Thursday, May 28, 2015

Monday's Postcrossing

I'm a few days late in posting this outgoing postcard. It's a postcrossing traveling to Taiwan.

I write: Hello Andy, today is a major holiday in the U.S. -Memorial Day. It is for remembrance of approximately one million men and women who have died in defense of the U,S. since 1775. It was a gorgeous day with temperatures in the high 80's. I stayed inside getting some things ready for my ETSY shop. Tomorrow I will get outdoors and relish the smells of nature. Take Care. Have a beautiful life. <3 JarieLyn

I still haven't figured out the problem regarding posting photos from my phone. I'm not sure if the glitch is in google chrome or if it's in my phone. I am just grateful that I can still manage to post photos even if does cause me a few more steps.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Incoming Mail

Wednesday is one of my favorite days of the week because of the activities I'm involved with. I hope you all are having a wonderful day so far. Here's the incoming mail that I recieved yesterday.


It's nearly 11:00 p.m. and I am frustrated to say the least. I have made several attempts to add photos from my phone to no avail. For some reason they're not showing up in the que in the photo section. Now, I have to add them the old fashion way by downloading photos from my phone to my computer and then adding them to the post via upload.


My latest Rumpus Letter. I love receiving these in the mail. The writer of this letter lives in New York. It was a good letter. It's so interesting to read how other people's minds work.

Two Postcrossings. The cat is from Russia and the sender writes: Hello! My name is Konstantin. I'm from Moscow. I'm 5 Y.O. I have 1 cat. His name Timosha. Happy Postcrossing.

The London Bridge is from Taiwan. The sender writes: Hi JarieLyn! My name is Sandy. I'm from Taiwan. Nice to meet you. I'm sending you a postcard again because you haven't received my postcard yet. I don't know why, so I send you a postcard again. Hope you'l love this card Take care. :)
(I did receive her original card about a week ago)

I had a busy day. Wish I could have posted this earlier while I was actually working on it during the day. Goodnight my friends or good morning to those of you living in countries that are just waking up.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Postcrossings Out The Door

Today was a holiday in the U.S. so no mail in or out. I have two postcrossings that I prepared for tomorrow's (Tuesday) outgoing mail.

The above card is going to Russia.
I write: Hello Elena, you have the same birthday as my dad. He passed away in 1993 but I think about him all the time. I know he is here with me in spirit which is comforting. I hope you will have a wonderful birthday this year. I will be on a mini vacation in California during that time, so I know I will be having fun on your birthday. Wishing you much love and happiness in your life. <3 JarieLyn

The above card is on its way to Poland.
I write: Hello Ada, I live in Las VEgas, Nevada with my husband. Friday morning we felt an earthquake. My couch was moving with me on it and the walls were reattling. It was a little bit scary but no damage was done. Have a wonderful day and may you experience lots of sunshine in your life. Lots of love, <3 JarieLyn

I hope all of you are spreading the love around. I'm no Pollyanna but I do like to be positive.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Saturday Pen Pal Letter

Happy Sunday. Well, I finally got a pen pal letter out the door on Saturday. It's traveling to Connecticut to say hi to Lynn.

I plan to write some more pen pal letters during this next week, and lots of Postcrossings.

Have an awesome Sunday. Rest. Relax. Do what you love. Slow down. Be kind to yourself.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Love Letters Left Behind

Hello lovely, lovely, awesome people. Isn't love grand? Even more grand is proof that love exists through confessions jotted down in letters. Have you ever stumbled upon a box of romantic love letters that belonged to someone you knew? I once spotted a box of letters that belonged to my mom which were sent to her from my dad while he was in the army. I never read them, and sadly, I believe those letters were lost in a move back in the 1980's. My mom and dad were divorced when I was ten years old, and my dad has since passed away, but I would love to have had those letters passed down to me. But I digress.

I stumbled upon a website the other day called After browsing the site and watching the videos they posted, I felt truly inspired to write my own love letters anonymously to complete strangers.  Yesterday, I wrote my first letter and left it at the grocery store for someone to find. Oh how I wish I had access to a hidden camera to catch the reaction of the person fortunate to open the envelope.

