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PeggyO

PeggyO
Date Joined: January 25, 2012
Last Online: June 18, 2018
Birthday: April 18, 1949
Country: United States
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PLEASE, PLEASE NOTE THAT I AM ONLY BEHIND ON SWAPS BECAUSE OF HEALTH ISSUES. THE RIGHT LEG IS very slowly HEALING. CARDIOLOGIST IS DOING SEVERAL TESTS TO BE CERTAIN THERE IS NO BLOOD CLOT IN LEGS CAUSED BY THE ORIGINAL INJURY. HE IS DOING OTHER TESTS AS WELL JUST FOR ROUTINE 6 MONTH VISIT. I seem to fill up days with xrays, blood draws, MRI, CAT scans, follow up visits for the leg wound, etc. I think I spend more time doing those things than being at home for the past 2-3 weeks. I AM GRADUALLY GETTING CAUGHT UP AND WILL SOON BE BACK ON SCHEDULE. PLEASE, PLEASE, CONTACT ME BEFORE RATING A 3 OR 1. I WOULD NEVER, EVER FAIL TO SEND A SWAP, AND I WILL ALSO BE IN TOUCH WITH YOU--I THINK I HAVE CONTACTED EVERY SWAP PARTNER AND SWAP COORDINATOR. IF YOU THINK I HAVE MISSED YOU, PLEASE SEND ME A PM HERE ON SWAP-BOT.

I APPRECIATE YOUR PATIENCE AND UNDERSTANDING AS I GRADUALLY GET ALL SWAPS UP TO DATE! THANK YOU TO ALL MY PARTNERS!

10 MAY 2018: JUST HOME FROM HOSPITAL for IV antibiotics because of right leg (info found below). I am behind on all swaps but will be contacting everyone to set a plan and tentative time frame for sending each swap. I haven't checked to see how many I need to complete and won't be able to do so until tomorrow (Friday) because it is time for dinner now (thankful for hubby that can cook!) and then to bed I suspect. Just know that I will start sending swaps as soon as I can make them; I will PM everyone to whom I owe a swap to set up a completion time plan. THANK YOU, IN ADVANCE, FOR UNDERSTANDING!

05 MAY 2018, 9:30 p.m.: One week ago today, I fell while stepping up onto the deck from my herb garden. We have grab handles as a safety precaution and I was reaching for it but missed it and fell flat on my face! I was certain I'd broken my nose, but it was fine! All I had were two minor scrapes. My right leg hit the edge of the deck and was bruised and swelled up---like the proverbial "goose egg"! Left leg had a very small scrape and bruise. It was time to keep the leg elevated and with ice pack intermittently. All seemed to be going well as everything seemed to be healing; however, on Thursday, the right leg was swollen and bruised from the heel to the midpoint of my shin. It is bright red with a dark center----definitely infected! It looks horrible and didn't improve over night. Off to Dr Friday, and he was more concerned about blood clots than the infection. He gave us a RX for antibiotic and sent us off to our cardiologist a few minutes away. The Doppler showed no evidence of clots which was good news. I spent most of yesterday and today with it elevated and cold pack on and off intermittently. The problem here on Swap-Bot is that with having to keep it elevated and on ice all week, I'm behind on about 3 swaps. I will be contacting each person and swap coordinator about these situations and will get them out in the next few days. I want to take the time to make them with care rather than just throwing them together to get them in the mail. I feel that would be cheating you--not much better than sending nothing. At the same time, I will be getting them mailed as quickly as possible without doing a shoddy job of it.I thank everyone in advance for your patience.


INTRODUCTION and MY FAVORITE THINGS: I am a retired (May 2011) community college English professor who is enjoying more time reading and and scrapbooking, and, after discovering Swap-Bot, spending part of nearly every day making all sorts of paper and mixed media art to share with my friends here on the "Bot." I love ATCs, binder trading cards, twinchies and inchies and all variations of them, 4" x 4" art journal pages, 4" x 6" skinnies, Gothic arch ATCs, 5" x 7 mixed media pieces, and many other items. I love the adventure in trying something new that is a bit CHALLENGING because it makes me feel more confident to try yet another new challenge.

