Saturday, January 28, 2023

Once upon a time...

 Thousands of years ago, cats were worshipped as gods in Egypt.

They have not forgotten this.

Amazing pyramid, stamps and contents arrived from Fafa, with a feline face on the back!

And more ancient Egypt via postcrossing

Thank you, and happy Caturday to those who celebrate.

Sunday, January 22, 2023

Trees for Sunday Stamps

 Eva sent me a very green tree-related envelope a while back. The stamps show olive trees (the four se-tenant stamps), the botanical sciences, and a famous Holm oak (Quercus ilex) found in the municipality of Zarza de Montánchez in Spain. The Terrona Holm oak is thought to be 800 years old. Even the crowns in the background of the definitive stamp are green.

For links to more tree-themed stamps head to See it on a Postcard

Saturday, January 21, 2023

Caturday II

 Today is the last day of the year of the tiger, so here are a some small tigers.

One via postcrossing

One from Fabienne

And a few from Heleen

Friday, January 20, 2023

Postage increases Sunday, January 22nd

 USPS is increasing most of its prices on Sunday

1 oz letter up 3c to 63c

Additional oz stays the same at +24c per oz

1 oz letter = 63c

2 oz letter = 87c

3 oz letter = $1.11

3.5 oz letter (the max weight for a letter) =  $1.35

Non-machineable surcharge up 1c to +40c. Non-machineable is a non-rectangular or non-flexible piece that won't bend as it goes through the sorting machines.

1 oz non-machineable letter = $1.03 

2 oz non-machineable letter = $1.27

3 oz non-machineable letter = $1.51

3.5 oz non-machineable letter = $1.75

Domestic postcard up 4c to 48c

International mail 1oz letters and postcards up 5c to $1.45


You can purchase stamps at the current price until Saturday, however if you're buying online note that the USPS website will be down from 11pm eastern time (8pm pacific) for maintenance.

Most other categories of mail (large envelopes, packages, etc) are going up as well. Check online or at your post office.


These otters and flowers look happier in the snow than I will be later this weekend - stay safe if you're subject to a storm in the next few days.

Sunday, January 15, 2023

Sunday Stamps - Music Makers

 I like this theme as it has a wide interpretation.

I chose the stamps I used on this envelope to highlight three individuals who made contributions to music: Johnny Cash, Edith Piaf, and Miles Davis

The Johnny Cash stamp was issued in 2013 as part of the Music Icons series. This remains one of my favorite USPS stamps ever.

The Edith Piaf and Miles Davis stamps were part of a 2012 joint issue with La Poste (France).

Head over to Sunday Stamps for links to more Music Makers

Saturday, January 14, 2023

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Joyeuses Fêtes

 Lovely holiday card from Fabienne

Some fab Christmas washi tape with gold accents was on the envelope

Monday, January 9, 2023

Cat and mice

 Another festive postcard from Heleen... a blue cat and two mice in a tree... in a tree :)

Sunday, January 8, 2023

Let it Snow part two

 CJ commented on my Let it Snow entry that Eva's card looked like an envelope. Eva read the comment, and in turn sent me this amazing illustrated envelope. I think the stamps she used have a perfectly matching color palette that really adds to the atmosphere of the whole piece.

Tuesday, January 3, 2023

Holly and glitter

Beautifully addressed envelope from CJ - hard to show off the glittery decorations. I love the break in the crossbar on the H.

And the tree's still up, so here's the festive card inside.

Sunday, January 1, 2023

Sunday Stamps on New Year's Day

 The theme today is archaeology, and you can see more stamps on this topic via the links at Sunday Stamps.

Royal Mail issued a set of stamps last year to mark the 100th anniversary of the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb by archaeologist Howard Carter. Luckily for me, as they are a beautiful and vibrant set, I received one of the stamps on a postcard.

Joy has the full set on display today if you'd like to see more.

Happy new year, everyone!