Comment: Wow, what a lot of snow! When we get just a little in Georgia, it mostly paralyzes us, and we were stuck on the hill at the end of our street once too! Even our driveway is on an incline! Anyway, thanks for sharing your January reading! Hope February proves more fruitful! Happy swapping!
Comment: Thank you for the resend, would love to see what you sent first time bc the 2nd batch is adorable!!!! Thanks for resending, I know it is a pain. Have a great day!
Response: I'm glad the resend made it. That will teach me not to use a Post Office that's not the same as I usually use! The samples are pretty similar to the ones I sent before, so you're not missing much :)
Comment: Hey Stephanie! I hope you are cured now ... I feel for you - my mother suffered from Migraines, & NOTHING would help her ... like world peace, I hope for a permanent stoppage to migraines ... :( Thanks for the interesting review, & the "extras" :)
Comment: She came home :) (I'm assuming it's a she) She's the first 3-D printed being that I or my husband saw firsthand, & my Mother-in-law was educated about waht 3-D printing is, today. She's beautiful. The grey material & her numerous facets are reflecting different amounts of light, & she is the piece of art she is intended to be. We marvelled at her for quite sometime. I really appreciate your taking so much efforts & expense! When 3-D printing becomes the standard process, we'll still cherish her :) :) :) We still don't get the whole process, though. How is the shape decided? Is it like writing code in a computer programme? Is an x-y-z axis co-ordinate provided for each vertex? Did you design her yourself? (I'll come up with a name) (Hope the too small one is happy in its home!)
Comment: Thanks for your reading log. :) You read a much different type of book than I usually do, so all of the titles and authors are new to me. I'll keep them handy when I need a switch up. :) And thank you for hosting, AND not canceling when I was the only other one to sign up! :)
Response: Thanks for the rating and the heart :) I thought about canceling since there were only two of us, but decided not to. The short stories are available online if you're looking for a quick read of a different type. Both were out of my usual reading order, but interesting.
Comment: Thank you for the resend, and I’m sorry for the delay in rating you! The medal is quite lovely. I thought you did a great job with the pleating. It looks quite official! Thanks again
Response: Woo! I'm glad you got the resend! The pleating took forever, I was trying to keep it pretty even, and it made my hands so tired. But I thought a pleated ribbon would be the most fun. Thanks for rating!
Comment: Thanks for the swap. I hope you're doing better. My friend and her fiance met because he was reading 'Ready player one' at a cafe and she likes that book and started talking to him. They've been together 2 years. They weren't thrilled with the movie.
Comment: I'm sorry to hear that you were in such a bad car accident, Stephanie, but I'm very glad you escaped with just bruises! I read Ready Player One a few years ago. I'd heard that the book and the adaptation didn't match. I'm trying to figure out if I'd like to see it. It wasn't my favorite book, so maybe an unrelated adaptation would be nice? What did you think of it? I've never yet read anything by Tamora Pierce. Where would you recommend I start? :-) Thanks so much for sharing! :-) <3
Comment: I cracked up as I opened up the package and saw the title. When you mentioned the book I thought it might be a spooky crafting book, OMG, it turned out to be spooky alright, but in a whole different way!! LOL! Pantyhose Crafts!! You couldn't have done better for me. Oh lord, I'll treasure this book, thank you for a real winner.
Plus, I just loved your letter inside. It made the swap extra special.
Response: I'm so glad you liked it! I just knew someone was going to enjoy that scary 80s cheese :)
Comment: I love the cute dog/dad card! LOL. And yes, I'm a dog person, so it's a win. :)
Response: I turned it over, and my first thought WAS "Well, I hope she's a dog lover." So I went to your profile and saw dogs mentioned, and relaxed. Although, it might have been funnier if you hated dogs? Thanks for the rate and the heart
Comment: Thanks for the bag!! It was easy to choose three to take. :) And thanks for the purple and orange washi too, I'm assuming that's an extra gift right? It's even extra awesome because I randomly don't even have any purple washi!!
Response: The purple and orange was extra for you :) I made it up for a swap, forgot I had, and made another, so I had extra :)
Comment: Thank you for sharing. I myself had an uneasy start of the year. I was ill before Berlin and even more ill after. And work is super intense, because I do work in IT and the system is definitely not fool proofed. I hope both you and your grandmother feel better.
Comment: Hello Stephanie! Greetings from sunny & warm Central FL! Thank for the coloring Christmas trees card. My 88 yrs mom is enjoying coloring it with her new colored pencil set. Oh, cute doggies! Thanks for the PC & the bright candies card. Sorry about your hands, hope you recover soon. Happy December!
Comment: Thank you!! I canâ€™t wait to open the gifts! ðŸ˜ƒ
Wow I loved everything! I got a new lunchbox, canâ€™t wait to use the bento box and chop stick holder! Thanks again! I was all very thoughtful! Merry Christmas!!
Comment: I hope you enjoyed BlizzCon this year, Stephanie! Thank you for reading The Witch Who Couldn't Spell. That's neat that you sort-of know the author! And it does sound like an interesting read to me. I must admit, though, I don't read many cozy mysteries nowadays. I was burned - twice! - by storylines in two different cozy series years ago, and, for the most part, they turned me off of reading others. ;-) I do enjoy hearing about them, though! (I recommend them in hopes that partners will read them and let me know if they're "safe" to read!) :-) I'd love to hear about the one where the author didn't know how your car worked. What kind of car do you have? Thank you for sharing!!! :-) <3
Comment: I love how this (like all great sci fi) has some social commentary in it! I also really love how the beginning so neatly folds into the end, making the story complete, a very neat technique! Your writing is very striking and lively, and very real! Thank you for sharing! :D
Comment: Thank you for this very neat Forrest Gump postcard with quotes from Wildfire by Ilona Andrews written on the print side, Stephanie! Wildfire is book three in the Hidden Legacy series, isn't it? I just bought this series earlier this month! (Or was it last month?) I haven't read them, yet, though. But I LOVE Ilona Andrews! :-) Thank you for sharing!
Comment: Thank you for sharing. Funny thing, I read every book on your September log... Uprooted is my favorite book for the last 3 years :) I'm glad you enjoyed it. I disliked Curran at first too, but he sort of changes throw the books. By now he feels like perfect other half for Kate.
Response: So Curran kind of grows on you, like a Fungus? =P
Comment: I'm so happy that you enjoyed Uprooted, Stephanie! I bought it and want to reread, as on my first reading it didn't impress me overmuch, but so many people love it that I want to try again. And now you! You too enjoyed it more than I feel like I did on first reading it! So I need to reread it to see if I'll enjoy it more, too. :-) Thanks for sharing your thoughts! I'm so relieved that you enjoyed the book I picked for you! :-)
Comment: Very nice swap! I will use the washi tape, I do a lot of paper crafts. From this card I would not think you were new at zentangle. thank you for the nice tangle, the extras and the eclipse stamp. Our PO was out before I got there.
Comment: Wow 11 books in July - you've completed a reading marathon! Thank you for the synopsis of each book and your thoughtful analysis. The Marko Koos and Bill Nye books caught my eye for additions to my reading list.
Comment: I found your review of Flawed interesting, Stephanie. It almost sounds like you're talking about two different books. From the way you began your review, I thought it'd turn out to be a book you really enjoyed. But then, in the end, you only found it to be okay, and not really worth reading? I'm confused. . . :-/ Thank you for sharing! :-)
Response: It was pretty decent, but some parts were only okay. I liked it enough to get the second book on hold.
Comment: Thanks for your beautifull tangled postcard and the yummie tea.
A little tip to make an all around border, start in all the 4 corners and draw your tangle or piece of the tangle you would like to have there and how you would like to have it in there. For me that makes it easier to fill up the rest of the border. And you can make beautifull waterscenes like the sea with agua :) Thanks again for your swap!
Comment: Thanks for your Reading Log! I'm reading American Gods at the moment so it was interesting to see what you thought of it. I'm already a big Gaiman fan so I wonder if it's less strange for me. Happy reading!
Comment: Love the PC you made! I did not see where you messed up the design, lol. Sorry that I am delayed in rating you! I hurt my hand (it got smashed while I was away on business), so was not able to post the rating until now!