PLEASE NOTE: I ALWAYS SEND MY SWAPS! SO, IF YOU HAVE NOT RECEIVED ONE OF MY SWAPS, IT HAS MOST LIKELY BEEN LOST IN THE MAIL. PLEASE SEND ME A MESSAGE BEFORE RATING SO I CAN REMEDY THE SITUATION and add a few little extras as a THANK YOU for your understanding and patience! If something unexpected happens, like falling and breaking a hip (not a good thing at all--don't try it!), or falling flat on my face on my deck (see above)I will contact you as soon as possible and work out a plan to get your swap item(s) off to you as soon as I possibly can.

We have an official USPS drop box for outgoing mail at the little kiosk where we have a mailbox just around the corner from our house. It is all very convenient except that we never know when our mail will be delivered and outgoing mail is picked up. Sometimes it may be as early as noon, and a few days later, it's not been delivered until after 8 p.m SO, if the swap is close to deadline and really needs to get out that day, one of us will drive it to the real post office that day.

Favorite Crafts

My favorite crafts are anything with fabric, paper, thread, glue, scissors, metal, junk jewelry, OLD keys and pen nibs, old photos and old cards, postcards etc; all of these go into cards, ATCs, altered art, scrapbooking projects and many other items.. I love sewing and am learning to use my new embroidery machine--a bit of a challenge! I suspect this interest in cutting and pasting began in my childhood when I made flour and water paste as a little girl. I don't remember exactly what I made or pasted, but do remember making LOTS of flour and water paste. Here I am again, cutting and pasting cards, ATCs. tags, altered items, and now and then, scrapbook pages!

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Tim Holtz's shabby chic/vintage/steam punk/Victorian style along with 7 Gypsies and Graphic 45! In April, 2012, I was able to join my daughter, Jenn, and her art friends for a week-end of four classes lead by Tim! He is amazing in his art and creativity AND his teaching abilities. (I'm a retired English professor so pay attention to teaching methods--it's just part of who I am.) He also is totally at home with anyone from "beginner" to "master" of his art style. He was extremely friendly and just participated with students implementing what he'd prepared us to do and then went around chatting at numerous tables to see how students are doing and what he might need to clarify in next class. It is hard to believe that it has been 6 years since then! I need to complete his online chemistry classes 102 and 103 to get myself up to fuller speed on ways to use his products. I'd have to review all of his 101 course before beginning 102 which I've paid for and need to get my $$'s worth. Then I must do the 103 class to get fully up to date with his new supplies up to the time he created those classes.

GRAPHIC 45 AND 7 GYPSIES: I also love these products and styles--They are so similar to Tim Holtz's in some ways, yet each is entirely unique. I am really growing fond of the beauty and romance of Graphic 45 papers and collections.

Favorite Music

James Galway's flute, groups like the Carpenters; Everly Brothers; Righteous Brothers; Peter, Paul and Mary, Beatles (showing my age!); Chopin, Mozart, Beethoven--especially piano, flute, and strings; nothing is greater for me than Galway with his flute. My daughter and I got to see him in a live concert a few years ago--with really close up seats---that was most likely before 2004. That was a lovely experience. In terms of a composer, I am extremely fond of Aaron Copeland's American themed work--love "Appalachian Spring." I am a child of the late 50's, 60's, and 70's. I also love Christian praise and worship (both old favorite hymns and contemporary praise choruses).

Favorite Television

I love crime and mystery series such as Law and Order--SVU, NCIS, Criminal Minds, CIS, Mentalist, Bones, Closer, Blue Bloods, Rissoli and Isles. I also enjoy Madame Secretary and Criminal Minds-Beyond Borders, and Major Cases. We like starting a series from its beginning to its end from Netflix for series we didn't have time for while we were working. It makes a huge difference sometimes to know the characterization that develops as series progresses compared to starting to watch 3 or 4 seasons into the series. We are currently enjoying making our way through the Downton Abbey Series through Netflix--love it very much! I cannot wait to see what happens next and keep thinking I'll suddenly be through the last episode and very sad that it is ended---kind of like finishing a wonderful book and then feeling at a loss without the characters. You can't wait to finish the book and then wish it weren't ending!

