A Walk In My Garden pt. 1

Here’s the first part of my ‘A Walk In My Garden‘ posts. I got a lot of postcards, letters, cards, and such this January. Thanks to Swap-Bot, Postcrossing and to the lovely people from Couchsurfing. I was thinking of how I will blog about it since I really got so many. And, I’ve decided that I will do it per category– postcards, letters, swaps, etc. So, first off, batch one of postcards.

Let’s start with this yummy postcard from Brooklyn, USA sent by Caroline.

(1313 Postcard Swap by Swap-Bot)

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l’obsession. Paris vs New York postcard. LOL!

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Isle of Wight, England postcard from Amy.

(Newbie Postcard Swap #2 by Swap-Bot)

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Vintage New Mexico linen paper postcard from Dinna. I’m so in love with this postcard!

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Provence, France from Gabriella. Pretty, pretty colors!

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Anatolia, Turkey from Filiz. I was really happy when I got this. I’ve been dreaming of Anatolia since I was 14 years old!

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California, USA from Judee.

(1313 Postcard Swap by Swap-Bot)

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So, that’s the first batch of postcards that I got this month. I’ll probably divide the postcard posts into four. Since, I don’t want picture heavy posts. We have really poor internet connection here in our country. And I still want my countrymen- Filipinos to be able to see my blog posts without a problem or without the hassle. Ha-ha! Till the next post!

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Zurike Mail Art

Zurike is my pseudonym since I was still a college student. Everybody asks me what the meaning of the name is. But, I just randomly mixed up letters that I liked to create the name. So, it doesn’t have any meaning at all. I started using this name for the mail art that I create for my penpal, Molly. He’s also an artist and he’s from Ireland. He doesn’t know I have this blog so I don’t post the mail art that I have received from him. I’ll post the things that he have sent me once I got his permission to upload it on this blog.

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I printed a copy of a painting I did 4 years ago and put it on the envelope. I didn’t really have much time to paint then since I was sending 40+ postcards. But I tried to make it look good as possible.

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I also got a new penpal from Sweden!

Calligraphy was written using my revived Mickey Mouse fountain pen. Works like a charm!

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Vintage Charm.

Shopped for books again when my best friend and I went to Fully Booked. I saw these fabric bound books, as you can see, I wasn’t able to resist!_MG_1530

I finally got the package that I bought from Paper & Ink Arts. Thank you, April for sending this to me! I’ve tried all the inks and I must say that the Old World Ink is probably the best ink that I have tried! I also bought a lot of nibs. I’ll make a review of the products that I have bought once I’ve tried all of it. Screen Shot 2013-01-08 at 11.28.25 AM

Lastly, here’s a teaser photo of the first batch of mail that I got this year. I received this on the first week of January. I will be posting all the mail that I got on the next blog post!

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Postal Love: Postcards from Saudi Arabia & Spain

Ilde from Couchsurfing, sent me two postcards from his travels. He was in Bahrain when he told me that he was going to send me a postcard. I actually didn’t expect to receive two postcards from him! Thank you, Ilde! Here are the postcards that he sent me.

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Pretty Saudi Arabia. It’s actually one of the places that I want to go to. Don’t you just love the pretty handwriting on the right side? 

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This is one unique postcard! I thought it wasn’t even a postcard. Pretty cool don’t you think? Looks like the ones that you get from books and magazines. 

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Lapis Lazuli colored stamps. The color for royalty and wealth. 

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Postal Love: Postcards from Austria, Indonesia, and Malaysia

Here are the first three postcards that I received from my fellow Couchsurfers! Oh, how I love receiving something from the mailman!

For those of you who don’t know what Couchsurfing is, it’s a community/website where many of the world’s travelers sign up to. Why? Because it’s an alternative for cheap accommodation when you’re traveling. How cheap? It’s for FREE. But many of us don’t just use Couchsurfing to get free accommodation. It’s also a great way to experience the culture of that country from the locals. I haven’t tried surfing yet, but I have hosted a lovely couple from Canada. It’s a great way to meet new awesome people!

Anway, besides getting free accommodation, Couchsurfing also has different kinds of groups. And I joined the Exchange Postcards and Pen Pals group for me to have mail swap partners. Pretty neat, right?

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A postcard of Austria from Yvonne.

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Postcards of Malaysia and Bali, Indonesia from Fiona and Monie.

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Setting the postal love aside, I made my own hang tags! Whoop-dee-doo! Well, I didn’t actually made them since I used a Cricut machine to cut these out. But I reckon it still counts that I made these, since I was the who typed the wordings using the typwriter, right? Right?

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I’ll be using these for the Christmas presents that I’m going to give to my relatives this year.  Can you guess what I’m going to give them?

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