Comment: Hi Betsy! Thanks for the "Chocolate Chunk" -- those chocolates look yummy and Aldi's sounds like a great place to shop (we don't have Aldi's on this side of the country). Love the postage stamp too. Happy Swapping! xoxo Mary
Comment: Hi Betsy! I love chocolate and this is from Aldi's - did you know Aldi's orginiated in Germany? I didn't either until my DIL told me they have Aldi's in Germany and I had to google it! LOL! I will be looking for these chocolates! My hips thank you! LOL! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Comment: Gee - I love the card -- Never heard of that birch beer - but - love the cardboard they wrap it in! Love your return address stamper, too - Very pretty. Thanks for a cute chunk o cardboard. Happy New Year to you.
Comment: Thanks for the fun pc! I liked how you pressed & decorated the snowman & snowflakes into it! :) very cool! The [alt text] that you saw on my profile was probably from when photobucket was down last week. Those are just links to photos that weren't showing up for a few days. Your book about handwriting sounds really cool! Thank you for the fun swap! :)
Comment: Thanks for your cider box card. Your message made me laugh...I drink like a soroity freshman. I do like craft beer and one card I sent out for this swap was a beer box for a beer called ugly pug. There are indeed some interesting boxes out there. Thanks again.
Comment: Ahhh, your saltines card took me way back -- saltines were a favorite snack as a kid :) Little did I know that it and ginger ale were also remedies for an upset stomach. I also enjoy box recipes; I also considered them as a bonus feature. I also appreciate the Medal of Honor postage! Is the veteran whose sepia/black and white photo you included a family member/relative? Hope you have a good weekend, and I look forward to more swaps like these :)
Comment: Thank you for the cool Dorothy's Isle of Pines Root Beer box card, Betsy! I also enjoy root beer -- the Abita Root Beer offered locally is so addictive and sweet, so I don't drink it very often :) Hope you're having a good week!
Comment: Thanks so much! I love the embossing on the carboard! And yes, being in your state with all the snow would not be fun at all...I think you sent me all your snow!! It's been snowing/stormy since I picked your card up :P lol Thanks!!
Comment: Betsy - thanks! This was a very amusing and fun letter to read. Too many things to comment on here, so I will just have to write back :)
PS- I hugged my typewriter and I'm totally keeping it! LOL
Response: Glad you liked it! Did you have doubts about keeping your typewriter? I definitely want to hear about that!!
Comment: Little Debbie arrived. I like banana also. I like your fancy scrolly return address stamp. I went Geocaching in February, Fun! = )
Response: It's so weird how long it takes the USPS to return problematic mail. I sent that at the start of Feb and didn't get it back until almost March!! Well, I'm glad that it finally got there!
I get my return address stamps on eBay from seller "holmesstamp". They have a huge selection, and reasonable prices.
Response: I'm so glad you like it. It's always a relief when a fabric postcard arrives. While I have had very good luck sending hundreds of them, I'm still always afraid that the post office will have trouble.
Comment: Thank you for the great-big, interesting chunk! I'm reading a funny "ghost" book right now, "Farewell Dorothy Parker" by Ellen Meister. Dorothy Parker makes for a very interesting ghost. Thanks for hosting this swap!
Comment: Thanks for the cream soda chunk! Your "embossery" is so cool. You want to do some decluttering this year--and I want someone to do some decluttering for me! Thanks for hosting the best trade on swapbot.
Comment: Thank you for the lovely cardboard swap, how did you emboss the cardboard??? It looks amazing! I also love that your choice was cream soda, a favorite drink of mine! I am also trying to de litter, but keep finding new cool stuff to replace the things I donate ;)
Comment: Thanks so much! I saved opening til today because I wanted to be in a good mood to appreciate the swap. :) WOW, retired at 49, you are so lucky!!! I feel that I ought to pick your ear for financial advice. Hmmm. :) Also, neat what you did on your birthday. It's never a bad idea to HAVE That, just in case you ever decide you want to get one. ;)
Comment: Hey Betsy! Loved reading your letter! It made me smile :) you sound like such a fun person to be around! Thank you for the swap! Have a great day! You should right? You're RETIRED!!! I bet it feels so good!
Response: I'm so glad that you enjoyed it! I had fun writing out my answers! Happy Swapping! And now back to today's one activity: watching a hip hop dance tutorial DVD. Not DOING it, just WATCHING. But you have to start somewhere! :)
Comment: Congrats on the retirment -- early too! You've probably got half you life ahead; so a year of "goofing off" was not a bad idea. I guess now you'll find something that really interests you and enjoy all the years to come.
Comment: Wow wonderful, today I have received my first letter written on a typewriter from you. I have one typewriter bought on a fleamarket I am learning typing on it now. I will after Christmas answering your questions. Thank you also fot hosting this swap. Merry Christmas! Greetings Viviane
Comment: Thank you for the postcard! What a cool technique, how did you get it embossed?
Response: I have a Sizzix embossing machine. I like it more than I thought I would. This year, I die-cut more than 1000 pieces for my holiday cards. And I do cards like this for swaps. So it gets some use!
Comment: Lol mz. Betsy! Great minds must think alike! I tried this recently, thought the same about it & sent the root beer carton out as a chunk! Loved receiving one back! Thank you! Hope your Thanksgiving was mah-velous!
Comment: Here is a mail tale: I got your fabulous other worldly chunk and then the mac n cheese arrived a few days later. Made my mail box very happy and brought me smiles! Thanks for the extra! I loved them both!
Comment: Thank you for the lovely black light Art! I don't have a black light yet but I am going to buy a small one so I can see your PC better (I also need a black light for detecting uranium glass!) Thank you for the Halloween chunk o' cardboard!
Comment: Thanks. No black light for viewing unfortunately.
Response: I'm sorry to see that you are disappointed with the card. The black light feature was just an insignificant bonus in case you had access to a light. It's too bad that the other decorations weren't to your liking.
Comment: Thanks for the wonderful PC! Definitely going to have to look into the gelli-plate. Did you buy yours online? Really brightened my day, thanks so much:)
Response: I made my own plate.
I watched videos on youtube to get ideas for how to use it. Then we just winged it. It was fun!! I've only printed twice, but I left my table up in the middle of the living room so that I can do it again. I suppose I should do it, or put my stuff away, huh?
Comment: Baja Blast!? Never heard of it! I like you, do not like md... but curious! Does it taste similar? Thank you for the chunk! I learn something new every day!♡♡♡¡
Response: It tastes very LIME. You can try it for $1.07 at Taco Bell during their happy hour 2-5pm. Or buy a more expensive bottle at a gas station. I think it's still around - but for sure it's at Taco Bell. I do NOT like regular mountain dew. AT ALL. Mountain "EEW". Heh.
Comment: Thank you for the Chex Chunk! Your comment about nuts & pretzels reminded me of asking my parents for Cracker Jack as a kid...I'd never eat that stale, sticky popcorn--all I liked were the peanuts and the fantasy of getting a decent prize!
Comment: I am starting to think that I need an embosser.
Response: Don't wanna be a stuff pusher, but I am liking mine. I have been buying embossing folders at joann fabric and on eBay. The machines can cut too. I'm not as into that, and the cutting dies are more expensive than the embossing folders, but I did get one cutting die that I am using to cut snowflakes out of soda cans, which I think is pretty neat! My machine is a sizzix big kick. I had to pay for a few other things to get started: a pair of cutting plates and this "book" thing with flip open "pages" to help adjust the various dies to the right height to go thru the machine. I think that's called a "multipurpose platform". And of course a bunch of embossing folders. So the startup cost is about $150. I bought my machine on eBay. Shipping was expensive, but it was still cheaper than buying new online.
Comment: Hi Betsy! WOW!!!! I guess I should start by saying thank you for hosting this fun swap, and for your wonderful letter. A whole letter in cursive font type! Lovely!! You were so creative in how you put it all together (also loving the stamps you used on the envie), the clever mail tag with seal, and, and, and...and I will just have to type (or write) you back. No, I have never received a 'mail tag', but it's a great idea and I'll answer everything :D Thanks again for a great mail day.
Response: I'm so glad that you liked it! It's always a treat to know that I helped someone have a good mail day!
Comment: Helloooo Mz. Betsy! Thank you for the chunk! Birds are good.... annoying & loud as usual!! They've been enjoying the out doors for a few weeks now! Lol! Be well & looking forward to more chunks! ♡
Comment: How are your Christmas cards coming along? Do you like them?
