Sunday, September 25, 2011

More Gecko Goodies

Ahhh, the Gecko. I just love this little guy. Thanks go out to Speck for sending me a nice selection of Gecko images for my project. I'm particularly fond of the one with the pencil and numbers. Must be the math geek in me sneaking out!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Two of My Favorite Words -- MAIL and ART

Just as I was getting used to loading my photos in reverse order so they would appear in the correct order, Blogger ups and fixes it in the new interface. 'Bout time. This post concerns my love of and never-ending search for two words: MAIL and ART. I prefer to cut them out of junk mail and magazines, but sometimes they are difficult to find. Then I have to resort to alternative measures. This first photo shows hand-drawn letters I clipped out of an ad for a man's shirt in the L.L.Bean catalog. I like to glue these words onto my letters, just in case there's any doubt. Sometimes my ART is brought into question.

One thing I know for sure is that it's a heck of a lot harder to find the word "MAIL" than it is to find the word "ART". That is, if one discounts the word on all those Business Reply Mail cards and envelopes. I use them sometimes and you can see a few in the photo above, but they are not a good size. All the rest I had to piece together ransom note style.

The word "ART" is much easier to spot. It hides in words like Kmart Smart, in magazine titles such as Smart Money. Even Martha Stewart helps the cause with art hiding in both her first and last names. And we all know how ubiquitous Martha is.

Then, check out all these instances of the word. I found all of them in a single school supply catalog.

Finally, with all this talk about mail art, I thought it only fitting to include a piece. This one adds to my MailArt 365 count. I'm woefully behind.

Mail from Michigan

Today I received my first letter from Kate and Sara Howarth, the sisters behind the 365 letters project. The letter traveled in style in one lovely handmade envelope. They included the Lake Huron postcard where they vacation every Labor Day weekend. Awesome mail, girls. Also, it's good to hear you are enjoying your snail mail hobby. Isn't it fun!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

First Ever -- Zippered Envelope

Have you ever received mail in a zippered pouch? Thanks to Elle, I have! She sent me this neat "REST" eye mask when I was recovering from surgery. I'd never had one before until now and when I wear it, I feel like a movie staaaaaaaahhhh, daaahling.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

A Busy August -- Part One

Here are the postcards I received via Postcrossing for the month of August. With back-to-school, continued recuperation from surgery, and the canning and freezing of garden produce, well, all that is kicking my can. Seriously. Perhaps I can catch my breath over the Labor Day weekend and come back and enter some captions for these cool cards. I apologize to the senders. Thanks so much for these bright spots in my hectic days.