June’s Mail Call

30 Jun

June has positively flown by. This time yesterday morning I was in Wisconsin and bam! Back home again. I will tell you more about my trip in a few days as today’s post is mainly reserved for the mail I received over this whirlwind of a month. What else is it reserved for? To tell you that Lisa is the winner of the Gnome Mail Art contest I held– thanks to everyone who voted in my last post!

May 30th: On my last mail day of the previous month, I received Jody’s letter, a few postcards via postcrossing, and even more postcards from my dad for my own use.

June 2nd: Fast forward to my first mail day this month! Pablo not only had Whitney’s letter for me, but these two pocket letters:

June 4th: My last mail call ended with Part 1 of Allison’s letter, and Part 2 of it arrived a little less than a week after.

June 5th: My former roommate sent me a letter along with a few FBs now that she has gotten into pen palling more.

June 6th: Thanks to both mailboxes I had postcards to look at, Jody’s letter to respond to, and scraps to make these ATCs:

June 8th: My week was off to a great start thanks to a postcard from Kayla, a letter from Krista, and the stamps I ordered.

June 9th: Some more K-friendly mail for this K girl: a postcard from Kära and a letter from Kyleigh.

June 11th: Not only did I get a chunky letter from Justine, but a postcard via her recent vacation.

June 13th: My week ended with a letter from my newest LEP pal, Katy, and a postcard from Rachel, also a LEPeep.

June 15th: I checked Pablo on a whim and he surprised me a with a letter, courtesy of a LEPeep named Rose.

June 16th: While I didn’t get any mail today, I did start sending postcards to a couple people in my posse. Thanks to everyone who signed up for that, by the way!

June 17th: Jenn hooked me up with a new Postcard from Wonderland per a lil’ postcard swap.

June 18th: I love when real-life friends– in this case Krista– send me letters because they know snail mail makes me a happy tater tot.

June 19th: Between both mailboxes I had an “extraordinary” day. There was a just-because postcard from Ashley, a letter full of goodies from Jenn, and a LEP pin a member named Arlene was awesome enough to send me.

June 20th: I received the stamps I ordered, and letters from Jody and Allison I could use them on.

June 22nd: Kyleigh’s letter made me incredibly happy, and a surprise package from Erika made me even happier yet.

June 23rd: I received some extraordinary mail courtesy of Sadie and Eileen.

June 24th: Kära sent me yet another postcard this month.

June 25th: Letters from Allison and Leslie arrived in time for me to take them to Wisconsin with me. I also got my brother Doug’s wedding invitation, hehe.

June 29th: Though the letters from Kayla and Jody technically came while I was gone, I got them along with letters from Justine and Krista upon my return.

With any luck I’ll get to see Pablo later today, though with my reply pile being the way it is, maybe it’s for the best that I don’t, hehe. Thanks to everyone who has sent me mail this past month, and to you for making it to this point! This is probably going to be the last mail call like this. With the year being halfway over, I think now is a good time to change some of the things I do and when I do them. Stay tuned :-D

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Rollin’ With My Gnomies

25 Jun

Sup, Bleaders? It’s time for me to share the few submissions I received via my Gnome Work mail art contest and for you to vote for your favorite! Here are the entries from the people who rolled with my gnome theme:

Contestant #1: Lisa from New Jersey


Contestant #2: Stephanie from Germany


Contestant #3: Frida from The Netherlands


I’m a bit bummed there were only 3 submissions, though at the same time it made the appearances of these guys that much more of a treat. The results from the poll will appear in my next post (June’s Mail Call), and the next theme will be announced in the post after that. Whether the theme will be something I’d love to see, or something more people will likely be willing to work with, that’s the million dollar question. Stay tuned!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Books and Crannies #3

20 Jun

The time has come once again to take a break from my pen pal hobby and talk about the books I’ve read over the past couple months. Well, sort of. This time around doesn’t feel like much of a “break” as one of the two books is about the friendship that blossomed as two kids began to write each other, hehe. Prior to that book though I finally finished Miss Peregrines…, so let’s get to it!

