Monday, January 23, 2012

Penpal of the Week #60


You’ve already heard about today’s Penpal of the Week about a week ago when I posted her penpal ad on my blog… But now we’ll get to know her more in-depth!


Please tell us about you!

Hello! I’m Rin – a 21 year old girl from the beautiful East Coast of Australia, Currently studying for my Education Degree!


I Adore Mail, Paper & All things Lettery! I love to Create things, I have a Huge Imagination & an Obsession with Typography. I have a chronic case of Biblophilia and am Constantly lost in Stories, Zines and Novels. I Also collect Booklists, Love Letters, Secrets & Ephemera.. I am a HUGE Harry Potter fan, I always knew snape was good & Luna is Lovely!


I was bitten by the travel bug after spending 5 months in the USA in 2011, Next on the list is Japan, China & Vietnam.


I love lists – Collecting them & Writing them! I Over use these ! these – and these … and the word I, But that’s okay! I have a blog dedicated to my love / obsession with all things Mail-ish! – Papered Thoughts.


Rin 1

My Harry Potter 21st (L-R) My Mum, Sister & I // My Dad & I // My GF’s & I


Describe your personality in 10 words!

Creative – Passionate – Dreamer – Romantic – Strong – Opinionated – Curious – Loner – Emotional – Perfectionist


Rin 2

On my Trip around the USA – At Santa Cruz Pier!


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

I have been Penpalling since I was 11! So for about 10 years.. – My mum signed me up for a penpal program at our local library when I was in year 6 & I immediately loved it! (There was even an article in the local paper about us!)


I was writing to a girl in New York City Regularly & Sending Packages back & Forth.. Then September 11th Happened & she stopped writing – I still have the letters, I’m not sure what ever happened to her.. I Always think about her when I’m writing.. I hope she is okay.


Rin 3

The Newspaper Article was written just after September 11th (I am at the front).

I lost contact with my Penpal not long after this.


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

I have 4-6 Penpals that I am in Regular Contact with, Most from the USA & 2 from here in Australia. – One Lovely Girl I have been writing to for almost 18 months, we are pretty close now. I do reply to all letters I recieve though so I can be writing anywhere from 4 to 12 letters a week!


Rin 4

I Love to play dress ups!  L-R Glee Cheerleaders,

The House from “Up”, Sue Sylvester From Glee.


What are your favorite topics to discuss in letters?

I love discussing book suggestions & Swapping book lists – I also ask alot of obscure questions, for example I am very curious to know what people keep on their bedside tables or what their favourite word is! I love to write pretty lists & send them out to my Penpals, about anything really..


I also just read the book “Sorcery & Cecilia” by Patricia Wrede & would love to find someone to play “The Letter Game” with..


Rin 5

The Top of my Lovely Bookshelf – The top shelf is dedicated to the amazing Harry Potter!


What are you looking for in a penpal?

Someone Creative & Happy who has a curious mind & a sense of Humour, someone who just loves snail mail & has an imagination!


What do you like the most about penpalling?

I love creating Beautiful things & knowing that somewhere on the other side of the world someone will appreciate it as much as I do. – I love knowing that I may be able to brighten someones day by doing something that I love!


In what language(s) do you correspond?

English is Unfortunately my First & only Language – Although I can count to ten in French & German!


Rin 6

My Cousin, Aunt, Sister, Best friend & I on our recent trip to NZ for a month in October!


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

I am usually home when the postman delievers my mail – Usually between 3pm-4pm! So I feel like a little kid everyday when I run up to my letter box to find what wonders await me! I generally write back that day if I have time but definately within 3 days!


I have all my letter writing / craft supplies organised in my room & will write on my bed that is pushed up against a big window.. I try to include some thing little like ribbon or buttons or something my penpal collects.. I also carry a few Postcards and a Blank Journal wherever I go in case I have some down time between jobs!


My letter lengths fluctuate depending on my mood – but I always try to pen a decent reply to each letter I recieve!


Rin 7

The Place that holds all my Creative Stuffs..

as you can see I have a slight Washi Tape Addiction..


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

I used to join swaps on swapbot quite frequently before I went travelling & had some very strange swaps (Takeaway Menus, Old Reciepts etc.) But I found that I preferred writing letters that actually said something rather than participating in random swaps (Although I do love to include bits and pieces in my Letters!)


– I do however love “Found” Items & Lists (Any Kind, Shopping, Dreams, Favourite Foods etc) & have recieved quite a few Random / Funny lists from Penpals!


Rin 8

A few of my Original Drawings, drawing like this relaxes me..


Have you met any of your penpals?

I haven’t met any of my penpals yet no – I had planned to meet one girl while I was in the USA but the dates just didn’t match up for us! such a shame.. I’d love to in the future though..


Are you currently looking for more penpals?

Of course – One can never write to many letters or have to many friends! Please write me I’d love to ask you some weird and wonderful things! – or find me on my blog – Papered Thoughts


Rin Top 10 Quirks 1

Rin Top 10 Quirks 2


Thank you for the lovely interview Rin, and thanks for sharing your Top 10 Quirks with us at the same time!

5 Responses to “Penpal of the Week #60”

  1. What a lovely interview :) I have sent you some mail last week, I hope it reaches you soon ^^

  2. I also love the Harry Potter themed pictures <3

  3. That was a great interview. It’s so funny that you had her for this post. I just finished making her envelope to send the letter I penned her. Weird!! Love it!

  4. Rin is a great person to swap letters with! we’ve only swapped 1 or 2 so far but hopefully more as time goes on. I am just addicted to her blog, it’s so happy and always has interesting pictures on it.

  5. What a great interview. I’m checking out the blog now and loving it. Also, I’ve been wanting to play the letter game for awhile now, had a couple attempts through swap-bot but nothing that panned out. I may need to send Rin an e-mail about that…


My name is Julie and I'm 37.
I'm French Canadian and fell
in love with an American,
so I'm now living in Vermont
with my wife.

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 pens and a day full of hugs.

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