This month I received some really cool postcrossing cards. They are from all over: England, USA, Germany, Finland, China and Russia. I was really happy to see this beautiful Beatrix Potter postcard. The New York card is really cool as well. There was also nice variation of stamps among these cards and once again the card from Finland didn’t have a cancellation. This seems to happen a lot with cards from Finland…
This little letter went out to the UK at the beginning of the month so it should already have found its way to the right mailbox. I also bought new stamps which I am super excited to use on my snailmail now.
Of course I send for postcrossing cards as well. These cards were send to the US, Germany, Czechia and Lithuania. Most of them already arrived so i have to send a few more cards soon. I only have to cards travelling at the moment.
The following cards I bought on my trip to Hamburg and send to my penpals using my new stamps. I absolutely love these ‘Bremer Stadtmusikanten’ stamps, they are special stamps where you pay a bit more and the extra gets donated. The German post has quite a few of these extra stamps (for sports, youth and social services).
Every year I think I should try to take part in the Month of Letters and every year I fail at the first day. Maybe I’ll try it next year and kind of make a list and be more organised about it. But I did send a few letters as well as a bunch of postcrossing cards last month.
Here are the letters, there were three actually but I forgot to take a photo of the last one. I know the one on the left already arrived and the other one should reach its new home soon.
One evening I also went on to postcrossing and couldn’t stop getting new addresses. In total I send seven cards. After that I was pretty much out of stamps and had to order some new ones that will soon be featured in some snailmail. The cards went to France, Finland, Netherland, Portugal, Estonia, Ukraine and Russia.
I am slowly getting over my snail mail slump. All the letters that have been lying around for a while have been answered now and are on the way to my penpals. And for two of them I already have received a reply so I can just keep writing.
Lets start with my outgoing letters, one went of to the USA and the other one is on its way to Indonesia. I also send of 5 more postcrossing cards but got them to the mailbox before taking a photo, my scatterbrain doing its best again 😀
On the incoming front I’ve got a two gorgeous letters. One coming from Keely in America and the other one from Emma in Ireland. The way Keely wrote my name is so pretty. And look at all the stamps. I love both this beautiful storefront stamp from Ireland as well as the Love cloud and Penguins from the US. I also got a postcrossing card from Germany. Sadly as I hate Onions this is not one of my favourites.
Do you know this feeling that you are pretty sure you’ve send the cards out in time that need to be send early but then you notice that you’ve forgotten one that also needs to travel to the other end of the world and it is two weeks before Christmas so there is no way to get there in time. Well it happens to me every year and I also always end up getting a couple of cards after Christmas. But in my opinion it doesn’t matter if the card is late because it is just lovely to get it 🙂 I just received a card from a good friend featuring what looks like a Pohutakawa to me but might be a Hawaiian variant of that tree. I have all my Christmas cards displayed on my window sill among a few other knick knacks.
Since this is kind of incoming mail related I also have two postcards that I received and forgot in my last mail posts. They came through postcrossing and arrived from Russia and Malaysia. It’s my first card from Malaysia and the stamps are quite pretty. I also today received another card from Russia with a beautiful painted autumn forest and the Coca Cola card which came from Taiwan.
It’s only one week till Christmas and I can happily say that all my Christmas mail has been send off into the world early enough that hopefully it will get there in time. The two letters with the blue/white colours were actually send at the beginning of december and where more Advent Mail but since I forgot to post them earlier here they are now. I wrote and send a lot of Christmas cards this year but I didn’t take photos of all of them, mainly because the envelopes all look very similar as I used this years german Christmas stamps and just decorated them with my Christmas Washi. Overall about 22 cards where send all around the world and I’m pretty proud that I was organised enough that the ones with long travel times were send out relatively early. No cards should arrive after Christmas if the mail system doesn’t screw up 😉
I debated on whether or not to show the cards I made now or later but I’ll just add them now. A few of them I used paper/stickers to make them but I also made two paintings that I then scanned onto my computer and printed on photopaper to make my cards. Again I forgot to take photos of all the cards until most of them were already in the envelopes and send off, but here is a sample of them. The Christmas whale was send to friends from University and Work that also love the ocean and I felt they would appreciate this card. I also send out 4 of these Hobbit Christmas cards to a few friends and penpals that love Tolkien as much as I do 🙂
It’s been a very good mail month so far. Just as the last postcrossing post went up I already received more. Well I also send some more postcards as postcrossing and the german post have partnered up again. For each postcrossing card send from Germany in December the Deutsche Post will donate 10 cents to Stiftung Lesen (Reading foundation). It’s a really great thing that they have been doing for the last couple of years already and every year more and more postcards are send.
The other great thing is that I reached 200 send postcards and I’m 1 postcard from 200 received ones 🙂 It feels like such an accomplishment.
Lets start with the cards. This batch of postcards included an envelope from Canada with these 3 great cards from British Columbia and a lot of stamps. Not only on the envelope but this postcrosser actually send me a few stamps extra which is really nice. The only sad part is that he didn’t write his message on one of the postcards but on an extra scrap piece of paper. I’d much rather have the message on the card.
Furthermore I also received 4 cards from Russia, Germany, Netherlands and my first card from Norway. I love the card from Russia depicting the ice on Lake Baikal. The colours are just stunning My first card from Norway is this Pirate Maxicard. The sender told me that the pirate depicted is a character from a theme park that all the kids in Norway love.
Lastly the cards I send out into the world 🙂