I am also a bit of a news junkie--recording Today Show, NBC Nightly News and Meet the Press. Sometime I do the Sunday equivalent on CBS--cannot remember name. I like to see the different views each network presents.

Also I am a huge fan of NPR radio--got hooked on it when I was commuting to and from work, especially for one semester when it was a 2+ hour round trip. Once it took me more than 2 hours to get to work. Thankfully, that was for the short term until we could relocate.

Our

The best day of most weeks used to be the day our Nate and Marissa spent time with us after school. Those days have gotten fewer and fewer as they have something after school nearly all five days: piano, dance, karate, baseball, etc. Officially, they are great nephew and niece. Nate was 10 on May 1, 2018, and Rissa will be 8 on July 31, 2018. Nate has spent every Friday (or Wed.) and some extra days and evenings with me since he was 3 months old and Rissa joined about two years later--so in our hearts they are grandchildren. Nate and I have a very close bond--he cried for 30 minutes after his parents told him I'd fallen and broken my hip in Dec. 2016. He insisted on getting to see me in hospital the next day, and mom and dad agreed. I have a picture of him snuggled up with me in the hospital bed. I'll cherish that photo forever--even though I look awful a day after surgery and wearing my "classy hospital gown" and no make up and weighing more then ever in my life! He has such a tender, gentle heart, and I wonder where it will take him as he becomes a young man. He and I have loved animals from the time he first became aware of them--both in picture books and outdoors in our front and back yards and, especially, the squirrels in the area playgrounds we'd visit. He was more interested in pursuing the squirrels than using the playground equipment!

Now that they are both in school and busy with karate, ballet and tap dancing, baseball, piano, etc. nearly every day after school, we rarely get to see them. So we all cherish the early release days and the full day off days when faculty and staff still have to be at work, including their mom.

The change to seeing them less has been a challenge, but a good one, since our goal is to help them grow into adults who work hard and have good values, and strong faith in God's power to guide and redeem them throughout their lives. ADDENDUM: Early last year (2017), they both were baptized, with Dad talking about the gifts each one has and doing the baptisms.(I was very close to tears!) I pray they fully understand the kind of commitment each one has made in this ceremony as they are young to be doing this.

Nate is totally "into" computer games, especially "Mine Craft," which I am trying desperately to understand so we can play together, crossing into each other's worlds. He is totally interested in superheroes, "Star Wars," Spider Man, Super Man, and Avenger comic characters. I hope this obsession calms down just a bit, but it is apparently the norm for 8 yr old boys. He and his Dad share a love of all "Star Wars" movies and will go see them over and over again! It's a bond that I suspect will be life-long,

Favorite Books

As a retired English professor, I love to read anything from great literature and poetry to popular best seller novels, especially those writers who develop characters in depth such as Wally Lamb. I also love Nora Roberts and similar chic lit--English profs are not ALL snobs about what they read! I also love some popular mysteries as long as nothing too gross or frightening is happening. It's solving the puzzle/mystery and character development I enjoy.

One of my favorite poets is Gerard Manley Hopkins--I just love his sprung rhythm, alliteration, depth of meaning--which is hard to figure out, admittedly. But the sound of his poetry, the metaphors, symbolism,and condensation of wording are fabulous. The meaning is a word puzzle to be figured out. Wordsworth and Keats are probably my most favorite poets.

To Kill a Mockingbird, The Lovely Bones, Cider House Rules, I Know This Much is True, and all others by Wally Lamb, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Slack, F. Scott Fitzgerald's books and short stories, The Kite Runner,--I'll add more as I remember them later. I read all of the time--never without a book--or 2 or 3--in process!

I also love children's literature. I grew up on a farm near a small NE Nebraska town (360 pop.) and was deprived of children's lit until I discovered it with my own children! I love the old classics: Margaret Wise Brown, Robert McCloskey, etc. and Eric Carle, and many, many others. I'm enjoying them now with our "grandchildren"--see above. I am collecting my favorite children's literature and biographies of children's lit. authors.

