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Stamp collecting & terrorism

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

It’s a wonderful idea: travel from state capitol to state capitol, making post cards about the state, mailing it with vintage stamps to the next state capitol.

Ramak Fazel’s “49 State Capitols”

If i did it, no one would think twice. This American citizen gets treated with suspicion and interrogation.

More neckties than i can deal with

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008

Tail – complete (021110Tail.JPG)

Originally uploaded by Elaine with Grey Cats.

I”ve decided that i’m not going to do much more work on the tie-phoenix other than completing the wings and tail as they are.

So i have a multitude of old neckties that i need to give up. I could dump them at Goodwill (or equivalent) but wondered if crafty folks know of folks who might like to use them for something — should i eBay them? etsy them? In bunches of three or five of the same color scheme? I don’t know that anyone would want all of them, and I want to keep mailings manageable. Ideally i’d keep the packages under 13 oz so i could just drop off the packages, but that’s only a few ties….


A new resource: my mind map

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

I’ve been using Mind Maps for a while to capture short notes, URLs, links to other files. It came to me that a mind map would be the best way to start organizing projects that come to mind, projects which i half start, and so on. It can slowly grow with time, and i can export from the FreeMind mind map file to a html version periodically. The file is mounted on my mirrored .Mac iDisk, so it’s always available to me on my laptop and mirrored to an internet available location no future effort on my part. I don’t know how interesting or useful anyone else will find it, but at the very least i’ll be able to point others to collections of links i might find, like this evening’s exploration of button making.

Create Mind Map

Yahoo Groups

Sunday, November 26th, 2006

I was at Yahoo Groups for another reason, but decided i would post a note about my absence in the artistamp, non_cents, and iouma mailing lists.

Dear Artistamp Friends,

I admit i was a lurker when i was “active.” I’ve been overwhelmed for some months, and still don’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. I haven’t been reading the list recently, deleting upon arrival, so i’m going to save a bit of bandwidth and go to no messages for a while.

I miss making artistamps and look forward to finding myself suddenly back in the groove!


judith aka judielaine

Recycled Candles, again

Sunday, November 26th, 2006

A month or so ago, I wrote about not being able to get my recycled candles to burn well enough. I gave my attempt one more try with two innovations.

The first innovation was melting the wax in a recycled cereal bag. This worked very well. The plastic withstood the boiling water, the wax melted within, and cleanup was quite easy. I’m not sure how often one could use a bag over. I think i threw it out.

The second innovation was to use multiple wicks in the votive jars. Two wicks seem to burn off the wax at a rate that keeps up with the melting, so the wick doesn’t drown. The candles do burn down quickly, but also are quite bright.

A pleasant discovery in the waning light of the year.

More bitchin’

Monday, March 13th, 2006

My comments from a month ago about the SFSE boycott over “Stitch ‘n Bitch” are here.

One month later, google result counts are up by 180,000.

Results 1 – 50 of about 1,890,000 for stitch bitch

That’s quite an increase. I figure even statistically significant….

The Girl From Auntie has an update on March 8th, from which i gather the efforts of Sew Fast, Sew Easy are to continue hounding service providers into silencing the small groups.


Found Composition II

Monday, February 20th, 2006

Found Composition II

Originally uploaded by Elaine with Grey Cats.

Christine had remarked on how interesting was the haphazard arrangement on the easel. I photographed the arrangement, full and this detail. I must say i like this detail best.

Not that i have wide readership…..

Wednesday, February 8th, 2006

but the more links the better.

Do what you can to support the Sew Fast/Sew Easy boycott, as they are using aggressive legal efforts to keep groups of folks from calling themselves a “stitch ‘n’ bitch” group. For presumably objective MSM reporting, here (Thanks to crochet me). You might add it to your 43 Things.

And for background, read The Girl From Auntie (not the episode summary).

Last weekend i ran this Google query, then got distracted by other things:
Results 1 – 50 of about 1,760,000 for stitch bitch

Results 1 – 50 of about 1,710,000 for stitch bitch

That’s a little scary.

Results 1 – 50 of about 20,600 for “sew fast sew easy”
Results 1 – 50 of about 547 for “sew fast sew easy” boycott
Results 1 – 50 of about 16,900 for bitch stitch boycott

Ria’s questions about Postal Issuing Authorities

Thursday, January 26th, 2006

In the Non_cents yahoo Group, host Ria asked some questions bout making artistamps. Since i feel still new, but not brand new, i thought i’d answer both sets.

If you have an issuing authority, would you take a few moments to share
how you created your world by answering the following questions:

1. What got you started making artistamps? I wanted to make a special card to celebrate some birthdays and wedding anniversaries. I had to come up with something that i could make with multiple copies easily, and soon i had the idea for a travel brochure trifold. It was clearly inspired by Nick Bantock’s Urgent Second Class.

2. How did you come up with the name for your postal authority? One of the recognizable elements on British stamps in the profile of the monarch, and one of the common elements in early US stamps were profiles of “Founding Fathers.” Profiles i had easy access to were of my cats, so the cats ended up on the stamps first. The name “Grey Cat” came without much thought as our internet domains use “Grey Cat.” I knew how some artistamp artists create whole places, but i didn’t need to do that just for this card…. Some day i may move on to creating a world, but i’ve not gotten there yet.

3. Is your postal authority run by a ficticious character? If yes, how did you come up with the idea for him/her/it?
4. Does your PIA have a catalog or a website?
5. What other things have you created as an expansion to your world? For example, passport books, catalogs, first day issues, sets, etc.

6. Some people design their artistamps starting out with pencil sketches, some draw or collage in their computers using things like Photoshop, some use photographs, some do linocut. What is your design process? The stamps i’ve designed to date have started from my photographs, and then i process in Photoshop. The one exception has been the stamp celebrating the ninth anniversary of our company. That one used a very early logo. I make my cancels with carved wine corks.

Mailer’s Postmark Permit

Tuesday, November 15th, 2005

So i received my first commercial mail from passing my name out to the artistamp community, an alert for a sale at with a “Margie In Black & White -1978″ by W C “Bill” Porter on the cover.

Intriguing customizable rubber stamps including
Mailer’s Postmark Permit Cancels. What’s that? As i read this saga about getting and using the permit the temptation drains away. Really interesting, yes, but i don’t need the hassle. But very tempting. I feel that “Use your right so you don’t loose it” tingle.