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BetsyPreston

BetsyPreston
Date Joined: June 17, 2008
Last Online: January 18, 2017

Country: United States
My Etsy Store

Taking a Break

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.

Etsy Shop!!

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!

Etsy Shop Product Examples

Did Something Go Missing?

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.

Senders Choice

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".

Yikes!

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.

I Got One

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!

Ratings

Vickyen rated for Chunk O Cardboard - Jan 2017 on Jan 19, 2017
5
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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! ;)
slamophile rated for Chunk O Cardboard - Jan 2017 on Jan 18, 2017
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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.
Wingy rated for Chunk O Cardboard - Dec 2016 on Dec 19, 2016
5
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Comment: Love the chunk. Thank you
Vickyen rated for Chunk O Cardboard - Dec 2016 on Dec 16, 2016
5
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Comment: Hi Betsy! Love the embossed Christmas tree on your chunk! Very cool! May the holidays bring lots for you to smile about! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Herestweety rated for Chunk O Cardboard - Nov 2016 on Nov 22, 2016
5
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Comment: Thank you for the cardboard snowman pc. Very cute.
chandlerguera rated for Chunk O Cardboard - Nov 2016 on Nov 20, 2016
5
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Comment: Thanks for the Cheerios + embossed Snowman chunk! I love him too!
Journeyoften rated for Chunk O Cardboard - Nov 2016 on Nov 9, 2016
5
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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! :)
Corazon rated for Chunk O Cardboard - Oct 2016 on Oct 21, 2016
5
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Comment: I love it! Each time I look at it I find something different! thanks!
Response: I'm so glad that you liked it. I'm still excited about my new white marker!
Wingy rated for Chunk O Cardboard - Sep 2016 on Oct 1, 2016
5
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Comment: OMG now I am craving cake
SunTradeToo rated for Chunk O Cardboard - Sep 2016 on Sep 19, 2016
5
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Comment: Thank you for the nice comment on my painting! ❤¸♥♪♫*¨*•.¸¸❤
Moeshell rated for Chunk O Cardboard - Sep 2016 on Sep 19, 2016
5
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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.
jeepermom rated for Chunk O Cardboard - Aug 2016 on Aug 24, 2016
5
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Comment: Thank you for the card. As for Anita Blake, I think she kills anything that's bad. She kills zombies if they get out of hand and she doesn't kill the "good" vampires. Thank you again!
5
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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 :)
Herestweety rated for Chunk O Cardboard - Aug 2016 on Aug 16, 2016
5
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Comment: Thank you for the saltine cracker COC and for sharing about your parrot. Have a happy week.
orangekittens rated for Chunk O Cardboard - Jul 2016 on Jul 17, 2016
5
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Comment: I am not for Mt Dew either but I like your PC
chandlerguera rated for Chunk O Cardboard - Jul 2016 on Jul 13, 2016
5
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Comment: "Don't Eat" on the candy box is something I'm going to try with the hubby at home (LOL). Thanks for the chunk!
Response: It worked for her husband and two kids. YMMV!! ;)
tcornell rated for Chunk O Cardboard - Jul 2016 on Jul 11, 2016
5
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Comment: Thank you for the Mountain Dew Baja Blast chunk o cardboard. My husband is the same as you, stocking up on it in case they quit selling it!
wolfeagle rated for AMA Sender's Choice-June on Jun 28, 2016
5
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Comment: What an adorable postcard. Thank you. I love it!
Response: I'm so glad that you liked the Snowman postcard. I love making shaker cards, and this has been one of my favorites.
TurtleTats rated for Chunk O Cardboard - Apr 2016 on May 27, 2016
5
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Comment: thank you
5
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Comment: Very cool chunk! Thanks so much:)

Rating Overview

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Comments

MissThundercat on Jun 9, 2016:

Glad to see you hosting again :) hope you got my little surprise package :) xoxo tarah

julianapena on May 11, 2016:

Hello, how are you? I hope you are ok! Do You will not host more swap of "Chunck The Cardboard Intl"? I liked so much.. I hope so! Greetings from Brazil...

ScrapHappyGabi on Dec 24, 2015:

MERRY CHRISTMAS!! Merry Christmas!

lettergirl on Apr 20, 2015:

Well, but, as long as you HAVE the Vandercook press..well, I mean, would you maybe TRY to make me some sort of trinket..I dunno, like maybe my own personalized...oh...moose head postcard? I especially enjoy ones featuring them enjoying a good Grape Tang, but I'm not picky. Thank you.

Candyn29 on Feb 5, 2015:

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squince on Jan 4, 2015:

I have you as a partner for a swap and love how you call out bratty SB users! I also put a disclaimer on my profile due to snotty people I've 'gotten' to encounter on this site. The entitlement of some people is just disgusting!

In saying that, I Hope I find a card that you will like! :D

FiWebster on Jan 31, 2014:

Thanks so much for keepin' the Fountain Pen pal swaps going, Betsy, as well as the Typewriter swaps. I've done both of them, more than once, and I want to do more in the future, because I've met some great people through them! (P.S. Did you get my letter? =smile= No rush on the reply: I just wanted to make sure you got it.)

BlueberryLady on Dec 10, 2013:

Love Your "Chunk-o-Cardboard" Postcard Swaps that you Host. Its got me looking for unusual Chunks to use and I got one of my Friend to start using Cardboard like that too...I have even started to Decorate them according to the partners Profile... It Fun Fun Fun! Thanks for being a Great Host...

smadronia on Nov 21, 2013:

Thanks for your third quarter reading swap. I was flaked on, so it was nice to receive an angel of my own :)

Elliepatterson on Aug 9, 2013:

Greetings Betsy, I read your comments under your "Sender's Choice" and agree totally with you. When I got my first taste of nastiness on SB it like to broke my heart. How can people who do not even know you be soooo rude!! Well that's life and it happens so I got over it and have swapped on. I enjoy meeting swappers from all over the world and finding things we all have in common. I send you weekend wishes for a bright day! blessings, ellie

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