Friday, July 21, 2017

Wonder Woman!

The Wonder Woman stamps issued last year seemed perfect for this envelope I sent to Adrienne.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

A stunning abstract

Philippe sent this amazing abstract design. I love how the stamps (and my address!) fit perfectly on the envelope.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

A square to Jon

Jon, over at IUOMA, found a few frames that each contained 9 wooden squares.

I decided to participate, then once the square arrived I felt at a bit of a loss. Then one day, I decided to see what kind of collage I might come up with.

And this is the final result I sent back to him.

When the board is complete, I'll post it.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Calendar envelope from Katerina

This nice envelope from Katerina...

...contained this collage and another colorful minizine.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Monuments for Sunday Stamps

Luckily for me, this great envelope from Fabienne arrived in time to give me something to show today.

A journey around Paris by metro and stamps showing the monumental Grand Arch of La Defense, as well as two other stunners. Including the Opera, which has impressive statues on either side. I love the added Hockney collage.

With a little help from another Paris landmark, the Pompidou center.

And postcards showing the beautiful opera building, and a view of Paris.

For more statues and monuments on stamps, head over to Sunday Stamps.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

One postmark, or two?

A couple of envelopes arrived from Eva a few Fridays ago. Bright clown feet bouncing through the letter box. Clerks usually cancel the stamps by hand in Morocco. Did they add the stamps to this one in this unusual way? Eva would surely not have placed them like this. Fortunately it didn't matter. Given the date of the postmark, this envelope took a month to reach me.

However, on the colorful envelope posted a few weeks later, the stamps were canceled with a single postmark, no bonus one this time. I wonder if the clerk respected the image on this envelope? Just another mail mystery, I guess.

Key to sating your hunger pangs at the central market in Rome is this fun guide to the food on offer. Love the fact that one part is an A-Z story and another is a found poem. 

M is for Memory is the title of this photograph that Eva sent to congratulate me on finishing the A-Z challenge. Not sure I saw the connection to memory from the photo at first. Of course after some contemplation I can see seeds 'remembering' how to grow into full plants. Perhaps the image is intended to evoke a memory. Quite likely one of a half-forgotten summer picnic. Refreshing watermelon eaten on a hot afternoon. Scrambling to evacuate after the ants also realize how delicious the fruit is. Tired after spending hours in the sun. Unhappy to be returning to reality. Vexed at having to unpack the car in the heat, which now seems sweltering instead of relaxing.

What things in the letter's contents have I not mentioned so far? X is a letter Italian's don't have to worry about starting sentences with, Eva points out. Yet another postcard from Rome showing the 17th century work titled Prospettiva you can see in the Galleria Spada.

Zebra-striped washi tape puts the final seal on Eva's envelope, as well as this post.