Sunday, December 9, 2018

Q is for Quilt

The uppermost of these lovely stamps on this nice fall exchange envelope from Carolyn C features a quilt. 

The 13c stamp quilt stamp was issued in 1978 and is one of a set of four.

If you're wondering about the 37c stamp, it is one of four from a 2005 set featuring New Mexico Rio Grande blankets.

For more quintessential Q stamps, check out the links over at Sunday Stamps.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

P is for Poinsettia

Having skipped issuing a global Christmas stamp for the last few years, USPS issued one in October featuring a poinsettia, also known as Christmas Star. These decorative plants are a fixture of the December holidays in the USA, and come in red and white varieties. They are native to Mexico, where they were used by Aztecs to obtain red dye. 

Are poinsettias part of the holiday decorations in your country?

I used it to send a Canadian fast-food related trashpo mini-book to Mail Art Martha, along with a related postcard.

For more P stamps to ponder, head over to the links at Sunday Stamps.

O is for Orca

An easy choice for the letter O, is this wonderful stamps from Russia.

Issued in 2012, it features Orcinus orca, more commonly called orca, or killer whale. They have no natural predators, and live in stable matrilineal pods. Males breed with females of different pods in order to promote genetic diversity.

For more outstanding O stamps, explore the links at Sunday Stamps.

N is for Night

Eva has a great mail project where she sent out envelopes with questions about mail monsters accompanied by these excellent stickers...

Here is the mail monster she drew on the return envelope, with the mail monster I created (collage).

And the stamp I used to send it back is the global rate moon, shown, obviously, at Night, with a dark blue background. It was issued in 2016 and the rate back then was $1.20. Then in 2017 the rate was cut to $1.15, where it will stay through at least 2019. (Image from Eva's blog).I like to think the mail monsters are more active during the night.

The Moon stamps come in a sheet of ten with a great background (none of the other global rate stamps look so nice, being printed on white).

For more of the mail monsters, click here.

For more nice stamps with an N theme, check out the links at Sunday Stamps.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

M is for Macron's Marianne

I did not realize for a long time that each French president gets to choose a new design for the definitive Marianne stamps.

President Macron chose a design by street artist Yseult Digan, aka YZ, which he described as depicting Marianne as a politically engaged young woman. Link to article at art news.

I think the blue Europe rate below is the first of the new design I have received, and it comes from Heleen who was on vacation in France. Thanks for the unexpected mail!

'Penny for her thoughts' made me think of the fact that the first stamps issued in Britain cost 1 penny :)

To see other entries for marvelous Ms, explore the links at Sunday Stamps.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

L is for Levitation

USPS issued a set of five stamps titled Art of Magic this year. Each one has a theme, today's being levitation. I really enjoy the clean graphic design of these stamps.

Used on Halloween mail to Eva. From her blog:

For more lovely L-themed posts, explore the links at Sunday Stamps

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

A dragon for Halloween

Eva sent me this awesome dragon mail. I love the way she extended his tongue (or is it a flame?) onto the stamp.

Happy Halloween, everyone! Be safe!