Wordless Wednesday. 8-18.


From Answers.com: On Wednesdays all over the internet, bloggers post a photograph with no words to explain it on their blog. Hence the ‘wordless’ title. The idea is that the photo itself says so much that it doesn’t need any description.

Look for more fab Wordless Wednesday posts here:
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All writing and photos property of LoneStarLifer. 2010.

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Wordless Wednesday 7-13.


From Answers.com: On Wednesdays all over the internet, bloggers post a photograph with no words to explain it on their blog. Hence the ‘wordless’ title. The idea is that the photo itself says so much that it doesn’t need any description.  (This picture is part of my Texas note cards over at Snail Mail Notes.)

See who else is Wordless this Wednesday.

All photos and writing property of LoneStarLifer 2010.

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Summer Bonding Project with Twitter Moms and Glue Dots


I am a member of TwitterMoms and recently had the chance to get a free selection of Glue Dots Brand Adhesives.

What, you may ask, is Glue Dots.  I’m quoting here:

Glue Dots are a great and safe alternative to typical tapes and glue guns.  They are versatile and work on a variety of surfaces including paper/photos, metal, wood, plastic, textiles and fibers, plastic, foam, and more! Glue Dots are a no-mess solution to all adhesive or glue needs.  Bonding instantly, they require no dry time and provide instant gratification for kids and adults.  Glue Dots provide the strength you need in an adhesive without the mess and dry time of liquid glues.

TwitterMoms and Glue Dots are running a Summer Bonding Project.  Bloggers are asked to use the Glue Dots in all sorts of imaginative ways and creations, and blog about said creations.  Bloggers have posted about making cute note cards, baskets, diaper cakes, foam ornaments, gift boxes, and all sorts of kids crafts (perfect for summer fun).  When I saw the Glue Dots, my mind went to a more practical use: Snail Mail Notes.

My first project was compiling print information about Snail Mail Notes for a blogger who was going to Evo ’10 (social media convention) in Park City, Utah.  I placed a bookmark, gift enclosure card, postcard and postage for the postcard in a cellophane envelope.  I had been puzzling over how to display the postage so that it wouldn’t get lost and cause a little buzz when people saw the envelope.  When my Glue Dots arrived, I found they were perfect for my idea.  I printed business card size cards with my Snail Mail Notes philosophy on one side and all my contact information on the other side.  Then I attached with stamp with a Glue Dot.

I wanted the sample recipients to actually use their postcards and this was an easy way to provide the postage.  The bloggers attending Evo ’10 could mail the postcard while they were at the conference, or get in touch with someone after they returned home.

The second project was something with which I have long struggled.  How to make gift baskets using Snail Mail Notes so that the cards were spaced and displayed, not all clumped together in the bottom of the basket.  I couldn’t use tape or glue, that would ruin the cards or envelopes.  Stuffing some tissue paper in the bottom of the basket and arranging cards around that only goes so far.

So I gave Glue Dots a try.

These particular dots come one per perforated square.  You take one square and pull off the top cover.  (You may wonder why I’m being so explicit….I didn’t read the instructions and was taking the dot off with my fingers and trying to place it flat on the surface.  Was. Not. Working.)

You then place the dot on the paper surface.

Pull the top cover off.


Tah-dah.  The dot is where you want it to be.  No muss, no fuss.


You can now arrange the basket as you like, and it might look as fab as mine!


I am totally sold on Glue Dots (I’m a Facebook fan) and thank TwitterMoms for making them available for me to try.  I am now working on samples for BlogHer ’10 and am excited that I already know how I will be making a look great presentation.


I wrote this blog post while participating in the TwitterMoms and Glue Dots blogging contest to be eligible to receive a $30 gift card.  For more information on how you can participate, click here.  And P.S. to TwitterMoms.  My free WordPress blog will not support the widget designed for this contest since it has Javascript or Flash in it.  I designed my own widget.  Hope that’s ok.
All photos and writing property of LoneStarLifer 2010.

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Snail Mail Notes Goes Texan.


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I hinted several posts ago that Snail Mail Notes was working long nights, furiously designing new product for something important (at least to LoneStarLifer).  I had the opportunity to be a part of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas convention, selling Snail Mail Notes to the lovely Daughters.  I wanted to have a large selection of Texas-themed note cards, notepads, sticky notes, magnets.  If you read my “About” page, you know I want to become a member of the DRT.  I met a nice group of ladies and found a chapter I want to join, so I hope to begin the application process with them soon.

