stamp country #17 Azerbaijan

As I continue to try and collect mint stamps from all around the world, I have contacted quite a few friends and acquaintances to help me in my quest. I had asked one of my friends who I met in Australia if she could help me acquire Azerbaijan stamps. Her mother came to visit her in Australia, and a few weeks later a package arrived at my doorstep with these beauties inside!

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They were issued after Azerbaijan won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2011, and thus hosted the next Song Contest in 2012. The stamps depictย the architectural buildings of Baku. They are beautiful ๐Ÿ˜€ One more country to add to my collection, I’m so excited!

stamp countries #14, #15, #16

I think I’ve mentioned before that since June 2014 I’ve been collecting mint/unused stamps, and my goal is to get at least one stamp from every country in the world. My personal goal for 2015 is to reach 20 countries, and I’m already almost there! One of my mom’s friends went on a cruise to the carribean, and so I asked her if she could be on the lookout for stamps. She brought me back some beautiful ones!

Country #14 Jamaica

country #14 Jamaica – a 1995 souvenir sheetย 

country #15 Barbados ... (the Cayman Islands is a British Territory so it belongs with Britain)

country #15 Barbados … (the Cayman Islands is a British Territory so it belongs with Britain)

country #16 Mexico ... (and a couple of more French stamps)

country #16 Mexico … (and a couple of more French stamps)

It made my day to be able to add a couple of new countries to my stamp-book ๐Ÿ™‚ It was also a bit odd, as she was telling me that she had a hard time finding local stamps – most of the stamps she came across were from America – which I guess makes sense if the ship is American. Either way, I’ve been able to add 3 new countries and 1 new territory to my collection. Is there anything you collect, and you have you set yourself goals in ย terms of collecting in 2015?

I made a vow – outgoing mail

Hello everyone.
Again, I apologize that it has been such a long time since I last updated my blog. Since then, a lot has happened. I have been job hunting and have now found a position as a post office clerk, which is just the perfect job for me. Anyhow, every day I work I have been quite stricken by how many plain, white envelopes get send. And so now I have taken a vow to (I don’t want to say never, but that is basically the idea) send only letters out which have decorated envelopes. So here go my first two so far. I’m not a very artistic person, but I gave it a try ๐Ÿ™‚

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This one is going to my friend Myra in Pakistan. The picture didn’t turn out that great but you get the idea.

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This one is going to one of my highschool friends in the USA. I love the sticker!

Vintage postcards and an addition

Hi everyone! ๐Ÿ˜€

Christmas is in two days, which means that we are visiting family and getting together to celebrate the holidays. While at my grandma’s house the other day I made some discoveries. I opened a drawer in the attic and found a bunch of vintage postcards. I’e been trying to trace their date, but it does not say on the postcards themselves and I haven’t been able to find anything on the internet just yet. I will certainly keep looking though. 18There were all kinds of postcards; buildings and villages, well known people and animal postcards. They look awesome and I can’t wait to use them.

Grandma always gives my brother and I an envelope filled with stamps, which we then carefully ย soak in water so the stamps come off the paper. It’s a fun way to do some brother-sister bonding. Anyway, I have recently (August) started a collection of mint stamps, and I am aiming to get stamps from all over the world. In the envelope she gave us we found unused Hungarian stamps from 1986 depicting a castle, which I immediately claimed. Hungary is now country #11 in the collection ๐Ÿ™‚

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Sparkles and Christmas cheer

15Hi everyone! As the term is slowing down (only one more final exam to go!), I can spend more time on the blog. It’s almost Christmas time, which calls for snailmail and Christmas cards, my favourite! My family sends out Christmas cards each year, but I’m old enough now where I also write cards to my closest friends. As always with snailmail, I find joy in sitting down and spending time writing a message to a friend, and then sending it across the world. There is just something wonderful about opening the mailbox and finding a card that is addressed to you. This Christmas I could not resist the sparkles on the cards – which now means that my study notes are also covered in glitter, but that is allright. I just thought the birds were super cute ๐Ÿ™‚ Some cards have already been sent, and these two will go in the mailbox tomorrow, so hopefully they will reach their destination on time.

