Comment: I really enjoyed your nice and happy letter! I would love to keep up with your upcoming travels (oh, how I love to travel, but can't at the moment). What a wonderful, awesome, Happy mail you sent. I LOVED the goodies! Thank you!
Response: As soon as I get my blog up I will let you know ! Glad everything met with your pleasure, thanks for the heart
Comment: Hello Lauri, this was such an amazing swap! Thank you for sharing pictures of your beautiful flowers, and for sending cutouts for my ATCs. You are so thoughtful :) You must be so excited for next year to move to Europe with your husband. I wish you the best of luck
Response: Thank you for the heart. Yes, I can’t get enough travel shows on houtube!. Hope you make amazing ATCs
Comment: Thanks so much for the adorable otter card, tea, and handmade mini sign! So very thoughtful and I love the paint job on the envelope and sign. Your trip to Europe sounds AMAZING!! That hike is going to be so fun - I wish they had something like that in the US!
Response: Thanks for heart. We have lots of good areas for such a program
Comment: Oh my goodness!! Thank you for all my lovely things, I cannot wait to use them in my junk journal! They are all so me....I LOVE the colors in the distress ink paper! and Oh my goodness the embossing bee things are soo pretty...I really want one of these machines...Do you care if I write back sometime?
Response: Thank you for your enthusiasm! Please do contact me anytime❤️
Comment: I love lavender, thank you very much! Love your letter also. I have not been to the postal museum but would like to go. Planning a trip there sometime with family and I'm sure it will be on the list of places to visit. I collect very few stamps but I do buy older stamps and use them! I love older stamps, they fascinate me. I am 52 and I'm taking a welding class. You are never too old to learn; that's for sure! PS. Thank you for the lovely photos as well. Such a lovely swap!
Response: I am so glad you found it interesting. What a fun class to take. I would like to try stain glass
Comment: Lauri, thank you so much for the amazing journal you sent! I have absolutely LOVED reading about your life and daily happenings during January. You are such a talented artist - the bookmarks were gorgeous. I also got on a big Marie Kondo kick after watching her shows - 10 SUV loads from our house to charity and a roll off dumpster filled with junk. It was so freeing! I'm going to send you a penpal letter to follow up to your journal. :) Thank you again!!
Response: I am so glad you enjoyed it!!! Last time I just got a thanks. happy to hear from you. BFF is in route via a plane and we have snow! Birthday celebration all week. Thanks for the heart
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful ATC! I enjoyed hearing about your wedding (sounds amazing) and your gap year sounds exciting, I might be a tad jealous. I love the stamps thank you! Also no snow here yet, just lots of COLD!
Response: We just got a little sprinkle today😀. Thanks for the heart
Comment: The letter was very thorough and detailed and I loved getting to know your family and travels! The little stamp is very very cute and I am so excited to use it. Also, I am so impressed that you took the time to send the bookmark additionally since it wasn't included in the first letter. Very beautiful and considerate! Thank you so much!
Response: Oh my goodness, it must of gone in another envelope...well I should be getting a thank you from another person. So sorry. One is made today and putting in the mail! Personally just handed it to my mail man!
Comment: Great swap, Lauri! I love the mail art, first of all. You had some cute washi on the envie that I was oh-so-happy to find samples of inside, too. And thanks for the postcards and a terrific letter. Love the idea of an adventurous gap year. :-) Thanks for swapping!
Response: Your welcome...I love drawing on envelopes....thanks for the heart and nice words
Comment: Thank you for the long letter and fast swap! The penguin envelope drawing is really cute! Thank you for the nice postage stamps too. I teach art part time in an elementary school, and I also do sub art teacher for high school kids. Very different experience. Young kids are not skilled, but their learning attitude is better. High schoolers have better art skills, but their learning attitude is not as good. You know, many high schoolers only want to text their BF or GF instead of doing art. Thank you for sharing your life with me. I think your life is very productive! Gap year and travel sounds like a great idea. It’s good that your kids are all old now, and have grand kids already. The Hawaii bookmarks you painted look very nice!! Thank you again for joining my swap! Hope you have a good year in 2019 ❤︎
Response: Thank you for the heart...I am glad you like my art!!!! But first I have to text my BFF 😆
Comment: Hi Lauri! Just got your mail art and wonderful letter! It was like getting a letter from a friend :). You write an interesting letter and what experiences you have had and are planning. Very inspiring. Martha PS: Thank you for the stamp and lovely mail art!
Response: Glad it brought a smile to your face! Thanks for the heart.
Comment: Thank you for the nice card, and thank you for the lovely attached letter. You're right, the best swaps include a personal bit of the partner in the form of a note/letter. You will find one from me in the mail in a couple of days!
Response: I will be looking forward to reading it, With a up of tea ofcourse. Thanks for the heart
Comment: Lauri, thank you so much for the lovely ATCs. The black cat looks awesome and you are so thoughtful for sending an August ATC, now my month collection is complete!
