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Birthday vacation

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I spent a few days home in Hälsingland with my  family over my birthday weekend, and it’s been really nice and relaxing. I live about 1000 kilometres from my parents, and with my schedule I rarely have time to make the trip to visit them. These days have been a treat!
resekitBefore I ventured on this 7 h train ride and 5 days from home I packed a travel kit for my letter writing! This contains:
*2 cute paper pads
*5 pre-made mailart envelopes
*5 sticker sheets
*6 rolls of washi tape
*1 roll of clear tape
*1 pack of sticky notes
*postage stamps for 5 letters
*4 letters that needs replying to

What do you usually bring? I had serious problems to pick only 6 rolls of washi tape. I felt like I needed them all with me >_<

I did manage 2 letters during this mini vacation, which is great considering that I have been slow on replies lately! One of them I wrote on the train on my way to my parents. It was kind of cramped, the person in the seat next to me gave me funny looks, and my handwriting was unusually shaky. But the time flew away and I forgot the horror that is travelling by train for a couple of hours :D

TrönöThis is the view that met me at home. SNOW! O__O Here where I live, way south in Sweden, we have semi-green grass and blooming spring flowers. The snow melted within a day or two though, and hopefully my parents now can enjoy spring for real.

roadtripMom and I made a little road trip. We went to my favourite yarn store where I stocked up on pretty yarns for future shawls projects :) I am thinking about opening an etsy store to sell some of my crocheted shawls and scarves since I make more of them than I can use.
We also cruised some small dirt roads on the hunt for beautiful old buildings, which Hälsingland is full of. This adorable cottage is located just by a lake. I wish it was mine!

tårtaThis is the very pretty cute cake my mom prepared for my birthday! :D My grandparents visited us for dinner and birthday fika.

paketAnd here is my pile of birthday presents from my parents! :O I felt like a child again <3 (Both because of the big pile of presentes, and because of the wrapping paper that they have used for a decade now xD )

födelsedagspresenterThis is proof that my parents love and me know me well! I got lots and lots of pretty mailart supplies! <3

stampsAnd they gave me these! Lots of stamps! I never have too much stamps, so I absolutely love this gift! <3

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Now I am back in Lund again, and I already miss my family. And I have a paper to write <__< Hopefully this mini-vacation has given me the energy I need to complete it before deadline.
When I got home I found a pile of mail waiting for me, both birthday mail and other! (Sooo fun to go through it!) So I will be updating my blog the next few days with some mail pictures for you :D

 

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Ephemera

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So I am now home again after a trip to family and friends. It has been really nice to see my family, I already miss them. 1000 kilometers is a long distance when you don’t own a car.

I had some lovely mail waiting for me when I got back home, but I will save those pictures to later; tonight (it’s actually more early morning than night, but it’s too hot to sleep) I want to show you some amazing paper ephemera that travelled home with me from Hälsingland (the region of Sweden in which my family lives).

klistermärkenFirst of all I got a big stash of cute stickers from my fabulous aunt. She might just have doubled the size of my sticker collection :) And look! Unicorns! How awesome isn’t that?!

böckerI also scouted a couple of flea markets (lots of those around during the summer times), and found some books with pretty illustrations – for envelopes and mail art of course ;) I might frame a couple of pictures from the fairytale book on the right though. They are absolutely adorable!

tidningarAnd here is a true treasure: various magazines from between 1910 to 1948. The history nerd in me wants to kill the crafter in me for cutting these up, but I compromise by reading the articles before I hurry away to my paper crafting zone.

I have a lot of letter writing to do, and I hope to get started in the near future before the next semester starts. I will have a bachelor thesis to write this autumn. And yes, I have very patient penpals, and I am grateful for every one of them. I’ll be back soon with some incoming mail pictures :)

2 weeks, 2 old home towns

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I am heading off to my old home town tomorrow to visit my boyfriend’s family and our old friends. I  will stay there for a week before I travel further north to my other old home town and visit my own family for a week. So yeah, I’ll be gone 2 weeks (working the maths!).

I have had a heavy writer’s block lately and I do sincerely apologize to all of my suffering penpals for this. I will bring some writing supplies on the trip, but I fear there is little hope of me getting letters done; family and friends tend to claim  much of my time when I visit them (since it happens so rarely).

I have sent out one little letter lately though:

20130711_203247I made the envelope with a page from an adorable children’s book about a baby bat who loses his mum and gets adopted by a bird family. (SPOILER ALERT: He finds his mum in the end.) I just love the cute illustrations. Plus it’s about a bat. It’s awesome.

Hopefully I will have conquered this writer’s block when I get home again and can show you some more pictures of outgoing mail. I’ll have a month left of the summer vacation when I get home, so I should have plenty of time to catch up on my mail. This is the plan at least.

Summer holidays

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So all my classes are finished, I got a good overall grade for the semester, and I have no job to spend my days on. How to entertain myself during these 10 weeks of total freedom?

hurtsFirst of all we had the whole moving two blocks to a better apartment project. We are almost all packed up now, and we even got room for some new furniture. This wonderful little drawer thing from IKEA for example! I store my paper scraps, stamps, stickers and tapes in it (and other stuff :). Love it!

I also try to catch up on my mail. It is a slow progress, but I’m getting there. Even though I am behind on my mail I still get some loveliness in my mailbox:

20130710_13374320130710_133752The two postcards I got in a swap with Linda. Steam Age and Orient Express. They’re awesome!

joanaA thick beautiful envelope from Joana in Portugal. Nothing is better than a long letter to read on a rainy summer day :)

rutorI also keep myself busy crocheting granny squares for a quilt or two. I just can’t stay away from those brightly coloured yarns!

Hallvi_picture118And yeah, I play way too much The Secret World. I also recently installed The Sims 3 again, so I can escape the warm sunny weather all days with computer gaming if I feel like it (and I do).

a storm of swordsLast but not least I love summer holidays for the simple reason that I finally have time to read again! Yesterday I finished A Clash of Kings, and today I’m starting on this one.

In the midst of this productiveness I’m also planning a trip to visit my family and friends.
How do you guys plan to make the most of your summer holidays/leave?