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Hail the Snail 2.32

17 Jul

July 4th: The holiday meant no mail, and in the meantime I decided 8 of my pen pals would each get one of these to fill in for me, hehe:

July 6th: The first mail I actually got since the first was a letter from Kristy.

July 10th: And the first letter I got last week was one from Jody.

July 11th: I got a postcard from Kira over at Letters, Postcards and a Cup of Tea.

July 12th: Did you notice that I didn’t get a letter from Jody until the 10th this month? Well, we thought it was missing so her rewrite came today, lol.

July 14th: Manolo not only hooked me up with letters from Ashley and Justine, but with this adorable purse “from Gabe” for our anniversary (that’s on the 30th, FYI!):

July 15th: As for Pablo, so far my one and only piece of mail from my P.O. box has been a thank you card (and ATC) from a member of ATC the Change.

All in all, it’s been a pretty good month so far, both in the mail department and out of it. Sure, Gabe has been rather busy with wheat harvest (and sometimes Logan’s rather busy with it too if he’s not with his grandparents, hehe), but I’ve been busying myself with many a Change Card along with chores and hobbies like pen palling. The second half of this month should be even better yet. Gabe and I are seeing Queen with Adam Lambert in concert this week, our 7th wedding anniversary happens 10 days later, and I’m sure when Gabe’s not working, the boys and I will find other fun things to do before Logan starts school in another month.

Hope you’re enjoying your summer!
Sincerely, Kate ~!~

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Hail the Snail 2.31

2 Jul

June 17th: This entry is starting with something from my last one: the second to last batch of Little Cards per my Childhood Memories theme.

June 19th: The rest of the Childhood Memories cards came in plus a batch of Summer ones, and I got a couple postcards from Krista, too.

June 21st: All of the Pirate cards came in next, and so did these awesome goodies from Sarah (left) and my mom (right):

June 22nd: Finally some letters to mention, brought to you by the letter J since they were from Jody and Justine 😉

June 23rd: Joining my little reply pile were letters from Kayla and Sarah.

June 26th: And then came a letter from Ashley plus her Little Cards– the last of what I needed to make the Summer sets!

June 29th: I got another two postcards from Krista, this time from Vegas.

And since I didn’t post this on the 30th like I meant to…

July 1st: Another postcard came from Krista… that was sent with the ones from the 19th, lol. Better late than never, right?

I’m looking forward to what July has in store for me and the boys (both in the mail and out of it), because June was pretty good to us. When Logan hasn’t been busy camping or with things like the Summer Reading Program, for example, we’ve been to the movies, played putt putt, ate a LOT of ice cream, and even made stuffed animals.

Well, the boys are up (from their slumber party, hehe) now so I’m going to go. Remember, though: it’s always the small pieces that make the big picture!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Highlights from the Hiatus

7 Apr

In another week I’m planning to resume my Hail the Snail posts where I log my incoming mail, but for now I thought I’d log some of my happiest mail from during the hiatus, along with some of my happiest times, too.

February 8th: This was the 3rd day in a row Logan got books from my mom, and I got to listen to him almost read ’em by himself, hehe.

February 12th: For a little Valentine-friendly outing, Gabe and I took Logan pottery painting for the first time. Here he is painting his “calico cat.”

February 21st: Manolo had two packages for me. One had a rather belated letter from Allison, and the other had early birthday presents from Sarah.

February 24th: The weekend before my 30th birthday, my mom and I went to the Troy area for a bit of a pre-party where the main objections were to go to the charming Mad Hatter Bistro, and make a celebratory stuffed animal at Build-a-Bear Workshop. Not only did those endeavors not disappoint, my mom made sure the rest of the weekend was awesome, too. The quilt included in the pictures was just one of many surprises!

March 1st: My first letter as a 30-year-old was from Jody, and my first postcard was from Sarah.

March 3rd: Today was the day I got my new journal from Wonderland 😉

March 6th: Not only did I get some fun birthday presents from Nicole, both the Inchies and Boy Bands sets of Little Cards came from Jenn along with her Hearts batch per my February theme.

March 15th: I should preface this chunk by saying that having to have a tooth pulled was not a happy experience. What made me happy, though, was 1) saying goodbye to a month of agonizing mouth pain and 2) no longer stressing over the procedure and taking valium for the first time. In fact, I quite liked my sole valium experience since it made me feel nothing but content. I feel like it “calmed the waters” more that day than the weeks I tried Prozac and Zoloft years ago. I don’t know; I guess I was just thankful for the temporary peace of mind.

March 16th: Sarah went to Florida for a large chunk of March, and though I got postcards from her while she was gone, I was so excited to get a letter from her upon her return!

