Back at the Snail Mail

While I was trying to get things back on track I fell very behind in replying to letter. I did recently get some done and sent out though!

Mailed June 16 2016

I have six (I forgot one for the picture) letters going out. They are going to:

  • Canada
  • USA
  • Hong Kong
  • Switzerland
  • Germany
  • Australia

I still have a few more that I need to finish replying to and still some first letters I need to finish up.

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Looking Back On 2015 and Looking Forward to 2016

It feels like not much had happened in the previous year. I am starting to think that has something to do with being an adult. However, if I look at it in peices more than enough happened to me.

  • I officially ended my relationship (it was over in 2014 though)
  • I entered my career at full force
  • Effie came here to visit me twice! Only friend to do that
  • Left with debt
  • Moved twice
  • Quit smoking
  • Started serious research into adoption 
  • A few new pen pals 

These aren’t resolutions by any means but it puts into perspective what I am looking for in 2016.

  • Cutting my debt by 1/3 at least
  • Effie and Little M moving up here with me
  • Continued research into adoption
  • Bringing my blog follow back up (as well as keeping current with those I follow)
  • Creating and continuing the stability in my life
  • Entering the next step of my career (my own clients and taking on payroll for the office)

It may not seem like a lot but most of it will take discipline. Also with Effie and Little M (she better be ha-ha) moving it is a huge change for everyone. There will be stress and adjustments for both of us but it’s remembering the end goal and staying strong through the rough patch at first.

Snail Mail: Falling Behind

I received a few more letters today. The only problem I have is that I have seriously fallen behind on writing my replies. I believe I have six letters awaiting reply. I decided I am not going to read the new letters until I am caught up. It has become over whelming and worse since I do have issues with my arm. It would be quicker to type up the letters and I would feel better (nothing against this I do have a pen pal who types thier letters) but I just enjoy writing so much.

I think I am going to try to get a reply letter done every couple of days to catch myself up. It is really hard on a person when you through a period of procrastination and when you’re ready to get on with life it’s almost impossible to catch up. I’ve got letters piled up, work piled up, cleaning schedule fell apart, and well organization hasn’t been getting much attention either. Let’s hope by the end of January I can get at least get my letter writing caught up.

Hand Crafted Christmas Cards 

  
This year I am crafting my Christmas cards. I don’t have any how-tos  for you (but if you want one on a specific card than let me know).

The card pictured above if for my Mom and Stepdad. Black paper and I used General’s white compressed chalk. This one takes very little time but I quite enjoy the quick sketch look.

  
Another very basic card going out to a friend from school and pen pal for many years JL. I just used some green embroidery thread I had boughten from Dollarama, glued down with crazy glue (I do not recommend this however I don’t have a glue gun) and the star/ trunk were done with Reeves soft pastels.

  
This one is going out to Boo Boo and her husband. The black line work was done in Staedtler calligraphy marker (the narrow end) and I used watercolours to bring it to life. I couldn’t tell you the brand as I just used what was dried in my pots.

  
I can’t tell you who this one is going out to. But it was done in the same way as Boo Boos card.

  

This one here is going out to my Dad. Cut out some tree part from leather looking paper (I think it came from a dollar store about four years ago) and mixed some white glitter in with glossy Modge Podge for the snow effect. Oh and I glued the trees down with Modge Podge as well.

I will have more of these to show off but I didn’t want to throw it all into one post. Especially since I am not done all of them yet. They have been fun and I enjoy the mix between tasteful and funny/crude/cute.

Two More Letters

I was able to get two more letters sent out. These ones are both on thier way to England! I had to cut the second one short as I was in a time crunch to get to the post office. So I am hoping that they will still reply.

I was unable to add any questions in it which I hate. I have my fingers crossed though. Although right now I am sitting outside the bank waiting for my mother to finish up with her appointment.