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Card Catalog #2

29 Aug

The Card Catalog is a place here on Sincerely Kate where I take a once-a-month break from talking about pen pal related things and instead talk about another hobby of mine, making and sharing Artist Trading Cards– ATCs for short. If you’ve been following SK for a while, you know that the two breeds I specifically like talking about are Little Cards and Change Cards. To steal what I said last time, “Little Cards are the ATCs I swap based on monthly themes via a FB group I run; Change Cards are the ones I leave as random acts of kindness on behalf of ATC the Change.”

Speaking of last time, when I talked about these aforementioned kinds of ATCs, I did not have June or July’s Little Cards to share with you yet, so allow me to do so now!

JUNE

What was said about June’s theme, School Spirit, when it was first announced:

In a few weeks, my Little Viking will be all done with the first grade, and he’s hardly the only one either moving on to the next grade, if not graduating. It’s because it’s graduation season that I thought School Spirit would be a fun theme for this month. You could use the mascots from your school, do something with your school colors, etc., etc. It can be grade school or college; we’re not too concerned with those specifics!

Just three of us participated in this theme, and here are the three ATCs I personally acquired from this swap:


JULY

The following theme was Under the Sea, and this is what I had to say about it:

The theme the last couple Julys has been “Summer Blockbusters,” but with a nudge from Allegrae, I decided to borrow from another movie entirely, lol. For the record, if you choose to participate in this theme, you are not obligated to go The Little Mermaid route, but instead can create ATCs featuring whatever you may find under the sea like fish, coral, and even shipwrecks. The world is your oyster 😉

Six of us participated in July’s theme, and these six Little Cards joined my collection of ATCs:


AUGUST

I do not have my collection of Little Cards from this month’s Autumn theme yet, but something I can share with you is what I’ve done per ATC the Change this month!

I left a total of 14 ATCs since the last card catalog; over half of them were when Mother Dearest and I last went to Troy, MI. It was because of that trip of ours that I made a baker’s dozen of the things, including these Alice in Wonderland-friendly ATCs left when mom and I went to Mad Hatter Bistro:

Bonus: I had nothing to do with abandoning the ATC on the left someone found and then shared, but it was me who made it, hehe.

I’m not sure how many more Change Cards I’ll make between now and this time next month, but hopefully I’ll have plenty of opportunities to leave plenty more.

Again, if you have any suggestions for the Card Catalog between now and then, don’t hesitate to share them with me since I’m still trying to figure out the best way to combine these two endeavors of mine into one monthly post. Hope you enjoyed this one, by the way!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

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Card Catalog

5 Aug

Though more than anything this is a pen pal-friendly blog, in addition to posting about happy mail, I have also posted about many an ATC (Artist Trading Card). There have been two kinds of ATCs I have shared the most over the past couple years, and I affectionately call them Little Cards and Change Cards. Little Cards are the ATCs I swap based on monthly themes via a FB group I run; Change Cards are the ones I leave as random acts of kindness on behalf of ATC the Change.

A month ago I wrote about my decision to start posting these ATCs together in lieu of them continuing to have separate entries, and today is the (belated) first installment! Please bear with me as I figure out the best way to format this new series– not only do I have two months worth of catching up to do regarding Change Cards, I only have May’s Little Cards in full.

MAY

Little Cards:

May’s theme was The 60s/70s, and this is what I said about it when I first announced it:

My train of thought for this theme was like this: April showers brings May flowers. Well, we just did Agriculture and we’ve done Spring before, too. Hmm… Oh, I know, the hippie era! Not that you have to do anything with flowers or even with hippies. If there is something from either the 60s and/or 70s that calls to you, by all means use that as your inspiration!

Four of us were called to make ATCs per this theme– those shoes were just a bit on back order 😉


JUNE

Change Cards:

I didn’t make any Change Cards in June, but I did leave the four below as well as another five:

Little Cards:

As I mentioned above, I do not have June’s Little Cards in full as I’m still waiting to receive Vikki’s contribution. What I will tell you, though, is that the theme was “School Spirit” and there were three of us that participated/are participating.


JULY

Change Cards:

I made at least 20 Change Cards last month– a dozen of them were these snail mail-friendly ones:

I left 14 ATCs when I was with my mom on the 11th and 12th, and 9 when I’ve been out and about with the boys, mainly on our vacation up north.