Comment: Thank you for the log. I'm glad you liked Symbiont Seeking Symbiont. You should give it a try to her Space Opera series. The first book is called Fluency. I couldn't finish the 1st book of Throne of Glass, but it's nice you enjoy it.
Comment: Thank you for participating in this round. I love this swap and highly enjoy hosting it :) Thank you for you review. I wish the book was more toy your taste. Hope the next time I get to choose for I'll do a better job :)
Comment: Thank you for this neat - and neatly decorated! - pc featuring Hollywood, Stephanie. I haven't been there in years, but used to live only 30 or so [40; just checked] miles away (in my childhood). It used to take me about 24 hours to drive straight through from home in Pomona/Montclair to college in Pullman (~1,400 miles). :-) Thank you for sharing!
Comment: 8 books in a month! Well done. Had NO idea Stephenie Meyer had written another book! Have been wanting to read the gender-swapped Twilight for kicks. ETA: I find glasswork fascinating and am impressed by your experience!
Comment: Wow, Stephanie. I think I have Throne of Glass on my Goodreads.com TBR, but you have sure made me much more eager to read it! Unfortunately, I'm working my way (agonizingly slowly) through too many series to feel like I should place a hold on it. But hopefully sometime this year, I'll be able to read it, too! :-) Thank you for sharing!
Comment: Thank you very much for the great stationery swap. I was so excited with the Harry Potter letter set as l just got back last month from Universal Orlando and the Wizarding World!! Thanks for such a fun swap!
Comment: You should have heard the "ooo"s and "ahh"s coming from my mouth when I opened your envie! Thank you for the HP stationery plus address label and beautiful cat portrait NC, stickers and washi. The german shephard sticker looks a lot like my Kaiser as well. Thank you! Thanks for brightening my day! ðŸ’–
Response: I'm glad you liked it! I tried for the kitty notecard since your profile mentioned cats. The HP stationery is unfortunately all I have, but it's really well made, so I don't feel bad sending it out. Thanks for the rating and the heart!
Comment: I absolutely love how you used the boy's speech pattern in the dialogue; it's amazingly lifelike! And the ending made me laugh, what a fun story. And now I want KFC for dinner too :D (I hope you got my email for the other swap btw :-))
Response: Thanks for the rating and heart! Glad you liked it, I was trying to go for a small kid's speech pattern. I'm glad I succeeded
Comment: I really loved this swap. It was my first ever of this type and have learnt a lot so thank you for setting it up. Now, remember, not always what we do need to be so serious (note to my self)... Books helped you to wait for hours and if you keep reading them means they made their homework!! Lovely list, will read it in more detail now that I'm going to rest. Great swap!!
Comment: I enjoyed reading your 2016 creativity survey! I sure hope you are feeling better in 2017. I know how "stuff happens" and can derail our best intentions to create! And I think we are our own tough critics of our goal achievements. What are PLR articles? Your glass pieces sound very creative to me. I took a stained glass class many years ago and really enjoyed it. I'd love to see some pictures of your glass! Have a great and creative new year!
Comment: Wow! Firstly, I never expected to receive something in a Priority Mail box, which excited all family members so much that they all ran off with it (in possession of a demon, if not possessed by it?!). The senior family member eventually claimed seniority and produced from the box an amazing glass Hiding Place, which every family member interpreted before I spoiled the fun and explained that it was a gorgeous and ingeniously creative Hiding Place for a Demon. Then the next-to-youngest family member explained patiently that demons were not adorable and fuzzy. As the parental unit of said family member, I explained that I was personally aware of three fuzzy adorable and at times demonic beings in our home, as well as two slightly larger, less fuzzy and at times more demonic ones. The family member then stuck out her tongue, mirroring the adorable and clever demon Luci-fur. Thanks so much for a fun, unexpected, multi-media, adorable and interactive demonic possession experience :)
Comment: I loved hearing about how you got your cat. Thanks for sharing your story. Mine (one of them) was dropped on our doorstep as a kitten in the middle of a cold Minnesota winter and was half starved. We couldn't say no!
Comment: Hi Stephanie, and thank you for the resend! Your first letter is still Lost In Transit somewhere, sadly. I'm glad you enjoyed Outlander. I too was intrigued to read that Geillis Duncan had traveled back in time before Claire. :-) I'll share more of my thoughts on this book soon, probably when I write to you my thoughts on the book you picked for me for your 21st Pick My Next Book swap! :-) Thank you again for sharing!
Comment: I really enjoyed reading your Science Fiction Flash story! The conversations sounded so natural and I loved the funny ending! More creative than, My dog ate my homework, huh! I should have thought of that when I was a student!
Comment: LOVE the starry sky and the colorful elephant is great! I've never seen that tape before. :D Thanks much!
Response: I'm glad you like the elephant tape! I think I picked it up when I first started on Swap Bot, so the tape is pretty old. I love it, but I never use it, so I thought gifting samples would be a good use of it
Comment: I'm having trouble leaving a link, but hopefully now here's [a cat for you:](https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=cat+turtle&view=detail&mid=EF12FED27DBC4CC59C8AEF12FED27DBC4CC59C8A&FORM=VIRE&qpvt=cat+turtle&PC=APPL)
Comment: Thanks for the fun postcard of the slug! I'm sorry to hear that the book you are (were?) reading is not one you are loving. Have you finished it? Did it get better? Perfected sounds like it has an interesting premise but. . . :-)
Comment: Thank you for the nice postcard. I didn't read the book, but I love the movie a lot! And for a change it portraits Israeli army rightly (except for one small thing: our girls would never go by the rank, no matter the situation. We use first names everywhere and for everything. But I can live with this. )
Comment: Wooh, what an awesome piece! I love it! The dialogue is snappy, it's funny and the set up for the story is great. I'm still thinking about the two truths and a lie, I'm terrible at puzzles like that!! And I love Mozzie so much, say hi to him from me and my Loki-kitty. Thanks for this fun swap! :D
Comment: Awesome. Thank you so much for the garden house. And I do that also....know I have something in my craft room but can't find it when I need it, and then have to buy more. I totally need to clean my craft room. ;D
Comment: I loved this. I've had too many similar experiences so I could both laugh and relate. I have to say that I think my favorite part was how you went from being between a blizzard and tornado...to running over 3 frogs. It so perfectly demonstrated the big and little things that stick with us...and though I felt bad for the frogs I will admit to snerking a little over that and the images it conjured. Thank you so much for participating and sharing this with me! Xoxo
Comment: Thank you for the adorable, hilarious hula dancing Jetoy Choo Choo card, 3M kawaii cat tape (it reminds me of Tubbs from Neko Atsume -- which I only know through friends who've played it :), cheery polka-dotted washi, and colorful vintage cactus postage! Haha, I agree, I noticed that Jetoy and some Postallove cards are oriented that way -- I remember reading that the USPS charges more if mailpieces are oriented that way?? (if the height is more than the length or width... something like that) Hope your rib is on the mend! Thank you for brightening up the first day of summer :)
Response: Thanks for the rating and the heart! I too remember seeing that the USPS charges more for odd shaped. It's why I never bother to address them on the lines.
Comment: Thanks for your novel beginning. I don't understand if there is a "demon" genre of evil handsome guys with superpowers -- if there is I don't like the idea but that's not relevant. It does seem an awful lot of writing by fairly young people is about bartenders. Anyway, little picky things aren't important if you're going to rewrite --the one thing that I'd say is after you write "damnit" you don't need "cursed". And isn't that almost not even cursing these days?
Comment: I'm sorry you've been having such a rough time health wise lately! I hope you catch a break soon. I too love the cover of Jewel, but it isn't something that I'd read. The surrogacy aspects would likely bother me as it sounds like it's shown in a negative light.
Comment: Thanks for your comment! I love how you are always amazed by how much I read. I hold nothing compared to some people in the GoodReads group I'm in. One person I know of read over 800 books last year. That's sooooo crazy! I hit 93 for the 1st quarter of the year so I think I'm on track for another 300 this year. :D
Comment: Thanks for your review, of both books. :) I'll likely try Jet at some point, though it doesn't sound like anything I'd be too interested in. He has an easy writing style though so I'd at least try it. I'm glad you enjoyed Winter as well, I thought it was great. I still have a few of the novellas in Stars Above to get to. One of these days! Apologies for the late rating!
