My Postcrossing Hobby

Image

I’ve been doing Postcrossing (sending postcards through a site to people all over the world and people all over the world sending postcards to me) for over 2 years now and have sent and received more than 165 postcards. Here is some information so you can know more about my postcrossing personality and to learn more about the hobby itself.

These are my top 3 most popular postcards that I’ve sent and one of them is a picture I took myself:

My postcards in total have taken 12.1 laps around the world!

I’ve sent the most postcards to Russia (20) and the USA (18), which doesn’t surprise me at all. On the negative side I can say that sending to Russia can be frustrating because it can take forever for postcards to get there.

I’ve received the most cards from the US.

Apparently the postcards that took the longest to travel to someone was 277 days and it was in the United States, which makes me think she forgot to register it when she got it probably. The other 2 that are in the 200 day were both expired as they never got there and those were going to Russia and Ukraine.

I have my postcards all over my wall in my office at home but I’m running out of room. I’m considering putting them into a binder of some kind but not sure how to go about it as of yet.

DIY Wrap Bracelets

They were fairly easy and came out cute. I plan to make more. I also found that having a way to hang it from something while I was wrapping it helped a lot. Also using a spring clamp (or clothes pin) to keep the wrapping from loosening add you go along.

image

image

image

The directions can be found here.

DIY Instagram Magnets

I was going to order some Instagram magnets through a site but then I thought, why can’t I make these at home myself? Guess what? It worked, so here is what I did.

Obviously you need a printer and you need to pick up a package of magnetic sheets, I got mine at Staples. Then you need to download the pictures you want from Instagram, there are programs and sites you can use to do this. I put them all in a folder on my desktop. Then I used Picasa (if you don’t have it download it, it’s free, I use it all the time just to organize photos) to make a collage with the pictures. Select the pictures you want, Create Collage, choose the grid option and save it. I found that 16 pictures works very well and they come out the right zie.

Print the pictures out on the magnetic sheet. Choose Full Page and shrink to fit. Make sure the printer settings is on Best Photo.

After printing it out we let it dry for a while, we actually waited a whole day but I doubt that’s necessary. We’ve printed things one too many times only to have them smudge so we waited extra long.

Just cut out each picture and you’re done!

Easter & Pinterest

So both of the Pinterest ideas I tried for Easter didn’t exactly work as planned.

This egg dying idea I got at this blog, did not quite come out how they pictured it.

rubber band easter eggs

This is how ours came out. Still pretty cool looking but we’re skeptical how they got it to look the way it did.

IMG_0408

I also tried to do this bouquet idea but it took a lot of time to do and we ran out of jelly beans. Oh well, pretty cool but not worth the time it took. Oh and we decided to put the jelly beans on with pieces of paper clips instead of glue so you could eat them. The one I did is on the right. Looking back we definitely got way too big of a styrofoam ball. Oh and we used sour jelly beans that had some awesome colors I think.

etg4 IMG_0398

All in all these Pinterest ideas not exactly a fail but not exactly a win either.

Painting Nails 101

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve painted my nails and they chip within a couple days or sometimes by the next day or they just peal right off. Luckily I made friends with a couple girls who have become experts and they taught me the right way.

NAILS

Here it is:

1. Clean your nails off, wash them with soap too helps.

2. Buff your nails.

3. Put on a bottom coat of Orly Bonder.

4. Put 2 coats of nailpolish, doesn’t really matter what brand from what I can tell.

5. Put a top coat of Orly Won’t Chip

I swear this isn’t a paid post for Orly, this is just what my friends showed me and it works. The  last 2 times I’ve followed these directions my nailpolish has lasted 5 days to a week but I also file a lot so I put a lot of wear on my nails during the day.

So give it a try and leave a comment and let me know if it works!