I was reading something a couple of days ago about the possibility of mail service going down to 5 days a week. The topic isn't new, but the responses to it I read made me sad anyway. Lots of people saying "who cares? I pay my bills online anyway." I wanted to send each and every one of them something pretty in the mail. I mean, I know only too well the feeling that nothing good ever comes, but it doesn't have to stay that way. And the idea that "you can just email" is ... well, definitely not the same thing. I mean, are you going to make a physical piece of art and then scan it and send it via email? Or even a digital one and email it? I bet the majority of email people get isn't much fun, either. And there's really no substitute for holding something in your hand that someone else had to make, and then address to you and put out for the mail carrier.
Case in point, this postcard from Moan Lisa on IUOMA.
I believe most of Moan's works are digital and then printed out and sent, and sure, you could cut out the middle man and email it, but it's much more fun to wonder about what people might have thought of this postcard as it made its way here. The more people exposed (no pun intended) to art in the everyday world, the better, right? Thank you so much, Moan - I will send something back to you soon!
And in talking about the wonders of mail, here's another one. I sent something to Valentine Mark Herman in France on Nov. 2. Today, 15 days later, we've completed the circle with this envelope arriving at my house.
To France and back, with only 15 days (and not all of them even delivery days, of course). I must be easily amused, because I find that pretty amazing. Also, Valentine definitely deserves credit for his personal promptness as well. So if you're like me, you're dying to know what was inside.
The answer is: lots of stuff!
Front and center is a painting called Blue Flamingo. The rest is a wonderful collection of miscellanea. My wheels are already turning with what to do with it! It makes me think about how fun it was putting together the package of supplies for Emily, and considering doing something similar when I send an envelope - sending along a few things from my supplies here to see if they inspire something in other people. Thank you so much, Valentine!
And that's a lot of photos already, so I'll just throw one more in here, a picture of my progress on the kids' sweater I'm knitting.
This was right after I slipped the first sleeve onto the circular needle with the body. I've now completed the second sleeve and am currently knitting the yoke. I have to say - it's a great idea to do it this way because it only leaves you with one small seam to sew up under the sleeves, but those first few rows with the whole thing are difficult to knit. The sleeves are small enough that they don't have enough give to lay flat while you're working that section and wow, did my hands hurt after those. But as you get farther away from the actual connecting rows, it gets easier. I'll post another picture soon.