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?
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.
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.