Monday, March 31, 2014

29/03/14

Going Out In My Mailbag Today: 3 Items!

Item #1: Card To My Boyfriend :)

It's been a while since I sent anything to my guy, but since we've been seeing so much of each other lately, I doubt he will mind too much. Lately we've had some pretty great development regarding our relationship, and I can honestly say, even with the looming threat of his graduating and moving away for work, things have been better than ever :)

Along with a short & sweet message that I wrote within this card (from a new set I recently purchased from Chapters called Love Notes), I included two pieces of writing this time. The first one is a piece that I really wish I could include a link to, because it's sincere and beautiful. However, it's not something to be found online; it's a piece of writing I was given as part of a class during Fall Term 2013 that was written by somebody my professor knew when working in BC. The piece is called Give Up Being A Writer by Rex Weyler, and I love it to bits. I honestly want to have this piece of writing re-created into something I can hang on my wall, right in front of my desk, so that I can look at it all the time and find inspiration from it. If you're curious, the author Rex Weyler is on Twitter, and I suppose there's no harm in contacting him and asking him for a copy.

The second piece that I sent him is actually an article that I found online on the +Psychology Today website. The article is called "The Most Loving Thing You Can Say To Your Partner." It's a short article, and the main focus of it is that when you're romantically involved with someone and you want things to last, you should ask them, "What can I do to make you feel loved?", which I completely agree with. My boyfriend and I have the sort of relationship where we're both content in trying to make the other one as happy as possible, and we feel good both when we are treated well and feel loved and when we do something for the other in order to to make them feel loved. I think that he'll appreciate the article, plus it's short, so I hope that he really likes it once he received it in the mail.

Item #2: Letter to My Pen Pal Leiya!

You might recognize this if you checked out my earlier post titled How I Send A Letter (and if you don't then you should check it out immediately!). It actually took me quite some time to write this letter since receiving my first letter from Leiya, and I made sure to apologize profusely in the message I wrote inside the card. Enclosed with the letter is a jewelry sample for her, that being a stick pin, which I picked because I not only still have a ton left over, but I thought that it was unique. Leiya interested in fashion, Japanese fashion to be specific, and I thought this little piece might be nice to include along with her letter. If nothing else, I hope it works as an apology gift XD Even so, I know in the future that I'll have to be careful with taking too long to send out a response to letters, especially since Leiya is my newest pen pal and I don't want her to think I've abandoned her, which happens all too frequently when it comes to IGGPPC pen pals.

Item #3: Postcrossing Postcard to Poland!

Now I'm sure you'd think that with all the new postcards I've received lately that I'd be eager to use them as opposed to the free Brock University postcards that I picked up at my school store. However, this recipient didn't seem to be too much into artsy cards, or cards with pictures of places that were not located in our home country. Truth be told, the most common request of Postcrossers is to receive cards from senders' native areas, because the main motive for most people joining Postcrossing is to learn about new places in a cost efficient way. I'm hoping at some point that I'll have time to make a trip to Niagara Falls, even possibly Toronto, and be able to pick up some local postcards. My local post office no longer sells Canada-specific postcards, or any kinds of postcards really. When they did, the only ones they had included images of beavers and mounties, which aren't quite as good as pictures of Niagara Falls. With any luck, once my school stuff is over in April, I'll have time to make a trip out to the Falls and pick up some new cards.

That's it for now! I'll keep you all posted!

How I Send A Letter


So this post is going to be a little different than my typical post. For those that have pen pals or who have friends or family that they enjoy writing handwritten notes to, you might find this helpful if you find that folding up your letter and sealing it in an regular old envelope is a tad boring, and you'd like to spice things up a bit. I like to get creative when I send things out in the mail, and in this post I am going to show you just a few of the ways in which I put together a letter when I'm sending it out to somebody. For this post, I'll show you how I prepared my letter for my 2nd and newest pen pal, Leiya.

Instead of listing things you may need here, like a typical how-to post might do, I'm going to bold and underline the items I use as I go along, since there's no specific formula for putting together something to go with your letter. I'll also be naming specific brands of items that I use, but really anything you find might work, whether you're shopping for stationary items at Michael's, Target or your local dollar store.

