Snailmail related souvenirs

There are only about three days left before I’m leaving Akureyri and in about a week I’m leaving Iceland completely so naturally in my mind that means I got to buy some souvenirs. Not just for my family but also for me. As I’m not sure whether there is a Tiger store in Reykjavik but (unless something happened while I was gone) I know we don’t have one at home, this was my first stop. I’ve been eying that washi tape and the tags for a few weeks now. The tape mainly because I wanted the anchors but it came in a pack of three and lets be honest its really quite cheap at the tiger store so I’m sure I’ll find something to do with the neon pink one as well. That role of tickets has only been in the store for the last week and as soon as I saw it I had all these ideas how I can use the bits for scrapbooking or creating envelopes and snailmail so it had to come home with me :). The small sticky notesย with the whale and fish are pretty self explanatory, its a whale so I had to have it ๐Ÿ˜€ย DSC04037

Last weekend I made the mistake of looking up Icelandic stamp designs on the internet, once I found the right page my brain went in two different directions; first ‘why haven’t I looked at these before I could have ordered all these beautiful designs and used them throughout the whole summer’ and then came the more rational one ‘thank god I didn’t see this before or I would have ordered them all for myself and would have only half as much money saved now’. Yesterday I made the mistake of just ‘quickly’ checking at the post office if they would have any of the ones that I really liked. Big mistake! They had actually quite a few of them and I couldn’t resist getting some of the designs for myself. I absolutely love those Aurora Borealis stamps from 2013. I was convinced they wouldn’t have them at the post office and didn’t even bother to ask but when I asked about the ‘year of the soil’ mini sheet (the one on the right) from this year, she brought out a whole folder full of mini sheets and they had heaps of the Aurora ones left. The seal stamps were the other ones that I was really hoping for but now expecting them to have anymore since they are from a few years ago as well. I really like them and am super happy. All the ones on the right side of the second picture are the Island Europa stamps from 2013 (post vehicles), 2014 (music instruments) and 2015 (old toys).ย DSC04038

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Recent paintings

It’s autumn now which means the weather isn’t as nice as often anymore and its also getting progressively colder. As the whale watching season is also slowly coming to an end I’ve been having a lot more free time lately so I used my time for painting again.ย IMG_2275

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I’m quite a big Lord of the Rings/Hobbit fan and one of my penpals is as well so I did this painting of a Hobbit book cover to send her in the next letter ๐Ÿ™‚ย IMG_2308

Last outgoings from Iceland

Time is going fast now and I actually only have about 2 1/2 weeks left before I’ll be on my way back to Germany. So these few postcards are most likely the last mail I’ll be sending from Iceland. Two are for friends that for some reason hadn’t gotten a card from here yet and the last one is for a postcrossing swap. I can’t wait to get back to postcrossing once I’m back in Germany. I already have lots of new stamps waiting for me to come back to and use, that I ordered last week and have been told that they already arrived. I’ve also send another letter but forgot to take a photo before I send it off…

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The one on top with all the stamps is for the postcrossing swap. As its going to someone who also loves stamps I used a couple of different ones (after checking at the post office which ones could be used together). Although now there’s probably too much postage on it but thats okay ๐Ÿ™‚ She promised me to use a few different ones for my postcard as well so I’m looking forward to getting it when I’m back in Germany.

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These are mostly just stamps for me to take home with for my collection. I prefer used ones that have the cancellation over it since I like imaging the journey they had getting to me but since I find it kind of silly to send a letter to myself just to have all the stamps (and believe me I have considered that option, still haven’t decided completely against it…), I’ll probably just take them all with me. I really adore all the lighthouse stamps.IMG_2274

Green, green, green…

…is the Aurora Borealis (Dawn of the north – named after the goddess Aurora, the goddess of dawn in Roman mythology)!!!!

After I was lucky enough to see a few Northern Lights last week, this week has been even more amazing. Two nights ago we were driving home to Akureyri from going rafting (which was a lot of fun, if you’ve never been white water rafting before I can only recommend it) and suddenly I looked out the window and in between all the clouds there was some sky and suddenly there it was…the greenish hue of the Aurora Borealis. Already super excited that we saw them again we decided to check the forecast for the next night and for the first time it was on a 6 (Very high activity). Off we were to find a good spot to wait, though we’ve been told that it is sometimes possible to see them from Akureyri, getting out of the city is best. Even though it was just barely 10AM we saw a green spot forming towards the east and then after just a few minutes there was green all above us. It was AMAZING and super hard to describe so here are some photos:

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I still haven’t completely figured out how to use my camera best to photograph them but since they were so strong last night it didn’t seem to matter all that much. Mostly they were all this green but there were a couple that were really strong and had just a bit of purple along the edges.

