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Friday, February 23, 2018

Anybody miss me?

It's been a while, hasn't it? Funny how things get busy. And I seem to enjoy posting to Instagram these days.
But I thought I'd pop in to the blog and say hello and tell you some of the things I've been up to.
Grab a nice cappuccino and have a visit.

Since my last post of our mail art meeting, there's been another mail art meeting. We had some new visitors and all the usual fun of stamping artistamp passports and making things and finding treasures on the swap table.

There has been A LOT of hanging out and making things in my studio. I have been making lots of little origami folders and decorating them and filling them and mailing them off. It is really fun to make them. I even cleaned up and for a few days you could actually see the top of my work table. See?
Maybe not now though....

Of course I have been playing with stamps....

And, playing with rubber stamps too...

I stamped twenty pages for a FeMail rubber stamp art call and my ink pad ran dry..
By the way, anyone have a recommendation for the best stamp pads? I seem to buy cheap ones or even (gasp) pick them up at Scrap, and they really aren't any good...but no way am I paying $10 for a stamp pad...
What do you all use?

I have been sending out a lot of mail, if I do say so myself...

I made a pal an altered book a while back..(here are some pages). And, I have started a couple for myself. So many ideas...

Driving around San Francisco exploring all my favorite neighborhoods. Or walking. Or taking public transit.
Places to go and people to see.

One place I went was SFmoma - a favorite hang out of mine. If you are ever visiting San Francisco, don't miss it. Always something good to see there.
I loved the Walker Evans show and it made me wonder about the state of fine art photography these days. I went to the SF Art Institute and got a degree in Fine Art Photography but I wonder if people are still doing that....and if there are people like Walker Evans who spent his entire life following his muse and making wonderful photographs.

Lunar New Year is BIG in SF and I love it. I mean, who can resist all those lucky red envelopes and the outdoor flower market and the lion dancers....not to mention Chinese food? Not I.

There was Valentine's Day -- and a week later, our wedding anniversary. I still am crazy over my guy.  I was a child bride. Ok, maybe not....but I was very young...

Lots of flowers all around our house. Those plum blossoms are from our own tree in the backyard.

You all know me, of course there have been lots (and lots) of lunches,. I can't help myself. And a mail art pal from the east coast flew into town and we met up for lunch -- how fun.
And next week another mail art pal is coming and a group of her correspondents are meeting up for lunch at the The Slanted Door. I love when mail artists meet up.

You know it.

So, art and mail and romance and SF and food and fun ..... watching the figure skating at the Olympics too. Did you know I am married to a former figure skater?
I didn't think so. There are many mysteries still to be revealed (or not).

So, that's the news that's fit to print. Yes, there is bad stuff and average stuff too but no need to write about that. We all know about some of it and we all have some of it.

What have you guys been up to? I hope you are all well out there in cyberspace -- and making mail art -- and having good lunches.

See you in the mail? Or in the comments.


  1. Thank you Pamela, yes you were missed.
    You add delicious eye candy and inspiration.
    Belated Happy Anniversary! ♥♥

  2. So glad to see you here again! I followed you on instagram of course, but a blog post is always better.

  3. I enjoy IG, too, but I miss your chatty, inspirational, image filled blog posts and am always happy to see one posted. Happy belated anniversary! A fine art photographer and a figure skater, there must be a good how you met story in that! Regarding stamp pads, my luck is hit or miss. I usually try to find ones that have permanent ink so they don't smear (as much) if I add wet media on top.

  4. You are so nice to say, cjsrq! Thanks for the stamp pad tips.

  5. Sounds like a wonderful life. Yes, we all have our happy outsides and our (maybe) troubled insides, but so many blessings! I've only managed a few art postcards this year, but simply making them makes me happy.

  6. Since I'm not on Instagram, I adore your blog posts and YES, I have missed you.

    I buy reinkers and use them with various media to stamp. I use baby wipes, but most of all, I use a TH product made of craft foam. It works great with any and all reinkers. I prefer Staz-on, but that's just my choice. Any dye, distressed, or solvent ink will work. I'm not fond of pigment inks because they take so long to dry.

    I LOVED the Chinese envelopes and the wonderful little images, too. I also loved seeing all the meals you ate. Wonderful pages in the altered book and great flowers around your home.

    And before I forget, happy, happy belated anniversary!

    1. Thanks Elizabeth -- I think I try to keep up the blog partly because I know some people are not on IG or Facebook so I am very glad you enjoyed the post. Thanks for the ink pad tips. i need to up my game and stop using the worn out ink pads. And it is better if the ink dries quickly because I tend to smudge everything.....

  7. I loved watching you on IG but sorely miss your blog posts. I was just thinking of you two days ago and was going to send out a comment to see if all was well- maybe my thoughts carried quicker across the universe!
    Anyway, Welcome back and yes, you were missed!

    What a super post! So much to have caught up on ans looks like life surely has been busy!
    Congrats on your anniversary and a former skater? How cool is that! Did you meet on the ice? (well, probably not as you are in San Fran!)
    Those Plum Blossoms are exquisite!!Do they smell as lovely as they look?
    In regards to Ink pads- Archival by Ranger. Watch Joanne's online, sometimes you can catch a "scrapbooking" sale and the inks will be on sale for 3.00. These are excellent stamping, color wise, archival,dry nicely and all around great inks. plus you can get refill bottles for a couple of bucks.

    And for the end of my long winded comment, your artwork , as usual, is truly amazing! Always so full of interest and the coolest designs! Happy to have you back Nd have truly enjoy this Sunday morning read!
    Jackie x

    1. Hi Jacki -- funny that you were just thinking of me/the blog. Nice to know someone actually does. Thank you so much for the comment and the ink pad tips. $3 on sale sounds good to me -- I will keep watch. The plum blossoms don't seem to smell but they sure are pretty. And, no we didn't meet on the ice. He tried to take me skating once and It was terrifying.

  8. Such a fun post! Lots of inspiration too! Happy day!

    1. Thanks very much. Appreciate the comment and I'm happy you enjoyed the post.

  9. I follow you on Instagram and Facebook but always enjoy your blog posts! Your creativity is very inspiring.

    1. Thanks Cindy -- as always I appreciate the comment and your kindness.

  10. Yes, you were missed!!
    Your IG photos are great but your blog shares your great personality with us through your own words. Thanks for sharing your art and life with us.

  11. I just found you on IG. So glad I did. I’m loving your art and would love to know how to make origami books. I’d also love to see the inside of your really thick book with the red cover that you use for your pen pals.

    I prefer the StazOn ink pads. Here’s a secret I learned a few years ago: store all your ink pads upside down so ink will migrate to the top. Also, reinkers are great.

    Would you be interested in another pen pal? I’m looking for pen pals to share art with and be inspired by.

    I’m also a fine art photographer using only my iPhone now.

    1. There is an origami booklet tutorial on this blog -- just put it into the Search Box and you will see it. Very easy to do.
      That is a great idea to sore the ink pads up-side-down. Why didn't I think of that?
      I am afraid I am not looking for any new mail artists to trade with (sadly) -- I have trouble keeping up with all my mail art as it is....but I appreciate the thought. Under Favorite Posts (sidebar) there is a post about finding people to trade with -- and have you seen the Mail Me Some Art blog? Specifically to trade art projects....
      Many thanks for the comment.



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