Although I am taking a break at the moment I hope to be teaching or getting involved in some type of education soon - I would be happy with any area but it would be great to do some type of creative or artisitic learning. Thank you for asking ❤️
Response: Well I am sure your students will benefit from your creativity. Thanks for the heart.
Comment: HAHA....I was sitting here opening mail and rating my swaps and as I began reading this letter I thought "wow you sound like the other partner I had?" I just realized you ARE the same partner on two different swaps lol. I LOVE that you included a photo of your board at work- and would love to see it now decorated for Halloween! Thank you for the washi tape!
Response: That is so funny! Don’t think the board will be decorated as I am off work till nov 3 due to my hubbys surgery.
Comment: Oh Lauri your letter was a gem to read thank you sooooo much! I just love a good handwritten letter! We really need to arrange to do a couple private swaps because I can tell already that we 'click!' Perhaps we could even Face time so I could see your craft room because it sounds darling! As for the flavored teas- I grew up in Canada and it used to be that RED ROSE brand had a slogan "ONLY in Canada!" My mom only drank the original Red Rose...and I've never even seen the flavored so I'm excited to try it. Beautiful die cuts thank you so much- I love that you hand watercolored them!
Response: That would be fun. Today, I am cleaning and organizing the room. Do you work during the week? Let’s find a time. I am pretty open except for taking hubby to rehab.
Comment: Thanks for the letter and goodies, Laurie. I really enjoyed reading your letter and getting to know about you and your family. The watercolor die cuts are great and the card is beautiful. It reminds me of a fiery sunset. I plan to display it on a mini easel in my den for the rest of this month, then I will move it to my pinboard in my crafting nook.
Response: I can’t tell you how pleased I am to hear you want to display my work. Tickles me . Thank you for the heart.
Comment: The room is looking great. We did white with grey accents and carpet. The room hasnt got a lot of light, and this REALLY brightened it up from what it used to be! I love it. I have tried my hand at watercolor recently. I painted a moon and a sea turtle/ocean pieces... and i CAN NOT do them again. I have tried so many times. Just doesn't happen. Thank you so much for the lovely sea view painting. I've hung it over my craft space [that seems to get smaller every time i look too!]
Response: Thank you for thinking my art was worth displaying! I can never reproduce something I did either! Hubby and I were talking about gray for our bedroom highlight with lavender thanks for the heart
Comment: I loved everything! Thank you for the beautiful sunflower decor on the envelope. Also, for the awesome water color card. I am going to put that in my journal. I love the bags and the cute dog stamp. Awesome!!
Your profile made it easy. . I enjoyed putting it together thanks for the heart
Comment: Hi Lauri, I love doing autumn ATC's and coins also!! Even though we live in southern Illinois , most of southern Illinois is baseball Cardinals fans, I guess because we live so close to ST. Louis only about 60 miles from it. Thanks for the nice letter, enjoyed it and the pretty envelope. Thanks for the wonderful autumn ATC's. So beautifully done, thanks so much Happy Fall to you also!!
Response: Thank you, I love doing autumn themes. My mom was a cards fan too.
Comment: Thank you so much, Lauri! This was such a great swap...the cute card, wonderfully decorated envelope with a great dragon stamp (which I’ll be adding to my journal!), the washi tape samples, the photo of your decorated work board, AND your very enjoyable letter! You are so creative and you really made my day!🎃
Response: Ah thank you, that made my day. I enjoy putting together that swap. I just got that set of stamps last week. Sadly I used them all. Back to the post office. I enjoy getting different stamps.
Comment: Nice watercolored beach atcs, Lauri! Makes me wish I could go walk in the sand! Thank you!!
Response: The day after we got to Hawaii, my girlfriend and I walked on the beach in the morning for a long distance. The next day I got out of bed and could barely walk! The muscles in my calf’s were strained. Now I know to take it easy or stretch out Still had a good time at the wedding. Thanks for the heart.
Comment: Hi Lauri! Such a nice Pumpkin ATC! I love the leaves! It's all wonderful! Thank you also for the "and a bit more"... the washi and the papers are really neat! I love your notes. I agree about the crafting. I have been a stamper/scrapbooker for over 20 years, but since joining Swap Bot, find myself wanting to sit at my craft area everyday! I'm sorry you have stop to paint your house... but think how beautiful it will be when you are done :-) A perfect canvas for some wall stenciling, don't you think! LOL. Thank you!!
Response: I am so happy you liked everything. I have to make more pumpkins as I enjoy sending them. The house is almost done hurrah
Comment: This is such a beautiful card, and thank you for the nice letter. I like hearing people's stories so I found it very interesting. I love the envelope you made, and the little one, and the ribbon and paint chip sample, and was just super happy with what I received. Thank you so much!
Response: Your welcome. Feel free to write back. I would love to hear from you. Thanks for the ❤️
Comment: Thanks so much for the beautiful ATC. You're watercolors are gorgeous! You're very generous with all the great extras. They will be put to good use. it's hot here too. Today it was almost 90 degrees. Thankfully we were spared the wrath of Florence except for a little misty rain and wind, even though we do need rain! I love to do many crafts, but being a parent again to preschoolers limits it some. Never enough time lol :) Happy Fall!
