Wednesday, June 10, 2009


Have you noticed how ugly postage stamps are getting?

Take a look at these 42¢ stamps.

Yes, I know a lot of these stamps are to commemorate things and you are sometimes limited in what you can do with it—like the Purple Heart one. It is what it is. But it's ugly.

And last year's Christmas stamps? Blech.
Boticelli is a wonderful artist and I like this painting. It's even pretty here on the computer screen—look at Mary's face. It's perfection! (Click on the stamp for an even better view.) But by the time you shrink it down to the size of a postage stamp, you just can't see enough detail to make it look nice.

And these?
Christmas is supposed to be about love and cheer and good will. These guys look like they might come alive and eat you.

The only 42¢ stamps I even like are Frank.
(I mean—it's Frank! Look at how blue they got his eyes.)

And this one—which would make a great stamp for a wedding announcement.

Except we're not using 42¢-ers anymore. Stamps are 44¢ now. When I went to pick up stamps to mail Meg & Kendall's announcements, it was pretty slim pickins.

This is the wedding one.
Are you kidding me?? It's SO ugly. And worse—it's boring. Seriously, who would even wear rings like that? They look like they came out of a gumball machine.

And we weren't about to use the Liberty Bell. Patriotic it is. Smooshy and love inspiring, it's not.

Megan choose the new "Love" stamp.

I love these because 1) they reflect her personality; 2) the King & Queen of Hearts are a darling couple; and 3) they really pop on the black envelope. (Yes, I said black. Her announcements are awesome!)

Contest: If you were to design a "Wedding/Love" stamp featuring a well-known couple—historical, fictional or current personality—who would you put on it and why?

Deadline: You have until midnight on Friday, June 12th to post your answer in the comments section.

Prize: There will be two winners:
1) The person with the stamp idea that I like best (so the "why" is very important.


2) A winner chosen at random from everyone who participates in this contest.

And the prize? King and Queen of Hearts stamps, of course! Four stamps per winner.

Now playing on my iPod: Then by Brad Paisley


Melanie Goldmund said...

Well, I was going to make my own special stamp for use in this contest, but I couldn't find a free template, only the kind of websites where you design your own stamp and have to pay for it, too. Since I'm no good at doing that photoshop stuff, either, I soon gave up the idea of producing a ready-made stamp for your perusal. I'll just have to settle for showing you a picture of fictional couple John Thornton kissing Margaret Hale at the end of the BBC series North & South based on the book of the same name by Elizabeth Gaskell. The book is excellent, the film is even better, and British actor Richard Armitage, who plays John Thornton, is simply ... words fail me, and all I can get out is an inarticulate fangirly "phwoar!"

Here's a screencap from the mini-series, showing more John and a little less Margaret:

Or there's this one, with more Margaret and slightly less John:

Daniella Denby-Ashe played Margaret Hale, by the way, in case you're wondering, and the kiss came at the very end of the mini-series, after much to-ing and fro-ing from the main characters and us viewers thinking that they'd never get together. The story is so much more than just a romance, it's ... *picks self up after swoon* ... well, see for yourself! :D

Cindy Beck said...

My pick for a wedding stamp would be George Bailey (played by Jimmy Stewart)and Mary Bailey (Donna Reed) in "It's a Wonderful Life."

In particular, the scene where Mary is talking to Sam on the phone, and George is determined not to fall in love with her, nor to marry, since he thinks it will hinder his leaving Bedford Falls.

And then he suddenly discovers he loves her ...

No two people could better portray true love, since Mary sticks with him through it all and gives up their honeymoon money to stop a run on the bank.

If you think about it, it's Mary who saves George from suicide by asking everyone to pray for George. And hence, Clarence, the angel, intercedes on George's behalf.

In addition to being a great love story, the scene where Mary looks up at George while she's on the phone would make a great stamp.

By the way ... you can buy all kinds of REALLY cool wedding stamps at They cost more than at the post office, but they are worth it for a wedding. And they are real postage stamps, approved by the post office. (Not trying to sound like a commercial here, just trying to give info on the topic.)

Here's a link to a pink carnation on a black background that might have worked for you: Wheatgrass Designs, but that's just one of a gazillion.

Sandra said...

Melanie! I LOVE, LOVE that movie. I reviewed it on my blog a couple of weeks ago. In fact, I loved it so much I asked my kids to buy for me for my birthday and then couldn't wait until next week and bought it the other day. And Richard Armitage? No. Words. And the kiss? Perfection. sigh

Melanie Goldmund said...

Sandra! Another woman who shares my good taste! :D I was just about to invite you to join the C19 forum, where we discuss 19th century literature and Richard Armitage in varying equal amounts, but then I looked at your blogs, and your sidebars, and thought, "Whoa!" But if you think you have time, come on over!

Actually, I was going to suggest a Richard Armitage stamp with his face alone on it, but Karlene said it had to be a couple. *pout* But then I thought of North and South and I was saved. *bg*

Suan said...

so, how about bella and edward from
twilight....but not the movie characters...the book characters...they are just so much more...everything : )

or, how about a stamp with karlene and jim on it....a couple that are still gushy and kind of make me sick when they hold hands...but hey what ever works right?

Anonymous said...

I say romeo and juliet they are they most talked about couple in love history. and when you think of love they are the ones that come to mind.