I'm not sure if anyone saw me leave it in the basket. I hope not. 

I wrote another letter today but haven't placed it anywhere yet. Here's today's letter.

So what do you think?  Would you be curious enough to open an envelope that said, "Open Me"?

I encourage you to check out the Global Love Letters website. Maybe it will inpire you as well.

I wish all of you much love and a warm heart.
<3 JarieLyn

Update:  Last night at dinner I decided to leave the above letter for our waitress. She was awesome.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Liberate Your Art, Final Results

I know it's a bit late in posting the final results for this year's annual Liberate Your Art project, and I missed the blog hop but I still wanted to showcase what I received and what I sent.  This is my first year participating and I was sure what to expect. I was excited when I started receiving postcards in the mail, yet I was also just a tad disappointed. No offense to the artists, it's just that because I love snail mail and writing so much, I think my expectations were a bit high in receiving more of a personal greeting on the back of the postcards. Out of the 6 postcards I received, only  two of them had personal messages. Other than that, it was a great experience and I would probably do it again.  It's definitely inspiring to see what kind of art others are creating.

What I received:

I do have a favorite of the bunch but I will keep that to myself. 

The following are the three designs I sent. Oh, and I wrote a different personal message on each card. No card said the same thing. And I filled it up as best as I could because to me the message is just as important or even more so than the image. Just my personal opinion.

An image I doodled while watching TV in 2014.

My award winning photograph taken in San Antonio, Texas 2012.

An image I've been drawing for years with a poem I wrote this year in about 5 minutes.

This was a fun project to participate in and I hope that my postcards were well received.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Traveling Postcrossings

Hello, Hello, Hello. 
"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain." ~unknown~

Today's postcrossings are traveling to The Netherlands, Chicago, Germany, and Belarus. 

I write: Dear Frank and Susanna, it's a pleasure to be sending you a postcard. The image on this card represents all of the wildlife we have in our desert. It's my personal opinion that the card is prettier than the actual desert. On antoher note, it's been a fairly lazy weekend for me and my husband. We have been watching lots of movies on TV. Wishing you all the best. <3 JarieLyn

I write: Hi Alena, I love your name. I don't have any romantic couples on a postcard, however, I hope this will delight you. (I doodled an image of a face)  San Diego is a great place to visit. It's about a 5 or 6 hour drive from Las Vegas. Have a wonderful life. I wish you much happiness and love. <3 JarieLyn

I write: Hello Mirjam, warm greetings from Las Vegas. I hope you like these love monkeys. I got this card a few week ago when I was on a field trip with my camera club in Carlsbad, California. We photographed the flower fields, walked barefoot on the beach, ate good food, drank margaritas and snapped a photo of the sun setting behind the pier. Good times were had by all. May you be blessed with many things that make you smile. Have a great day. <3  JarieLyn

I write: Dear Anna, greetings from Las Vegas, Nevada. I am a member of the League of Extraordinary Penpals. It is a fabulous group with penpals for every age. I am 50 years old and I have a mal blog where I showcase my incoming & outgoing mail. "Letters are among the most significant memorial a person can leave behind." ~Johann Wolfgang Goethe~  <3 Happy Mailings. <3 JarieLyn

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Receiving Abundance

Wow! I am truly blessed. Lately, I have been receiving various things without asking. I've been surprised by the kindness and generosity of my fellow bloggers which has made my mailbox, and me, very happy.

First, from the wonderfully talented Limner over at Oh Write Me. This is not only a great envelope on the outside, it's bursting with delicious papers on the inside.

The variety is superb.

Patterned Postcards among the awesomeness.

A variety of writing papers with the other side a different pattern or picture.

Unique cut-outs to use in mail art or whatever project calls you to use these fun items.

Pretty tags.

There were a couple of more items that I didn't photograph but all were fun and pretty and unique.
Thanks Limner.

Next up is a package I received from one of my favorite blogs that I've been following for quite a few years, Titere Con Bonete. Alicia, the author of the blog was doing a book review from this post back in March. Well, I made a comment about the post and the next thing I know Alicia asks me for my address so she can send me the book that she was doing the review on. I was not expecting that at all.

