UPDATE: 5/23/17 I'm back from our trip to Spain and have rated everything that arrived while I was away, thanks for your patience :)
Hello everyone! Well I've been with swap-bot now about 1 1/2 years and I love it and I love you all. Thank you for such a nice community! It's also the New Year (hello 2017 :) so I'm going to update a bit. I started here mostly to swap postcards but I'm loving some of the other swaps now too! I love happy mail and flat surprises. I've really enjoyed making my own envies so now I rarely dare let anything go out in a plain white envie....no no! I love to receive beautiful envelopes too, as soon as I open the mailbox I'm looking for a blast of color. I want to thank everyone who host such fun swaps and I am going to try my hand at hosting a few myself this winter :)
My husband & I live in Pittsburgh, PA. We've lived in several states, Florida, North Carolina, Maryland and now Pennsylvania since we've been married. We have 1 daughter who just recently moved to LA, I miss her terribly but thank god for FaceTime and we are so grateful to be able to visit her often :D We travel a lot and I love picking up postcards from everywhere! My favorite beverage of choice is wine, I belong to a few wine clubs. I love trying different small vineyard wines from around the world and wine-pairing (I pick out the wine and my husband does the cooking, such a deal!) I drink NO soda, just water and wine and sometimes beer lol. I also drink coffee & tea, my tea preferences are green, red rooibos, and citrus/fruit flavored teas.
I am in Postcrossing and that is how I discovered Swap-Bot! I love Postcrossing :D In Postcrossing I've suggested a theme postcard for every month of the year and it has been fun so I am going to include it here for my Swap-bot friends as a guideline to the POSTCARDS I would love to receive :D PLEASE NOTE: Many of you have mentioned how much you like the monthly theme idea, and I want to encourage you to adopt the idea if you wish, the more the merrier!
January - Art & Artists
February - Beaches, Oceans, Islands, Boats, Marinas & Sunny Places
March - CATS AND CHIHUAHUAS - realistic, funny, illustrations, silly, cartoons. Anything Cats or Chihuahuas!
April - Tourist postcards/famous places from your town, city or country.
May - Bright Colorful & Vibrant postcards! Any Lantern Press postcards!
June - Black & White or sepia postcards
July - Illustration
August - Maps of your city, country, continent, subway system. Any kind of maps.
September - Street scenes, Everyday life.
October - Birthday, Autumn scenes, Pumpkins, spooky, scary.
November - Any Vintage postcards. Vintage travel, travel posters, movie posters, old advertisements, etc.
December - Traditional holiday or religious postcards from your country
If you don't have a PC that's fits in the given month I always enjoy unusual cards, 3D, odd shapes and textures, vintage, illustration, art & single view tourist from countries other than the U.S. the most. Thanks!
Oh and I adore stickers and washi tape, send me a postcard decorated with these and it's an automatic heart! This year I have REALLY become a sticker addict, now belonging to two sticker clubs, Pipsticks and Stickii. Stickers make me happy :)
STICKERS: If a swap calls for a sheet of stickers OR loose stickers I much much prefer sheets, thank you! And I would prefer NOT to get Disney or child like theme stickers :)
WISH LIST: Handmade envies, address labels, RETURN address label with my address on them, postcards (see above), note cards, stationary, stickers, washi tape, travel related ephemera
DON'T LIKE: I really don't want to fill this out because I find that when I receive things that just aren't my taste I usually find a swap partner that really appreciates it so I just pass it on. I guess the main DISLIKE is any Christian related things with bible verses, you can refrain from sending those. And I think I will add also anything child-like or meant for children. I have 1 adult daughter and no grandchildren and I just prefer not to get kiddo things if possible :)
One last thing, I am in Swap-Bot to have fun as I believe the majority of all you wonderful nice people are! So please don't write to me with attitude if I missed something or forgot something or overlooked something. I am very happy to make something up to you if I messed up but could you please be nice about it? Also if you didn't receive my swap could you please send me a message first instead of throwing out a 1? I always send my swaps and if you didn't receive it most likely it has been lost by the post office and I will always send a replacement if you will just let me know. Just send me a nice private message and it's done! Let's have fun folks, this isn't a place for powertrips or freakouts about something that is supposed to be a fun hobby. :D
I like a wide variety of music, lately a lot of smooth jazz (watercolors on XM) but love artists like Paolo Nutini, JJ Cale, David Gray, Van Morrison, Rod Stewart, OneRepublic, Beres Hammond, Tom Waits, Michael Franti, Nina Simone, Hip Abduction, Andrew Duhon, The Revivalists, Hozier, Jesse Cook, Melody Gardot, Chris Stapleton and on and on :-)
Historical Fiction most of all, and Anne Rice :-) Harry Potter!
Stranger Things, True Detective, Game of Thrones, Bloodline, Peaky Blinders, Black Sails, House of Cards, Boardwalk Empire, The Sopranos. I love to watch sports (Baseball, football, hockey, golf). After living in Pittsburgh now for over 20 years of course I am an avid Steeler/Pirate/Penguin fan!
We recently got Apple TV so now it's all apps all the time, no commercials, I love it! Goodbye Dish!
Drama & Action movies mostly. James Bond, Lord of the Rings, The Godfather. We go to the movies a few times a month, just recently saw Hell or High Water SO GOOD and also Jackie, Natalie Portman's portrayal of Jackie Kennedy has to be Oscar worthy!
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