Postal Present and Cati Captioning Kickoff

January 5, 2016 § 6 Comments

The slightly-dented, rusty-around-the-edges mailbox that came with the house sent many letters off into the world and welcomed quite a few to their final destination. But it reached a point where the door regularly ended up dangling from its one good screw on days when a substitute letter carrier tugged it a little too hard. Even on a good day, the door didn’t shut properly and the rust was spreading.

Given the standing tradition of postal presents, perhaps I shouldn’t have been surprised to discover a new mailbox under the tree. But I was genuinely surprised–and delighted.


Yes, it did come complete with love letters already inside!

It is top of the line, sturdy construction with a door and flag that glide smoothly. It had its inaugural use this morning when I sent off my first batch of letters for the new year.  I can only imagine how impressed the letter carrier must’ve been with the upgrade.

In other news, the Cacti Captioning project is just about to launch into the postal stream.  If you signed up to participate, I’ll be in touch very soon.  If you’re feeling sad because the original post got lost in the whirlwind of the holidays and you didn’t have a chance to sign up–good news!–I still have spaces available for interested letter-writers and artists. If you’d like to join the fun, let me know and I’ll add you to the list of collaborators.


Seeking Collaborators: Cacti Captioning & Creative Alteration Project

December 20, 2015 § 4 Comments

Quite a while ago, I received a package from a friend.  Inside, I found this book:


It features photographs of saguaro cacti with captions – and space for you to write in your own captions:


“Hey, don’t go! I know what you saw, but it’s not what you think!”

I recently unearthed this book while going through a pile of Things That Have Potential and thought, The time has come for this to be the centerpiece in a collaborative altered book project!

To accomplish this, collaborators are needed!

If you would like to caption, doodle, collage, or otherwise take part in altering this book, please let me know in the comments or contact me privately by January 1, 2016.  I will kick off the new year by contacting all interested parties with details about this round robin art endeavor and together we will create the Cacti Captioning & Creative Alteration Project.


On a related note: If the idea of captioning cacti makes you laugh and you’re a fan of quirky romances, you might enjoy the writing and humor of G.G. Andrews, the friend who found this book in the first place.

Alice Through the Pillar-Box and What She Found There

July 8, 2013 § Leave a comment

Oh, oh, oh!  Have you ever had the good fortune to come across Alice Through the Pillar-Box and What She Found There: A Philatelic Phantasy by Gerald M. King?  If you appreciate either Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland or the world of letter-writing, letter-sending, and philatelic pursuits, it’s worth tracking down a copy.

In 1965, Gerald M. King decided that since the G.P.O. was not celebrating the centennial anniversary of the publication of Alice in Wonderland with a commemorative stamp, he would create his own set of fantasy stamp designs.  This idea grew until it evolved into a book brimming with clever references to the story and showcasing Mr. King’s clear love of philately.  In it Wonderland stamps and envelopes sent through the Wonderland post to and from various characters are paired with relevant quotes from the books and various notes about the fantasy artifacts and their origins.  The detail and cleverness are a treat!  The scan below is not of superior quality (I had to be gentle with the spine of the book), but it should be enough to pique your interest.


Contains Fairy Dust

February 29, 2012 § Leave a comment

Clearly this was sent by a very dear friend of mine:

Not only did she sprinkle her note with fairy dust, but she knew I was in danger of ending up with fairy dust in my tea and gave me fair warning.   Since imbibing magical substances almost always has unexpected consequences, this is just one more gesture in a long string of kindnesses she has shown me.  And also, she sent me fairy dust – how cool is that?!

Easy-Peasy Occasional: A Use for Old Photographs

February 5, 2012 § 8 Comments

Last week, for my first day of A Month of Letters, I sent a birthday card to a friend of mine.  I made it myself and you can create your own remarkably unique creations by following the same easy steps I took:

  1. Find an old photograph.
  2. Embellish it.
  3. Place in envelope.
  4. Giggle all the way to the mailbox.
  5. Wait with great anticipation for it to reach its destination.

I started with this:

I have no idea who these people are. It was an abandoned family portrait, long ago separated from its family. Since it has no sentimental value to me, I felt the best thing I could do was to reuse it and give it a brand new purpose.

With the help of a pack of brightly colored paper, my trusty scissors and some glue, I transformed it into this:

Oh, joy! Don't they look much more festive now?

Some close ups:

After trimming the frame, this beauty of a card just fit into a 9″x12″ envelope and I definitely did some giggling along the way as I pictured the reaction it will get when opened.

Because Saying Thank You Is Fun

January 18, 2012 § 4 Comments

I am a firm believer in thank-you notes.  Acknowledgement and appreciation are just plain important.  This year I was inspired to draw several of my thank you notes!

Does this amuse you? It cracks me up!

Yes, that's right, I got a year's supply of laundry detergent. It was exactly what I wanted!

I am pleased to report, the recipients of my thank-yous were greatly amused.  Am I a brilliant artist?  No.  But do I have lots of fun with markers!  And you can, too, if it strikes your fancy.  Next time you want to express your gratitude, try doing it colorfully.  You’ll be sure to make an impression.

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