Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Yellow Milo Road

Eva, who is currently living in Spain, adopted both these Kansas cards. She wrote me that she had some much to write about Kansas, she needed two cards. Eva hasn't been to the US, but the story The Wizard of Oz is very much part of her life.

One day, while talking about the film version of the story, Eva realized she had never read the book. She found it for free and discovered she loved the humor in the written story. And then discovered there is a series of Oz books. She bought the complete collection.

The card to the left shows a milo field, which, not surprisingly, reminds Eva of yellow bricks. L Frank Baum, the author of the Oz stories, got his idea of a yellow brick road from a road in Michigan, near where he vacationed as a child. Although, I can easily see how Kansas's vast milo fields could inspire the idea.

So, as Eva read the entire series, she began to see a more complex story than the one a child might enjoy. Eva writes that she thinks the stories gave her insight into US society. It has even a mailart project, Oz Postcard Project, where she collects all manner of postcards that reference Oz in some way. This tornado postcard reminds me how much I love the tornado mailart Eva received from an artist in Hungary!

I haven't read the original books, but I did read the re-imagined story, Wicked, by Gregory Maguire a few years ago and enjoyed it very much, though not its sequel.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Mailart Celebration

I've written often of the Postcrossing game I enjoy called P.S. Write Back My Postcard (WBMP). The idea is to send blank postcards to others for them to send back to you. The game originated after Sara, the game host, adopted a postcard from Orphaned Postcard Project. She was inspired to create something similar.

When Sara started WBMP, she didn't know if it would be a success. Well, we recently celebrated 200 exchanges, in less than a year, so I would say it has been a resounding success! This mailart is one of ten I made in honor of the 200th exchange. I sent one to each participate in that exchange, and an extra to Sara to send back to me. The card traveled, without envelope, all the ways from Switzerland, and looks just as fresh as the day it was made.

I love the postage on this card ... so playful! The toy train and dog go well together. The dog is a Bernese Mountain Dog, a breed I think I would LOVE to own because I like big dogs. But, with my goal to live small, I think owning such an animal would be quite impossible.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Flash Turbulence

Another A Series of Flight postcard! This one features my most favorite color. The subject line of this post is the title of the card and this artist is Dianna Frid.

When I sent this card to Minna, I wrote about purple being my favorite color. That prompted her to think of something she read, written by author Iain Banks. The story was about people whose jobs it was to create planets. Minna decided that if she could create a planet, it would have turquoise sky. I think mine would have purple ... lavender in the day and very deep purple at night.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Wise Words - Shakespeare

Rachel requested Shakespeare from the Wise Words series because this quote is one her mother always encouraged. Rachel writes the rest of the passage ... "And it must follow, thou can not then be false to any man." Sound advice, indeed!

I wondered at how Rachel knew this card existed because I didn't list all the Wise Words series out in the database. They are a single entry as "Wise Words" on a separate sheet titled "Series" in the database. Rachel knew because she also back the Kickstarter project for these cards! She has her own set of Wise Words postcards.

All the series cards are now detailed on the "Miscellaneous" sheet in the database. I started to get myself confused by not having separate entries for each card. Since I tend to be very organized, I couldn't continue with my original plan of leaving the series cards as random picks.

The little monster on the left is one of my favorite rubber stamps. I got it from Fishcakes, on etsy.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Water Line

The Continental Divide is the geological point that separates the water that drains into the Pacific from the water that drains into the Atlantic. Monarch Pass in Colorado is a particularly lovely spot on the Divide, which runs the length of the Americas.

Karla first visited this area in February 1994. It was snowy and the views spectacular. The next trip was in May of 1995 and Karla enjoyed comparing the snowy and spring views. I think it must be most beautiful covered in snow, with evergreens poking through the white blanket.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Fun With Costumes

I got a donation of postcards from a faithful reader, Rachel, and it included a few postcards featuring covers from Vogue magazine. This one, with the fancy dress, prompted me to ask Ines, who adopted this card, if she enjoys fancy clothing. She writes "NO!" Ines prefers her jeans, t-shirts, sweaters and sneakers. If she has to dress up for some reason, it is a horror for her. And dressing up would never involve skirts or dresses.

Dressing up for business or formal occasions leaves me cold, too. I do, however, have dreams of creating fancy clothing that could be worn as everyday outfits ... clothing that has a costume-y look, like the outfit on this card, but worn just to have fun being different. I get bored of the same ol' look and just want to have fun with clothing!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Don't Fear the Snake!

This is another of the Brothers Uber fairytale postcards. This one features artwork inspired by the tale Imp Prince. This little fairy is named Gentille and she is at first disguised as a snake! Next time you are startled by a snake, consider it might be an enchanted fairy.

Fumie's 6 year old daughter loves reading fairytales. Fumie is glad her daughter can read the tales on her own now. I remember when my daughters first learned to read on their own. It was so exciting! But, I have to admit, as they got older and their books got longer, I did miss reading aloud to them.