Thousand Postcard Project: 116-158/1000

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Here are some of my recent favourites from the ongoing Thousand Postcard Project. ΔΔ The postcard above just really appealed to me. At the time, I couldn’t tell if it was the colours or composition but, later, I realised it was because it reminded me of the badly-drawn book covers on the old Mary Stewart novels…

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Pie fail

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This is an appeal to the people of Florida, to rescue their famous dish from the slander that is about to follow…   While writing my way through a giant stack of vintage postcards for the thousand postcard project, I came across this wonderfully lurid recipe-card from the 1960s or 70s. The children and I decided we had…

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Pop-up in Melbourne: free twilight cinema by the bay

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Listen up Melbourne friends, there is a pop-up open-air cinema in town for February, and it is FREE. Head down to Docklands on a Friday night this month (every Friday EXCEPT this Friday) to watch some classic 80s movies from the comfort of your own picnic rug. Have you been to Docklands recently? We wandered…

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Animals in sweaters

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I am super tired this morning, and entering the week already exhausted is never fun. I was going to (try to) write you something insightful and meaningful, but my brain just won’t cooperate. So instead, I decided to share something altogether lighter: animals in sweaters!  The chickens, from Cornwall in the UK, are wearing knits…

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Talking trees

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Yesterday I listened to this TED Talk by Suzanne Simard that blew my mind. Actually first I listened to Suzanne being interviewed on the TED Radio Hour (here’s the transcript), then went across to listen to her whole talk. It sent me reeling, and I spent the rest of the day thinking about it over and…

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Thousand postcards > 86/1000

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The other day as I sat at my desk writing on old postcards (they smelled like old books), Scout sidled up to me. “Postcards, postcards, you are forever writing postcards,” she said. Then she and Ralph began rifling through the box, pulling them out one at a time to look at all the pictures. I told them…

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I like the thought of that

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Thank you, anonymous person on Post Secret

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Mail-art: picturing kindness

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With everything going on in the world towards the end of last year, I got to thinking about kindness, and what it meant. Why did some people seem to have it in spades, while others could act with such coldness, such brutality, that surely all compassion, all empathy, must have been clinically removed from their…

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Spiders, bedtime stories, and what’s the fuss about Henry Fussy?

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We have been reading Charlotte’s Web to the children at bedtime. Last night was the final chapter, and the whole book has been every bit as magical and sad and beautiful as I remember from my own childhood. Scout was enthralled from beginning to end. I wasn’t confident of this when we started: books from this…

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New crush: Botanical Threads

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The next time you make guacamole, don’t throw away the avocado seeds.  Instead, leave the stones to dry on the window-sill, then heat them in a pan for up to three days, eventually extracting a colour that looks deep red. Soak some beautiful fabric in the red liquid, dipping it twice and leaving it for several…

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Quick reminder

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Just a quick note to remind you that my Snail Mail Toolkit newsletter will land in folks’ inboxes tonight. I’ve created the envelope template above, plus another, and will share them as printable downloads along with tips on how to personalise them and turn them into mail-art, writing prompts, and some other fun and useful snail-mail links. If this…

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Summer mail-art

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The past month was ridiculously busy, as December usually is for most of us. In the midst of it all, I found just a little bit of time for mail-art, including a stack of envelopes made out of Christmas carol sheet-music, and one book with an address and stamps on the front cover. There will…

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