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A Post About Postcards

5 Feb

Valentine’s Day is around the corner, and rather than being given candy or a stuffed animal, I told Gabe I want postage stamps. Specifically a roll of postcard ones and a bunch of the global kind, too. The former will go towards the upcoming March of Postcards, while the latter will be more useful when I rejoin Postcrossing. Allow me to elaborate on these postcard-friendly endeavors of mine…

The March of Postcards

The name was all me, but my friend Othella was responsible for the initial concept. Around this time in 2014, The Thellie Kitty recruited me to send her a postcard every day that March and get just as many from her (Exhibits A and B). We marched together again the following year, but since then I’ve been flying solo sending daily postcards, and plan to do so again this year… just not with one pen pal in particular. Wink, wink; nudge nudge.

Well, before I can really talk about this March, I should tell you about last November. Instead of blogging every day per NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month), I sent daily postcards to 5 of my pen pals, alternating which one of them I sent a postcard to each day. Ultimately they each received 6 postcards. This is what I’d like to do each March now, and even if you’re not my pen pal, you’re welcome to be a part of it.

Yes, I’m willing to send YOU postcards (if you want ’em, of course) and I expect nothing in return from you once you give me your address. Email me at sincerelykate @hotmail.com with it &/or any questions you might have! But please do so by the 15th.

Postcrossing

I am no stranger to Postcrossing, but in case you are, it’s a site that enables you to send and receive postcards from all over the world. Basically you’re given a member’s address and a registration number along with some ideas of what that member would like to receive. Including the registration number, you send them a postcard you think they’ll enjoy. Using the number they’ll register it once they receive it, which then puts your address next on deck to receive a postcard from someone else. Lather, rinse, repeat.

When I was a member before, I received over 250 postcards meaning I sent just as many. This time around, I don’t plan to be nearly as active because international postage adds up something fierce! I just would like to make a dent in the large stash of blank postcards I have, and get some Kate-friendly ones in the process. Russia, for example, is home to so much cool Wonderland stuff, hehe.

If you have been following my blog for a while now, you know that I’ve been slowly but surely trying to downsize my postcard stash, and I think these upcoming endeavors of mine will only help the cause. I also think it will be nice to get more use out of my P.O. box in the process since my incoming postcards via Postcrossing will be sent there. More posts about postcards will undoubtedly happen down the road, and I’m looking forward to the journey.

Until next time!
Sincerely, Kate ~!~

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Postcards from Wonderland #15

30 Nov

It took several months to accumulate the several postcards below, but to me they were worth the wait! Heck, sometimes I think it would be worth joining Postcrossing again just to acquire more postcards from Wonderland, hehe. Thankfully I have people like Kayla and my dad to supply some, and people like Othella and Sarah to fill ’em out in the event they’re empty– these people were responsible for these:

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I love how many interpretations of Alice in Wonderland there are, and how well this post proves it. Whether the next trip down the rabbit hole is less varied, or it takes another 8 months, I’m excited for the next five postcards all the same.

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

NaBloPoMo Remix #4

28 Nov

National Blog Posting Month– NaBloPoMo for short– is coming to an end, and so it’s time to show you the last of the postcards from my more Kate-friendly take on this daily challenge.

The first four postcards all feature some cute animals because I thought my participating pen pals deserved at least one cute postcard out of the six they’d receive. As for the last five, I wanted to end with Michigan since that’s ultimately where everything came from this month.

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t glad the month was almost over. Sending daily postcards might have been an achievable goal, but that’s not to say things weren’t getting a bit stale. When I do this challenge again next year, I think I’ll share 30 random things about me, or answer things from The Book of Questions to make the postcards a bit more fun to fill out. Or maybe I’ll let the participants pick so they’ll be more fun for them to receive.  Either way I have a while to decide, and to figure out how I’ll post about those postcards here 😉 Ideas are appreciated, and so was the view!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

P.S. If you missed the earlier posts this month, here are the links should you want them:

NaBloPoMo Remix #3

21 Nov

I may not be posting on this blog every day this month, but I have been sending daily postcards via my own little challenge. You can find the first week’s worth here, last week’s here, and this past week’s postcards below!

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The postcard in the bottom left is the last from the Taiwan batch, the bottom right one is the first of 5 featuring animals, and the others are from Hollywood. Why Hollywood? Since I used postcards from my mom’s time in Taiwan, I thought I’d also use some from my dad’s neck of the woods.

Something else I thought I’d do? Tell you that I decided I’m going to send daily postcards like this again next March and November. Why March too? Because over the past couple years, I already did something similar with Othella (and then Sarah) I called The March of Postcards— might as well keep downsizing then; plus it will give other pen pals other chances to participate.

In the meantime, I hope my current participants are enjoying all the miscellaneous postcards they’re getting, and I hope you’ve been enjoying this silly series of mine– one more post to go!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

NaBloPoMo Remix #2

14 Nov

When I posted last Tuesday, I told you that in lieu of posting on Sincerely Kate every day for NaBloPoMo, I’m going to “post” daily postcards instead– this is a pen pal blog above all else, after all! I promised weekly updates so here are the latest 7 postcards I sent:

The first few postcards were a continuation of the random ones I started sending last week. Now I’m in the process of using 5 of the postcards I still had/have from when my mom taught at Ming Chuan University in Taiwan.

Since I told you why I was sending daily postcards last time, this time around I thought I’d share with you an example of what one of my daily messages sounds like:

Dear Ashley,

Man, oh man, am I tired. I’m starting to forget what sleeping through the night/ sleeping in feels like, but Logan’s flu bug can’t last forever, right? When I’m not making sure he has drinks, or trying to make him eat just one frickin’ doughball, I’m still trying to do the things I would have accomplished if he went to school. On Monday, for example, I used some of the Bambi pages from my calendar to make my Woodland Critters cards. And, of course, I’m still rocking this postcard challenge– I hope you get a kick out of this one!

Sincerely, Kate

As a pen pal and even fellow adventurer via Little Cards, I’m sure Ashley will appreciate the postcard and its sentiment. As for someone who might have just stumbled upon Sincerely Kate? I’m sure they now understand why I didn’t think posting here daily would be my forte, haha. Whoever you are, though, thanks for tuning in!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

P.S. Logan is doing much better since I sent that postcard to Ashley last Thursday 🙂

NaBloPoMo Remix

7 Nov

If you read many a blog, you likely know that November is NaBloPoMo– National Blog Posting Month. If you don’t follow many blogs, or just don’t follow trends, what this means is bloggers who are up for the challenge write a blog post every day in November. To be honest, this idea never really appealed to me since sometimes my old posting schedule already felt tedious enough. A daily challenge I can get behind, though? Sending postcards. Especially since this also means downsizing my stash 😛

Before November started I asked my pen pals who wouldn’t be annoyed by getting multiple postcards throughout the month, and five of them said they were game. Now that November is here, I have started sending postcards to them, rotating who I write to each day. These were the seven cards from this past week:

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I chose the Route 66 ones for the first rotation because there’s a song called “Get Your Kicks on Route 66,” and I love me some kicks and giggles like this. Next I started using more random postcards I think my participating pen pals will each get a kick out of. I have other postcards on deck for a variety of other reasons, and while I might not blogging daily, I have every intention to post weekly updates.

If you’re participating in NaBloPoMo or something similar, I wish you the best of luck; and to everyone else, I wish you well. Until next time!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

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 ~!~