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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Random Postal Happiness

INCOMING MAIL

I thought I would share a little of the wonderful mail I've been getting lately. I certainly have noticed how thoughtful and generous mail artists are.
I often find treasures in my mailbox. And, I like everything!

INCOMING VINTAGE ENVELOPES

I absolutely cannot find any vintage envelopes around SF so my pal
Kelly P send me a shipment from her travels....these are going to be so much fun to work with.

AND as if that wasn't enough, the very same Kelly P made me the cool folder on the right -- something cool to put mail art supplies in...just my type..
And on the left is another folder made from paper, fabric and sewn that I found for free out on the street....my lucky day.

INCOMING

Leigh from the big state of Texas sent me a very cool vintage book of  San Francisco printers and typographers. Another thing that will be great for collage and mail art.

INCOMING

From SA in Pasadena -- another wonderful collage.

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Kelly P has done it again -- she made an origami type booklet with a letter sewn inside.
Too wonderful.

INCOMING

From Laura Dunkin-Hubby -- a letter and collage arrived sealed up in clear plastic.
The photo doesn't do it justice. 

INCOMING French Book

Vintage French phrase book (God knows I need it!) from Millicent that was really fun to cut up and collage with....

Cutting up cereal boxes to use as postcard backs -- love re-cycling!

Chinatown Joss Paper

My pal Sally and I both liked this joss paper on a Chinatown shopping trip. We thought those round symbols looked like postmarks. You think?

Chinatown

I have been using the pages from these Chinatown booklets for letter writing and using the envelopes to mail them. Quite a nice combination, don't you think?
I might wear mostly black but I do love those oranges, red and pinks.

I'm picking up paper ephemera all over SF in my travels around town. I have some new booklet-making in mind. You'll see.....

Got out the stamp collection and all my postal stickers and....

Postal ATC's

......I'm working on a series of Postal ATC's to trade with some mail art pals....
Dori, Connie, Andria are all in....
I think it's going to be a lot of fun.

So, you see I have a lot of mail to catch up with and answer....and this is only some of it..
Booklet making, ATC's....and I'm packin up my mail art travel kit too.

So, what are you all up to these days?
I've got a lot going on and I'll show you more next time......

Send Good Mail -- Get Good Mail

33 comments:

  1. Wow! That is some great mail! I just love how creative and generous the postal community is...

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  2. Those ATCs are gorgeous, and inspiring me in postcard ideas! Now, where to find the time to make all that I want to make? :)

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    1. Melissa--I know, believe me. I am always behind. If you get motivated to make some Postal ATC's -- let's trade!

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  3. Is your shopping cart of mail a little emptier now or still full to the brim ;) Thanks for sharing all of the loveliness!

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    1. Cindy -- I am sorry to say the famous shopping cart is fuller than ever and in fact, so full, a bunch of mail was falling out of it this afternoon. I've got to think of something to do with all that mail...I think I will try to sort it and re-purpose some of it into something new -- like Postal ATC's maybe?

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    1. only because it posted twice....

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    2. Oops--sorry about that! It didn't seem like it went through the first time! I think repurposing the old mail to make new mail is a great idea!!!

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    3. No problem, Cindy -- two comments are better than no comments! And I think I will work on some re-purposing. Making the postal ATC's might be a good time to try that -- or in booklets?

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  5. Lots of beautiful art, here! Interesting that you can't find vintage envelopes locally.

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    1. Shams--no, I never see them except maybe at the twice-a-year Vintage Paper fair but theu are a dollar each (at least) there and these were 5 for $1. If you ever see any locally please pick them up for me and I'll pay you back...

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  6. It is always wonderful to see your mail, incoming and outgoing. I love all your ideas.

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    1. Thanks so much, TomoyoHime! Glad someone likes mi ideas!!

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  7. Pamela, I want to trade an ATC or two with you, too. I followed your FB link to Andria's post about the ATCs. It's only fair that I send you an ATC, too. :) bethanyleea @ gmail.com

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  8. Marvelous mail post. Look at that stamp collections, wow....after next weekend's Bazaar, hope to get back into my mail swing, so far behind. xox

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    1. Corrine - I bet you have all kinds of painted papers you can cut up and mail off! Good luck next weekend.

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  9. Wonderful. I like your way of recycling, love the orange and pink, vintage, so much material to play with!

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    1. Matie W-- I like pink & orange too. And I thought up another very fun project using those Chinese envelopes. I'll show you soon in another post. Thanks for commenting.

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  10. Had to laugh at the comment, "I might wear mostly black, but I do love those oranges...." Yep, me too, and orange and pink is my favourite combo! I sent you a little flight boekie and some ATCs last week, we seem to be on the same wavelength! Greetings from Australia!!

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    1. viz--I got it on Friday!!!! the booklet is fabulous--love it. All the way from Australia. I'll post a photo on my next blog post. Booklets and ATC's -- we do think a like--but then we are both Aries with almost the same birthday, right? Thanks for the great mail. (I posted it on IUOMA)

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  11. Lovely mail! I actually found a giant box of vintage envelopes at an antique place this weekend, I had so much fun digging through other people's mail! Most of them were first day of issue stamps, and they were still kinda pricey (1.85 ea) But if you're desperate for some really interesting ones, I can go back for you!

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    1. Oh!! Allison -- that is so very nice of you to offer.I think that is a little pricey for me though but I really appreciate you offering. I bet it was fun to dig through the box. And I owe you mail --coming soon.

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  12. fabulous shot of your stamp collection! mine are piled in an old cigar box, which is cool looking, but not very functional when searching for stamps. I think I have one of those clear compartment boxes somewhere - thanks for the tip! (and thanks for linking to mail art Monday!)

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    1. Thanks, Karen -- I have two of those compartment boxes of stamps...get Max to sort them by color for you! I really enjoyed Mail Art Monday today -- lots of great gluing tips,

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  13. So much mail love!! Lovin' it!!

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    1. Thanks, Alisa -- I have the bug and I have made different ones...I will do a post on them soon. want t trade?

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  15. I followed the Mail Art Monday link over from Karen and MMSA. I'm very enticed by the cellophane doohicky from Laura, but it's hard to tell what it is. Can you maybe post a second picture of what's inside? Or at least explain what it on the inside, and how it's put together? I'm not sure, for example, if the collage is a separate piece inside, or just on the plastic envelope itself. Thanks ...

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    1. http://www.flickr.com/photos/suburbanpenpal/

      Joanne -- take a look at her photos of Flickr -- and you'll see her amazing mail art. The collage in mine was a separate collage inside the plastic. Laura does all kinds of wonderful things...

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  16. Pamela, I'm so glad you received the vintage San Francisco art director's magazine. I had fun sending it as I know you are the right person to have it and repurpose it.

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    1. Thanks so much Texas Leigh! I appreciate it and can't wait to work on something using the pages...

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