segunda-feira, 24 de dezembro de 2012

Christmas cards

Merry Christmas everyone! How are you all enjoying today? I'm just home with my family and boyfriend, and it feels great.
Last month I felt like a Christmas card machine. I sent out almost 30 cards, and yet couldn't do my entire list. Lots of beautiful cards from my friends also filled my maildays, and I'm thankful for that.
Let's take a look!

Incoming Cards

from Sarah, in Belgium
from Mariselle, in the Netherlands
from Teresa, in the USA
from Emma, in England
also from Emma
from Kerri, in Australia
from Amit, in India

Outgoing Cards

Merry Christmas everyone!

domingo, 23 de dezembro de 2012

December Mail

It's been a long time since I last posted my letters, right? So, I will cut straight to them:


from Emma, in England

from Amit, in India

from Kerri, in Australia

from a postcrosser in Russia

beautiful Diwali card from Amit, in India

from Sarah, in Belgium


to Leticia, in Petrópolis, Brazil

to Felicia, in Canada

Yeah, Christmas cards took me so long that I'm way behind on my letters. I better keep writing!

sexta-feira, 21 de dezembro de 2012

DIY: Decorative Christmas Cards Ribbon

This is an idea I had while watching a series. On the background, I saw several Christmas cards hanging from a ribbon and I found that a great idea. You can display the cards your friends sent you and also decorate your house for hollidays!

You will need:
- a beautiful ribbon;
- double-sided adhesive tape;
- some rivets or nails;
- Christmas cards.

1. Choose a place to put your ribbon. I picked a wooden column we have on the living room, but you can choose a wall or maybe a door. Then, fix the top of your ribbon on it using the rivets or nails. The lenght of your ribbon may vary. Mine took the whole column's lenght. If you have cats, you may want to fix the bottom of the ribbon, to avoid them playing with it.

2. Apply double-sided tape to the back of your cards. I put my tapes unaligned because I wanted to dispose the cards diagonally.

3. Fix the cards to the ribbon. Be careful on measuring the distance between the cards, so that you'll have enough space for them all.

4. Enjoy your neatly decorated room!

I hope you like this tutorial and I'm sorry for the lame pics. Someday I'll take my boyfriend's Nikon to have some decent photos to the blog.

quinta-feira, 20 de dezembro de 2012

Postcard Thursday #7

A couple of weeks ago I received this totally unexpected postcard. It was sent by a friend of mine who doesn't penpal. He just knows me too well and knows that I love cats, heros and mainly snail mail. I felt so happy that he took his time to go to the post office simply to make me smile!
Who else loves getting surprise mail from surprising senders?

sábado, 15 de dezembro de 2012

My contribution on the OPP!

Postmuse has this awesome project named the Orphaned Postcard Project, about which you may have heard before (if you didn't, just follow the link). And I'm really glad to take part on it!

I sent her a memory from my visit to Rio de Janeiro last year, which was a memorable trip. Click here to see the full post!

terça-feira, 11 de dezembro de 2012

Top List Tuesday #6

Hey, it's been a long time since my last post, right? Sorry about that. But here I am with a brand new top list for you!

Those who know me know that I am a cat lover, but I wonder if they know that is a bit uncommon in here. Many times, when I say I have cats, people will say they hate them and use many unreasonable arguments against cats. I don't know what's the point on questioning a person's choice for their pets. Anyway, there's a lot of injustice on the way people see cats, and today I decided to talk about that.

Top 6 nonsense I've heard about cats
And why they're not true

Holly and Luka are brothers, and they're 6 years old

1. They're "The Devil in Disguise"
Yes, I've heard people using religion as an excuse for their hate for cats. I do respect everyone's beliefs, but honestly I'd never heard of a religion according to which cats are ruled by evil forces or something. In my personal view, I don't see how God would create an animal just to be evil - I don't see the point of that.

Okay, here Luka looks like a little devil...

2. Cats are stupid, because you can't train them
First of all, you can train cats. Here's a video of my cats doing some tricks on my sister's command (if you can't access it, please let me know). But that's not the point. If I ask you to sit down, or to roll in the ground, or to give me your hand or to pretend you're dead: would you do that? Just because I told you so? No offenses, but I don't think you can say the more animals (or people) obey, the smartest they are...

3. Cats don't love you, they only care about the house/food
This obviously comes from someone who never had a cat. There's no logical way I can explain you how much love a cat will give you, asking nothing in return. Really, you can feel they love you. If they don't, well, they possibly have a reason. Now, I hear many people saying that as a comparison to dogs. Well, let me tell you something: if you don't feed your dog, he'll be just as upset as my cat would be, and that doesn't mean he doesn't like you.

Holly and Luka sleeping with my father

4. Cats are bad because they eat birds
Lions eat zebras, which are really cool animals. Do you think lions are bad? I just think that's their nature. Cats eat birds, that is normal to me. Now, humans put birds on cages just to hear them sing! Don't get me wrong, I had birds myself. But I really don't think that's more natural than the cat's hunting instinct.

