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Lonestarchild

Lonestarchild
Date Joined: September 19, 2015
Last Online: November 27, 2022
Birthday: April 8
Country: United States

About Me

Gypsy at heart. Most prized possession: dog-eared passport because, oh my, the places I can go! Most adored human: she of the adventurous soul - my delightful, irreverent, 20yo woman-child daughter.

June 25, 2022: I've moved to the pacific northwest a year ago. The weather is definitely not my thing (too much rain and gloom), but I've made lovely friends here and will likely stay awhile. But also very very glad borders are opening and time to dust off my suitcases!

My daughter and I have spent most of her life as expats outside the US. In the past we've lived in Malta, Cambodia, Vanuatu, Ghana, Tanzania, and Australia. And, we travel alot no matter where we live. Our last big trip before covid (summer 2019) we spent 3 months in Greece -- I was working in the refugee camp and she was volunteering at a vet clinic. We'll be up and running as soon as things open up again. Next trips: Morocco with my best friend, and spa week in Mexico with my mom.

Other than being constantly in need of new luggage, I'm a child rights lawyer and researcher. I research and write about child welfare and adoption.

Favorite Crafts

I'm an artist wannabe. I don't have any special talent but I quilt, sew, do various kinds of needlework and have lately gotten into paper crafts.

Favorite Music

1980 hair bands. Shameful but true.

Favorite Books

Huge reader. We've spent most of the last 10 years living in developing countries where there is no such thing as TV -- that suits us fine because we are readers. Outlander fan, but I also like any historical fiction and lawyer/legal thrillers.

I also spend way more time than I should on Crosswords!

Random stuff

Random things that make me happy:

  1. smell of new books
  2. envies big enough to mail postcards -- handmade and plain color storebought to decorate
  3. pens & paper and stationary & stickers
  4. beads & sequins & ribbons and funny/unusual things to attach to mixed media pieces of art
  5. washi
  6. handknitted socks! (or nice cotton/wool ones -- not the synthetic cutesy ones)
  7. Crossword puzzles! (in the US: the ones from the Dollar Store make me happy! Also happy with freebies from the paper, just also include the answers please because I cheat.)
  8. new/unused postcards (not tourist ones)
  9. blank journals/notebooks - especially ones with recycled paper...pages are a little rough like newspaper, not slick & shiny
  10. handmade pottery -- tiles and plates
  11. Nancy Drew
  12. Wooden spoons & aprons
  13. bags -- any kind: small ones for pens and such and tote bags...all kinds of bags (I especially like tote bag people sew -- about the size to roughly what regular plastic bag from a store holds)
  14. Address labels -- for me (info only, including USA; no pics) or blank to send out
  15. sea glass & the ocean & and ocean colors
  16. envies of randomness!
  17. old mags -- I cut them up for stuff so I don't care how new/old they are
  18. paper scraps -- LOVE paper and anything at least as big as a postcard is awesome! . .

THINGS I CAN HAPPILY LIVE WITHOUT:

  1. almost all the isms,
  2. crimes against kids,
  3. horror/gothic/vampire/scary stuff,
  4. smelly lotions & potions,
  5. tv,
  6. spicy food,
  7. caffeine free coke & coffee
  8. cold weather,
  9. make-up & high heels,
  10. fridge magnets, shot glasses, tourist spoons/thimbles, keychains and that sort of thing (even if it is a "requirement" of the swap -no sense wasting your money on it!),
  11. Hello Kitty, kawaii and that sort of thing

IF YOU DON'T GET SOMETHING FROM ME, LET ME KNOW PLEASE.

POSTCARD WISHLIST

Postcard Wishlist: I don't really care what kind of card, but I like interesting images, watercolors, birds & animals (NO SNAKES!), books, maps, clocks, crowns, keys, botanicals, B&W....

Not a fan of tourist cards - truly not my thing.

No Religious, Rude, Crude, or Mean cards please.

Recycling

I like to recycle stuff -- Please don't be offended if I use newspapers or mag pages or other interesting materials for envies and mailers. Thanks!

Email

** Please use the messaging system on SB and not my email account. My email is subject to review by third parties and I'd much rather my personal stuff not mix with my work stuff. Thank you!

Cats

It is possible that my cat, Oddly Bean, will want to send you something as well. She has been known to include a cat hair or two in the envies. I do my best to avoid that -- cost of postage and all -- but she loves to hang out on my desk (the better to see the squirrels in the yard and increase her chances of getting a cuddle). My apologies in advance if my mail arrives with a stray cat hair or two.

2022 Challenge

One of my 2022 challenges is to reuse as much of the SB packaging as I can -- envies and mailers. I want to upcycle envies by adding/re-doing/altering them in fun ways and put them back in the mailbox. Don't be surprised if you receive an envie that looks a little familiar! Open to private swaps with anyone interested in trading a few of these!

