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Manurnakey

Manurnakey
Date Joined: January 13, 2010
Last Online: May 25, 2016
Birthday: January 2
Country: United States
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About Me

I am a high school teacher. I teach Drafting, Architecture, and Digital Electronics.

I love Crafting. I like all types of crafting. My recent passions are tatting, polymer clay, ATCs, and making/sending postcards to friends and family.

I love the color Teal. I also like Blue and Green. I collect glass beads...and will one day use some of them.

I am a Cat person =^.^=! Our family has a cat named Kismet, who is a stray I found in the middle of the road. My daughter has a kitten named Maximus who she rescued from a shelter - so I have a grandkitten? And I have a precious Persian gray cat named Gandalf who is going to be my Empty Nest baby when my son moves out after college :)

I have two kids. I have a 20 yr old son and a 14 yr old daughter. I have an awesome husband, who I'm still crazy about after over twenty years together!

I play online MMORPGs (massive multi-player online role playing games) with my husband almost every night. In World of Warcraft I play a Blood Elf Priest. He plays a Tauren Warrior. I love to quest and cook and fish in-game. He likes to do dungeons and raid.

ABOUT MY DAUGHTER - she will be participating in Kid's swaps. Julie loves purple and red. She likes drawing and making origami animals. She loves origami books/directions and paper. She likes cats, dragons, dogs, and Nintendo. She loves Super Mario Bros and has a Wii-U and 3DS. She is fourteen and likes to craft with whatever supplies I happen to have spread out at the time. Also she is starting her own craft supply stash and welcomes any little additions.

Postcards: I prefer to receive postcards, naked. So they have cancelled postage on them :)

Favorite Music

I have very eclectic taste in music. My favorite songs, in no particular order, are: Symphony of Destruction by Megadeth, You Don't Love Me Anymore by Weird Al Yankovic, Inside Out by Eve 6, House of the Rising Sun by the Animals, and several Mozart symphonies.

Favorite Books

I've read every single Agatha Christie book I could find published. I'm sure I've missed a few, but I just love Hercule Poirot and Jane Marple. Recently I've been exploring her drama/romances under the name Mary Westmacott!

I also read "The Cat Who..." series by Lilian Jackson Braun. I believe her to be a true cat person. She seems to understand exactly what it's like to be owned by a cat. And I'm currently exploring Kerry Greenwood, thanks to a swapbot friend recommendation.

I like reading OLD Science Fiction. I love finding old dusty books that talk about how the world will change in the far distant future (1990, 2000, etc.). It's cool to find people that were close as well as to laugh at stuff that is way out there!

Favorite Movies

Raising Arizona - with Nicholas Cage and Holly Hunter. BEST MOVIE EVER! It's the only movie I own...I'm more of a renter type of person :)

Favorite Television

The Simpsons - makes me laugh every time; Doctor Who - Tom Baker and the newly revived series; Currently watching: Elementary, Face-off, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, the Returned, and Doctor Who. I watch a lot of stuff on Netflix. I really like Masterpiece Mystery and weird Science Fiction stuff. My family has watched all 3 Sharknado movies together...with popcorn...and no distractions. They are so bad they are hilarious. We laughed and laughed. We are really hoping there's a Sharknado Four next summer!

Favorite Crafts

I realized that it might help a partner in a swap if they knew what kind of crafts I like and dislike.

Crafts I Like (alphabetically): Art Journaling, ATCs, Drawing, Making Miniatures (dollhouse scale), Origami, Polymer Clay, Random Acts of Kindness, Recycling/Repurposing Crafts, and Tatting.

I prefer to work in small scale. I love making itty bitty things. They can be quite a challenge!

Crafts I Can't Do: Knitting (drop too many stitches), Sewing clothes

Craft Items I Collect: Cat Fabric (1/4yd to 1yd pieces) - these will eventually be part of a huge cat quilt. Itty Bitty Stickers - the smaller the better

Allergies

I am allergic to anything that contains an evergreen oil (like oil from a fir tree). I don't mind passing along things that contain it to friends or family - but please make sure it is clearly marked. I break out with a painful rash if I accidentally use it. I'm also allergic to wool but my kitties love it...so wool yarn is fine...if in a plastic bag.

I Recycle and Repurpose a lot. So the packaging for swaps I send will most likely be reused or creatively made from recycled materials. This is more about being good to Mother Earth than saving money...even though they frequently go hand in hand :)

My handwriting is awful! I'm very sorry for this. This comes from working in computer environments for 20+ years. I rarely write more than a hall pass by hand...and I'll type that if I have the time :) I AM working on creative lettering for mail art...but its a long process.

