Postcrossing Spotlight: minnasusanne
- How did you come across Postcrossing? What got you hooked?
I heard about Postcrossing for the first time when I picked up our mail in the end of year 2006. There were great cards from different countries around the world, sent to my oldest daughter who had joined Postcrossing. In a few weeks I joined too! First I liked the idea of getting cards from foreign countries, then the opportunity to improve my language skills. But the best thing I think are the wonderful friends I soon found here.
- Show us your mailbox, your mailman/mailwoman, your postoffice or the place where you post or keep your postcards!
This is our mailbox, done by me and my husband. Finnish postal service delivers mail to 1 km from your home if you live in the countryside like we do. So our mailbox is in middle of the forest along our road to home. It is pretty obvious that I like stones!
Sometimes, I use the postcards I receive to decorate parts of my home:
- Do you have any other interesting hobbies?
I like to read and listen to music but I must confess that I'm a serious card addict. I don't spend much time with anything else. This means that postcards have evolved from a hobby to a profession for me this autumn. Last two years I have been interested in taking photographs and after plenty of dreaming and planning I decided to publish some photos as postcards. That's how my small-scale postcard web shop Minor Postcards was born.
Lately I enjoy planning different cards with my daughter and searching good motifs from other photographers works - I know I'm a beginner and can't take photos of the Northern lights or polar bears, for example.
- Show and tell us about your favorite received postcard to date, and what makes it special.
It is impossible to pick just one card. Here are some special cards:
A Sandman postcard and John Bauer's illustration because I like dreamlike drawings and the idea to have a matching stamp to a card is great. (But I don't like the "Postmonster" which damages cards and hope to get my cards in envelopes so stamps don't actually matter to me).
The paper doll Robin Hood cat card and Sheepworld card because I like "cut out do it yourself" cards.
I also love black & white cards and stones and got these from friends. The broken stone heart was my avatar for a while.
And the Help! card is there because I like funny ideas and would love to have that key in my laptop!!
- What is it your favorite part of the Postcrossing process?
I like the most about picking the right card for the receiver. I look at their wishlist and try to find something which might be something they would like. It is nice to read Hoorays afterwards and hear how well I managed.
- Have you been surprised by any place that you have received a postcard from or sent a postcard to?
This is not actually an answer to this question... but it was a fine surprise to receive the first page from my favorite author Stephen King's book Carrie as an official BR-153331. It arrived a long way from Brazil and got here in good shape, despite the long journey.
- Have you met any other members in real life?
Yes, my daughter was the first! I have been to some meetings in Finland and met Finnish members there. I don't usually go to big meet-ups, I prefer small meetings. I have met some foreign members too, two of them visited my home, and I have visited one Swiss member. And once I made a surprise visit to a German member for her birthday when I was in Germany for other reason. It was soooo fun!! I can say that with some members I don't only share postcards, I share my life and we really are friends. And that's amazing!