Tuesday, December 30, 2008

oide oide

Next year, too...

May heaps of happy things come to you.... Oide oide/come, come....

My postcard pal at the Ayaori post office sent this charming pop-up card in her New Year's packet, which arrived yesterday. She always sends the most amazing cards, almost always a pop-up of some kind. Some are as sweet and simple as this tiny kitten pop-up, others are more elaborate but no less charming. I don't know where she gets them but I do know they are just about the most imaginative of the commercial cards I receive each year.

And so to everyone, may all good things come to you and yours in 2009!

sniezka = snow white

Sniezka means snow white, wrote the Polish postcrosser who sent this postcard. It's also the name of the highest peak in a mountain range in Sudety, at some 1602 meters above sea level.

trains from a brandywine christmas

I bought these postcards yesterday at the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, PA. Each Christmas the museum shows off its trains, which run on 2,000 feet of track, while a tiny Santa circles overhead in his sleigh. Andrew Wyeth founded this wonderful museum, in a beautiful former mill. It houses a good collection of works by him and other artists in the Wyeth family, including son Jamie, who also has an extensive collection of toy and model trains. Jamie even got Andy Warhol hooked on them. The two often played with them when Warhol visited the younger Wyeth's farm.

Monday, December 29, 2008

trumpet by basquiat

Lynn Berkowitz sent this postcard of an explosive Basquiat painting called Trumpet.

flowers from finland

This pretty homemade card came from a Finnish postcrosser. She says that such cards are now popular in Finland.

bhutanese paper

A Canadian friend sent me this delicate handmade paper from Bhutan, souvenirs of a trip she made to that country. Now to write some letters!


A Polish postcrosser sent this card showing thumbnail images of places around her hometown of Opole, in the south of Poland.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

painted light bulbs

I made this card from a photo I took last week of the painted light bulbs I use to decorate the windows at Christmas. I got the idea at Olga's Living with Art, a fabulous shop in Coudersport, PA, on Rt. 6, which is run by a multitalented Ukrainian woman named Olga. Her painted bulbs were elaborate and beautifully-painted. I simplified the idea, using old incandescents.


This salt pyramid is astounding. It instantly reminded me of the conical structures, for storing salt used in winter, which are seen along major highways here in the Northeast. A Portuguese postcrosser sent the postcard. The stamps are so nice that I had to (I think) post them twice.

Friday, December 26, 2008

year of the ox

A Taiwanese postcrosser got a jump on the Year of the Ox with this New Year card. She's studying Japanese and wrote greetings in Chinese, Japanese, and English.

butterfly dream

A Russian postcrosser named Elena stitched this pretty butterfly with flowers, ornamented it with beads, and made it into a card. Thanks so much!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Bobble Head Christmas Card

Jacqueline sent this fabulous bobblehead Christmas card! It was by far the nicest one I received this year.

merry christmas

A Merry Christmas to all.

stamps from all over

Russia, France, Finland, Taiwan, and Japan present and accounted for.

Monday, December 22, 2008

alistair's christmas tree

Twin brothers Alistair and Jonathan made their family Christmas cards. I happened to get this fab tree drawn by Alistair, who wished that he had some glitter glue on hand to finish it off.

aurora borealis

Beautiful and mysterious---a perfect card for the winter solstice, courtesy of a 15-year-old postcrosser in Finland.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

The Official Santa Mailbox

I spied this mailbox in the San Bruno post office. It must be the real thing!!!

stamps north and south

The stamps above were on a Christmas card from a Canadian friend. Those below, which feature more stamps from the Hector Corsini series, were on a pretty postcard from a postcrosser in Curitiba, a major city in southern Brazil.

Friday, December 19, 2008

hyvaa joulua

Holiday greetings from a Finnish postcrosser. And a Happy Yule to you, too!


A British postcrosser sent this cool stamp postcard from 1992. It never gets old.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

coming home

Holiday greetings from Dave the mail carrier.

civic participation

This stamp was on a card from a Portuguese postcrosser.

white, orange and yellow

A Lithuanian postcrosser named Mykolas, who lives in Wales, sent this high-protein, color-saturated postcard. It's of a Mark Rothko painting.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

dragon power

This jolt of color and energy came from a postcrosser in Malaysia, who likes sacred places and dragons. This is one of her fav temples.

more german stamps

These stamps are courtesy of a German postcrosser in Hamburg.

muni by moonlight

Mrpotani sent this postcard showing an evocative painting of a Muni bus by moonlight.

Monday, December 15, 2008

spring in december

Both the card, from a German postcrosser, and the stamps, from a Japanese friend, defy the season, though in truth here in eastern Pennsylvania we're having another odd warm spell with rain.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

let it snow

This beautiful handmade Christmas card came from friend Sandy S., who used the muslin-backed paper technique I learned from her last month (see November 26). The image is so Winter Palace.

Friday, December 12, 2008

score big

Cutie Thaddeus Young--in his second year but still a baby--is hard to resist in this holiday ad card from the Philadelphia 76ers.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

a moment in ukraine

An eight-year-old Ukrainian postcrosser named Polina, who likes to play Monopoly, sent an excellent card and wonderful stamps. The card shows a square in the city where she lives.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

finnish stamps

Cool stamps from Finnish postcrossers.

uspenski orthodox cathedral

This pretty card of Uspenski Orthodox Cathedral came from a postcrosser in Helsinki.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008


Great stamps from a Polish postcrosser. The place setting is super!

I like what a Slovenian postcrosser did with her card. She turned a simple message into cheery greetings.

more stamps

bekes karacsonyt

Just as I was longing again to be in Budapest, this card arrived from a Hungarian postcrosser living in the UK. It shows the beautiful Hungarian Parliament Building, which sits on the Pest side of the Danube.