First off, I can't stress this enough, if you really want to wow your recipient than you should think of sticking your letter in some sort of note card. You can get specific ones for birthdays or as thank you notes, but it's easy to get a box of blank note cards as well, which I primarily use. The design covering the first picture on the left is from a set of 8 identical blank note cards that I picked up at Target, the design is from Carlton Cards. Another benefit of using note cards is that they come watch matching envelopes, which are not only the perfect size for what you're sending but are also typically colourful, depending on the note card set you buy.

It's also nice to decorate your note card, as well as your envelope. Think of both as a blank canvas that you can decorate, and you can even choose to overload them with decorations if you'd like and they would still look great. I typically choose to use ink stamps. Truthfully they;re not hard to use, you just have an acrylic block and some rubber stamps, and they're not too messy to use either. For the ink in this particular parcel, I chose to use the Jet Black StazOn ink pad from Tsukineko, and three shades of Jim Holtz Distress Ink from Ranger Ink, the colours being Barn Door, Evergreen Bough & Dusty Condord. I really like using these Distress Inks because depending on how much ink you load onto your stamps, the ink will created an old-fashioned, aged effect for your stamp once it's applied to your paper.

For the specific stamps that I used, I chose to spell out the word "Hey" using the "Mindy's Alphas by Mindy Terasawa" clear stamps from Autumn Leaves, and I used a different distress ink for each letter. On the bottom-right corner, I used a simple corner stamp to give the card a little bit of a flourish, using one of the "Heather Bailey Decorative Corners" by Freshcut. One thing I insist that you do, even if you're sending a full-length letter to somebody along with this card, is that you write a message on the card itself. It doesn't even have to be on both halves of the card like I did; you could write a short message on one half, and fully decorate the other half. The only reason I included a longer message in the card is because my pen pal did the same thing for me (plus I wanted to apologize for taking so long in getting this letter sent out to her). Stamps is obviously one way to go when decorating the inside of a card, but you don't have to leave it at that. You can always use stickers, glitter or confetti inside your card as well. Paper confetti is super easy to make with the purchase of some sort of paper punch in the shape of anything from a butterfly to a heart, even a pencil shape! If you're a geeky pen pal, now would be a good time to load up on using some great geeky stickers! I have a Digimon & Pokemon set that I like to use personally, but anything will do.

You may also choose to include some sort of gift with your letter, although it's not a requirement. I sent my pen pal a jewelry sample along with my letter, and you can see the stick pin I sent her in the picture. Now, if you are going to send a gift, proceed with caution! If the envelope you send out is too thick, there is a chance that your local postal service will send the parcel back to you because you need to include additional postage. This happened to be in December when I was sending my fellow vlogiggles Christmas cards which also included not one but two jewelry samples each. For some ideas on gifts that you can include that will be appreciated but won't have you shelling out extra postal fees, try sending out a sheet of stickers! I tend to do this a lot, and I'm always ecstatic when somebody sends stickers to me, and I always end up using them on other letters. If you have an artistic side, you could always draw your pen pal a picture of sorts to send them as well. My first pen pal Diana is extremely talented, and whenever she takes the time to draw something for me I am extremely grateful. I sometimes either send a bunch of scented stickers, or use them on my cards or envelopes. These stickers can be a lot of fun, but make sure not to use too many, or you could leave your recipient feeling nauseated because of the powerful smell that comes with your parcel.

So if you do decide to send out a gift with your letter, be careful of its sizing. One thing I typically include with letters, although it's not typically a gift, is a black insert with my initials, KC, in cursive made out of scrapbook paper. My mother made them for me using her Cricut machine and gave me a whole whack of them as part of my birthday present last year. It's always nice to personalize your letters with something nifty like that, and something like that is both so simple and so easy to make, yet it will leave the mail you send out with a personalized feel.

