One would think that I haven’t received any postcards lately, considering the fact that it’s been two weeks since I last posted. One would be wrong, however. Postcards have been arriving but we had company this past week and blogging was put aside temporarily.
In the past two weeks, eight cards arrived in our mailbox. Without further ado, let’s get started.
The first to arrive was this lovely ad card from Singapore.
Yes, a lovely ad card. I know there are a lot of Postcrossers who specifically say, “no ad cards” but I’m not one of them. I don’t mind getting them at all. It’s even better when you discover there’s a back story to the ad card. As you can see, Geraldine worked as a stewardess for Singapore Airlines for 13 years.
The next card, from Holland, is the first I’ve received with a die cut. And, of course, all of these things are so familiar to me, being of Dutch extraction. I even had a pair of wooden shoes as a child… and wore them!
Helen takes the covers of paperback cookbooks and turns them into postcards. I love it! It shows thought and ingenuity and I appreciate that! Truly, I do not understand why a lot of Postcrossers state quite emphatically that they do not want handmade cards. I find that I appreciate those cards more than I do the plain old cards you can pick up in any souvenir shop. To each their own, I suppose.
Today’s final card arrived from China. This is one of Nan’s first five Postcrossing cards sent. That makes it somewhat special. The front of the card, though cute, doesn’t really do much for me; in this case, the back of the card is what makes this card fun.
Nan’s taken me to school! Chinese language school!
Cards have been going out as well, of course. This week, I was inspired to create a series of postcards based on apple crate labels. A couple of years ago, a friend gave me one of these labels as a birthday gift; in some circles, they’re quite the collector’s item. Apples (and other tree fruits) from the Okanagan valley were shipped all over the country and, indeed, the world. Each apple crate had a label and each producer had their own customized apple crate labels.
I’m sure I’ve mentioned before that I work in a print shop and, as such, I have access to all the equipment I need to create custom postcards for myself. Here’s a sample…