Saturday, June 30, 2012

Friday Postcards : Cities and States

Happy Happy Saturday Readers! What better way to hide from the heat than to share some more mail with you and to get some more mail out. If only my mail carrier would come up to the door and get my mail so I didnt actually have to walk out in to the heat. Oh well, a small bit of suffering for a good cause, right!  Let's get to it! :)

Karen sends an upbeat and touristy card showcasing all of the things Maryland has to offer-from beaches to nightlife and nature! Maryland is home to the Baltimore Oriole (state bird) and the Black Eyed Susan (state flower).

Here I am again, extremeley jealous of mail friend Susan and her views of sunny California. Today she sends an early  morning view from Palm Desert, one her her favorite vacation spots!

Tammy in Iowa sends a card from Cedar Rapids to show off the downtown area, the Czech villiage and the Museum of Art. Hundreds of people visit Cedar Rapids every year to visit the authentic European village; lucky for Tammy, her cousin owns a bakery in the area and is willing to pay her in pastry for a helping hand! :)

The Sforzessco Castle in Milan, Italy makes it's debut on the page from Tazzini! Originally constructed in the 14th century, the castle today houses several of the city's museums and art collections.

My second card from Uzbekistan in a week! This card, showing of the gates to Khiva City comes from Aliya.

From Little Miss Blue comes a Century Atlas Map of Europe.

That's all for me this afternoon folks! I really need to get caught up on writing, I'm looking in to a few more sites and pages to share with you all on the blog and I have actually gotten a lot of mail requests on the facebook page! Now if only I didnt have to go to work every day to afford stamps :)

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Round 2: The Photo Cards

Happy Happy Thursday Readers! I don't know about you all but it's hot in my neck of the woods; really hot--like, sweating everytime you walk out of your house to check the mail and cant touch your metal mailbox hot. I'm sure I will regret this in the Winter but so far, I'm over the Summer temperatures (yes, I am fully aware that this week is the first week it's been even close to this warm, not the point...). The good news? Weather doesn't stop our beloved Mail Carrier! Let's check 'em out!

Teresa in Nashville, sends a card that she picked up on a recent trip to Beiijing. 

 From Pagodas to Polar Bears, Kris sends a reminder that even though these playful cubs will grow up to be hundreds of pounds and adept hunters. Even if they are adorable in those Coke commercials around the holidays :)

This photo of a Lilly makes its way home from Ashley who has been using sites like swapbot and postcrossing to share mail, make friends and ignite her creative side!

 This card from Chrissy features a photograph by Evelyn J. Cameron of her friends and neighbors, The Williams Family  eating watermelon. The Williams' were one of the first familes to homestead in Montana (arriving in 1907).

 Now, I love a good vintage card as much as anyone, and I've been been known to express my love of the creepy, but I have to admit if I came across this little girl in the dark, I would jump right out of my skin! Thank you to Jeniifer in Sunny, Palm Beach Florida for sending me a very cool card and an even better quote.
"Letter writing is the only device for combining solitude with good company" -Lord Byron

That's all for for me tonight folks! Oddly enough I am ready to put on my cozy pajama pants, fill out a few postcards and go straight to bed! On that note, I look forward to sharing a few more cards with you tomorrow afternoon! Happy Mailing :0)

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Who doesnt love an art card?

Happy Happy Thursday Readers! We are increasing in followers and page views everyday, so first off for this warm Summer afternoon I want to give a huge, huge THANK YOU to all of you who stick around, read, comment and most of all send me mail.

I got a huge handful of postcards in this week and all of them are great! Art, photographs, hand made creations, city views and "fact" cards! So many in fact, that there is no way I would be able to list them all in this post and keep you entertained. So, readers, I present to you the first batch of this weeks postal mail: The Cartoon and Drawing Inspired cards. Let's go!

Brittany in California, inspired by my love of furr balls and Halloween, was kind enough to share this Franz Marc painting entitled "Two Cats" (1912).

 A hand made card finds it's way to me from my home state of Florida from Swap friend Donna! I have to admit I am jealous of everyone who gets to soak up the coastal sun and watch the waves roll in!

 Two Toy Story cards came today! First up, everyones favorite T-Rex shows Buzz how to play his favorite video game! The second card shows the concept sketch that Pixar artists put together for the films trailer/logo! Thank you to Rachel all the way over in Australia for sending them both to me!

 Looking for a clue?  Well, Donna in the UK certainly knew how to appeal to my childhood and my love of searches! I was able to find Waldo (right off for once!) as well as a Clock Stricking Tweleve, Four Pairs of Twins, and Three Men with Axes.....good luck!

 This postcard from Audrey absolutley made my day! Vanity Fair is my FAVORITE magazine (yes, yes I do have a subscription) and how perfect is this cover considering that the Olympics are coming up. This painting by Miguel Covarrubias was featured on the magazines cover in Augus of 1932.

