Comment: Hi, Chris, thanks for adding your little short story reviews booklet. Is that a zine? I need to give that a try. We had planned to move somewhere about 1/2 way between our kids to be closer to grandchildren, but we don't have any yet!!!!! My daughter and hubby are intentionly without children, but my son is engaged and has always talked about having wife and family. But we have no idea where they will be living. The are both food science "nerds" and self-made chefs (always nice food when they are around. But he is in southern Wisconsin with a job he really likes; Mary is in New Jersey at a job she'd be glad to leave behind for department morale and other "people created" problems. They don't want to live there anyway because of the high cost of living. So, all I can do is wait for them to be married until she finds a job that works with his and then must give them a couple years before the hoped for grandchild(ren), I am 69 in April, so I've got to stay strong and healthy if I'm going to be able to play with them as I've been able to do with our Nate and Rissa---see my Profile to see who they are and how much like grandchildren they are.
Enjoy those kiddos! I've always thought I'd like to live in Maine, but maybe it wouldn't be what I've thought ever since I was a child.
Comment: Chris, you made my day. The postcard with the quilt on it is so special because its the first postcard i have received with a quilt on it
I will check out the Gee's bend quilts. Thank you for that. Not a quilter but just love studying the history of quilts. Again THANK YOU. Happy swapping.
Comment: First of all, love the envelope! Sooo pretty! And it's so funny that you sent that cactus notecard. I've received the same a few times before in other swaps and I am so in love with it!! So I'm very happy to get another blank (and that postcard is so cute too!). Thank you so much for the extras!! I'll have your postcard in the outbox tonight. :)
Comment: I have this map already but giving a heart for the great book suggestions! I looked them up on goodreads and they sound great! thank you!
ps. Choweface came about because my name is Michelle and when my baby sister was learning to talk, she couldn't pronounce my name so it came out sounding like 'me-chow' and my other siblings picked it up and eventually the 'me' part dropped. Adding 'face' to it was random too, they added another nickname to a nickname and it stuck. lol
Comment: Hi there! I received your postcards. What a great envelope you made! I love the postcard you chose for returning - Norman Rockwell, always puts a smile on my face. And Thank You for the extra postcards - David Hockney especially was extremely appreciated, and will be hoarded and perused for many years. Writing soon!!
Comment: thanks for the Amish snow storm. When I was little and we lived in MD, we used to go to PA in the fall to get damson plums for making jam. So I have seen the Amish, both there and later when we lived in Indiana. There they raise a lot of peppermint, and the smell of those fields was wonderful. Thanks for those good memories -- and for the AZ and AK stamps! Your efforts were definitely worth a heart! Happy new year, and happy swapping!
Response: Oh wow, I think I saw on your profile that you like uniquely shaped postcards and all thoughts of MAPS must have flown right out the window! A map card is on its way as well!!! (I'm really glad you liked the Crayola card, that makes me feel a little better....)
Comment: Great card, I am amazed at the cool napkin! Thanks for your book of lists, I've never heard of a minizine before, so thank you for sending this informative one. Welcome to the midwest, I live in Central Ohio, close to the capital of the state. I appreciate your list of mystery authors. I've read all of Sue Grafton books, except her last one. I don't know if you knew, but she recently passed away. A friend posted it on Facebook, so the alphabet series ends at Y. : (
Response: Yes, I'd heard about Sue Grafton's death and find it so upsetting and sad. Such a great mind! I'm glad you enjoyed the minizine, they are SO MUCH FUN to create!
Comment: Wow, this swap arrived quick! On Jan. 6th! Happy new year to you as well! I feel you on moving from the south to the north. I moved from GA to MI. A have a goofy ritual that helps me with the winter. I get a citrus &clove scented candle (or any scent you find "bright") and place it on a table. Then I fill a glass bowl with freshly fallen snow. I put the snow bowl in front of the candle. The candle represents the sun. As the snow slowly melts, I meditate for a bit on how the snow outside will melt into the water that brings Spring. The melting snow in the bowl is a reminder that it won't last forever. When there is nothing but water left in the bowl, I water my houseplant with it. This again symbolizes the snow melting into water that nourishes Spring life. Maybe this is goofy and silly, but it really helped me adjust to living in the cold white North! Good luck!
