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Gwenelle

Gwenelle
Date Joined: February 4, 2011
Last Online: April 6, 2013
Birthday: October 12
Country: United States
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About Me

UPDATE 17 JANUARY 2012:I'm taking a break from Swap-bot indefinitely due to some medical things and an upcoming move. Hopefully I'll be back before too long, but in the meantime if you need to contact me, I'll still check in once in a while for private messages. Thanks!!


I've been called a social networking butterfly, a bookworm, a grammar nazi, a pixie and a hobbit. But really, I'm just me :)

I was born and raised in Oregon, USA, and don't ever plan to leave. I'm crazy about my husband - married in September 2008. No kids of our own yet but hoping for 2012 and enjoying lots of time with our godson in the meantime :)

I love blogging, photography, reading, spending time with friends and family, gardening, and almost any form of snail mail. I love the funny looks I get from my apartment manager when I have pick up a package at the office every other day :)

I like lots of crafts and I'm always up for learning something new. When I get excited about a special hobby or project, I tend to get very absorbed in it until real life gets in the way :)

I have to admit, I'm not good rating right away, but it'll never be more than a few days. I do always send out my swaps on time, but sometimes I drop things in the mail late in the day and then it doesn't get picked up until the next day or day after that. If you haven't received a swap from me in a reasonable time frame, please please please let me know before rating so I can resend if needed! Also, I recycle and reuse packaging as much as possible, so the outside of a box or envelope I send you might be ugly or beat up, but what's inside will be carefully wrapped and I use lots of tape to make sure nothing gets damaged! :)

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Favorite Crafts

Crochet: still a beginner but this seems to be my main hobby lately so I'm getting a lot more experience :) I've done several hats and scarves, and two cute dolls, so next up is a belt and cardigan. We'll see how that goes.

Scrapbooking: my first fave craft. I like to scrapbook all my trips, special occasions, and the like. I also enjoy creating mini accordion scrapbooks for friends. My next project is going to be a recipe scrapbook.

Making cards: It's a lot like scrapbooking but on a smaller scale. Check out my blog for photos of my most recent cards!

Bead and wire jewelry: Really new to this, but loving it. I've made a few bracelets, a pair of swirly earrings, and most recently I've been experimenting with some necklace designs. Also trying some non-jewelry bead projects, too!

Painting: Not like painting pictures on canvas, but painting wood signs and decorations, plaster figures, etc. I especially like buying a cheap item at Goodwill and repurposing it.

Cooking: Well, more baking than cooking. I love finding/trying/perfecting recipes for cookies, pastries, biscuits, etc. I have a lot of fun baking and decorating special occasion cakes too - a football for Super Bowl, a baseball field for my godson's birthday, etc. Best cookbooks ever: "The Cake Mix Doctor" and "Hello Cupcake" for goodies, and anything from Williams-Sonoma! Trying to use the crockpot a lot more lately too.

ATCs: Gave 'em try, enjoyed them, but not sure it's my thing. Might pick it up again, might not. Who knows?

And I'm always open to trying new crafts! :) I'd especially love to learn embossing.

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Likes

This list is by no means complete, but I think it's a good start. If you want to know something specific, let me know and I'd be happy to answer!

Colors: Lime green, sage green, soft pink, any shade of blue, black, chocolate brown, silver, stripes, swirls :)

Music: Country!! Fave artists include Reba McEntire, Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Rodney Atkins, Christian Kane, Keith Urban, Alabama, Brooks & Dunn, Josh Turner, Randy Travis and Alan Jackson. I also like instrumentals and hymns.

Books, TV & Movies: The Bible, anything by Dee Henderson, Liz Curtis Higgs, Sarah Sundin, Lysa TerKeurst, all Harry Potter, How to Train Your Dragon, Tangled, Bride & Prejudice, Singing in the Rain, RENT, classic Disney (Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Robin Hood, etc), Kate Winslet, Johnny Depp, Sandra Bullock, Kung Fu Panda, Burlesque, the Dresden Files ... and I loooove to read, so check out my Goodreads profile too :)

Places: NYC, the Pacific Northwest, Ireland (although I haven't been there - yet!), San Francisco, Seattle, the beach.

Critters: BUTTERFLIES, penguins, dogs, cats, tropical fish, turtles.

Scent(s): Vanilla! And lavender. I'm in love with the "warm vanilla sugar" scent from Bath & Body Works. Oh, and Cherry Almond, too. So basically a lot of "baking" or calming scents.

Foodstuffs: I could eat Pad Thai every day of the week! I love pizza too. And chocolate - pure, plain milk chocolate :) Also chai lattes, strawberries, and vanilla ice cream.

Almost anything related to travel or shoes! Postcards, postage stamps, stickers, luggage tags, things decorated with a travel or shoes theme, especially retro/vintage-looking things.

