Date Joined: May 10, 2011
Last Online: July 18, 2019
Hello. I am ALWAYS updating my profile. I don't need to mention life events from the past that are no longer relevant for everyone to be aware of. I might mention something that's important, then delete it when the time fits.
FYI, my name is not/not "Helen," but LAURA. When you see my postal address, there's Laura on it. Some members get it, some go by the user name.
Please ENCLOSE a note, or, if sending a greeting/note card, on the card INSIDE the envelope for the swap name. The post office might mark up the swap name on the envelope, and it cannot be read. The FB swaps I'm part of, there are some swappers who do not do this, then wonder why she was not rated =P
I usually mention the swap name on the address label on the envelope for 2 partners or more to send to.
Please mention the SWAP NAME of the exchange and from swap-bot.. I can be in several similar swaps at the same time, like stickers, or FBs. I also exchange with Yahoo groups as well. Basic info on including your swap-bot ID at least and sign the swap would be great. I have received swaps where no name is used. I can't rate fairly with no info on the swapper. Don't forget!!
If you're not happy with my swap, please don't post a NEGATIVE personal comment through the ratings, or on my profile. You may e-mail me. We sometimes don't get along, and ratings can be changed. If you find someone we click with, that's great. If not, move on.
If you have NOT RECEIVED a swap from me, please communicate. I would prefer a message that you send to me, rather than run to the swap coordinator/host to contact me about it. We're adults here, most of us!
We lead busy lives, and I have a small daughter to deal with and work 2 jobs. Not everyone will like our profiles. You do what you believe is right for you and move on.
I find some swappers hid behind his/her ID, so I don't know who you really are. It's nice to read who the actually person who sent me the swap. I understand if the swapper doesn't want his/her name mentioned in the rating section, but please sign your real name on the swap. You could be a "star!"
I try to RATE fairly and give opportunity for swappers to resend and try to be considerate when I can. I am always learning through this group.
I am a married Christian Mother, 53 I have one daughter, 8..I enjoy family time, Christian lifestyle, and trying to deal with weight loss challenge.
HEALTH. I have chronic back problems, had minor knee surgery on one knee, so it's arthritic. Now the other knee is a problem, but no surgery on that. I am tall, have shrunk some, so maybe my height is a factor for the knee/back challenges. You have to keep moving though!
PETS. I grew up with small dogs and cats. There are currently 3 indoor cats now and a kitten in the family. Two are female, Nessa and Sasha. One is male, Dudek. He does go outside sometimes on a leash. Nessa is smaller of the three, grey coloured. Sasha is mostly black and small white areas. Dudek is cream-and-orange tabby. Dudek and Sasha are bigger cats. Smokey is the kitten, so cute and small. I'm still not sure of gender, but believe a male. He's full of energy and just adorable.
I'm first-generation Canadian of Ukrainian descent. I can understand basic Ukrainian and read the cyrallic alphabet, but Ukrainian.
I follow the Christian FAITH and attend Pentacostal church mostly on a regular basis, but my heart is in the Ukrainian Eastern Orthodox church I am a member of. I attend other Protestant churches occasionally including Catholic.
My HOBBIES: postal mail swaps, occasional pen pals, reading, occasional cooking/baking, Christianity, family time, health/fitness, card games (Euchre), etc.
My VOCATIONS: I work as a government office clerk, full time; and a grocery cashier, part time.
COLOURS: I like blues, green, turquoise/aquamarine, rose, teal and beige colours. I enjoy scents of cinnamon, coffee, tea, cucumber, and light floral/oriental. I enjoy lilacs, lily of the valley, fragrant flowers, tulips, poppies, sunflower, and Autumn/Fall is my favourite season.
I have other health issues of low back pain, GERD, menopausal, need to lose weight. I LOVE POSTAL MAIL!
I like STATIONERY, but find current stationery stores expensive. When does Hallmark have a sale? I like to shop at thrift store for family clothes (daughter usually),books, playing cards, towels, and stationery
My favourite decade was the 1980s, so I still enjoy retro dance. My groups I liked and still follow are Duran Duran, Yello, and Depeche Mode, Arcade Fire. I enjoy listening to Christian music.
I played a mean mediocre clarinet in high school and enjoy classical. I like Grieg, symphonies, classical guitar, 40s Swing, choral,and various. I'm not fond of jazz, or hip hop.
I also enjoy 1970s David Bowie, Queen, Big Band music from the 1940s, Patsy Cline, Elvis Presley, etc. I enjoy Christian music like Third Day, Avalon, and various Christian.
