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Date Joined: November 13, 2016
Last Online: November 12, 2017
Birthday: June 11
Country: United States

About Me

11/12/17 I'm taking a break from Swap-Bot for a while, including hosting and participating in swaps. I'll be back soon!

I'm Christine! I'm 33 and from Cleveland, Ohio, USA! I live with my husband and our pets in a little mid-century house in the suburbs.

I love animals. I have two French Bulldogs, two gray cats, and a red betta fish named Roger Chillingworth (bonus points if you get the reference).

Ria and Bindi

I am a hardcore knitter. Like, Secretary-of-my-Knitting-Guild hardcore. I also crochet, and sew a little, and I love crafts and doing handmade projects. In past lives I have also dabbled in scrapbooking, modeling clay, resin, and beading.

I love books and am an insatiable reader. Historical romance is my favorite genre! but I also love classics and am currently working my way through the collected works of Jane Austen.

I just graduated with a BA in Creative Writing and eventually I plan to start a freelance business as an editor so I can tell other people how to write.

I am a language and grammar nerd and a planner junkie. I am currently bullet journaling in a bright green Filofax A5 Saffiano.

My favorite pens are Pilot Hi-Tec C 0.3mm black. My favorite fountain pen is my highlighter yellow Lamy Safari EF. I would rather chop off my right hand than write with a ballpoint pen.

I love notebooks and journals and stationery and postcards and note cards and stamps and stickers and washi tape but I almost never buy these things for myself so please feel free to share.

Collections include tattoos (six) and vintage owl figurines (over 100) and lace handkerchiefs (I have no idea).

I love to swear and I wish I could cuss in more languages but alas, I speak English only. (Swap partners, please speak freely. You literally cannot offend me.)

I also love kayaking and camping and being outdoors. Once while kayaking the Chagrin Lagoons I caught a baby duck that had been separated from its mother. So I took a selfie with it and set it free because I didn't know what else to do with it.

My favorite colors are avocado green and harvest gold (straight out of the 1970s!). We painted our kitchen a color called Swamp Water.

I am obsessed with tea. I recently got one of those fancy tea kettles that whistles when the water boils, and a strainer for loose leaf tea. Is there anything cozier than a cup of tea and a smutty book? I submit that there is not.

I really really like patchouli and I don't care who knows it.

I just started gardening. Last year I grew broccoli, kale, cabbage, cucumbers, zucchini, two kinds of peppers, big and little tomatoes, and herbs: catnip, basil, cilantro, rosemary, chamomile, thyme, and lavender. We ate all the vegetables but the only herb I used was the basil. And a little catnip (for emergencies).

I love gangster rap and golden oldies.

I love love love Kawaii Japanese and Korean office supplies, stationery, pens, etc., especially the kind with bad English translations.

I love ugly vintage stuff. Chances are if you think it is old and hideously outdated, I will probably love it. My favorite decades are mid-century, 1940s through 1970s.

My husband and I like to trash-pick ugly furniture. Sometimes we refinish it in our garage; sometimes we just put it in our house straight off the street.

Living Room

Things I Love

  • "Ugly" colors (brown, puke green) and weird color combinations
  • Neon colors
  • Neutral colors
  • Mid-century style
  • Botanical illustrations (especially vintage)
  • Owls and mushrooms
  • Tea, teacups, & tea-related paraphanalia
  • French bulldogs
  • Classic literature
  • Fountain pens
  • Nature scenes & landscapes
  • Questionnaires
  • Hairless cats
  • Kawaii
  • Profanity & swear words
  • Trashy romance novels

Things I Dislike

  • Primary colors
  • Pastel colors
  • Puppets
  • Unpleasant smells (ex. smoke, burps, kitty litter, bleach, etc.)
  • Rude dogs with bad doggy manners
  • Country music
  • Religious imagery (unless it's vintage & ugly & creepy)
  • Earl Grey tea

Things I Collect

  • Pens
  • Owls
  • Tattoos
  • Vintage handkerchiefs
  • Vintage Pyrex
  • Houseplants
  • Yarn
  • Old hardcover books
  • Antique glass bottles
  • Vintage fabric
  • Vintage romance novels with heaving bosoms on the covers

