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!

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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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Wanderlust

Have you ever desired something so much that you’ll do whatever it takes to get it? Well, my ‘something’ is not tangible, so, it’s not that easy to get.

Adventure. That’s what I long for.

It’s not easy ’cause you need lots of money to travel. I know, I know. There are cheap ways to travel, like ‘working’ abroad (WWOOF and Au Pair). But, I know I’m not the type of person who’ll go for that now. It is a great idea, I may try it in the near future.

This is why I also created this blog. To somehow share or see other people’s adventures through mail.  But, I do know another way on how you could have your own adventures and see other places for free or at least cheap. It’s…

booksREADING, ladies and gents!

My latest hoard of vintage books. And there’s a 90 year old book hiding in there!

You can explore all sorts of worlds, meet different kinds of people and definitely have an adventure of a lifetime through reading. It’s a great way to enhance your vocabulary as well. I have to admit though as to why I bought loads of vintage books. I was planning to use some of them for my mail art. Blasphemous, I know!

Screen Shot 2013-07-05 at 8.39.43 PMThis is the maximum damage I could probably do to a book. It breaks my heart that I did this to a 60 year old book.

Lesson learned! Take care of your books, old or new. So, your future kids or grandchildren can have their adventures with them too!

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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.

_MG_0443bStamps, stamps, stamps. Oh, how I love thee.

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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New toys for Christmas!

 

Early Christmas presents from Santa! Well, that is if you count my relatives as Santa Claus.

My cousins went to the States last month and just came back this week. I requested them to buy some calligraphy stuff there and take it back here in the Philippines. Because it’s really hard to get these kind of stuff here.

I’m based in the province of Pampanga, so it’s a hassle for me to go Manila at this time of year. If you’re not from the Philippines, there’s this thing we call the ‘Christmas Traffic’. Every November and December of the year, everybody goes outside to buy their Christmas presents for their loved ones, thus causing heavy traffic in the Metro. You couldn’t even imagine how bad the traffic is in Metro Manila during this time of the year.

Anyway, here are some of the things my cousins brought back home. Since a lot of the things that I ordered didn’t get to them in time, I had to send some of it here via Johnny Air. Hopefully it’ll arrive here in a week or two. Just in time for Christmas or New Year.

The photo above is me practicing with my calligraphy skills. Using a vintage Esterbrook 356 nib on a Rhodia Dotted Pad that I bought from Ebay (Martin2001) and Paper & Ink Arts, respectively.

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Pictured above are some of the nibs that I bought. I put one of each in a quill pewter nib holder that I bought from Zalora.

I bought 40 vintage Esterbrook nibs from Martin2001 in total. Twenty 356 nibs and twenty 358 nibs. It came with a vintage nib box. AWESOME!

I’m still trying to get used to how flexible the Esterbook 356 is. Since, I started practicing calligraphy with a Leonardt/Hiro III EF nib which is a stiff nib. I’m leaning towards using the Esterbrook 358 more because it is stiffer than the 356 but is much flexible than the III EF nib. Unfortunately, the 358 doesn’t create really thick strokes compared to the 356. I am quite torn. I still must wait for the other nibs that I ordered to get here. I ordered a lot of the nibs that most of the renowned calligraphers use. Like the Hunt 99 or the Hunt Imperial 101. Hopefully, those won’t disappoint me.

_MG_0328I also bought new J. Herbin inks (Poussiére de Lune, Cacao du Brésil, Vert Empire, Rouille d’Ancre & Terre de Feu). Though these are too watery for dip pens. Anyway, I still use them. It would be a shame if I didn’t. Such pretty colors. All my J. Herbin inks. Including the ones that I bought from Zalora (Gris Nuage, Bleu Pervenche & Orange Indien).

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My Clairfontaine and Rhodia pads and notebooks. So disappointed with the Clairefontaines. I even bought two large pads!

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