Response: Now that's a refreshing idea, not at all goofy. More than the snow, I dislike gray days and ice. I thought I was okay with coldness until the thermometer refused go to higher than single digits....but I'm NOT complaining, because it could certainly be worse! Just as long as there's some sunshine I'm happier....
Comment: Sorry to be so slow to rate, but I was home most of December, and I'm just getting caught up! I love your new card! Yep, when you are the last artist, you have to start a new card for your partner. Really enjoyed your little book review magazines! Sherman Alex is one of my very favorite! I used to read the opening of that book aloud to my high school students. I made them do its book retired that includes a short reading, and I always have them a couple of examples. Usually at least a few would ask to borrow that book. I have his new one about his mom, but I haven't started it yet. I will keep these for reference--several others that look good that I've never read. And your poem! So good! I can yourself see that scene with the cars facing each other down. Perfect ending-- a "hopeful sound." I assure YA novels and picture books. Have you ever seen one called 17 Kings and 42 Elephants? It's a gorgeous book, done with colorful batik and a bouncing rhyming rhythm. I'll stop there. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Comment: Christine, what wonderful mail I received from you! I love the card with the VW van on it! It's so cute!!! And your minizines are great with all the suggestions for new reading material; I'll definitely be checking some of these out! I had to laugh when I saw the pages with the Famous People Born in 1951, with the little note "and me"... You should fit a picture of yourself in there too, right along with all the other celebrities!!! Thanks so much for a fun and excellent swap!!
Response: I'm so glad everything worked for you...I love making minizines!
Comment: Graves and Coffin!!!! I freakin LOVE it. So cool!! Thank you for the cute card and great ATC! I don't think I've ever really heard of 'letterboxing'. I will have to Google it. I also enjoyed the zine. I had yet to see one in person until you were king enough to send me one. Perhaps I will have to dip my toe into that pool of creativity. Thanks again for everything. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season.
Comment: I love the celebs born in '51 but only dudes? I just watched The Glass Castle 2 days ago ( I read the book too) Hidden figures and the Big Sick are on my list to watch. Both zines are cool thanks!
Response: Yah, I'm into most of those dudes, I guess...i'll have to look up some females for that year, and see if I stand up ( I won't, lol). I love making minizines!
Comment: Thank you! The card was absolutely beautiful and the little list booklet you gave me was fantastic. I could not have asked for anything better.
I have never heard of letter-boxing but it sounds like an interesting hobby.
I hope your gift was just as lovely.
Comment: I like your owl section very much (more than the first panel). Thank you for the mini-zines. Bangladesh has come up in the world - I remember when it was going head to head with Mali. Huh, Mali is also doing better - or many others are doing even worse. Hard to say. I agree with your assessment of Alice Monro. I liked your traffic poem, too.
Response: I'm glad you like the owl section...it's so different from the P & P cards I've seen so far, but that's the kind of art I do. And I love making those minizines!
Comment: Oh my, how do you put extra hearts on a swap?! Thank you, I love it
Response: I'm so glad. I love putting this stuff together. I've spent so much time swap-botting and hardly any time sewing, my Christmas gifts are not going to get done....I see a couple of all-nighters approaching!
Comment: Hi Chris! I love love love your zines! Fun. Interesting. Creative
I loved hearing from you (and swapping with you)
Thank you. (PS I haven't sewn one thing in months. I'm so far behind on my Christmas gift making. I really need to get going)
Response: I just made a new one for another swap. And I, too, am going to have to pull a few all-nighters to get caught up with my sewing for Christmas. Swapping takes more time than you might think, doesn't it?