Response: Thank you for the heart and I hope you can find time to craft. They have to sleep sometimes lol
Comment: Hello Neighbor!! I am not completely familiar with this area, but my friend (who is a nurse) told me Camas is not far and I can see it from my bedroom window! I really enjoyed your letter and hope to write back just as soon as I can! Thank you for the goodies!
Response: it will be nice to stay in contact and maybe some day meet!
Comment: I love your cheerful ATC - makes me smile! Two of my favorites, a mason jar on a yellow envelope! Makes me smile even more!! Thanks for the cool die cut and the fantastic presentation too :) :) :)
Response: Well my purpose was served! Glad you enjoyed it all.
Comment: WOW! This ATC is the cutest one I have ever seen, including my own! I love the strawberry background and the mason jar with the burlap lid and little ribbon, SO adorable. Great job!! Thanks for the Washi, did you make it yourself? It is really cute and I like how wide it is.
Response: It is from a die cut, I can send you some if you like. Thanks for loving it. Send me an email. What is it that you want to know how wide it is? Be happy to die cut some jars for you and labels
Comment: 8/13/2018-OH how ever nice. I just love the envies you sent me and it sounds like you and ur hubby do alot of traveling...how awesome. We don't travel all that much. My husband and I have a business and he is always working and when he is not working it is because he is taking his mom or grandmother to the doctor. I think as far as I have gone out of Texas is to California and to Florida, Colorado, Kansas, Mexico, but it was all to visit family. Except Florida...we went to Disney World. Hope all goes well with your husband. Thank you.
Response: Well I hope someday you make some great travel plans and just do it. All work no play isn’t a fun thing!
Comment: Perfect summer flamingo mail art! Thanks for your note - I save much of what I receive, stashed in a large basket. As for the little booklet, I think they are called Friendship Books; this is the second I've received. I guess I'll add my name and pass it on! Thanks also for the stamps and the waxed envelopes!
Response: Thanks for the heart and for explaining the little booklet!
Comment: Thank you for the nice Beach Ball ATC! Love the extras and the way you decorated the envelope. The notecard is so beautifully painted -love your note inside. How cool to meet up with other swappers! ❤️💙❤️
Response: Thanks. I think I spend more time on the extras than ATC. I love pulling it all together. Thanks for your kind words and the heart.
Comment: Thank you for the letter. That recipe sounds REALLY delicious, and I love that it doesn't contain any pepper so I can eat it! I'm going to make it sometime next week, I think.The Mister is pretty jazzed about trying it too. Thanks!!
Response: Love to see how you like it. Thanks for the heart
Comment: My swap partner was AWESOME! I cannot believe all the things she sent me from my profile! She truly is an A++ swapper. I wish she was always my partner. I loved my ATC and coins and at brand new supplies and my journaling cards memo book stickers puppy paw punch(that is my 1st punch ever!)! I loved everything you really went above and beyond for this swap!!!😊💟❣💝
Response: I am so glad you got it, had me worried for a bit. Enjoy everything. Glad you liked the punch. Thanks for the heart and nice words.❤️
Comment: Thank you.
I am a bit disappointed. The swap description said that we have to write about our funny habits, 5 facts about ourself and our favourite food. You haven't mentioned any of this.
And I am very sorry, I don't get it how a stamped image can be seen as art.
The host gave you a 5, so I will give you a 5 aswell, but honestly technically I don't want to.
Response: I believe the stamping community would disagree with you. Thanks for the 5 and at least hope you enjoyed my letter.
Comment: You really surprised me with a lovely collection of nice things! I LOVE the artwork on the card! Thank you! I’m happy with everything... but I really love the vintage woman photo, washi tapes and note cards. Collecting notes while traveling is a great idea. Happy Summer to you and thanks again. 💙🙏🏻💙
Response: I am so gald you are pleased...and it made you happy!
Comment: I was happy to receive your letter so soon! And I love how you added a personal touch, I would love to see the cherry blossoms in DC! My husband and I hope to go to Japan too but during the holidays, so no cherry blossoms :( I used to be obsessed with them though, even had them for my wedding decor! But of course, after the wedding I was sick of all flowers hahaha. Thanks again, and happy swapping!
Response: I go through phases myself.. thank you for the heart.
Comment: Hi Lauri! Sorry I am so late getting this rating to you... just starting to catch up from vacation... I Love the "Z"innia ATC for "Z"! And you were so clever to do it in my favorite color.. purple! THANKS!! Thank you also for the beautiful extra background! Happy Swapping!
Response: Better late than not at all I say...thanks for the heart
Comment: Thank you so much for the recipes! We are huge steak fanse so this best marinade ever will come in handy ;) I'm glad you got to see some of the Big island before this volcano got mad. This lemon paper is adorable!
