Monthly Archives: January 2014

Received Cards #156, 157, 158, 159 & 160

I received so many postcards today! I love days like today! 🙂


Päivi from Peräseinäjoki, Finland sent me this super cute card of cows! And, she included a few stamps for me! I LOVE them! Especially the Santa ones. 🙂 She said she lives on a farm and has 7,000 hens! Wow!!!


Favorite cheese: Tomme Blanche (traditional cheese usually made in the Alps)

Carole lives near Perpignan, France and sent me a card with two of my loves on it: ice skating and cheese. It’s wonderful! 🙂 Who knew such a card existed! 🙂

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Kent from Hong Kong sent me this very colorful card, and equally colorful and beautiful stamp! 🙂 He lives there with his wife, son and 2 cats!

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Karolina from Poznań, Poland sent this neat card of her hometown. It looks like there’s a lot of interesting things to see and do there!

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Favorite cheese: Leerdammer (similar to Emmental)

Silke is a biologist from Northern Germany, and lives near the Baltic Sea. The painting is called “Die Witwe und das Junge Elternpaar” which means “The Widow and the Young Parents”. Such pretty stamps!

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Sent Card #166

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Nadezhda lives in Kaluga, Russia which is close to Moscow. She wrote on her profile that she likes stamps! 🙂 So, of course, I had to send her some. I sent her a few new and used ones.

HURRAY! My card reached its destination in 12 days after traveling 8,012 km! Nadezhda wrote, “Hello Maria! Thank you very much for this beautiful postcards and wonderful surprise-the stamps! I’m very happy that I received it)) I sent to you some stamps too. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a beautiful stamps with objects of Olympic games, but when i’ll buy it, i’ll send it to you (i like this stamps very much))). I think, Richmond is not very big city, right? Why did you live in Saint Petersburg for 2 months? Did you study there? Happy Postcrossing!”

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Sent Cards #164 & 165

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I sent this card from Rockford, Illinois to Raul in Tallinn, Estonia. He collects postcards with public transportation systems on them. This is a photo from the early 1900’s.

HURRAY! My card reached its destination in 19 days after traveling 7,127 km! Raul wrote, “Thank you for [the] very interesting postcard and nice stamps. We have still trolleybusses as well as trams in Tallinn. I liked trollybuses very much when I was small. Then I used them very much (to go for activities etc). Currently we have -20 degrees Celsius (-4 degrees Fahrenheit). There is also approximately 10-20 cm snow, so it is possible to ski. Warm regards :)”

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I sent this card to Tuula in Haukipudas, Finland. She said to send a card that I liked, so I sent her this mapcard of Wisconsin, which is one of my favorites! 🙂 Wisconsin is awesome!!!

HURRAY! My card reached its destination in 6 days after traveling 6,841 km! Tuula wrote, “Hi Maria! Thank You for the card!”

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Received Cards #154 & 155

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Favorite cheese: Zolf Allgäutaler

Anja from Germany sent me this beautiful and colorful card today! I love the colors!!!

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Favorite cheeses: Old Amsterdam, Old Goat cheese, Gargonzola & Mozzarella 

Diana from the Netherlands sent me this Eric Carle card (from the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar). I love Eric Carle! I had many of his books as a child, and my collection keeps growing. I happened to have been housesitting / catsitting in NYC in 2011, and Eric Carle was signing books and reading from his latest one at a Barnes & Noble, so of course I had to go. I wish I could have said more than “Hi” to him. 🙂 I wanted to say so many things about how amazing his art and books are, and how he inspired me to be a designer. But I was lost for words when I actually met him.

ALSO, Diana sent me the above mint stamp of Nyntje! It’s a stamp that’s sold yearly and proceeds are given to a children’s charity. It’s so cute, and I’m so delighted to add it to my collection! 😀

Here’s a picture I took of Eric Carle – wish I’d gotten one with him and me! You could tell how much he loves children, because when they spoke to him, his face lit up. What a cool man!


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Sent Card #163


I sent this card to Kimberly in Stanton, California, USA. She had this card on her wish list, and I’ve been waiting to send it to someone who really wanted it. I’m glad it found a good home. 🙂 She also loves cats, so I put these cat stamps on the card.