Comment: Wowza, what a sucky month for you. I hope you feel better soon! I've been ill too but no one can find a reason. I'm a mutant that way. Anyway, you totally don't have to finish that book if you don't like it. I always say, too many good books, so little time. Don't waste time on the bad ones!
Comment: Wow... I can't imagine not never reading Alice in Wonderland... Because I'm so obsessed with everything Alice. I collect postcards, stickers and boos with different illustrations. Thought, may be it long time that I love the idea and not the book itself. Just like Hello Kitty.
Comment: Thank you for sharing.It seems you January was a good reading month. I saw the 5th wave trailer too (I went to see Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which was awesome by the way) and it looked too much as typical YA dystopia...
Response: I guess the movie and the book are similar, but the movie makes a bigger deal of the romance. Really, the romance is almost an afterthought in the book, except for a couple chapters.
Comment: My Tom and I are going to see Deadpool for Valentine's Day as well!!! He's been giddy as a school girl about this movie for a year!!! Thanks for the super cute Valentine! I'm actually off work on Valentine's Day, but I'm working 4 12 hour night shifts before. The stress is high right now with record # of deliveries in my hospital and record # admissions on my unit!!! Babies Everywhere! Thanks again and thanks for hosting!!!
Comment: Oh my. . . ah. . .no. . .a slug is not one of my favorite 'animals' ~~ What a very surprising but interesting PC. I really don't know if the world is ready for an Oregon slug PC or any other slug PC for that matter!! Thanks for the great PC (it really is a really interesting PC) that gave me a good chuckle :-)
Comment: Thanks for your Reading Log Stephanie! It was interesting to read; you read books of different genres to me, though the 'Cinder' series is one I am going to start soon. Always a good thing to widen your reading horizons with recommendations! :)
Comment: Thank you for sharing. I'm glad you was able to finish your reading goal. The same happened to me - I was short of 6 books in the beginning of December. Thankfully 2 of my favorite authors released short stories and Alanna books are quite short :)
Comment: Of course this is the second half of your reviews, the first being covered for "Pick My Next Read #13". Actually, I have never heard of 'The Bone Doll's Twin'. It must have been disappointing to read a book and not realise it's the first in a trilogy! That would completely change the reading dynamic, I suppose. It's an interesting concept, but it sounds like you're not sure about it. Thanks again!
Comment: Stephanie, thanks for your swaps that arrived today! I enjoyed reading what you thought about the Cinderella-themed short stories. I guess it's always the same with a collection of short stories - some good, some not so good. I am not sure if I would go out of my way to read this one, but it sounds interesting. I liked the sound of the one about the miners in a more modern story.
Comment: Thank you for sharing. I read only 2 of the Cinderella stories. They were nice, but as you said "I could leave them, and not miss them." I wish the first one was written with more writing experience, because I did liked the plot. And the second needed more length, for as it is it was too rushed. Thank you for lending the book.
Response: Try the last 2! they were far better than the first ones
Comment: Thanks for a really intriguing review -- I tend to stick with traditional published books most of the time and read certain slants of books, so this is one that I'd probably never encounter. It is fun to be faced with a new set of ideas! And an interesting connection that the book I chose this time is also free and online :)
Comment: Thankyou! That was such a fun format to read your answers in. I loved seeing Mr Penumbras 24 hour Bookstore on your lists as it is one of my favorites too! I also enjoy paranormal fiction so Im gonna check out some of those title you listed, my TBR list is gonna get a lil longer lol!
Comment: Thanks for your swap. I'm sorry you didn't like it better. The MC definitely is a bitch, which stinks because I did like some of her characteristics, but overall just total bitchiness. :( I hope your next books are better!!
Comment: This actually quite lovely! I really like the papyrus bookmark and the colored pencil one is also extra special since that is my favorite art medium to use. I really like them all and I am glad you were my partner!!
Response: I'm glad you liked the bookmarks! The papyrus ones were touted online as being nicer, so I was disappointed, but they're not total crap at least :)
Comment: Sorry you didn't like The Heir better. I know you read my review, so you know I felt the same in a lot of ways. I liked some aspects of her, but overall, she was very unlikable. Look forward to hearing your more detailed thoughts on it. :)
Response: Oh, just wait for the letter for the Pick my next read. I'll go into detail there :) Thanks for the rating and <3
Comment: Thanks for you honest opinion on the book. I hope you enjoyed it a bit, its aweful to feel obligated to push through reading a boom that you don't much enjoy. I wish you many good reads in October!
Comment: we had the same kind of ideas behind this book. the main characters i didn't feel overly drawn to, but the supporting, especially Rosie, i liked! i also liked that you enjoyed the period piece aspect since i did too. the night circus was also one that i didn't really care for the story, but i got excellent visuals while reading! and SO sorry to hear about the accident!
Response: I'm glad to see I'm not alone in the liking the flavor, but not the characters, of Water for Elephants, and The Night Circus
Comment: Thanks for your swap. Sorry to hear about your accident. :( Hope all has been better now. Look forward to seeing what you thought of The Heir. I liked it, though I got annoyed by her at times.
Comment: Thanks for the book pages, Stephanie. I haven't read Water for Elephants yet, but I heard good things about it. Did you like it? I also liked the washi tape you used to decorate the envelope! I haven't seen that kind before!
Happy Swapping! Valerie
Comment: Many thanks for the two beautiful little plates, I love the colored squares -and thanks for the pendant too (I will wear it to an event this evenning). I will share your info about your method of making the plates with my son-in-law who makes decorative glass also. it's fascinating..
Comment: Thank you for your reading log. It seems like we've got a similar taste in books, although I have only actually read one of these. I did read the whole House of Night series as well and I totally agree with your comments on Zoey. She was not my fave character at all, I did love Stevie Rae though! In the last part Zoey finally became a bit more mature (oh yes, did she actually say a swear word? Hallelujah!) Anyways, thanks again and have a nice summer!
Comment: Thanks for the fun swap. I like the black and white theme. Not a HP fan - but my niece is and she is going to love this paper when I write to her. (She lives in Des Moines and works at a humongo bakery). Coralville is a nice town. There was a murder at the mall last Friday, so folks are still working through that - a security guard went bongo and shot a worker at the children's museum. Wish I could send you a Maid Rite - I grew up on them. Still the finest sandwich around, unless you can find a really amazing tenderloin! Your book group sounds fun, I'll "check" in out in another month.Thanks for goodies!
Comment: What a great pocket letter. I do appreciate you passing along the painted sunflower atc. It is perfect for my collection. In fact, everything you sent was so profile based, I am smiling today. Thank you.
Response: I'm glad you liked it! I hadn't started on it until partners were assigned, so I figured I could theme it. Thanks for the heart :)
Comment: SO sorry for the late rating; I feel terrible for being so behind. A great journal and interesting read. I liked seeing how the world was turned upside-down but still didn't completely fall apart (apparently there are still stores and a system of currency) and life continues. Pretty sure I wouldn't have been at all happy about the new arrival if I'd been in your main character's place, considering what was happening to the world. But you made the reaction believable for that character. Glad things worked out for them in the end. I liked the follow-up note from a few months later as well and the images.
Response: No worries! I just wanted to make sure it arrived, since it wouldn't be that easy to replace. I'm glad you enjoyed the read. I spent a lot of time going through Utah with my job, and saw a lot of ads for "food storage" which is what prompted that specific journal idea.
Comment: Thank you for the profile comment. It's great to find out what we have in common! The Yogi Tea I was taught to make has no wormwood in it. It has black tea with a lot of very tasty spices. Yum! I've experienced cranial sacral therapy too - good stuff.
