Friday, June 24, 2022

Aqua Maids of Florida @SamFlax

Sam Flax Orlando

Found Image Press

During an excursion, à² _ಠ Scavenger hunting murals, I came across mural festival in Orlando at Sam Flax. It's a beautiful location that is perfectly primed with mural artwork all around the exterior. I went the last day before the new murals would be replacing the previous prizewinners. It was such an exquisite day of videos and photographs. Then I popped into the store to view the art materials. I was of course drawn to the papers and postcards. It was a delight to come across these vintage reprints from Found Image Press. Surely they have them on the website too. I could not part with these. So it was a very productive day.

Hope you will pop over to our sister site, and view the murals over there too.

Friday, June 17, 2022

Shout Out to Brendon D @work

Thanks to Brenden D.

Thanks to Brenden D.

The people you meet are who take you to the places you go.  The experiences in our lives are there because of an interaction with someone, somewhere, at some point. It has taught me to treasure people who pass through my life, whether for a lifetime, or for a moment. Most of all, it's important to be kind  because we never know what someone else is dealing with on the inside.  At this point in my life, I no longer believe in chance interactions. Everyone was there for a reason and to teach me something.  If only I would have paid attention sooner.  
I’ve met plenty of people through the customer service based occupations I've held. Work is a great place to really get to know people on a deeper level. You spend the majority of your time with co-workers. If you go in with the default to love for your work team, amazing things happen. You can always opt-out people that don't accept your love later, should the need arise.
I met a young man at work. In our job, Brenden D and I came across each other's path from time to time. I was a clerk and he a driver. So his time in the building was short in comparison to other teammates. Many days, he would just pop through, quickly speak a greeting and put his equipment away. Always very friendly, yet still swiftly so. After a year or so of simple greetings, came a day of relaxed routine. It gave way to conversation, as had happened occasionally before. He had shared his military history and travel history. A few other interests that we share came up from time to time. This week there was a joy about him, a relief or excitement. He shared that he was traveling to New York and how he hoped to spend his vacation journey there. We talked about the Towers and how he should, if possible, take the opportunity to visit the Memorial there. I had seen them as a young girl, and had not been back since the tragedy. I urged him, that if he wasn't comfortable taking pictures with this phone, to be sure to get himself a postcard as a great reminder of his adventure. Then he was on his way.
Vacation came and went, He returned, it appeared reluctantly, back to work. Our time to visit was always encumbered by a full office or the ticking to get off the clock.  It really seemed like ages before we had the opportunity to visit again. When the day came, we picked right back up where we had left off. His vacation was grand. He was overjoyed to have remembered the postcard. He had been carrying it in his truck with him for weeks, with the intention of presenting it to our collection.  It was such a joy to receive his gift.  It may seem like such a small thing, but it truly brought him so much joy, to pick out a beautiful card from his destination, carry it home, and all the other little steps he took to present it to a nice ol' lady at work who tried to strike up a conversation with a co-worker.  
Brenden's chronicle isn't about a postcard. It's the default to love. It's what opens the doors between people who you otherwise would have never known or met. I appreciate Brenden, he knows it, just from my actions daily. I know it from his. A postcard from New York is the evidence.  

Thank you Brenden D!

Stay Positive | Be Blessed | Share Often


Friday, June 10, 2022

Greetings Sunshine State


Christopher Arndt Postcard Co.

Christopher Arndt Postcard Co.

Looking for postcards to send out has been the most enjoyable adventure.  Started here, with a Welcome sample pack and a Route 66 postcard.  I highly recommend their postcards for quality. Even learned about the paper and proper pens to function better for postcards.  Explore some Stipple and Christopher Arndt Postcardo Co. 

Haven't decided yet to whom or where it will be sent. Another note for another day.

Friday, June 3, 2022

Postcrossing Shout Out US-8411599


The First Arrival

The address Side

The Stamp

Finally!  The arrival of the 1st postcard exchange from Postcrossing. You can see it proudly displayed on my member wall HERE This really is an exciting hobby full of connection and adventure.  The lovely message and recommendation to visit the Iao Monument.  This is the epitome of a great postcard conversation. 
I do find it odd that many people who share postcards do not share the address side of the card. I guess, to keep a conversation private between individuals. My thoughts differ on this, as its great examples that instruct new ones of how they can begin crafting conversations and relationships.  Of course, there are reasons to take precaution and protect the sender.  This I do believe is necessary. But this arrival postcard is addressed to me at my secure PO Box.  
Hope you enjoy the beautiful, delicate stamp as well. I've just begun to notice the intricate artwork of stamps.  The whole experience is positively joyful!
Hope you will take a moment to reach out to someone with a postcard.