Updated February 16 2024
Rome (in Canada)
Above all, I like handmade. It's unique and personal. There's a greater feeling of community when sharing something we've made. It's a means of supporting and encouraging play, mindfulness, creativity, originality, and authenticity.
Enneagram 9 - a desire to live in peaceful harmony with their environment.
Chinese zodiac sign: Rat (metal)
60s, married, no kids, not religious
🦻Profoundly hard of hearing. I have a cochlear implant in the left ear and I wear a hearing aid in the right. I can really relate to the comedian DJ Demers deaf experience Deaf In The Pandemic
CREATIVITY IS GOOD FOR US
"Reduction of Cortisol Levels and Participants’ Responses Following Art Making," found that 45 minutes of creative activity significantly lessens stress in the body, regardless of artistic experience or talent.
Crafting can reduce your chances of developing mild cognitive impairment by 30% to 50% according to a 2011 study published in The Journal of Neuropsychiatry.
Deco makers are a great group of swappers! Quite often everyone sends and rates quickly. Most of the time all of the decos are sent before the swap deadline. Sometimes all of the decos are rated before the swap deadline.
You have my permission to move my decos and P&P postcards between groups and different collaborative swaps. You can even get a friend/family to fill in a section or page. The sooner they make the rounds and get home the better. 🙂
Send me homers, (it doesn't have to be for a swap). I like finishing them up and getting them back to their waiting owners. 📨📬
No need to send extras to me, I have lots. But if you love to send extras then feel free. 🙂 Rest assured, I do not rate based on extras.
THE THINGS I SEND
I put a return address on everything I send out.
I keep a photo-log of my outgoing swap items--front, back, and at the mailbox.
It takes on average 10 business days to get to most places. However, delivery is often 4 weeks to many places in the United States.
I will resend if my swap doesn't arrive within 8 weeks (It was 4 weeks when I started SB, then 6 weeks, now 8 weeks because mail service is getting slower and slower).
📩RE-SENDS sent to:
January 4 - @samstuff - I PMd @samsstuff She said that she didn't receive Jessica P's "Important Women" deco FOB 255-070. I then updated the FOB database and let Jessica P know the deco is missing. I mailed a re-send deco for Collaborative Swaps: Small Deco #351040 on January 11PM'd samsstuff to let her know. January 12 - samsstuff replied and she tells me her mail has been stolen twice during the holiday season. January 22 - I have not heard from samstuff about whether she got the re-send. I have not been rated yet. January 31 - Still no rating and no PM from samsstuff. Feb 3 - the resend arrived and got rated.
If you join one of my swaps here's what you should know about my hosting style:
I screen participants to minimize the risk of flakers getting in, and those who do not rate, and those who leave blank comments. I will remove participants with swapping histories that worry me. If you have any negative unresolved swapping history and want to join my swap please proactively message me to explain.
If you haven't received a postcard around the one month mark, let me know. I will send out a nudge message.
If I have had to send more than one nudge message to a member, I may "ban" them from future swaps.
Please, no blank comments. When rating please comment on the item received. Example:
"Thank you for the Van Gogh sunflower postcard."
As a host, I read the comments each participant receives. I really appreciate reading a little description of the item. A description tells me the item was received and noticed.
I check to see that everyone is rated and will add a "Finished" stamp to the Discussion section when all items are sent, received, and rated.
If your partner flakes, PM me to let me know you posted the "1" and I will angel the swap.
Thank you to all who join my swaps and rate promptly and with a nice note.
Great swapping advice, tips and checklists:
Are you searching for newbie friendly swaps? Click on the 'Find swaps' tab, choose 'Newbie' under 'Category' and then 'Search'.
Also try contacting the host of the swaps you are interested in. Let them know you are new and asking for a private swap. Hosts aren't required to do this, but many hosts are willing to do a private swap, and you will get a rating.
While you are in the honeymoon-phase of membership, successfully completing private swaps are a great way to show you are serious and committed to swapping.
Many hosts have felt the sting of accepting a new member into a public swap before the 6-month mark only to have them disappear, leaving behind unfulfilled swaps. An example that affected me.
Helpful topics for newbies:
Join the group CPG Newbies
Check @OrigamiGrace 'Currently Hosting' list for 'Nice to Newbies' swaps
The meaningful comments you leave are a big reward and motivator!