Vintage Airmail to the Philippines

Here’s a quick look at an outgoing bit of mail I sent off to Joeylyn from the Philippines. It was good fun playing around with the both the brown/kraft and airmail stripes colour schemes. My sister got me a vintage envelopes washi, and I cut that into single envelopes to use as stickers.

I made a small booklet out of sticky notes for the mail tag answers and questions, and added some washi and stamps for decorating purposes. Joeylyn had also just told me that she’s started collecting postage stamps, so I  threw in some of the ones I normally keep to use for decorating.and wrapped them up in tissue paper.

Popcorn tea is something I found in the tea aisle a little while back, and like to send to penpals because it’s funny and a little rare. There’s also a fortune teller fish – you put it in your hand and depending on how it curls it’s supposed to say something about you.

Then everything was bundled up into a little pile of goodies, which I hope that Joeylyn will appreciate! I wrote the letter on decorated revision cards, which is a first for me.

May the postman deliver ever in your favour,

x Alex.


Some Swedish Pride

A new penpal from the US asked me a lot of things about where I was from in her opening letter. Since one of the things that stood out to me during my year there was how few people knew anything about our tiny country in the north, I decided to make Sweden the theme of the letter.

Opening letters are always a little hard I think, and having a theme that directs the letter itself makes it easier to start a conversation. To aid conversation in future letters, a mail tag note was of course there too!

The tuck-ins included some blue and yellow washi tape, since those are the colours of the flag. I also added a small garland with Swedish flag bunting on it.

The airplane sticker flakes were made using some stamps I got on sale just after Christmas, they fit just right on some label paper I had lying around. I quite imagine this will be a recurring thing.

I hope she enjoys this little bit of happy mail!

May the mail man deliver ever in your favour,