Comment: AW, I am honored to receive your special card! I'm a total sucker for black and white postcards, so many thanks, I love it. I think it's super cool that you can spend time away on the main street in the little down. That sounds like a dream.
Comment: what an absolutely awesome topic for a zine, and I totally agree, vignettes and snippets are a lot more approachable than full memoirs, easier to write, share and read! Thanks for sharing yours with me (:
Response: So glad you liked it! I hadn't thought about some of that stuff in years but it was so nice to reassure my younger self. I don't think it's a unique idea, you should totally run this zine swap and I'll try to come up with something different.
Comment: What a lovely glossy zine this is! You've done a brilliant job on it, I love every bit of it. And, high five! I've been doing a lot of blackwork lately too! It's so soothing. Thanks for the awesome swap, and have a lovely day!
Comment: Thanks for the lovely Zine. How cool to ride on a library-bus! Recognize about the hoover ... And I must be very lucky: I see them almost very day flying here the herons! :-D And I LOVE the Russian proverb! <3 - Ellen
Comment: Thanks for this wonderful colorful zine! I love that you so promote reading! I go to our village school, every day, and have each kid read to me, for 20 minutes. This week is testing. We rarely have herons and egrets show up here and when we do, it is a world event. Birders come from Australia and farther to photo them. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Comment: Thank you for your lovely note, in which you tell me about yours and your parents' lives. I like blackwork, too, though I'm not much of a needleworker. The calling cards and the owl feathers are really great! Did you find the feathers yourself?
Comment: Thanks for the happy mail, Linda! It was nice to be reminded of the simple joy of paper snowflakes, we did these with our mom when we were little and I did them with my kids when they were little! I think I'll bring them up to mu mom's house and hang them in her window..! The recipe looks much like the chicken soup I make, though I put lots more vegies in it...Like parsnips and turnips and such! Yum!
Comment: Hi Linda thank you for the lovely candle ...the details are so beautiful, love that you incorporated some beads onto it. I will treasure it always. Merry Christmas to you and happy swapping. Blessings and have much joy !
Response: Yay! I had the beads hanging around and I thought they would be a nice addition.
Comment: I love your tattoo idea! Yeah, getting one is a big commitment! First you have to love it enough to have it permanently placed on your body, second, it's painful, and third you want to pick a great artist, who listens to what you want. Placement is important too...do you want to show it off, will it affect your job, do you want to be able to see it? (I see so many people with them on the back of their shoulder) I have 4, they are hidden unless I want to show them, and they are where I can see and enjoy them. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: My weight makes me nervous about tattoos. I don't want to destroy someone else's art while I'm getting my body under control.
Comment: It came WELL in advance of the due date, and I'm so sorry I forgot to rate!! It's waiting safely in my hanging mail holder with two or three other swap Christmas gifts... I'm going to pull them all out this weekend and put them with gifts I'm wrapping (I'm training the puppy all week NOT to eat Christmas presents, with empty wrapped boxes until I feel more confident about his personal restraint!!!!) Also, the little Christmas postcards are so adorable... thank you very much! (edit: oh thank you... what fun adorable little stampers!!!! I've been playing with them all morning :-)
Response: I'm so pleased it's there. i have high hopes for this gift. I think you'll really like it. Merry Christmas!
Comment: Thank you Linda for your very sweet notecard and the fun surprises you put in there for me! This is one of the few times I get to rate the coordinator and my swap partner and it's the same person! Two stars for you! :) I love the extra nc, the stamps, small envie and washi! It all made me smile today. Great job! p.s. I love libraries and often order books/movies, so I love the bookmobiles too! Happy Holidays!
Response: Libraries are the best! I'm so glad you liked the treats. This is one of my favorite swaps to send out.
Comment: Hello Linda, I wanted to thank you for everything you shared with me. This swap was a lot of work, and I really love what you did for me, sending out all this mail. Give me a couple of days, and I will write back. Take care!
Response: You are so kind! Thank you for joining this amazing swap!
