Saturday, December 29, 2012
Friday, December 28, 2012
This amazing card arrived from a postcrosser in Belarus. It is a testament to the fact that altered cards, no matter how funky, can travel safely from one country to the next. She tore apart a card of Belarusian stamps and pieced it together on her musical notes. She said the experience made her think of the worst sides of her life and the best. The back of the card had a note in red to the post officers to deliver without any troubles. Deliver they did, to my absolute delight.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Friday, December 21, 2012
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Saturday, November 17, 2012
This is a Toraya card, advertizing an exhibition of the making of wagashi (Japanese sweets). I never made it to the show but loved the card.
Whenever my mother and I walk the Ginza, we stop at Toraya for something sweet. They specialize in adzuki-based sweets that can be enjoyed with matcha or coffee. This time, they had seasonal chestnuts on the menu, so that is what I ordered. The glass bowl comes filled with jellied agar cut up into flowers, leaves and cubes, peeled chestnuts, and chestnut puree, and azuki beans. I enjoyed it with a frothy cup of bitter matcha. My mother enjoyed the traditional yokan with matcha. It was such a pleasure to be in Tokyo once again!
1,000 Year Anniversary of the Tale of Genji
Waka poets and their poems, issued on Letter-Writing Day
I just returned from a family visit to Japan. As usual, I was on the prowl for interesting mail-related items. It is sad that the country is devoid now of the elongated red mail boxes, though I found one painted over in a ghastly beige tone.
Japan post often sets up pop-up post offices in surprising places, and this is where you can purchase gorgeous commemorative stamps. I found a postal van parked on the back footpath of Kyoto's Kiyomizu temple. Two earnest postal workers had a spread of gorgeous stamps on their folding table. No one seemed to notice or care, but I made a bee-line. I was delighted to find the Tale of Genji stamps, issued in 2008 to commemorate the 1,000-year anniversary of Lady Murasaki's novel. The equally fabulous hyakunin isshu stamp provides portraits of 12th century poets, the poems in script, and the text reproduced in standard Japanese.
Sunday, August 12, 2012
This first card had beautiful ink splatters on it. The Hello from Russia feels downright like a James Bond message. This postcrosser is going to art school rather than spy school.
Now here's a fabulous retro card of an old tank from a postcrosser in Belarus. The edges are burnt and marked with ink. There's also an explosion from the nozzle scribbled in pen. I just love the alterations on this card!
A starry starry night card from a postcrosser in Sydney. It was her second attempt, as the first card never arrived. Thank you for your persistence! I love your glittery stars.
A dreamy dance card from a postcrosser in Lithuania. Her exceedingly neat note said she created this according to my wish. I'm so glad she granted my wish because this card is yummy yummy yummy!
This card as sent by a postcrosser from Belarus. The back of it was covered with lipstick kisses. The bright summery colors on this card made me smile. How I wish I were in a field of ripening wheat with wildflowers in my hair.
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Just discovered these gorgeous stamps at the post office today, when I went to renew my PO box. I've been kept away from Little Red because of my workload, but I keep thinking about posting all the cards I've been receiving. It's been almost a year since Jacqueline passed, and I still think of things to discuss with her. It has been a difficult baseball summer. My team, the A's are doing unexpectedly well. Listening to the game on the radio is a great consolation as I slog through a never-ending workload. I could not bear to see the Phillies when they came to town to play the Giants this year. I'm glad that Jacqueline didn't have to live through the heartache of watching the Philliies players dismantled. Bye-bye Shane Victorino. Joe Blanton. Hunter Pence.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
The Dutch postcrosser burned the edges all around, and created a hole on the right. Then she punched holes and sewed with yarn. This card arrived intact with stamp.
this German postcrosser added some love stickers to an otherwise bland card. Love the effect!
This gorgeous oversized card is from Tanya - a birthday card! She always creates the most amazing card with paper and medium. She's been doing a number of pieces on Grimm's tales. This one can be some sort of myth from the Roman days. Always fun to open the envelope and see the gorgeous work inside.
The fantasy castle card is from a postcrosser in Minsk and the dragon card is from my husband, a birthday card. We're both dragon year birthdays - his is coming up in July. I really like these two cards juxtaposed. There needs to be a story that goes with them...
Monday, May 21, 2012
This fine drawing card with tiny stickers is from Taiwan. The handwriting of this postcrosser is as delicate as the drawing.
This Latvian card ranks among my all-time favorite altered card. The drawing ink poured over this card left a molasses-like gooey look. The card isn't sticky at all, however. Dark and fabulous!
This altered John Lennon card was created by the son of a British postcrosser. I used to love to play with lettering like this when I was in high school!!!
This cheery smiley card is from the Netherlands. The postcrosser adhered shiny stickers all around and painted the card a hot pink.
This colorful card is from Australia and advertizes humor.
I love this mosquito card from Finland. She used the empty frames remaining from a sheet of stamps to create the screen. Brought back memories of hiking in Sweden in the summer. I foolishly wore black leggings, which attracted all the mosquitos to my legs.
I love the irreverence of this mustachioed Buddha card from Japan.