Incoming from Ireland

This is going to be a short post. First of all Happy Easter everyone 🙂 We had a beautiful sunny day yesterday and I hope that easter Monday will be nice as well, today is a bit meh…

Now on to the pretty mail 🙂 A few days ago I received this great mail from Emma in Ireland with the things I won from her Spring giveaway. The envelope itself was already so beautiful and everything inside is amazing. I already have a couple of ideas for using some of the things in my smashbook. Although if you follow her blog you’ve already seen what she included in the giveaway I still took a few pictures to show of all the paper/crafty things.

 

March mail so far

I know there are still about two weeks of march left but there are quite a few postcards I’ve received so far in march that are worth showing of. These are mainly incoming postcards from postcrossing as well as a couple from friends. The following three were my favourites so far this month coming from Germany, New Zealand and Canada.

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These were all postcrossing cards with one card from Russia that was send at the end of December. I was very confused that the sender wished me a Happy New Year until I looked at the date and saw 29.12.2015.

 

These were my favourite stamps from this batch of postcards:

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I also received and wrote a few letters this months. In my outgoing mail the theme is already decidedly Spring and Easter, I’m still hoping that Spring will finally get here. We had a super nice spring day last week, of course when I was working, but now its back to being really gloomy outside.

Today I also sorted through some old magazines for bits and pieces to use in snail mail decorations. In one of them I actually found this old leaf, not sure how long it was in there at least about 5 years so now its beautifully pressed.

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Dublin March 2016 part 2

As I mentioned in the previous post while in Dublin we also went out of the city for a little bit. The one time was to go to Howth Peninsula which is about 12 km north of Dublin and you can easily get there by bus. In the tourist information we even got the tip that we should take the bus all the way to the summit (if we wanted to go both there and the village) and then walk down, instead of the other way around. It proved to be a good tip because the weather wasn’t too good, lots of wind and some rain every now and then, so it wouldn’t have been a good idea to do the whole coastal walk anyway and this way we only had to walk down. Sometimes I can be lazy and appreciate not having to walk up a hill 😉 especially if the weather isn’t too nice. We still had a lot of fun though we just didn’t walk the path right along the cliffs.

 

The day trip we did was one of those organised bus tours. It was supposed to do the Wicklow mountains and Glendalough, however as it had been quite cold the nights before there was actually snow in the Wicklow mountains and the roads where closed. We were a little bit disappointed by that but it was still a nice tour. Glendalough is an old monastery where you can now visit the ruins. There is one large tower that is quite interesting as the entrance is several meters of the ground. Apparently that is because the people used to hide in their in case of a Viking attack. They would get in through a ladder and then pull the ladder into the tower. Quite clever I think. What wondered me though is that the entrance didn’t look that high up so I do wonder if the Vikings hadn’t figured something out to get up there anyway… who knows. There are also two really nice lakes around Glendalough, a small one and a larger one and it is possible to walk around there which was really nice. After Glendalough we also stopped in Avoca where Avoca Handweaving is and since some of our tour had to change we got a short tour through their factory. That was also quite interesting but unfortunately all the weaving machines weren’t turned on so you couldn’t really see how they worked.

 

 

 

Dublin March 2016 part 1

At the beginning of this month I went to Dublin for 4 1/2 days with one of my best friends and let me just say right away, it was a lot of fun.

So what can I tell you about Dublin, first if you are planning to see a bit of the surroundings of Dublin and get out a bit then a couple more days will definitely be useful. We did one full day trip to Glendalough (and a bit of the Wicklow mountains) as well as taking the bus to Howth Peninsula which was about a 1/2 day due to the weather. It could have definitely been a full day trip as well if the weather would have been nicer, we would have spend more time then. Overall a couple more days would have been nice to do a few more things in the city. It all depends on your preferences, if you want to go out into nature or not. I don’t regret taking these trips as I enjoyed them a lot.

In Dublin I really enjoyed visiting the Trinity College Library, it looks just as gorgeous as on photos. Although I didn’t realise that it was only one long hall that you get to see (not sure if there is more hidden away from tourist but I assume so). If you visit there you also learn about and see parts of the Book of Kells, which was interesting as well as I have to admit I didn’t know anything about it before. The Book of Kells is a large medieval manuscript from the 9th century. It contains four Gospels and is known for its beautiful decorations. From what I understood the manuscript is divided into four parts as well and two are displayed (so you get to see an open page from each part). Overall though it was a bit expensive as it cost 10 Euros for both together and it isn’t that much you see. But thats just my opinion.

