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Finds: Dutch Postcrossing Stamps!

By now, all of you should already know Postcrossing, the website that connects all mail fans over the world. Postcrossing is gaining fans rapidly and the Dutch PostNL has decided to produce Dutch Postcrossing stamps!

Dutch Postcrossing Stamps

From the Postcrossing blog:

Keeping in mind that Postcrossing postcards travel mostly to foreign destinations, PostNL created a set of stamps that double as tiny tourism ambassadors, helping draw attention to the country’s most interesting and attractive sites. The resulting design (by Reinier Hamel from Sin agency) is a bright sheet of stamps, which promises to bring a conversation topic (and burst of colour!) to many future postcards.

The stamps each feature an eclectic mix of popular Dutch highlights (De Hoge Veluwe, de Nachtwacht & more!) and will be available for Dutch citizens from March 29th.

You can read more (and pre-order!) on the Postcrossing blog here.

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!

Sent: mail to Lillian

I contacted Lillian via Interpals. She seems very nice & loves vintage stuff. Perfect! We decided to snailmail, so I made her a sweet package.

There’s a postcard included that says “Thank You”, an old newspaper sticker, a sheet with old stickers, a big playing game card, a small (really old) game playing card, 2 Alice in Wonderland stamps, a note and some old used stamps.

Oh, and also a letter.

Finds: my stamp collection

Inspired by another post I read elsewhere, I decided to put some pictures online with my stamp collection. Although I am more attracted to old, used stamps, I do have some new sheets I got for free last year. There’s Alice in Wonderland, Christmas and used stamps from all over the world. I use these stamps for artworks & ofcourse: snailmailing. Hoping to add more & more to my collection in the future, here is a quick overview!

Inspiration: Alice in Wonderland

I am surely not the only girl still in love (and forever will be) with Alice in Wonderland. Did you know that the novel contains a lot of symbolism & references? For instance, the whole story evolves around food & drinks. Alice needs to eat and drink to grow taller or smaller.

After the riddle “Why is a raven like a writing-desk?”, the Hatter claims that Alice might as well say, “I see what I eat…I eat what I see” and so the riddle’s solution, put forward by Boe Birns, could be that “A raven eats worms; a writing desk is worm-eaten”; this idea of food encapsulates idea of life feeding on life, for the worm is being eaten and then becomes the eater – a horrific image of mortality. Wikipedia

Without getting too much into detail, the Alice in Wonderland novels have inspired and entertained kids & adults all across the globe. I love how silly everything is, up is down and left is right. I also enjoyed the Tim Burton movie; including the Jabberwocky was a nice surprise, since Disney left it out in the animated movie (for obvious reasons).

Alice inspired me, so I went on a quest. Some Alice in Wonderland stationary would be nice. Very nice. Mind you, not the Disney version (allthough I love it). I wanted the real deal. Here are some of the amazing treasures I found (and bookmarked!) Be inspired by Alice in Wonderland!

  1. Mini postcard & envelopes set (60 cards and 34 envelopes $12,43) link
  2. Sticker stamps (80 stickers $6,90 ps: I got these & they are really nice) link
  3. Postcard with real vintage back (12 postcards with envelopes $15) link
  4. Drink me tags (10 tags with string $4,50) link
  5. Table confetti (add to an Alice in Wonderland themed snailmail package! 200 pieces $3) link
  6. White Rabbit stickers (12 stickers $1,50 ps: I ordered here before, great service & extra stickers as a gift!) link