Monday, November 18, 2013

a halloween costume

Anthropomorphic Mail Art Project!

If I were John's mom, I'd lighten up.
I made this postcard for the brown postcard swap, over at Mail Me Some Art.

(I don't really use brown all that much, but it's a little easier when the creature in question is generally brown. That's right. I cheat at art. All the time.)

And lately, and by lately I mean for the past 48 hours, I've been quite taken with cramming as many postage stamps and stamp-like things onto an envelope as I can manage.

I also really enjoyed the pastels & neutrals on the smaller envelope.
 I don't know what's wrong with me; usually it's all rainbow this, and neon that.
Maybe my eyeballs just need to take a breather.
(And in case you are feeling confused - that little envelope is so totally covered in rainbow bright colors what is she talking about? - that's just a card to cover the address. Ha. Gotcha.)

Thursday, November 7, 2013

celebrate brazil

...and the things I learned while I was there.

+ Baby ocelots are painfully adorable (and extremely difficult to photograph).

- It's really scary to have your name announced over the PA on an airplane, especially in a language that you don't understand very well.

+ Toilets with a bidet-spray-thingie are pretty much the best invention of modern plumbing.

- When you buy an airplane ticket, the name you give them really should match your name on your passport.  They seem rather un-fond of cute nicknames.

+ Jaguars really do want to be friends with me!

- Don't cross the street and expect traffic to slow down for you.

+ Caipirinhas are extremely alcoholic.

- There exists a cheese that withstands the heat of grilling without melting.

+ Fresh fruit make the best juice ever.

- Money can fix a lot of problems, but it can't buy you ranch dressing if it doesn't exist.

+ "Dessert pizza" sounds foul but it it actually pretty tasty.

- Straight up mayonnaise isn't the worst salad dressing in the world, but I certainly don't recommend it.

+ Don't worry, you guys! Wal-Mart really does exist in Brazil.

- These things (pictured above) are pork rinds, I guess, or close relatives of them.  But they did have the name of the city where we stayed right there on the bag.  Kinda yucky-tasting.

+ Shoe string fries are pretty addictive no matter what you call them, whichever language is on the bag.

- Green peas come in a bag, you guys! I was floored.  If I find a veggie in a bag, and it's not fresh, I expect it to be kept frozen...but no...this just hung out on the shelf.  Much like the milk, before it's opened.  (I had no idea that you could even DO that to milk. It's always in the fridge section at our grocery store.)

+ So, we thought this would be just like crushed red pepper flakes, which we use at home when we cook...but this is WAY hotter.  I'm just saying, a tiny pinch in a pot of food made my eyes water while I ate dinner.

And THAT, my friends, is how I celebrate learning things from traveling. For Mary, of course.

P.S. All those foreign food package photos are for you, A-M.  The grocery store was a serious challenge!

cut loose with an eyepatch

Anthropomorphic Mail Art Project!

This one I actually sent out a couple of months ago, because of this crazy listing I have in my shop.
That's right, you don't have to send mail to get mail; you could just throw some cash down.

I don't know about you, but somehow the tie and eye patch combo seems rather dapper.
I'm not totally sure how that happened.