Next comes another fun part of sending something in the mail, which is decorating the envelope! Even if the envelope that you're sending out is a funky colour or has some sort of decorative design o it, I always recommend that you put in a little effort into making the envelope look nice as well. First off, while this may seem like a common sense move, it's easier to do any work with your envelope before you seal your card & letter inside. More often than not I forget to do that, and so my envelope decoration will be sloppy XP Secondly, you don't need any sort of personalized address sticker, but if you would like one to use with everything you send, they're easy & cheap to make using Microsoft Word. Of course if you don't feel particularly creative, there are numerous shops on Etsy you can go to where they will create custom address stickers for you with your specifications. For the front of the envelope (which should never be neglected), I used my Snail mail stamp (which I adore!) that I purchased from Wit & Whistle. I also used a couple of stamps that came with a small postal-themed pack from Studio G.

One helpful hint that I wish to impart is that for your writing of your letter, your card, and on your envelope, use black ink! I read an article written by a mail carrier a while back that shared the fact that when it rains, blue ink will run a lot more than black ink will. So that's definitely something to take into account.


Here is my finished product! Using the same Barn Door distress ink, I included some nice swirly stamps from Prima Hybrid. Unfortunately, I didn't line up the top stamp correctly, so it's a little crooked XP Never fear though! None of this is about perfection, and I doubt my pen pal will be befuddled by my lack of spacial alignment. One thing that I think always helps a letter to truly pop is when you include washy tape along where the envelope has been sealed. This is of course done once you've sealed your card and letter and whatever else inside. You can get washy tape pretty much anywhere. Typically I use tape sets that I picked up at the Dollarama near my house, but this one in the picture I picked up at Wal-Mart around Christmas time. Those flower stickers on the envelope were gifted to me by a fellow iggle during the Valentine's Card Swap.

And that's it! I hope you don't let the product names I've used in this post dismay you. Let me emphasize that you don't need to go out to a craft store and spend a ton of money to get a similar effect with your letters. The only reason I have access to these sorts of products is because my mother is a scrapbook enthusiast
 and she has a whole whack of supplies in her craft room that I have access to. A lot of these things can be purchased cheaply or even homemade if you're feeling so inclined. If you are interesting in looking up the products used in this post, I provided as many links as I could, and where I couldn't find links I made sure to include all the information about the products if you wanted to look up the product yourself.

Please tell me about your experiences with sending letters, or if you have any other advice/tips/tricks to share, in the comments below!

27/03/14

Going Out In My Mailbag: 1 Item!


Item #1: Spiderman/Geeky Postcard for Fellow Geek Patricia!

(sorry for the stock photo - the picture I took was done in a hurry and is super blurry) I'm not even completely sure whether or not Patricia is a superhero/Marvel geek, but I suppose I shall eventually find out. Anyway, like I said in the post where I received the awesome Jane Austen postcard she sent, I asked her whether or not she, like me, was a die hard fan of Emma Approved as well as The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. I really hope she is; I could always use a new person to gush over episodes with!

One of the things that I have absolutely loved about joining the IGGPPC and joining Postcrossing and getting on Twitter and getting to meet all of these amazing people is the connections that I have been able to forge in the process. I have met such amazing people since I started all of this last year and there is not one person that I have encountered since becoming an iggle that I regret meeting. As I get closer and closer to the 1 year mark of when things really began to change in my life for the better (and for the geekier XP), I'm able to see just how much better things have gotten since I began to make attempts to connect with like-minded people. I wish I could stress this point enough, but apparently there are situations where there aren't enough words to properly express my elation.

Items In My Mailbox Today: 1 Item!

Item #1: Wedding Invitation From My Cousin Alex!

Yep, it's that time of year again. Time to break out the formal dresses and start shopping for those registries! There was a specific reason that getting this invitation in the mail made me jump for joy. As one might expect, there has been some drama in my family ever since my parents split up, and inevitable divorced. Since then, my mother hasn't been invited to any sort of family gathering involving members from my dad's side of the family, and while my mother is completely understanding when it comes to this sort of thing, it has always bothered me to an extent. This sometimes left me out of attending certain events as well; since I live with my mother, any invitations directed to me would also be directed to my dad's girlfriend and would be sent to their house, where I wouldn't hear about them. But this time it's different; both me and my mom were invited to this wedding :)

I haven't had much of a chance to get to know Alex, along with his 3 brothers, because they and their parents live in Sault St. Marie, which is crazy far away from the Niagara region, to the point where I'm pretty sure there's a ferry involved in getting there. Even so, the few times I have seen my uncle Joey, like when there's a wedding here in Niagara, he's always been one of the funniest and most outgoing of my uncles, plus my aunt Judy is extremely nice. 