Comment: Thanks for your log. I'm sorry you didn't like Reboot better. I really enjoyed Reboot and Rebel. The changing thing doesn't bother me too much because it's suck a popular gimmick. :/ I'm interested in both School of Good and Evil and Princess Academy, but not to the point where I MUST read 'em. I might get to 'em, someday. :)
Comment: This was a fun zone, and I am really intrigued by both the featured books! What a fun way to introduce them, and I thought the format for the zone with the double middle picture spread was cool :). Thanks for hosting!
Comment: Loved reading about the books you read/listened to in January. I work from the other side of a well know transportation company, and have drivers tell me all the time how they have so much time to kill while waiting to be loaded or unloaded at places, so something like Audible sounds like a great time killer!
Comment: Ah, your comment about Night Circus crushed my heart. You are only one of 3 people I know (that I pushed into read it) that didn't love it. Still my favorite book, ever. :) The Circus was my favorite part, that and Bailey. I hope you are able to meet all the goals you set for 2015!
Comment: Thanks for the survey, I enjoyed reading it! I'm looking forward to checking out Ready Player One. I think it's supposed to be similar to one I read this year, Mr.Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, and I really enjoyed that. Thanks again and happy reading in 2015!
Response: Thanks for the rating, now I'm going to need to check out Mr.Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore!
Comment: Love your Chihuly glass on your blog! Oh no say it isn't so about Cress... looking forward to reading it. I really liked the 1st 2. Enjoyed reading your comments. Have not read Night Circus and am afraid w/ all the raves I'm not going to like it.
Comment: Thanks for your swap! I'm sorry that you re-reads were so dull and you wish you had picked better ones. I'm so the opposite of you, I really don't like re-reading, and only re-read 11 in all of 2014. Those were the Harry Potters & The Night Circus (the only books I've found I don't mind re-reading) and 3 books of series that I started YEARS ago and I re-read (on audio for all) so that I could finish out both series, which I have done with one (39 Clues) and have one book left of the other (Wilde & Chase).
Comment: Sorry you didn't like it better. I have read a few Stargate Atlantis tie-ins, and I own some SG-1 ones, but haven't read them yet. I love those characters. Sounds like an interesting concept, but sorry it wasn't resolved to your satisfaction in the one book.
Comment: i will definitely have to read this book! i almost read it for my horror pick in october, but went with something else. i think i may read this as my main december book! i'm so glad you enjoyed it and it sounds so interesting. thanks! oh yea, loved the HP paper!
Comment: I enjoyed reading your responses to the books you read - that's what make them especially interesting. It's so disappointing when a follow-up story lacks the features that drew us into the first.
Comment: Love all the samples and- wow!- I didn't have ANY of them! If you could see my tape stash, you'd know why this is amazing! LOL! It's incredible how many different washi's are out there :) I like your decorated envie, too. Thanks for joining my swap!
Comment: I thought your mail art was quite nice! I especially loved the kitty :) I'm not always really comfy with mail art, either, to be honest. And thank you for the Yertle the Turtle bookmark. I can remember reading that one with my dad when I was a little girl. Dr. Seuss is one of my all-time favorites! Thanks again!
Comment: What a crazy cool package! I love the dreamcatcher. That and the sleepytime tea might just keep the bad dreams at bay. I'm also going to have fun with the jewelry wire....love the colors and the beautiful glass pendant. Not sure whether I like the lacy tape or the mustache tape...AWESOME package. Although the box arrived yesterday, I didn't open it until today (after the day was off to a really tough start). Thanks for helping me turn the day around.
Comment: I put the address on the one card and will pass along both. ALSO, I am OBSESSED with the cat postcard you sent as an extra! I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! Thanks so much for participating in this swap and being an awesome swapper!!!
Comment: It was a pleasure to read about variety of books that capture your interest & provide many enriching insights. I admire your ability to relate & critique with wisdom & detail, enjoying & sharing the great world of books with others ~ thanks for encouraging the habit of reading!
Comment: I was not impressed by Marr's fae series either (I only made it through the two books you list before giving up on it). I saw the author speak at a festival and her insights gave me a new respect for the book and also explained why it reads so badly (she writes the whole book as one character then as another character and then mixes the chapters together, which is why consistency and pacing is so off).
Response: That's interesting to know. It does explain a lot.
Comment: Go ahhought it wontead and read the timetravellers wife, I thougnt it wont be my type of book, but.... I loved it ! 600 books... enough for a lifetime ! Stop working, go and read ;-) Enjoy your books !
Comment: Thank you for your swap. I'm glad you enjoyed The Testing, I absolutely loved it. I get the HG comparisons but I didn't mind what they were. Every book out there is similar to another, there's no new ideas, so big deal. I thought the whole series was great.
Comment: Stephanie, your story with the PC photo is the best story I've read! You are so clever, your story matches the creepy mummy in the photo. Going to show this to my Sister & Mom. My Mom will take it well (we watched the "Sharknado" movies together,) want to see my Sis's reaction... priceless. Fun swap!
Response: I actually saw that mummy too, and it was suitably creepy in person. It came through last year in an exhibit.
Comment: Hello Stephanie,
Thank you for the stamps! I like them. I was wondering do you have a tip how i can remove stamps from the usa from paper?
Response: USA stamps are tough, if they're a lower denomination, they might be the non sticker kind, and those you can soak off. Otherwise I'm not sure, I haven't had much luck with the sticker kind. Sorry :(
Comment: I had never heard of this book before this swap, but it sounds great and BOTH my partners read it! LOL I hope you enjoy more in this genre in the future; it's one of my faves. PS- I read The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood because I'd been meaning to read it for ages. I liked it but didn't love it.
Response: Thanks for the rating! I like The Handmaid's Tale quite a bit, and definitely more than 1984.
Comment: Congrats for meeting your 60 books read goal! I've seen the TV Show Bitten, but haven't read the book; maybe I won't now! LOL Sorry you didn't like 1984 more! That middle section is painful to get through, but it's one of my favorite reads from high school.
Comment: I can totally sympathize - I've got a couple of intimidating books on my shelf, too. And I hate getting mired in a series of books if one in the middle is only so-so! (BTW, I just loved the postcard - cracked me up!)
Comment: Thanks for swapping with me <3 I love the Princess Bride. I have seen the movie multiple times but I have yet to read the novel. I should get on that hahaha. Ready Player One sounds really interesting too :)
Comment: Thank you for the encouragement and the great list. It couldn't have come at a better moment :-) I will definitely use some of these prompts! It was neat that I'd sent my partner a few similar ones as well. Great minds think alike!
Response: Thanks for sending yours to me too, I liked reading them. We had 2 similar ones, which I think was quite funny :)
Comment: I had the same thought as you, but I assure you, the cards are just as they were intended to be. I like the feel and weight and the way the sealant worked. I like the color choices and the way you wrapped the edges. I always mean to do that more and forget. The cards feel sturdy. Thanks! = ) â™¡â˜…â™¡â˜…â™¡
Response: I'm glad you liked them! I was worried they wouldn't turn out right.
Comment: Thanks for sending me this page. It seems medias res, that I have not idea what's going on and nothing draws me to the characters and/or action -- not your fault, that's probably the way the book is written.
Response: I don't blame you for not being interested. Also, it's the third book in a trilogy, so even if you had a clue, you'd have to wade through 2 books to get to what was going on in that one.
Comment: Thanks for the great PC! I will send the other one forward! I was just unpacking pictures and thinking about building shelves to put them all on. I love antiques and botanicals! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Comment: Thanks! I started that book but my download expired before I finished it. I liked what I heard, so it's unfortunate to know you didn't like it more. Thanks for sharing your review and your list. The only other one you've read and I haven't is Vampire Academy--what did you think of it?
Comment: Thank you for sharing I also thought more people would of signed up to this swap. It's interesting to know where the group started. I was a member of book lovers unit for months and there was only 1 swap I saw with me and the creator in it ! Thank you
Comment: As long as the two of us keep at it, that's what matters! You have accomplished things. What you should do now is finish that reassessment of your 2014 goals. What still matters to you? What do you think you can realistically accomplish by the end of December? Let go of the things that are no longer important, relevant or that have been overcome by events. Keep writing ... and be encouraged.
