International Birthday Surprise!

February 12 was my birthday and two days later, on Valentine’s Day I received a wonderful package from my sister. She lives in Germany but gets to travel the world due to her job…and so this year my birthday presents from her came from 11 different countries! πŸ˜€ I was very excited when I opened the package and found all the nice things she got me on her travels.

They came from: Germany, Czech Republic, Denmark, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Australia, New Zealand, China, Thailand, Japan and Hong Kong.

Package full of goodies from all over the world :)

Package full of goodies from all over the world πŸ™‚

Postcards from New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Czech Republic, Australia, Denmark and Thailand

Postcards from New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Czech Republic, Australia, Denmark and Thailand

Stickers from Hong Kong

Stickers from Hong Kong

More stickers from Hong Kong and stationery from China

More stickers from Hong Kong and stationery from China

Key chains from Japan

Key chains from Japan

Lots of nice souvenirs from Alexandra, New Zealand ;-) I should live there ^_^

Lots of nice souvenirs from Alexandra, New Zealand πŸ˜‰ I should live there ^_^

I also received lots of other wonderful presents and birthday cards from my family and friends all over the world. Thanks everyone who thought of me! πŸ™‚

 

I love the USPS!

I never thought I’d hear myself say this because they keep losingΒ  and delaying my mail but I still love the United States Postal Service!

Why? Because of this:

Look at the gorgeous stamps we’ll be getting this year! I totally love the muscle car stamps and I was excited when I saw them for the first time (they’ll be released on February 22, 2013)…and yesterday I almost fell off my chair when I saw the beautiful lighthouse stamps! I absolutely love lighthouses and I’m so happy the USPS will release a new set of lighthouse stamps this year! Unfortunately I don’t know the exact release date yet, but I will definitely order a whole bunch of them! πŸ˜€
(The lighthouse on the left is Portland Head Light here in Maine. It’s one of the most famous lighthouses and the most photographed one. Everyone who visits my hubby and me has to go there with us πŸ˜‰ )

If you want to know what new stamps will be released this year, visit the USPS’ website Beyond The Perf

I think they come out with so many nice new stamps to make up for the constant price changes. πŸ˜‰ What do you think?

Never ending mail

While most of the Americans are sitting in front of their TVs tonight, watching this year’s Super Bowl, I’ll be writing this blog post, finishing a letter to a penpal and writing a postcard. I admit it: I’m NOT a football fan! And to be honest, I don’t care. πŸ˜‰ So, now that we talked about that, lets move on to something that’s a lot more fun for me: MAIL! πŸ˜€

This past week was another great mail week and I could get used to receiving lots of mail every single day. β™₯

Incoming

Monday mail…a letter, lots of cards and my sister’s card from New Zealand which she sent in November ^_^

Look at all the pretty stamps on the postcards! πŸ™‚

Swap-bot swap postcards

And some more…

And more ^_^

A letter from Amit in India…with lots of cool stamps! πŸ˜€

And the last batch of postcards from a private swap and a Swap-bot swap. My collection is growing! πŸ˜€

Outbox

A ton of postcard swaps for Swap-bot and Postcrossing:

I love my new airmail tape! πŸ˜€

Some Valentine’s Day cards for my penpals

The inside of my mailbox yesterday before the mailman picked up my mail. πŸ™‚

Other than writing cards and preparing swaps I haven’t done much this week. I want to catch up with my letters now and then get back to doing crafts like envelopes and cards etc.

Letter pile I’m working on at the moment…

How many letters do you have to write at the moment? And how much mail do you get per week?

A Postcard a day

Hello February! πŸ™‚ I’m excited my favorite month of the year has arrived! And starting with a new month, I’m also starting with a new Swap-bot swap today.

It’s called “A Postcard a Day Feb 1-14” and it’s USA only. All participants get 14 partners and will send one card each day. On the card we write what we’re doing on that day, the weather and other things. It’s a big commitment to write one card every single day, that’s why the swap is only 14 days long. And everyone who wants to keep going can sign up for the second half of the month. I don’t know yet if I’ll do that but for now I’m happy and excited to participate in the first part. πŸ˜€

And because I wanted some nice cards for my 14 partners, my husband and I drove down to LL Bean last night at 11pm πŸ˜‰ to buy a stack of new cards. The cashier was curious about my postcard swapping and I told her about Postcrossing, Swap-bot and my penpals. She was very impressed. πŸ˜‰

So here are the cards I picked out for my partners:

And I’ll be sending them to the following places in the US:

My first card is in the mail already and I can’t wait to receive my first one! πŸ˜€

If you live in the US and you’re interested in participating in the second part of the swap, sign up here: A Postcard a Day Feb 15-28

Another happy week for the mail addict

This week I was busy mailing out lots of swaps and postcards…but I also received some very nice mail from great people all over the world! πŸ˜€ I hope you all had a great mail week too!

Incoming mail

Finally I got my “Happy Mail Day” swap-bot swap…I had to pick it up at the post office and pay some money because there wasn’t enough postage on it. πŸ˜• I’m just glad it finally arrived! It contained two postcards, a little magnet, a clear stamp, self-made washi tape and a letter on beautiful handmade stationery. πŸ™‚

Pretty card from Hamburg through a “Aerial View” tag on Postcrossing:

Amazingly beautiful Oregon postcards from an amazingly nice swap-bot swapper in Oregon πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ Thank you so much!

More Swap-bot, Postcrossing and Facebook swap postcards:

And two letters from two wonderful penpals in Germany and New York:

What a great incoming mail week! Can you tell that I’m a postcard addict? LOL But guess what! I have 998 postcards in my collection now…which means two more and I have 1,000! I hope I’ll receive them this week. I’m so excited! I also have to buy a new box because the one I’m keeping all my cards in is full… πŸ˜›

But I don’t only love receiving postcards..I also LOVE sending them! So lets move on to this week’s…

Outgoing mail

Swap-bot postcard swaps:

I liked this swap a lot. We were supposed to send 4 postcards from 4 different US states to our swap partner. I can’t wait to see which states I’ll receive! πŸ˜€

State postcard swaps:

Postcrossing swap for a nice lady in Ohio who collects map cards:

And I finally used some of my very old Diddl stationery for a letter to one of my American pals πŸ™‚

More postcrossing swaps:

And I’m happy I can finally use the pretty new stamps πŸ˜€

Speaking of new stamps…starting today international mail costs $1.10 and postcards within the US cost 33 cents. Eventhough there’s an international forever stamp now (it’s round), I still like to use several smaller stamps…because I think letters are a lot prettier when they have multiple different stamps on them. πŸ™‚ I really love the 86 cents stamps with the Puffins:

And the new postcard stamps are also beautiful! They have different apples on them:

And these 1 cent stamps are not new but I’ve never used them before…they have a Tiffany lamp on them..aren’t they pretty?

I’ve also ordered some brand new forever stamps but I haven’t received them yet because their issue date is today…so I guess I’ll receive them some time this week. I can’t wait! I’m not really happy about the postage going up all the time..but at least they make beautiful stamps! I’d be very upset if they were all ugly ones. πŸ˜›