I’ve always wanted to go to Quebec City. Mostly because of the Korean drama ‘Goblin’ (lollllll). Tbh I’m not a huge fan of the drama because… well I’m just not a huge fan of it, but I love the OST and of course those QUEBEC CITY shots in it!!!!!!! That’s why Quebec City has been on my travel list ever since I knew that I’d be coming to Montreal to study, but I just didn’t have the chance to go there, until now.
When I first started selling on Etsy, I was selling printables only because I was unsure how international mailing works, especially in Montreal. I told myself that I’m going to settle down in the new environment first and maybe do a little research about international mail services before listing any physical products. But, as cheesy as it sounds, you are never really prepared, so I just decided to ‘go for it’ and listed my first physical product – a Merry Christmas Card.
You hear it all the time – the best way to learn a language is to immerse yourself in it and surround yourself with people who speak that language. Well, although it was not intended, I ended up in a French-speaking city and I actually, have taken 3 years of French in secondary school (without knowing that one day it’d useful). If you know me, you’d know that I suck at anything and everything that have to do with memorisation, and so I’ve forgotten almost all of the grammar, vocabulary and essential things in the French language that allow you to actually be able to speak it. But well, it was 3 years of education, so by some means I can still you know, read a little bit here and there, respond to other’s bonjour etc etc.
Studying abroad taught me how I can do literally anything I want. Like literally. I can go on impromptu ice skating trips after my exam, I can sleep at 6am and wake up at 3pm, I can lie down on the snow and roll downhill etc etc. Back in Hong Kong my life was pretty boring – sure I had tons of fun with my friends but we never actually go anywhere to explore, not even inside Hong Kong (or mb it’s just me being lazy lol). Anyway, I have been taking advantage of the weekends (and especially the chill fall semester life I had) to go on lil’ adventures around Montreal and here, are some of the photos I took 😀
Well it’s not really a ‘christmas edition’ – it’s just me preparing christmas cards? Anyway, here’s what it looks like when a christmas card order came through.
As you can see from the video I first handwrite the card and try to match the original as much as possible, draw on the leaves thingy (with mildliners, yes) and then wrap the envelop and the card with a lil strip of paper. I try not to waste too much new materials on packaging (in order to be more environmentally friendly), so I’d use old sketch books and stuff (but the end result is still pretty good!). With the address written on the envelope and everything’s ready, I’ll then go to the local post office and mail it 😀 When I’m in Canada, packages would be mailed via CanadaPost (obviously) so if you live in North America, you’ll receive your order pretty soon. However, when I’m in Hong Kong where everything will be mailed via Hong Kong Post Office, your order will take a little bit longer to reach you (just keep that in mind!)
I’ll definitely film more ‘behind the scenes’ later on so stay tuned for that 🙂