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CHOWEFACE

CHOWEFACE
Date Joined: May 12, 2016
Last Online: January 28, 2023
Birthday: February 7
Country: United States
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hi

I joined a TON of christmas card swaps but we've also been getting some crazy weather so if my card/pc never arrived -- let me know so I can resend.


Hi! I'm Michelle from Washington up in the great Pacific Northwest.

Brem ME Ginny

I live with my fiance and our furry lionhead rabbit Ginny.
(the bunny does not come in contact with my mail so don't worry about pet hair!)


I like to travel/do road trips and I'm trying to visit all 50 states. So far, I've visited 36.

-Some of the prettiest ones I've been to (landscape wise) are: Montana, West Virginia, Oregon & Utah!
-Some of my favorite towns/cities are: Saratoga Springs NY, Charleston SC, Missoula, MT, San Francisco & Leavenworth WA.

I also like road tripping around Washington. Visiting the regions of my state is cool because they are all different. Western WA is full of trees, cities and access to open water. Central WA is where the orchards and wineries are with dry weather. Eastern WA is full of farmlands, sagebrush deserts and small towns. You also have two major mountain ranges and 3 National Parks to check out too.

As for outside the US, I have only been to Canada (I love Vancouver!), Japan, Taiwan & the Philippines.


origin of my name: CHOWEFACE came from my baby sister. When she was small, she couldn't say Michelle so it came out as "me-chow" which eventually just turned to 'chowe' (she added the E on the end). Close friends and family picked up on it so now I get called CHOWE, CHOWEFACE or CHOWDER.


Hobbies include road trips, going to baseball games, going to museums, pub trivia, hiking to waterfalls, writing, cooking/trying new recipes (I have lots of cookbooks) and reading.


Love Sports- here are my favorite teams:

BASEBALL SOCCER HOCKEY FOOTBALL BASKETBALL COLLEGE COLLEGE

I watch the Olympics too. I usually watch any sport but I especially love swimming, ski jumping, hockey and curling. Team USA!

Brem

I watch ALL genres but I prefer raunchy comedies, musicals and heist movies.

Fav movies are:
-Scott Pilgrim vs the World
-Ready Player One
-10 Things I Hate About You
-Stardust
-Some Like it Hot
-Cabin in the Woods
-Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Dracula EvilExes

movie franchises I love: HP, LOTR, Star Wars, MARVEL & Mission: Impossible.

My favorite directors are Edgar Wright & Matthew Vaughn.

Brem

I'm a BIG book reader - whether it be paperback, my kindle or ibooks, I always have access to a book. I typically read 100 pages a day and I usually have 4-5 books I'm currently reading so I never get bored.

I participate in the Goodreads Reading Challenge and occasionally the Popsugar Reading Challenge. For 2023, I gave myself the goal to read 175 books!

Nostalgia reading is Harry Potter, Twilight & Hunger Games. I was obsessed with those three series when I was younger and re-read them every couple of years.

I read a lot of Romance (mostly dark, reverse harem, omegaverse, and paranormal), Thrillers and YA. I also like to read dystopian and autobiographies/memoirs.

Favorite Romance Authors: Penelope Douglas, Skye Warren, CR Jane, Calliope Stewart, Maya Nicole, the Twisted Sisters, Raven Kennedy, Candace Wondrak & Kathryn Moon.

James Rollins is one of my favorite authors. I have all his books and met him years ago at a book signing in Seattle. I had him sign the very first book of his I bought! I was hardcore fangirling. He writes historical fiction.

FEEL FREE TO GIVE ME BOOK SUGGESTIONS WHEN SENDING A CARD!

I love Little Free Libraries & have visited all the ones around me. I've gotten some really great books from it. It's a great way for me to de-stash too!


I also used to dabble in fan fiction in High School and wrote 10+ stories regarding Taiwanese pop stars (I went through a phase lol). I'm back to writing again but original stories this time!

