Final bid 3,530 credits. This card stayed in Oregon.
Today's splotch was made by Kaleb. I'm still trying to see if I photographed the splotch but at this point I'm swimming in images on my computer.
Yesterday I received a letter in the mail from the post office. In it was an intriguing and disheartening sight. An envelope that had contained a creature card was returned empty, with a mere hey we deal with a lot of mail apology. It was very strange to see that the stamps had not been cleared and it had apparently been put through a machine and torn open. Whoever did tried to fix it by using a small piece of tape. But then the top is also torn all the way open and the contents removed. I paid for non-machinable shipping, so I went into the post office today to discuss what had happened.
Unfortunately the postal system here is different than Portland where I lived when I began the Creature Card Creation Project. My local postal service does not have a separate container for non-machinable letters, they just ship it all over to Salem. It is unlikely that Salem sorts the letters out so there isn't a guarantee they won't try to run it through the system. The only way to guarantee the cards safe travel is to package them in an envelope larger than 8 inches (or so they said at the post office.) This more than doubles the cost of mailing the cards and I just can't afford to do it anymore. Unless I can come up with an alternative I'm going to stop the project at the half way point.
Basically one day left... I'm feeling quite defeated at the moment.
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