Monday, July 16, 2018

April PTEX from Maggie and Jessica

Maggie sent this fun neon gel pen envelope. It looks great with the vintage 6-cent stamp. And Kate was happy to join in.

The designs in the border look like rubber stamps. They showed up very nicely on the black.

Below is the other April envelope in black... gold Sharpie form Jessica. Gold always looks great on black.

Thanks ladies.



Sunday, July 15, 2018

PTEX April from Phillip and Jeannette

Phillip wrote that the ink was paler than he intended. I like it just fine this way.

Below is the other kraft paper envelope from the April exchange -
from Jeannette.


Saturday, July 14, 2018

PTEX April from Patty

Really nice one from Patty. Again, I like the POs choice to put the cancel at the bottom. The wavy lines  just seem to be more at home in the water. Although - they might have been fine as clouds.

Super fun idea - to ombre the water and then also use both black and white lettering.

(Jaws movie theme playing softly in the background)

Friday, July 13, 2018

April PETX from Janet

Very celebratory. I love the cancel down at the bottom. All that white space is *music* to my eyes. What's the corresponding expression for eyes?

And below is her fun card - written back in April when we were enduring the endless season of snow. A distant memory.

Janet always has a nice feature on the back of the envelope.

Nice curved lettering - not always easy to get it to come out right. She probably had the sense to pencil it first. Her white gel pen over the top of the lettering is also very nice.


Thursday, July 12, 2018

April PTEX from Chuck

Chuck prepares his borders and then waits for his list to arrive - so he is one of the early birds in the exchange. The yellow looks nice with this stamp. Technically, there is no yellow in the stamp - but there are so many colors - that I'm thinking any color would work. I had not thought of that as an advantage to this stamp

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

April PTEX from SuzanneH

We have two Suzanne exchangers - this one is from the Texas gang. The 5 or 6 new exchangers I have mentioned are from a calligraphy guild.

When this one arrived, my husband brought in the mail and said, "This looks like your handwriting."
I tried to explain that in some cases we do all try to write exactly the same. He sort of glazed over and said, "But, it looks like your handwriting, doesn't it?"

Yes, it does!" I said with a subtle note of amazement.... 

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

From Lynne - Exchanger

Thirty-four years ago I hatched my 9 pounder. He's flown the nest. I'm writing this in early May and he's deciding whether to hit the end of the ski season in Iceland or go to India. Yes - they ski in India - year round snow if you have the time to get to it. No ski resorts. It's more like mountain climbing - except you ski down. What. The. Heck.
Who would do that?

Hopefully when this post pops up, I will not be grieving because the trip didn't quite go as planned. I keep this quote in plain sight at all times. It was written by a person who didn't return from a ski trip.

Society has an absurd general belief that life is about hanging on as long as possible. So people are often hanging on for the sake of hanging on and not for really living. I can go on for days about this, but the important things in life are unsayable.

I'm happy with the quote at this point. He goes on to say:

So let's just live it out and see what we find behind the curtains in front of the big game we are all playing. Andreas Fransson

Curtains. Games. He sorta lost me. But, I totally get the part about the important things being unsayable.

Nuf said, eh?

****added in real time

Photos and videos of the trip....so he must be home.
https://tinyurl.com/skipinindia



Monday, July 9, 2018

From Belinda - April Exchange

This is cool - nice lettering enclosed in clear plastic. The stamp is on the outside. This is a great idea if you have ink that needs protection. Sadly - I cannot allow myself to buy any more envelopes....

The style of lettering is very complementary to the critter on the stamp. An iguana.

Some day I need to write down my iguana story.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Anthea - April Exchanger

Anthea is a collage artist. There was a nice postcard enclosed with a reproduction of her work. If I had too much spare time it would be pretty easy to fall down the collage rabbit hole.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Bonus Post - Painter's Keys

The regular daily envelope is below.

