Hail the Snail 2.36

15 Sep

September 1st: Though a letter from Sarah wasn’t nearly as amazing as her delivery last September 1st, I was happy to get it all the same!

September 2nd: I couldn’t resist ordering these stamps… now if I could bring myself to use them, haha:

September 5th: Justine’s letter and Jenn’s batch of Fairs & Festivals Little Cards were worth the wait after the long holiday weekend.

September 8th: More Little Cards came from Jenn (the Disney Sidekicks set), and we got some artwork from our nephew, Jack, too.

September 9th: Logan received books from his Grandma Kraklow while I got “reading material” from Jody.

September 11th: Even more books came for the Loganator.

September 13th: …And yet another one.

Hopefully by the time this week is over, I will have gotten at least a letter or two, but if Logan just gets more books I certainly won’t complain– ESPECIALLY if they’re as cute as The Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein is, hehe. The first half of this month has been treating us as nicely as that book did, by the way. Labor Day weekend was full of some great times and great food, the following Saturday included a trip to the Children’s Zoo, and as I write this, Logan is having an awesome time camping with his paternal grandparents. Looking forward to seeing what the rest of September has in store for us, and for my mailboxes of course!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

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Little Cards: August

10 Sep

I have good news and bad news. The good news is that I recently received all of these ATCs per August’s Adventures:

Fairs and Festivals:

Disney Sidekicks:

The bad news? August was Jenn’s last month being my cohost via Little Cards on Big Adventures. She still has every intention of participating in my swaps, like the American Horror Story one currently in progress, but the more time she spends off of Facebook, the more sense it made for her to step down. Eventually I may recruit someone to host a second swap each month, but for now we’ll just have my monthly one as we all find our footing on this leg of our adventure.

And it is because of this adjustment period that now is a good time to join us on this trip if you enjoy making ATCs! In our Facebook group, I’m encouraging each member to nominate what theme they’d like to do in October, and putting my favorites to a vote when the month gets closer. Every vote counts– even yours *wink, wink; nudge nudge*

Well, whether you join Little Cards on Big Adventures, or just join me here next time, take care and stay lovely!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Hail the Snail 2.35

1 Sep

August 15th: No happy mail to speak of just yet, but a very happy boy started first grade. Check out how much he grew since his first day of kindergarten!

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August 16th: You want to know what the mail call portion of this post is starting out with? UNDERWEAR, that’s what!

August 17th: This Michigan girl received a couple MI postcards from another one, haha.

August 18th: Another postcard came today, this time from Kira.

August 19th: From somewhere over the rainbow came the Wizard of Oz set of Little Cards 😉

August 21st: I received a handful of letters last week, and the first one was from Jody.

August 22nd: Manolo had a letter from Ashley next, while Pablo had one from Charmaine.

August 24th: Joining my little reply pile was a letter from Kayla.

August 26th: The last letter from last week was from Sarah, and like the Saturday before, I got some Little Cards, too!

August 30th: This week’s first letters were from Jody and Krista, and the first postcard was from the latter as well.

August 31st: As for the first package, that was from Sarah and it included everything in this picture minus the socks and floor, haha:

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With the Loganator back in school, it was great to have so much happy mail to keep me, well, happy. I’ve been slowly implementing a new routine, but it’s nice to break up the monotony with something more fun. Sort of like how this uneventful small town of mine has their annual Bean Festival going on this weekend, haha. I hope you all enjoy your Labor Day weekend, and that September is an awesome month for you… and my mailbox 😉

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Two Cents: August Edition

30 Aug

On the last Wednesday of last month, I started the blog series Two Cents. The purpose of Two Cents is to have a monthly “show and tell,” featuring many of the Change Cards I’ve made, along with other things I’ve done to make the world better one Change Card at a time. Change. Cents. Get it? 😉 Here are the highlights since that first post:

1. Using an old collage and then a new phrase provided by Vikki, I started August with some AWESOME ATCs to use:

2. I stayed with my mom not once, not twice, but three times in August, and a total of 27 Change Cards were left while in her neck of the woods.

3. And if you want to leave Change Cards in your neck of the woods, see this blog post of mine because I’m officially selling sets of 9 cards for $5 each!

