Sunday, September 11, 2011
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.
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
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.