Comment: Hi Stephanie - Thank you so much I love these washi's, I don't have any of the designs/patterns on them. Thank you for coordinating the swap too. All the best and happy swapping, Jane x jep1068
Comment: Hi Stephanie - Thank you for the lovely postcard - the image on the front is one of my favourites and I have a journal with it on the cover. I'm going to add Write.Publish.Repeat to my TBR pile as it sounds interesting. All the best and happy swapping, Jane x jep1068
Comment: Thanks for sharing your list. I'm curious as to what podcasts you've been listening to. I discovered podcasts recently too and I've been listening to 'Pottercast' where they talk about all of the Harry Potter books and movies. I'm starting from the beginning so they're talking about book 5 right now. It's really interesting.
Comment: Please, please accept my apologies for taking so long to rate on this. The letter had fallen behind the cabinet along with a few other things and I only discovered it today. I knew that you would have sent so I knew it was my fault so I am so, so sorry. Thank you though for your fabulous letter as always. You always gain something even out of disappointing books - as you said, it is worth just to pick them apart for reviews. At least you've finished the trilogy now!
Comment: Thanks for the reading log. I've read The Night Circus as well. I probably liked it better than you did - although I agree that the notion that it's the best book ever! that so many folks had given me fell a bit flat. It is a keeper, though.
Comment: So many people have recommended The Night Circus to me; I haven't read it yet, but I think I still want to give it a try. Nice to read another opinion about it though. Good job with your reading this month and thanks for sharing!
Comment: Great list of books. I've been wanting to read the "in Death" series too; I will have to request it from my library. I also have The Night Circus on my to-read list. Maybe I'll rethink that!! Thanks!
Comment: So love the log cabin pattern notecard! You did a great job and its something I would have never thought of. Thank you so much..and for reading my profile too! Nice touch with the Nevada stamp:)
Comment: Thank you for your log. Awesome that you are still working through the In Death series, I love that one. I never read Article 5 after we canceled that swap. I just couldn't get into it, though I started it.
Comment: Hello Stephanie & thank you for sending me the "Inconvenience" postcard for National Post Card Week! My family wouldn't understand it, but I do, & wish that I had had postcards like this one when I was at university, & in my art classes. Quite a conversation starter! Love your Swap - Bot rubber stamp!
Comment: Thanks for your review! I had read The Fault in The Stars before so I chose something else to read for this swap. I did actually really enjoy this book, but then I read another by the author and really hated it!
Comment: So, you don't know this, but I have a mustache collection of everything from sunglasses with mustaches attached to them to mustache stuffed toys. This went straight to my mustache collection and I absolutely LOVE it!
Comment: Lots of books for you last month! I'm really interested in reading the Article 5 series. I also read The Fault in Our Stars last month and I really liked it. I'm excited about the movie! p.s. your story about the little calf is so sweet! How is it doing?
Comment: Firstly, I'm so sorry for the terribly late rating. Life has been throwing one hurdle after another at me and I've been struggling to keep up. I wanted to give your answers the attention they deserved before rating you.
Like you, I absolutely love YA fiction - especially of the dystopian style. I think it's ok for a woman in her 40's to admit to that, no? I also read about one, sometimes two, non-fiction books a month. I don't usually enjoy them but I keep trying to expand my comfort zone. Sometimes I'm pleasantly surprised. I think you should give "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" a shot. I don't remember much about it but it certainly was not a terribly intimidating book to read. I believe you'll end up enjoying it. I do disagree about "Twilight". I loved all the books and didn't find them boring in the least. ;) Thanks for your thoughtful answers. I really enjoyed reading them!
Comment: thanks for the email! sorry this is a bit late in rating, but I wanted to spend some time and personally respond! 1) this is geeky, but there's a NPC in world of warcraft called Ferdinand and he holds flowers in his hands; bet it's from that book! ha! 2) I also have AB's good eats collection of books! 3) I will check out your blog! 4) we have the same taste in genres, although I haven't read any paranormal
Comment: <3 I loved the book "Ferdinand" as a kid! And my SO has mentioned "ready player one" more than once as being one he really liked, but I haven't found it in any second hands stores yet to pick it up. Thanks for sharing!
Comment: Thank you for the great and honest review. The premise of Matched does sound interesting. Did you enjoy it more the first time you read it, do you think? As always, its great reading and swapping with you.
Comment: Thanks for the reading log. I hadn't come across Marissa Meyer before but I like writers who play with fairy tales (Sara Maitland being my favourite) so I've added her to my books to be read list!
Comment: What totally cool old stamps you used! I wish I still had some from years ago. The funny thing is, the stamps didn't get cancelled so they could technically be used again. But I think I'll just save them. Thank you for all the post cards; I can always use them.
Comment: Thank you so very much for the lovely swap! Loved the baggie, the awesome tapes, the inkpad, the baggies and the stickers! You deserve more then 1 heart. Thank you very , very much
Response: I'm glad you liked your stuff! I browsed your Etsy wishlist before I went shopping, so I was hoping what I found would work. sorry the stickers had to be cut funny, it was the only way they'd fit in that tiny box :)
Comment: I was SO JEALOUS of your rubber stamp even before I read your note to see that you like it too. What a great swap score! I can't say I think so much of the lemon yogurt chicken on the front. At least you're the one who had to eat it and not me!!! I'm sure it must have been better than I imagine cuz I can't get sweet lemon breakfast yogurt out of my head and that definitely doesn't sound appealing with chicken!
Comment: I like the way you can stick with one series and read the books one after the others. I always intend to do that but end up flitting around from series to series, so it takes me forever to finish one! Thanks for sharing your reading log.
Comment: Okay, now I definitely need to read Cinder (I started it at a bad time and didn't get more than a few pages in before I had to take it back to the library). Thank you, as always, for sending your thoughts on all these books. Happy reading in Feb!
Comment: I love your ATC. You've made it look just like film. I like how you used the vintage illustration, I tend to want to hoard my antique graphics but I'm happy that you used one. A lovely addition to my ATC collection.
Comment: Haha, hilarious, you too are are "watching her nose" :D Crossed kidneys sound a little painful though, I think you should see a doctor about that. :D Oh, I also love: "My mom is going to dunk me." Fantastic swap, quick and easy and so much fun, thank you!
The Bag full of Blue arrived today and it was an absolute delight to open! It was as though you knew me, the things you chose were so perfect! Everything arrived safely and in one piece. I love it all but particularly appreciate the necklace that your mother made and the glass dish that you made. They are really very special -- thank you. I'm wearing the necklace as I type this, and the glass dish has pride of place on my desk!
Comment: Very classy cover indeed, and one that has special meaning for me. Auden wrote "Musee de beaux arts" that I studied in first-year university and it sparked my interest in English literature. Thank you so much for this!
Comment: Love both of them -- I've bought the Keep Calm one for others & was hoping one day I would receive one so thanks for granting that wish! And the other is unique! Thank you!
Response: I'm glad you like your bookmarks! I was given the keep calm one a while ago, and I don't use many bookmarks. I really loved the samurai armor one, I have a couple here, if I ever choose to use them :)
Comment: Thank you for the washi tape samples Nice selection! Also I like your Swap-bot business cards. What a fun idea.
Response: Thanks for the rating! I picked them up at Vistaprint, they ended up costing about 3 cents each with some deal they were having (250 cards, 7.50 for shipping). I thought they were a nice way to specify who they're from without someone having to decipher my handwriting.
Comment: Thanks for the recommendations. The Allie Brosh one looks interesting. I have actually read a Chelsea Cain novel, but just wanted to punch Archie so I thought that I would leave the rest of the series alone!
Response: Thanks for the rating! I didn't know you'd read a Chelsea Cain novel (I should have checked better) or I wouldn't have suggested it. I liked the first one, but I haven't read the rest.
Comment: Thank you for the fascinating postcard and the story behind it.
Response: I'm glad you liked it. I picked the card up at the art museum, where they have a fascinating display of Native American art ,especially from the northwest. I'd been hanging onto it, looking for the right swap
Comment: I enjoyed and could use everything you sent me. Thank you this was such a great swap to receive! yay :]
Response: I'm glad you could use all the stuff! It's been collecting dust here for a while, and I wasn't sure what to do with it all. I'm also glad to hear it made it, I used the automated postage machine and was worried about them deciding there wasn't enough postage.