Postcards: Love them! I prefer to receive PCs that have been written on and stamped, sent naked (unless the swap specifies otherwise). Please also read my "Postcards" section below.

Legos :)

**Candles **(see scents and colors above)

Unique, unusual or handmade beads

Seed beads

Inspirational quotes and Bible verses

Pressed pennies! My favorite type of souvenir - I try to get at least one from every place I visit, but I haven't been able to travel much :( so I would love to swap with you!

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Postcard Swaps

PC swaps have been at the top of my list lately. There are so many kinds! Plus, it's a lot cheaper to send a PC than a letter ;)

I prefer stamped / written on / sent NAKED if I have a choice, except for swaps that specify "blank in an envie". I also prefer STORE-BOUGHT. No offense but not a fan of home-made PCs.

I want: Map postcards. Trying to collect one from every state. I still NEED Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, D.C., Wisconsin, and Wyoming. I like any other type of map postcards too. Also, anything from the Retro Spoofs collection but especially "Shoes".

I have: plenty of Oregon and Washington related postcards and happy to swap for almost anything. Definitely open to private trades here :)

I also like: Non-touristy PCs from outside the US, vintage/retro or similar (the Retro Spoofs collection is awesome), funky/unique/quirky, historical, uncommon stamps, movies/TV, sunsets, lighthouses, and beach scenes. Generic touristy postcards aren't bad, but the more unique, the better! divider

Dislikes

Again, this isn't a complete list but it should give you some idea of what NOT to send. I won't rate down for sending me something on this list (unless the swap is profile-based), but you won't be getting any hearts, either. Just sayin'.

Colors: Don't like anything neon or clashing. Other than that, I'm not picky.

Critters: I can't stand bees (shudder) or spiders. Not big on wolves, snakes or mythical animals either ... except maybe dragons.

Scents): Anything that smells like cigarette smoke -- I'm allergic. Anything that's really strong. And I'm not big on floral fragrances, either -- they tend to make me sneeze.

Misc dislikes: Anime/manga, Kawaii, zombies, SpongeBob, Family Guy, Southpark, Hello Kitty, anything crude, profane, vulgar, etc. divider

Wishlist

Anything on my "Likes" list is good (especially pressed pennies, PCs and beads), but here are some things I'm specifically looking for:

Aquarium/Underwater-themed items for my desk @ work. I'm picturing vivid blues, greens, splashes of yellow, tropical fish, sea turtles, maybe a crab. Probably more realistic than cartoon-ish.

Italian chef

Italian / vineyard / chef-style: you know those drawings/paintings of aproned chefs with big bellies, white shirts and those tall poofy hats, striped or checkered pants, a red bandana around the neck and usually with a moustache (image above)? That's the motif in my kitchen. Shades of red, terracotta, bunches and grapes and vines draped along the top of the cupboards, decorative wine bottles ... etc. :) divider

Networking

I'm a big advocate of social media. I have a blog and Twitter account (see my links), and I'm fascinated by all the neat ways people use online social networks to interact, debate, advertise, make money, etc.

I'm also active on Flickr, LinkedIn, Wikipedia, Goodreads and several survey/consumer research sites. I would love to connect with you :) divider