The only catch to the invite is neither me nor my mother was given a plus 1. I'm sure this is to avoid the chance for any sort of awkwardness surrounding the scenario in which my mom would bring her boyfriend Peter. Even so, it's completely understandable, and neither one of us is put out by it. Either way, I'm so grateful to my family for being able to invite both me and my mother to this event. Sure, it would have been nice to bring along my boyfriend so he could meet more of my family members (as well as having him for arm candy XD), but I completely understand the reasoning. 

Besides, my boyfriend is finished with school in July, and after that neither of us are sure where he'll be, since he wants to get into the wine industry and he plans to go wherever the work is. We've talked about it and we feel confident that we can stay together when that does happen, but it will be harder not having him around all the time. Until then, I'll be making sure to drag him to any family events that happen to take place within the area. We'll probably have to wait a while before he can be my wedding date XP

That's it for now! I'll keep you guys posted.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Geeks Run The World! - Cosplay Edition


While I'm not yet able to sew anything on my own and my expertise lies more in purchasing costumes as opposed to making them, I am still a person that can appreciate an amazing example of cosplay when it's right in front of me! There are a lot of geek bloggers on the internet that equally appreciate the fine art of dressing up as their favorite characters and thus transforming themselves for a day, both internally and externally. It seems I'll be dipping into the SuperHeroesque files once again, along with another favorite source to bring you some great posts about cosplay that have come to inspire me recently!

#1: Matt "Starman" Morrison from My Geeky Geeky Ways

I came across this post that Starman did on the SuperHeroesque site titled "Being A Hero", and since reading it the first time I continue to go back and re-read it for various reasons. One, it's extremely well written, and I feel like if Starman and I knew each other in real life that we would be great friends :) Secondly, I really enjoyed how Starman was able to talk about a serious serious and important issue from the context of a geek, as well as a cosplayer. Even if the heroism that Starman produces in real-life isn't as defying of the laws of physics as the real Doctor's might be, to me Starman is an everyday hero, and for that I salute him wholeheartedly :) Just like Starman says at the end of this article:

"Because that’s the final thing I learned by being The Doctor. It’s that while there are monsters in this world and they can look like anyone, there are also heroes. And like The Doctor, they can look like anyone. So anyone could be The Doctor. Anyone could be a hero. Even you."

#2: Mia Moore

Mia is one of the cofounders of SuperHeroesque, and she recently wrote a post titled "Cosplay & Self Esteem." I'm sure that if I wasn't perpetually made of stone that I would have been weeping when I first read this article, but more so for joy than for anything else. Mia perfectly nails the complexities of what a cosplayer can feel as they create their costume and don it for the world to see. She writes about how cosplaying has made her feel confident in her own skin and about how her image of herself has been transformed since embracing cosplaying as not only a hobby, but a lifestyle. To me, and I'm sure to anybody else that has or will read this article, Mia is gorgeous inside and out and she inspires me by her bravery in writing such a personal piece and deciding to share it with all of us. Not only that, but she makes a kick ass Ramona Flowers! 

Mia also writes frequently about her cosplaying endeavours on her personal blog, xoMia, so PEASE take a look there if you're into cosplaying or you're just starting out and want to learn more about the intricacies of the hobby.