Are you writing Christmas cards as well? Isn’t it fun?!

feed the addiction

Hi again everyone ๐Ÿ™‚

I know it has been a long time.ย This term is really stressful, while I try to find enough time for school/graduate school applications/GRE prep and a research position, I’m afraid knitting has fallen a bit behind. Hopefully I will be able to start knitting Christmas presents again soon.

I wanted to tell you guys about my latest project – I’ve decided that I am going to try to collect stamps from all over the world. However, I just want unused stamps (you know, just to make it harder). I’m actually pretty excited about it. Perhaps I am overromanticing it, but now whenever I go to a new country I will have an excuse to go to the postoffice and get a stamp. I am now also actively trying to persuade my friends to bring back stamps from places they go. So far I have 8 countries, and I only started the collection this summer ๐Ÿ™‚ I am rather excited to see how fast the collection will grow.

Anyway, that was my latest update, I’ll try to write again soon.

Havea nice weekend everyone! ๐Ÿ™‚

Its been too long!

Hi everyone!
oursIt’s been way too long since I last posted something. Lately I’ve had a ‘healthy obsession’ with stamps. I’ve always had a fascination with the post office and snailmail, but now it has broadened to include stamps as well. So here in France I went to the postoffice, and in my best french I asked for a souvernir sheet with stamps. I really like this one; the way the bears stand on top of one another.ย Now I just have to buy a book to keep all of them. I brought some stamps back from Australia as well, my collection has started.

Have a lovely day ๐Ÿ™‚

snailmail #3

11Hi everyone. Another snailmail post ๐Ÿ™‚ Yesterday I was studying, when my roommate walked in and handed me a pretty blue envelope. It had the cutest surprise in it and just made my day, Funny how a little piece of paper can just turn your whole mood around. I was so happy that I took a rather long study break and wrote a couple of snailmail pieces myself.

#1. A response to the happy kitten card. ย To keep with the cat theme I pasted a cool cat sticker next to her address. You might not be able to see in the picture put the cat is wearing a crown and royal cape.ย 10

#2. It’s mom’s birthday soon so I thought it would be nice to send her a birthday card and a tourist card from Melbourne.

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#3. A response to a highschool friend in the USA. I love the postcard that I sent along. My university has this neat rack of advertisement postcards – and quite often they are really awesome. So i collect them and send them all over the globe. This one is for an exhibition in the State Library of NSW called “The impossible peace from war photographs to landscapes 1958-2011”.ย 13

#4. Another birthday card and a letter to my friend in Canada – hope it gets there in time. I love the new tape that I purchased. I put the same three stamps on every piece of mail. It was a little bit of a struggle at the postoffice. I think the lady behind the counter was having a bad day, and so my suggestion of wanting multiple stamps instead of the regular international stamp was not well received. With a little bit of patience it all worked out and now there are some new stamps floating around in mail space. ๐Ÿ™‚ย 14

#10 It’s getting cold over here

Hi everyone ๐Ÿ™‚

#29cFinally a knitting post. It has been a while since I last posted I know. As an exchange student it is harder to find the time to sit down and knit when there is so much stuff out there to explore (besides uni work). In Australia the seasons are reversed, as so we are now going in to winter. It is beautiful, with all the leaves turning colour and falling down, yet the breeze is getting colder and you have to wear an extra layer at night. In my excitedness to come here I did not pack a scarf – the perfect excuse to knit myself another shawl. Finally, after a month, I have completed the Ashton shawl (which can be found on ravelry).

#29bI love the colour of this scarf. If you go through all my previous posts, it becomes clear that I do not often work with green, mainly because green is not my favourite colour. I decided to give it a try, switch things up a little, and I love the result. I think I will be wearing this one around a lot!

#29aI have not had a chance to block this scarf, seeing as I really don’t know how to. The scarf if for my own use, and when I wear it like in the picture you really can’t tell that the edge curls up. Perhaps when I get back home I will invest in a couple of wires and block it out. But until then I will love wearing it as it is.

Have a nice day everyone! xx