Little Cards: Fairies and Friends

17 Apr

In case this hasn’t become obvious over the past two-and-a-half years, I run a Facebook group for monthly ATC swaps, Little Cards on Big Adventures. For March the theme I chose was Fairies and Friends, and this was what I posted when I announced it (the day after my birthday):

Though I didn’t get any gnome-friendly presents for my birthday yesterday, they are something I have gotten quite a bit in the past! I bring this up because once upon a time Arlene suggested “Elves, Dwarves, and Fairies” as a theme, and it seemed like a great fit for both my birthday month and the return of spring to do something with whimsical creatures.

Four people, myself included, chose to participate in this theme, resulting in 16 ATCs all together since we each made four. The reason for this is so not only so we each get one that we made, we get one from each of the other participants, too. These are the four little cards I acquired from this adventure:

Just so you know, I’m responsible for the leprechaun. I may love me some gnomes, but considering St. Patrick’s Day falls in March, it seemed like too good of an idea to ignore.

And Agriculture must have seemed like a good enough theme this month since 6 of us are participating in that. I just finished my ATCs this morning at it has me thinking the set will be as fun to get as Logan thinks spring planting is, lol. I may not be looking forward to seeing so little of my farmers once spring planting starts, but I am looking forward to sharing more Little Cards with you in the not-so-distant future.

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

 

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Hail the Snail #7

15 Apr

April 2nd: April started with a batch of Little Cards in the P.O. box and a letter from Kayla in the regular one. Enclosed with the latter was one of my Con/Dom Gnomes, hehe.

April 4th: The next time I checked the P.O. box I was rewarded with this cute postcard:

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April 5th: Pablo had yet another postcard while Manolo had Jody’s letter.

April 6th: Sarah’s letter arrived here next.

April 7th: Not only did Pablo have two more postcards via postcrossing, he had the last batch of Little Cards from March’s theme– I’ll share the set soon.

April 9th: Speaking of sharing, my dad sent Logan a Puzzle Buzz sample he originally received.

April 12th: A few days later Logan and I found this gem in the P.O. box:

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Translation: “Dad? This is a high emergency case!”

April 14th: Yesterday was the only day this past week that I got any Manolo love, but it was in the form of letters from Kayla and Sarah so I suppose I really can’t complain 😛

Something I might complain about is if we become one of the places that loses power this weekend due to the winter storm we’ve been experiencing. But at least I have books to read and the letters from yesterday to respond to, though I’m sure I’ll keep writing Kayla and Sarah today whether we lose power or not, hehe.

Stay warm and think spring!
Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Another Post About Postcards (Part 2)

10 Apr

When I posted A Post About Postcards in February, I mentioned that I wanted postage stamps for Valentine’s Day and my husband didn’t disappoint… because he let me order what I wanted, haha. If you read Part 1 of Another Post About Postcards, you know that 32 stamps went to sending daily postcards during March. Should you continue to read Part 2 now, you’ll see how other stamps were put to use once I rejoined postcrossing.

Initially when someone signs up for postcrossing, they can send up to 5 postcards at a time. The more you participate, though, the more postcards you can have traveling at once. For example, I sent 275 postcards before becoming inactive in 2015, so postcrossing allowed me to send up to 14 postcards at a time. I won’t lie, when I switched my account back to active, I thought about sending 14 postcards right then and there, but two things stopped me. The first thing was not wanting to spend around $15 on postage right out of the gate; the second was liking the idea of having some vacancies on standby when there were days I didn’t have any happy mail to respond to.

Long story short, I sent 5 postcards at first as if I was a newb again. Below you’ll find what I sent in the order I sent them, as well as the reasons behind why I picked what I picked for each postcrosser. I also have included most of their responses in italics for kicks and giggles.

One

I wanted to send Juanita from Pennsylvania a postcard from Michigan because she lives in the US like me. In her bio she included “Tell me about your breakfast, lunch or dinner,” so I opted for this card from my road trip with my dad since it reminded me of all the advertisements for pasties we saw while we were in the UP.

Here is what she had to say when she registered it:

“Greetings my friend,’ muffins with mom’, sounds adorable. Multi view cards are my absolute favorites, I can visit many sites. Thanx much. Take care and be well. Namaste.”

Two

Irina from Russia requested “postcards you’d want to receive.” Night views are something I included on my wishlist, so I decided to pick out one of the nicest postcards I had featuring one.

I’d provide her reaction if I could find it. Whoops.

Three

Dirk, a postcrosser from Germany, strongly implied he just wanted to receive landscapes, preferably without any bells and whistles, and I thought this postcard from Yosemite National Park would fit that bill quite nicely.

This is what Dirk thought of it:

“Hallo Kate, thanks very much for your nice card. I liked the Yosemite Park when I visited California. Greetings from Cologne and happy postcrossing. Dirk”

Four

Toma from Lithuania said she likes beautiful places and that churches particularly were her favorite. I immediately thought of this postcard my dad gave me once upon a time.

I received this message once she registered it:

“Hello Kate, Thank You for amazing chapel postcard. I hope, Your Valentines day was great. Warm greetings, Toma”

Five

Lastly, Gabor from Hungary had a plethora of stuff on his wishlist including owls, bears, and donkeys. As soon as I stumbled upon the “board of directors” in my arsenal, I knew I wanted to send it his way.

