Samara O'Shea

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A Few of My Favorite Things

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

This is something I have never thought about: people who design stamps. I love stamps and obviously someone must create each design, but I confess I’ve never given those designers any thought. Until today! Check out this interview with designer Suzanne Kleinwaks. It’s part of a series celebrating two of my favorite things: women’s history and stamps. Another stamp designer who electronically crossed my path today is Paul Rogers. He designed a splendid stamp in honor of the Cherry Blossom Centennial. This stamp commemorates the 100-year-old gifting of 3,020 cherry trees from Tokyo to the city of Washington, D.C. I confidently count cherry trees among my favorite things, too.

Tramp Stamps

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Stamps are no longer just for the dead. The Postal Service has announced that they will begin honoring living people on stamps now too, which makes Lady Gaga a contender. (I don’t really think she’s a tramp, but I couldn’t resist the blog title).

The Card is on It’s Way

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

I wrote my first Christmas card yesterday. I only wrote one because I was bone tired, but I’ve still got fifteen days left until Christmas. I’ll probably write two to four on weeknight evenings and bang out five to ten on Saturday and Sunday. I bought these cards at Lee’s Art Shop last weekend while in Manhattan. (Fun fact: Brad & Ang go here often). The cost was $9.95 for twenty cards, which is reasonable. I tragically had to walk away (far away) from some gorgeous, handcrafted cards because they cost $14.75 for eight cards. If I were only planning to send eight cards, I could have justified it, but I must be frugal in my card purchases since I hope to send forty or so. In that case, another batch of twenty for $9.95 would be perfect.

Without further ado, here they are. The first twenty cards I send will look like this:

I was mildly irritated to open the package and discover these candy-cane shaped indents.

Luckily, they don’t inhibit my ability to write.

Dressed and (almost) ready to go! The cool stamp is courtesy of Mike & Lynn and the address label courtesy of Habitat for Humanity. (Notice the return address label: I figured out how to use the blur brush in PhotoImpression. This will come in handy).

Without Further Ado . . .

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

My P.O. Box number is 310. I know I announced weeks ago that I was getting a new P.O. Box, but it took me a while to get the keys. Although I could sign up (and pay) online, I had to stop by the Post Office with my P.O. Box application and two forms of ID. I walked in with my forms of ID and forgot the application. Ugh! It was another three weeks before I could get there on a Saturday. Anyway my official address is:

Samara O’Shea
PO Box 310
Prospect Park, PA 19076

And here are the golden keys:


While at the Post Office I bought some mood-enhancing stamps:


Ladies and Gentlemen, I Give You Katharine Hepburn

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010


Guess what I got yesterday . . . Katharine Hepburn stamps! I wasn’t sure the Post Office would have them. (The Post Office I frequent is not always well stocked.) Alas, they did, and I had an instant dilemma. They’re too pretty to send, but how could I not send them?! I decided I will send most of them, but the stamps you see here—placed beside the elder Ms. Hepburn—I will put in one of my many letter boxes and look forward to finding in the future. For today, I’m sending my first letter to be sealed with the kiss of Kate. My friend Anne moved into a new apartment with her brand new husband last week, so I’m sending them a welcome-home card.

More on the stamp from the USPS News Release:

“This issuance in the Legends of Hollywood series honors Katharine Hepburn, one of America’s most fascinating and enduring film stars. This stamp will be issued May 12. Over the course of her career, Hepburn made more than 40 motion pictures, including the comedy classic Bringing up Baby (1938)—with Hepburn as a leopard-owning heiress and Cary Grant as a stuffy paleontologist—and The African Queen (1951), in which she played a prim missionary spinster to Humphrey Bogart’s scruffy riverboat captain. Hepburn’s long, illustrious career—and perhaps even more, her independent personality—inspired three generations of Americans. She was, in particular, a role model for women who chose to live life on their own terms. In the words of her niece Katharine Houghton, she “provided hope and inspiration and courage for a whole new generation of women.” The stamp portrait is a publicity still from the film Woman of the Year (MGM, 1942). The photographer was Clarence S. Bull. The selvage image shows Hepburn as she appeared in the play West Side Waltz.”