5. Cats aren't fun, they don't play along
Have you ever visited youtube?

6. I don't like cats because they're too independent
Well, now we've got to the point. I believe that's the reason people really dislike cats. They don't depend on you. They are not your pets, they're your friends and, as any other friends, some days they're chatty and smiley and some days they just want to be alone. And if they don't want to live with you, they'll just walk away. I think that's pretty about a human-cat relationship. They choose to stay with us.

Now, I must let you know that I'm not only a cat lover - I'm the owner of two beautiful dogs, and I love them to pieces. Being a cat person doesn't make me a dog hater, a crazy old woman or something like that. Yet, I hear stupid stuff from people all the time.

Do you like cats too? Have you heard people being irrational about them?

domingo, 25 de novembro de 2012

Christmas envelopes

Before I start this post, just a quick note: I decided to stop posting my weekly 4 Things lists for a while. Summer is just around the corner and I decided to make a summer list instead (to be posted soon).

Now, to my office mail!


First of all, an awesome gift that just made my week. Alex, from the 80's Girl, had a tutorial on her blog about how to make envelopes using treat bags. And I really liked it and hoped I could do so too, but I can't find those bags in here.

Well, I had a great surprise when I got home last wednesday and found this:

Alex said that she saw my comment about not finding the treat bags here and decided to send me some. Isn't it an awesome surprise? I'm SO looking forward to creating lots of awesome Christmas envelopes!

Now, I also received letters from my penpals lately:

From Jessica, in Canada
The backside and content of Jessica's envelope. My favorite pieces are the ferries itinerary and the leaf!

From Frida, in The Netherlands

And both Felicia and Ryan sent me pictures of their weddings, which I loved!

From Ryan, in the USA

From Felicia, in Canada


To Frida, made from one of the bags Alex gave me. The label is made of a Christmas notecard.

To Julie, in Canada, for her birthday

This is all my mail of the last two weeks. My mailbox have been making me really happy lately. I hope yours is also making you smile!

quinta-feira, 22 de novembro de 2012

Postcard Thursday #6

Do you like postcards with wild animals? I do! And I am fascinated for bears and beavers, animals we don't have in Brazil. I really loved these postcards my friend Jessica, from Canada, sent me - I can make my own paper animals out of it. But I won't, because I want to keep them as real cards for my collection!

domingo, 18 de novembro de 2012

What are you up to this week?

Hey! Here's a quick update to my weekly list of goals!

Here's what I was supposed to do this week:

- watch 10 episodes of Adventure Time - Ok!
- play Mirror's Edge at least once - Ok!
- update my adress book - Ok!
- exercise three times - nope, only twice. :(

And these are my goals for the following one:

- buy my new contact lenses
- start writing my Christmas cards
- watch 4 episodes of Community
- buy a gift to my boyfriend

In São Paulo, we're now having a 6 days holliday. So, I'm spending lots of time playing video games, reading and sleeping. It's great to have a pause from too much work.

I hope everyone is enjoying their time too!

sábado, 17 de novembro de 2012

What do you know about Brazil?

I just found this really interesting video on what people know about Brazil. Sometimes I think Brazilians (including me) are kind of obsessed with how little people know about our country, but there's one guy on this video who is impressively up.

Of course no one know everything about other people's country, and I always find it very interesting to find out more about other places, so I thought you might find it interesting.

quarta-feira, 14 de novembro de 2012

Korean stationery and a 12 y.o. penpal

Hey, is any reader of the blog around 12 years old or so?
My sister Sophia is looking for some penpals around her age. She's very into music, video games and TV shows, she's on a drama club and also likes to read. Is anyone interested? If so, please leave me a message!

Last week my family and I went shopping on the Japanese district. It's most Japanese, but you can also find Chinese and Korean goods around there. And my mom kindly bought us these awesome stationery.

This is the package. All the stationery comes in a little book and you can detatch the papers. There are about 20 different designs, and I just took random pictures to show you how diverse they are. There are 2 pages with each design.

Cute, right? I'm using some of them already, and Sophia is looking forward to do the same!

segunda-feira, 12 de novembro de 2012

I like to pretend it's Sunday...

... here on the blog, cause in real life I actually can't.

Once more, here are my belate 4 things list.

This was last week's:

- drink 2 liters of water per day - Ok!
- ride a bike - Ok!
- print my thesis - Ok!
- finish reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Ok! And today I got to see the movie. =)

And these are my goals for this week:

- watch 10 episodes of Adventure Time
- play Mirror's Edge at least once
- update my adress book
- exercise three times

Wish me luck!

sábado, 10 de novembro de 2012

Spring cat and mail

As you all can see, my cat Holly is finding it really boring to be a cat today. I guess he's got a point, you wouldn't like having so much fur on this weather.

In the other hand, I am not finding it boring to be a penpal. Let's check what's on my mailbox lately!


Look what a beautiful envelope Anna, in Germany, used for her letter and pictures!

And this is a letter from my penpal Savindi, in Canada.


These letters are on a huge pile waiting to be sent. I'm a little late because I'm out of stamps. But all of these will be sent this week, so I hope that those who are waiting for these letters can forgive me.

I hope you're all having great mail days too. :)