Three Favorite Quotations:

"Choose to chance the rapids, and dare to dance the tides." -Garth Brooks.

"Some of God`s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers" - Garth Brooks.

"You do not stop playing because you grow old, you get old because you stop playing" -unknown.

I try to remember these regularly to keep myself living up to the meaning of each one. Too often I forget and flounder around miserably without the combined focus of these three quotations. When I remind myself of them, I also am usually reminded to turn to some favorite Bible passages that keep me living well by waiting on Him. I love the book of Psalms! Maybe because they are poetry and I'm an English professor (retired). Most of them were also written by David, a man after God's own heart, in spite of committing adultery and murder when he took his focus away from God; yet God still stood beside him and knew David was seeking and finding His love, forgiveness, and direction. David's faith inspires me immensely---even though I fall far short of his example. Most of all David's psalms lead me to dance and sing with joy in celebration of God's gracious gift of Life, just as David did.

Favorite Colors

I especially love all shades of blues, deep red clarets (and burgundies, greens, purples and vintage browns)' I like combining black and white with red, deep burgundy, dark blues, and dark greens. I also love blue, pink, or turquoise with browns and black.which has surprised me. Oct. 2012: I am suddenly enjoying purple and green combinations for some reason--my sewing room was recently painted a soft green, and, by accident or serendipity, most items from my campus office were green and purple because the new ergonomic desk chair came in dark lavender rather than the blue I requested. Getting it replaced would have taken about a year I figured so I started finding items that were purple and lavender.

LIKES and DISLIKES

APRIL 2013 UPDATES: Love playing with paper and mixed media,layers, collage and altered items. I love making ATCs and Altered Rolo Cards. I do still love sewing and machine embroidery, reading, and gardening--herbs, veggies, and flowers, especially antique roses.

I love Tim Holtz's style, products, and techniques--vintage shabby-mixed art, my altered media and ,--also 7 Gypsies, Button Farm, Theresa Collins, Graphic 45, Basically Bare and similar styles. All of these are a bit EXPENSIVE, so I substitute as much as possible. Feb. 2015--I think I am liking 7 Gypsies and and Graphic 45 as much as Tim Holtz. I just didn't make contact with them until long after my introduction to Tim Holtz.

I love upbeat, positive people who encourage and brighten my life and try to avoid negative people.

I am a Christian, but not radically conservative, far right at all! I have no problem with evolution fitting into the process of God's creation. I like Biblical themed items, Bible verses, and cards, etc. with Christian content. I do enjoy traditional hymns, Bill Gaither choruses (dating myself), and similar, newer contemporary songs and choruses. Sending me Christian items is fine--I love them---provided they are not Jehovah's Witness and other conservative tracts, etc. Those will offend me although I'll just toss them into the RECYCLE bin.

I love dogs (LARGE ones mainly--(favorite is German Shepherd!) then Golden Lab, Chocolate Lab, Schnauzers, Jack Russel Terriers, Airedales, and Cocker Spaniels---yes, they get smaller in size; Cats of all kinds, Big cats--especially female lions and tigers; flowers, butterflies, birds, squirrels, bunnies, raccoons, black bears, cougars, and other bears. I love animals---nearly all! My favorite birds are Northern and Southern cardinals, robins (now rarely seen here in Houston), bluebirds (almost never seen here), mockingbirds, meadow larks, red-winged blackbirds, loons, ducks, barn swallows, mourning doves, even that noisy, screeching blue jay! I think maybe God gave them such beautiful blue feathers to counter these arrogant, noisy, rascals, We had bird feeders in back yard and squirrel feeders in back and front yards at our first house on this side of Houston. We DID have some healthy squirrels around there.We just learned that our new neighbors are also feeding squirrels!

