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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Day 16: Second Half 30-Day-Coloring Challenge

Kathy Racoosin's 30-Day Coloring Challenge continues from this previous post!
#the dailymarker30day
July 5-Aug 5, 2016
DAY 16:
Kathy's Splattered Background

ME: The more I watercolored the worse it got, so guess Kathy's not the only one to have off-days. grin!
Wowsa!!! Thank you, Kathy, for featuring me!
DAY 17:
ME: I'm a little happier with today's coloring page. I have a friend whose favorite color is purple 'cause, you know, she's Royalty as she's the daughter of the KING! grin! So I was thinking of her tonight as I was water-coloring this sheet.


DAY 18:
Kathy -- Mama Elephant 

ME: Here's another Stephanie Ackerman coloring sheet in landscape, both with the same illustration on each side. I thought about putting one or the other on a background, laminating it and adding it to my Documented Faith
notebook.  I added "spatters" like Kathy made two days ago on one of the backgrounds. Which one do you like better?

DAY 19:
Kathy's Dotty Coloring Creation that's finished.

DAY 20:
I can't believe it! Kathy featured me! And on my off-day too! See my Day 16 coloring page! Can you see me jumping (in spirit! No way am I getting off the ground. This bird's bottom heavy!) and flapping my arms (wings), like one of those ladies on a game show! grin!

DAY 21:
Kathy's coloring on the fly.


DAY 22:
Kathy's Sweet Little Girl

ME: I'm slowly but surely filling up this page.  Here's a Stephanie Ackerman page that I watercolored, cut out and taped to a gingham background and inserted into a clear document sleeve for my Documented Faith-book.

DAY 23:
Kathy's artistic touch on a background - she added some doodled flair!

ME: I'm sorry, I won't be adding a coloring sheet tonight. I just received word that my friend, Mark Stansell of Stamp-a-mania,  has lost his battle to cancer and passed away Tuesday evening . If you would like to send his wife, Cynthia,  a sympathy card, send it to this address = Cynthia Stansell, Stamp-a-mania Rubber Stamps, P.O. Box 1312, Ruidoso, NM 88355-1312.  Thank you, I'm sure you understand.

DAY 24:
Kathy's Mermaid and Giveaway

 I had watched Stephanie Ackerman's watercolor video some time ago, but found this one last night and picked out one of my coloring sheets that had the same kind of scallops and tried a wet on wet technique with my aqua brush. I think maybe watercolor pencils might make the scallops better with a better diffuse. Of course, this is printers paper, not watercolor paper, so the properties of it are a lot different. You can't use a lot of water, just the barest amount or the paper will pill up or get muddy -- that's the problem I had with the gratitude saying on the coloring sheet above. To prepare the paint, I squirt only about 3 drops of water from a medicine dropper into the paint well, let it soak a minute and then commenced painting.
I don't squeeze my aqua brush while I'm painting, but just use the water that's already present in the brush. To clean the brush,  I wipe the color off the brush, then squeeze water out to rinse the bristles on a rag/paper towel when I want to change color. Start with the lightest color and work your way down to the darkest. I think adding in the dots and "eyelashes" with a white paint pen and black fine-line sharpie marker like Kathy does really makes  the illustrations pop!

DAY 25:
Kathy's Cherry Blossom Girl

ME: I painted this page today and answered the first question on my list of faith-book journaling prompts that I compiled to get me to thinking about my Christian faith. Today's paragraph was added to a coloring sheet designed & doodled by Stephanie Ackerman.

DAY 26:
Kathy's Pineapple Wreath Card

ME: I only bought three Gorjuss girl rubber stamps from the Scrapbook show a few weeks ago. I stamped out a few on of one particular one and watercolored them in for the ATC club I attend at Ink, Paper, Rubber store on the 2nd Sunday of every month. Link for the club is up in the side menu (It gives the theme & colors of the 3 backgrounds for the jam session). Here's some extra's that I had leftover. . .

I began with the lightest tint of brown for her skin color, then next lightest for her hair, then next darkest brown for shadows, along with a shadow underneath her. Also the dress got a wash of brown over the orange. Then I used my Sharpie paint pen to add dots to her dress.

DAY 27:
Kathy's Feature Day!


