Comment: I was delighted with the surprise you sent when I opened up your sweet and generous swap package. I appreciate your note and the way you thoughtfully took several of my interests and bundled them together into one great gift of excellent quality. I'm already planning on using these oak leaves (one of my very favorite trees) to make little loaves of pumpkin bread this autumn to give to friends and family, and for some tasty banana bread for myself in the meantime. :) Thanks again for a great swap! ♥
Comment: This actually was a challenge not getting a signature on the card. I plan to open what you sent this weekend as it is the beginning of our holiday events (Its a Wonderful Life play and parade on Saturday, and Nutcracker on Sunday) Many thanks!
Comment: Thank you! I like your style & the soothing blue! Yes, you are right, the quote does resonate in the current times. I too sometimes feel very bleak about the future of humanity. Then I think "Maybe the humans will go extinct, & then Earth will be happy again" ... & that perks me up !!! <--- paranoid, I know!
Yes, I DID read "The Historian" ... though I sprinted through it a bit ... You'd call it a travelogue? I thought it's a "Dracula book" :P ( a GOOD one at that) ... I just kept feeling very bad for the woman due to the *migraines* ... poor thing!
Yes, "Bollywood" is a genre in itself, & a distinct vibe to it! However, Hindi cinema has matured a lot, suddenly, since 2005, we have lots of good movies as well as lots of crappy ones :D Did you get to watch "Dangal"?
Response: Loved Dangal- I cried when he was stuck in the closet and heard the anthem. Yes, it's a Dracula Book :0) But she does some great descriptive writing about places, too. Gald you liked! :0)
Comment: Dec.26. Wow Thank you for the Beautiful Vintage Doilies- I have the perfect spot for the large one already!!
Hugs and Hope you had a Beautiful Christmas !! Its only 11 degrees here and snowing...
Got Package Yesterday, will wait til Christmas to Open although I am tempted to Peek ! ! Thank you..! ! !
Comment: Hi Brooke â˜º . . . Thanks for sending me your lovely Under the Sea ATC! I love the seahorse stamp you made and it looked great on the background. I've been thinking of making a seahorse stamp for a long time because I think that they are such amazing creatures.
Response: It was a fun swap resulting in many swell background papers :0)
Comment: Thank you for the stocking stuffer -I will save it for Dec. Thank you for the chakra & Ostara cards & the ATC :) Unfortunately the glass did not make it in the padded envie & was all in little pieces everywhere :(
Response: Aargh! I am sorry about that. I thought I had enough bubble wrap on it but clearly not. I told the PO I had something breakable in there. I will send you an additional item as an apology.
Comment: I loved reading about your Tree Guide and the influence Oak has as it surrounds you. It IS amazing how we open up to certain energies. Thanks for sharing. I could sense what it is like in your home.
Comment: I wish I could give you 10 hearts. I have been saving my stuffers to open at Christmas, but my sister was here when the mail came, and she was so curious she couldnt' help herself, and she peeked at the present, and told me I HAD To open it. I am so GLAD I did, I LOVE the Nightmare pencils so much. LOVE THEM!!! Thank you thank you!!!
Response: Haha! Great! I saw them and knew they were what I was after for you, Hopefully they are a harbinger of keen stocking stuffers to come :0)
Comment: Everything came in today's mail and its like a PARTY with each wrapped in a different color. The Wand is stunning. I plan to take it with me when I walk my Labyrinth at night. The plate is perfect for me to transport a sandwich and goblet of Kevita to my desk. I will burn the little candles on Sunday for good luck. Thank you so much for everything!
Response: So happy you liked! If you like, I can email you a photo of Frisco. He is quite the whistler.
Comment: Hi, Brooke! I got your letter today - we have much in common. My BA is in Anthropology, specializing in Mesoamerican prehistory. Totally LOVE Zorro and Robin Hood. Really love Medieval studies. Thanks for the music recommendations! Are you marching for science on Earth Day??? Pig is actually named after Piglet in Winnie the Pooh ;}
Response: So glad you enjoyed it- I'll have to find a science march- thanks for reminding me!
Comment: Awesome choice my oldest daughter read that book in college. I had completely forgotten that until I read the title and author and it dawned on me "hey I know that book from my oldest daughter!"
Response: I had been meaning to read Things Fall Apart for decades and finally got around to it for this swap :0)
Comment: Lovely flag. Thank you also for the letter on great stationary. I feel a part of your experience and share honoring your Grandmother & your Mother-in-Law. These are the women who touch our souls. May we be so lucky to do that for our descendants.
Comment: I have not rec'd this swap yet. Will be happy to change rating once swap has been rec'd. Update: This swap was due to be sent out Jun 18, received Nov 4. Once I did receive the swap, it was beautiful and thank you for the extras too. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: Fair enough. Sorry it is taking me so long.[later] OK! They are in the post!
Comment: I know that you have a lot going on right now and I do understand that family comes first. I just wish you had messaged me again to let me know that this would be even later instead of having to find the post on your wall. 7/5 (edit) - Thank you so much for the lovely swap!! I really love everything you sent. I think the funky tribble and Mr. Spock are my absolute favorite! I sincerely appreciate your work. I wish I could rate a 5 with lots of hearts but this was very late. I hope everything is better with your family.
Response: Sure- no problem. I will let you know when I get to the PO with it. Thanks for understanding.** It should reach you Thursday!
Comment: Thank you so much for the bag and extra goodies, love! Would you believe I don't have any owl fabric?! My Joie de Vivre deck fit in perfectly. I also really enjoyed your letter and learning a bit about where you live =)
Comment: Brooke, your mail always makes me smile. I can always feel the happy energy behind what you send me. Thank you for the flag; I really love the concept of the open hands with the dynamic spirals in the palms. We both chose the same fun, bright yellow, so I enjoyed receiving that happy color back. And again, always lovin' the dancing bears paper. I get really excited when I read about you taking the boat out too- it gives me fun mental pictures of what your China Cat looks like and how much fun you have with her, as well as brings back fond memories of my time working on different boats. Enjoy your time on the water and especially have a splendid May Day season.
Response: This weekend we did a big cleanup out at Emerald Bay :0) Glad you liked the flag. This has been an intriguing swap series.
