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MSturgill87

MSturgill87
Date Joined: July 26, 2015
Last Online: May 24, 2019

Country: United States
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The Grey Rose Paper Company (My Etsy Shop)

Basics About Me!

Updated 10-May-2019

I've been busy with my new Etsy shop's opening! Check out the link above!I

Also, I've completely redone my profile.


The Basics

My name is Mandi. I am 31 years old. I live in Kentucky with my best friend/husband, Jerry, and our 3 kids. I am a stay at home mom and I own an Etsy shop.

I only swap/communicate with other women. It is not due to any sexism, simply a wife heeding to her husband's understandable requests.

My oldest son's name is Jacob. He will be 10 in June and starts 5th grade, the final year of elementary school, in August! Jacob likes basketball, football, books (he reads chapter books geared toward children aged 10-12 or 5th to 8th grade), World War Z, and the Walking Dead.

My second son's name is Callum and he is 3 1/2. He will start preschool in August! Callum likes trains, planes, automobiles, space (he can tell you how many planets are in the solar system and their names and which one we live on), police cars, construction and farm equipment, firetrucks, ambulances, science stuff for early learners, building toys, anything STEM for preschool age, stuffed animals, drawing/coloring, Paw Patrol, Cat in the Hat and other Dr. Seuss, PJ Masks, dinosaurs, and books geared toward boys age 4-6.

My baby girl is Evelyn. Evie is 2 years old and mostly nonverbal. Evie likes hair bows (clip-in, any size), Blippi, elephants, books for girls age 1-3, felt food for her play kitchen, and animals.

I have two pet rats, Nox and Nargle. They enjoy bird toys, ferret tunnels & hammocks, and wood chews. Rats are not gross. They are as intelligent as a dog (mine know their names and come when called), as clean as a cat (mine clean themselves more than any cat I've seen and some rats are even litter trained), and they love human interaction & cuddles and never bite (I've had over a dozen rats in my lifetime and I've literally never been bit)! My little ratties are cage-dwellers. Nargle prefers not to leave the cage ever as he prefers me to reach in and give him treats/petting and insists I clean around him instead of leaving the cage while I clean it (he will move so I eventually get the whole cage done)! Nox is a parrot-rat... He will perch on my shoulder all day if I let him. He's not into crafting, though, so you'll never have pet hair on your stuff.

Hobbies & Interests

My music style is car-karaoke. If I know the words, I'm gonna sing along (loudly and poorly). If I don't know the words, I usually skip it unless it's catchy. Country, alt rock, classic rock, 90s, contemporary Christian, and praise/worship are my most played genres. My #1 favorite is (and always will be) Journey! Some other favorite artists that spring to mind are:

  • Carrie Underwood
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Reba
  • Old Dominion
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Passenger
  • 3 Doors Down
  • Matchbox 20
  • Shinedown
  • Seether
  • Black Stone Cherry
  • Backstreet Boys
  • Sidewalk Prophets
  • Chris Tomlin

As for movies, I have always been a horror movie fan. My mom had me watching 70s & 80s horror movies even before I can remember. I grew up watching Tales From the Crypt, every Stephen King novel based movie and all the Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween, and Friday the 13th films. I've kept that love for horror my entire life, even the B-list stuff. I also love foreign films (I even took Foreign Film Studies in college), short films, and classic Disney. Some favorite films are:

  • Cargo (the short film that the Netflix full-length is based on)
  • Amelie
  • Sarah's Key
  • All the Harry Potter films
  • Shawshank Redemption
  • The practically unknown Bad Ben series (free for Amazon Prime!)

Some folks like to read... I like to read everything! I'll always be a Potterhead and re-read the series quite often. I also love historical fiction, paranormal, sci-fi, horror, mystery, true crime/murder, bestsellers, and things I randomly pick up at a bookstore or happen to see while browsing the Kindle books on Amazon (I have a FireHD 8, a Voyage, and the app on my phone). My "TBR" list is so long and is literally always expanding. I know I'll realistically never be able to read them all, but I'll die trying! I read in bed every night. I can't finish a book and stop reading; I have to start a new book immediately.

I am a crafter. I have a large craft room! My crafting interests include (but are not limited to) papercrafting, crochet, bookbinding, designing stationery for my Etsy shop, and writing letters & sending mail art to my pen pals.

I enjoy various other hobbies, such as hiking, camping, fishing, and photography (Nikon DSLR user here).

I am a firm believer that there is no wrong way to have a body. A person's worth does not come from a number on the scale, their outward appearance, or their physical capabilities or limitations. Anyone can wear whatever they want to put on their body. I believe fat isn't a bad word. I am fat. I am also beautiful. Those things aren't mutually exclusive. I am also happy, worthy, physically active, energetic, and confident (although I'm an introvert). We need to stop letting the media tell us who is beautiful and instead get to know each other and find the beauty in everyone, then maybe some of the other problems in society will be fixed too.