SWAP ETIQUETTE - I try to rate all received swaps within a few days of getting them. I am a very responsible swapper - I don't flake, so if you have not received a swap from me, please let me know. I promise that I do not mark anything sent until I've physically put it into the mail at my local post office.

Swapping Philosophy

I've cut back on the number of swaps I join for several reasons. First, because I enjoy International Swaps...but tend to go "heavy" on the content and thus incur expensive postage. Also, I like to take time to read a person's profile (more than once) and envision them as a friend when I'm preparing a swap package - and the ole brain cells can't juggle 10 friend's profiles at once :) And lastly because I want to put ALL my focus on a swap until it's sent.

Food and Beverages

If I'm in a swap that lends itself to "feeding me or quenching my thirst" then here are some things I like...or don't like.

Likes: Herbal Teas with Orange or Lime, Constant Comment by Bigelow, All kinds of hot chocolates :) I drink hot tea or iced tea at least once a day. I love milk chocolate but it doesn't ship well . I prefer fruity over savory. I am addicted to fruit flavored tic tacs!

Dislikes: I hate coffee...flavored, smell, etc. It's a serious disgust for me. I also don't like spicy things. I don't like minty teas or alcohol.

Ratings

oblivionspin rated for mpu: Mad Lib Theme Zine on May 25, 2016
5
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Comment: What a fun little zine! Your illustrations and little poem were so much fun. Thank you for sharing your creativity!
Response: I hope it helped brighten your day a little. I'm so sorry you are dealing with grieving right now. If I can find a copy - I'll send you the zine I created when I lost my kitty. I used writing about him as a cathartic release :)
kiddomerriweather rated for mpu: Mad Lib Theme Zine on May 23, 2016
5
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Comment: I loved this zine so much! I've been in a bad mood all day and this was the first time I've smiled. Thank you so much for that. Thank you for the washi tape samples as well. "Tyler Perry and the Low Body of Water" is an instant classic!
Response: LOL!!! I'm so glad it came at just the right time :) Hope your week gets better soon!
user4532 rated for Unconventional ATC # 3 on May 20, 2016
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Comment: I am still mesmerised by the 3D printed kitty! Wow it's really cool! First one I've ever seen, how do you to it? Like a 3D printer, so cool! I love Perler beads! Now I know what to do with them!🌺🌸😊. I'm just going to have to steal that idea! Lol. Thanks so much there the best in my collection of ATC's. AND that you took the time to draw those pretty Eiffel tower and London Bridge the snail is adorable! Need a pen pal? 📫
Response: I'd love to have a pen pal!!! I have a 3D printer at work and have been printing student work for the past week. Monday I should finally be able to print the Eiffel Tower ATC I originally modeled for you. If you write me back - I'll send it :)
AshbyDanielle rated for A.I - Alphabet ATC - B on May 18, 2016
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Comment: Thank you for taking the time to look at my profile and looking at my pictures :) I love your atc. I used the same colored pencils and some outlining
Response: I'm so glad you like it :) I've tried other methods, but I always come back to colored pencils and sharpies, LOL
mamalynn rated for SWL ~ ABC Letter ATCs ~ W on May 16, 2016
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Comment: Waffles and watch! Super cool! I love them both and love your drawings!! Thank you so much for these great additions to my ATC collection! Will miss this series!!
Response: Me, too! I'm really loving these ABC Letter ATCs! Thank you so much for the sweet rating :)
ktk8 rated for SWL ~ ABC Letter ATCs ~ X on May 13, 2016
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Comment: Awwww…I love receiving from YOU…. and I Love the Xerox…. as I school nurse I used one a lot also…..and never knew the word Xenopus….. love it…will look it uP. You always make the BEST ATC's…. OK looked it up….never knew there was a clawed FROG…..so I have learned something new……thank you so much! HUGS!
Response: Thank you :) Big Hugs coming your way as well!!!
mcall rated for A.I. Backgrounds JUNK Mail on May 13, 2016
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely ATCs and goodies too ;) I love the envelope!!!
Response: Thanks :) This was an "outta my normal zone" swap for me. I'm glad you liked it!
isabellasnow rated for A.I. Backgrounds JUNK Mail on May 13, 2016
5
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Comment: Hi Helga! I love it when you're my sending partner because I know I'm in for a treat. Your "junk" backgrounds don't look junky at all ;+) They're so neat. And a kitty card . . . and kitty stickers . . . AND a kitty art envie? I'm in heaven! Is Maximus an actual kitty? We had a beagle (Chance) who was fairly young when the movie, Gladiator, came out and I nicknamed him "Tankus Maximus" (he was large) . . . so the Maximus brought back such fond memories. Thank you so much for such an enjoyable swap.
Response: Yes - Maximus is my grand kitten. He's a big ole Tom Cat - so my daughter thought he was Kittimus Maximus! I'm so glad you liked it all :)
KarenLaneWV rated for A.I - ATC Alphabet - "A" on May 12, 2016
5
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Comment: I love steamed asparagus, too! Nice ATC!!
Response: Thank you very much! And thank you for the <3!
BelfryBat rated for MPU: May the 4th Be With You on May 11, 2016
5
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Comment: Wow, wow, wow!! Thank you for the fantastic swap! I loved the cards - Chewie is adorable! And the goodies were great as well, I've already put together the puzzle.
Response: Awesome :) I'm glad you liked it all. Thanks so much for the heart!
Jennifer2004 rated for RCAS ~ Cartoons ~ HD/HP on May 5, 2016
5
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Comment: Thank you so much for 2 amazing ATCs! I love them both so much! I wish I could give more hearts!
Response: Thank you so much :)
Elysandrra rated for "Owned by a Cat" ATC on May 5, 2016
5
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Comment: Wow! I am so impressed!!! I love both of your atcs! You are a great artist- what a naughty little cat you drew for me! I have never seen anything made with a 3D printer- that is just so neat! Thank you so much for sharing your talent with me!
Response: I'm so glad you liked them :)
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Comment: thank you so much for the beautiful card and kind words Helga :) Love the colorful zentangle!
Response: I'm so glad you liked it. I hope you have a wonderful week! Thank you so much for the <3.
ktk8 rated for SWL ~ ABC Letter ATCs ~ V on May 3, 2016
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Comment: Oh WoW I love receiving fromYOU…. & I love BOTH my v ATC's…… Volcano is so fun….but Voluptious Violet Vixen just takes the CAKE…..love them both & the card you put them in…..HUGS & happy swapping…...
Response: HAHAHA!!! I'm so glad you liked both ATCs. Drawing the Vixen was a hoot...I kept rounding her out more and more while sketching. <3
devotedstudent rated for "Owned by a Cat" ATC on Apr 28, 2016
5
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Response: Thank you for rating :)
GinaVisione rated for HMPC: Put a "Dog" on it Postcard on Apr 23, 2016
5
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Comment: Helga thanks so much for the Doxie!! Wonderful PC :D
Response: Thank you :) I had a great time drawing it! I think Dachshunds are so super cute!
Loonstruck rated for SWL ~ ABC Letter ATCs ~ U on Apr 23, 2016
5
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Comment: Unconventional, indeed! Love it! Can't wait to see you next Saturday.
Response: Looking forward to it :) I'm glad you liked it!
stitchinwitch rated for Just to Say Hello on Apr 21, 2016
5
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Comment: Lovely note, thank you x
Response: Thank you so much for rating - and the <3 :)
sweet3pea3 rated for "Owned by a Cat" ATC on Apr 19, 2016
5
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Comment: Thank you for the awesome ATCs. I'm amazed about using the 3D printer in that way. I love them. Thanks again
Response: I'm glad you liked them :) I am trying to explore some unconventional mediums for ATCs...but I always chicken out and make a traditional paper one, too, LOL
5
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Comment: Thank you for 2 beautiful ATCs!! I love them so much!! :)
Response: Oh I'm so glad :) I had a great time researching what they were, LOL! Super cool animals!