Response: Hee hee. Temporarily stalled. I realized recently that I need to set up a table to do some mass production. I had been working in smaller batches on the floor, but that's gonna kill my back. I have a table picked out, but I need to clear, um, well, LAST YEAR'S Christmas card production supplies (I guess now that I'm busted - so lazy!) off of it before I can make room for THIS YEAR'S cards. I was JUST thinking today that I need to get on that.
Comment: I wish I could give more hearts and more 5's. Thank you so much for the pocket letter...i LOVE everything you sent. Its funny that we both sent each other PL...I LOVE them too...they are awesome because you can combine ATCs with them and destash a little bit
Comment: Thank you for the lovely pocket letter I' love the papers and thank you for the postcard to make up for the postage issue I love that it had something dangling of it I've never seen that on a postcard before.
Comment: LOVE the extra typing on the back of the envelope; in fact I'm ripping it apart and pasting that panel into my journal because it just looks so f'in' cool. Also, nice touch with the Jesus card in the pocket letter. :P
Comment: Thanks for the card. I hope you're enjoying your pressure cooker. :)
Response: I'm still learning how to use the pressure cooker. Last week I made red beans and rice (just the beans part) and they turned out nice and thick just like they were supposed to. Not like my last bean project which accidentally turned out to be watery soup instead of nice and thick.
Comment: Great content as usual. Arrived opened in a plastic bag from USPS. Hmmmm The $50 was missing.
Response: OMG. Really? I didn't even do anything weird this time. I don't remember putting in any enclosures...just magazine pages. Letter, and magazine pages. Did I wrap the thing in packing tape? Or did the plain old paper envelope just fail?
Response: I'm glad that you enjoyed it. Once upon a time I made a bunch of self-mailers in order to try to burn thru some scrapbook paper I didn't think I'd ever use. I like using the folds to break the letter up into smaller chunks. I think it's easier to read, and it's kinda fun to do. Type type type turn. Type type type turn.
Comment: So exciting to see what you did! The letterpress items I have played with at the library open houses have all been type -- I am so curious about the card that appears to be hand-drawn! And the jellyfish are, well, awesomely jellyfishy :) Got a chuckle out of the Goofy Book. We used to have one at both National Park visitor desks that I volunteered at.
Response: One of the classes I took was for making light-sensitive polymer plates for printing. You make a transparency with your image drawn or printed on it, then expose the "raw" polymer plate to UV light thru your image. Everything not protected by the drawing gets soft and you wash it away in a scrubber. Then you "bake" the plate to make it hard and you can print with it. The jellyfish came in a set of images I bought at Barnes & Noble (did you know that you can buy clip
art collections? I did not!). I drew the zentangle. The swap card is a combo of type and polymer plate.
Comment: Betsy, thank you for the lovely letter and for sharing a bit of your life with me. I wish I could see your bird with her favorite stuffed animal. It sounds like you have a wonderful life. Cheers, Lisa
Comment: I love it when a mere "chunk o cardboard" ends up becoming one of my favorite, most-beautiful postcards received on swap-bot! Thank you for the card with the beautiful image depicting an artful representation of an Indian dancer!
Comment: We use the heck out of our local library. We only go to other libraries when my husband wants to check their genealogy section. It is interesting seeing other libraries, Happy shopping and swapping too.
Comment: Hi Betsy! Thank for the lovely handmade card and for sharing why you are thankful! They sound like great reasons and how wonderful that things are going so well for you and yours! When we reach a certain age it is nice when things come together! Wishing you and yours a wonderful season of being thankful! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Comment: Thanks for the Little Debbie card! Don't know if I've ever tried her stuff, though if she is anything like Hostess, I agree with you that the chocolate cupcakes are awful. Thank you for hosting one of my favorite swaps! It's always fun to repurpose packaging into some snail mail!
Comment: Loved your great mail art! I carefully snipped off one end and your innards were stupefying! Such awesome, creative fun doodads! Movable mask over the pumpkins so unique! Heckling scarecrow super, too! Goldfinger got the ladybug!! Glowing in dark a bonus! Yea, you! Bat stamps perfect touch!
Comment: ********* AWESOME letter. You covered all the good topics, and gave me lots to write back about. Plus I suspect you used your Pilot Parallel Pen on the envelope, and you NAILED the colic shading!! Cool stamps, too. Thanks! : )
Response: Yaaay! So glad you liked it! (yes, Pilot Parallel - I need to use mine more)
Comment: I haven't had Pop-tarts in almost ten years -- it is a bit odd that they have printed designs now... Sugar cookie flavor sounds interesting (but not that nutritious?)... Your PC came right when it got cold here, so the winter design fits perfectly! Thank you~
Comment: I received your Chunk-O-Cardboard--thanks! That's an amazing collection of stamps you assembled to mail it, I am very impressed. I also really enjoyed that you told me about what you enjoy reading.
Thank you for arranging the great swap!
Comment: Thank You -- I Love the Extra Beautiful and Different Postage Stamps you used on the Post Card.. I can't drink Diet Pop- artificial Sweeteners.. Better to Drink Ice Water with a piece of Lemon, or lime or orange ..... or even a splash of Vanilla or other flavorings...
Comment: How could I possibly laugh at soft rock? I love it too! I love your post card stamp too. Where can I get these? I'm dying over here? My cat Earl loves chips for snacks almost better than cat treats. He smelled the postcard for a while.
Response: I got that postcard stamp in a lot of used rubber stamps from eBay yeeeaaaarrrrs ago. I have no idea which company made it or if it's still available. It is a good one, isn't it? There are probably others (maybe not this exact one, but retro-looking things) available if you google a bit.
Comment: Kind of rare to find a fellow flexitarian. It's good to know that Swapbot has at least a couple of us! I really love the way you cut the PC -- it almost looks like an ad PC for bran cereal~ The postcard header stamp is really love, too. Thank you!
Comment: I love your square addy labels! Funny thing about HiMissPaula email. I use it for my crafty stuff but don't check it often. I just thought, well, people are emailing to say hi, so..........lol
Love the way white gel pen looks on cardboard!
Comment: Thank you for the great envelope! Never seen a yellow security envelope before, so didn't immediately recognize it as such. lol The traveling water colour palette is a great idea, and I'll definitely be putting it to use. I have a 'classic' travel palette, but this one is way better because it's so flat and one can make a ton of them to use and dispose after use.The book you mentioned sound like a good source of inspiration to put a new spin on correspondence, and I've already checked it out on amazon. :D Thanks so much for a really great and interesting swap!
Comment: Lol mz. Betsy! Your birds sound like fun! We just got a baby green wing macaw... she is super sweet. I am looking forward to her eating on her own & hearing her sweet voice. Thank you for the Canada Dry (daughter's fave) chunk & hosting these super great swaps!
Comment: Thanks for your card! I like to read YA (we call them YAB young adult books here). I read the fault in our stars during my holiday. But they are not my area in work. Some great illustrators are Thé Thong-King, Tom Schamp, Loes Riphagen, Charlotte Dematons! Do you have favourites?
Response: I'm not a big follower of illustrators, but I do love Shaun Tan. I saw his Oscar-nominated animated short a few years ago, and now I own a bumch of his books.
Comment: Fewer enclosures than usual (rate doooowwwnn) but the hilariously inappropriate postage stamp on the envelope more than made up for it. I also enjoyed the lurid description of your gory hand injury, (photos next time please) and your highly plausible explanation for the "lost" carpenter. Top points, as always.
Response: Oh crud, I don't remember a thing about a lost carpenter. PM me a hint. (I love those stamps - I bought a whole sheet on eBay and parcel them out only to very special recipients - so glad you noticed!)
Comment: Wow! You are a craft goddess! I have never been able to send googly eyes in any of my art and have them arrive right. What kind of glue did you use! You are so right about finding them in random places! Thank you so much, Betsy!
Response: I love love love love to use Scotch Brand Quick-Dry Adhesive. No-run formula. Mess-free, precision tip. Photo Safe. It's just white glue that dries clear, and I've had really good luck with it holding (I tried some clear Tombow on old stamps this winter and every single one of them fell off - SO BAD). They USED to have a better, finer, tip. I don't like the new tip - precision, snort, not so much - so I bought my own tips on eBay and got luckily they fit.
Comment: Betsy, so sorry for the delay in rating! Love this card with the adding detailing and the stamps are great. I never saw the 1 cent Lincoln before--beautiful. Thanks for the words of encouragement--an uphill but needed fight!