The Aurora Borealis is such an interesting phenomenon and something that I’ve wanted to see for a long time. Of course now I had to read up on them a bit more to really figure out how they are created. It is really interesting. The lights are actually collisions between electrically charged particles in our atmosphere. Usually they are created after a solar storm which releases particles from the sun’s atmosphere. Once these make it to earth and collide with the particles in our atmosphere the aurora is created. Depending on what kind of particles they collide with the colors change. These greenish hues that we’ve been seeing are due to the oxygen molecules in the atmosphere that are located about 60 miles above the earth. The reason why it is only possible to see the aurora towards the poles is because the earth’s magnetic field is weaker around the poles, therefore some particles from the sun can come into our atmosphere. The Northern Lights also undergo cycles of high and low activity, where every 11 years they reach the peak of high activity. The last peak was in 2013 which is why its still possible to see them so strongly this year.

Snailmail again

Its been a while since I last shared some of my mail with you guys but there’s actually been quite a few different letters, both coming to and leaving my mailbox. The first one being a reply to one of my yellow letters, this one going to Germany. I actually replied to the third yellow letter as well but it seems that I completely forgot to take a photo of it. Last week I also got a couple of my whale and Northern Light photos printed (yes I did actually see the Aurora Borealis and am planning on a whole post about it so please just be a bit patient, I seem to take a bit to write the posts at the moment) and of course I had to add these photos to the letters for my penpals.DSC04015

This is a letter I received from my penpal in the States (sorry about the bad photo quality, my little camera is slowly having a breakdown just like my phone ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Technology doesn’t seem to like me at the moment). The next letter is a reply to this letter but of course forgot to take a photo before I closed the envelope (whoopsie). But I finally got to use the stamp for letters outside of Europe, yay ๐Ÿ™‚DSC04017

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These are two more incoming letters from Europe, one from France and the other one from Poland. I really like the design of that polish stamp, in case you haven’t noticed yet I really like Stamps and I actually do collect them but only because I like the different designs not because I think that specific stamps have or will have a high value. So I’m not a serious stamp collector, its all just for fun.DSC04030

Another letter where I got to use the pretty outside – Europe stamp. This one goes to Canada to a penfriend I haven’t heard back from in a while so I just wanted to check and see whats up (maybe my last letter was actually lost???)…DSC04034

Lastly this letter is going to my new penpal in Poland. I just finished writing it, today is perfect letter writing weather. Its gray and kind of stormy outside, not really stormy but super windy and I don’t feel like venturing outside at all.ย DSC04036

Crocheting away

So its been a while since I last posted anything which isn’t because nothing happened but more because I’ve been busy either working or doing stuff and enjoying the nice weather we’ve been having this last week.

But even though the weather has been quite nice and we did have quite a lot of sunny days it is also getting gradually colder. So I’ve spend quite a bit of time crocheting making a hairband, a beanie and just a little flower thing.

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I still love this yarn that I used for the headband. There is quite a bit left and I just have to come up with something else to use it for. The pattern for this is from the blog ‘Rescued Paw designs‘. I found it more or less by accident when I was bored and looking for things I could do with my yarn ๐Ÿ™‚ The pattern was well described and not to complicated which was exactly what I was looking for.

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The pattern for this beanie I saw on the blog ‘All About Ami’ and the pattern is called Urban Jungle Slouchy Beanie. There are a lot of nice patterns on this blog or links to patterns as it was mostly for this beanie. The shape looks a bit odd but I’m pleased with it for a first try, the puff stitches were a bit iffy at the beginning but I got a hang of them after a few rounds. The fact that shape isn’t completely even doesn’t really matter when I wear it (at least I think its not noticeable). So far I’ve only worn it once but I have a feeling that it’ll get used a lot over the winter. My sister already told me she wants one as well when I showed it to her over skype today ๐Ÿ™‚

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