Monday, 30 April 2012

another lettermo is over.

Hello everyone! This is my favourite time of the month, when I can see the big picture of what I've done during the whole month :)
Since I love graphs -especially pie ones- here's the one for April:

As you can see, the outgoing letters has been way more than the incoming ones, and also more than the monthly goal for the lettermo (about > 10 letters ).
Anyway, it's fine. I enjoyed my fourteen letters :) and of course I enjoyed writing all the 34 I've sent out.
If you've read my last post about outgoing letters, you might know that I was late with the deadline of this lettermo and still had to post those ten letters.
Today (which means I'm still in time for the April lettermo, YAY!), I've rushed at the post office, and sent out all the remaining envelopes.
Check them out :)

Sunday, 29 April 2012

Guest Post: Nnenna | Correspondance Club

Hi guys, one of my new blogger friends, Nnenna, runs a pen pal club, and I'm really happy to be part of it now! :) I though some of you might be interested, so I asked her to write about her project here.
You have until May 1st to sign up for the next month round, so make sure to read the whole post if you're interested!

Hiya- I'm so excited to be here on Fab's blog today! She asked me to share about a little project I started a few months ago called the Correspondence Club. First thing you should know about me is that I'm a huge stationery lover! I also love to write letters- I think they are such a special, thoughtful item that you can treasure for years. Then, I thought about how fun it would be to connect with my blogger friends in another way- through letter writing! 
When I posed the idea to my readers, I was so glad to hear that there are others out there who enjoy writing letters just as much as I do. I thought to myself, "Just go for it!" and that's how the Correspondence Club got started! 
Each person has one partner and we exchange letters once a month. In addition to our letters, we also include a small little gift (under $5), to brighten your partner's day. It doesn't have to be anything expensive at all (you can even handmake something); the idea is just to include a little present that you think will make your pen pal smile :) Then, at the end of every month, I do a round-up post on my blog with pictures of all the letters that people have sent! You can see some of the letters I've sent below :)

Saturday, 28 April 2012

lost mail

Hello guys,
did it ever happen to you that something you've sent, or you were supposed to receive, got lost in the mail?
Unfortunately, it did happen to me, and several times also.
Just in the past month, 5 letters that I was expecting, never showed up, and also a couple of letters I've sent, never arrived at their destination.
Bisedes the anger due to the loss of money, but especially, for all the care I put in every single letter I write, what really bothers me about this inefficiency is that this way, it's like having a conversation interrupted. And that's pretty awful, you know?
Anyway, sorry for this rant, let's see what I received this week:

My new friend from Finland, Mette, sent me her first letter along with a really lovely stationery set :)
I don't know if you can see it clearly, but the stamp on the envelope is pretty cool, too.

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Lettermo april week #4

Wait what? It's already week 4? It means another month is over - so fast, blargh -. However, I still have a few peeps on my list that requested a letter, that for a reason or another (mostly because of swap-bot though) still have to received their envelope of randomness. So, if you're one of those people, don't worry! The lettermo might be over but I will keep my word anyway :)

Now let's talk about the outgoing letters for this week!
Letter for Mayan, Portugal. The envelope is handmade from a page of a vintage children's book. Inside it, there are quite a few random things, I don't know why Mayan -probably because of what she wrote when requesting a letter- gave me the impression of being the kind of person that might have enjoyed an envelope of weird stuff, so yeah. Maybe I'm completely wrong and she'll hate. Very likely so.

Letter for Thea, Norway. I had so much fun writing/preparing this letter because she's one of my favourite people on tumblr and wanted to make something special for her! I've also put two nice stamps because she have a Wreck This Journal too, and they might be a good addition to her stamps page :)

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

cute finds #2

Yesterday was an unexpected stationery-shopping day. I was planning to save money this month but so far I've incredibly failed.
Anyway, walking home from Uni, we stopped in one of my favourite shops and I found myself surrounded by a lot of awesome stationery supplies. For the above mentioned reason, I've only (but not really) bought three thingies.

"Sukie Box of Labels" by chronicle books and a two designs memo pad by Midori.

Not that I've counted them, but the Sukie box contains over 100 labels and various stickers. It's a good thing you can't see me right now because I'm almost drooling.