Comment: Thanks for the extra-long letter inside my favourite self-mailer fold (I used a variant of this one myself). Just for reference, with the address label over the closure, it wasn't very clear how to open without destroying the interior - I probably should have just carefully peeled the label off first, but maybe an instruction to that effect might be helpful to future recipients. :)
Comment: I'd been drinking Green Tea Ginger Ale and now my store isn't carrying it anymore.....I have been sluggish myself with my mail fun despite my intent to make this a better Mail days year! I've been slacking a little working from home because I have been outside enjoying the weather! Thanks for the chunk! Love this swap! = )
Comment: Thank you so much for the self-mailer and the long chatty letter. Interestingly, I used a similar design for my self-mailers, but didn't put the label over the joins. So nothing is holding mine together except the folds and faith -- we'll see if they make it to their destination!
Comment: Love love love the washi! Where did you get the ocean creatures & zoo animals?!
Response: I'm so glad you like it! I JUST threw out the envelope the tape came in cuz it's been quite a while and it was getting pretty ragged. I moved my tape into a ziplock. But I was able to find it at the top of my recycle can: http://www.wishywashi.com/
Comment: Thank you very much for the great letter! Will try to write back soon!!! LOVE the cool notebook with the chronodex template, interesting, visual way to conceptualize the day. I have seen the instruction video clip on Goulet site re. Midori notebook system when they first started carrying them, and am intrigued by the concept, but don't have one yet. Anyhow- will try to write back soon!
Comment: Wow - thank you for this absolute work of art! This notebook is awesome - I totally love the concept, and the extra touches like the artistamp embroidery on the outside and the little extra bits tucked inside are beyond cool. Thanks for including the instructions, and making me wish I was not so scared of sewing machines... ;)
Response: You can make it without a sewing machine. Pretty much need an iron, tho. And if you don't sew the edges, you probably want to use pinking scissors to finish the edges or sew them by hand so it doesn't peel apart. Ooooooor, you could find something thick, like a rubber hot water bottle. Oh, gosh, just make one out of leather like the original. All you need is a craft knife and a hole punch then! The nice thing is that you can make any size you want. Be sure to look at videos of how people have filled their books. Talk about a big time suck!!
Comment: Wow! Wow! Wow! What an amazing naked notebook! I love it!!! Thank you!!!
Response: It's always a relief to hear that weird naked mail arrived safely. I just blew an entire weekend watching videos on how people are using their midori/faux-dori/other planners. Man, there is a lot of stuff you can stick in there. Glad you like it. One thing: your profile says that you are into fabric journals - I'd love to hear about that.
Comment: I opened up the awesome library cards and my kids were all, ooh, what's that, and I was laughing so hard while I stuffed them in my back pocket to hide them and omg you are the best pen pal ever.
Comment: Fantastic long letters are my fave - therefore, your letter is a favorite! Fabulous newsy and I loved how you identified your pens and ink! I'm not nearly the aficionado that you are, but I love fountain pens, too.
Comment: This is the week for Irish Cider! Nice stamps on your chunk, no postmark though......Awesome news about yer app! And.....these chunk swaps are awesome! I'm getting some very interesting ones and the plain old chunks don't bother me because they meet requirements and have some nice messages. = ) ♡♡♡♡♡
Comment: Mmm! Eaten a lot of girl scout cookies myself lately! Thank you for the card Mz.Betsy... sorry to hear you're burning out on these swaps cause I so LOVE them & if you ever need help, please just ask. ((Biggie hugs))
Comment: Finally got a chance to go to the post office this morning... which explains why I'm sitting here munching on chips! I should've done my grocery shopping first! LOL!
Thanks very much for your great Chunk O CHIPS, Betsy!
Comment: Now I'm bummed because your letter was way funnier than mine. In case you don't remember, you wildly over-shared... and I love you even more for it.
Response: Errr, I already forgot about that one. I think I did start scanning all of my letters to you so I may have to check that. Hopefully it won't make me want to crawl into a hole and hide. And YOUR drunken letter was hilarious.
Comment: A self-heckling note with a needle-tip nib on a typewriter swap in a chicken bag???? HEART! Also: sorry about the vagina drawing. But to be fair, I warned you.
Response: Whew! I was nervous that either the USPS or the Canadian post was gonna pitch a FIT about the cloth bag envelope. You should reuse it - that was the plan (not for mail, but for whatever you need to put in a bag).
Comment: Potato chips and Dip ( has to be French Onion) and the chips have to be Ruffled...Oh Boy I can't stay away from them either..! ! ! ! . so I don't buy them, Hubby buys the Flavored chips...ugh... Thanks for the neat Post Card.
Comment: Thanks for the great chunk. Loved the stamp and yes I have all the Sookie Stackhouse books and all the TruBlood DVD's. If you ever want some fuss in your holiday you can come stay with us. I have plenty to share:)
Comment: Loved this--made me put cocoa on my shopping list for this week. Loved the detailing on card. Hope your printer is back up again... Happy mails and thanks for hosting!
Response: Just minutes ago I put in a new toner cartridge and everything is spiffy! I probably sent your card before I put in the first reflll and it was defective, so I actually had to replace it twice before I was up and running again.
Comment: Wow! Thank you so much for the beautiful, interesting and thoughtful letter! Your typewriter obsession definitely fascinated (and maybe inspired) me and I love the way you could write about for three pages, seriously! From the paper and envie you used to the consideration - everything was cute and perfect.
But last but not least: Thanks a lot for hosting this wonderful swap. Hope to see you in another one.
Comment: Hi! How fun about your trying pumpkin stuff all month! I saw the pringles but I was not brave enough to try them - sigh, my loss it sounds like! Wishing you and yours a Happy Holiday Season! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Comment: I love that postcard. Where did you get that cool card at? The stamps were well done too. Great job! Thanks.
Response: Took me a minute to remember what I sent. I believe that all of my cards this round were vintage USPS pre-paid postcards. I bought a few different lots of assorted cards on eBay. USPS sells new versions with the right amount of postage. You have to add extra stamps to the vintage cards to get them up to current postal rates. FYI - they make pre-paid envelopes too and you can find vintage versions on eBay.
Comment: Goodness!gingersnap cookies! I haven't seen them in forever!! Mmm, dunking them in coffee!! Your cockatoo sounds like a smarty pants like mine! I am amazed how smart birds are! Picassa probably has a vocabulary of about 30 words... She doesn't know what she's saying but has a lot to talk about! Thank you so much for sharing the great chunky & your bird with me! Happy holidays!!
Comment: Oooo! Pumpkin Pie pop tarts! I'll have to try them.
Response: I just ate the last of a box of Sugar Cookie pop tarts. I only buy them when I see tempting seasonal flavors, and usually I'm disappointed. But the pumpkin and now the Sugar Cookie were both better than usual.
Comment: Wow! First of all those real stamps were amazing and the faux one was sooo awesome too. It too me awhile to figure out which was the faux one. I love JFK so that was really special to me. Thanks sooooo much!
Response: I'm so glad you liked it! I had a lot of fun making the JFK stamp. It inspired me to make a whole set of presidential artistamps. The others are all Saturday Night Live actors impersonating presidents. I made the set into a stamp booklet like you might get from the USPS.
Comment: Thank you!!! Love the quilt! You made this??
Response: I DID make that! I stood on a chair with one hand on the ceiling and one hand on my camera leeeeaning over to try to get directy above it to get a square-on picture of my quilt on the floor. I was a bit shocked that it turned out! It was one of the first VistaPrint cards I ever made. Those fabrics are fairly representative of my obnoxiously bright fabric stash!
Comment: Love the the first card, so sorry it wouldn't go through the mail.
Response: Yeah, I liked it to so I figured it was worth a try. I believe you're talking about the one they sent back to me for being two small. I RECEIVED two cards from the same era that weren't any bigger. Go figure!
Comment: Oh how terrible it must have been to deal with those contractors! I dread the day I have to find some for my home. You did a great job in cleaning up the "cornor of shame", I love that name lol. Thanks for this swap!
Comment: Thanks for sharing so much about your cleaning project and the history behind disappointment corner. I have a few piles like that that I need to tackle as well. It definitely looks much better now! I hope you can feel good about what you have accomplished and feel motivated to join round 3! Thanks for participating!!!
Comment: Looks great. Putting away or getting rid of the things you don't use lets you enjoy the things you love or use often.
