Saturday, December 26, 2009

Handmade Christmas Postcard

Handmade Christmas Postcard, originally uploaded by CarolinaRen.

My daughter made the art appearing on this card, which my husband sent to all of his pest control customers. Sure beats the standard cards you see in the mailbox! :)

Life is Good in the Winter, Too!

I love the Life is Good brand :) Too bad stickers are the only LIG products I can afford! :)

Art in the 21st Century

Art in the 21st Century, originally uploaded by CarolinaRen.

Picked up this over-sized, colorful card at UNC Asheville. It is advertising season five of "the George Foster Peabody Award-Winning Television Series." Check it out at

Avenues of Art

Avenues of Art, originally uploaded by CarolinaRen.

This card, showing a word cloud (although I'm not sure of what), was to advertise "A response to the current state of the economy," a talk by Luiza DeCamargo in Asheville. I like word clouds :)

Sue Fazio, Fused with Fire

Sue Fazio, Fused with Fire, originally uploaded by CarolinaRen.

Local art card ... lovely :) "Since January, 2009, wax is the new medium for Sue Fazio. Like the artist herself, these encaustic works are spontaneous, vibrant and soft around the edges." This is wax?!? Awesome!

Moeraki Boulders, Otago, New Zealand

I would love to see this in person one day! From the card: "The Moeraki Boulders are scattered along the beach at Moeraki, 40km south of Oamaru. The soft mudstone containing the boulders was raised from the seabed around 15 million years ago, and the boulders are being exposed as the cliffs are eroded by the sea." Otago is on the southern part of the South Island. (Thanks to Maria for this latest batch of cards, too!)

Wellington, New Zealand

Wellington, New Zealand, originally uploaded by CarolinaRen.

Wellington is New Zealand's capital, on southern tip of the North Island. This is SOOO lovely ... I want to visit!

Maori Waka (Canoe) Crew

Maori Waka (Canoe) Crew, originally uploaded by CarolinaRen.

"A Maori waka crew in Auckland during the commemorative activities in 1990 to mark the 150th anniversary of the Treaty of Waitangi." Waka is a Maori canoe.

The Southern Cross

The Southern Cross, originally uploaded by CarolinaRen.

One of my most favorite New Zealand postcards! The Southern Cross is the English name of Crux Australis, a constellation visible in the Southern Hemisphere. Didn't see it on my visit ... maybe next time!

Wellington, New Zealand

Wellington, New Zealand, originally uploaded by CarolinaRen.

Another lovely view of Wellington

The Beehive, Wellington, New Zealand

his is Wellington's Parliament Building, known by locals as "The Beehive." A very cool postcard, indeed!!! :)

Wellington, New Zealand

Wellington, New Zealand, originally uploaded by CarolinaRen.

This looks SOOO beautiful. See the Wellington airport in the upper left?

Elephants at Riverbanks Zoo

Elephants at Riverbanks Zoo, originally uploaded by CarolinaRen.

We went to Riverbanks in Columbia, South Carolina, the day after Thanksgiving. A very nice zoo ... and we saw the elephants up-close! :)

Koala at Riverbanks Zoo

Koala at Riverbanks Zoo, originally uploaded by CarolinaRen.

Although I tried desperately to see these little fellows, I couldn't glimpse more than the back of the mother's head. Oh well ... maybe next time! :)

SC State Museum in Columbia

SC State Museum in Columbia, originally uploaded by CarolinaRen.

We visited this MASSIVE museum the day after we saw the zoo ... and we spent just about ALL DAY there! Highly recommended if you're in the Columbia area ... lots for kids to see and do, too. From the card: "Known as Columbia Mills and later Mount Vernon Mills, the building opened in 1894. It was the first all-electric textile mill in the world and manufactured heavy cotton duck cloth. Since October, 1988, it has been the home of the SC State Museum. On four floors, the museum offers exhibits about the state's art, history, natural history, science and technology."

Best Friend Train, SC State Museum

"The Best Friend of Charleston, the first American-built locomotive to make regular freight and passenger runs, first chugged out of Charleston on Christmas Day, 1830. Its top speed was 30 miles an hour. In 1831, the engine was destroyed when an inexperienced crewman closed a safety valve and the boiler exploded. This reproduction was made from the original blueprints." You can climb into the back train ... the kids HAD to do it, of course! :)

Liberty Bridge, Greenville SC

Liberty Bridge, Greenville SC, originally uploaded by CarolinaRen.

