Quotes and Hearts: Love on Postcards

I recall my glee the evening my hubby handed me the stack of postcards he had just retrieved from the mailbox and post office box.  I placed them in my planner hoping to savor them later, but then life happened–illnesses, midterms, and life in general.  Now, that the madness is less intense for a moment [Spring Break, yay!], I have time to really appreciate the postcards.

The postcards came from friends and Love Notes and heART Exchange pals.

The February 2017 heART Exchange focused on “Quotes from the Heart,”  so participants had to include a quote somewhere on the postcard.  I received postcards from two of my three partners.  I realized after receiving my third card that I submitted my address with the wrong zip code to Louise, the swap coordinator.  I used my P.O. Box address with my residential zip code. Duh! I’m actually amazed that most of them made it to me. Kudos to the USPS for the extra work they had to put in!

Nancy of Ellijay, Georgia sent a cute bunny with an inspiring greeting.

Love You Bunny, Art by Nancy F.

Love You Bunny, Art by Nancy F.

You are so special! Believe in yourself and the dreams you hold. Dance in the rain and play in the moonlight. Celebrate YOU in all your glory…Enjoy all the magic that life has to offer.

The happy-face rabbit gives me the warm-fuzzies.  Bunnies (rabbits) are among my favorite “critters,” second to teddy bears.  I especially appreciate the charge to “dance in the rain.”  I can’t wait till the weather stabilizes and I can do just that. There’s something cleansing about walking in the rain.  I imagine dancing in the rain is liberating.

“Lacy Heart,” Die cut by Lori W.

Lori W. of Elroy, Wisconsin sent the lacy heart reminding me that [life] is “about love, compassion, kindness, and faith.”  It is so easy lately to get caught up in trifles, so this was a needed reminder.   She also enclosed a tag which now fills a slot in my faith planner.

“You Are Loved,” Tag from Lori W.

Lori also sent a beautiful autumn postcard with vines framing a window.   How did she know about my romance with autumn? 😉

“Nature’s Décor,” postcard from Lori W.

Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.

Christine B. who introduced me to both Love Notes and the heART Exchange, made a sweet fabric postcard and sent it as an extra.

Fabric Postcard by Christine B.

Fabric Postcard by Christine B.

If you love someone, tell them because hearts are often broken by words left unspoken.

Martha, who participates in both swaps, sent another of her gorgeous watercolors.

“Nesting,” Watercolor by Martha Slavin

Your soul is the place inside of you which reaches out to connect you with the universe.

Slightly unrelated, a second Joy to the World card, from the December heART Exchange, winged its way to me from the United Kingdom last month.

“Wishing you Joy, Peace, and Happiness,” from Ann M.

Ann M. ran into a few snafus, and since she was sending the card after the height of the festive season, she remade it, modifying the colors.  As far as I’m concerned, blessing the world with “joy” is never out of season.

Love Notes also came in to help me celebrate “love month”–two from new penfriends, Sarah and Eileen, and one from Christine B. (whose postcard made the green-eyed monster appear because she was exactly where I wanted to be, on the beach in Florida). [Click an image for a closer look and details].

I was ill twice in February, so my friend Cy surprised me with a “get well” postcard.

“She stretched herself upon tiptoe and peeped over the edge of the mushroom and her eyes immediately met those of a large blue caterpillar.”

The postcard is part of the 100-postcard MacMillan Alice set.  The illustration is from Carroll’s manuscript for Alice’s Adventures Underground.  The timing of this postcard was perfect, not just because I was ill but because I had just sent the same postcard to a swapper who loves Alice in Wonderland. The mail gods sent it back to me. 🙂

Last, but not least, I received a unique handmade postcard from my penfriend, Beckra.

From Beckra

“The Workings of the Heart,” Designed by Rebecca R. (Beckra)

Beckra had fun making these cards for friends and family.  No two are alike. She created the texture by painting over text pages and threaded her design over the texture, allowing the diagonals of the threaded design to play against the straight lines of the text that are just below the surface.  Her goal was something “vaguely like a heart, but then abstracted.”

