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Monday, April 21, 2014

Bringing It All back Home

One of my favorite events every year -- in fact, twice a year -- is the SF Public Library Big Book sale.
This year I skipped the member's preview. Too many people, long line to get in, re-sellers with scanners, difficult parking. Instead I made a leisurely trip over to Fort Mason the following morning and found all sorts of treasures.
I don't know what I missed by skipping the preview but there was still plenty of great stuff the next day.

I grabbed a shopping cart when I went in -- thinking I didn't really need one because I wasn't planning on buying much....
I actually didn't buy much but what I did buy was HUGE. I could not resist this fabulous old (1958) dictionary for $3.
The marbleizing caught my eye right away...
It came home with me but don't tell my husband. He thinks I am cleaning out my studio, not bringing giant books home with me.

Did someone say Secretarial Training?

I am a bit surprised there needed to be a lesson on how to fold a letter....I mean, it isn't exactly rocket science....I do it all the time..
Filing anyone? Do you all know your A B C's?

And then there was the gardening section......

The first thing I did when I got home was tear up the book with all the color pictures of flowers....
so I would be sure to use them...and then I spent all day Sunday working in my studio and making cards and collages....
very relaxing!

Here are two of my favorite them? Kind of fun for Spring...

Here are two more....

Here's one I didn't buy....but I enjoyed a good look at it.

The photos and captions inside were pretty funny.

This one went in my cart but I actually took it back out (believe it or not). I have quite a few of these how-to-type collage manuals already and thought I'd leave it for someone else to find.
Hope it got a good home.

How to make a Leather Letter Folder -- you always wanted to do that, right?

I found a giant cookbook with loads of great photos that I just could not pass up....

A candy-making envelope for a pal who just spent a day making candy.

And adult beverages for a friend who wanted my lemoncello recipe.

An avocado card (I have a running avocado joke going on with someone).

Mailed this little packet off today to a pal.....I hope she will enjoy getting it.

That huge dictionary has the most wonderful pages to play with....I am going to making a whole lot of mail art and collages with it....

And I've still got flowers to play with any ideas for me of what to make with them?

The building on the right side is where the big book sale is....not only is it incredibly fun to look at all the old books but just look at that view.  Such a great location. Greens restaurant is right there and picnic tables....come for the books, stay for lunch and the views.
If you are planning a trip to SF in April or September you just might get lucky and be there when the four day book sales are.

I think I will go back to tearing and pasting and collaging now but that's what I have been up to the last few days.
And you?
What is everybody doing out there? Thanks for reading the blog and please, stop in and add a comment to encourage me to keep going here....I like to know you're all out there!


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Last Two Weeks....

Hello you all.
I have been just a little bit too busy these days. The studio is slowly coming along.
No art on the walls yet.
And the work table is pretty clean.

I have been pretty busy sorting and organizing and tossing. I treated myself to a flat file and it has been so wonderful to sort my big stack of sheets of paper into the five drawers.
Now I can finally find what I'm looking for.
This is BIG!

Children under twelve should not see these next photos -- in fact, they make break the hearts of you mail artists out there -- brace yourselves!


Behind the North Berkeley post office is a very sad sight -- lots of old PO Boxes left outside to rust and fall apart.

This is too sad.....

The pal who showed me this pathetic sight told me she talked to the people inside the PO about buying a box but no one knew anything about them.
She also wrote to the postmaster -- no answer! I am pretty sure a number of mail artists would buy boxes to stash filled with mail art in their studios or maybe out in the backyard.
A win-win situation.
The PO would make some money, the mail artists would be happy and they wouldn't end up in the landfill.
But the USPS doesn't seem to be at all interested in selling them.
What a shame.
North Berkeley PO -- I think it could use a face lift!

On another note, I came across this rather charming book on Amazon. The  Stamp Head lady on the cover really caught my eye. Oh--and the fact the book is one cent. That's right, one cent.
And worth every penny.
(Sorry, I couldn't resist)

Inside cover

More Stamp Heads inside.
Those are the only Stamp Heads but the book is rather charming. And for a penny, why not get a copy?

Other than crying over sad post boxes and sorting papers and eating lunch with my friends I have been working on getting some mail out as well....

Origami Folders
Made some of my old favorite origami folders to mail out....

Picked up a pack of brown craft paper blank cards and envelopes and I've been having fun making cards with those...what you can do with a few rubber stamps and a cancelled stamp!

Here's a card that got collaged on the front and the back of the card stock...I even get ideas in the middle of making dinner....

Oh -- and I have been having a whole lot of fun putting my postal treasures on the new shelves.
Arranging and rearranging.
So much to do and so little time.
Today is the Library Big Book Spring Sale. And no, I don't need more books.
And yes, I am going. I can't resist. And, I do have more shelves to put the books on....

Bought the beautiful new bird stamps yesterday. Looking forward to the very cool circus stamps coming in May. Hoping to get the studio finished up, artwork hung and invite my pals over to play.
Getting out the mail.
And what about you? What is everybody else doing these days?
Do tell.