Earlier this spring, I had the opportunity to take a trip through the Texas Hill Country and take a media card full of new pictures.  Here is some of the finished product.

allroadsThis card was inspired by all the driving I have done around Texas.  Texas signs are just such part of the Texas landscape.

blkpost The “Texas” word was painted on the side of an old building near Round Top, TX.

sfaustinpostStephen F. Austin, The Father of Texas.  This statue is in the Stephen F. Austin State Park near San Felipe, TX.

wildpost_20100504163104_00001 I had so many good pictures of Texas wildflowers that I couldn’t use just one.  I took these pictures around Independence, Brenham, Round Top, Chappell Hill, Lago Vista, Marble Falls.

paint-flat I made a series of wildflower flat note cards that can also be used as postcards.   There are seven different cards in the series.

For a more complete look at what’s new and Texan, hop on over to Snail Mail Notes and check out the Texas page.  And if you would like to buy some, I wouldn’t complain.

All writing and photos property of LoneStarLifer 2010.

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M.I.A. But for a Good Reason.


I had been trying to be more consistent with my blog writing…but have been absent the past two weeks.  Snail Mail Notes is on a growing spurt and I have been out traveling/taking pictures and  furiously designing Texas-themed product for an upcoming opportunity.  So until I can get back to writing words, here is some of what I’ve been up to.  And these new items will be on the Snail Mail Notes website soon, so YOU can buy some!

New Notecards and Postcards:

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New Enclosure/Gift Card:

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More to come.  Check back in later.  For now, I’m off to finish up designing.  Today is really the last day I can submit designs to the printer and get them back in time for the show.

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A New Snail Mail Notes Giveaway.


One thing (of many) that is great about blogging, facebooking, twittering, blahblahblahing is virtually and physically meeting women (and a few guys) who have similar interests.  Everyone I’ve come across as I am teaching myself HTML code, social media, blog writing, better photography skills have been helpful, funny, creative and non-competitive.  The internet is seriously being shifted and improved by women who want to be creative, be good moms, be resourceful and careful with money, be connected with other women who want the same things.

Several bloggers have said they would be happy to host a giveaway of my Snail Mail NotesFreeSampleMomma gave two sets of notecards last week.  This week All in an Iowa Mom’s Day is giving away your choice of $10.00 worth of Notes.  That’s alot of Notes with prices running $0.25 – $1.00.  The winner will be drawn on  March 15, so you have plenty of time to throw your name in the hat for the prize.  There are several chances to enter your name like leaving comments on Mom’s Day blog, tweet about the giveaway, follow Mom’s Day or Snail Mail on Twitter, etc.  Go HERE to see how to enter.  And go HERE to see the different cards you can choose when you win.  Go give Iowa Mom some comment love and let her know you are interested in Snail Mail Notes.

Thanks to Sara at All in an Iowa Mom’s Day for working with me to promote Snail Mail Notes.

All writing and photos property of LoneStarLifer. 2010.

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Happy Texas Independence Day!



(artwork by Little J)

I almost missed posting about this special day, at least to some Texans.  March 2 is Texas Independence Day.  On this date in 1836, the Texas Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Convention of 1836.  While this convention was meeting at Washington-on-the-Brazos, the defenders of the Alamo, including Colonel Travis, Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett, were holding off Santa Anna and his Spanish army.  That siege ended at daybreak on March 6, 1836.  If you ever get the chance, travel to the Alamo for the annual remembrance ceremony at daybreak.  Little J and I went one year and it is still a favorite memory of ours.  I haven’t asked Little J if he can still recall the wording of the letter that Colonel Travis wrote, asking for help, but he used to be able to recite it.  Asleep at the Wheel recorded a tribute album to the Alamo several years ago and the letter is featured.  We played that CD so many times I could even recite the letter.

(artwork by Little J)

I am a 5th generation Texan and love the symbols of Texas.  I’ve incorporated some of those symbols in my Snail Mail Notes inventory, and I’ll continue to do so.  Long Live Texas!

All writing and photos property of LoneStarLifer. 2010.

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