DAY 28:
Kathy's Shaker Card


DAY 29:
Kathy's gorgeous floral kraft card

ME: I'm going to have to figure out how much water to add to get a lighter tint of pigment. I wasn't very successful in today's painting trying to do that in the blue background. Even using a rag to try to mop up some of the pigment didn't go so well, because I was trying not to contaminate other parts of the picture with a dirty rag. Good thing for the Sharpie Paint Pen -- dots cover up a whirl of mess! grin!

DAY 30:
Kathy, Thank You! She featured an artist named Eun Ji Jung.

ME: Since I missed so many days of Kathy's 30-Day coloring Challenge, I'm going to be working backwards and adding in coloring projects until I make-up what I missed.  So here's my Day 30!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

My 3rd 30-Day-Coloring Challenge

It's that time of the year again! Kathy Racoosin's 30-Day-Coloring Challenge.

#the dailymarker30day
July 5-Aug 5, 2016
Last Friday night, my husband and I went to hear a presentation by a photographer named Bruce Matthews. He has published 4 books in collaboration with the Kansas City Star books and is working on his next one. He mentioned during his speech about the use of stained glass windows in churches and hospitals. He said there is growing evidence that color can be a part of the healing process, so this morning I did some googling on the use of stained glass windows and color in healthcare. His reference was our Kansas City Children's Mercy Hospital. They have made use of stained glass windows throughout the hospital.
I remember asking our therapist, Dr. Grace Ketterman, who diagnosed our family with ADD fifteen years ago, about the use of color in a child's bedroom, if it was valid theory and she said yes, it's a proven fact that color can affect mood. One of the things she wanted us to do during the winter was to use at least 100 watt wide spectrum light bulbs in our home as the lights would imitate sunlight with its rainbow of colors  and would help alleviate the symptoms of SAD (seasonal affective disorder).
 DAY 1

My Coloring Project For Day 1:
I'm following Stephanie Ackerman's Documented Faith 2016 and back in May she sent us a doodled coloring page to do and guess who is just getting around to painting it? grin! I had firework smoke hangover today, so wasn't feeling my best and waited until the last minute to watercolor and upload Stephanie's doodled digi.
Today I water-colored backgrounds. So I have a bunch in every color of the rainbow hanging to dry on one of those old-fashioned, wooden laundry racks.
I got some rubber stamping done last night, but just as I was getting ready to color it in, my husband came to ask me to come cut his hair and trim his bushy beard. I'd been pestering him for several days to let me cut it, so, you all who are married understand that scenario, right? grin! Although, come to think of it, doesn't black and white colors count, Kathy?
DAYS 4-6:
Kathy's Day 4 -- Water-colored Postcards
ME: I'm filling in where I missed (I know, it's not the same as doing it during Kathy's 30 Day coloring challenge, but I'm determined to finish), so here's one day -- I colored this page in with markers.
Kathy's Day 5 -- Quick Post
ME: Here's the second day -- this is the last monthly divider I needed to finish for my Documented Faith-book. It's always amazing to me, how much a difference there is between my first day to second day. From using light colors on the background to the finished state with the dry colored pencils.
Kathy's Day 6 --  It's All About You
We attended a family reunion and a birthday party  down in the country this last weekend and I didn't have access to the internet there. Didn't sweat it as I knew I would color again once I returned home and had access to a scanner and the Wi-Fi.
DAY 7:
Kathy's Day 7 -- Blog Hop and Giveaway.
I had some oopsie pages from the previous stamping pages, so I cut out the flowers, watercolored them and enhanced them with dots and dashes like Kathy has done to some of her images. I left the top one plain so you can see how I enhanced them with a black fine-line sharpie and a white gel pen. Click on them to enlarge to see details.
DAY 8:
Kathy's -- Doodle Coloring
ME: I tried to emulate Kathy's Doodle flowers only in opposite colors as I still had some flowers left over from the oopsie pages that I fussy cut out and glued to a quarter page, then watercolored. Now I have a background I can use on a card sometime. Kinda reminds me somewhat of a bandana handkerchief. What do you think?
DAY 9:

Kathy's -- feather card

ME: This is a coloring page from a Gratitude Coloring Book that I found a couple of months ago at Half-Price Bookstore with a quote by Doris Day -- "Gratitude is riches. Complaint is poverty." I used the black fine-line marker and white paint pen to restore and add in the details.
DAY 10:

What? Kathy watercolored with coffee!
Me: Another Stephanie Ackerman coloring sheet. . .
DAY 11-13:
Kathy's -- Mermaid Altered Stamps

Kathy's Blog Hop

Kathy's Featured coloring projects

DAY 14:
Kathy's Zig Marker Shaker Card

ME: I appreciate not only the military personnel, but also our police officers, who stand in for me to serve and protect. . .

