Andrea (aka Sprinkledonut) is a world traveler and her beautifully decorated postcards caught the attention of some of you, who suggested we interviewed her for the Spotlight... here she is!
- How did you come across Postcrossing? What got you hooked?
Hmm, you mean there was a time in my life before Postcrossing? Haha! I joined four years ago after learning about it on another website that I am passionate about: Couchsurfing.org. Someone posted about it in one of the group forums. I am very grateful to them wherever they are today!
I was hooked from the get-go! I loved seeing what types of interesting cards people would send me, what their handwriting looked like and all the little details.
- Show us your mailbox, your mailman/mailwoman, your postoffice or the place where you post or keep your postcards!
Here's our typical Canadian mailbox, covered in postal codes as an anti-graffiti measure. It seems to work! Whenever I drop in my postcards it sounds like they're landing in a hollow cavern 10,000 miles below the surface of the earth. Where's everybody else's mail, I wonder??
- Have you been surprised by any place that you have received a postcard from or sent a postcard to?
Sometimes I like to check out this site to see what new stamps are being issued around the world. With the direct swaps to New Zealand and Estonia, I asked the people if they could send me a particular wonderful stamp and they were happy to help! Thanks, guys!
- Show and tell us about your favorite received postcard to date, and what makes it special.
Bicycle cards are my absolute favourite to receive. Here's just part of my bike collection:
Airmail stickers from around the world and some favourite art-themed postcards:
Cards with quotes and positive messages. You can see two here from my friend Yvonne in the Netherlands who always sends me fantastic cards!
- Have you inspired anyone else to join Postcrossing or start collections of their own?
When I was buying stamps in Portugal, all of the people in their post offices were really friendly. I told one of the postal workers about it and wrote down the website for him, which he immediate showed to his coworkers. I think he was excited to check it out! Some of my friends have signed up, too, when they saw what beautiful postcards I was receiving.
Maybe you have read this tip before but they say the best way to get mail is to send mail. I make a habit of sending postcards to my friends so now lots of my friends will send me postcards when they travel or just for no occasion but because they saw a card that they know I will like.
- What is it your favorite part of the Postcrossing process?
Definitely working on outgoing cards for people!
I try to choose a card that fits what they like to collect but the part I really love is decorating the back of the card. It's a bit of an elaborate process...first choosing the stamps (always more than one!), then glitter around the border. Next the stickers. Then the rubber stamps! Finally if there is any room left, I can write a tiny message. Haha, if you have received one of my cards you will know what I'm talking about. My goal is always to give someone a happy surprise when they turn the card over to read it. Plus when I'm busy working on the cards, it is like a form of art therapy for me. It's really fun and I get to be creative.
- Do you have any other interesting hobbies?
Well, traveling and couchsurfing are a big hobby of mine. I've been part of Couchsurfing for over ten years. It's an online project that connects travelers with hosts in cities around the world. I recently couchsurfed my way around Portugal this past June. Couchsurfing.org has the same kind of open, caring, friendly and generous spirit that Postcrossing has! Making the world seem just a little bit smaller. And of course I tell my hosts all about Postcrossing when they see me writing loads of postcards.
- Is there anything that you are passionate about?
I love to participate in Free Hugs events. So far I have given hugs in: Vancouver, Seattle, New York, Barcelona, Lisbon, Montreal and Austin. When we have a hugs event, people often ask why we are doing it. To share some love with the world. To make you feel good for a moment or maybe longer. To take away some stress, fear or loneliness. And hopefully because it feels nice and makes us both smile! Like sending a postcard.