Comment: Linda! What lovely paper gifts you gave!! And how pretty of an envelope, I've never thought to use old sheet music as an envelope, it looks amazing!! Thank you :) I especially love the recipe notecards and rainbow stickers. Cheers.
Response: I'm glad you like everything. I make my own envelopes using magazine pages, heavy wrapping paper mostly. Our thrift store has a free shelf with magazines on it. There was the music book and it was large so I took it for the envelopes. I've found children's books with bright pages (the book was falling apart) I think that's been my favorite for envelopes
Comment: Linda I got your travel bug and travel tag trackables! They are super cool and the swag you sent was great! I loved your creativity. :) I will get them logged in later today or tonight. It will take me a couple of weeks to launch them though. I live in a rural town and I want to launch them in a bigger city about an hour away so it has more traffic and more opportunities to travel. Happy caching! :)
Response: Fantastic! I too live in a rural area and try to leave in larger areas.
Comment: Now this was one original and ingenious altered art piece. How fun and cool. I can't wait to abandoned it. I will be doing so on Thursday and I will post in the comments at that time. This was a really fun swap, and I thank you for coordinating it. Hope to do it again soon.
Response: Thank you. I had a lot of fun making it. Saw something like it on Pinterest. Yes, I'll be doing this swap again. I host it every couple months.
Comment: 26 days late but received...as the host of the swap this was very confusing.
Response: Did you read about my post office on my profile? I recently mailed a package to my niece who lives bout 150 north of me. I mailed on a Tuesday. I had tracking on it and checked it thinking it would be delivered that day (Friday). The package was in PA. The postal system is crazy. Why did it even leave the state?
Comment: I love love love this journal!! I am having so much fun going through it a bit at a time. All the incredible work you've put into this journal is wonderful and I am so happy to have been your partner and received it. :)
Response: Oh thank you! When I saw I received a rating for it, I instantly got a knot in my stomach, lol. I had a lot of fun doing it even though it took me a year to do it.
Comment: So sorry for the late rating! Had a great time with my first abandonment swap. I abandoned on a park bench and when I came back the next day it was gone and someone left a thank you note on a napkin :-)
Thank you so much for the swap. I love everything you've included. I left the contents open on the kitchen counter and my dad saw the bookmark and has now claimed it. :) So he says thank you as well.
Comment: Thank you, looks like a yummy recipe! I have some bananas and wil try your family recipe this week! I love family recipes, going from generation to generation! I made family cook books for each of my granddaughters! Also thank you for the cross stitch pattern!!
Comment: Thanks for the stocking stuffer and the extra goofy crochet pattern. I don't know if I'm suppose to rate this now. I haven't opened it yet. I think I'm going to try and wait till Xmas. But I wanted to rate it before I forget.
Response: You're welcome. Yes, you rate when you receive. After you open the gift, you can come back and post a comment on profiles. That's what I do.
Comment: Hello and thank you for the ATCs. Two of them called out to me immediately so I know which ones I'll take (the flowers and the lighthouse) but they're all wonderful. Thanks for the little extras too. XO
Comment: Linda, I received your artwork today, and I will be happy to be a part of sharing it. I'll let you know where and when I place it. I love the colors you chose. My sister crochet and I know how much energy and love goes into each stitch... Thanks for swapping!!
Response: Thank you for your kind words and understanding. I hope to see you participate in this swap again!
Comment: I was archiving old swaps and I just realized that I never rated you for this swap but I know that you always send so I'm giving you the 5 even though I honestly have no memory if I received it or if it was lost by the PO.
Comment: Thanks for sending something and using DC so that we know it actually made it to the PO at least.
Hoping that it actually makes it into our box during the next couple of weeks.
Update: We got it today. Can't wait until Christmas to see what's in that adorable little box. And thanks so much for the ATCs
Comment: Hey Linda,
Thank you for the post today and for the Canadian dime. I've been to Canada but oddly enough don't have Canadian money in my foreign money collection so thank you! Was great to see your handwriting when I opened my box today, it's been awhile. Hope you're having a wonderful summer?!
Warm regards from Iowaâ¤ï¸Debbie
Response: You're welcome. I live about 25 miles from the bridge to Canada and get Canadian change quite often. If you need a penny,nickle and/or quarter let me know
Comment: Thank you very much for the stunning pot holder you made for me. Words cannot express how absolutely beautiful and well made it is. I love how you combined the regular cotton yarn with the thinner and vibrant red cotton crochet thread. Many thanks for sharing your artistry with me.
Response: You're welcome. It turned out so nice that I had to make one for myself too...lol. I think a pink one would be very pretty too.
