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Re: Francis Scott Key's Star-Spangled Banner
Board: History is Alive
Reply to: #979427 by DoubleSaj and Old Blue
Sep 14, 2019 6:06pm
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My favorite has always been when Whitney Houston sang it at the Super Bowl. She is one of the few people who had a powerful enough voice and the range to really nail it that well. I'm sure there are other great versions but that one is my favorite.
Re: Francis Scott Key's Star-Spangled Banner
Board: History is Alive
Reply to: #979429 by MissMoon
Sep 14, 2019 6:16pm
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Ace Frehley does a fantastic electric guitar rendition, too. <3
Does size matter?
Board: Postals
Sep 14, 2019 6:46pm
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Hi all! I am doing my first postal tracker this month and I am excited and stressed at the same time! I want to do things the right way so I have read everything I can find about postals. The one thing I am most worried about is the size of my stamp! Is there a standard size for most postal stamps? Mine turned out a bit larger than I planned. It’s around 4.5”x3.5” I didn’t see any rules in the tracker about size, but I wanted to ask to make sure. Also, any tips you veterans may have for a newbie would be greatly appreciated!
Re: Does size matter?
Board: Postals
Reply to: #979431 by Bama Beach Bum
Sep 14, 2019 8:04pm
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Hi! Generally I think size does not matter. That being said I would put on the information about the postal the size of the stamp so people have an idea what they are getting into (size can make a difference for weight which can influence the cost of postage).

Something to consider...occasionally there is a "newbie postal ring" (or something like that). Designed specifically so folks who are new to postals can be guided and learn about the general etiquette. (Up to you, if you would like to participate, of course :) ).

I think the main thing is...have fun! (I'm excited for you!)
I hope you have a fun day!!!
-PLP
Re: Does size matter?
Board: Postals
Reply to: #979432 by PeaceLovePiano and Mom
Sep 14, 2019 10:04pm
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Thank you for the suggestions! I sent a message to the host to make sure the size was ok :)
Congratulations kudichan!
Board: State: California
Sep 15, 2019 4:19am
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Congratulations for an amazing series of boxes!! Dbare and I couldn't make the event but found these shortly after....all carves were fantastic as was where they were located... brilliant work from all involved!!
Re: Francis Scott Key's Star-Spangled Banner
Board: History is Alive
Reply to: #979429 by MissMoon
Sep 15, 2019 4:36am
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I recently found this version. Love it.
Re: Does size matter?
Board: Postals
Reply to: #979433 by Bama Beach Bum
Sep 15, 2019 4:51am
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Good move to ask tracker owner. That should always be your default move. Tge only problem with size is weight. Each ounce increases the mailing costs. You shoukd try to keep it under i think 13 ounces. At that point it jumps to priority mail.
Re: Congratulations kudichan!
Board: State: California
Reply to: #979434 by Public Hand
Sep 15, 2019 6:48am
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Congratulations for an amazing series of boxes!!

Woo-hoo for kudichan and her purple diamond!

DoubleSaj and Old Blue
Re: Congratulations kudichan!
Board: State: California
Reply to: #979434 by Public Hand
Sep 15, 2019 6:59am
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👍 🎉 👏👏👏!
Re: Francis Scott Key's Star-Spangled Banner
Board: History is Alive
Reply to: #979427 by DoubleSaj and Old Blue
Sep 15, 2019 7:07am
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Beautiful song. If there is a better version than Marc Anthony’s, I haven’t heard it:

https://youtu.be/c8BCp9WgUCE
Re: Does size matter?
Board: Postals
Reply to: #979431 by Bama Beach Bum
Sep 15, 2019 7:28am
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Does size matter?

What's all this I see about "does size matter"!! This is a family activity!!! There is an adult board for such vulgarly!!
Re: Does size matter?
Board: Postals
Reply to: #979440 by Miss Emily Litella
Sep 15, 2019 7:29am
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Emily, Emily! People are talking about the size of the stamps they are carving and nothing else!
Re: Does size matter?
Board: Postals
Reply to: #979441 by Chevy Chase
Sep 15, 2019 7:30am
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Oh, that's something entirely different . . . . . never mind.
Re: Congratulations kudichan!
Board: State: California
Reply to: #979434 by Public Hand
Sep 15, 2019 8:05am
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It was a fun event and a great series. The purple diamond was DEFINITELY well deserved! Congratulations!
21-Gun Salute for Battleship Event
Board: State: Missouri
Sep 15, 2019 8:18am
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Many thanks to the Captain (Idigtoasters) and her crew for another winning event! I enjoyed the elegant naval themed touches from the name tags to the game itself. It is always fun to socialize with other interesting letterboxers.
Bombstastic Battleship Event
Board: State: Missouri
Sep 15, 2019 8:19am
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Job well done to I dig toasters for an outstanding Battleship Event. Your hard work and dedication to making it a truly fantastic event really paid off. Kudos to you for all your methodical planning!!
Re: 21-Gun Salute for Battleship Event
Board: State: Missouri
Reply to: #979444 by carry on grandma
Sep 15, 2019 8:43am
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I agree! Itd created a SHIP SHAPE Event! She went OVERBOARD with every detail! Loved SAILING with all present!
Re: Francis Scott Key's Star-Spangled Banner
Board: History is Alive
Reply to: #979439 by DarkZen and Evil Cow Pie
Sep 15, 2019 9:04am
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Ok, everyone is putting their favorite up, so....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_lCmBvYMRs