I enjoy romance, mystery, Christian fiction, etc. I like Grace Livingston Hill (Christian), Anne Perry, vintage mystery, older Harlequin series, Janet Dailey, Maeve Binchy, Susan Wiggs, Georgette Heyer, Amish fiction, etc.
I like vintage mystery/suspense novels, cozy mystery, and non-fiction. I'm in a few local library books clubs in Toronto and a few through Yahoo groups I deal with sometimes..
I have boxes of books. I look at books as friends. I grew up quiet and books seemed keep me company with adventures and activity..
I am part of some book clubs in the Toronto public library system. The sad part is I use to not complete reading books for these book clubs, as I didn't have time. I seem to favour large print, as easier to read at night.
What I do now to complete books is speed reading, It's a way of completing the novel, but you don't get the appreciation when you have time to read the novel in an enjoyable manner. It's a chore, but can participate in the book club discussions and not mention, "I didn't finish the book."
I grew up in an ethnic faith of Eastern Orthodox. St. Nicholas is celebrated instead of Santa Claus, and I celebrated Christmas twice. I have collected vintage cards with fat Santas. Santa is depicted thin, tall big, wide, whatever nowadays. St. Nicholas is usually long/slim with a staff. I enjoy some Santas, send what you like. I appreciate the effort.
I enjoy philately and seeing nice commemorative STAMPS on packges/envelopes. If anyone is interested in exchanging mint stamps, please contact me.
I like STAMPS with Owls,I prefer no definitives (smaller stamps), but commemoratives. I also enjoy Christian/religious themes in stamps like for Christmas, and Easter. I basically with trade stamps on paper, but am interested in personal swaps mint, or used.
STAMPS2 sent on paper, please leave enough margin around the stamp for soaking, or I can send it with another swap for trading.
I watch MOVIES occasionally and usually from the library. I'm not a techi zombie. I do the basics, slowly text (quickly type on a keyboard) and using a regular computer with a mouse. Favourite ACTOR is Ralph Fiennes, UK. Comedian is Lucille Ball, US (deceased). I loved watching "I Love Lucy" growing up. Have enjoyed watching "Big Bang Theory and have most of the seasons on DVD.
CLASSICS: I enjoyed classic movies growing up and sometimes catch the occasional one. I don't care for musicals. I like Jimmy STEWART, and comedies. Sometimes enjoy watching the Christmas movies, "It's a Wonderful Life, and "Christmas in Conneticut," with Barbara STANWYCK.
CARTOONS. Currently watch animated shows on what daugher likes (Scooby Doo, Paw Patrol, Arthur). I do like SpongeBob SquarePants before having children. It makes me laugh, LOL! Mostly watch kid shows from PBS channels with family (groan). I enjoy watching documentaries as well and try to sneak in watching my own shows. Daughter wants to rule TV/move picks. I'm now getting into true crime/cold case stories than Law and Order. Justice Channel my favourite currently
LIKES: signed FBs/FS - flat stickers - flat stationery - commemorative postage stamps used on envelopes with swap enclosed, bookmarks - Christianity - Mary Engelbreit - Suzy's Zoo - Flintstones - Charlie Brown - Precious Moments - Holly Hobby - Winnie the Pooh (Piglet) - Victoriana - cats/dogs (Jack Russell Terrier) - esp/owls - roosters - giraffes - salamanders - bicycle stationery (note pads, note cards) - celestial - skeleton keys - playing cards - low-fat recipes with nutritional info - vegetarian (hubby is one), Christmas cards, - vintage stationery - typewriters - vintage themes - Four-leaf Clover, Pysanky (decorated Easter Eggs), etc.
With CHRISTMAS themes, I am a Christian. Religious cards and stationery are OK by me. . I prefer Santa Claus being "St. Nicholas," a slimmer Santa. With stationery, that's fine. I love churches on cards, pets too. Children, I am a Mom now, so bring it on, and candles. I don't use candles, but enjoy them on cards. Victoriana themes, candles on Christmas trees (my Father recalls that), angels. Nostalgic and vintage Christmas cards, cherubs. It makes you feel like you're there!. enjoy church scene, nature scenes (winter wonderland). Cute is sweet. The manger scene with animals, Virgin Mary and Baby Jesus is great. If you can find Byzantine and icons used, that would be the BEST! I like whimsical cards as well. Generally, I'm a paper nut.