March 18th: Though Gabe had presents for me back on March 1st, he knew what I really wanted for my birthday was to see Beauty and the Beast. Though the movie was not without its faults, overall I was so incredibly pleased with it. I’ve been telling my pen pals how I believe the movie was not made for kids, but rather people like us who grew up with the animated classic. I feel as though that is why they stayed so loyal to the original, mainly only fixing what was broken and giving the characters more depth.

March 28th: For reasons irrelevant to this blog, a young lady from Sweden was visiting my mom. And when I say young, I mean she’s a young adult into things like Glee and Disney movies like me. It’s because of this my mom had the brilliant idea for us to go back to Mad Hatter’s– the bistro in Troy we liked, this time for afternoon tea. Though the tea party is not something I’d do again, I am glad for the memories and for the fact I found a tea I actually enjoy (hot cinnamon spice). And icing on the cake? I came home to leggings in the mail, hehe. Here’s a group picture, by the way, though those leggings are a more older pair 😉

March 31st: The last thing I got in the mail last March? This adorable ATC! Fitting, since this is the last ATC I will get via private trades.

More happy mail to be posted about next Saturday, and maybe some more happy times, too. Thanks for reading this if you are, in fact, still reading this, and for tuning in this week at all.

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

 

Postcards from Wonderland #12

21 Dec

I’ve been meaning to post this post for a large portion of the month, but better late than never, eh? Besides, there are already eleven of these posts where, in each one, I show you at least five postcards relevant to Alice in Wonderland— that’s over 50 of the things! I’m grateful to everyone who has helped such a descent down the rabbit hole. The first three postcards you’re about to see were originally sent to me blank by my dad and then filled out by Justine, and Sarah is responsible for the other two, though Ashley sent me the last one blank first as well.

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I said it before and I’ll say it again: I have the most wonderful enablers!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Little Cards: May – Now

17 Aug

Earlier this month I finally started sharing the ATCs I received from Little Cards on Big Adventures this year, and now it’s time to show you the rest that I’ve acquired so far!

May:

Spring:

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Alice in Wonderland:

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June:

Junk Food:

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Required Reading:

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July:

Water:

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Summer Blockbusters:

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August:

I actually don’t have any Favorite Hobby or DC Comics sets to share just yet, as the swaps are still underway. Once all of this month’s Little Cards have made it to me, I’ll be sure to share the pictures right away this time.

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I’m so grateful to Jenn for all her help in creating this treasure trove of ours. Little Cards on Big Adventures may not have a lot of members, but who we have are awesome as they make so many great ATCs. I really will strive to share the sets more frequently here so there will never be any doubt how much happiness this happy mail in particular has given me.

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Katerz the Trader

12 Jan

My Little Cards group hasn’t been the only venue where I’ve been making ATCs. Whenever I see cards I’d like to have in the FB group ATC Artist Trading Cards, I ask the artist if they’d be willing to trade if I made them something in return. When you see me mentioning private swaps in any of my mail calls, that’s the arrangement I mean.

I am especially fond of the ATCs I recently made for someone named Kerri. So much so, I thought they deserved a blog post all their own. Heck, I wanted to keep them for myself, so this seemed like the next best thing.

First up is this Alice-friendly card. Kerri’s cards all have a Wonderland theme, so I couldn’t resist returning the favor with at least one of mine.

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Logan got the Disney Infinity 3.0 for Christmas, and he has been playing with the Star Wars sets with his dad bunches. Seeing the card that came with the Luke and Leia characters had me thinking I needed to use it, and seeing that Kerri liked Star Wars gave me a reason to, hehe.

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I knew I wanted to make something utilizing at least one character from The Nightmare Before Christmas since Tim Burton movies were also on Kerri’s wishlist, but conceptualizing it was a bit tricky as I didn’t want it to come across too dreary. When I saw a cute little Oogie Boogie in my google search, the puzzle pieces started falling into place. Shout out to Jenn for giving me the perfect line to add!

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In the ATC group I mentioned earlier, I commented that Oogie was going to be hard for me to part with and was then advised to keep it. As tempting as that might have been, I feel like A) Kerri deserves the product I’m that proud of, and B) there’s too much I want to do to have to keep making cards for a single trade until I have 3 I am willing to part with. Besides, soon I will have this set in my possession:

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Didn’t Kerri do an amazing job?

It’s quite possible this won’t be the only volume of The Katerz the Trader Chronicles. Whenever I make ATCs I want to hold onto yet they’re meant for someone else, this will be the place where I can still have my cake.

Dasvidania!
Sincerely, Kate ~!~