Response: Glad you like the recipe and I got to use the paper for a fun swap
Comment: I really enjoyed your letter and your trip to Washington DC. Your job sounds really nice. I don't put updates on my profile, but, I change it about twice a year. I keep each pen pals most recent letter just in case I need to refer back to it and I keep a card file on each established pen pal with addresses, birth dates, interests and such.
I love all the unique washi tape and tiny envelopes intrigue me especially when small surprises are hidden inside like lady bugs and shiny jewels. The watermelon covered envelope is delightful. Very nice swap, thank you, happy swapping
Response: It’s always fun to see what other people do with their swaps...thanks for the heart.
Comment: WOW .... so wonderful! I’m so envious of your talent! I feel very special to receive such a delightful ATC.... AND ..... OMG 🤣😂🤣😂 the Inn story hysterical!!!! Loved it thanks for sharing, yes, I would say your a hopeless romantic!!! I’d give you more ❤️❤️❤️❤️ If I could..... Oh I loved the fabulous washi too - thank you again
Response: You are so welcome. I am still learning just scratching the tip of the ice berg. Thanks for the ❤️
Comment: Lauri, thank you! I love the toucan! I just painted a few for another swap...they're great subjects, so colorful! Wow, thank you for the architecture stamps and the nice note. Stay ECO friendly!
Response: Baby step....your welcome, I am glad you liked it.. thanks for the heart
Comment: Thank you for the great notecard. I have never seen a reindeer in person, let alone a white one. That must be really cool. You do have an interesting family situation with the ex. Tell hubby, I hope he feels better.
Response: I knew you would dog it😊 thanks for the heart
Comment: I adore the ATC you made and sent to me. I like Audrey Hepburn also. The statement you put on the ATC was that quoted by Audrey Hepburn? I loved the layered look and it definitely wasn't to thick for me. I was mostly talking about things like a paper embellishment that has 2 or 3 little sticky sponge like things that will stick to whatever you're making to give it that 3D look. If I could I'd give you more hearts. God Bless and Happy Swapping........=)
Response: Oh I am so glad you like it. Yes, she said that. It is difinetly a fun ATC
Comment: Thanks so much Lauri for everything! ALL of the "ITALY" things are really cool. The bookmark is so sweet, thanks for the extra trouble you went to! I haven't found your special restaurant yet, but I'll keep looking...I love a challenge! I haven't been to Hawaii yet.....but, someday! The ATC is really nice...GREAT JOB!! 😊💜👍👍
Comment: Lauri, thank you for the lovely stationery! It was a nice treat to receive in the mail. I especially loved your letter! How resourceful of you to use napkins or fast food bags for writing if needed, that's awesome!
I actually buy a lot of my stationery from a store on Etsy, it's called La Papierre. They actually mail you stationery, it's lovely quality. And to answer your question, yes, I have left Alaska on vacation multiple times, although I haven't been on one since 2014 so I think I'm about due!
Again, thank you for the goodies and happy swapping! :)
Response: I really enjoyed making that swap. Glad you get out and thanks for the information on etsy
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful PINK swap. I really loved it all. The pink jewels are nice. I enjoy photography but mostly I take pictures of flowers and my cats. Your photos are so ....PINK and the tiny cats stickers are so cute. Thanks again.
Response: Your welcome I have had those cat stickers for a long time...just waiting for a cat person🐱🐱🐱
Comment: Hello and thank you for the Washington Monument postcard. I went to DC in 1988 (I was 17 years old) for three days with my Grandma and it was an amazing trip. We went to the top of this Monument and could see all around, although it was difficult through the smog (it was July and not only 95 degrees out - but 90% humidity; I would recommend NOT going in the summer time!). I hope you are having a great trip!
Response: I use to visit my grandparents who lived near by in Virginia. I all to well remember those lazy summer afternoons and humidity
Comment: Hi Lauri. Thank you for the Iris ATC. I almost did Irises too! I love the Van Gogh PC too... I hope you enjoyed your DC vacation. I've never seen the cherry blossoms there, but I have seen them in Okinawa, Japan. Apparently, the ones in DC rival them for sure! Swap on! :-)
Response: You are so welcome. We were about a week late for the full blooms but we did get to see some. It was worth the trip. Thanks for the ❤️
Comment: Hi. I've been doing this for so long, it's a habit I don't want to break. Sami is my nickname. Everyone calls me Sami. I've tried to do water coloring, but my mind and a brush just don't get along... Love the ATC. Happy travels.
Response: Thanks for the heart, starting to pack today!
Comment: LOL @ the "I should print out a dozen of your addresses" comment! [truth though :P] As far as I know [in response to your questions], it is against swap-bot rules to not reveal your address. I too had issues where I had to ask her for an address. I can't believe she won't give it to you though. How are you supposed to send??
Comment: I love the card. Its so pretty.
DC is going to be fun. I don't envy the plane ride. (I am assuming you are flying because I really don't envy that car trip.)
My brother is moving to WA state this week. I see visits in our future.
