Y is for Your own design
I didn't want to go with the easy Y is for Yellow option, or repeat 'Year of the Chinese Animal'. So I present to you a stamp where Heleen has used her own design. It seems like more and more post offices allow you to customize your own design. Here in the US this is licensed to a couple of companies (and you are charged extra for it).
I doubt any of these designs are truly collectible, but you never know.
Heleen's envelope came with an added snail, as well as a fun December stamp.
Inside was a stripy banana - thanks for the fun mail, Heleen.
Thank you for posting, Phillip! And happy to see that both PostNL and USPS managed to find and send to the correct address!ReplyDelete
The December stamp shows fireworks and 'oliebollen' (literally: oil bolls), a typical food eaten at 'oudejaarsavond': the end of the old Year and start of the new Year.
And the banana is mostly Yellow though :-)
Here in NL Dutch Post charges extra for these customized (we name it personalized) stamps, too. The funny thing (in this case, usually not) is that postage costs increase every year, so some of the personalized stamp sheets I had made some years ago (when postage for national mail costed 0.44 eurocent and I paid 0.55 for a customized stamp), in the end appear to be cheaper than a regular stamps now (national post in 2018 is 0.83, so I 'won' 0.28 :-D )
Funny that I didn't even realize I had posted 'yellow' andDelete
year' anyway :)
This is great!ReplyDelete
In Spain you can also made personalized stamps too, but it's expensive: 1€ every stamp, to send a letter whitin Spain, that usually costs 0,55€, for instance.
Some people use this service for wedding invitations :)
They cost extra here, too, but maybe not quite as much of a price hike as you have in Spain.Delete
I like the certified banana, cool envelope.ReplyDelete
Both are a lot of fun, aren't they.Delete
mmm, oliebollen (though, once a year is enough for me!)ReplyDelete
I like doughnuts, so I am sure I'd like these, too.Delete
That's such a cute and unusual design! Love it!ReplyDelete
Wish i was savvier when it comes to art and drawing and stuff - I would have enjoyed decorating envelopes and postcards (provided I don't feel too lazy as well :))
Heleen is a very good at drawing. I would struggle to draw such a good snail.Delete
I think the two of you sure can draw nice things, if you want and practice, don't you think so? :-)Delete
(this might be the 100th or 200th snail I've ever drawn :-) )
You are right - certainly with practice I could improve a lot - however it takes the one thing I don't have enough of - time!Delete
A very well designed envelope Heleen/Phillip and a fun banana.ReplyDelete
Thank you all for your kind words!ReplyDelete