Comment: I can't wait to decorate these! In regards to s.w.a.p.s. They are "small/significant whatchamacallits affectionately pinned somewhere" They are just small things you craft and put pins on and then trade wtih other girlscouts. If you google them its amazing all the variety that are out there!
Response: Yep, I know what they are. I was a GS leader for 10 years. Never heard of them spelled out that way. We just called them swaps. The scouts here in MI do an International Crossing, going over to Canada by ferry and meeting with scouts and doing swaps. Back in the day, they closed part of the bridge and the girls would walk back and forth from US to Canada and back. Before our time though.
Comment: Thank you for the items..I enjoyed the handmade envelope :) .Fyi, you forgot to write a note saying what swap this is for, not a big deal, just wanted you to know why it took me a little bit to rate you....
Response: Sorry about that, I found the note on my desk and was going to message you. Then I got sidetracked I guess. It's pretty bad when the swap host doesn't follow the rules :(
Comment: Hey Linda, I got this and the other deco for "One Deco Book - November" today... I'd actually received both of these decos before! I signed a page in the women theme deco. In your rolo deco, I had signed a page and passed it on previously (not sure to who) but the page is NOT in it! I'm not sure what happened with that. Unless you send out multiple identical Rolo decos? Or it came back full and you sent it out again empty? I'm not that concerned since we swap all the time (and I'm not sure what's going on with the Rolo page thing) but I wanted to give you a heads up so you can avoid this in the future.
Comment: Hi Linda, Thank you so much for the warm birthday wishes. I love the postcard, and I'll have to try the recipe! Today it is 68 degrees Fahrenheit and absolutely beautiful. I'm looking forward to spring! With every good wish for a happy and healthy life, Jane
Response: Sorry for the delay in responding. Enjoy the recipe!
Comment: I taught myself but most instructions are for right hand tatting. I can see how it might be really hard being left handed and trying to learn. My grandma tried to teach me crochet but I kept messing up the tension. In tatting tight tension is okay, guess it works for me better. Thank you for reading my profile and commenting. Merry Christmas.
Comment: Jaxon was so excited to get a present in the mail! Thank you for sending the 2 adorable Christmas ornaments, it made it easier to not have to cave in and let him open his present! we tucked it into the branches of our tree, and he will open it Christmas morning! you son did a fantastic job making those adorable ornaments!
Such a lovely swap, thanks so much! =D
Response: You and Jaxon are most welcome! And sorry....I thought I put down that Ethan is my grandson.....
Comment: Thank you for the... whatever it is! I popped it into my stocking. And a heart for the extras from my profile. I was actually starting to really be in need for some twist-ties, so this was great timing! <3
EDIT 12/26/15: I'm just now opening my stocking gifts. The mini notebook is just gorgeous! Thank you; it will be well loved and used.
Response: Great! I've had them in the baggie for a while....I think it's a family thing...my Mom always saved them in a basket in the cupboard. I was forever pulling something from the shelf and dumping them all over myself as a kid...lol!
Comment: Hi there thank you for the colorful mat! :D
Response: When I read your profile and saw you liked bright colors, I thought this was perfect. I'm not sure if you know, but it is a dish drying mat. I think I forgot to add that to my note. Thanks for joining the swap.
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely envelope packed with goodies! I particularly love the PB pie recipe and the vintage table place setting card! I never thought to make envelopes out of old calendars and will be using this idea!
Response: You're welcome! Magazine covers work great and some magazine pages work well too
Comment: Thank you for the interesting finds from the thrift store scavenger hunt! I like the little pumpkin ornament :-) and the paper wreath thing is definitely unusual, lol. I like your idea for it, the red stones and ribbon... I may have to try that out, as well!
Response: I'm so glad you like everything. Enjoy it all!
Comment: I adore the apple coasters!!!!! I've never made any with CDs, but now I've gotta try. They come out looking so nice! And thank you so much for the websites! Funny enough, I've been looking into stuff like that lately. Thank you for a wonderful swap package! You truly brightened my day. <3
Response: You are most welcome! I have several hundred CD's. I was at a garage sale a couple years ago & they gave them to me. I found the apple pattern online, didn't like the way it turned out, so I made my own pattern for them. The pic on the swap page is a CD coaster also. Just do a search and see all the fun things to do with old CD's comes up! Hummm.....sounds like a swap idea!
Comment: TKU Institches for recipe card and your Dear Moms fabric. You are so kind
I love the Quick breakfast Croissants. We eat a lot of them here. I live in Quebec and they are famous for this. Even filled with jams and choc.....yummie
Response: Great! Glad it is a recipe you will enjoy!
Comment: Mikayla loved everything in the bag! Thank you!