I thoroughly enjoy Valentine’s Day cards that deviate from the typical motifs–red hearts, flowers, and chocolate–so I’m loving this one.

My mailbox was full of love last month, and I did my best to reciprocate.  I’ll share the postcard I sent in 50 different directions tomorrow.

Until then, maybe you can take a few minutes and write a postcard tonight.  Someone in your life needs to be reminded that he or she is loved.

Hugs!

Series Two: Children’s Book Illustration Postcards 6-10

As promised, I’m back with more children’s book illustration postcards–swaps 6-10.  The postcards below are from various parts of the world and include some of my favorite characters and/or themes–teddy bears, Classic Pooh, Moomin, and Alice in Wonderland.  I was very pleased to be introduced to Rosalie and Truffle (the pink pig and the brown boar–see public swap #7).  Amazon’s description:

Love at first sight does exist! Rosalie and Truffle fall in love when they meet under an apple tree. But their well-meaning friends and relatives discourage them from meeting again. As time goes by, and Rosalie and Truffle improve their lifestyles with yoga and dancing, they realize that neither material growth nor physical perfection guarantees happiness. At last they return to the apple tree and reunite.

Rosalie and Truffle, Truffle and Rosalie is an endearing story of love and trust, with wonderful illustrations. And the story is narrated from both points of view: flip the book over to read the story from the other perspective. This is a charming gift book, perfect for Valentine’s Day or for any special occasion.

Aside from their story of self-discovery and love, they remind me of strawberry and chocolate ice cream.  Yum!

BLC PC #6: From Swededreams (USA): Happy Birthday, Kirsten. From the American Girls Series. Kirsten and her friends traded scraps of cloth so everyone could make a colorful design on a square of white muslin. The designs they made from the bits of cloth slowly grew in their hands the way wild violence bloomed on the prairie. Hallmark.

BLC PC #6: From Swededreams (USA): Happy Birthday, Kirsten. From the American Girls Series. Kirsten and her friends traded scraps of cloth so everyone could make a colorful design on a square of white muslin. The designs they made from the bits of cloth slowly grew in their hands the way wild violence bloomed on the prairie. Hallmark.

 

Public #6: From Mollypop (USA)--From Pleasant Lands 1936. Illustrators: A. Gladys Peck and Eleanor Osborn Eadie

Public PC #6: From Mollypop (USA)–From Pleasant Lands 1936. Illustrators: A. Gladys Peck and Eleanor Osborn Eadie

BLC PC#7: From Eloise (Mexico)--The Family from One End Street, 2004. Cover illustration by Eve Garnett. Puffin.

BLC PC#7: From Eloise (Mexico)–The Family from One End Street, 2004. Cover illustration by Eve Garnett. Puffin.

 

Public #7: From Am-Sophie (Germany): Rosalie and Truffle by Katja Reider. Illustration by Jutta Bucker

Public PC #7: From Am-Sophie (Germany): Rosalie and Truffle by Katja Reider. Illustration by Jutta Bucker

 

BLC PC #8: From Ladybug (Canada)--The Tiny Seed, 1987, by Eric Carle.

BLC PC #8: From Ladybug (Canada)–The Tiny Seed, 1987, by Eric Carle.

 

Public #8: From Milkiss (Korea)--Moomin Characters

Public PC #8: From Milkiss (Korea)–Moomin Characters

 

BLC PC#9: From Sarah (USA)--Heidi by Johanna Spyri, 1956. Cover illustration by Cecil Leslie. Puffin.

BLC PC#9: From Sarah (USA)–Heidi by Johanna Spyri, 1956. Cover illustration by Cecil Leslie. Puffin.

 

Public #9: From Jennifer (USA). From Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. Illustration by George Soper. "At this the whole pack rose up into the air, and came flying down upon her."