I’m glad I did, too, because Gabor said:

“Helo! Thank you very much for the beautiful card 🙂 This is one of my favourite, I’m very happy 🙂 Gabor”

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Since the five postcards above, I have sent about a dozen more via postcrossing and those recipients seemed to be pleased with my choices as well. Finding their messages in my inbox thanking me makes me almost as happy as finding my own postcards through this endeavor in my P.O. box.  These are my favorites out of the past 11 I received:

I’m looking forward to seeing what other postcards will arrive now that I’m using postcrossing again, especially if they’re from Wonderland, hehe. Hope you enjoyed these postcard-friendly posts!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

 

Another Post About Postcards (Part 1)

5 Apr

Two months ago I blogged about my plans for quite a few of my blank postcards, and since then those plans have been implemented. You’ll hear about my Postcrossing progress come Part 2, but Part 1 of “Another Post About Postcards” is solely about my latest March.

In a nutshell, what I affectionately refer to as “The March of Postcards” is me sending daily postcards every day in March. In the past I have specifically sent them to one pen pal all month long, but this time around I sent 32 postcards to 4 pen pals, alternating who I wrote to each day from March 1st to April 1st. For the record, I had an open invitation here on Sincerely Kate should anyone else have wanted in on this opportunity, but just four of my pen pals showed any interest. Because of this, Kayla, Ashley, Kristy, and Sarah each received 8 similar postcards from me.

These are an example of the first four postcards these four ladies received:

Allow me to elaborate! I chose to start with Las Vegas postcards since I thought it would be a cute way to “get this party started.” I moved on to a few from the Pattern Box I have honestly because I don’t want to have it anymore, lol. I chose the third group simply because I find the font to be so iconic when it comes to postcards, and Star Wars is rather iconic, too, so I just rolled (like BB8) with those 😉

These now are an example of the other four:

I’m going to elaborate some more, okay? Okay! The postcard with the animated landmarks is 1 of 5 I had, so this endeavor seemed like a good way to use up the extras, and it was good to use up most of the ones featuring Native American things, too. I still have many a California card, but I’ll take the small dent. Last, but not least, were Disney postcards in honor of a happy ending.

Speaking of happy endings, we have reached the end of Part 1. I hope you have enjoyed this silly blog post of mine as much as I have enjoyed picking out the aforementioned postcards and sending them to some of my pen friends. Cheers!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

 

Hail the Snail #6

1 Apr

March 16th: Towards the end of my last mail call I said “Jody’s letter must have gotten lost.” Well, I found Jody’s letter in one mailbox, plus a postcard from a Kate in Russia in the other.

March 17th: Because we thought her letter was lost, Jody sent a rewrite and that came today, lol.

March 20th: Though food from Figi’s would have been delightful, I think the boys were delighted to get wallets out of the box my dad sent.

March 21st: I got a letter from Sarah out of our mailbox next.

March 26th: Also from Sarah was her batch of Little Cards per the Fairies and Friends theme.

March 28th: I heard from Jody again– on time this time 😉

March 31st: And just when I thought I’d only get mail from Jody and Sarah the second half of March, I received this notebook letter from Allison:

Though neither the boys nor I will be getting any more happy mail today, it’s Easter so there will still be some other fun things in store for us. We hope you and yours have a nice holiday, and that since it’s also April Fool’s Day that everyone plays nicely, too 😉

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

 

Two Cents: March Edition

28 Mar

The purpose of this Two Cents series is to have a monthly “show and tell” per ATC the Change—a RAOK cause I cofounded. Each edition will feature 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?

Over the past few months I haven’t had too many highlights to share, but between my birthday festivities and spending this past weekend with my mom, March has thankfully been a good month to ATC the Change. Here are the highlights since February:

1. The birthday festivities I mentioned? On and around March 1st I left 7 Change Cards while I was/we were out and about. This one, for example, found a rather appropriate place to hang out at Target after I found new note cards to use via pen palling, hehe:

2. Two other ATCs were left on two non-birthday occasions.

3. I made sure to make a few Wonderland-friendly Change Cards to take with me when mom and I went out to eat this past weekend, mainly at Mad Hatter Bistro. As you can see, I managed to leave ’em, too:

4. I left 9 other cards while we were around the Troy area like at Barnes & Noble and in the lobby at Red Roof Inn. I would have liked to leave even more this past weekend, but because of how poorly mom and I slept at RRI we didn’t make any stops after brunch on Saturday morning.

A dent is a dent, though! Since selling sets of Change Cards didn’t really work out, I have all of those ATCs for my own use now. Maybe I’ll make it my goal to leave another 20 between now and April 25th, but no promises, lol. As long as I have a few more highlights to share I’ll be happy.

Until April!
Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Little Cards: Disney Couples

22 Mar

For almost two-and-a-half years I have hosted ATC swaps via the group Little Cards on Big Adventures. Every month I post a theme, and February’s was Disney Couples. When I announced this theme at the beginning of February, I said this:

I don’t know about you, but I can’t think about February without thinking about love thanks to Valentine’s Day being smack dab in the middle of the month. This year I thought it would be fun to do something featuring the kind of couples I first saw as a child and still watch now that I have a child of my own. Though if I’m being honest, Gabe and I would still watch ’em even if we didn’t have Logan, lol.

No one is ever required to participate, so the people who wanted to make ATCs featuring a Disney couple then had a couple days to sign up. From there, the 6 of us who signed up had the month of February to each make 6 ATCs and send them my way. As of last Tuesday I had all of the batches, so I assembled them into sets so each person would get an ATC from each participant (themselves included). This is the set I personally acquired:

Maybe it’s just because I’m a big fan of Disney, but with a set like this I feel like the more ATCs there would have been, the better the set could have been. So many couples weren’t featured unless we count the others I used for my particular batch:

But at least I have this picture of the couples I didn’t get to keep, right? 😉

There are only 4 of us participating in the Fairies and Friends theme this month, and whether they’re all vastly different or everyone decided to make leprechauns since it’s March, it should be a fun batch. Sláinte, bleaders!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~