HURRAY! My card reached its destination in 4 days after traveling 3,662 km! Kimberly wrote, “Thanks for the beautiful card! I love it. I’m so glad you were saving for someone (me) that would really appreciate it and I do. I have sent cards that I love and was so afraid they weren’t going to make it and they would get lost and not be appreciated. Luckily that hasn’t happened yet. I don’t want any of my cards to get lost, but there are some that are special. I think you know what I mean. […] Oh, I love the older animal stamps too. […] Thanks again for the great card and maybe I’ll see you on F/B and we can swap! 🙂 Happy Postcrossing! Kimberly”

She also told me about a great Postcrossing “swap” page on Facebook: I just joined and already swapped some postcards for some stamps! 🙂 Yay! 

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Card from Madeleine!

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I swapped cards with Madeleine about a week ago, and she just sent me this really pretty card that she picked up on a recent trip to Florida. She said this is one of her favorite stamps, and I love it too. I was so excited when the USPS released the Harry Potter stamps!!! 🙂

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Received Card #153

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Yay, a mapcard! 🙂 I’ve been really slowly collecting mapcards, and was pleased to get this great one from Marcella in New York, USA today.

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Sent Cards #161 & 162


I sent this card to Elisa in Halberstadt, Germany! She asked to write about my favorite hobby, so I told her I love collecting stamps! 🙂

HURRAY! My card reached its destination in 5 days after traveling 6,744 km! Elisa wrote, “Thanks for the beautiful postcard with pretty stamps. I was really happy about it! 🙂 Happy Postcrossing” 


My first card to Israel!!! 🙂 I sent this to Oksana in Kfar Bilu, Israel. Oxana is originally from Russia, and works as a doctor in an ER. That sounds really intense! Yet, admirable and wonderful, too. 🙂 Her profile said she loved postcards of old ships, so I sent her this one of the Titanic.

HURRAY! My card reached its destination in 28 days after traveling 9,601 km! Oksana wrote, “Thanks for the interesting card and stamps! All the best! Oksana”

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Sent Card #157, 158, 159 & 160

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I sent this card to Satu in Rauma, Finland. She said to send the “worst and most tasteless card” I have. 🙂 This is my worst! I call this the creepy Presidents card.

HURRAY! My card reached its destination in 9 days after traveling 6,880 km! Satu wrote, “Hi Maria and thank so much for funny postcard! Happy and artistic new year! Yours Satu” 🙂


I sent Egon from Ajdovščina, Slovenia this card. He collects old cards or pictures.

HURRAY! My card reached its destination in 9 days after traveling 7,232 km! Egon wrote, “Ahoi! I collect coins and banknotes from around the world. Can you give me what you alone?” He wrote to me in Slovenian (which I don’t speak – but I hope this translation is semi right). Not sure what “alone” means.


I sent this card to BJ in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

HURRAY! My card reached its destination in 20 days after traveling 15,498 km! BJ wrote, “Nice card. I like it. Thank you.”

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I sent this card to Leonor in Esgueira, Portugal. Leonor is 3 years old (4 in May!) and her aunt sends all her cards. 🙂 This card was on her favorite list and I happened to have had it! 🙂

HURRAY! My card reached its destination in 9 days after traveling 5,805 km! Leonor wrote, “Thank’s!”

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Swap #34

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Favorite cheese: Cashew cheese (vegan)

So, Madeleine from Massachusetts, USA found me via my Etsy shop, which sent her here to my blog. She asked if I’d swap cards, and of course, I said yes. 🙂 She asked me some questions about selling cards on Etsy, so I thought I’d send her my 5 most current cards (pictured below). I thought it’d give her a good idea about printing quality.

She sent me this adorable card of a pig, which I think is super cute. It’s from Farm Sanctuary in NY. She’s a vegan, and I’ve been trying to eat a more vegan diet. AND, her grandfather is a famous philatelist, which I think is sooooo awesome! 🙂 His name is Jeremy A. Lifsey and he wrote 2 books on stamps. Check them out!

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