Sending Postcard and Snail Mail; Revisiting Old Hobbies

The thought that in a few months after all the painful hours I spent at work each day I’d be somewhere traveling for a few days is one of the things that keeps me going everyday. But due to the Covid-19 pandemic many plans got cancelled; now I’m even taking a month off of work. I guess what I need right now is pretty much something keep me occupied, or at least something fun to do during this stay-at-home period, just like everyone else on Instagram who seemed so busy doing their hobbies or learning new skills. And all this eventually led me to revisit an old hobby; sending postcard and snail mail. I know I still have to go out to the post office to send them but it’s only 500 meters from my house.

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It’s been some time since the last time I sent postcard and I rarely did the direct swap either. I pretty much didn’t stock up on the postcards to actually start sending one again, so I decided to make one with some photos taken by yours truly and Febri using our analog cameras & mirrorless. Yayy! Another stuff to keep me occupied, plus..our photos don’t only end up on the gram.

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The postcards I made with photos from analog cameras
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The postcards I made with photos from mirrorless camera

To keep the postcards and other stuffs for snail mailing, I provide 2 boxes; one for the postcards (blank and incomings), snail mails, & handmade envelopes, while the other one is used to keep stamp supplies, washi tapes, image cutouts and whatnot. I know it’s not really much but it makes me easier to organise them rather than to put them in the same box.

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My blank postcard
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Handmade Envelope for Snail Mai
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Stamps, image cutouts, washi tapes, and vintage papers.

Besides sending the postcards for postcrossing, I also sent them to people who wanted it on Twitter. Febri and I tweeted on each of our account to offer it and they only had to send their mailing address to us.

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In total I sent around 23 postcards on May; 5 for postcrossing, 13 for people on Twitter, 3 for our friends, and 2 for people who asked for direct swap. In additon, I also send 1 snail mail to Turkey. I spent more or less two nights to write & decorate the postcards cause I didn’t just send them; I had to look at the pictures and decided who would like it the most. I’m glad that some people already told us that they had received the postcard.

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The postcards I sent on May

Anyway if you’re interested to swap your postcard with mine please let me know. Or if you want to send yours to me that would be great :3

You can see my postcards on my other instagram account created specially for postcard & snail mail thingy @kartuposnadya ♡♡

P.s: wow it’s been two years since the last time I wrote a blog post in English. I kinda miss it.

A Little Bit of Something that I Love: Postcards and Handwritten Letters

I’ve always been interested to send letters since I was a kid. The curiousity grew from seeing rubik sabahat pena (penpals) on Bobo, a kid’s magazine that my mother bought for me. But I had to wait until I was in junior high school to actually start sending letters. I don’t know about you but finding a new letter on the mailbox is like a nice little surprise for me. Nothing beats the thrill of opening the mailbox and finding a letter, written and addressed just for me.

I still remember when my dad’s friend sent a postcard from LA and I was so excited to read it and removed the stamp. I used to collect it, even though I wasn’t really a philately. To me, it’s quite saddening that years after that, letters carried by conventional postal service seemed to be left behind and replaced with modern technology like e-mail. Even nowadays, the post office staffs seem to find it weird every time I want to buy a stamp for my postcard, let alone seeing a fully decorated envelope that I use to send a letter to my penpal.

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Two years ago when I was hit by depression, I stayed away from some of my friends in real life and chose to engross myself in any activity –whatever that didn’t have anything to do with talking to my friends in real life– to keep my mind off the pain. So I started writing this blog, decorating my DIY planner, and writing letters and postcards again. Writing letters was and always will be very special to me for it always evokes pleasant feelings. And receiving a letter, especially a handwritten one, never fails to make me feel special in a way that I cannot explain. There’s something so personal and thoughtful about them. I mean, writing a letter takes time and shows effort that the sender makes in order to send them. What’s not to love about that? Where are these splendid treasures in the 21st century?

To find a penpal, I usually use penpalsnow and interpals. Or sometimes I just type “penpals” on Twitter’s explore tab to find much if not some tweets about people looking for penpals. I got a new penpal from Turkey by doing that trick. And for sending postcards, I signed myself up on postcrossing. If you haven’t heard it, postcrossing is a postcard exchange project that invites everyone to send and receive postcards from random places in the world. Real postcards with stamps on it! The idea is simple: for each postcard you send, you will receive one back from a random postcrosser from somewhere in the world. If this little information already sold you, the next thing you should do is to check out their website and sign yourself up. I’ve been a proud member of that community since January 2016. And I’ve received postcards from various countries, even from faraway countries whose name I’ve never heard before.

To me, the fun part of postcrossing is we don’t know who will send a postcard to us, so again it’s like a nice little surprise every time you find out that the postcard you’re reading apparently have travelled thousand miles away before it finally arrived at your mailbox. Last Christmas I received a lovely postcard from Belarus, which is 6,097 miles away from Indonesia. I never travelled that far in my life. Actually, I never really travelled to anywhere in my life. But through these letters and postcards, I can “meet” people whom I might not have the chance to meet in real life. I can meet someone with the same interest as me. I’m so grateful for every letters and postcards that I received for it has helped me to feel happy again. It’s so uplifting to support another and getting supported in return.

All of the pictures above were taken last year. Let me know if any of you are also a fan of postcrossing and snailmail! Maybe I can send you a postcard on your birthday 😉 ❤