For CHRISTMAS SWAPS where you enclose something extra with a Christmas card, I generally like Christmas stickers, note cards, stationery (only flat/not folded)or even FBs with a Christmas cover would be OK.
I enjoy TEA and coffee. With tea, a variety is fine. I enjoy TEA that are fruit flavoured and enjoy placing honey and lemon juice in my tea. With heartburn problems teas with ginger and fennel are great. I love Earl Grey and flavoured black teas including Chai, Orange Pekoe, English Breakfast, Cinnamon, etc. White teas, rasberry, apple/peach just great, green tea and flavoured green teas.
Sending loose STICKERS/STAMPS, please enclose a separate packet/envelope that is sealed. That way, not all the loose stickers fall out of the envelope, and you might lose some. You then enclose the packet/envelope in the mailing envelope with a note about the swap :)
WASHI TAPE: Red, Black & White, Geometric Patterns, Colourful, Seasonal, Celestial, Cats, Vintage, Air Mail/Immigration/Customs, Numbers,etc.
PLAYING CARDS: I collect them and cannot find many swaps for playing cards that are international, so searching.
On HALLOWEEN items, I prefer cute and whimsical. I like Witches, Pumpkins, Ghosts, Owls, Skeletons/skulls, Spiders, Snakes, Bats, Nosferatu, Cemeteries, Cats, and vintage. See "Dislikes" as well.
--Owls-- are the best any season!
DISNEY CHARACTERS: I like classic Disney, and Mickey Mouse are great. I like vintage items, so vintage Mickey would be great, but modern Mickey enjoyable as well. I find Piglet interesting from Winnie the Pooh.
I LOVE Autumn season and love wearing orange when it's so colourful outside.
ELABORATE! If there is a swap that calls for writing something in a note card/letter, please don't write only 2 sentences. Write something more about yourself! I'd rather read an interesting note card/letter than great enclosures.
If possible when sending a GREETING CARD (holidays and birthdays), please do not write/stick on the back of the illustrated side of the card. I like to use that one side for crafts =D
Not signed/Porn/chain/homer/recycled FBs/FSs = folded/creased/scrapbooking stickers = Stickers/stationery (marked up) = Horses (includes My Little Pony) = Superhero items (unless in a specified swap) = Character stickers/stationery (unless stated) = outdated/advertising bookmarks = ATC/artistic trading cards = tattoos = nasty comments through the Forum, = insulting profiles = colouring post cards, etc.
Please only send signed FBs/FSs. I do not like anything else - no Label Bags, Sticker Bags, Stamps Bags, or Slams, x-slips chain games, etc.
Please do not send any HOMERS back to me. I have enough to send back. If there is room on the FB to write a small message and a label, then it can be returned back. .I see swappers put their address label and there's enough room for another label. That's it. How about sending it back then. Let's be responsible. Thanks!
I don't mind receiving EXTRA FBs/FSs for FB swaps only, but do not send FBs I have signed already. This has happened in swaps. I have to take extra time to resend FBs I'm dealing with a second time. What a waste!
With TEA, no Irish Breakfast or flavours that you add milk to and chamomile. Please don't send old tea you found somewhere, or had around for awhile and don't know the expiry date. Stale tea is not worth it. If a swap calls for WRAPPED TEA BAGS, do not make your own wrapper (clear bags, or something). Send it purchased as a wrapped tea.
Do not forward me tea someone has sent you that you do not like. I prefer tea you have purchased and have the expiry date, or not too old.
Because of my GERD problems (heartburn/acid reflux), I have to watch what I'm eating not just for losing weight. No mint teas, cranberry, berry flavouried, rooibus,chocolate/mocha/caramel, etc.
FBs made from recycled paper and especially magazine sheets! Not everyone uses labels on FBs, and it gets confusing with all this written info everywhere and some like to notate additional info with labels as well.
No alphabetical/numerical, scrapbooking, planner STICKERS as well. No puffy/vinyl stickers. I was a sticker nut before washi tape. As in Christmas cards, not too much glitter. Small amount of glitter is OK. Loose stickers don't get lost if enclosed in a separate packet/envelope then inside the mailing envelope. I've had loose stickers come out and where I open my mail, it can be a challenge find small items." This also goes for sending for STAMPS for philatelic swaps.
If possible do not send stickers from past seasons. If it's Valentine month, don't send for Fall, or Halloween. Forthcoming seasons like Easter is great. I don't care much for WORD stickers. I do enjoy Fall, but when the season is current, most of the time.
