally, they are reusable every year and can be changed out according to the seasons, which I love. The only tip I would offer is to just store it carefully in the original plastic wrapper when you remove it until you take it back out again to display.
The Big E (Eastern States Exposition in Massachusetts) is where I found them originally, so this year, when I returned to check them out again, I got three more ‘MailWraps’ – one for each season: autumn, winter, and spring. And I discovered they offer matching yard signs where you can apply your house number to the sign, so I got a matching pair for the “Falloween” season.
SIGNS TO MATCH
Called “Yard DeSigns” by Magnet Works, these are an easy way to display house numbers by your mailbox or at the end of your driveway. Just peel the numbers off a sheet provided, wet the letters a bit (as instructed in the packet), apply them to the Yard DeSigns sign, and then place on the metal stand (accessory of your choice). Let it dry! Voila! You have a new item to dress up your mailbox area and in my case, my plantings around my mailbox too. The options for accessories include hanging signs or types which attached to a pole as well, so there are choices.
Each is removable because they are magnetic, so changing them out for the seasons or holidays is a breeze. When I decided this product is suitable to “combine nature with art,” I visited the Magnet Works website some more to see what else they had to offer. And I was happy to see the theme I purchased this year with a black cat and orange pumpkins at the Big E is a “best seller.” For some reason, this fact made me happy.
CHANGE FOR THE SEASON
In the winter, I will change both the ‘MailWraps’ on the mailbox and the yard sign, called ‘Yard DeSigns,’ to a holiday theme. And in the spring, I selected one themed with colorful flowers (of course!). There is a wide variety of themes to suit every taste, hobby, or style. If you are an animal lover – there are dog themes. Like Birds? They have those too. And there are matching products in addition to the mailbox covers and signs, such as doormats.
HOW IT STARTED
It is always inspiring to hear the story of how a product becomes real and popular, starting with an idea. When you read the “Our Story” page on Magnet Works website, you will see how a husband and wife team created this decorative concept and figured out a method to make it “stick.”
NEW ART POLES
Upon further clicking here and there on the Magnet Works website, I saw beautiful “Art Poles” by Studio M, a division of their company, which is relatively new. These poles are decorated with beautiful colors and images. I could easily see Art Poles used in the garden, with a birdhouse on the top or a flag attached to the side. They are really pretty and colorful. Stephanie Burgess is the artist launching this collection and partnering with Magnet Works. It also includes other artful items such as chalkboards and address plaques.
The artists contributing their talents and designs to Magnet Works products are listed under “Our Community” on the Magnet Works website. Here you can see who created which, and I discovered an artist by the name of Jennifer Brinley is the creator of the autumn “Yard DeSigns” sign which I selected of the cat and pumpkins. I love her use of the vibrant colors which can be seen from a distance. And of course, the cat looks similar to my black cat, Mini, so it’s a little personal touch too.
“Jennifer Brinley has become one of the most sought after artists in the home décor and housewares industries. Her distinctive style, strong sense of color and ability to capture current trends has put her in great demand. Painting mostly in gouache and watercolor, Jennifer enjoys using vibrant warm colors inspired by Italian ceramics and French textiles; finding her inspiration through her travels in Europe and the U.S.” (Source: Magnet Works/OurArtists).
As I thought more about the signs and mailbox covers by Magnet Works, I considered how cool it would be if we could custom order our own by uploading photos to have printed on the magnetic covering. Perhaps that will be next on their creations list. I’ll keep checking.
Some of my favorites were these themes below:
SOME OF MY FAVORITE STYLES
Written by Cathy Testa