Tag: inspiration

Inspiration: making envelopes out of maps

Hardly original or new, I made these little map envelopes. I bought me some envelope templates a year ago, meaning to sell them, but never got to it. And seeing so much of these templates on other blogs, gave me the inspiration (or motivation) to finally try to make some envelopes myself.

I bought an old map of a province in the Netherlands (Friesland), which is connected to the North Sea and has some pretty islands. The Netherlands has 8 islands (excluding the Caribbean ones), of which 3 are uninhabited. I visited one of them a couple of years ago, Texel (on the picture). It was beautiful & I would love to go back. Go there if you can!

So, I could get 12 envelopes out of the map with the mini envelope template (didn’t use the big one). I moved the template around a bit, so I could get the prettiest parts on the envelopes.

It wasn’t much work & it was a nice way to spend an afternoon. Oh, and here is a pic. Just to give you an idea. Pick up the wooden templates on eBay or Etsy on the cheap!



Inspiration: Not Another Bill

Sick & tired of bills?

Unfortunatly, bills will never stop coming. But you can make your mailbox and yourself happier! How about receiving a nice package, every so often? Totally unexpected? Something just for you?

That’s where Not Another Bill comes in to play. It’s not free, but it is wonderful. Here’s the deal. You sign up on their website & choose a subscription. How many times a year do you want a surprise? One month? Three? You pay and forget about it. Untill you come home someday after a long, hard day of work and there it is: a custom, beautifully wrapped present, just for you.

The present is a surprise, you’ll never know what you’re going to get. But the present far outshines the costs. They ship worldwide and you can pay with PayPal.

There is a trial 3 month deal for just 40 pounds (excl. shipping). Check it out!

Not another bill

Finds: toot my own horn

Been browsing Etsy for months. Because secretly, one of my biggest passions is home decorating. I’m not good at it, I just like it. Especially the cabinet of curiosities, glorified in the Sibella Court books Nomad and Living Etc.

Let’s not beat around the bush: I wanted a horn. Or an antler. Really bad. So bad, that I almost caved in to spending $30 (excl. shipping) for one. I tried to put it out of my mind, but it still lingered.

So, today was just a regular day, except: there was a fleamarket in town! And the billboards didn’t say: Fleamarket. They said: Gigantic Fleamarket! Ofcourse I had to go. So I woke up really early this morning (08:00; yes, I find 08:00 early), put on some clothes and headed to this presumably gigantic fleamarket. It was indeed gigantic. Once again, I was on a budget. But I didn’t have to worry, because my best friend Suus was there too. When cash is low, we back eachother up. You know the drill.

Still, I arrived with 20 euro ($25). Here’s what I scored:

  • 5 packages of old stamps (space, ships, European, Romanian and a mixpack 3 euro)
  • an ancient (yes, I do not dare to call it vintage) pulley (3 euro)
  • a black and white postcard (5 for 1 euro)
  • a lot of shells (1 euro)

And.. a horn! I was so excited, I had to keep myself from hugging the man. I was really worried about the price.. He wanted 5 euro for it. Check out the pictures!

Inspiration: Postick


Yes. Postick. A sticker with a postcard, which you can stick on the back of anything you wish to send.

These things are briljant. I have so many old (but good) recipes, illustrations from children’s books, playing game cards.. They are made with beautiful matt and un-coated paper, on which you can even write with a fountain pen!

Here’s the list that got me excited! Some ideas for future postcards:

  • Photographs
  • Drawings
  • Flyers
  • Invitations to events
  • Fabric
  • Vintage photographs
  • Collaged bits & pieces
  • Beautiful cardboard tea packaging
  • Vintage/ used postcards
  • Cut-out posters
  • Nice gift wrap
  • Torn-off corner of a pretty paper place-mat
  • Magazine clippings
  • Doodles on a paper serviette
  • Torn-out page from a daily planner
  • Kids drawings
  • Paper menus
  • Pages from old discarded books
  • A section of a map
  • Old concert tickets
  • Pressed flowers
  • Cardboard chocolate packaging

Want it? Good. You can choose if you want a pack of 10, 20 or 50. Go to the Etsy shop of Postcard Happiness & pick up these sweet babies today!

postick - make a postcard out of everything




Inspiration: What to write?

You got  e-mail! It’s Sofia from the USA and she wants to snailmail with you! You get excited, dreaming away about the lovely snailmail you will receive from Sofia… But; she wants you to go first! Now what?

Depending on your snailmailpal, you might want to discuss a theme. This makes the snailmail more coherent and the content a lot more fun to compile. Once a theme is set, you can start. I like to start with the letter first. Get a nice piece of notebook paper, stationary or whatever you feel comfortable with. I’ll stamp the paper first with an inkstamp, so my writing will go over the stamp (instead of the other way around).


What to write your new penpal?


Get your favorite pen and sit down, breathe and try to relax and let your mind flow. Ask about your penpal, but don’t overdo it. Keep in mind that your questions  depend on how much contact you had trough mail or chat. Here’s a little start:

Hi Sofia,
I am very happy that you would like to snailmail with me! It is very cold down here, there’s even a lot of snow.
How’s the weather over there? Currently I am drinking strawberry tea and listening to some folk music.
Do you like tea? Or are you more a coffee person? And what type of music do you like?

You can continue in this matter, but ofcourse it depends completely on your mood & style. It can be difficult to write 2 or 3 full pages, so I always write one page on my first snailmail. Here is a list of keep-in-minds when writing your very first snailmail.

  • Your penpal is not a diary. Respond to the letter received, instead of writing a complete new story
  • Keep it light, especially on your first snailmail. Once you feel comfortable enough, you can write about things that worry or scare you
  • Don’t ask too much questions. Your penpal also wants to tell a story, not answer quizzes through mail
  • Stick to the theme. You both agreed on this theme, if you choose to ignore it, your penpal will feel disappointed
  • Don’t feel a connection? Let your penpal know, this is a normal and polite thing to do (instead of keeping her waiting)
  • It’s called snailmail for a reason. Don’t rush!
  • Take your time to answer your penpal with thoughtful mail, put your heart in it

Got more tips? Let me know!

What to write your new penpal?