E R N I E ! ! –and some other stuff: Received from Germany, Scotland, and the United States

Ernie in my mailbox!  Love seeing any of my Sesame Street friends popping by.

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E R N I E ! ! !

In this case, I should say Sesamstrasse, as the card came to me from a Postcrosser in Würzburg, Germany.

The “Aloha Hawaii” card came from a swap-bot member in Burdett, New York, who says she has a cousin living in Hawaii, but that cousin is moving back to his home state of Ohio.  Oh, excuse me, I glanced at the message again: Oklahoma. My brain was so clouded feeling the loss of having to leave Hawaii…

The section of what I think is a beer box came from Palm Coast, Florida, part of the swap-bot “chunk-o-cardboard” trade I seem to enjoy so much.

That huuuuge card is from a Postcrosser in Galloway, Scotland. The image depicts the “Gateshead Angel of the North,” which the sender tells me is “a large sculpture over the border in the North East of England.  I visited it recently and was very impressed.”

Stamps, a sticker, & stuff:

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Recycling Day: Sent to India & the United States

It’s time for another round of one of my favorite swap-bot trades, the chunk-o-cardboard, in which we are to cut a panel off of a box & turn it into a postcard for our assigned partners!


Pour Fresca over the Golden Grahams, eat that, and then clean your mouth with a Milk Bone brushing chew!

Working from left to right, these are going to: Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India; Palm Coast, Florida; and Atlantic Beach, Florida.

Stamps on the chunk-out-to-India:


Sent to India, Malaysia, and the United States

More swap-bot “Chunk of Cardboard” trading.  Did a little collage work this time!


Some super-lucky swap-botters out there.

All that produce is on its way to Puchong, Malaysia.  It’s a facial-tissue box backdrop, decorated with bits of packaging that once contained (as you can see) tangerines, avocadoes, and spinach.  Those are all things I enjoy eating, and Malaysia is a place I would love to go & eat, so what a great pairing.  Also, the trader living there said she really likes yellow & green, so that made this a good choice.  You may not be able to see the yellow, but trust me: it is in the green.

On the topic of places I would like to go and do some eating: India!  At long last, I have my first postcard match with India!  The li’l superhero card will go to Kanpur, India: the 5th largest city in India by land area and 10th most populous urban agglomeration (so says Wikipedia). We have here a collage of a monster from a candy/toy box, and a superhero from junk mail, facing off on a tissue box background.  The recipient devotes a lot of space on her profile to decrying what is apparently an extremely unreliable postal system, so I sure hope this little piece of art makes it to her.  She is also an absolutely avid reader: as much space as she devotes to distress over the mail delivery, and receiving a low rating on swap-bot, she devotes far more to the books she reads: genres, authors, and titles.  Makes me want to slam the laptop closed & go pick up the book I am reading!

Finally, the simple chunk of silly-face-printed tissue box goes to Palm Coast, Florida, to a person who has just received a postcard from me in a “food packaging” card exchange. It’s good match for the cookie package I sent her before, because the tissues can be used to wipe up the crumbs.

Sent to Canada, Netherlands, and the United States

Three going out, in a trio of swap-bot trades…


Three very lucky people out there in this world…

Pochacco & Friends are on their way to IJmuiden, Netherlands.  This card & the next one go out in a swap-bot “postcard fun” trade.  Directions were pretty specific; they read in part:

“When sending postcards I love to make the backs as extra special as the fronts. In this swap you will send your partner a postcard. This is profile based so please look at your partners profile ! If you haven’t got a wish list or a list of things you like then please make a small one that your partner can use as a guide. It doesn’t specifically have to be a postcard wish list.  On the back you must have the following: The Swap Title. Your Swap ID. 2 or more postage stamps. 1 or more stickers and 1 small strip of Washi Tape or Deco Tape. These can be displayed anywhere you like. Please also add a small note about yourself where you are from and what your likes are.”

–and, ohhh, heck.  I see I am in violation.  I counted denominations to get the stamp combo right:


$1.15 + washi tape. Or as I call it, “tape.”

–but I forgot stickers!  Wait, I DID put a sticker on the next card, because it fit the theme, but the first card just has a pair of ink-stamped images!  AND, my notes–while 14-to-16-lines long–aren’t precisely “about yourself where you are from and what your likes are.” Although they ARE about me & things that I’ve done & things that have happened to me.  WILL I GET GRADED DOWN FOR INATTENTION TO PRECISE FORMATICS?

Breathe, I gotta breathe.

Anyhow, Netherlands.  I saw the recipient liked illustrated cards, so I reached toward my “Animal Box” of 100 illustrated postcards, selected a very nice one–and then saw that the recipient does not like animal potcards. But she does like Sanrio (but not Disney), and I did have this Pochacco! Whew!

You can see that today has been a roller-coaster of emotions for me.

Snoopy & Woodstock are destined for Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, to a swapper who listed Snoopy & Woodstock among her many likes.  I purchased this at the Charlie Brown Cafe in Bangkok, Thailand, and told her about that experience.

Finally, it’s goodbye to Hello Panda, who is en route to Palm Coast, Florida.  That’s part of a swap-bot food package postcard trade, and as I recently mentioned, I think these Hello Panda boxes are a natural for turning into postcards.

Sent to Finland, Japan, and the United States

A swap-bot, and a couple of Postcrossing…


Swap-bot comes first, with a “not my country” trade. I got the tuk-tuk card in Thailand, and now am sending it to a trader in Palm Coast, Florida.  She says she is fascinated by peeling layers of paint, but not so much by books that one might categorize as “trashy romance and cheap poorly-written thriller garbage or religious.”  I can tell you right now that if you tried to read any of that while riding a tuk-tuk, it might be near impossible!  Plus, you would be missing out on the sights.

The other two cards go out on Postcrossing draws.  That poetry book card goes to Helsinki, Finland, to a user whose profile comes in at a sparse 29 words, saying almost nothing more than she likes pugs, and knitting, and reading poetry.  Oh, good–have this card!

The California coast goes to Hadano, Japan, to a  “Kazakhstani” student studying there.  She said she likes cards with a “view of your country,” and so…

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!


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.


Cool stamp!