Postcrossing - Everyone likes snail mail!

A year or so ago, I came across this awesome website, Postcrossing. At the time, I didnt have the space, material, or funds to get involved, but about a month ago I decided to check it out again.

Basically, its a way to connect with people all over the world, through postcards! You get a random user's address, and send them a card. When they receive your card they register it on the website, and then its your turn! Some other random user will get YOUR address, and send YOU a card! When you receive it, you register it so that they can now receive theirs! Its a lot of fun.

To start out, you can request up to five addresses at a time. I decided to start small and only requested two. One wound up being in Germany, and the other one in Russia! Too cool!

I decided that instead of buying one-size-fits-all postcards to send, I would create my own, personalized for the recipient! (I've blocked out all personal information in the photos for privacy)

The first one was for Frank in Germany. This is what I made him:

I was super excited to get to use some of the German that I learned in school! I was actually considering minoring in German, but I just don't have the time. :(

You can see the postcard's page here.

The other postcard I got to send was for Eva in Russia. This is what I made for her:

This one I obviously had to write in English. You can see this one's page here, and even leave me (and Eva) comments!

I also recently received some postcards! Click the image to go to that postcard's page.

From China
From Winniey in China
From Washington state
From Susan in Washington state
From Australia
From Megan in Australia

So far, I LOVE Postcrossing! Who doesnt like getting snail mail? Something other than bills anyway!!

If you're interested in doing a direct-swap with me, contact me from my profile!

Today on Google..

So the other day I was bored and messing around on Google. I started coming across some .. interesting .. auto-completes. If you're unfamiliar with Google's auto-complete feature (because you've been living under a rock for the past 10 years..), basically it takes what you've typed in, and suggests some searches based on things people commonly search for.

Well, there are some strange things that people are searching for. So.. I decided to take my amazing art skillzzz and illustrate some of them. The results are below. Enjoy.

This one I had to delve into a bit, because the first autocorrect wasn't a full search. SO I went ahead and clicked the first one, and then looked to see what the rest of the phrase would be.

Craftaholics Anonymous Summer 2013 Gift Exchange - What I Got

As I mentioned in my previous post, I had the pleasure of being involved with the crafty gift exchange that Linda from Craftaholics Anonymous puts on twice a year.

I was paired with the lovely Linda from Creative Commotion, though she admittedly doesnt do much blogging lately. It is for this reason that I thought I should showcase the lovely gifts she made for me! This will follow.

If you'd like to see what I made for Linda, you can check out my blog post about it by clicking the photo below:

Now, back to what Linda made for me.

The first thing I pulled out was this bag. Now, it might look like a t-shirt... but thats because it is! Its a very cute bag "upcycled" from a t-shirt. Look how cool! (And its very soft, even better!)

I just love the added detail of the zig-zags around the edge. Very subtle, but appreciated.

Then I found this cute little box that seems to be made of scrapbooking paper, or something similar

Super cute!! I'm holding on to this for sure. And inside...

This awesome little necklace! The hanging bit can be flipped around to display either the flower or the butterfly. She said she picked the colors because of my love for orange. I dig it! I've already worn it a few times; I absolutely love the butterfly print. Mega cute for sure.

All in all, I've got to say I definitely enjoyed participating in this gift exchange. I'm looking forward to the next one!