 In 1540, Santa Fe was claimed by Conquistador Don Franscisco Vasques de Coronado (say that five times fast!) for the Spanish Crown. In 2012, mail friend Erika was kind enough to send me this artist rendering of the oldest US capital, which also has the highest elevation at 7500 ft!

Such wonderful cards....and so MANY more to go! Im still getting them catalouged and on the computer but I promise to share another set tomorrow! Im off to get some cards together....until tomorrow, Happy Mailing~

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Sunday Postcards!

Happy Happy Sunday Readers! I hope today finds you all relaxed and well. I managed to have a lazy Saturday afternoon after working in the morning and an even better night out with my friend Deseray! The best part is, now I have a quiet Sunday afternoon to update you all on the mail haul and to get some mail out! Let's go!

A good bit of Disney love made it's way to me this weekend! This postcard featuring 2004s  "The Incredibles" and is part of the USPS "Mail A Smile" campaign. Thank you to Kris and her (now adult) son who love this movie and decided to share such a neat card with me! 

 Anita (who lived in Orlando just about as long as I did) sends a postcard showing off everyones favorite Disney characters of Walt Disney World, Florida. For those of you who care curious, Disney Land is the park in California.

 Speaking of California and theme parks.....Crystal-Jo sends a card from the infamous Knott's Berry Farm and from her first looped roller coaster! Montezooma's Revenge is one of the most popular rides at the park, propelling riders from 0-60 mph in less than three seconds and hurling them through a seven story loop!

A vintage ad card? The nerd in me is so unbelievably excited! Thank you to Christine for this card. "Light Consumes Coal", a lithograph created by American artist Coles Phillips was used as a poster during World War 1!

 Raellyn & Melissa only have to travel a couple of hours to gaze over this immense bridge and the gorge below. The canyon is protected by the National Park Service and the bridge is the largest single span steel arch bridge in the Western hemisphere!

A mail friend in Mail sends a view of Mount Katahdin from Togue Pond and writes about leaving this natural beauty behind, traveling more than 5 hours to catch a plane to Italy and then realized she left her passport behind! Ironically, this very postcard was printed in Italy! Ha! 

 Alicia in Poland sends an absolutely gorgeous postcard. I love the original artwork as it is but I do have to admit that with a postal theme laid over the top it makes for an extra special find in the mail box :0)

 Vicki in Houston sends some Egyptian history my way. This wooden box in the shape of a Cartouche spells you "Tutankhamun the Ruler of Southern Heliopolis" in hieroglyphs. The work dates back to King Tut's rule in the 18th Dynasty.

That's all for me this afternoon folks. I have a few postcards to get together and as always a letter to write. But in the mean time I have a ton of laundry to wash on top of the laundry I need to put away.....oh well, I will take a fun weekend over a productive one any time :). Happy Mailing!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Friday Foodie Postcard

Happy Happy Friday Readers! I hope that the end of the week has found you happy with an arm full of mail! This postcard made it way to me yesterday from a swapper in New Orleans. I've never had a Beignet but I have to admit they sound pretty good!

I founds a few more "Did You Know" facts about this delicious French Pastry (thanks Wiki)! Let's go!

  • Synonamous with the English "Fritter
  • Some are served with meats, vegetables or fruits inside
  • Declared the Lousiana state donout in 1986
  • Brought to the US from France in the 18th century and became a large part of Creole cooking

Seems like a good way to begin or end a meal, huh? Thanks, Susan for introducing me to a delicious desert.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Wednesday is a great day for Postcards!

Happy Happy Wednesday Readers! What better way to spend an afternoon than reading postcards and listen to music! I have a whole mess of cards to show you, I've gotten a pretty good handful photographed and logged so let's start with those shall we?

I recently hosted a swap for "Bridge" Postcards. A big thank you goes out to Fawn for sending me a vintage card with a suspension bridge (by far my favorite type of least to look at)!

 Jennifer found this card entitled "Mission Control" at a postcard show and was kind enough to share it with me!

Rift in Oregon participates in a community garden and decided to share a bit of it with me! Growing wild in his plot is the Borage (AKA Star Flower) which keeps good companion to his tomatoes by keeping horn worms away! Thanks for sharing, Rift! Great photo :) 

 A vintage still life makes its way from swap friend Kayla!

 The ever lovely Marilyn Monroe makes her first appearance on the page. Thank you to Michelle--I've actually been hoping this card would make its way to me at some point!
(Photo by Sam Shaw)

"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember you have with in you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars and change the world" (Harriet Tubman). Thank you Susan for the great quote and an awesome shot of the Venice Pier!

Its not often that I get a card from The Reading Woman series. Thank you to Stephanie for this 1898 watercolor by Childe Hassam, which hangs in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston!

That's all for me today folks. I have a few more that I need to get pictures of for you and an equal number of postcards to get ready to go out. I've done a lot of swaps as of late so I think next week I will be focusing more on my letter writing. I have managed to get myself behind again....cest la vie.....Happy Mailing xoxo randi

Monday, June 18, 2012

Monday Mail: Malaysia!

