We Begin & End with Fish: Sent to Japan, Netherlands, Taiwan, & the U.S.

It’s a good time to try to think of pleasant things.

I have some catching up to do!  Let’s start with these cool new postcards I bought, two of which have long-since gone out to post pals in Japan & Hawaii.

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This mermaid smells like a wet dog.  And fish.

Later, I made envelopes to send more stuff to the same two people.  This one I made from a photocopy of an old comic book cover, & sent off to–can you guess?

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Yes, Hawaii!  And here’s the back-side of the envelope.

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Inside went some stickers, a note on a postcard, and an old brochure I unearthed.

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That piece of advertising has to be 35 years old, at minimum.  When I unearthed it, I had to do some online research to see if the place still exists.  It does!  Here’s the rest of the brochure:

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I asked my friend if she’d been there.  She has, to the restaurant–it’s a cheap place to eat!  I’ll have to remember that, the next time I’m in the neighborhood.

Here comes the other envelope I made, this one for my friend in Tokyo:

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I enclosed another sheet of those Peanuts stickers, plus a note on this postcard:

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Here are more postcards that went out, these for Postcrossing Forum & swap-bot exchanges.  Off they went to Hoofddorp, Netherlands; Goleta, California; Taichung City, Taiwan; and Tsukuba, Japan.

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Finally, have a look at the stamps, stickers, and washi tape!  I think it might be time for me to restock my stash of fish stickers!

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Here’s Mud (or Something) in Your Eye: Sent to Finland, South Africa, & the U.S.

I kinda love this entire batch.  Your results may vary (you can let me know).

It’s an all swap-bot entry this time, with 5 cards going out in two different swaps.  The top three, somewhat defaced, cards are off in a trade of “modified postcards.”

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That poor kitty is off to a leopard lover in Kloof, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.  As I told her, I don’t believe in dressing up animals, but since it was already sporting the ornate collar, I decided it was just fancy like that.

The kid on the right: what’s that in his face?  According to the postcard’s caption, it’s Nutella, but it doesn’t look like Nutella to me.  To me, it looks like poo, or even worse, caramel.  In any case, the Peanuts gang had better wash up good.  The card will go to a swapper in Park Ridge, Illinois.

Speaking of the Peanuts gang, Hydra Lucy & Victim Schroeder will go to a Peanuts lover in Rovaniemi, Finland.  Hail Lucy!

The other two cards are off in a trade of upcycled postcards.  My toy-pusher in Singapore sent me the gift of very cool Mr. White Cloud & Little Raindrop figures, and ever since, I had been saving the package to send off as postcards.  This is off to the creator of this particular swap, who is in Dalview, Gauteng, South Africa.

I tried a new veggie burger this week, and I liked it!  The Hodo Soy Tofu Veggie Burgers were nice & firm, a far cry from the mushy, mushy Dr. Praeger’s I had previously been eating.  I saved the box for my snail mail habit, and off it goes to Goleta, California.

The backs of the cards are fun, too–at least I think so!

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A splash of color, with chocolate-flavored flavoring: Sent to Belgium, Japan, Russia, South Africa, & the United States

A colorful handful this time!

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Five more lucky people in this world! I would be thrilled to receive any one of these postcards. =D

The three on the left are all “chunks of cardboard” going out in my favorite ongoing swap-bot trade.

Crunky went off to Goleta, California.  The box made for a rather small postcard, but still a very cool one, I think.  The candy was not good chocolate, didn’t taste great, but it was tolerable once I got used to it–just like a Nestle Crunch bar in that way.

I told the swapper in Geel, Belgium, to cut up that Toucan Sam card!  That is why I bought the cereal–several boxes of it–but I have ended up giving away every single one of these cube-craft panels, not saving one to put together myself!  Such a sad story.

The Hello Panda boxes always make for great postcards, I think.  This one went to a swapper in Brakpan, Gauteng, South Africa, with whom I have been paired previously.  I hope I have not sent her this before! I think most recently, I sent her part of a ginger ale box.  Scroll back in the blog & let me know, would you?  🙂

The two postcards on the right are for Postcrossing draws; the aloha Jetoy went off to Arkhangelsk, Russia.  In her profile, this Postcrosser wrote of the “white nights” where she lives.  I had to look that up, and I have to admit I like the idea of it being sunny at midnight.  She also mentions loving snow, and I admit to nothing there: I like it warm & light, year-round.  I don’t necessarily get it, but I like it.  Thrilled not to live near snow.

Finally, that beautiful view of beautiful Pacific Grove went to Hiroshima, Japan.

Recycling & whatnot: Sent to England & the United States

Four cards sent out today, in two swap-bot trades:

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The dragon card was originally sent to me with some other cards in an envelope for another swap-bot trade.  Now it is going out to Auburn, California in a “free postcard” trade.  Since it has been years since I have stumbled into any of those racks of free ad postcards, I am grateful to have anything at all to send out in a trade such as this.

The remaining cards are going out in one of my favorite ongoing swap-bot trades, the “chunk o cardboard.”  As the name implies, all that is required is that one mail out a chunk of cardboard…

…for the swap’s host in Saint Paul, Minnesota, though, I try to send something special.  I created sea life postcards in sextuplicate a couple of months or so ago; I think this may be the third of the batch I am mailing out.  The others I have sent are posted on this blog, too.  I’m always happy for a chance to be paired with this member, & thank her for creating a cool swap.

The ginger ale is going to another swapper with whom I’ve been paired more than once in the past; she’s in Immingham, England, and though I am sure she’s encountered ginger ale, I have no idea if it would have been Canada Dry.  All of a sudden, I have a great thirst for Schweppes.

And its famous Schweppervescence.

Back to the U.S., the dog treat panel is on its way to a swapper in Goleta, California. I tell her I wasn’t sure if my dog would go for this new product, as she doesn’t usually like snacks with what I’d call a “plastic-y” texture.  Well, I needn’t have worried.

Received from Goleta, California

Goleta was incorporated as a city in 2002, after a long period as the largest unincorporated, populated area in Santa Barbara County. — Wikipedia

Another result of a swap-bot “Chunk O Cardboard” trade.  Don’t know what this came from–a box of Twinkies, maybe?  That would certainly be ironic, don’t you think?

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