Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Friday, October 25, 2019
You never know what will happen once you step out to make a connection. I joined Postcrossing in March 2019 and have enjoyed every card sent and received, each a small conversation with a person from somewhere in the U.S. or elsewhere in the world. I don’t think this “small world” story will ever be topped for me.
The recipient for my next card was named Anne--she was located in Leiden, Netherlands. I was even more thrilled when I recognized the street name.
In November 2006 - December 2010, I worked as part of a management team for a computer project. The large international team was stationed in Leiden.
This is the message I sent on my card: “Hallo, Anne. I designed this card to commemorate my wonderful memories of your country. It’s a small world! I recognize your street name. I’m certain I’ve walked by your place!
I've lived in southern California my entire life, except for 4+ years, ending in late 2010, when I worked in Leiden. For two years, I stayed at the Holiday Inn, before moving to a company-leased apartment down the street. When heading back from the bus stop, on weekends, I’d sometimes cut through your neighborhood—a prettier route than the pedestrian/bike path. Central Leiden was so pretty. I gave up my car and bought a bicycle, but preferred to walk.
Anne’s response: “Hallo Kristi! Thank you for a most beautiful and wonderful card! It's not only beautiful because of its design, which is lovely, but unique, because I've never received a Postcrossing card from someone who has actually walked through my backwater-y street. Wow. We lived across the street from each other when you were staying at the Holiday Inn, and now your postcard has traveled so many miles to get here. Life is strange sometimes, no? I love your lettering, it's so precise and fine. You must have practiced hours & hours. It was lovely meeting you like this, my dear former almost-neighbor.
Wishing you all the best,
Anne and I are continuing to exchang messages and postcards.
More cards designs on Instagram: @KADmiumDesigns
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
In 2015, I had created an ATC, with this basic design, and this week, I finally recreated it as a postcard and sent it to my latest Postcrossing contact, Sara, in Ohio. I must have mentioned calligraphy, since she sent a lovely acknowledgement, telling me that she had recently purchased a book and was having a little trouble with her writing. I messaged her, suggesting she contact her local calligraphy guild--they specialize in low-cost education.
I love how, via Postcrossing, we sometimes connect, ever so briefly, with people who live far from us.
More stories to follow . . .
Sunday, June 23, 2019
Earlier this year, I joined Post Crossing. I LOVE regularly getting postcards in the mail from all over the world. Preparing the cards takes a lot of my time and the outside-of-USA postage cost really adds up, but for now, I'm enjoying this way too much to stop.
Sunday, June 2, 2019
books. I was determined to buy nothing new and, for the cover, dug out a sheet of soft paper from the bottom of a drawer in my flat file. The accent piece was unearthed from a box of scraps I was saving for just such a thing. I have lots of scrapbook paper, also bought LONG ago, which I aim to use up. I used pieces cut from several different sheets to create wrap-around spacers for each signature. (Does anyone know the proper term for those spacers?)
I made a few errors with this and am chalking it up as a learning experience. I want to make another of these!
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Before calligraphy took over my life, sewing was my passion--designer and hand-tailored clothes, quilts, embroidery, upholstery. I remember getting up at 4 in the morning to sew a section on a pink ultra-suede skirt, or the pony-print for the seat on a French Provincial seat, before leaving for work. Those were the days. . .
This is my latest postcard design.
Monday, April 8, 2019
While at the workshop, I decided to vary the design, so I waited until I got home to finish the book. My motto is Use what I have!, so I rummaged in the armoire in my art room and gathered muted colors of patterned scrapbook paper, chosen because they coordinated with the cover. I cut the paper to fit and wrapped each signature with a coordinating paper.
Nothing from the old book will go to waste--the spine is tucked inside to serve as the bookmark and the pages of text will be fodder for collage.
Next, I want to make books with covers cut from Davey board and covered in a collage of favorite papers. So much fun!
My work can also be seen on instagram: @KADmiumDesigns