Two Cents: October Edition

25 Oct

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? Here are the highlights since last month’s post:

1. First of all, I made about 20 Change Cards this time around, and have left 3. Yeah, I haven’t gotten out much, sorry.

2. Krista, who I mentioned last time, also left 3 of the cards I made for her during her travels. She’s willing to dip her toes a bit more, so I’ll be sending her a couple more ATCs the next time I write her.

3. Though they’re mainly for my own use, making ATCs for Halloween and Autumn in general was a must. Here are samples of each of the inspirational-ish phrases I used:


4. Also a must? These donut-friendly ATCs thanks to the new stamps also pictured:


5. Sue. who bought sets of Change Cards from me before, bought another four! If you could ever use some cards to leave as random acts of kindness, check out this post of mine.

Not going to lie, October hasn’t been as productive of a month as I expected it to be. The good news, though, is I’m seeing my mom this weekend so I/we will have the opportunity to leave more ATCs. And knowing us, I’ll come home with some new supplies and the motivation to put ’em to use 😀

If you ever find yourself motivated to join our cause, you can find our Facebook headquarters: ATC the Change; otherwise you can find my Two Cents about it again on November 29th!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~



Little Cards: September

18 Oct

Admittedly this post is more of a whimper than a bang. Whether there were three ATCs featuring the American Horror Story theme or 30, though, I still wanted to show you this set now that I have all of the components! If you’re not familiar with American Horror Story, it is an anthology series where each season features a different horror story. I made the card on the left in honor of season 3, Coven; Sarah made the right one utilizing a quote from season 5, Hotel; and Jenn made the middle one for the current season, Cult!


6 of my fellow adventurers and I are now working on Little Cards featuring Tricks and/or Treats per Ashley’s October-friendly suggestion. I only have two batches so far, but I’m looking forward to the others and being able to share them all with you– bang or otherwise 😉

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Hail the Snail 2.38

16 Oct

October 7th: Not only did I get a batch of Little Cards and Logan his first letter from Emma, we received his firefighter uniform (for Halloween/ kicks and giggles). How amazing is this?!


October 10th: After the long weekend, my patience was rewarded with a letter from Kristy.

October 11th: Though there was no happy mail on Wednesday, I did get another pair of leggings thanks to Jen, hehe.

October 12th: I got a letter from Sarah next, and she sent me a Halloween card, too.

October 13th: I finished responding to Sarah just in time to receive Jody’s letter.

October 14th: I received the last of the Little Cards per the American Horror Story theme– tune in tomorrow to see the little set 😉

This mail call may be shorter than these posts usually are, but there was still quite a bit of happy mail, eh? This week should have even more between recent orders (like new address labels!) and mail Allison and Sarah told me to anticipate, hehe. Hope the rest of October has fun treats in store for you, too!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Hail the Snail 2.37

6 Oct

September 16th: My first and last letter from the week of the 11th, Krista’s, came that Saturday.

September 18th: The following week, however, I got Sarah’s letter right on Monday.

September 19th: Then Jody’s letter arrived the very next day.

September 20th: Logan got some of his own “reading material” next thanks to the book The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds.

September 22nd: I now got the book Curiouser and Curiouser by Melanie Karsak. I also got Kayla’s letter and Sarah’s latest Little Card.

September 23rd: Back to Logan! Today’s delivery was There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat by Lucille Colandro.

September 25th: Logan’s happy mail continued in the form of pictures from my dad, while I got this cute LaPapierre stationery:

September 26th: It’s always a good mail day when I hear from Justine!

September 27th: Joining my little reply pile were letters from Jody and Krista.

September 28th: My dad now sent Logan an odd puppet. If you want to see how odd, by all means google Boglin Slobster, lol.

September 29th: Logan also received his first issue of Boy’s Life— a scouting magazine.

*Here is where I should have wrapped this up like a Christmas present, but I forgot to do so on Sunday, and then assumed I still did it the following days– whoops! Oh well; that just means I can add this week’s fun haul… 😉

October 2nd: If I would have started the next mail call here like I was supposed to, it would start with this wonderful surprise Allison sent along with her letter:

October 3rd: My dad sent me half a sheet of postcard stamps. A bit peculiar, but I’ll take it!

October 5th: Yesterday was full of so much happy mail! Logan got a postcard from his teacher and a letter from a friend, while I got letters from Jody and Kayla, Halloween leggings via Jen and her mailbox, and this awesome stuff from Ashley:

I hope you enjoyed seeing everything half as much as I liked getting it all, because then you still would have liked this a lot! 😉 I love the group of pen pals I have acquired, and how they make me feel like I’m hanging out with close friends even if I’m completely alone– which happens quite a bit this time of year. That said, it’s about time I go “hang out” with Kayla. Take care and tune in next time!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Two Cents: September Edition

27 Sep

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? Here are the highlights since last month’s post:

1. Though I only left three ATCs while the Bean Festival was in town Labor Day weekend, I left over a dozen since then.

2. I easily made around five dozen, though! These 10, for example, were made using a bunch of old scraps since every so often I like turning junk into treasure.


3. Another 18 ATCs were custom-made for my mom. She’s been with me when I left many a Change Card, and she decided she’s ready to fly solo. If you’d also like to leave Change Cards as Random Acts of Kindness but can’t make your own for whatever reason, please check out this post!

4. The 21st was the International Day of Peace so these were the next ATCs I made:


ATC the Change, you see, may not have taken the world by storm yet, but I’m going to stick to this endeavor until we get there 😉

And 5. A similar RAOK taking wind? Kindness Rocks (or Smile Stones, if you prefer). These are painted rocks left to bring smiles to those who find them and then get to hide them again. I found one on Sunday, and when I relocated it, I used it as a paperweight for an ATC. Maybe making a habit of pairing these things together will help my cause grow like that one has been growing.


In the meantime, I’m very proud of how much ATC the Change continues to blossom. My next order of business is going to be making several travel-friendly Change Cards for my friend Krista to use when she goes to Tampa for work next month. With any luck we’ll plant more seeds from Michigan to Florida, but if I just spark HER interest in the cause, that’s cool, too.

Has your interest been sparked? You can join our Facebook group and join the fun! Halloween is around the corner, after all, which should make for some spooktacular ATCs. Keep an eye out for my blog post on October 25th because I’ll be sure to share my favorites and other highlights, too.

Until next time!
Sincerely, Kate ~!~

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 ~!~

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 ~!~