Brem

Some of my favorite shows to watch, past & present:
I Love Lucy, Supernatural, Gossip Girl (both), CSI (both Vegas ones), Hart of Dixie, Younger, The Kitchen, Ted Lasso, Revenge, Nancy Drew, The Originals/TVD, HIMYM, Westworld, P-Valley.

Animated shows I enjoy: Steven Universe, We Bare Bears, Rick & Morty, Bob's Burgers, Demon Slayer (anime).

I also like competition shows like Lego Masters, Crime Scene Kitchen, Halloween, Spring & Holiday Baking Championship, Guys Grocery Games, Face-Off.

Lately my TV consists of Sports, Guys Grocery Games & cartoons. I have a 4yr old niece & we watch A LOT of NickJr. You need me to recite the paw patrol theme song? done.

Dean

Steven Bears

I've also been watching MTV's 'The Challenge' since 2000 & I'm always rooting for CT.

Brem

I listen to a bit of everything but I tend to lean towards country the most. I love a good heartbreak song. I do listen to slow songs more but it's always fun blasting some Cardi B in the car too.

Always a favorite:
Mumford & Son's 'Sigh No More' album
'Poison' by Bel Biv DeVoe
'Still Loving You' by Scorpions
ABBA
Musicals
Disney Songs (currently obsessing Encanto)
The original F4 (Jerry, Ken, Vic & Vanness)
Country- the more twang, the better!

BSB forever!

BSB


Podcasts I listen to:

-My Favorite Murder #SSDGM!
-Smut & Spice
-True Crime & Cocktails

Brem

LOOKING FOR:

Cards from Islands- any is appreciated but it would be awesome if it was a map or aerial view of island.

Cards featuring Odd Tourist Attractions: things like unique landmarks and roadside attractions, etc. -- someone sent me a pc of the largest ball of twine so something like that

Cards from Colleges: any college/university cards but especially if it's their sports stadium.

Cards showing a STATE park: it's hard for me to find STATE park cards and I love visiting them when I travel.

~~Thanks to everyone who has sent cards from this list!!~~


Looking for pcs from these places that I visited but never got a chance to get a PC from:
Ontario, OR
Brownsville, TX
Fort Smith, AR
Cheyenne, WY

^^ even if the city, state card you have is not listed above, feel free to send! :) I'd love to have a card from your town!

My dad's hometown is Gary, Indiana so if you have any cards from there (or Portage), I'd love to have it! I think my dad would get a kick out of seeing a Gary card, even if he says the place is terrible lol.


LANTERN PRESS

I like all types but these ones are my favorites to collect:
Starry Night versions
Typography
Sign Destinations

Starry Night Typography Signs

(Since these are my favorites, I always give a heart when I get one!)


I'll also take Washington cards, even though I live here. I have a special box for all WA cards & the ones people send me are always new to my collection! :)


PCs I don't like:
- Coloring Cards
- Teacher cards (school/classroom theme)
- Quote cards
- Cards with only writing on it - like "Hello"
- Blurry views (blurry zazzle suckssss)
- Those small "vintage"/ Sepia cards that are brown on the back side
- Advertising Cards (unless I join a swap that calls for it)
- Not really a big fan of black & white pcs either

Postcard Swaps

I like to use washi and stickers on PCs so I will usually put something on your card unless you state otherwise in your profile.

I have a decent collection of stamps so your PC will most likely have older stamps on them. I try to save the forever stamps for envelopes and international swaps.

I also look at every profile before I put a swap together. It helps me decide on cards to send, even if the swap is senders choice. If you don't write about your postcard preferences, then I usually send a tourist card from where I live.

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I love touristy cards so if you don't know what to send, a card of your town or city is always welcome.

I'm not easily offended and I do have a collection of nude/risque cards so send them my way if you like. I will also take LGBTQIA cards too. ~Love is love!~

--Sending in envelope: I enjoy all colors so any envelope color/design is fine.--

If given an option, I prefer written & stamped.


