• Happy Mail

    Happy Mail Monday – Post-Fever Edition

    Hello, zine friends! Welcome back to the blog.

    Thank you all for bearing with me. An intense flu/flu-like thing knocked me off my feet Sunday night, and I spent Monday and Tuesday trying desperately to break the fever I had. I’m slowly getting steadier on my feet again, and the fever seems to be gone for good, so onward and upward!

    (My brain is still partially melted, though, so don’t be shy about getting in contact about any emails, calls for subs, or anything else I may need reminding about.)

    Before I get into the mail, I wanted to say that I hope everyone who attended ZICS Aus over the weekend had an excellent time.

    Now for mail!

    The first lovely bit of zine mail came from Meeni Levi all the way in Belgium! The zines actually came in a secure little plastic sleeve to protect it from the rigors of international travel. ^_^ We must protect the zines! And did you notice the title of the mini-zine? “Conversation Falafels”. Hehe! You all make it so difficult for me to get anything done because I want to check out your zines straight away!

    I had to take a picture of the very, very cool wax seal Meeni put on the envelope. I’ve seen pictures and the like of seals and such, but I think this is either the first time or the first in a long time that I’ve been able to check one out up close. I think I may need to add a wax seal into my bag of happy mail goodies. This looks so cool!

    Thank you, Meeni, for trading with me!

    Squee! Happy mail from Brazil, and with cute cat sketches, too! And so many stamps!

    You may recall Henry and Fafa Jeapelt who generously decided to give me a chance and sent me Catzine 1 and Bluez despite the fact that they are in Portuguese – a language I’m not familiar with. I am so excited to see Catzine 2 as well as a wooden bookmark and a super, super cute drawing of a cat by Fafa!

    Thank you so, so much!

    That is mail for today my friends. Thank you all again for bearing with me during confusing times (confusing enough with the move let alone with a sudden flu thrown in). Barring any relapse, I will be back tomorrow with a fresh new zine review for you. Big hugs!

  • Calls for Submissions

    The Freedom APA

    Freedom APA is an alternative press association with one expectation: participate where, when and how you are able.

    Annual Membership: Participation by sending items for the mailing a minimum of once per membership year PLUS $15 for US membership; $25 for rest of world. Items for the mailing bundle may include mail art, printed journals, chapbooks, zines, cds, dvds, cassettes, envelopes, postcards, bookmarks, recipes, stamps, letters, or whatever you choose to create.

    Four bundles are mailed per year. The next mailing is scheduled for June 2017. If you send materials for the June bundle, 22 items are needed.

    Membership dues may be sent via Paypal: singinggrove@conknet.com

    Checks may be made payable to: Frederick Moe 36 West Main Street Warner NH 03278.

    $6 postpaid for a sample bundle if you’re curious to check it out before jumping in.

    Freedom APA is intended to be fun & embrace the spirit of personal journalism, zine making, letter writing, graphic arts, mail art, DIY printing, poetry, homemade music, creative projects, podcasting & more. Freedom APA is not an organization nor will Freedom APA have officers or by-laws. We have however add volunteer “staff” as Freedom APA grows.

    With your support, this will be an enjoyable mailing circle project full of creativity. Freedom APA is a postal activity.

    Please share with your friends!

  • Calls for Submissions

    The Freedom APA

    Freedom APA is an alternative press association with one expectation: participate where, when and how you are able.

    Annual Membership: Participation by sending items for the mailing a minimum of once per membership year PLUS $15 for US membership; $25 for rest of world. Items for the mailing bundle may include mail art, printed journals, chapbooks, zines, cds, dvds, cassettes, envelopes, postcards, bookmarks, recipes, stamps, letters, or whatever you choose to create.

    Four bundles are mailed per year. The next mailing is scheduled for June 2017. If you send materials for the June bundle, 22 items are needed.

    Membership dues may be sent via Paypal: singinggrove@conknet.com

    Checks may be made payable to: Frederick Moe 36 West Main Street Warner NH 03278.

    $6 postpaid for a sample bundle if you’re curious to check it out before jumping in.

    Freedom APA is intended to be fun & embrace the spirit of personal journalism, zine making, letter writing, graphic arts, mail art, DIY printing, poetry, homemade music, creative projects, podcasting & more. Freedom APA is not an organization nor will Freedom APA have officers or by-laws. We have however add volunteer “staff” as Freedom APA grows.

    With your support, this will be an enjoyable mailing circle project full of creativity. Freedom APA is a postal activity.

    Please share with your friends!

  • Calls for Submissions

    The Freedom APA

    Freedom APA is an alternative press association with one expectation: participate where, when and how you are able.

    Annual Membership: Participation by sending items for the mailing a minimum of once per membership year PLUS $15 for US membership; $25 for rest of world. Items for the mailing bundle may include mail art, printed journals, chapbooks, zines, cds, dvds, cassettes, envelopes, postcards, bookmarks, recipes, stamps, letters, or whatever you choose to create.

    Four bundles are mailed per year. The next mailing is scheduled for June 2017. If you send materials for the June bundle, 22 items are needed.

    Membership dues may be sent via Paypal: singinggrove@conknet.com

    Checks may be made payable to: Frederick Moe 36 West Main Street Warner NH 03278.

    $6 postpaid for a sample bundle if you’re curious to check it out before jumping in.

    Freedom APA is intended to be fun & embrace the spirit of personal journalism, zine making, letter writing, graphic arts, mail art, DIY printing, poetry, homemade music, creative projects, podcasting & more. Freedom APA is not an organization nor will Freedom APA have officers or by-laws. We have however add volunteer “staff” as Freedom APA grows.

