Wednesday, December 12, 2012

A Cinderella Christmas!

Happy Wednesday, everyone!  It's so good to be back!  I've missed you all!  I've been super busy preparing for all of the classes I'll be teaching in the upcoming weeks.  Oh, and then there's this thing called the holidays.  Forgot about that!  :D

And speaking of the holidays, check out this HUGE bag of stamps that I got a few weeks ago:

WOWIE!!!  I mean, this baby is FULL of wonderful cinderellas!  I've spoken about my collection of cinderella stamps before (here and here), but this is the largest collection I've ever gotten in one fell swoop.  The whole bag was only three American dollars at Bumble Puppy, a consignment/estate sale store (where I also got the anatomy dolls that I talked about here).  THREE BUCKS!!  What a score!

There are so many stamps here, I could talk about them for a week.  I've culled the stack to find my favorites!

These VFW stamps are just rad.  I LOVE the color scheme - that red nearly burns your retinas when you try and read past the teal.  I also love the posing little girl (?) and the fact that they're 50 years old.  Just fantastic.

I'm not a religous person, but I really like the minimalist design on these stamps.  They're from 1971, and they're for the LLL Television Ministry - I believe that the LLL stands for "Lutheran Laymen's League" and I guess using these stamps helped earn money for the charity.  Nice use of the three colors!

These next stamps are also wonderful in their simplicity - and they totally remind me of banners that would hang in the church where I went as a kid (First United Presbyterian Church, to be exact).  :D  For lack of a better word, this design has a real ecclesiastical feel to it and for me, that's full of nostalgia.

I'm sure everyone reading has their own Christmas stamp story, either with these or with the American Lung Association (Christmas and Easter Seals) - they were such a part of the culture in the mid- to latter part of the 20th century!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

The 150K Giveaway!!

Hi everyone!  Happy December to all of you - although it feels more like April here in Wisconsin! :)

I am SO excited - Ephemeraology hit 150,000 views over the weekend!!  WOO HOO!!!

Perhaps some of you remember when we made it to 100K views back in May - well, it has only taken me a little over 6 months to get half again as many!  I think this calls for a celebration, don't you?  :D

I've gotten my friends from Manto Fev, The Paper Flea Market and SilverCrow Creations on board, and wait 'til you hear what they have for you!

Let's start alphabetically, with Manto Fev!  Take a look at what you'll get - a 25 piece ephemera pack (like this one, here), bursting with vintage-y goodness!!!  Knowing Manto Fev like I do (and oh, I do), you'll get an AMAZING selection of vintage papers, store items, game pieces, and all manner of fun stuff.  SWOON!!

And if that weren't enough, you'll also receive a fantastic holiday goody pack, valued at $20, from The Paper Flea Market!  Trina's got a LOT of Christmas items in the shop right now, and methinks your pack will include items like these:

Oh YEAH!!!

But that's not all!!  Our good friends Annie and Pete over at SilverCrow Creations are pitching in a $15 gift certificate - such a deal!  If you've ever checked out their website you KNOW what kind of unbelievable stuff they have there - you could spend a day browsing!
And finally, I will be gathering some of my own ephemera for a special gift pack.  I never know exactly what I'll be packing for these giveaways until I get in the studio and begin digging through my various "piles".  :D  I will send good stuff, though - stuff that you've seen in these blog posts!  The pack is sure to include maps, checks, labels, stamps, invoices - you name it!
I don't even need to tell you that you WILL want to sign up for this giveaway - it's gonna be HUGE.  :D

So here's what you do!  In the comments below or on the Facebook link, let us know your favorite holiday tradition.  Is it baking cookies for Santa?  Spinning the dreidel and eating those yummy chocolate coins?  Or perhaps you enjoy installing your Festivus pole and airing your grievances around the dinner table (Sorry, that's a Seinfeld reference!).  :D  But however you celebrate Christmas/Hanukah/Solstice/Kwaanza/Festivus, let us know what makes you happy!  

Once again, I will highlight this next part so that you don't forget:  YOU MUST LEAVE YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS IN THE name(at)domain(dot)com FORMAT WITH YOUR COMMENT!  IF YOU DON'T, YOU WILL NOT BE ENTERED IN THE CONTEST.  PERIOD.  Sorry to sound so harsh, but there will still be some who don't follow these directions.  Don't say I didn't warn you!   :D

You have until Friday at midnight CDT, and I'll announce the winner next Tuesday!  

Thank you so much, all of you, for reading this blog.  I never imagined I would have so many wonderful readers and followers, who send me awesome links and Tweets and have become friends!  I appreciate your readership so much!  VIVA EPHEMERA!  :D