Saturday, October 18, 2014

Halloween (mail art) Party!

So I didn't get around to having a summer time mail social, but last weekend...

we had a Halloween/autumn party with mail art!


Do you like my tablecloth? We bought it last year after Halloween, when everything was on sale. I packed it away in the Halloween box and it was such a fun surprise when I found it this year!

The party was complete with two kinds of pie!
My first ever pumpkin pie and an apple pie.

Much spooky fun was had making mail for a friend of ours that moved away. Later that night we also watched two scary movies: Pumpkinhead and then V/H/S.

P.S. Don't forget to join the giveaway below!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

4 years of blogging

I've been blogging for over four years now! September 18, 2010 was my very first post on the old blog.

I've thought a lot about my history of mail art and my future.

I have sent letters since 2nd grade to my oldest friend, Amanda, who moved to another school.  I wrote letters to friends and sometimes decorated the envelope with drawings when I lived in France for a semester. I had another regular penpal start up during college.

It wasn't until my lonely year living in Wisconsin where I knew no one but my parents that I really started with mail art. I got involved in Swap-bot. It was through Swap-bot that I received my first handmade envelope. That was an eye-opener.

I go through periods of low productivity and creativity in terms of blogging and in terms of mail, but I really really enjoy both things. In four years at Winnie's Girl and Pie Post I have a little over 400 posts, a pretty good rate.

I am right now going through another period of low productivity because my work load has been tripled. I am teaching 3 classes as well as tutoring outside of the university, so I'm busier than ever before. I'm still doing a little, but penpals- that's why you haven't heard from me lately.

I'm not worried about periods like this because I know they will pass.  I love that I've started quite early and that I have a whole life ahead of me of mail art. I think about things I've learned and explored in four years - fountain pens and ink, pie making, artistamps, rubber stamp carving, postage stamp collecting. What will the future hold?

What does the immediate future hold?

A giveaway!

In the past I've been pretty terrible about giveaways, not sending the packages out until a long long time after the giveaway winners were announced, mostly because I hadn't already made the packages. This time I planned ahead!!! I have made several packages before hand, so that all I need to do is address and stamp them!

There are 4 packages for my 4 years of blogging, each one themed around a different color: red, blue, green, and yellow.  Comment on this post and make sure to list from 1 to 4 the order of the color you would prefer. I will allow only one international winner because of postage costs. So if you are international, feel free to enter, you just have some smaller odds of winning.

Giveaway will close on October 23rd!