"This unique bridge spans Reedy River Falls in the west end of downtown Greenville, SC. It's 355 feet long and 12 feet wide." We visited this bridge a while back, so I was happy to pick up this postcard while in Columbia recently.

Stormy Night in Vegas

Stormy Night in Vegas, originally uploaded by CarolinaRen.

My sister Jessica visited Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon in the fall -- and she brought me back a swarm of postcards! This is my absolute favorite, an art card showing a bird's eye view of Vegas!


Thunderbirds, originally uploaded by CarolinaRen.

Nellis AFB is in Las Vegas, too. Saw the Thunderbirds once at the annual MacDill AFB in Tampa!

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon, originally uploaded by CarolinaRen.

A view from Bright Angel Point. The card says that on a quiet day, you can hear the sound of the Roaring Springs some 3,500 feet below!

Arizona Map Card

Arizona Map Card, originally uploaded by CarolinaRen.

Nevada Map Card

Nevada Map Card, originally uploaded by CarolinaRen.

Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam, originally uploaded by CarolinaRen.

My sister also visited Hoover Dam. I like this card because it shows that the Dam acts as a border between Nevada and Arizona ... something I hadn't known before :)

Hoover Dam 2

Hoover Dam 2, originally uploaded by CarolinaRen.

Nice view showing the Colorado River and Lake Mead

Las Vegas at Sunset

Las Vegas at Sunset, originally uploaded by CarolinaRen.

Another pretty art-type card, although the image looks to be a real photograph. The card says that the city was founded in 1905, when 110 acres of land were auctioned off. More than 3,000 bidders stood in the 100+ degree sun waiting for a chance to purchase lots in the new town! Cool (hot?) stuff!


Arizona, originally uploaded by CarolinaRen.

Pretty, but sure looks HOT!!! I see this and think of Snoopy's brother Spike who lives in the desert -- in "Needles" my son tells me! My son also has a thing for succulents so I'd love to take him out West!

Cape Solitude & the CO River

Cape Solitude & the CO River, originally uploaded by CarolinaRen.

Map of the Grand Canyon

Map of the Grand Canyon, originally uploaded by CarolinaRen.

Love this map card! "Measuring 277 miles long with widths ranging from one mile to 18 miles, the Canyon is famous for its 'Grand' size. It was designated a national park in 1919." Hey ... I just remembered ... I saw the Grand Canyon when I flew out to Los Angeles on my way to New Zealand last year! :)

Route 66

Route 66, originally uploaded by CarolinaRen.

Runs from Chicago to Los Angeles!

Lightening in the Canyon

Lightening in the Canyon, originally uploaded by CarolinaRen.

Nikko Toshogu Shrine

Nikko Toshogu Shrine, originally uploaded by CarolinaRen.

My sister Maria traveled to Tokyo recently and sent this lovely postcard folder from the Shrine through the mail! It was built in 1616 by 4.5 million men ... and holds the enshrined remains of Ieyasu Tokugawa.

Cryptomeria Avenue

Cryptomeria Avenue, originally uploaded by CarolinaRen.

More than 350 years old with 13,000 trees still standing. Looks like what I imagine the Pacific Northwest looks like ... which makes sense considering that Japan is more Pacific than our Pacific Northwest! :)

Sacred Bridge

Sacred Bridge, originally uploaded by CarolinaRen.

Across the Daiya River ... very pretty.

Five-story Pagoda

Five-story Pagoda, originally uploaded by CarolinaRen.

Yomei-mon Gate

Yomei-mon Gate, originally uploaded by CarolinaRen.

Kegon Waterfall

Kegon Waterfall, originally uploaded by CarolinaRen.

I would never have guessed Japan when first seeing this card ... waterfalls and Japan have not, before now, gone together in my obviously narrow mind :) This one is 98 meters (321 feet) high.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!

It has been a long time since my last post ... but thanks to traveling family members and a few small journeys of my own, many new cards have since been added to my collection! My goal is to post the best of them for you before January 4th ... so stay tuned!

I hope you and yours have had and continue to have a blessed and enjoyable holiday season!