A year of collecting unused stamps :)

Hey everyone ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s been a while since I last wrote – I’ve been travelling a bunch and so it’s been rather hard to keep up the blog. I just wanted to post something today, as it is around this time last year that I started to collect unused stamps from all over the world. I did not expect to be able to collect this many countries over the past year. Now hopefully I will be able to continue to add to my collection next year; as it will get harder and harder to acquire new countries. All of the ones I have so far are because I have traveled to these places or because friends and family have traveled there and have been so kind as to find a local postoffice while on vacation. It’s just so neat to see the stamps in perfect condition, telling a piece of history. I’ll try to upload some more pictures soon. For now, here is my list of countries I have collected so far ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. Canada
  2. Australia
  3. Fiji
  4. New Zealand
  5. Belgium
  6. France
  7. South Africa
  8. USA
  9. Thailand
  10. Japan
  11. Hungary
  12. Germany
  13. India
  14. Mexico
  15. Barbados
  16. Jamaica
  17. Azerbaijan
  18. Pakistan
  19. Poland
  20. United Kingdom
  21. Ireland
  22. Czech Republic
  23. Austria
  24. The Netherlands
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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!

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?!

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