8/21/12

mail art bonanza

Well, home from vacation, relaxed and rejuvenated and what do I find?  A mailbox full of delightful mail!  This weekend will have to be about making return mail.....I realized I'm about a month behind!


I received some postcards - top one from Karen (even while on vacation, really?!), the middle two are the first ones from the Kat Sloma art card exchange and the bottom one from Tina (see more of her art at witt0071 on flickr).  I connected with Tina through MMSA - if you want to find mail art enthusiasts, that's a great place to start.

This group of envelopes, each filled with a note, a poem, a bookmark, a little collage material and one candy (!) are from the Elevated Envelope exchange.  The one with the drawing is from Israel, the red one from Tacoma (just down the street, sort of) and the candy one didn't have a return address, so I'm not sure where it's from.  Just a reminder - if you go to all the trouble to make a postcard or beautiful envelope or send me just anything, be sure to include return contact info so I can reciprocate!

Dan and I took tons of photos on the trip (to Vancouver Island, BC) - both for our memories and with an eye to selling them.  We came away with some really great images.  I bought a new camera - a small point and shoot instead of the big, multi lens DLSR that Dan likes to use. I have to say I just LOVE my new Panasonic Lumix camera. In some cases it took better images than the DLSR, with the added benefit that it fits in my pocket so it's easy to whip it out and capture a moment.  It does lots of things I haven't explored yet, but I can't wait to try them all.  I'll be sharing some of my fave pics soon.

AND, one of my most favorite parts of the trip was getting to meet, in person, both Jenn and Lorinda who both live on Vancouver Island!  I had lunch with each of these delightful ladies, and can I just say, it was a blast!  If you ever have the opportunity to meet someone you've met and enjoy through blogging, go for it - it's so worth it.  We chatted life and art and laughed and shared tips - it was SO much fun....just wish we had more time.  Thanks to both of you for making time for me and hanging out - it was great!

14 comments:

  1. Pleased you had such a great time Terrie and great mail to come home to. x

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  2. Glad to hear that you had a good vacation, got to meet some bloggy friends and purchased a new camera!! Sounds like a blast, hoping you will be sharing some pictures with us! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

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  3. Welcome Home :). I can't wait to see your pics!
    Stay inspired!

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  4. Sounds like you had a great vacation and I would love to be your mail carrier... we still call them post men or posties is the common term.... but I think you are all a bit more PC over there... my posty would love to be delivering all this stuff... glad you are back and look forward to seeing some holiday snaps...xx

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  5. Great post after a good vacation - lucky you! I have received my first 2 'Kat' cards, too. Valerie

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  6. That sounds like FUN. I came home to some mail art too.... isn't it a joy!

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  7. Sounds like you had a great time! So nice to come home to cheery mail art. Looking forward to seeing some of your photos.

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  8. Super fun!! :]
    What a wonderful time you had... life is a gift, friendship is a blessing ~xx
    Really enjoy seeing your "mail art" too, such wonderful postcards.

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  9. Sounds like you had a great trip and meeting some fellow arty folk is always a blast. I could recognize Karen's right away. xox

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  10. oh so amazing!! mayBE I WILL DO some of that mail art... sure would BE nice to find treasures like THOSE in the old mailbox.

    I am so glad for you and your new point and shoot. I use one as well, my other one, which was OLD, died at the same time my other point and shoot did back in Feb/Mar sometime. I got a new Casio Exilim on ebay for just $100, which was a push for me, but like you, I love its handiness and ease of use. I love how EASY it is and how much BETTER it is than its older sibling.

    Sounds like a fun time for you and for Dan and I affirm, meeting people you've "met" online, in person, it's outstanding. So glad you did and said so.

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  11. SOUNDS LIKE A PERFECT GET AWAY!!!! camera, spouse (oh wait spouse should go first), and blogland friends!!!! love all the sharing!
    cheers, dana

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  12. Your holiday sounds fabulous and you got to meet Jenn, you lucky thing. I would love to meet her in person but it's a bit far from Brisbane, Australia. I was in Vancouver in 1976, my brother was living there and we visited him. He is in Alberta now. I have a Panasonic Lumix camera (an old one) but still can't get a good photo no matter how hard I try. I think you must be a born photographer as your photos are beautiful. That mail art is great, what a fab idea.
    Von

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  13. so many goodies to come home to! it was so, so wonderful to meet you Terrie. it was just the loveliest lunch. hope the rest of your trip was wonderful. can't wait to see your pics...can't believe we didn't get one together xx

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  14. What a wonderful thing to come home to!! :)

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