I've also bought this gorgeous booklet of postcards by Ana Juan:

Her illustrations are so fascinating and most of them are black and white, lush! Some of her characters reminds me of Tweedledum & Tweedledee of Alice in Wonderland (the one by Tim Burton), with the big round head and all, ahah. I'll be keeping some of them for myself, but the rest will be used for my various postal activities :)

Monday, 23 April 2012

Illustrations & freebies

Hello everyone, how is it going?
My life is boring as usual :D and even though I should spend my days with my nose in my Uni books, I end up doing random stuff at the computer.
This past weekend was pretty (un)productive, and I made a set of 6 notes -
click here to download.
that I'll be using for my snail mail, journaling etc and decided to put a free download link. If guys like them I will post more stuff every once in a while, so let me know! :)

Friday, 20 April 2012

lettermo april week #3

Hello you guys, three posts in raw this week, that's not really my thing! :D
As the title says, week 3 of the lettermo is completed. Unfortunately I haven't been at home until today so I didn't have the chance to take pictures of the letter I sent. From monday to today, they were for: Roxana, Nicola, Katrina, Mette, and my reply to Mary.

This week I've been quite busy with Uni and studying, but today we took a day off, and especially at night, I had the time to work on a few things such as keeping up with the letter requests, drawing a bit and experimenting with crafts!

Today, we went at the mall for some spring/summer clothing shopping, even if the weather here is being terrible lately. Surprisingly, I bought quite a few things and I found myself liking the pale mint color a lot.. maybe too much. (This is weird because I mostly wear only black/gray/white
We also had the chance to finally buy some macarons again! They're a little bit pricy but so worthy.

I bought 8 macarons in total, in four different flavors: pistachio, raspberry, violet and, dark chocolate.

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Send Something Good

A few weeks ago, I joined this amazing project promoted by three wonderful bloggers: Gentri Lee, kaitlyn and Kristy.
Basically, you're assigned a blogger in secret and you've got to get to know them and then prepare a package of things your secret blogger might like. Surprises + snail mail = awesome project, and I couldn't just sit at the computer and pass up this opportunity, could I?
I've already received the link to the blog of my secret partner, and I've already a few things in mind :) I'll take this weekend to arrange something cute to send her.
If you want to see the other bloggers involved in this project, click on the link below! As for me, I made this post so that the blogger to whom I was assigned would have had the chance to know something about what I'd like to receive; I don't really have preferences, I would be happy with anything, really :) Though, if you want to get a better idea of my likes/dislikes, you might want to check my swap-bot profile here.
Oh, this is so exciting. Can't wait for the reveal/link up day!! :D

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Alice in my mailbox

Hello everyone! How is your day going?
Mine just turned out very good, since I found some pretty letters in mailbox!

This lovely letter, is from my new american pen pal, Mary from California.
She has such a neat handwriting, I'm really jealous of it! Her letter also conteined a pretty heart shaped origami and an ex libris sticker, so nice!

Friday, 13 April 2012

Lettermo April, week #2

Aaand another week is gone! Since I started the lettermo, my weeks seems awfully shorter to me. I'm already almost half way through it, and it doesn't seem real.
Anyway let's see who's going to get their mailbox filled this week :D

Monday's letter, or better, packet, went out for Lauren. She contacted me on tumblr and we arranged a swap of arsty things, just like we did a year ago!

Tuesday's letter was for Megan, and I attempted to make something interesting out of her envelope:

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

happy mailbox

Hello everyone, I've been messing a bit with my blog schedule lately. Anyway, it should be back to normal now, hopefully!
The lettermo is still going, but I've decided to make just one post a week with all the outgoing letters, on thursday, instead of a couple a week.
This post today, is dedicated to all the incoming beauties I've received last week and today.

Steffi, sent me another letter. They're always very colorful and pleasant to read, not to mention that she always send me awesome things!

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Lettermo April, week #1

Hello there, fellow stamplickers!
How is the writing life going? Mine, pretty good. On monday I started the lettermo and succesfully completed this week so far.
Too bad I haven't been feeling really well this week, and didn't really had the time and patience to take many pictures of the outgoing letters:

From left to right, in order of mailing date:
  • the big yellow envelope, is for an ephemera swap. I've sent out 250g worth of vintage paper to Lesa from swap-bot, and hopefully I'll receive the same quantity of stuff from a girl from Israel, soon; (monday)
  • First letter out of those requested, for Christabel in the UK; (tuesday)
  • Penpal letter for Susan in the USA; (wednesday)
  • Alicia's letter contains three inchies for a swap. It was my first time making inchies and I really hope they'll meet her tastes because I really felt like a noob while making them. :( (this morning)
Today, instead, I made a mail art piece that I'll be sending out tomorrow.

Monday, 2 April 2012

Address Book makeover

A month ago or so, I bought an address book to record the address of all my pen pals.
It was a plain green spiral notebook and I didn't really like it.

I gave it a little makeover that made it more my style :D

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Vintage Disney Stamps

A while ago I stumbled upon those Vintage Disney stamps (1980) picturing Bambi and Snow White.