We’re Obsessed!

The pen pal thing started out with me wanting to write to somebody … anybody! and now I’m up to 19 somebodies and I’m still craving more! I received two letters this morning and am already itching to write back. I’m starting to feel like I’m developing an addiction!

 

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Then imagine my surprise when my awesome five-year old daughter said that she would like some pen pals too! She has got right into the idea and is so excited so I’ve joined a few Facebook groups and listed her there and she now has four friends of her own to write to. She even received her first letter yesterday and was so happy about it that she finished up her reply straight away and I got it posted out for her this morning.

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As she was and is so excited about writing, I nipped into town with my mum for a bit of retail therapy. We ended up at Poundland where I got her some sparkly Washi tape (3 for £1 … bargain!) a hundred My Little Pony stickers to decorate her letters with, her own pack of multicoloured pens, and a little pink notebook which she has decorated with some of the stickers for storing her names and addresses. This bundle of awesome cost me £4 and the smile on her face was just insane so it’s one of the best £4’s I’ve ever spent!

So yeah, if you like a bargain then head on down to Poundland – you never know what you’ll find!

In an earlier post I mentioned how one of the first letters that I received contained a couple of tea bags. This got me thinking about sending things within my letters to people too as a way to add an extra bit of fun or happiness to their day and, wanting to mix it up a bit, I ordered some little magnets and sew on patches. Well they have all arrived! I was quite blown away by this as the patches were sent from China and I was expecting to have quite the wait before they got to me but there they were this morning, just sitting on the floor with the post waiting for me to grab them up and start sending them. Chuffed does not even cover how I felt about them when I got them out and had a peek through. I’ve just popped a picture of a few of them below.

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I’m going to show Sophie-Anne the patches and see if she’d actually like any for herself (because some of them are just stinkin’ adorable!) but if not then she is more than welcome to send some on to her new pals who I hope will become long-term or even life-long friends. She actually used one of the dalmatian magnets in her reply to her first letter as the girl has a dog (along with a snake and a hamster!) so she thought it would be nice to send one on to her. This kid melts my heart!

As a lot of the items I’ve received are leaning towards a more feminine looking direction, I’ve also ordered a huge pack of vinyl stickers from Amazon so that I can include them with any letters to fellas (I only have one at the minute but am looking for more) or to any of the ladies who I think would like something a little different.

Aaaaaaand … I have just this minute received an email from postcrossing.com to let me know that the postcard I sent to Germany has been received! I even got a nice message back from the chap that received it to say thank you which I didn’t expect at all. That’s just made my day even brighter.

So yeah, so far pen palling is going well, and postcrossing is just starting to get off of the ground for us. I just hope it continues 🙂

Make it a great one,

Deb xox

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They’ve Arrived!

My postcards have arrived and as soon as I unwrapped them I was straight on the Postcrossing site getting my names and addresses to send to. When you are just starting out they allow you to post to a maximum of five people and that number increases with the more cards that you send. I think the limit goes all the way up to 100 cards in transit at one time if I remember right! I can’t imagine a) the hand cramp from writing 100 cards as I’d want them all to go at the same time and b) the total cost in postage needed to send that many cards all over the world. I wonder what the most cards someone has on the go is?!?!?! hmmmm…

I think the cool thing about this site is that when you get an address for posting you are also shown “A little something about ….” where the person that you are sending to gives you some basic details about themselves and their likes. It helped massively with what to write on each card which is a plus but then I found that some people were asking for specific kinds of cards which I just don’t have so I’ve explained why I’ve sent the card that they have received and said that I hope that they like them.

So the cards I’m sending in this first batch are…

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This postcard will be travelling 1094 miles to Finland.

The recipient expressed a number of interests but also mentioned that she had two cats and likes cats on her cards so I found this one out for her.

 

 

 

 

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This one will be travelling 3341 miles to New York, USA.

The recipient for this one mentioned that she likes One Direction but they weren’t around at the times of these books so that was a no go. I flipped through all 100 cards and didn’t manage to find any about music so sadly, she ended up with a random card.

 

 

 

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This card will be travelling the shortest distance of 390 miles to Germany and is the only card out of the bunch that is being sent to a man.

Again, a lot of interests were listed but not many of my cards matched up to his likes – he did mention a like of cars though so I thought I’d get this one out for him.

 

 

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This card will be sent the furthest distance of 3946 miles to Russia.

The lady receiving this card asked for touristy cards but again, this is something that I don’t have at this point. She did ask for a favourite saying or phrase to be written on the card so I went with my favourite of “Be a flamingo in a flock of pigeons.” This is actually something that I want tattooed on me at some point!

 

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The final card from this batch will be travelling 812 miles to Poland.

This lady requested a card designed by a local artist – I’ve never seen anything locally that I could use to fulfil this request but she did also ask for a picture of a building or monument from your town or country so I opted for Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. She probably has a ton of these kind of pictures as she’s received 1532 postcards since starting on the site but then hopefully that number will be spread all over the globe and she won’t have this card! I wouldn’t bet on it though.

 

So that’s it for this first bundle of postcards being sent, I’m hoping to be getting them posted out over the weekend so we will see how long it takes to get selected and have a card sent back!

Fancy checking out the Postcrossing site for yourself? If so, click here!

Take care,

Deb xox