This is my show case. I started collecting wine corks several years ago, with the idea of making my own cork board. At the rate I drink, I'd have been 80ish before I could have collected enough for half a board. I am allergic to wine, but I do buy it for dinner guests. Erin contributed to my sparse collection on occasion--thanks to kind co-workers who contributed to the cause. Wait staff collect corks.
Just as I was getting desperate, I came across a discounted board at BB&B. I snatched it up, and still count myself fortunate. It has the place of honor: next to the desk in the room where I write. It hangs right beneath the watercolors of the Charleston flower ladies, and basket weavers, and above my Epson printer, that sits on my Japanese stool. They're perfectly aligned.
I often showcase a month's worth of postcards at a time. Tonight I decided to showcase something new. I wish I had the discipline to do a new piece every day, but it ain't happening. I'm just not up to it, but it's a thought.
So, reaching back to July, I chose an amazing work of art that lives on the back of an envelope. It contained navigation charts! Thank you, Linda Williams. I still marvel at the very idea that you gave me part of your rare treasure. I still spread them across my bed, and my imagination takes flight. Imagine being able to chart waters.
There is so much to see on the envelope. I apologize for the poor quality of my photos, but I didn't want to wait for tomorrow's natural light to take better photographs. You can still make out the swell Band-Aid that Linda used for an address label. Is that novel, or what? And that mailman? How cute is he?
There's more, but I will wait for natural light. I am ashamed to confess, but I will: Linda's letter is dated July 25. See how far behind I am? I am slowly digging myself out, and I need to hurry before winter. If I fail, I will limit myself to writing one letter a month. That's like rehab to a letter-writing-lover.
Thank you, dear Linda! I so like those stamps, and your original stationery. Very novel. I will devote another post to showcase your gifts. I never get boring mail! Translation: I will never run out of material, thanks to everyone I come close to adoring.