Response: About ten years ago now (yikes, has it been that long??!!??!!) I declared the Year Of The Purge. I made a little progress. But, man, I'm fighting an uphill battle! It IS nice to get rid of things, and like you say, it feels like I actually have more cuz I know what's there and I can see it and I've gotten rid of the distracting things I don't (and won't ever) use!
Comment: I'm impressed with the old pre-paid postcard you sent, Betsy! I've been meaning to strike up a correspondence with you, I mean if you're interested: it sounds like we would have some things to write about to each other...
Comment: I received the resend! thanks for taking the time to write me another letter! too bad the first letter never got here, but it might show up one day, who knows? :)
Response: Oh, I'm so glad! I never register mail or take pictures of it, but after I dropped the re-send in the box I worried that if another one got lost I had no way to show that I'm not a horrible flaker! The more I think about, the more convinced I am that I sent the first one in a cereal box envelope and that the mail system just didn't like it!
Comment: Thank you for your wonderful letter, I really enjoyed reading it. You have such a lovely chatty style :) I'll write back soon (and will tell you about ink erasers in the UK... Wow, that brought back memories!)
Comment: Thanks so much for the awesome letter from the cursive typewriter -- sorry it has taken me a few days to thank you! It brightened up a stressful day, and I look forward to another typewriter swap. You are my inspiration to purchase Winfred and buy her a new ribbon :)
Comment: Betsy! Loved the stamps. I hope your ice cream turned out!!! I have such a weakness for ice cream... I may end up at Sonic now for a milkshake!!! O_O
Response: Hmmm. It kinda turned out. Kinda. We kicked it back and forth on the porch for 1/2 hour or so. It froze HARD to the sides, and it was TOUGH to get that out. But the middle was still fairly mushy. I stirred in the rhubarb sauce. Didn't get lovely streaks, more like a rhubarb shake (it mixed in too well - I have no idea how you'd ever get lovely stripes of "flavor"). Then I froze it harder. It was DELICIOUS. I put a kitchen aid mixer ice cream attachment on my Christmas list. I dunno if I'll ever have enough room in our freezer. But I am kind of on a mission to clear out some space. No point in keeping mummified food in there til doomsday. Especially when I could use the space for an ice cream maker instead!
Comment: Funny, I'm using these Pixar stamps on my mail today, too! I cut my cardboard with my paper cutter according to the picture but try to keep some at 4x6.......I often stray beyond the boundaries and pay the letter rate also! P.S. Girl scout Cookies are evil-ly delicious!
Comment: Loved your chunk 'o cardboard:) I am redoing my craft room very shortly and my reward for completion just might be a trip to eBay to look for a typewriter:) hope you are having a good summer so far!
Response: I love my typewriters. I do have a few that I don't like, tho, so they aren't all the same. I love my portable Olympias. They are fairly large, but the touch it wonderful. The Hermes Rocket feels rickety to me. Full sized machines may be more generally acceptable than portables since they are probably all more substantial. Good luck and enjoy if you decide to get one!
Comment: Love the crayons and pumpkin spice whoopie pie mix -- YUM! Hope you're having a fun summer.
Response: I got the crayon at Dick Blick. It is one big fat plastic tube, with a rotating cartridge of different color crayons inside. You spin a dial to line up the color you want, then push a lever to poke the crayon out the writing end. I couldn't resist it, but never got around to using it until the June swap.
Comment: Hi Betsy! I loved your beer box postcard, but I'm sorry to hear you didn't like it! I don't think I would've either, I enjoy light beers, and the fruity seasonal summer ones, yum! At least they were on sale :P
Comment: Many thanks for the great letter! Naturally, I enjoyed reading about your book hobbies. Wuthering Heights to me is a nostalgic childhood book, I found an ancient copy of it from our attic when I was young. I'm actually digging Heathcliff, he's the sort of character who could be good but - because of some personal emotional damage or weakness - does everything wrong.. I like Emily Brontës writing because she's so unique and different to other (female) writers of her time. My favourite books are often ones that have stayed with me for many years, ones that I tend to refer to and read again and again. I loved the way your letter and the envelope looked, and it was cool to learn about the typewriter you used. Thanks!
Comment: I've tried to watch Elementary but just haven't gotten into it...thanks for the card! Your stamps are pretty cool! Love the 1 cent stamp, too! Also, thank you for the card for my son...he LOVED it!
Comment: You sure know how to write a proper letter. Best Regards --Adelbert
Response: Yeah, sorry about the old lady health woes whining. But hopefully the modern twist of sarcasm and black humor bought me a save. I have a rule that you're not allowed to talk about ANY health issue with someone more than 10 years different in age. So at least I'm following my own rules.
Comment: Betsy: Love these swaps you are hosting! Had no idea you were from MN. I was born & raised there as well as WI before I moved to MO. Loved the MN map you used as an envie. And also loved finding a fellow-pencil addict. Feel free to email me or pm me when more of these swaps are hosted, I would love to do more of them. Thanks so much for the swap & being a great hostess. :-)
Comment: Hello, thank you so much for your lovely letter! :) I came back from holiday and relaxed from the travels while reading your letter.
I also like fountain pens! And mail art! I almost always decorate envelopes. I love decorating with rubber stamps and washi tape. :)
Comment: I ALWAYS know I will get a Great swap from you! We have some similar styles. The letter I sent described my pencil choices and went from regular to colored, and watercolor pencils as well! Hope you guys thaw out soon....... = )
Comment: I received your letter and I'm getting ready to read it but I wanted to rate first! I'm soooooo jealous of the typewriter... you and @ColoradoKate both have one and I was just thinking to myself that I need to go try and find one. I love that cursive font and yeah... I want one!
The Rilakuuma paper is perfect. I don't like to receive it hmmm trying to explain.. I don't need anymore unused Rilakuuma paper but when I receive letters on it, that's just fine! I'll be writing back... it might take a few days as the next few days are a whirlwind of BIZZY!!!!
Thank you! :)
Response: I would HIGHLY recommend an Olympia SM9 Cursive machine. Manual (non-electric), built like a tank, with a dreamy hefty no-nonsense touch. Fairly big for a "portable" - I wouldn't carry one around on the bus, but small enough to stow under my desk or in a clost. I loooved my Selectric, but it was truly huge - a behemoth, and the SM9 feels as substantial without the annoying electric hum and a much more reasonable size. Reviewers ding it for being too plain, but I love that it's very utilitarian. Sorry to natter on about it, but I love love love that typewriter.
Comment: hey i use these cartons too! our cockatoo is also moluccan w/ yellow underneath her wings. she laid 2 eggs just last month. it had been over a yr since the last time she had any. they're just eggs, not fertile. but she's so cute, keeping them warm, for 3 or 4 weeks. then she loses interest & pushes them aside.
Comment: I loved your Florida story - I hope you put those cookies to good use. I, personally, am a banana puddin' fan. Thanks for an awesomely special postcard.
Response: Banana pudding....I can't tell you how much I love all things banana. Cream pie. Pudding. Popsicles. Malts (real bananas or syrup). Banana bread (no chocolate in it, please). Banana granola. Banana taffy. I have banana lotion. I have banana shampoo. I have banana (flambe) perfume. I. Love. Bananas.
Comment: 99 movies this year? I bet I haven't seen 99 bits of anything this year, movies, tv, etc. That's most impressive. I hope your movie was good :)
Response: It's 105 now. I broke my own record. I have a whole month and then some to set the new record even higher. Don't tell anyone (in case I don't make it), but I'm hoping to hit 120: 10 per month average.
Comment: Hiya Betsy, Loved the little Batty Bats and my Grand loved the drippy goo on the front. Bats are very cool, used to watch em circle my house at twilight. Most don't have rabies and won't go after humans. They eat tons of bugs and mosquitoes. Great swap.
Response: I love bug eating fuzzy bats, but I'll never touch one in the wild! There was a huge story on public radio this summer about a girl who got bitten by an injured bat she was trying to help. She developed full-blown rabies. The doctors her put into an experimental coma to minimize brain damage and she survived. I saw a related article about some people (in South America?) who they think may have natural resistance/immunity to rabies thru repeated expose from biting bats. Yikes! I left my cute little buddy undisturbed in my eaves.
Comment: First off, I'm really sorry about the late rating. I've been super sick for the last 2 weeks or so and have barely gotten out of bed, much less turned on the PC.
I really, really, really love this postcard. It's so cute and whimsical. We don't have "lightning bugs" out here in Phoenix and they're definitely something that I miss when the summer rolls around. Thank you so much!
