wtorek, 28 kwietnia 2015

Spring Swaps

I remember, when I was a newbie to this wonderful hobby of writing letters I enjoyed GETTING mail so much that I rarely cared about sent pieces of mail. This is something I'm ashamed of now, but now I'm happy I got the chance to understand the real meaning of penpalling and that I was open enough to discover the beauty of giving - of preparing packages, buying things my friends might REALLY like, getting to know their taste of music, books, or any other likes. 
Those past few months I could rarely find a letter in my mailbox. But it's nothing new - you should send something if you want to receive something, right? :) Anyway I've started to miss getting random mail... That's why I decided to join 2 Spring Swaps in March. One of them was organized by a League of Extraordinary Penpals and the other one was a swap created by a Swap-bot member. 

Spring Clean Stationery Swap

"It's spring!!!! Cue the birds and flowers and rainbows. (Unless you live anywhere in the Midwest or on the East Coast and then I am very very sorry for flaunting spring in your face...)

Anyways! Ok so technically it's spring and with spring comes not only a holiday where we for some reason hunt for psychedelic colored chicken eggs that have been hidden by a mythical bunny... It also means SPRING CLEANING!!!

Sooo for this swap we are going to do just that!!! Are you a hoarder of stationery? Do you have more postcards in your possession than you could ever possibly send? Are you still compelled to purchase that box set of 100 Classic Pin Up Girls postcards anyway? Well, then this is the swap for you!!!

It's time to lovingly go through your letter writing stash and share the love! (Don't cry! You have plenty..... And, your partner will be sending you some of their goodies!!!) Everyone will have one partner. Simply gather up a parcel's worth of papery goodness to send off to their new home. You can include things like random postcards. Those pesky last sheets of a stationery set. Hand made envies. Note cards!!! (Sigh. I love notecards.) Perhaps you have a stationery set you've grown out of or that just isn't YOUR style? Send it to a new home!!! Sharing is caring. Have fun Spring Cleaning my paper addict friends."  

After reading what that swap was going to be about I suddenly feel motivated to organize my stationery and stuff and send away some of my stationery. I prepared a bunch of different sheets - mostly DIDDL ones because I doubt if I ever can use all of them :-) All in all I hope my partner in swap enjoyed my little bits of paper and other goodies. 

I was one, happy bunny when I opened my mailbox and noticed a swap package I couldn't wait to open it. It was such a lovely feeling to receive a random mail... I adored every piece of it - handwriting on the envelope and all treasures I could find inside it.

Heart Warming Package Swap

The second part I decided to join was at Swap-bot.com. The name of it really caught my attention and after few minutes later I clicked the JOIN button. :-) What did your package contain?
  • 2 different tea bags (or any other hot drink)
  • something to wear (socks, scarf, gloves, jewelry...)
  • something sweet to eat
  • a keychain
  • a little surprise that is profile based!  

    Unfortunately the only picture I took was the one of my package and you can find it at the beginning of this blog post. Anyway it was fun to join this swap and maybe I will join some more in the summer time. Now I'm in the middle of my Birthday packages preparations because MAY is definetely a month of my penfriends' Birthdays - YAY! :-) 

piątek, 3 kwietnia 2015

ediimail - April.

 Hello to you in this wonderful time of April! At the beginning of my new blog post I would like to wish you all a HAPPY EASTER! I hope it will be time full of joy, love and happiness, spent in the lovely and peaceful atmosphere with your loved ones. 
This year I'm going to spend it at home, with my two great friends and with my family. We'll probably be the biggest eaters ever! What's more we'll be a bunch of big eaters playing board games (Scrabble above all)! I really can't wait for this time of cleaning, cooking, baking to come to an end so I can finally start eating, hehe. 

some time ago I had a lovely time with a strawberry smoothie, some muffins I baked and, of course - letterwriting! I couldn't resist taking few pictures, obviously, which I'm going to show you right now: 

 as you can see, I'm writing to my dear friend - Bart. He is a dear friend of mine and I enjoy preparing my ediimail for him to bits. This time I want to send him a notebook-length letter full of my recent adventures, news, thoughts, dreams and so on. It's impossible to be written in one or two sittings so I'm filling it slowly  step by step but with a big care. It brings joy to my heart and to be honest I can't wait for him to receive my April ediimail. :-) 

generally it has been a productive time for me if it comes to penpalling, so I have a bunch of outgoing letters to show:

 A letter for Tuija in Sweden.

 this one flied to Tuija in Sweden and I got a message she received it last week. We have our small tradition of sending our letters written on various sheets of paper. I love it, seriously! I admire her beautiful stationery and I enjoy sharing mine with her, as well. Besides it's the only example of an Easter ediimail I have, this year, that arrived on time. I also liked this cute, oval Easter Card - an egg shape for an Easter Card seems really nice, don't you think so? 

 A letter for Bianca in Germany.

this one is going to get wings and fly to Bianca in Germany. We weren't in touch for a few months but she has a special place in my heart so I spent my yesterday's evening with her and wrote her quite a long letter and put it into a handmade, map envelope. I don't know why but I just love map envelopes. They perfectly match the idea of my hobby. 
I didn't manage to send it before Easter break so it has to wait till Tuesday. I hope it'll be worth the wait in Bianca's eyes. 

the last outgoing mail I'll show you today is the one I've started replying to today. It'll travel to my dear Lithuanian friend - Kornelija. We both love bears so I'm happy to use a stationery of a bear theme. I hope to finish it soon and send with a big smile to my friend. :-)

the only letter I've recived since my last ediimail post, was the one from Kornelija. She sent me a wonderful package which I'm going to share a bit with you right now. Frankly speaking, I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw how many beautiful things her package contained!!!

The package from Kornelija.

 An old, little notebook (I love it!).
 Some delicious, Lithuanian candies.
 The most beautiful earrings ever!

 A long, warm letter.

 And such an adorable bookmark.

as you can see I'm a lucky one to have such a thoughtful friend. Now it's my turn to evoke a smile on her face and I can't wait to finish gathering some nice goodies for her! :-) Believe me or not, we met accidentally on interpals.net site. It seemed to be one of those usual, boring evenings, but it surely wasn't! I met a special friend whom I can't imagine not being in touch anymore!

well, that's all I wanted to share with you this time. In my next blog posts you'll read about a swap I've recently taken part in, and then I'll try to write one about my Polish correspondence, so stay tuned!