The Swedish death cleaning of just the items piled up on my computer-screen-desktop could take several weeks. Ever since I discovered the option to just put something on the screen, I have been amassing a whole mess of folders and images. To the right is an actual piece of furniture that has a system for keeping it covered with paper. I wisely did not hang onto the link as it would just be torture to keep going to the website which was full of very cool stuff.

Also, I kept the link to this Painters Keys letter.  I mention Painters Keys from time to time. The originator of the site died a few years ago, but his daughter has been keeping it going. She alternates reruns of her dad's letters with her own writing and generally, her writing does not resonate with me as much as his does. She's pretty young - and has not been hammered into brittleness as I have. But, this one did.

http://painterskeys.com/this-has-nothing-to-do-with-making-it/

I like the article - but the P.S. is even better...especially this joke.


 “Let me tell you a story,” says Jerry. “My favorite story about show business: Glenn Miller’s orchestra, they were doing some gigs somewhere. They couldn’t land where they were supposed to land, because it was winter — a snowy night. So they had to land in this field and walk to the gig. And they were dressed — in their suits. They were ready to play. They were carrying their instruments. So they were walking through the snow, and it was wet and it was slushy. And in the distance they saw this little house. And there were lights on in the inside and a billow of smoke coming out of the chimney. They went up to the house and they looked in the window and saw this family. There was a guy and his wife and she was beautiful. And there were two kids. And they were all sitting around the table. And they were smiling, they were laughing and they were eating. And there was a fire in the fireplace. And these guys were standing there in their suits, wet and shivering, holding their instruments. They were watching this incredible Norman Rockwell scene. One guy turned to the other guy and said, ‘How do people live like that?’”


The point of posting this is for those of you who struggle with your art supplies and/or dovetailing your art with the rest of your life. If you were not drawn to making art as your career, do not underestimate the value of making things just because you are drawn to the activity. Go forth and putter.

Stephanie and Suzanne - April Exchangers

Stephanie -on top- put her wax seal on the front and Suzanne put hers on the back.

Below is the front of Suzanne's envelope.

They were both new exchangers in April. Thanks ladies.


Friday, July 6, 2018

Apr PTEX from Trish

April was the month I had 5 or 6 new exchangers from Texas. Trish is one. It is also the month I added the option to include cards if you are a cardmaker.

Trish's card coordinates nicely with the envelope and I guess she drove her vintage pick-up truck down to the river to sketch those cattails.

Nice work.



Thursday, July 5, 2018

From Betty in April

Wow. This took a lot of work. Betty's been putting in some time on both her lettering and cutting.

So pretty.

But my favorite part is her neatly written little note. Tiny little penmanship wows pretty much everyone. Betty's is at the pinnacle of penmanship perfection.

Kudos.

Throwing down the gauntlet.
Does anyone want to submit their own penmanship and see if you can be labeled - as good as Betty - or
better than Betty. Not that we want to go down the path of competitive penmanship... but seriously - people who can write like this deserve recognition. it did not happen by accident.

On second look - I think it is a font. Duh.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

From KateR - in April

This arrived in the April exchange. I'm writing this on May 5th. My new system of blogging is to take a stack - scan - load - blog them in whatever random order they appear.

I see that today is 4th of July - so if you are feeling patriotic - imagine some really cool little red stars. One on each side of DM.


Tuesday, July 3, 2018

From Nanski in April

Nanski has some vintage stamps. I like the randomness of these - both in the designs and arrangement. Very fun.

But who wrote "Loop" and what does it mean?

Postal mysteries.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Jurgen Vercaemst (Coffee/Romans/RulingWriter)


InstaGram could become as distracting as Pinterest. Luckily, my powers to resist temptation have been doing some serious body building and I can keep my IG surfing to the bare minimum. Once in a while I see someone whose work jumps off the screen.

This is by Jurgen Vercaemst.
His work looked so much like Peter Thornton that it caught my eye - and after clicking around I found his blurb about how he got into calligraphy and -yes- Peter has been quite an influence along with several others.