Comment: The mushroom Ninni is so cute! I love the little mushroom in it's pocket. I also love the little mushroom clips you added to the back. Thank you so much for this adorable addition to my collection.
Response: Hooray! I love the noble mushrooms as well :0)
Comment: Beautiful ATC! Thank you so much for creating it for me. :) It is going to be fun to have these little rune ATC's to display next to my real runes. And I'm digging on the Janis stamp and dead paper. Thanks again. :)
Response: Glad you liked them !
I miss Jerry Garcia...
Comment: I'm still making my way through everthing, but wanted to get you rated. I already loved Ben Folds, but thanks for turning me on to some new stuff, you have great taste! I'm loving Vashti Bunyan and Martin Carthy! Thoroughly entertaining!
Response: Oh, Yay! If you like those two let me introduce June Tabor and Feathers Family :0)
Comment: Thanks so much for my beautiful prayer flag! I'm so glad it worked out that we got the chance to send each other flags! How cool!
Thanks also for the fabulous coloring book page! I'm going to a women's retreat this weekend where we are honoring our inner child, and we are coloring! I'm going to bring the page with me to color while I'm there.
I actually have read The Eyre Affair, and totally loved it! It was so clever - didn't know it was a series! Now I have to track down the others!
Response: Yes- there are 6 books in the Thursday Next series!
I like how that flag turned out :0)
Comment: Ah, your zine arrived! What a cheerful thing it is, thank you so much. I think my favourite one is the quote about being a vegetarian, it's great and the drawing you did with it is fantastic, haha. Have a wonderful day!
Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed it! I have not as yet colored my own in. It was fun hunting up humorous quotes that would be pithy enough to fit while leaving room for art :0)
Comment: Thanks for your card. I have the same mermaid stamp that I have used on ATC's, but still had to reduce it to fit and looks like you had to too. I was surprised by the size of your deck as it is narrower than a regular deck but yet the same height! Love the Craft Queen back!
Response: I bought the pack years ago at JoAnn Fabric. The mermaid was from a gift tag that came in another swap, then I colored it. :0)
Comment: Hi Brooke! Oh my! Thank you so much for the tea infuser! I have never seen anything like that! Love it! The card is so pretty and I think I will be putting in my ocean themed journal! What an awesome swap! The beer coaster will be put to good use too!! :)
Comment: Hi! Thank you for the adorably tiny stuffie mermaid (so cute), the beautiful tile mermaid magnet and the mermaid clay bead!!! I love all three and wish I could see that shop you mentioned, The Folk Tree. Day of the Dead altars - awesome!
Response: I toyed with the idea of making her into a barrette or a brooch (the fabric mermaid, that is) but couldn't decide...
Comment: Firstly, the card and envelope are super pretty!
Secondly, thanks for all the extra recipes! Each dish sounds mouthwatering and I'm determined to try them all. Thanks for helping make my Mabon feast special <3!
Response: I am glad you enjoyed them! Lovely swap idea :0)
Comment: So sorry for the late rating! I just love the skinny . . . the beautiful feathered paper and the stamped owl make for such a cohesive mix of elements. Thank you very much for creating something special for me!
Comment: Thank you so much for the great ATC and the AWESOME letter! I loved reading all about your new hobby and I bet your guests really enjoy their visits :-) And that is so cool about your dad! I will look for him the next time I watch that episode. Thanks again for a great swap!
Response: Clues for finding him: if you watch it on youtube it's in part 10. Also, he is sitting in a chair with a gal on his lap and glowering at the detective. :0) This was a fun swap to do :0)
Comment: Thanks for the fun sticker slappin' card. Terrific variety! Did you make your own Moomin character stamps? I'm fond of Tove Jansson's original drawings for her books, but don't care for the Disneyesque versions that make the Moomins look more like Pillsbury Doughboys!
Response: You are quite welcome! I made the Little My stamp, but the Moomintroll one was sent to me in a swap, as was the little Totoro sticker.
Comment: Thank you very much for my very entertaining swap it was a doozy! I loved the recipe for Wombat Thermidore and the joke was brilliant! I do like your sense of humour! thank you very much indeed.
Response: Tee Hee! I heard that joke back in the 80s when I lived in England. I have a huge soft spot for bizarre English humour :0)
Comment: LOVE your zine. Great reading and made me consider my own resolutions. And I liked the "words" section -- I wasn't familiar with that writer. The whole thing is terrific. BTW, for snoring, try Breathe Right strips (they really do help). Lie on your side and put a big pillow behind you so it keeps you from rolling onto your back. Snoring is much worse when you lie on your back. Good luck with all your goals and I hope we swap again some day.
Response: I'm so glad you were able to get some inspiration! I'll try the strips and pillow. :0)
Comment: Sorry that it has taken me a while to find some time to sit down with all the songs that were included in this email! I really enjoyed the diversity of music -- I have always wondered about your Italian pop interest and now I have a fun example! Thanks, and thanks for a very interesting swap :)
Response: Haha! Tell you how it started: I saw a video of Cesare Cremonini singling "Maggese" when I was on a Lufthansa flight. I fell for him and the song instantly, and when I got home I googled around. That's where I ran into Jovanotti and Max Pezzali, too. :0)
Comment: Thanks for the comments - from what I can see the murals look great :) and if that's you in the one pic, you look fierce, girl! Thanks so much!!!
Response: I wish! That's my daughter :0) Meanwhile, I have posted another tidbit for you since those didn't go so well. Look up Kenny Scharf, though. and you'll see some of his Flintstones graffitti :0)
Comment: Thank you , I just love my sea turtle that you posted in my profile. I needed that smile today
Response: Hooray! It made me happy, too. Once I followed a sea turtle a lit-tle too far out and got scared, and another time I was just snorkling around and came face to face with one out of the murk. Yipes!
Comment: Thank you for the cool mining gnome! He is so cute! The cocktail zine is cool, too! For some horrible reason we have a bottle of jager, I will try it with Bailey's! That sounds great :) so do the others! Thanks also for the fancy frog stamped images! Thanks for joining!
Comment: Thank you, what fun holiday gifts!! :-) i especially enjoyed the coasters. I dont know why but i LOVE those things. Ive started collecting them when i can. Everything was lovely (i must rush off to whip something into a frothy wonderland now!!!)
