Monthly Archives: March 2013

Swap #21

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This is just awesome! Yanjuan in Shenzhen, China asked if I’d swap with her – she’s collecting US state quarters and wanted to swap some quarters for stamps / postcards. I love everything she sent! The majority of stamps are from South Africa (the ones with RSA on them) which is really neat, because I don’t have very many.

I sent Yanjuan the cards below:

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Yanjuan had a neat link that can be found here that about how to send coins in the mail. I thought it was a pretty good idea so hopefully no one will steal them!

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Received Card #86

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Favorite cheese: Goat cheese (best when handmade 🙂 )

Eva in the Czech Republic sent me this fabulous handmade card!!! I really love it. I love the black and white with bright bursts of color.

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Yiqi agreed to exchange postcards with me, because I adored the Martin Wiscombe card she had. She went above and beyond and actually bought the other 3 cards in the set for me – and today I received the final one (the cupcake card). I’m so pleased! I don’t know what else to say. 🙂 Except (I never run out of words…) and the other cards are amazing too. So surreal and circus like. I love them! 🙂 So perfect for me! 🙂

Below are the cards I sent her:

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Swap #19 & 20


Leandro from Cananéia, Brazil wrote to me about swapping and I just received his cards! I love the bright colors on the stamp! I sent him the cards below.

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I also received a second swap today!

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Kayee from China asked if I’d swap with her, and I received this really beautiful card today along with some very pretty stamps. I sent her the card below of Richmond’s famous Monument Avenue.


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Received Card #83, 84 & 85


Favorite cheeses: Sour cream & Camembert

Julia from Kyiv, Ukraine sent me this great card! At first I thought it was the NY Public Library, but it’s actually the National Art Museum of Ukraine. The lighthouse stamp is awesome!


Favorite cheeses: Gouda & Emmentaler 

Irmgard from Essen, Germany sent me this SUPER cute Easter card! I love it. 🙂 I’ve been so busy lately, but this reminded me of how excited I am for Easter. I also LOVE the stamps! I have the one on the left, but I still think it’s a great photo and love getting it. I could get a hundred of those stamps, and I’d still be excited to see it. And the other stamp is just beautifully designed. It’s of the Elbtunnel which is a pedestrian and vehicle tunnel in Hamburg, Germany – which is my favorite city in Germany!!! 🙂

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Christina from Dresden, Germany sent me this super great card of a lighthouse! I love lighthouses! 🙂 This lighthouse is on the island of Sylt, Germany.

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Valerie sends me a card from Salem, Massachusetts!

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My friend Valerie went to Massachusetts and Maine for work, and she sent me this neat card from Salem, Massachusetts! It’s of the The House of the Seven Gables and she even went up the secret staircase in the attic!

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Sent Cards #88 & 89

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Emily lives in Wrocław, Poland and likes reading and Harry Potter. I wish I had some Harry Potter cards, but sadly I don’t. 😦 So I sent her this card of a bookcover that I love, and was sort of hard to part with! 🙂

HURRAY! My card reached its destination in 18 days after traveling 7,156 km! Emily wrote me a really sweet thank you, and was happy to receive my card. She also shares my love of Snape! 🙂 



Another card arrived in Poland today! Hurray! 🙂 It had expired, so I’m really happy it made it there. Thomas is a teacher by day and a knight… well, at night. He travels Poland with his friends and participates in tournaments. I think that’s so cool! Of course he prefers his cards to be knight themed – so I had originally sent him the card of the castle above. But sadly, it was lost in the mail. It was also really sad because it was my last one and I had bought it in Chicago. So I tried again and sent him a Virginia mapcard. It finally arrived today! Although it wasn’t knight themed, my stamp had a castle and a conquistador… which I know isn’t the same, but I tried!

HURRAY! My card reached its destination in 98 days after traveling 7,315 km! Thomas wrote, “Thank you very much for the lovely postcard. This postcard came to me. Greetings from Poland. :)”

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Sent Card #87

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Tanya lives in Belarus and her profile said she likes bright cards. So I sent her this one I made – it’s the brightest card I have!

HURRAY! My card reached its destination in 21 days after traveling 7,802 km! Tanya wrote, “Thank you very much for the beautiful and colourful postcard!!!”

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Received Card #82

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Favorite cheese: Bryndza (Carpathian sheep milk cheese)

Halia in Lviv, Ukraine sent me this very cute card today! I really like the colors.

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Sent Card #86

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This card went to Mari in Merimasku, Finland. She said she was collecting cards for her and her kids who like Simpsons stamps. I didn’t have any Simpsons stamps left, but I did have a Simpsons postcard with a stamp.

HURRAY! My card reached its destination in 13 days after traveling 6,938 km! “Thank you for this lovely postcard. My son also loves the Simpsons show. It sounds interesting to travel with the circus around the country and work at the same time.” She also said she was an exchange student in San Antonio, TX.” I love San Antonio!

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