DAY 15:
Winner, Winner Chicken Dinner!

ME: My asthma is thankful for my husband today. He was able to come home from work and help clean up an ammonia mess that my elbow created when I pulled the dryer lint trap out to clean. PU!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Why I'm Refashioning My Wardrobe!

In December, a new-to-me foot doctor diagnosed me with drop foot. When I herniated a disc in my lower back several years ago, I was also  diagnosed with arthritis and chronic vertigo at the same time (read story here), I was told just after that I could develop drop foot, that it would be progressive and permanent from damaged nerves near my spine, however, the doctor I had then, did not tell me what to look for, so I had no idea I was developing it. So between the last of  December 2015 until March of this year, I was getting fitted for a leg brace, new insoles and a shoe with a lift.

Isn't it pretty? I was told by a friend  at church who had to wear a brace for a while after foot surgery that I would  need to wear my pants tucked into the brace to keep the top of the brace from rubbing my leg raw as I walked, so the day of my last fitting, I wore a pair of leggings. However, only having two pairs of leggings, and many other jersey and jean britches in my wardrobe, I discovered what worked and didn't. A couple of descriptions come to mind when describing what happens when wearing regular slacks -- "getting ready for high water on one side with a muffin top at the knee" or "poofy short golf pants." The brace cuff moves up and down with each step and the pant leg creeps up. My husband couldn't help but laugh the first time it happened as he walked over to help his damsel in distress yank them down. grin!
So I decided I needed more leggings, however, since our budget is on the lean side after brace, I spent some time shopping at 1/2 of 1/2, looking for leggings in my size (one navy pair haul), and  at Pinterest and Youtube looking for ideas of what I could wear with them on top.  I'm a BBW, want to be modestly dressed and I discovered that I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the lagenlook fashion, but it's one thing to wear all those layers in the winter to stay warm, but we're coming into our summer season here where it is hot and humid and I have never handled the heat well, so I'm having to put on my thinking cap to have the layered look without the added clothing.
So I'm gonna share some tutorials I'll be using to refashion my wardrobe  and maybe it will help you too. I've got one outfit made so far and will be adding in more ideas and tips to this post so come back to see all the additional photos, tips, and tutorials.

1st video: How to Wear Skinny Jeans and Leggings at 40, 50 and Beyond
2nd video: How to Alter Pants | Wide to Skinny Legs

Blog Tutorial: Refashion baggy yoga pants into svelte leggings tutorial
3rd video: DiY How To Make a Top from 2 Men's Shirts

 4th video: No-sew Infinity Scarf out of an old T-shirt  

So here's the aqua t-shirt infinity scarf I made out of the bottom of the shirt.  The top half of the t-shirt was made into a peplum shirt with the fabric that's underneath the scarf. I found 4 yards of the cotton material at the thrift store for about $4.00. I bought it because the flowers almost matched my t-shirt. Also the peachy colored leaves? reminded me of those molded, scented sawdust roses we used to get at touristy gift shops for one's dresser drawers. Remember those? As I stitched the fabric up, I noticed how transparent it was, not the modest look I was going for, so I cut the bottom off of a white stained t-shirt and made a sandwich of all three materials when I sewed the gathered peplum to the aqua shirt. It nicely hides my tummy skin and the stains don't show under the patterned fabric.  And I'll be using the white top part for another shirt.

Update: I wore this outfit Saturday because we were celebrating our wedding anniversary. After being married to my guy for some 30 years I can usually tell when he likes something and when he doesn't and he doesn't like this one.  I don't know whether it's the added peplum material or the design of the outfit, but he was fussing with it the whole time we were out. The newer material tends to bunch around my middle even though I've been using a  softener sheet in the dryer and he was yanking it down in back every time I got out of the car. The pants and shirt were given to me so the only money I've put into this outfit was the material and thread, say about $5.00. Being as how this outfit was my experiment (how many times did Edison have to try different filaments in order to get his light bulb to work?), I'm going to chalk this one up to experience and take it to the thrift store, giving me more room for clothes that will work for me. grin!

