Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

August envelope exchange part 4

To Molly

I love the idea of up-cycling fruit/veg labels! They go perfectly with the Summer Harvest stamps. Carol C did a fantastic job with this one, and even sent me a bonus stamp.

Monday, September 28, 2015

August envelope exchange part 3

To Jean R.

A very creative design from Gina M to complement the great Summer Harvest stamp. This envelope has a texture to it as well. Love the ants.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

August envelope exchange part 1

Jean and Jan have bumped up the frequency of envelope exchanges to monthly.

I used pages from an old Andy Warhol calendar to make envelopes. Rather than make envelopes in my usual template size, I just folded the pages in half and cut off the white edges. This did create non-standard envelope sizes, so they all required extra postage.

To Bridget in Australia

Vintage stamps and big letters from Elizabeth

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Another sick bag

Jean takes my sick bag mail art collection up to a total of two!

(Pity about the sharpie attack, even though the stamps have been franked)

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Tucker is... the biggest and the best...and the last

This one is an unwitting collaboration in the sense that the cardboard is from another mail artist. Bonus points if you know who you are :)

And that's it for Tucker Tuesdays. It's been a blast.

Jon sent me a large packet of ephemera with a thank you note taped to the outside, just when I was doing well at getting rid of all my own junk.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Sunday Stamps - Industry

Initially I didn't think of anything for this topic of Sunday Stamps.

Then this fantastic set from USPS sprang to mind.

NPR has an excellent article and a large, clear slideshow so you can see the stamps in detail.

Here are a couple of envelopes I used them on.

Real post card with bite

All non-bill, non-flier mail is much appreciated, even if it isn't mail art.

A postcard from the Florida coast from Nancy.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Monday, September 14, 2015

Tomato retweet

Eva (of the mailadventures blog) tweeted the tomato envelope I sent her, and @USPSstamps retweeted it!

@USPSstamps homepage

The tomato retweet:

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Sunday Stamps - Bridges over the Tyne

Bridges have been an important feature of Tyneside ever since the Pons Aelius (Hadrian Bridge) was built by the Romans. 

Three of the bridges have been featured on stamps.

From the Millennium projects series in 2000, the newest bridge over the Tyne, the Gateshead Millennium Bridge (2001). You can see the Tyne Bridge in the background.

From the excellent A-Z of Britain set (2012) where the letter T was dedicated to the Tyne Bridge, opened in 1928. You can see three other bridges on this stamp - the low-level Swing Bridge (1876), the High Level Bridge, and the Queen Elizabeth II Metro Bridge (1981). This stamp caused minor controversy in that an old image was used - the Tuxedo Princess, a party boat docked on the Gateshead side of the river, having departed the Tyne in 2008.

And from this year's spectacular Bridges set, the High Level Bridge, which carries rail and road over the river. It opened in 1849, and due to wear and tear and an effort to ensure its survival, road traffic is much reduced, down to one lane one-way for buses and taxis.

I *think* that you can see a tiny bit of the Metro Bridge bottom right in this one.

The only stamp of the three I own is the Millennium one - part of the sets of special stamps issued in 1999 and 2000.

However I have either walked, driven or taken public transport over all of the bridges I've mentioned (as well as a few more, like the Redheugh, Scotswood, and King Edward VII bridges).

See Sunday Stamps for more bridges.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

This is just a test, part 2

Remember the missing envelopes from the post office test?

Well, they still haven't shown up, however I did try it again.

And no closer to solving the mystery, as they all arrived post marked in the same way, albeit at different times of day.

The codes are O (outside main PO), I (inside main PO) and W (work).

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Pocket Art

Fascinating presentation of mail art by Monsenhor enVide neFelibata.

Thursday, September 3, 2015