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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.

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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:

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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 ūüėČ

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.

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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 ~!~

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Two Cents: August Edition

30 Aug

On the last Wednesday of last month, I started the blog series Two Cents. The purpose of Two Cents is to have a monthly “show and tell,” featuring 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? ūüėȬ†Here are the highlights since that first post:

1. Using an old collage and then a new phrase provided by Vikki, I started August with some AWESOME ATCs to use:

2. I stayed with my mom not once, not twice, but three times in August, and a total of 27 Change Cards were left while in her neck of the woods.

3. And if you want to leave Change Cards in your neck of the woods, see this blog post of mine because I’m officially selling sets of 9 cards for $5 each!

4. I’m pleased to report I¬†sold 4 sets already– so what if they were all to the same woman? Hehe. I definitely found one heck of a supporter in Sue; she recently gifted me with a bunch of scraps which led to gifting her with this bonus set:

5. I was hoping to find even more like-minded individuals at a rock painting event at Michael’s recently, only to find it was just kids painting while their parents loitered behind them. Knowing what I know now, I’m still interested in potentially networking at similar events, but if/when I go to the Rocking Meet & Greet at a nearby park in a couple weeks, my son is going with me ūüėõ

6. Speaking of my son, this past Sunday Logan helped me release two helium balloons out into the universe, each with an ATC attached! Here’s Logan with one of them before the launch:

And 7. It’s also worth noting our Facebook group, ATC the Change, is now less than 25 members away from 100! You’re welcome to join us and our cause if you haven’t done so already.

I’m not too sure what September has in store for ATC the Change, but I’m excited for it, and to share my Two Cents with you again when the 27th rolls around. If there’s anything else you’d like to see in this series, by the way, please let me know!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Kindness for Sale

23 Aug

There are a few things that are likely pretty obvious throughout Sincerely Kate. Pen palling, for starters, is undoubtedly my favorite hobby; I’m rather obsessed with Alice in Wonderland; and when it comes to ATCs, I’ve been known to run a mile with each inch of an idea. After all, I liked turning junk into treasure; I created the almost 2-year-old adventure that is Little Cards; and last year I cofounded ATC the Change.

When I last wrote about the latter, I said that creating Change Cards has made me love ATCs even more since they went from being small pieces of artwork to something with big meaning. The thing is though, I have way more time to make Change Cards than I have opportunities to leave them places, and this led to another inch of an idea…

Do you– yes, you!– love the idea of ATC the Change, but don’t have the time or ambition to make Change Cards? Well, I would like to help you spread kindness like confetti! For $5 each, I’m willing to send you a trading card protector sheet with a total of 9 mystery cards tucked into its pockets. Below are a few examples of sets I have built!

Should you decide you’d like one of my mystery sets, it will be sent to you with the Change Cards all ready to join you on your next outing(s). They even have information about the cause on their backside, so literally all you have to do is leave them on a table at a restaurant, tuck them in a library book, or put ’em anywhere else your heart desires. Pictures from¬†these endeavors¬†are welcome, of course, but they’re not mandatory.

So how can you order? You can email me at sincerelykate@hotmail.com, and I will send you an invoice via paypal– I hope that’s okay! Down the road I’d like to create an Etsy shop, but I’d like to sell at least 10 of these mystery sets before I commit to such a thing since I don’t know how many people are actually interested just yet. I appreciate your patience as I figure things out!

And I appreciate you reading this sales pitch of mine if you are, in fact, still reading, haha. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask me either in the comments here, or via the email address I provided up there ^ . Looking forward to helping you help make the world a little bit better, one little Change Card at a time.

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Two Cents: An ATC the Change Series

26 Jul

ATC the Change turned 1 yesterday, and over the past few months it has turned into my second¬†favorite hobby. When I first got into making traditional Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) over three years ago, I instantly loved how a little bit went a long way as each canvas is just¬†3.5 x 2.5 inches. Creating Change Cards has made my feelings grow even deeper because now ATCs aren’t just small pieces of artwork, but something with big meaning. I’ll think of a phrase¬†(or stumble upon it somehow),¬†and then pick out scrapbook paper and embellishments like stamps &/or washi tape that play off it well. For example, when I wanted to make Change Cards with Queen lyrics (or mild variations of them), I knew a sheet of scrapbook paper I had would be perfect…

Why did I make ATCs with Queen lyrics? Because Gabe and I saw them in concert with Adam Lamber¬†last Thursday(!), and I wanted Change Cards to leave to and from and maybe even there. I didn’t manage to leave any at the Palace of Auburn Hills, but I still left ’em in that neck of the woods, mainly in and around our hotel room like in these pictures:

