zondag 17 september 2017

Postcards from every corner of the world (kind of)

Let's enjoy...

There are various swaps on the Postcrossing forum
and this one caught my eye, "Free (NOT ad) card swap".
I have several free cards, so I wanted to give it a try.
This card landed in my mailbox from China

Jing tai lan series:
set of 6, 2013
“Jing Tai Lan (the Chinese for cloisonné) is a unique form of art with the combination of sculpture, painting, copper smithing and porcelain making. “Jing Tai” being the name of a Ming Dynasty emperor during whose reign mass production of such articles began. And “Lan” means blue, which is the background color of Jing Tai Lan in most cases. Cloisonné enamel techniques were brought from Persia into China’s Yunnan Province during the Yuan Dynasty. These were improved during the Ming Dynasty by incorporating them with some of the traditional techniques for metal inlaying and porcelain making, which eventually gave birth to a new kind of cloisonné called Jing Tai Lan.”

Holiday postcard from the NetherlandsJulianadorp

A sweet cat card from Portugal!


Loppem Castle, Belgium
Since it is open to the public, I hope to visit
it some day. 

Queen Astrid from Belgium
born 1905, sadly passed away in a car accident 1935

View on the spa at Rogaska Slatina, Slovenia

Rogaška Slatina is a synonym for health-resort tourism in Slovenia. For centuries the curative mineral water rich in magnesium (branded as Donat Mg), the picturesque countryside, and other local attractions have attracted visitors to the area. Roman inscriptions referring to the spa waters have been found. The spa’s true prosperity starts in the second half of 19th century, when this fashionable tourist destination was visited by imperial families and nobility from all of Europe. Today it advertises to be the “only spa in Slovenia which focuses on disease prevention, continued treatment and the rehabilitation of patients with diseases of the digestive system.”

set of 5, 2014

 The cards which arrived with this stamp are already decorating the door, 
but I can't not show it. 
Europa stamp Austria, 2015
Old toys

woensdag 21 juni 2017

For the love of postcards

So I sent a few Postcrossing cards again
and these came in return

A nice view on Cobh, Ireland

A very pretty card called "Spring" from
the Netherlands

200 years of Waterloo

This beautiful card came from Poland,
from another Studio Ghibli fan

She also decorated the envelope and back of the card
with Ghibli themed washi tape

And look at all those stamps! 

Holiday card from Portugal,

50 Years Sanctuary of Christ the King
Christ the King Sanctuary (Santuário do Cristo Rei) was built in 1959
on the south bank of River Tagus, the 110 meter high statue of Christ offers
a magnificent panoramic view over Lisbon and River Tagus.

I get the most amazing mail

For some reason I never posted this, 
time to set things right.

This card comes from Hong Kong,
the girl is so beautiful.

The unique, picturesque and awe-inspiring landscapes of Hong Kong Global Geopark of China are adopted as the theme of the 2014 Hong Kong Definitive Stamps. The Geopark consists of two Regions and eight Geo-Areas. At this scientifically significant Geopark, you can get close to breathtaking geological wonders at the tip of South China. Through this set of definitive stamps, Hongkong Post wishes to promote earth science and raise public awareness of the natural environment.
Hong Kong is equally kind to birds of all feathers, offering food and shelter and breeding ground to residents and seasonal visitors as well as migrants in transit. The 2006 Hong Kong Definitive Stamps portray a cross-section of the wide spectrum of birds which enliven the city with the colours and music of Nature.

A "just because" card from the Netherlands

A promise to visit me from a friend here in Belgium
lets see when that happens. 

A holiday card from Spain,
the skirt is real fabric. 

King Felipe VI 

Ghibli! This card shows one of my favorite movies
from the Studio, Spirited Away, from Japan.

These are the front and back of the same card, 
also send from Japan, as a little extra. 
My favorite manga/anime ever, Cardcaptor Sakura,
with my favorite character Tomoyo!

Lots of wonderful Japanese stamps! 

This card came from Germany, through the 
"religious buildings" tag.

1200 years Münsterschwarzach Abbey, Benedictine abbey

woensdag 5 april 2017

Making greeting cards for Easter

I decided to try some Easter themed cards...
The results are not bad, I think? 

My ink dried out, that's why the letters
are a little weird looking. *sigh*

I am still alive! And here is some mail to prove it...

It's been ages, and I am sorry.
But here is an update from some of the wonderful mail 
I received.

The first comes from Japan,
as a thank you for a swap!
I sent this lady some extras which matched 
her interest after checking her
postcrossing profile and she was so happy, 
she sent me these wonderful things. 

This letter comes from a new pen-friend from
Korea. Lately I am addicted to playing Tsum Tsum,
so the paper and stickers were an extra good choise. 

And last but not least, another new pen-friend from 
Japan sent me this. The package on the right
contained a rice cracker with shrimp flavor, 
it was delicious. 

zondag 12 februari 2017

Some rare additions!

How lucky am I?! 
I can finally take Costa Rica AND Palau from my 
wanted list! 

Look at this beautiful card from 

I have also been spoiled by some of 
my Postcrossing friends! 
Two cards from a Postcrossing meeting,
plus very nice stamps

This stamp shows 
Crown Princess Elisabeth from Belgium
Issued 2016

Three pre-euro stamps, the one on the right is 
about the legend of St. Dimpna
and therefore related to my hometown Geel

zondag 29 januari 2017

Christmas mail 2016

We took down the Christmas cards today, 
so time for an update here! 
Just sit back and enjoy...

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