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Monthly Archives: June 2014

lets get writing!

Recently – and by this I mean yesterday – I found two snail mail related links and I thought I’d share them with you.

The first one is the International Geek Girl Pen Pals Club.

Once a month on the 15th, they open a new round of sign ups for people interested in getting pen pals. You tell them a little bit about you, including your top 5 geek loves and at the end of the month would pair you up with someone who shares a similar interest.

But they aren’t just a pen pal group. They are a blog, a book club, a photography group plus much more, with one over-arching theme – geek love.

I am still exploring their site and forum – there is quite a lot to read – but I knew I just had to tell people about them. Their current round of sign ups are about to end (finishes at the end of the month) so if you’re a geek with a saved up pile of stationery, why not sign up and give it a go?

Now, if you’re not sure you can commit to a possibly-long-term pen pal relationship, how about writing a postcard?

This second link is an event run by Sian from the blog From High in the Sky.

She’s hosting a postcard exchange and she’s accepting sign ups from now till June 30th (I know, I know, there’s only a few days left, but I only just found out about it yesterday).

pileofpostcards2This is a one-off event; you sign up with your snail mail address and at the start of July you would receive 6 names and addresses in return.

This event was started because, for people in the Northern Hemisphere at least, it’s Summer and a lot of people are going away on holidays.

So if you want to receive some cool postcards from around the globe, email Sian or visit her blog post to read more about the event.


I’ve signed up for both events; since I found the two links completely at random and from two completely different sources, something in the cosmos must be telling me to do some letter writing!

layout: peach tea’s first day

There’s actually a story behind this layout.

You see, this layout wasn’t created entiarely by me.

The Boy surprised me one Saturday by taking me to one of the largest scrapbooking store in the area (about 40 minutes drive).

He said that for that entire day, we will be doing what I like to do, scrapbooking. We were going to shop for supplies, and I was to walk him through making a scrapbook page.

The whole experience was an eye opener for both of us. It was interesting to see the kinds of papers and supplies that he was drawn to (we chose supplies based on some photos we selected from our phones), and he was surprised at the wide selection of supplies available.

When we got home I was surprised to see that he absolutely no trouble cutting up the pretty papers, nor did he have any problem covering up the feature design on the background paper. Pretty paper hoarders would know what I’m talking about.

He followed the sketch we had selected earlier with no problems, though I selected the flourishes, the chipboard pieces and ended up doing the journaling.

It was a collaborative effort, and I think that made this layout even more special to me than the layout content itself.


We actually got this little guy on September 11th, 2012.

It was a work day but it was one of those rare ones where Andrew could have lunch with me.

So I took Andrew to a pet shop near Queen Victoria Mark.

The shop didn’t have much in way of dogs and cats, but they had plenty of birds and fish.

I knew Andrew liked birds and I was vaguely entertaining the idea of getting Andrew a bird for an anniversary present, but it depended on him finding one he liked.

And he did.

And so the vague idea became a reality; Andrew took the rosey-faced lovebird home.

The name PeachTea came a day later, as a reference to our favourite drink at that time, Lipton Peach Tea. And because we needed a gender neutral name.

We still don’t know which gender Peach Tea is.