Sunday, October 2, 2022

Follow up

 Just to let everyone know, we made it through the Hurricane Ian without any major damages. No losses on the collection or anything else.  Many of our neighbors in Florida are not as fortunate as we were. Please take a moment and use reputable charity organizations to help Floridians get back to their homes and rebuild.  It really hit home for me as i was looking specifically for postcards of Sarasota, to take to the Sunshine PostCard Club event next weekend, Oct 8th.  I have not heard if the person I'm holding these postcards for is okay or even has a home at this point.  

Please, consider helping Florida Hurricane survivors. Thank you for your support!


Siesta Key in the 70s

Monday, September 26, 2022

Just a quick note Sept 2022

 Hola Hola๐Ÿ‘‹

Your Life is more important that your postcard collection.

So.... Here, in Florida, We will be skipping this weeks post due to bugging out for Hurricane Ian.
We had hoped to go to the Tropical Postcard Event in Pompano on Saturday, but the trajectory of the storm makes it impossible for us to attend.  We also were looking forward to getting to the Sunshine Postcard Club event the following weekend. Time will only tell after the storm passes, if this is possible.

It is our gracious wishes that everyone here in Florida, take the precaution to prepare for the storm. Our thoughts are with everyone, please be safe. Hope to see you next week with another postcard tale.


LaLa ๐Ÿ‘‹

Friday, September 23, 2022

Cypress Garden History Captured

Found these beauties at the Swap o Rama in Webster Florida.  They were the gems from a box full of vintage cards I found.  Don't think I will be selling these. They are staying in my personal collection. Maybe one day they will be part of a Postcard Museum I would hope to build. 
Plenty of time..... 
It's an awesome pool.... right?!

LaLa ๐ŸคŸ

Friday, September 16, 2022

Bunnlevel Postoffice

This is a story for another day with maybe a few episodes.  But the postcard means so much to me.  
Life is just running away with my days.  This adventure allowed the whole family to slow down for a moment or two. Many of the postcards coming up are from this journey.  But today is not the day the details are going to leak out.  

Stand by for more Bunnlevel Post Office story!

Friday, September 9, 2022

You know who you are!

Cards from Lori Portka 30 days of Thank yous collection

 Work can be a drag, a bummer, or a survival tool.  Luckily, work taught me the incredible power of women who choose to survive. I met a lovely lady at work who changed my life from her inspiration. Those are not the kinds of feelings we just randomly share at work, so It's going to be a series of beautiful cards throughout time.  No one knows the battles of others around us. It takes time to get to know your co-workers on a more personal level. Being blessed to help train some members of staff allowed for a more nurturing relationship between staff.  Lovely K was one of those once in a lifetime personality.  To keep her identity protected, we will call her K. She was training with me in the evening, under some very uncomfortable circumstances. K, sharing her life experiences and story over the course of a couple of weeks, She just reached my heart.  Since changing employment opportunities, I had been missing K and her spirit of courage, and persistence.  It was time to send a message and get an address. Everyone knows what happens next. 
Well, K makes the world prettier.  It was time to tell her.  

Hope you get to feeling better, K.   Hope you liked the card.
You Rock! You Inspire! 
Love you!

Friday, September 2, 2022

Unexpected places

During some very quiet downtime at my previous night shift, I went on a hunt for podcasts that would relate to my hobbies. There was very little in the way of quality choices, But there is always the prospector alive in me to look for the diamond in the rough when panning for gold.

The Postcardist, was a sweet surprise of a Postcard Podcast and Blog. The host, Frank, does not partake in exchanges as he has a specific collection with friends.  He did take the time to talk to other Deltiologist, which is always fun to listen to during a quiet stretch.  With a few episodes shared at work, it was decided to send a local landmark to the Postcardist with a thank you for his time to promote the modern postcard collector.  

I highly recommend the podcast of The Postcardist, to go back, to listen to the details and discoveries. He's even had an intriguing mystery gift from a postcard artist. That is a Story & YouTube Video only he can tell.  What the Postcardist has done for me is help me find my own personal interest in postcards to refine my collection. Also, to introduce new exciting participants in postcarding.  

