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Saturday, September 15, 2007

Ay Yi Yi Yi Yi Yi Yiiiiiiiiiiiiiii !

The title of this 200th blog post is what my Grandma from Pau, France would have said if she had found what I found in my mailbox today. But, since Grandma is no longer here physically I said it just like her...

Ay Yi Yi Yi Yi Yi Yiiiiiiiii !
Can you hear it?

Let me introduce you to Mary Ann -i
f you haven't met her yet... The Goddess of MailArt and Stenciling...
Dispatch From L.A.
(I used your very words Mary Ann...because if it ain't broke don't fix it, right?!)

"When I'm not adding to my stash of contraband marbles, rubberbands, airplanes, and slingshots (all in a day's work as a 2nd grade teacher), I'm busy making a mess in my visual journal and stirring up trouble in the neighborhood. My cat posse assists as needed by gnawing the ends of my paint brushes and chewing off the ends of my shoestrings while I toil away at my art table.
I live in Los Angeles but keep a getaway car handy for those times when I need to hightail it out of town in a hurry."
When I opened the envelope look who was giving me THAT look ;-)
Mary Ann herself in one of her self portrait stencils!!!

On the flip-side...Arghhhhhh! I LOVE the combo of this shade of blue with makes little ping-ping-pings in my head like a pinball machine! Look at that stencil, hand cut by MA herself...excuse me darlin' hand me a mint julep so I don't faint right here on my front porch!!!
There is no way I can really explain how COOL it is to get MailArt from Mary Ann....once you have cruised around her blog for a few days, weeks...months - you will begin to understand. I visit Dispatch From L.A. daily- it's like sitting on the porch with an old and cherished friend...THANK YOU MARY ANN!!!
I thought I saw a hummingbird, I did, I did, I did!

I have been obsessed with photographing hummingbirds lately. While sitting out on our deck the other evening I spotted this one in a neighbors was dusk and difficult to get a real clear photo...but I love the effect I captured in this one!

Be sure to click on the image to enlarge!

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  • At 7:41 AM , Anonymous Mary Ann said...

    Wow! What a reception my mailart got. I cut the portrait and the background stencil, but not the floral stencils on front and back.
    You get the best reaction award. Reactions like that beget more mailart!

  • At 3:40 PM , Blogger Gene Black said...

    ~jolene, I love the hummingbird pic. That is a great shot. What type of hummer is it? We only see the ruby-throated variety here.

  • At 7:26 PM , Blogger ~jolene said...

    Did you all read what M.A. wrote..."more mailart"? or was I dreaming....?

    gene - I have no idea what kind of hummer it is...but I do know it is fuel efficient and good for the environment....har har har!

  • At 8:21 PM , Blogger Jill said...

    Holy smokes!

    Man o man!


    These are fabulous!

  • At 8:35 PM , Blogger ~jolene said...

    jill...what is also fabulous is that your mom is back home :)

  • At 9:19 PM , Blogger Dagny said...

    Congrats on #200. And you've got quite the hummingbird collection going.

    Oh, and I don't think you were dreaming about "more mailart."

    Finally, "back home?" Where have you been?

  • At 9:23 PM , Blogger ~jolene said...

    dagny, that was not MY Jill who was a different Jill :) I haven't been anywhere....though I wish I could say..."back from France"...LOL!

  • At 2:26 AM , Anonymous marita said...

    seeing all these mail arts lately on several blogs i'm thinking of starting a new challenge. it doesn't exist over here in the netherlands.
    the humming bird picture is beautiful jolene, the large size captures the autumn around this littel creature so well. it looks like a painting to me!!

  • At 12:15 PM , Blogger LadyTulip said...

    Will you just look at the wonderful bird!! You are so fortunate to get these great shots -- the little things can be so tempermental to get pictures of --

    Love the mailart!!


  • At 12:06 PM , Blogger Garden Painter Art said...


    Another stunning photo. I just love looking at your bird photos. That particular type of hummer doesn't come around my place. Seems to have some white going on around it's throat.

    Enjoy the cool weather and the ability to take a lovely walk on the beach without tripping over visitors!!

    Garden Painter Art

  • At 2:35 PM , Anonymous PlumCrafty said...

    Great mail art, and your photo is beautiful. Always an inspiration, Jolene...



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