Wednesday, September 30, 2009

nesquehoning, pa

Another post office along Rt. 209, this one in Nesquehoning.

beaver meadows, pa

Till I took this photo on Monday driving south on Rt. 209 from Hazleton, I'd never heard of Beaver Meadows. This post office is quite a contrast with the Palacio Postal in Mexico City.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

viva, mexico

Mexico City's main post office is in a Venetian-style palace, complete with ornate staircases and grillwork.

This old photo turned postcard evokes the mad upheaval of the Mexican Revolution of 1910. And yes, that is Francisco Zapata.

Two postcards from Mrpotani's recent trip to Mexico City.

Monday, September 28, 2009

turkish stamps

I like the perforations in the stamp on the right and the troubled expression on Kemal Ataturk's face at left.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

art in craft media 2009 in buffalo

Friend Jozef Bajus is one of 44 artists in Art Craft in Media 2009, at the Burchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo, New York, through January 3, 2010.

contemporary craft in pittsburgh

Christian Burchard's Days of Summer by the Pond (above) is in Contemporary Craft of Pittsburgh's autumn show, Transformation 7: Contemporary Works in Wood. Burchard used bleached Madrone burl for the piece shown. The show features the work of 26 artists and runs from October 16 through January 2, 2010. Noted wood artist Tadao Arimoto will be the featured store artist on October 23 and 24. For info:

Saturday, September 26, 2009

angel flowers

I made this card for someone in Holland who likes angels.

Thursday, September 24, 2009


Pretty as a picture.

A nostalgic image from Germany.

Have a cuppa while reading your mail.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009


A quick card I made this morning to send to a friend. It let me use some of the many stickers I acquired during this summer's visit to Mrs. Grossman's sticker factory in Petaluma, California.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

folklorico ukraine

I found this pretty stamp sheet yesterday in an envelope in a drawer. I had saved the envelope, sent maybe a year ago by a postcrosser in Ukraine, because it was pretty. When I took out the postcard that was in the envelope, I never noticed the stamp. What a treat to come across it yesterday! If only it presaged a trip to Ukraine...

Monday, September 21, 2009


I stumbled on an old ad for Impulse records and was moved to make this small homage to the great John Coltrane.

Sunday, September 20, 2009


A magical stamp from where else but Finland.

Lovely flowers from Taiwan.


Ah, aurora borealis!

A striking image from the Danish post.

A postcrosser sent these stamps. She often uses the station in the stamp on the left.

On an envelope from a friend in northeastern Japan.

Friday, September 18, 2009

olet tarkea

According to the Finnish postcrosser who sent this cool card, olet tarkea (sorry about the missing diacriticals) means 'you are important'. She added 'three generations' of air mail stickers (L to R: oldest to newest) to the card, then used an old 'prioritaire' sticker on the back.

froggy greetings

A Finnish postcrosser sent this funny 'froggy' dream of summer.

rickshaw cutout

A postcrosser in Taiwan sent this amusing rickshaw card. Cut out the parts and assemble to make a little rickshaw.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

cherries from bassum

A German postcrosser used a photo of her cherry tree to make this postcard from Bassum, a neighbor of Bremen. I wish I'd had some cherries for breakfast!

Friday, September 11, 2009

this little piggy

Elisa, a 17-year-old Finnish postcrosser, sent this fabulous photo of a friend's toes. It's really a photo, not a card, but like the Polaroid from Spain a couple of weeks ago it arrived in perfect shape. In teeny script covering the entire back of the photo except for the stamp and my address, she wrote that she loves toes: "They are so interesting!" Much of her message, though, was about an intricate dream open to endless interpretation. Thanks, Elisa, for making yesterday a red letter day!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

lombard street by way of denmark

An American postcrosser living in Denmark altered this card of San Francisco's Lombard Street with stickers of the Danish flag. I was in San Francisco in July but not on the famed 'crooked street'. Crooked is interesting. So is the roundabout route of this card.


Wednesday, September 9, 2009

joanne b kaar's paperboat project revisited

The boats are in harbor, the show is on, and bids on all boat lots are being taken through 24 September. Check out Joanne B. Kaar's wonderfully creative project to raise funds for Mary Ann's Cottage in Caithness, Scotland.


The Finnish postcrosser who sent this wrote that this Milli Paluniemi character, called the "Swearing Hedgehog", is saying, Sorry.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Home is Something I Carry With Me

The exhibition postcard for a cool alt space show this weekend in San Francisco. Alternative spaces are springing up all over the city in garages, empty properties and people's homes. This one asked the visitor to go to 3 different homes for a take on the same theme - home. Great concept, great show! This postcard was designed Alexis Petty, an independent designer in San Francisco. Wonderful postcard, Alexis!

Altered Card #2

A great altered card from mail artist Chandlerguera. She writes that this was her take on how to survive the recession. Indeed good luck, a roll of hundreds and a 4-leaf clover would do it! Visit her blog

Saturday, September 5, 2009

loving this terrain

A Dutch postcrosser sent this fab altered card. Wish I were there!

loving summer

A Hong Kong postcrosser altered this card of her city with Chinese characters that read, "I love happy summer." She says she likes summer because that's when her birthday is.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

"for the nautilus is my boat"

This magical card from a Canadian postcrosser did not scan all that well owing to the 3-D nature of the embellishments she added. Please imagine it glowing gold and pretty.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

two from new zealand

Postcrosser Michelle sent this droll altered card from New Zealand. She wrote of the handsome sheep pictured: "I like his impressive horns and how he looks like a proud New Zealander!" Love it!

This is the first sent by Wendy, a postcrosser from Hong Kong now studying in New Zealand. Good luck with your studies and have fun with postcrossing!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

gold coast rugby

A postcrosser in Australia altered this card showing the "sweaty" Gold Coast Titans, a local rugby team. I'm pretty sure this is the first rugby card I've received.