I decided to share his work because he has some lovely pieces honoring coffee and we all know how much I love coffee.

Here is one link - I'll try to find the other one that has three links at the top. Small scowl at the *History* section on the computer as it only has 3 options and none of them are the ones that I remember finding first.

https://articleapp.co/s/7uXh8pmfDxv

This is a bonus post today - scroll down for the daily envelope.


From Kristine - Spontaneously sent

This was a fun envelope to receive - from someone who had never exchanged. She just sent it out of the blue. I do not remember if I responded to her - but a couple weeks later she signed up for the May exchange - so I know I sent something eventually. It is always fun to get mail from people who have discovered the blog.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Welcoming Kids to the July Exchange

Be careful about writing on the stamp.
Some postal workers will not accept a stamp if you have written on it.
Your flowers are lovely. 
Jesse from Idaho sent me this envelope and has asked to join the exchange. So, if anyone prefers to be on a *no-kids* list, let me know.

Other than that - the sign-up is the same:

Sign-up runs from July 1 through July 4th.
Please send your info to jmwilson411 -at- yahoo-dot-com.
Please put info in a stack of name/address/email with no extra line spaces.

Jane Doe (CARDS)
123 Main Street
Ames, Iowa 50312 USA
janedoe@gmail.com

Feel free to add the word (CARDS) after your name if you like to exchange cards as well as envelopes. It is entirely optional. At least half the participants exchange empty envelopes. Inserts are optional.
Add (no-kids) if you prefer a list with no kids.

If you have a birthday in July, let me know and I will note that on the list. Observing birthdays is optional.

Beginners are welcome. While there are quite a few calligraphers, you are welcome to participate if you are a rubber stamper, digital artist, collage-artist, or simply make your own envelopes.

You get a list with 5 people to send to - and you will receive 5 envelopes. All we ask is to mail them by the end of the month. If you are open to being on two lists, let me know - that gives me some extra names so that all the lists come out even.

Any questions - just email me.

Last day to sign up is Wednesday, July 4th. I will send out lists on the 5th or 6th.

I will reply to your email that I have received your sign-up. If you do not get a confirmation from me, resend your email - I try to keep an eye on my spam box. Sometimes first timers' emails end up there.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

HP&O to Bug - May PTEX

Bug has been exchanging pretty regularly and I gotta say - it's a challenge to work with just 3 letters and no last name.

I like minimalism - so this one pleases me I hope Bug doesn't feel shorted.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Orange - (missing the hot pink) to Marti - May PTEX

This one is fine - but not nearly as fun as the ones with hot pink. Hopefully I will have time to add more details. I think some of that blue from the stamp would help.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

HP&O to Lisa - May PTEX

As I have mentioned - I love hot pink and orange.

After I wrote Lisa, I was stumped. So I turned the envelope upside down and I'm very please with how it turned out.

However, I am stumped with where to put the address..... and there are so many options with the stamps...
wish me luck.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Hot Pink and Orange to Lauren - May PTEX

I love love love hot pink and orange. It was so much fun to find some stamps to go with hot pink and orange. When I got to the e, I wasn't sure I could make a nice e with a FC Pitt marker - so it was a good excuse to pull in some of the brown from the stamp. And then I figured one more letter should be brown - and the address.

Pretty quick and easy. After that spectacular exploding Pyrex brownie envelope, Lauren deserves better than this. Hopefully I'll have time to do something to tuck inside.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

3 Ships to Anthea - May PTEX

I used up a bunch of these ship stamps in April, but I do not recall if I have posted them.  This is a good example of a stamp that I love - but I never figured out a good envelope idea for them.

If this is a rerun, let me know and I'll post something new....

Monday, June 25, 2018

Poppy stamps to Kate and Janet - May PTEX

So--- I finally got myself to part with the Georgia O'Keefe stamps. I'm guessing I will add some detail or shading to the lettering. Not sure if there will be time to reshoot these....

