Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
**I've had to stop referring to the shop by name so am using it's former name. I was turning up in a google search of the actual shop name and we can't have that now, can we?
Sunday, September 28, 2008
So for any fellow etsians out there, feel free to drop by and take a look. These's even a shot of me modelling one! (For anyone who's interested in what I look like. Hang on, as my mum is probably my most avid reader, that might not be of too much interest - unless you want a glimpse of my new hair cut, mum!).
Tune in tomorrow for the second anonymous postcard drop....
Friday, September 26, 2008
I used to drive past this A on my way to wine appreciation class every week and always told myself that 'next week' I'd bring my camera and get a photo. Well my classes finished so took a drive last night to get this shot. I found the carpark gates closed so I had to trespass to get it. I was hoping to be stopped by the cops or at least security so I had a story to tell, (and to see their reaction when I told them it was in the name of 'art') but alas nothing. It's turned out much blurrier than I realised at the time, but I kind of like that. Maybe my hands were trembling in anticipation of getting sprung. I think it must be about 2m tall, so perhaps I was zooming AND shaking which can't help.
Ohh! Jen got in early! Here's her T. An orange capital T. On a black background. I'm getting shivers.
Have a great weekend everyone.
Anyhoo, I'm sure many of you are wondering whatever happened to the missing postcards (ok, the ones I sent to the wrong address). Well, I sent a handmade postcard to the accidental address explaining my mistake and letting them know that if they still had the postcards, it would be much appreciated if they could pop across the road and give them to Elly. I added my email address too. Their response? NOTHING. Unlucky for them I know where they live. When I'm back in Perth and visit Elly, I'm going to give them the nastiest look ever!!
Monday, September 22, 2008
Unfortunately, I’ve come to the conclusion that Elly has a fear of postboxes. How she’s managed to keep this from me for the past 18 years, I just don’t know. Due to this infliction, I only have 2 postcards from her to show off. (Hopefully she’s posting 3 today so she’ll be up to date).
Unfortunately this postcard was de-beaded in transit. Elly posted it in an envelope so I was able to reattach the beads that had fallen off, but I don’t know how she did such a good job of attaching them in the first place! You can see the bits I repaired – they’re evident by the visible glue blobs. Oh, and Elly stuck the black beads on in perfect lines while I struggled to glue them on even remotely attractively!
The colour difference between the two papers in this one is beautifully subtle. I really love this one for that reason. Ooh! I think I just figured out where Elly got the papers from!! Very clever, young El. Strangely, I’ve done something similar for an upcoming anonymous postcard drop! What serendipity.
And look at clever little me – I remembered to photograph my postcards to Elly before posting them! And here they are:
This one is made from a sample of vinyl and cut paper. The picture of the air filter is from an old catalogue I found at work (and so is the vinyl). I’m really happy with this one, partially because I just love the bright shiny red.
This one is made from a paper pie bag that I fleeced from the supermarket, and embellished with a bit of paper, stitching and what I assume are bindis. I found a packet of then in my local craft shop and had to have them. I knew they’d find a purpose.
Now this one I’m not so happy with. It’s made from another sample I found in the archives at work. I called it “things on my desk at work” and was horrified to watch the ink bleed into the parachute-type fabric. But there was no turning back.
I posted postcard number 7 today and look forward to reporting back on it and the subsequent two. And with any luck, Elly will have sought professional help to overcome her phobia. With the love and support of those around her, I know she’ll make it.
If you’re interested in the earlier postcards, you can take a look here.
And if anyone wants to get involved in a postcard swap, perhaps this will satisfy your cravings. (Thanks to painted fish studio for alerting me to this one!). It’s a really cool idea, but for the time being, I think I have enough postcarding going on!
Friday, September 19, 2008
While I prefer not to divulge much about the complete sign, in this case I have to let you know that it's from Paxie's Cafe in Napier. It's actually a cafe on one side and a collectables shop on the other. From what I've heard, Paxie's is, or was, an institution. It was open when we first moved to Napier about two and a half years ago but closed not long after when the owner (who I guess is Paxie?) died. It opened again about a month ago, but only the junk shop side and only for a few days.
