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ToughCityWriter

ToughCityWriter
Date Joined: November 27, 2013
Last Online: April 4, 2016

Country: Canada
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About Me

NOTE: I do not flake. If you have not received a swap from me, please PM me and we will sort it out. Thanks!

I'm a writer, editor, working-at-it artist crazy for collage and mail art. Always looking for inspiration, ephemera, and mail art friends and opportunities.

How I spend my time when I'm not at work (at a not-for-profit organization)? - hiking, beachcombing, paddle boarding, gardening, cooking, creating art, writing, reading, trolling through thrift shops, history of the west coast of Canada...

I live in a rural, seaside town in Canada, love to travel and experience the world through art, food, architecture, music, new friends...

Although swapping art, ephemera, etc. is fun, I am most interested in establishing some longer term friends who would like to exchange letters and mail art on a fairly regular basis (not excessive, but every few months or so would be nice).

Favorite Music

Fairly eclectic and wide-ranging- The Clash, Lady Antebellum, The Waifs, Indigo Girls, Mumford and Sons, Tom Waits, The Wailin' Jennies, etc.

Likes, etc.

I'm pretty open to any and everything you care to send me except anything that is too "cutesy" or pastel. (I am also not interested in anything religious, except for stamps, vintage items, iconography, etc. In essence, no quotes from the Bible for me, please.) I love the tired, well-travelled, well-worn, quirky, kitschy, irreverent, ironic, vintage, etc. Historical photos, older postcards (especially those of Canada), postage stamps, mail art, ephemera (especially from countries whose primary language is not English), real vintage ephemera (as opposed to faux vintage, but I won't complain if faux creeps in!). I'd love to receive work made by your hand, regardless of whether you think you're an artist or not.

I also appreciate postage stamps and prefer them with paper attached. In fact, if you are a stamp collector, you can send me the bits of envelope that remain after you soak off the stamps, especially if the paper is yellowed or has bits of postmark, writing, etc. I have a project on the go!

I have a passion for collage and mail art, so am always happy to receive either of these or materials that can be used to make them. If you can glue it down, you can bet I'm interested! Would particularly love to receive images from older magazines and catalogs, old office supplies, "ephemera" from your home (ticket stubs, game pieces, postage stamps, other bits and bobs).

I adore travel and have been lucky enough to travel a fair bit - India, the UK, France, Poland, Jamaica, Venezula, New Zealand, Tonga, etc. Sadly, I did all of these adventures before I was a collage artist and fan of mail art.

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Comment: Thank you for the nice booklet 😊 - and don't worry, i live in a very rural part of Germany, so i know exactly how it is to go "hunting" for some special art stuff 😀😀😀
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Comment: What a wonderful little package you sent me. Thank you so much. Happy New Year :)
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Comment: Thanks for the pretty envelope! Can't wait to open it! :D
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Comment: Thank you so very, very much for all the beautiful mail art that you've sent to me for this swap! A lot of really clever ideas! I can tell that you put a lot of time and effort into every wonderful piece of mail! Cool, too, how you used all those old Canadian stamps! You really made this swap extra special for me and I appreciate this so very much! :)
Response: Glad everything arrived!. It was fun putting it together for you.
MadeByRori rated for CMS: Halloween Envie on Nov 6, 2014
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Comment: Thank you! I'm allergic to milk but my husband will enjoy the candy. :)
Response: Oh, dear. Sorry about that. I hope he liked it. (I'm glad it arrived, frankly. I wasn't sure it would make it over the border.)
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Comment: Awesome postcard, thank you :D
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Comment: Love it! The composition of the "back" is as nice as the nominal front. Thanks!
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Comment: I LOVE the postcard you sent; thank you!!
Response: So glad you did. Thanks for the prompt rating.
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Comment: Got it and look forward to finish it and send it home... Cool theme to work with!!
Peony rated for Meta Mail Art Mailart! on Sep 8, 2014
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Comment: Wow Adrienne! What delicious postal goodies on this card! I love it, thank you. I haven't read "Fingersmith", but did read "Tipping the Velvet" by her and really liked it, I will check that one out, thanks for the recommendation. I'll be heading back down to Vieques right after Halloween, I love the fall so I'll get to enjoy that for a while here. Hot tea and scarves and layers- oh my!
EyeLady13 rated for WIYM: Mail Call: July, 2014 on Sep 4, 2014
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Comment: Thank you ever so much for your lovely letter -was a true delight. I do hope to be able to respond one day, but if not -please know it has brightened my day! Do Take Care & Happy Swapping :D
Papergirl46 rated for EJ -- Vintage Book Page Swap! on Aug 26, 2014
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Comment: Thank you!
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Comment: Thank you for the awesome letter. hugs. sammie
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Comment: Oh my! Adrienne, what a wonderful envelope to open yours was. Starting with the interesting handmade envie, then on to the collection worthy moo, the artistic handmade note card, and then finally the fun and well made zine, the whole package was just brilliant. I really love your zine theme of maps, with artsy cuteness on every page. Thank you very much !! :D
sunshinesuperman rated for WIYM: Mail Call: July, 2014 on Jul 29, 2014
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Comment: Thank you for such a great swap. I appreciate all the wonderful stamps you used on the envie. I just adore your collage postcard. What a great piece of mailart! I love all the goodies you tucked inside. I also love Edward Gorey. Thank you sooooo much. Hugs, Mona
JanHardt rated for JULY: airmail postal fun :-) on Jul 26, 2014
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Comment: Thanks for the envelope and extra goodies.
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Comment: Be still my heart! From the terrific envie with your stunning whale print & gargoyle thinker stamp to the wonderful scavenger hunt collage & then all the great ephemera & handmade papers -- Wow! It would have been wonderful any time, but arriving as it did the day after a lightning strike fried my phone, modem & other household wiring it provided a well-timed boost to my spirit. I loved your letter & will reciprocate. Just don't hold your breath. I'm heading off to a sailboat in the Keys this week. Extra ♥s & a hug, L.
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Comment: This is great Adrienne - it will be so exciting to see what Susi thinks when she gets it!
MJBCoffee rated for Themed Postage Stamp Swap on Jul 2, 2014
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Comment: Absolutely fabulous! Everything is wonderful including the very cool envelope! I even learned something new! I never knew there was a weather station on the Eiffel Tower! I love all the beautiful stamps, thank you!
Response: I'm glad you liked everything! Cheers.

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Comments

DLRodrigues on Aug 20, 2014:

Hi Adrienne - thank you for the lovely letter and airmal goodies inside xx Much appreciated - reply on its way xxx

Elliepatterson on Jul 19, 2014:

Hello Girlfriend, I received your most wonderful letter and will be answering it shortly. I hope you enjoyed a totally wonderful time on your family camping trip. Enjoy what is left of summer for me! blessings,

ktk8 on Jul 11, 2014:

Good morning…..and THANK YOU for your part in my P & P postcard…you added the birds in the sunset and I love it….this card turned out GREAT! Thanks for your part in it….

Katie ktk8

mamalynn on May 28, 2014:

Hi Adrienne, Thank you so much for adding to my first pass and paste postcard... It came home today and I LOVE it! THANKS!!

eepy on Jan 28, 2014:

Oh, good! Another Canadian in ColdHandsWarmHear.... let's hear it for cheap postage! LOL...

Are you on the big Island?

eepy, in Port Coquitlam

kerrydwynn on Jan 28, 2014:

Big ol' welcome to Cold Hands Warm Hearts ! It's VERY cold over most of North America right now so come on in to meet he Warm Hearts!

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