In between making those ATCs and then seeing Queen and Adam Lambert in concert, highlights from the cause this past month¬†included…

1. These snail mail-friendly ATCs I made:

2. Putting my scraps from the past several months to use to make over 20 more Change Cards.

And 3. Starting to make a handful of sets¬†I’m going to sell for $5 a pop. The hope is that more people will leave ATCs as RAOKs if they didn’t have to make ’em themselves. *Fingers crossed*

With Logan starting first grade in a few weeks, I imagine I’ll be even more productive in August yet! My plan for this new series is to use it as my place for Show & Tell on the last Wednesday of every month, so tune in on August 30th for more of my Two Cents about ATC the Change.

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

A Year of Change

5 Jul

If you came to this blog post eager to find out what changes I’ve been making in my life, this isn’t a post about resolutions, but rather a revolution.

You see, ATC the Change turns 1 this month. If you’re new to this blog of mine, last July I shared the “origin story” about how one night Sarah wanted to start a movement where people told each other words of encouragement, and I suggested people do so on ATCs. Since then, we’ve taken that inch of an idea and ran a mile with it. This old blog post showed you what all I accomplished during the first month or so, and it’s about time I catch you up on this endeavor again… at least my side of it.

September:

Sarah, the cofounder and my pen pal, visited me over Labor Day weekend. Among our festivities we not only made a couple dozen Change cards, but we left a bunch, too! Sharon also started making/ leaving ATCs for the cause– remember her, she’ll be important.

October:

I started the month with a goal to use 10 phrases by the 10th (that I met!). By the 25th I sent a lot of ATCs to Sarah and still had all of these to abandon with love:

November:

The election and its aftermath had us feeling pretty low, so much so I wanted to make daily Change Cards, but only made a couple batches. My favorite quote from that time? “Worry is like a rocking chair. It’ll give you something to do, but it won’t get you anywhere.”

December:

Though I made ATCs with a 2016 calendar and an old notebook cover (see below), the lull seemed to continue.

January:

Despite the new year, things were rather anticlimactic with one neat exception: a waitress received two ATCs that Sarah had and joined our group the following morning, hehe.

February:

Still a lot of crickets, but I did have a couple ATCS to take with me when my mom and I went to celebrate my 30th birthday!

March:

It was on the 23rd that I posted that the desire to make ATCs was (slowly) coming back, because until this I was only making Little Cards anymore. By the 28th I had 13 Change Cards to abandon like this Alice one I left at Mad Hatter Bistro:

April:

It was in this month that I found that when I knew I’d be going somewhere– like Barnes & Noble with my mom– it was so much easier to make ATCs with those outings in mind.

May:

With that epiphany in mind, I turned 1 piece of scrapbook paper into 9 Change Cards to take with me to Saginaw, posting my progress as I made them. Seeing this mot only renewed Sharon’s interest, but inspired her to talk to the administrator of a regular ATC group about me advertising ATC the Change. I did so, and we successfully breathed new life into the group.

June:

I brought back the weekly phrases for those who wanted the inspiration. Meanwhile I was inspired to A) make a plethora of kid-friendly cards to take places like VBS, B) break in my Zodiac pad of scrapbook paper and dust off my stash of washi tape, C) turn ATCs that never traded into Change Cards (see picture), and I even D) made a printable for participants to attach to the backs of cards if they wanted to include information about the cause. I should mention I left about 30¬†cards ūüėČ

July:

We may only be 5 days in, but so far I’ve left 11 ATCs, gave my mom 12 to take to Philly with her soon, and have 8 to give to the family who recently found one of my cards and joined the group!

The past year of ATC the Change summed up in a phrase: “Success is not a straight line, but a wild ride.” ūüėČ

I am so grateful to have been a part of this from the ground up, and I know now it will only keep going up from here! When July is closer to an end and ATC the Change is officially 1, I will tell you (and show you) more of what I’ve been up to. Of course in the meantime you can follow me on Instagram– sincerelykaterz– or even join our Facebook group, ATC the Change.

It may not be easy to change the world or even just your town, but it can be easy to throw love like confetti. And with a lot of luck and determination– just like actual confetti– that stuff will get everywhere.

