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Life’s changes and challenges

Inspiring mail art friends

Of course, mail art wouldn’t work without having people who you could send it to. Nadine Wendell-Mojica is one of my best mail art friends, she even kept on sending me the most wonderful and entertaining ink sketches when I wasn’t getting around to do any postal art myself. It is thanks to her that I never forget to come back to drawing, painting and crafting for my dear mail art friends all around the world after months of inactivity.
Here is a collage of all the great encouragement I’ve received from her so far:
Nadine Wendell-Mojica COLL kleine Datei Thank you, Nadine. I hope I can get something in the mail for you soon.
SARAH.

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Your eyes are huge!

Manga Fever desk

No, my eyes aren’t really huge but what I choose as image for my “Liberate Your Art” postcards this year has something to do with huge eyed cartoon figures. To be exact: Manga characters. Yes, I’ve been – or still am (?) – back to “that phase“. As I now have a roommate who is big into all things Japanese and a so-called “cosplayer“, I guess it was just a matter of time until the Manga-fever got me again. Here a small study of “Manga Fever” based on many subejcts. Not. Just one: Me.

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WARNING!: Manga Fever is not a real disease. Just in case 🙂

Well, and this is my little “Chibi Pilot” postcard that I’m liberating in Kat’s postcard swap this year:

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I hope the recipients will enjoy it 🙂

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For a fresh (re)start

It’s been a looooo…ng time – and I can’t promise that it won’t happen again. For a while I was convinced I wouldn’t even make it back at all but then the “Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap 2013” rolled around. That changed my mind and now I hope it will help me get back into the flow of postcrossing, mail-arti-ing and – of course – blogging 🙂

Sonow, I’m right in the middle of this years “Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap” (organized by the wonderful Kat Sloma from Kat Eye Studio). Swap day was the 6th of April and I’m waiting to find the first cards in my mailbox. Uhh…, I’m so excited!

And then today, I gathered all the Mail Art and Postcrossing cards I hadn’t posted yet and added them to the galleries. It’s not that much but you are welcome to take a look. There are only a few images missing that I haven’t been able to unearth yet. Maybe I’ll find them as I go along reorganizing all my blogging files (or what’s left of them after the big “laptop-hit-the-floor-and-smashed-it’s-poor-little-brains-day“).

Tomorrow (I hope) I’ll show you the art I liberated in the swap this year.

P.S. My laptop got a brand new brain aka hard-drive and is up and running again.  My roommate is now lovingly calling it “Zombie” because it was raised from the dead. I guess the condemned really do live longer after all.

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Le Mysterieux Carnival: Beware of the fangs…

Come in! come in!

I don’t bite – at least I will try not to ; )

…even though:

“The blood is the life… and it shall be mine.”  ~ Dracula by Bram Stoker

I hope you all remembered to bring your silver ticket!

Now, what I offer you is the chance to win one of these fabolous fanged postcards you see below:

And if that weren’t enough, one of my silver tickets will be included as well!

How you enter:

(A) If you don’t mind your e-mail address publicly displayed you can simply leave a comment (including your e-mail address!!!) below. Then you’re definitely in it to win it : )

or

(B) If you prefer a little more discretion when it comes to your e-mail address, you can enter by using this form:


Just put your e-mail into the top field, check the box and you’re also in it to win it : )

General Info:
– The prizes: 3 x 1(ONE) postcard and 1(ONE) silver ticket shipped to you by snail mail. –> So, there will be three winners!
– Entries will be accepted until 11.59 pm CET(GMT+1) on Wednesday the 10th of October 2012.
– I will ship worldwide!
– The winners will be chosen by using “random.org”.
(-  and yes, it’s allowed to double your chances by leaving a comment and using the form.)

I wish you “Good Luck!” and have fun visiting all these beautifully spooky carnival boths across the blogosphere : )

Here is your link to the link-list of all booths.

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It’s October my friends…

…and you all know what that means ;D

I’m giving you a hint:

“Hi, my name is Jack! Jack O Lantern to be precise :)”

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SENT CARD #34: Wild Words: DACHSHUND (Wild Words Part 5)

I lost a dog in the mail. Of course not a real one but my “Wild Words: DACHSHUND” didn’t make it to its recipient Marieke in the Netherlands. I send it to her as postcrossing-card but while in transit the image side of the card got seperated from the backing with the address. Marieke only found the back side in her mailbox but not the front 😦

The poor dog that didn’t make it to its new home 😦

This is all Marieke found in her mailbox.

I’m so glad now that I always scan and photograph my outgoing mail because that way I was able to at least upload an image of it for her. I’m also having this postcard featuring the Dachshund-image printed at moo.com. I will be sending to her once I get it.

Art print of the “Wild Words: DACHSHUND” I’m having made at moo.com right now together with a few other pictures.

Well, in the future I’ll probably not send out any more selfmade postcards without an envelope – at least not the ones that consist of more than one piece of cardboard…

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Le Mysterieux Carnival: Come join us all on October 6th!

I had so much fun during the Liberate Your Art Blog Hop this past weekend. And now I’ve stumbled upon this great upcoming blog-party in October: Le Mysterieux Carnival! Like I already mentioned yesterday: Autumn/Fall is my favourite season and I can’t wait for Halloween, so this is the perfect thing for me!

Besides sigining up online you create your own “Silver Ticket” to be granted admission to the Carnival. During the actual blog-party every participant will have a booth (post) on their blog sharing art, costumes, crafts, jewelry, dolls, puppets, food, books, stories, family photos or recipes. Some might even add a giveaway *hint,hint ^^. Of course, I’ll have a little postcard-booth with some special Autumn/Fall and Halloween themed cards. Uhh, I’m so excited!