Comment: Thank you for the notecard and the extras. Fuschia are such pretty plants. They won’t survive the winter, so I bring them inside. I now have five inside plants that bloom like crazy. They are strange though. Outside the are a plant that branches out and hangs with lots of blossoms. Inside they turn into vines and stretch all the way across my windows but still have lots of blooms!
Response: Really! Mine are in the ground, so far nothing has sprouted. I hope they come back.
Comment: Hello Miss Lauri,
I rec’d your wonderful swap & am just so tickled. I thank you for the beautiful extras. I have to think about your question but will pm you my answer:-) you are very kind.
Happy Spring & take me with you to DC:-)🌻
Comment: Oh, wow! I love leprechauns year ‘round! Thank you so much for the wonderful ATC! Thanks also for the other amazing goodies. You certainly read my profile. What an extra special swap! Enjoy your trip! Cherry blossoms and the White House!!!!! 💖😊🇺🇸
Response: So happy you liked it, thanks for the ❤️
Comment: Lauri, I really enjoyed your letter. My goodness have you traveled a lot! I did enjoy Paris, however that's the only "exciting" place I've been. Thank you for the bookmark- always need one! And I love rainbow anything.
Comment: Thank you for the great card! Funny story: I moved to Seattle in 1995 to get to know my biological father. Met my now ex husband, got preggers, then married in Vegas, then moved back to Calif to be with family. Divorced 4 years later. Been here in NV since 2008 LOL. (I actually lived in Everett, Bothell, Kirkland and Lake City in 4 years in WA).
Response: You are a Washingtonian thanks for the ♥️
Comment: Hi, this was a beautiful and sweet swap. I loved reading about your north facing windows, your dad and the yellow bird. Thank you for sharing such a sweet memory with me. You certainly have birds that we don't see, I've never seen the birds in your beautiful pictures. Your envelope is decorated so beautifully giving me a huge smile. I've always loved pink Flamingos and wished I had one living in my back yard. The Washi tape is perfect, thank you. Have a lovely spring filled with happy swapping
Response: Thank you for your kind words. It is a lovely story...
Thank you for the lovely ATC, with the cherry blossom stamp. It’s funny you said you would be going to dc during cherry blosdom season in April, I will be there for work in April too for a week. I live how you decorated the envelope with stamps, that was so cool. I enjoyed your note and thank you for welcoming me to swap-bot. I am hosting my first swap if you want to check it out, ATC playing card.
Response: Thanks for your lovely response. I joined your swap. Must admit, I have never done a playing card but here we go.
Comment: Omgoodness, I loved your letter!!! Thank you so much for the fold and seals... I wish I could find a place that sells those! they are neat! Thank you so much for sending them to me! Hugs- jaimie
Response: I don’t think they make them anymore ...those were so old. Glad you loved them❤️
Comment: Thanks so much I enjoyed your letter, I laughed out loud when you said "I facetimed with my best friend and you were crafting and u looked up and saw her staring at you " hahaha us ladies need best friends, makes our lives so much better. The stationary is super cute and I love the Paris stamps. I have no clue as to what a Tim Holtz sidekick machine is? I have no idea how to use any craft machines, I cannot even get my printer to work LOL. I can do paper crafts by hand and I am luck to do that LOL Have a great week P.S I am going to add your letter to my junk journal and thank you for the very cute washi tape samples
Response: Thanks for the Heart. I am glad it was a good swap. Google Tim holts, as Dorothy says, “it’s a game changer.” I feel honored to be your journal. 🎉🎉🎉🎉
Comment: Thank you for the card and awesome stickers! I did the AncestryDNA test and I do have some Irish dna. Mostly Great Britain though aside from that. Have fun with your results. My grandfather was a redhead btw. Happy St Pats. ☘️
Comment: Laurie, your stationary is so pretty, and thank you for the lovely compliment inside about hoping to get me sometime as a partner, really made me feel so special. Your ATC was sweet, liked the gold glitz. Happy spring!
Response: Well thank you for the heart. Hope to see you around swapping. Feel free to drop a line too. Save my address somewhere . I cut them out and put on a 3x5 index file. Good ol fashion way.
Comment: omg....I am in AWE! The bracelet you sent me is a perfect fit and so absolutely beautiful! I love the matching earrings too! I am so excited to wear it <3 <3 <3 <3 You do amazing work. If you have a website or online shop, please send me the link! <3 <3 <3
Response: That is so nice of you and no I don’t have any sites. I just make stuff for friends and family and special request. I so appreciate your delight. Perhaps some day I will. ❤️
Comment: Wish I could give 5 hearts!!! This package was amazing (and over the top!) I love each and everything in it. Lauri- You really care about your swap partners- I can tell. Every detail- PERFECT. THANK YOU!!!!!