Comment: Thanks for the reading log! My daughter really likes Tamora Pierce. I'll have to try one of her books some day. And my husband reads a lot of science fiction, so we have several Anne McCafffrey books. I read some years ago, and when I get through my pile of to-be-read books, maybe I'll give them a shot again.
Comment: Thank you for the TWO postcards. I hope you get yours gets to you in good condition. The stamp is a special one and costs 20 cents less than the regular stamp and can be used ONLY on postcards. Happy New Year.
Response: I can't wait to see it, I'm also really glad it made it to you okay :)
Comment: Thanks for your swap! Do you often re-read a lot of books? Except for a childhood series, I've never really re-read much, just books I've been listening to at night now. Before that, none but my Trixie's. I'd always rather find something exciting and new. :)
Response: Um, yes and no to re-reading. If it's an audiobook, there's a good chance I'll listen to it against within a couple years of picking it up. If it's on my nook, then it's sometimes something I've purchased in the last 4 years (which is how long I've had an ereader), or it's a recent purchase of a book I read as a kid. Of the last 2 months, all the books I reread were on my ereader, largely because I didn't have access to get new books.
Comment: I feel such shame that I have never read a single Tamora Pierce book. (And I'm overwhelmed by the choices--any recommendation regarding which one to read first?) Looks like you had a wonderfully fantasy-filled December!
Response: I recommend Alanna, The First Adventure, because everything in the Tortall universe (one of the two she writes in) stems from that book. It's also a nice quick read.
Comment: I really like this one too. I first heard this poem in junior high English class. The students were supposed to write poems, and the teacher read them aloud to the class. I remember thinking, "Wow, that's really good!" It wasn't until 20 years later that I encountered those words again and realized that my classmate had swiped it and passed it off as her own! Thank you.
Comment: Thank you for your list. I enjoyed your book review. I haven't read that one yet, but it's been on my list. I wonder if the way it's written is stream of consciousness. I'll have to look into that! And I never knew they made a movie from it! Thank you again!
Comment: Thanks for all the details. :) Ricochet sounds really interesting. I just read The Handmaid's Tale this year: so good! Since you like Brave New World, check out The Wanting Seed by Anthony Burgess. I haven't read it in awhile, but remember it being similar and wonderful.
Response: Thanks for not minding the resend. My brain was in "get stuff out before vacation!" mode and I totally screwed up the swap. Rocichet is worth reading, I wasn't sure about it, but after the first couple chapters it gets good. I'll check out The Wanting Seed
Comment: What an amazing swap package!!! I loved the letter - it was so sincere and thankful. And I loved the stickers - WOOT TY! Thank you for reading my profile and getting those just for me. You are an amazingly considerate swap partner. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Response: I'm glad you liked everything. I was a little concerned the stickers wouldn't arrive in time, but they did. I'm glad you enjoy them. For the Horde!
Comment: Thanks a lot for your reading log :)
You read a lot! I was impressed. I couldn't finish reading yet because it is very long, but I decided to rate first then read the rest carefully. I think the rest part will be interesting too :) Hope I can read all in your reading log. Thanks again!
Comment: Thanks, I loved A Game of Thrones. I'm currently stuck on A Dance of Dragons. Even though Tyrion and Arya are my favorites I got struck a hundred or so pages in and had to put it down. Maybe this will be my push to pick it up again!
Comment: HEEE! Love the glitter (and glitter fall out) and I'm so jealous you have a Ernie stamp to play with! Thank you very much for the extras too. The koi was an excellent choice, I love the little tail swirls =) I've always been interested in embossed images but I have nightmares about sneezing with all the powders out in the open (seriously, I set off the house alarm when I sneeze ... and one of the cats runs away AS SOON AS he hears my telltale breath intake before a sneeze :P).
Response: I'm glad you liked it :) I thought it would be fun to include a couple embossed images. I think if you gave it a try, you'd find you like embossing. It doesn't stir up a lot of dust, so you might be ok
Comment: there were quite a few books on your list I've never heard of that if like to check out. and a couple I have but are at the bottom of my tbr pile cause I couldn't grasp what they were about, that note I want to read :-) thanks for the log!
Comment: What a coincidence: I just started reading Redshirts today! I didn't read your review, but I skimmed and saw you thought it was hilarious. I'm only on page 10, but I like it so far. Thanks for sharing your thoughts about all these books. Happy reading! :-)
Response: Once you've read it, check out what I said, and see if the things that bothered me bothered you. I tried not to spoil anything in the review
Comment: Thanks for the photos! I love the bookshelves and how they have lots of little trinkets about.. hee and a monopoly board! I wish my bookshelves were big enough to store board games :) Thanks for hosting a such a sweet swap.
Response: There's actually 2 in my computer nook. That one's floor to ceiling, and the other one is the same size, but tipped on it's side, with small cubbies. They're both crammed full of books, trinkets, movies, and games.
Comment: LOVE the beautiful Chihuly glass photo! There is a Chihuly Collection in St. Pete's - I will have to visit there this winter as it is fairly close to where I stay. Thx! (";) (Typed swaps are always fine with me - easier on my eyes.)
Response: I highly recommend seeing a Chihuly installation if you can. His work is beautiful. I can spot a Chihuly from quite a distance now :)
Comment: I'm so sorry I don't know why I rated you a 1, it was not my intention to do so, that is why I contacted you. I think this was about the time I had some serious family issues going on and I was pretty wacky for awhile. Again, I am so sorry. Please accept this heart for all the trouble I have caused you and God Bless for all your patience......=)
Response: Thank you for re-rating, I'm glad that the resend made it, and in the end it was just a mix up. :)
Comment: Thank you very much for the postcard! (I usually prefer to type over handwriting as well, but mostly because even I can't read it some times :D). The Persian Ceiling photo is gorgeous! I've seen some of Chihuly work in the Bellagio hotel and the Atlantis hote and they're so amazingly huge and colorful, I can only imagine what a whole exhibit would look like :D Hope you have a great weekend, Happy Swap-posting and happy 8th Anniversary to you and your girlfriend this year!
Response: I Love Chihuly's work, and that's one of my favorite photos ever. I was glad to be able to share it. Thanks for the anniversary wishes, our 8th was last year, and I was glad that I wasn't required to have a recent photo for this swap :)
Comment: Thank you for sending this swap. It was neat reading about so many of your influences. And I love that you included your MUD writing :-) I'm glad that once you started thinking about the books, it was easy for you to come up with the list. And thanks for sharing a little about your current writing project; it sounds like a great concept that does indeed build on themes and elements from a lot of what you listed. Happy writing!
Comment: So neat that several of my partners read the same books and had differing opinions. I was astounded to read about the bees and how it inspired you to read that handbook. Happy reading in September!
Response: Thanks for the rating. Yeah, The bees upset me, because I've shopped there, and there's been so much in the news lately about bees.
Comment: Your blog post makes these so nice and easy to read. Maybe I should fire up my blog again.... My partner's dad bought a house that came with a koi pond and koi. He wasn't too much of a fan taking care of them until he realized he could do aquaponics! It took a bit to get the siphons working (I pointed him toward bell siphons) but it's going great now. Koi aren't the way to go if you want to eat the fish, but they sure are purdy.
Response: Bell siphon and barrels is the way I'm thinking about doing it, and koi. We're not comfortable having to kill the fish.
I highly recommend using a blog to post the book recommendations on, it makes it easy to find, and swap bot messages are less likely to be lost. Thanks for rating
Comment: OMGosh!!! Your GLASS Ernie arrived perfectly yesterday. I LOVE HIM!!!! I love glass! He's glass. Did I mention.. .glass?!?!?!
Thank you so much! And thank you for taking the extra time with telling me the process you went through. It was awesome.
Response: I am so glad you liked your Ernie, I was also heartbroken to hear of his untimely demise. We'll remedy that. I like to include a bit about the glass process because many people are curious, and think it's far more complicated than it is.
