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the salty truth

I seem to be doing more blog posts than usual these days. That’s likely going to slow down a bit because I’m registering for an art course and my piano lessons start up again right away. A few quick notes before I get too busy to share.

Recently a few readers agreed to do a postcard swap. One of the postcards I received so far was gorgeous — the photo on the postcard was taken by Anita who agreed to participate in the swap. When I went out to buy some nice postcards of our beautiful town, I was surprised and disappointed that most of the cards were incredibly plain and uninspiring — some were downright ugly. There were some beautiful art cards available but the idea was to use postcards. The ladies who participated in the swap have been sent what I considered the better of the not-so-good postcards I could find but I’ve remedied that situation. Last night I finally took some time to pick out a handful of images taken where I live and they are now being made into postcards. For anyone not familiar with Moo.com I recommend checking them out. I had already checked out local printers but there are minimums on the print runs to make the purchase ‘inexpensive’ enough to be worth it (100, 200 or 500 postcards!!!). But that is only for ONE single image. With Moo.com you can use multiple images for any postcards, greeting cards, business cards, stickers, etc. that you might get done. They also do shorter print runs, which is another bonus. If you have never tried them before and would like to try ordering something from them, let me know and I will forward you an email voucher so you can get 10% discount on anything you might order from them. I’m now going to design a Christmas card that has a recipe in it and then upload it to Moo so I can send out my own personalized cards this year.

{Update: I just received an email from Anita and she told me the gorgeous postcard I loved so much was printed at Moo! Now I’m even more excited to receive mine.}

While I’m at it I thought I’d share a few images taken this year and you’ll see they all include water — I’ve waited all my life to live near the ocean. I’m grateful every single day that I still have good health and that I can enjoy the salt air; the cry of gulls and barking of seals; the whisperings and roars of the ocean, and the ever changing landscape of the beaches. I feel as though this is heaven on earth. I know that I am incredibly fortunate and have so much to be grateful for.

 ” … we all came from the sea. And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, our sweat, and in our tears.  We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether is is to sail or to watch we are going back from whence we came.” ~John F. Kennedy.


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Kelly @ JAX does design - November 6, 2012 - 3:04 pm

I haven’t sent my postcard yet, but I will! I’d like to do something a little bit different than a regular postcard – I have some ideas, just not sure how to make them work. I promise I’ll get it in the mail to you soon!

Love your pictures of the water, and the JFK quote 🙂

Sherry Galey - November 7, 2012 - 12:01 pm

I love the sea focus here and that great quote. One of my favorites! I sent you off my postcard — it features something of where I live — but I think I want to send you another as well. So, I’ll pop it in the mail. You can’t have too many, right?

Viv - November 7, 2012 - 12:50 pm

I use Moo too they are so good and postcards are such a great way of sending out a bit of yourself to another …