The final envelope from my Swapbot adventure arrived. Not quite sure if I will enter another Swapbot swapthing though. There is this special lingo I don't quite grasp. I have seemed to understand everything wrong, even after three years in the UK and a college degree. Well anyway, after I ticked the box I never received my mail, I got a curious respond. I should have asked for a resend instead of ticking the box. And even more curious is, the date I ticked that boxthing was just a few weeks ago, and turned out the envelope was already turned back to sender at that time........ US postoffice uses cool stamps though to make that quite clear! Postage rate was also curious to me. Did the sender really think local rates applied in sending an envelope to the Netherlands from the US? Well, it's all a mystery to me. But then again, now I received two envelopes, since she has put her returned envelope just in another envelope. Even more mail this way :-)
Friday, 30 August 2013
This summer we looked after two cute guinea pigs from Marieke. The kids just loved having them around. Two cuddly little creatures! Marieke and her boyfriend decided that guinea pigs were just not the right pets for them, and decided to go for a posh grey pussycat. So she sent a funky envelope with a message.....
in this funky envelope a funky card that said: real sweet! In the card a message: the guinea pigs needed a new home, and the kids were overexcited that that new home was here, with us! Real sweet!
This week I have received a snailmail from Marja. She has fab handwriting! Turns out she's a teacher, and she teaches Dutch! She also collects stamps, and I really like the stamps on the envelope she sent me.
Thursday, 29 August 2013
I've made a snailmail to go to Belgium. I used a brown paper bag to put a lot of snailmail goodies in. I even cut the brown paper bag in half because I didn't have enough brown paper! The end result was quite pretty I thought.
Wednesday, 28 August 2013
Monday, 26 August 2013
This summer I received my first snailmail from Inge. She's from Belgium. I already liked the postage stamps before even opening the packet, the former king of Belgium, king Boudewijn.
In our holidays we went to the "worldmuseum" in Rotterdam. There was an exhibition about Manga and its origins from Japanese culture. My son thought it was wicked! As a souvenir he wanted two postcards which he wanted to sent to his best friends. He's only six, so needed some help to write them, but they actually got sent!
Sunday, 18 August 2013
"daydreaming is good for you" it says. It's a little frame in postcard size which I have sent of to Marieke. Something she would definitely like! Alongside a little Miffy in yellow, a modern typography about daydreaming, and a bird on a branch. The frame is some packaging from a toy I think, I've found it in a drawer full of pencils from the kids.
Friday, 16 August 2013
For Bianca I've made a vintage button snailmail. She had sent me such a great snailmail, I wanted to make a bit of a effort for her. I found a bunch of old fashioned buttons and some sepia pictures to make this mail. When it was finished I put it all together in an envelope folder.
After a day at the seaside I've found this really cool glossy postcard, I think it's such a fun card. At this little seaside village full of German tourists it seemed a challenge to find some affordable cards, but I managed to find these!
I'm not to keen on the touristic multiview cards, which all the shops seemed to sell.
Thursday, 15 August 2013
A week full of fun postcards! Marieke sent me a page from a Czech calender while she was on holiday there. Just to try if it would arrive. It did! Think it's hilarious! Also a postcard from Washington via postcrossing.
I've made this bird themed snailmail for Mischa. She sent me such a great party snailmail I decided that I made a snailmail full of surprises. I found a book with old drawings of birds at the secondhand shop and found some feathers which inspired me.
Wednesday, 14 August 2013
I'm at the maritime museum in Rotterdam. At the pirate section I've found these cool pirate postage stamps!
Monday, 12 August 2013
We took the kids to the railwaymuseum today. Stacks of postcards in the shop ofcourse! I found this postcard full of old railway tickets. And tucked away in a little corner of the museumshop I've found a bunch of real oldfashioned railwaytickets! I think they're cool!
Wednesday, 7 August 2013
This is what I have received from my first swapbot attempt. All the way from New Zealand a red envelope with some pink papers. Unfortunately there was no note in the envelope. So I know nothing about the person who sent me this. But fun receiving anyway. I was supposed to receive two swapbot envelopes. The other one is yet to come or will never arrive. Who knows.
My entries were fortunately all received in good order (Although I totally misunderstood the challenge). My American receiver was very happy and excited! The dutch one was a bit stroppy that I misunderstood the challenge and wouldn't rate me therefore. Pity.