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LauraAust

LauraAust
Date Joined: June 11, 2010
Last Online: March 17, 2016
Birthday: January 21, 1967
Country: United States
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This fantastic collage was made for me by fellow Swap-Botter @Peony - I absolutely LOVE it!

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Welcome to my own little corner of Swap-Bot! I like it here and you are welcome to join me here any time!

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Rainbow is my favorite color and bubbles are my favorite thing!

Note about sending me extras - I am really overwhelmed with craft supplies right now so please don't send me any paper scraps, even ones cut to ATC size - I just don't have room for them or the energy to keep them organized. Thank you so much!

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I'm 40-something, married, and have two "adult" kids (one son, one daughter - they are legally adults, I'm not commenting on their behavior) & four cats (Lexi, Joe, Lily & Thomas). My husband and I celebrated our 27th wedding anniversary on 9/6/13 (we got married when we were both 19).

I work full-time as a Technical Project Coordinator in the IT department of a major financial business - my team oversees the replacement of out-of-compliance (old, out-dated) computers across the country for all of the Technology folks.

Quilting is my passion! I love to look at and touch quilting fabric.... My daughter is always giving me a bad time about "petting" fabric at quilt stores.

I also dabble in various paper crafts, mixed media, altered art, knitting, crocheting... I've been crocheting since I was a little girl (maybe 5 or 6) and quilting since Jr. High.

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OMG! I just saw the newest Dairy Queen TV commercial! DQ doesn't just blow bubbles... they blow BUBBLES with KITTENS in them! Two of my very favorite things in the world!

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These photos were taken one year apart - the one on the right was taken this past Saturday (2/22/14).

Left: 180+ lbs., size 18 jeans, XL t-shirt
Right: 147 lbs., size 12 jeans, M t-shirt

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I started my weight loss journey on May 1, 2013. to date (March 17, 2014) I have lost 36 pounds. I count calories and watch my portion sizes.

I am the co-founder of a fantastic group here on Swap-Bot called "Reached for Success". If you want to get and/or share support in your own "get healthy" journey check us out!

Things I Do:

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Check out my Flickr photos link above for photos of stuff I have created in the past! I am almost always open to private swaps so if you see something you like just send me a PM!

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Favorites:

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  • BUBBLES! I feel they are simply magical! I don't need any bottles of liquid bubbles but I would love to receive anything else "bubble themed" including artwork, stickers, stationery, photos, etc.
  • Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, Lord of the Rings, the original three Star Wars movies
  • Steampunk
  • Graphic 45 paper
  • Mermaids, fairies, dragons, unicorns, castles, gargoyles, fairy dust, trolls, gnomes
  • Tattoos - I currently have five (barbed wire as a tribute to my dad, a fairy, a fairy with bubbles, my daughter and I got matching jellyfish, and my newest one is Stitch - he makes me smile!) - photos of all on my Flickr
  • Cats - real, cartoon, nice, evil, Kawaii - I love any and all cats! We own four - or should I say - they own us... Lexi, Joe, Lily and Thomas - tons of photos on my Flickr
  • Kawaii bubbles (Awawa Chan), cats, scenery or sky images, Sentimental Circus, Baby Infinite, and as opposed to a lot of people - I love the Kawaii with real photos of little girls, kittens, puppies, etc.! I don't care for the drawings of teenaged girls. My favorite items are memo pads (both large and mini) and sticker flakes
  • Goth, strange, odd, dark, skulls, creepy, dark and evil fairies
  • Sea dragons, jellyfish, water bubbles
  • Frank Lloyd Wright, Arts & Crafts movement, Sears catalog houses, Art Deco, Erte, Miami buildings, Art Nouveau, Alphonse Mucho
  • Stargazer lillies - they are my favorite flower
  • Barbed wire - my dad collected it (yes, people actually collect barbed wire - LOL)
  • Nudes, pin-ups, Vargas
  • Swirls and circles (I'm sure this stems from my love of bubbles - or vice versa)
  • Mortuary science, cemetary art, funeral art, grave stones, funeral practices and traditions
  • Stitch (from Lilo & Stitch), Teletubbies, Garfield
  • Retro, atomic, 1950's
  • Rainbow is my favorite color!
  • Rainbows, glitz, glitter, tie-dye, batik, sparkles
  • PURPLE, blue, pink, magenta, rainbow, variegated, gradated, pastels, jewel tones
  • MY MOM!
  • Lewis Black, Gordon Ramsey
  • Godsmack, Stone Sour, Atom Smash, Papa Roach, Nickelback, Trapt, STAIND, Incubus, Redlight King
  • Dexter, Six Feet Under, Gordon Ramsey's Kitchen Nightmares, Food Network, Hell's Kitchen, House, HGTV
  • Tie dyed roses CLICK HERE If anyone could figure out a way to make or obtain a silk tie dyed rose and send it to me I would love you FOREVER!
  • Scents: lilac, lemon, Amber stuff from Bath and Body Works, fruits and flowers (I don't care for vanilla, baked goods, spicy scents)
  • Chocolate - regular and dark (not white, though). I love Butterfinger, M&Ms, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.... I really like dark chocolate with raspberry filling
  • I don't drink coffee at all - can't even stand the smell of it. I love tea and drink iced tea everyday. I use Lipton's Cold Brew tea bags and also their regular tea bags
  • I love Mexican and Chinese when we eat out - also BBQ - and Red Lobster
  • Halloween! Purple and black, creepy, skulls and potions....

