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Monday, January 9, 2017

January Doings

January in San Francisco has been cold, dark and very wet. I love it! We need the rain and it is a good excuse to hang out in my studio and play.
I noticed there are a lot stamps in the studio and that got me thinking...well...about stamps.

These vintage Chinese beauties were included in a big batch of ephemera a friend gave me. I think I'm going to have a great year making collages and Rolodex cards and books and altered passports  with all the old paper....I can't wait. But, for right now, I am just enjoying looking at these.

I started noticing a lot of stamps on sheets of paper -- like these.

And like these......

 I got to thinking, it would be fun to sort some of my bags of stamps and stick them in a moleskin....
I find sorting stamps very calming.

I had sooooo many piles going.....I sorted by colors and subject.  And I stuck them in and didn't look back.
The book will be fun to flip through.

Handmade book by Christie J
This little beauty just showed up in the mail unexpectedly one day and what a delight.

Here's a look inside...

and, here's another......
Thank you, Christie! Love it.
(@christie_jz on IG)

More Good Mail
This arrived on another day from Dawn C. Also a handmade book filled with postal goodness and pages to write in.
Dawn knew I've been having some difficult times and thought I needed some cheering up.
How thoughtful!

Cheer me up it certainly did!

Thanks so very much, Dawn. I just love random acts of kindness , especially those sent through the mail.

And, speaking of random acts of kindness, a new Instagram pal, knew I have been looking for these Reader Digest covers to use for altered books and she just sent me a bunch.
I love them and I can't wait to get started making books.
Thanks, @sakameg (on IG)

Any of you make any resolutions? Art ones?

I have a list going.........
I'll tell you all soon. Happy 2017. Make all the art you can!


  1. You have so many wonderful friends who send you great things. I don't think I've seen that many old stamps before in my life. I also can't wait to see what you do with the old Reader's Digest covers. Happy New Year, happy days.

    1. Thank you, Elizabeth -- I do have a lot of stamps. i just love them. I am going to make altered books with the Readers Digest covers....

  2. Those old Chinese envelopes are great! And the stamps in the moleskine look cool. I should try that since I have piles of them also. Love seeing what you're up to.

  3. Happy new year Pamela! A few resolutions, yes. Keep going is one of them. Keep up the good work. I hope this year will bring us lots of good things. Your stamp collection is amazing. My dad would have had a blast of a time sorting out stamps with you! Xxx

    1. Marie W - awwwww i would love to sort stamps with your dad. I could mangle my French at the same time. He liked stamps? Do you have his stamp collection? And yes-- keep going -- a good resolution.

  4. Happy New Year! Thanks for featuring the little book I made you. I'm glad you like it! Sorting stamps is truly calming, you are so right. I like your idea of putting some in small journals to flip through and enjoy. Much better than sitting in boxes and bins. As far as resolutions go, I want to do more of the things I enjoy this year - more creating, more reading, more walking, more gardening, more laughing and, of course, more making and sending mail art!!

  5. Christie -- I brought your book to our mail art meeting and everyone loved it! It got passed around the table and 20 people saw it. More laughing -- I like that! In fact i like ALL your ideas. Have a good 2017 and thank you for all the GOOD MAIL and lovely comments.

  6. Pamela, I'm so glad you liked your little book and I hope the new year brings you cheer!

  7. I thought of you the moment I saw this. :D



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