Snail mail frustrations

Maybe it’s all the other stresses in my life right now but even my post isn’t making me happy at the moment 😦

I put my Postcrossing account on inactive with a few cards travelling and maybe one or two owing. I thought I’d stop any arriving when I’m away for medical and holiday reasons, and get a few owing for in a couple of months time. I’ve had several of my cards arrive but I’m also now 2 cards negative with everything I’ve received! It bothers me because I feel like I have to catch up all the time, and my response to the two cards today was “what, more?!” and “could be prettier”, so I may need to back down from Postcrossing again and focus on penfriend and postcard pals… Is the UK just rare enough on the website that as soon as I start sending, any future owed cards are a instantly given out by the system?

And swap-bot has frustrated me too. I know I should focus on who I’m receiving from and not their country, but the last 3 swaps are coming from USA while I’ve sent to Chile, Japan, and Malaysia. Maybe it’s the traveller in me wanting something more exotic or varied…or the tired office worker in me! The only solution I can think of for that issue is to adjust my attitude… I know that some of my nicest cards and swaps have come from the most common Postcrossing/ Swap-bot countries, and I have amazing penfriends in those countries too, but I still want to see something of the rest of the world!

Today has been just dull enough to get me down, I’m sure I’ll feel brighter again later.

/rant over, I’ve got swaps to send…

Stitched postcard progression


Layered fabric! I’m getting fancier 🙂 And stitching the fabric to the edge of the postcard gives me more space and a neater edge. I need to work on my control more now, and figure out why my bobbin tension suddenly goes strange occasionally…only whilst embroidering so I must be doing something. I’m great at unintentional whip stitch!

This card is for a “mail art postcard” swap on Swap-bot, the recipient likes birds on branches, and that’s a shape I can do! I wonder what I’ll get in return…

The fabric comes from a scrap bundle from ‘M is for make’, lots of nice bits to play with 🙂

Penpals supplies swap #2

The first ‘Emergency kit for your penpals’ swap was so much fun I had to join the second one!

The swap had to contain-
2 different letter sets : 2 sheets of each kind + matching envelope

5 envelopes
-2 store bought
– 2 hand made – sender choice
– 1 airmail

5 airmail stickers

5 address labels


Sent to France:


Pink butterfly and geometric writing sets, Paris themed labels ( yes, to France, but they’ll look appropriate when she sends them? I hope…and I couldn’t find many nice ones around), and some more boring labels, a variety of envelopes, and an extra city scene postcard.

Sent to Belgium:


The same writing paper as before (both recipients liked turquoise and pinks), the same labels, and a different envelope selection but still made from old calendars and magazines. I liked the marbled postcard, and it makes a fun greeting 🙂


Received from Belgium:


A very cute folding letter set, a strawberry postcard, colourful labels, some great envelopes, a selection of airmail stickers, very bright letter sets, a teabag and some airmail decorations. This was a great envelope to receive, so many nice things to use 🙂

Received from Scotland:


I just checked and Glasgow is only 75 miles closer than central Belgium, so not much of a shorter journey for this lovely envelope of goodies! This is a very floral collection of pretty envelopes, lots of stickers, dramatic looking writing sets, and a very pretty hummingbird note card – I’m not sure if I should send it or add it to my bird card collection…

Another successful swap! I’ll have to get letter writing 🙂