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do you think they lick the stamps?

do you think they lick the stamps?

Writing a blog is a reward unto itself: searching out things to write about and hearing from RLD readers are two of my favorite parts of the blogging process. You guys share all sorts of things with me, both online and on postcards: hilarious postal anecdotes, clueing me in to something mail art-ish I should know about, showing your incredible mail/art skills and talents. I am one lucky girl!

giving thanks to one and all!

giving thanks to one and all!

In January, I often find myself thinking about the recently passed year, as well as the year coming up. What kinds of art/correspondence projects will I tackle in 2013? (I’ve got a few ideas.) Was I happy to say goodbye to 2012? (in some ways yes, in some ways no.) How can I make this an even better year, postally AND personally? (I’ve got some ideas there too.) Taking stock helps me remember what I should prioritize, what I can learn from, and what I can leave behind.

on your marks...

on your marks…

That’s why I’d like to take a paragraph (or two!) to thank YOU, fabulous RLD readers! As mentioned above, a blog is fun to write but it’s only as much fun as the readers who are along for the ride. The input, perspective, and advice that each of you offers up keeps the RLD “car” moving, so to speak.

get set...

get set…

To that end, I want to give a special shout out to the RLD “Fab Five”! These are the top five “comment kids” on the blog for 2012 and I’ve got a little surprise for those five folks. Can I have the envelope please? (insert sound of ripping paper here…) And they are:

  • –Angie P. (Miss Rose)
  • –Maureen F. (happenstance)
  • –Dorothy Y. (dot’s rainbow)
  • –Andria (drawing near)
  • –Pamela G. (cappuccino & art journal)
...GO!!!

…GO!!!

Each parcel consists of a smattering of fun items to help you with the coming year’s correspondence: a handful of enticing envelopes, an ephemera assortment of old and new bits, and a hand bound soft cover journal to keep track of your correspondents. Put it all together in an airmail themed zipper pouch, and there you go! (if your name is listed above, please contact me  at redletterdayzine@gmail.com to confirm your snail mail address.)

I am. Aren't you?

I am. Aren’t you?

And I have another little “thank you” for the first 15 folks who leave a comment below telling me their favorite RLD blog post of 2012! (sorry! The folks listed above aren’t eligible for this one…) I love writing about the mail art shenanigans and postal high jinks that make you guys happy; tell me about the write ups you’ve enjoyed and 2013 will be filled with more of the same.

(edit, 10:55pm: guess what gang? All presents have been spoken for!  But you’re of course welcome to keep the discussion rolling below, if you’d like…)

this is where creativity begins!

this is where creativity begins!

All in all, I can promise that 2013 is going to be a bumper crop year: correspondence and creativity are going to abound, both in person and via the mailbox. I’m looking forward to swapping more stories, sending a mountain of mail and keeping in touch with RLD friends near and far.

You guys are the best!

Postally yours –

–JH

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and now, a word from our sponsors...

and now, a word from our sponsors...

Finally, here it is: the last installment in the “Twelve Days of Mail Art” series. I know, I know: it’s been a  l-o-o-o-n-g time comin’, this particular post. I appreciate your patience, your fortitude, your “stick-to-it-tive-ness” as my parents often call it. And so — to thank and reward you, wonderful RLD readers! – how would everyone feel about a contest/giveaway?

"par avion", and some mail art from Marie W. ...

"par avion", and some mail art from Marie W. ...

That’s what I thought!

Here’s the deal: your mission (the “contest”, if you will…) is to guess/estimate how much money I spent this last year on postage.


these are some of my favorite "oldster" stamps...

these are some of my favorite "oldster" stamps...

You are free to draw your own conclusions and throw your hat into the ring; after all, I’m sure that all of you can offer up a wide variety of sophisticated and educated guesses. When you leave a comment below, you’ll be in the running for this fantastic collection of mail art/postal themed goodies:

–one of my favorite types of disposable Daiso fountain pens (includes an additional cartridge)

–an adorable airmail themed stationery set (also from Daiso)

–a strip of “To Get a Letter, Write a Letter” artistamps

–one copy of “The E-mail Interview With Guy Bleus”; this zine is a transcript of an email conversation that took place in the mid-90’s between mail artists Guy Bleus and Ruud Janssen (of the IUOMA). A fascinating snapshot of the mail art Network at that time.

and last, but not least:

–one copy of the pulp classic “The Forth Postman” (I haven’t actually read it yet, but managed to find two copies at two different used bookstores; I couldn’t pass up either one…)

(one individual will receive all items pictured below)

all this awesome could be YOURS!...

all this awesome could be YOURS!...

All you need to do is post a comment below, estimating how much you think I spent on postage last year (2010) – please round to the nearest dollar. The reader who gets the closest (or the exact amount – oh my!) will win the goodies pictured above.

Keep in mind — I’m defining postage in the following way: all letters, mail, and parcels sent to foreign countries, as well as across the country or across town. Sometimes I use tracking numbers and insurance, sometimes I don’t. I will only be counting USPS postage; FedEx/UPS will not figure into my grand total.

here's a closer look...

here's a closer look...

How will I be getting this number, where will it come from? Well, because I keep absolutely every receipt for tax purposes, I end up counting all of my USPS register receipts when I put together my taxes.  That’s where the inspiration for this contest came from, and it’s something I try to do every year.

So there you have it, passionate postal people. I leave you to your calculations and wonderings! The contest is open as of now, and will close tomorrow (03.22.11) at 10:00am, PST. I will announce the winner in my next blog post.

Good luck to all!

–JH

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