Powerful voice that could handle a difficult melody and joy in the presentation.
Re: Bombstastic Battleship Event
Board: State: Missouri
Reply to: #979445 by 4 J's
Sep 15, 2019 12:57pm
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I second that, and will add the stamps were wonderfully carved, too. In addition, the weather was almost lovely, and there was almost enough shade ;~)
Re: Does size matter?
Board: Postals
Reply to: #979431 by Bama Beach Bum
Sep 15, 2019 2:33pm
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I would like to add that since it is going in the mail, be also mindful of the size and weight of your logbook, which can up the mailing costs. If the postal is only going to 10 people, there is no reason to make a logbook that has a hundred index cards in it.
Letterboxers at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass!
Board: State: California
Sep 15, 2019 5:00pm
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Wow, John Valjean and Dovehen! You are performing in Hardly Strictly! Good for you both! Wish I could come by, but I have previous plans. Have a really fun time!

Yosemite MJD, wanna be ukeleleist
Re: Does size matter?
Board: Postals
Reply to: #979452 by JampersandJ
Sep 15, 2019 6:07pm
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That’s what I thought as well! I did make a thin logbook, because of the amount of people in the ring. Thank you all for being so helpful!!
Re: 21-Gun Salute for Battleship Event
Board: State: Missouri
Reply to: #979444 by carry on grandma
Sep 15, 2019 6:52pm
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That was definitely an incredible event, thank you IDT!

Also, thank you to everyone who talked with my dad (Creepin' Turtle), it was great for him to get out and socialize and he enjoyed meeting you all.
Re: Congratulations kudichan!
Board: State: California
Reply to: #979434 by Public Hand
Sep 15, 2019 8:30pm
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Yay! Congrats, kudichan!
what do you tend to carve?
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Sep 15, 2019 9:12pm
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I find that I tend to gravitate towards certain themes in carving (and more broadly in the art I make). I definitely have a bent towards nature, flora/fauna, natural history. It seems easier than carving faces, faces seem really tough! So I think I should try doing those next, force myself to try the hard stuff :) Part of why I like letterboxing my carves is it moves the rubber OUT of my place and into the world. I don't really need to store 10 different flower stamps in my drawer, right?

What about you? Themes? Do you end up with the same recurring images? Do you feel the urge to carve yet another stamp of the same object despite having done it 39 times? Respectable artistic tradition - just think of Monet and his obsession with the lilies!
Re: what do you tend to carve?
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #979477 by coldsnap
Sep 15, 2019 9:26pm
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It seems easier than carving faces, faces seem really tough!

I have trouble carving faces too. The problem(?) is that we (as humans) are tuned towards seeing human faces, so we spot irregularities.

What about you? Themes? Do you end up with the same recurring images?

I have been (mostly) carving whatever was needed for the LTC. I have a lot that I should plant. They are mostly cartoon-like images, because that worked for the theme of the LTC. However, I have carved a lot of animals (for alphabet LTCs) so I should especially plant those in a series.
Re: Congratulations kudichan!
Board: State: California
Reply to: #979434 by Public Hand
Sep 15, 2019 9:40pm
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Thank you guys!! Thanks and congrats to LROSEM, Mu, Linden Leaf, Raven, and Jabber, too, woohoo! Now I just need to get the one box back in action, somewhere...
Re: what do you tend to carve?
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #979477 by coldsnap
Sep 15, 2019 9:44pm
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I can't say that I have a tendency to favor one particular theme or type of image; I like carving in general but I too struggle with faces and also with lettering, so I try to challenge myself and I force myself to do those kinds of carves from time to time. I enjoy carving for events and for ltc's, which usually have chosen themes that dictate my carving. Afterwards, I often plant or re-purpose my stamps, or send them to other parts of the country for future events.
Re: Congratulations kudichan!
Board: State: California
Reply to: #979479 by kudichan
Sep 15, 2019 9:50pm
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Big hugs to you!

Sigh, another year of not making it up to NorCal.....