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 475 8 10
Completed Fives Threes Ones
356 504 0 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
22 74 260 0
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Comments

BelfryBat on May 5, 2016:

Thank you for the Star Wars pic! I was working on my swap item last night and didn't even realize it was the 4th.

wolfeagle on May 4, 2016:

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wolfeagle on Apr 1, 2016:

haf

Happy April Fool's Day!

oblivionspin on Mar 30, 2016:

I wanted you to know that while recreating mini pocket letters did not go well for me, (I just don't have the tools to fuse plastic that accurately and safely) I had already made a ton of mini filler things and went on to make mini letters and even an itty bitty flat rate box with goodies in it.
So thank you so so much for sharing your proto-type with me and giving me some really fun inspiration!
Here's my mini box:

And "shrunk" mail:

Ky on Mar 29, 2016:

I LOVE the pictures you have posted on my profile!! Thank you friend! :-)

ContraryHousewife on Mar 20, 2016:

spring

abbyaguas on Mar 11, 2016:

Hi Helga :)

I would just like to thank you for the birthday card that you sent to me last year :) I was searching for your username quite some time, and now, I finally found you :)

Thank you so much for sending a birthday card :) It really means so much to me!

wolfeagle on Feb 27, 2016:

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JeanetteC on Feb 17, 2016:

Happy Random Acts of Kindness Day!

I really enjoyed reading your profile...I think we have a bit in common. Have you watched Orphan Black? think you might like the series =o)

Ky on Feb 14, 2016:

You're so sweet!! Happy Valentine's Day to you too!

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