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Sunday, March 27, 2016

Penny Ranch visit again..

I took a stop at the Penny Ranch in Chico,CA on my way to my parents house. I wanted to pick up some stamps and old letters from the owner John. The collectible store filled with stamps, baseball cards, and comic and coins has been there for as long as I can remember when I was growing up in Chico. The funny thing is I never shopped there until recently after I got more involved in mail art and teaching creative re-use workshops.  Here is a quick look at some of this weekend finds.. I don't buy anything collectible in the traditional stamp collecting sense since I will be repurposing them.

Here is one of my creations with the stamps. A stamp birthday cake to my friend Pamela who
is the mail artist who blogs on the great site:
She will be happy to know that some of her birthday presents are coming from the Penny
Ranch this year found in shoe boxes and cigar boxes... treasures for mail artist and paper lovers.

My bird collage with cancelled stamps, magazine images and discarded book pages.

Finally I have been able to post! A series of iphone, computer and blog problems 
have plagued me for months but hopefully they have been resolved with help from
Tammy and Pamela and Delaney. 


  1. Oh! The Penny Ranch -- someday I have to go there! All those stamps -- so wonderful. And I can't wait to get that beautiful birthday card you made. You are so talented. Very happy to see you are blogging again -- love your posts.

  2. So happy to see you posting again! Looks like the Penny Ranch is a must see/do if I ever get to California. BTW, I kept the fabulous McCall's stamphead card that you submitted to the MMSA swap. Love it! Reminds me of all the clothes my mother made for me on a very basic Singer sewing machine and of my attempts to sew in Home Ec!

    1. Thanks for commenting. I am happy you liked the McCall's stamphead. It was fun to make! It reminds me of high school too. I didn't take Home Ec. so I taught myself to sew my way!

  3. Thank you Jenclair. I feel guilty sometimes using stamps in a non traditional way but none of these are collectible so I figure they are getting a new life!