Response: You're welcome! When I got my mail today Ethan asked if there was anything for him. I told him that he had mail coming sometime this week. About 10 minutes he asked if his mail was here yet...lol..so he is impatiently waiting for his to come.
Comment: Thanks! Pretty deco! This arrived damaged in a post office spilled mail envelope, hopefully nothing was lot! :S
Response: Ug, I even asked them to hand stamp it and mark as non-machinable at the PO. There was something extra in there....I just can't remember what it was off-hand...something profile based is what I usually include.
Comment: Linda, thank you so much for your scavenger hunt swap. Love the fuzzy TY teddy bear, the angel teddy bear sticker, the fall buttons and the cow pattern fabric that I know I can make a doll outfit with it. Thank you, Shirley
Response: You're welcome and thank you for joining the swap!
Comment: Thank you, Linda, for all the pretty FBs that you sent. I see you have been hard at work, lol. When I read your note, I had to laugh. That would be like something I would do. I'll get as many of them sent on as I can. Now, I'm getting hit with a lot of them. Thanks again. Rebecca/pobuffy
Response: You're welcome! If you need someone to pass a few on to, I'd be happy to take some!
Comment: I received the package -- I'm holding on until December to open it, but thanks for the extra recipe too! I hope your elbow feels better. Added 12/24 -- thanks for the beautiful notecards! Merry Christmas!
Response: You're welcome and it's doing better every day...as long as I don't do anything to aggravate it and remember to wear the brace!!
Comment: Thank you so much for Including Emily!!! She will be so excited to open. Were doing this on Christmas Eve!! That was so sweet of you to send her a gift as well. If i could give you 5 hearts, I totally would!!
Response: You're welcome and I hope she likes what I made her. And thank you for joining the swap!
Comment: Thank you! Cute ornament, great frame! I might hang it on my door as my wreath this next Christmas. I keep debating on hanging one but do not want a large nail in my door, now I can use a tiny nail and have a sweet little wreath :)
Response: Great idea...never thought of using as a door wreath!
Comment: love your squares and the fabric. The color is great for QOV quilts for the Vets.Thank you for sharing it with me and your story also.My hubby is a DAV Marine( Nam) this is a very special package for me.
Response: I'm glad you like it and that it is special to you. I actually made a square for my blanket too.
Comment: Wow! Fantastic! Absolutely love this genuine leather purse, It is a beauty. To read my profile before shopping is wonderful and it shows that you care about your swaps. You are amazing! Thank you bunches and Happy Swapping!!
Response: I'm glad you like it....I almost kept it for myself...LOL!
Comment: Elijah just loved the bag you sent!!! I blew bubbles, he jumped around popping them, and Noah (10 months old) just giggled SO hard. I got it on video, too bad I can't attach it here. It was well loved, thank you. Oh, and the fruit snacks were the first thing to go-he eats those same ones all the time. And he insisted the wrappers go in his scrapbook. Lol. Thank you so much!!
Response: I'm so glad. My grandson is 4 and loves bubbles too, I have to do the same thing. Thank you for joining the swap!
Comment: Linda, Thank you for the beautiful "rainbows". I look forward to joining the squares into a very special friendship quiltghan just for me. Maybe I will knit a couple squares using my new survival kit...
Thank you for coordinating such a wonderful swap!
Response: You're welcome and thank you for joining!
Comment: Thank you so much for the grannies!! They are beautiful. I was very excited when I found out that you would be sending to me because you do such beautiful crochet work. Thanks as well for putting in the extra effort to resend the package. If I could give you two hearts, I would!
Response: You're welcome! I'm so glad they arrived this time. Thank you, I do love to crochet. I try to do it every day, even if it only a few stitches. Thanks for joining the swap!
Comment: Thanks so much for hosting these "Pick 3" swaps! I received your goodies for this swap yesterday! Thanks so much for the Canadian coin, FB's, postcard, bookmark, and very cute Christmas bag! :o)
Comment: I feel honored to receive an ornament with a family history. Thank you. We will find a special place for it on our tree and think of your family as we do. And the knitter's survival kit was awesome! A big hit at my knit-up.
Response: You're welcome. I took knitter's and crocheter's survival kits to my group and they were a big hit there too. Thanks for joining the swap and hope you will continue in the upcoming months.
Comment: I got my package yesterday!!! im so excited i can hardly wait! ....but i am going to put it into my stocking right now and save it! such a great idea for a swap! thanks for hosting! I cant even begin to guess what it might be! so excited!
Response: I saved all mine from 2013. It was really fun to open them all together on Christmas. Thanks for joining and hope to see you in the rest of 2014.