Comment: I have nothing but sympathy for the situation outlined in your zine, I can so relate...And yet it did make me laugh, that's sometimes the best we can do, right?! Thanks for the great zine, loved the drawings and the sentiments!
Response: She's a sweet lady, she really is. But dear lord, can she talk.
Comment: Thanks for the great paper doll and wonderful story! I love the laughing zebra card too! We got 5 inches of snow in the village, but none on our island. 32 degrees today, when it was just 50 a couple days ago. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: Yikes! Our weather has been bouncing between low 60s and high 80s. I lug more outer things around than I do my toys. And I have a compulsion to bring a set of art supplies with me everywhere.
Comment: Thanks for the old books postcard. Sounds like you lucked out, just falling into that job! I worked as a page in the town library when I was a teenager. I liked that job, but at my level it could be tedious.
Response: I can understand that. Lots of library work is tedious. Thank goodness for teenagers!
Comment: Oh my goodness - I ADORE this ATC. It is totally going in my Favorites section of my collection. The Henry the 8th is amazing! So funny - so cute - and one of the most infectious songs I know (I'm 'enry the eighth I am, 'enry the eighth I am, I am...) :) And the card...the card...LOVE it!
Response: He was neat to make but he had to go to a special partner. Good thing I got one!
Comment: Cool zine! You saw Dory? I havent yet. And you lucky gurl, you got a new mattress? I covet. lol OUr mattress has a freggin concaved hole in the middle so when my husband is in bed I get sucked into that hole. lmao. Frun zine. THANK YOU!
Response: Thank you for doing this swap! I love how every zine turns out different. I can't wait to see our international partner's take on it.
Comment: AWESOME! Just awesome! I love the "faux" security background...and the tape constructed 6. And of course it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy since you gave me some of that tape for my own nefarious purposes, Mwuhahaha :)
Response: I'm so pleased. It's fun to experiment with your swaps!
Comment: Thanks so much for such a wonderful swap! The envelope and stationery patterns are fantastic; I really like the colors you used. You're so thoughtful, sending the poems and the postage stamps. I liked the poem "Selecting the Reader" the best. Great stamps, too. And I loved your zine! So positive and charming. Thanks again for a Great Mail Day.
Response: I'm so glad it got there. The mailman returned it to me once because he thought it was addressed to me. Whoops!
Comment: Thanks for your kind note (can really need right now) the card and the awesome bookmark! I do know blackwork, never really got to it, but now that I see it again maybe I should start trying! :) Any tipps (where did you find the pattern?) :)
Response: Actually, there are a ton of blackwork designs on Pinterest. But I got that particular one out of an ancient books at my library. I hope you are feeling better!
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely book mark. I wasn't familiar with Black Work so looked it up on line. The stitch designs remind me a lot of needlepoint. I used to do that until I discovered cross stitch. The fabric on the back is gorgeous. Love it. Thanks again. june -gizmodust-
Response: You are welcome. These are some of my favorite swaps.
Comment: Thank you for the cross stitch books, and I just bought a lot of Cross Stitch Towels, none of them black, lol, so they will come in handy. Your advice for working on dark fabric was most welcome and 1) Avoid it advice made me laugh out loud.
Response: Best advice you will ever get about black cloth. How is your project coming along?
Comment: What a pretty notecard you used and what a fun PI bookmark! And I always love seeing variegated threads. Thanks so much! I love the design you used for the border and how you attached it to the backing fabric. I will probably borrow that to finish up #3 for my partner.
Comment: I love the snake scales ATC - I didn't even notice the letter S on it till I was showing it to the hubby and titled it just right, LOL. And I love the star ATC as well - it's my first all fabric ATC. It's going on a special page in my collection for cool ATCs. It was awesome being partnered again!
Comment: Big Mad Drongo apologizes that he received an excess cheese error when entering the record of his annual Hogswatch Greetings Card into Hex. He is entranced by the snowflakes and therefore has let out the Ants Inside. Thankfully Wizards do not wear pants. Happy Hogswatch, and thanks for the greeting and the snowflakes!
