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Curt, my mail carrier, wrote me back! (see previous post). Now its my turn… This is so much more fun than the paper that I am writing :) I think that I came up with a new saying for a rubber stamp: My Mail Carrier ROCKS!

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When is the last time you told your mail carrier how much you appreciated hir, her, or him? Well, I need to do so more than I do. I went to mail a package to Helen Amyes at the post office today and the clerk told me that my mail carrier had added 40 cents in postage of his own money to my postcards the day before. “Again?” I asked. I really had thought I’d put enough postage on them, but I guess that I hadn’t. Curt, my mail carrier, has done this a number of times for me. In the past, I have made him cards but this time I bought him a Starbuck’s gift card. I need to make sure that I show my appreciation to him regularly. Who knows how many other cards he has added postage to?

I am sharing this because our mail carriers deliver our mail year round and we don’t always even notice them. Please do something special for yours this new year.

May you have a mail artful new year if I don’t write before then,

mad madge

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I thought that I would share some of the first batch of cards/mail art.

I sent this last card to Bernadette who hosts Readymade Radio on our local community radio station. On December 23rd, she hosted “X-mas songs for people who aren’t into it.” I loved it! She ranted about why we buy gifts for people when the gifts end up in landfills and played The Dead Kennedy’s “Holiday in Cambodia” to exemplify her angst.

I felt that Bernadette deserved a card made out of recycled holiday paper. And, I made an envelope for it. I’m not as into making envelopes as I am into making cards. There is so much space to cover and after making the cards, I just want to stick them into envelopes and mail them. But in the spirit of those mail artists who get into envelopes, I thought I’d try. I like this one.

How are you reusing your holiday waste?

peace,

mad madge

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holiday making

I finally decided to take a few days off from paper writing and immediately became ensconced in making. It’s about time! The trend started with a quick trip to the local craft store where I came out with my very own paper cutter that was 40% off and some mod podge glue especially made for paper. I like it. As some of you know, I have struggled with finding the right glue. I love glue sticks, but often need some sort of sealant for long postal voyages. This glue is less thick than regular mod podge. Nice. I am also loving my new paper cutter. How did I ever live without it?

I generally spend the holidays complaining about consumerism that I myself participated in with the above purchase. I find it hard to understand why we buy wrapping paper and cards only to throw them away the day after Christmas. This year I figured out what to do with all the detritus of Christmas’ past. Postcards!

There are scraps of shiny paper scattered on the floor all around the house.

Here are some of the cards that I made. I think that I am going to call them New Year’s cards since that is when they will start reaching their destinations. I will post scan details after they get mailed off. Oh, it is so much fun to be obsessive again even if only for a few days. There is something about shifting to these playful visual puzzles after months of verbal seriousness that is so balancing for me.

Happy New Year, Holidays, or whatever you celebrate!

peace,

mad madge

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I’m crabby. It’s December 19 and I thought that I would be done with school by now. But instead I took an incomplete to finish up two assignments: a final paper and 13 key concepts in social theory. I have a rough draft of the paper and know where I am going with it. I’m just trying to finish up those blasted concepts. They are dragging.

I haven’t made a postcard or collage in forever and forget about holiday spirit. This about all that I have been able to produce in the way of holiday energy this year and some of it is a repeat from holidays past:

Our cloth wreath

 

Our recyclable tree with peace in many languages…

 

And our dear, wonderful Asha

Happy Holidays!

I am taking tomorrow off to make things and get into the holiday spirit d—–t!@@!!!

 

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maya on red


I’ve been a bit down for the last couple of days and one of the things that makes me feel better is curling up on the couch with this one. May I introduce you to Maya, the famous black cat that ends up on most of my mail art (when I’m making it).

May you have a happy day. I’m off to define democracy, agency, materialism, modernism, postmodernism, and a few more concepts that I can’t remember right now…

mad madge

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explore

One paper handed in and two more to go…

But I took a break on Thursday night and hung out with a friend that I don’t see all that much. We ate yummy chili, drank wine, and modpodged magnets. It was a blast.

Mine’s a bit risque. He he he. Thought I’d share.

Off to paper writing joy,

mad madge

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