Comment: Thanks for the books!Aloha Bride sounds like something to read tonight, while the wind is howling and the snow is coming down. The cookie recipe sounds like a keeper for our next exchange. Stay warm.
Comment: Your squares are always my favorite! beautiful work thank you so much. The sock knitting pattern was so thoughtful and sweet. I am taking a sock knitting class soon so this will definitely come in handy.
Response: I'm so glad you like my squares. I was given a bunch of knitting patterns and the only thing I can do is the garter stitch, so I just make scarves. I've been sharing the patterns with all who has knitting on their profile. Thanks for joining the swap!
Comment: Loved all the goodies you sent! Still smiling to think how much I enjoyed opening the envelope and seeing what was in it. Thank you so much and apologies for rating late. (Had to come back and add this: The letter set is gorgeous!)
Response: I'm glad you liked everything. the letter set is really pretty, not a bad find at the thrift store! Thanks for joining the swap.
Comment: Wow! Love this dish stuff! Little gkids took them right away from me! I got them back when they left! Nice to know other family members like the mail even if they can't talk compound sentences yet! Thanks for joining! You're tops!!
Response: You're welcome! I "lose" a lot of things to my grandson too!
Comment: Thank you! I really like every thing you sent! I will save my little surprise for Christmas or a bad day. Thanks also for telling me about your stocking filler swap. I joined the August one & September's is on my watchlist.
Response: Great! I loved your idea and am hoping someone will actually do it for me.
Comment: Your squares are beautifully done and the colors are terrific. You deserve many hearts for your craftsmanship. I want to thank you also for the great recipes. We are having the chicken thighs Friday night. Can't wait... I plan on making each of your recipes.
Response: Thank you so much for the kind words! And thank you for joining, I hope to see you in August's swap.
Comment: So sorry to hear about your heat stroke. Hopefully you are well on the mend! Thank you for getting out your recipe to me :) I really appreciate it and the extra recipe cards you put in. Feel better!
Comment: Thanks for the beauty squares! Thank you for the little tuck ins, too! What a nice blanket this will make when the year is through if it continues ( I hope it does). Have a blessed day
Response: You're welcome! My plan is to keep it going. So if you know of anyone who may be interested, point them our way!!
Comment: Thank you so much for the recipe and the recipe cards. You can never have too many recipe cards. Always love to share recipes that are favorites. Sorry to hear about you diagnosis. Hope you find relief. Thank you again.
Response: Thanks. I'm glad you like everything. I have quite a stack of recipe cards that I share.
Comment: Methinks you actually read my profile! Super thanks for a Superb envie. Loved it allll! Especially that French chocolate notecard. Thanks for Everything.
Response: No, honestly I didn't! I read the requirements, found them and sealed them in the envie. Then when partners were assigned I just grabbed them and addressed them! I'm glad there's things you like. Fun swap!
Comment: I love this and can't wait to read it! I watch Joan's Fashion Police all the time- she's so wild and outspoken and usually right! Thanks so much- Great choice! Thanks Again! jen
Response: You're welcome! I knew I wanted to send books, but I didn't have any mysteries on hand. I always get my books from the thrift store, garage sales or paperbackswap. And with the thrift store being closed for change-over and no garage sales going on yet, I did my 3rd one! Enjoy reading!
Comment: Hello Linda,
Thank for the recipe called Ruben Casserole that you sent me for the" R Recipe" Swap. It sounds very YUMMY and it sounds like a recipe I would want to try. I love sauerkraut and corned beef. Thank you, as well, for the extras you sent along with the recipe.
Response: You're welcome and I'm glad it's a recipe you can use!
Comment: Your squares are beautiful!!! I'm doing mine this weekend. You set the bar very high! Oh and my son is going to make your delicious sounding soup (he and I love mushrooms). Thank you so much!!!
Response: Thank you! I've been crocheting alot of years, so I guess practice make perfect...lol. Enjoy your soup!
Comment: Oops, I didn't rate when I got this and apologize profusely! The orange jello fluff sounds great - orange/citrus is probably my favorite desert flavor - What would happen if you made it in a bowl instead of a 9 x 13 pan?
Response: You'd have to scoop it out with a spoon instead of it being in squares I guess. Haven't thought about it or tried it either! If you do, let me know how it turns out.
Comment: Thank you for the very nice tote bag, great size and color. I opened my envelope in the car, couldn't wait to see, and left the tote there so I will be sure to have it when I need it. I really like the cute postcard too, thanks.
Comment: Thank you for the recipe, I cannot wait to try it! My son and I love the patch, thank you! Thanks for explaining a little bit about the patch too, we are excited to add it to our collection :)
Comment: Not only does the apple yummy cake sound yummy, but I love the old, old, old and very cool "Crochet Cousins" pattern you sent me. Thank you SO much!