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children— Ransom Riggs. I wanted to like this book so much more than I did. In hindsight I should have discarded it, but the plot sounded so intriguing and I loved the incorporation of peculiar pictures. Unfortunately this book just lacked oomph and there wasn’t a single character in it I rooted for; it was too easy for me to put down and then get distracted by other things– even cleaning! If someone were to decide to read this book I would not discourage them because with a movie in the works, especially a Tim Burton one, it’s possible I’m just in the minority. That said, the pen pals I’ve talked to who have read it all have made me feel like the book did drag along, and I don’t think they seem all that interested in reading the sequel either. Do with that information what you will.

I Will Always Write Back– Caitlyn Alifirenka and Martin Ganda with Liz Welch. This was such a sweet read. I knew I would like it because it was about the exchange between two pen pals, but I wound up loving it because it was about so much more than that. Though Caitlyn and Martin started writing to each other because of school, they quickly thought of each other as family. To know the few dollars she, an American, sent to him in Zimbabwe helped him and his family so enormously touched my heart, and I even found myself grateful when Kaitlyn and her family began to support Martin’s family and education. To see him climb out of poverty was absolutely amazing, but what really made this an endearing read was seeing how much Caitlyn grew as she wrote Martin. The subtitle of this book is “How One Letter Changed Two Lives,” and not only is that appropriate for this book, it’s appropriate for how much the letters I have received have impacted me.

I was hoping to have finished Postcards from Wonderland by the time this post came around, but I’m no where close to finished with that book. What I will tell you about it though is that its author, Rona Simmons, found me after stumbling upon my blog posts here by the same name as her novel, hehe. I sort of feel like I shot myself in the foot with these Books and Crannies posts of mine. Two months sounded like I’d have plenty of time to read, but in actuality the deadlines made reading feel too much like work. Because of this, this bi-monthly series shall too be retired. I’m still planning to review books in the second half of the year, though it’ll be even leisurely yet.

Happy reading! And/or writing ;-)
Sincerely, Kate ~!~


Postcard Posse

15 Jun

Do you live in the US and like receiving postcards? Well then this blog post is for you! I have SO MANY postcards, and with my dad’s visit around the corner I know I am about to get a bunch more. There is no way I will ever use all these via postcrossing, especially now that it costs $1.20 to send a piece of cardstock outside of the states. I would love it if a US-only version of posctrossing existed, but since it doesn’t, I decided I’d start my own little club– my postcard posse.

My goal with this is to downsize how many blank postcards I have substantially by the end of the year. If there is a huge response I might only send a postcard or two to each person, but my suspicion is I’ll get to spoil those in my posse quite a bit over the next 6ish months. There will be no rhyme or reason to what I send and when I send it, but should you join my posse, you can tell me in your email if there are things you love seeing like flowers or bridges and I will try to oblige.

My fellow Americans, joining is easy. Send me an email via sincerelykate@hotmail.com between now and June 30th that includes your address (and a wishlist should you have one). These emails should say “Postcard Posse” in the subject line, thanks! You owe me absolutely nothing in exchange; as far as I’m concerned, y’all are already doing me a favor by helping me part with the thingamabobbers so your adoration is enough, hehe.

As always, if you have any questions about my latest scheme, you’re more than welcome to ask them in the comments below. Looking forward to getting your emails and sending out some postcards!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Pen Pal of the Month- June

10 Jun

It was in the fall of 2013 that I first started writing Erika. It’s a bit of a random, stalkerish story. I took to a pen pal group on Facebook in search of someone new to write to and found a contender who I became FB friends with. Soon after I noticed she posted a status regarding her outgoing mail, and among the names was someone whose last name matched my maiden name with the exception of one letter. Curious, I clicked this person’s page to see she had a soft spot for Washington state– the place where I was born. I was sold at this point: I was going to write her instead, haha. A little less than two years later, it’s time for Erika to be featured as Pen Pal of the Month here!

SK: How do you feel about being Pen Pal of the Month?

(She must have missed this question, so let’s pretend she was speechless!)

SK: What has been your favorite thing about pen palling?

Erika: My favorite thing about pen palling is getting awesome mail from all over the world.

SK: What, if anything, is your least favorite thing about it?

Erika: My least favorite is when men take the friendship further then they should.

SK: Why do you like writing me?

Erika: I like writing to you because it’s like I’m writing to an old friend. We get along really well and I think if we lived closer we’d be doing all kinds of awesome stuff together.