World religions were always fascinating to me when I was younger. I didn't grow up in a church or a particular religion & religion was never really talked about in my house. As a teenager I believed in and practices paganism (wicca). In my early-20s, I was agnostic. In my mid & late 20s, I was a confident athiest. At 29, Jesus saved me. I joined a local church, was baptized, and I now participate in a monthly women's Bible study, a monthly craft ministry where we make things for different charities or other donations, attend church at least every Sunday (but more often when I can), and host Bible study swaps on here. That being said, I won't bring up religion in my swaps (unless it is a religious-themed swap). If you want a theological discussion, I'm up for it but you'll have to approach the topic first.

I can't pass an hourglass without flipping it over. Weird quirk, but I feel it's relevant information. Also, I might believe in aliens and UFOs... It depends on the day.


Postcard Swap Info

Send something you think I will like based on my profile. There is a lot of info here. LoL

Also, I like touristy, funny, and strange PCs. Just no nudity please. Pin-up style is fine.

If we are in a swap that does not specify whether to send in an envie or naked & stamped, I prefer naked & stamped if you will write something on the back. If you don't know what to write, some suggestions are:

  • Recommend a book. Tell me why it's a good read.
  • Tell me some kind of positive news headline from the past few weeks. Local, national, or world news! (Nothing sad or political please)
  • Go to Wikipedia, click "random article" and tell me a bit about what came up.

Current Wishlist

This list is mostly for profile-based swaps. If it's on this list, I'd like it! Be sure to check out the rest of my profile for more "likes" scattered in.

Handmade items are welcome! I also have links at the top of my profile to my wishlists on Etsy & Amazon.

Anything from England, Ireland, Scotland, or Italy! Or things featuring landmarks from those places.

Tourist brochures for places in/near London, England. I'll be visiting in 2021!

Felt-tip pens of any color. Ultra-fine to medium tips.

Glitter gel pens

Gift cards or gift card codes for Amazon or Etsy.

Unused USA Global Mail Forever stamps

Unused USA stamps: Forever, Additional Ounce, Nonmachinable surcharge, or just the small amounts (under 50c).

Pet bird toys (handmade or store-bought, the internet has a lot of ideas if you Google DIY bird toys, these are for my rats)

Magnets (store bought or handmade) pertaining to my likes list below... or see my Etsy wishlist for other ideas.

Giant puffy stickers

Flat sticker sheets (please no kiddie/teacher/reward)

Please Do Not Send / Dislikes

This list is pretty small, but it is a list of dislikes - things I simply won't use and would be better off being sent to someone who will treasure it.

Makeup

Tea

Anything that could melt in warm temperatures between the months of May and October

Sticker flakes unless I'm in a swap for them

Planner stickers unless I am in a swap for them or they are on my Etsy wishlist

Items that smell heavily like smoke

Loose confetti or things that will get glitter everywhere when I open the package

Friendship Books, Slams, etc.

Random Likes List

An ever-expanding and ever-changing list of random things I like!

  • Jesus
  • Christian-themed stuff
  • Rats
  • The United Kingdom
  • Italy
  • Aliens & UFOs
  • Hedgehogs
  • Penguins
  • Elephants
  • Giraffes
  • Beaches
  • Seashells
  • Sunsets
  • Mountains
  • Coffee
  • Lemonade
  • Doctor Who (#10)
  • Harry Potter (Ravenclaw)
  • Ghosts
  • Vampires (scary or old-school suave, not "sparkly")
  • Mythology
  • Conspiracy Theories (all topics!)
  • Supernatural
  • Vikings
  • The Big Bang Theory
  • Gilmore Girls (Luke, Jess)
  • Game of Thrones
  • Criminal Minds (Spence)
  • Classic Disney
  • Disney/Pixar
  • Body Positivity
  • Autumn
  • Space
  • Ancient Ruins
  • Flip flops
  • Kawaii style stuff (Gudetama)
  • Bob Ross
  • How I Met Your Mother (Robin)

How I Rate & Send

I click send if...

  • I have dropped a stamped package in a blue box.
  • I have given the package to the postal worker at the post office.
  • I have hit 'send' on an electronic swap.1

If you are in the USA and do not receive a swap from me within 2 weeks of my clicking send please PM me and I will happily resend.

If you are outside the USA, please allow 4-6 weeks to receive a swap from me. If that timeframe has passed, please PM me and I'll gladly resend.

I rate based on the rules of Swap-Bot. There are only three different rating criteria: I got my stuff and it met posted swap requirements (5 points); I got my stuff, but it didn't meet the posted swap requirements (3 points); I never got anything (1 point).

I rate the day I get your package from the post office or the following day, but I don't go to the post office daily. If you have tracking on your item and it says it's been delivered but I haven't rated it, please give me a few days. I usually pick up my mail at least twice a week.