Blog Tutorial: Asymmetrical T-shirt sides
I measured the width of my cut-off T-shirt from side seam to side seam, then doubled that measurement for the amount of material I needed for the gathered "skirt" front of my shirt and did that again for the back part. I didn't make a pattern for the handkerchief hem side, but just folded my material in half that I wanted use for the sides, added 5 inches to the center of the piece and cut to that point. Then I sewed all the pieces together to make the continuous peplum "skirt", gathered at the top, and sewed it to the shirt. 
One thing I especially like about the lagenlook style is that it focuses on long lines because it's slimming, so it's perfect for us dumpy people. That's why I chose to piece together the skirt in long stripes and added the sides in a dark color, but you'll notice I have a piece of my favorite black and white check; I couldn't leave it out! I'll be wearing this shirt with black leggings.

Update: I've worn this shirt once or twice and the handkerchief hem at the two side corners are beginning to curl up, so thought a weight might keep them from doing that. I went to Wal-Mart and I found various fishing sinker weights in different designs in the sporting department, but liked these as there was a "loop" I could use to stitch it to the underside of the hem and they were only a dollar in cost for a package of six. So far, so good! 

Update: Sigh! One of the weights has already been torn off. Seems like I just can't win some days!


When I began looking into the lagenlook style, I knew I had some dresses that might work. I inherited some clothing when my aunt passed away, but I haven't worn the dresses for awhile because hose in my size was so dear, so I dug them out and started pairing them with a pair of black leggings that I do have.  I found the infinity jersey scarf and the two necklaces at a thrift store.  I didn't pay more than $3.00 apiece for the scarf or any of the necklaces and I looked for the longest ones they had. Which necklace do you like the best on the orange floral dress on the right? I tried several different necklaces, but thought the ones matching the leggings' color looked best.
5th video: How to sew a Mini Tissue Pocket Holder (I'm gonna make one for my purse and several for gifts out of my fabric scraps.)

I've been looking at my shirts and some of  them are getting rather shabby looking, so when I ran across this video, I thought aha! I know what I can do with the odds and ends I cut off  my refashioned tops and other t-shirts that's more fit for the rag bag than on me -- make something! So I'm going to roll up balls of t-shirt yarn as I go, then I'll share with you what I make with them, so come back!

6th video: How to make t-shirt yarn by Alma Stoller  (I like how she stretches the fabric so that it curls before rolling it into a ball).
7th video: Joining Fabric Strips without Sewing (Oops! I thought sure I had cut the beginning strip off correctly, but alas, the strips came off in circles. Here's a video to fix that by joining the strips together using this method, but first snip the circles that fall off in one place to make long strips).
I have this certain friend named Elizabeth who says she likes to use bed sheets for making clothing, because not only the yardage is so large, but also because they are soft and cool, so I decided to do that too. I scouted around  several thrift stores, found the perfect sheet with a floral pattern, plus a curtain valance with a similar pattern, cut a peplum out and was getting ready to sew it to a red shirt when I noticed a hole in the back of the shirt. I had cut the shirt at an angle to skip a hole in the front, so when I saw the hole in back, I was a little surprised. I tugged it upright, away from the peplum I had begun to pin to it and the material ripped clear to the armpit. So no red shirt -- I shall be adding it to the rag balls. Sigh!

So anyway, since I won't be getting a new red shirt, I decided to continue mending my aunt's dresses (buttons, seams, necklines, etc.) and matching them to my existing legging wardrobe, since I needed clothing to pack in a suitcase (we left town for Decoration Day). Here's some of the matches I came up with:

