Little Cards: September

24 Oct

As promised in my Orange You Glad post, here are my Little Cards from last month now that I have them all!



Harry Potter:


The total amount of Little Cards I have is now 206, though once I have the 7 Dia de los Muertos ones and the 5 Disney Villain ATCs, that count will be up to 218! Hopefully I’ll have them all soon and can show you them soon after.

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Orange You Glad

19 Oct

As much as I would have liked to post September’s Little Cards today, I am waiting for the Harry Potter set yet, so an anniversary-friendly post instead it is!

It was in October of last year that Jenn and I started Little Cards on Big Adventures, and today is the anniversary of when the very first batches of ATCs were due. This was my blog post soon after, featuring much of our Orange and Halloween Movies hauls.

I am so glad for that first month. Not only did we find a variety of artists who got what we were trying to do, we learned what works and what could work better. Several of our original artists have left since then for one reason or another, but we continue to endure, finding others who get us and finding their Little Cards in our mailboxes. 196 ATCs, including one of my own each theme, is what I have acquired from Little Cards this past year so far, NOT including this October!

So basically I love this group and this anniversary is a happy one, hehe. If you’re a fellow adventurer, orange you glad you joined, too?😉

I’ll post again soon with the Firefighter and Harry Potter sets!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Hail the Snail 2.19

15 Oct

September 30th: I told you what Manolo had for me in my last mail call, but I saw Pablo later that day and got a letter from Whitney, too.

October 1st: October started with this random pocket letter Sarah made for me:


October 3rd: No letters for me (pocket or otherwise) today, but Logan got his latest Which Way USA magazines.

October 4th: It’s always a pleasure to hear from Justine, and today was no exception.

October 5th: While Pablo had the last of the Firefighter batches per Little Cards, Manolo had even more fun stuff from Sarah including a letter and our story.

October 6th: Both Gabe and Logan got their own “fun stuff” from my dad, and I got Chester back from Sarah!

Celebratory Pizza Party

Celebratory Pizza Party

October 8th: I got letters from Jody and Sarah, plus my latest stamp order.

October 10th: USPS might have been off for Columbus Day, but FedEx was still kicking! The box spring for our new bed was delivered bright and early.

October 11th: FedEx showed up again with the mattress and our latest Amazon order. As for the USPS, they had a Family Fun magazine for me.

October 12th: Manolo had something from my dad for me, and Pablo had a batch of ATCs for my latest theme.

October 13th: I got the story back from Sarah. In a nutshell, it’s about a vampire who thirsts for more than blood, but her potential suitor seemed too good to be true, and it turns out he is.😛

October 14th: I got something else from my dad– a cookie sheet and 10 of these 10-in-1 pens:


There’s been a lot of fun mail coming in, and I’m excited to see what the rest of this month has in store for me and my mailboxes!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~


Back from the Grave

8 Oct

I meant to post on Wednesday, but I was at a bit of a loss regarding what I wanted to write about. I still sort of am, but I realized it’s more because I had multiple topics swirling around in my head that I was kept from landing on anything. So, for one night only, I’m bringing back my Not-so-Mad Tea Parties— my version of the “If We Were Having Coffee” posts I did back in 2014. It is October, so what better time to bring something back from the dead?

The first thing I wanted to acknowledge is that Nancy, our mail carrier, recently retired. I have heard on multiple occasions how much she loved us and our mailbox, and the feeling was and is mutual. Considering what a lifeline pen palling has been for me, to have a mail carrier who’d stop even when I didn’t have incoming mail– and who was genuinely concerned when I didn’t have outgoing for a few days in January– meant the world to me. She delivered the retirement news to me in person, and it was such a bittersweet moment. Though she has undoubtedly earned herself a break, I’m worried her replacement will find my mailbox more annoying than adorable. *Fingers crossed*

Speaking of annoying, I am still tending to my “Posse Problem” from last month. I have sent postcards to everyone in my Postcard Posse who isn’t also a pen pal, asking them to each send me a postcard if they wanted to remain a member, and now I’m waiting for them to trickle in. I know it’s “snail mail,” but this has been slower than I anticipated. Unless, of course, I’m not going to hear from everyone. Sad, though finding out if people are still genuinely interested is the point. When October is over, I’ll consider my waiting period over, too.

But enough about postcards, and more about Artist Trading Cards (ATCs)! First! Little Cards on Big Adventures is officially a year old! It was in October of last year that myself and Jenn announced Orange and Halloween Movies as our first themes, and now Dia de los Muertos and Disney Villains are our 25th and 26th ones. Second! ATC the Change is alive and well. Sure, I probably have made more cards for the cause than everyone else combined, but just the fact that there are people who get what Sarah and I want to do, and are trying to help us do it, is what ATC the Change is all about. Though Gabe may tell you it’s about trying to embarrass him– he can’t take me ANYWHERE without me leaving an ATC behind. There are way more pictures than this (you can follow sincerelykaterz on Instagram), but here are some from the last four times we ate out anywhere:

The boys, by the way, have been doing well. Gabe’s keeping busy with fall harvest, and Logan kindergarten. The little viking has been doing just fine in school, though given how well he performed in preschool last year, I’m not really surprised. I actually need to start being careful when I write around him because he’s picking sight words and whatnot up quick, hehe. I’ll have to teach him “ninja” since that’s what he’d like to be for Halloween again this year. Yay for getting more use out of the costume! We can put that money towards his ever-growing Christmas list, haha.

