Thursday, January 24, 2013

The Snail Mail Project

Clockwise from left: Outgoing mail(handmade envelopes), new postcards I bought for postcrossing and a happy mail from The Netherland.

One of the thing I want to accomplish in 2013 is to relive my old hobby, which is snail mailing. Since Dec 2012, I have been looking for (and found) penpals in the world wide web. I thought this will be a forgotten hobby, buts surprisingly, many are still very active in the age old snail mail. I wrote more than 10 introductory first letters out to snail mailer I followed on Instagram, and also made some pen pal call out thread in Postcrossing, and sign up on Interpals. And one month passed, finally, other than postcards, my mailbox is swarming with really sweet and entertaining letters. To my BF, this seems like very childish and old school way of 'networking' when we have Facebook and Twitter, but in fact, it is the social media that inspired me to get back on the snail mailing bandwagon. I was surfing Instagram for inspiring pictures (an Instagram addict I am), and I found a bunch of snail mail related pictures. Search for #penpal or #snailmail and you will be greeted into the beautiful and colourful world of snail mailing.

When I was much younger, I was an avid snail mailer, digging stationery shops for beautiful letter pads and stickersheets for my own collection and also for my penpals. When I was back at my hometown 2 months ago, I dug out a lot of treasures. I spent hours ogling at them cuties.

a small part of my collection, most of them bought from Living Cabin and Diddl letterpad from my Germany pen pal, Janni.

Back in those days, there is not much 3D of puffy stickers. and stickersheets are soooo cheap. 80sens for a long strip of cute stickers. And now, I visited a few stationery/book shops and there is not much variety and a lot of puffy stickers which is very expensive, RM3.90 for a sheet with not many pieces in it. And Living Cabin has become so boring and nothing cute to explore anymore.

And my proud stamp collection. I have HUGE collection, 15 large albums and 3 boxes of unsorted stamps.

Today is national holiday, I can't wait for tomorrow to check on the mailbox again! ^_^


Unknown said...

All your snail mail adventures look really great.
My sister also makes fun of me for writing letters, but it is something that I've loved since I was little.

Unknown said...

What a lovely stash! would like to swap postcards with me? :)

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