Response: Yay! So people who collect beer mats are called "tegestologists". Bet you didn't know you were one of those! :0)
Comment: Thanks for the Chocoroom card--I've never had them! Sounds like I would have enjoyed your radio shows. Thanks too for the Baltimore Oriole--glad to see so many of them flying my way via postcards these days.
Comment: So gonna try the Orange Milkshake soon . sounds pretty good and sounds like childhoof memories.
Love the card with the quote and the additional recipe cards. We don't get them in Germany and they fit perfect in my US cooking book.
Thanks a lot!
Comment: What an AWESOME green package! I loved the movie "Fried Green Tomatoes," but have yet to read the book, so I'm looking forward to that. Loved the mini-zine, and learned some new facts about green that I didn't know before! The postcard is QUITE interesting (in a good way!) :) and I love the tiny phone book, pencil and cameo earrings. And of course I can never have too many bookmarks! Lovely package, thanks a bunch!!! :)
Response: So glad you liked! I love the challenge form of swap-bottery. People interpret things in such personal ways.
Comment: A great bunch of notes-- I especially love the ones with the sarcastic comments on the back. :) And hey, two extras and a free bookmark! I feel like I got the prize in the cereal box! :) Thanks so much!
Response: Cool! They came from one of those page a day calendars. :0)
i love your atc using mixed media.it is very well done and is going to add a fantastic element to my album. thank you. I also want to say, i was excited to see doctor who in the envieâ€¦i'd almost forgotten about him! agh! gasp! how could i say that? soon, my friendâ€¦
michele. ðŸ’ ps thanks for the quoteâ€¦that was really good.
Response: Glad you liked! This has been a fun series. :0)
Comment: Love it! Hard to believe something this small could arrive unscathed in the mail, right? It's a great mat to start with and I love your accents! They look just like they belong there, can't imagine it without them! Thanks for a fun swap!
Response: ...and the beer is good, too! :0) Glad you liked it!
Comment: No worries :-) It was worth waiting a few extra days for. What a lovely ATC. I like that the War Doctor isn't front and center but off to the side a little. Seems to fit him and his personality well. The colors you chose were perfect. Love the composition. Thanks!
Response: You are quite welcome! I find that with a format as compact as the ATC the foremost aspect is design. :0)
Comment: Thank you for the lovely handmade Solstice card, it's beautiful. And I really appreciate the book suggestions, I've read one but haven't heard of the others, so I know what I'll be reading through the New Year! ;o) Thank you!
Comment: IÂ´m so, so sorry for rating so late. Your package was an extra special one. I mean, IÂ´m used to the awesomeness of KoA-swaps, but wow, your package made me so happy I smiled like an idiot for the whole day. Really, I loved the beautiful letter and all the things like the hair band or the leaf. And thanks to very musical flatmates I have heard a piano and a cello version on "The squirrelÂ´s pouch" so far! :) Thank you for all the care and creativity you put into it. Really amazing!
Response: Hooray! I would love to hear those versions! I wrote it on my D whistle. I had no idea who the theif was going to be until I did the card reading and I just followed it! So glad you liked my package. It's a great group. :0)
Comment: Beautiful tree cards & beaded necklace. The trees in my yard are all turning colors and dropping their leaves. In fact my back patio, table & grill were covered with leaves this morning. Thank you for the awesome swap. I will enjoy wearing the necklace. blessings, ellie
Response: I'm glad you liked! I have a necklace just like the one I sent. It just said "heart of the tree" to me.
Comment: Thanks for the way cool beer box postcard! It sounds delicious too. I'm not a big beer drinking but I do enjoy the flavoured craft beers occasionally. The stamps were cool too, usually I get the same stamps repeatedly from the US! Have a great day :)
Response: Yay! Stamps are fun. I like to try and mix them up.
Comment: Thanks. I love tal too and the nerdist interviews are generally the better for any given person I might want to hear an interview with. I will check out Clare. I used to have a friend who played sessions and would drag me on stage to sing raglan road.
Response: In my bands it has always been the other person who sings Raglan Road. I get to play the lovely melody on whistle, generally. :0)
Comment: 9/11/13 received the swap. 9/5/13 - 3 days after the send by date I received a PM saying "sorry it's late - coming soon". Since then nothing. it still shows up on her dashboard as not sent, along with one other late swap. Willing to change the 1 if the swap shows up
Response: Fair enough. It will go out this week. Won't bore you with "excuses"
Comment: There's a song about Mike Piazza? The things you learn in these swaps. Thanks a bunch for your list.
Response: I remember the day he went to the Mets from the Dodgers. My husband said, "Sit down, I've got some bad news..." meanwhile across the country his brother came skipping up to his house in transports of delight...
Comment: Thanks for your lovely recipe review! I love pizza AND I LOVE MARIO-- so I'll definitely be trying this awesomely geeky dish soon! :) Also thanks to your recommendation, I'm hooked on kitchenoverlord!! :D
Comment: Very clever tennis zine and the extra anadiplosis zine was a lot of fun to read! I loved how the zine started talking about what the sky looks like and ended talking about the Grateful Dead. So neat!!! You should write more of those... or even do a series of them!!!! Thanks for the stamped Frida and skull head.... I love them!
Response: Thanks! I am a long-time tennis maniac (from the wooden racquet years on). The anadiplosis zine was from a swap where we each chose a rhetoric term to make a zine about.
Comment: Thank you very much for the music! Going to check out Pomplamoose's other stuff and I really enjoyed the Seu Jorge "Changes" cover. I wish you had also included links for the original versions in addition to the covers; I haven't heard some of them.
Response: I wish it had occurred to me before I sent! If you like, I'll get them for you.
Comment: Great list! I cried the first time I watched the video for "Hurt" by Johnny Cash, too. That's one of the few covers that I think are actually better than the original. He really took that song and made it his.
Response: That's my criteria for a great cover, too. Good covers can be worthwhile as well, such as Alanis Morrissette's cover of The Police's "King of Pain" (which I should have included but spaced out!)
Comment: These ATC's are just too cute! I love the idea with the golden butterfly...and wow the one with the hand carved stamp is also amazing... Thank you for the extra's too! Many hearts for this wonderful swap!!