I have a list of my own… shows I’m watching this fall! American Horror Story: Roanoke has been my favorite so far, and How to Get Away with Murder is a close second. Jane the Virgin remains the premiere I’m dying for the most, while This is Us has been the most Kate-friendly pilot. As for misses, I’m losing interest in Quantico, and honestly I feel as though Once Upon a Time has lost a lost of its spark as well. At least I can still count on The Big Bang Theory and Hell’s Kitchen for their silly antics.

Well, I think I’m out of ideas now, haha, so cheers!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Hail the Snail 2.18

30 Sep

September 15th: Letters are a bit few and far between this mail call, but I got one from Kristy today.

September 17th: I got Jenn’s Little Cards per my Firefighters theme, and a nice lil’ letter along with them.

September 19th: Even when mail is slow, I can still expect Jody’s letters like clockwork.

September 21st: Pablo had a couple ATCs for me per a trade.

September 22nd: After a few days with no Manolo love, he finally hooked me up with a letter from Kayla.

September 23rd: More Little Cards came today– just one more Firefighters batch to go!

September 24th: Today’s letter was from Sarah!

September 26th: In addition to my weekly letter from Jody, Manolo had some happy mail from Sarah while Pablo had some ATC backgrounds for me to use per a duo jam.

September 28th: Manolo had even more happy mail for me (and the boys!) from Sarah. Also, That duo jam I just mentioned? These were the ATCs I finished using another artist’s backgrounds:


September 29th: A postcard is something else I got from Sarah this week, haha.

September 30th: This month ended with a letter from Krista for me, and a book from my mom for the Loganator.

I hope September was a great month for you, and that October will be even greater yet!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Posse Problems

21 Sep

Last June, I started what I affectionately refer(red) to my Postcard Posse. Basically what it is, is a handful of people signed up to get random postcards from me sporadically, so I can downsize the massive stash I have.

You may be wondering why I don’t use a site like Postcrossing, and though I have in the past, there are several reasons why I don’t anymore. 1) There is a limit to how many postcards you can send until your outgoing postcards have been registered, 2) you can’t just send within the US, and the cost of international postage adds up rather fast, and 3) honestly, I like sending them a lot more than getting them… unless they’re Alice in Wonderland-friendly😉

So here is where the Posse came in! I send postcards to one of the nine people whenever I don’t get anything to respond to, and they’re all within the US to keep the cost low.

Turns out, however, that I have been wasting a bit of postage. Someone– let’s call her Zoe– signed up for my posse, but gave me the address of a P.O. box she no longer rented! I left my email address on one of my postcards to Zoe, and fortunately one of the postal workers at Temp Mill Ave. Post Office spotted it so she could let me know that the box has been vacant… for two years!

I am incredibly grateful for the staff at that post office letting me know that I shouldn’t bother sending any more postcards to Zoe, but it really annoys me how much time and money was wasted before they were able to. Honestly it hurts that someone would take advantage of my generosity in such a twisted way. I’m trying to chalk it up to an honest mistake, but if the box has been vacant for two years, Zoe would have had her actual address long enough to not mix addresses when she gave “hers” to me last June.

I find myself a bit jaded about sending postcards now. So much so I am going to continue to send them only once I check with the rest of my posse to make sure they still want them.

Sorry for a bit of a downer post, but I wanted to post today as it’s the third Wednesday of the month, and this is what poured out. Hopefully Sincerely Kate will be home to more happy posts about happy mail and similar subjects soon!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Hail the Snail 2.17

15 Sep

September 1st: Something else came from my mom since the end of my last mail call…


I wore it to meet Sarah, who also came here on the first! Click this to read about Sarah’s visit!

September 2nd: I almost was too busy with the one pen pal to find a letter from another, Erika, with Manolo.

September 3rd: Joining my little reply pile was a letter from Justine.

September 6th: As exciting as a letter from Jody and the DC Comics set of Little Cards are, no one was as excited on the first day of school as my kindergartener!


September 7th: Pablo had a letter from Whitney for me as well as some ATCs per a trade.

September 8th: I got the story I’ve been writing with Sarah back, Logan got his monthly “Which Way USA” magazines, and all 3 of us got a thank you note per my nephew, Jack!

September 9th: I got a card from Krista while Logan got the “Yeti in My Spaghetti” game from his Grandma Kraklow.

September 10th: I got the stamps I ordered, and the Logantor got a postcard from Disney World that Ashley had Mickey Mouse sign. Yay for so many mother/son mail days!

September 12th: Another week started with another letter from Jody.

September 13th: Gabe and I got something from Logan, telling us he missed us while he was at Papa and Grandma’s, hehe.

September 14th:  Then yesterday, Pablo had a letter from Rose for me, while Manolo had all of this!


The Little Cards are from Sarah, the Disney postcard is from Ashley, and the other stuff is from my parents.

As always, thanks to everyone who sent me anything, and thanks to you for reading this!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~