Swap-bot Time: December 1, 2023 11:45 pm


Date Joined: August 30, 2007
Last Online: December 1, 2023

Country: Canada
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About Me

My husband and I retired during Covid, although I still do a little bit of contract work during water treatment season. We are both chemical engineers, having worked in industry in Northern British Columbia since 1993. I spend a good amount of time volunteering, lately at a near by seniors centre. I grew up in Northern Ontario where most of my family still remains. I moved to Northern British Columbia for work when I graduated and have been here ever since. I am currently taking part in a limited number of swaps trying to keep an eye on postage. So anything that can be mailed flat will probably catch my interest. I love thrift stores and will stop in to any I see while on vacation. You never know what you will find. I have a crazy amount of china cups and saucers, teapots cake plates etc. from thrift stores. We had a wedding at the seniors hall that wanted to use vintage china plates for desserts. I managed to pull together 125 assorted patterned china plates….definitely could have done more.

Favorite Crafts

I can sew decently enough although I have not done a sewing swap in some time. I am probably better with hand sewing and embroidery. I have been meaning to do bit more of that. I will usually do a few knitted projects and some crochet through the year. Currently I am crocheting scrap yarn into little storage baskets for the seniors centre. They get a lot of acrylic yarn donations and these baskets can be sold in their annual craft fair. Knitting that I do for gifts or for myself is predominantly wool, as I am not fond of acrylic yarn. I am not really fond of crochet with yarn, but don’t mind thread crochet from time to time.
I have only recently got into junk journaling. It started with some old family photos used to journal family recipes. This all lead to a bit of genealogy investigation which was quite rewarding. I was able this year to find my grandparents on passenger lists from 1910 coming to Canada from Ukraine. I was lucky Pier 21 was able to help as I am sure I would never have found the records without the help of their volunteers. It’s quite difficult to track people when their names are Ukrainian and the English spelling is dependent on the person recording the documents and on how they interpret sounds from a different language.
I love to cook and to bake, so recipe swaps are fun for me. I will try making anything for scratch. I routinely make, sourdough, pasta, puff pastry, Karelian piirakka, ginger beer, fermented sauerkraut, saltwater dill pickles, fermented hot sauce, and all kinds of preserves and canning. I love to try new foods from other countries….this year we tried and loved Turkish Eggs and Korean Street Toast. The year before we discovered Bibimbap. Always looking for new things to try. I keep a garden every year and love seed swaps to find new things. I grow a yellow bush bean that my family has grown for over 100 years now. They were brought from Ukraine and we grow and keep seed every year. I have never seen these beans anywhere else, so we try to keep the variety alive. This year I have saved all my beans for seed to give to our local seed library so more people can grow these.

Favorite Books

I am a huge JK Rowling fan. Definitely Harry Potter Obsessed. Also love her detective series Strike and have read them all and wait to watch the BBC series as well. I just finished reading the Silo series which was great. Anything by Liane Moriarty is great…..I have a ridiculously large cookbook collection.

Swap Likes

Tea Swaps…… I really enjoy black teas of all flavours. I appreciate decaffeinated version sometimes as I drink way too much tea. I don’t mind some green tea. I usually have some green tea with toasted rice in the cupboard. I also love peppermint tea and grow chocolate mint most years to have for tea through the winter. Last winter killed the mint in my garden so I just had to buy a box of peppermint tea for the first time in years. I am not at all fond of fruit teas that do not taste like tea. That being said, I do find those can make lovely iced teas…..so they would not go to waste. Hibiscus tea cooled and sweetened is fantastic.

Journaling swaps….. I tend towards tea dyed pages, vintage ephemera.

Recipe Swap…… There is not much I wouldn’t try. If it’s your favourite, I’d give it a try. My recipe box is the large 4X6 index card size.

Happy Mail Swaps…. I can always use ephemera, washi and stickers or even fussy cut images for decoration on envelops or journals. Not really into anime or kids stickers unless I’ve signed for a swap for that. I appreciate the use of stamps on the envelope as I will either save them for collecting or crafting.

Things I Like

*Botanical Images.
*Bumble Bees.
*Baking Recipes.
*Book Pages
*Bukovina Vyshyvanka Designs.
*Embroidery Patterns.
*Ephemera for journaling.
*Flavoured Black Teas.
*Harry Potter.
*Postage Stamps.
*Tea dyed paper.
*Washi samples.
*Vellum envelopes.
*Vintage images for journaling.
*Vintage buttons.
*Vintage Handkerchief.