 You should be able to recognize this dress. Hubby and I decided the black and orange was decidedly too Halloween-ish. I found another jersey infinity scarf in tan and white stripe and it matched my newly sewn leggings perfectly.
 One of the bad things about rayon is that it sometimes frays too easily and escapes sewn seams, so I had to repair the neckline on this dress with a bit of black bias tape that matched the black center of the flowers. Matching black leggings and I'm all set!  
 I had to repair a broken button at the top of this dress and I found out that purple, dark royal blue, and aqua leggings will match this dress. Another thing I don't like about rayon is that it has to be ironed every time it gets washed and hung dry. But it's cool like those sheets Elizabeth likes!
 And last but not least . . . one that although it is cotton that needs ironing, it's gonna be a favorite! Guess why? grin!
Since I had that extra peplum that was supposed to go with the red shirt, I decided to use it and since I haven't cut up all my T-shirts, having a few skirts on hand, I decided to use a pair of jeans that's always been a little tight on me in the thighs.  I cut the legs off, straightened the curved part in front by sewing a straight seam down the front middle, cut off the extra material, and then sewed the peplum onto the bottom of the cut-off jeans. It was a little long, so I trimmed part of it off, then cut the remaining part into half and made me an infinity scarf out of it to go with a white t-shirt. I think Pinterest calls this style Rockabilly. grin! There are two layers -- the red & white part is a kitchen window valance and you almost can't see the sheet, but it's there. It's about 1 1/2" longer than the window valance with a rolled hem.
Video 8: DIY how to sew an infinity scarf  
Update: Oops! Wasn't it nice of me to make this skirt for somebody else?!!! grin!  I forgot that my leggings would be underneath and the skirt was too tight for me to wear both and be able to sit comfortably. sigh! So back to the drawing board. . . I could do one of three things with the skirt -- 1.) take it to Goodwill as is or 2.) cut the back off except for the waist band and zig-zag the cut edges to make it into an apron, then sew just the back jean part cut into a small square on top of the waistband for the bib part or 3.) cut up the sides to the waist band and hem side edges with bias tape so I can sit down in it. 
Have you ever felt like you've fallen down a rabbit-hole? My mother asked a woman at her church who wears the same kind of brace I do what she found most comfortable to wear under her brace during the summer months and she said silky trousers. So I've been spending several days at Pinterest and Youtube looking for thin silky leggings and found some of the most beautiful Anarkali dresses (video ones were plainer) that look very similar in cut to the rayon dresses I have above. I also looked at Punjabi tunics with leggings and I liked the tunics that were cut above the knee with a small side slit for ease of movement, however, I'm not sure whether those blousey trousers would hide or make the thunder thighs look bigger. 

Monday, May 2, 2016

A Babe is Born

My mother has been digging in her archives at home and found a couple of poems that I wrote when I was a teenager.
I began writing simple 4 line poems after studying poetry in Mrs. Harryman's 6th grade English class. She was one of my favorite elementary schoolteachers. I don't know what she saw in me, but she encouraged me to continue writing, so I grabbed a blank book and began to fill it with quotes, poetry I liked, and my scribbles.
Just so you know, the poem below does not come from experience. As a married adult, we lost a much wanted child through miscarriage and I experienced an entirely different emotion from the one I had imagined in this poem. As a young person, I liked to read and often experimented with thoughts I gathered along the way in poetry form whether as free verse, such as the one below, or in rhyme.
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A Babe is Born
By Dolores J. O'Neal-Rush.
A babe is born
In a cabin of the wilderness.
A midwife is bustling about
The fire under the mantle is crackling
The babe is in the mother's arms.
Babe's pang of hunger cries,
Mother whispers hush!
Babe's against thy mother's breast,
Pain is lessened next.
Babe's ill,
Coughing and choking,
They do all they can.
He took his last breath,
His suffering is over.
Thy mother is weeping softly
The tears of joy,
She is glad for him
Babe is in a better place
Far above.
Babe was dressed in the finest calico they had,
They laid him under the willow tree by
a softly, spoken stream.
They erected a simple, wooden cross,
For they could not afford a stone.
There he sleeps.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Paper Postcard Unit Study

Update: I'm resurrecting this old homeschool unit study as I learned that a postcard show will be coming to our area  June 24 and 25, 2016. Click here for more details!

