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The Vacation is Over

30 Sep

I knew I was forgetting to say something the other day…

I received two “Vacation” friendly things via my silly mail art contest, so I need y’all to pick your favorite 😀

Contestant #1: Nancy from New Jersey:


Contestant #2: Amy from Pennsylvania:


Ugh. WordPress is being mean to me and not letting me include a poll, so you’ll have to vote in the comments. I will announce the winner as well as the last theme of the year on the 5th! Ciao for now, Bleaders!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

A Mid-Vacation Modification

5 Jul

gooseWelcome to the second half of the year, Bleaders! This is a pretty exciting time for me for a handful of reasons. 1) I got to go to Wisconsin last weekend. 2) The boys and I celebrated the 4th of July yesterday. 3) My Christmas in July Secret Santa is happening in my group again. 4) There’s a new mail art contest theme to be announced. 5) It’s an opportune time to shake things up here.

Because this is a pen pal-friendly blog, I decided I wanted to start sharing my incoming mail, like that postcard above, more often. Because today is the 5th, you’ll find my recent haul below, and on the 15th and 25th of each month you’ll find my mail here as well. At least until 2016 rolls around, haha.

June 30th: I was able to see Pablo one last time before June was over, and it was worth the wait. There were letters from Jen E. and Laura, and postcards from three other LEP members.

July 2nd: I got a little note from Kära via Manolo, and when I saw Pablo, a letter from Whitney came too.

I’m still responding to some of the mail I mentioned above. I’d be further along if I didn’t send my pen pals postcards from my recent travels 😉 . Last weekend there was a family reunion on my dad’s side in Hayward, Wisconsin, and I joined my dad there. We drove through most of Michigan on Friday so on Saturday morning we could just focus on finding the resort. Below is a picture of the room we shared with my Aunt Ruth and Uncle Randy, and another from behind the cabin where we spent most of our time. It was a nice place to spend the weekend, and the company was even nicer yet.

THIS REMINDS ME! I need to announce a new theme should anyone want to make me any mail art via my latest contest. In honor of my travels, the new theme is Vacation! There are so many directions someone could take with a theme like Vacation. You could, for example, take the map you used to find your destination and make an envelope out of it. You could also make your own postcard from the place you visited (Note: store-bought postcards DO NOT count as mail art!).

Take the envelope or postcard you make– however you made them– and send it to me by September 25th. My address, should you need it, is.

addressI find it a bit funny that my new mail call technique looks a bit more like an “If we were having coffee post,” but now that we have our first pancake, the following posts will hopefully look a bit nicer. Thanks for hanging in there, and thanks in advance to my contest’s participants for whatever you’re about to send me.

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Rollin’ With My Gnomies

25 Jun

Sup, Bleaders? It’s time for me to share the few submissions I received via my Gnome Work mail art contest and for you to vote for your favorite! Here are the entries from the people who rolled with my gnome theme:

Contestant #1: Lisa from New Jersey


Contestant #2: Stephanie from Germany


Contestant #3: Frida from The Netherlands


I’m a bit bummed there were only 3 submissions, though at the same time it made the appearances of these guys that much more of a treat. The results from the poll will appear in my next post (June’s Mail Call), and the next theme will be announced in the post after that. Whether the theme will be something I’d love to see, or something more people will likely be willing to work with, that’s the million dollar question. Stay tuned!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Gnome Work

5 Apr

I was torn about hosting another mail art contest since I received so few entries last time, but you voted that I should do these contests quarterly like I originally intended. I decided to pick a theme that I’d love receiving so much that I wouldn’t be bothered if there were only a few entries. You get your contest, and I get gnomes! This, my friends, is my idea of a win/win scenario.

Here’s how these contests work! Now that you know the theme, you can make or decorate an envelope or postcard that reflects gnomes. You will have until June 25th to get your creation to me, and I’ll post everything I’ve received on that day so my readers can vote for their favorite. The winner will A) be announced in the blog post that follows, and B) receive a prize!

The rules are simple!