Now for my personal addition to this topic: Hearing Starman's tale about being an everyday hero inspires me to go out there and do good, and try to be somebody's hero in any small way that I can. I do a small bit of volunteer work but reading this post has me wondering whether or not I should get involved even more. As for Mia's post, I feel that same sense of empowerment when I'm cosplaying and I'm happy with how I look and no matter how old I get I know I'll be rocking conventions dressed as my various favorite characters. For a bit on my own cosplaying background: I've been attending conventions for 5 straight years, and this summer will mark my 6th when I attend Niagara Falls Comic Con in June and Fan Expo in August. Normally I attend Anime North, although I'm taking a break from that convention this year since I've never been to FanEx before and I want to give it a shot. Here's a sample of some of my attempts at cosplay, along with a preview of the costume I recently received in the mail.
My Cosplays







Cosplay #1:
L from Death Note
Anime North 2009



Cosplay #2: Franziska vokKarma from the Ace Attorney games.
- Anime North 2010-2013

Cosplay #3: Haruhi from Ouran High School Host Club
(image not available) - Anime North 2011

Cosplay #4: Kahoko Hino from La Corda d'Oro-Anime North 2013








Cosplay #5: Elizabeth from Bioshock Infinite.
Niagara Falls Comic Con & Fan Expo 2014!


*~Can't wait!~*

26/03/14

Items In My Mailbox: 1 Item!


Item #1: Geeks Girls Unite by Leslie Simon from Chapters.ca!

I'm pretty sure that this is probably my best example for an impulse purchase ever. I literally saw a Tweet by a girl by the name of @_theCLi of the front page of this book, and immediately that internal desire that many girls harbor within them to seek out and purchase things came alive within me. My first tweet back read "This is a book? Okay, I need to own this immediately", which after a bit of meandering around the Chapters website soon turned to "LITERALLY just ordered my own copy :P" - I'm not positive why I chose to capitalize 'literally', looking back it actually looks kind of weird, but that just gives you a better idea about how excited I was at the prospect of flipping through this book. All of this happened on the 25th, kid you not, and on the 26th it had arrived at my door! By the way, since I work for Indigo in one of their stores, I might as well mention to my Canadian readers that Chapters.ca is doing Free Shipping with no minimum, and it ends at midnight today, so click here to get on that ASAP!

Okay, obligations over, back to the book at hand! Or, well, in my hand, as you see in the picture.

I haven't finished this book yet, but I managed to get through the introduction on the bus ride to school today, and already I'm in love :) I'm not sure if this Leslie Simon is familiar with the IGGPPC, but I feel like she would wholeheartedly approve if she was aware of its existence.

Like other geek-centric reference guides that I own, the book divides geeks into various categories. One thing I like about this book so far, however, is from the get-go it not only makes it clear that there are a heck of a lot more types of geeks out there than the ones she delves into, but the categories she chooses aren't too narrow; they're rather broad and help to define realistic types of geeks that exist out there in the world. The chapters in this book are divided into Fangirl Geeks, Literary Geeks, Film Geeks, Music Geeks, Funny-Girl Geeks, Domestic Goddess Geeks & many more! I'm very much looking forward to getting to finish this book! If anybody wants to learn more about my insights as I read, let me know in the comments section and I can dedicate a second post to the awesomeness that is this book.

*~Special Announcement!!~*

In previous posts I have mentioned the possibility of a giveaway that I want to do in April. Just to give you guys an update on that, I have set up the giveaway to take place on April 15th. It will officially start on Rafflecopter at midnight, but my post for the giveaway on here will go live either later in the morning or at noon, all depending if I need to take a little extra time to fix anything before it goes live. It will continue until April 30th. There will be a variety of prizes, but only 1 winner will be receiving a big ol' package in the mail! In future posts I will possibly be including some snap shots of a few of the prizes that I'm planning on giving away as part of this giveaway.

Also, The Written Word(s) has its own Facebook page now! Be a doll and go and click the "Like" button for me?


That's all for now! I will be keeping you posted!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

365 Photo-A-Day Challenge: Week 12


If there's anything that this week has taught me, it's that I need to resist the urge from rushing with pictures when I find myself falling behind with this Photo-A-Day challenge. When I do this, the quality of the photos I take lowers as a result. From now on, as part of this New Years resolution that I've been keeping up with so far, I'm also going to make sure not to rush photos just to get a photo taken that day and not really caring what it is that I'm taking a picture of. That stops here :)

Day 78: Metallic


This colour is more luminescent than it is metallic, but I still say that it works! This is one of the 4 colours that I recently received as part of my first Black Sheep Lacquer subscription, and it's incredibly gorgeous. I'm still wearing this colour now, and it actually matches my winter coat pretty well! Speaking of which. . .