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Our son needed a community service project to do. As I didn’t drive and he wasn’t of age, yet, to obtain his student driving permit, I scouted around to find something he could do from home. I devised a Paper Postcard Unit Study (ie card ministry) after a little study of my own. He read about the beginning of writing, the postal service and in addition, studied art history. And created art postcards weekly for a period of about 6 months to mail to church members and his youth group.
We came up with several techniques that could be used to make his art postcards. Note that postal regulations have changed - art cards must be flat to send by regular postcard rates; bumpy cards must pay extra postage. These were some of the techniques he employed to design his cards with: applique, blow markers (watercolor markers - like air brushing), calligraphy, collage (magazine cutouts, stickers, etc.), color me (black & white), comic drawing, construction -- paper engineering, crayon rubbings, crosswords or word puzzles, glitter, graphing, ink blotting, mosaic (bits of colored paper), painting, pen & ink drawing, pressed flowers, rubber stamping, scratch pictures, silhouettes, spin painting, sponging, stenciling, stickers, watercolor (be sure to spray w/ a fixative), string or marble painting, and so on.

To get started in a similar study, see my unit study below:

acid-free, advertising cards, artist, comic, commemorative, ephemera, First Class Mail, lithography, linen, mechanical cards, note, novelty, paper engineering, photo-chrome printing, postmark, postal stationery, postcard, stamp, topical, viewcards

Related Scripture for Memorization/Penmanship Practice:
Exodus 31:18; Exodus 32:15-16; 2 Kings 19:14; 2 Chronicles 2: 11; Esther 9:30; Psalm 119:103; Proverbs 15:30 & 16:24; Proverbs 25: 11, 25; Ecclesiastes 12:10; Isaiah 52:7; John 1:1; Acts 15: 30-31; 2 Corinthians 3:2-3; 2 Corinthians 10:11; 2 Thessalonians 2:15 & 3:17; and 2 John :12.

May Read About:
Read an encyclopedia or books on advertising cards, the alphabet, biographies of cardmakers/illustrators (Sam Butcher, Betsy Clark, Mary Engelbreit, Kate Greenaway, Bessie Pease Gutman, Holly Hobbie, Charlotte Spiers), cachets, card companies (Ambassador, Gibson, or Hallmark Cards), card poets/verse (Helen Steiner Rice); Christmas cards, ink, mailboxes, Mother’s/Father’s Day, parchment, paper, papyrus, pencils, pens, Pony Express, postcards, postmarks, the postal service, printing, printing companies (Currier & Ives), rubber, rubber stamping, stamp collecting, trading cards, Valentine cards, vintage postcard collections & value guides, woodblock printing, writing, and so forth.

Did you know that Abraham Lincoln had a copy book or scrapbook in which he kept sayings/quotes/poems that he liked? Did you know he wrote three poems?

Interesting Books:
1. Addressing for Automation: A Study Guide (Grades 5-8) (free from US Postal Service)
2. A History of Valentines. By Ruth Webb Lee. New York; 1952.
3. Ambassador of Sunshine. (abt. Helen Steiner Rice 1900-1981). By Ronald Pollitt & Virginia Wiltsie. Published: 1994. OR: In the Vineyard of the Lord. By Helen Steiner Rice as told to Fred Bauer. 1979.
4. Art Postcard Books from Dover Publications, Inc., 31 East 2nd Street, Mineola, NY 11501-3582
5. Bessie Pease Gutmann: over 50 Years of Published Art. By Karen Choppa. 1998
6. Centennial Handbook of the First Issue Postal Card. By Charles A. Fricke. 1973.
7. Child-Size Masterpieces.(series) By Aline D.Wolf (curriculum using Art postcards)
8. Gift of a Letter. By Alexandra Stoddard. 1990.
9. Holy Cards. by Barbara Calaman & Sandra Dipasqua. Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2004.
10. Mailbox Ministry: Greeting Cards that Share the Faith. Sue Banker. Morehouse Publishing, Harrisburg, NY; 2009.
11. Mail Memories: a Pictorial Guide to Postcard Collecting. By John M. Kaduck. 1971
12. Mary Engelbreit: The Art and the Artist. By Patrick Regan (b. 1952 - ?)1996.
13. Postcard Collector Annual: Commemorating 100 Years of the Postcard. By Deborah Lengkeek.
14. The Alphabet Makers, by Hyatt Moore, The Museum of the Alphabet, Waxhaw, NC, 1991
15. The Complete Guide to Greeting Card Design & Illustration. By Eva Szela. North Light Books, Cincinnati, OH; 1994.
16. The Encyclopedia of Antique Postcards. By Susan Brown Nicholson. 1994.
17. The History of the Christmas Card. By George Buday. Omnigraphics, Detroit, MI.; 1992.
18. The Picture Postcard & Its Origins. By Frank Staff. 1967.
19. The Rubber Stamp Album. By Joni K. Miller & Lowry Thompson. Workman Pub., 1978.
20. The Scrapbook in American Life. By Patricia P. Buckler, Katherine Ott, & Susan Tucker.
21. The Trade Card in Nineteenth-Century America. By Robert Jay. University of Missouri Press; Columbia; 1987.
22. The United States Postal Service: An American History (1775-2002) (free from US Postal Service)
23. Valentines: A Loving Remembrance. By Jean P. Favalora. Lark Books, 1995.
24. When You Care Enough. By J. C. Hall. (1891-1982). Published: 1979, reprinted 1992
25. Here Lies Kansas City: A Collection of Our City’s Notables and Their Final Resting Places. By Wilda Sandy. 1984. (Joyce C. Hall (1891-1982) of Hallmark Cards).
26. Splitcoast Stampers Postal Poetry Thread
27. Philatelic Genealogy
28. Raphael Tuck & Sons Database of Postcards