I will contact my partner prior to giving a 1 or a 3. If you're going to be a few days late, please PM me. Communication goes a long way. :-)

September 2009

I joined this site in September 2009. I stopped getting online in April 2013 due to sudden, unforeseen, unpredictable, non-preventable (private) reasons. Due to the fact that I no longer had any access to the previously used email address, I could not remember my password for SB, I had no idea how to contact Rachel without a SB account, and I had a new name & address, I rejoined Swap-Bot in August 2015 with a new profile. I immediately contacted admin and had Rachel merge them. All my ratings from the old profile are accessible by clicking "View All" and scrolling down. I also didn't do any swapping from October 2015 (when my 2nd child was born) until January 2017, but I left on good terms and returned on good terms. If you have any questions about any of this, please PM me.

Ratings

Kathy821 rated for PCEW19 Round 3 on May 23, 2019
5
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Comment: Thanks so much for sending that one for Mason. He's already trying to draw them.
5
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Comment: Lovely postcard! Thank you !
ncnurse04 rated for 1 Plus 1 Equals Fun: Etsy Edition on May 16, 2019
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Comment: Love, love, love the items you sent. Thank you so much.
5
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Comment: Thank you so very much for the super cute ladybug to put in my 3 tier stand!!!!! It is perfect and ladybugs have special memories for me!!!
kokoloc rated for UHM: Pretty + Easy Spring Mail Art on May 14, 2019
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Comment: I loved the beautiful envelope! It is so bright and colorful!!
spicemom rated for Card Craze - 3 Themes on May 13, 2019
5
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Comment: Hi Mandi Thank you love the cards Spicemom
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Comment: Thanks for your answers, I do enjoy reading what you write. I also loved your explanation about your stationery. I will check out your Etsy shop. Thanks for continuing to host this swap.
5
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Comment: Thanks for the neat postcard. I think a nap on Sunday was on everyone's list! Yay for naps!
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Comment: Thank you for the cute card and encouraging scriptures :) I think my favorite today is the one from Proverbs. Love all the colors too!
kiddomerriweather rated for Awww rats! on May 3, 2019
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Comment: OMGoodness! He is so cute! The katanas turned out great and his logo is perfect! You did a FANTASTIC job! I'm super impressed. Thank you so much.
geekgirl1001000 rated for ATCO: Gelli Print ATC on May 3, 2019
5
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Comment: Thanks! Looks great.
kdeorne1 rated for PCEW19 Round 2 on May 2, 2019
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Comment: Thank you for the postcard. I have not watched that show before, but I might give it a shot one day. My parents loved the postcard you sent me.
Vickyen rated for FF - Prompted Notecard #4 on May 1, 2019
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Comment: Hi Mandi! I agree that it does show a lack of respect to keep interrupting when someone is talking - but having said that, I have a friend that just seems to get excited and interrupts but then apologizes, so... Hugs and Happy Swapping ;)
YooperHill rated for FF: Sender's Choice ATC on Apr 29, 2019
5
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Comment: Love it! Thank you.
jeka396 rated for Handmade Envelopes - April 2019 on Apr 29, 2019
5
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Comment: Thanks for the cute, springy envies!
5
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Comment: Thanks for continuing to do this swap, I am stretching.
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Comment: I just received the washi in the mail and wanted to thank you so very much! I LOVE expanding my Disney craft stash, so it's very appreciated!
Poohtat rated for PCEW19 Round 2 on Apr 23, 2019
5
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Comment: Great postcard. I’m looking forward to beach weather!
mcovey rated for PCEW19 Round 2 on Apr 22, 2019
5
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Comment: Thanks for how to play Cricket, looking fun .
earthnk rated for FF: Just Use It! on Apr 16, 2019
5
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Comment: Thank you.

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 375 134 158
Completed Fives Threes Ones
376 487 0 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
26 187 163 0
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Comments

weatherwax on May 21, 2019:

I have read about those Total Solar Eclipse stamps, but never seen them before! They are great, so are all those lovely stickers!Thank you so much for a great envelope for the CPG wishlist May.

hollycm6 on May 19, 2019:

These bee address labels are just the thing!!! Thank you for taking the time to do them for me!! (AWG May)

bluehairedmary on May 18, 2019:

Thanks so much for the handmade envies for my AWG wishlist! These are so pretty and will get used up for some penpal letters right away! Thank you!

daydreamer47 on May 18, 2019:

Mandi! Thank you so much for the absolutely cool vintage book pages for the May WW 💜

tcornell on May 17, 2019:

Thank you for the pretty handmade envelopes! WW May

TeaNi on May 17, 2019:

thanks so much

for granting a May wish for me with the pretty colorful envelopes! :)

Ciska76 on May 17, 2019:

Thank you so much for the teas for my May wish (MAW!). They look delicious.

ncnurse04 on May 16, 2019:

Thank you for the peacock address labels that you sent for my May Wonderful Wish. I love them!

Ciska76 on May 16, 2019:

Hi Mandi, what a lovely Etsy shop you have. Such a cute writing paper. Good luck with this new adventure💕

susieq11 on May 16, 2019:

Thank you for the wishes for Make A Wish May! I love the birthday card and thank you for your note about travel! : ) I hope you have a great day! xx

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