I’m happy to be sharing another Penpal of the Week Interview with you today. Grab yourself a cup of your favorite beverage (I’m currently enjoying a cup of mango & rose hip tea sent from my penpal in Sweden) and enjoy reading about Amanda!
Please tell us about you!
My name is Amanda I’m 29 and from New Jersey. I’m a baker and now I’m designing and selling stationery for snail mail. I enjoy painting, crafting, and traveling when I can afford it.
My twitter @thefancylady
A photo of me.
Describe your personality in 10 words!
Creative, funny, eccentric, outspoken.
How long have you been penpalling? How did you first start? Tell us about your first penpal!
I’ve been penpaling for 8 years, I first started when a friend moved away when I was younger then rediscovered it again on swap-bot a few years later.
Addams family themed mail I sent.
How many penpals do you have now and where are they from?
I have about 15 penpals, most of them are in the US and the UK and one in France.
What are your favorite topics to discuss in letters?
I like the getting to know you mail tags and I also really enjoy just talking about your everyday life and things going on.
Raven themed mail sent.
What are you looking for in a penpal?
Someone who is creative as well and has similar interests.
What do you like the most about penpalling?
Getting to make friends from all over the world and finding others who are into the same sorts of things as myself. I often don’t find people in my area who like the same things as me.
Fox stationery I designed.
In what language(s) do you correspond?
What are some of your habits in regards to letter writing?
I usually write my letter in my craft room on my comfy couch lol. Usually, I tend to write back within the week unless work is super busy or I’m waiting for stamps I ordered.
Autumn themed mail I sent.
Has anything strange/funny ever happened to you since you’ve been penpalling?
I’ve actually never had anything really weird happen or had any strange requests from penpals. I have encountered a few flakey people though lol.
Have you met any of your penpals?
So far I’ve met 4 of my penpals, each time was a great experience. The first time was a girl who lived about 2 hours away and she remains one of my very dear friends. The second was one of my penpals who I immediately bonded with and meeting her was like I had already known her for years. Another was a girl who I hadn’t actually sent too many letters with but she was in the area on vacation so I thought why not? We had a really great time and got on really well. And also, I got to meet up with another penpal on a trip to California last year had a fun day of paper shopping!
Meeting up with my close friend and penpal last year for my birthday tea.
Are you currently looking for more penpals?
Not at the moment, but that usually changes over the months as some penpals tend to drop off.
My 40th birthday is coming up soon and one of the things I really want to do is visit Tilt – Classic Arcade & Ale House. Amanda’s Addams Family themed mail reminds me of my very favorite pinball machine.
They have this pinball machine just a few miles away!
I’m also wanting to go see The Peanuts Movie – it’s released right on my birthday. So basically, as I turn 40, I want to play games and go to an animated movie. I’m still a kid!