Clotheslines


Postcard sent to Ambró and Bubi (Hungary), for the Challenge #30 of Mail a Smile project. 


I would like have sent something better (considering it was me who had chosen the topic...! This is a favourite), but I just could not. Anyway, the aim of Mail a Smile is just... what its name means. A simple postcard can make someone's day. Don't you feel like participating the next time? There is a challenge every month! 

The Bycicles Arrive


Altered postcard sent to Mim (the USA) for this mail art call about bikes:

Theme: Bicycles (of course)
size: standard postcard (preferred)
No jury, no return, family friendly only
Include your name, e-mail address, website/blog if you have one, so
I can notify you when your piece is posted. 
Deadline: September 1, 2015

send to:
Mim/bicycles
2422 Floyd Ave
Richmond, VA 23220-4410
USA

I have also sent this postcard. It is not mail art (not made by me, I mean). But I could not resist when I saw a square-wheel bike on it...


Also published here and here.

Unexpected From Malaysia


Letter sent by Bree (Malaysia).

These hexagonal stamps, showing gold and silvery coins are just stunning!


See the complete sheet and more details.

Freda!


Yesterday arrived this small parcel from Micu (Hungary) and... Can you guess what it contained? Freda, one of the smiles senders of the Mail a Smile project:


Thanks to Kakaó, she has come to spend few weeks with me. I hope she is going to enjoy the beach and the hot weather.

I forgot to say... she didn't arrive empty-handed, but with some nice surprises:

Alice (II)

Two more postcards of Alice sent by John (the UK):

"Would you tell me pleas," said Alice,
a little timidly,
"why you are painting those roses?"

The Dodo solemnly presented the thimble,
saying "We beg your acceptance of this
elegant thimble".

And one fmore from Laura (the UK), with a illustration of Margaret Tarrant (1888-1959):

Alice succeeded in getting her flamingo's
 body tucked away, comfortably enough, under
her arm, but generally just as
she had got its neck straightened out
it
would twist itself round
and look up into her face.

Alice (I)


Postcard sent by Heleen (the Netherlands). It shows a man reading a Pythonesque (from Monty Python's Flying Circus) version of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: "Alice stood stunned as Tweedle dum and Tweedle Dee recited 370 slang terms for genitals" (!).

The sender included the most beautiful Dutch Book cover of 2014: another version of Alice, newly illustrated because of the 150th anniversary. 

Tucker Is Having Fun


I found two bodies for Tucker (so far?), and I sent a postcard and and an envelope to Jon Foster (the USA).


You can see more contributions to this inspiring project in Tucker's Fan Page.

The World's Smallest Post Office


Postcard sent by Milli (the USA). If not the world's smallest post office (as it says on the back), this tiny building is the smallest post office in the USA. It is still in operation. The sender told me that she had been there and one can hardly turn around inside.

A Kind Of Love

«Isn't a letter from a lover, even a distant lover, a kind of love?»

Xu Xi, The Letters Page 1

A Long Letter & Four Red Mail Boxes

Some posts ago, I answered these questions regarding my experience as letter writer, suggested by Hannah of Rose Tinted Crafting. I asked you to do the same, and Heleen (the Netherlands) did. She sent her answers by snail mail, on the back of these postcards. So it was a long letter indeed. You do not know how much a person can write on the back of a postcard until you receive mail from her...!

Needles to say that I adore these four mail boxes that made me think of the four seasons.







Circus On The Mail


When I was a child I used to loved going to the circus. I am not sure I would like nowadays that kind of circus (with animals and so on). But I love the always colourful circus-related mail

Postcard sent by Laura (the UK) and stamp on a letter from Sheila (the UK).

Blue Hummingbird From Martinique


Postcard sent by Sandrine (Martinique). Both the postcard and the envelope brightened my day.

And more blue hummingbirds arrived from the USA the very same day:

Hollókő Postamúzeum


This postcard was sent by Ania (Hungary). It shows a Post Museum in the village of Hollókő (which is in the World Heritage List of UNESCO). The sender was sorry because the postcard was not exactly sent from the village. But anyway, they was a very special rubber stamp on the back:


Some of the stamps matched very well with the postcard, do not you think so? They were issued on September 19, 1997, to commemorate the Stamp Day.



This is also a post for Sunday Stamps II. Today's topic is post boxes or postal themed. Of course, an always favourite!

And Still More Lighthouses!


Sent by Bryon (the USA), this postcard shows Fort Canby Lighthouse or North Head Lighthousea rocky promontory near Cape Disappointment, near in the USA state of Washington.




Envelope sent by Stephanie (Germany). Two German lighthouses on the stamps: Buk and Flügge.


Stamp from Taiwan.

Vintage English Lighthouses

More British lighthouses on vintage postcards sent by John (the UK):



On the postcard you can read: Armed Night and Longships Lighthouse, Land's End. When you are a lighthouses lovers you discover that coasts of every country are full of "land's ends". Anyway, I like specially this postcard,with the lighthouse on the background and this sentence on the back:


We only receive "real things" through snail mail. That is why we love, isn't that?


And below it is Trevose Head. I love vintage postcards also because they usually wrote a lot of explanations on the back (before Wikipedia, that was really useful"):
Around the rugged coast of Cornwall, there are a large number of lighthouses. This coast takes the brunt of Atlantic gales, which a century ago spelt disaster for the sailing clippers, and even today, wrecks are not unknown. Trevose Head commands a magnificent view on a fine day. The nearby golf course at Trevose has now acquired championship status, while just south is the beautiful bay of Treyarnon.