Monday, August 4, 2014

Penpal of the Week #141


So Louis-Justin has been away for summer camp for less than 24 hours and I already miss him. It’s normal, right? (Or is this pathetic? Maybe it is, but don’t tell me.) Denise and I wrote him a different letter to open for each day that he’s away, so I hope he’s enjoying that.


To keep me distracted, I’m trying to work, but I’m slow as a snail today. I just want to eat and read and play (and be at camp with my son)! But don’t worry, I still have a penpal interview to share with you. Here it is!


Please tell us about you!

My name is SuZi (Susan, but I don’t like that name) Davis. I live in Kentucky, the land of fast women and beautiful horses or is that fast horses and beautiful women… I can never remember.


I am married with 3 grown and married children with 5 Grandkitties. We foster 2 kitties ourselves. I am an avid Pinner on Pinterest and fairly new to Postcrossing.



Me at 26. If you are wondering that is a uniform. I was in the service for a number

of years and was a Drill Sgt for the last 2 before getting out to have children.

(Back then you could not be in and have babies.)


Describe your personality in 10 words!




1st 4 postcards I made for Postcrossing.

Made from handmade paper and manila folder.


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

Back in Dec of 2013 I signed up for a swap arranged by Rin of Papered Thoughts. Both my and Jill’s partners bowed out and we were left with each other. It was serendipitous. We clicked immediately. If you would like to see our 1st exchanges they are here. We exchange at least 2 letters a month and packages about every 2 months. :)



One of many letters from Jill.

Søren (a gnome) inspecting the stamp.


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

I have 4 overseas. Jill in Norway, as mentioned before. Mette in Denmark, who I met through a FLAT swap. Giova in The Netherlands, who hosted the swap and was lamenting she wanted to be in the swap so I offered to send her something, needless to say we clicked. And the last is Albrecht from Germany, who I met through Postcrossing. So far we have had only one exchange between us.


I also have 3 stateside penpals, Chris, Lisa and Tricia. All are fairly new. All found on different penpal sites quite recently.



1st flat I made up for Mette.


What are your favorite topics to discuss in letters?

Life, past, present, future. I know that sounds ambiguous but it really is not. I know more about these lovely people than I know about my next door neighbors. I like it that way. Jill is like a daughter to me in many ways. I dote on her son. Metta and Giova are my best friends and I hope the others will become too.


What are you looking for in a penpal?

People who share my love of paper, art, books. They do not need to like what I like. That would be boring, but they need to appreciate the loveliness of sharing differences and respect those differences. I have been very lucky so far in finding people like that.



1st flat I made up for Giova.


What do you like the most about penpalling?

I am learning more about places I may never get to visit than I ever expected. I was a terrible History student and not much better in Geography. If those classes had been connected to a penpal I would have been top of the class. I really am enjoying learning. Plus the exchanges help… lol! Let’s face it! No one objects to getting a few goodies in the mail from time to time. I am hoping they like it as well.



Raveled yarn and thread laminated.

Embellished with stickers.


In what language(s) do you correspond?

English but I did send a postcard in German to a girl from Russia who only spoke Russian and German. I cheated and used a translator. Does that count?




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

Since I like sending extras with my letters I keep a supply of tasty teas handy to tuck into each of my letters. For those I exchange flats with, I have a box with stuff I collect that I know they like.


I usually write sitting cross legged in my bed. Here is a quirky fact. I use the back of my Kindle as a desk. My letters tend to be long and rambling on a variety of papers, different colors and textures and even sizes. I stole an idea from Giova and sew my pages together. That way nothing is lost or out of order. I do try and answer any questions posed in their last one I received. I try and ask some odd questions along the way in mine. I have not played mail tag but I understand the concept.



Organza ribbon, handmade paper laminated,

embellished with stamps.


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

My cats go crazy over Giova’s mail. Something about the smell. They practically climb into the envelopes, even before I get the letter out. I also discovered I am addicted to Washi tape. When I get a letter, flat or package decorated with Washi I am totally content.



Envelope made of coloring book cover (front and back).


Have you met any of your penpals?

I wish I had. There is still hope. Both Mette and Giova have connections to the US. I hope sometime in the future Jill can come to Disney and we can meet them there. Who knows if I will meet the state side penpals. Our relationships are fairly new but they are not too far away.



Envelopes made of coloring book and calendar (front and back).


Are you currently looking for more penpals?

I have 7 now but 11 is a lovely number, so nice and symmetrical. 10 is over used and 12 is just so divided. See I think sideways.


Thank you SuZi! I hope you can find at least 4 new potential penpals through this interview!


And to all the blog readers: if you’d like to share your own snail mail stories and experiences, I’d love to interview you too! Just email me to let me know you’re interested and I’ll get back to you with all the details. Thanks!

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One Response to “Penpal of the Week #141”

  1. I realized after rereading this I left no way for any new penpals to contact me. A mistake on my part I hope to remedy with this. Those interested in becoming my penpal please contact me at


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.

Read my Top 10 Quirks here.

This is me with my wife,
Denise. We met through the
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Penpals and are living
happily ever after in the
Stationery Kingdom.

Denise blogs here too and is
the one in charge of the
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Twitter and Pinterest.

She's 40 years old,
from South Dakota,
and in love with me, washi
tape & imperial rolls.

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