Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Heartache and Kisses

An altered card by a Dutch postcrosser made from a birthday card given by ex-boyfriend

An altered card by an Austrian postcrosser of two fishes in love. 

Silver Aloe

My friend Susan sent this beautiful altered card. The use of silver is perfect because these plants have a sliverly sheen to them. Makes me want to make altered cards in my studio straight away!


The front of the card is a tear-streaked poem. On the back, this Chinese postcrosser wrote one large word: HOPE. A very poetic composition from a seventeen year-old girl.

Snake in the Grass

Here is a cool card sent from Pamela in Arkansas, in response to last year's snake theme. She writes, "Snakes slither and snakes sneak cross the porch -- to the window for a peek. Go away snake! Bother me no more! And I'll not slam your head in the door. Fabulous!


This postcrosser card from Russia has an ecrypted message. Each pin represents a French word. The color of the pin represents the number of letters - the bright = 3 letters, dark = 4 letters and darkest = 5 letters. Can someone help me figure this out? 

Novorossiysk City

A beautiful reassembled card from a postcrosser in the Samara Region on the Volga River. This city is a main port on the Black Sea, mostly for exporting grain. The tear marks lend such a lovely design to an otherwise normal scene.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Two More from the Ukraine

This postcrosser wrote, "Don't worry he will come back alive." This card was sent before the trouble with Russian began. Now the card's message lends some poignancy.

The reverse side of htis card has a luscious kiss on it. I love the retro color and images on this postcard. I hope she is keeping safe from all the troubles in her country.


I love this dish of potato latkes sent by a Belarus postcrosser! She burned the top right edge of the card and crumpled it up as part of her alterations. Still, the golden potato pancakes look delicious!


Here is a wonderful card from my friend Susan. It was a good luck card that arrived just before my trip to Chicago. Unlike the snowy Midwest, this card is full of sunshine. But like the conference in Chicago, it's a line-up of ladies of a certain age.

Greetings from San Francisco

An unexpected mail art card arrived. The front was a very San Francisco cable car card but the back was ful of interesting information. The cancellation is that of the SF Center for the Book. 

Genie from Kiev

Here is a fabulous genie card from a postcrosser in Kiev. I hope she is keeping safe amidst the troubles in her country. In response to my acknowledgement of the card and my concern for her safety she wrote that the situation there is indeed very difficult. 

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Some Cards Sent

A postcrosser in Germany requested a handmade card. This card was made during a particularly harried time when the only time off I got was to make a batch of jello. Weird pleasure, I know.

A postcrosser in the Netherlands wanted a "book" card of any kind. I happened to pick up a batch of pulp fiction poscards at this year's Oakland Museum White Elephant Sale. I used to love these salacious book covers - the actual stories were never any good though. 

A postcrosser from the Ukraine wanted a happy card. This is one of my favorite cards from NYC of a bunch of guys frolicking during a frosh-soph rush at Columbia U. This tradition had died out by the time I attended that school in the 1970's.

And then...there is the Belarus postcrosser who collects cat statues. These are Egyptian mummy cats from the San Jose Rosicrucian Museum. I hope she enjoys them as much as I do!


After many months away on the job I am back! And what better way than to share this fabulous cosmonaut card from a postcrosser in Russia. What is he saying? "To infinity and beyond!" Or...some other inspiring phrase...I feel like I've been on a space journey myself...to strange & distant lands filled with ice and snow and women in all sizes and shapes. It will take a few weeks of decompression to get back to planet earth. Meanwhile, my city is warm and wet and sunny all at the same time. So glad to be back home.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! It is the Year of the Horse, and I'm looking forward to an energetic year. Lots of changes in store this year, and high on my list is a re-dedication to making art and perhaps doing a mail art show. I'm also ready to do a major house cleaning. And travel abroad. 

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Ikuta Shrine in Kobe

My mother sent this retro postcard for Christmas. The Ikuta shrine is located in downtown Kobe and is still active today. The city has grown up all around it and no rickshaws are in sight, even for touristic purposes. The big mountain looming in the background must be Mt. Maya. It is considered one of the oldest shrines in Japan. Love the hand-coloring of this reproduction postcard. 

Christmas Tree

A simple embossed card from friend Geoffrey. Made by Austin Press at Hunter's Point. I must go check them out sometime.

Gollum Maxi Card - Altered

A fabulous maxi card from a New Zealand postcrosser. She added a messy mop of hair on top of Gollum's head. Actually he looks like a surfer dude with that hair. 

Christmas Beauty

Here's a lovely winter card from a postcrosser in Belarus. She illustrated the back of the card with floral decorations. The front is my favorite kind of card - lots of glittery snowflakes and snow-covered trees. I don't know why I love glitter so much. It is such a magical element, particularly in the winter. 


A fabulous Soviet-era anti-drinking postcard from a Russian postcrosser. I can't imagine anyone saying "no" to Stoly, however. Even I drank a glass or two when I visited Vladivostok back in 1999. I loved my trip to the Russia Far East. riding the overnight train to Khabarovsk and driving along vast stretches of highway with nothing but snow and pines.   

Red and White

An elegant Christmas card from Audrey. I got together with her and several other writer friends for a fun tapas dinner a few weeks before Christmas. This group has kept together for many years now over a play or simply a fun meal somewhere. We met at a writers' circle but few of us are still writing fiction. However, this is a great group to get reading lists of interesting novels.