Comment: Wow 11 samples of WASHI tape thanks so much for the amazing variety and the extra 3. I have not seen any of these tape designs in my stores. What a stash of tape I now have. Your display card the tape is on is a great idea. Your wrapping of the tape around the card is perfection. Thanks for your personal card also
Comment: Thank you for the letter and photos! I enjoyed hearing about your Little Library adventure! And what a coincidence, I used to read In The Year Of The Boar and Jackie Robinson to my fourth graders! I loved it, too! Happy Reading! Karen
Comment: Thanks for the "ugliest envelope ever"! And for the atc sleeves - I use a lot of these! And the two little gear-like thingies - I'm sure I'll fit them on an atc sometime!
Response: I'm glad you like your ugly envelope! I saw you did a lot of ATC swaps, so I hoped the sleeves would come in handy. The gear things are cute, but I didn't know what to do with them, so I hoped you could help them find a home
Comment: Thank you for your July reading log. I know how strangely disappointing it is when you reread a book and its not as good as you remember it - I guess that shows how much you mature as a reader. Anyway, thank you again for your list.
Comment: Congratulations on meeting your goal for Camp NaNoWriMo! Thank you for your reading log, I enjoyed reading about the books you've been reading recently. I hadn't heard about "Thumped" and "Bumped" and that was an intriguing premise. Happy reading and swapping!
Comment: When I pulled this out of my mailbox and saw that pink voodoo I went squeeee, PDX! I love Portland. My sister lives there. I love Powell's Bookstore and so much more. Great choice for my chunk! = ) â™¡â™¥â™¡â™¥â™¡
Comment: I haven't read Eragon the novel but I have seen most of the movie and I have to agree with you, it was a total mess! Your description of why the Kristen Stewart was a good pick for Bella had me laughing so much! Thank you!
Comment: Thanks for the reading log - I've had those months when it seems like I don't read nearly as much as I want to! But sounds like you got a lot done! I think I'll look up the last two books you read. They sound interesting.
Comment: Congrats on Camp NaNoWriMo writing! I always do the full version in November :-) I've been staying away from 50 Shades because my friends who read & write in that genre say it's a terrible representation. Sounds like the one you read in July won't make my list either. Bumped & Thumped sound quite interesting!
Comment: A little bummed about the spoiler for what "bump" means, as it's on my TBR list. :/ As for crazy slang in books, have you read A Clockwork Orange? It's tough unless you know Russian or get the old version with the glossary in the back.
Comment: Great book cover pc! Maybe penpalling could count as some form of "writing" and expression, even if it's just bits and pieces on postcards! And the internet is such an easy way to waste time! Good luck with your writing!
Comment: Woooooooooww. You were right, I could smell the tea in my mailbox. The tea sachet dish is great, well, great's not the word. I like how its sorta art deco, and the purple/gold irid glass is marvelous. I want to collect the whole set now! And the washi tape...god, all the washi. I was thinking maybe a sample or 3, theres enough for me to send myself in a package, and I agree, the dots are one of my favourites as well. Thanks for such a great swap!
Response: I'm glad you liked it. I'm a bit of a washi tape addict now, so I wanted to spread the love :)
I love that iridescent glass, it's one of my favorite things to work with
Comment: Great lists! I've made it about a third of the way through Kushiel's Dart, before putting it down. I've been meaning to go back and finish it. The Night Circus is amazing, and I absolutely loved The Fault in Our Stars (like, couldn't stop once I'd started it). It's cool we have some books in common.
Comment: I love your "dream" card with the polymer clay & just the right amount of glitz! Very nicely done...... I actually got the card about two weeks ago, I smiled when I pulled it out of my PO box (I love it when people put their return address on the envelope) but somewhere in the short distance between the post offic and my car, it disappeared! I thought I must have dropped it and re-traced my steps. No luck. I didn't want to tell you, I was hoping that someone would pick it up and throw it back in the mail, or take it into the post office. Waited and waited and it showed up again yesterday!
Response: I'm so glad that it made it to you! If it hadn't showed, I would have made another and sent it to you :)
Comment: Thank you thank you thank you. Your ATC is just amazing. I have no idea how you did that but....I am going to enjoy having it in my collection.
Response: I'm glad you liked it. I did it by making an aTC Sized Nipper, and glued him to the white cardstock. Then I used a paper cutter to trim it into strips, and then cut out the pieces I needed. It was quite a bit of work, but I thought it looked neat :)
Comment: I have never heard of Voodoo Doughnuts but I have yet to meet a doughnut I haven't liked. I am also very envious of Powells. I think I could live there. Thanks for the postcard! By the way the postcard is awesome did it come in a set or was it just a random card. If it came in a set or a book I need to buy it lol.
Comment: really nice card...lovely background and design,,,you have made me interested in polymer clay now...i didn't realize it was something you could use on atcs...nice how you combined the two colors with the clay...thank you so much
Comment: Hello Stephanie, I really liked your polymer clay swirl ATC. Very unique and nicely done. I read part of your profile about someone sending you religious items and telling you that you were going to hell how you might get a little offended. I had to laugh. I myself am a Christian and would never tell another they were going to hell. But I do take your notion. Have a safe and happy 4th of July. Blessings, ellie
Comment: Your ATC is very nice. :-) I love the clay curlique... reminds me of a baby fern frond. Very delicate. It also reminds me of a 1/8th-inch drill bit that got twisted up..lol. The swirling striations look really cool. Thank you for the nice card!
Comment: the postcards you picked are absolutly amazing! the bear one just cracks me up and the "mail a beaver" is just so cool! And the quote one and the skeleton dog and... well, :) i hope you get the picture - thank you so much, i love every single one you sent! PS. and i totaly love the "coffee" washi tape you used :D totaly FAB!
Comment: Hi!Thanks a lot for the lovely washitape, itÂ´s totally my style :)! And also thanks for writing down the poem for me :). In Austria washis are overprized and the selection is lousy :(, but you get a few really nice ones though :). BTW my mother is a truck driver, too ;), she made her lisence when she was 50, people called her crazy :D! Thanks a lot again, best wishes, Betty
Response: I'm glad you liked it! I didn't know where to get washi tape in my corner of the US, so I ordered a bunch off Etsy. Then I discovered the local craft store had a bunch =/ Oh well, the ones off Etsy are more interesting.
Comment: Thanks for the Dover card. I know what you mean about not really loving them though... the same thing happened to me, but I'm still glad to have received one from you! This mermaid one is a great one though :)
Comment: I loved reading your reviews. Sorry you didn't like the Hobbit more--I always skip the songs when I read it, so I totally understand how that would make the audio version hard to take (I grew up listening to the full cast recording of the book; no singing at all). What is considered "kidlit" in the last book you reviewed? Is YA part of that? When I think kidlit, I think juvie fiction and below normally. Sounds like an interesting book; I was just wondering how relevant to my writing it would be. Thanks again for the read and for the swap!
Response: The kidlit is anything that's not true adult fiction. It pretty much covers writing for the 8-18 crowd, with the acknowledgement that adults read young adult. Pretty much it goes from just pas those beginning chapter books (I can read all by my self) up to anything published under the YA umbrella.
Comment: You know I can't remember if I've read Danny the Champion of the World, maybe yes cause I own it, but I'm gonna re-read it anyway! Also is The Last Unicorn the movie with Tom Cruise? If so I might have seen it as a child, I'll look for the book! Thanks!
Response: The movie with Tom Cruise is Legend, The Last Unicorn is all animated, has Chrstopher Lee as a voice actor in it
Comment: sorry for not rating sooner I haven't been on in a while its been to gorgeous out, thanks for the ATC and I think it was you who sent the harry potter postcard... not sure but if it was wicked lol I love HP.. the threading on the black paper you used for your ATC is awesome.. thumbs up
Response: I'm glad you liked your ATC, and yes, I was the one with the HP postcard. I thought you might like it. The silver stiched paper came to me in a swap, and I really liked it.
Comment: hi Stephanie! thank you a bunch for the lovely washi tapes! I love them all (of course!) :D.
and thanks for the wrapping. I believe it was pretty. but our customs kinda ruin it when checking the package -__-'.
but the washi tapes are still in a good condition :).
