Thursday, July 20, 2017

A stunning abstract

Philippe sent this amazing abstract design. I love how the stamps (and my address!) fit perfectly on the envelope.



Wednesday, July 19, 2017

A square to Jon

Jon, over at IUOMA, found a few frames that each contained 9 wooden squares.

I decided to participate, then once the square arrived I felt at a bit of a loss. Then one day, I decided to see what kind of collage I might come up with.

And this is the final result I sent back to him.



When the board is complete, I'll post it.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Calendar envelope from Katerina

This nice envelope from Katerina...


...contained this collage and another colorful minizine.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Monuments for Sunday Stamps

Luckily for me, this great envelope from Fabienne arrived in time to give me something to show today.

A journey around Paris by metro and stamps showing the monumental Grand Arch of La Defense, as well as two other stunners. Including the Opera, which has impressive statues on either side. I love the added Hockney collage.


With a little help from another Paris landmark, the Pompidou center.


And postcards showing the beautiful opera building, and a view of Paris.

For more statues and monuments on stamps, head over to Sunday Stamps.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

One postmark, or two?

A couple of envelopes arrived from Eva a few Fridays ago. Bright clown feet bouncing through the letter box. Clerks usually cancel the stamps by hand in Morocco. Did they add the stamps to this one in this unusual way? Eva would surely not have placed them like this. Fortunately it didn't matter. Given the date of the postmark, this envelope took a month to reach me.



However, on the colorful envelope posted a few weeks later, the stamps were canceled with a single postmark, no bonus one this time. I wonder if the clerk respected the image on this envelope? Just another mail mystery, I guess.



Key to sating your hunger pangs at the central market in Rome is this fun guide to the food on offer. Love the fact that one part is an A-Z story and another is a found poem. 



M is for Memory is the title of this photograph that Eva sent to congratulate me on finishing the A-Z challenge. Not sure I saw the connection to memory from the photo at first. Of course after some contemplation I can see seeds 'remembering' how to grow into full plants. Perhaps the image is intended to evoke a memory. Quite likely one of a half-forgotten summer picnic. Refreshing watermelon eaten on a hot afternoon. Scrambling to evacuate after the ants also realize how delicious the fruit is. Tired after spending hours in the sun. Unhappy to be returning to reality. Vexed at having to unpack the car in the heat, which now seems sweltering instead of relaxing.

What things in the letter's contents have I not mentioned so far? X is a letter Italian's don't have to worry about starting sentences with, Eva points out. Yet another postcard from Rome showing the 17th century work titled Prospettiva you can see in the Galleria Spada.



Zebra-striped washi tape puts the final seal on Eva's envelope, as well as this post.



Thursday, July 13, 2017

Four days from France

Both of these envelopes arrived at the same time in just four days from France. Wow.

Crazy crowded pool form Eric.



Black, white and a little red from Fabienne.





Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Maps

Envelopes 893, 895, 896, 898, 899, 900, 901, 902, 903, 905, 906, 912, 913, 904, 907 and 914 made from a central Ohio cycle route map, as well as from a central Florida real estate map.




















Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Alice Délice

A great bright envelope and equally bright stamps arrived from Eric made from a bag from the cooking store Alice Délice. I love how the envelope ended up looking somewhat abstract.


Monday, July 10, 2017

The final Eric Monday - part 42 - to the moon and back! Now with added frogs!!

The final 50 that I sent to Eric was a special postmark celebrating 50 years since the Apollo mission. I wanted to send Eric the rest of the planets of the solar system.

From his blog:



And Eric sent a very nice thank you, with a personal postage stamp featuring 50 frogs.




Sunday, July 9, 2017

Aerial views on Sunday Stamps

Perhaps the ultimate aerial view of the earth on the first US international stamp to bear the non-denominational designation, 'Global Forever', issued in 2013, and replacing previous air mail stamps issued with a small plane symbol.

Used on this 'envelope' made from panels of a kleenex box and sent to Eric.



And if the camera turned around, you'd have an aerial view of the moon, issued as a Global stamp in 2016. Tonight is supposed to be a giant full moon, so I hope it is clear this evening. If not, I'll just have to make do with this envelope I sent to Eva, made from a calendar page.




Hopefully I didn't break the rules too much this week. For more aerial views on postage, head over to the links at Sunday Stamps.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Color from Eric

Eric sent me this envelope based on a single theme word: 'Borders'.

I love the colors, and the fun zigzag.


Friday, July 7, 2017

Meow!

Eric matched the cats' fur color on the stamps perfectly to the grey of this paper bag envelope.


Thursday, July 6, 2017

Mail Me Some Art - Found Poetry

I decided to guest host an MMSA exchange with the theme of Found Poetry.

I didn't participate in the exchange myself, however I was fortunate enough to receive bonus cards from Susan



and from Laurie. 



Both arrived on 'Big Mail Monday'. In these great painted and rubber-stamped envelopes.







The added bonus of hosting one of these swaps is the wonderful selection of envelopes swappers send their postcards in. It was also great to see several first-time swappers, including Rachael who takes part in Jean's envelope exchanges.

From Eric:



From Rachael:



From Veebee and from Constance:



From Gail:



From Honi:



From Judith:



From Laima:



From Lynn:


The idea of MMSA is to send postcards through he mail, however Andrea's were sent to her in this envelope with a few added artistamps.