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Catch up

#1) Just a quick intro to this post:
This is a potpourri of all the mail art and postcrossing cards that I’ve sent and received but haven’t shared with you yet. I don’t feel like I can go on with new projects, new mail art and new postcrossing endeavours while there are still things sitting around my desk that I haven’t at least mentioned to you. It would somehow go against what I set out to do with this blog: Share.

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So now,#2) I share with you card 4 – 6 from the “Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap 2013“:

Card #4 from Michelle Ledesma
04 LYA 2013_Michelle Ledesma (1) klD

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Card #5 from Valeria zenmindphotography.blogspot.com
05 LYA 2013_Valeria (1) klD

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and card #6 from the super-awesome Kat herself of course 🙂
06 LYA 2013_Kat Sloma (1) klD

The swap was a lot of fun this year too. Thanks everyone for your beautiful and inspiring cards!

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#3) I share with you four postcrossing cards:

DE-1990441 sent to Vicky in RUSSIA
Postcrossing (1)

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DE-2120755 sent to Goossina in THE NETHERLANDS
Postcrossing (2)

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DE-1990429 sent to Stephan in New York, USA
Postcrossing (4)

Stephan’s reply to my postcrossing card
Postcrossing (3)

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#4) I share with you wonderful mail art, big and small 🙂

Zodiac mailart from Julie aka Pucelilina (Belgium)

0037 Julie Kesteman BELGIUM

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Two cards from Pascal Coupechoux (France)

0034 Pascal Coupechoux FRANCE (1) 0035 Pascal Coupechoux FRANCE (1)

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Some really cool mail art from Susan McAllister (USA). She’s sent me this card as a surprise after I’d left a comment on one of her other works.
Thank you, Susan.

0033 Susan McAllister USA (1) 1

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Mail art from E (France) for my participation in his “Show me your Soul” – Mail Art Project. (To see my contribution click here)

-E- FRANCE

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“Blue Moon” from BrisChris (Australia)

0039 BrisChris AUSTRALIA (1)

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From Lestaret & Co. (England, UK). The tiniest piece of mail art I’ve received so far. The envelope is just a little bigger than a credit card.

Lestaret & Co ENGLAND UK

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#5) I will keep on sharing and spreading my love for art, especially postal art. And now that I’ve caught up, I can devot myself to new projects like this one:

My big Star Trek Into Darkness painting 😉
This is the first stage of it (I had to up the contrast in photoshop so you could see the pencil sketch on the canvas; in reality the lines are not as stark as they appear to be in this photo):
Star Trek Into Darkness painting - Stage 1_0002_edited

This is the refrence I’m using:
star_trek_into_darkness_us_filmposter

Hope to see you around,
SARAH.

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SENT CARD #27: Look me in the eye…

Eyes are fascinating. Especially cat-eyes mesmerize me time and time again. I’m so used to the dephts of a dog’s or horse’s eyes, they’re so open and telling. A cat’s eyes seem almost shallow in comparison – mysterious. It took me a little while to be able to read my cat as easily as my dog. I’d say felines are definitely of the rather sneaky kind – and you can already tell by looking them in the eye!

(#27) DE-1262982 to Stas (RUSSIA)

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Don’t forget the GIVE-AWAY!!!
Don`t miss your chance to win one of my “fabulous fanged postcards”. Entries will be open ’til Wednesday (Oct. 10th 2012)!
So, what are you waiting for?! Head on over and make sure you’re in it to win it! Good Luck!

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RECEIVED CARD #25: Bits of Egypt in Russia

This postcard from Nastya shows the Egyptian Bridge across the the Fontanka river in St. Petersburg. The card traveled a distance of 899 miles (1446 km) in 25 days.

Nastya also sent me a this Russian saying:

I still haven’t quite understood the saying. Nastya admits that she only knows a little English… well, and I only know a little Russian. I really wish I were better at it and could read the saying in its original cyrillic script. If anyone can help me with this, I’d really appreciate it 🙂

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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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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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SENT CARD #5: A little bit of summer


I love this postcard; it makes me think of summer…
I sent this sunny afternoon of a postcard to Fedor.
He lives in Siberia, so I thought he might enjoy some summer in his mailbox 🙂

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