It's long - most important should be in this first block. I complete all my swaps and don't need drama. PLEASE let me know if I missed anything, or if you have not received! even if traveling, I will get back to you. Please communicate before giving me a low rating. I do the same.
If I need to angel any swaps, do communicate with your partner & give them the 1 first, then let me know.
I reuse and recycle, believe in truth, democracy, and free speech. I have to avoid cigarette smoke.
I prefer real stamps to metered postage on all mail, especially older or unusual stamps. I use older stamps at times, if you can not use them, please pass them on.
Postcards: I prefer HANDMADE POSTCARDs usually even if a swap calls for store-bought. Love your creativity,
also love jewel tones, funky, steampunk, Zetti.
Smokers: PLEASE, please warn me or mark the envie. if you used lace or cloth, which traps the smoke & residue, send me s photo & I'll rate from that. I will rate fairly but I am allergic to cigarette smoke. Pet allergies in the house but not me.
On my TO DO list: - More focus - Spend less time sorting the "holy crap" I have collected to use - More mail art and postcards and fewer ATCs - Pass on or recycle lots of the papers, ephemera & derelict that I have saved for crafting. Revisit March 2012 mail for a pillbox hat request. Hope I can re-find you!
Use reverse text in some word art "ʇxǝʇ ǝsɹǝʌǝᴚ ɟo ʇsǝ⊥" generated at http://www.glitter-graphics.com/generators/reverse.php. Thanks to @erickalin for the link!
WARNING: Flickr and blog may contain spoilers.
I recycle. I always send. If you did not receive something, please Let Me Know so I can re-send. "Sent" means in post office hands - postmark can be 2-3+ days later with Sunday/holidays. If you don't have your stuff 3 weeks from "sent date" internationally (or less for the USA), please let me know! I do appreciate comments when you rate.
I pledge rate for every swap, as soon as I am able, rate fairly, and not badmouth. I might rate a 5 right away and add a star or comment later. I promise to PM any member before giving a 1 or 3. I will only give a 3 if the swap didn't meet the requirements and it is not corrected. We do travel but I will rate as promptly as I can.
If I forget a TAG or RAK, or if it got lost enroute, please remind me! Life can get hectic - we do have some older relatives that don't live nearby, so I/we do travel, sometimes on short notice.
I swap for the encouragement to create art.
I like to sketch, design/sew clothes by machine, collage. I enjoy zetti, mandalas, and steampunk & using postage stamps in ATCs. Purple is my favorite color, followed by turquoise, lime green, burgundy, ... bright colors, jewel tones, ethnic mixes, dark colors, most anything but princess-y pink and not find of pastels generally.
More sewing in 2016. Fewer mandalas and ATC jams in 2014. More collage in 2013. I use clean scraps (crap to some) that don't rise to the level of emphemera. I have printed onto book pages or tissue paper to get the look I want. In 2012 sketched animals quite a bit, got more realistic with birds, insects, butterflies, and some less common ones. What is next?
My ears are pierced for light weight earrings. Bracelets are a fav but I have small wrists. Allergic to cigarette smoke.
My homeschooling family is active in Boy Scouts, a local food coop, hitting the gym, and travel.
Read a lot, especially science fiction, fantasy, and mysteries and information on education & learning. I enjoy YA and mysteries and history. Don't appreciate Twilight nor JK Rowling.
Favorite authors: Family's: Terry Prattchet (for his DiscWorld books) & Tamora Pierce. Mine: Tolkien, A. A. Milne, Tamora Pierce. Picture books: Jan Brett.
Sad that I have to explain this but since we read, any bookmarks need to the bit that goes in the book to be thin, flat & glitter-free. (Charms or beads may hang out or over the top!)
AMERICAN GIRL: mostly funky or uncommon.
QUICK FLATS: washi tape, pretty "post it" (stick once), ATCs, ribbon, (used) postage stamps (especially people, animals, flowers, architecture, art/artists), or non-English book pages. I don't need recipe cards, memo pads, nor bookmarks. thanks.
MANDALAs, when no size is specified: a 6 inch by 6 inch with a one inch edge on one side (so 6 x 7) can be nicely stored with many of my others.
Love non-English papers & music sheets, maps, custom paper, ... for crafting
Postcards: love hand-made! In general: art, natural settings, architecture or "local people", Photos of animals. Not interested in kitch-y tourist postcards or naked people on (or off) the beach. geek-y ones are appreciated
Love art pens, Sakura micros, Copic with a brush tip & thin Sharpies & new things to sketch/design with. Can always use more alphabets stamps. Rub-ons are OK. No more stationery please. FALL 2012, I am using mostly watercolor colored pencils. 2017: mostly collage/mixed media, still love paint pens & great white pens. Starting to use acrylic paints.
Most Asian & ethnic things are fine - but I don't appreciate kawaii. (OK, that flattened panda guy is fine as my nephew loves him, but no other kawaii please!).
Negatives first:! I am allergic to cigarettes, so please as smoke-free as possible so I can keep it, or let me know so I can rate you & pass it on. Family members allergic to dog & cat.
Tea only in manufacturer's packaging, thanks! No drink mixes, unless required in swaps. (Dh & I get that unpleasant after-taste from artificial sweeteners.) Favorite tea (today): (black tea) Prince of Wales, mint green tea.
love dark chocolate, but I could easily walk away from milk chocolate, even when I coukd(was) eating dairy. Prefer European chocolate, made in Europe (even Cadbury made in the US is different!) favorites: See's with dark chocolate (love dark walnut chews). I've never appreciate Godiva. Do not like peanuts in chocolate.
Most of those who flaked on me went on to be suspended. If my swaps do not arrive, I resend & I angel swaps that I host (if not it will be very clear in the description but I don't think I've done it yet). * Lozzabee flaked on Triptych ATC in Jan-Feb2012). Aug. 2012: hosted some triptych ATC swaps myself. * ANGEL @tc angel'ed "Artistically Inclined ATC/Note Card" in 2013 after she saw that the host & one other offered to angel but didn't. * Recycle unwanted swap items #3 * Sweet First aid kit in Dec2011-Jan2012. Host & 2 others said they'd angel but did not send. Letting go was hard - but my partner's happy note when she rec'd hers left a longer glow than the bad taste from the flaker(s). I am so glad it brought her joy & she shared it.
For the postcard rate mailed within the USA: * $0.34 in 2016; * rectangular, * at least 3-1/2 inches high x 5 inches long x 0.007 inch thick, AND * no more than 4-1/4 inches high x 6 inches long x 0.016 inches thick.
If it is larger than 4.25 x 6 " (but less than 6-1/8" x 11-1/2" x 1/4" thick) requires first class postage (47c). Bigger than that and the "flats" (large envie) rate applies. (I got tired of looking it up on the USPS site.)
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