I do a lot of the Scavenger Hunts and swaps involving multiple cards in an envie so here's a list to make it easier for people sending me cards:

  • Animal Cards: arctic animals like walruses, wolves, orcas, huskies & polar bears/all bears. - I'm not a cat person but I realize I join cat swaps & it's because I love cartoon cat cards. So if you send cat cards, I prefer them to be cartoon or drawings rather than real photo.
  • City/Town Views: I prefer if they were aerial view or a view of downtown. I especially like small town & farm cards or little known places. I also like the cards that say Amish Country.
  • Africa: I have some from different countries but would love to add to them. I don't get African cards very often.
  • Art Cards: Still life of fruits, like ones from Cezanne.
  • Asia: Cambodia, Laos, Middle East. I was born in Olongapo City, Philippines so I'd love any cards from there too
  • Canada: I'd like to collect cards from all the provinces, cards with the province name or town in that province. I'd also love to collect a map of each province if they have them
  • Christmas cards: religious or not- all OK! I especially like the ones with glitter and snow scenes. You can even send Hanukkah ones if you like.
  • Collectible Types: Lali Riddle, Blue Cats from Russia (Irina Zeniuk?), Tarusov Pin ups, Lena Gnedkova, Postallove, WOW, FOTW, Icons Of...
  • College/University: any schools, even High Schools if you have them.
  • Disney: Beauty & the Beast, Lilo & Stitch, Aladdin, Moana, Rescues Down Under, Emperor's New Groove, Encanto
  • Europe: Norway, Sweden, Wales, Armenia, Hungary, Iceland, Scotland
  • Flower: daffodils, dahlias, ranunculus, poppies, peonies, Bromeliads, bouquets (all colors good)
  • Food: recipes, Taiwan food cards, Singapore food cards, beer/liquor, weird food
  • Military: all branches, WW2, naval ships, british royal family
  • Handmade: ones that are done professionally are OK (like vistaprint) but I don't care for ones on cardboard. If sending naked, please make sure that it won't smear- it rains in Seattle so the card can get wet!
  • Landscape/Nature: anything nature related! Sunsets and waterfalls are a personal favorite. A volcano erupting would be cool too!
  • Map Cards: any except subway maps
  • Multi-Views: love these. I also like cards that have a montage of landmarks from a state with the state's name on the front
  • National Parks: Would love to have at least one card from every Nat'l Park- Like real photo cards, not an art style like Anderson Design Group (cause I have those already)
  • Non-Traditional cards: Shaped, 3D, Glitter, Chrome, Maxi, Cut-out, Cork, Wooden - love them all!
  • Other Countries: Pacific Islands, New Zealand, Greenland? - Do those exist?
  • Pixar: Coco, Luca, Onward
  • Risque: nudity, dirty jokes, Pin-ups, etc... Send them my way! I'm totally fine getting these
  • Sanrio: Not a huge fan but I do adore Gudetama and the older characters like Pekkle and Pochacco.
  • South America: Any countries, my collection needs more Latin America!
  • Sports: All sports, either Stadiums, players and Olympics. I especially like Football & Baseball. No cartoon versions please.
  • State Capitols: I'd like it to say 'state capitol' on the front if possible
  • Structures: dams, bridges, monuments
  • US Maps: Love that there are so many different designs to collect.
  • Zazzle: generally I'm OK receiving these but don't send me one if the writing is blurry! Also, no zazzle Lantern Press (not the same size!)

SENDING EXTRAS or GOODIES??

Things I like:
Washi - samples are appreciated
Stamps
Stickers - not reward or teacher ones
Notecards with floral or nature designs

Things I don't like:
Puffy Stickers
Tea/coffee - I honestly won't use them.
Paper/scraps
Ribbons/paperclips
Food/candy

SIDE NOTE:

If you don't receive a swap from me, please message me so we can arrange a resend! I know mail travel is crazy so things can get lost, especially postcards. I also work full time M-F, so I may not read or respond to your messages the same day but I will get back to you.