Ratings

pibster rated for One postcard, one partner #45 - Map on Dec 21, 2011
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Comment: Thanks so much for the awesome Oregon Trail map PC! I love it! It'd be fun to re-trace that route - except maybe as a road trip versus on foot through the woods. :) Thanks again - that was great!
Angee rated for STATE MAP CARD SWAP on Dec 11, 2011
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Comment: Fantastic Mapcard, Thanks!
Maggiesmother rated for STATE MAP CARD SWAP on Nov 11, 2011
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Comment: Thanks for the great card. I did not have this style. Happy swapping, Linda
rhinoluvr rated for STATE MAP CARD SWAP on Nov 11, 2011
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Comment: Hi Kate, Thanks so much for the Oregon state map PC. I love all the detail on this one. I was showing my sons where we lived & the towns we visited while we lived there. I would love to move back someday. Yes, getting rid of paper bits & artsy supplies is tough, but they're so much fun to sort & experiment with. Have a great weekend. ;)
michst74 rated for STATE MAP CARD SWAP on Nov 11, 2011
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Comment: Love the OR postcard that you sent... love that you share college memories with your husband, too! Thanks.
Graceface rated for STATE MAP CARD SWAP on Nov 8, 2011
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Comment: TY for the new card for my collection. Love the kitty stickers! :)
ArtsOnFire rated for 100,000! on Nov 8, 2011
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Comment: 100,000 Thanks for the awesome package!
Saucyknits rated for STATE MAP CARD SWAP on Nov 7, 2011
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Comment: Ooh, I didn't have this one before, thank you!! I've seen both NCIS & Castle. I love NCIS, though I need to catch up with it -- I"m behind a couple of seasons. It's even worse with Castle -- I've only seen the first few episodes, but want to see more!
jnolan05 rated for STATE MAP CARD SWAP on Nov 6, 2011
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Comment: thanks :)
8catlover rated for STATE MAP CARD SWAP on Nov 6, 2011
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Comment: Thanks for the great card!!!
Nnyla rated for STATE MAP CARD SWAP on Nov 6, 2011
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Comment: Love the card! Thanks--and for the note and book suggestions. They're on my winter break reading list now!
Ilovepostcards rated for STATE MAP CARD SWAP on Nov 5, 2011
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Comment: Love the Oregon map card! So different from others I've seen. Thanks!! I''ll PM you about the ATCs!
denalichix rated for STATE MAP CARD SWAP on Nov 5, 2011
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Comment: Thanks so much for the Oregon card -- its different from what I have :)
julie11710 rated for STATE MAP CARD SWAP on Nov 4, 2011
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Comment: Thanks!
mamajoy rated for STATE MAP CARD SWAP on Nov 4, 2011
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Comment: Thanks for Oregon. My daughter & hubbie just today got back from Hawaii, they brought me at least 30 postcards. Yipee!
Margothecat rated for STATE MAP CARD SWAP on Nov 4, 2011
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Comment: Thanks for the cookie recipe! What a nice surprise :)
manders2280 rated for STATE MAP CARD SWAP on Nov 3, 2011
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Comment: My first map card of Oregon - and it's a state I've never visited! I have visited all the states around it - but never Oregon. Thanks ever so much.
ladymel rated for Postcards You Don't Like on Oct 28, 2011
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Iluvdolls rated for Postcards You Don't Like on Oct 26, 2011
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Comment: Thanks! I like the postcards and thanks for the little purple envelopes :)
Response: You're welcome. Glad you liked everything and thanks for the heart! :)
Margothecat rated for Famous Person PC Swap on Oct 15, 2011
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Comment: Wonderful card - great choice :) Thanks so much!
Response: You're welcome - glad you liked it! Thanks for the rating and heart!! :)

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Comments

dalbright on May 12, 2015:

Save money by altering this flat rate USPS envelope! (please pass along)

http://www.trusper.com/tips/Life-Hacks-/9725626

Sha2ronS on Oct 15, 2011:

You are my birthday twin as well as my partner for the Beginner Knit/Crochet. I hope you like what I send...:)! Will let you know when it goes out!

FickityTwists on Sep 14, 2011:

Nice comment #4 Hi, i love the smell of vanilla too! Crocheting. What is the coolest shell you have collected so far? I love shells as well. have you checked this site: http://www.vintagepostcards.com/ ? I hope you have a very awesome day. I look forward to seeing you in some swaps!

Brendanc on Sep 14, 2011:

Hi, I'm one of your partner's for the "Leave A Nice Comment". I enjoyed reading your profile and seeing we have a lot in common. I love scrapbooking and listening to country music. Toby Keith is awesome, love him. Have a great day!

Sevendevils on Sep 14, 2011:

Hello, dear! I'm one of your partners in the leave a nice comment swap #4, I just want to start by saying you sound SO MUCH like me, I love reading and crafting and baking! I also love to paint but like you, I'd much rather go to Goodwill and find something to give life to!

You seem really very happy in your life and that is so good to read! I hope you get everything you ask for out of life, love!

Let me know if you want to do a postcard swap, I have map postcards from WV and probably VA and MD too! <3 Xo.

alicemayspring on Sep 9, 2011:

NN check me out! 3 What an interesting and brilliant profile. Have read your book reviews and blog. I love to read. If you would like a Post Card let me know. Maybe a welsh cake recipe. Best Wishes Ann

Reading100 on Sep 8, 2011:

I'm dropping by from the Newbie Niceties Check Me Out Swap. I looked up your profile on Goodreads and sent a friend request (Julia S). I looooove to read and cover a wide variety in my book travels. If you'd like a map card from Alaska, PM your address. :)

PeasAndPearls on Jul 30, 2011:

What a great blog you have. I've had a read today, followed and commented for the blogger swap.

Melinda x

revolutionaries on Jul 13, 2011:

Thank you for sending back my postcard for the p.s. write back swap! It turns out that it arrived in perfect condition, so an envelope wasn't really needed. :D Thanks again!

Margothecat on Jul 2, 2011:

giggle giggle giggle heeheeheehe HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!! R O T F L O L ! ! ! ! THAT is the FUNNIEST dog postcard I have ever seen! On my I laughed SO hard there were tears rolling down my face!!! If I ever have a bad day I will remember to get this card and look at it. It will ALWAYS cheer me up!! Thank you SO much!! giggle giggle gigglegiggle........

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