Response: So glad you like them! I thought the background of the stamped one reminded me of summer fireworks. I made the transparency with xerox and packing tape. :0)
Comment: Thanks so much for the beer postcard, when my husband brought in the mail...he said look at this (not knowing I was in the swap) I have a new hero, I'm looking like what.....this postcard he pulls out from you....it made his day....he was like that is the smartest postcard yet!!! haha thanks again!!! I hope we do more!
Response: Just the sort of response I was hoping for! :0)
Comment: Cute little zine. I don't drink tea so I didn't know that tea bags had cute little quotes on them. Very cool. Good clip art too. What a great idea for a zine. I am so glad that you joined our swap! I hope you will join the April round, if you haven't yet.
Response: Thanks! The quotes and such that I found were from Yogi, Celestial Seasonings and Good Earth tea bags. The images were from rubber stamps I have!
Comment: Wow, thank you so much I really love my gnome!! He has so much personality- I think I'll have him keep me company on the dashboard of my car. Where I can see him every day. And I appreciate the minizine, earbuds and all the apps too, this is so worth waiting for! Thank you ;- }
Response: Hooray! I do love gnomes, and this pattern which I found on the web is one I've used a couple of times. I'm glad you liked my package!
Comment: Thanks for re-send of the gnome swap, since the first one seems to have gotten lost in postal land out there. It arrived last nite and I love him. He is so cute and well made. A thousand hearts to ya!!
Response: Thanks! I liked him so much I made him a twin!
Comment: the tarot zine ....fascinating. very creative. i would be interested in seeing the next editions...perhaps a trade. thank you.
i enjoyed the creativity. made me look at some leaders a little differently. and thats a good thing.
Guess I'd better get working on the next installment!
Comment: My mom and I both loved your zine - such a fun story! You said you sent it to me because I like histories, but little did you know, I love Mah Jongg, too! Wish I had people around here to play! Thanks for sending!
Response: I love the synchronicity of it! I have found some folks to play with here, and we had a field trip to the Skirball center where there was a Mah Jongg In America exhibit.
Comment: Brooke;) I really love this brooch, its absolutely gorgeous:) I love the Lily piece, especially since my daughters name is Lily! I can't wait to wear this, it is very much my style:) OMG, you are so luck to have been able to see The Cure!! LOL, sorry about the boot incident, at a show like that I wouldn't think that would happen:P Thanks also for the extra lace, I love it!
That roll of lace was a great find at a yard sale. I have been using it for quite some time. Looks like it would make a keen choker, no?
Comment: Thanks for the blackout ATC, nice work!
I just read your bio, and took a look at the long list of swaps you're in, and groups you belong to - and I checked out NaNoWriMo... Do you ever sleep?
Oh, and thanks for the Shriner card too... good to see there's some things our two countries still co-operate on!
Response: Glad you liked it!
I've never successfully completed NaNoWriMo, but I wrote a ton of stuff I really dug (and may yet continue to work on). I do sleep :0) but it never seems like I get enough! Now to clean my house and go get a root canal done...XP
Comment: That was a cool card that you sent to me. The city hall building is so pretty. I hope your mammagram is good. Those always mke a women stressed out. That is cool that you live that close to the Rose Bowl. Keep in touch craftybarbie
Response: If you ever watch Big Bang Theory you can see the dome of Pasadena City Hall through their apt. window! Mamm. came back in normal range, so yay.
Comment: Thank you Brooke for the zine. Great quote : )
Response: Glad you liked it! I'd like to add that jealousy has its positive side in that when you acknowledge what/who you're jealous of (and why) you can see what you want to add to your life and take positive action. :0)
Comment: Thanks for the great recommends. I think I'm going to start with the last one first lol. I tried the "thursday next" series sometime ago and just wasn't enthralled but your review made me want to try again to see what I was missing. Sometimes you're just not in the right place in your life to enjoy some books.
Response: I know what you mean by the timing thing. Glad you found something to try! Kostova also wrote another book you might want to look up (no Dracula in that one - more about French 19th c. painting).
Comment: Squeeeeee squeeeeeee squeeeeee, I am wearing my shirt with my dreadlock bead in one of my dreads writing with my strawberry shortcake pencil, going to use the fq for something fab tomorrow and hanging the sign in my classroom. You rock!
Response: Yay! Thanks to you for your well-filled-out profile!
Comment: Hi, I received today and loved the card you sent the Rolo's in!! Thanks so much for the zine as well...made me smile to read through it!! :) I'll definitely have to check out some of the name generators. :) Happy swapping.
Comment: Thanks! I love This Mortal Coil's version of Another Day. But I'm not too familiar with Harper's stuff. So great choice! Really interesting to see the old rare clips you linked. Good stuff! Thanks. :)
Response: I learned of Roy Harper when I lived in England many years ago.
Comment: The swap due date was 10/8. I received a message on 10/14 that you were running late. Swap received 12/18. Thank you for following thru with your commitment to this swap. Your version of little red is really cute. I especially like her acorn cap basket :)
Glad it got to you OK. Sorry so late. It was a fraught month.
Comment: Thank you for my lovely, thoughtful little package. The beer bottle cap made me laugh! When I was doing some of my teacher-training I wrote a little one-page paper on Sarasvati after an Indian student of mine recommended her as a good patron deity for me.
Response: Oh, good! Thought the beer (while in a charming green Lucky Buddha shaped bottle) was unremarkable, sigh.....Cool to hear Sarasvati was a good match! My partner sent me Green Tara, and I used to have a large poster of the same image on my dorm room wall ca.1980
Comment: Thank you so much for the awesome SP ATC you sent. I like the time traveler theme! Thank you also for the book recommendation, I'll check it out. My apologies if it took me a while to rate you. I'm usually on top of rating right away but my work has been hectic and toxic in the past weeks. :( But thanks again for the ATC.
Response: No worries- this is a fun hobby! :0) Glad you liked the ATC and book rec.!
Comment: Great card! Thanks. I have read some Fforde and he's really funny. I like the card you wrote in, too - it will probably end up on an ATC soon. Santa Fe has changed tremendously since you lived there. It's changed a lot since I lived there, just 13 years ago. Guess every place has, tho. Thanks, again.
Comment: Thank you the stickers were so nice, I will use them for journaling and mail art. My favorite were the hedgehog and owl. Brooke do you know what, I am learning Irish dancing now at Kulturama! (However I'm a very slow learner. )
Response: Yay! I'm glad you liked those in particular. The hedgehog was an early one, carved from a pink eraser, and it makes me smile.
