It has been a productive handmade morning. Started my day with a cup of coffee as usual, check on Postcrossing and scroll on Instagram pictures, and then made these cards this morning and send them out for Postcrossing Round Robin. It's fun to cut, arrange and paste. I always enjoyed collage art (but I am not into scrapbooking).
And tonight I need to finish my Travelling Notebook and send it out this week. It has been overdue for too long. >_<
handmade cards, off they go
It's good to be productive in the morning, felt energetic and went to shop, processed a hell lot of online orders (both local and Etsy) and came home really late. I will be home alone for 4 days (BF on business trip) and just now when I checked my mailbox, I was greeted with a lot of magical smiles and glitters and confetti. 10 postcards, 1 letter from Weronica (Sweden) and 4 bank letters (boo). How I hope everyday is like today. Well, I just have to send out more :)
It has been two days without mail. There is a lot of national holiday lately, yesterday and next Monday. I thought Mr. Postman will bring me something but empty mailbox. :( There will be no mail for me until next Tuesday. Hopefully by then it will accumulate a lot of surprises for me.
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! ^_^
Decoration at my shop (I'm proud with my ribbon rack behind)
Here in Malaysia, all the Chinese are in the mood of Lunar New Year celebration (which is on 10 and 11th of February) and my branches in my shop blooms with pink plum flowers (I did a 2 minutes Google search for the name of this flower). I didn't do much with Chinese decoration in my shop because I not into red and I think Chinese New Year songs are too loud. The shop next door keep blasting CNY songs (well, better than them keep looping the Gangnam song over and over again). I am happy and couldn't wait for the holiday to come, even though I celebrate Chinese New Year every year, but the mood is too loud and funky for my liking. I am more into Chrismasy feeling, Michael Buble and Diana Krall Christmas songs playing all day long. I hope someone can make jazzy Chinese New Year song, is there any?