Monthly Archives: July 2012

Liberate Your Art 2012

Hi, hi, hi! There’s something I need to tell you…

I’ll be participating in Kat Sloma’s “Liberate Your Art” postcard swap this year. I’m so excited! There’re over 300 artist from all over the world taking part in it this year. I just received my postcards from moo.com (the swap is only for art-prints not originals). Ahh, I never had my art printed before *excitement bounce*! Taking full advatage of moo’s Printfinity option I got a different image on each one of my 20 ordered cards. The quality of the paper and print is amazing… some didn’t turn out that well though because I overphotoshopped the images and made a big mess of the colours – 😦 I’ll know better next time around.

Well, these are the five cards I chose for the swap:

On the back I wrote this little inspirational message:

Tomorrow I’m going to get everything in the mail to Kat. I hope my cards will make it in time. Of course I’ll keep you all posted on what’s happening during this little swap-adventure. I’m looking forward to find the first card from it in my mailbox in August.

Stay creative!

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US Mail – Part 1

After over four fabulous months in the Land of Opportunity, a wonderful time spent with my „American family“ I have to leave again on Thursday to be back home in time for work. So by the first of August regular daily life should have me back 🙂

So, yesterday I posted my last outgoing mail from the US: A postcrossing-card to Afra from the Netherlands. I chose to send her this pretty card with a view of the Vermont countryside around Sleepy Hollow Farm near the Pomfret-Woodstock town line.

Vermont is such a beautiful and literally “green” state! I wish I could stay longer.

Post office in East Dorset, VT

As you know though, this is not the only state I’ve been to during my time in the US. I’ve spent more than a day in Florida, Georgia, Virginia and Texas, passed through Alabama, Louisiana, South and North Carolina, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey and New York and had lunch in Mississippi. It would have been great to get postcards in all of those states but the time just didn’t allow for it. I did get postcards in Florida, Georgia, Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Georgia and – of course – Vermont though. It wasn’t always easy to find stores that still sell postcards – just a very sad reminder of how fast the tradition of sending postcards home to your dear ones is more and more becoming a relict of the past. Fortunately there are many projects like Postcrossing out there that keep on fighting for the good ol’ snail mail.

Here is the selection of postcards I chose to send home to family and friends…

…and – as promised – the list of stores I bought them from:

TEXAS:
Walmart
3820 State Highway 64 W
Tyler, TX 75704, USA

VERMONT:
Northshire Bookstore
4869 Main ST
Manchester Center, VT 05255, USA

The Potter Hill Barn
3864 NY 7
Hoosick Falls, NY 12090, USA

Shaw’s Supermarket
64 Equinox Terrace
Manchester, VT 05255, USA

FLORIDA:
Different stores along
St. Georges Street (near the Fort)
St. Augustine, FL 32084, USA

LOUISIANA:
The Boudin Shop & Country Store
AKA “Chicken on the Bayou”
I-10 Exit 115 (Cecilia – Henderson)
2942-F Grand Point Hwy
Breaux Bridge, LA 70517, USA

MISSISSIPPI:
Pure Country gas station
10166 Lorraine Road
Gulfport, MS 39503, USA

GEORGIA:
A country store near
(big red barn-like building)
Merrit Pecan Co.
Georgia 520
Weston, GA 31832, USA

So country stores, gas stations and some Walmarts are your best bets when looking for postcards.
Have you ever had trouble finding the right postcard?

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More mail art for me :)

I received mail art from the awesome Kerri Pullo two days in a row!!! First I got the purple one with it’s cool slightly metallic sheen and the next day I discovered the “musical” yellow one in my mailbox. In my opinion they’re just wonderful in their simplicity; I love looking at them! Thank you so much Kerri – keep up the good work 😀 And the stamps are so pretty too.

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RECEIVED CARD # 22.2: A Happy Cat from Russia

You know, cats just make me happy 🙂 And they’re healthy for you too: Research has shown that a cat’s purr “can lower blood pressure and quiet a stressed out brain” (Rebecca Johnson, director of the University of Missouri’s Research Center for Human-Animal Interaction). There’s a very nice articel about the postitve effects a cat can have on its owner on USAtoday.com.

I don’t know if a postcard with a cute kitten on it, like this one from Kirill, can have quite the same effect. There certainly are a few endorphins being released into my bloodstream when I look at it 😉

RU-715150 from Kirill (RUSSIA); travelled 1130 miles (1818km) in 26 days.

Well, all there’s left to say is: “BE HAPPY!”.

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BEAR…

Hello dear readers 🙂

“Bear…” (ink on paper; ca 16 x 22 cm)

It’s always so much fun to create mail art for my IUOMA mail art friend “Bear” from South Carolina. I try to come up with a new bear-themed piece every time I make something for him. Last time it was a roaring bear’s head I called “The Bear In You” and this time I sent him this sketch/doodle of a bear on the edge of a rock.
If you look closely enough you can see that the bear is made up of the word “bear” scribbled over and over again in various forms and shapes.

I knew I wanted to do something typographic when I saw this bicycle typogram by Aaron Kuehn online. It’s so cool! Compared to that my bear is rather lame 😦 You almost can’t tell that it’s typographic – and only very slightly so – unless it get’s pointed out to you. Aarons work though is just amazing. Don’t foget to check out his site http://aarline.info/hotaar/!

Well, of course I also came up with something special for the envelope. I roughly sketched this mountainious landscape on it using a photograph of the Great Smokey Mountians, the Apalachian Mountain Range in Kentucky as a refrence picture. I had to draw the reflection of it though because I prefer to write the address on the envelopes right side. I think anywhere on the front would be fine for mailing though.

The Great Smokey Mountains (ink and felt pen on paper; 16 x 22 cm)

So, what do you think? Have you ever done a typogram?

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RECEIVED CARD #18: Volcanic eruption

Hey everyone,

Postcrossing is such an amazing project – yes, I know, I’m repeating myself here but I can say it often enough – really! So, Postcrossing is an AMAZING project because it shows you so much of the world without having to leave your home. It allows people of ALL ages to participate: Thus keeping the wonderful world of snail mail alive by passing it on to the e-mail generation of today.

The card I’m sharing with you today was sent to me by 9-year-old Polina from Tomsk in Russia. It traveled 2,863 miles (4,608 km) in 12 days.

After a lot of rummaging through my brain for the precious few remains of my Russian-language-skills from Russian-class in 9th or 10th grade and some thourough online-research I can say that the card is showing the  Karymsky volcano on the Kamchatka peninsula in Russia. It is one of the most active volcanoes in the world. Any native speaker is welcome to correct me if my translation is wrong; my Russian is really terrible. I never really made it past “Меня зовут Сара” and “Я люблю футбол.” – really.

Well, Polina even put her address on the card’s back and I think I’ll send her something in return. Maybe I’ll even get her a postcard here in Vermont instead of Germany. I haven’t decided yet but once I have you’ll surely read about it here on my little blog 😉

Before I keep rambling on about random stuff and bore you aout of your mind, I wish you a  great day and a mailbox full of goodies and NO bills 🙂

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P.S. I feel like there is so much more that wants to bubble up right now. But stop! Okay. Really. I’m done.

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Reaching the summit


I hiked up a mountain today!!! My travels through the US have lead me to the Green Mountain State and there I went to the summit of Bromley Mountain. It’s not a huge mountain, just 3284 ft. (1001 m), but I am still proud of myself. And I got to take so many beautiful pictures. Here is a small selection. I hope you enjoy 🙂

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