Response: One of my regular swappers knows I like to crochet and sends me patterns in our swaps all the time. I have the book that came out of already, so was happy to pass it on to a fellow crocheter!
Comment: Hello Linda,
Thank you for the YUMMY sounding "G" recipe you sent me for this recipe. What a great snack food recipe. I look forward to adding this to my ABC Recipe Book I have started. Thank you also for the Potato Soup recipe. It sounds YUMMY too.
Response: You're welcome. The Garlic Pretzels are VERY addictive, it's hard to stop at just a few...lol! Makes a great "gift" for someone too.
Comment: What a great find!!!! I love the apron - so cute!!! And useful! You must have read I love textiles!! And the stickers are awesome too! Such a great surprise package - clever swap! Thank you so much!!! :)
Response: It was a fun swap wasn't it? Looking for things for the next round. I hope to participate in it too.
Comment: Macaroni and Cheese is my favorite food so when I saw the recipe, I was so excited!!! I also love that you included another recipe (which I am going to make for dinner tomorrow) and a few recipe cards. My husband owns a cupcake business so he stole the cupcake recipe card from me hahaha. Thanks so much!!!!
Response: I'm so glad you love everything! And the mac & cheese is yummy!
Comment: Your envelope was so pretty, I hated to open it! The beef stroganoff recipe looks yummy, may try to make it this weekend. Thank you so much for sending a piece of your moms "stash". Most of us quilters hope that our fabrics will continue to bring joy to others. Thank you for hosting this swap, I love the collection of recipes I'm getting!
Response: I recycled an old calender into the envelope. The stroganoff is really good...the smell is even better as it cooks! I'm glad to pass on her things to people that will appreciate them. I'm loving the recipes I get too!
Comment: Thanks Linda, for the deco! I had to chuckle when I saw the pic. He's sexy! I thought it was the prince from Beauty and the Beast. The books I like by Datlow and Windling: "Snow White, Blood Red" (it's the first in a series of them), and "Black Thorn, White Rose"... Do you like Angela Carter? I have "The Bloody Chamber" that I'm trying to swap out. If you'd like it, pls let me know.
Response: I did an ATC with Prince Adam and my partner was melting! I've not read any of the books you mentioned.
Comment: I don't know what it is and I don't know what I can do with it. It seems to be ready already and I never heard of that and never saw it here in Germany as well. It would be great if you can tell me, what it is and how to use it normally. Thanks.
Response: It is from a wooden box that you put candles in. You changed out the front o the box with the different holidays/seasons. I was going to add some decoration to it and maybe a hanger.
Comment: Linda many thanks for my granny squares I received. They are so pretty. I am like you I have a box of those little balls to use up. For this exchange I refuse to use anything but the balls in that box. Jenny
Response: I could probably make hundreds..lol I'm glad you like them.
Comment: Got your package today! I love the pretty brown and gold fabric - I think I'm going to make a potholder out of it! :) Thanks for organizing this swap. I'm not sure about the candle box inserts yet, but I know I can come up with something to do with them!
Response: I loved the candle box inserts and glad they hopefully will get used for something. The potholder sounds so pretty!
Comment: What nice crochet! I wish I could do it. Thanks so much for taking the time to crochet the ornament. And the bell was a special touch.
Response: I love the little stockings. They make up really fast. When my kids were still in school, I had a teacher that bought them from me every year. She would put a pencil and a sucker in them for her students.
Comment: This is such a special ornament! I absolutely LOVE that it is all recycled! and the fact that it uses ribbon from your daughters wedding is so generous! It actually makes it more cherished! Thanks for such a lovely ornament!
Response: Your welcome. I made them for all the members of out families and they thought the same thing.
Comment: So Sorry it took me so long to rate you. I'm just getting things figured out and may have signed up for a few too many things on too many sites. Thanks for the coupons! They were great!!!!!!!!!
Response: You're welcome! I thought they may have gotten lost in the mail! Glad you could use.
Comment: Thanks Linda! Super thanks for resending the parcel after the first one is somewhere in postal cyberspace. And the contents look like so much fun! They will be great additions to Christmas creations. You deserve an extra 2 hearts!!
Response: Glad this one made it and thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thankyou for the wonderful Beef Stroganoff recipe and OH WOW.....I absolutely LOVE the bookmarks you sent and will enjoy SOOOO MUCH stitching them up:))) Sure wish I could give you more hearts....you certainly deserve them!!!
Response: Well thank you! I'm glad to find someone who will enjoy them.