Sunday, November 30, 2008


"All we are saying is give peace a chance."

Saturday, November 29, 2008

hot bath

Thanks to Finnish postcrosser Marianne, who sent this fab postcard from Forssa.

container art

A Dutch postcrosser sent this striking image of stacked containers. Her message: "It's snowing in Holland right now! Great!"

cities in oz

An Australian postcrosser sent this card showing her country's capital cities.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

red bobblehead

I made this postcard last week at Sewing by the Sea, a sewing retreat in Ocean City, Maryland. One morning Sandy Sapienza, who organizes the annual event, taught a mini-class in muslin-backed paper for artwork. The technique is simple. Saturate a piece of damp muslin with matte medium gel, then affix a photocopied b&w image measuring 5" x 7". Laser copies are suggested but I used inkjet copies of photos I had taken. Cover the image with gel medium and embellish with thread, paper, fabric, glitter, etc. Let dry. When dry, paint with transparent paints or inks. Add more embellishments (collage, stamps, stitching) as desired. When dry, the painted image has a supple, leathery feel to it.

To make a fabric postcard, back the painted piece with a stiff interfacing, such as Timtex, and another piece of muslin and stitch the layers together. (You could also use cardboard and paste.) The stitching becomes another element of the piece. To write on the card, use an oil-based marker. I made two cards. I sent one to Mrpotani and will keep the other as a cool memento of my first trip to Ocean City. For more about Sewing by the Sea, go to

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

honda takeshi in tokyo

Ex-neighbor Honda Takeshi is showing large-scale charcoal pencil works at A Piece of Space in Tokyo through December 13. The one above, called Walking in the Mountains, November, measures 260 x 600 cm. For details, go to

castle in the air

Love this ad card from Castle in the Air. Check it out.

glasgow university

This lovely view of the tower at Glasgow University was sent by a postcrosser who used to live in Thailand.

more stamps

Two stamps interesting for different reasons. The top stamp, from Finland, is transparent as you can tell by the bar code printed on the card. The bottom one celebrates Eleanor Rathbone, a British rights activist responsible for getting the family allowance program put in place, and is part of a series honoring outstanding women. Rathbone was definitely that. Check her biography out on Wikipedia.

view from mt. carmel

An Israeli postcrosser, who loves jigsaw puzzles, sent this view of Haifa as seen from Mt. Carmel.

Monday, November 24, 2008

happy day

A Finnish postcrosser sent this sweet card which captures a carefree moment.

finnish fall

This card is from a Finnish postcrosser who shares my love for autumn.

stereo realist

Dutch postcrosser Ellen went retro with this old ad card. Whatever happened to the Stereo Realist?

Sunday, November 23, 2008

yummy stamps

Two stamps, one from Brazil, the other from Finland, celebrate different kinds of food. Yummy, yummy.

here's to anna julia, "just a baby"

Tiny postcrosser Anna Julia, born this October 28th, sent this huggy kind of card from Brazil, though it was her dad who put it all in motion. The card reads: "My daddy has created my account here! Now postcards are my joy too!" That's a wonderful family tradition in the making.

Friday, November 21, 2008

scenes from kaunas

A 15-year-old Lithuanian postcrosser named Ruta sent this pretty card and stamp from her hometown of Kaunas.

flora festival

A Dutch postcrosser sent this scene of blazing glory.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

warm thoughts

What a day it was for postcards! Along with the fab card from Taiwan below came this great card from Finnish postcrosser Arja. She knitted a tiny sweater in cheery yellow and affixed it to a card she covered with burlap. The message: "warm thoughts in cold winter". Love it!

simply irresistible

To know this dog is to love him! A young postcrosser sent this fabulous card from Taiwan, with a long message in Japanese (she spent a year in Japan when she was even younger) about her favorite manga and such. She also drew two very different good luck symbols on the card: clover and turtle. Simply irresistible!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

walking in alsemberg

Belgian postcrosser Ilse sent this card from Alsemberg, a small village near Brussels. She took the photo on one of her walks about the village. B&W captures the damp gloom of European winters. I like this photo.

moody russia

A postcrosser named Olga sent these greetings from "moody Russia." The card, printed in 1972, shows a bit of the Kremlin.

greetings from iisalmi

A 16-year-old Finnish boy sent this card from his hometown of Iisalmi, located in central Finland. He's busy at school, while looking forward to cross-country skiing. Let it snow!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

dragon spruce lawn

First-time postcrosser Sway sent this snowy landscape from China. I've never seen stamps affixed as these were--in looseleaf layers, with each one postmarked separately and again in toto. Amazingly, these large, handsome stamps arrived intact. I've already lifted one off to send to a friend.

Friday, November 14, 2008

new pots from willi singleton

Old pal Willi Singleton will be selling pots from his fall firing at his pottery in Kempton, PA, on December 13 and 14. Willi gave me this card for the show, along with lunch, when I visited him earlier today.

st. bartholomew's

Bara, a new postcrosser from the Czech Republic, sent this card and stamp. The card shows the Cathedral of St. Bartholomew, with the nearby Skoda factory, in Plzen. She writes that the cathedral has the highest church tower in the Czech Republic.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

have another beer or two

What a treat! Jana, an 18-year-old rock fan from Germany, made this card, the perfect pick-me-up on a cold, wet day. She joined postcrossing about a week ago. Thanks, Jana!

norrkoping + stamps

Swedish postcrosser Catarina, aka Catwoman, sent this card and cool stamps, plus the cat sticker. The view looks like a toy town but it's real. The yellow flatiron building, writes Catwoman, is now a museum.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

follow the puck

Mrpotani has a new passion, all about ice and clacking hockey sticks.

romantischer mittelrhein

These Rhein attractions are courtesy of German postcrosser Kerstin.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

horse drawn funerals

I picked this postcard up at the Lehigh County Historical Society Heritage Museum. It advertises a company in New Tripoli that offers horse drawn funerals. I've got a friend who likes cemeteries and maybe she'll like this card as well.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

plink plink plonk

Finnish postcrosser Veronica sent this jazzy player. The card is made by Hallmark. Does Hallmark sell cards like this in the US?

lake paijanne in autumn

'Tis the season for autumn splendor. A Finnish postcrosser named Elina sent this view of Lake Paijanne in central Finland where her parents have a summer cottage. Lovely.

stavanger, norge

Norwegian postcrosser Sissel sent these greetings from Stavanger, Norway, the 2008 cultural capital of Europe.

Friday, November 7, 2008

prickly pear cactus

Canadian postcrosser Glenn sent this pretty cactus flower from Calgary. He also sent much-appreciated congrats on the Phillies' winning the World Series.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

cool stamps

manieru ojisan

Tokyo friend Keiko sent this card congratulating me on the Phillies' World Championship. She wrote that when manager Charlie Manuel played in Japan some 30 years ago, he was called Manieru ojisan, or Uncle Manuel. In Philadelphia he's often been called Uncle Charlie.

play it right!

Petra, a German postcrosser, sent this happy dog postcard.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008


A young Lithuanian postcrosser named Lina sent this pretty view and striking stamp. I now know what Lithuanians call their country and also that Juozas Miltinis was a prominent theatre director.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

dolled up for voting

I took this photo at my polling place this morning. After posting it on diamondposte I could not resist making a postcard out of it. I went to fifth grade here.

Monday, November 3, 2008

belgian fine art

Anu, a 17-year-old postcrosser from Finland, made this yummy card. I also like the stamp. Thanks, Anu!