Happy Spring to everyone!


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Let's Do Lunch

Lunch in Chinatown on Stockton Street
Mailartists have to eat too.

Clay pot and Shanghai noodles on Balboa.
And, you can keep an eye out for terrific take-out menus to make mailart with.

Tortilla Soup in the Mission District.
You know you want a tortilla chip.

Coconut Chicken Curry Soup at PPQ.
And, course chopstick wrappers and cartes de visite and take-out menus are good ephemera for mail art.

Dim Sum cart at City View on Commercial.
There is no city view there but you won't care.

Lots of great places for Mexican food in SF
I like tostadas best myself.

Caffe Puccini lunch in North Beach
(try the carbonara)
and go for a long walk afterwards.

A very long walk....

Sanruku at the Metreon downtown for a Japanese bento.

Delfina Pizza
Try not to miss this one.

Middle Eastern food right near Golden Gate Park
(you can walk to the Japanese Tea Garden)

Chicken, leek, carrot, and pan fried noodle PHO at Turtle Tower
on Larkin Street in "Little Saigon" (also known as the TL).
Near the SF Main Library.

Ramen at SUZU
Every kind they make is delicious
(in Japan Center)

Save room for cappuccino and writing some postcards......

San Francisco is a great place to eat and these are only lunches.
I recommend going to the Zuni or Absinthe late (if possible), after a concert or movie.

People are always asking me about what to eat and where to go in SF so I thought I'd do some random posting on my town for your visitors out there.

Of course I should have posted this in time for Ex Postal facto but I didn't...

Come to San Francisco and have fun with food. And mail art.
Hope you enjoy the pix!

I am so busy these days I've had no time to post so I thought I'd tempt you with some eye-candy.
My studio is coming along but it has been so much work. And I am trying to squeeze in art when I am not organizing and tossing and will see photos soon, I promise!

So, what are you all doing these days??????


Saturday, March 29, 2014

Clap Your Hands

Remember that kid's song that went like this --
If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands
Well, I'm happy and I know it and I'm lucky and I know it and I have the most amazing mail artist pals who really know how to put a party on through the mail.

I just had a week of lovely and amazing mail from my most generous and incredibly talented friends.
I just have to show you....

(envelope from my pal Kelly P)

From the amazing  Dori S. -- a beautiful handsewn zippered pouch to store mail art treasures in, along with a sewn tri-fold card.
I am going to love using this --  and think of Dori every time I do.

Just look at how the card opens up -- so cool. I would have been happy just to get the card. But nooooooooo
I am not giving the zippered pouch back.

Just wanted to be sure you saw the stamp on the zipper pull. Dori doesn't miss a detail.

And then......The lovely Connie Rose.....made me this incredible book.......I have been drooling over the photos she has posted of her books for months....

Take a peek at the inside pages....they are all different...

....and all are beautiful. I think I will just have to put this beauty inside that other beauty (Dori's pouch) and carry them both around with me all the time....

I'm lucky because my pals know we well.....and they still like me. I wouldn't say I'm always early but I am definitely always on-time and I hate it when people are late....
sometimes when I'm meeting a friend who I know is always late I try to arrive late and I never manage to do it...

My co-op pal, S Wurlitzer knows how much I love typewriters and look what she gave me -- so cool. And that wrapping paper was very cool too. I am betting it will find it's way into some mail art.

I don't know why but I keep think of Alfred Hitchcock when I see this photo.....
Miss Millicent -- mom of THREE LITTLE KIDS -- somehow managed to find the time to sew and create this fabulous little book for me...I do not know how she does it....
she is another Aries and has that Aries energy but still...

Look inside -- peek-a-boo windows and a stamp head!

Soooooo cool.....I think this will have to travel with me in that pouch too.....

I am just so amazed at how talented and creative -- and generous - my friends are.
Thank you so very much to each and every one of you who made my birthday very happy and very special.
I am so grateful.

If all that isn't enough....we had a SF Correspondence Co-Op meeting last Saturday and we have another one coming up on April 6th.
It is so wonderful to spend an afternoon with so many friends and lovers of mail.
Our leader, Jennie Hinchcliff, was busy stamping co-op passports and spreading the love for good mail.

SWAP and Collage Table
We had our swap table and everyone left with some treasure. And a bunch of folks got busy and started making collaged postcards.

And....there was food....and wine....SF Center for the Book hosted this meeting so we could all take another look at the XPF Mail Art Show too.

Show & Tell
I brought some things for Show and Tell.....a good time was had by all. And we we talking about how lucky we are in be in San Francisco and have this wonderful mail art community and so many art events to go to.

Next time I will show you what I've been working on --- besides thank you mail -- including collages, origami folders and putting my studio back together.
It has been a very busy and happy week.
Thanks again to all of you for the good wishes.
Thanks to everyone who texted me, send me snail mail, posted good wishes on FB, made me beautiful things and brightened my entire week.



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