Now Jen over at painted fish studio is trying to trump me with an ampersand! Cheeky! Get your own letter Jen! Haha.
Until next time....
Monday, September 15, 2008
You remember I mentioned a local store a few posts back? The one formerly known as MIA which sells divine clothes, art and homewares which I can’t afford on my meager part time salary? Anyhoo, whenever I’m in there they give out their postcards so I had a little collection of them sitting around the house. I’m not sure what kicked it off, but I started playing around with them and have come up with some rather lovely results (if I do say so myself). I thought the shop might like a look-see, but I’m hardly going to wander on in with some craft. So here’s the thing: every ‘other’ monday I will deliver a photo of one of the postcards anonymously before they open for business. He, he. Sneaky, sneaky.
Here’s the one I delivered today:
The store has no mail slot so I just jammed it in the door. I hope it didn’t go astray before they opened. The flower stems are made from folding 2 thin strips of paper together (remember doing that as a kid? I think I do) and the flowers are cut from paper. As you can see, I stitched an envelope to deliver it in. I wonder what will become of it all. Perhaps nothing that I hear about, but I know that if I had a shop and started getting photos of my postcards, I’d enjoy the intrigue. (What am I talking about?! It’d drive me crazy!!).
Now, I know I’ve given you the name of the store, and you could email them and blow my cover, but I’m hoping you won’t go spoiling my fun (Oh good Lord, has my ‘fun’ become sending postcards anonymously?! Is that sad?! I’ve got to get out more!!)
Until next time....
Postnote! - I've deleted the shop name because it turned out my blog was turning up on google when a search of the shop was done! And we can't have that....
Sunday, September 14, 2008
In other news, I have some exciting postcards to share from my postcard swap with my best buddy Elly. (And probably a rant about those missing postcards – see my last postcard post for the background story – if you’re bored). I’m going to hold out until next Monday to show them to you, but, as Elly and I swap postcards fortnightly, I’ve devised a sneaky little project for the ‘other’ mondays. More about that tomorrow (which is the ‘other’ monday). I bet you can’t wait!
Now, you people who make and sell stuff for a living, tell me this: does it always feel strange to handover your handmades? Or do you get over it after a while? I just can’t believe they’re gone for good! Having said that, maybe they won’t sell and I’ll get them all back! No surprises on Christmas presents then! On the other hand, if they do sell like hotcakes, I might just open a little etsy shop and then you can all have one.
Do you recognise the fabric? I received it from Janine at four walls design in Jesse’s fabric swap. I lurve it so I’m glad it’s been put to use. I think it works well with the pinstripes I used on the inside cover. Truth be told, I don’t really have any experience with book covering, so it could’ve been done better, but I’ve learnt some things for next time. I've labelled this post 'bookbinding' as I hope to do some of that at some point.
Hmm, I’m feeling a little parched. Drink anyone?
Friday, September 12, 2008
Back to matters at hand.... I had decided I'd like to include an ampersand (that's the '@' sign, people) in the friday letter and have spent the past few weeks looking out for a suitably worthy one. In that time I've spotted ONE. And it was void of any design merit. I was about to give up when on Thursday I met a friend for coffee. I was mid sentence when I spotted this one right behind her! Such timing....
Meanwhile, over at painted fish studio, Jen has found this fantastic 'x' on a sandwich board. Before I read where she found it, I assumes it was from a sex shop - that hot pink certainly gives that impression! Now I'm thinking maybe it's just the letter 'x' that screams sex. Anyone follow?
Friday, September 5, 2008
This week's letter comes thanks to Napier Port. I was lounging about having a coffee at a cafe on the water (as you do) when this ship headed in with it's load of containers. How could I resist such a bold N?! Check out Jen's friday letter here. It is super cool! I'm loving the shaddows.
In other news, I've returned home with plenty of ideas to put into action. I must get onto those Best in Show brooches, plus postcard monday is only a few days away, then there's a couple of other things on the go which I'll hopefully show off on Suday. Busy, busy!