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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Why My Suitcase Weighed 51 Pounds

My first stop in Portland (after lunch and before even checking in to my hotel) was SCRAP PDX. I went with my pal Karen (Sewmanyinterests on IG) and we were so entranced we forgot all about the parking meter -- for two hours! Luck being with us, no ticket.

The PDX Scrap was three blocks from my hotel, did I mention that?
And -- I went back the NEXT day with Miss Polly & JJAlltheWay.....

I could have taken this guy home for $85.....he may have been handy for the Fast Trac carpool lanes but I passed. I would have had to buy another plane ticket for him.

Karen knew exactly where the boxes -- and boxes -- of rubber stamps were......

It kills me to say this but they had way more stamps I've ever seen here in Scrap SF.
These are only some of the bins...

And more stamps here....you can see why it took us so long to go through all of these...we didn't want to miss anything good.

My basket didn't look too bad -- at first. I forgot to take a photo of it at the check-out but it was considerably fuller.
Rubber stamps, two sizes of Rolo cards, blueprints of PDX, vintage magazines, some old photos, red letter stickers, large vintage index cards with tabs, a cigar box.....

I found the little WISH YOU WERE HERE stamp-- perfect for my PDX postcards (which I barely had time to write).

Postal themed stamps...



I wanted that file cabinet but it would have been a bit tricky to get home on the plane...



I loved the vintage office supply section....

They had loads of Rolodex files in need of some altered rolodex card love......I wanted to buy them all and give them good homes...but....the plane....


Maybe I should...

My SCRAP PDX cigar box with some of my rubber stamps....I was a very happy re-purposer.....
And I went back the next day with JJ and Polly and got in some more trouble.
All I can say is, paper weighs A LOT.


Google "center for creative re-use" and you might find a Scrap near you!

AND THE POUCH WINNERS ARE ---
Michele C (airmail pouch)
&
Bleubeard....I mean Elizabeth for the KITTY pouch....

LEAVE YOUR ADDRESS in a comment (I will NOT publish it) OR send me a message using the Blogger Contact Form on the top right of the blog and I will mail those off asap.
And, everybody else, thanks for reading and commenting and stay tuned...
there may be more giveaways...

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Yes I Do Use Them ALL.........

A tiny break from PDX posts (but they'll be back).....today I thought I'd show you some of my favorite postal pouches.....
(and since so many people asked me on Instagram where I got these, I'll tell you the secret -- Belle & Union -- look online).

I am the lucky person who has a number of lovely friends who actually  MAKE me these zippered pouches -- just because they know I love them so much.
The fabulous Dori Singh made me all these and when I say they are in constant rotation, believe it.

Another mail art pal, CeCe in NYC, made me these three beauties years ago and they too are well used and well loved.
The nice thing about getting gifts like these from friends is that you think of the friends every time you use them.

Even with all the beautiful handmade pouches I have, I still buy them occasionally ...I am pretty sure you ALL have that Blue Q pouch (bottom).
And, even though i live in SF, I couldn't resist a SF skyline pouch I found ages ago in some toursit shop...since it's plastic it is good for leaky things.

Then we have the Tyvek pouches I made in my pal Monica's workshop....these are fun to make and fun to use too....
and with zippers from Scrap and re-purposing tyvek envelopes you receive in the mail they are practically free!

Collected and gifted from various sources....the two at the bottom are from Japantown....and that cool one at upper right I found on Amazon. It is quite a lot larger than any of the others and very handy.....

And, when in Paris......

My pal Patti ( pmarti5 on IG) made me the cool case up top....

You KNOW I have plenty of stuff to put in them...like this little notebook I covered with cool paper and carry with me because you just never know when you need to jot a note or make a list or get an idea...
I put my altered Altoid tins in some and mail art supplies in others....


....and rolls of washi tape fit perfectly in that kitty pencil case from Diaso....

OK -- and here are two for you!!
The Kitty pencil holder (no washi included) and the air mail pouch are up for grabs. Just leave me a comment about which one you'd like and I will randomly pick two people to send them to.
It's the least I can do after torturing you with these beauties.
BUT--remember--you can get out your sewing machine and make a pouch too -- or call a friend. Or, make a Tyvek pouch or two.
You can do it.
And, yes -- I really do use them all and I love every one.


Special thanks to my my very special friends who have made me pouches.
I love and use each and every one of them.

(Give-away Over -- winners on the next blog post. Thanks to all who commented.)

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

My Fabulous Vintage Paper Fair

That's right -- Greetings from California.
.25-cents and how could I resist?
(You know the answer to that)



I never go into the VPF really knowing what I will find -- it's more fun that way. I just settle in with the 25-cent cards and see what pops up.
And these sure did.....what lovely sweet sentiments.....

I kinda think sending your sweetie babies in box might scare him or her away...but that's just me. I'm more like the gal on the bottom card -- mad if I don't get mail!
And, BTW, I haven't been getting any good mail and I am getting cranky.

I do always look for any cards with a postal theme...


This year I discovered BIRDS.....I wonder why I never thought of looking for bird postcards before?

And I found lots of birds delivering letters...that's what birds do, right? Deliver mail and deliver babies?




I admit I do always have my eyes peeled for flower postcards. There is just something about them....

I found three very charming and falling apart old books....cheap.....and I know I will think up a wonderful project to do with them...

My fav this year? I just happened to flip a few cards over and WOW -- those  postmarks!! And the cursive and the stamps.
Who cares what's on the front?

I mean, just look at that handwriting. So beautiful.

And those postmarks......as Miss Polly from PDX would say, "I'm swooning"....

Want to come over and sift through the cards? Such a simple pleasure...
it doesn't take much more than some .25cent postcards to make me insanely happy...

I leave you with a couple of post boxes....
SEE YOU IN THE MAIL!!!!!!

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