Day 79: Green

What you are looking at here is my Kelly green winter jacket hanging in the closet. Truthfully, the most time this thing spends in the closet is during the warmer months - I usually sling it over a chair during the winter, since it's the only coat I wear outside during the winter. I received this coat as a gift from my mother in 2012, and I squealed as soon as I saw it, because I'd always wanted a green winter coat.


Day 80: Around The House

It was around here where I started to draw a blank and started to fall behind on my photo taking. Even so, the caption behind this picture is true, where I said that even in March, we still have a bunch of Christmas movies lying around the house in various places. My mom's the Christmas movie fanatic, so she's the one that's picked up and purchased the majority of these. Of course a few of my personal favorites can still be found here in this stack.



Day 81: Simple

Ever since we received these lamps - either my mom ordered them or my grandma ordered them and gave them to us as a gift - I've always been fascinated when I sit and study the artwork on the lampshades. The paint is on the inner side of the shade, so the outside of it has a softer look, and it's very pretty. We've had these lamps for years now, and even today I still find them extremely pretty.


Day 82: Soft


Again, another prompt where I was drawing a blank XD Even so, this picture's not half bad! This design is one of the 100 that I received in the recent box of Pattern Postcards that I received from Amazon.ca. This design is Raw by Kindah Khalidy. I wonder who I'll end up sending this postcard to in the future. . .



Day 83: Open Space


Yep, that's pretty much it . . . Just an open space, in my living room . . . That's a Cricut box in the background, which my mom uses for her various crafts. I'm sure that if I had a mind to figure out how to work the Cricut, I'd be much more adept at making homemade cards to send out in the mail to my friends and family.



Day 84: Whimsical

This book is a compilation of various stories related to love - romantic relationships, family, friends, over sickness and war and old age and politics and other varying factors. I'm only in the family section right now, but so far I've fully enjoyed reading this book. I'd been eyeing it in the bookstore since we had it out on display for Valentine's Day all throughout February. I recommend it to anyone that is in love with. . . well, love! <3 p="">


Even if it's not my favorite week, it's still a complete week of photos! Let me know what you think in the comments below.

25/03/14

Items In My Mailbox: 3 Items!




Item #1: Jane Austen Postcard from Fellow Geek Girl Patricia!

What I find funny about this card is that Patricia thought that sending me a Jane Austen card didn't fully count as a "geeky" postcard.

Pah! Clearly she doesn't know me quite yet XD

I grinned ear to ear when I got a look at the card and then read this quote. I remember seeing a box of Jane Austen-themed postcards for sale on Amazon.ca, and I was super tempted to buy them. The thing is, I couldn't think of too many Postcrossers that would appreciate getting a Jane Austen-themed postcard :( That's the way it goes I guess. But not this Postcrosser! According to Patricia, she frequently geeks out over Jane Austen. I bet that if we were to meet in real life that we would get along famously :)

In order to make up for the "geek cred" she thought she lost by choosing a Jane Austen card, she also included 3 awesome Harry Potter stamps! This might also be because of the increased postage rates in the US that I keep hearing about, but still, they are amazing. There was definitely no geek cred lost by her choice in card. I intend to ask her about whether or not she watches Emma Approved and if she's seen The Lizzie Bennet Diaries when I send her another card. Now I've got a good selection of cards that I can send her, but of course I'll start off with the geeky ones!

Item #2: Invitation from the NHS Welland Hospital Auxillary!

One thing that readers may not know about me is that I am a volunteer at my local hospital's gift shop. I started volunteering there during my last year of high school, in order to get my community service hours that I needed in order to graduate. I started in February and I had all 40 hours by April, but even so I decided when I started volunteering that I wanted to stick with it. And I've been there ever since! This past February marked 4 years that I've been working there. It's a pretty nice gig - I bring my laptop and I can do homework (only there's no WiFi) or I can read or play my 3DS or whatever else. I regularly get to train new volunteers who are trying to get their community service hours, but aside from the high school-aged volunteers, the majority of the volunteers are older ladies. Which is why, while I appreciate the invitation to this luncheon, as well as the occasional perks I get during volunteer month (last year I got a note pad, a pen and a really cool gold & pink pin), I probably won't attend this or any other event that the hospital throws for their volunteers. The thought is always appreciated though :)

Item #3: Postcard Order 1 of 3 from Amazon.ca!