Bye!

Ratings

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Comment: Thankyou for the beautiful card and all the animal stickers inside! They are all so cute!
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Comment: the valentines joke made me laugh! VALENTINY IS SO CUTE. thank you!
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Comment: Hi Michelle, thank you for the great postcards!
Trevismom rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt for PCs #210 on Jan 27, 2023
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Comment: Hi Michelle! Thank you for the awesome postcards! I love the little shaped one! Happy swapping! ❀
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Comment: Thank you for the card and I love the stickers. Hope you have a great Valentine’s Day!
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Comment: That was a very pretty postcard of the Puget Sound. Thank you! Please join us for another round.
MamaMangrove rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt for PCs #208 on Jan 26, 2023
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Comment: Thanks for the great cards and for including an extra, Michelle. I especially love the old Tenniel drawing of Alice & the Old Sheep and the snail card. The angel with her head in her hands resonates too. I'm no angel, but I certainly have my head in my hands a lot lately :))
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Comment: Thank you so much for your beautiful postcard.
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Comment: Thank you so much!! I've never been to Montana, so this card is extra special. I appreciate it!
Response: Yay! Glad I could help!
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Comment: Thanks so much!
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Comment: Thank you!
ljwnigel rated for Worldwide Tourist Swap #1 on Jan 23, 2023
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Comment: Hello! I received your card today. Thank you so much :)
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Comment: Thank you for the Washington card! It’s pretty cool that you have been to most places in your state. I’ve have been almost everywhere in the island I live on but I think it’s much easier here. Love the Simpsons stamp and the PokΓ©mon stickers. Thank you so much :)
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Comment: Thank you for the card and note. I did enjoy sending cards this year, new ones and these recycled ones. This year I only bought 2 boxes of cards this year but I have so many that I didn't go to after Christmas sales. I also noticed that the cards that I received from charities this year did not have their names on them. Have a great 2023
Response: Thank you, you as well!!
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Comment: I love the card! So pretty with the flowers. And thank you for the stickers too. I will put them to good use.
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Comment: Thanks for the 2 perfect postcards for my collection and the extra unmarked stamps. Much appreciated.
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Comment: Thank you for the awesome wolf card and stamps!!!
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Comment: Thanks for the cards.
Jillemina rated for Valentines Day Card and Tuck In on Jan 20, 2023
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Comment: LOVE! thank you so much for the valentines greetings! And I love the tuck ins!
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Comment: Love what u sent. Thanks so much. Happy new year

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Comments

ScrapHappyGabi on Jan 26, 2023:

Thank you for the lovely Birthday Card! I opened it today (My Bday) and it gave me such a smile!! Sending love your way! xx Gabi

mizvicky on Nov 19, 2022:

Thank you for joining my Fast Christmas Card Swap.. Happy Holidays! ss

LadyJo on Nov 2, 2022:

Thank you so much for the birthday wishes of a card and love these small stickers! Great for postcards! It brighten my day!

grammypammy on Sep 26, 2022:

Thank you for the birthday card and stickers! I appreciate you thinking of me!

Hugs, Pam

HappyMom on Aug 15, 2022:

Thanks for the birthday card and stickers :) Such a nice surprise, and that card is so perfect for me. I always say that - "What's shakin Bacon?" Love it!

ty

simcoe54 on Jun 22, 2022:

What a wondferful surprise to find you at my mailbox with birthday wishes! Thanks so much for the card, stickers and for thinking of me!!!!

SharMarie513 on May 2, 2022:

Hi Michelle, thank you so much for the nice birthday card and tags! That was so sweet of you! ❀️ Sharon

Rosie2766 on Mar 7, 2022:

Thank you very much for my birthday card and washi samples!!

bbsporty on Mar 5, 2022:

Thank you for remembering my birthday! It was so sweet of you!

myancey on Feb 25, 2022:

Yw! I always like surprising ppl w surprise happy mail. Have a good day

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