Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The Sun - a mail art call from Phillippe Charron

While yesterday's solar eclipse visible in North America is on everyone's minds, I am very happy to announce that Philippe Charron is hosting his first mail art call.

I am sure you have seen his amazing envelopes on my and Eric's blogs.

Here are the details:

Theme: Send me your sun, and you will receive mine.
Size and thechniques are free.
No deadline.

Send your contribution to :

Philippe Charron
5 Impasse de la pierrière
17220 Bourgneuf

Don't hesitate to spread the news so that Philippe receives lots of sunshine!

Here is the latest clever and beautiful envelope Philippe sent to me:

A bonus sun picture from yesterday...

Monday, August 21, 2017

Total Eclipse

Today is the big day, when the first total eclipse in to cross the continental USA in 99 years occurs, with a partial eclipse visible over the entire North American continent.

What better envelope to celebrate with than this excellent one from Cathy O.

The stamp shows the corona of the sun, only visible when the surface of the sun is blocked by the moon. USPS has really issued two stamps in one, as, when warmed, the thermochromic printing process reveals the ghostly surface of the moon.

The rest of the fun July envelopes came from...

 Jean - this one didn't scan well, it is bright pink in reality - and Troy - some stylish calligraphy.

Debbie made an envelope from a beautiful illustrated book page.

Amy put together this fascinating collage on her envelope.

And Tina used some sort of reveal-the-color technique. I am not 100% sure how she did it, as the black layer looks like it is stuck to the rainbow layer. Regardless, a great effect.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

C is for Cheese

Eric sent me this packaging from M & S in Paris.

Accompanied by these fantastic cheese stamps.

For links to more stamp themes that begin C, head over to Sunday Stamps.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Gold, blue and kraft

Not the easiest to document, I sent a few of these out. This particular one went to Dorothea.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The mail snake

How cool is this mail snake that MomKat sent me form Greece?

Sunday, August 13, 2017

B is for Butterfly

For the letter B of the Sunday Stamps A to Z I chose butterfly.

Here is one on envelope 780 (scanned with envelope 782, which has a 150th anniversary of Louisiana Statehood stamp).

This particular butterfly is the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, and was issued by USPS as a non-denominational stamp bearing the mouthful 'Non-machinable surcharge'. It is the fifth in the series, and is square to give an indication that it is intended for 1 oz letters that are square or non-rectangular. This stamp can also be used to mail a 2 oz machinable letter.

To see what others chose of their letter B, head over to the links at Sunday Stamps.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Yellow mail

An unexpected package arrived from Limner.

The theme is yellow!

And included a bit of assembly...

This little guy is on my desk at work now.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Texture to Philippe

The Have a Ball stamps are textured, and the front cover of the latest US Philatelic is too.

I think I am most impressed by the dimples on the golf ball stamp.

Monday, August 7, 2017

One week, three postcards

Eva sent this great graphic postcard from the MMVI modern art museum in Rabat.

And later the same week this Roman mosaic postcard from Italy arrived, having been sent from Spain. These amazing designs are thousands of years old...

It was accompanied by this fantastic collage, with unusual stamps in the shape of Spanish Nobel prize winners.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

A is for Australian Animals

For the next 26 weeks Sunday Stamps has an A to Z theme.

Australian animals are so fascinating.

Here are two on these colorful stamps - the Laughing Kookaburra and the Tasmanian Devil.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

To Mindaugas

I forgot to scan the pieces I sent to MIndaugas. If he shows them at IUOMA I'll copy them here.

They were sent in this envelope, made from an art gallery flier.

Friday, August 4, 2017

An interesting add & pass

An envelope and goodies from C. Mehrl Bennett.

With this add & pass.

Words...often make me think to look for found haiku...I call this one 'Stone Something'

Thursday, August 3, 2017

The Taco-loving dragon

Envelope 891 sent to Heleen.

Thanks to Heleen, who blogged the dragon's arrival, I can add the youtube video of the book being read.

There's also a follow up book.

It has a great trailer...

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Brain Cell 982

Ryosuke very kindly sent me a copy of number 982, even though I hadn't sent a contribution. It's worth clicking on the image to fully appreciate the work that goes into this.