Monday, October 20, 2014

Penpal of the Week #147


I met Eugenia through Interpals, but it appears she is not new to the blog! Julie hosted a giveaway back in November of 2012 and Eugenia was the winner.


Please tell us about you!

My name is Eugenia, I’m 26 years old and currently I’m living in capital city of Uzbekistan – Tashkent. I’m ethnically Russian though, was born and bred here. I know that almost all people I’ve ever met didn’t have an idea where is this country on map, so I’d like to add a few words about it.


Uzbekistan is one of former republics of USSR situated in Central Asia and surrounding by Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and a very small part of Afghanistan. Uzbekistan is a multinational (you can meet Russians, Koreans, Kazakhs, Germans, Jews) country, but the most amounts of citizens are Uzbek, all nationalities are living in peace for about 100 years by now. Tashkent is a beautiful city with a long history and it’s a very popular place for visitors as it was part of Great Silk Road as well as other aged cities of Uzbekistan like Bukhara, Khiva and Samarkand.



As autumn is my favourite season I wanted to share this pic with you!


I’m happily married for 4 years now to a great man Victor. We have an adorable female Scottish straight cat named Elisabeth Brauni. At the moment I don’t work and as I have more than enough free time I’m working on improving my English, thinking about learning another foreign language (my mother tongue is Russian) and sewing textile toys in Tilda style. Tilda is a craft brand founded by Norwegian designer Tone Finnanger in 1999, best known for its whimsical and naive characters in the form of animals and dolls. I once knew about these toys/dolls, now I can’t imagine life without sewing them.



That’s our cat – Elisabeth Brauni.


Also I like reading books (classic Russian and world literature), listening to music (mostly good old rock songs of 70-80yy), penpalling (of course!), cooking and baking, taking pictures, watching movies as at cinema as at home, going for a walk, doing sports, being in nature, learning something new from history, geography and geopolitics.


My Facebook

Interpals profile


Describe your personality in 10 words!













That’s me Eugenia in mountains of Kyrgyzstan in 2014.


How long have you been penpalling? How did you first start? Tell us about your first penpal!

I got a letter from my first pen pal when I studied at school with a help of my classmate. She introduced to me the German organization LetterNet, which helped people from all over the world who love write letter to meet each other. When I became a member I got a letter from Germany, from awesome girl who was my dearest penpal for 8 years! She was like a teacher for me as she shown me what a good letter is.


We often exchanged postcards, facts about our countries, small gifts and she was my closest friend till the moment she entered to University for study and didn’t have time for penpalling anymore. It was really sad and after some time I realized how much I missed getting/writing letters and since 2010 I became an active penpaller again. During these years I realized what kind of letters I like to get/write the most, medium – long to long meaningful letters on regular base and there’s no better feeling than to find fat colorful letter from far away friend!



Here I hold all incoming letters.


How many penpals do you have and where are they from?

At the moment I have 30 penpals, most of them are from Europe but also a few of them are from N. America, Australia and New Zealand.


What are your favorite topics to discuss in letters?

I like discuss in letters about anything and everything – daily life, hobbies, interests, hopes, fears as it’s so interesting to learn how people live in other places.



I like to decorate letters with decotapes and rubber stamps.


What are you looking for in a penpal?

I’m looking for a good and sincere friend who understands me very well, who can support me when I need it and for sure we should have something in common. It helps a lot in building long lasting friendship. And also we should feel a click between us as it’s hard to push yourself for every letter if you don’t enjoy her letters.


In what language(s) do you correspond?

In English and Russian.



It’s a sample of my handwriting.


What are some of your habits in regards to letter writing?

I like to write my letter in my special corner in the evening hours with table light on and with a huge mug of tea next to me as I’m a huge tea lover! Usually I try to write reply as soon as possible – from a few days to 6 weeks (the most). Mostly this depends on my mood, motivation and length of my letters. (Medium to long, as I see short letters as waste of money and you hardly can build friendship if the letter has a few sentences.)


I like to use nice stationery, stickers, nice stamps and colorful pens for my letters. Also I like to treat my pals with enclosing small surprises now and then as stickers, postcards, teabags, bookmarks.



I like to use nice stamps and envelopes, enclose surprises

like tea, cards, bookmarks and magnets.


Has anything strange/funny ever happened to you since you’ve been penpalling?

Hmmm, I’m afraid but I don’t have a strange/ funny story to share with you.



Me and my husband Victor.


Have you met any of your penpals?

Unfortunately, due to my current place of living, meetings with pals are impossible as abroad travels cost a lot. But for sure if I ever have opportunity for traveling I’d like to meet some of my pals. So nowadays I’m traveling without leaving a house via letters from my dearest penpals!



My current pile of letters to be answered.


Are you currently looking for more penpals?

I’m not actively looking for new penpals, but like many other letter writers I hardly could say “no” to a well written intro from a person. We might “click”!


Thanks so much, Eugenia! It’s been a pleasure to get to know you.


If you finished reading Eugenia’s interview and thought to yourself, “HEY, I want to be featured as Penpal of the Week too!” then you should send me an email so we can talk about that!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Weekly Recap


I’m sitting here having some popcorn and a Pepsi Max while Julie is relaxing in a hot bath. I’ve got my Julie mix playing in the background and I’m feeling good about this evening.


Today we went to the apple orchard and I experienced picking an apple for the first time. We ate crepes and their apple juice was out of this world. Our week also involved sushi, Dexter watching, stationery design and grilling beef on a panini press.






On the blog:


On Monday we introduced you to Christine, she is our Penpal of the Week. She’s been penpalling since she was 11 and got to meet a penpal in person while she was on her honeymoon in Hawaii. Read Christine’s interview here!


We posted EB’s quirky penpal ad on Tuesday. EB has an interesting top 10 quirks list, maybe you’d be a great penpal for her?


I love the color orange and I put together some orange favorites for Wednesday’s post. As Frank Sinatra says, “Orange is the happiest color.”


Thursday’s SOTW was very exciting because we brought back these adorable owls!! We have sold a lot, but we still have a few left.


And that’s our week on the blog. Would you like to be featured here? You can participate by sending in a quirky penpal ad or you could be featured as Penpal of the Week. We have a page where you can read about how to participate with us.


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My name is Julie and I'm 34.
I live in Québec (close to Montréal) and I speak French.

I write letters, I love stationery and I have a handwriting fetish. I often eat sushi, still feel like I'm 16 and only wear skirts & dresses (with colorful tights when it's cold).

I'm happier with a mind full of ideas, a mailbox full of letters from my penpals, a shop full of stationery, a house full of cats and a day full of hugs.

Read my Top 10 Quirks here.

This is me with my girlfriend,
Denise. We met through the
League of Extraordinary
Penpals and are living
happily ever after amongst
piles of cats and stationery.

Denise will blog here
from time to time and is
the one in charge of the
social media: Facebook,
Twitter and Pinterest.

She's 38 years old,
from the United States,
and in love with me, washi
tape & imperial rolls.

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