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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 ~!~

 

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Little Cards: Agriculture

26 May

While Gabe is busy with spring planting-related things this morning, I thought I should (finally) show you the set of Agriculture ATCs I received thanks to the most recently completed swap in my group, Little Cards on Big Adventures.

But before I do that, let me show you what I wrote when I first announced this theme in April:

It’s only a matter of time until the planting season starts for my husband, so lately it’s been a bit of a hot topic around here. That said, I started thinking “agriculture” could be a fun theme to use via LCOBA since there are so many directions you could go like tractors, crops, farm animals, etc. etc..

Six people, myself included, wound up making six farm-friendly ATCs each. Once I received all of the Little Cards, they were made into sets so the participants got one ATC from every person who participated. Without further adieu, this is the set I personally acquired:

I’m personally responsible for the scrapbook paper barn this time around. The next order of business for me is attempting something with a Volkswagen, lol, since the current theme is The 60’s/70’s. There are four of us participating in that, for the record.

Well, I hope you enjoyed seeing the Agriculture set a quarter as much as Gabe is ready to be done with spring planting right about now 😛

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

 

Little Cards: Fairies and Friends

17 Apr

In case this hasn’t become obvious over the past two-and-a-half years, I run a Facebook group for monthly ATC swaps, Little Cards on Big Adventures. For March the theme I chose was Fairies and Friends, and this was what I posted when I announced it (the day after my birthday):

Though I didn’t get any gnome-friendly presents for my birthday yesterday, they are something I have gotten quite a bit in the past! I bring this up because once upon a time Arlene suggested “Elves, Dwarves, and Fairies” as a theme, and it seemed like a great fit for both my birthday month and the return of spring to do something with whimsical creatures.

Four people, myself included, chose to participate in this theme, resulting in 16 ATCs all together since we each made four. The reason for this is so not only so we each get one that we made, we get one from each of the other participants, too. These are the four little cards I acquired from this adventure:

Just so you know, I’m responsible for the leprechaun. I may love me some gnomes, but considering St. Patrick’s Day falls in March, it seemed like too good of an idea to ignore.

And Agriculture must have seemed like a good enough theme this month since 6 of us are participating in that. I just finished my ATCs this morning at it has me thinking the set will be as fun to get as Logan thinks spring planting is, lol. I may not be looking forward to seeing so little of my farmers once spring planting starts, but I am looking forward to sharing more Little Cards with you in the not-so-distant future.

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

 

Little Cards: Disney Couples

22 Mar

For almost two-and-a-half years I have hosted ATC swaps via the group Little Cards on Big Adventures. Every month I post a theme, and February’s was Disney Couples. When I announced this theme at the beginning of February, I said this:

I don’t know about you, but I can’t think about February without thinking about love thanks to Valentine’s Day being smack dab in the middle of the month. This year I thought it would be fun to do something featuring the kind of couples I first saw as a child and still watch now that I have a child of my own. Though if I’m being honest, Gabe and I would still watch ’em even if we didn’t have Logan, lol.

No one is ever required to participate, so the people who wanted to make ATCs featuring a Disney couple then had a couple days to sign up. From there, the 6 of us who signed up had the month of February to each make 6 ATCs and send them my way. As of last Tuesday I had all of the batches, so I assembled them into sets so each person would get an ATC from each participant (themselves included). This is the set I personally acquired:

Maybe it’s just because I’m a big fan of Disney, but with a set like this I feel like the more ATCs there would have been, the better the set could have been. So many couples weren’t featured unless we count the others I used for my particular batch:

But at least I have this picture of the couples I didn’t get to keep, right? 😉

There are only 4 of us participating in the Fairies and Friends theme this month, and whether they’re all vastly different or everyone decided to make leprechauns since it’s March, it should be a fun batch. Sláinte, bleaders!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Little Cards: Legendary

22 Feb

Though I have posted about the group Little Cards on Big Adventures on several occasions, and have posted about the ATCs I have acquired from the endeavor even more, you should know that I run a group on Facebook and choose themes for me and whoever else is interested in participating in them from month to month. I chose “Legendary” for January after Sarah suggested such a theme, admittedly because my own little legend was born in January 2011, hehe. When I announced the theme, I had this to say about it:

A legend is defined as a traditional story, sometimes popularly regarded as historical but unauthenticated. As someone who grew up fascinated by Greek mythology, I immediately think of the stories I heard about the Minotaur and Medusa, and I’m sure you have a story you gravitate towards whether it’s the one about the sword in the stone, or even urban legends like Bloody Mary.

