March 21 2017
Hello there. I'm pretty much over that nasty flu... still feel tired but am improving every day. Recently, a dear friend was rated two 1 ratings. The partners had never bothered to notify her that they had not received their swaps. These were part of holiday swaps through Dec and Jan.. which there were a lot in our groups. She was very disheartened as she has so many wonderful ratings. But having those two 1's... brings much judgement here in this community. She re sent both swaps and after several more weeks, neither partner bothered to re rate her. And one of them listed her as a Flaker on their profile the first day they rated her a 1..again without ever letting her know they hadn't received in the first place. Anyway.. it's kind of odd because one of the swaps... I was in as well and had actually taken her swap to mail along with mine to the post office the same day. So I know first hand that it was indeed mailed. My friend just lost all interest in swap bot and deleted her account which made me very sad. I'm trying to get back to the spirit that I love so much on this site but my heart is a little heavy about how some people behave and judge. Yes, I know the ratings are important to have. Yes, I know there are real people out there who are intentional flakers and they don't care. But I also know that Things Get Lost in the Mail. I also believe in Kindness and I believe if you Don't Receive a Swap -- you should give your partner the benefit of the doubt.. contact them and if they respond, accept a re send and Not rate them down for it if it meets swap requirements. I find a personal problem with members who seem to enjoy giving 1 ratings and can't seem to wait to list Flakers on their profile. But of course, this is me judging them and that isn't who I wish to be either. So in a nutshell... if you haven't received a swap from me... please message me and please give me the opportunity to re send. If I haven't received a swap from you... I will try every way possible to contact you and allow you to re send and never rate you down as long as we have communication. I love this site. I've seen the good, the bad and the ugly here. I stay away from the ugly and choose to smile and have a good time and help those who are trying to help themselves. This incident with my friend has disheartened me some but I"m working on it. I have several more friends here on this site that have had similar happenings. When you flake.. and you disappear...and you will not respond to messages.. then you deserve a 1. When you are a Active swap bot member and someone doesn't receive your swap.. and they don't even bother to contact you but rate you a 1 immediately.. truth is.. they are the flaker.... not you. Or maybe faker is a better word. Just my opinion. I love the friends I have made here and look forward to many more years of swapping with you. ♥
Much love to all ♥
Enjoy every single moment of life... and spread kindness wherever you go
Hello! I hope that you all are having a lovely lovely day today and every single day!!
I want to start off with sharing groups that I am a co-founder of with you. If they might interest you, please request to join.
Just started up this brand new group for crochet lovers!
We have Pen Pal type swaps and many others as well.
A wonderful group of Christian swaps and so much love and inspiration!
A fun filled group of all kinds of swaps and games... all in the USA.
and 'm also a Very active group founder in the ratings group
I invite you to check it out if you have resolved 1's and or 3's. Check out the group page to find out more.
and if you are in need of mentoring with attempting to repair 1 ratings, I invite you to join
There are No longer swaps in the Making it Right group. The group is for Mentoring Only.
Other things to know....
I will Always Angel any swap that I host!
I will Always Rate you and rate you Fairly!
I will Not participate in any kind of Drama or Unkindness
If you ever have any issue with a swap from me, please contact me. I almost always take my swaps to the post office to mail but if you ever receive anything from me that requires more postage, please let me know and I will send it immediately. Either through the mail or through paypal.
When I send International swaps, I am very careful with the customs form and keep the value as low as I possibly can to keep my partner from any extra charges.
As I mention later, I am Always open for Private Swaps.
Sending hugs all around
Hi there! My name is Debbie. I'm a 53 year old mom to 6 and Nana to 12. I work full time - but my favorite time if crafting or reading or walking around in nature taking pictures! And of course... spending time on swap-bot!
I am a coffee addict.... tea too :-) Gotta love that caffeine. lol. I'm in the process of planning out the herb garden for this upcoming spring.. and am very excited about that. Might do a little bit of patio vegetable gardening with one of my daughters.
I rarely pass the yarn section of a store without at least looking! I used to buy everytime... but I'm trying to work through at least some of my stash.
In the summer of 2015 - I had a traumatic family event and I did not return to swap bot for six or seven months. I left a group that I was the founder of and I left owing some swaps to some friends here.
When I came back with the encouragement of dear friends here on swap bot - I was scared to even try to fix what had happened. I was labeled a flaker all over the place and even tho what happened to me could not have been prevented.. I was scared and ashamed and felt like a total failure here on swap bot.
Through much encouragement and the strong desire to make this up to those I disappointed, I listened to advice from a wonderful member and had encouragement from many others and I began trying to make this up to my partners.
When it was all said and done, I had two three ratings and one 1 rating. Unfortunately the 1 rating is with a member who is no longer active and has not been since August of 2015. I did send the swap and the response area says and I made multiple attempts to contact her through her email as well.
After much prayer and advice from friends, I will make a donation this year and then have the 1 rating removed. It did happen...and I did send when I came back to swap bot and she did receive according to tracking. She has just not signed back onto swap bot since August of 2015.
and the swap was this one...
After this year, I will always donate to the charity but I will keep the two three ratings I have. The swaps were late and I was re rated from a 1 to a 3 on both of them.
I am a beginner ATC maker... and I love doing it. I crochet and would love to make a bookmark, a scarf, some fingerless gloves, a dishcloth...and swap with you
I love journals and journal swaps
I love to swap pen pal and scrap booking supplies
I love dollar tree fun swaps
I'm a avid coffee and tea drinker -- so tea bag swaps would be awesome
I have so much fun with mail art - like decorate the envelope
I'm a beginner at making post cards
I would love to swap purchased post cards - even the touristy kind
Candles are lovely as well.
I'm looking forward to some private swapping with some of my very good friends.
Just some stuff about my likes...
My favorite color is Red.
My kitchen is decorated with a dark red apple theme...
My living room is entirely Native American stuff.. my heritage and something I love to collect.
I have a collection of white tigers...and really love black and white animals.
I crochet - a lot!
I love to read - mostly books with happy endings
I love any kind of pen palling and scrap booking supplies
I so a little bit of smash booking -- which is so much fun
I love flower seeds, herb seeds, my favorite tea is Earl Gray - with the caffeine please, but I love most any tea
I love mermaids, things of the sea or beach, dogs, angels, mythical creatures, and my favorite color scheme themes are the dark colors -- of red, green and blue. I am awfully fond of fall colors as well.
I love all of the seasons - and try to celebrate them accordingly.
I love scented candles, lotions and essential oils.
Theres not much I truly dislike. If you take the time to send it to me... I will be grateful :-)
When I came back to swap bot to try to make things right, there were several very very very special ladies here who helped me. Openly being my friend. Believing me. Mentoring me in private messages and emails. Always encouraging... always uplifting.
Now I want to always be someone who will Pay it Forward. If I can help someone like me who is truly trying to fix things here on swap bot... who maybe had to leave because of a Life Event or Family Event..or something they simply could not control, then I would be honored and privileged to become friends with them and to give them as much encouragement and inspiration as I can!!
So if you are reading this and you are struggling - trying to make things right with your account .. please message me.
I would have never had the courage to keep going if not for the wonderful people who believed in me.
Any ATC supply
Teas and Coffees
Washi tape samples
Any Crochet Supplies
Recipes and blank recipe cards
Modern Day Ephemera
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