Comment: Haha I guess you're right, we COULD be penpals at this rate :P btw Prismacolor pencils are the best! Have never used anything I like more. I do admit, with PC swaps I sometimes won't leave a comment such I've been in such a busy rush lately. Trying to work on that. :)
Response: Well thanks for the noteâ™¥ï¸â™¥ï¸â™¥ï¸. I hope you can slow down some and enjoy swapping, now that the holidays are done. Thanks for the â¤ï¸
Comment: Oh my goodness, I am so sorry that this rating is sooooo late! Please forgive me, I just ran across your letter today as I am writing people back and am currently writing to you. Thank you also for the washi samples and little cling stamp, that was sweet of you :) I just moved for the second time in the past few months- we are 8in our own place now- the first move was to a temporary place (my dad and stepmoms house). I hope 2018 is starting off well for you!
Response: Not a problem. Hope you get settled down
Comment: Lauri, I LOVE the bracelet you sent to me! The beaded details were fantastic and the blue and white beads were so beautiful! Even the box you put it in is a treasure, with the hot air balloon on it - I've taken two hot air balloon rides so this was really special! The letter, wrapped up like a present, was so fun, and the extras you included were 'the icing on the cake'! This was definitely an extra-special swap and I appreciate it so much! You did a wonderful job! Happy crafting to you!
Response: Thank you so much for your kind words. I hope you enjoy wearing it.
Comment: Thank you so much for your lovely letter, Lauri! I very much enjoyed reading about your family and your travels. I'm a big fan of Washington DC, I love to visit as often as possible. I hope you have a wonderful time in April!!
Response: Thank you, need to read up and figure out the subway system
Comment: Lauri - whoa! This swap is AMAZING! You totally out-did yourself with the Hawaii calendar and all the pix and postcards. I honestly can't thank you enough. I'm writing you a note back to share some Hawaii experiences and hope you'll keep in touch. I loved the decorated envelope too - Mahalo very much! ðŸŒˆðŸŒ´â¤ï¸
Comment: Enjoyed your letter and many goodies -- you're so lucky to be able to travel so much -- N.Zealand should be wonderful. Have fun with all your artistic endeavors. By the way,now that you have a computer and big monitor you'll probably want to view and maybe maniulate your photography online.
Response: Well that would be an undertaking but then my hubby is a tech person so maybe I will!
Comment: I felt absolutely spoiled after I opened this!! I was so pleased to find so many goodies I can't even describe. Thank you SO much!
Response: Swap sent nov 22,no communication that it was not received. I emailed her and my host. Will resend.
I hope you enjoy everything in it. I think this one was better than the last., where ever it ended up!,,
Comment: Hi Lauri. Thank you for the lovely fuscia ATC. I too really like fuscia and like to paint them. Your ATC is so pretty. I like how you put the colors together. I do a lot with napkins and Mod Podge also. I have so many napkins. I just sent some to my last partner and she loved them. Thank you also for the Christmas Card and your wonderful notes and also for the Washi tape. We are having a low key Christmas this year. Just us and 2 friends of my husband's for Christmas dinner. I will be singing 2 Christmas Eve services at my church as well as one in the AM. Busy time of year! Have a wonderful Christmas!
Response: I am glad you enjoyed Christmas. Look forward to making more napkin ATC.
Comment: Thanks for the cute card. No, no snow in Phoenix. You have to travel to a bit higher elevation for that. Not sure where you live. Was born in Yakima and lived in Olympia a LONG time ago. Merry Christmas!! Stay dry!!
Response: I am across the columbian river from Portland. No snow here yet, this time last year we had ice storms...very mellow compared to then.
Comment: Thank you for sharing your weekend with me. I love the card that you made and appreciate the time it took to not only make the card for decorate the envelope. Thank you for including some stickers. I got a chuckle over your swab/swap writing issue. I could totally see myself doing the same thing.
Response: Well thank you for the kind words and heart. I like the weekend cards, gives me something to do at work
Comment: I love your poinsettia ATC! Thanks for special wrapping it and the blank tag- such pretty paper. You mentioned you are new to ATC making- I would have never know. Have a wonderful holiday season!
Comment: I gotta admit - sometimes it's hard to manage all the swaps [I do too many :P] What saves me is keeping a log. I do it in a little journal, marking down partners rated and ratings received. That way I know later if I didn't get someone's swap or vice versa. :)
Comment: Thank you for the card and nice note. Your travels sound wonderful. I have not been to D.C. but it is on my list! I also love to travel! I've been to SF when I was 16, I loved it!
P.S. I laughed when I opened your card, I just sent you a notecard today and am sending with a handmade Christmas card tomorrow. What are the odds we'd be matched up so often!
Comment: Thanks for asking about my grandson. He's doing well. Will need two surgeries this spring. He's turning 4 this week and is such a trooper. Sadly I won't be going to Florida for Christmas this year.
Comment: Hi Lauri. Thank you so much for a wonderful letter and pictures enclosed. I just got home late last night and sitting this morning, finally relaxing with a cup of coffee, it was so nice to open your letter. I will be writing back. With the holidays here, not sure when i will have a moment but between cookie baking, child-sitting, and sending out cards, I will take some pictures and send a little surprise your way. LOVE your rain gear with the washi tape "patches" and decorations on it (a work photo you sent me) and your wedding dress is gorgeous!!! May you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Comment: I just got your card today like I predicted! :D
I loved your handmade card and thank you so much for the Hawaiian turtle sticky notes! I love them! It sounds like your visit to Hawaii was amazing!
