Tuesday, May 30, 2017


This is one of my favorite bags that I kept to send to Eric for his paper bag mail art call. You can't tell from the scan, but the tree has a different texture (a bit like letter press) compared to the rest.

I'm looking forward to seeing how it traveled - hopefully the stamp placement didn't earn any nasty biro or sharpie marks.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Inkblot Mondays part 4

It's time for another inkblot.

What do you see?

I'll be back in a week to share my thoughts.

Here is last week's ink.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Sunday Stamps - Pets

Last year USPS issued a set of stamps showing 20 pets. They showed a dog and puppy, and a cat and kitten, so 18 unique species overall. The animals were chosen because they are all legal to own in all 50 US states.

I may have received more, but I know I have at least 13 of them.

If you want to know the story behind all the pink envelopes, go here.

Bonus envelope in from Limner this week with pets stamps, as well as some puffy minion stickers. Thanks for the brightest mail of my week! 

And some cool initials on the back ;)

Would you want a minion as a 'pet'?

And to see more pets on postage, head over to Sunday Stamps.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

MMSA Type styles

For this MMSA challenge postcards had to include 4 different styles of type. Can you identify the ones I used?

And here are the great cards in from Andrea, Ellen, Lynne and Wanda.

Friday, May 26, 2017


In from the Artist in Seine. This one involved some opening that I had to do to get to the Ohlala.

Thursday, May 25, 2017


Naomi's postcard has arrived. She has 1000 to send out this year. Sign up for one has ended, as she has all the addresses needed!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Faces from Fabienne

They're masks, rather than faces, but it made for a more alliterative title :)

Fabienne joins the spontaneous mail club :)

Check out the amazing matching stamp featuring the work of Michelangelo Durazzo, an Italian photographer (1935-1993).

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Monday, May 22, 2017

Inkblot Mondays part 3

It's time for another inkblot.

What do you see?

I'll be back in a week to share my thoughts.

A link to last week's ink blot.

Bonus - the envelope in which I sent my inkblots to the host, Honi:

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Sunday Stamps: photographs

Photographs are the subject of today's Sunday Stamps.

Eva sent me this card with a photo of Bab Nwader, one of the gates of the old city walls of Tetouan in Morocco.

In an odd coincidence, I had just bought a card showing an independent bookstore in my neighborhood to send to her.

And I chose stamps with black and white photos. Two from the sheet Masters of American Photography issued in 2002., and one from the sheet Building a Nation issued in 2013.

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

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Black and white and Chagall

A striking Sephora bag from Eric, with a stunning Chagall stamp.

I like the appropriate washi tape on the back. Matched by the mail barcode.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Springy mail from Martha

Great stamped envelope from Martha. I like the color of the new 1.17 stamp, even though the price hike from Royal Mail is a bit steep (11.4%).

And a bonus banana article from Private Eye.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017


Wonderful paper bag from Eric, with perfect stamps. I get the feeling I'd be in big trouble in one of these stores.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Inkblot Mondays part 2

It's time for another inkblot.

What do you see?

I'll be back in a week to share my thoughts.

Here's last week's inkblot.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Sunday Stamps - commemoratives

I sent this paper bag to Eric. The John F Kennedy stamp issued this year commemorates the centenary of his birth. The West Virginia stamp issued in 2013 commemorates the 150th anniversary of that state's admission to the Union.

I recently used the West Virginia statehood stamp on an envelope to Susan.

And a stamp from 2016 commemorates the 50th anniversary of Star Trek's debut on television. This is one of a set of four stamps on an envelope to Carroll.

Here's a stamp on an envelope I received from Katerina in Greece. It is one of five that celebrates the 150th anniversary of the National Archaeological Museum of Athens, and features the god Poseidon.

Katerina also included this piece of mail art inside her envelope.

For links to more commemorative stamps, head over to Sunday Stamps.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Le Pain

Eric sent me this great bag - apparently it holds two baguettes :) Great matching stamps, and a wonderful monkey stamp, too.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Full moon today

These are the moons I sent out for the February envelope exchange.

And a bonus moon envelope to Eric, showing his birthday month. The writing and moons glow in the dark.