Comment: Hi Betsy, Thank you so much for this excellent letter. I love that you used the different colors on it and the zen patterns. I love to zen! It is so relaxing and it also improves my ability to draw! I love the extra stamps and that you made the envie an origami one. 1,000 hearts to you! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Comment: Yippee! I am expressing wild excitement and delight! Love the cider PC! So glad you got the white pens! I KNEW you would appreciate and USE them! Glad the USPS has been doing a good job delivering our strange mail these days! = )
Comment: Thanks for the great swap! The only one that I cannot get that I miss is the Lindt milk chocolate with cherry brandy in the little squares. I have to go to Wisconsin, to the German store, there. Sorry you did not get to go to the Moon. We drink Tang too and haven't been either. LOL Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Comment: That was an awesome letter (really cool paper too). I wish I could see what your other typewriters type like (especially the cursive one). Thanks for the tangent too, space is my passion. Let me know if you want to actually set up a pen pal situation. Thanks! :)
Comment: Another great job with the card! Let me think about the book recommendations and get back to you. Right now I've been reading a lot of hiking memoirs. (Like hiking the Appalachlian trail) One book about the Great Depression is: The Worst Hard Time. I can't remember the author. Do you know about goodreads.com?
Comment: Thank you again, Betsy, for the lovely letter! I really will write back this time. I was going to reply to the July letter but I was so swamped catching up on ratings I've let my letter writing go by the wayside :/
Comment: I LOVE this Angry Orchard card! I like the punchie in the corner and I wonder how you get your embossing so clean? I want that Postcard stamp, excellent for embossing! Superb PC!
Response: Glad you liked it! I like the angry gnarly tree, and the cider's pretty good too! I had some on tap at a bar last night. I'm hoping it'll be popular cuz itll be easier to get.
Embossing: I think finer ground powders make cleaner impressions. I have a lot, but tend to use the ones that work better.
Comment: I would have *loved* to be there for a shuttle launch! I am so jealous of your vacation. Thanks for the memento.
Response: We were across the causeway in a public park (Space View Park, but still, a fair distance from the launch pad), so it was a little like watching a teeny tiny Tinkerbell firefly rise up into the sky. Even so, it was majestic and it was hard not to cry as you watched it (I am NOT a cryer, but those are PEOPLE going into SPACE in that little bug). I'm so glad I made the effort to go down to watch it. It was fun to hang out with my dad, and it's nice to know that he got to see it too. It was the day before his birthday. Kewl all around.
Comment: Your wonderfully chatty letter really made me smile this evening. I'm so sorry for my incredibly late rating; I've had a wholly epic summer that shows no signs of abatement. :/ I'm looking forward to catching up on my correspondance soon!
Response: Don't worry a second about taking your time to rate. I'm a notoriously late rater, and I never ever check to see if I received a rating (but I do expect people to let me know if they didn't receive anything). Glad you enjoyed the letter. Your "wholly epic summer" sounds grand, but is kind of a tease since I have no idea what you're doing!
Comment: Thank you for the interesting Chunk O Cardboard Not sure what you did to create it but I can tell you put alot of work into it.
Response: Gesso, collagey-bits, and water-color pencil. It was my first time ever using gesso, so I was a bit nervous. I got the idea from the book 'Journal Spilling', cuz I really like the look of her pages. So far, I'm encouraged. I may not be arty, but this was a reasonable facsimile.
Comment: thank you for your nice letter! sad to hear about your friend's passing :( but it is amazing indeed that he kept the letters all these years... and who knows maybe the family will surprise you & one day that packet of letters will show up in your mailbox? One can hope still? :) By the way, I do love the typewriter with cursive font that you used.
Comment: Magnificent! My favorite chunk o cardboard yet! Love the raised stamping!! I drank tang too :)...love the tang/messenger mission stamp connection. I am going to have to try Platinum carbon black. My fav ink color is sailor red (it's really orange) and pilot tsuki-yo (blue black). Thanks again!!!
Comment: I am so glad that I made a larger size journal for these Blackouts... And thank you so much for not folding your wonderful Flamingo Poem. This is such a fun swap, and I hope it goes on for a while.
I found the first couple of blackouts a little difficult... now they're leaping off the page at me.
Cool "postcard" stamp too. It definitely elevates those Honey Toasted Oats!
Comment: Great pc! Thanks!! Really enjoyed your note. Good luck on starting a junk journal!! I was intimidated at first. Really fun now!! Hard to pick through the "pretty junk" :)
Response: I've been MAKING books with cereal box covers and junk mail envie insides. But I am STILL too scared to try using one. I need to start an envelope of clippings and notes that I want to save, and then start gluing them into one of my books.
Comment: Thank you for the lovely work you did on this book. :) I adore the brads and your stitching is so neat! I am going to enjoy using this!
Response: Glad you liked it. I love making these books, but I'm still getting over how weird it is to have envelope "paper" with its security prints and windows. I keep making them cuz I'm still to afraid to try to use them!
Comment: Thank you for the Chunck O Cardboard and nice note. Lucky you to have a yard.
Response: It doesn't feel too lucky this weekend since I still have to rake and then mow and then weed-kill (evil creepying charlie took over). Gah! I hope it keeps raining so I can put it off a little longer!
Comment: I think your postcard is hysterical!! When I first looked at it,all I saw was the red on the birds and the words, kill, kill. LOL. then I read the whole thing and it cracked me up. It's so cool that they are your birds.
Comment: Thank you for the card. I really like the way you made a tiny book inside and shared your story. Yes, I do like re-purposing items, so whenever you have me as a partner you may re-purpose items.
Comment: Fun bookmark - now I need to decide which book to use it in :^) P.S. I've half watched Wall-E while doing other things. My family liked it, except the child who is too sensitive. I forget what it was that bugged him, though...
Comment: This is the most amazing post card that I have EVER received. It's so beautiful and artistic! Thank you.
Also, good luck with those baby blankets! If you ever need some yarn-couragement, let me know. :)
Response: So glad you liked it! I need to get motivated to get back to those baby quilts. Grrr. It's always something!!
Comment: It's too bad your letters are so dull. Hahahahah!! I only feel SLIGHTLY intimidated by your amazing writing style. You may not get a letter back, as I am currently a dullard. However, I shall try, once I buy a ribbon for my typewriter.
Response: You are SO not a dullard! I made sure I raised up my game to keep pace with your amazing profile!! Don't wait to get a new ribbon - drop me a note sometime in ballpoint or crayon or pointy charred stick!!
Comment: I love the vintage type postcard you chose to send, thank you! I get my kawaii from either etsy.com or janetstore.com. Lately I make orders of it through the janet store of about 150.00 per order once a few months or when I get low. I don't have an Aidi grocery here, never heard of it to be honest.
Comment: This PC arrived fast! Hard choices......I'll guess the fine arts degree is your lie?? But I'm secretly thinking it's the movie one, lol.
Response: Fine Arts Degree = BIG. FAT. LIE. I am an artistic doofus!! 104 movies in a year is my personal record. It helped that one of the theaters I liked ran a few series of really old movies. That got me going fairly regularly on weeknights which helped jack up my numbers.
Comment: Thanks for the giant cereal box chunk!
Thanks for the bonus postcard! Lucky me, received two.
Response: Hahahaha! One of the three cards that I sent out got returned because I forgot to address it. I figured maybe I was in a haze, so I resent all three even though only one came back. You can expect to receive a "bonus" card sometime soon!
Comment: Thanks for the card! You are a braver woman than I, experimenting with embossing powder. I own some but haven't figured out what to do with it.
Response: Use it! Use it! Use it! I looooove my embossing powder. I think the little bit of 3D texture and the rich colors are my fav parts. I've slacked off on stamping - and card making in general. But I still like to get out my embossing powder and these swaps are the perfect excuse.
Comment: "Appolo Soyuz" post stamp is great! I'll write you back but it may take time -- I was sick and have now a significant amount of letters to write... (But I always try to reply to mail I get even if it takes a couple of months.)
Comment: Hi Betsy! We were together in your typewritten letter exchange a while back! Good to hear from you again! Thank you for the cute cookie cardboard pc! I usually buy the chocolate mint ones! And you reminded me that I too, have some of the Gilmore Girl DVD's; I think I'll dig them out for the next rainy day! Take care, Karen
Comment: Love the "chunk" of cardboard that you sent. What was it from? Thanks, too, for the tip on Wonderfalls... had not been aware of it (and yet it looks like it was set in Niagra Falls, just about an hour away from us!?!) I'll be checking it out... thanks.
