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PenpalSuchi

PenpalSuchi
Date Joined: January 19, 2021
Last Online: November 23, 2021
Birthday: November 28
Country: India
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About Me

Hello there! Thank you SO much for stopping by!

I am Suchi and I'm 37 years old. I live and work in Hyderabad, one of India's IT cities. I am an editor/proofreader in digital learning.

I make junk journals and dabble in sewing over the weekend. I'm new to penpals/snailmail, but not to paper crafting :) I started out with mini albums (the chunkier the better!) and gradually moved into junk journals because I have more opportunity to sew and I love working with digital paper packs (The themes are so much more interesting than commercial paper pads sometimes!).

With snail mail, I am able to balance both—my love for vintage journals and that for cute scrapbook mini albums/flipbooks. :)

My interests are travel, history, papercrafting, vintage décor, country living, nature (I wish I could say gardening but I know very little of that. I have like 5 plants right now :D), and traditional postage.

In my penpal journey, I'm looking for fellow paper and post enthusiasts to share my love for stationery and traditional post with. 🙂 I also write long, chatty letters (really long...6-8 pages even!), so essentially, I’m looking for conversations and longer-term connections. The crafty bit is a bonus.

I am very easy-going as far as incoming mail is concerned. I find it most exciting that someone thought of me and made me mail--not choosy about styles, colors, etc.

However, I do understand some swaps may have specific requirements. I've listed some of my preferences below. If you feel like it'll help to know these before you make me mail, please read on! :)

You may get an idea of my style and interests from my Instagram profile and YouTube channel linked here.

Favorite Crafts

Paper crafting

Sewing

Collaging

Hand-quilting

Machine-quilting (this last one, I watch more than I do...LOL!)

Favorite snail mail goodies

I love paper bundles! I'd be thrilled to see any of the below:

Letter paper, envelopes, mini notecards

Postcards--these are a favorite!! (preferably with nature/landscape/architecture/heritage images but will be happy with any fun pictures--movies, tv shows, holidays, etc.)

Vintage papers--dictionaries, maps, sheet music, encyclopedia, children's books...anything!

Botanical book pages/illustrations

Pretty pages from magazines, travel brochures with nature images (I absolutely LOVE these and they do not have to be vintage.)

Wrapping paper

Vellum paper/envelopes, vellum quotes

Labels, flash cards, playing cards, large BINGO cards, button cards

Die-cuts--floral, sentiments

Stickers (well, who doesn’t 😬)--botanical, vintage, foliage, postal, travel, alphabet

Words/quotes (Bright, uplifting, motivational, soulful)

Baker's twine, pretty yarn

Gingham prints

My favorite colors are: green, spring green, aqua, turquoise (I love most colors that occur in nature--brown, orange, yellow, purple, fuchsia, ivory, etc.)

Favorite Movies

Too many to list! Listing my favorite genres:

Crime/Detection (not true crime/crime scene so much, unless it is a very well-made documentary. So much of true crime is sensationalized. :( That doesn't resonate with me.)

Thrillers (I avoid supernatural stuff, though. :D)

Romances

Romantic comedy

Period films, epics (If not the story, I’ll watch them for the costumes and sets--especially, if they are historically accurate and not anachronistic.)

Literary adaptations (Across genres, even autobiographies/biographies)

Favorite Books

I have a major in English Literature so a love for reading comes with the territory, I guess! 😬

Some of my favorite genres are the following:

Classics —Austen, Bronte, Hardy, Gaskell, Dickens;

Historical fiction;

Post-colonial literature from around the world—Australian, Caribbean, Indian, African;

Non-fiction—social/political commentary, alternative historiography;

Romances (very selective in this genre, has to be a powerful human story to interest me)

Human experiences, heritage, history, culture, travel, and society are my guide--I avoid self-help books.

Please avoid the following

Neon colors

Loose glitter

Chunky beads/shells/bone beads

Leather/faux leather/original feathers

Pictures of children, birds, or people (illustrations are fine)

Nudity (even artistic)--no topless mermaids or cherubs, please. I'm sorry. I don't mean to offend but it's not my style.

Dark humor, gothic, occult, religious phrases (Again, nothing against artists who use these, just that I cannot seem to fit them into my work.)

Adult humor.

I am not a postcrosser (not yet)--please avoid postcrossing-specific cards.

Favorite Music

I don't keep up with the charts so much, so I may not be up-to-date on latest releases. Here are my favorite genres:

Country music

Pop (I’m a 90s kid but enjoy music from the 60s~80s too!)

Soft rock

Easy listening

Classics from Indian cinema (Hindi, Bengali, and other languages--esp. from the black and white era)

Ratings

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Comment: Oh, Suchi! Where do I even begin with this GORGEOUS flip book?! I loved it before I even opened it, as the envelope itself was so cool. I adored the sewn cloth cover, and you totally nailed the butterfly garden theme - yay! I loved how you displayed the butterfly on the center page (I may steal that idea for future mail), and it’s even a monarch butterfly, my absolute favorite! You were so very generous with the goodies, too, but what I enjoyed most, perhaps, was your letter. Your swap partners should count themselves among the luckiest! Thank you so much (and I hope the weather has cooled since you sent this to me)!
Response: Thank you, Miranda…for your kind words!! I am so happy you liked the flipbook. ☺️☺️ I enjoyed making a junk journal (albeit tiny) after long. 🥳 Take care and have a great week ahead! 💕
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Comment: Dear Suchismita, I have never, in my life, have seen such amazing snail mail craftmanship. I would rate 6, if I could. I haven't been able to discover every little piece of goodies you sent me or read the letter properly, but I'm just amazed by how beautiful is the envelope you made. I'm also very excited to try the tea you sent me! Unfortunately, I'm isolated right now, but as soon as I can go out again I will send you happy mail to really thank you for the joy you brought me today. Sincerely.
Response: Ahw! I am so happy you liked your mail! Sorry to hear about the isolation--hope it's all A-OK soon! That is SUCH a kind note. I am a little late in responding, but I remember your note making my day, totally!! Thank you! <3
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Comment: Thank you so much Suchi for the amazing swap. Everything is absolutely beautiful and I will enjoy using and trying all the goodies you added. x
Response: Thank you, Mandy! You are very kind. I am glad the package made it safely. Putting this together for you brought me much joy. :) xx Suchi
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Comment: Suchi! I received your GORGEOUS happy mail yesterday and I am absolutely in love. Thank you so so much for creating such a special piece of mail for me - it really made my day. Reading about you and your life in India took me on a little "mental" vacation, which was so needed. One of my closest former colleagues actually is from Hyderabad - pretty much the only connection I've had to India until now :) I felt so special going through all the beautiful bits and pieces you put together just for me. I would absolutely love to reply to you and send you something back! I hope it's okay if my reply is going to take a little while. Again, thank you so so much. You really made my day with your beautiful happy mail!! :)
Response: Yay! I’m so glad you liked your mail!! 💕 You were my first swapbot partner! 😊 Thank you so much for leaving me a note and I’d love to hear from you again :) Best. Suchi

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