Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Maybelle, chanteuse

Jezebel: Maybelle, chanteuse

The Jezebel love never ends. I go through her cards like penny candy.

Jezebel: Maybelle, chanteuse

The front of the envelope includes a little bit of bling from my favorite glitter glue, Stickles.

Stuff on my cat: godzilla transmission

Stuff on My Cat godzilla transmission

Here's some more Stuff on My Cat fold & mail stationery from Chronicle Books. I love the godzilla bit.

Stuff on my cat fold and mail

The cat on the stamp is my own Memo. There's no stuff on him, though.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Blog reader letters have me all verklempt

I just returned from a short little weekend getaway, and of course I was eager for the mail call haul. Awaiting me in my fresh batch (7 letters today!) were two from blog readers from whom I'd not heard before.

I love every single letter I receive; each one has its own special joy. I got two today from people I know in real life - one a dear friend and one a dear relative - and those are all kinds of special, as well as the amazing people with whom I've started up correspondences through the Fountain Pen Network, the Letter Writers Alliance, The Letter Exchange, Flickr, other blogs, and other miscellaneous sources.

But I have to kvell for a minute about the absolute surprise of an unexpected letter from a stranger. Aside from the thrill it provides to me immediately, it proves to me that this blog is fulfilling its mission: encouraging everyone to write letters and keep letter-writing alive! It proves that there really is a dedicated base of letter writers out there, and I am so humbled that I get to be the recipient of some of them.

Thanks to anyone for writing to me, and thanks to everyone for writing to each other, or for writing to anyone else! Every letter sent is just a little packet of loveliness, a kind of altruistic gift. Certainly it's good karma. :-)

Thanks to Z. in Canada and B. in Germany for today's treats. Photos of your fantastic letters will be showing up here in the future!

(Sorry no photos tonight. It's late and I'm tired and bed is calling soon.)

Sunday, June 28, 2009



A hand-decorated envelope with glittery fish swimming in a striped sea of hand-drawn watercolor pencils. (I think - I think I remember correctly that's what they were.)

stripey fish

Hey, it's my 200th post!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Nancy's Mysterious Letter

Nancy Drew Fold and Mail

Here's another design of the fabu Nancy Drew fold and mails by Chronicle Books.

This one, a wee bit meta:

Nancy's Mysterious Letter

Nancy's Mysterious Letter!

WHAT could it contain?

Carlsbad Caverns Bat Cave

Carlsbad Caverns Bat Cave

This lovely postcard came from PostMuse, who knows of my great fondness for bats.

Can you see the little bats flying out of (or into?) the cave? Love it!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Jezebel, dragonfly, owl

Jezebel card, dragonfly sticker

Here is another gorgeous card by Jezebel. This one is called "Delilah sings the blues." I am fairly proud of myself for photographing the sparkly aspect of this dragonfly sticker (view large).

Jezebel card with ship and owl stamps

On the front, I used vintage ship and owl stamps, and spiced up the addressee's name with some Stickles glitter glue.

(I blog about Jezebel cards a lot.

Vintage postcard: Tourism Year of the Americas '72

Vintage postcard: Tourism Year of the Americas '72

This is a great vintage postcard I picked up on eBay, way way cheap. I got it for, and sent it to, my grandfather, who likes postal memorabilia as he worked for the post office for many years. He's been to all these state parks, too.

Vintage postcard + vintage stamps

I love the back, with the pre-stamped 6-sent postage showing the sailing ship. I added my own vintage stamps to make the current postcard rate.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Stuff on my cat fold & mail: blondie wig

Stuff on my cat fold & mail

I received a letter on Stuff on My Cat fold & mail stationery and I was smitten. Here was another fold and mail I didn't have! So, of course, I had to get it. It's from Chronicle Books, and more info on the Stuff on my Cat set in particular is here. And, of course, you can always visit stuffonmycat.com itself.

Stuff on my cat fold & mail

I chose this blonde cowgirl theme for my first Stuff on My Cat letter. Who doesn't love a cat in a wig??

Sanjay Patel's Hindu Goddesses stationery

Sanjay Patel Goddess stationery: Kali envelope

One of my latest purchases from Dark Horse Comics stationery is Sanjay Patel's Hindu Goddesses.

The envelope shown above is for Kali, goddess of death. You see just the head on the ground because on the stationery paper she is shown holding the severed head... but all in a very cutesy way, I promise. The wonderful recipient of this letter blogged about it with much more detail than I have, and she took more photos, so please do take a look at her wonderful chronicle and her excellent blog in general, Damaged Goods. She is quite an artist.

Sanjay Patel goddess stationery envelope

Here's the back of the envelope, showing Ganesh, the elephant-headed god of knowledge and luck.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Modern letter on vintage V-Mail

V-Mail letter (modern on vintage) with vintage stamps

Here's another vintage original V-Mail with a recent, modern letter. For double fun, I used Noodler's new V-mail series ink, Midway Blue.

Vintage stamps on V-Mail

You gotta go for some vintage stamps on V-mails, too.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

A little package to Anysolder.com

Just packaged up my first little package to Anysoldier.com. I was going to write a letter, but I saw a listing where a particular soldier asked for paper and envelopes for her unit so they could write letters themselves, so I thought, heck, I can spare a few of those. So not only can you send letters to soldiers, you can send them materials so they can write letters, too!

Here is my original post about Anysolder.com. I don't mean to harp on it, and I certainly don't represent any particular political agenda, I just think our deployed soldiers are really deserving of some good mail. If you're inclined to use sendsomething.net, maybe you'd send off a goodwill letter through anysoldier.com, too.

Pop-up poodles & pink polka dots

Pop-up poodle envelope

Beautiful handwriting + quirky fun stationery + awesome content = letter bliss.

Pop-up poodles + pink polka dots

I think this design is fantastic - the little poodle and pink-dot bush are folded so that they "pop out" at you, and then peek through the windows on the envelope. Can you believe she found this stuff for ONE BUCK? Man. Those NYC sales would be dangerous for me.

Pink polka dots

White polka dots on pink complete the theme.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Treasure map letter!

Bedecked with the Jolly Roger

This wonderful letter from a very creative correspondent carried a pirate theme. I have to note that these are not stickers or stamps - this beauty is all hand-drawn.

Part 1: Pirate's warning

Part 1 beckons with a bloody knife and a skull-and-crossbones warning.

Treasure Map letter

Inside, part 1 is a fabulous treasure map. Not only are all the edges decorated with doodles (the legend to a treasure map, really) and witty spellings, but she also creatively crumpled and "aged" the paper. Was it coffee or tea spilled on the paper to stain it? It's a VERY cool effect, and I'm afraid a lot of it was lost in my blurring out the words for privacy. For details, view large.

Here therre be monsters

Gotta share some close-ups of my favorite corners. Love that octopus.

Herre there be treasure

HA! Widow's Peake!

Part 2: message in a bottle

Part 2 (page 2) is a message in a bottle.

skull on Crane

Finally, a hand-drawn cut-out skull glowers from over the Crane marker on the back of the envelope.

What a treat!!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Sempe ballet fold and mail

Sempe ballet fold and mail

Continuing my addiction to fold and mails, here is one that is actually NOT from Chronicle Books. I stumbled upon this browsing around on the web, and couldn't resist. It is Sempé: Ballet Dancers Fold & Send Stationery from Phaidon Press. You can see more photos of the inside if you look at the listing on Amazon.com, where there are some nice customer-uploaded images.

Two of the stamps I used are Zazzle photostamps using photos of my kitties: Magic on the top and Soda on the bottom.

Sempe ballet fold and mail

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Nancy Drew fold and mail

Nancy Drew fold and mail

I was never a Nancy Drew fan as a kid, but I'm a huge fan of these Nancy Drew fold and mails from Chronicle Books!

My favorite design:

Nancy Drew fold and mail: bagpipes!


The design on the front remains the same on each sheet, though the colors vary. The backs have various book covers (I guess? I never read a full book) and each has a different line drawing on the inside.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Back to the letter stream: 9 sent on June 1

9 letters from Monday, June 1

Now I'm home again and I'll go back to my regularly scheduled blog posting routines. Not only do I have a bit of a letter backlog, but I've got a backlog on letter photos, too. So we'll go back to where I left off... these 9 were sent on Monday, June 1. I wrote them over that weekend. I liked the collection of different envelopes and stationery, so I photographed them all together like this.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Home again: the lovely letter piles!

Backlog piles

I'm back home again, hooray!!! As requested, I'm sharing a photo of my backlog pile. The pile on the left, the most embarrassing part, is the letters awaiting responses that were already backlogged when I left on my trip. The pile on the right is the letters that arrived while I was away.

Enough blogging - I've gotta go read and write some letters!!!

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art postcards

Postcards: Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City

Pardon the poor photo quality - soon I'll be home again with more controlled photo conditions and my beloved Photoshop.

But for now, here are some postcards from the fantastic Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. I hope to get a few of these out before I leave the Midwest!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Serious letter withdrawal

I've been away from home for quite a few days now (for me - I'm a homebody who's not much of a traveler) and am experiencing some serious hard-core letter withdrawal. Letters have been arriving in my mailbox - my husband reports daily about the mail call - but I am not there to read them. I am looking forward to being home again, for many reasons (I miss my beloved and our cats!), but missing my snail-mail routine is no small part of it.

