Tag Archives: snail mail

Hail the Snail #10

1 Jun

May 16th: The regular mailbox had a letter from Jody while the P.O. box had all sorts of cards, specifically a batch of Little Cards and two post-cards via postcrossing.

May 20th: Two more postcards via postcrossing came, as well as a letter from Kriston.

May 23rd: Pablo had another batch of Little Cards (but from another theme), and Manolo had a letter from Sarah.

May 26th: Thanks to Krista I received a postcard from Wonderland.

May 29th: Not only did I get something from the Secretary of State I was expecting, but I got Jody’s latest letter, too.

May 30th: I responded to Jody in time to get a letter from Allison.

May 31st: No letters yesterday, but the P.O. box had three more postcards via postcrossing, and the regular one had some freebies from St. Jude’s, in the hopes that I’d donate.

I got more postcards over the past couple weeks than there were days I got mail in this mail call, but I’m happy for all the mail I received all the same. I’m excited to see what will arrive now that it’s June, and I’m looking forward to seeing what the month has in store for us in general.

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 πŸ˜›

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

 

Hail the Snail #9

15 May

May 2nd: Like my last mail call, this one is also starting with a letter from Sarah.

May 3rd: Pablo had another letter for me as well as a batch of Little Cards, but Manolo had this set of Boxcar Children books for the Loganator:

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Thanks, Mom!

May 5th: Along with my latest stamp order was a postcard from Krista and a letter from Jody.

May 7th: I got another postcard (from Kristy this time), and Gabe got a birthday card from my dad.

May 9th: Another card came for the birthday boy, and then this unbirthday present from my dad came for me:

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May 10th: A letter from Sarah arrived, plus an ATC order of sorts from a family friend.

May 11th: Along with a letter from Kayla were two postcards from Wonderland.

May 12th: Joining my little reply pile was a letter from Allison.

May 13th: Though not “happy mail,” it’s worth mentioning that for Mother’s Day the boys gave me The Greatest Showman, a teddy bear, and the things the Loganator made at school.

The boys and I have enjoyed having Mother’s Day and Gabe’s birthday to celebrate this past week, and I think we have all enjoyed whatever happy mail the first half of May has had for us, too. As per usual, I’m looking forward to seeing what the rest of the month has in store for us as well as the mailboxes.

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

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 ~!~

Hail the Snail #8

1 May

April 18th: My last mail call ended with a letter from Sarah, and this time it’s starting with one… plus her batch of Little Cards.

April 19th: Next to arrive was a letter from Jody. No LCs, lol, but I did get details about her recent vacation πŸ™‚

April 20th: Pablo had a batch of Little Cards as we as a postcard that took 57 days(!) to get here from Poland.

April 21st: The next letter to arrive was one from Kristy.

April 24th: And the next postcard to arrive came for Logan thanks to my dad.

April 25th: Even more postcards arrived, but per an Etsy order of mine.

April 27th: Pablo had another batch of Little Cards while Manolo had these clothes for Bridget:

April 28th: The last official letters in April were from Allison and Jody, though yesterday…

April 30th: Supplementary materials arrived from both Allison and Kristy, along with some Arby’s coupons from my dad, lol.

As usual, I’m grateful for all of the happy mail I have received over the past month, and I’m looking forward to seeing what Manolo and Pablo have in store for me in May. Gabe might even get some happy mail, too, with his birthday happening next Wednesday, hehe.

All the best, Bleaders!
Sincerely, Kate ~!~

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 ~!~