Comment: thanks for the great letter! I haven't read the authors you suggest (except Elizabeth Berg) so I will definitely check them out. Love the library too! I save so much money and learn so much. Keep working on your skills; you can learn to draw and paint! although quilting is wonderful in itself and an art form.
Comment: I've actually been interested in getting a fountain pen for going over my drawings - would it cover a waxy colored pencil you think? Are they permanent? Thank you for the nice letter and have a great day!
Response: All of the fountain pen inks that I know of are water-based. None of them would cover waxy pencil. Some fountain pen inks are waterproof, some of the Noodler's brand inks are "bulletproof": waterproof, UV proof, bleach proof, acetone proof. However, even the waterproof and "bulletproof" inks may streak and run when wet. The writing should remain visible and legible, but the color may change as some non-permanent components wash away.
Comment: Hi there, Apocalyptic Lady! I liked your letter a lot, it's always great to meet others that are just as nuts and nerdy as I am... ;-)
I have a huge backlog of letters to get through, but I plan to reply eventually--I'm a bit slow, sorry!
Response: Take your time. No pressure at all from me. I have a HUGE pile of letters I need to answer myself, so I totally relate!
Comment: Hi Betsy! Thank you for your lovely letter! It is the first typed piece I have received in my mailbox; and it is surprising how "foreign" it looks compared to all of the computer generated pieces! I hope you will clear off your desk soon and get back to fun creative "work"!!! Maybe a paper shredder would expedite things! Ha ha! I am leaving on vacation, but will write when I return! Take care, Karen
Comment: Enjoyed your letter :) I understand where you are coming from, I try not to let the bad apples ruin my experience here. Fellow swappers can see by my rating that Im a good swapper as Im sure they see yours and know this doesnt happen often. ^_^ Good luck with it!!
Comment: Your truths and lies were pretty good. I'm thinking though that you haven't used the same pen for 17 years now. With refills it would be possible, the quilt, I imagine you could have made one. and although for me travelling is a term used in basketball, I imagine some people are lucky enough to visit many places. I love quits ty for the pc. I have two on my bed all year round (the heavy old handmade kind). suzanne
Response: Great guess - you're right! Although they DO make a lifetime pen: http://www.cyberspacepens.com/pens/Fisher-Space-Pens/Lifetime-Pens.html
Bangkok was fun, and I love that quilt. I made it as a present, but them gave away another one instead because I liked it too much.
Comment: Betsy, thanks for the letter. I love thunderstorms too, but we don't get as many as we used to. :( When I'm down I listen to upbeat music, that usually picks me up, that and my faith. Here's hoping we'll both get nice thunderstorms soon!
Comment: Thanks for resending. I love both songs and the way they were done. The first song was so creative and the second one was moving. Thanks.
Response: Thanks for the super speedy rating and for understanding about the spam eater. I'm so glad that you enjoyed the videos. Music is such a personal taste, it's hard to know if someone else will appreciate what you might hear in something.
Comment: I'm giving you a heart just because one of the three was "I am a vegan"! I don't want to guess that one..because I would love it if that were true :) so I'll guess that you don't have 3 parrots...?? :)
Response: Sorry! We are more accidental vegetarians - not big meat eaters. But I loooooove cheese. I do use some vegan recipes from "Simple Heavenly", tho.
Comment: I lurve the post card and I love the swap! Really awesome box you found, it made a great card. And it looks delicious, I think I have to try to find that cherry cider. And the tiny little tetra stickers! So cute!
Comment: Really loved the cellphone philatelicks! Loved how each stamp had a story. Absolutely something I would never think of doing - so doubly fun because of it. & bonus points for including an extra set of stamps for me to use. Thanks!
Comment: Betsy, I got it! Sorry it took me so long to rate, it took the PO long enough to forward it from my old address! Loved the quilty stamps you used for postage and the lovely card...one less thing in your house, now is one more thing in my house! Lol! Thanks, loved your list and the awesome family pc!
Comment: Fantastic detailed answers :P Thanks for the yummy recipe too :). About those Yorkshire Puddings, my aunt has tried all sorts and says you can't get away from the beef lard because they don't taste right (she has tried).
Comment: I always like mail from you-you have the best vintage stamps! This was a fun swap-instead of typing on a machine at home, I got the crazy idea to use the one at the library and let me tell you, I did not make any friends that day! It was uber loud X 3 !!! Thanks for the PC and for hosting!! = )
Comment: Thank you for al of the receipts ! The fortunes on the sticker sheet were very highly appreciated too! I've been meaning to get another roll for my sticker machine so I could make stickers out of all of mine. I think it's really cool that you used such an awesome pen, and I think that there was a receipt from a pen store in the envelope too, which is awesome! We don't really have stores just for pens around here. :c
Comment: It is I, again. Thank you for the letter of substance! I want to see this letterpress stuff! It sounds like great fun! I am all about fun! Thanks for entertaining me with your letter! = )
Response: haha. A few people have been confused by "substance" and "quality", like you have to write something profound. I've just gotten so many "letters" which don't amount to much more than a postcard, that I wanted to make it clear that this is a L.E.T.T.E.R. If you don't want to WRITE something, then p'raps it's a good time to consider whether a "letters and writing" swap is really a place you want to go!
Comment: BP- I just cut up Crunch a Munch, LiL Drums and the BEST Skinny Cow PC's! LOL! BTW>>>>Your stamps are the best!! And, Where do you get the postcards printed? I'd like to get some of my art done. Watch out for Turkey Buzzards, they might snatch your Girl Scout cookies out of your hand when you leave your building! = )
Comment: Thanks for the neat card. I am very impressed that you made this quilt! I'm learning sketching and watercolour by doing. Some days work out better than others, but with continual practice I have improved. I joined the Visual Journal Collective (it's free) over at the MCBA after I met Roz (who runs it). It is a wonderful group of very supportive and creative people. I learned the bookboxes over at MCBA too. Cheers!
Comment: Betsy ~ thank you so much! Love the envelope and really loved the postcard. I enjoyed your note too, hope all went well. I couldn't go though all that ~ we pay someone!! I too love these swaps and have done many, and will keep doing them! Hope to see you again in another swap!
Comment: Enjoyed your answers, read them over supper! I have you in my to write back to pile but right now on my plate for the weekend is making 14 freaking ATCS I thought I was signing up to make 2 for one partner. I usually don't get stuff like that jacked up but I did and I wasn't the only one so I will be busy doing that b/c I have none that I want to get rid of. Then I will write! :)
Comment: wow, writing w/a 40 yr old pen..loved the envelop, long detailed letter..and lil goodies..I'm gonna writcha back via mail to keep the real mail going and hopefully keep postage from going up again too soon. Hope to be able to meet you some day. Feel free to add me as a friend. Pm me whenever and have a super day. Thanks again..wonderful JOB...
Comment: Thanks for the great letters Betsy.
I had a laugh last Friday as letter number 2 turned up first. So I kept it unopened as I wanted to wait for the first one to arrive (which it did today) so I could read them in order. The postal system is weird sometimes.
The papers you used are so lovely. I would like to reply personally, so will write back soon.
Response: I sent a cardboard chunk cut from a beloved and irreplaceable long discontinued product package for a non-profile, "Letters and Writing" flat-mail postcard swap. I shall let Ms @evieroz' comment speak to her manners.
UPDATE: since my first response, I have received PMs from others who have received very unkind remarks from Ms. @evieroz as well. It seems that kindness and discretion are not among her finer attributes.
Comment: You don't need to apologize for the fish stationery: I'm a Pisces, so I love it! =smile= Thanks for a great letter and thanks as well for angeling the November swap. Funny how it's easy to talk about pens, isn't it? I'll write back within about 4 weeks or so!
Comment: WOW....Loved the package from you! What a great envelope you sent the envelopes in. I loved all of the vintage maps and papers - thank you so much. Too bad I can't give you more hearts -- you definitely deserve them!
Response: Glad it got to you so quickly after 2nd mailing! And I'm very glad you like it! My mother in law gave me bunch of old birdseed bag. I've been making all kinds of things out of them. But beware - postage doesn't stick well to them ;)
Comment: looks like this may have been what's called a tape transfer?
Response: I don't know the official name, but that sounds about right. Packing tape to right side of image. Immerse in water for a coupla minutes. Rub paper off the back. Rinse. Stick to an old-school transparency sheet. It's a miracle that the front and back stay stuck together cuz the tape isn't sticky anymore!
