Tuesday, July 7, 2015
and in case anyone wants to watch the mail cancelling machine in action, here is a nice video.
this is the old-style machine, but it shows exactly why the landscape orientation is the preferred orientation and there is a surcharge on portrait orientation and squares.
Monday, July 6, 2015
that green stripe is uncropped background, but i rather like it. maybe i should do more borders or edge colors....one of those accidents that gives me ideas.
Sunday, July 5, 2015
i have a link on this blog, although, i can't tell if it is always in the same place on phones, iPads, or desktops. AES left a comment on the blog post with the plastic bottle filled with boxes, wondering how she did it.
details are here
or you can even subscribe and get a notice every time she posts. many of her ideas are perfect for envelopes. although she does engage in several other types of projects - so if you want to be faithful to the envelopes, be careful that you do not let candy distract you. some of her projects are pretty tempting. luckily, she puts out enough envelope ideas that i can maintain my focus. thanks candy
Saturday, July 4, 2015
it's just black with white gel pen over the top. mimics some detail on the stamp.
Friday, July 3, 2015
i hear that these envelopes are not reaching alex. the canadian post doesn't approve or else they love them so much they are just keeping them. hard to tell. our neighbors to the north are mysterious.
i imagine it could inspire other kinds of stamp stacking ideas.
Thursday, July 2, 2015
this was close to getting filed in the circular file, more than once, but swirly-cues and dots ended up making it fun enough to send - along with all the others. i'll be interested to hear if there is a clear *favorite* of the ones that karen received.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
years ago, i wrote a letter on lined paper, then cut each line apart and taped it together into one very long strip and stuffed it into a bottle and mailed it. and i imagine you can find other examples on line of things to mail in a plastic bottle. i guess i should have done that as a thank you to candy. dang. i'll have to think of something else, unexpected....
here is a pinterest board with a bunch of fun ideas
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
or, here is a link to a site with a ton of ideas, not envelope addressing, but the origami envelopes are adorable.
Monday, June 29, 2015
these are done on a computer and i suspect Rehj is a graphic designer. or maybe someone who just loves to play with fonts. there are times when i wish i had spent more time learning how to do things like this on the computer...but, it didn't happen. i blame it on the offspring. all that time driving to pick up fast food really cut into my creative time. and what happens to kids who are raised on fast food and kraft mac? all three turned into foodies. always rejecting the ways of the parent. and none of them read this blog, so they will not be availing themselves of all my valuable parenting tips.
but, i digress....thank you, Rehj, for participating in the exchange and sending the bonus.
p.s. i did make really good homemade marinara sauce - so they did have some exposure to decent food.
Sunday, June 28, 2015
Saturday, June 27, 2015
thanks, miss munster.
also, miss munster asked if i might be joining the chicago guild at any of their workshops. sadly, i have had to put workshops, conferences and conventions on the list of things that i no longer do. i miss seeing all my penpals, i really do....but, after years of neglecting my family, they finally figured out something that would lure me into the fold. grand-offspring. i was not expecting to enjoy messy crabby small people again. but, some kind of weird subliminal wiring seems to be connected.
Friday, June 26, 2015
Thursday, June 25, 2015
i'll never understand the p.o. but i do appreciate anytime they forgo the nasty sharpie marks
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Monday, June 22, 2015
Sunday, June 21, 2015
Saturday, June 20, 2015
Friday, June 19, 2015
MOMA had an exhibit of mail art in 2014.
i have always wanted the des moines art center to have an exhibit of mail art.....but figured they would consider mail art too amateurish...but if MOMA has done it, that should be enough validation...
and a personal note to all the people i owe personal notes to...it may be a while. i thought i was caught up - but there was a tsunami of events that have pulled the rug out from under me and...
(i desperately want to add a third metaphor, but am running late - so maybe Jack will think of a zany ending to the sentence)
today's regular post is below
thanks for joining the exchange, kay.
Thursday, June 18, 2015
thank you carol and thank you kate.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
i can tell that the address is a font, but i can't tell if the ribbon writing is a font. it doesn't matter. i like fonts as much as i like hand lettering. i like how rehj fit everything together.
thanks to both of you for participating in the exchanges.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Second Attempt Anxiety. the third attempt is always the charm. i dread going through the process of doing the second bad idea.
Monday, June 15, 2015
birthday greetings that arrived from two of my penpals. they both go back to the very beginning of my calligraphy and lettering days when i joined the local guild. in fact they were founding members. sadly the guild is no longer active...but i am happy that we stay in touch. (although i never remember their birthdays....i'm surprised they still remember mine.)
Sunday, June 14, 2015
very nice story, including photo of the tomb he built for himself and also detail photos.
this link is fine for an overview
this is the official site, with more photos and more information for those interested in lengthier chore-avoidance.
today's regularly scheduled post is below.
Saturday, June 13, 2015
Friday, June 12, 2015
and if i found one of these (below), i would fill it with mail
record breaking number of envelopes to address this weekend - so i will be taking breaks and adding bonus posts to the regularly scheduled posts
today is the last day to sign up for the next exchange
see bonus post below this one
Thursday, June 11, 2015
not any better than the first.
i might even start removing all these ramirez envelopes that are not blogworthy.
some of her other work is mind boggling. photo realism in tapestry. who knew.
i have some other mail inspired quilt and fabric-y images. here are a couple. still looking for some others.
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
thank you readers :-)
today's regular post is below this one
i google a ton of obscure stuff and i can never stump google. i have never had an original idea. until this one. there was not a single picture of peacocks playing poker. i was stunned. also happy that i finally had an original idea. but i am equally depressed that this is it.
then, to make matters worse, i folded the paper too close to the lamp, so now it is a reject. and i hesitate to invest more time along these lines. even though it is tempting to google every single creature to see if anyone has done them playing poker.
serious time wasting information follows: