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Nnyla

Nnyla
Date Joined: July 15, 2010
Last Online: December 16, 2017
Birthday: October 2
Country: United States
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About Me

I am New Orleans girl "through and through," but my family relocated to Alabama 4 years ago. It's certainly not NOLA, but it's okay. I am a happily married and mom of a 10-year-old son. Family is my priority, but somehow I manage to maintain my sanity as a FT university professor. I teach literature (absolutely LOVE it AND my students). Reading and Writing are my PASSIONS. I enjoy giving and making (simple--digital and handmade) bookmarks, cards and digital scrapbooks for family and friends. I love photography (taking pictures and looking at them--I'm a Flickr addict). I also love water, flowers, nature (in general), parks, bayous, etc. and taking walks--though I don't consider myself the outdoorsy type (much to my hubby's chagrin, camping is NOT appealing to me).

NOTE ABOUT SWAPPING AND RATING: Swap-bot has been a wonderful experience--I've met really awesome people and learned a few new things along the way. I send swaps on time. If you have not received a swap from me in a timely manner, please send me a PM. Some things simply take longer. (I sent a PC to Russia that took nearly 3 months to arrive). I rate as soon as I receive a swap. If I haven't rated you, I haven't received the swap. I will not rate you as a "no send" without attempting to contact you.

Favorite Music

Music is my first love. I like classical, jazz (instrumental and vocal), inspirational, gospel, some R&B, neosoul, traditional blues, calypso, reggae, New Orleans music, etc. The list goes on...Anything with meaningful lyrics, but no heavy metal, gangster rap, or hard rock.

Favorite Books

Far too many to name, so I'll list a few... The BIBLE--where else can you get drama, narratives, history, creative nonfiction, romance, parables, poetry, prophecy, self-help, mischief and mayhem under one cover? Everything SHAKESPEARE has written; Toni Morrison, SONG OF SOLOMON; Ellen G. White, THE DESIRE OF AGES; Howard Thurman, MEDITATIONS OF THE HEART; C.S. Lewis, THE GREAT DIVORCE; Edwidge Danticat, BREATH, EYES, MEMORY; Bessie Head, A QUESTION OF POWER; James Joyce, ULYSSES; Homer, THE ODYSSEY; Dedra Johnson (a good friend), SANDRINE'S LETTER TO TOMORROW; Nawal El Saadawi, WOMAN AT POINT ZERO; Amy Tan, THE JOY LUCK CLUB; Jamaica Kincaid, LUCY; Ngugi wa Thiong'o, A GRAIN OF WHEAT; Tarshia Stanley, THE BOOK OF EPHESUS (published August 2013!); Christian Fiction (love Lori Wick); Literary Theory/Criticism

Poets: Alfred, Lord Tennyson; Robert Browning; Elizabeth Barrett Browning; Shakespeare; Rita Dove; Emily Dickinson; Lucille Clifton; Alice Walker; Nikky Finney, John Milton; Brenda Marie Osbey, etc.

Favorite Movies

Again, too many to name...The Fisher King; Eve's Bayou; The Caveman's Valentine; Beloved; Sugar Cane Alley; Imitation of Life; Daughters of the Dust; Xala; Black Girl; Schindler's List; Nights in Rodanthe; P.S. I Love You; Women of Brewster Place; Brown Sugar; Love Jones; Mona Lisa Smile; Runaway Bride; Stepmom; Steele Magnolias; Fried Green Tomatoes; Something to Talk About; Pretty Woman; Redemption; Crooklyn; Bamboozled; Malcolm X; The Color Purple

My Favorite Things

Teddy Bears (I collect figurines only; had too many stuffed bears, so I gave most away); the color PURPLE; the color PINK (after a few family rounds with breast cancer, pink has become a favorite); stickers; pretty paper and notebooks; journaling; cool/nice/pretty pens; sharpies; postcards; craft scissors (even though I haven't quite mastered cutting straight with them); funny quotations; meaningful quotations; spiritual (as in religious quotations); silly/funny children's poems and stories; photography; digital scrapbooks; my Mac; Photoshop; poetry; music; books; reading; writing; letters; history; art; simple vegetarian recipes; Dr. Seuss; Care Bears (Grumpy Bear); anything that keeps me organized; I also LIKE people. MOST are interesting and fun!

I enjoy making photo postcards, handmade envelopes, and ATCs. I also enjoy receiving these items from others.

Dislikes

I dislike: horror and gory stuff; witchcraft and sorcery/fortunetelling/tarot; zodiac/horoscope; cigarettes; alcohol; profanity; dogs and cats (quite ironic since our family has every other animal imaginable); distasteful humor; nudity; scraps; ripped and/or torn things; edible items (too many things I don't eat, so better not to send); meat or anything that glorifies meat. (I've been a vegetarian MOST of my life. I don't judge others for eating meat, but I don't want it thrown in my face).

Wish List

Washi tape samples (especially faith-based and word washi); inspirational quotes and stickers; teddy bear stickers; planner stuff; blank non-touristy postcards; ideas for cute/pretty/elegant/beautiful card-making

Allergies

Cigarette smoke; pet hairs/dander; dust; pollen

Hubby's & Son's Likes

Hubby is easy--since most things he likes are too large to stuff in any envelope: foreign currency and old US currency.

Son likes: robots, animals in general, elephants and frogs in particular; rockets, astronauts, and space; superheroes, age-appropriate comic books, books about animals and nature, reading, drawing, postcards, stickers, "outer space," Super Mario Brothers, Skylanders, Rabbids, nature, rocks, Legos, and sooooo much more.

Postcards

I prefer postcards naked, stamped and written on (but if you're sending a PC that you don't want marred by postal machines and handling, I will not complain if you place it in an envie). I am not too picky about postcards--but my favorites are (not in any particular order): literary postcards; artsy postcards; whimsical postcards; cultural (icons/myths/stories) postcards; map postcard; touristy postcards that teach me a little about your history or culture--building, bridges, statues, monuments. I also like fun, humorous and quirky cards. Surprise me and I'll be pleased. But please no nudity or profanity--my son enjoys the postcards with me. Thanks!

Your PCs: I love well-crafted PCs made from your photography AND well-crafted "homemade" PCs, so if you're into making them, please send me one. I won't rate you down for not sending a "store-bought" one! Do note that well-crafted PCs involve more than cutting a picture from a magazine and gluing it to a piece of card stock.

Ratings

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Comment: Hi Chandra, thank you for the Eric Carle (sloth) PC. I love his illustrations. My twins were partial to "Brown Bear, Brown Bear" peace love light.
Mark63 rated for Book Themed Postcard! on Nov 30, 2017
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Comment: Your Penguin Book PC arrived at its new home this morning & has settled in quite well. Thank you. :-)
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Comment: Hi Chandra, thank you for the great "Alice" PC. I just love the frog with his boots and his rake in hand :)
grstamping rated for "One Perfect Rose" on Nov 14, 2017
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Comment: Chandra, thank you so much for the roses photos you have sent me. They look perfect to me. If you have trouble taking photos of roses, maybe it is because of the lens or the settings you are using on your camera. Some lenses are better with closeup than others. I find that my Pentax camera takes better flower shots then the Nikon for some reason. Have a great day!
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Comment: thankyou very very much for the adorable card :)
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely postcard. It is so very charming <3 Thank you for these swaps - they are so fun!
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Comment: It was so nice to hear from you in the form of this swap. I enjoyed each component and will compose and send a letter back to you soon. Blessings, dear friend.
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Comment: Thanks, Chandra, for a cute blk and wht "Alice" postcard. I just may color it, don't know for sure yet. We were untouched by Hurricane Harvey--not a bit of water or wind damage. Yet, less than a mile away, our old home of 23 yrs is wiped out for the first floor at least. I'm sure glad we made the down-sizing change last summer! But after 23 years in a home, you grow a bit attached to it! And several of our neighbors are dealing with all the chaos of finding a place to live, facing all of the red tape of FEMA and other agencies. It will be a year or more before their lives are fully back to normal! Hope all is good for you--I am in a blessedly low pain spell for about 10 days now, even though rain is here for the next 3 days. I'll take as many of those days as possible! Thanks for a great swap!
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Comment: Hi Chandra, thank you for the great PC. Happy Autumn swapping.
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Comment: Oh, I love Winnie the Pooh! Thank you so much! Hugs, Diane
mandigutterrose rated for Literary Wisdom #11 on Sep 20, 2017
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Comment: I'm sorry for the late rating, it was between the seats of my husban's truck! There was more so at least it was in good company. :-/
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Comment: Thank you very much for the beautifull Winnie the Pooh postcard. I love those classic illustrations. I also like the Disney Pooh but the classic ones are my favorite.
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Comment: Oh my gosh - thank you! That card is amazing and I love all the extra pcs! It's quite funny how we both wrote about each other's jobs and how cool they sound - we certainly do have a lot in common. xx
Stargazer008 rated for Science Postcard swap #2 on Aug 25, 2017
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Comment: ...you are absolutely right the postcards are stunning!..wow...Thank you so much for the inspiring postcard! And now have a sparkling weekend!
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Comment: Thank you. I enjoyed your message. I have a friend in Toronto who came to Canada from the Netherlands as a girl. We were born on the exact same day.
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Comment: Thank you so much for the postcards . You are very talented !!!! I also used Matthew 7:7 for mine :)
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Comment: Thank you for this wonderful photo of the Parr family in The Incredibles, Chandra! I LOVE it! I love this movie, too! I did smile, really big, when I saw it. THANK YOU!!! And also thank you for the bonus PC you sent. I really like the image side, and the quote you shared on the print side is good, too! :-) Thank you ever so much for sharing both of these postcards with me!
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Comment: Thanks so much for the doubled postcards for this swap! Would you believe card #2 arrived 2 days before card #1? Isn't the postal service a baffling process? Anyway, both are entirely new cards for my collection and cards I love, especially th Winnie the Pooh card. I love those illusrations. Thanks for an extra special swap! :-)
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Comment: Thank you for BOTH cards! I love them!

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Comments

PeggyO on Oct 21, 2017:

WOW---not ONE but TWO children's literature illustration postcards for swap #27!

THANKS! Have a great week at your university! I do miss teaching and most students--I was with a community college, so student pop. was vastly different that at university. But that was the challenge I felt I needed to work with. I don't miss administrators and the stacks of papers to grade that would be constant, longer, and then research papers coming in just before Thanksgiving. PeggyO

BlueberryLady on Oct 11, 2017:

Hope Your Birthday was filled with Love and Laughter and a Cake with Candles and Some Ice Cream and Chocolate ..... and Family and Friends. Hugs from OHIO.

bb2 on Oct 2, 2017:

Just stopping by to say I hope your birthday was special today. God bless you through the coming year.

Karen07 on Jul 28, 2017:

Pooh arrived today. He was trailing along after Eeyore it seems. Anyway, I do think that Winnie the Pooh is great literature for sure! Classic is the way to go though. I think Disney Pooh is a tad lame. Thanks for a great card!

yvonne401 on Jun 19, 2017:

Welcome to Proverbs Women! It's great to have you here!

Blessings,

Yvonne

yvonne401 on Jun 10, 2017:

Welcome to Butterfly lovers! It's great to have you here!

Blessings,

Yvonne

reader44ever on May 31, 2017:

Chandra! I got your postcard for the Literary Wisdom PC #7 swap today! I love it! Thank you so much for being my angel! :-)

TereDiane1954 on Feb 19, 2017:

I found a pretty card from you (2015) between the pages of my Bible,and it made me think I ought to swing by and say ♥ God bless your Sunday ♥

ArtyBeth3 on Jan 5, 2017:

Thank you for the lovely Merry Christmas postcard you made & sent to me. It took a little extra time to arrive because you had transposed my zip code. It's not 97213, but 97123. :)

clutterfree on Jan 3, 2017:

Chandra...what an awesome surprise to find one of your beautiful handmade scripture Christmas cards in my mail box today!! Thank you for your thoughtfulness and blessings in your New Year!! Peace, love and JOY to you...Charlene

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