Thanks Marfi and Anna for creating this awesome blog-event; I can’t wait to get started on my ticket and booth!

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Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap 2012: I received my first card today!

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life” – Pablo Picasso

Remember?! I told you about Kat Sloma`s “Liberate Your Art” postcard swap here. About a week ago she liberated the first batch of cards into the world and today I finally received my first card. It’s from Jan Smith, an artist from Essex, England. I’m so excited! Isn’t it a cool card?!

From Jan Smith (Essex, England)

Jan is a really crafty woman. You should pop over and take a look at her blog “Jan’s Arty Junk“! If you could see me right now, you’d see me grin like a Cheshire cat 🙂 I’m so happy, Jan’s postcard with the wonderful quote from Pablo Picasso on it’s back really made my day. I can’t wait to see what else I’ll find in my mailbox in the next few weeks…

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Don’t be a …

My IUOMA-friend “Bear”…

…obviously doesn’t mince matters;
…isn’t afraid to be bold;
…isn’t afraid to be himself;
…expresses himself not worrying if he might offend someone;
…IS ONE BRAVE ARTIST!

“Remember: Don’t Be A ****-HEAD!”

Express yourself. Make some art. And don’t be afraid to share it!

Have a great weekend!

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RECEIVED CARD # 21: Rio!

Since the next Olympic Games in 2016 will take place in Rio de Janeiro I thought it would be nice to share a postcard from Brazil with you today. Et voilà I’ve got this little beauty from Daniela in my stack of postcrossing cards 🙂 Even though she lives in a small city near Sao Paulo, Daniela sent me a card with pictures from the carnival Rio is so famous for.

RECEIVED CARD # 21 : BR-185646 from Daniela (BRAZIL)

It’s still a mystery to me how the women can dance wearing those huge head-dresses, extensive costumes and unbelievable high-heels. I’ve never been to Brazil but I surely wouldn’t say no if I should ever get the chance to go there. Just seeing the carnival in Rio must be an incredible experience.

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At the speed of time

The Olympics are already over, I’ve been home from my trip to the US for over two weeks and have learned so many new things at work, it’s crazy how time’s flying! I think I’m really getting old… seriously, I can barely find enough time to reply to all the beautiful pieces of mail art I received over the past couple weeks, not even talking about posting it here for all of you to look at and enjoy.

But (!) – I’m optimistic that I can manage and figure out a way to manage the 24 hours in my day a little better soon. For instance today: I found out that the 45 minutes I spend on a train twice a day on my way to and from work, are just enough to prepare a cute little blog-post for you guys to read later. By the way: Did you know that we spend an average of nine months of our lives just traveling to work?

And that NOW only lasts 3 seconds?

Well, here is some mail art matching todays topic: The left card was sent to Vizma Bruns in Australia and is called “CHASING TIME”, the one on the right was sent to Guido Vermeulen in Belgium and is called “WASTING TIME”.

I hope you like them 🙂 And no matter if you are just trying to kill some TIME by reading this or are already nervously glancing at your clock worrying about not getting to I-don’t-know-where in time, have a great week and live every 3-second-NOW you get to it’s fullest! Carpe Diem! See ya soon!

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SENT CARD # 8 & # 12: The London Olympics and one proud German

Let the games begin… ehmm, sorry, continue…

Unless you live behind the moon or in the pampa without any communication whatsoever you should’ve noticed that the world’s top athletes have gathered for the Olympic Games in London. Since I started my apprenticeship/new job last wednesday I haven’t had too much time to really watch it but I’m following the action on my iPhone. I love the London 2012 Results app. It’s so easy to stay updated on all the sports I’m interested in.

Well, even though you might think I’m a sports fanatic here, I’m really not. On one hand it’s really sad and pathetic because it feels very halfhearted when I cheer for my nation’s athletes during the Olympics but could give – excuse my language – shit about what they are competing in in the four years inbetween the Games. And I want to go as far as to say that the majority of people are the same way.  On the other hand – does it really matter? The Olympics are a huge event and remind people of how important sports are for us all and how it can bring everyone closer together. Isn’t it great that the Olympics can interest people in sports that usually don’t pay much attention to it in their lives?

Okay, so no matter how you think about it all, I’m proud of all the athletes and as a passionate equestrian especially happy about the medals the German riders and their brave horses have won for my home country so far. I wish I could be in London right now to see it all in real life and feel the Olympic spirit. As William Dunbar once said: “London, thou art the flower of cities all!”. I once combined this quote with one of my many photographs of The Clock Tower, now Elizabeth Tower, to create a postcard for postcrossing-member and London fan Ksyusha from the Ukraine:

SENT CARD #12: DE-1074648 to Ksyusha (UKRAINE); Distance traveled: 902 miles (1452 km); Days traveled: 32 days;

Here are a couple more of my London photographs. Besides the fact that all larger cities have their muddy and dark alleys, London is very beautiful and definitely a real “queen” 🙂

But as this postcard to Nastya from Russia proves: My hometown Soltau is a great place to be as well but Home Sweet Home is – generally speaking – always a wonderful place to be 🙂 right?!

SENT CARD #8: DE-1053111 to Nastya (RUSSIA); Distance traveled: 914 miles (1471 km) ;Days traveled: 34 days;

Now, I don’t want to hold you up any longer and let you get back to cheering for your athletes! Have fun following the excitement wether in front of your TV, using the app on your smartphone, reading about it in your newspaper or online, or maybe even live in London… Have fun!

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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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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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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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