We also took part in one of those free walking tours around Dublin (well the southern part) and that way really great. It was approximately 3 hours and we learned a lot about the history of Dublin. Of course a lot was also about the 1916 Easter Rising since it has been 100 years this year and there are a lot of different things focused on this you can do. There are specific tours that take around the city to all the important places connected to it. I’m not sure if that is just this year or whether they had them before as well. Anyway we started the walking tour at Dublin Castle and a little park just next to it. From there we went to the 40 steps at St. Audeons, where apparently a scene from PS I love you was shot. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen the movie so I can honestly say that I can not remember that part. We also went to the Temple Bar area, Trinity College and the Molly Malone Statue (we even learned the song, but I can only remember the refrain).

What I would definitely recommend doing, is Kilmainham Gaol. You can not book a tour online or get tickets before so I would say get there relatively early after it opens. We did that and got there half an hour after it opens, so we were lucky and didn’t have to wait to long. However when our tour ended and we left the line was really long. The guided tour was really interesting and again we learned a lot about the history of Dublin and of the jail itself. I’m not trusting myself to remember everything correctly so I won’t write what exactly 😉 But again quite a lot about the 1916 Easter Rising, since most of the leaders of the rebellion spend time and died there. The good thing is that there is also a museum that you can look at both before and after the tour and it is super interesting. Also if there is anything you didn’t quite get during the tour you will probably read again in the museum. And I was pleasantly surprised that they only charge 4 Euros for the tour. 🙂

 

Secret Penpal Scavenger Hunt 2016: send

So this is the part where I’ll show you what I send to my partner in the SPSH 2016, Angelique in the Netherlands. I think I’ve mentioned it before but I had a lot of fun putting this together and coming up with things to fit the different categories.

This is what the package looked like when all the parts where wrapped up and fit into it.

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The five categories that I chose were:

  • The Postal Freaks Kit
  • The Bad Day Survival Kit
  • Something that represents me
  • The City Explorers Kit
  • Something to take travelling
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Some postcards, selfmade envelopes, labels, washi tape samples and airmail labels
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Chocolate, tea, bath salts, tissues and a little booklet with tv series to binge watch when you have a bad day
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As something to represent me I made this tote from one of my favourite fabrics
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A little info about my town
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This is a little case I made for pens, crochet hooks or paint brushes

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As she mentioned in her likes section that she liked foxes I also made this painting as a little extra (I couldn’t fit it to any of the categories but really wanted to make it) 🙂

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For the gift I got her some washi tape and a feather pen that both have polkadots on them (something else she mentioned she likes)

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Secret Penpal Scavenger Hunt 2016: received

About a month ago I decided to finally participate in the Secret Penpal Scavenger Hunt, a really cool round robin swap thing organised by Fab from Snail Mail Love. Since I started following her blog a couple of years ago, I’ve read about these and always thought it was a cool idea but wasn’t able to participate since one the timing never worked and two I also didn’t have a blog at that time. This year I was very excited and also really nervous to take part in it but it was so much fun and an absolute blast to do.

The way it works is that you get a list with ten categories and choose five of them to send something to your partner plus one extra gift that you buy. The partner you send to is also not the same one you receive from which makes it even more exciting in my opinion :). In this post I will show you what I received from my partner and in the next one what I’ve send.

My package came from Jen in Canada. She has a really cool blog called Beautiful Junk, that you should check out 🙂 The package was amazing and I had a lot of fun unpacking everything. So this was what I got to see first, though it didn’t say SPSH 2016 on it I was pretty confident that that was what it was 😉 and after opening the package I saw all these great packages for me to unwrap.

These were the little packages when they were still beautifully wrapped, they looked so pretty.

The categories were:

  • Something that represents me
  • The Bad day Survival Kit
  • Something to wear
  • Something to use when travelling
  • Something to read
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Some great recipes I can’t wait to try out and samples of great smelling teas (I haven’t tried it yet but look forward to it)
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This book she put in the bad day survival kit made me laugh out instantly so it definitely does the trick, there was also some candy, hot chocolate, candles, cute stickers, the card with uplifting words and bath salts
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Already wore this pretty scarf, its great for work
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A great passport cover that is absolutely perfect
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A Calgary magazine that looks really interesting
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And as the extra gift she got me this postcard booklet that looks amazing

As you can see everything was amazing and I am so thankful for Jen for putting so much effort into it. Really loved it all.

So if you are curious for what I send my partner, i will show you tomorrow 🙂

 

 

Postcards from Ireland

I feel like it’s been ages since my last post, even though it was only a week. A lot has happened for me though since I went to Dublin for 5 days and it was a lot of fun. Just as I got back I found out that I am working almost every day this week, so I probably won’t get around to write a long blog post these next few days (I do need to sort through all my photos first). While I was in Dublin I did send some postcards though so here is just a quick look at them:

These were for family/friends and penpals as I remembered to take a list of all the addresses I needed with me this time. I really like the stamps that I got from the post office, they all had a different picture on them and all feature something from the 1916 Easter Rising. I really enjoyed learning so much about this event as I’ve never really heard about it before.

There will be a post or two about my adventures in Dublin just as soon as I’ll have time to sort out my photos and write everything 🙂