The stamps are not stuck on yet - so who knows what happens next.

The concept of this lettering is the DuBosch Jubilee. But, I used the FC Pitt markers....I did Kate's first and liked it Janet's was second...and it's better. I might end up with a series that shows improvement after I do more experimenting.

Or I might end up with 20 more that I throw away. That's right. In May, I threw away 20 envelopes that were finished (without stamps) but they offended my eyeballs. Of course, they were those shimmer envelopes. These are really nice envelopes. So no matter what I do - they won't get tossed.


Sunday, June 24, 2018

Exploding Pyrex from Lauren

If you search *Pyrex* you might find the conversations about how I took some Pyrex out of the oven, set it on something wet and had a big mess to clean up.

Lauren made my exploding Pyrex story look like a walk in the park when she told of pulling her brownies out of the oven and setting them on an electric burner - then accidentally bumping the knob that turned on the burner resulting in brownie encrusted shrapnel all over the kitchen.

Really nice lettering - one of my favorite stamps - Betty Crocker...
really nice envelope...and there is more....
a LePage cement card inside....

...and now I am hungry for brownies. Not just any brownies. Those German chocolate brownies with the cream cheese swirl. I miss the good old days when cookies, brownies, pies, etc were just part of everyday life.


Saturday, June 23, 2018

Scratch and Sniff Stamps

I just heard on the radio that the PO had their unveiling party for the ice cream stamps in LeMars Iowa because they think they are the ice cream capitol of the world. It's the head quarters for Blue Bunny ice cream - a very generic grocery store brand. I'm surprised they were chosen.

The scents are awful. The stamps are really small - so you can't really smell anything individually. But, I like the artwork.

I did not have the stamps when I did this envelope and forgot to take a picture after I put the stamp on it.

I have a couple more envelopes left to do for this month's exchange so I will post some more envelopes with stamps.

Oh, I see that the images are not ice cream - they are frozen treats. Even more reason why it was silly to have the unveiling in LeMars. ON the other hand - maybe the PO can't get anyone else interested in unveiling their stamps. Why am I so cranky?


Friday, June 22, 2018

April Exchange from Angie + Warning + Diary

Pretty scroll tip marker lettering from Angie.

Don't miss the tiny little signature next to the n in Jean. It is her initials.

This one makes me want to pull out my scroll tip markers. Another thing I like about this one is how the address fits so neatly under the name. It bugs me when the street or city/state is really long. I like the shape that the five lines create.

******
Real time P.S.
Maybe this will work - whenever I have something to add, I just add it to the next previous scheduled post. Regular readers will know that they can skip anything beyond the ***** line.

Plus, I can add labels to indicate whether it is a [Diary] entry or a [Warning]

New WARNING today: buy one of those lanyards with the attached phone case so that your phone is on you at all times. You do not have to check Snopes, this really happened. My BigHelpfulBrother (BHB) was at home and heard someone pounding on a door. He investigated and found his wife, stuck in a room without her phone and the doorknob was broken. Apparently he needed some tools and had to dismantle some molding to rescue her. I guess you should have an emergency handyman service phone number in your phone. I have doubts that Mr. Wilson could help me if I needed help with a doorknob....because...

DIARY entry: For several years we had a simple screen door latch between the garage and laundry room that was broken. Recently my husband bought a replacement knob and planned on fixing it. First he asked me how I wanted it installed. One side had a knob and the other had a lever type handle. He wanted me to choose which side had the doorknob. I pointed out that the lever type handle had to go on the side of the door with a latch. He said, Duh.

Then he asked where the drill was and we reminded ourselves that it was loaned to the son who is the sweetest person on the face of the earth but keeping track of things is a bit beyond his skill set. I offered to take the door knob to my BHB and borrow his drill and the right size drill bit. BHB looks at the doorknob and points out that there are two sets of *thingies* that will fit through the holes in the door and you can move the *thingies* to adapt the doorknob to your door. Thank you BHB. I return to my house armed with knowledge and have the doorknob replaced in about a minute and a half. Something made me pick up the packaging from the doorknob. That something is called common sense. I am a big fan of reading instructions. On the back of the package is Step 1. Yes, let's make sure we note: THE FIRST STEP.... No. 1 - Determine the spacing of the holes on your door (or words to that effect). Step 2 - explains how to adjust your thingies.