The Postcardist also interviewed Frank, yes Frank interviewed Frank who had inherited a collection and decided to convert the collection into an undertaking, sharing the lovely cards. This interview led me to a postcard conversation with Frank and a request to receive one from his lovely collection.  He is sharing his efforts on IG @fpbpostcard. Frank was very generous to send a postcard out almost a year after the project had completed. I appreciated the graciousness of both postcard collectors.  These early connections help lead me down a happy path to continue building my personal collection, while, enjoying the discovery of others collections.  There are more stories out there, just under the surface of a lovely postcard note.

Hope you'll take the time to send someone a postcard. It's arrival at the destination will bring joy!


To the Postcardist


Friday, August 26, 2022

Exploring new communities for postcard sharing

Unafraid to explore the rabbit holes on the internet has led to some more enjoyable adventures in Postcards. Reddit has a vibrant community of people who actively look to send cards to random, unknown recipients. They have a Subreddit called r/RandomActsofCards, aka r/RAoC.  A formula to post or offer cards or respond to those who offer. Honestly, I still am not listed as a flaired member, and the unique expressions they use I'm not 100% clear on. But the ABUNDANCE of wonderful people who love to send and receive cards, without importance of whom they arrive upon, is incredible.  It was here, I found a thoughtful and gracious post for an offer to send cards out to people that may want only what the sender had available.  This offer made a post to offer and set up a quick form on Google to make it easy to receive the information to send out cards.  It was u/amonstershere who taught me how to start this adventure on r/RAoC.  So here is the surprise of a card from Charlie, and The card going out that I'll be sending out back to the other side of the Atlantic.  

Thank You!

Thursday, August 18, 2022

PostFun is another way to share.

Exploring all the different avenues when traveling is pretty normal for the adventurous family we come from.  Tales of a touch of gypsy blood, and many destinations to have crossed our path. Now with less travel time, my virtual adventures have been learning how to fit into the deltiology community, exploring all the avenues technology combines with snail mail. 
A random search in Google Play Store, [I'm always putting the keyword postcard into any search bar I can find]  just to see what might come up. I think I was looking for a postcrossing app without any luck, so It was time to shorten the query down to just “post.” or “postcard”.
Finding PostFun was an exciting day for me. The realization that there are other postcard exchange communities has put me in a whirlwind to find more and document as many as possible.  It's the inspiration for building a resource page, and maybe onto a database, so that others can easily find places to look for postcard art, postcard swaps, any and everything postcard, old and new.  
I must admit, our family is getting swept up in the rush of discovering everything postcard.  Hope you are enjoying the travels you take with postcards as well. 

These are some of my latest Sends and Receives from PostFun App.

First Received Card

Note they use a postcard ID which is fun to register when received.

Somewhere I left the Photo side, I cannot find it. Maybe L will scan it in the comments

Maybe She knew what was coming in the post?

Not all of them arrive.

One of the things, from this point on, I've been working on and refining a logo signal for my Mobile Media Mania business. Here next to the Hola Hola ๐Ÿ‘‹  we can watch the progression of the Swan Palm Wave.  Lakeland is known as Swan City from the Swans that were gifted from the Queen. I thought it would be cool to fashion it like a swan waving hello, or hola like I always do online.  

There were quite a few of the WDW Empress Lily that were sent on these PostFun cards. It's been a challenge to figure out how to share them and use them up without becoming a nuisance with the repetition of them.  Fortunately, there is a lovely local artist that is also selling postcards. More about her art in another episode.  LKLDlense definitely has an eye, and shows off the most beautiful aspects of Lakeland.

More Swans here

Lakeland is also famous for the Southgate Arch. One of the early Publix locations began here as well. This is hallowed grown in Lakeland.  Several of these precious Southgate photograph postcards have passed through the snailmail. There are various more waiting to find a new home.  

Hopefully, these brief stories encourage you to take a moment, put a stamp and address on a postcard to send it off.  If you struggle to find someone to send it to, Postfun is very enjoyable postcard fun.

Tell me what you think of it's first version?


