New Stamps

Inspiration by Mail

Here are the little joys I found at the post office. I think in the future I will order them online. There are so many different kinds online, but that would take all the fun out of looking at the books of stamps. Oh dilemma!

The scroll work lettering and bright red color made me choose this stamp right off the bat!

Bonsai trees are an area in gardening that I would like to try sometime. I heard that they are extremely hard to grow and are finicky about being moved. Hmmm, the semi-life of nomad/apartment dweller may not be the best home for these guys. So instead I put them on envelopes!

I think the reason I like Bonsai trees is because they are small. I have a deep set obsession with small objects. Paper pads, books, little creatures, purses, etc. These miniatures fit right into that. This is probably why I also like stamps so much. Small art!

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Snowy Adventures

Art Doodles

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I have moved to new place in Seattle. I couldn’t have done it without this bevy of people! Even amid the snow storm that started to hit the Seattle area, this group of dedicated friends helped me move.

It was the first time in my life that I wasn’t beyond elated that it was snowing. I woke up the morning of the Big Move and looked outside. At least 3 inches on the ground and still coming down. In Seattle, that means all life stops and joins the outside activities of sledding, snowball fights and walks. Not very conducive to moving. I checked with my friends to see if they were up to moving still. Every one of them stepped up to the plate with snow gear in tow to help.

Again and again, I thank you for your help!

This lovely couple is absolutely scrumptious together! During the following week of the “Snowmageddon”, Scott & Ashlee invited me to their home for tea and homemade chicken pot pie. Living only blocks away was such a blessing. Thank you for that afternoon!

 They have a photography business as duo photographers. Check out their website O’Malley Photographers.

A person is never to old or grown up to hop on a sled and go racing down a hill. Thankfully we didn’t go “sledding” in Gary’s car on the way to the new place. We both took trips down our respective hills later on that week on our own unconventional sleds.

Gabby and Sampson were the most joyfully unexpected participants to the Big Move. I attended art classes with Gabby at SCCC. We had loosely stayed in contact through Facebook where she saw my plea for a SUV/truck for the move. What a friend to have! Check out her etsy shop, Canyon Child, where she sells her original artwork and customized clothing. Great stuff!

Functional Art

Inspiration by Mail

Letters have been sent!

As I walked to the mailbox today, I couldn’t help looking down at the stamps on the envelopes. One of my favorite parts about sending mail is the stamps. Little pieces of art that are functional.

These are the two styles of stamps that were sent today.

Pretty, bright and cheerful additions to envelopes.

I bought these stamps for the exact purpose of sending letters to the male sex. There is something in me that can’t put a stamp that has the word “Love” on it to a person of the opposite sex that I do not feel that emotion for. Also the 1920’s feel of this car illustration goes along with my bob haircut and all my favorite beaded dresses and hats.

I enjoy buying stamps and being able to customize my correspondence even further. I spend many hours searching for the perfect card, ideas for painting cards and the best pens to write with. Why wouldn’t I spend a little bit more than an after thought when picking out stamps? Tomorrow I get the joy of selecting new stamps. Can’t wait to pour over the stamp books at the post office. What will be the new stamp choices for the next couple of weeks?