Did I take the instructions in and wave them at the husband? No I did not. He does a ton of things that are really helpful and require his brand of intelligence and education. We know for a fact that every time there was a household catastrophe his dad suddenly had to go to a meeting. And that time that my husband had flames shooting out of the engine of his car his dad also took off muttering something about being late for an appointment. So, it's a genetic thing. And without getting into really disgusting things - Mr. Wilson deserves an award for the amount of child related discharges that he was willing to swoop in and clean up.

This story in not in the list of diary entries to pass judgement on anyone. It is a simple reminder to read instructions.


Thursday, June 21, 2018

Sneak Peek at June Exchange Envelope

A few days ago I wrote about going to the Beaverdale branch post office and finding a wonderful, helpful lady and pondered going back. My June exchange envelopes are chaotic and giving me fits. Mostly, I just want to be done with my vintage stamps - but I can't quite make myself not care what the envelopes look like. With some of them, I thought that creative cancelling would help them out. So, I ventured back to Beaverdale. The lady was not there. There were two men. One seemed 20-ish. The other seemed big, 40s or 50s - and all business. Talked fast - didn't seem like he would be into mail art. I had a package to mail. He reached over to grab my envelopes and I asked in a timid voice if he was OK with doing some cancels by hand. He said OK. And was reasonably interested in honoring my requests - as long as we did everything really fast. There was nobody else waiting behind me. I forgot to ask when the lady would be working. But, he might have gotten the wrong impression if I had asked about her. In some ways - it was an interesting experience to collaborate with someone who was a take-charge kind of guy. I'll probably be going back from time to time to see if I can run into the lady.

These envelopes aren't very interesting. Once again, I'd do a whole lot better if I pulled out the stamps first.

Chuck's would have been fine if I had left enough room at the top.
Faye's needs one more element. I thought a flurry of cancelations would be enough, but it  isn't.
Phillip's --- such beautiful stamps. I have enough for two more envelopes and I think I have an idea that I will like. Stay tuned.

I really like talking to all y'all in real time. But there is no way I can switch the blog to writing daily. I might have to just add bonus posts every time I have something to say that I want to say right away.....

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

AprPTEX - Cari's Idea to Angie

Angie decided to give the exchange a try in April. Thomas (who has exchanged previously) belongs to a guild in Texas and alerted his fellow guild members to my exchange. There were 7 new people from Texas in April. I recognized Angies's name. We were both part of CyberScribes - 20-some years ago. I saw this idea on Cari Ferarro's blog. Cari is in my list of blogs that I follow. Cari was probably on CyberScribes, too. Anyhow - I loved this idea and thought it looked easy - but it was much harder than I was expecting. It's on my list of ideas to keep working on.

See that dangling preposition. I just read an article about how the rule about not dangling your prepositions is bogus. So now, I am awaiting an apology from all my English teachers. I wonder if any of them are even alive. Probably spinning in their graves at the sorry state of writing/texting/emojing/communicating. The thought that we are incorporating pictures into our written words makes me very happy. I'm not good at it - I don't know how to find the good ones. But, I love that you can speak volumes with a little yellow dot that has eyes squinting shut with a tear on the outer corner of each eye. 😹😹😹
See - I could not find a regular dot.
This time it only offered me a cat.
But, I'm fine with the cat.
You get my point.

*There is nothing relating to envelopes or lettering or art beyond this point. You have been warned. Unless you are looking to kill time, just move on with your regularly scheduled day and skip the rest of this post. Seriously. Move along.

