Tea Swap

Who wants to swap tea with me?

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I’m addicted to tea as a lot of my friends know. And I’ve bought a lot of local teas that are available here in the Philippines. I want to taste other teas from other countries so, I’ve decided to make this swap. I made the tea bags and packaging myself, so, expect that they have lots of love! Don’t worry, they’re sanitary.

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I have 10 flavors, 2 tea bags of each. So, I have a total of 20 tea bags to give out

1. Sakura Sakura

2. Ito En

3. Genmai-cha

4. Perk Me Up

5. Chai

6. Apple Pie

7. Berrylicious

8. 1837

9. NY Breakfast

10. Snow

Unfortunately, you won’t be able to choose what flavor you’ll get. It’ll be too complicated and I want to surprise you. Don’t worry, all of these flavors are YUM! So, do you want to swap tea with me? If so, just send me a mail. postallov3@gmail.com

Happy Swapping!

Fish and Cat Mail Art

I received a mail art from my favorite artist Nasya Kopteva of FishMailArt a few months ago.

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She’s an artist from Russia, and her pieces are gorgeous! She’s has Instagram so you can follow her there, see her lovely artworks and photos. It’s @nasyakopteva.

And here’s another update from my crafts. After 4 years, I started doing pyrography or wood burning again.

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Wood burning tools aren’t available where I live, so, I only use a regular soldering iron. You can just imagine the effort I put into that. I am planning to buy a proper wood burning tool when I’ve already saved enough money. It’s not that cheap and it’s only available overseas. Any ideas what kind of pyrography tool I should buy?

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Boredom strikes but Creativity flows in!

This is how I handle stress and boredom.

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My so-called room had been a mess for almost a month. So, I finally decided to do some DIY and renovated it. This is how my Adventure Wall looks like now. Sans the TARDIS and Wanderlust chalk drawing. I’ll do that after I get a new bookshelf.

desk1aAnd this is now where I make my calligraphy and mail art. After 4 years, I am finally able to display my paintings!

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S’More Postal Love

So, it’s been a while since I last updated. Well, more like a month since I’ve written a new blog post. I can tell you what I’ve been doing this past few weeks, but I think it will bore you. Since, this is a blog about my love for postal things, right? Haha. Anyway, before the year of 2012 ended. I did a lot of things for my relatives for the holidays. I wanted to give all my 60+ first cousins gifts but I didn’t have to money to buy them all gifts. And since, I’m known to my family as the ‘baker’ I looked up ideas on the internet on how I can give DIY food gift ideas. I found these two from Pinterest.

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S’mores package for my cousins. This is a pretty neat idea (very cheap too) and they all loved it! Especially the little ones.

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‘Make-Your-Own’ Fudgy Muddy Brownies.

My aunts wanted me to bake pavlovas for them. But I didn’t have the time to bake and give all the 12 of them this yummy dessert from ‘down under’. Luckily, I found this ‘DIY’ idea of jar desserts. I  gave them a jar of my Fudgy Muddy Brownies recipe. This way, they can enjoy baking it themselves. It’s on the budget and it saves time!

Also, my mom and I spent a lot of time shopping in Divisoria for my sister’s birthday party. I WARN YOU, don’t go there during the holidays! It was my first time to experience what I can only describe as ‘human heavy traffic’. The streets were literally filled with people. There was a street where the people weren’t even moving because it was so full nobody could even move or walk!

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Anyway, it was still a happy experience since I got these lovely treasure boxes. Now, I have something where I can store my letters, postcards, envelopes, stamps & washi tapes.

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I also used the ‘vintage’ postcards that I bought from Bee Happy Crafts for the first time. And I was able to revive the Mickey Mouse fountain pen that I bought from Disneyland HK 5 years ago! It’s the one I used to write on the postcard above.

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Here’s the last mail art that I sent on the year 2012. Sorry if it’s a low quality photo. I wasn’t able to take a photo of it with my DSLR, I only used my phone camera.

It’s a bit late, but Happy New Year, everyone! I know that 2012 was my best year so far, and I hope it’s the same for everyone. Let’s try to create and do more this 2013, yeah?

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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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