Little Cards:

Like with June, I am one contribution away from being able to share July’s haul because they have yet to arrive from The Netherlands. In the meantime I will tell you that July’s theme was “Under the Sea” and there are six of us participating.


AUGUST

If it wasn’t for our recent vacation to the U.P., this post would have happened on the last Wednesday of July, so this is not the time or place for any August ATCs just yet. Hopefully come August 29th, however, I will have all of the missing Little Cards and maybe all of August’s, too. Just so you know, the current theme is Autumn and there are five of us participating.


If you have any suggestions for the Card Catalog between now and then, don’t hesitate to share them with me. In return, I will be sure to share whatever ATCs August has in store for me between these two endeavors of mine.

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

A Blog Post About My Blog Posts

5 Jul

It would be easy to blame my apathy towards blogging last month on my grandmother dying, but the fact of the matter is I was feeling apathetic prior to that happening. When 2018 started, I had a game plan for Sincerely Kate, starting with my mail calls continuing to happen on the 1st and 15th of every month, and my Two Cents series staying on the last Wednesday of each month, too. Next the 5th and 20th of each month became scheduled days as well. The latter has been a play on the “If we were having coffee” posts, while the former was more of a wildcard. Sure, other posts were peppered in occasionally, but these scheduled posts were the staple.

Well, as June 5th got closer and closer, the more at a loss I was regarding what I wanted to post about. The best idea I could come up with was bitching about how some new pen pals weren’t working out, but just because it was my best idea, didn’t actually mean it was a good one. So the fifth came and went with no blog post.

Then the 27th was approaching. I knew I was supposed to post about Change Cards via “Two Cents,” and though I did make/leave a few cards in June, those things alone just didn’t seem worth sharing at the time. I will show you these donut-friendly ATCs I made to leave as RAOK now, though, lol:

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I do NOT want this blog to just become a place where there are mail calls twice a month. Prior to June I do think I was on the right track, but now that we’re into the second half of the year, it’s a good time to make a couple more modifications.

The biggest change is going to be that the “Two Cents” series is no more. Rest assured, this doesn’t mean I will no longer share what I do per ATC the Change, but instead I’m going to change how I go about it—still on the last Wednesday of each month. After all, Change Cards are not the only ATCs that ever get featured here on Sincerely Kate; I also share the Little Cards I receive through monthly swaps that I organize. As much as I love sharing what I receive via Little Cards on Big Adventures (LCOBA), when I have gotten those cards has been SO sporadic. As I write this, I’m not only still waiting on ATCs from June, but a batch from May as well.

That all said, between how unpredictable LCOBA can be, and how sometimes my own motivation per ATC the Change can be unpredictable, rather than posting about these two endeavors in different posts, I’ll be merging them into what I’m calling “The Card Catalog.” How will that work? I’m not entirely sure yet, lol. My hope is merely that the merger means the posts will become more worthwhile, and that maybe one side will compensate for the other should its content not be very sufficient at the time.

Well, what about the fifth, Kate? Though I’m posting this very post today, I don’t know whether or not posting on the fifth is something I’m going to continue just yet. It’s certainly something I’d like to do, though. It would be easy to fall back on a series of some sort, but the whole point of posting on the fifth of each month this year was to give me a break from the series and do things more relevant to what’s happening at the time. April, for example, I wrote how I sent a few pen pals a total of 31 postcards throughout all of March.

TL,DR: Moving forward on this blog is basically crossing bridges as I get to them. I don’t know if my idea for The Card Catalog will work, nor if I’ll continue posting on the 5th of each month; these are merely things I’d like to happen and therefore I pray they will. Wish me luck!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

 

Two Cents: May Edition

30 May

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 some 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?

I’ll get to the dozen Change Cards I left since the last show and tell momentarily, but first, I’m pleased to report that I made 20 of the things on Memorial Day! Between Gabe working and Logan going to the beach with his grandparents, it was a good opportunity for me to drop everything and craft. These were the first 7 Change Cards I finally got around to making:

Since I just made the above on Monday, I haven’t abandoned any of those with love yet. I did leave 12 older ATCs, though! These were mainly ones I have been holding onto since last summer (for now irrelevant reasons). Four of those 12 Change Cards were left when my mom and I hung out the day after her birthday, like these two at Barnes and Noble:

Though I only “left” 12 ATCs, I also just sent a little over 30 to Sue as she bought up the last of the pre-made sets I had!