**
Also, this post seems to be the first mention of my diary - even though I mentioned it yesterday. The way I add things is random. I make no effort for the blog to be orderly. I think the racoon incident was back in April.

***

You might be asking - what's up?
Why such a long post today?
Coffee too strong?
Yes - I make cold brew and on the day that I drink the first batch, while waiting for the second half-strength batch to brew, which when combined will make normal brew - I am wired to a dangerous level.
Plus - I discovered that this blog is a secret diary.
I went back looking for something and found information that I was happy to discover because it had slipped my mind. So, while the blog has been very strict about not mentioning anything personal - today is the day that I start mentioning things that I might want to remember.
Starting with ---
my husband asking me -about a week ago- if I had noticed a funny smell in the garage - and I don't even want to ask him how long he had been noticing it ---- and his solution was to leave the door open so it could *air out.* What a dreamer.
Anybody want to make a guess?

When my intuition tells me that an animal decided that our garage was a hospice and I say things like, "I suppose some animal decided to crawl up there on that nice cozy shelf and have a litter of babies and then all of them died,"I actually do not want to be right. I would prefer to find something that is just moldy. And I would rather clean up every single piece of exploded Pyrex in my house than deal with another raccoon hospice situation. That's right -- another. I live in a regular neighborhood in a small city and this is not the first incident.
Vermin.
Large vermin.
So, the only advantage to being the non-dreamer who says out loud - "Hey, check that shelf. I bet some vermin climbed up there, had babies and then they all died," is that then I can be the one who just retrieves the plastic bags and researches proper disposal of animal carcasses online and the *dreamer* has to do the actual dirty work.

Today is the first day that I am using the label [diary] - just for my own aid in finding the diary entries. I'm not sure how this is going to work....but you have been warned. If you see a warning that you are at the end of the envelope portion of the post - just skip the rest of the post.

If you are still reading, you might be wondering, "What kind of people choose to remember stories about dead animals?' It's the *Be Prepared* people. Some of us like to warn our kids about everything that has ever happened. I know that's pointless - but we do it anyway.

WARNING: If you smell something really awful, don't just open the garage door and think that, "It needs to air out." If it smells really awful, it is a dead animal and you better deal with it sooner, rather than later. The only place where you might avoid wildlife invading your living quarters (this includes insects) is really tall high-rise building. Otherwise, be prepared. There are more of them than there are *us.* And they do not have jobs. They only have one job. Survive and try to wipe out humans. We do not provide anything that they need - except maybe being an actual meal. They want us gone.

Plants are equally intent on wiping out humans.

And if you are wondering what it says online about dead animals - it says double bag it and then make an appointment to bring it to one of two inconveniently located locations. Should I turn this into a filming expedition. I've had some pretty exciting trips to dispose of *items.* Note to self - write out the story about disposing of fireworks. Several of these stories are for my kids. I'll be leaving them directions to find my stories. They currently have minimal interest in my writings. Except for the recipes. And -yes- I am putting all of them online, too.

****
Add the trip to the dump story

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

AprPTEX - Nevelson to Lauren

There are still a few Louise Nevelson stamps left. Louise's artwork always spoke to me. The using up of random stuff and the minimalism in her choices of colors. It would be great to have time to read more about her. The hat caught my eye because I am at war with my hair. We can't find a way to work together and I have been threatening it with a hat. I did find time to Google head covering - and
Oh.
My.
Gosh.
I did not realize how many options there are.
Cults.
Chemo.
Religions.
I don't even know where to begin.

****
Remember when I said I was going to start putting diary entries on my blog? Below is a diary entry. It has nothing to do with art or envelopes. If you like the blog for its brevity - exit now.

P.S. added in real time.
There are other people who are posting words of caution on their blogs. I am really annoyed with myself because someone on my blog roll (or maybe on Finn's) had a half-funny-half-sobering warning about being at an event - and there was dancing - and she thought, it looked like fun - joined in the dancing - but fell - and i do not recall the extent of her injuries - but it was enough that she was posting a warning about being realistic about whether or not your balance is in good shape. Does anyone recall reading that?