Kiddos:

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Wish List:

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  • Lined stationery (with or without envelopes)
  • Someday I hope to make a little printer's drawer shelf type display thing - I want to include odd things - I just bought a little jar full of tiny (fake) wishbones, and I have some empty little jars, I also bought a tiny little leather bound book the other day - things like bones, crystal ball, little spell scrolls, stuff like that. "Odd curiosities"? Hmmm...
  • I know this is a really strange request - but here goes... if you order from Papa John's Pizza and get those little seasoning packets (that you don't want) I would LOVE to have them! I love that seasoning and haven't been able to successfully recreate it to my liking. Sometimes when we order I pay for a few extra packets but that gets really expensive!
  • Currently I am focusing mostly on quilting - my specialty is paper/foundation pieced miniature quilts - the smaller the pieces, the better! My favorite fabrics to use are batiks, hand-dyeds, and tone-on-tone ones that read solid at a distance. Any set that is a full run of rainbow colors are the greatest thing in my mind! Also sets that are just one color but range from light to dark through that color.
  • Bubble themed items - but not a bottle of bubble liquid to blow (stickers, sticker flakes, stationery, photos, pictures, artwork, etc.)
  • Anything from the "Sonny Angel" line of products - just stick that in Google Images and you will see SO MUCH cuteness!!
  • Anything from the papayaart.com website - love everything there! My absolute favorite items are the sprial notebooks that are printed beautifully on each inside page - I think.. I love the stickers, and the notecards, and the lunch bags.... and... and... and....
  • Wool for needle felting, also teeny tiny stick pin eyes for needle felted animal figures
  • Anything on (or inspired by) my Etsy Favorites list (see link at top of page)
  • Orphan inchies that you might not have room for in your collection
  • Kawaii loose memo sheets or partial pads that you don't want any longer - large, mini and/or die-cut, etc.
  • Kawaii sticker flakes - partial Kawaii sticker sheets
  • I am always willing to take any empty Kawaii sitcker flake bags off your hands! That's the little cardboard wrapper that goes around the celophane bag of sticker flakes - I like to use them in various crafts.
  • Anything "Stitch" from Lilo and Stitch

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I am currently using a 5.5" by 8.5" sized planner.

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Me and my wonderful husband during our joint weight loss journey - we both have a ways to go, but I am proud of BOTH of us!