SK: And what do you like about June?

Erika: Not a lot, but my youngest nephew’s birthday is this month.

I still have yet to make Erika her prize so I unfortunately can’t share that with you here. Instead I will share with you one of the pictures Erika took of Conner when he was visiting her recently– it’s from where she does her crafts and such :-)


Well, I think that’s all for both me and Erika. Take care, bleaders!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~


The March of Postcards ’15

5 Jun

In February of 2014, Othella took to the LEP in the hopes of finding someone who’d exchange daily postcards with her that following March, and she found me! I first wrote about this endeavor last year on March 15th, and I posted again on April 30th once all 31 of her postcards arrived for yours truly.

Othella and I enjoyed how the first March of Postcards went so much that we decided to do it again this year. I’m sure you’ve noticed that this post this time around is happening in June, rather than April like last year, and that was because I was hopeful several of her postcards would still arrive. Unfortunately though, numbers 16, 20, 21, 25, 26, 28, 29, and 30 all went missing– I declare shenanigans on one of the mailboxes on Othella’s new route! Many of her postcards thankfully still arrived, so I decided it was finally time for their parade. Quick note: #1 seems to be missing from my flash drive, so I’m guessing I forgot to copy it over after I scanned it. There’s still plenty to look at though!

Aren’t they awesome? And isn’t Othella a gem for sending them to me? I’m happy to report that all of the postcards I sent her made it to her apartment. As much as I love getting mail, the best part of pen palling for me is sending things, so knowing she got 31 makes me happy and makes me not want to give up on The March of Postcards being an annual thing. I may already have several postcards I’m holding onto for March of 2016, hehe.

All the best!
Sincerely, Kate ~!~

May’s Mail Call

30 May

Is it just me, or does it feel like May should not be practically over already? It won’t be long until my dad’s visiting from California, or that we head over to Wisconsin for a family reunion on his side. But enough about June– we need to let May have its day. And before we can do that, I have to show you what I got at the very end of April.

April 30th: Not only did the month end with a letter from Jody, but with all these amazing Disney pins from my brother Doug and future sister-in-law:

(PS: You can see Logan’s here)

May 1st: In my letter to her, I congratulated Kayla on being my first letter sent this month.

May 2nd: I got Justine’s letter, though the day before she got all sorts of birthday gifts!

May 4th: Thanks to Pablo I got a bunch of postcards, and thanks to my dad many of them were blank ones I can use.

May 7th: Jody’s letter arrived as well as a postcard Kayla sent me from Nashville.

May 9th: I participated in #StampOutHunger and seemed to be rewarded with a letter from Kristy.

May 12th: Thanks to Pablo, I had several things to make me smile, like a letter from Charmaine.

May 14th: Both of my mailboxes had a letter and a postcard. Thanks Jody, Jen E., Emily, and Rachel!

May 16th: Though neither box had postcards, they each had letters– Manolo Ashley’s and Pablo Katy’s.

May 18th: Some café friendly stamps arrived, and those have definitely not been acquired in vain.

May 19th: The other chunk of an amazon order came, and Logan has made sure The Incredibles wasn’t bought in vain either.

May 21st: Between both mailboxes I made out very well. I got a tshirt, letters from Jody, Stephanie, and Eileen, and blank postcards from a fellow LEPeep.

May 22nd: My official invitation for my sister in law’s baby shower arrived.

May 23rd: As nice as it was for our checkbooks to come, some letters would have been nicer!

May 24th: I heard from Laura as well as three postcrossers when I saw Pablo last Sunday. I thought this postcard was gorgeous:


May 26th: Manolo made up for the lack of mail due to Memorial Day with letters from Justine, Erika, and my former roommate, and an invitation to a former coworker’s wedding.

May 27th: While I didn’t get any mail today, I did go through the letters I’ve received in the past to downsize them a bit. Instead of just tossing them though, I repurposed several things into this pocket page for Nicole:


May 29th: My last fun mail of the month (so far?) came from Allison, and it was just part 1!

I’m looking forward to the second part of Allison’s letter, but I’m also looking forward to what June has in store for me/us, and not just when it comes to mail.

All the best, bleaders!
Sincerely, Kate ~!~



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