  1. Make something that can be sent in the mail (enclosing a letter or note is NOT mandatory) that fits the theme.
  2. Include your name and email somewhere on/in it so I can notify you should you win.
  3. Send it to:


imageedit_4_8937604401All are welcome to participate! Should you decide you want to participate, know that you’re more than welcome to use things like fairies and/or woodland critters on your envelope or postcard, but there needs to be a gnome on it as well for it to qualify.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask, but the important thing is to just have fun with it like I did with this ATC once upon a time. Good luck!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

P.S. I hope your Easter is a happy one 🙂

Counting Sheep

25 Mar

This time a few months ago, AKA Christmas, I got my P.O. Box, and one of the first things I did to break it in was hold a mail art contest. In honor of the Chinese New Year I thought “The Year of the Sheep” would be a fun theme, though since it was still technically The Year of the Horse, I welcomed other farm animals besides sheep/goats/rams. Long ramble short, here are the entries from the four people who weren’t sheepish about indulging me:

Contestant #1: Michael from Virginia

Contestant #2: Linda from Milano


Contestant #3: Eva from Spain

There was a spiral letter on the opposite side :-)

There was a spiral letter on the opposite side 🙂

Contestant #4: Lisa from New Jersey


Now that I’ve had the fun job of collecting these submissions and posting them for you here, it’s now your turn for a bit of fun!

And while I’m asking you things…

You’ll find the results to both of these polls in the my next post, but thanks in advance for your help! And Michael, Linda, Eva, and Lisa, thanks for humoring my request!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Creations Unleashed

30 Oct

In addition to loving mail I also love this time of year. I hoped to receive a bunch of Halloween-friendly mail art, as explained here, but wound up only getting two festive envelopes. Regardless, I will share ’em here and have you pick your favorite!

From Erika:


From Sarah:



The winner will be announced on Monday and something will be sent their way shortly after. I’d definitely like to try this sort of thing again, though it will likely wait until I get a P.O. Box so people who aren’t my pen pals can easily participate too. As a potential participant, dear bleader, what theme would you like me to use via contest early 2015?

Some members of The League of Extraordinary Pen Pals recently made me feel they’d like to see more of the squirrels I made for the group back in May, so in the spirit of “Creations Unleashed” let me show you my latest batch of the things!


These five critters have yet to be named or given personalities; all I really know is that I was inspired by Halloween to make a pirate, a zombie, a clown, a witch, and a princess. I hope that once they’re sent out in the wild their journeys will be safe and all their hosts will have fun with them.

And may all of you beautiful creatures have a safe and happy Halloween!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~


Calling All Boils and Ghouls

6 Oct

imageedit_8_9992179866I really love this time of year. Not only are the colors outside gorgeous and the weather favorable, Halloween is such a fun holiday. Going to pumpkin patches? Love it. Watching movies like Hocus Pocus and The Nightmare Before Christmas? Love ’em. Finding morbid yet cute decorations? As you can see, I love that. Finding a way to mix this favorite holiday with my favorite hobby? Yeah, I love that, too. I decided that this month would be the perfect time to try out an idea of mine. I wanted to give my pen pals a theme, so over the month whenever they send me a letter– provided they want to, of course– they could make &/or decorate an envelope built around said theme. I plan to take pictures of any and all mail art I receive, post it here on Sincerely Kate towards the end of the month, and let you all vote for the piece you like the most.

But wait, there’s more! I decided to open this up to ANYONE who has my address already. If you want to design an envelope or even a postcard with a Halloween theme, I want to see it! Please make sure I have your masterpieces before the 30th so I can post the pictures on here so favorites can be chosen. I will announce the winner the following Monday. It doesn’t matter whether you’re very handy with a pair of scissors or can barely draw a straight line, I promise. I, for one, am far from a professional– here are a few envelopes of mine that prove that:

I’d just like to say that I’m sorry not *everyone* can participate, but I’m just not comfortable sharing my address publicly. If you want to make your own festive mail, I suggest doing so and sending it to someone you think could use the treat! I’d be happy to answer any and all questions in the comments below, but the most important thing is to just have fun!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~