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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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 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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