Sent to Seattle, Washington

Okay, this card has nothing to do with Postcrossing or swap-bot; I actually sent it to a friend of mine who is known as a squirrel whisperer.  As I wrote on the back, when I found this squirrel card in my postcard stash, I thought: why would I send it to some complete stranger, when I can mail it to the strange person I know?

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I absolutely love squirrels, but I don’t want to feed them. They are brilliant & agile & perfectly able of fending for themselves, plus, I’ve read coverage of incidents at a local park where bold squirrels jumped into strollers to grab the kids’ snacks right out of their little hands. Simultaneously hilarious & scary.

I shared a Facebook link on the flip side of this card to my friend; it’s about a squirrel I heard about last night while listening to NPR.  Sneezy the Penn State Squirrel lets his special human friend dress him up while he snacks.

 

Sent to Ylämaa, Finland

One of my Postcrossing cards has been received–and that means that now I can send out a new one.  Here goes my very first card out to Finland. This user said in her profile she’d like to get a card depicting “…your country´s nature or a view from your city/village where you live in.”

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I noted that my favorite view here is the lower left, the coastal scene from California’s Monterey peninsula. I love the California coast, and I love visiting Monterey! Do you have a favorite place in California (or one you’d most like to visit)?

So this marks 8 Postcrossing cards I’ve mailed out (3 have arrived at their destinations so far).  Sometime soon, I hope to receive my first card from the exchange!

 

Sent to Mountain Lakes, New Jersey

My favorite postcard I’ve created so far in this venture! A repurposed snack box, a little Calvin & Hobbes…

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As I wrote on the back of the card, I doubt Calvin has ever even TRIED “this stuff!” It’s pretty good, BTW.

The title of this swap-bot trade is “What are you reading?”  I read a lot, and a lot concurrently, so I wrote really small on this one.  I’m looking forward to receiving a postcard full of great recommendations from the person who drew my name!

 

Received from Palm Coast, Florida

I’ve received my first inbound postcard from the “recycled, homemade” swap on swap-bot (I showed my own entries in a couple of recent posts here), and I love it!

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This postcard artist really went all out! Not only did she choose an amusing panel to cut out–she turned it into a full-on bird party! Love the “plarrg!”

 I’d have to say this is my favorite kind of postcard.  Years ago, when I had a regular pen pal, collage was always involved, and even today, when I ship packages of gifts off to friends, the lady at the UPS Store always comments on my funny attachments.  

I think it’s time to stock up on glue sticks & up the ante.

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Cool stamp!

Sent to Grevenbroich, Germany

One of my first five Postcrossing cards has been received!  Not bad, I think: about 8 days from California to Germany. 

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Another postcard from the big box of old book covers I mentioned. The recipient mentioned in her profile that she liked rabbits, so off this card went. I have neither read this book nor seen the animated movie version–how about you?

 

Sent to Essen, Germany

This is already, in having only been in Postcrossing since last week, my second card to be sent to Germany–so I’m guessing there are a lot of Postcrossers over there.  The user said she likes cats, so…

 

I have a great big box of old book cover images on postcards, so I guess those will be making up a bulk (mail) of my Postcrossing & swapbot correspondence for a while.

I have a great big box of old book cover images on postcards, so I guess those will be making up a bulk (mail) of my Postcrossing & swapbot correspondence for a while.

Sent to Qingdao, Shandong, China

I couldn’t believe how hard it was to find some touristy postcards in my area.  It seems I ALWAYS see them, wherever I go, but once I signed up for Postcrossing & swap-bot, the ubiquitous racks disappeared!  I finally found this in a Hallmark Store.  A few of the local big cities were also represented–but not very well.  I’ll have to keep my eyes open as I go about my regular business, or more likely, spend some more time in touristy places.

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My favorite place here is the coastline, followed by the redwoods. How about you?

Sent to Belle Mead, New Jersey

Another submission for the swap-bot directive to “make a postcard recycled from some other cardboard type material. It could be a cereal box, the container for something bought, a paperback book cover, a used greeting card… The possibilities are endless!”.  I love the concept–it comes to me naturally.

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Someone looks thrilled about making the trip to Jersey! I see he’s stocked his rations.

When I was a kid, I loved Peanut Butter Cap’n Crunch so much.  The fact it wasn’t available in my area made it more special, no doubt.  Not so good these days, for one reason or another.  It can’t help that the Cap’n himself just doesn’t look as cool as he used to, and most of his crew is missing.

Have you ever turned old packaging into post cards, or otherwise used it as mail art?

Sent to Prince George, British Columbia

The swap-bot directive was to “make a postcard recycled from some other cardboard type material. It could be a cereal box, the container for something bought, a paperback book cover, a used greeting card… The possibilities are endless!”.  I was VERY up for this; every time I buy a box of Hello Panda, I want to turn it into a postcard!  

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I like Hello Panda. Do YOU like Hello Panda? I like Hello Panda.