Comment: loved it all but your letter best of all and i can identif with you.Had my milestone birthday last year have fun and go the irish music.We have much in common any time you want a private swap just yell.Thanks again
ps its not winbterish here in Aus its freeeezing !!!
Response: Oh yay! We do seem to have much in common, it is true!
Comment: Great mini-zine~ I love the stamps you've used, are some of them handmade?? My fave recipe is the pineapple upside-down cake. It's 10am here, is that too early to get drinking it???!!! Thanks again xXx
Response: Yes! All of the Totoros, the trillobites and the winged eyeball are handmade stamps I received in swaps.
Comment: Very diverse songs, some were very pretty some downright hilarious. I'm beginning to think a two year old could write better songs than some. I mean what are people thinking sometimes, oh wait, they aren't!
Thanks for the thoughtful review!
Comment: Thank you for such a detailed and varying list. I too ADORE Miyazaki films, your brother is so lucky to have been able to experience it before the rest of us! I'm going to have to check out those ones I haven't heard of. ^_^
Comment: Very interesting movies! I actually hadn't heard of most of them. Also, I had seen Gay Purr-ee when I was little, but couldn't not remember the name of it! Thank you for the lovely list of movies and helping me finally find the name of Gay Purr-ee!
Response: Fantastic! It was something I had stuck in my head from youth, and I was lucky enough to find a copy on DVD at the grocery store, of all places!
Comment: Thanks for the great songs and info. you included with each. I too have been a "Dead Head" forever it seems. I also love Weird Al Yankovic on the American Pie song. He's too funny. I didn't know any of the other bands but I really liked the "Over The Rainbow" artist and video and the "Battle of Waterloo. Great songs!!!!
Response: Yay! Glad they struck a chord with you, haha!
Comment: Thank you so much for getting around to your short story. I have read it four times now and I am speechless it is wonderfully creative & equally confusing. There are several lines that are real gems that convey rich images, but like you confess within your own sentences: I'm not at all sure where it was going to.
I haven't been baffled in some time, so for that I was impressed! I hope I get you again, so I can compare. You're definitely unique! Keep up the writing! Some of the greatest writers are the most misunderstood!
It was one of my "poetic fiction" numbers. I have been reading poetry and being inspired by the voices and rhythms and going with it. It was meant to pose more questions than answer them.
I don't understand the "3" however. I know it was late, but I did fulfill the fortune cookie phrase.
Comment: Thank you very much for this beautiful ornament. I love it. :) Is there anything behind the shape and colours? I'm just curious. I like it very much and always like to know a little more about what the one who created something like this thought when making it. :)
Comment: Thank you for sending. The envelpe had been torn by the post office, so I do not know what you had included. I did get a lovely card and some wonderful bread recipes (the avocado bread sounds particularly interesting!), and I will enjoy making them.
Response: The other thing was an autumn-leaf themed "fascinator" headpiece to wear at Thanksgiving! I'm glad you like the recipes, too!
Comment: Thank you so much for my package!! I love the gift set and sushi mat...the gift set has everything in it that I wanted! =] And I totally don't mind hand-delivery, I just hope it wasn't too much of a hassle for you!
Response: No worries! I usually post at the Montrose PO a matter of blocks away from you!
Comment: I LOVE that sachet pattern! Definitely on my must make NOW list (friend just got engaged, muwhahaha!). I think that fish to sushi pattern is genius. Why is everyone else so much more imaginative than I am? And yes, eyeball pincushions count as plushies when they look like that...though I don't think I could ever make it. Pins in the eyes...*shudders*
Response: Cool! That was one I discovered searching online this morning, so it's new to me, too! That fish/sushi one is indeed super.
Comment: Hi Moominbrooke! This is my 1st adventure into the world of Gnomes and thought it would be interesting to do. I don't have any Gnome or mushroom things and I couldn't find ANYTHING locally having to do w/either...can you believe it. I finally did some research on the Internet and made my own for the swap. I like your use of recycling chipboard and your collage idea. I also liked your stamps on the envelope,did you carve your own? I have to yet to try that too.
Thank-you for the ATC. Happy Swapping!! Ciao!:)
I carved the skeleton key and one of my fellow Hand Carved Stamps members carved the bat!
Comment: Sorry I didn't rate before this. The ATC is awesome and is up on my fridge and makes me giggle every time I see it. Thank you so much for such an awesome death!
Response: On a Fridge?! Awesome!! I am honored.
Sadly it was actually inspired by a newspaper report of the inventor of the Segway meeting his doom by Segway-ing off a cliff Whether or not that was a hoax, I'm now going off to Google it!
Comment: Thank you for this great ATC!! I'm sorry for the late rating, I thought I had already rated you. Cool ATC, and I love the jackalope zine, fantastic! First zine I've ever gotten. :-) Oh, and it was the UK that won the ESC in 1976 - "Save Your Kisses For Me". :-)
Response: How well I know...I've tried to erase that song from my mind and it won't go, haha! I was referring to the heated competitions to become the national representative song for France that year.
Comment: I love the whole thing - the card (with awesome poem on the back) and the quotes! I also just loved the stamps you used on the envelope; wow, they are so beautiful that I'll save them to use in a project later. Thank you!
I was happy to find a package of those cards at an otherwise mundane store. I'm glad to have like-minded folks to share them with.
Comment: Love your card, so well thought out- the Dalai Lama kissing the penguin is awesome. And Yay- visiting Vieques. Come say "Hi" if you're feeling like Italian at my restaurant Taverna- we're the only Italian restaurant on the island. Have you been to Vieques before? You'll love it, I'm itching to go back.
I was watching the island carefully during the hurricane...eek! Hope your restaurant came through unscathed! :0)
Comment: Hello... I thought I had rated for this swap, but I checked just now and saw that it's not here! Maybe I forgot to do the "save ratings" part! I have forgotten that a couple times before. Anyway, I like your Dotee very much and Thanks so much for all the work and imagination you put into it! <3 <3
This was a fun idea for a swap.
Comment: Thank you for the letter. I love the unique envelope! I have not heard of either of those authors, but I've heard a little bit of rasputina, and color guard I am not very familiar with, but I've seen a bit here and there. The upside-down fish sounds fascinating. Now I want to go google upside-down fish and learn more!