Comment: Thanks, Betsy, for the long letter explaining your experience. I really do believe "communication phenomena" happen -- science can't explain it but may be able to in the future. I've never experienced it but I haven't seen ghosts either and I believe there are some. Another swapper recently told me of a communication experience somewhat similar to yours. Some things we just accept and don't have to explain.
Comment: It's always wonderful to receive mail from you. :) I don't have a black light but may need to find one now. Thanks for the bonus SNL stamps too.
Response: You don't need a black light for the stamp book - no hidden surprises for you. I originally made the stamps to put on mail that I did write on with black light ink, so my friends would know to get out their light. Tanglecraft got me into making books. Since the stamps were already made I was halfway to a book so that was the second one I ever did.
Comment: What a cool set of artistamps! I enjoyed reading about your ex's and how you 'profiled' them. It was a little bit of a cliffhanger though as I was hoping to see your current guy! Due to the subject matter I can see why he was not in there, but I am still curious. I bet he is tall. :)
Comment: My elderly cockatiel has been on a seed diet all his life. I tried converting him to pellets but he wouldn't eat them. I figure I won't mess with success! I had a citron cockatoo but we had to rehome him; he was attacking my husband and we feared for our infant daughter. I bet your moluccan is a handful!
Comment: Thank you for the postcard of Eleanor Roosevelt. Her life was very interesting. Love her hair style in the picture. I had already rated you for the first one I got and then I got two more! She was a great lady. Thank you so much for sending three super cards!
Comment: Thanks for my cards. I am really intrigued by the octopus stamp you made. I am going to have to explore that technique.
Response: I think I said this, but it's photo-polymer. You have to make some kind of negative with your image(s) on it. You lay the negative over your photo-sensitive polymer, then expose it to UV light. The exposed bits get hard, but the parts shielded by the black part of your negative stay soft. You wash out the soft bits with water and a brush. Then you dry the plate, and put it back under UV light to harden the whole thing. Viola - you have a printing plate. There is a book-making/printing shop here where I rent time on both the platemaker machine which does all the exposing and washing for me. It's like a 3-story easy-bake oven - washing on top, then a compartment with the UV light, and a dryer compartment on the bottom. I don't know if you can get equipment of your own for a reasonable price or not.
Comment: Woohoo! Both original postcards! I especially liked the Halloween shaker card. I wish I knew how to use a sewing machine. We don't even have a sewing machine, but I'd love to learn how to use one. Betsy did an amazing job on both cards. Love the quality of her photograph print too!
Comment: Thank you for the Mennonite Letterfold! I picked up this fold back in the day for passing notes but never really knew its name, so it's nice to know! I'm sorry to hear that your temp job is undergoing such changes, but hopefully this will lead to new avenues for you. I too question economic practices these days...I'll probably write back with more thoughts.
Comment: Had a little trouble finding out how to open without destroying your message but worked it out. Your message really strikes home with me. I am retired but very concerned about all the outsourcing that is being done by corporations in the U.S.
Comment: Thank you lots for the gums - although I too eat sugarfree gum the most, the HubbaBubba is GREAT!! I absolutely love it - and I would eat it all right now, if I could bring myself to not share with my girls :-) Thank you very much for all the yummy recipes too - they'll all be tried during the Summer :-) You sent me two items that look like pencil ends or something??? Is this intensional?? If so, please enlighten me as I'm absolutely clueless :-D Anyhow, great swap, thanks!!
Response: Hahaha. I did NOT put anything in the package other than gum, recipes, and my note. I did re-used the envelope, tho. I'm wracking my brains trying to figure out what might have been in there from whoever sent it to me.
Comment: Oh wow, this package just exceeds every possible hope or expectation! (And not just because I am in awe of anyone who can use a sewing machine!) I love every single component - the zipper mailing bag will *definitely* be used to transport my PPO essentials and the stamp fabric matchbox is awesome. I love the extended black light theme, from the artistamps, to your hand-carved 'killer', to the little mini-torch - and OMG the Blue Ghost ink! I will let you know how I get on mixing it with other colours. I can't believe the awesome selection of FP inks you included; I already have inky little fingers today, and I can't wait to test them all out! This is honestly the most wonderfully personalised packaged I have ever received - thank you so much. You have totally made my day! :-D
Response: Well, it was a lot of fun putting it together. I'm thrilled that it hit the mark!
Comment: You are so clever! Love the tear-out-yourself ATC/postcard idea (and now want to make one myself). And also your own postmark stamp, I've never seen that before. Awesome- love seeing new stuff like that!
Response: Check out mppclub.org They've got really good instructions for how to get your own postmark. So glad you liked the ATC tear out. I loved the idea but wasn't sure how it would play out in practice! I got a Excel pounce wheel to do the perforations. It cost under $10 online.
Comment: What a keeper--I love the card-thanks! Once on a trip to Orlando we saw them move the shuttle into place for launch but the other time we tried to see an actual launch they scrubbed but I don't remember why. A very long time ago at the start of NASA using them I saw one at the old Stapleton Airport in Denver piggy-back on a 747--that was really impressive too. thanks again!
Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed the card! It was a thrilling thing for us to see. It's so cool that you saw a shuttle on the 747. That would have been sight!
Comment: I really do love your concept for this (I must confess I have adapted it for my own use - you'll see the result, soon!). I am so envious of your mailer's postmark permit - I wish I could get one over here! :(
Comment: Great ATC!! and thanks for all the extra zentangle designs as well. The postcard is wonderful!
Response: I'm glad you liked it! My first attempt, the postal service did not contribute much artistically, so I added the zentangle this time to make sure it arrived with more than a stamp and a cancel!
Comment: Hi Betsy! Love the weathered art you did... very creative! And love the stamps, too...!
One small suggestion: if you choose to do something like this again in the future, attach to something... a fabric piece can't really make it on its own through the mail... it needs to be able to hold its shape. The P.O. sent it along to me in an envie they provided with a note of explanation. ; )
Response: I left the weathered art completely naked, as per the swap requirements: "At the end of a week, bring your art in, let it dry if it needs to, then write the addresses on the back of the actual art itself and mail them naked to your partners." I also paid the USPS non-machinable charge for items which do not play nice with postal machines. Half the fun of sending unusual mail is the special plastic bag and note from the USPS. ;)
Comment: Thank you for the great stamps--I really, really like your Presidential collection. LOL And brought back some great memories of these guys doing their impersonations. I still laugh every time I think of Chevy Chase doing Ford with a hugh syringe sticking out of his arm. Guess that really dates me!
Response: I'm so glad that you liked my stamps! It was a lot of fun to make them. I had a coupla stamps made (Ford, Nixon, Reagan) which I like to use next to the "real" stamps of the same name (I bought a whole sheet of Nixon on eBay for just over the face value). This swap inspired me to expand my collection and put them into a book.
Comment: I laughed & laughed! (I'm a big SNL fan.) I'm SO impressed with these stamps, Betsy. Did you do the perfs with a sewing machine? How did you get the glue on the back? (or are those trade secrets...=grin=)
Response: Yea! I'm so glad you like them! They are super funny if you can find the real Reagan, Nixon, or Ford stamps on ebay and use them alongside the fake ones. I bought a sheet of 50 Nixon stamps for face value, and need to stock up on Ford and Reagan.
I got a pizza wheel thingy with a pointy star for a wheel from a site that's no longer around. I googled the brand name from the handle, and found the same thing (Excel Pounce Wheel) here and at Dick Blick online: http://www.in2art.com/art-supplies/excel-pounce-wheels
The glue is "Lick & Stick Remoistenable Envelope Glue" by Green Sneakers. I've seen it in stores, and it looks pretty easy to find online.
Comment: Clever idea - I really like it! (Unfortunately on this occasion, the postal service were not especially artistic - although the postmark does feature the image of a dog's head...) Thanks for thinking of something original! :-)
Comment: Absolutely Loved it. The president stickers are awsume. Thanks so much.
Response: I'm so glad you liked it! I had a few of the stamps made already, but made more so I could complete a book for an upcoming swap. It was so much fun that I made a bunch and am slipping them into other swaps.
Comment: Interesting design, thank you. I'm afraid I had to remove your address as I wasn't quite sure what the picture was but it looked like someone spitting blood which my weak stomach just can't take lol!
Comment: Wow, that's trash the way it should look! I particularly loved the big '69' on my postcard, since that's my birthyear, and the 'Kitkat' was great as it's my daughter's nickname! So I'll be looking for an excuse to incorporate that 'postcard' into one of my collages at some point....