I admit it - I've still not written anyone but the aforementioned husband in this brief foray to the heartland. I imagine my letter backlog is becoming quite huge (especially since I already had a backlog before I left). Soon, dear lovely readers and letter-writers, I will delve back into the land of letters wholeheartedly.

Morning Fairy cards

Morning fairy cards

The Victorian Papers outlet store in Kansas City yields many gems and surprises. These Morning Fairy cards, with artwork derived from a 19th century Fairy Soap advertisement, were on a rack there. I've never seen these cards in their store or their catalog, and I've been frequenting their store and browsing their catalogs for nearly 20 years now. I was delighted to find this surprise.

I am actually a big fan of fairies, but don't like the cheesy kind - I'm picky about my fairies - and I'm kind of surprised I haven't blogged about fairy cards or stationery before.

One of my favorite things about the small 3.5x5 Victorian Papers cards is the die-cut envelopes with the beautiful back flap, which I hope this photograph captures.

I wasn't able to successfully photograph the back of the card, which has printed Lord Byron's "She walks in beauty, like the night" poem.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Cats want parrot

cats want parrot

Being in Kansas City means being able to frequent the Victorian Papers outlet store. Here's a view of a vacation stationery purchase, which I might not have made had it not been on quite the clearance. But I like the kitties. The paper is on the left, and front and back views of the envelope are on the right.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Cheetah cubs KC zoo postcard

Cheetah cubs postcard

I got some very fun postcards at the KC zoo. This one went home to my husband, but some of you will be seeing some groovy KC zoo postcards in your mailboxes, too.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

I'm a cheetah

Prowling cheetah

I'm a cheetah because I'm "cheating" with this post. (Get it? Cheater? Cheetah? Oh gravy, but I do love a good pun.) This isn't a letter photo, and it has no connection to letters or snail mail except to illustrate proof that I am far away from home and my letters.

No, I'm not in Africa - this photo was taken in the Kansas City Zoo. I hope it will hold you for a while, dear blog readers, while I am away from home. I will try to post at a distance, and promise to be home and updated with my usual missive posts in just a few days. (Don't try to rob my house, my husband is still at home. Ha.) And for those of you who have wonderful blogs of your own that I follow - I'm WAAAY behind in my blog reading, too. But I'm having fun doing things like watching fabulous cheetahs. Hope you're having fun (and writing letters), too.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Bats by the light of the moon

Bats by the light of the moon

Another batty decorated envelope from a fellow bat aficionado, who is far more artistically capable than I. She has wonderful rubber stamps, especially of bats, and makes these beautiful art pieces of her envelopes and sometimes cards. Yay bats!

Friday, June 12, 2009

The verdant Philippines

The verdant Philippines

This was a surprise blog reader postcard from the Philippines. This shows a system of terraced gardening - gorgeous green mountains!

Philippines bird stamps

On the back, some more lovely Philippines bird stamps.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

The Three Graces Weigh their Options: the Bawdy, Heckling Devils or the Snooty Seraph

The Three Graces Weigh their Options: the Bawdy, Heckling Devils or the Snooty Seraph

The title of the post, seriously, is the title of the artwork on this oversized postcard. I love it! It came from a dear old friend, my freshman year college roommate. She knows what will make me smile.

When my letters show up on other blogs

The artistic gal behind Damaged goods blogged about my latest letter to her in her Now back to your regularly scheduled post blog post. Fun! As usual her photographs are more interesting than mine, and she photographed every sheet of the Sanjay Patel Goddesses stationery set I used. Take a look!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Shag Calypso + Parker 51

Shag Calypso + Parker 51, top

I was starting a letter one evening, and thought of what a lovely photo the page with the pen would make, before I added any words. (I did put the date at the top.) The pen is my beloved Parker 51.

This is the Shag Calypso stationery set from Dark Horse comics.

Shag Calypso + Parker 51, full

Here's the full page, complete with curly-tailed black cat.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Muppets' Animal + atoms for peace

Animal + atoms for peace

Still having fun with vintage stamps over here. I didn't photograph the card inside the envelope, but it is of the Muppets' Animal saying "ROCK." It's not part of the Jim Henson Muppet stamp series, but a fortuitous match.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Ballet + the roots of democracy

Ballet + the roots of democracy

Here's another combination of interesting vintage stamps. I am exceedingly fond of "the ability to write" stamp with the quill pen.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Quoth the raven

Quoth the raven

I added this raven tag to the back of a black envelope. There was a raven on the card inside, much like this.

Poe on black

Of course, a Poe stamp was required.