I then told the members that regardless of what Legendary story they gravitate towards, they were welcome to join the swap, and 6 of us did. It took a while to get the last of the batches, but Heleen’s finally arrived from The Netherlands last week! Without any further delay, here is my newest set of ATCs:

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Though this set may not be as aesthetically pleasing as sets like the Woodland Critters one a couple months back, I enjoy it all the same because of how many legends are featured– there’s even a Legendary Pokémon, haha. Six of us are now participating in February’s Disney Couples theme, and whether they fit together like Cinderella and her glass slipper or not, I’m excited about the set and sharing it with you, too.

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Little Cards: December

17 Jan

As soon as I have all of the Little Cards per January’s Legendary theme, I have a slightly different way I’m planning to blog about the ATCs I receive on this adventure. The cards from the Clothing/Accessories theme from last month, though, are still from last year so I’m not changing things up like they’ve gone out of style quite yet, haha.

Vikki recently suggested that we should do this fashion-friendly swap, by the way, and in December we were 2 of the 5 people who participated in it. These were the 5 ATCs I personally acquired:

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My contribution, for the record, is the one that says “Get your merry on,” and Vikki’s is the purple one on the top left! In hindsight my ugly sweater might have been too odd of an idea compared to some of the others, but overall the cards are all fun in their own ways– I still can’t believe Heleen knit teeny tiny sweaters!

I’d just like to take a moment, by the way, to thank the members who have been as reliable as a favorite sweater over the past couple years. I thought my recent post drummed up some new interest, but it wound up being as frustrating for me as it was fleeting for them. Their loss, right?

I, for one, love all of the Little Cards I have received on this adventure, and I know the ones to come this year will be loved a lot, too.

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

A Little Interested in Little Cards?

21 Dec

If you like making ATCs (Artist Trading Cards), or have been wanting to give them a try, why not make joining ATCs: Little Cards on Big Adventures one of your resolutions? 😉

A little taste of each of our active members’ work.

If you are, in fact, a little interested in Little Cards, here is what you need to know as we move into 2018:

-To participate, you must be a member of our Facebook group.

-On the first day of each month, I will post a theme. I do this as an event that only members are invited to.

-If you’re interested in making ATCS per the respective theme, you have a 48-hour window to click that you’re attending the event. This isn’t an in-person event, for the record, but an online one.

-If you don’t care for a certain theme, or there are months you just don’t have the time to make anything, you’re under no obligation to participate. Close out the event window and that’ll be that!

-When the sign up period is over, the number of people attending the event is the number of ATCs each participant will make. For example, the 5 of us who signed up for the current Clothing/Accessories theme are each making 5 ATCs.

-ATCs are 3.5 x 2.5 inches. We don’t require your cards to be identical each month, but we do want them to be of similar quality to keep things fair.

-Once your ATCs are made, they are all to be sent to me so I have them by the end of each month. My address will be available via the events.

-As soon as I receive all of the batches, I make sets so each person will receive an ATC from all of the participants, including one of their own.

DISCLAIMER: I don’t always get all of the batches by the end of the month, so please be patient. I will continue to send the sets as soon as possible!

And in case you’re wondering, the most ATCs we make per theme is usually around 7. The record is 12, but that was a long time ago and has since become a fluke.

Well, I think that is everything, but if you have any questions, you’re more than welcome to ask. Here is the link one more time for our Facebook headquarters. Hope to see you in there in the New Year, and to maybe find your Little Cards among the others in rotation.

Sincerely, Kate ~!~