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I am writing this post as my black cat Maya lies on her back in front of me, between me and the laptop purring loudly and looking oh so cute.

Late last year, I joined an International Union of Mail Art mail sharing of New Year’s cats that Angie organized. I shared what I sent off here. My cats have been trickling in from all over and I decided that it was about time that I shared.

from angie

from vizma, i heart the human this cat represents and am saddened by her absence.

Something from Katerina Nikoltsou! I have admired her work for so long!

an ongoing cat adventure from fleur

a photo of frankie from iheartmailart

the big eared one from nadine

a green bug floating above from the Dak.

and an additional cuddly kiddo from Lois.

I don’t think that I have sent anything to her. I will add her to the ongoing “return mail” pile that I never seem to make it through, despite how much I try…

Be well, and be sure to cuddle with your loved ones.

peace,

mm

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The International Union of Mail Artists (IUOMA) is a group that I always go back to. It is an international group of people who like to exchange art through the mail. I like it because I get mail from all over the world and I feel comfortable sending my experiments to other members. There are no ratings like on swap-bot, no accountability if you don’t send something back. Most people do send something back though, on their own schedule, which works for me.

Angie organized a New Year Cat swap on IUOMA and I participated. There were eight of us and I am still waiting for some of my cat mail. I will post what I received when I receive most, if not all of them. Mine are done and have started arriving at their destinations and so I feel comfortable sharing.

 

The cat is my dear Maya. The images of her are contact paper transfers. It would be fun to make a carved block of this image to print.

This time, I experimented with textured wall paper and paint. After awhile, I found that it was easiest dabbing a light amount of paint on my finger and lightly passing it over the raised areas. Later, I added color with watercolor crayons. I did decide that I like working with inks and watercolor crayons more than with acrylic paint. I may try to make washes out of the acrylic paint that feels more like the consistency of ink. Has anyone tried this?

I hope you are having fun making,

mm

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I haven’t been blogging all that much. I have been creating, a little journaling, mail art making, and I’ve even been experimenting with making small books out of grocery bags. Not in love with the bag books yet but it is fun to experiment.

As summer comes to a close, I thought that I’d share a few photos from the summer along with a few recently mailed collages.

My stepmother sent me these. She found them on the beach after Irene. I almost like the brown paper she wrapped them in just as much.

The kiddos lounging outside while the days are still hot.

You can’t tell from this photo but this bush has been swarming with bees. This makes me smile.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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And, in the world of mail art. I’ve been fiddling with using packing tape transfers to add quotes. A coworker reminded me of the four agreements and I decided to put three of them on cards.They are all very hard for me to follow.

Always Do Your Best

Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse, and regret.

Don’t Take Anything Personally

Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.

Be Impeccable with your Word

Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the Word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your Word in the direction of truth and love.

No, I don’t think that this advertising campaign is impeccable with its word but wish advertising campaigns would be.

I also have been struggling with letting myself experiment and am trying to remind myself to trust imperfection.

Notice that I now have a sewing machine. I’m pretty excited about it. I’m still learning how to use it, especially on my postcards though.

This last pink stitch is not at all what I thought that it was going to look like. I like it.

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And one last thing. I just discovered Pinterest and started a few boards. It is such a nice way to keep all of my favorite images from the web in one place. If any readers have pages too, I’d love to share. Always looking for new inspiration!

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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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I have the back up phone again which means that it has now been a week since I have been home. My sweetheart came to see me on Sunday, but I have yet to see the cats. I miss them tremendously. I didn’t realize exactly how much their absence was affecting me until last night.

First of all, I need to be careful about going to the gym at 9:00 at night. I left VERY energized, hyper really, a little after 10:00. On my way home, I saw this little black cat on the side of a busy main road in an area with gas stations and U-Haul truck dealers, not houses. I found myself stopping to check on the little one and she came right up to me. She was black with a white belly and as cute and cuddly as a cat can be. She seemed healthy and taken care of but I wondered what she was doing alongside such a busy street. She had no tag. I picked her up and took her into the Texaco station where I was parked to see if the clerk recognized her. He didn’t but was very helpful and gave me the phone number for the University Vet Hospital since the Humane Society was closed. They were no help when I called and after leaving a few frantic phone messages with friends and colleagues, I decided to go to the police station.

I feel pretty comfortable in the police station. As a domestic violence and sexual assault advocate, I have spent a bit of time there. Plus, Pullman’s a small town. The woman at the front desk was very helpful and let the police know that if anyone reported the cat missing, I had her. I tried to figure out what to do since the woman I stay with when I am in town is allergic to cats. I debated sleeping in my car with the cat and taking her to the Humane Society in the morning. That would have been fun if the back up phone had rung that night and I would have had to have taken the cat to the hospital with me. I was trying to think this all through.

Thankfully, the animal control officer was there and eventually came to help. We checked to see if the little kitty was microchipped and she wasn’t. I wondered if I should go door to door to the houses and apartments in the area and try to find the kitty’s owner. We both laughed because doing this at nearly 11:00 at night would really make me into a crazy cat lady if I wasn’t already. After telling me that the stray cats were the reason there were so many coyotes in the area and that she had picked up quite a few dead cats that week, the officer proceeded to tell me that she thought that the best thing for the kitty was for me to take her back to where I found her and hope she found her way home.

I did drive back to the Texaco station and reluctantly stood outside with the kitty to see if she would find her way home. She eventually crossed the busy street and went into the garden of a law office on the other side of the street. I went over and she came out to rub my leg. I interpreted it as her telling me that she was OK.

As I drove home, I started thinking through the whole incident. I think that one of the reasons I became so concerned with the kitty is that I am desperately missing my own. We have three cats, Silver, Asha, and Maya. I was going to share photos of all three, but I am having technical difficulties with Silver’s photo. It figures. She can be a bit contrary herself. Asha is a small grey kitty and Maya is the round black ball that appears on many of my postcards.

I miss them so much. Luckily, I will see them tomorrow night!!

Now that you have met my kitties, the black cat on my postcards probably makes more sense. The crazy cat lady might as well share some Maya inspired postcards.

To GS:

To Bifidus Jones- front and back:

A cat mail art call:

To okadaskat’s purple call. It arrived minus Maya :(

Maya floated above and amongst fragile tags and inspection tape for Eduardo Cardoso,

among flowers and a chandelier for Rachel Fasig,

and more baggage labels for Samuel Montalvetti.

And, you may have observed from previous posts that I now have my own logo and an awesome recycle stamp en plus!

Maya has recently been spotted in pink as well. But, I will wait to share that with you.

I really need to get to the gym before it’s 9:00 again.

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