Happy Happy Monday Readers! I am proud to day that I have survived another hectic bank work day (even starting an hour and a half behind due to some serious property damage) and even found a lovely surprise in my mailbox. I know what your thinking, "you haven't gotten much mail as of late" and you might be right....but as The Missive Maven says "You have to send a letter to get a letter" and I have defiantly been playing catch up. Tons of letters and postcards went out over the weekend (I didn't think to count them...) and a handful will be going out tonight--I've even participated in a good number of swaps in the last week. Anyway.....I can't wait to show you this postal surprise from a reader in  Malaysia......Let's go!

This is how you know I am a Mail Nerd. Check out their version of the customs form below. Way cooler than the carbon copy one that I have to fill out! 

 As well as the beautiful stamps featuring the Green Winged Pigeon and the Bunga Seri Pagi (closely related to the Morning Glory).

 A postcard showing off the many peoples of Malaysia!

 This card is my favorite part. The whole front panel area is made entirely of cloth! I've never gotten a card like this before. I just love it, I don't know how people part with things like this but I am glad one is now mine!

And my last little surprise came in the form of magnets! I love magnets and I am always excited to have one pop up from another country! 

I'd say a pretty good little package for a Monday afternoon.Unfortunately there was no note or information so I am not sure who to thank. If you sent it (or you know who did) let me know so I can properly give thanks and credit! I'm off to write up a few postcards. Until next time, Happy Mailing!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Cowboys, Coastlines, and Critters! Postcards Arrive!

Happy Happy Thursday Readers! We are getting views, followers and facebook page followers like crazy---and to say the least I have been slacking off. I have to do some serious updating and writing this weekend (and before that too, I promise!). A good handful of mail made it my way this week but I thought a good smattering of postcards would make everyone smile. Let's get to it!

First up tonight comes a Gene Autry post office issued card from Tarla! Autry was a huge name in radio before turning to Hollywood where he was in over 100 films and recorded 600 songs! 

 Eric in Belgium sends all of the finest treats from his home land! Fries, chocolate and beer--what more could one want?

 Also with a very cool stamp :)

 The lighthouse of Petit Minou makes its way from Charlotte in France, and comes with a joke! "There are 2 cowboys in the kitchen. Which one is the real cowboy? The one on the range!" hahahahh Thanks, Charlotte!

 Check out the great stamp featuring Jockey's by Edgar Degas that Charlotte shared

This postcard with a 1940s flair makes its way from Lily in California who found some time on her sick day to send me a card! I hope you're feeling better, Lily! 

 A beautiful aerial of Iowa comes from Tammy with a bit of advice! " If you want to be happy
Begin where you are, Don't wait for some rapture that's future afar,
Begin to be joyous, Begin to be glad and soon you will forget
that you were ever once sad"! Thank you Tammy!

Kerry sends a photo card of Hugh MacRae's Lumina Pavillion. Which was for years a Saturday night hot spot featuring dancing, beauty pageants, canoe races, swimming and a thousand other activities!

 Igor in Belarus sends a cute little critter to my mailbox this afternoon! The little racoon's picture was taken for this great card in the Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park !

That's all for me this evening. I have a few postcards to get out and you know I always have a stack of letter to write back too! I really need to get caught up! Happy Mailing Folks! :)

Friday, June 8, 2012

End of the week mail

Happy Happy Friday Readers! I don't even know what kind of week it has been; on one hand work was busy so by the time I finish typing this I will be ready for a nap and on the other hand I can not believe it's already Friday. Where did the week go? The good news is, I have some pretty great mail to share. Let's go, shall we?

Dayao in China sends me a photo taken in a local park this Spring! 

Postcrosser, Natalia sends a lovely spring postcard showing off some wild peonies growing on a mountain slope outside of Tomsk, Russia! 

 Even puppy dogs are getting in on mail act! Carmen in The Netherlands sends a cute little card on a lovely day!

Some wonderful Russian stamps also come my way! 

A swap partner sends me a beautiful postcard from The Garden of the Gods located in the Pikes Peak Region of Colorado!

A pen pal letter from Tamara comes in with an array of fantastic (and vintage) stamps!
 She also sent a nice long letter with fancy paper! And you thought she just sent me some epic stamps, didn't you? :D

After holding back the kitty cat who wanted to attack and play with this letter, I finally had a chance to read this little gem from Sara in Texas! Such cute paper, too.  

 Pamela in Virginia sends a nice long letter and with it a ton of great stuff about her state! All kinds of maps, great places to visit, her favorite parks and old photos of the town. I've never been to VA so this was a wonderful surprise and a great way to go on a mini-letter-vacation. Thank you, Pam :)

Phew! That's all for me tonight. I have a little bit of mail to get together this evening and then after that I am going straight to bed!. No, really, I am going to sleep! What can I say I did an awful lot of work today :D Whatever you do, be sure to get something in the mail box--it's our last chance until Monday. Happy Mailing!!!!