Friday, August 12, 2022

Postcarding adventures with #WBEspace

Hola, Hola, ๐Ÿ‘‹
Recently, in my ✿ Indie Maker ✿ journey, I reached out to find a community. It was time to be surrounded with people of like mind, who were eager to talk about bootstrapping their way to success. Whatever success looks like for a person, it's valuable to have support during the adventure. Postcards call to me, so I joined a postcard club. Entrepreneurial endeavors call to me, so it was time to be around entrepreneurs, in all stages of achievement. These fellow entrepreneurs are part of a community called “Wannabe Entrepreneur” of which I am a proud member.
Wannabe Entrepreneur

Within the paid community are startup founders, indie hackers, or as you would call them “people” with all different kinds of projects with the same goals. We build projects to help the world be a better place, and hopefully make money to thrive while doing it. It's a wonderful group of people, who are actively checking in to support or give feedback when asked for it. Makers are so generous with their time and resources.

Within the community, I've met another postcard lover from the other side of the world. She has been so gracious to exchange postcards from her travels. I appreciate so very much this series of lively interchanges of poetry and pictures. Luise has been a dynamic part of the WannaBe Entrepreneur Space and Podcast.

Consider yourself encouraged to strike up conversations about postcards anywhere you enjoy visiting with people. Postcard lovers are everywhere. All the more reason to get to sending more. Enjoy!

Just a personal note to Luise, Thank you so much for the postcards and poem. I love all the views of the greatest places in the world. So glad you thought of me, sending a postcard from your trip to Spain. It's an incredible experience being postcard pen pals, as well as the community. Your episode on WannaBe Entrepreneur Podcast is my favorite when you take over the podcast with Wolfy, phenomenal.


Friday, August 5, 2022

๐Ÿ“ฎ Postcrossing encounters unlock happiness๐Ÿ“ฎ

    Trying to catch my breath on the changes the world throws our way. A good surprise postcard will help set things straight or put the universe back into motion.  J from TX helped me through a tough time. A nice hello and update on the 4 legged kids.  All is well in the postcard passing world.  Take some time and register on Postcrossing.๐Ÿ“ฎ No pressure, just friendly postcards to new friends all over the world, at snailmail speed.


Postcard Fair Cards

Note Back to J in TX

Good Day redbubble artist @BreathAliento

Good Day redbubble artist @BreathAliento

Our journey is just beginning, many other postcrossing members have been sharing for a very long time. I encourage you to join a world ๐Ÿ—บ of postcard loves. 


Thank you J from TX.  I love TX too!  Lovely stamps, adorable sticker to make a person smile. Most favorite thing is a website to look for new postcards to share.  Going to go check out the site where J's card was made.  If I'm able to find some great cards and easily purchase them, I will list them on the resources page.  It's hopeful to build the resource page quickly with many postcard options.  Check back often to see the updates.  Also check back to see when J mails off another postcard. ๐Ÿ˜

Sunday, July 31, 2022

Postcarding time Tio Shout out

Post Office, please take it easier on the beautiful pieces of Art ๐ŸŽจ Love ❣  

    This blog has been a gift from above. I cannot tell you how many times it's pages have snatched me from darker places. I'm not sure exactly how we got here, or who, what, where, when, why, to thank. Ever so be it, Thankful is what comes to mind when a postcard arrives.  They ALWAYS bring a smile to my face and pure joy while reading them. It's an incredible feeling. 

    The last few weeks have been very trialsome personally. No need to go back and analyse or recall.  Now, we are on the brighter side of it.  I've received several cards in my PO box throughout the last 2 months.  There are so many people to shout out, and thanks for sharing postcards with me.  I love all of you. Please be assured, I will scan and post every single one of them until my last breath.  

    The commitment I have to the postcard, postcrossing, postfun, postcard pen pal community is undeniable. Even my family has been so supportive and encouraging in regard to the progress of the collection. The blog is so inspiring. This week, we passed 20,000 visitors to  It's such an amazing experience. 

    With that milestone, We just want to tell you how much we appreciate your contribution to the collection and the experiences of exchanging/swapping/mailing/posting postcards. Thank you for sharing this grand hobby. Thank you for taking the time to send a postcard to someone and say hello. Thank you for waiting timelessly for a response. It is a great honour to know you and to share this great journey with you.  Bless you for your postcards, and again I thank you!

L J Artica


PS. If you know details about locations and interesting items on the postcards, please reach out and help us fill in the blanks. [A little postcard humor too]