Messages in a bottle

No, I’m not talking about the song by The Police. I’m talking about a real bottle that you can sent by mail!

Message in a bottle 1





A while ago I was in a museum and in the shop I found a plastic bottle with a blank sheet in it. I really like the whole idea of sending a letter in a bottle, so I bought one and sent it to myself since I didn’t knew if the bottle would survives the postal journey. And it did! After four days, the bottle and letter arrived in my mailbox in the same condition as I had sent!

Message in a bottle



Tante Jannies Postkamer

Tante Jannies Postkamer (Aunt Jannies Mailroom) is a Dutch initiative which  you can compare with PostCrossing. The only difference is that with Tante Jannies Postkamer you sent at least a handwritten  letter instead of a single postcard. But a lot of members sent each other little pieces of art and lost of gifts and goodies.

I’ve joined Tante Jannies Postkamer one time. I wrote a long letter en sent some buttons with it. I’ve never got a thank you e-mail back. Maybe she didn’t like my envelop or maybe it never arrived? Who knows? A couple of days later, I got an envelope sent my an other member. I received an envelop full with beautiful vintage things I can use for my art project and a very shore note (only 8 lines…). At that point I knew, Tante Jannies Postkamer is not for me. I prefer to kong letters and get to know each other rather then an envelop full of gifts. Don’t get me wrong, occasionally it’s nice to get an envelope like that.

Tante Jannie

If you just start with sending mail and you like to figure out what you want with the beautiful art of sending mail or you like to get surprise in the mail, Tante Jannies Postkamer is the place for you then!

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Mail from the past

As you all ready know, I love collecting things. Especially when it’s mail related like postcards. Since a couple of years I’m not only collecting postcards sent to me, but also postcards from the past. From the time that sending cards was a new thing. It’s not easy to find old postcards, especially when you like it when they are written and stamped. Luckily I’ve found a new place where I can buy them! So every now and then I go there and buy some ‘new’ cards for my collection. Last week I went to this place and I saw that they don’t only sell postcards, the also sell first day covers, envelopes, letters and other mail related paper things. Off course I couldn’t leave the shop with empty hands. So, here you can see what I bought.

mail from the past

Snailmail magazine for tablet and smartphone

For all the maillovers with a tablet or smartphone. A wonderfull magazine called Flow Magazine has made a digitial edition about mail! I thought you maillovers would like to read it? The magazine is in English. Here you can download it for free:

I’ve downloaded the magazine and I love it! They also have an edition about things you can do with paper.

Do you like to read about mail? I love it!

Mail in the museum, part 5

A while a go, I wrote something about the national open air museum Arnhem and their collection of piggybanks (mail in the museum, part 4). In that same museum, they reconstruct an old post office. It was very lovely to see. One if the things I liked the most about it, was the machine that sells stamps! Too bad that we don’t have machines like that around here anymore! Also there was this amazing mailbox! Very different that the one we have now! I like the old mailbox more. What about you?

Stamp machineOld Mailbox

How I fell in love with mail

In the last couple of months ive taken you on my journey through the wonderful world of the lost art of letter writing. I shared my love for mail, but ive never told you how, when and why I fell in love with this beautiful lost art. I thought, now is the time to share my story.

It all started in the beginning of 2009 when a friend of mine told me about PostCrossing (see my blog from 9 February 2014 if you want to know more about PostCrossing). After sending and receiving cards from strangers, i got a card from a girl who was looking for penpals. I liked the whole idea of writing a letter and stay in touch and get to know each other. So i sent her a message and we started writing each other letters. And then i never heard from her again. Thanks to the same friend who told me about PostCrossing, I found some nice websites where you can find penpals. And one thing let to an other and before i knew it, i had penpals all over the world! Over the years I’ve lost some penpals for different resaons, but I also found some wonderful new friends. I’m still in touch with one of my very first penpals.

But this answers only the how and when question and not the why question. So let me tell you why I fell in love with the lost art of writing letters. I like to meet new people, see and learn more about the world and other cultures. And what beter way to do this, is writing with people all over the world! Also I liked the whole idea of sitting down with pen and paper and write by hand instead of typing. And besides, who doesn’t love to find a lovely letter of a nice postcard between the bills?!

Mail in the museum, part 4

One of my favorite places in the national open air museum Arnhem is Dingenliefde. In this exhibition room, you can find collections of people like me and you. This time there was a collection of piggybanks.  When I looked at them, I found a couple of piggybanks that are shaped like a mailbox! How nice is that. I would love to have a piggybank like that, so that I can safe some money to buy stamps and other things for letter writing!

Piggybank 1Piggybank 2