The Obsession Strikes Back

15 Jan

Ever feel like when you write something down you jinx yourself? When I was in Honors Psychology– a class that started prior to reconnecting with Gabe– I surveyed people to find out in what circumstances a baby-to-be would lead to marriage. The following semester I wrote an ISearch paper in Honors English 112– around the time Gabe proposed–where I looked into whether egg donation was for me or not, saying I had no intention to use my eggs. Though Gabe and I were engaged prior to becoming pregnant, I couldn’t help but find it ironic that our wedding plans changed because of a pregnancy, and obviously I wound up using an egg after all.

Though how I store things is a far cry than what happened to me/us before, I still can’t help but feel like once again I jinxed myself. Last February I shared the way I stored the bulk of my pen pal-friendly stuff, and while I still keep my letters in binders and stationery (mostly) in a file drawer, enough has changed to warrant a new post for the new year.

First of all, the “OCD book” and stamp pouch from before now hang out in this generic trapper keeper. Also enclosed are a few writing utensils, a smaller yet more organized address book, a notebook I can use paper out of, and a folder that (could) house whatever letters I have yet to respond to and the stationery/ note cards I intend to use. I like having all of these things in one place, especially if I’m ever in a situation where I want to take my supplies with me somewhere.


For several months now I’ve been on a note card kick. I have a plethora of partially used notebooks I want to finish off, so what I’ve been doing is starting my response on a note card to dress the letter up a bit, then tucking additional pages inside it and its matching envelope. It’s a bit ironic; I want to use up old notebooks, yet bought tons of note cards to do it, hehe. Prior to Christmas they all fit in one box, but as you can see, I have two boxes full of letter dressing now.


In the event I use something that doesn’t come with a corresponding envelope, I head over to these drawers as the bottom one houses all of my store bought envelopes (and ones poached from junk mail) and the middle one has some supplies I can use to make my own envelopes. Also in these drawers are address labels, my “business” cards, BIC pens, stamps like Marsh Mailow and the tools I used to make him,  and my copy of Good Mail Day.


The happy meal bucket of washi tape used to fit in the above, but the washi collection outgrew the bucket. They probably don’t need to be in a box this size, but I think when it comes to washi, it’s better to have too much room than not enough. One of these days I’ll have to decorate the box.


As I mentioned earlier, I still keep my letters in binders. What I didn’t tell you though is that the LEP members I’ve written to have a binder all their own (minus that Othella person 😉 ). I decided to separate the letters by member, keeping each member’s section still in chronological order.


I have received a lot of things from Othella over the past year– 31+ postcards, a notebook, a letter written on the back of a puzzle, etc. etc. It’s because of this stuff I decided this cute box would be better suited for the stuff that came to me from Oklahoma. At the moment it’s also storing the postcards I already know I’ll be using for her when we do the March of Postcards this year.


I feel like I am leaving something out, but I suppose I could just include it if/when my storage techniques change again. I’d like to thank a crafty maven named Jenn for asking if I had a blog post where I showed a picture of my binders because A) I realized that things have changed quite a bit since the last time I posted anything of the sort, and B) I wasn’t sure what today’s blog post was going to be until then, haha.

If any of you have a question you’d like me to answer, I’m always up for that sort of thing– you could even send it to my P.O. Box if you wanted to remain anonymous!

addressAll the best!
Sincerely, Kate ~!~


17 Responses to “The Obsession Strikes Back”

  1. thirteen1999 01/15/2015 at 8:00 am #

    Very interesting post Kate, I love how you show pictures of your various storage methods! Also, congrats on your engagement and pregnancy, as belated as it may be. 🙂

    • Sincerely Kate 01/15/2015 at 10:25 am #

      Ha! Logan will be four soon, and our fifth wedding anniversary will happen in July 😀

      • thirteen1999 01/15/2015 at 5:04 pm #

        Very belated hahaha, congrats on your fifth anniversary:)

      • Sincerely Kate 01/15/2015 at 8:53 pm #

        Hehe, and now you’re early! 😀

  2. Sadie 01/15/2015 at 4:02 pm #

    Hi Kate! I found your blog from your comments on another blog, and I can’t wait to read through your posts. I actually have a question that I posted on the other blog, but then I noticed it hasn’t been active for over a year, so I wondered if I could ask you the question too. It’s kind of a newbie snail mailer question. 😉 Do you photocopy your own letters before sending them out, so you don’t forget what you’ve written to your pals? I’m about to send out my first letters and that thoughts crossed my mind. Thanks!!

    • Sincerely Kate 01/15/2015 at 8:53 pm #

      It’s always exciting when someone who’s into this hobby stumbles upon my blog– I’m glad you found it!

      I have not done the photocopy thing; however I have been playing around with the idea of scanning my favorite stationery so once I’ve used the last of it, I still have it in a way. That said! I think scanning would be a good way to go if you really feel you need to “keep” your outgoing mail.

      In my experience, I have found that my pen pals do a good job of responding to what I’ve written so that usually will remind me of what I told them and what I likely left out. At one point I had a little notebook that I wrote quick notes in in the hopes that would jog my memory but that only lasted a couple weeks.

      I think you just need to give it a go. If you continue to photocopy things you’ll be glad you started at the beginning, and if you decide it’s not necessary then those can be easily scrapped. Good luck and happy writing!

      • Sadie 01/15/2015 at 11:10 pm #

        Thank you so much for your reply, Kate! Good point: why not start, and if I find it useful, continue. If not, toss them out and stop!

        Really looking forward to getting into snail mailing. I spent way too much time on Etsy this afternoon looking at stickers and envelopes and envelope pendants and paper and labels…. 😀

        Now I just need to hope my letters get replies!

      • Sincerely Kate 01/16/2015 at 6:54 am #

        Etsy can be such a dangerous place. There’s an artist, Sandra Vargas, who has a shop on there and if she sold notecards &/or stationery in addition to postcards our bank account would be looking grim!

        Unlike with FB and email, snail mail doesn’t come with instant gratification, so even if you don’t hear back for a little while hopefully the replies will still come!

      • Sadie 01/16/2015 at 10:46 am #

        I will definitely check out Sandra Vargas! I decided to try out Postcrossing as well, so her postcards may come in handy. 😉

      • Sincerely Kate 01/16/2015 at 11:31 am #

        Excellent call! 😀

      • Sadie 01/16/2015 at 11:44 am #

        Hmmm… I searched for Sandra but nothing comes up. Is her shop name different from her own name?

      • Sadie 01/16/2015 at 2:21 pm #

        Aha, thanks! Yes, I can see how this shop will be a problem for the bank account… 😀

      • Sincerely Kate 01/16/2015 at 2:30 pm #

        Isn’t it amazing?! I love some of them so much I don’t want to give them away.

  3. Deborah 01/20/2015 at 8:14 am #

    It makes me wonder where you keep your other postcards that aren’t for Othella. 🙂

    • Sincerely Kate 01/20/2015 at 9:37 am #

      If you mean blank postcards, that can be found in my “The Obsessive Storage of a Compulsive Pen Pal” post.

      • Deborah 01/20/2015 at 7:32 pm #

        Ahhhhh, thanks for that info. I forgot so I’ll go back and look. 🙂

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