Late or Missing Swaps:(

If you have sent a swap to me and I have not rated it yet.....feel free to contact me to check on it. I always rate, and usually within a day or two of receiving a swap. But sometimes I do forget.....so if in doubt please PM me. I will NEVER rate you down without contacting you first to sort it out. I hope for the same treatment in return. Please note that mail to and from Canada is a little slow. Mail between the US and Canada has been very slow lately. If all goes well it seems to be about two weeks but might take a month or more. Mail to Europe lately has been about two weeks. Also, if you are receiving a swap from me.....my neighbourhood post office will post mark with the date as the next working day date (not the actual mailing day) if a package is brought to them after the morning mail run. I will also mark. Swap sent when I drop it off in an outside postbox. This mail might be postmarked the next day in Prince George or it might be postmarked later in Vancouver. Regardless it may not match the day I press the sent button.


Comment: This was great! Thanks!
Comment: Thank you for the great recipes! I’m looking forward to trying them!
Comment: Hi Debbie, sorry for the postponed rating. I did find the Atc and it is so cute! Thanks for all the extras too!
Response: Thanks very much! Glad it arrived❤️
HelenG6 rated for OIC - 3 Teabags #2 on Nov 1, 2023
Comment: Thank you.
Comment: Thank you so much for everything you have sent me. I can't wait to use it in my journals.
Response: Glad you liked it❤️
Inesrv rated for YTPC: Loaded Pocket Flips on Oct 25, 2023
Comment: Thank you Debbie for this amazing pocket flips, I love that you chose bee as a theme! If you ever want to swap a junk journal with me, I'm open to it! Thank you, have a wonderful day and happy swaps!
Response: So glad you enjoyed the swap! Thank you for the ❤️
Comment: Thanks for the wonderful items. Even the half finished atc card. I have many ideas what i can do to it. Plus all the extras are great items for my themed letters. Thank so muchh. I would give you double hearsts if i can. I felt like it was christmas or my birthday. No one understands the joy I get from small things like this. Plus thanks for the recipes cant wait to try it.
Response: So glad you enjoyed the swap😊. Thanks for the ❤️
Comment: beautifully decorated letter and envelope. Loved reading your story also. Thank you for the goodies included. <3
Response: Glad you enjoyed your swap. Thanks❤️
FieryCanuck rated for YTPC: Window Journal Cards on Oct 20, 2023
Comment: I love your journal card & can't wait to use it! Thanks for the lovely note and extras too! <3
Response: Glad it arrived safely. Thanks for the ❤️
Comment: Thank you for the lovely Remus page!
Response: Thanks for the rating! I am a little worried that crookshanks has not yet arrived though.
Aleesha rated for Missed Pokemon ATC Swap #2 on Oct 14, 2023
Comment: Thank you so much for the resend Debbie! I love your Grookey 😍. Sounds like you’re making good progress with your genealogy search as well.
Response: So glad this one arrived.❤️
Response: Thanks for the ❤️
Response: Thanks for the ❤️
MissRich rated for HD/HP Pumpkin ATC Swap - Global on Oct 2, 2023
Comment: You art is treasure- Thank you ^_^
Response: Thanks for the ❤️
Frodogaggins rated for HD/HP Pumpkin ATC Swap - Global on Sep 22, 2023
Comment: Thank you so much for the adorable pumpkin atc i love it!
Response: Thanks for the ❤️. I’m happy you liked it.
Response: Wow that arrived faster than I expected. Thanks for the ❤️
Comment: I'm so sorry for forgetting to rate for this one! I love your clobbopus!! And thank you for all of the extras! I'm glad you enjoyed this series :)
Response: No worries at all. I’m just glad it arrived. Thanks very much for hosting as this was very fun and my first attempt at ATCs.❤️
PrimaVera rated for Pokemon ATC Series #13 - Bug Type on Aug 23, 2023
Comment: I love my little wurple. And i think you did a great job painting it.
Response: Thank you ❤️
Trinket rated for Pokemon ATC Series #16 - Dark Type on Aug 22, 2023
Comment: You wrote a lovely letter in the card, it was lovely to hear about your cat and to recieve such a delightful ATC. Thank you so much, if I could give you more hearts I would.
Response: Glad you enjoyed your swap! Thanks so much for the ❤️

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groundhogstamper on May 8, 2023:

I've received your happy mail tag and it definitely has made me happy! Thank you so much for the goodies.

synchrodoll on Jan 19, 2023:

Hi! Thank you so much for the lovely tag you sent me for the “Cheap Postage Pay it Back” tag! 🥰

Rainydancer on Jan 8, 2023:

Welcome to Sunshine Swaps!

Meisje on Dec 4, 2020:

Just because ♥




Heirloom on Sep 22, 2016:

Cheers! ~Donna

watercolorgirl on May 7, 2016:

Thank you so much for sending the extra sachets for this swap. It was a fun swap to do.

Heirloom on Apr 15, 2016:

Debbie, thank you so much for the (FF) Know Where You're Sending Wish List tag. You're so generous -- and much appreciated!

bstitched on Jan 1, 2016:

Happy New Year!

Heirloom on Dec 24, 2015:

Merry Christmas!

Vanillacreamteas on Sep 28, 2015:

Please update your tag in the forums! kids tag! xxx

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