Sunday, November 19, 2017

P is for President, Progress, Producer, Poet, Politician, Philosopher, Playwright, Plane and Pentathlete (and Postage).

I bought a set of envelopes with vintage stamps in a 'masculine' theme from Edelweiss post. I had wanted to send one to Eric, so I had to wait until I could make up the international postage with two modern stamps that had a similar color palette.

I'll leave it up to you to make the connections to the P themes and the stamps.

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

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Art in a Box part 6

Today's piece of Art in a Box is from Bianca, and titled 'Dance Performance'.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Art in a Box part 5

The scanner picked up the details on today's piece of Art in a Box really well. In person, the light has to catch the paper just right to see the subtle details. An amazing piece from Noroko in Japan.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Art in a Box part 4

Another lovely piece from my Art in a Box. This one has a wonderful texture to it that does not translate on the screen.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Monday, November 13, 2017

Art in a Box Summer 2017

Via Katerina's prompt, I took part in Georgia's wonderful Art in a Box project - 20 artists creating 20 pieces of art approximately 6 x 8 inches, with each artist receiving a box at the end. I think that this is the second edition, with the theme Summer.

Here is the great cover art on the box.

And Georgia's mermaid contribution.

More of the beautiful art inside coming up in future posts.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

O is for Oregon

In 2002 USPS issued a set of 34c stamps (the cost of a 1st class letter back then) in the style of postcards for each of the 50 states. I've only received one of them, sent recently as the postcard rate is now 34c.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Friday, November 10, 2017


Heleen sent me this to do something with.

Here's the result.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Imagine peace

A while ago I added to an add and pass, and, per the instructions, sent a copy to all previous recipients I could identify.

Moreno sent this amazing batch of images back.

Now I have to decide if any of them should be added to and passed, or just admired.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

A second MMSA envelope from Honi

Honi sent her envelopes in two envelopes. I like the collage on this one - check out the Cyrillic on the collaged part!

Monday, November 6, 2017

MMSA envelope from Honi

Another nice outer envelope from the MMSA exchange submissions. This one is from Honi, who currently organizes the whole gig. Always fun when she takes part in an exchange.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

N is for Netherlands

Heleen has sent me some amazing stamps issued by PostNL over the years. Most of the stamps she has sent me have been shown on my blog as part of her wonderful envelopes,  but a few escaped the full treatment, so here they are.

Here is one showing a pair of hares from my favorite December Stamps set, plus one featuring a stray cat. Bob, if you are looking for a connection to last week's letter M, the photo was taken on Morocco.

And here is one showing a chicken, with some great bonus details in the selvage.

For more stamps with an N connection, head over to Sunday Stamps.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Orange and scaly paint job

Very cool tactile effect on this Halloween envelope from Kathy. Love the splash of purple and yellow on the Batman stamp.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Skeletons, snakes and saxophones

Another spooky box arrived with great snakes and vintage postage...

and inside another box, this one dark and feathered, to be opened...

to reveal this great piece from Grace. (If the letters aren't clear, the spell out P O E.)

Thank you!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween from Hester (part 2)

A mysterious and darkly decorated package made it to my door from that den of iniquity also known as Boston.

Inside was a book of Scary Stories.

And a note wishing me a Happy Halloween - which, if you ignore the scythe (and don't read the scary stories), is entirely possible.

The final and beastly best part was this amazing Halloween art book.

Thanks so much, Hester, and Happy Halloween to you and all the blog readers.

Monday, October 30, 2017

The skulls

Keith sent me this stunning print.

And in the same mailing were these incredible artistamps. I'll have to remember I have them for next year's Halloween.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

M is for Mammoth

When this fantastic piece arrived from Eric I knew exactly when it would be published - as part of the A-Z for Sunday Stamps.

The envelope is made from a paper bag from the now defunct grocery chain, Mammouth. Eric says the bags are somewhat of a collectors item now.

And he matched the stamps perfectly. They come from a 2008 set of Prehistoric Mammals.

For more stamps beginning with M, head over to Sunday Stamps.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

The clowns are here!

I know some people have a dreaded fear of clowns. If that's you I am sure you didn't participate in the clown mail art call. 

This excellent documentation of the Cascadia Clown Parade arrived in time for Halloween in this envelope - I love the artistamps.

And some selected pages

Friday, October 27, 2017

Thursday, October 26, 2017


Great color on the stamp and the inside of the envelope (a clear plastic envelope).

Thanks, Eric, it did indeed arrive in time :)

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Ghoulies and ghosties...

A stunning envelope from Rachael, part of Jean's October envelope exchange.

The front...

The back...

The flap...

The inside...

Tuesday, October 24, 2017