Yeah, 1 of 3 sounds pretty bad, especially since I mentioned in an earlier post that I really need to stop shopping online and I need to start saving my money. Thing is, most of what I ordered came pretty cheap. This Pattern Box of 100 Postcards was the priciest thing I bought, and I only paid $20 for it. The different patterns that come with this box are pretty cool. One thing I like about this box is that the cards are organized, witrh actual dividers inside the box, by the designer that created the patterns/textiles/designs. Some of the designers included in this box are Hannah Schultz, Victoria Garcia, Eskayel, Anna Niestroj and Kindah Khalidy. Along with this particular order, I also received a small book of 10 cards, all of them Modern Vintage Postcards with gorgeous pictures decorating the front of each of them. There's actually one inside of the booklet that I really have my heart set on and that I'm tempted to keep, but I'll probably just save it and send it out last.
    

That's all this time! I'll keep you all posted!

Monday, March 24, 2014

23/03/14 - 24/03/14

23/03/14: Going Out In My Mailbag: 1 Item!

Item #1: Resent My Letter & Card to My Friend Tory!

So obviously it took me long enough, but I finally got Tory's card out to her. It still bugs me a bit that whoever sent that back wrote on the envelope instead of just sticking to the note attached to the envelope to communicate why it was being sent back, but I just scrubbed it out with even more black, found the missing apartment number, and stuck it back in the mailbox. I messaged Tory to let her know that she should be receiving the letter soon, but also that some of the contents of the letter are a bit out of date, and that if she needs me to update anything, she can just message me.

24/03/14: Going Out In My Mailbag: 6 Items!

Items 1-6: Postcrossing Postcards!

So I have quite a few cards that I sent out today, in order to catch up to my maximum number of cards sent for Postcrossing (which is now 8). Out of these cards going out today I have cards going out to the USA, China, The Netherlands, Ukraine, Germany and the Czech Republic. Two of the cards I sent out, as you can see, where Brock University cards, while the other 4 came out of my Impossible Postcard collection.

On most of these cards, when it got to writing a little bit about myself (aside from the fact that I'm a 21 English/Writing Major living in a small city about 20 minutes away from Niagara Falls, which I include on most cards), I tended to write about how I couldn't wait until this current school term is over, mainly because I'm looking forward to being able to read for pleasure again. I've already got a list of books that I'd like to read once I'm free of due dates, which includes books soon to be released as well as books that are already out. I still haven't read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, and that's long overdue!

24/03/13: Items In My Mailbox: 2 Items!

Item #1: Postcrossing Postcard from The Netherlands!

I happened to get a lot of junk mail in the mailbox today as well, so when I first saw this I thought it was another ad XD But then I flipped it over and somebody had written me a message with a green pen and I was like, "Oh! Okay, not a weird vacation ad, awesome!" XD Apparently the sender's daughter picked out the card, and she hopes I like it. Well, I love it :) Once I realized it was a postcard, it made me laugh. The sender wants to travel to Canada one day. Unfortunately the tickets are expensive, plus they have 2 kids. So this year they're going to France for their holiday. I told the sender in my Thank You message that I'm super jealous, and wish I could go to France someday. Also told them how I'd like to see Britain and Italy someday.

Item #2: Skirt for my Bioshock Infinite Elizabeth Cosplay from Cosplay House!

I got an email that the newly made skirt shipped just a couple days ago, and here it is! Gotta love DHL (when they're not hitting me with a whole bunch of fees at the door, that is)!