Comment: Thank you very much for your Atc's, the pictures and the letter. Now it's winter in Norway and today is the first day its snowing. It's cold!!!!ðŸ˜¨
today, but luckily we have hot summer too. It's dark outside already at 1600 every day. Well nice to have electricityðŸ˜‚. My love life flourishes. I am very much in love and can not get enough of him. He is the most cuddly man I've met in my life and it suits me very well. You'll enjoy yourself in HawaiiðŸ˜Š
Response: Well if itâ€™s cold outside, itâ€™s snuggle time. Would love to se a pic of you and your guy
Comment: Oh my goodness did you go above and beyond. Honestly it brought me to tears with how amazing the included extra gifts were. I'm totally turning them into a necklace and I will wear it everyday, your so so amazing and I totally wish I could give you a million stars! I hope you have such an amazing time in Hawaii, say hi to the Turtles for me! â™¥ï¸â™¥ï¸
Response: Well I am so glad you were liking the charmes and turtles. This is what swap bot is all about. I am glad I could go to that place for you.
Comment: Lauri, thanks so much for all the pictures! I love the one of the squirrel and the bird feeding together! What kind of bird it that? It's gorgeous! I've not seen one like that around here! The squirrel at the feeder is a familiar sight though... Lol!
I was impressed by the nice clean desktop, but I was more encouraged by the other desk photo, with things piles on top of each other and that beautiful chaotic look that creativity always causes when I'm crafting! And I have to comment on the envelope: love-love-loved the extra care you put into it! Beautiful! PS - Nice lab coat!
Response: Thanks. My bff says a mess is the sign of a true crafter! Today I decorated my lab coat with sayings from Audrey Hepburn.
Comment: Wow! I am just... Wow! Speechless... I love everything you sent. Thank you! I loved reading your letter and looking at all the stuff! I love the little charms and things! And the little envelopes you made. And ... everything. I guess I did pretty good for being speechless! Thanks again! Oh, and I'd LOVE to receive a postcard from Hawaii! I can send you one from NM if you'd like!
Response: I sure did love putting that swap together. I am glad you found it charming. And yes, you will have a card coming
Comment: you are a hilarious and brilliant soul. your swap was so very generous and kind hearted. you sent me very wonderful actual photos that I adored, and I too love writing letters. they are the best part about every swap! I hope to swap with you again miss lauri!!
Response: Well thank you, I hope so too...I love to share photos as it is a thing of the past it seems...
Comment: You don't know what an impact your envelope had on me today, I needed one like this today. I love everything about it and the fact that you took time to write a letter, it was so great to read. We have stellar jays as well and they are messy, but believe me that squirrel he's going to eat you out of house and home - it'll be like having a male teenager and his friends coming over to visit ðŸ˜€ðŸ˜€. I love the bookmark and the fact that you took pictures of the Netherlands to put on it. Going to enjoy the hot chocolate. I could go on and on, but know your envelope and time that you put into it made a difference in my day and will make tomorrow brighter. Thank you so much â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸
Response: I think that is what swap bot is all about. Glad I could bring a ray of sunshine to your day...
Comment: Your card is BEAUTIFUL! This is a keeper!! Honestly I have to say that the ATC touched my heart with joy. You should definitely keep sketching because you have a flair for it. I'm amazed that you have no training in portraiture.This is going in a collage of ATCs that I am working on. Thank you for that envie of joy! Hugs, Patty
Response: Oh that was so nice of you to say, I was hoping you would love it.
Comment: Did you decide on a house color? How did hubby's surgery go? How was the picnic? What a fun trip down memory lane, I like finding old family photos of happy times. As always, a great swap from you. :)
Response: No color yet, hubby is very sore in lots of pain sadlyðŸ˜¥. Didnâ€™t make the picnic due to his work schedule. Nice to swap with ya.
Comment: I adored every bit of that fabulous letter you sent me, and I do hope your husband is doing well with all that. from the packaging to the very generous washi samples this was absolutely the best way to be welcomed home after a very long trip!
Response: Well your appreciation makes it all worth while. Thank you for your kind words.
Comment: Thank you so much for your amazing swap. It's bad when our husbands are home never mind receiving from an injury they are like 4 kids made into one. I'm dying to ask, what type of bird is that? It's beautiful
Response: Scarlet blue jay. I a, sure in a weeks time, he will be better,
Comment: Hi neighbor! That was so cool to get your note and see we are literally like 30 minutes apart! I really enjoyed reading your note, and LOVE the homemade envie, picture of the squirrel and jay (that isn't something you see everyday!) and I've actually had surgery at the hospital you work at! Small world! Take good care, and thank you so much again. :) Dina
Response: Today they knocked the feeder off the railing...glad you enjoyed the swap,
Comment: Thank you so much, nice of you to include something for the girls as well! And I love your letter, a lot of girlpower! Would love a pink wall! And thanks for the second package, my goodness, 5â¤ï¸
Comment: I enjoyed your letter! Thank you for sharing your personal photos and story to go with. The extra goodies were a treat, really personalized! Will reply to your letter as soon as I can. Cheers.