Things I Would Love To Receive

  • Postcards (unused)
  • Fabric (especially vintage or kawaii)
  • Washi tape
  • Stationery
  • Journals
  • Planner supplies (flags, sticky notes, paperclips, etc)
  • Bookmarks
  • Tarot cards/decks
  • Stickers
  • Nail polish
  • Yarn (no acrylic... I'm a snob)
  • Pens, markers, writing utensils
  • Anything with owls or mushrooms on it
  • Anything with French bulldogs on it
  • Ugly old vintage stuff that you can't stand to look at because it is so hideous


Crochet and Shit

Will Knit for Tattoos


matt319 rated for Five (5) Postcards In An Envelope on Apr 21, 2018
d2photo rated for I Love to Read Letter on Nov 26, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the letter - slow reader here :)
MamaCat rated for penpals for life on Nov 16, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the card. I do enjoy making these cards either from my books of printing a free page from the web. Thank you for hosting these swaps.
clorinspats rated for LIST LETTER #2 - Dream Home on Oct 28, 2017
Comment: Firstly, I have to compliment your choice of stationary!! Making it from natural history illustrations was an amazing idea--I want to try it myself! Your dream home sounds absolutely EXQUISITE!! It sounds like we have a lot of the same interests--plants, owls, books; what more could anyone want? Finally: I am singing your praises for this bookmark! I had the same one that for years I used, but my kittens have shredded it. I was resigned to not having this one anymore, and then lo! Your wonderful letter appears with a much hardier version!! What good luck! I hope you enjoy your break from swapping--I am doing the same right now. Have a happy Halloween and enjoy the holidays coming up!
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful card. I love the vibrant colors.
Comment: Thank you for the postcards! I do love the woodcut one! That's gorgeous! <3
Leekoba rated for LIST LETTER #1 - Awesome on Sep 19, 2017
Comment: I love knitting and gardening too! You have so many indoor plants, thats cool :) Thanks for the letter, Happy Swapping!
Ramya rated for Write me a letter about BOOKS on Sep 16, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the Letter about Books! You are certainly receiving a letter back from me as I love historical fiction. I'll explain more of what type in my letter. Loved reading your letter- I understand your passions. So for now, Happy Swapping!
Comment: Thanks Christine for a very enjoyable letter. I have started to explore graphic novels so your recommendation is a timely one. I'll let you know when your naked postcard arrives.
Comment: I'm a sucker for b&w cards, but I totally agree. I can't even imagine being on that ship and having a full-on plague of cawing birds surrounding my air. Oh my god.
Comment: Thank you for the lovely colored PC. You have great penmanship! Love your swap hope to join many more of them in the future. Best Wishes-✌️❤️😁
ainaignies rated for Bookish Quote 3 on Sep 7, 2017
Comment: Thank you
Onyx rated for I've Been Here! on Aug 30, 2017
Comment: Thank you!
Jenicat rated for Currently reading PC swap #5 on Aug 25, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the postcard. I might have to find this book 💜
Chaosfay rated for Music Shuffle PC swap on Aug 24, 2017
Comment: I got me some new workout music now! Thank you!
Candace rated for Just finished reading notecard #4 on Aug 24, 2017
Comment: I love audio books too! Thank you!
Comment: It arrived this morning, thank you very much.
Response: Oh good I'm so relieved! ♥
kydestar rated for Profanity Postcard Swap #3 on Aug 20, 2017
Comment: Hi Christine, THANKS for the well cool postcard. I agree, "F**k" is the best swearword - also better when I say it in another language so confuse those here.
Comment: Thanks for the PC. I would love to go Nova Scotia myself. Funny - both the Swap-Bot postcards I received yesterday mentioned Anne of Green Gables! The other card featured an LM Montgomery book cover and the sender was from PEI.

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bunsofaluminum on May 28, 2017:

Hi Christine... I am such an airhead. It didn't even register that we were sending to two partners for the poetry swap! So, when I got to rating someone whose postcard I received today, it hit me...TWO? Well, I've sent one...and today I will put yours in the mail. Thankfully I realized my gaff before the deadline, but since I listed myself as sent, I thought you'd like a note as to why yours doesn't appear in a timely manner.

jaimierandolph on Jan 20, 2017:

Profile Check for Notecard w/flat surprise #1 Welcome to the swap! Happy Swapping, jaimierandolph

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