Friend Ryuko S. of Tono, Iwate, found this beautiful postcard showing a cat under the blossoms on a recent trip to Tokyo. Hand-dyed with natural dyes, the cloth at the center of the card was made by the Shigeta Dye Workshop. Ryuko knows how much I love cats. Her family runs Chikurindo, a sweets shop in Tono, which has the best akegarasu, a local specialty and one of my faves. I often used to have tea at the shop with Ryuko and her dogs. This card will go straight into a frame and onto a wall. Tono is in the northeast and cherry, flowering apricot, and other blossoms are now at their peak, just as they are here where I am in Pennsylvania.
Monday, April 28, 2008
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Friday, April 25, 2008
A fun postcard from penpal Anu of Helsinki. She writes that she was a in great mood because spring is finally coming. She says her cat is very excited by the arrival of spring, she caught her first mouse in the garden. "Not nice," she writes. Card is made with watercolors, flower petals and leaves, color pens, stamp and the picture of the cat is from a "cat" lottery ticket. Thank you so much Anu I love it!!
This sweet card is from 16-year old Heidi of Seinajoki, Finland. She made this card from magazine pictures, a ribbon and colored paper. This is a second card she sent me - the first never arrived. Thank you so much Heidi for your efforts. Your card is gorgeous!
A fun handmade card from Postcrosser Hsiu-yin of Taiwan. She made a map of Taiwan from facial puffs, wrote the word "Taiwan" out of toothpicks and the small images are cut from tickets. She added a UPC code and wrote, "Taiwan Touch Your Heart." It's one of the sweetest cards I've received in a while!
Here is a cool baseball card from NOrbert Koczorski of Diepholz, Germany. He's incorporated LRMB's avatar, Mr. Mailman in his postcard. I cannot quite tell who the pitcher is in the postcard but it's very cool! He has asked for a catalog, if we end up producing one.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
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Thursday, April 17, 2008
A card came yesterday from Honda Takeshi, an artist from my old 'hood in Tono, Iwate prefecture, who uses charcoal pencil and paper. The piece shown is from his Walking in the Mountains series. This one is April and shows a tree clawed by a bear. It's been so long since I've been back to Tono that this card just about made me cry.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
With this fabulous postcard Sandy S. of Baltimore celebrates her Lithuanian grandfather's bakery, which was in the same 'hood where Babe Ruth was born. Family lore has it that as a kid the Babe bought bread at the bakery. Definitely an all-time favorite!
Sunday, April 13, 2008
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Friday, April 11, 2008
That's what Lauren Camp aptly titled her appliqued and quilted take on the great Ella Fitzgerald, shown in this postcard. Camp has a wonderful series of works on jazz, which traveled around the US for years. Check it out at www.laurencamp.com.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Another old media guide yielded a Jimmy Rollins page. I turned it into a postcard with oil pastels, baseball stamps, and Wite-Out. I happened to be at the game described where J-Roll hit a grand slam in the 5th, tied the game, and won some fan a car. It was a truly hysterical game from its crazy start to euphoric finish.
Monday, April 7, 2008
It started with a question: What happened to these minor leaguers? Might also ask what has happened to the mails. Why is it again taking a week to go from PA to San Francisco? I made this card from recycled cardboard, a baseball card from the old Red Barons, and oil pastels.
Sunday, April 6, 2008
The Oakland A's giveaway on Friday night was a pack of postcards - 40 cards in the pack to commemorate 40 years of the Athletics in the Coliseum. Each card is a nifty team portrait and the back identifies the players in the picture, including the batboys. Cool!
Saturday, April 5, 2008
I made this card for mrpotani's A's, hoping it would reach the Bay Area for opening day. Instead, it was a disappointing loss in the mail. For the card I used recycled cardboard and paper and oil pastels. The elephant was part of a photo from a friend's trip to South Africa.
Friday, April 4, 2008
Super second baseman Chase Utley is Mrs. October's fave on the current Phillies team. I found the Utley page in a 2001 minor league media guide destined for recycling and made this card to send her, using oil pastels, various baseball stamps, and Wite-Out. Utley is a true grit "dirtbag".
Thursday, April 3, 2008
Before I dropped my 93-year-old friend Jessie F., aka Mrs. October, off after Monday's home opener in Philadelphia, I badgered her about making a baseball card for the current mail call. After all, she's been a Phillies fan all her life, her father played professional ball, and she's been to every World Series game since 1964. Not happening, she said, I'm not clever or creative. This afternoon I got back from interviewing an artist in Philadelphia to find this card in the mail. A home run!
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
I'm sending this card to Mrs. October to give her some dates for day games. At 93, she prefers to skip the night ones. I added oil pastels and baseball card cutouts to the paint and glitter of a card sent to me last year. In the majors, relief pitchers too are recycled forever.