Friday, February 11, 2011

Sleeping in Seattle PFF#37

The last week in January my wife and daughter took turns being backseat drivers while I drove the wagon to Seattle for a couple of reasons:

My daughter met her birth mom and they attended a musical Sci-Fi convention, her birth mom coming from Flippin, Arkansas, by plane.  I wanted to spend some time in a couple of antique shops looking for old paper as well. We also got to spend time with my brother Dan who lives in Puyallup, and my sister Penny and brother-in-law Chuck who were more than gracious hosts and tour guides.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we ended up with an empty house the morning after we arrived, and I spied a book sitting on my sister's desk in the living room. That really isn't where the story begins however, so I'll take you back via a link:

On the 24th of January, Chuck posted his Almost One A Day photo of the Panama Hotel. I follow Chuck's blog regularly, and not only because he just happens to be related - he's also an incredible photographer. In the post he linked to an author who had written a book entitled "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet". I read Chuck's blog post, and then followed the link to the author Jamie Ford's blog. I was intrigued enough to read them both, but because I was headed to Seattle at the time, I put the book on the back burner.

Now we're back to the book on the desk. I picked it up and started reading it. I don't think we went anywhere, because I couldn't get my nose out of the book, however we were in Seattle for some good reasons so I didn't finish it for a couple of days. In the meantime, Chuck and I had the chance to talk about not only the book, but the circumstances surrounding the subject of the book, and how the Panama Hotel was involved in a real historical event.

By the way, this is a shameless plug for Jamie Ford and his book, and a shameless plug for Chuck and his photography. The love of their art shines BIG in my eyes.

We got to visit the Panama Hotel, and we drank tea in the Tea Room. Memorialized with a great photo by Chuck as we sat at the table. It was also one of the highlights of our trip, being the historical nut that I am.

After our return home, I put together a Thank You for Chuck and Penny, and sent it on it's way. I did not scan it before I sent it. I've not done that with the last bunch of mail art that I've done. I should have checked some spelling however, because I made a mistake on the last line I added. Chuck posted it on his blog yesterday - and he corrected it in the title of his post. Well - he fixed it with Photoshop, and sent me the corrected version. Not bad for a SEATTLEITE!!!

Please stop by Beth Niquette's The Best Hearts Are Crunchy and enjoy more eye candy from some real mail art fans!


  1. So glad you had a good trip. Went through your links and love the photos. Love your art.
    Hugs- Tete

  2. Hello- Mr. SP Curtis owned a store there in the Columbian Building years ago. I have a historical blog and here is a link to what I have posted on him.
    I post on here when I get something new in. Been kind of a dry spell here lately. Always looking for more.
    There is also a Dr Hiram Rutherford blog that I have done. It should be in the side bar if you are interested.

  3. I look at that envelope and think Aloha shirts. Beautiful.

  4. The mail art is a wonderful memento of a week in Seattle, I took the Seattelites to be a pun on satellites so the spelling wasn't a problem, although of course I now realise I was totally wrong, LOL. Both the hotel and the book sound fascinating, and I also learnt that rooibos (which I like for breakfast) is anti-inflammatory. Both fascinating and informative Dave.

  5. Great job, the mail art you did for Chuck and Penny. I enjoyed reading about your Seattle adventures. Happy PFF.

  6. These are super cool! I do know Chuck Pefley from a scooter club. He sent me a link to your blog a while ago. This is a very interesting art you do!

  7. I love the Panama Hotel being on the corner of "Bitter and Sweet". Your mail art is just wonderful.

  8. Howdy Dave
    You always catch my attention with
    your fabulous eye candy and than to make it even better your sense of subtle humor.
    Thank you for sharing .
    Now who could ever resist a title like The Corner Of Bitter and Sweet ??????
    Thank you once again for sharing the awesome links which were great !!!!!
    So glad your trip is done and your back at home .
    Take care and may you and your wife enjoy your Valentines Day .
    Until Next Time
    Happy Trails

  9. Great post and thanks for the extra links. Tea at the Panama Hotel would have been the highlight of my trip too - had I taken one - which I didn't - so thank you for sharing yours!

  10. Great collage style Dave. Nice colors too. Thanks for always sharing the background stories of your inspiration. It's great insight. Keep up the great work!

  11. Your creations are always inciting. We should all try to create some personalized mail, artistic or not. :)

  12. That really is a beautiful and colourful thank you note! It took me a while to spot the spelling change. :)

  13. Sounds like a fun filled trip-love the creations!

  14. The spelling change business is beyond me. I love Archie McPhee. great piece!

  15. That is way cool! So much to look at in this piece. :-)

    It sounds like you had a nice trip! And no, I had no idea that there were that many Starbuck shops in Seattle! *faint*

    In regards to Steampunk, I'm not sure why I'm attracted to it either, but it's fun to do a piece every now and again. I'm even playing around with some jewelry. lol

  16. Feels like WE should be thanking YOU!!
    There are not many guests who leave behind their clean folded sheets and washed dishes, much less send one-of-a-kind Mail Art thank you like this!! My only regret is that we didn't get to do all we planned. Flip side: Schedule a Do-Over!

  17. These kinds of finds seem to gravitate toward you. Some people are magnets for snowglobes. You're a magnet for anncedotes and art. Im thankful you choose to share any of it with us.