Postcrossing Diaries

Welcome to a new series on the blog! I’ve always been a fan of snail mail (I had pen-pals when I was younger!) and recently found out about Postcrossing. It’s a community where people send and receive postcards from all over the world! Chris and I get so excited when we receive new postcards that we’ve decided to share them on the blog, so ta da!


Postcards #1, #2: from Illinois, USA & China

These were my first two postcards through Postcrossing. One came from Chicago, IL and the other one from China. I really love the postcard that came from China; I think it’s a perfect representation of what their culture has to offer. That postcard did bring back memories of my grade-school days studying Mandarin.

Postcards #3, #4: From Netherlands & Finland

A lovely couple from Netherlands sent a postcard together. They also wrote a phrase in their language but I couldn’t read their penmanship so I’ll never learn that phrase. It got scratched in the mailing process which gave the man in the postcard a weird mustache.

Postcards #5, #6: From Portugal & Germany

I loved the little story written on the postcard from Portugal! She wrote about how she saves homeless animals on her days off from teaching – I think that’s amazing. I always admire people who do things like that. It’s important to give back!

Lisa from Germany wrote about how she’s currently studying computer science in her hometown, and how the card has lots of miles to travel before arriving to me.

Postcards #7, #8: From Indonesia & Germany

The little postcard I received from Indonesia was the first postcard she ever sent! I felt a little special when I saw that.

Postcards #9, #10: From Moldova and Bulgaria

The postcard from Bulgaria has a special place in my collection like the one I received from China – I mean, oddly shaped cards should be seen more often! Also, Kalina from Bulgari sent me a little pin which they wear throughout the month of March to bring good luck and fortune. Her card took 51 days to get to me – crazy!

From my cousin, Angie

My cousin, Angie, recently spent spring break in Montreal, Canada and sent me a postcard from her trip! I told her about my Postcrossing postcards, to which she replied with “Oh darn, someone one-upped me on the postcards!” I love her so much. We spent the winter/Christmas holidays together last year and I’m looking forward to more adventures together (she and her younger sister, Krystle are my maidens of honor for the wedding next year!).


Postcrossing is one of the coolest hobbies I’ve ever picked up. It’s so interesting reading about different people and seeing cool postcards and stamps. Like previously mentioned, I grew up a fan of snail mail so this hobby makes me so happy! Hope you enjoyed this entry just as much as I enjoyed opening my mailbox and seeing postcards in there. Until the next entry of Postcrossing Diaries (when I receive my 20th card, I will be back with another post!) ~

P.S. How beautiful are my backdrops? Anyone notice I have new backdrops now besides the hedge?!

  • It’s so cool that you’ve joined Postcrossing and received some cool postcards around the world. The one from China looks gorgeous! I really like the unique shape and it’s a good representation! The Pixar one is cute. Reminds me of Disney’s new Pixar Pier addition!

    You could always use the google translate app on your phone and take a picture of the postcard for a translation! Wow, 51 days is a lot! These postcards travel FAR! Haha, your cousin is so cute for sending you one!

    I noticed the backdrops!! I was like… This is genius. Who needs to buy faux fur rugs LOL (ME). Keep on sending postcards!!!

    Nancy β™₯ exquisitely.me

  • I really loved this post! I think all the postcards you received are really lovely! This is such a cool concept! I think it’s great that you’re able to connect with a range of different cultures through snail mail. I also think your natural backgrounds are really nice! Great post!

  • What a lovely idea for a post! Those postcards are so lovely and quaint. I love the Portuguese one! It’s stunning.

  • I’ve never heard of this but I love the idea of it! I’m definitely going to check it out because it looks so cool and I love the idea of getting a little piece of someones culture from the other side of the world or even only a couple states away. Great post!

    Megan xx Insidemegansmind.com

  • I’d never heard of this before but it sounds fab! I’ll definitely look into it as I think it would be amazing to receive postcards from all around the world and read about the lives of the people who’ve sent them!

    Jess // foundationsandfairytales.wordpress.com
    xx

  • Oh wow I’ve never heard of this before but it’s such an amazing idea! All the little postcards are so cute and it’s amazing to have something from all over the world! Xx

  • I’ve never heard of this before but it’s such a lovely thing, I think I’m going to look into it! And all those postcards are so gorgeous!

    Beka | astrobeks.wordpress.com

  • Wow this is such a great idea!!! I love the personal messages written too, facts about their country and so on. I’m totally going to check this out! The postcards look so pretty.

  • This is such a great idea! I’ve never heard of this type of community. I love the personal messages on cards too! They all look so pretty ❀

  • I’ve never heard if postcrossing but wow, it’s such a cool hobby! πŸ’– This is exactly the kinda thing I’d love doing too. I always collect postcards when I visit different countries so having them arrive through your door is awesome. I love that each postcard has it’s own story to tell. Thanks for sharing! 😘 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

  • omg this is so cute I loveeee it!

    In elementary and middle school, whenever my family and I traveled, I would always come back with souvenirs for friends, and of course souvenirs for myself as well. But starting high school, I realised that my room was getting too cluttered and that I never went back to use or look at my souvenirs, so I stopped buying souvenirs. At the end of high school, I started taking up photography, so photography and blogging became my souvenirs. I loved photography and blogging because they were memorable, meaningful, gave me so much more joy, and saved space too haha.

