Not too long ago I found an old sketchbook of mine and decided to turn it into some mailart and send it to my parents. The first photo is of an unfinished sketch I did of my cat, Cotty. He passed away about a year and a half ago. You can see his photo in this post. His leg was broken when he was a kitten, and it healed straight. Despite being unable to bend that leg, he lived outdoors, was quite the hunter and was able to climb trees. He lived to age 19.
The envelope was made from a sketch I did of the field in Wisconsin where my horse and the mules grazed. After feeding the animals, I would lean against the shed and look out at this field and our neighbor's barn and scratch Cotty. These sketches have a lot of meaning for me because they are tied to memories of my animals.
My mom has a few letter openers and was kind enough to lend me one, a while ago, but it wasn't exactly my style and I've dreamed of the perfect letter opener for a long time. Earlier this year I bought my own, and it was not exactly what I had always dreamed of, a metal one with a horse or a fairy engraved on it (haha), but it is very beautiful in its own way, and has endured very well despite its fragile appearance.
It is made from wood- feels like balsa wood, but who knows?
I bought it from Crossroads Trade, when it was still a physical store in Coolidge Corner. Now it is an online-only store, that you can visit here.
I don't have very many special "mail" tools, so my letter opener is very special to me. Do you have any special mail tools?
I just bought these stamps today after quite a stamp drought. For a lonnnng time the post office that I go to only had the Hawaiian Rain Forest stamps, and while I love those, I'd probably bought about 8 sheets of them already and I was READY for a change! To my delight, the post office offered these beauties today.
And, here are some other upcoming stamps to be issued this year that I am especially excited about:
I like these "Love" stamps more than any other love stamps I've seen in the series!
This first postcard was requested by my mom, always supportive :-)
The only Oscar Wilde play I have read is The Importance of Being Earnest, and this is the one that my mom talks about. She reminded me of the great term : Bunburying, and shared the wiktionary definition: Avoiding one's duties and responsibilities by claiming to have appointments to see a fictitious person.
I've never seen The Importance of Being Earnest performed in a theater, but there are excerpts of it in one of my favorite movies, Who Am I This Time? starring Christopher Walken and Susan Sarandon. Near the end of the film they "play" the roles of Ernest/Jack and Gwendolen.
The film is based off of a short story by Kurt Vonnegut.
If you skip to 2:45 you'll see the part with The Importance of Being Earnest. I suggest that you watch the whole film though, it's a great movie, especially for theater lovers!
I love riddles and I just found one that my friend Kijjit the Fox made up. Here it is:
There was Music playing over a Cliff. The wildest, danciest Music ever! It sounded like pure intensity. It sounded like UMO by OOIOO, actually. I heard this Music and started running after it. I got to the edge of the Cliff and JUMPED! And immediately, as I began to fall, I realized what I had done. This Cliff was the famous and feared Cliff Over the BOTTOMLESS CANYON! I had jumped from the greatest imaginable height.
I got Chris's riddle right away when my boyfriend told it to me, and I think I might have gotten Kijjit's riddle. I'll have to wait and see if he tells me I'm right, but I think I am.
Whatever skill at riddle-ry I have springs from a childhood of reading Redwall books, which are filled with riddles.
Here is an excerpt from "Fermald's Tears" from
The Pearls of Lutra, one of my old favorites :
I shed my second tear, into the cup of cheer, But look not into any cup, the answer's written here! My first is in blood and also in battle, My second in acorn, oak and apple, My third and fourth are both the same, In the centre of sorrow and twice in refrain, My fifth starts eternity ending here, My last is the first of the last ... Oh dear! If I told you the answer then you would know, 'Twas made in winter of deepest snow.
Outgoing Mail! I'm finally responding to some 365ers who sent me mailart from a while ago...
I love having a big pile of mail to send out. It makes me feel so accomplished!
4 mailart cards going out to 365ers...
The envelopes containing them...
More letters- I love the way that these stamps look on this dark blue envelope. I like it when stamps don't have a white border and I think that they come out looking their best on a darker background.