Public PC #9: From Jennifer (USA). From Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. Illustration by George Soper. “At this the whole pack rose up into the air, and came flying down upon her.”

 

BLC PC #10: From AmyD (USA)--Classic Pooh, "HMS Piglet," A.A. Milne and E.H. Shepard

BLC PC #10: From AmyD (USA)–Classic Pooh, “HMS Piglet,” A.A. Milne and E.H. Shepard

 

Public PC #10: From Widelo123 (USA)--From the cover of Hello, Mallory. Baby-sitters Club #14, 1991.

Public PC #10: From Widelo123 (USA)–From the cover of Hello, Mallory. Baby-sitters Club #14, 1991.

Many of the participants in this “new” series of children’s book illustration swaps also participated when Marjan hosted the swaps.  They are so appreciative of the swaps’ return and that makes hosting them extra pleasurable.  Thanks, Marjan, for laying a strong foundation; thanks swappers, for joining in and spreading postcard happiness!

I’ll be back in a couple of weeks with swap #11.

Until then…enjoy these!

Children’s Book Illustration Postcards: Part IV

What? You haven’t had your fill of children’s book illustration postcards? No worries. We have more! In the set below you’ll find some of the same illustrators you’ve seen in parts one, two, and three, but you’ll also find some that aren’t featured in the other posts, Helen Oxenbury and  Selma Lagerlof, for example.  You’ll even find two Cornelis Jetses, Winnie-the-Pooh (yay!), and Wizard of Oz postcards.

Click an image for a closer look at postcards received weeks 76-100.  Have a happy day!

[Note: This is post four of five of children’s book illustration (CBI) postcards I received through 122 weeks of CBI postcard swaps on swap-bot].

Children’s Book Illustration Postcards: Part III

Happy First Day of Summer!

I’m back with Part III of 122 weeks of children’s book illustration postcards. Here are the postcards from weeks 51-75.  Week 68 never arrived. 😦 I’m sure it’s floating around in mail space and will eventually land in my mailbox.  It happens.

If you missed them, be sure to check out Part I and Part II and be sure to look for Part IV and Part V later in the week.

Enjoy! [Click an image for a closer look]

 

Children’s Book Illustration Postcards: Part II

[Note: This is post two of five of children’s book illustration (CBI) postcards I received through 122 weeks of CBI postcard swaps on swap-bot].

If you enjoyed viewing the postcards shared in “Children’s Book Illustration Postcards: Part I,” you’ll have just as much fun with Part II (Weeks 26-50).  You’ll find more Jip and Janneke, Alice in Wonderland, Miffy, and Moomin, but you’ll also find some illustrators that were not featured in Part I.  There’s even a Winnie-the-Pooh illustration! ❤  Click an image for a closer look.

Children’s Book Illustration Postcards: Part I

For more than two years–122 weeks to be exact–I participated in a weekly children’s book illustration (CBI) swap hosted by Marjan, a dedicated swapper from the Netherlands.  Yes–Marjan hosted the swap every week for more than two years! That is quite a commitment, but, as expected,  Marjan eventually ended the swaps.  Her last CBI swap was hosted December 2015 and with her “blessing,” I’ve decided to continue the swaps.  Before I begin the next season of the swaps, I thought I’d share with my blog audience the 125+ cards I received from June 16, 2013- January 4, 2016.

Since I can’t blog each postcard individually, I’m sharing the postcards in five parts in the order the postcards were received. The illustrators are from various parts of the world, including the Netherlands, Finland, Austria, England, and the United States.  Hopefully, you’ll find some favorites from  your childhood.  For a closer look or for a little information on each card, click its image. Enjoy the sweetness!

Bookish Matters: Children’s Literature Postcards

I returned to work today for Faculty and Staff Colloquium, two days of energizing panels and discussions to start the academic year “right.”  I’ve had a restful summer, and even though I wouldn’t scoff at an extra week or two, I’m looking forward to a new school year.  I love my job. I love my students.  I love my colleagues.  Most of the time.  Since I’m sure life will be insane over the next few weeks before classes begin, I thought I’d better share some of my mail goodies now.

