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?
August 28, 2016 § 6 Comments
Over the past few months, I’ve received a series of love notes written on bananas. They cannot be tucked away and saved, so I have photographed them for continued enjoyment. For you inspiration, here is a small sampling.
I’m all in favor of creative celebrations of love. Have you ever received a love note in a form that delighted you as much as the message? Do you consider good nutrition an act of love? Will you now be writing someone a banana note?
December 3, 2013 § 10 Comments
I have a collection of things that are waiting to be glued. Not broken items waiting to be fixed, but bits and pieces waiting to be cobbled into something new. More accurately, I have several collections of such things: canceled stamps, old photos, quotations cut from magazines, pages from books that have fallen apart, scraps of colorful paper, fabric remnants, buttons.
Sometime in October, I covered the floor with several of these collections (there is, again, a sewing machine on my desk) and plunked myself down in the middle of all the possibilities with glue stick in hand. Over the course of several days, I made about two dozen cards. I used a couple to write to friends, but most I bundled into sets to be given as gifts.
This weekend I put the sewing machine to good use and made a scarf.
Between the cards and the scarf, I’ve checked off nearly everyone on my Champion of Postal Cheer project list — hooray! What’s my next project? I’m not certain. Janice MacLeod, the artist behind Paris Letters, recently wrote about her November Nurture project and it sparked a couple possibilities that I’m considering. What creative projects–letter-writing or otherwise–are you enjoying these days?
March 20, 2013 § 6 Comments
In the first few days of January, several of my friends posted similar status updates on Facebook. They ran something like this:
The first 5 people to comment on this status will, sometime in this calendar year, receive a handmade/homemade gift from me. I will send it out when the mood strikes me and, with luck, it will reach you at the perfect time.
The catch is, you have to make the same offer to all your friends.
The first time I saw it, I thought, Interesting, but I’m not a fan of chain-letter-esque stuff.
The second time I saw it, I thought, I really like the idea of making and sending out-of-the-blue gifts.
The third time I saw it, I thought, Wait a minute, there’s no reason I can’t make this offer to send gifts without a you-must-do-this-too stipulation.
So, I rewrote it a bit–changing the stipulation to an invitation–and posted it.
The response was enthusiastic and I quickly found myself committed to make and send things to a variety of people.
Last week I finished my first gift.
Then I filled it up with small goodies.
And I packaged it in an envelope made from a poster I’d plucked out of the recycling bin at work. (The back of the envelope shows Frankenstein reading Gone with the Wind.)
I was rather gleeful when I posted it off. Sending mail is as much fun as receiving it, don’t you think? If you’ve been looking for the perfect way to be a Champion of Postal Cheer, I highly recommend committing to send random gifts to random friends throughout the year.
January 26, 2013 § 14 Comments
One of the fun little takeaways that I made for December’s Letter Writing Social was a postal rate sheet. I figured that people who aren’t currently avid letter writers might like a handy reference to help sort out the mysteries of proper postage. Since we were making envelopes that weren’t standard sizes, it was especially helpful to have a quick guide to double-check how much postage a particular mailpiece was going to need.
To my delight, the Letter Writers Alliance later featured a photo of my rate sheet as one of their Letter Writing Days of December posts. I got some lovely feedback, which encouraged me to follow through and create a revised version to reflect the 2013 rate changes.
And now–ta-da!–just in time for the changes that go into effect tomorrow, here it is!
I enjoy writing things out by hand and I do a fair amount of computer-based design layout for posters and brochures at work, but the combination of creating by hand and designing a layout placed me outside of the realm where things come easily. I’m so accustomed to (and spoiled by) being able to tweak, align, re-size, and move elements on a whim. This project required making rough drafts and marshaling my spacial reasoning skills. In short, it was an excellent challenge for my brain. I am pleased with the end result since this is only the second time that I’ve attempted designing something along these lines, but my eraser definitely got a good workout along the way!
If you are so inclined–and I do hope you are–you are welcome to download a copy.