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

 

Back from the Grave

8 Oct

I meant to post on Wednesday, but I was at a bit of a loss regarding what I wanted to write about. I still sort of am, but I realized it’s more because I had multiple topics swirling around in my head that I was kept from landing on anything. So, for one night only, I’m bringing back my Not-so-Mad Tea Parties— my version of the “If We Were Having Coffee” posts I did back in 2014. It is October, so what better time to bring something back from the dead?

The first thing I wanted to acknowledge is that Nancy, our mail carrier, recently retired. I have heard on multiple occasions how much she loved us and our mailbox, and the feeling was and is mutual. Considering what a lifeline pen palling has been for me, to have a mail carrier who’d stop even when I didn’t have incoming mail– and who was genuinely concerned when I didn’t have outgoing for a few days in January– meant the world to me. She delivered the retirement news to me in person, and it was such a bittersweet moment. Though she has undoubtedly earned herself a break, I’m worried her replacement will find my mailbox more annoying than adorable. *Fingers crossed*

Speaking of annoying, I am still tending to my “Posse Problem” from last month. I have sent postcards to everyone in my Postcard Posse who isn’t also a pen pal, asking them to each send me a postcard if they wanted to remain a member, and now I’m waiting for them to trickle in. I know it’s “snail mail,” but this has been slower than I anticipated. Unless, of course, I’m not going to hear from everyone. Sad, though finding out if people are still genuinely interested is the point. When October is over, I’ll consider my waiting period over, too.

But enough about postcards, and more about Artist Trading Cards (ATCs)! First! Little Cards on Big Adventures is officially a year old! It was in October of last year that myself and Jenn announced Orange and Halloween Movies as our first themes, and now Dia de los Muertos and Disney Villains are our 25th and 26th ones. Second! ATC the Change is alive and well. Sure, I probably have made more cards for the cause than everyone else combined, but just the fact that there are people who get what Sarah and I want to do, and are trying to help us do it, is what ATC the Change is all about. Though Gabe may tell you it’s about trying to embarrass him– he can’t take me ANYWHERE without me leaving an ATC behind. There are way more pictures than this (you can follow sincerelykaterz on Instagram), but here are some from the last four times we ate out anywhere:

The boys, by the way, have been doing well. Gabe’s keeping busy with fall harvest, and Logan kindergarten. The little viking has been doing just fine in school, though given how well he performed in preschool last year, I’m not really surprised. I actually need to start being careful when I write around him¬†because he’s picking sight words and whatnot up quick, hehe. I’ll have to teach him “ninja” since that’s what he’d like to be for Halloween again this year. Yay for getting more use out of the costume! We can put that money towards his ever-growing Christmas list, haha.

I have a list of my own… shows I’m watching this fall! American Horror Story: Roanoke has been my favorite so far, and How to Get Away with Murder is a close second. Jane the Virgin remains the premiere I’m dying for the most, while This is Us has been the most Kate-friendly pilot. As for misses, I’m losing interest in Quantico, and honestly I feel as though Once Upon a Time has lost a lost of its spark as well. At least I can still count on The Big Bang Theory and Hell’s Kitchen for their silly antics.

Well, I think I’m out of ideas now, haha, so cheers!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

I Can ATC the Change

16 Aug

Since sharing the origin story behind the group ATC the Change, I have made a bunch of ATCs for the cause. I made at least two ATCs for every weekly phrase Sarah posted, and I used some other phrases I adore, too– here is a hodge podge of both:

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The pictures I really want to show you, though, are the ones that have been left for people to find!

Here are the four from July:

And here’s what I was up to this past weekend while Logan and I were out and about with my mom:

There are other ATCs I have left behind¬†(including¬†two I gave to my mother to use), equaling 15 ATCs of mine¬†currently out in the universe. More if you count the ones I donated to Sarah’s arsenal since I wanted her to have a plethora to use, as this movement in the making wouldn’t exist without her.

So far, the trickiest part for me¬†has been leaving them somewhere nonchalantly enough that someone won’t notice me doing what I’m doing, especially since I’ve been snapping pictures while I’m at it. Tables and bathrooms have definitely been the easiest way to go, though I’m also a fan of hiding them in libraries. I haven’t been caught yet, though I have gotten some eye rolls out of the husband and one of his aunts, hehe.

I’m definitely looking forward to spreading more kindness like confetti, especially while Sarah is visiting me over Labor Day weekend. I hope whoever finds the ATCs, whether they were made by us or by people helping our cause, is touched by the words we left for them!

Have suggestions for phrases you think we should use? By all means leave them in the comments!

Take care, bleaders! And remember, you can shine no matter what you’re made of.

Sincerely, Kate ~!~