Thursday, October 16, 2014

Field of Poppies


I love this field of poppies with a house in the background. It was sent by a Polish postcrosser living in Przysucha, Poland. These flowers evoke times of war for me.

Cut and Reassemble


Here's a cool way to cut up and then reassemble the card. The postcrosser from Germany laminated the card and left a little space between the pieces to create a line effect.

Beauty in Nature



A gorgeous tree from Taiwan. This postcrosser subtly added faces on some of the leaves. I love how the sunlight fills the leaves. The bird card is from a postcrosser in Costa Rica. It is my first card from that country. The birds are (top left to right): Quetzal, woodpecker, toucan, parrot, jacano, toucan and hummingbird.

Swirly Hearts

I love this colorful swirly hearts card from Portugal. She wasn't satisfied with her creation but I love the movement and spontaneity of this  piece.

Seated and...

Googly eyes eating eggs in a cup in Finland

Opening mail in Belarus

Enjoying their only-child beloved status in China

Having a funny fishing experience in Poland

Pretty Stamps from All Over


Clockwise from the top: silver Russian snowboarder, Sunbeam Alpine stamp with handwritten cancellation from Russia, Finnish accordion player, Slovenian trio celebrating the year of chrystallography, modern furniture from Sweden, a wheel of cheese from Poland.  

Sunny from Yekaterinaburg


Here's a handmade card from Vlad, a high-school student in Russia. I love his happy creation! He enjoys drawing, reading, photographing and collecting stamps.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

New Beginnings


My niece started her freshman year at McGill in Montreal. She sent a multiview card of the various sights in town. Unlike her finishing school, McGill is huge. She is in a class of 500 and wants to major in engineering. It is sink or swim time for her. I sent her a vintage Portuguese pool card to remind her of her swimmer past. And also of warm weather as Montreal is already turning cold. 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Show Announcements


The Peninsula Women's Caucus for Art sent a card announcing a group show called Water. It runs from Sept. 12 - Oct. 12 at the Coastal Arts League Gallery in Half Moon Bay.  


NCWCA artist Salma Arastu just received a grant from the East Bay Community Foundation to create a new series called "Unity of Symbols and Sacred Words." In May, 2015 her works will be exhibited at the City Limits Gallery in Oakland. Congratulations Salma!

Confucius Temple


A lovely old temple built in 1655 in tribute to Confucius. From a postcrosser in Taiwan.

le troisieme homme

A nouvelle image card from a Taiwanese postcrosser. The title is le troisieme homme and I am wondering if it relates to The Third Man, a 1949 film noir starring Orson Wells, Joseph Cotten and Alida Valli. 

Asagao


A summer card from a Japanese postcrosser. She wrote that it was her favorite flower. There was a neighbor who liked to grow these from seed every year in Japan. The flowers were dark blue and ephemeral. They wilted as soon as the heat of the summer came up with the sun. But then, at dawn, there they were again, wet with dew, with a (false) promise of a cool summer respite.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Victorious


A postcrosser in Poland writes that these are arms of soccer players holding up the sun. However, the simple image can be interpreted in many ways. For example, today, they represent for me a sign of victory! The Oakland A's came from behind in the 9th inning and beat the Houston Astros. Yay!

Punk Face



Here's an altered card from a 19-year old postcrosser in Belarus. At first I didn't see the original image of the VW bus. It has been altered to look like a goth mask or a skull. Real feathers were included. Sometimes youthful writers are less inhibited about their alterations. I love it! 

Budapest Bridges

Here's a lovely multiview of Budapest bridges from Geoffrey, who was there this summer. He sent it July 8, but it only arrived this week. 

Nizhnee Buibinskoe Lake - Knitted

Here's a bit of knitting on a postcard from Krasnoyarsk, Russia. A city in Siberia, it was part of the gulag prison camp system during Stalinist times. It is a major junction of the Trans-Siberian Railway, and the place Anton Chekov deemed the most beautiful city in Siberia. The view of the Buibinskoe lake is spectacular and it is now on my bucket list.  

Pahonya


Here's a burned and sewn card from Belarus.  Pahonya is the official symbol of this country and the postcrosser writes that there are many symbols of pahonya, or knights riding horses in Belarus.  

A Front, A Back


Cool tea bag tabs decorate the front of this altered card from a tea-loving Italian postcrosser


Wonderful stamps, airmail sticker and beer image decorate the back of this altered card from China

Friday, September 5, 2014

English Habits


Susan is in England right now and enjoying the sights. She picked up this fabulous card and said it reminded her of me. Reminds me that I need to finish knitting my socks.

American Pulp


This vintage comic book cover is going to a postcrosser in Russia who likes tigers and horses.


Batman is going to a French postcrosser who likes reading comics. I wonder if he has even heard of Batman?


This pulp fiction book cover card is going to a postcrosser in Lithuania. In taking a second look at her profile, this might be a bit too adult for her. Oh well.


This Route 66 card is going to a Swiss postcrosser who likes to knit, read and cook. I hope this card awakens a desire to hit the road.