If you send a SEASONAL CARD (Christmas/Valentine's Day/Easter, etc), and it is a resend, please send it unsigned with a blank envelope. It'll be great to use next time. For birthday cards, that's OK. Consider the time it takes for postal mail. It takes generally a week for U.S. mail to reach Canada, and overseas it varies.
If a RESEND it done, don't assume I know right away when I receive your swap again and a note is not enclosed. Even with some e-mail connecting, please ALWAYS enclose a note as a reminder. I am part of many swaps and don't have perfect memory. Lives are busy.
HALLOWEEN. No gory please which includes devils, vampires, and bugs (excluding spiders). See "Likes" as well. NO DEVILS/VAMPIRES please!!
With STAMPS, No CTOs (cancelled to order)please, and non existant countries (previous Czechslovakia, USSR, previous communist countries). These stamps are large, have a nice mark on the corner and back of stamp looks like a mint stamp.
Check here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cancelled-to-order
Stamps from communist countries like Hungary, and Vietnam, Mongolia, etc, are a few. Do not send me!
Do not send on-paper stamps that are trimmed where there is no excess paper left to take the stamp for future trading or taking the paper off.
Don't send MARKED UP stamps. I know sometimes a post office will send stamps with pen markings, but don't mind that. It's the black-ink markings where that's all you see. I am not able to forward stamps for future swaps, or use them in my collection.
WASHI TAPE: One-colour yellow (unless in combination of colour). Metallic OK.I don't mind numbers, as opposed to words on washi. If it's seasonal (Christmas), that's fine if word washi is sent for an occasion.
I have received GLITTER tape, which don't care for most of the time. It does not stick well, and resembles Deco-type tape. Also no glitter on Christmas cards. I can only take so much me.
Do not send extra washi tape in a washi tape swap. It's confusing what is sent that is an extra item, or not. I collect deco/plastic tapes and don't want extras for that. Thanks!
POST CARDS: Mostly see in "Post Cards" section. No written-on post cards that have been sent to the swapper. Even if a swap calls for this option, please send a blank unused card.
Do not send POST-IT/STICKY notes please for a swap. So many bad quality ones. I'd rather use scotch tape with a small note attached than those. I try to use excessive pads I have, and many cases the sticky side of the note does not stick.Hate it!
When I participate in STATIONERY swaps, don't send creased/folded/stained stationery. I don't need someone to fold stationery paper inside an envelope to save postage, or send in a smaller envelope. A bigger envelope is needed to send out stationery swaps where sheets are flat. What joy when I receive that! Sometimes you need to use thicker cardboard so stationery paper is flat.If you send the large 8.5 x 11-inch computer paper, it is sent flat/not folded in a larger envelope. There's more room to use nice stamps! I appreciate your cooperation.
With CHRISTMAS approaching, I don't care for Christmas tags, tree decorations, or recipes without nutritional info.
Christmas CARDS that are the size of large gift tags I'm not interested in. This can be sent for another swap as an extra, or with a swap that doesn't include a Christmas card. I get this often from UK swappers, but these "wee" cards are sold in North America, perhaps for our co-workers. I'm getting older now. Large print I'm appreciating and small cards aren't for me for Christmas card swaps. No GLITTER on Christmas cards. Thank you.
I'm not into the adult COLOURING CRAZE. There use to be posters in the 1970s in a tube with colouring markers. I tried them, but don't have the patience for colouring details. I'd rather colour in daughter's children's colouring books. I have received colouring post cards. Please don't send! If you want to enclose a colouring sheet for a 6-year-old as an extra in a swap, that would be great!
THANK YOU cards. What's with that?! It's not a challenge to say "thank you" in a blank note card at best and be personal about it. I get disappointed when I like the note card design but "thank you" is slapped on the design. Not interested and don't wish to receive them as extras, or part of a swap.
DO NOT send extras for my daughter. She's disorganized. I see stationery items strewn in the house, that's agonizing. I live in a messy house. Unless the swap is specific for kid's swaps (I hardly participate), please just give to someone else who appreciates. Thanks.
COLLECTIONS: I do collect unused Christmas cards. I have a lifetime supply. I have vintage Christmas cards and have purchased those charity cards from thrift shops. I don't mind secular cards, and stationery.