Field Trips:
1. Greeting Card or Printing Companies:
2. Hallmark’s Visitor’s Center, Crown Center, Kansas City, MO.
3.  Mary Engelbreit, St. Louis, MO.
4. Gift, Card, Rubber Stamping, Scrapbook, and Stationery Shops
5. Postal Museums Collections
6. National Postal Museum at the Smithsonian 
8. Post Offices
9. University Libraries and Archives (Post Card and Letter Collections)

National Postcard Week = first week in May.

3000 BC = Courier Runners
1500 = Semite Clay Tablets
1000 = Phoenician Alphabet
190 = Parchment & Egyptian Papyrus
50 = Cuttlefish Ink
105 A.D = Chinese Paper
500 = Chinese/Japanese Stencil
635 = Quill Pen
740 = Wood Block Printing
1040 = Movable type printing
1400s = European Woodblock Printed Cards
1450 = Gutenberg Printing Press
1466 = Master E.S. from Strasbourg New Year Greeting Card
1565 = pencils
1639 = US Post
1683 = London Penny Post
1690 = 1st US Paper Mill, Germantown, PA.
1700s = Engraved or woodcut printed advertising cards; Rubber Eraser
1775 = Benjamin Franklin, printer & 1st US Postmaster General
1792 = Color printing
1799 = Scraps (die-cut glossy printed paper images)
1829 = Harvey/Thompson Anniversary card
1834-1896 = William Morris design era
1839 = Goodyear's Vulcanized rubber
1840 = Postage stamp; Sunday School Scriptural text & reward cards
1841 = Crayon By Currier & Ives
1843 = Lithograph Printed Cards
1851 = Warren de la Rue (1815-1889) invented envelope-making machine
1856 = Chemical dyes
1858 = Street Letter Boxes
1860 = Pony Express
1861 = Brass US revenue mechanical wheel hand stamp; Lipman postcard; 1 cent postal rate
1862 = Printed playing cards; Mourning Cards by L. Prang & Co.
1873 = 1st shipment of rubber stamps from US to Peru; 1st US Postal Cards; typewriter
1875 = Louis Prang's US Cards
1884 = Excelsior Stamp Pad; fountain pen
1890 = Sign Markers (alphabet stamps)
1893 to 1918 = Postcard's highlight era
1900s = Arm & Hammer Baking Soda Wildlife Trading Cards
1902 = Kodak Photograph Cards
1911 = First Marking-device Trade Convention, Chicago, IL.
1911 = Marking Device Association
1912 = Kewpie postcards by Rose O'Neill
1918 = Air Mail
1928 = Voter stamped hands
1930s = Louis Waynai's hand-stamped Bible
1938 = Bethlehem, PA. Christmas postal cachet
1950s = Correspondence Art; Xerox Photocopy
1953 = White House Christmas Cards
1958 = Dial-a-Phrase stamps
1963 = Zip Codes
1967 = Polymer clear stamps
1972 = All Night Media
1974 = Hero Arts
1974 = International Stamp-Art Exhibit, Paris
1977 = Rubberstampede
1979 = Dee Gruenig/Posh Home Parties
1983 = Posh Impressions Rubber Stamp Store

Originally published on blog: Jan 3, 2011