Comment: Wow! I really enjoyed reading your minizines.I didn't know about Letterboxing but I do now. There are even some near me! I liked all the minizines but really enjoyed the lists as well.I've read several
of the mystery series but will look into some of the others. Thanks for a great swap.
Response: You're so welcome...I really loved sending you those things, it's fun to share art and your heart, don't you think? I'd love the sending part of swap-bot so much!
Comment: Oh my goodness! What a lovely envelope to receive from a neighbor in PA for my first swap mail! I adore everything you sent, and green tea is a favorite! Love the ATC!! Thank you so much for such a thoughtful package and happy holidays!! Get ready for some snow :)
Response: I actually wished it could have been more colorful....and I'm super-dreading any snow. Let's hold off on that, maybe??? :)
Comment: Thank you for this perfectly wonderful postcard. I love it! I never wanted to travel or fly. I married a Greek American and ended up here. Last Winter here was chaos and freezing but the one before that was mild.
Response: I'm so glad you received it...I was getting a little worried. Hope our paths cross again!
Comment: T^hanks for the map. Thanks for your nice letter written on the card. Have a great November. It will be gone all too fast!
Response: Life goes faster and faster as we get older, doesn't it? I hate turning the clock back tonight, it'll be dark at 5 pm tomorrow, yuck. I've just moved to PA from Arizona where we don't change the clocks. I'm going to miss that....
Comment: Oh Chris I loved your card. The hexi EPP is wonderful. I can't wait to find something to put it on. (You have so much patience... I'm not sure I could ever sew hexi's. But now I don't need to because I've got one of yours. Yippeee)
Response: I'm so glad you like....this was a fun swap!
Comment: thanks for the lovely fabrics! they have a very vintage colors and patterns! lol I plan to do something very traditional with them!.....im going to make a quilt! lol. do you ever do the letterboxing events? Ive made some really great friends in the letterboxing community!
Response: Yes, I went to three letterboxing events when I lived in Arizona, but only one since I moved to PA. I spent all day adventuring and "on the road" yesterday - found there really cool boxes! Hit number 200 traditional (I have about 200 postal boxes, too, those are my favorites!)
Comment: Loved the little Halloween card tucked inside. :) You will LOVE Savannah! My husband and I love to go there. I can't think of too many places you need to stay away from :) I highly recommend eating at Paula Deen's place, the food is so good. I am a huge Paula Dean fan, try to cook her recipes and all but if anything go because it is touristy. She has a new place open too but I've not been there yet...more seafood dishes. I love walking the city. So many places to take photos. Of course there is River Street that is a must. You will have so much fun. It is a great little place to meet up with girlfriends. Enjoy!!!
Thanks again and have a Happy Halloween
Response: Thanks for the Savannah ideas. If you have any others, please let me know!! :)
Comment: Thank you so much for the great PC! I have always wanted to visit the Amish countryside. The picture of the young ladies using the kick scooters barefooted makes my tender little feet hurt. LOL! It's been a lot of years since I could do things like that.
Comment: Why, thank you for looking at my profile! Thanks for the tips on murder mysteries (no, not Cozies)! I can't udder anything bad about Holsteins on the front of your card - we have them here, too! Thanks for the pc and the interesting stamps! Good luck on getting Amish postcards!
Response: I love reading everyone's profiles...so many of us are incredibly similar! And you made me laugh.....!!!
Comment: Well crap... googled letterboxing and just looked at images and it looks like something I could easily become addicted to! Off to research more! Oh! And, Great card! I always think of lighthouses as being in warm sunny places, fun to see some with snow.
If you do many trips to see lighthouses look into getting a Lighthouse Passport so you can collect stamps from the lighthouses you go see!
Response: Please let me know if you do begin letterboxing. It's SUCH a blast...an adventure all the time and it's FREE!
Response: One of my parents (I was, until last May, a teacher. I've always called all my kids' parents "MY" parents) told me that and I've never forgotten it, he was a real hoot and I laugh every time I think of it!