Happy St. Patrick's Day, everyone!
In case I'm seen without my green winter coat, I have on my green & red "Monday" earrings.
Pinch me and yo dead! XD
Going Out in My Mailbag Today: 3 Items!
Item #1: Package & Letter For My Pen Pal Diana!
As I have mentioned to you guys in a previous post, I lost a bet to my pen pal last month, in which I bet that she wouldn't be able to show restraint and would open the birthday gift I sent her before her actual birthday. Unfortunately she held out, and for my end of the bargain I was to send her something stationary related. Truthfully this is more "mail" and "art" related, but I'd say that's close enough!
I actually picked up this pencil case for myself at a convention in October because it was mail-themed and I figured I could use it for something. As you can see, it is still wrapped up in its original plastic, so I never did XD I wrapped this up and stuck it in Diana's package, but that's not all I sent her.
These babies are called "Unravels", and they're a set of crayons in a whole whack of colours. I'm not sure if anybody uses crayons for colouring things in beyond the age of 10, but they were so cute and I know Diana likes to draw, so I couldn't resist! Plus these crayons in particular are special. They're each surrounded by paper, and as you use the crayons you can pull the paper off, thus unraveling them, and you reveal hidden messages! I've been eyeing these since they came into the store where I work, but I knew I was never going to use them for myself, so I resisted the urge to buy them. I hope Diana gets some use out of them though!
Item #2: A "Welcome Baby" Package to Fellow Vlogiggle Beth!
That face is kind of terrifying when you stare at it for too long, isn't it? XD
So one of the girls I vlog with just had her baby; a beautiful baby girl named Eny. I kept seeing this little trinket at my store and I thought, even if the baby can't use it for whatever reason, this should make for some funny photo ops XD
Eny is not her first born, however. She already has a beautiful daughter named Ella - she commonly refers to her daughters as Mini Geek 1 and Mini Geek 2. Now that I think about it, she should dress both of them up as the things from Dr. Seuss for Halloween one year, that'd be hilarious :P Anyway, I didn't want their 4 year-old daughter to be left out. Luckily, I happen to work in a bookstore, and who happens to love reading but little Mini Geek 1? Guess somebody's being raised right! XD
Truth be told this book was a bargain, but I probably would've picked it up anyway. It's hard to tell from the picture, but this is a gorgeous gift edition . It might be a bit too advanced for a 4 year-old to read, but if she doesn't want to wait then her parents can always read her the stories at bedtime. Raising your kids to be big readers has to be one of the best choices a parent can make. I'm not sure if I would ever want to be a parent, but if I do have kids, they're going to be readers, that's for sure!
Item #3: Handmade Card for Amy that I Went to High School With.
So that title might be a bit confusing, so I'll explain.
A while back, I attempted to do a giveaway video as part of the vlogiggles channel - we all had to set up our own giveaways. Mine didn't really work out because I didn't know how to properly set up one, but I did get a few takers on a couple prizes. I actually still have to send out two notebooks, one with lined paper and one with graph paper. They're actually going to fellow vlogiggles +Amber Lauver and noxy, since they won them fair and square.
The only other person that entered for a prize was Amy, who I have on Twitter and who I went to high school with. We never really hung out - I think the first time I ever really spoke to her was when she was at my friend Tristan's 16th birthday party at his house in Wainfleet. It was interesting, knowing that I'd be sending a card to somebody I actually knew as opposed to a random geek girl that happened to enter the contest. It's funny in a way, for me it feels like mixing up two different worlds that I somehow live in simultaneously.
What I mean by that is, there's a reason that I keep Twitter and Facebook separate: On Facebook, I have my friends and family, people that I have (for the most part) actually met in person. On Twitter, it's mainly fellow iggles, and other people that have similar interests. So to send a card to somebody I knew from high school because of a giveaway I did on a YouTube video for the vlogiggle collab channel, it's quite . . . strange.
In the card I kept it simple; asked Amy what she had been up to, and gave her a brief summation at what's been keeping me occupied lately. She still lives in the same city as me, and I might see her at the bookstore where I work from time to time, but other than that I don't have much of a clue what's been going on in her life since graduation. Not sure if she'll message me on Facebook once she gets my card or if she'll actually write me back a response or maybe just quickly thank me and leave it at that. Guess we'll have to see.
I'm adding this here because it's relevant to the current subject manner. I'm thinking of hosting a giveaway fairly soon here on my blog. I've already picked up some great items for it! Some relate to snail mail, others are just cute and awesome. I'd like some input on whether or not a giveaway sounds like a good idea.
Right now I'm figuring out the legal logistics, because while it would be easy to limit my giveaway to Canada (excluding Quebec), I'd prefer to have my giveaway open to American readers as well. Seems each state has their own policies on giveaways, but I think I might be safe, since the value of this giveaway is under $5,000 (obviously!) and I would state all the rules of the giveaway outright. I've been researching articles pertaining to the legality behind giveaways, but if you have any input on this, please post in the comments and let me know, any information that can help would be amazing. Thanks in advance! :)
Items In My Mailbox Today: 1 Item!
Item #1: Postcrossing Postcard from Finland!
I really do love these types of cards :) When I receive cards like this, it's like getting an insight into a person's hometown - or you know, whatever town that's near them that the card happens to be from XD The sender took the time to tell me that they like to travel and they enjoy music, which is always nice to learn.
Unfortunately, I can't find my Question A Day book, so I'll have to hold off on sharing a question with you guys. Sorry XP But in the meantime, I'll keep you posted.