Saturday, March 31, 2012

The things you find in old books...

First off, I wanted to direct you over to
It's a post about a REALLY cool coffee shop.
It's these kinds of places that make me want to open my own little business!

Some outgoing mail:

I love this card!!

And mail is always more beautiful in large quantities, isn't it?
so here they are all together:

Friday, March 30, 2012

PENGUIN #20 The Catcher in the Rye

Adopted by Bonnie Jeanne (PostMuse) in Pennsylvania
Bonnie Jeanne read The Catcher in the Rye for the first time in high school and unlike the rest of her classmates, she did not take a shining to it:                                         "I hated it. I hated the language. I hated the whining Holden.  I hated that everyone loved this book. I told the teacher that and he asked what I liked.  I told him The Scarlet Letter.  He made me debate the entire class on the merits of that over Rye. I was horrified."                          My goodness!! I would have been too!  And that would have made me hate it even more!  Later Bonnie Jeanne read the book again and enjoyed it.  I have read it, and only a couple years ago, but I confess that I don't remember very much of it.  It is tied up in my memory with The Floating Opera by John Barth (who comes from the little part of the world called the Eastern Shore of Maryland where I grew up), which has a similar feeling about it.

By the way, I find this book cover rather dissapointing.  Really Penguin? Just gray?

And here is the lovely stamp that PostMuse used:
How fitting to have another author on these book postcards.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Friday, March 23, 2012

Love these stickers...

I received these lovely stickers in a giveaway some time ago, but I haven't used them until just this past week.  Why? Because they were too awesome and I tend to leave awesome things in my stash to look through and enjoy for a while before I use them!

I especially love the typewriter "A letter is better" sticker.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

PENGUIN #19 Man and Superman

Adopted by Johanna in Australia

 Johanna had to read this during her first year of her arts degree in 1978. She says that at the time she was too young to understand it (I feel the same way about a lot of the books I read), but now she sees it as "one of the defining themes of early 20th century".

 I've never read Man and Superman, and I had no idea until I just looked it up on wikipedia that it is a Don Juan story.  This intrigues me since I wrote a long paper on the French play Dom Juan by Moliere for my masters. Perhaps this needs to be added to my list of "To Read Books".

And look at these great stamps!!! Platypus and Centenary of Powered Flight.
And a great purple postmark.

Incoming from...

Kijjit the Fox:



A good message. :-D


 I forgot to add this picture in with the other Valentine's Day cards... I had a lot of fun coloring in one of these Queen of Hearts. 


 a very cool and unusual letterset!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Do Somethin'

I received this awesome stamp from my friend Dana.  I LOVE it!! And it's a great way to use my date stamper too! 

fun fun fun mail!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

St. Patrick's Day Mail

 I don't think that this above one was specifically St. Patty's day themed, but I can't remember.  I just went with green.

And of course there's nothing better to use for this holiday than the "Go Green" stamps!

 I sealed this envelope with a used one.

Recently I got a 1 inch hole punch and I had a lot of fun with it making this envelope.  First I did a little watercolor on the envelope for a background, then I looked through many magazines for different shades of green.  I wanted to just glue everything down, but in the end I used some packaging tape to secure it all.  Some of the types of paper just didn't want to stick.
And above is the finished product.  I actually still haven't sent this one out yet.  I'm still writing the letter. So I didn't want to ruin the surprise as to who it's to, even though I don't think she reads my blog.

Soon Clay and I will be heading off to South Boston to see the parade! I'm very excited. We missed it last year. Just completely forgot.  And then after that we'll be going to a game night at one of Clay's co-workers apartments.  (He works at a game and puzzle store.)  But I'll be paying for all this fun tomorrow morning when I get up super early to do work.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

St. Patty's Day

Hello all.

So, you might not know but here in Boston today is an official holiday.   But not officially for St. Patrick's Day.  Nope. Technically we have the holiday for Evacuation Day, celebrating when the British left Boston during the Revolutionary War.  But of course this is just a big excuse.  :-D

Sadly, it did mean that I didn't get any mail today.

A couple people commented on how much mail I get.  Although I admit I do get tons of mail, for which I am super grateful... it may not be as much as you think.  I don't think I've received a single piece of "good mail" this week.  That is a bit unusual, but not crazy.  The big posting I put up I received over 3 or 4 weeks.

You have to send mail to get mail!
Speaking of which, feel free to write to me if you don't already. I'll write back though it might not be super prompt. ;-D

Right now I'm sitting on the sofa using Clay's laptop and listening to Paul Simon while Clay sits next to me preparing dinner.  Garlic smells so dang good.

I'll post some photos soon of St. Patrick's Day mail that I made recently... I'm too lazy right now.

Happy St. Patty's!

Love, Winnie's Girl

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Pile O' Mail

so much beautiful mail!!

more to come...

Tuesday, March 13, 2012


I'm envious of the postmarks that come from my parents' small post office.  They are so pretty...

 I despise the machine made ones as much as I can despise anything that has to do with mail.

Look at this! They've tried to have a nice message and an image but it just looks horrible.

I know you can ask for them to do it, but the post office is out of my way and mostly I just put my mail in a post box.

Even though I'm sure that my Boston sent mail goes out with a machine postmark, I'm very grateful that I receive some mail with hand stamped postmarks.  Any one else get hand stamped mail?  Or does anyone send mail from a place that regularly hand stamps?

Monday, March 12, 2012

Neck Data and Flying Monsters

My cousin Aaron sent me the zine that he helps make:

Neck Data.  Issue #14 :  Neck Dada

I'm pretty darn sure that that's his drawing on the front.  It's kind of funny because his drawings really remind me of my brother's doodles and drawings that I remember from when we lived together.  At one point in time it was a lot of cars and handguns. haha

I sent him back some flying monsters...

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Signs of Spring

We've had some very lovely days this past week.  I've been taking my camera with me more often, because it's probable that we will be leaving Boston at the end of the summer, and I realized how few photos I have of where we live!

This is Beacon Street.

I can't wait until the leaves sprout!

Here's a rather spring-y letter I received recently:

I've been collecting some bunny themed things for Easter letters.  I've gotten to the point now where I've divided my stationery into seasons... I have so much that I've put away the Christmas/Winter/Vday stuff in my closet. I'm getting more and more interested in theme-ing my letters around holidays... even ones like Pi-Day (March 14th!) and St. Patrick's Day (which is admittedly more important here in Boston). 

Happy mailing!!