Response: Well, if you mess around with Hex, you are essentially asking for trouble. Happy Hogswatch!
Comment: Thanks so much for your recommendation for The Book of Luminous Things. I'm set to order it tonight, and I'm looking forward to reading it over my vacation next week. Pretty awesome postcard, too!
Response: I picked it back up this morning after receiving your rating and fell in love all over again. I hope you like it as much as I do.
Comment: I love the Laura LaPlante postcard! It is really great! I have read "The Devil in the White City. I enjoyed it, too!
Response: It's marvelous. I haven't been as taken with his other titles but they were still good. Have you read the guy who did the encyclopedia in a year? It's part memoir, part reflection on knowledge. I really enjoyed it too.
Comment: This is such a well done zine !! You touched me in many ways !! Loved the spirit of the "best things in your life" me too! Those stars .. I've often thought how neat those patterns are ... But the orang marmalade... My absolute favorite... What a great thing to grow up with ... Thanks for sharing,,,
Response: Aww, thank you! I do love marmalade. My Mom lives in the same sort of community and has 3-4 trees in her backyard. But they also have a community lemon tree and kumquat tree, So delicious!
Comment: Thanks for the wonderful zine -- I like every page. The orange marmalade story is sweet and the security envelope stars rock. What a fun take on this challenge! Your last page is beautiful in both color and sentiment. <3
Response: Thank you! I really am very lucky and I try to be thankful for it.
Comment: Your Zine arrived today and it is terrific! I love orange marmalade. And I have just started paying attention to the insides of security envelopes, what a great idea and nice variety you show! Thanks for playing along the Zine fun!
Response: Yay! It was my first one and I was very nervous. Thank you again for hosting such a fun swap!
Comment: Wow! Way more than a smile, happy dances! What a perfect envie of profile base goodies! I am overwhelmed by your generosity and am so greatful! Thank you so very much!❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Response: That makes me happy to hear. I had all of my stuff stretched out all over my living room looking for the right items for you!
Comment: Thanks you for the stocking stuffer. I love the little tag. Your note read you wished you had found this swap earlier. If you would like I can set up a private swap like this one for 5 or 6 stuffers so you will have more to fill your stocking.
Response: I would like to take you up on that! I need at least a two week turn around though so I can go browse stores for the perfect little bit bobs!
Comment: Hello again! The postcard is super cute, and I have to agree that the notecard is lovely (I'll probably never bring myself to use it, haha). I also love that Happy Birthday stamp-- I've never seen it before. Thanks for sharing some of your favorite things with me!
Comment: Thank you so much for all the wonderful goodies! I love Teresa Wentzler too and I have never seen the pattern of hers you sent so I am excited to stitch it! And the towel patterns are great, I see some stitching of holiday presents in my future! Thanks again!
Response: You are welcome! I have some other Teresa Wentzler charts if you are looking to trade. An extra of Noah's Ark and the Storyteller.
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful card. Those are lovely doodles and I love the colours too. Maybe I should try some doodling as well - it does look like fun. :D
edit to comment: I love that idea! great! :D
Response: I can't get over how much fun they are to do. I've started working on a piece of watercolor paper that is two wide and two high and when I'm done. I'll cut it into four ATCs. Creative exploration is the best.
Comment: Loved your pair! :) My son was impressed that it made a whole picture.
Response: I just measured two across ATCs on watercolor paper and then drew a light line where they needed to come apart. It's one of my new favorite things to do. A slightly larger canvas and a different look.
Comment: You are amazing! I loved the H is for Helga ATC...and the H is for helicopter! The Helga one is going on my computer desk :) And thank you for the new postcard stamps - our post office was out of them :)
Response: Yay! I thought it might be a little cheesy to send one with your name but I love L is for Linda. I took the chance that you love your name too.
Comment: I thought your PL was for a Disney themed PL swap until I read your letter ;D Love the look of the Toy Story pic cut into 9s in the PL! Thank you for preparing this PL for me, and for the book recommendations too. My girls have only read Stardust and we'll go look for the others on our next trip to the library!