Ratings

CHOWEFACE rated for 5 Postcards to 2 Partners #239 on Nov 28, 2022
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Comment: Thanks for the cards!
Highlander18 rated for Handmade Envelopes 11/2022 on Nov 28, 2022
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Comment: Thank you very much for the cute envies. I like them straight across also. I am thinking about landscape style envies to include most of the picture, yours is perfect. Nice extra stickers, too!
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Comment: Thanks for this wonderful envie! The washi finished it off so nicely! Thanks too for the extras! I hope you had an excellent Thanksgiving! Stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: very welcome
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Comment: I moved... um.. surprise? LOL! I'm so sorry this got mixed up with the addresses. Much love anyway <3
Response: LOL -- thank you!
mamajoy rated for Three Postcards in an Envelope #9N on Nov 22, 2022
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Comment: Nice cards. I wish I knew where the ruins were.
Response: Very welcome
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Comment: thanks for the extra goodies
Response: Very welcome
Ikat78 rated for CPG Nov '22 Senders Choice PC - US on Nov 21, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for the tulip pc! It’s cute.
Response: very welcome!
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Comment: I love all the choices you picked. Especially the Tasmanian devil one
Response: Very welcome!
simcoe54 rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt for PCs #200 on Nov 19, 2022
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Comment: Thanks for the great postcards and extra stamps.
Response: Very welcome
bb2 rated for UHM: Autumn Mail Art on Nov 17, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for the super mail art swap. Everything is very bright and cheerful. Happy Thanksgiving!
Response: Very welcome
squince rated for AN: 2 x 2 PC #24 (global) on Nov 16, 2022
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Comment: Great cards! Thanks!
Response: very welcome
LadyJo rated for CPG ~ Thanksgiving Tradition PC ~ USA on Nov 16, 2022
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Comment: Thanks for sharing! Great memories!
Response: Very welcome
anicka22 rated for Non-Touristy Postcards #43 on Nov 15, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for a lovely swap!
Response: VEry welcome!
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Comment: Thank you!
Response: Very welcome!
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Comment: Thank you for the wonderful postcards and adorable stickers, wow! Thanks for joining my swap! xoxo
Response: Very welcome
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Comment: Hi Sheri! I love the Thanksgiving pc - thank you! Football was on my parents TV from the time the season started until it ended - uggg! I was never a fan, so I am glad you enjoyed it growing up! LOL! I would go read while they watched it, as there was only one TV, what a tortured childhood I had - LOL! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Response: Very welcome!
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Comment: Thanks Sheri!
Response: Very welcome
squince rated for AN: Teach Me #33 (US) on Nov 9, 2022
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Comment: Thank you!
Response: Very welcome
SatisHuman rated for AN: 5 for Fun #12 (Intl) on Nov 6, 2022
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Comment: This was an impressive swap! I love everything that you sent! I couldn't have asked for more cats and flamingos.
Response: Very welcome
simcoe54 rated for 5 Postcards to 2 Partners #238 on Nov 6, 2022
5
rating
Comment: Great postcards and extra stamps. Thanks
Response: very welcome!

Rating Overview

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Comments

LadyJo on Nov 25, 2022:

Thank you for the Birthday card and wishes, with the extras. This is for WW November

Poohtat on Nov 25, 2022:

Thank you for the WW Nov blue happy mail. I love your presentation and the goodies! Happy swapping

OrigamiGrace on Nov 24, 2022:

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susieq11 on Nov 22, 2022:

Thank you for the wishes for November WW!! The poodle card is hilarious - new to me, yay!! So very poodle, ha!! OMG enjoy your trip!!!! Can't wait to hear about it! We had a blast in Japan - counting down to next years trip, lol! xoxo

Gnoe on Nov 18, 2022:

Thank you for the lovely bunch of animal stuff for AN RAK October!

BusyB on Nov 5, 2022:

I sent a request to join your AN group. When I'm on my phone my fat fingers get in the way sometimes. Lol Good grief, I must have accidentally left the group. I'd like to join again. :)

LadyJo on Oct 26, 2022:

Thank you for the pc with the book recommendation for my WW October wishes! I will put this on my list.

lindseyjae on Oct 16, 2022:

Thank you so much for thr lovely PC you sent me! (October WW)

myancey on Oct 13, 2022:

Thanks for the wta an PCs. Have a good day

Ikat78 on Oct 13, 2022:

Thank you for the WW Oct: Cute Halloween ephemera to include Halloween bags filled with die cut stickers, stickers, ribbon, and the adorable bookmark. :)

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