For the record, I won’t be making more sets to sell again due to a lack of interest. Now that the stash of Change Cards “on reserve” has been dwindled down, I can feel my motivation to make some more picking up a bit. That said, hopefully in the next edition of this Two Cents series I’ll have more creations to share, along with the highlights regarding the ATCs I share with others.

For now, though, I shall leave you with one last highlight from this past month; it’s not ATC-related, but it does pertain to my kind of kindness. At the restaurant the boys and I went to yesterday, Logan used the quarters I gave him to get a couple bouncy balls. Two of the balls wound up being identical, so he gave one to the little boy who was watching him at the machines ever so intently. The boy was ecstatic, thanking Logan on more than one occasion. It was a nice moment as well as an adorable reminder that a little kindness can go a long way.

If you feel so inclined, leave me a comment regarding the last time you bestowed a random act of kindness upon someone.

Take care and stay lovely!
Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Two Cents: April Edition

25 Apr

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 some 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?

The main highlight since my last show and tell is that our Facebook group reached 100 members! I tried to have some giveaways in honor of the occasion, and though both sets were spoken for, it’s because only two people tried to claim them. Not going to lie, it’s a bit disheartening that we have 100+ members but still only a small amount of people who can “ATC the Change.” I’m at a loss of what I can do to make the movement spread.

And I think it’s because of this loss that I haven’t done a whole lot over the past month or so. Sure, I have left a handful of Change Cards out and about, but I started making an Easter-friendly batch right before April started, and I have yet to get around to finishing them because the motivation to do so just isn’t there.

Anyway, here are the pictures of the ATCs I left, mainly in restaurants, over the past month:

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I think my mom and I are going to have to do something for her birthday next month so May’s Edition will not only be more fun for you to see, but fun for me to put together. April showers bring May flowers, right?

All the best from my screen to yours.
Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Two Cents: March Edition

28 Mar

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?

Over the past few months I haven’t had too many highlights to share, but between my birthday festivities and spending this past weekend with my mom, March has thankfully been a good month to ATC the Change. Here are the highlights since February:

1. The birthday festivities I mentioned? On and around March 1st I left 7 Change Cards while I was/we were out and about. This one, for example, found a rather appropriate place to hang out at Target after I found new note cards to use via pen palling, hehe:

2. Two other ATCs were left on two non-birthday occasions.

3. I made sure to make a few Wonderland-friendly Change Cards to take with me when mom and I went out to eat this past weekend, mainly at Mad Hatter Bistro. As you can see, I managed to leave ’em, too:

4. I left 9 other cards while we were around the Troy area like at Barnes & Noble and in the lobby at Red Roof Inn. I would have liked to leave even more this past weekend, but because of how poorly mom and I slept at RRI we didn’t make any stops after brunch on Saturday morning.

A dent is a dent, though! Since selling sets of Change Cards didn’t really work out, I have all of those ATCs for my own use now. Maybe I’ll make it my goal to leave another 20 between now and April 25th, but no promises, lol. As long as I have a few more highlights to share I’ll be happy.

Until April!
Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Two Cents: February Edition

28 Feb

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?

Like last month, I don’t have many highlights to share, but I like what I do have so it all works out. 😉

1) Using discarded Valentines, I made these 4 Change Cards, and by the following weekend I left them all for people to find:

2) I abandoned two other ATCs with love, and have at least 20 more in my purse for when I celebrate my birthday with my family this weekend. Most of them were actually unearthed when I cleaned my desk earlier today, haha.

3) But those aren’t the only Change Cards of mine that have been left this past month! Krista left one in Maryland, and my mom and her friend left 7 or so during the latter’s recent visit to Michigan.

4) Not only did someone find one of the ATCs Mom and Sue left in a coffee shop, that “someone” is a girl I babysat when she was younger! This was the picture Hailey posted via Instagram:

With any luck, March will have even more fun moments of Change to share with you, though if the moments are few but awesome like the ones above, that would still be pretty lucky.

All the best from my screen to yours!
Sincerely, Kate ~!~