Response: I struggled with finding an idea that would work for the front decoration and was so pleased when I figured it out.
Comment: Thank you for the nice assortment Linda! I'm glad you had a moment of indecision :), because it gives me a chance to see a variety of styles up close. I really like the "shiny flowers" one you did. Exact color of the flowers I planted this year. In answer to your ?, I'm gonna have to go with "dabbler" (with crafts in general). I just can't stand the thought of ruling anything out! This was fun Linda; thanks again! :)
Response: I'm so glad we were partnered for this swap.
Comment: This was a beautiful letter. It was a motivating one, too, as I really struggled to get started on this one. You led the way, and I hope that I followed. Straightforward, and personal. Thanks.
Response: I'm glad you liked it. I'm still genuinely sad about his death. And so grateful that he left so many books behind so he can not be forgotten.
Comment: How excellent, our embroidered ATC's must have crossed paths on their journeys. This is really a fabulous ATC and wow, in person it is so much cooler than I realized with all the tiny french knots!I am honored to have this in my collection. (:
Response: Maybe they waved to each other. How wonderful would that be!
Comment: I really enjoyed your answers. I find Zentangle fascinating and relaxing, though I feel about it the way you feel about collage. :) I haven't gotten effective with it yet. I like using different media too.
Response: Would you like to do an alternative media ATC swap? I'd be happy to sew something up for you!
Comment: The papers are wonderful! Thank you so much. The note was sweet too :)
Response: Too late I saw in the swap comments that you wanted maps... I keep getting them for my library job. You can write any tourist board of any state and most of the time, they will send you a map of their state for free. It's very cool.
Comment: Linda, thank you for my atc, and yes Rosemary & Thyme is an awesome show, what a great job those two ladies have, being around gardens and planting beauties all day, that's the life! The murders they solve is the cherry n top of the ice cream. Have an awesome everything!
Response: You are welcome! I had fun making the ATC.
Comment: LOVE! the bubbles! They're truly awesome. So hard to capture the actual look of a bubble, but you did it beautifully! My guy loves bubbles too! We're going to go for SUPER Sized bubbles this year. :) Thanks for playing!
Response: I'm loving making bubbles. They are so much fun to make!
Comment: it was so thoughtful how you made 2 atc's for me - i like them both and it's lovely how you made one for my astrological sign and another as you thought i wouldn't like them. i like them both :) xx
Response: I'm so glad. The C is for Constellation made me feel very clever but it's no fun receiving something that doesn't appeal to you!
Comment: In my classroom, I have a wall of happy. It's a combination of the kids' art, pictures that make me smile, and ATC's that exude happiness. Whenever, I'm feeling down or having a rough day, I look at the wall and think of all of the things that make me happy. The quote and the butterfly make it perfect for my wall. Thank you so much for a wonderful ATC.
Comment: I loved getting your letters throughout the month and thank you so much for the stamps and fantastic postcard! I am so in love with the art postcards, especially. You definitely made my mailbox happy. :)
 I love the swap-bot postcard, too. I can't bear to send it to someone, so I think I'll put it up on my wall.
Response: Thank you for so many kind words! I'm so glad the art cards made it there safely. I was terribly worried that washi tape would spoil that surprise. I'm glad we got to partner in this swap. It was fun!
Response: I've seen other people do mantras for the year and it makes sense. There are many things that you will still do, no matter what - but having an overarching thought in mind, might focus your activities.
Comment: Linda, I love every one of these ATCs! Thanks so much for taking a peek at my profile. The peacock ATC you made is beautiful!! And how did you know I needed one more sugar skull to complete my skull page in my ATC album? Again, thank you so very much :-)
Response: I am so pleased that you liked them. This kind of swap is my favorite because of the surprise of it all!
Comment: Thank you for the fabulous piece of Zentangles work, too cool! I also love it when I run across another Kansan here on the Bot. You have some great resolutions and I wish you well. Happy New Years. Hugs, Mona
Comment: Thank you very much for the lovely card. (I received it at my home address today.) I will be going to my PO today so the other one may be there waiting for me! Happy new year and wishing you lots of postal love in 2015.
