A List for Santa: Sent to Germany & the Netherlands

And so I have sent 3 more cards off into the world, toward their new homes (or recycling bins)!


My handmade fish postcard is for a swap-bot trade of handmade fish postcards.  Its recipient lives in Halsteren, Netherlands.  She’s an arts & crafts teacher, so I hope she will not judge my efforts too harshly.

The donut is on its way to a Postcrosser in Paderborn, Germany.  She enjoys traveling, reading, baking, watching movies, and exploring genealogy.  She said she enjoys funny cards–so I hope she finds this card funny!

That ship postcard is setting sail for Lelystad, Netherlands, to a Postcrosser who wrote in her profile that she would like vintage cruise ships.  I can go on at length about what kind of postcards she would like to receive, as she did, but I can not tell you a single detail about the person herself.  The word profile indicates that one is supposed to fill it with some details about oneself, and not have it exist as solely, essentially, as a list for Santa–but we’ve covered this before.

And will again.

I just hope this recipient is not cheezed off over the fact that I marred the back of her new postcard by filling it with lines & lines of a little personal story!

Stamps, stamps, and washi tape:


To Fold a Squirrel: Received from Belgium, France, Thailand, & the United States

Since I’m still playing catch-up, I won’t say a lot about this batch of cards (questions? ask!), but these are some great ones I’ve received lately-ish:

2015-09-26 16.59.13The papercraft squirrel came from Thailand, from a Postcrosser who saw papercraft cards in my favorites.  She suggests I scan the card & print to cut & fold the squirrel.  That way would indeed preserve the beautiful, colorful Thai stamps!

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Sent to Germany, Poland, and the United States

Another Postcrossing/swap-bot combo day.


Let’s start with the one that is by far my favorite in the batch, the Oreo/Popeye Spinach mash-up that is quite similar to one I’ve made in the past.  It is for a swap-bot “food package postcard” exchange, and is sure to be a welcome addition to the art scene in its destination city of Nashville, Tennessee.

The other postcards go to Postcrossing members.  The California card is destined for Gorlice, Poland, and a Postcrosser who says she has been coolecting “view postcards” since she was a child.

I have never been to North Carolina; that card came to me with some other postcards in some swap-bot trade.  It’s going to a Postcrosser in Hanover, Germany, who said she likes waterfalls.  I do, too, but not in places where it possible I might be near snow!

Sent to Canada and the United States

Two more going out in swap-bot trades:


I don’t remember how the bird postcard came into my possession–perhaps in a swap-bot envelope-full-of-postcards type trade–but now it’s on its way to Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada, in a “for the birds”-themed trade.  When I saw that opportunity on swap-bot, I remembered the card, and saw my chance to set it free!  I can’t tell you what kind of birds these are; the text on the back is printed in Chinese.  I wrote my message in English, though.

The other swap-bot trade here today is going to Kansas City, Missouri, and it is a “reuse a postcard” one, in which participants are to slap a new backing on a card we’ve received, & send it on to someone else.  I love these, even though I realize that in the end, it does not actually reduce the number of postcards in the house–though it does feel like it when I am sending it out!  I received this bus card from Hong Kong, and in sending it along the pipeline, I was careful to preserve my very favorite part: that snowman stamp!  Hope it doesn’t confuse the post office.

Received from Canada, England, Russia & Poland

Came home to four new cards today, from all over the world–uh, that is, if you consider a few locations in Europe & North America to be “all over the world!”


Such an assortment.

The Ural Owl flies to me from Russia (from Russian with stamps, it flew to me), from a Postcrosser who owns two parrots, and would like to have an owl.  She writes, “if you need someone to cheer you daily, I highly recommend to have a pet birds.”  Birds are lovely, but I prefer to look outside to the trees & other birdy places to see them!  The card traveled 5,520 miles over 65 days to reach me. WHOA!

As far as animal-related situations that really disturb me, I absolutely hate what is happening in that bottom-center postcard, which comes to me from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The card’s printed caption reads:

Chuckwagons may have been invented to provide food and supplies for cowboys out on the range, but here at the Calgary Stampede they serve a different and more exciting purpose. The chucks and their crews barrel around the track in a nail biting competition, making chuckwagon racing the signature event at the stampede.

Screw you, boys.

By the way, it traveled 1,010 miles in 9 days–and no horses were exploited to transport it to me.

The funny card on the far right moved 5,937 miles in 17 days to get to me from Poland, where the Postcrosser wrote to me about some of her favorite Christmasy habits.  Her favorite Christmas dish, for instance, is makówki.

Finally, my favorite card in the group, at top center, comes from England, reaching me after a mere 9 days. This panel is from a box of “ice-lollies,” as the sender of this card calls them.  It’s the result of a swap-bot “Chunk O Cardboard” trade, which I’ve brought up many times here as being a favorite of mine.

Hey, stamps!


