Comment: Update: April 19th, 2017 -- Your washi samples arrived! Not sure if it was the resend or the original, but I am happy it finally made it to me! I also really liked your selection. I can't wait to use it! That is why I have re-rated you a 5 :-)
First rating explaination: Sorry to rate you so low. I did message you a few weeks ago to let you know that I hadn't received anything and you did say you would resend but I have yet to receive anything. I will re-rate if I ever receive your washi samples, but for now, I feel it's a fair rating.
Response: Not a Problem, a new one is on the way I hope it arrives soon.
Comment: Hi Serena!!! Finally this swap arrived in perfect shape <3!!! It took a While because we had a customs strikes and then with the whole christmas crazyness, but I'm happy to say I got everything!
Thanks for the pretty things you sent me, they really made me happy :) Thanks!!!
Comment: Hi Serena. Finally got it! The post office did not redeliver yesterday as they were supposed to, but I was off from work today and went and got it myself. I also received the happy mail that you sent a few days ago. I do like everything. You did a great job. I have of course not actually read it all yet and I'm looking forward to it. Thank you for all the extra effort you took to complete this swap. Hope that 2017 is great for you!
Response: Swap redone and heading your way. Hope you like it :)
Comment: I just opened up your envie full of other envies and boy, did it bring joy to my heart!!! Thank you so much, not only for your thoughtful and well-chosen items, but also for the love and care with which you packaged the whole thing and how each envie had a little theme to it. It warmed my heart and really did bring so many smiles :D Thank you SO much <3
Comment: Hi Serena, thanks for the mail today! Looking so nice, it's going to be fun. I'll let you know what happened when we opened the presents. Yours are ready to send but still don't have stamps, hope I'll get to the post office this afternoon. Thanks already!
Update: Rilke was too fast, opened one gift already ... bath bombs, already used it, she loved it :) Great choice. Update 24/12: thanks for the lovely puzzle, she's had fun finding out how it works. Have a nice Christmas!
Response: Ours came too under the Christmas tree :) Hope she enjoys the advent calendar.
Update 12/25 I am so happy to hear that the boys also loved their gifts thank you so much.
Comment: Thanks for this great tea advent calendar!! I can't wait for December to start!!! I'll make sure to add a comment in this rating after I've tried all the teas and opened the Christmas present, thanks!
Response: I hope you enjoy them, there is a huge variety so hopefully quite a few you really like.
Comment: Thank you for the Christmas presents, I'll make sure to add a comment to this rating once I've opened them :) Update: Thank you for the goodies, I especially like the notebook from Flow Magazine, the stickers and the Ritter Sport Christmas edition <3
Comment: Thank you very much for the variety of stickers! I appreciate the extra little stickers, tiny ones are perfect for my planner! I'm excited to try the Caramel Apple Pie tea! Smells soooo good ^_^
Comment: I enjoyed reading your responses to this survey. Thank you for participating. My sincerest apologies about how long it's taken me to get my ratings caught up. I look forward to seeing you around the swaps. Have a great day!
Comment: Oh wow, your huge envelope is here and I totally love everything you sent for me and my daughter too! Thank you so very much! â¤ï¸ I can't wait to use all those nice things! :) You made my day!
Comment: Loved getting to read about your week. How did the job interview go?
Response: I got the job, I start October first. Already notified current employer who so far has taken it well, regional boss finds out next week ;) But the normal stress saga continues, I will be glad when I am transitioned over.
Comment: Hi Serena, thank you so much for the huge stash of goodies and I like that you had included a whole variety of bits & bops! I had fun going through the entire selection and I definitely enjoyed myself :) Oh and not forgetting the awesome mishmash mail art! Absolute love!!
Comment: Hi Serena! Thank you very much for all the awesome items you sent :) All of them are beautiful, I especially just needed the small wallet! Is is handmade?
Wish you beautiful rest of the summer! Barbora
Comment: Awesome package...well worth the wait : )
Response: So glad you liked it. Hope you have fun with everything and thanks so much for your understanding, after my final 30 hour work week back down to 15 next week and then a well needed weeks vacation, well kids are on summer break so it is questionable if that really counts as vacation lol.
Comment: UPDATE 07/25/16: When you first open a message, there's a button option at the top that allows you to "keep as read," but it ONLY works if you click on that button while you're in the message still. If you go back to the message list, you lose that opportunity. I was taught this when I first joined SB and have done it for the entire 4.5 yrs I've been here. ~~ 07/23/16: I had read your list when it came in, but left the PM as unread until I rated it, which is a practice I have used since joining SB. I apparently forgot to mark it as read when I rated. But I did read your list and made note of information within it when I PMed the coordinator about how to rate your swap. My apologies for the misunderstanding that may have caused. ETA: The 3 rating was due to the lateness in both communication and sending the swap, as I stated in my initial rating comment. ~~ 07/21/6: I hope that you do well with your list. That said, I'll be honest that I struggled with giving you this rating. The deadline was the 7th. I got a PM on the 8th saying that you were still working on your list and that it would be sent by the morning of the 9th. I received the list by PM on the 11th. I would have been okay giving a 5 if you'd contacted me before the deadline to let me know you'd be late with your list.