Response: I'm glad the tapes made it to you. I was concerned they wouldn't. I'm sorry customs opened it, but at least they all made it there.
Comment: I really wish I could have read your thoughts on 'The Host' before I read it. Everyone said that 'even if you didn't like Twilight, you would like the Host'. but I didn't. I thought it was drawn out and boring. The movie was worse.
Response: I wanted to read the book before I considered seeing the movie. The problem? The trailer makes it look interesting.
Comment: Ugh! You had to remind me, lose weight! Good luck with your goal ;) Thank you for the inspiring PC ;p BTW, what's Blizzcon?
Response: Thanks for the rating. Blizzcon is Blizzard software's nearly annual convention for their major games: World of Warcraft, Startcraft, and Diablo. My girlfriend and I have gone to the previous 4, and will be going this year.
Comment: Thanks for your reading log! :) I did hate both Twilight and 50 but I love good erotica so I'll check out the Barnette. The Host was never anything I cared to try, but I enjoyed hearing your thoughts on it.
Response: I read The Host for 2 reasons: The trailer made it look interesting, and I try to read a book before seeing the movie, and 2) my grandmother had a copy on the shelf, so I didn't need to go buy it.
Comment: OMG! I decided to listen to your top four first and I got part way through Thrift Shop and couldn't stop laughing. This is awesome! I'm rating you while listeing to the first song. hahaha. Thank you so much. I can't wait to listen to the rest of this. Like you, not really into rap but this is just great.
Response: Macklemore is extremely talented, and his music is fun. Not all of it, there's serious songs too, but the album is really good.
Comment: Though I've never read anything of hers, except snippets of poor grammar, I'm not a Stephanie Meyer fan. The sad thing is, I'm a Saoirse Ronan fan! She's playing the lead in The Host movie...so I *might* have to see it. The anguish!!! :)
Response: The sad thing, is the trailer makes The Host look interesting. The song they play doesn't hurt either. So I figured if I was going to knuckle down and see it, I needed to read the book first. It's just plain boring.
Comment: The story behind your artist trading card was not only sad, but haunting. I ended up having nightmares about children getting killed after reading it. Quite tragic and moving. The little gem was a great touch.
Response: I am so sorry it gave you nightmares, I really didn't mean it to. I just had to say something, to someone.
Comment: Thanks so much for a great March Reading Log... I know I rated you before 'cuz I keep a log of all the mail I receive, but the rating seems to have disappeared. (I probably forgot to hit save) and so does the letter. I remember putting one of the logs aside for further reading so it's probably in one of the many piles of paper in my workroom. Thanks smadronia, & sorry to be so late with this rating.
Response: Thanks for checking and making sure you rated me. I figured you'd get to it eventually :)
Comment: Very pretty ATC!, Two of my favorite thing on it Purple and butterflies! Thanks so much for joining my swap, hope you enjoyed it! â™¥ And I LOVE the Waikiki Sunset postcard you added, I will be framing this to hang in my craft room, gorgeous,ty. â™¥
Comment: Thank you for the recommendations (and for summarizing them!) - I've read Divergent -loved it!- and Alanna, The First Adventure, but the other three are new to me. I'll definitely look them up!
Comment: Hey there! Thanks so much for the cards, and the extra one; I especially liked the leafy/water one! :) I sooooooo wish I lived where you live! I visited that area last year and fell completely in love. Thanks again!
Comment: Hello, thank you so much for the nice note cards and also the goodies that you send..I did notice that you used vintage stamps on the envelope and then, you sent me some to use!!!!! thank you, anita
Comment: You are like me--more minimalist than 'maximalist'--(a joke!--I don't think 'maximalist' IS a word) Seriously--it was beautiful and I LOVE that it is very balanced and 'less-is-more'! xo
Response: I'm glad you like it :) As a word of warning, I used a glue stick to cement it in place, because I didn't know any better. So there's a chance it will end up coming apart at some time. I didn't find out until after I'd send out the first 5 or 6 ATCs that it was a poor choice.
Comment: The necklace is - beyond Beautiful!!! I have always wanted to learn how to do this - I doubt I will have a kiln. Give it to my daughter?? NO WAY :) Thank you so much for the beautiful package. You do not know how much I wanted one of these necklaces!!!! Shannon
Comment: the art on this card is beautiful and you're right.. it's odd but neat to think about. I wonder what the world would be like if we really could design our children. Thank you for thought provoking PC :)
Comment: Thank you so much for the postcard. I am familiar with Chihuly and his glass work because the art museum here has a lot of his stuff. I have never really seen his other stuff. It is interesting to say the least.
Response: Glad you liked the postcard. I love his glass, and I envy his talent, but I just don't get the paintings. I don't get a lot of these more abstract paintings though.
Comment: I agree that ebooks are amazing :) I had to laugh a little when you told me that your aunt has a bit of an accent because I always say we don't have accents...everyone else does ;) Take care!! :)
Response: The accent thing is funny, because most people will argue they don't have an accent. I've noticed over time though, that the West Coast seems to have the least amount of accent, although to other people we talk funny :)
Comment: I LOL'd when I got your card. Yes, I'll take it this creepy card off of your hands. I have to agree that this one is particularly eerie! And how neat that you've driven through my town!
Comment: Hello, Stephanie!
I just received your envelope! Oh, thank you so much!!! The fairy card is perfect, I love it, and what a great surprise to get teas from you! Thank you again and again!
Have a magic weekend,
Response: I'm so glad you got my resend, I'm sorry the first postcard didn't make it. However, I really liked this postcard better than the first one, so maybe it was meant for it to get lost in the mail :)
Comment: When I pulled your PC out of the mail box I went Awe it got ripped, then instantly I though or Maybe it is my seen better days swap PC. And it was. Thanks for hosting this type of swap, I get a kick out of the PC like this.
Response: Glad you liked it! I like hosting these swaps because ever damaged postcards need love.
Comment: What a strange card! The postmark is all smudged and the stamp is partly transparent now! There must be something strange inside the paper or printing.
Response: I think it came into contact with something in my truck when I was on the road. I'm guessing it's an oil or something. It tends to make spots on other postcards, so don't store it with anything you like. I just know it's damaged, but I'm not exactly sure how I did it.
Comment: Thankyou Stephanie for the lovely photos of Mozzie, he is gorgeous, I love his name. How nice it is to have a rescued pet, I love fluffy cats. I love the video of Mozzie. I enjoyed reading about Mozzi, thankyou stephanie, love jennifer. Meow Meow from Kizzi, Misty, Midnight and Sooty.
Comment: Stephanie, I love this card! But I don't know what is so bizarre about a Ceratosaurus in an abandoned oil field. You see, I live in Kansas, we have oil rigs dotting our fields and I see these guys roaming around all of the time. I even had a pet Ceratosaurus when I was a kid. His name was Bernie... :-D Anyway, thanks for the great card! Regards, Cynthia
Response: Well, what's unusual is if you don't live in Kansas, those guys are pretty rare. So, when I saw someone was brave enough to capture the scene, I knew most people wouldn't beleive it was real. And then I had to wait for a swap like this to send it along. Pity I'd forgotten about Kansas, you could have gotten a truly weird car, like sheep holding umbrellas or something you don't see all the time.
Comment: Welp, you've done it. I used to have this big paragraph (okay, a few sentences) expressing my love of all things goldfish. I LOVE THIS CARD. You don't even know. I'm going to have to find a large print of this piece for my home, I think. Thank you so much!
Response: I am so glad that I addressed the cards the way I did. It wasn't intentional for you to get the goldfish, but I am so glad that you love it.
Comment: I guess I will give you a 5 because you technically wrote a note. But I was disappointed to see your note card written only on the bottom half, and 6 sentences. It wasn't "just a happy notecard" for me. I think my expectations were too great, I guess. Thank you for sending me a notecard, however. I liked the stamp. :)
Comment: Thank you for the interesting variety of postcards. I am tempted to cut up the bear but I won't. :)
Response: I wanted to cut up one of them too :) I like to send them in an envelope when I send them out, because they're too much fun to spoil with writing. My favorite that person does is a lobster. It's great, but I ran out of those long ago.