For the last two weeks, I've been reading even more than usual (because I was in a serious creative lull) and have a bunch of book reviews to catch up on for my reading blog. Yep, another procrastination. I got hooked on a medieval mystery series by Candace Robb and have read 5 books in the series so far, but have only reviewed the first two.
I love medieval mysteries. My degree was in English lit; not an awful lot of demand for that, so had to go back later to get my education degree. Then on to a Master's in English lit. From the beginning, I loved Beowulf and Chaucer, and I love English history. My mother's fault--she loved historical novels, and I read hers like candy.
But if I read a novel about Ann Boleyn, I also had to read nonfiction about her. If I read one about Elizabeth I, same thing. I can blame Mother for the love of reading, but my father was responsible for the need to verify by reading nonfiction.
I love both the medieval and the Elizabethan periods, and I love mysteries. With every novel, I learn something new and do a little more research--which is so quick and easy with the internet. I'll head to the library with a list of bibliographic materials and do even more research. Compulsive.
But now, after that long, dry spell of no crafting, I'm suddenly having a renewed interest in mail art and have set aside my Kindle and my stack of books...
because Connie at Constance Rose: Art & Life sent me a wonderful envelope with a letter and several goodies. Such a delight! I was off and running with a new/old passion.
and don't you just love the card?
Connie does the best stamp heads!
The Zine-- with stamps featuring cats from around the world.
Can you see why I was so excited? Finding something in the mail that is not a bill or an advertisement is a rare treat these days. And to have it be a visual feast? A real hand-written letter instead of an email!
I've been unable to find the box of mail art I received years ago, or all of the "postage" stamps I made, received, or purchased-- or any of the other stuff I accumulated while doing MA.
I do have a few from some cool people that I'd framed and not relegated to the box. The one below, I made for myself.
See the stamp that strange woman is holding? A mail art friend that I corresponded with regularly and sent little gifts to her girls, made a"postage" stamp of a drawing that one of the little girls made for me. I got the drawing and the stamp in the mail. So...I made the card below using the stamp. I painted the crazy lady and the table and then literally stuck the stamp on the table. I made a copy for her and for her mother, but kept this one for myself because it was so special with the original stamp. I'd forgotten that-- just as I sent the girls little things like fancy pencils and stickers, they sent me their art.
Note the date--2002.
That little girl is grown now!
But I still treasure the drawing and the stamp.I'm now hoping to get my grandkids interesting in corresponding. Like everyone else, they love to get mail, but are not so excited about writing a letter. Since all 3 of them seemed to enjoy their art journals, I'm hoping mail art might appeal to them. Decorating an envelope and writing a short note might catch their interest and not be too tedious. :)
Oh, and Naomi of Naomi Loves Snail Mail has a new post about her recently formed Snail Mail Social Club! What fun!
OK--back upstairs to continue work on something for Connie!