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Ratings

nsgrammy2012 rated for CLEAN SLATE on Feb 6, 2015
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Comment: Thank you for a great swap! Thank you for sharing with me and for the interesting article which I plan on using and the exercises. Thank you for the planner as well.
Merimax rated for I am addicted... on Oct 4, 2014
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Comment: Thank you for sharing about your struggles so openly.
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Comment: LOVE IT ! Thank You so much !
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Comment: Laura, First off, congratulations for accomplishing your goal and all of the progress you've made overall! I loved the pictures you added in the journal, you look beautiful! Second, I love the journal you put together! With the introduction and pictures in the beginning, you made me feel apart of your fitness journey. Your story is very inspiring... Thank you so much for sharing and joining this swap. I hope you get even more inspired by your partner's journal and continue on your fitness journey.. Thanks again, I wish I could give multiple hearts for this special swap. <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 P.S.- The graph was brilliant! Before I even opened the journal I was inspired, LOL! =) Love the extras too, where did you get the adorable swap-bot postcards? Anyway, happy swapping! ^_^
ColoradoKate rated for @ColoradoKate & @LauraAust on Aug 8, 2014
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Comment: YAY! The cards are PERFECT for my Mothers and Fathers Day layouts, and all the extras will go to good use too. Thank you for the teas too!
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Comment: I'm so sorry for the delay!! I loved your journal so much, so personal. I now so want the fitbit flex or the other. The tracking it amazing! :) Thanks for sharing pictures, you look great!
Johkup rated for Art Journal page on Jul 24, 2014
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Comment: Lovely cat Art journal page :) Thank you
Merimax rated for My Weekly Wrap-up List on Jul 21, 2014
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Comment: Thank for your card. What a great wrap up! You have been really successful! Thanks for joining!
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Comment: Love them all! Congrats on being an ambassador of swap-bot too Laura! I'm so loving the Ernie the Envie stuff! Thank you for joining my swap as well!
Response: Thank you for the rating and the heart! I'm just sorry I had to send you a few duplicates - but glad you liked what I sent! Glad you liked the "SB Swag", too - and thanks for the congrats! :)
candycore rated for Private: Kawaii Memos and Flakes on Jul 3, 2014
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Comment: Thank you so much for all of the adorable memos and flakes! I'm very grateful that you participated in this swap with me =). This was a lovely package <3.
Response: So glad you liked it all - and thank you for the rating and the heart! :)
LynnMoore rated for Random Act of Kindness Swap on Jun 27, 2014
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Comment: THANKS SO MUCH FOR THE GOODIES. I REALLY APPRECIATE THEM. THANKS AGAIN!!!!!
Response: So glad you like all the stickers - have fun using them in your planner! Thanks so much for the rating and the HEART!
sebastian122 rated for KSU: 100 Large Kawaii Memos on Jun 23, 2014
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Comment: Good heavens, woman! The was for a 100 count, not pounds! lol You sent SO much fun stuff!! And what, another 50 pounds of extras? JACKPOT!! Happy Pattie dance!!
Response: HA! I already had them sorted out for something else so instead of subtracting stuff I just sent it all! :) Thanks so much for the rating and the HEART!
Bree rated for Random Acts of Happiness: Round 2 on Jun 12, 2014
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Comment: Thanks Laura, I love the paper you wrote your quotes on. Can't wait to read them :)
Response: Thanks - I think those tags are K&Company. Thank you for the rating!
pne rated for Random Acts of Happiness: Round 2 on Jun 10, 2014
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Comment: Dear Laura, thank you for the quotes you sent me!
Response: You are welcome - thanks for the rating!
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Comment: Thank you for your package of notes!
Response: You are very welcome - thank you for the rating and the HEART!
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Comment: Thanks for the envelope of RAHs. I look forward to reading them.
Response: Glad you got them - thanks for the rating and the HEART! :)
Omi rated for Random Acts of Happiness: Round 2 on Jun 3, 2014
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Comment: Thank you!
Response: You are welcome! Thanks for the rating and the HEART!
Cubsfanjennie rated for @Cubsfanjennie & @LauraAust on May 30, 2014
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Comment: I wrote this a long time ago!!! Like when I finally got a chance to sit down!!! I'm so sorry!!! I did rate. It must not have saved. I did it in a hurry!!! Thank you thank you!!! I always love reading what I get from you!!!!! Hugs!!!
Response: Thanks for the rating and the HEART!
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Comment: Thank you :) I am going to read them in a park this week :)
Response: Thank you for the rating and the HEART! :)
Novina rated for Write It Loud and Proud! - USA Only on May 15, 2014
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Comment: I received both of your letters, thank you. I wish I could write as nicely in cursive, mine looks so sloppy. haha
Response: Sorry I couldn't manage to follow the swap requirements and include everything in ONE letter! LOL Thank you for the nice compliment - I feel that my cursive really needs a lot of work - I've been practicing since I did that sample. Thank you so much for the rating and the HEART!

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paperpusher on Jan 21, 2016:

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sebastian122 on Jan 20, 2016:

Soooooooon

user2637 on May 13, 2015:

FYI - @Barbi is back swapping and owes you some inchies. :(

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bjmonroe on Feb 20, 2015:

Good morning

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03Scarlett on Jan 21, 2015:

Happy Birthday! : ) This must be a popular day for birthdays as my granddaughter, Aaliya turned 10 today plus I also have 2 friends whose birthdays are today as well. I hope your day was a special one!

Debi

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