Tuesday, May 20, 2014
On Saturday, I had the opportunity to speak with several people about Mail Art and it made me excited to make more pieces.
I don't know who gave these vintage postcards to me (don't worry collectors have told me that these aren't sought after.) I altered them with Italian phrases which I took out of my old Madame Butterfly libretto. I sent one to a friend who is actually Italian. I think he'll get a kick out of receiving it.
Here's a series that I did with my Cactus - Lily cards.
Again, so much fun for me to find words that create dialog between the two "friends."
I added an old stamp to each of the cards just because they needed something more.
Does the dialog between them make you smile? Any captions you come up with? Send them to me and I'll send you a card.
To ensure that the viewer looks at them in the orientation that I wanted, I signed and titled them. As you know, I usually don't do this with my Mail Art.
I'm going to continue with this series for awhile. I need to get back to serious business, ha ha ha, rather than playing around.
Alternative Speakers Bureau.
Every day, make something, or do something creative. Practice!
If you need some help to get you started - you might find HERE.
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Here are a couple more that I've collaged the fronts of , and added current postage but left some of the original postmark visible.
I hope that somehow the stamps and the recipients connect.
What would you do with these envelopes. I appreciate any ideas you have.
Here's my kitty, Bizoo, with his favorite morning thing. A heavy duty plastic zipper bag.
He's so pleased, if a cat can show that, when I bring it out in the morning from the closet where I stash it over night.
Sunday, May 11, 2014
The random letters spell nothing but with the addition of a question mark and en exclamation, wow, they sure do seem to be telling us something.
People gave me nice captions for them.
So I made up the postcard and sent them out to people with their caption on the reverse.
These strike me as quite amusing. I have more cards to work with so you might see more examples of my silliness.
If you'd like to receive on in YOUR mail box, let me know.
"Creativity is a Practice" into the envelope so it wouldn't go empty.
Today was the American holiday called Mother's Day. It's been all changed up from the original idea of it, made so commercial. I never required that my kids celebrate me on this day. I felt pretty much honored on a regular basis year round, but it's nice day to be out and about. Every year for a long time, I've sent my kids cards on Mother's Day - if not for them, I wouldn't be one. But now we have a little grandgirl, and I like celebrating this new life and our DIL. We walked to Carytown where Z went to her favorite restaurant for her usual, a mini-baguette. She walked lots, amazing how fast she goes. We were exhausted but she still had energy.
So back to the First Day Covers: do you know anything about them, did you ever collect any? What did you do with them?
Thursday, May 08, 2014
For a number of reasons, primarily the arrival of spring and the opening of the farmers' market, I've been thinking a lot about nature.
I was happy when Mary of Uncustomary picked this as her monthly theme.
My walks in Battery Park with my grand have also made me aware changes in the season - with the little yellow flowers in abundance. My grand loves to pick them. Are they buttercups? I don't know.
I love walking down the path towards the children's play area and having my grand get so happy about the flowers and the sweet gum balls that are all over the ground.
The market at Byrd House opened yesterday and my CSA had the most beautiful produce.
I got some curley kale, some peppermint chard, some asparagus, radishes, and salad greens. I'm going so happy to have produce fresh from the fields again. Oh and eggs from really free range out in the open hens. I know my farmers! It's all real and tastes so good.
Here are the French radishes that I like to eat as a snack, crunchy and slightly spicy.
Everything is organic,
Being part of a CSA since 2001, I've been made aware of buying local and seasonal. This really puts one in touch with nature. Tomatoes only grow certain times of the year, wow, not like year round in the grocery stores. Ditto all our other produce. It's seasonal!! It's nature.
Also, since I've gotten on Instagram, I'm taking lots of photos of flowers. Nature at it's prettiest.
After a long, cold winter, oh spring, I like you so much!!
Friday, May 02, 2014
I'm using the old colored paper that tears and marks up easily.
I think the reverse is really good, too.
I added these women who are NOT in distress - oh no, these women are seeing the Beetles in person for the first time!
I put a photo of my grand in the care of this old guy. It made me laugh to do this. I'd accidentally printed some of her photos on regular paper so the color wasn't that great. It was easy to cut it out of the background.
|May 18, 2013|
Look at our cute gatito! He was so tiny and had lots of room in his sling bed.
He forgot about this bed after awhile, sleeping in other locations, so I moved it upstairs in the "library" area of our bedroom.
|April 30, 2014|
He rediscovered it a couple days ago.
No more gatito!
But still so pretty.