I enjoyed a steady stream of “bookish” postcards throughout July, but today I’ll focus only on those related to children’s literature.

Alice in Wonderland, Mary Evans Picture Library

Alice in Wonderland, Mary Evans Picture Library

I sent and received four Alice in Wonderland postcards within the last month.  There are so many AiW images out there and it’s been a treat to examine the various artistic interpretations of the characters. This one was sent by Hannah in England.  It came from the British Film Institute in London. Hannah recently finished her degree in English Literature and Creative Writing and she’s on her way to a Master’s in English Literature (congrats!)–obviously a literature lover, like me! You can check out Hannah’s blog here:  Just Another WordPress.Com Site.  If you’re interested in two of the other AiW postcards, see my previous post, The Happy, Happy Mail Month.

Warwick Goble (1962-1943).  "Are you not sometimes called Rumpelstilzchen?" for The Fairy Tale Book by Dinah Mulock Craik, 1913. from Goble's Fairy Paintings: 24 Art Cards

Warwick Goble (1962-1943). “Are you not sometimes called Rumpelstilzchen?” for The Fairy Tale Book by Dinah Mulock Craik, 1913. from Goble’s Fairy Paintings: 24 Art Cards

Charles Robinson, "The Remarkable Rocket," The Happy Prince and Other Tales by Oscar Wild, 1913.  From Once Upon a Time.

Charles Robinson, “The Remarkable Rocket,” The Happy Prince and Other Tales by Oscar Wild, 1913. From Once Upon a Time

Jenny, who also sent two children’s literature postcards last month, sent “Rumpelstilzchen and “The Remarkable Rocket.”  I love adding these wonderful images to my collection of literary postcards!  I actually sent these very images to others, so it’s nice to “get them back”–stamped and written on! : -)

From Frog by Max Velthuijs

From Frog by Max Velthuijs

Marjan, from the Netherlands, sent this one.  She has been coordinating  a series of Children’s Book Illustration swaps, driven by her love for art designed to appeal to children.   I missed one of the swaps, so she was kind enough to send me “Frog.”  I wished I’d encountered the Frog books earlier.  My little one will think of them as a “baby books” now (He snubbed many of the books on the summer reading list his school sent for this very reason). He is partial to frogs, so we’ll see.

Here are the children’s literature postcards I sent this month:

Four of these postcards (Burd, Kay, Hallock) came from American Women Children’s Illustrators, a collection of 30 amazing oversized postcards.

I sent one more–

Toy Story 2, Storyboard by Jill Culton

Toy Story 2, Storyboard by Jill Culton, from The Art of Pixar: 100 Postcards Collectible Postcards, published by Chronicle Books

Toy Story 2 isn’t a book, but the film was designed for children and this is one of my favorite images.  AND–we had to include a quote from a book written for children. Since my send-to partner is an AiW fan, I chose a bit of  the March Hare’s “wisdom”: “Ah, that’s just it.  If you don’t think, then you shouldn’t talk.”  Enough said.

I love the enchanted stories and stunning, fanciful images.  My little one provides many opportunities for me to revisit well-loved tales and fall in love with new ones.  We thoroughly enjoy reading classic children’s stories, cultural myths and tales and studying the illustrations, but his latest thrills are the Diaries of a Wimpy KidDiaries of a Sixth Grade Ninja and The Diaries of a Superhero Kid. (He’s a little miffed that Superhero Kid 4 hasn’t come out yet).  The Diaries are pretty hilarious–even though the characters usually engage in awful behavior and use “bad” grammar!  It warms my heart to hear his hearty laughter while he’s reading.   He also reads comic books voraciously, so I’m grateful for the public libraries that provide a steady supply of kid-friendly comics.

That’s it for now.  Tune in next time for more “bookish” postcards…Maybe.