Comment: Lauri, first i wanna say thank you and i sent you an email with the pictures. can we just take a minute and appreciate how much time and care you put in. everything was in profile related. i received a thoughtful letter with everything that tied the knot on the package. never has a swap made me smile so much!
Response: Thank you so much for that. I just love reading profiles and incorporating them into my swap. It just makes it special and fun.
Comment: Hi Lauri! It sounds like you are from Washington and maybe Vancouver. Was not sure but the postcard was a Washington tourist pc! Kool! As you know I am not far from you then being just outside of the greater aportlwnd area! Glad you love traveling and that you have many trips planned for the future! Kool! Thanks for the postcard as I love wild animals the best. They cannot be domesticated and there is such deep respect for that! Enjoy your day!
Comment: Probably the one time in your life you were grateful for a flight delay. I envy anyone with a craft room (that chair!), sometimes I see the sheds for sale at Home Depot and I'm tempted to get one and call it my She Shed!
Thank you very much for the extras for my younglings.
Comment: Thank you so much for your note and the little purple package of goodies! I love them. It sounds like you have a cool craft room! We are fine, no flooding in our neighborhood. Thanks for asking.
Comment: You are so nice to send me this package of good stuff! I loved the stamps! The bookmarks were sweet and I can't believe the garden journal! My husband got a kick out of the paper too. Thanks so much ðŸ’Œ
Response: I have to tell you, I really enjoyed making that journal! It makes it worth it that you loved it.....
Comment: Thanks for the nice card. My family is from around Sayre, the county seat of Beckham county (Elk City is the largest town in the county). My grandparents' all grew up together out there. My part of Oklahoma is wooded. As for the card itself, while we have jet skiing & the like on lakes, rivers do tend to be a bit lazier. The Illinois is great for a leisurely float, but nothing so exciting as wind surfing for sure.
Comment: Thank you for all the great travel stuff ! I love the Giant Crabs from SF ! The stamps are really cool ! I actually remember some of them from the 80's and the 60's ! The Venice tour looks like fun ! and the Waldo photo is neat too !
Comment: Hi Lauri, THANKS for the lovely mail w/ photographs and the email - the image of the car & eels is unbelievable - CRAZY that happened to you. Your poor car! I'm going to send you some mail in return.
Response: Oh dear no thAt wasn't me just something I got because it was so darn interesting. I would of cringed ..looking forward to what your sending
Comment: I hope that you enjoyed your weekend in San Francisco! Sounds like it was fun-filled! Did you get lots of nice pics for your card making? Loved the rose pic on my card btw! Just got your postcard today (8.21.17), loved it! What a nice surprise!! Thanks again!
Response: thanks, yes we did, much to short. I did get a few interesting pics.
Comment: I typically have two boxes on my desk: incoming and out going mail. I go through incoming every three days and register everything. As for sending out, I typically do two big sendouts a week and will knock out every paired swap that day if possible. succulents are pretty forgiving about watering. Is there a whole in the bottom of the pail? when in doubt I water my succulents about once a week.
Comment: Thank you so much Lauri for your beautiful handmade notecard and goodies! I like Cupcake wines but don't think I have tried Black Forest, I will look for it! And Hobbitville in New Zealand sounds completely awesome, enjoy the trip!! :D
Response: I hope you can find it! It's yummy.
Comment: Laurie! Thank you so much for the Goodies 4Me and U!!!! What a wonderful treat. I'm sure the postman was envious. Beautiful card!!!! Did you do that with the die cut machine? and the beads! and postcard, and the packaging is beautiful too! THANKS for being a great swap partner! kc
Response: Yes I did use a die cut. Pretty new to all this. Thank you for your kind words, I really enjoyed making it. Your response makes it worth while. I was having a bad day at work (crazy ER) and saw your post during my break. It really put me in a good mood and the rest of the day flew by. ðŸ’šðŸ’šðŸ’š
Comment: Absolutely bee-autiful! All the envelopes were nicely decorated (I'm in love with your origami one). The extras are right up my alley and I must look up Acorn right NOW. Wow! Thanks for sending extra envelopes. I'll enjoy using them.
Response: I found the perfect person to send it too!!!
Comment: Lauri, thank you so much for this generous swap. I loved everything inside your envelope and I have never seen such Washi stickers before. So thank you especially for those. Receive lots of love out of Germany, Nina
Response: So glad you liked everything. I so enjoy making cards.
Comment: Hi Lauri. I absolutely LOVED what you sent me. From the colors to the contents. I especially love the DIY folder you made. I am definitely copying that! I also enjoyed your letter tremedously. Opening your enevelope was the best thing that happened to me on a very busy and hectic day. Thanks for that!
Response: I know the feeling, opening the mailbox and there is a note of sorts. Makes my day!