I haven't read the book yet, but I was very happy to receive it and hopefully, I will learn something from it. Damn, I sure wish my body looked like the girl on the cover of the book. 

What Acts of Random Kindess have you performed or received lately?

I'm a Winner!!!!!

I'm sure you've heard the phrase, "you can't win if you don't play". Most people think of the lottery when they hear that phrase, but it holds true for any contest or give-away.  One of the blogs I follow, Rite While U Can  was conducting a week long give-away on the blog awhile back so I entered every day. Each day had a different prize. Well, lo and behold, I won one of the prizes. Woo Hoo, Yipee, Hooray! I received my package and this is what was inside.

A tote bag with goodies inside.

2 packs of paper pens, and 6 colorful handmade notecards.

Beautiful!  Thanks Barb.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Empty Inside

Hi Ya'll. It's been a rainy day here in Las Vegas and I am loving it. It's perfect for catching up on blogs, making homemade soup, and watching black and white movies on TV. Oh how sweet it is. I hope you all are having a wonderful day full of things you love.

Awhile back I received a handmade envelope from an unfamiliar person. I was so excited to get it. when I opened the envelope, it was empty. I'm not sure if it was intentional or somehow lost its contents in the mail. (maybe someone meant it to be mail art) Forgive me for not knowing who it's from. If you are reading this blog post and it's from you, can you please let me know if I received it the way you meant or if something is missing. I do love the paper that was used to make the envelope. The return address says it's from Jennifer.

Sunday, May 17, 2015


I know the day is nearly over but I still want to say, Happy Sunday!  Yesterday I was looking for something in the massive pile of junk that I had on my desk and I found two postcrossings that I wrote at the end of March and never sent. Shame on me. I always put the date on my postcards, so now, I will add the mailing date as well so the recipient will know that it didn't really take almost two months to travel. Without further ado, here are the postcards.

The above postcard is goin to China. 
I write: Hello pretty girl. I had the priveledge of traveling to Death Valley last weekend with my camera club. We photographed wild flowers, salt flats, and the badlands at sunset. It was a vrey long day, but a lot of fun. The weathr had been very hot for this time of year. Ihope your world is a sunny one. <3 Many Blessings! <3 JarieLyn

This card is on its way to Italy.
I write: Greetings Agostino! My husband and I traveled to Kentucky last year for our vacation. It is a beautiful state with lots of lush green grass and horse farms. It is quite a contrast to the desert landscape of Las Vegas where I have lived for 16 years. Life is good and I am most grateful for everything I have. <3 Wishing you lots of sunshing. <3 JarieLyn

Friday, May 15, 2015

Letters In The Mail

Good afternoon my lovelies. Did you miss me? I sure missed all of you. It's been awhile since my last post and the only excuse I have is pure laziness. I've received lots of mail but I'm so far behind in posting on the blog that I'm certainly not going to show you everything. Today, I want to tell you about a wonderful site for writers that I discovered awhile back. It's called The Rumpus. It contains essays, reviews, interviews, and all sorts of interesting things. But the most interesting thing about their site that I want to share with you is their Letters in the Mail Subscription.  Each month you will receive two letters in the mail from other letter writers. (I am not an affiliate nor do I receive any compensation for talking about this website) Some of these letters come from famous persons. I subscribed a few months ago and I am always so excited to get my Rumpus Letter in the mail. I know what you're thinking-"why should I subscribe to a service to receive a letter in my mail when there are so many pen pal sites out there?" That's a good question, and one that has a simple answer. Because you are guaranteed to receive two letters every month. With a pen pal, you never know when they'll reply to a letter that you have written. I have been pleasantly surprised with each letter I receive.  Here's what the letters look like.

Some of the letters are handwritten and some of the letters are typed, but each one is different in the letter writing style. I even received a letter that had doodles in it. Some of the letters have an address so that you can write the author back. It's very cool really. Not only are the letters interesting, but they are inspiring. These letters are from real writers and some read like a chapter from a book. 
So go check it out now.

Have a great evening.