Ballet Postcards

On to Kiley’s postcards! She is away at her first ‘Summer Intensive’. Two weeks of living in a dorm with other ballet-obsessed pre-teen and teens, dancing all day everyday (they do get Sunday off of dancing, but they have other activities!). She’s been gone just over two days and we’ve hardly heard a word. Actually we’ve heard no words, only a couple of texts. So, we are assuming that everything is going well!

The first postcard was to commemorate her first flight without her family – just a group of friends and another mom. I gave her a pen so her friends could sign it – don’t know if that happened or not! There were five kids flying together – hence the five windows. My writing gets better over time!! I only do this once a year!

This next picture is a little blurry – but I can’t retake it now! My goal in these postcards is to let me kids know that I’m thinking about them, but not make them homesick. The cards are always focused on what they are doing – not what’s going on at home. The ‘pun’-nier, the better – I can imagine my kids groaning ‘oh, mom’! Attitude is a ballet position, that’s what inspired this card.

When I can’t come up with good puns on my own – I call my neighbor! She’s great at coming up with puns. This next one is based on one of her suggestions! Plie-mates! Some of the girls on this card have a lot of work to do on their wonky legs! I really should have chalked their appendages before stitching, but it is what it is! If I was an artist, my kids wouldn’t have to be stick figure based with arrows for hands and triangles for feet!

So, that’s the first round for each. More to come!


The living is definitely not easy around here in the summer, at least not this summer. With several deadlines looming, two of my three kids have flown the coop for a while. My younger son is off at Boy Scout camp for 10 days. My daughter just left for a summer intensive ballet training program for two weeks. In theory this leaves me with plenty of time to work on my deadlines. The only snag is a tradition that I started with my son’s first summer camp – fabric postcards! At that first camp visitor’s day, I opened my son’s foot locker and saw the big mess of things strewn about. But, there in the corner was a neat stack of the postcards I had been sending. Two things I’d learned: (1) Never bother to open the foot locker; (2) Making the postcards was time well spent.

So, this year, I am making two sets. I’ll highlight the boy scout camp cards today and do the dancing cards in a separate post.

At Tyler’s last board of review for getting his ‘life’ rank, one of the guys asked “How do you spell Boy Scouts of America?”. This is a pretty well know question from him and the all the boys have learned that the answer is: F-U-N. When we were talking about this at the dinner table, his response was a smirk and a roll of his eyes. So, of course, it had to become a postcard.

Tyler’s first camp postcard for 2013

In the heat of the summer and the dirt from the camp, swimming is always a good thing!

Swimming Postcard

Packing is key to surviving camp. Everyone knows you need bug spray and sunscreen. Experienced scouts bring the extras – beef jerky and cosmic brownies in Tyler’s case. Anything to supplement the cuisine served in the mess hall!

All of the postcards go through the U.S. mail. As long as everything is securely sewn on (and you can sew just about anything onto a postcard), it will most likely survive. It costs an extra $0.20 for the hand cancelling. I pay extra to avoid multiple stamps – which right now is a $0.66. When I attach the stamp, I first put a little glue (just plain ol’ Elmers) down first and press the stamp securely into the glue.