Response: Eep! I think it's because she's so old her airbladder is messed-up. Our other fish spent a year upside-down before she died.
Comment: Thank you for my Strawberry Dotee....she was adorable!!!
Response: Hooray! I thought she was pretty cute, too! They grow many strawberries along the California coast, and there are many examples of anthropomorphized strawberries painted on the roadside stands.
Comment: Thank you very much for the wonderful ATC you have sent me. What an impressive title =) And thank you very much for the extra Simpsons related things and now I know who is responsable for Moleman =)
Comment: he's a wee little heggiehog! I opened one end and his little snout poked out....sweet...thanks for all the extra goodies also...the hedgehog will find a good home with me...I shall call him Walter...
I scoured your profile and Hedgehog popped out at me. Being a hedgehog-o-phile from way back ( I made my first hedgie stuffie out of a sock-end in 8th grade) I am glad you enjoy the little blighter!
Comment: Sorry for the delayed rating...but I loved the Jimmy fan-art! It was very much in the atmosphere of Ware and in the character of Corrigan...thank you so much! If you haven't read this, I highly recommend the book =)
Response: Indeed, I have the book! I picked that image because it seemed to sum up his persona. Glad you liked it!
Comment: I like the images you sent. I don't have many with dragonflies even though I like them because I'm usually crafting for others. Thankyou for the fun images. I love how you stamped up your envie too. :)
Response: Yay! You are quite welcome.
Any advice in using stamped images that come from swaps like this?
Comment: Thanks so much! I loved both ATCs and your note! What a fun to receive! Your stamps were so cute too. I might have to try making my own stamps myself. Potato stamps only last so long. (Not like I need another hobby to add to my list!.... ;)
Yeah, I prefer the longer-lasting qualities of the noble eraser as a stamp-carving medium. :0)
Comment: I got your kit yesterday and I have already started putting it together...but the MOUSE has got me stumped...I will get 'er figured out tho'. Thank you and I will get it back soon.
I'm sure whatever you come up with will be great :0)
Comment: Thanks for sending the beautiful card and cloth mandala. It may make a good match for a piece we have in a window in our dining room. Sorry this was such a challenge for you, I appreciate your efforts to keep me updated and get it sent out when you were able!
Response: I'm glad it all turned out OK. It ended up being difficult timing, with much travel due to family crises.
Comment: Very cool :) It was fun to read about all the different items you made that week. I checked out that you tube clip and it was really neat. I like near the end when everyone has the flags... it was really dramatic then :) Thanks for including 3 crafties for me :)
Winter guard is like a Secret Sport because so few people are exposed to it that aren't directly involved. Glad you liked the show!
Comment: awesome atc! loved the card & envie too-so cool! I have all of Amy's books & am hoping to meet her sometime-she lives nearby & sometimes does signings. I JUST MISSED her at the 2007 Seattle Fairie Fest! thx for the movie suggestion too! :)
Response: Mr. Hulot will crack you up. If you like that, there's Mon Oncle, too!
Comment: I cannot say enough about this package! It was chock full of wonderful goodies. Fantastic items directly from my profile. What a thoughtful, generous package. Even the package itself was decorated. Thank you many times over for all the gifts you sent. I love everything! ♥
Glad I hit the right notes with it. It was all stuff I liked, too, so it was not a stretch.
Comment: Thank you for the colored pencil (what nice quality; gasp!) and story! I think horse songs are highly appropriate, and I hope all of your wishes came true! (or at least the ones that should have =D )
Response: You are quite welcome. I saw that color and was transported instantly.
Comment: What a great package! I like it a lot, love all the zine-goodness that fell out when I opened it, loved the stuffie. Thanks so much, it has always been a pleasure to swap with you! Thanks also for your nice words, and I wish you all the best. In fact, if you want to stay in touch, I would gladly mail or e-mail you in future! Just drop me a PM (or an e-mail if you got my address already), then I gladly answer. Thanks for some great swaps!
Response: Haha! I was glad I'd checked your profile before you thinned it down.
Comment: Thank you for the great cowgirl a.t.c. and the other goodies. I think is was so good of you to write such a nice note and thanks for the tip on the books. I have not read them and will look into getting them.
Comment: i was having a bad morning... until i watched the men without hats video! that was awesome, thank you. and, yes, "angoraweakness" is an ed wood reference. i used to have a poster for the tim burton movie and part of the tagline was "angora sweaters were his weakness." i have not seen many of the REAL ed wood movies... my personal fav was glen or glenda... but that is so cool that your dad was in one of his flicks! anyways, your list was rad! thank you for sharing. :)
Response: I'm so glad you had some fun with them! One of the keen things about the Men Without Hats video is that the link is on a site with other '80s whatnot, if you feel like delving in there.
Comment: Thank you, thank you for the wonderful limerick. I love limericks and I posted yours on my profile. There is something so fun and light hearted about them, one day I hope to be quite proficient at them. Anna
They've been a hobby of mine for the past, er, 32 years or so!
Comment: Hello Brooke,
Sorry I have been slow in getting your rating done for this swap. However, thanks for being patient with me. I appreciate the varied mediums you used to complete the mushroom handmade postcard. I especially like the use of fabric for the top of the mushroom. When I researched mushrooms some to do my postcard I didn't realize they came in so many colors and configurations. I love to eat them as well. I will be happy to add your postcard to my ever-growing and ever-changing postcard collection. Hope we have further opportunities to swap with one another in the future. Until we meet again, Happy Swapping!
Response: It was fun. I used acrylic paint and inked stamps for the background.
Comment: My first ever zine! What a witty little, funny little handful! The concept (don't want to spoil it for anyone else, so will just write in generalities) was whimsical and perfectly matched by the handwritten text and sketchy illustrations. Sweet - I'll enjoy reading it to my six-year old daughter, who is terribly jealous of all of Mommy's great mail (and in fact has already put her claim in on some of the papers and goodies from other swaps....)
Hugs from Judith
Response: Ha! Glad you enjoyed it- it was fun to come up with an idea for this swap.
