Monday, November 06, 2017

This and That

Outgoing Mail

outgoing postcards

I think this is the last postcard based on Jacki Long's 
collaged faces I made a while back.  
They were such fun, and I should make some more.

About a month ago, I sewed (not very neatly) some stamps onto cardstock cut to 4 x 6 postcard size. At the time, I intended to do more with the above postcard, but out of sight, out of mind.  On Saturday, I wanted to post a note to someone and pulled it out, wrote the note, addressed and stamped it in a hurry to get it in the mail before the mailman came. looks so plain.  

But it is a great stamp, isn't it?  I love cool postage stamps and look at various sites for past issues, canceled or not, sometimes just to see the creative take other countries have on stamps.  The Sylvester & Tweety Looney Tunes stamp above was originally issued in 1998.

Last week, I read a novel that mentioned a four-year-old in Gruffalo pajamas, and then a few days later while looking for whimsical postage stamps, I found that two of the stamps I loved were by Axel Scheffler, who illustrated The Gruffalo.   Serendipity occurred and I wrote a post on my  book blog about the connections.          

Two of the 2012 Royal Mail Christmas Stamps designed by Scheffler.

I enjoyed 3 recent books from NetGalley.
The books are scheduled for release in early 2018,
and I will schedule reviews on my book blog soon.

I Know My Name by C. J. Cooke--An intriguing psychological novel!  "The only way to get
                                                               off this island is to remember."
Paper Ghosts by Julia Heaberlin--Does Carl have dementia..or not?  Did he kill several                                                                           young women...or not?
Sinthetic by J.T. Nicholas--Synths are not human; they are property and disposable.  But                                                                       what does it mean to be human?

So were off into November and I wonder what happened to October...


  1. I've been wondering about October too-seems like it was only one day long.
    Love those Christmas stamps. And the first envelope-way cool!

    1. Time seems to flying by, and I can't seem to quite get used to it! I love all of the Christmas stamps designed by Scheffler--they are fun and cheerful. :)

  2. I think October went AWOL for many of us - I'm certainly one! I look at your mail art and think, I'd love to do that - but then I'd have to stop doing something else I love. Waiting to ease something off the list....

    1. There is never enough time for everything! Don't you dare ease your projects off your list--I love visiting and learning from your embroider stitches and creative approaches!

  3. gosh I love those stamps. We are all wondering what happened to October and then look at the's Veterans Day on Saturday. Time is flyin' by.
    xx, Carol

    1. Aren't they great stamps? I check on Royal Mail stamps fairly often--I especially love the WWI stamps. :)

  4. Your mail is always such fun. Love those collage faces postcards you make. Sylvester and Tweety were my favorite of those stamps. I still have some Bugs Bunny ones I think. Those Royal Mail Christmas stamps are so delightful!

    1. :) I love all the Looney Tunes stamps! The Royal Mail Christmas stamps are so cute--I'd really love to have some of those. I'm not sure if I'd be able to actually use them, though!

  5. October did go by awfully quickly! This illustrator is just so talented. I've enjoyed every bit of work I've seen by Axel Scheffler, especially the children's books.
    Please do make some more collaged faces; they are fascinating. You are such an artist when it comes to the human face. Seriously, whether it's the Menagerie folks, the collages, the postcard drawings, they all have something interestingly human. You have a talent for proportion, tone, and (especially) expression. Alright, I've gushed enough...just more of those collage faces, okay?

    1. Scheffler has a wonderful way with expressions, doesn't he? I ordered the whole Gruffalo series for a grandniece for Christmas. My collaged faces are nothing like Jackie's, but she's an artist! I will make more eventually because they were such fun!


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