September 4, 2016 § 10 Comments
There are some truly spectacular mail artists in the world. Me? I’m more of a creative dabbler.
Recently, I’ve tried my hand at a couple projects inspired by tutorials generously shared by Lindsay at The Postman’s Knock. Lindsay’s examples are gorgeous and precise. My creations are rather more wobbly, but it’s such fun to play!
If you look at Lindsay’s How to Draw Lace tutorial, you can see that she has worked with great care and achieved a very balanced design. In contrast, if you suspect that I did not follow the direction about using a ruler to measure the spacing of the ovals (or anything else), you would be correct.
My Hand Drawn Frame attempt turned out more true to the original. I used the ruler this time! I wasn’t sure how the envelope at hand would take watercolors, so I jumped right into bold color at the start.
What about you? Have you dabbled creatively recently?
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.
May 12, 2013 § 10 Comments
On a recent rainy day, I found myself–not for the first time–flipping through a bulb catalog and being seduced by the gorgeous photos of brilliantly colored and artfully arranged flowers. Because I have ordered bulbs from this company in the past, there was a coupon promising $25 of free bulbs if I ordered $25 of bulbs. Very tempting. But then I remembered that the catalog was designed to take advantage of my spring flower-madness. While it shows much gorgeousness, it glosses over the fact that the bulbs will not arrive until the fall, often during a stretch of terrible weather or at a time when I am unusually busy, and that they will look like bulbs, not visions of springtime loveliness. It makes no mention of how my garden will be an end-of-season mess and I will have neglected to mark or make notes about which bulbs I currently have planted where. But I have faced this catalog before, you see, so I’m onto the wily ways of this spring-drenched siren. I know–I know–that spring-time catalog flipping can very easily lead to me stalking laps around my yard in blustery November weather before plunging in willy-nilly and wedging the new bulbs into a space that may seem illogical and ill-chosen in the light of the following spring.
So, this year, instead of ordering bulbs, I got my scissors and cut that catalog into bright and joyful little pieces. No cold and muddy fingers, no crowded plantings, no delay. Just flowery goodness ready to share immediately.
These fresh specimens have been sent out into the wider world and I’ve laid by a stash of cheerful flowered envelopes that are just waiting for a moment in the sun. In other news, my garden in the dirt is blooming, too. Growing things makes me happy. You?
July 6, 2012 § 6 Comments
The quarterly municipal water and sewer bill arrived this week. While not my favorite kind of mail to receive, I do love working utilities, so I sat right down and paid it.
Since the bill arrives in postcard form, I had to supply an envelope for mailing the check. When I went to raid my stash of random plain envelopes (thrifted for pennies in anticipation of just this sort of postal moment), the first envelopes I saw in my stationary drawer were the ones I recently made from an old calendar.
And I thought, Why not? Maybe it will make the Utilities Commission’s mail opener smile.
It did cross my mind that this was an unusual idea and might be considered odd, but when I saw that I had an envelope made from an aerial shot of my town, I took it as a sign that it was a good unusual idea.
I went all out and tucked a note in my fancy bill-paying envelope:
Saying “thank you” makes the world a better place. Truly.