Comment: Thanks for the cute ATC and the explanation about the show! It sounds pretty cool! :)
Response: Kung Fu was a pretty influential show in its time. During the 70s there was a lot of East/West interest, aesthetically and spiritually. Yoga became popular, meditation and martial arts, too. But I am blithering on...:0)
Comment: Thank you for the sweet atc! And for the lovely note. Your trip to Finland sounds fun, we just had the music festival last weekend (though I live so far that I didn't hear anything). And I love the picture of Moominbrooke going to the post office :) (also the Totoros on the envelope, there's something similar about Totoro and Moomins, I think).
Response: I agree-
and now I'm looking forward to the next Moominswap!
Comment: WOW, great zine. I love how passionate and excited you are about your interest. Great writing as well. Thank you very much. BTW, my best friend's partner is a professor of Medieval Studies at a college in Illinois:)
Response: Glad you liked it! It was my first non-single-sheet-of-paper zine.
Comment: What a great CD :D Some of it I already know (and love ;)) and then some, to me, all new bands. If you like Gjallarhorn and Garmarna, you may want to give Ranarim a listen :) Thank you so much and I love the cover artwork.
Response: Thanks for the suggestion- I also love Hedningarna. Glad you were able to find some new gems!
Comment: I received your cd today and I am excited to listened to it at work tomorrow. It sounds like a great listen. I love original music so I know I will love your friends music. My hubby also writes, plays, and sings Renn. music. Thanks so much! Hugs, Mona
It's an eclectic mix, so I hope there's something in it for you to find and love.
Comment: Unique and beautiful ATC! Love the handmade background. Is that a packing tape transfer of Vivien and Merlin?
Thanks for the Korean text! Love it! And the greeting card you sent it all in is gorgeous. Thank you!
Response: Yes- it was indeed a packing tape transfer. Glad you like the Korean text. It is easily available where I live.
Comment: Thank you for a very precious swap. I love the little flower candle, its so delicate, Im looking at it and I dont want to use it, well I do but I dont if you get me. A baggie of faerie whishes was cool (not nearly enough glitter for the fae in my house hold but thats fine! I loved the idea!). Thank you for being my partner.
Response: I know what you mean about the flower candle! I had the same response when I found it. As to the fairy wishes, I made them all up myself. You can always add glitter if you like. :0)
Comment: Hi Brooke,
wow - that's a truly pretty ATC. It makes me curious about the other cards in your personal tarot deck! Thanks for the very cool extras - they will come in handy.
And it's a rare and pleasant occassion to meet someone who likes Prospero's Books as well! :)
see you in a future swap,
Response: Glad you liked it! I am determined to finish making my deck within 2009. Fingers crossed!
Comment: I love this card! Steampunk is awesome, tarot is awesome, combining the two is doubleawesome. I drew my own major arcana a few years back, you can see it here if you like: http://katarinanavane.deviantart.com/gallery/#Critter-Tarot
I think I'll be doing a totally new one at some point though, I was never quite pleased with the outcome of that one.
Thanks for the card!
Response: Yay! Glad you liked it. I'll go check out your majors.
Thanks for swapping,
Comment: I'm sorry for rating so late...
Thank you for your great package! You had picked cool things based on my profile. Obama sticker is just something I wanted :P Hawaii map is beautiful, and the satellite stuff very interesting.
I loved your long letter, where you tell about the items and yourself. It's great you found so many things to enjoy while visiting here (and after that). Moomins are indeed cute and at the same time very profound...
I <3 Sisu too :) Liquorice (especially the salty kind) seems to be an acquired taste. The same must go with the Hershey's choc. What an "interesting" taste. It most definitely won't become my new favorite, but it was an experience worth having nonetheless :)
Have a great day!
Glad you liked my packet! Intriguing review of Hershey's- I brought some to a friend in England once who wanted to taste the stuff his mother remembered American G.I.s giving the local children.
Comment: HEYY i got my package today i LOVE the sushi i wish i knew how to make them so i couls make more !! lol
and even though you only gave me what we signed up for no extras i still gave you a heart b/c i just loved it sooo much !! haha
Response: That's what a well-filled-out profile helps with, no?
Comment: What a creativecool ATC!!! It blows my mind as the poem describes itself in the picture which makes it all the more AWESOME! I love the card too its gorgeous! I think this is one if my favorite ATCs that ive recieved. Good work :D
I guess you can tell that I enjoyed conjuring it up!
Wabi Sabi is a concept dear to my heart.
Comment: Thanks so much for the cute Hedgehog ATC! When we looked at it, I told my boyfriend that you had probably made your own stamp, and most certainly YOU DID!! I am in awe... I'm going to try carving one soon. Bought all the stuff and I'm READY! Thanks again :-)
Response: Give it a try- inspiration is all around. For the hedgehog, I used a pink eraser.
Comment: Brooke - my owl is SO cute! Thank you. In my favorite color, too! A world in which owls are pink is the world for me! - *grin* The material and other goodies was so fun. I attatched a string to this top of his head and hung him over my doorway. Thanks again!
Response: Gathered the magenta and pink from your moniker, haha!
Comment: My box is so beautiful on the outside and inside!!! I love the buddha inside with the bling:) I have always wanted a piece of sea glass and now I have one, the candle smells great as does the incense. The crackle effect on the holder is very neat - I love crackle! The box is done in my favorite color and makes me want to use it often. Thank you for such a thoughtful and useful package:)
Response: I'm glad you like it- I went with things from your profile. I love the way it came out, too.
Comment: Thank you so much hon! I love him a lot! Thank you also for the yummy Cadbury Caramello Candy bar! Which happens to be one of my most favorite candy! Yum! You do real good work sewing,very talented!
Comment: I received your itty bitty dotee today. I had my 4 year old granddaughter with me at the post office. She helped me open it and exclaimed "oooooooh, look what your friend sent me!" Now how could I fight with that?! Thanks for the extras, and for making a 4 year old and her grandma happy!
Comment: I received a scratch and smell book marker of popcorn for popcorn day. A cute winnie the pooh pen for winnie the pooh day. Dress up your pet card for dress up your pets. Recipe for dark chocolate cake for chocolate cake day. Bean Day- recipe card for green beans. Hugging Day- Tarot card she made using the image of Anna " the hugging saint". Also a beautiful stocking hat for (Hat Day) in which my 21 yr old college daughter absolutely loved and stole from me.lol for this I gave her a heart. Their was a lot of heart and thought that went in to this swap. Brook thank you very mcuh.