Response: You are very welcome! Thank YOU for the kind hand-holding while I worried if it would ever get there. Happy New Year!
Comment: Absolutely fantastic. I am in love with this ATC. I never would have thought about doing an Xstiched ATC. This is definitely going into my favorites folder. I just can't say enough good things about it.
Response: I'm so pleased! I forgot how hard it was to work on dark cloth but it was beautiful when it was all said and done! Merry Christmas!
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful card, I'm so sorry you felt intimidated by my ratings. We all have to start somewhere in creating art and I'm sure your work would've been fine, lWhat ever you do....DON'T looking at the rating before send your work. I find I get worried about it , is my work going to be good enough. And sometime the person receiving doesn't like it because its not there style. This has happened to me many times.Be brave and enjoy creating your cards with no pressure. And I wish we did have the rating system for this reason. Next make me a card. Thank you for the lovely ATC.
Response: But I also knew you would like it. I will have a card made for you next time!
Comment: I received some wonderful surprises and am being very good and not opening them. I am excited to see what they are...I can't wait to open them on Christmas. I know they will be wonderful. Thank you so much.
Response: I hope you like them. They sure were fun to put together. Merry Christmas!
Comment: Aw! My very own embroidered-by-you bookmark... WHAT?! I must embroider it myself?! How... mh... sly of you.
Response: Happy to help! I knew you liked them. I'll be posting my finished version of it in a few days. It's taken since March - nobody has made me wait in their waiting rooms. That's when I get that stuff done!
Comment: Thank you for the card. We received a nice cold front here so it felt nice to do a little outside work- although not quite ready for Christmas lights but at least some fresh air :-)
Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and a happy New Year!
Comment: Who's an awesome embrioderer? You're an awesome embrioderer.
I loooove the pillow you made for my grammie, I don't think I told you her living room colors, but you nailed it girl!
My mom's bookmark is awesome... I have half a mind to get her a Starbucks card and keep the bookmark for myself... but I won't
Response: What serendipity! That's awesome about your grandma's house. And **I** wanted to keep the bookmark. But I know you are making me works of genius so it was only fair to trade genius for genius. :)
Comment: I have received all missing PC today. Isn't that funny specially when the postmarked is the same date on all post cards.
Mail system here never cease to amaze me. Thanks for such great cards.
Response: Yay! I was beginning to worry a little. I'm glad you like them. Thanks again for doing the swap with me!
Comment: What a lovely little book. I love the black and white different papers all tied together with the red heart. So attractive! And your writing was so sweet, honest and uplifting. Loved it! Thanks! :0)
Response: I'm so pleased you liked it. It was wonderful to sit down and remember all the things I'm grateful for!
Comment: What an orignal and unique idea for your design of the ATC. Thanks for the explanation of the piles of mattress' and the pea with a crown ( it might have taken me awhile to figure that out. LOVED it!!!
Response: Yay! This was one of those cards that inspired me from the get go. I'm so glad you loved it too!
Comment: Linda! You chose the same fairy tale for me that I chose for my partner. I love story of The Wild Swans so much, and the royal blue and pretty beading of the the cushion (as well as the flower of course) are just right. Thank you so much for making me something so special!
Response: I love it too! Who knew you could paper mache with cloth? I was very pleased with the flower and the cushion was icing on the cake!
Comment: Oh my goodness, I absolutely ADORE Bertram. W. Thing! hehe, he is lovely and made with such care and thought. His little introduction was inspired and I am wishing I had done the same with mine. I shall give him a loving home and he will be cherished. I shall take some photos of him to add to the group Flickr =D I do hope yours arrives soon, she does not like to travel =/
Response: Yay! My son was so jealous of you - he wanted one for his door. (So thanks for the awesome Christmas gift idea!) I can't wait to meet your sweet wild thing. (Oh my, that sounds way dirtier than I meant. Hmmm.) Thanks for the rating and the heart!
Comment: major happy dance! lol. Lovely assortment of goodies. I miss the promo stuff one has access to when working in the book world. I think I can edit my wish list after this pkg, lol. Thanks so much!
Response: I'm so pleased you liked it. I asked for the book at my library and they told me no so I went to my local used book store. Thanks for the rating and the heart!
Comment: Thanks for the great card. I haven't lived in California my entire life - but luckily, I do live close to the ocean. It's one of the perks. Of course there are also 113 degree days, which aren't so awesome.
Response: You are welcome! I sorta miss the high temps in Arizona. In Kansas, we have so much humidity, it makes anything over 85, pretty uncomfortable. Thanks for the rating and the heart!
Comment: Thanks so much! I've read a hundred years of solitude, but I do love to hear other people's take on it. It's certainly a story that everyone reads a little differently!
Response: Darn! I knew I should go with a Guy Gavriel Kay recommendation. It really was my first thought and then I second guessed with a tried and true and much loved book. Thanks for the rating and the heart!
Comment: Thank you for the lovely hand-drawn dragonfly. He is beautiful! He will be a treasure in my collection!
Response: He was one of my two favorites going out. I had to put him in your envelope, seal him up tight and then bury yours in a stack going out in the mail so I wouldn't be tempted. Thank you for the rating and the heart!
Comment: Thank you! Love the phrase on my bookmark and just the way you made it with the tree and the little fox. Thanks for the little extra cut outs and leaf punchies. I forgot to tell you I also enjoyed your note. :)
Response: Yay! I thought it was really striking in a minimalist sort of way but I worried that you wouldn't like it. Thanks for the great rating!
Comment: Got two great ATCs in the mail today! I never thought about using metallics for Zentangles, I'll have to try it sometime. The owl was great, too -- you really can make anything out of squares and circles. Nicely done!
Response: Oh! I'm so glad. Yours was so wonderfully wild and yet still tidy, I worried. Thank you!
Comment: Hi Linda, Thank you for the very powerful scenic postcard of Kansas. I only know about the Wizard of Oz and Balloon Boy air events. When I first moved to California I was afraid of earthquakes.
Comment: Thanks so much for the pcs. Love them cant beelive we only live less then maybe 5 mins from each other. WOW. The other day on here I got pcsfrom someone that lives in Roeland Park, KS. Small world.
Response: I've probably had that Saguaro one for 12 years! I was so glad I had a different state that I could send to you.
Comment: Thank you for the birthday wishes! : ) I'm glad my profile turned out to be coherent -> I tried really hard.
Response: We share so many of the same interests that it was fun reading your profile and saying, I like that too, and that and that too! I'm watching a swap right now called "This is my Boomstick" for the Geek Swap Central group. You might really like it!
Comment: Thank you so much for the kind message :-) How is your sweet Patrick doing? The difference between a vegan and a vegetarian is that a vegan doesn't use any animal products, a vegeterian simply doesn't eat meat (but can use leather etc). I still eat cheese and fish, but I'm planning to drop the fish after a while. Wishing you a wonderfull day and happy swapping! :-)
Response: Patrick is very sweet but into everything. My husband is a SAHD for the moment and it's kinda fun to watch the tables turned as he copes with the daily growth spurts and changes! (I don't think he knew how much work it was when I stayed home with our first.)
Comment: Hi Linda!
I received your swap and I love all of the goodies that you sent to me!! The Teddy Bear Snowflake is just the most adorable thing!! Did you make it?!?! I really like the Smashed Penny and all of the other goodies also!! Such a Wonderful Swap!! =)
Thank you sooo very much!! =)
Hugs ~ Michelle
Response: I did make it. I'm so glad you liked it. My mom gave me a book of snowflake patterns a few years ago and when I saw the teddy bears in your profile, I knew it was the snowflake for you!
Comment: I got your swap yesterday Linda!! Thank you sooo very much for all of the awesome papers!! I love the sock monkeys the best!! I never see anything with them on it around here.
Hugs ~ Michelle