Response: Final update 7/31 Have contacted partner about options to make this from a 3 to a 5 experience for her through my own pm and through the host I have offered to send an additional surprise package or additional digital content on the 101 project to make up for the tardiness, I have received no answer, so it appears there is no chance to reconcile the swap to a 5.
Comment: Ty for the lovely comment. Your babies are still little. I think that is the best ages when they are small...my children are finishing high school and college...they are no babies anymore. Happy swapping
Comment: Very nice package ;-) love the scarf! it will add to my collection of scarves ;-) stamps, bookmarks (did you make them?) pens etc :) recently rediscovered fountain pens :) just too bad that I cant use the tea/chocolate (profile) as I really love chocolate!
Response: My apologies, I did look into the chocolate but did not realize tea was kosher as well, if you can let me know specific flavors I am more then happy to send you some kosher :) <3
Comment: I really love your Pocket Letter. It's spring time now!
Did you made the buttons yourself? I'm curious how to do that.
And how thoughtful the postcards are.
Thank you very much and have a nice weekend!
Comment: DankeschÃ¶n! :) Den Tee hatte ich sogar schon mal, der ist sehr lecker! Vielen lieben Dank auch fÃ¼r den FÃ¼ller (ich liebe Schreibsachen!) und die Bastelartikel! Freue mich schon darauf, das alles zu benutzen! <3
Comment: I wish I could give you an even higher rating. You went above and beyond the swap requirements. You package made my day and I've shown it off to everyone. I am currently writing you back.suzanne
Response: I am so glad you like it, I was experimenting with a new idea.
Comment: Hello Serena! Thank you so much for the lovely pocket letter. I love it and all the goodies too! The sticker sheets are perfect, especially the fairies! :0) I'm sure to use the quotes as well. Happy swapping!!! Patricia
Comment: Thank you for the stickers....though some are smaller than the requirement and you seem to have counted them as 1! So going by the rule of 3=1, doesn't add up to 50! thank you for the extra washis!
Response: They should have been counted 3 to 1 in my count of 50 please let me know how many are missing and I will send you them.
Comment: Thank you for the cute variety of stickers! I really loved the princesses and the gold & silver hearts and stars! :) Gr8 swap! :)
Response: I am glad you liked them I aim for variety in hopes that there is always something for all tastes. Those metallic stickers are really neat on solid colored backgrounds, I like to use them for pocket letters and envelopes.
Comment: Thanks for that ugly postcard!
I have no idea what is happening on that card either! My husband thinks maybe it's trying to say that monkeys have it more together that humans.
I really don't know...! ðŸ˜„
Comment: Thank you so much for the amazing full envelope of lovely things! More surprises kept appearing as I looked through it :) There's so many stickers I haven't properly seen them all yet and the cards are all very pretty. The envelope had started opening so it arrived in a Royal Mail special plastic bag, but I don't think anything went missing.
Response: Oh good I hope not. I have started using glue as well on envelopes since they like to peel on the edges.
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful pocket letter and extra's. The butterfly envelope I also liked :) did you make it yourself by chance ? If so I would like to know how! Vielen Gruessen!
Response: I am so glad you liked it. I actually cut out the envelope from a bigger stationary set, I thought it was a good fit with the butterflies on it. They sold them for a while at kik I know they still sometimes come up in the planner groups.
Comment: Thx Serena for the clear postmark @ 29.02.2016, how coincidence that i have 6 n 4 yrs boys lol! So i know your busy and happiness...
Response: Boys certainly keep you on your toes dont they. The germans say boys are wild when young but calm when older, and girls are calm when young but wild as preteens and teens, Ihope its true with my luck my kids will be wild till they hit 35 lol. I think its karma for my teenage years.
Comment: Thanks for your e-mail answers, it was a lot of fun reading it :)
Greetings from the land of smoking weed! ;)
Response: hahaha I actually saw you were dutch when I went to put in the emails I hoped you would be amused by the answer. The good thing I suppose is my list of illegal activities is not too long I would be alarmed to receive the answer from a bank robber or ax murderer.
Much love from the portland hippie stuck in the legally rigid vaterland lol.
Comment: Thank you for the thoughtful comment. I'm in the same boat with Peace Corps... I wanted to do it, but the commitment was just a bit too intimidating at the time (especially since you didn't get to choose where you got sent). AmeriCorps was the right choice for me though, and I managed to find work I'm passionate about. Also, yay collaging ^_^ Have a lovely weekend!
Comment: Thank you so much for your awesome comment on my profile i would love love love to have you as a pen pal if you are interested let me know ill write the first letter just message me your address! merry christmas!!!!
Comment: Thank you for your comment. I am so happy that you really took the time to read my profile! I really appreciate and it made this hot Sunday morning refreshing! Thank you for the tip on the weight loss site, I will definitely check it out soon!
Happy birthday to your son on Tuesday as well xxxx
I haven't seen the martian but have heard good reviews so I would like to read the book fist. I have so many books in my to read list!
I hope you have a wonderful and Merry Christmas to you and your family xxxx