Wednesday, 29 September 2010


Hello!! I know, I know, it's been an age, I'm sorry :( I've been at my new job for three and a half weeks now but I've still not found a routine. Although, to be honest, I've not been trying to find one. Oops!

I had an ok day at work but then the checkout lady at the supermarket totally ruined my day, so my list of things to do for the evening has gone out of the window and I'm going to veg out with a movie this evening. After posting and reading all your blogs of course ;)

If someone had told me a month ago that I'd only go online every 3-4 days for ten minutes to check my emails, I'd never have believed them. How life changes eh?


Letters from Caiti, Muriah and Carla

Posties from Postcrossing and the red telephone is from Nicola

The above is but a small selection of the wonderful mail I've been receiving. Sadly there have been no outgoing pretties, but I have resolved to change that as of this weekend!! Also, sorry for the poor quality of the pics, I am on my balcony, having enjoyed another spectacular pink and orange sunset and now the sun has disappeared and I am left with autumnal blue twilight. Too pretty.

I wish you all fabulous mail days and make a pledge to get three letters posted by this coming monday! xx

Tuesday, 14 September 2010


I am working on an outgoing letter, but managed to get one finished on the weekend. Sadly, of late, my written, addressed and sealed envies seem to sit on my kitchen table for days before making their way to the post box :(

The following is going out tomorrow. For sure ;)


A reply to the lovely Micaela!


I had this pretty waiting for me in the mailbox this evening (along with an annoying letter from the Comune) from sweet Sarah in the states.

I'm hoping to finish the letter in progress tonight, so maybe it will even make the post box without the kitchen table delay? One can only hope ;)

1 Letter

1 NA

Monday, 13 September 2010


I had to wait a lot longer for my stamps than anticipated, but I picked them up from the post office a couple of weekends ago, and although I haven't needed to use them yet, I'm going to start pretty soon.

I must say, I was super excited to have them in my hands and I leafed through them, caressing them lovingly, like the strange person I am. Here they are...

All the pretties lined up together :D

What you can't see is that the little envies on these stamps are shiney!

In Italy there is no 0,50 stamp, so I had to settle for 0,52 instead :/

The 1,00E stamp is by far my favourite. So simple and elegant!

I still have some other stamps left over, so the stamps you'll find on your letters may or may not include these. Next time I order stamps I'm going to have some fun mixing and matching designs ;)

Sunday, 12 September 2010


I checked the mailbox last night in an effort to cheer myself up after my shoulder/neck muscle inflicted an awful cramp on me (which now means I can’t move my neck properly and am in pretty much constant pain) and I wasn’t disappointed. I found these two little pretties waiting for me.


The letter on top is a lovely little note from a reader, Rosemary, in Canada. It was terribly sweet and she sent some very cute little stickers too. The letter underneath is from Zoe in the states who wrote on adorable handmade Moomin paper :)


I received this awesome package some time in the week, from Michelle in Singapore for the few flat kawaii goodies swap. Not only is it cute, cute, cute, but she jam packed it with awesome stuffs.


She included a HUGE stack of memos, most of which I shall find hard to part with!


AND two letter sets, a sticker sheet, some cute sticker flakes, a little zipped pouch, some adorable tissues and a lovely little letter. Too sweet! :D

I didn’t get round to writing any letters yesterday. In fact I hardly crossed off anything from my to do list :( so today will have to be extra productive!! Wish me luck ;)

Saturday, 11 September 2010


Wow, this week was incredibly busy. I ended up staying behind for 1, 2 or more hours after work everyday... and always get there 30 minutes before my official hours start. I'm exhausted! I ache from head to toe because I've gone from being a sloth since I stopped dancing when I was 17 to now running around after children, having to pick them up a lot, changing nappies and bending over constantly. And I can't count how many times I go from standing to sitting on the floor and back again in one day. I need to find a good masseuse and maybe even a chiropractor as I've developed a problem with my shoulder/neck.

Anyhow, back to the mail... I've had a few incomings this week, but no outgoings so far. I am planning to write 3 or 4 letters this weekend, alongside the huge list of chores and DIY, so will hopefully have more exciting news to come :)


A cute little card from my mum to say good luck with the job and to let me know how she's doing. If you don't know, she badly broke her right humerus about 6 or 7 weeks ago, but is much better now. She was even able to write with her right hand for this card! :D

A fabulous huge envie and colourful letter from Gina in the States. I sadly ripped the envie a little when opening it, because, like a child, I was too impatient to find a knife to make a careful opening :/

This is a huge, long letter from Candi in Australia. She also sent along the gorgeous little painting you can see. It's funny because I've been planning to get some art for our living room and all the pieces I've fallen in love with have been floral, so this can go up with the rest of them :D

Even though I'm tired and achey and a bit grumpy in the week, I'm super duper excited! Why? Because Autumn is coming, I can smell it in the evenings. It's always been my favourite season, I particularly love the way the air smells in autumn, crisp and earthy and a little bit smokey, it's divine. I got even more excited a couple of nights ago when it was misty in the evening and although it was a comfy 16 degrees, I felt I should start to dig out my scarf and gloves in anticipation of the cooler weather.

Today is a sunny and warm 25C so the gloves will have to wait, but I'm hoping I get to see the fog rolling over the fields again on my train journey to work on Monday. I can feel the butterlies building up in my tummy as I type!

Buon Weekend ragazzi!

Friday, 3 September 2010


Haha, do you remember that I complained earlier in the month at not being able to find my little stash of Italian stamps? Well tonight I pulled out my crappy piece of paper that documents the price of sending various letter sizes and weights from Italy to other countries and guess what fell out from in between the folds? Yep, stamps! So I'm happy :D


Yesterday's training day did not have the same effect as on Tuesday. Sure, it was tiring, but not nearly as bad. I got home, sealed and stamped the letters from the previous post and even wrote a WHOLE letter!! Crazy huh? ;)

I'm feeling mischevious, so I'm not declaring the destinations of these letters, hehe. Know that they are all going to people who have blogs, who have been waiting a while for replies and are all lovely ladies. Fit the bill? Maybe one of these is yours ;)

I'm obviously tired because I'm starting to sound like a game show hostess! So I'll wrap it up! Hopefully I can get some posties posted tomorrow, but for now my main supplies are trapped behind locked doors and nylon sheeting while our spare room is being painted.

Have a wonderful day everyone!

3 Letters

1 EU
2 NA

Wednesday, 1 September 2010


So, I've no idea as to why I am still awake at such a ridiculous time, considering I have to get up in around 5 hours. And as to why I am contemplating yet another cigarette is again, beyond me.

But no fear! I have insane black circles under my eyes, my brain is even more fried than yesterday and I keep accidentally slipping random Italian words into sentences and yet I have begun to write again :D Well, I finished one at least. One that I started, um, a week ago, added to over the weekend and only just finished... Shame on you Maria! But another part of me needs to be reminded that, for me at least, letters take on a life and shape all of their own. It's not my hand that moves the pen, it's my mind. Anyhow, enough blathering, before I start typing in Italian too!


WOOHOO!!!! Finally! I now know that Micaela's lovely letter and fabulous doily (courtesy of her mamma) are not lost forever in the Italian postal system, they are here with me at home! YAY!
Also, my niece is too cute, and has sent me another letter. (This stationery I actually bought for her older brother many years ago to write to me with. I got her some too, but it was girly ;)


I have these two lovelies waiting to go out. I don't want to promise that they will go out tomorrow, as I still have to add a little to one, but depending on the time I get home tomorrow (17:40 today - WOW - early!) I may be able to slip them into the letter box ;)