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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! 😀 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. 😕 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. 🙂

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

Amazingly beautiful Oregon postcards from an amazingly nice swap-bot swapper in Oregon 😀 😀 😀 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… 😛

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! 😀

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 🙂

More postcrossing swaps:

And I’m happy I can finally use the pretty new stamps 😀

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. 🙂 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. 😛

Mail of the last two weeks

I was pretty busy with work and life the past two weeks so I wasn’t able to show you all the mail I received or mailed out in the past two weeks. Unfortunately I also haven’t taken pictures of every single piece of mail I’ve sent out…

So, here’s some of my mail 🙂

Outgoing mail of just one day: Thanksgiving cards, birthday card, letters and Postcrossing postcards 🙂

And some lovely incoming mail:

A letter and a beautiful Thanksgiving card from my friend/pal in Montana whom I visited this year. I’m truly blessed to have a friend like her 🙂

And here’s a great letter from one of my best friends from Germany. She travels to Norway quite often and always brings/sends me beautiful postcards ♥ We’ve been pals for several years and we also met when she visited Maine in 2009. 🙂

This amazing & long letter as well as beautiful postcards came from another wonderful penpal in Germany. She loves cute stationery as much as I do 😀 and she provides me with postcards whenever she goes on trips!

My newest penpal from Norway sent me this amazing package. She doesn’t only share my love for cute tape, stickers and paper (and a million other things ^_^), she also writes awesome letters and I have a feeling that we’ll be penpals vor a VERY long time! 😀

Look at all the cute things she sent me! Oh my! ♥

And last but not least I received this cool lighthouse postcard from my postcard pal in the Netherlands who mailed it from a Postcrossing meetup she went to….

…and everyone at the meetup signed it! 😀

I love each of my penpals and I am so happy to have them in my life! They’re true friends and know how to put a smile on my face. 🙂

Handwritings from around the world

Today I was going through a big box of old letters of former penpals and people who stopped writing after their first letter. I came across some letters with amazing handwritings so I thought I’d write a quick blog post about it.

Over the past 12 years I’ve had many penpals from all over the world and each of them had a unique handwriting. I really like how often their handwriting would match their character (not always!) and I like looking at beautiful handwritten letters that look like printed.

Here are a few that I liked:

1. This one is from Singapore and looking at the whole letter (right) it looks like printed. It looks even greater in real…the camera didn’t really catch it that well…

2. Same goes for this one from China. Her handwriting was a piece of art ♥

3. The next one was from the USA:

4. And the last one is from England:

Some of my current penpals also have beautiful handwritings but since they’re my best friends and their letters are very personal I decided not to include letters from them in this blog post.

One thing I’ve noticed over the years was that all my penpals from Finland had a similar handwriting 😉 Same goes for my penpals from England. And the most beautiful handwritings almost always came from Asia.

What’s your experience with handwritings? What countries do you receive your most beautiful handwritten letters from? I’d love to hear from you so just leave a comment! I’m curious! 🙂

Addicted to mail art

Up until last week I didn’t know my addiction had a name. I’ve always loved making my own envelopes but I didn’t know that what I was doing was called “Mail Art”. Well, now I know 😉 thanks to a few blogs I came across last week.

I am SO excited that I have finally discovered the world of mail art and other people who are as obsessed with letters and creating beautiful envelopes as I am. Oh and also swapping things like postcards, stickers or stationery, but that’s a whole nother story.

For some reason I was feeling very creative this week so I sat down, got all my scrapbooking supplies out (I had no idea how much stuff I’ve collected over the past years!) and started making envelopes.

For my envelopes I love using the 12×12 inch scrapbooking papers. A while back I bought a ton of different papers and now I finally find a use for them (I’m not so much into scrapbooking anymore).

On the first night I spent about 2 hours and on the second night about 4 hours (with 4-legged, purring interruptions) and this is the result:

selfmade envelopes

I’ve made a total of 22 envelopes (one got mailed already) and I’m planning on making some more soon. Here they are:

handmade envelopes

For the two cute ones on the left I’ve cut out pictures from stationery that I wasn’t using and I thought the bright colors go nice with the black paper. 🙂

And for the envelopes on the right I’ve used some big letter stickers that I’ve picked up at the dollar store a long time ago – finally I found a use for them! I know I would need them some day 😉

And here’s the next batch:

I made an envelope out of a map that I found when I cleaned out one of our book cases. I guess it’s worth cleaning up every once in a while – you never know what you might find! 😉 And since time seems to be flying lately I’ve decided to get a head start on my fall envelopes. Last year the holiday season got here so fast that I had almost no time to prepare…so this year I’m early. However I haven’t made any Christmas envelopes yet. I’ll probably do that in fall.

Now I just hope to receive tons of letters so I can use all of my envelopes! So penpals….keep them letters coming! ♥