Sent to Canada & United States

Time again to rustle through the recycling bin to create postcards for a swap-bot “Chunk-O-Cardboard” trade!  I think these are a lot of fun.


Reduce * Reuse * Recycle (There’s a 4th R–ROT–but let’s talk about something more pleasant)

Clockwise from the left:

The first postcard is headed for a swap-botter in Port Coquitlan, British Columbia, Canada, to whom I’ve sent a couple of previous cards. She says she likes surprises in the mail; I hope she’s amused by this little mascot from a bag of taro chips hanging out in front of a pile of pineapple cakes! By the way: after seeing my scan, I noticed I had not trimmed the card neatly; it has since been fixed!

The next card is on its way to Saint Paul, Minnesota, U.S.A., to the person who arranges these wonderful “chunk” trades!  Her card comes from a panel from box of of facial tissues, so cute it demands this second life.

In the final card, we see the character from a bag of spicy peanuts hanging out in sweet territory, a selection of cookies I bought for trick-or-treaters.  The card is going to Somerville, New Jersey, U.S.A., to a swap-bot member who says of postcards, “I have a good sense of humor so even funny and bizarre ones are welcome!” Hope she finds this amusing!

Do you ever repurpose old packaging & such into cards to send to friends (or, I dunno, even strangers)?

Received from Canada & United States

It’s a handful of recycling this time, a trio of cards received through swap-bot “Chunk-O-Cardboard” trades.


That Graze card comes from someone someplace in the U.S. who says about the product, “though their snacks were strange, they sure had good packaging!”  Uhm, yeah; I’d seen advertising for this company, and it seemed like they were overcharging for items I could readily find locally–but wouldn’t want to eat, in any case.

Speaking of things I wouldn’t want to eat, the Nature Valley Granola Bars comes to me from Puerto Rico where the sender agrees with me that this recycled trade “is a very good idea.”  Yup–in fact, I save “chunks” in anticipation!

One more thing I don’t eat is Toffifee.  Love chocolate & hazelnuts, hate caramel & nougat.  The sender of this card is from Canada, & she tells me,

“this is one of my favorite treats that I always buy around Christmas. They are so good but almost too easy to eat, before I knew it I was ready to recycle the box!  I might need to wait another week to get a new box otherwise they won’t make it until the holidays!”

Great stamps all around, and I love that li’l robot sticker. It’s my single favorite thing in all of this!


Sent to Canada, Netherlands, & United Kingdom

These are all swap-botty things…


Hey, I see in putting these together to post, I’ve got a Popeye-y thing going on! Can the remaining card be thought of as a Charlie Brown tribute?

The card at upper left goes to Goes, Netherlands, where the recipient mentioned a desire for “funny/weird” postcards.  I thought this sample of my beach photography might please.

Below that is a card bound for Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada.  I think this user expressed an interest in art cards, so I pulled out this piece I received in another swap-bot trade, in which users stuff 3-5 postcards in an envelope for their swap-partners’ use.  With my postcard’s target living in a place called “coquitlam,” I couldn’t help but think of the coqui frog–and I told her so.

That Oreo cookie/Popeye Spinach mash-up is for a “chunk o cardboard” trade on swap-bot, a chance I always value for some fun recycling.  Popeye meets Cookie Monster, in a panel of a box of treats I bought for Halloween visitors, and a bag of spinach I wouldn’t have dared offer trick-or-treaters!  This goes out to Immingham, United Kingdom.

Received from: Taiwan & U.S.A.

3 in, clockwise from top: Taiwan, New Jersey, California


Let’s start with the U.S. entries, both received through swap-bot:

The owls, which flew all the way from New Jersey, are from a “notecard postcard” trade.  The sender decorated the edges of the repurposed card with some soft, sparkly tape, and also told me she is looking forward to spring.  Me, too!

At bottom left is an image of Sedona, Arizona, sent to me by someone right here in California.  She took a trip there a few months back, and recommends it.

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And now on to Taiwan, Postcrossing, and one of my favorite postcards received to date! The top card, featuring Doraemon (Robot Cat from the Future) traveled over 9 days and 6,628 miles to get to my mailbox.

I know from reading profiles & stories on Postcrossing & swap-bot that many people would be irate at receiving  a hand-made card decorated with stickers, but more effort & consideration went into this than most cards, I think.  Look at the drawing from the opposite side:


Nice art, on both sides!  The person said she likes drawing, and I see that she seems to have looked at the handful of cards I’ve favorited on Postcrossing (yes, they contain images of Doraemon & the Buddha) & tailored something especially for me.  Made my day!


Cool stamp, too.

Sent to San Jose, California

Another “Chunk O Cardboard” assignment from swap-bot–and one to my own neck of the woods!  Who monitors this thing, anyhow?  I guess if I want my international trades to be guaranteed international, I should stick to Postcrossing.


This guy will show up again; he was on two sides of the package from which he was ripped.