Response: I'm so glad that a) it got there and b) you liked it!
Comment: Wow! You're a fast swapper. I am just finishing mine and yours have already arrived! ... and triple the requirements!
I really like the touch of the black card stock as backing and border. It really sets off the black and white... which, by the way are my favorite zentangles.
Thank you bunches.
Response: I just started doing Zentangles, so I'm still in the "excited can't do enuff of em" phase.
Comment: I loved your list, it was great!
I was living in Marquette on the shore of Lake Superior, but recently moved to Escanaba and hadn't updated my profile to say I was on Lake Michigan! That's why you couldn't figure out where I lived, haha. :]
Response: Well, at least now I know I wasn't losing my mind!
Comment: This was, indeed, exceedingly happy mail! While I'm afraid I can't share your belief in the coolness of googly eyes, I do however take great delight in browsing DIY stores for potentially craft-able things, so I at least understand your affinity with the picture hooks! I do of course love the postoids, but the highlight of the package was your awesome zine - I hadn't considered the eco-friendly aspects of fountain pens before, but now I will be sure to capitalise on it! Do you have an Etsy store? If not, open one, now! This zine needs to meet more people! (Sorry for the mini-essay, but I did love my package :-D)
Comment: Thanks Betsy. I got the giggles when I read how you got your name. Has it been 30 years since on line started? And 20 boys to every girl sounds like the odds I needed to finally get a date 30 years ago. Thanks for sharing.
Response: It was a private dial-up system, but there were a lot of people logging in to use an old "chat" type system.
Comment: Thank you for the postcard. My daughter likes sushi, but not peeps. I'll made some and see what she says. No, I did not get hit with lightning. I was in the house. The car was under 2 trees. Neither tree showed any effect. Just the car. It killed my father's computer, Wiii, my printer, and garage door opener. It messed up the port on the TV where the Wiii was connected. Lightning is strange stuff.
Comment: This was my first-ever fabric postcard and it is really neat! I show a lot of my swaps to my granddaughter (age 4) and I am sure when she sees this she will want me to help her make one! The "Nixon" stamp is super, too -- I got a laugh out of that one! Thanks, and happy swapping!
Response: Fabic postcards are a lot of fun. Maybe if you make one for your granddaughter you'll get hooked on them!
Comment: WOW- What a fantastic postcard! Totally genius, makes me want to stop being scared of sewing machines. Does the sewing machine do the embroidery? I have no idea how that stuff works. Best handmade card I’ve received in a while, thanks Betsy!
Response: Yeah, after 25 years I upgraded to my first electronic machine just so I could get the fancy stitches and letters.
I'm a total hack when it comes to sewing, so you just just give it a try. You can get a decent machine for under $100. Take a look at the Janomes, if you're interested. You might be able to pick up a used one for nearly free and pay $50 to get a good tuneup.
Comment: Well, I thought I had won money! haha! How did you ever get that fit onto that postcard? That was REALLY NEAT! It was like one of those fake lottery tickets that you read and then when it said swap-bot I knew! VERY clever! Thanks so much!
Comment: I almost couldn't rate you because you didn't write the swap name on the PC! I do love the PC though! Thank you so much for sharing the story of your grandfather & the Ham Radio. I used to go to sea before there was email and Ham Radio Operators used to help us make calls home all the time while underway. Awesome, Thanks!
Comment: Cute Cute Cute!!! Thank you and I love the googly-eyes!
Response: Whew! Glad you liked the googly eyes. I think that they are hilarious, but I'm always afraid that I'm the only one who thinks they're funny. I found a good deal on them and stocked up so I like to throw them on things.
Comment: Nice message; yes, Forks is about an hour and 1/2 away--out on the Olympic peninsula, which is beautiful. "Twilight" is big here in W Washington. My town is on Puget Sound, so very diff. climate.
Comment: LOL Betsy, I truly could not stop laughing when I got your pc!! It's most awesome! Embarrassingly enough, I haven't gone to the US Open yet!! :X Thanks for the pc - most awesome indeed...
Response: Oh, I'm so glad! I've had that photo for years but could never figure out, until now, how to use it. I nearly screamed when I came home and saw those little guys cuz I thought there had been a terrible accident. Good thing it was just strawberry carnage!
Comment: I'm assuming this is from New Moon, I have yet to see it :(
Response: Haha. Yes, you are correct. I think that I did identify the quote on my other two PCs. I was too busy moaning about getting hooked on those books this late in the game. New Moon kinda did it for me - the movie, that is. That darn sweet werewolf kid. Gah.
Comment: I loved the postcard. The colors you chose for your quilt were very beautiful. It was a coincidence because I sent my partner a postcard of a barn door painted with an Amish quilt block pattern.
Comment: This snowman is totally adorable! I love the beading inside the sheer fabric--I can tell a lot of work went into this ornament.
Your handmade card is very nice, too!
Thanks and Merry Christmas!
Comment: What a lovely letter I recieved form you. I also love the anticpation of recieving a letter. I will use the beautiful bookmark today as I am re-reading Jane Auten's "Persuasion" (how appropriate!). Thank you!
Comment: I received your space age envy and your creatively made faux postage stamps with Kennedy & the moon. Believe it or not, you stumped the post office. They didn't cancel the real, nor the faux postage stamps. :)
Comment: What a cool and fun idea!...I can't believe this actually made it through the mail, but cool-beans, it did!...Super idea, and I really appreciate the angelina fibers...Can't find them around here, so you filled a need that I had...Kudos for a job well done and fun!...thanks so much!
Thank you :)
Yes, I will admit, Pringle cans are hard to decorate. :}
Response: Thanks for being so kind. Man, I swear I am still having nightmares about how to decorate that can, and it will probably always haunt me. On the upside, I feel better about the journaling prompts inside the can and that's (hopefully) the more important part! :)
Comment: Thank you for the cool card! We actually do that one. My mom told us years ago not to brag about something -would bring bad luck. When I read your postcard and saw, 13th st, eh--- said, oh yeah, I did'nt even think about that!
Comment: Holy smokes. This. Is. The. Best. Swap. I. Have. Ever. Received. No joke. You're an incredible writer and this seriously brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for sharing something so personal and special with me. I an extremely honored. I really like the tidbits that you shared with me. Again thank you so much. :)
Response: Aaaah! You're making me blush! But I'm really glad that you liked it.
Comment: Betsy! This is so incredibly stunning. Making it out of cloth is such a fantastic idea. I am in love with the material and the design of this. I would give you a million hearts if I could. Thanks for joining my swap.
Comment: Thanks! I'd recommend putting your name on stuff in the future though - I didn't know who it was from until the second swap arrived!
Response: Heh. It was a crazy week. I had made the 20 questions well ahead of time, and I was too rushed when the participant list came out and, whoops!, forgot to include my ID. Thanks for doing the math to figure out it was me!
Comment: I think I got your 20 questions, hehe you didn't put your name anyhere. I love ho you put the letter attached to the envelope itself. And thanks for the postcard, one day I will make it to all 50 states.
Response: Oh, my. Now that you mention it, I bet that I did forget to put my name/id on my 20 questions letter. Whoops!
Comment: i love this handmade card and how you finished the edges...thanks so much for a great swap...(btw, i got married on 8-8-08)...and you deserve to have a gazillion hearts just because you love groundhogs too!...you really made me smile...thanks so very much!
Comment: Thanks Betsy! I think the mystery fabric is rayon. I remember having some skirts with those types of flowers in the 90's. I think doubling it will make some interesting Morsbags too! Thanks for the cute fabric dolphin postcard too!
Comment: Thanks so much for the fun package! I have never made a fabric ATC or postcard and cannot wait to get started with the kit you sent me! Thansk so much for introducing me to a new craft!
Also thanks so much for the ATC supplies they are perfect, I love natural looking papers!
Once again thanks so much for a great swap, and I hope your tea arrives soon!
Comment: Thanks for this extra cute moose :D I like hand made cards but they never get to Croatia undamaged (I've received only one in good condition). It would be to expensive for people to send them in envelopes or packages so I decided to put that note on my profile :D I really hate to receive them damaged when I know someone has put so much effort into making them.
Comment: Betsy! Wowie,what a great envie all around!! I don't think the card is too cutesy, actually I like Strawberry Mojitos and the card goes very well with it! It is very well done! Also, did you make the card? I absolutely LOVE it!!! And black envelopes? A girl after my own heart :P 100+ Hearts for you! I'm on my way to send you a PM ;) ♥
Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for the nice message!