Wednesday, April 1, 2020

...Heleen's big cats...

Heleen noticed that I didn't have any lion stamps, so she very kindly rectified the situation.


Accompanied by a pair of land lions.



She sent similar mail to Eva, who received a sealion.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

...JungYoun's mouse...

Nice mail from South Korea from JungYoun.




Year of the Rat postage


With a couple of cards inside.


Monday, March 30, 2020

Heleen's cat...

A great quote on this envelope I made to send to Heleen.



It seems to me to be just as apt for today's world.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Timber-frame houses

The theme for Sunday Stamps is architecture.



This definitive non-denominated stamp from the Czech Republic features timber-frame houses. Z indicates the international rate. I have no idea why the letter Z was chosen. A is used for domestic mail, and E for European destinations.

For more architecture on stamps, explore the links at Sunday Stamps.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

...and mouse!

Fafa sent me a wonderful piece of mail with the French Year of the Rat stamp.



And some mice (amongst other animals) on the inside.


With one of the door cards that I had admired on Eva's blog. This one with an eastern theme.


Thanks so much, Fafa.



Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Frida Kahlo

Excellent template online free download by Rachel Ignotofsky colored by Eva and turned into an envelope. She cleverly has the King of Spain being painted. 



I missed Eva's instructions and opened it the 'wrong' way, however it all worked out fine. Thanks for another great piece of mail.

Monday, March 23, 2020

We all see the same moon

Wonderful mail from Heleen that was a surprise arrival two days ago.


And inside one of her favorite postcards of her home country - stunning view.


I was very happy to see that both PostNL and USPS worked very efficiently for me to receive the letter on March 21st, with a postmark of March 16th, even in these tough times!

Thanks, Heleen, it really lifted my spirits after what felt like one of the longest weeks of my life. (And I will answer your moon-related question in my next sending).

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Signs of Spring

Today's theme for Sunday Stamps is signs of spring, and I think this trio of stamps from Taiwan fits the bill. Birds, and flowers blooming!




The two stamps valued at 5 NT$ are from a set issued in 2017 titled Ancient Chinese Palace Museum - Immortal Blossoms of Spring II. You can see the others in the set at this link.

As for the 13 NT$ stamp, I have come up empty in my online search.

Find out what others have chosen by exploring the links at Sunday Stamps.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Out of this world

Fantastic star-catching astronaut from Eva.


With perfectly matching postcards inside.



And fun stickers on the back.


It reminded me of some other stickers I received on a postcard recently. 


Thursday, March 19, 2020

Equinox

Today is the equinox, and the stamps on this envelope from Fafa made me think of half light, half dark. 



My scanner certainly did think so on the light stamp, a photo shows off the stamp better. They are from the annual series of heart stamps with designs created by French companies, often in the fashion industry.




And some color on the inside for the first day of spring, and a message of hope in these difficult and uncertain times.




Thanks, Fafa.

To everyone who reads the blog - stay safe, and stay strong!

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Cinco de Mayo

A stamp was issued in 1998 celebrating Cinco de Mayo, the day in 1862 when the Mexican Army defeated the much larger forces of the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla.



Generally celebrated these days in the US by drinking margaritas - although I wonder if there will be much celebrating this year given the COVID19 pandemic.

Stay inside if possible, and explore the links to more celebrations at Sunday Stamps.

Be safe, everyone.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Thanks to the post office

In these weird times, USPS is keeping me sane.



Thanks for all you do to keep the mail moving!

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Monday, March 9, 2020

Worm moon

Here is a piece of moon mail sent to Eva, shown today in honor of the full moon - known as the worm moon in north America.




This is Phobos, one of Mars' moons, and shaped a bit like a potato. Perhaps one day humans will land there.

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Flowers on Leap Day mail

Today's theme for Sunday Stamps is flowers.

A cactus flower arrived on this nice exchange envelope from Carolyn, complete with a once every four years 29 February postmark. The stamp is from a set of 10 issued last year.




Some other flowers I've received recently include this one from the German definitive series. The 20c marigold stamp also has a very nice postmark from Bremen. Below that the 15c shows a meadowfoam flower (I think - I confess I've never heard of this flower), while the 10c shows a winterling, a type of buttercup.




To take your mind off what I consider to be the second worst day of the year, explore more links to flowers over at Sunday Stamps.

Thursday, March 5, 2020

An unexplained mail adventure

This postcard from Eva arrived yesterday, postmarked 21 January - so a journey that took 42 days - quite a long time from Spain.

The only clue to the adventure is the fact that it had 5 barcodes on it - so presumably it was misdirected a few times before finally showing up.



It will be interesting to see if the Olympic Games and Expo go ahead or not.

Happy 2020!

Monday, March 2, 2020

Listen to any good stories lately?

I sent Heleen envelope 959 made from a paper bag, and used some Harry Potter stamps (issued in 2013) to go with it.



This envelope is the sibling of this one I sent to Eva last year (image from her blog):



Any guesses (except Eva and Heleen) which shop the bag is from?

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Playing, with hearts

This is a fun exchange envelope from Carole.



Nice bird on the back.



And thank you for the included bookmark!



Sunday, February 23, 2020

Green for Sunday Stamps

Some (mostly) green gravitational waves on this German stamp from 2017.

(I think someone showed this stamp recently in SS)




To see more green postage, explore the links at Sunday Stamps.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Even more hearts

Great colors outlined in gold on this exchange envelope from Sam.

Love the giant postmark!



Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Monday, February 17, 2020

Any color but red

Hester's message that arrived with this handmade postcard:



And accompanied by a largely non-red rat :)

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Hearts and birds

Fun birds from Patty arrived in time for Valentine's Day. Clever to match the colors to the stamp, and a neat border, too.



Friday, February 14, 2020

Happy St Valentine's Day

Here's envelope 931 sent in an envelope exchange in 2018, featuring one of my favorites from the Love series, the paper cut heart stamp.



Bonus - can anyone guess the store the bag is from?