I have another warning. If you are young enough to travel and use Uber - figure out how to change your pin so that the GPS will have you in the right spot. If you do not do that and the Uber driver goes to the place where you were last dropped off - you might have a lapse in judgment and start moving too fast across streets that are too busy. Luckily, we made it. But...Oh.My.Gosh. I need to find out how to delete the location of my last drop off.

This is a diary entry. Note to self: Do something with the customized map for kids on trips idea.

Monday, June 18, 2018

MarPTEX - from Jeanette (and JanetW)

A clever idea from Jeanette - to put a volleyball player on the envelope with a volleyball.

Below is an envelope from my friend JanetW -(not exchanger-Janet) I'm including it as an example of faux calligraphy - to remind everyone that if you do not have time to dig out your nibs and ink - you can *faux* it.


Sunday, June 17, 2018

MarPTEX - from Jessica and Tina

These two are cute together. The fox is from Jessica and the puppy is from Tina.

What about The Limner?

Regular readers will probably remember that I have exchanged quite a bit of mail with The Limner. She participated in a couple exchanges. I also exchanged some actual letters with her. She had a couple fantastic blogs. And then one day >poof< they were gone. I had a postcard from her in December. I sent her a letter in January, asking if she was OK and it just came back as undeliverable. I remember a ways back she had pondered shutting down her blogs and closing out her Post Office Box.

If you put [Limner] into the search box under my [About me] section, you can see at least 20 examples of her work.

I know Limner's daughter's name and it was super easy to find her on FaceBook and Google. Now I am wondering if it would be OK to contact The Limner's daughter and ask how The Limner is doing. (I have checked the obituaries and there does not seem to be one.) It's hard to know if it is OK to just randomly contact someone. Part of me is fine with it since The Limner is definitely one of the *many* people who ran across my blog and contacted me.

I put many in asterisks because to me it seems like I have many wonderful contacts through the blog. I can't really say how many - but more than 3 is -to me- *many.*

So, I am asking my readers to either post a comment or send an email directly to me (at that email that is listed in the *About me* section.) Please give me your opinions on whether or not it would be OK to contact The Limner's daughter. Or should I just let this go. I will also mention that a couple readers have asked me if I know what has happened to The Limner. So, I am not the only person who feels like she is a friend who has disappeared.

And....I want all y'all to know that I will never just disappear on you. I plan to leave someone in charge of the blog who can answer questions or at the very least, leave a final note.

And.....this piece of writing by The Limner appeared in a Google search. It is a good example of her writing. She is a very talented artist as well as talented writer. I think she is a good cook, too.

https://www.amazon.com/review/R786K7W6732YO

This book review by The Limner makes me want to learn how to be a better writer. I shall put it on my list of things to do as soon as I complete the Swedish death cleaning.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

MarPTEX - from Inta, Kathy and Kate

Clearly, my filing system (stacking system) is pitiful. This one from Inta is from Feb. The other two are from Kathy and below that from Kate. One of them didn't write the month - so we'll just say these are pretty exchange envelope that look springy. Many of us will recall that it took forever for spring to arrive this year. Hopefully - we are having a nice summer.

I am writing this on April 22 - and while it is sunny and 60 in Des Moines, I heard that it is snowing in Montana today.

Kathy noted that she was not crazy about this one - and I would agree that it's not her most inspired work, but the red lettering is very nice. There was a time when your little lettering was not as lovely as this particular example.
Another nice arrangement of elements and colors. From Kate.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Woof-woof-woof -- Circles to Jeri (BONUS post)

OK - this is a bonus - because I think the one below - which was scheduled is a re-run.

The past 6 weeks have been a blur - and I just got home....and -yikes-
etc--- {}{}{} While this post was written a while ago - it is an accurate representation of my inner voice.

This envelope would not have made it onto the blog because it is such a dog - but, it has a nice story to go along with it.

