28 May 2016 I am taking a break from hosting swaps for a while. I'll be back eventually. But for now, I just need to give it a rest.
If you'd like to do a private swap with me, please drop me a message.
I have taken the plunge and opened an Etsy Store! Check it out!
There used to be a site specifically for swapping fabric postcards - 25 swappers in each bunch! I made hundreds. When they shut that down, someone referred me to Swap-Bot.
I love fountain pens and mechanical pencils and gel pens and stationery and junk journals, etc. I was disappointed that my Midori Traveler leather passport-size was too small to take many common refill notebooks. So I used the techniques for making fabric postcards and boxes and bowls to make a sturdy journal in a bigger size. I also make pen rolls to organize my collection of fountain pens. All of this and more is in my Etsy store!
Please let me know if you were entitled to a swap item from me and didn't receive it. I ALWAYS send. The only way that I know if something has gone missing is if you tell me, so help me help you!
I also try hard to rate everything that I receive. If something slips through the cracks, my apologies, and feel free to remind me.
I sent @evieroz a postcard cut out of an old Grape Tang box for a NON-PROFILE postcard Letters and Writing flat mail swap. Yep - I sent a reduced, reused, and recycled chunk o' cardboard box. You might get one from me some day. But not the Grape Tang, cuz you can't buy that anymore.
I squeezed as much of a letter as possible onto the back of the card explaining how special that box was to me. It had been in my house for over 10 years. I got it in Canada on a trip with a friend who is now lost. I have not seen Grape Tang in the States since I was a kid and they had those TV commercials with the purple Tang Martians. It was delicious, and tied to special memories which I explained on the card. Unfortunately, @evieroz prefers "store bought" postcards. She was moved to include a comment with her rating: "pitiful pc".
That's pretty much the opposite of why I'm in swap bot. I do not consider myself to be anyone's personal shopper, scouring profiles so I can slog through 5 stores to find the special stuffed moose-head postcards you prefer. I don't believe that the only items of value are made by robots in a factory and purchased in a store. And sit down, cuz this is going to be some tough love, I'm not going to fire up the Vandercook press to print you a personalized keepsake if you signed up for a non-profile "Letters and Writing" flat mail swap.
Please share your stories and your crafts with me. Tra-la-la let's have a good time and be kind to each other! "If you can't play nice, don't play with me."
UPDATE: since posting this story, I have received PMs from others who have also received very unkind remarks from Ms. @evieroz It seems that kindness and discretion are not among her finer qualities. Someone avoided swaps and even withdrew from one in which Ms. @evieroz was participating in order to avoid further abuse. That's just a crying shame.
On June 21st 2011 I sent an email to each of my three partners as specified for the swap THIS SONG IS REALLY BLOWING MY MIND. I marked the swap as "sent". My profile shows feedback the very next day from one of my partners, which proves that I did indeed send at least one email. In fact I sent them all the same email as a BCC, I just can't prove that.
Why on earth is there a "sent" link to click if not to help distinguish between flakers, and items lost in transit?
On July 5th 2011, I received a "1" rating and the following comment from my partner @AndrewLips (and the host of the swap): "This was such an easy simple swap an you still haven't sent, even TWO WEEKS later. If you bother to send ill change the rating to a 3."
My goodness. My swap was clearly marked as sent. That is an aggressive and hostile first contact, which is just plain inappropriate for this venue. @AndrewLips SHAME ON YOU.
So, yeah, I got a "1". @AndrewLips is a creep and there's not a thing I can do about it.
In a funny way, it's a bit of a relief. After the discourteous comment from @evieroz I read more about Swap-Bot policies. There is not a thing you can do if you get a psycho partner who refuses to give you a fair rating. I can NOT prove whether something arrived a my partner's house or inbox (spam filter, anyone? anyone?). I can only rely on their honesty and integrity. Not to mention reason and intelligence. If someone chooses to ignore the facts or acts in a vulgar manner, as a "sender" there's absolutely nothing I can do about it. Except explain the situation in my profile. And wear my "1" like a badge of honor from a losing Swap-Bot battle.
For the record, "no", I have not re-sent. It is NOT appropriate to bully your partner. I'd be more than happy to resend if @AndrewLips would apologize for his rude behavior, inform me politely that his email did not arrive, and request a resend. Until then, @AndrewLips does NOT play nice, so @AndrewLips can NOT play with me!
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