Response: You are quite welcome. It was fun to assemble (and do try the Szechwan green beans- they are awesome, and I never use that word!)
Comment: Hi Brooke! Thanks a lot for the spell cards, the surfwear sticker and the really nice eco-friendly card. It's really beautiful and its so nice you could help nature saving some trees! Blessed be!
Response: Glad they all arrived OK to such a distant shore. :0)
Comment: WOW, fantastic gun! :D I ended up making it a part of my Halloween costume. (I went as my main character from my NaNoWriMo novel, which is steampunk.) Details and pictures on my blog. Thanks too for the neat ATCs!
I love the Steampunk aesthetic, and I'm also doing NaNoWriMo!
Comment: What an absolutely fabulous package, I feel so special. I have been wearing the hat all over, I attached the wings pin to the front and the beautiful feather hairpiece on the side, and get LOTS of compliments! I absolutely positively loved everything, the journal was so perfect and thoughtful along with all the other little goodies! An exquisite package and I am so very grateful for all the time you spent on this package... a million hearts to you Brooke!
Response: Zoinks! I am bowled-over! So glad you like the feather piece and wingy pin.Huzzah!
Comment: Got your package yesterday, thanks! Some of our bands overlap - A Hawk and a Hacksaw (I missed them last month, sadly), Swap, and Le Vent du Nord - but I don't think we used the same songs. Have you heard Alec Redfearn & the Eyesores?
Response: AHAAH are great! They've been living in Eastern Europe lately.
Haven't heard of Alec Redfern and the Eyesores...I am intrigued!
Comment: This was certainly an eclectic mix! My favorite was your tragic or depressing song "Brick" #11. The one I found most fascinating was #17 with the very long title. Seemed more of something you would find in outer space or something. lol The song in a genre you usually hate was good. I on the other hand love New Age music. The rest of the music, I may never listen to again, but that's what they make CD's for (to cut up to make mosaics with if you don't like it ! hahaha Thanks so much for hunting up some great unusuals! Oh yeah.... and the Gong song wasn't bad either !
Response: Cool! Glad you were able to root some cashews out of the mixed nuts of the scavenger hunt! One never knows...
Comment: Wow, she is just adorable! I love the stars for eyes and that delicate tail is just wonderful and so many beautiful purple extras. I love the variety and think I will make a group of sisters in purple and white!
Response: Sweet! Glad you like!
The "earrings" represent moons.
Comment: I got a very wondermously cool bag in the mail today :-) So intent on checking everything out that came in it that my Orange boy Rory decided it was a fine time to learn how to open zippers and get at the left over turkey sandwich in my lunch bag.. Sneaky puss!. Very cool bag and just perfect!! Thank you
Response: So glad it worked for you- and now I have a new skill!
Comment: Thanks for the tarot card! Love the background. I've never seen American Idol, but I get the association. Cool! Also, love the extra- I have a couple other cards from that set, but hadn't seen the two of cups- I like it! Thanks so much!
Response: Glad you liked it!
I thought Simon made a good Emperor, and put Alexander on there just for good measure. :0)
The background was made from paper towel, painted with metallic acrylics, torn up, and glued down.
Comment: The mystery novel arrived today. thank you. I registered it on bookcrossing and I think I'll read it soon, before my holidays in September anyway (I'm planning to release it again in Canada :o) )
Comment: I will tell you why I am in love the weird mail art you sent: the post office actually thought they destroyed what you were trying to send, so they put it in a special envelope saying how sorry they were that they ruined my mail! haha, classic :)
I was going for Totally Weird.
Comment: Wow! I never heard of these characters or the books. I am going to have to check them out. They look very cool and I love the sketch of you as a Moomin going to the post office with swap bot packages! So very cool
The books are quite intriguing.
Comment: Very cool postcard! And thanks so much for the nice words, I think we have similar tastes, and its always nice to find a kindred spirit :) Love the uke music tips, i'll be checking those out for sure!
My, I must say that the post is moving quickly this week!
I received the celtic CD, tattoos and patch today. I LOVE IT! You obviously put a lot of effort into selecting the music and I love the list and comments. I'm not that familiar with Celtic music so this is a perfect introduction. Thank you thank you! I love the patch and tattoos too. What a great mail day!thanks!
Response: Hooray!If you have any questions, feel free to ask.
Comment: Love the "gnome on the range" paint by number card. This one matches me to a t, as I love kitschy things, plays on words and gnomes. Brilliant! Thanks for your kind words to wish us well too! :-)
Response: They were quite a find, those cards!I'm happy it was well-received.
Comment: OMG!! My hubby and I had a great laugh at your card and the description! It was sooooo perfect! I just absolutely love your card--and who could go wrong with Agassi?! Thank you so much for such a fun interpretation of the King of Pentacles--I just wish I had a whole set! =^_^= blessings, Gypsy
Response: Hee Hee!
I bet you'd like my Queen of Pentacles card which portrays Ed Begley, Jr. and recycling/green energy imagery.
Comment: Thanks for the CD - did receive it in the mail April 11 2008, here. Very nice tunes, thanks very much. I was going to mention Massive Attack is a male band, but I remember that track had Sinead O'Connor singing on it, so very cool!
Comment: CLYDEESMOM 3/31/2008 THANKS SO MUCH FOR THAT AWESOME JOURNAL. I LOVE IT . NOW YOU'LL GET A GOOD LAUGH. THAT CUTE PENGUIN CARD (BOOKMARK) THAT YOU SENT REALLY COMPLETED THE PACKAGE. IT SAID "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" AND YOU CROSSED OFF BIRTHDAY AND WROTE SWAP. HERE'S THE GOOD PART. TODAY IS MY BIRTHDAY. YOU COULD HAVE JUST ADDED ON INSTEAD OF CROSS OFF. ISN'T THAT A RIOT? CHECK MY PROFILE.IT IS QUITE HARD TO BELIEVE. THE NOTECARDS ARE CUTE TOO. LOL LORRAINE
Response: Hooray! I saw it and couldn't leave it there languishing.
That's so funny about the card. :0)
Comment: thanks Brooke, loved the card, explanation and the 10 of wands--where did you get that picture of me juggling everything??--i am going to check the newspapers at our coop and see what papers are there--i usually am carrying stuff and dont stop but you gave me incentive!!