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Postcards from Wonderland #16

12 May

I wish I would have had the following five postcards to share on the 5th, but if the White Rabbit can be late, so can this post πŸ˜‰

Like many a postcard before, these all came to me twice. Prior to having a few of my pen pals send them back to me filled out, I received them blank– the first four via Etsy orders, the fifth from a member of LCOBA.

Though the designs on these postcards alone are fantastic, I have a fun story about #5. My pen pal Ashley is both a Floridian and Disney fanatic, so she makes it to Disney World several times a year. Knowing she was going to be seeing Alice at Epcot, she asked if I had any postcards she could have Alice sign for me. This was that postcard!

I’m so thrilled with Ashley for doing that for me, and with Allison and Krista for sending the others back to me, too. I said it before and I’ll say it again, I have the most wonderful enablers, hehe.

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

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Hail the Snail #7

15 Apr

April 2nd: April started with a batch of Little Cards in the P.O. box and a letter from Kayla in the regular one. Enclosed with the latter was one of my Con/Dom Gnomes, hehe.

April 4th: The next time I checked the P.O. box I was rewarded with this cute postcard:

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April 5th: Pablo had yet another postcard while Manolo had Jody’s letter.

April 6th: Sarah’s letter arrived here next.

April 7th: Not only did Pablo have two more postcards via postcrossing, he had the last batch of Little Cards from March’s theme– I’ll share the set soon.

April 9th: Speaking of sharing, my dad sent Logan a Puzzle Buzz sample he originally received.

April 12th: A few days later Logan and I found this gem in the P.O. box:

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Translation: “Dad? This is a high emergency case!”

April 14th: Yesterday was the only day this past week that I got any Manolo love, but it was in the form of letters from Kayla and Sarah so I suppose I really can’t complain πŸ˜›

Something I might complain about is if we become one of the places that loses power this weekend due to the winter storm we’ve been experiencing. But at least I have books to read and the letters from yesterday to respond to, though I’m sure I’ll keep writing Kayla and Sarah today whether we lose power or not, hehe.

Stay warm and think spring!
Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Another Post About Postcards (Part 2)

10 Apr

When I posted A Post About Postcards in February, I mentioned that I wanted postage stamps for Valentine’s Day and my husband didn’t disappoint… because he let me order what I wanted, haha. If you read Part 1 of Another Post About Postcards, you know that 32 stamps went to sending daily postcards during March. Should you continue to read Part 2 now, you’ll see how other stamps were put to use once I rejoined postcrossing.

Initially when someone signs up for postcrossing, they can send up to 5 postcards at a time. The more you participate, though, the more postcards you can have traveling at once. For example, I sent 275 postcards before becoming inactive in 2015, so postcrossing allowed me to send up to 14 postcards at a time. I won’t lie, when I switched my account back to active, I thought about sending 14 postcards right then and there, but two things stopped me. The first thing was not wanting to spend around $15 on postage right out of the gate; the second was liking the idea of having some vacancies on standby when there were days I didn’t have any happy mail to respond to.

Long story short, I sent 5 postcards at first as if I was a newb again. Below you’ll find what I sent in the order I sent them, as well as the reasons behind why I picked what I picked for each postcrosser. I also have included most of their responses in italics for kicks and giggles.

One

I wanted to send Juanita from Pennsylvania a postcard from Michigan because she lives in the US like me. In her bio she included “Tell me about your breakfast, lunch or dinner,” so I opted for this card from my road trip with my dad since it reminded me of all the advertisements for pasties we saw while we were in the UP.

Here is what she had to say when she registered it:

β€œGreetings my friend,’ muffins with mom’, sounds adorable. Multi view cards are my absolute favorites, I can visit many sites. Thanx much. Take care and be well. Namaste.”

Two

Irina from Russia requested “postcards you’d want to receive.” Night views are something I included on my wishlist, so I decided to pick out one of the nicest postcards I had featuring one.

I’d provide her reaction if I could find it. Whoops.

Three

Dirk, a postcrosser from Germany, strongly implied he just wanted to receive landscapes, preferably without any bells and whistles, and I thought this postcard from Yosemite National Park would fit that bill quite nicely.

This is what Dirk thought of it:

“Hallo Kate, thanks very much for your nice card. I liked the Yosemite Park when I visited California. Greetings from Cologne and happy postcrossing. Dirk”

Four

Toma from Lithuania said she likes beautiful places and that churches particularly were her favorite. I immediately thought of this postcard my dad gave me once upon a time.

I received this message once she registered it:

“Hello Kate, Thank You for amazing chapel postcard. I hope, Your Valentines day was great. Warm greetings, Toma”

Five

Lastly, Gabor from Hungary had a plethora of stuff on his wishlist including owls, bears, and donkeys. As soon as I stumbled upon the “board of directors” in my arsenal, I knew I wanted to send it his way.

I’m glad I did, too, because Gabor said:

“Helo! Thank you very much for the beautiful card πŸ™‚ This is one of my favourite, I’m very happy πŸ™‚ Gabor”

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Since the five postcards above, I have sent about a dozen more via postcrossing and those recipients seemed to be pleased with my choices as well. Finding their messages in my inbox thanking me makes me almost as happy as finding my own postcards through this endeavor in my P.O. box.Β  These are my favorites out of the past 11 I received:

I’m looking forward to seeing what other postcards will arrive now that I’m using postcrossing again, especially if they’re from Wonderland, hehe. Hope you enjoyed these postcard-friendly posts!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

 

Another Post About Postcards (Part 1)

5 Apr

Two months ago I blogged about my plans for quite a few of my blank postcards, and since then those plans have been implemented. You’ll hear about my Postcrossing progress come Part 2, but Part 1 of “Another Post About Postcards” is solely about my latest March.

In a nutshell, what I affectionately refer to as “The March of Postcards” is me sending daily postcards every day in March. In the past I have specifically sent them to one pen pal all month long, but this time around I sent 32 postcards to 4 pen pals, alternating who I wrote to each day from March 1st to April 1st. For the record, I had an open invitation here on Sincerely Kate should anyone else have wanted in on this opportunity, but just four of my pen pals showed any interest. Because of this, Kayla, Ashley, Kristy, and Sarah each received 8 similar postcards from me.

These are an example of the first four postcards these four ladies received:

Allow me to elaborate! I chose to start with Las Vegas postcards since I thought it would be a cute way to “get this party started.” I moved on to a few from the Pattern Box I have honestly because I don’t want to have it anymore, lol. I chose the third group simply because I find the font to be so iconic when it comes to postcards, and Star Wars is rather iconic, too, so I just rolled (like BB8) with those πŸ˜‰

These now are an example of the other four:

I’m going to elaborate some more, okay? Okay! The postcard with the animated landmarks is 1 of 5 I had, so this endeavor seemed like a good way to use up the extras, and it was good to use up most of the ones featuring Native American things, too. I still have many a California card, but I’ll take the small dent. Last, but not least, were Disney postcards in honor of a happy ending.

Speaking of happy endings, we have reached the end of Part 1. I hope you have enjoyed this silly blog post of mine as much as I have enjoyed picking out the aforementioned postcards and sending them to some of my pen friends. Cheers!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

 

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 ~!~

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.Β  Either way I have a while to decide, and to figure out how I’ll post about those postcards here πŸ˜‰ 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: