Comment: Wonderful photograph! We don't have cucumber beetles here. They're pretty, even if they are considered a pest. Is the flower it's perched on a type of Allium? I've always been drawn to plants with pom pom or spikey flower heads. Happy gardening! <3<3
Comment: What a beautiful notecard! I love both bees and basil, but like you said, I have never had luck with the purple variety either. That notecard is definitely going into my journal. I hope you have good luck avoiding the bug that is circulating around in your workplace!
Thank you so much for the interesting swap.
Comment: Beautiful postcard with all the bright pinks and yellow! I'm renting now, so hard to spend a lot of time and money on plants. They do have some tulips and daffodils planted thank goodness, and they are starting to show their green tips, yeah!
Comment: Hi Rift! Thanks for the super cute photos of your precious little Guinea pigs! So, do Guinea pigs only have one baby at a time? Or does Dawn have a few brothers and sisters? It's very interesting that she's an albino! I actually went to school a long time ago with an albino girl. You mentioned that they are high-strung...so is my Great Dane! Well, thanks again, and I hope to swap with you another time!
Comment: Honestly working in an art warehouse sounds so awesome! Then again I'd be really tempted seeing all the product and want everything.. [may have to take you up on that offer btw lol :P] Sounds like you had a pretty packed day!
Comment: Rift, I was delighted to receive your wonderful card in my box today! You have been on my mind this week; I hope things are looking up. I'm so glad you're reading Miss Peregrine, it's a fun world to live in for a while. Wishing you the best....
Comment: I'm glad that even in all these stressful situations you're going through, you have things like swap-bot to turn to for therapeutic writing! I've also lost digital files that meant a lot to me and caused me days of crying, weeks of grief, ect... Stuff like that means a lot to us introverts. So I hope the data recovery helps, and even if it doesn't, things will start to feel a little more normal over time as you get back into your groove! I wish you the best!
Comment: Thank you for your beautiful letter. So sad to hear about your parents' cat. I'm impressed with your photos. I've never been to Oregon, but I love Washington. And I love the rain. I can't wait to travel out west again.
Comment: Thank you for the nice letter and what a beautiful card. Love the zinnias! I always get bee or bird butts in my photos. Love the photo of the little bluebird. I am lucky because I have two pairs that nest in my houses in the backyard.
Comment: Beautiful letter and photo. Our hummingbirds definitely migrate or they would be so frozen. I believe it gets quite a bit colder in MN than Oregon. Hmmm I will have to find the weekly garden swap and then go shopping for some postcards in that genre! I look forward to swapping again with you.
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful card and your note! When I'm taking nature pictures I have a problem getting the wildlife to sit still long enough. I wear tri-focals so it sometimes takes me a second or two longer to point and shoot. The bees just do not understand. LOL!
Comment: I received your stunning photographs of the bids you captured in the gardens...just lovely!! The color and depth plus texture was breath taking. Thank you so much for sharing your art with me :)
Comment: Hello Ms Rift! Thanks for your home made super glossy card! I got to say it looks great. Must be expensive. What sort of printer are using? Read some of your web site, you are an interesting character. Don't stop now :)
Comment: Hi Vegan Friend! Thank you for the nicely formatted book photo and pages! Nice. I see that the author enjoyed writing about sit spots;-) I'm sorry that it wasn't what you'd hoped it might be- the book, that is. I do enjoy the birds that frequent my yards... I've stashed binoculars close to the patio door. So I might've been attracted to this book as well. Thank you for sharing it with me! Happy Swapping and Healthy Eating... Ramya
Thank you so much for your lovely notecard and the photo of the colorful bus was so awesome! I have enjoyed learning about you for the past two weeks LOL :-) Also your handmade envelopes are so cute! Thank you so much!
Comment: Rift Vegan: thank you for the awesome weekend notecard and the handmade envelope! I also loved the photos you took! Such a special little envelope to open, it was great hearing about your weekend, sounded like a lot of fun :) also thanks for coordinating this swap, I'm already signed up for the next one!
Comment: Wow! The Woman who would be King sounds like an interesting book! I might have to look into it :) We passed Cannon Beach this a month ago on our way to Seaside. Regret not stopping! :/ Take care. ~RS
Comment: Sounds like a fantastic weekend communing with city nature - the photos are amazing, especially the covert goldfinch. My neighborhood sounds similar, though I have not embarked on gardening. Last summer before I was back at a 40-hour desk job, I did a lot of urban foraging and found a number of public resources that didn't involve maintenance, which was cool!
Comment: Beautiful card! I really loved that you took the picture on the card. I think that's the coolest thing! I've always wanted to make postcards of some of my photos. Where do you get them printed?
Response: Thanks for the rating! I print at home using (now defunct) desktop publishing software and a high-end printer.
Comment: I am also really enjoying this swap series. Also, the whole set of thing, the note card and journal cards, are amazing. My first thought when I saw them was "Oh my gosh so pretty!" I am seriously going to have to check out that website because if this cloud paper is any indication then I think I'm going to love it.
Response: So glad you liked it! And thank you for the rating... You have given me my 500th "5" rating! â™¥!
Comment: Hello Rift! Thank you so much for your lovely note. I really enjoyed reading about your community garden. I hope you get lots of wonderful vegetables to eat! Also, the picture of the Mallard duck is beautiful. I love it and plan to put all that you sent into my scrapbook! :)
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful note card, although I am sorry to hear about the heat, that could not have been very pleasant. We get over 90 degree days and then every air conditioner from my bus to my office is set so low you freeze to death inside and boil outside - makes not sense at all. The ducklings are adorable! What a great picture, and what a pleasure to watch them grow, Thanks for sharing them with me,
Comment: Thank you for the AWESOME postcard as well as the great message. I agree with you - I also wish the USPS had continued that nature series. I will definitely have to read Darwin's Ghosts - thank you for the recommendation. :) Happy Swapping!
Comment: Hey rift! Thanks for the card and quote! (Am I right in thinking the card is a photo you've taken?) if so, awesome ðŸ˜ Secondly you have some interesting books on your shelf - I have Carrie fishers last book on my shelf too!
Comment: thanks for the resend and the pics! i wish i could make envelopes, but i suck at crafts likes that! 200 is a full mail box???? my inbox is currently reading over 3,000!!!! i will catch up one day!
Response: So glad this one made it thru the mail and thank you for the happy rating! And ha, I had no idea my inbox "standards" were so high!! *laughs*
Comment: Hello Rift, Thank you for the minimally beautiful mail you sent, and how cool your name is. I read the page of your current book several times, trying to figure out the posture of the character... I agree with your critique. I am happy that you were thoughtful and copied the cover. The presentation was great!
Comment: Rift, your card and lilac picture were extraordinary! You actually PHOTOGRAPHED these flowers? Amazing. I enjoyed your newest note and your printing is very nice! Thank you for your noteâ¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸
Comment: I always enjoy getting a note from you. Your weekends are always interesting, even if they are short ;) Would enjoy a short letter friendship with you if you are interested.
Response: Yeah, I try to jam way too much in to those two short days! ha! I would love a letter friendship with you! I have sent to you a couple times... but I don't think I've ever rcvd a TGIF from you! Isn't that funny?! :D
Comment: Hi Rift! Happy to get a visit from your again although I was sorry to read you have been sick for weeks - yikes! It sounds like you are feeling better now which is a wonderful thing! I enjoyed reading about your weekend and it is amazing how quickly the piles accumulate - sigh! I spent several nights cleaning out my "craft/catchall" room and made a dent but need to get back to it - sigh! TY for the lovely photo of the Cardnials as well - wonderful Monday Happy Mail!! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Comment: Hi Rift! Sounds like a wonderful weekend between reading, writing and photography! I have to say your notecard and postcard are beautiful! Your photos are great and your printer, wow! I cannot imagine sending out 64 pcs all at once - the writing would drive me crazy - I am not good being in a swap with more than 3 partners! LOL! Thanks again for the lovely share! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Comment: This gorgeous envie was waiting for me when I got home from work today and it cheered my right up! The handmade envie with the birdie postage stamps, washi tape and handdrawn birds is gorgeous. The goodies are all very much appreciated and will be put to good use :) Thank you for being a great swap partner! Happy swapping! :)
Comment: Rift, thank you again for a nice note - you certainly got quite a bit done, no wonder reading is a bit behind. :) I've only ever done two reading challenges - too much "online" tech gets in the way.
Comment: Rift, thank you so much for a detailed "account" of your weekend. The extras were really special, esp. the blue heron photo. Can't believe people have giraffe stuff to send me - I really appreciate it!
Comment: Thank you for the book idea. I've been reading (listening to) some Terry Pratchett this past year; maybe I'll get to your recommendation soon! And while I haven't selected books intentionally because of their 'banned' status (although I have read many on those lists), maybe I'll give it a try.
Comment: Thank you for your letter! I absolutely love the photos on the notecard and of the bird. It looks like a lovely hiking area! You are so blessed to be able to enjoy it! Beautiful artwork! THANK YOU! :)
Comment: Thanks for the 2 book pages. It's amazing some of the books that have been banned and the reason for them. I am ambivalent about banning books, I'm against it for the most part however I believe there is some information that really should not be that easy to get, such as how to build a bomb or abc's of poison.
Comment: Hi Rift,
Thanks for resending! That is so odd that the letter didn't come through. I don't know how to explain it. Anyway, I appreciate your follow up and your extra goodies! That's very kind of you. I enjoyed reading your weekend letter and remember you from L&J, which is still on my goals list to make happen. Just taking me much longer than I had hoped. Looking forward to connecting with you again! Thank you.
Comment: Loved the two reviews! Thank you. I put the kid's book on the list for my 8-year old's Christmas gifts. My kids always get at least one book under the tree along with their other gifts. He'll love itâ¤ï¸ðŸ“šðŸ˜„.
Comment: What an excellent weekend! Thanks for sharing. I love hearing from people around US and how they spend time with family, friends (community) and themselves. Look forward to hearing from you again.
Comment: OMG - just came across this pc with the awesome dragonfly (again), and just on the fly (pun intended), I decided to double-check and found out I hadn't rated you yet! So sorry! With this Zika stuff going around, I'm worried about the dragonfly population since they're trying to kill all the mosquitoes. Why don't they just raise/import more dragonflies and bats??? Anyway, thanks for the awesome card! <3
Comment: Thanks so much for joining in and thanks for your kind letter. I am so glad that you are feeling like writing again -- it can be so good for the soul, eh? I loved your photo of your desk and the squirrel card and rainbow stamp, too :) Happy writing!
Comment: Thanks for the beautiful notecard. I'm glad you found your art motivation. I totally understand it. I haven't scrapbooked in such a long time. Hopefully I'll find my motivation. Thanks for the picture of the blue heron.
Comment: Thanks for the page! I love that movie too - still have a little plastic Falcor that hangs out on my desk with me. :D I read the Neverending Story when I was a lot younger and can't remember many of the differences. I think the movies depart pretty far from the book, but to be perfectly honest, the only thing I remember about the second movie was that it gave me nightmares. XD I hope you enjoy the rest of the book!
Response: Thank you; awesome about your desk Falkor! I def recommend a re-read... I thoroughly enjoyed reading it! Guess I need to look up the 2nd movie.
Comment: That's a great looking garden, love all the lush colors, thanks for sharing :)
For some reason all the ratings for this swap were only the texts, I remember rating them earlier but Sb works in mysterious ways sometimes... sorry it took a while to check this, I've been super busy :/ Thanks for the heads up!
Comment: Hi Rift! I love your card with all the veggies on it! Bummer about the spaghetti squash! Hopefully those dang bugs leave them alone this time around, you are very patient! We have zucchini, yellow squash and cucumbers that we have been eating on for a couple of weeks - yum! I love fresh from the garden veggies! Wishing you lots of luck with yours! I did have a fun weekend - thanks! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Comment: Wow, you have a LOT of supplies! Pretty much all three of my partners for this swap had way more supplies than I have. I'm beginning to develop a complex about it. *haha* Thanks for sharing! :-)
Response: Ha, a lot of stuff that doesn't get used on a regular basis! Don't worry, it will all pile up for you as well, just give it some time. :) Thanks for the heart, and sorry the pics didn't line up in my email, don't know why it did that!
Comment: Oh, Rift, I love your handmade card - it is of professional quality. Thank you for educating me on the tuft on top of the bird's head. :) I feel envious over you community garden. I'll need to check out the Orphan's Tales... I'm intrigued. A long walk with your camera sounds like another enjoyable, relaxing day. Thank you for sharing a little bit of your life with me. I really enjoyed reading the note. I also love the clever way you tied information from my profile to your photo card, postage stamp, and even the extra postcard. You've really earned your heart to make this a very special happy mail for me.â™¥â™¥â™¥
Response: :) Thanks for the lovely comment and the hearts!
Comment: Thank you for the book recommendations! I'm not really sure either about the "How to be alive" book, I feel a little sceptic. But who knows, maybe I should read it? :) I'm definitely gonna look into the other book you recommended, it seems like something right up my alley!
Comment: Thank you for sharing the wonderful green photos and about the trip to Hot Spring!
I would've loved the peaceful atmosphere, too. Btw, you looked nice in the photo. Try not to hide behind camera next time! :)
Response: Aw, that's sweet of you to say! Thanks for the heart, too.
Comment: Great card! Don't have a good reads acct. but might have to get one, as several people have suggested it. Don't keep a blog, can hardly keep up with my journal. Love that you're faithful with sending postcards. Thanks for being a part of the swap. Great having you.
Comment: gorgeous dragonfly photo. sounds like you was busy busy. gotta let me know how your plants do. dont forget to finish that homework and the ever growing weekend to do list.the hummingbird is gorgeous. glad he lets you get close. thanks for goodies.
Comment: Thank you for the book postcard. I love stacks of books! I see the Snail Mail book in the right hand pile. I enjoy looking at all the beautiful pictures and reading the letter writing etiquette.
Comment: I loved the slip of colored paper holding the letter!!! It was fab!!! Thanks for the book recommendations!! I would read the Doomsday book...I am going to try and find it for my kobo!! The Sheep book...interesting as it seems, not my cup of tea!
Comment: Thanks for you lovely long letter and the gorgeous bookmarks! I actually needed some new bookmarks and they were so pretty, will brighten my day every time I open a book. :)
Expect a reply soonish!
Comment: OMgosh..I laughed, smiled and giggled all the way from the box to the house and thats a full city block....then I shared the postcard with my mother in law and her visiting aunt. Not only is the picture a-dor-able but I was picturing you trying to capture the shot which was priceless!!! You used a cool font to make my name...sigh.......I shall luve this card forever. x
Response: So glad to brighten your day! The piggies and I definitely had fun, thanks so much for hosting a wonderful swap! â™¥!
Comment: The scrub Jay is gorgeous and so is the quality on the postcard! I even luv the paper feel. Oh, Donald Duck, get outta here. HOw, funny, original, cleaver, and scathing! Oh my. lol. THANK YOU! x
Comment: Thanks for the beaver card! Many people have said the same thing after seeing my profile - they stop and think and then say, yes, you're right, I haven't seen a beaver in the wild, either! One day....
Comment: Wow, love this pc with the flower & bee - thanks, rift! :o) Your garden sounds wonderful, it's no surprise it makes you smile. I moved to an apartment in the city last fall (a necessary move), and I could grow a few things on my patio if I want, but I'm too lazy this year, maybe next? There are also garden plots you can sign up for, but my gardening days are behind me. Now I just hit the farmer's market. ;oP
Comment: Sorry for rating late. Going through mail and found your photos. Incredible! I love the bird notecard ;) the photos were super nice! Thank you!
Response: Thank you so much for going through your old mail and taking the time to rate me. I was so sad thinking this one had gotten lost in the mail, and I wasn't up to resending. I'm glad you got it and I'm glad you liked it!
Comment: Lol, the back of the postcard must have gotten caught in a postal machine there were 7 places where it had gotten ripped and curled up. The good thing is the curls remained and could be read. The front is unscathed. Thank you for the nice sunflower postcard.
Response: wow, amazed it got to you! Thanks for the heart. :)
Comment: Wow! That's a pretty amazing pic!! I tried to catch a similar photo last year with the bees visiting my delphiniums but it didn't turn out very well. Next year we are hoping to have our own hive so I might have more chances to practice. Thanks for the PC:)
Response: Ha... yep, it's ALL practice. I don't know how many hundreds of pics of bees I've taken, trying to get that one! Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Rating you a 3 because my profile clearly states I hate home-made sarcasm. In fact I only like sarcasm bought from stores in third-world countries so I probably would have hated your US-bought sarcasm as well. F--- would not swap again. // (For anyone reading profile comments who doesn't recognise third-world sarcasm: the previous rating comment is *not* meant seriously.)
Response: The "3" rating that you gave me for this swap is completely unacceptable. I demand that you give me a "1" rating immediately! I will be contacting the swap host about this. ;) â™¥
Comment: Thank you for the nice postcards. I loved the quote from Stanley Horowitz. Not even know her. I love photographing flowers and hopefully get to make postcards of my photos someday. Here we begin the fall, but that is always seeming summer. :) Happy Spring for you! Greetings!!
Comment: Hello Rift:
Thank you for the copy of the one page from Glamour in Glass page 83 by Mary Robinette Kowal. The one page caught my interest. I may try reading the book at a later date after I finish my current book that I am reading right now called Archangel's Legion by Nalini Singh. This is the sixth book in her Archangel's Guild Hunter's Series. Happy Reading!
Comment: OH RIFT!!!!!
Today I've sent a postcard to you and... have found two postcards from you on my mailbox! ^_^ THANK YOU SOOOOOO MUCH GIRL!
Did you take the photos on the postcards? I really don't know what of them I like more... :_) Thanks again Rift, you really have made my day!!
Ton of love!
Comment: Hi Rift! I got your cool postcard today, I love it! This summer was my first attempt at gardening and I think it went ok, I'm going to plant more flowers and plants that attract bees and butterflies next year though. Take care!
Comment: Your photos were so beautiful. You should be proud!! Hard to decide on a favorite. I love taking pictures of birds but I have to say what a wonderful shot of the raccoon!! Cow is great, too! Thanks so much!!!
Comment: Thanks so much for your personable answers! I really liked reading your writing, and I would love a handmade postcard if you still want to send one! I have given blank handbound journals out for Christmas gifts one year myself ;D I really miss the days when I had a bedroom big enough to craft in; I'm jealous of your intimate and comfortable setting.
Comment: That is strange because I have never had a swap partner that we exchanged our items. I sent you a postcard too. I wrote a note on that one for you. I love tomatoes so I liked your card alot. They lok so good. Yes we have been eating strawberries. I have some small pea plants that someone gave me so hope that they get bigger. Sounds like you have a real nice garden. Thank you again for the card.
Comment: Great photo pc. You might add some shipping tape on the front as this one was thrashed a bit in transit.
Response: Thanks, Judee!. I do add a layer of lamination to my International postcards... but I guess I need to add it to my US postcards as well. Thanks again for the input, it's very much appreciated!
Comment: Thanks for the cemetery card, and the note card of your photos. You do great work! The PC was perfect--love it. I take lots of pics in cemetaries, and sometimes when I turn it black and white or sepia I get a creepy undertone.
Comment: HI rift!
thank you for the lovely home-made postcard
... i am glad you celebrate the greenery of
the pacific northwest (kudos on the laborious
gardening efforts!) & congratulations on your
> keep up the good work!
Comment: You're a wonderful photographer !!! I did love your postcard , thank you so much !!! Is that cherry tree on street or in a park or is it in your garden ? I love cherry blossoms. Thank you so much again !!!
Response: oh Thank You! You made my day :) I took the photo from the sidewalk, the cherry tree belongs to one of my neighbors. Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Love the GREEN postcard that arrived... loved all the "green" things you listed, too! Made me think of some of my favorite "green" moments... the smell of a freshly mowed lawn that first time in the spring, ahhh! Thanks!
Comment: Thanks so much--love the quote and love the book pile--looks much like my own! :) I am enjoying this--and am also trying to not go crazy on swaps, but getting cards is so much fun.
Comment: Girl Have I got a story for you... We had these Blue Herrons down at our pond eating our gold fish, my husband told me one a.m. he was going to get him a Blue Herron on this particular day, and so he did. He took it in his arms, and we called the Heron society.... they picked him up, and healed him... and wanted to bring him back to our house... and let him go... OH NO..... we said..... He had a virus, and was sick... but we saved his life, and the life of our fish... I have this great picture of my husbnad holding a blue Herron in his arms in our kitchen in our house....lololol It is great to see the wildlife... Thank you Pat
Response: Wow, that is a great story, Patricia! :) Thanks for taking care of your heron neighbor!
Comment: I thought a card I got the other day was from you. Sorry. I got yours today and love how you did it. Would you be willing to share how you made it?
Response: Heya judee! I set up my postcards in a desktop publishing program called PagePlus by Serif. Then print them on card stock or double sided matte photo paper. To make the pc studier, I sometimes seal the photo side with lamination paper. Thanks so much for the heart!
Comment: Thanks for the nice card and the great quote. Do you print your own cards? Where do you get the great paper?
Response: Oh shoot! I've been experimenting with several different papers lately... so I'm not sure! Guessing: I get 110 pound card stock, print it, cover the photo side with lamination paper, then cut it out.
Thanks for the heart, Kankalin!
Comment: THank you for the postcard :] I taught myself to crochet a week or two ago so I could amigurumi. I've made 4 dolls so far, and have started posting really cute (free) patterns I've found to my blog. I found a SUPER cute octopus pattern, and I can not wait to start making it. I just ordered 17 things of yarn (yikes!) so I'm waiting for them to get here so I can pick the right color for my new octo-friend. Till then, I'm making small plushies to give to the local hospital and church for kids for christmas. It's fun and I can do something helpful with them!
Response: awww! your squid is cute! Thanks for posting patterns... I've added your blog to my reader. Now I just need some time to practice my crocheting!! :)
Comment: I love sunflowers! I don't ever see them around here, though.. and I don't have any proper place to plant a garden. One day I will.. and then I will fill it full of sunflowers. :D Thanks for the PC!
Comment: beeeyouteefull! I too adore sunflowers and was shocked to be able to grow them from a little seed to about 12 feet high several summers in a row! I keep forgetting to try since I moved here to the Seattle area...but I'm just not sure if there is enough sunshine here! ;) thanks for sharing! Happy swapping & shooting! :)
Comment: It's great that you are active in a community garden. We have had quite the opposite weather here though, it got hot and dry fast, so all of our plants are frying in the sun this year, but we had an early spring so we were able to see some pretty blooms early! Loved your photos my favorite was the asters, I think I might have to plant those next year.
Response: Thanks for the heart! We planted that aster plant from a medium sized pot in the middle of the summer, last year, and it bloomed all through to the end of autumn... So don't wait for next year to get those asters!! :)
Comment: Great card - I love the little red bird. Your page is so peaceful. Yes, I'd love to draw more in my journals but I'm mostly not happy with my mad drawing skilz. :-( Gotta take a class or something.