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?

© Patricia Milanes 2013 All Rights Reserved

 

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Christmas = Bankrutpcy?

I hope everyone enjoyed celebrating Christmas this year, be it with their friends or with their family. As for me, I spent a lot of time shopping this holiday season, as I know a lot of people did also. Since, the last time I went shopping for Christmas was years ago, I ended up buying a lot of stuff this time. The hoarder in me —that I got from my mother and my aunts, got the best of me. And these are some of the things that I bought for Christmas!

First off, the things that I bought for myself,

The Moon and The Star

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According to the Internet, this deck here, Rider Waite’s Tarot Deck, is one of the most popular tarot deck. It’s also the best deck for beginners who wants to learn a little bit of fortune telling.

I did try reading my own fortune, unfortunately, it’s not looking good for my love life. Tsk tsk tsk. Kidding aside, this is a fun way to entertain your guests on a party or a cool trick to add to your skills to show off to some friends.

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I also spent a LOT of time in bookstores this season. Especially in Fully Booked. I bought 10 books in total. I got 3 copies of The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom. One for myself and two that I gave away as Christmas presents. I also got:

Halo by Alexandra Adornetto,

Twilight The Graphic Novel Collector’s Edition by Stephenie Meyer,

Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas,

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry,

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank,

Wildflower: A Novel by Nick Bantock

and

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

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I also did some online shopping. I hoarded bought washi tapes, deco stickers, and postcards (YEY!) from Hey Kessy and Bee Happy Crafts.

I got crazy over the stuff that Bee Happy Crafts have on their site. So much vintage and postal love! I couldn’t resist. What you see above isn’t even a quarter of what I bought.

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Lastly, I bought my mom an antique (ENGLAND, Year 1990!) It was expensive, but I thought it was worth every penny.

Look how gorgeous that piece is! It’s like a mini UFO with legs! The store guy said that it’s a butter holder and it’s perfect since my mom loves breakfast.

I was also busy helping my aunt for her son’s 7th birthday. She bought a lot of glass bottles from Divisoria and ended up having more than she could use. Hoarding runs in our family, as you can see. So she gave me some of the bottles, 100 bottles in fact. _MG_0286

I’ll use these as ink bottles for mixing my dip pen inks.

Now, I need new inks…

© Patricia Milanes 2012 All Rights Reserved

 

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!

© Patricia Milanes 2012 All Rights Reserved