Jeri always sends me the prettiest birthday cards in lovely envelopes. I always intend to do something Jeri-worthy for her. Mostly, I forget her birthday. But this year during my Swedish death cleaning, I found an orange Hermes box that I had been saving to send to her. Jeri loves orange and I wanted to fill it with a spectacular orange inspired birthday diorama. It would have been breathtakingly gorgeous. But, my art history teacher (from 1969-71) had just died suddenly and unexpectedly (mid 70's) and I thought to myself: You are going to die one day and there is no way you will get around to all the fun little projects that are piled up. So, I filled the box with more random paper items that were in my hoard. Then I pulled the paper out of the sack of paper that was heading for recycling and wrapped it. I was kicking myself for not doing a spectacular job on the addressing - and then it sat in the back seat of the car for a couple days as I kept forgetting to mail it. Finally, I was on the last errand of the day and was headed in the direction of two post offices. The easiest thing would have been to just mail it at the grocery store - but those clerks are usually not happy to work with people on aesthetics - and I knew Jeri deserved actual stamps. But, then I obsessed - maybe the stamp choices would just make it uglier.

Then I was annoyed that I had not done a better job on the faces. The transcript of what goes on in my head as I create and then attempt to mail things would be a one way ticket to the funny farm if it were recordable. Luckily we have our other Jean who can smack some sense into ocd-Jean. What's the name for the non-ocd-Jean? Wabi-sabi-Jean.

I like the Drake post office, but I recently had my second encounter with a person (a customer) who seemed to be off his meds and volatile, so while I adore the ladies who work there - I figured I would try the Beaverdale post office. Yes, Des Moines has a neighborhood called Beaverdale. Their post office is tucked into an out of the way place and usually a good option. I walked in and there were two people working, and only one customer. So, I went to the counter and told the lady that I would like to use actual stamps and not a meter strip. I asked if she had stamps that were higher denominations than Forevers and she started pondering options. We needed something like $3.75. I told her that I would not want anything with flags. She was OK with that and pulled out the Love stamps - then I thought of the international stamps. When she pulled them out - and I saw that they were $1.15 - I was very excited - for both the color and the shape.

Here is where the story gets good. She pulls off a stamp - heads towards the package - then stops and asks, "Does placement matter?" WOO-HOO. A kindred spirit. Yes, placement matters. Then she apologized and said, "I'm sorry, I have to cancel it." I assured her that cancelling is expected and welcomed. She offered to scan it and give me a tracking number. I declined. Then she held it and said, "Well that turned out very pretty." I was so happy that there was nobody waiting in line. It was a very happy detour on a day that had been medium bumpy. I resisted the urge to whip out my phone and show her my blog. I also regret that I did not look at her name. I really should have sent her a thank you note. Now I can obsess about going back and seeing if I can find her working there - to get her name....but that would take away from the death cleaning.

I am tempted to say that this Swedish death cleaning is going to be the death of me. I hope not. I do hope that my kids have nothing but fun as they clear out my belongings. And I hope that I have another 20 years to add to this topic and hopefully chuckle at how silly I was in my 60s. I feel a lot better knowing that I probably have a good 10 years to get the job done.


MarPTEX - from Janet

Another exchanger who tucks goodies into the envelopes.
These are vintage and sooooo sweet.

Since I am not allowed to buy any current stamps until I use up the hoard - I have not had any of these ---- and they are soooooo pretty.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

MarPTEX - from Inta

Inta likes to tuck little goodies into her envelopes.

And I keep forgetting to ask her to send me a page with all the capitals done in her handwriting. I love her J.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

MarPTEX - from Patty

I met Patty in classes last year. Patty had recently retired and finally had time to explore her own interests. She was tricked into filling in for someone on maternity leave - so missed the early 2018 classes. But, she did keep up with the exchange. I'm guessing it was an antidote to the exhaustion of returning to work.

This one makes me want to visit a cherry blossom festival someday - somewhere...