    I do have two friends who I inconsistently send postcards to, and I always keep the postcards they send me. Although I don’t collect souvenirs anymore, I love love love postcards. Thanks for sharing about Postcrossing! I love the idea so much and just shared it with a friend haha -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

  • This is so cool! I love getting cards, and i have been thinking about signing up for this.
    I will give it a try!
    I’d love to make a collection out of the postcards and stick them on my wall ^^
    Getting snailmail is so much more personal and nicer than just an email or a printed letter.
    Lots of love!

  • I love this idea! It’s so nice and a great way of meeting people from all over the world. And now everything is digital it’s actually pretty exciting to get mail these days. Especially when you have no idea where it’s coming from! Great post x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

  • This was such a lovely post to read and you truly have received some stunning postcards. It’s so interesting to see such a variety of postcards but I think my favourite of your collection would be the one from China.

  • I’ve never heard of post-crossing but it seems like such a great community to be part of, and receiving a postcard could really make someone’s day. I love this, thanks for sharing such a lovely post, the postcards are just the cutest.

    Emma x
    emmarollason.com

  • This is so cool! I hadn’t heard about Postcrossing before but it sounds so fun! Can’t wait for you to receive my letter and postcard soon!
    They’re all so pretty, I think my favourite is the Chinese one because it’s not just a square!

    I can’t believe how many postcards you have received!

  • I’ve not heard of post crossing but you’ve reminded me that I used to collect postcards as a child. I think this might be something Flora would like too, I shall have to investigate. And yes, love the new backdrops, although I have a soft spot for the hedge, haha! X

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

  • Eena, this looks so fun! I still have your card sitting on my shelf. I’ve never heard of Postcrossing before, but seriously considering it. It’s cool to realize that every piece of paper you’ve received has traveled so far and been created by a melting pot of people.

  • This is such an amazing hobby! I love snail mail, I remember getting into it through a pen pal page on Tumblr. It’s so nice to receive something physical from somewhere so far away. I love your photos too! xx
    Alys
    https://alysjournals.com

  • I have never heard of Postcrossing but it sounds amazing and definitely like something I would enjoy – when I was younger I used to have pen pals all over the world and met them through websites like Letternet. I’m still in touch with a pen pal from Sri Lanka and it’s crazy how much we know about each other without ever having met in person. I love the odd shaped postcards, I agree there should be more of them. The postcard from Leipzig made me smile, most of the postcards I received from my friends over the year are exactly in this layout – I swear Germans love that kind of card haha. xx

    113thingstosay.com

  • I used to collect postcards as well (before social media). Guess that nowadays they have become even more special since people send them less frequently.

    ANOUK

  • Oh, this is such a lovely collection of postcards!! That one from China’s especially cute. I really need to start writing letters again, there’s just something so fun about receiving snail mail πŸ™‚

  • This is such a cool hobby, first time I’ve heard about Postcrossing. I also had lots of penpals when I was in elementary and high school in the Philippines. I remember I always looked forward to the mail man stopping by our house and giving me my letters. This is like going back to the simple old days. Nice of you to discover Postcrossing, I also thought the cards with the shape of the countries are the cutest. Have a fun weekend Eena!

    http://www.busyandfab.com

  • Wow I’ve only found out about this hobby right now. Thank you so much for sharing this! I’m glad you’re enjoying your new hobby. This post made me feel nostalgic because handwritten letters really feel more special than talking to people on the Internet. I love that these postcards are creative, too!

    Rox | Transcendent Light 🌱

  • Omg what a cool concept! I also had a pen pal when I was younger; I love snail mail!! These are all such beautiful post cards. I want to get involved with Postcrossing now!!!

  • I love these!!! I have never sent a snail mail (sad, I know, what a millennial) and these look awesome. I also love the idea of getting postcards from strangers, who eventually become your friends, across the world. It’s like meeting new people and having a tangible connection without leaving your place.
    I hope postcrossing is available here in PH.
    Also, your backdrops are great! I’m not much of a green thumb but this makes me want to have a garden of my own when I establish my family in the future lol

  • Wow this is so awesome! I’ve only received a few postcards from friends when I was younger, but they were always so cool to read and see! Such a fascinating hobby too πŸ™‚

  • I am imagining collaging the postcards and framing them as artwork in my house. Just added this to things to do in 2019. Thanks fot the idea ❀️

  • This looks like such a fun experience. And those postcards look really beautiful too!! I’ve collected postcards a few year back but stopped for some reasons I don’t recall. Now I’m considering to start again! Love your idea with the backdrop btw aha :)x

  • Eena, I love the concept of postcrossing! Thanks for letting us know about it. Postcrossing reminds me of the international pen pals I had in junior high school. I looked forward to the snail mail each day. Connections with the wider world is a good thing!

  • Oh my gosh, this is so cool! It is definitely a great way to connect with people all over the world. I’m really loving all these beautiful postcards, and your backdrops are so perfect! Thanks for sharing!

    http://roadesque.com

  • Postcrossing? First time I ever heard of it! I think I love the idea. Actually, I’ve been thinking about finding a panpal for a while now (just to get to know someone completely random, to whom I can share my life) but then I simply set-up a blog. I have to check out this site, it seems very cool. Great post, thanks for showing me something new! Ps. the postcard from China is really the best one of all.
    Dorota
    http://www.fetchcandle.wordpress.com

  • How cool is this!! And I love your photos of the post cards. When I was a kid my mom told me about something called pen pals. I think it is where two young people from different countries would write to one another and tell them about their lives. Boy if they could have seen the future!

    Allie of
    http://www.allienyc.com

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