4. I’m pleased to report I sold 4 sets already– so what if they were all to the same woman? Hehe. I definitely found one heck of a supporter in Sue; she recently gifted me with a bunch of scraps which led to gifting her with this bonus set:

5. I was hoping to find even more like-minded individuals at a rock painting event at Michael’s recently, only to find it was just kids painting while their parents loitered behind them. Knowing what I know now, I’m still interested in potentially networking at similar events, but if/when I go to the Rocking Meet & Greet at a nearby park in a couple weeks, my son is going with me 😛

6. Speaking of my son, this past Sunday Logan helped me release two helium balloons out into the universe, each with an ATC attached! Here’s Logan with one of them before the launch:

And 7. It’s also worth noting our Facebook group, ATC the Change, is now less than 25 members away from 100! You’re welcome to join us and our cause if you haven’t done so already.

I’m not too sure what September has in store for ATC the Change, but I’m excited for it, and to share my Two Cents with you again when the 27th rolls around. If there’s anything else you’d like to see in this series, by the way, please let me know!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Kindness for Sale

23 Aug

There are a few things that are likely pretty obvious throughout Sincerely Kate. Pen palling, for starters, is undoubtedly my favorite hobby; I’m rather obsessed with Alice in Wonderland; and when it comes to ATCs, I’ve been known to run a mile with each inch of an idea. After all, I liked turning junk into treasure; I created the almost 2-year-old adventure that is Little Cards; and last year I cofounded ATC the Change.

When I last wrote about the latter, I said that creating Change Cards has made me love ATCs even more since they went from being small pieces of artwork to something with big meaning. The thing is though, I have way more time to make Change Cards than I have opportunities to leave them places, and this led to another inch of an idea…

Do you– yes, you!– love the idea of ATC the Change, but don’t have the time or ambition to make Change Cards? Well, I would like to help you spread kindness like confetti! For $5 each, I’m willing to send you a trading card protector sheet with a total of 9 mystery cards tucked into its pockets. Below are a few examples of sets I have built!

Should you decide you’d like one of my mystery sets, it will be sent to you with the Change Cards all ready to join you on your next outing(s). They even have information about the cause on their backside, so literally all you have to do is leave them on a table at a restaurant, tuck them in a library book, or put ’em anywhere else your heart desires. Pictures from these endeavors are welcome, of course, but they’re not mandatory.

So how can you order? You can email me at sincerelykate@hotmail.com, and I will send you an invoice via paypal– I hope that’s okay! Down the road I’d like to create an Etsy shop, but I’d like to sell at least 10 of these mystery sets before I commit to such a thing since I don’t know how many people are actually interested just yet. I appreciate your patience as I figure things out!

And I appreciate you reading this sales pitch of mine if you are, in fact, still reading, haha. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask me either in the comments here, or via the email address I provided up there ^ . Looking forward to helping you help make the world a little bit better, one little Change Card at a time.

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Little Cards: June and July

21 Aug

A silly little fact? I actually had all of July’s Little Cards before I had all of them from June. Granted, last month we solely revisited the Summer Blockbusters theme, and there were only three of us who participated, but still 😉 I imagine I would have actually gotten both month’s Little Cards around the same time had someone’s Wizard of Oz ones not gotten lost somewhere over the rainbow or something, but new ATCs were made, and so now this blog post has been made!

June:

Summer:

The Wizard of Oz:

July:

Summer Blockbusters:

With any luck it won’t be another two months before I have 4 Fair & Festival and 6 Disney Sidekicks cards to show you, but just like the Wizard of Oz set– and happy mail in general, better late than never!

Ciao for now!
Sincerely, Kate ~!~

 

Hail the Snail 2.34

15 Aug

August 2nd: This mail call is not only starting with a letter from Jody, but, per Logan’s request, the illustrated version of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

August 5th: It was a rather slow week for snail mail, but it ended on a high note thanks to Justine.

August 10th: Another letter from Jody for me while Logan got another package– this one had Star Trek pop-up books my dad thought he needed, haha.

August 11th: Gabe and I got an invitation to something from someone, but mum’s the word 😉

Admittedly the mail hasn’t been too exciting this month, but that doesn’t mean this month hasn’t been exciting!

Exhibit A: Last Thursday my siblings and I were at the same place at the same time along with 3 of our spouses and 2 of our kids. My mom also invited our grandparents 😀

Exhibit B: Today is Logan’s first day of first grade!

Needless to say, August has been treating my family pretty well, and I think the second half may treat our mailbox pretty well, too. Today, for example, is the day my LitCube ships! The theme this month? “Alice in Steampunk Wonderland” so of course I couldn’t resist! I have a feeling I won’t be waiting until my next mail call to show you what was enclosed 😉

As for this mail call, I think here will be where I leave you… especially since I promised someone an intro letter, hehe. Take care, Bleaders!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~