THE BLOG
10/24/2011 01:51 pm ET Updated Dec 24, 2011

Take Me to the Post Office

I admit it I'm an old-fashioned gal. I like to get a real card or letter from someone I care about in my real mailbox! Don't get me wrong, I'm up in my email box all day long and I never stop texting.

So to get right down to the real nitty-gritty -- I don't drop my mail into a postbox on any random corner. I like to take a trip to the Post Office and leave my mail there. If I am visiting a new city I like to see what their building looks like. I may end up someday doing a photographic tour of the Post Offices of America before they become extinct. I don't usually mind waiting in a line -- if one of my favorite clerks is working. Its funny that while you are there waiting it feels like forever. But, once it is your turn the clerk usually makes you feel as though they have all the time in the world for you. Don't feel bad for the people behind you. Feel bad for the ones in front of you that act like they've never mailed a package in their lives -- nothing to write with, no tape to seal the package, fumbling over the customs forms. UGH.

More than anything it's birthday and holiday cards that get me. I prefer receiving a card over a gift -- anytime. I can't put a price on the joy I get when there are cards in the mail. I'll pour a big cup of coffee and sit with my letter open and enjoy! But I'm also a huge giver of these types of cards. And I like to stock up on thank yous, blanks and a few condolence cards too (you never know). Two of my favorite places in San Francisco to shop for cards are Avant Card on Grant Street and Paper Source on Fillmore. Both stores stock a wide variety of special and unusual cards for all occasions.

I have a friend that has an overwhelming obsession for cat cards. So, I'm constantly on the lookout for a good one. Especially when a cat card is produced for one of those screwy non-holiday holiday cards that shouldn't ever be acknowledged. I think over the past 10 years we've probably sent each other over a hundred cat cards in total. I should have saved them all - then I could have made a gigantic cat collage card and then sent it back to her in the mail.

Each year at the holiday time I collaborate with a different artist on my card. This year my dear friend Matthew Benedict (Alexander and Bonin, NYC) photographed me in his Brooklyn apartment earlier this month. We are huge fans of each others work and I was excited to sit in front of his camera for him. Together, Matthew and I have collaborated on six masterful pieces since 1996.

At the moment I am in the process of editing my address book for my upcoming holiday mailing. If you have recently moved or would like to be added to this list please send me your snail mail address to: juanita@juanitamore.com.

I hope a great big smile comes across your face when you see me in your mailbox.

Loads of Love,
Juanita