Colored Pencils


It was a BUSY summer. I hope to slowly but surely add some bits and pieces of what's been happening here. Traveling can be fantastic, but also it can be tiring. One of the ways we have utilized downtime when traveling is making homemade postcards. It's a great way to record things you've seen and share that with family and friends. Plus you get the bonus of sending mail. Who doesn't love receiving something unexpected in the mailbox?

The great thing about these is it doesn't take much to pack or prepare for this. Have some sturdy paper that you cut down to size. We do 4"x6". You'll want to check your dimensions because if it's larger than what USPS uses for postcard postage you will pay more. Choose a medium that won't get messy in the handling and mailing process like colored pencils or markers. Once you've designed the cover of the card, flip it over to write a message, address it, and send it off! 

homemade postcards

I make sure we have some postcard stamps with our paper and pens before the trip, so we don't have any reason to delay mailing these.


Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney is a treasured book in our household. I grew up with a paperback of it, and it wasn't going to last the years ahead. A hardcover book was purchased a few years ago. The artwork for this book was created with colored pencils. This is a great book to explore around Earth Day.

The story takes you through Miss Rumphius' years as a child to an older woman. 

Her grandfather encourages her to go to faraway places and find something for herself to do to "make the world more beautiful". The story takes you through her journey to get there.

Miss Rumphius doesn't feel good before she finds out how to make the world more beautiful. Look at that satisfied cat.

When she feels better, she does find something to make the world more beautiful.

I wonder who Hilda is.