I love the new skirt! This one I'm actually able to get up over my butt, so thus far it's a great improvement XD I absolutely love how adorable it looks on! I took this picture w/o the lace choker, but don't worry, I definitely have one! When I placed my order for this costume I also asked them not to include the bird/cage pins because for my last birthday I received a set of the 2 Bioshock Infinite pins that you have to choose from for Elizabeth to wear. My ex-boyfriend gave them to me, and I appreciate them so much :D It really does look fantastic on - my hair isn't quite as long as I need it to be for her low ponytail, but my first convention isn't until early June, and I still have plenty of time to grow it out, plus my hair grows fast. Actually grabbed my ticket for the Niagara Falls Comic Con the other day, since they sell them at the mall. I am so stoked! I've only gone one before, and it was one of the first years they had it, so there wasn't a whole lot there. They've got a bunch more going on now, and I'm looking forward to the experience. Plus I get to meet Sparklegirl Jen while I'm there, and hopefully some other iggles!

Oh, by the way! One particularly grateful mother happened to receive the package I sent her yesterday :) Not only did she send me a Thank You text & a Facebook post on the vlogiggles group, but she decided to include pictures :)


Is that little newborn baby with the plastic mustache not adorable?! :D

Apparently Ella is in love with her new book, which I am very happy with. Like I said, Beth must be raising that child right if she's excited about reading at a young age; nothing could be better. Not only that but her eldest daughter has a bit of a silly streak; after seeing baby Eny's new pacifier, she couldn't help but try it out herself!


Also adorable! I'm really glad that Beth liked the gifts I sent to her children, and it looks like they both appreciate them, and I couldn't ask for any more. Here's to the happy family, along with their newest member, Baby Eny :)

I'll keep you guys posted on what happens next!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

20/03/14

Items In My Mailbox Today: 1 Item!


Item #1: CDs and T-Shirts from The Pretty Reckless!
I've been waiting so eagerly for this package to arrive!
Actually, when I checked my email this morning I had a couple messages from Canada Post saying that my package was going to be delivered to me today, I started freaking out. About a minute later I thought, "Go check the mailbox, dummy!" Good thing I did, because there it was sitting, a wrapped-up package from Maple Music, where I pre-ordered the package from.
The reason I ordered 2 CDs and 2 T-shirts is because the second set is for my sister-in-law, Brittany. As I mentioned in a blog post from way back, I went to go see The Pretty Reckless live in November, and it was my darling sister-in-law that took me. I didn't tell her I bought her the CD and shirt - it's a complete surprise ;) Even today when I texted her to tell her that I received her surprise gift in the mail, I didn't tell her what it was. I can't wait to see the look on her face when I hand these to her!

What I wish I could include in this post is a picture of my sister-in-law getting her CD and t-shirt, looking super happy. Unfortunately, she's in Mexico right now with my brother. I will probably get that picture to you guys sometime soon, and she'll have both a smile and an annoyingly perfect tan, which I'll be insanely jealous of XD

Already I'm on my 3rd listen of the album in full, and I'm absolutely loving it! I've been anticipating this album for a while, and I'm honestly tempted to dedicate an entire post towards it. Only once have I attempted to write an album review, which was for a class, and it didn't go over well. In the end I wrote a book review instead, and got 80% on it :) Even so, with practice I could end up getting better, so I believe that I will have to give it a shot!

Yesterday I had my hair all wavy like this because I'm going to an event tomorrow and I wanted to see if this look would work for that event. I can confidentially say yes, my hair looks bangin'! XD Even after sleeping in it, as you can see in the above picture, the waves still look pretty great. Yesterday upon seeing me, my boyfriend told me he thought I looked like a rocker chick, and I think with today's shirt and some eyeliner that look is emphasized even more! The leather jacket certainly helps things, although I wasn't able to walk out the door with the jacket because it was too cold out XP got stuck wearing my Kelly green winter jacket, and while I do love it, the colour didn't exactly help me look like a rocker chick XP One thing that I think will help if I ever want to try the rocker chick look again is when I get my hair fixed up at my hair appointment next week. Right now I have red 'peekaboo' streaks in my hair, which you can't really see because of lack of light and because they're fading. I've decided I'm going to attempt having midnight blue in my hair instead of the red, a colour I've always been curious to try out. Seriously can't wait!

Went off on a little tangent there, sorry. Also knew that if I filled up that area with text next to the picture that it would look nicer. That's it for mail today! I'm hoping to get some things mailed off tomorrow if all goes well. I'll be sure to keep you posted.
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