Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Tucker is... on the bumper

Jon sent me more Tucker fan club stuff.

I suppose I'll have to get back to face and body hunting...

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Spot the difference... with Mail Art Martha

Martha epublishes her incoming mail and labels the sender.

Every now and again she writes something that amuses me.

Sent in an envelope made from a poster sent to me by Erni.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Philpott Lake

Diana found a stash of quite ugly postcards of Philpott Lake.

Sent in this great envelope, with instructions to alter and return.

Goodbye, ugly tree stump, hello, ugly green monster.

Sent back in envelope 660 - now this is what a lake should look like.

You should be able to see more of these altered postcards here.

Friday, June 26, 2015

From Richard B

Richard always sends beautiful work.

This one is even more interesting in that the stamps are on the back. I don't think that USPS would approve of this at all - so thanks to La Poste for playing along.

And this is what I sent back - a response to Richard's mail art call Fiat Lux, and he specifically requested that art, address and stamps be on the same side.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Bonus postcards and a Rorschach inkblot or two

Malok joins the spontaneous mail club with an interesting mirrored image complete with asemics.

I received no fewer than five postcards on Monday 18 May!

From Steve...




... and my first mail from John.

Stoa Time from MomKat (a collaboration with her son).

Large collage postcard from PetrolPetal.

Collages from Adrienne (top) and Nancy (bottom)

And more collage, this time from Jon F.

Gold and turquoise lizards from Kathie.

Here is an abstract postcard from Kathie.

She saw something in it after she had painted it.

I thought I saw something in it when I first saw it, and before I read what Kathie thought she saw.

It's like a Rorschach inkblot...

...so, if you like, leave a note as to what you see here, and in a week I'll reveal what Kathie saw, and what I saw.

Bonus - here's an asemic card from Thomas - I think I see something there, so I'll be back in a week to reveal my vision. Feel free to play along.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Monday, June 22, 2015

Jean & Jan's May exchange - envelopes received

The first envelope received in this exchange is a wonderful night scene by Janet F.

Red, white and blue from Florence.

Pretty calendar page envelope from Smash.

Another great wallpaper envelope from Hester with matching note.

And the final one - happy chicks from Marti, with my first sighting of the Special Olympics stamp. I still think that USPS should have had a global forever version of this one - just imagine all the postcards being sent home to all the athletes competing from all around the world. The symbol would have been perfect for the circular stamp.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

The solstice

A bonus post to recognize the solstice.

John sent me a postcard which will be on the blog when the next Bonus Postcards shows up.

I sent him another time-related envelope celebrating his theme as well as the new international rate that went into effect May 31.

For some reason I didn't want this composition wrecked with an ugly ballpoint pen or sharpie stamp cancellation, so I took it in for hand cancellation by the postal clerk. He was highly entertained by the layout, and stamped all around the 'clock' for me with a big smile on his face! Sometime the USPS can be extra brilliant to interact with.

Envelope 724 - Stealin' Time

For John E, who likes clocks.

It's the June solstice, which occurs in Columbus today at 12:39 pm.



On the subject of time, I do enjoy the fact that the USPS tracking system can tell me that a bar coded package can be  On Time , even though it spent 12 days at the Columbus sorting center. I wonder what it was doing all that time? Doesn't seem like a very exciting place to have an adventure to me.

And if you notice that the package was shipped Priority 2-day mail, don't worry - the post office doesn't guarantee this delivery time, it's really just a name and nothing more.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Mailarteeth - don't pick your nose, aka envelope from the dark side ahead - and gold

It's been a while since I've found any good teeth-related mail worth sending.

Envelope to Christophe.

Double-sided card inside. Thanks to Linda F for the scrap of dentist.

Christophe already sent me a response in one of his cleverly folded magazine pages.

Apparently I have sent 18 MailArTeeth pieces to him, so he awarded me a gold medal.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Insects part 2

There were several great envelopes left from the Christopher Morley calendar.

They went to the next few people in my reply to pile:

One for the host, Jean

Honi C


Pamela G

Rose H

And one to Hester where I folded the paper more like Eric's last week, as the image was too nice to cut into.