I have an interest in KNITTING/CROCHETING. I have enough books and pattern books. I am interested in accessories and home decor. No apparel (clothes) and difficult patterns. I prefer simple and beginner patterns. I wouldn't mind that
With HOME DECOR, I do enjoy kitchen/tea towels. Those are great. I like roosters, and no specific colour theme or anything.
WASHI tape I love. I am gradually adding to my collection and enjoy the swaps here. I also have decorative tape, but not as flexible as washi.
I also look for playing cards too. Collect those. I mostly purchase wasi tape through Michaels store in Canada and some online shopping.check out the craft stores too and like Hobby Lobby and AC Moore eastern coast U.S.
I collect FDCs (first-day covers stamp envelopes) from Canada Post. I don't trade others. I have binders with FDCs and enjoy looking at them and the info you learn. It's great!
I started collecting STICKERS before washi tape came about. I like various and look forward to seasonal (usually colder climates) enjoying the various out there. It's a challenge to find.
I like CHRISTMAS post cards, as my Mother mentioned the popularity of post cards of her growing up decades ago, and how Christmas cards started. I enjoy Victoriana themes. If you have Christian ones, bring it on and vintage.
I joined "Postcrossing" and really enjoy receiving nice cards here. I find swap-bot, you send to more various countries and subjects on post cards. It's all fun:P
I don't mind receiving TOURISTY cards, but it's nice to receive something different from that. I prefer landscapes and historical/interesting architecture on the touristy cards.
No nudes (unless specified for swap), goths, advertising type. I enjoy Vintage theme. Dealing with people, humorous sayings (no profanity or porn), cats, designs, whimsical, Christian, Victoriana, domestic goddess types, vintage, old advertisements, Christmas, St. Valentine's, Easter, geometric prints, weather related (lightning, snow during Winter season to send, seasonal), giraffes, reproductive/artistic paintings, Groups of Seven/Emily Carr (Canadian painters), Monet, Klimt, Van Gogh, Cassatt (other children-themed artists) and classical artists, reproductive paintings, Inge Look (Finland), etc.
I don't mind if the post card is sent NAKED for what the swap calls for. If there's a choice, I like nice stamps/commemoratives on the card, or envelope. You can't fit too many stamps on a post card, and that's my pet peeve!
Daughter prefers using colouring markers than crayons, but sometimes uses crayons
No USED POST CARDS(writing on cards) for collecting. I don't collect post cards that have been written on. Cards that are stained and marked up sending for blank post card swaps I don't care for.
After reading my profile, please send what you can. I can trade what I'm not able to keep in another swap, or start a collections. Thanks for your EFFORT! Keep your post office busy with your usage.
I enjoy swapping FBs, but have swappers send me UNSIGNED FBs. I am not fond of this. Even passing through and notating in the FB is OK. It takes time to sign FBs. Most put their address in the FB, or just notating passing through is OK :)
Even though I have specifications, I am general on what I receive. This profile is a basic GUIDELINE. I'm not going to be pulling out my hair, or do a tantrum if you do not follow what my preferences are, or dislike. Sending a swap, putting your heart and enjoyment into it is what counts and enjoying postal mail.
I will enjoy who appreciates what I sent and really enjoy what SWAPPERS send me.
My L-O-N-G profile is a guideline. Please don't be intimidated by it and appreciate swaps sent to me. =D
R A T I N G I am slow with rating. I've had problems with the Internet at home, as it can be expensive when you're not part of the package with these companies. I also get tired and worn out in the evening and deal with a young daughter under 10. I will rate as best as I can. Please be patient and contact me if there's a problem. Thank you.
In April/May19, I had a bad cold and that delayed my swaps. I tried to contact most swappers, but not able to please everyone. THE "3" RATING is from the swapper/coordinator for one of those swaps. I had low energy, have not had much sleep to complete these swaps and can't always stay up late for this. Thanks to those who have been supportive!
I don't look at postmarks and rate you a "3," of something has arrived late. Life can be busy, and I am generally a tardy person. Unless a swap partner doesn't want to put the effort to resend a swap, I have rated a "3."
I realize now I not only cannot please everyone, I'm at an age where I am accepting of not being part of groups who have decided not to let me be a member.
There are great SWAPPERS here, and challenging people who can be mean, nit picky, and just not worth connecting with for a time. There are swappers here who are good swappers, but like to be part of the bunch of people of bad gossips and not supportive friends. Thank you to those who are worth being kind and swapping through the post!
For a swap you're NOT HAPPY with, I may contact the swap coordinator for clarification. Please respect that and will try to send you a swap that you enjoy.
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