Even more Incoming Mail!

Incoming Mail

Hi everybody! πŸ™‚

It was my birthday yesterday! Whoooo… I participated in a birthday game at the facebook group “Penpalling & Letters”, where everyone sends everyone a birthday card, so I’ve had a LOT of incoming mail these last few days… there are still some cards missing, however, which is why I’ll wait and make an extra post for all the lovely birthday mail later this (or next) week! πŸ™‚

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So today I’m going to show you a little more of my “normal” incoming snail mail! I’m almost done answering my BIG pile of incoming letters, now that I have time for letter writing again, and as soon as my penpals have received their letters, I’m going to make my first “Outgoing Mail” post, too! πŸ™‚

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The first letter for today is from the lovely Emma from Scotland! I love the Popcorn stationery, it’s so cool!!!

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Emma has also included a Mail Tag, which I’m relatively new to, but I love it! For anyone who doesn’t know what this is, you basically include a little piece of paper with a few questions (normally 3-5) for your penpal to answer. I’m planning to do a blog post on Mail Tags soon, where I’ll explain it in more depth and also give some tips on how to do it! πŸ™‚

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And that wasn’t all! Emma also gave me some awesome extras, a selfmade paper flower, nail art stickers (I LOVE nail art!), a tea bag – which I can’t wait to try, but for now it’s still too hot outside, and I don’t feel like drinking tea! I really want to enjoy the tea so I guess I’ll better wait for autumn to arrive! πŸ™‚ And finally, there are some “stamp” stickers with Alice in Wonderland designs! I love them! ❀

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On to the next letter! This one is from Veronica from the Czech Republic! It’s the very first letter I’ve received from her, and it’s just perfect!

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Veronica’s letter is really lovely and sweet, and I loved reading it! She has also included a little extra: a postcard from Hotel Paris in Prague, which is beautiful!!! ❀ , and a cute little glittery tag with her address πŸ™‚ I also think she has a really cool handwriting, don’t you think?

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The third one for today is a very lovely letter from Gia Tu from Vietnam! (A little stamp appreciation, please! πŸ˜‰ )

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I met Gia Tu when I made a little postcard giveaway in a snail mail facebook group lately! She received one of my cards and wanted to send me one back, too. I was really surprised to not get “only” a postcard, but a full letter!

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It seems we’re now penpals by chance, but I’m really happy about it because I’ve never had a penpal from Vietnam before and I’m excited to learn about new cultures! Gia Tu is a very crafty person, she’s so creative and talented! I absolutely love the little dry flower she put at the bottom of her letter! ❀ She also has a very beautiful handwriting and made me a little calligraphy quote with a quill, it’s awesome!

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Now on to a letter which arrived just in time before I had to leave Germany! I was really worried it would arrive after I left, but it made it in time and I’m so happy about it! It’s from ChanΓ© from South Africa!

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ItΒ΄s ChanΓ©s first letter to me, and I absolutely loved it! Before we started penpalling, we agreed on a little book exchange, so along with my first letter to her, I sent her one of my favourite books (“Wicked Lovely” by Melissa Marr), and was really excited to see which one she’d choose for me! Of course, I had to take the book to Spain with me and can’t wait to read it!

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The letter itself was also very, very lovely and I can’t wait to answer it! I already feel like I’ve known ChanΓ© for ages, it just “clicked” with us! πŸ™‚

Finally, I have 3 postcards to show you! Two of them were, like Gia Tu’s letter, responses to the postcard giveaway! The first is from Kazuyo from Japan. It’s a beautiful card with a lovely quote on it and I was very happy to receive it!

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The second one is from Amy from the USA:

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The front of the card says: “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson. Thanks to Amy, it really made my day, as she also wished me luck with my thesis, which I could really use at that time! I also really love the Capitol Reef postcard she included!

Finally, I also received a postcard from Melody from Canada! She’s one of my newer penpals, and we haven’t actually exchanged letters yet, but when she recently made a trip to San Francisco, she sent me a postcard from there, and I love it!

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I seem to have a “thing” for handwritings, because once again, I have to note how cool Melody’s is! And can we please also appreciate the seal with the mailbox!?! ❀afterfocus_1440588825369afterfocus_1440588847594

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Soo, that’s all for today! Congrats if you’ve made it through that giant post! πŸ˜‰
I’ll be back soon with my birthday mail!
Hope you all have a lovely day!

— Theresa ❀

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I’m back – Hello from Spain! :)

Hello again!
Against my expectations – and maybe yours, too – I couldn’t publish another post last week. It has been a crazy week indeed! I finished my bachelor thesis just in time before it had to be printed and sent out. I’m really happy with the outcome and that it is finally over! πŸ™‚
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I couldn’t rest after that, however, because I had to pack everything for my move to Spain! It’s really complicated when you have to pack stuff for two people for a whole year and only have so much space in your car (how do people even do this when they go abroad by PLANE?!)! The whole move didn’t really dawn on me until shortly before we left, when I had to say goodbye to everyone. I had the chance to meet my best friend again ❀ Which was GREAT ❀ I miss you already!

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We then also had a little “farewell party” (well, more of a “cake-and-coffee with the family”) on Sunday where we said goodbye to my sister, uncle and grannys and then on Monday we said goodbye to my dad and started our journey in the morning. We went all the way to the western boarder of Germany, into France (through some very idyllic, out-in-the-sticks parts, too) and then spent the night in a B&B to get some rest and be fresh for the rest of the journey the next day. Yesterday we passed into Spain and took the chance to have a little rest at a small city in the Basque country called Zarautz, where we had lunch and enjoyed the view of the Atlantic ocean ❀
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We then arrived at our new home – Valladolid – in the afternoon, found a parking space right in front of our flat (yay!) and began unpacking. Today we got up late πŸ˜€ unpacked a little bit more and sorted out a few things with the university here…then we had a little walk around the city centre, and it’s really beautiful here, I already love it!!!

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Now I have finally settled a bit, the flat isn’t a complete mess anymore – I even found space for my very own snail mail drawer! I love it! πŸ™‚ I guess I am off to some letter writing now again after weeks – FINALLY!

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I will be back soon with the remaining part of my incoming mail and some other post ideas I already have in mind! πŸ™‚

I hope you’re all doing great!

❀ — Theresa