    With your support, this will be an enjoyable mailing circle project full of creativity. Freedom APA is a postal activity.

    Please share with your friends!

  • Calls for Submissions

    The Freedom APA

    Freedom APA is an alternative press association with one expectation: participate where, when and how you are able.

    Annual Membership: Participation by sending items for the mailing a minimum of once per membership year PLUS $15 for US membership; $25 for rest of world. Items for the mailing bundle may include mail art, printed journals, chapbooks, zines, cds, dvds, cassettes, envelopes, postcards, bookmarks, recipes, stamps, letters, or whatever you choose to create.

    Four bundles are mailed per year. The next mailing is scheduled for June 2017. If you send materials for the June bundle, 22 items are needed.

    Membership dues may be sent via Paypal: singinggrove@conknet.com

    Checks may be made payable to: Frederick Moe 36 West Main Street Warner NH 03278.

    $6 postpaid for a sample bundle if you’re curious to check it out before jumping in.

    Freedom APA is intended to be fun & embrace the spirit of personal journalism, zine making, letter writing, graphic arts, mail art, DIY printing, poetry, homemade music, creative projects, podcasting & more. Freedom APA is not an organization nor will Freedom APA have officers or by-laws. We have however add volunteer “staff” as Freedom APA grows.

    With your support, this will be an enjoyable mailing circle project full of creativity. Freedom APA is a postal activity.

    Please share with your friends!

  • Calls for Submissions

    The Freedom APA

    Freedom APA is an alternative press association with one expectation: participate where, when and how you are able.

    Annual Membership: Participation by sending items for the mailing a minimum of once per membership year PLUS $15 for US membership; $25 for rest of world. Items for the mailing bundle may include mail art, printed journals, chapbooks, zines, cds, dvds, cassettes, envelopes, postcards, bookmarks, recipes, stamps, letters, or whatever you choose to create.

    Four bundles are mailed per year. The next mailing is scheduled for June 2017. If you send materials for the June bundle, 22 items are needed.

    Membership dues may be sent via Paypal: singinggrove@conknet.com

    Checks may be made payable to: Frederick Moe 36 West Main Street Warner NH 03278.

    $6 postpaid for a sample bundle if you’re curious to check it out before jumping in.

    Freedom APA is intended to be fun & embrace the spirit of personal journalism, zine making, letter writing, graphic arts, mail art, DIY printing, poetry, homemade music, creative projects, podcasting & more. Freedom APA is not an organization nor will Freedom APA have officers or by-laws. We have however add volunteer “staff” as Freedom APA grows.

    With your support, this will be an enjoyable mailing circle project full of creativity. Freedom APA is a postal activity.

    Please share with your friends!

  • General

    Australian Postal Costs AKA Why I Don’t Do A Lot of Mail Art

    Wise Blood Mail Art 1

    I think it was the envelope from Fishspit that made me realise that I was missing out on some big mail art fun.

    That’s not to say that I hadn’t received beautifully drawn upon, stamped, embossed, coloured, washi taped, etc envelopes before, but his envelopes made me realise that cut and paste is alive and well in envelopes as well as zines. And, well, I really wish I could up my game.

    The obvious point of the matter is that I could up my game if I had more artistic skills when it comes to drawing. The not-so-obvious point of the matter that when it comes to adding so much as a sticker to international mail from Australia, it gets… annoying.

    The thing about Australian mail sent internationally is that it’s $2.45 up until you hit the 50 grams mark. After that? It jumps to $7.40

    I’m not here to talk about how utterly ridiculous the price difference is (grr) but rather to talk about 50 grams.

    50 grams is not that much. Not by a long shot. When you’re sending paper and maybe tucking a few stickers in there, it’s more than enough. But when it comes to a zine – especially a zine with cardstock covers – adding in a halfway decent envelope can quickly and easily send it right over the mark.

    I try to keep my zines at 24 pages or less because, after you put a cover on them, they are skirting that 50g line pretty closely. Add in the envelope and you’re screwed over in a hurry. I would love to send out my zines with sturdier envelopes for protection, but the sturdier envelopes would take up so much of the weight that I’d be lucky to put a mini-zine inside.

    I wish there was a middle ground between 50g and 250g that would let me make bigger zines and/or have fun with mail art. Alas…

    I don’t know if anyone had even ever wondered about Australian postage costs, but there you go. My ‘info rant’ for the day.

  • Happy Mail,  Pictures

    Happy Mail! Oh, Sweet Happy Mail

    Just when I thought I would have no happy mail to share for the week, These little lovelies come in last minute.

    Zines, glorious zines!

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    Zine Ninja had a glorious swim through the creative pages of this wonderful envelope stuffed full of ziiiiiiines. Love it. These were put together by Nat from Sticky. Apparently I opted to be paid in zines this round for stocking my zines there. Never would have guessed. Haha. There are heaps of new reading materials. BUT there is one that I already have a copy of. I smell a giveaway coming up!

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    On another note, I received this lovely (despite my less-than-stellar photography) pocket letter from the US. It had all kinds of little goodies, including a super adorable fox stamp set.

    (Want to know what pocket letters are? Click this link.)

    So yes, I’m a very happy bunny with all these goodies. I’ll be sending more out into the world in the hopes more nice things visit my post box. Keep in mind that my post box is open to all friendly happy mail. My focus is on zines, but I loooooove any positive mail. 🙂

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