In the spring and summer, Nathaniel and I sometimes have kept a snail terrarium. He is an animal lover just as I am. All this year (2014) he and I have been wanting a bunny, but the grown-ups won't let us. We'd also like a tree frog and a turtle.[2015 update: They still won't let us have these.] ;-(

New York City is my favorite city in the US--I love Manhattan, China Town, Times Square, and most other places. I'm also fond of Boston, San Francisco, and Chicago. My childhood plan to live in a large city certainly came true as I am in Houston, the 4th largest city in the nation--if only its summers weren't so hot and humid, it could be wonderful! I got here in 1977 when my now ex-husband got his job here in oil industry after finishing his doctoral degree in nuclear physics.

At the same time, I love mountains and woodlands--I need a bit of both, but could never again live in a small town anywhere. But I love retreating to the Texas Hill Country and to Arkansas, the Smoky and Blue Ridge Mountains, the 4-corners area of Colorado, etc. I want to see the northwest states, more of Colorado, Maine--all of New England, and then Idaho.

I DO NOT LIKE: HALLOWEEN! I just do not like anything Halloween except cute pumpkins and jack o'lanterns, cute black kitties, etc. I love the fall season SO much, but could just do without Halloween entirely. Hip Hop and Goth, extreme steam punk--skulls, ghosts, E.A. Poe, etc., Twilight series, and spooky, ghoulish Halloween--my least favorite holiday. I do not like kawaii, Hello Kitty, reward stickers, and similar items. I prefer no foods or teas, etc. unless I sign up for a tea or coffee swap.

I am Christian so do not want items that are anti-Christian or agnostic or atheist.At the same time, I don't want extreme far right, ultra conservative Christian tracts and similar items.

I will be offended by any nudity, Please do not send anything lewd and lascivious, etc. I am allergic to cigarette smoke.. Please don't send me packages that smell of cigarette smoke.

Other than that, I cannot think of things I really dislike other than violence and bullying among school children,and in the work place, cruelty to and abuse of any children, adults, and animals. School and work place bullying must stop. The old adage that "Sticks and stones may hurt me, but names can never hurt me" is WRONG! Name calling and and any other verbal abuse can hurt far more than most physical bullying. Physical wounds heal over, not forgotten but no more pain remains, but names stay hidden deep inside and are never forgotten nor healed without good therapy to teach one how to get rid of those old injuries to one's heart.

Well, I guess I have one more thing I dislike VERY much: Swappers who put no thought, effort, nor time into whatever they are making and are slow to rate. Common courtesy calls for a thank you and/or acknowledgement that you received a swap.

TIM HOLTZ ADDICTION!

OH--did I mention that Tim Holtz is my most favorite paper and mixed media artist? Yeah, I bet I did! My Swap-Bot photo is me with Tim at a week-end workshop in Dallas in April 2012. I love his vintage, shabby/chic, steam punk products and techniques.I love his products and anything made by Ranger. 7 Gypsies, Graphic 45, and Theresa Collins also have paper and mixed media products much like Tim Holtz's.

Tim's Ranger and Adirondack materials, media, and ephemera, and 7 Gypsies's products can be pricey, so I buy only with coupons or 50% off sales at Michael's, Hobby Lobby, and JoAnn's. I also shop Blitsy and other sites online for amazing prices. Check out Blitsy and Scrapbook.com if you haven't explored their sales! 2014--Last year I discovered Alpha Stamps--they have tons of supplies for mixed media way beyond their wonderfully designed stamps.

I also find substitute items from Goodwill, E bay, and "antique shops" and from other areas such as jewelry, beads, buttons, old keys and jump rings, etc. I imitate and improvise to create the vintage look. Old jewelry, keys, pendants, chains, crocheted items, etc. work perfectly. I also can use thick crochet threads, hemp and raffia, ribbons, old board game pieces, canvas fabric (any size), etc. Anything vintage I can probably find a use for--whether truly "old" vintage or ways to create that look. I do Tim Holtz on a budget! :-) May 2013--I am suddenly loving ribbon, textured papers, items of use on collages and to create unique paint and ink effects on collage and mixed media projects. I love anything that can be used on a collage! Summer 2014--I'm loving using stencils--especially Tim Holtz's Splatters and Speckles ones. I'm also improvising with textured fibers, mesh, etc. from odds and ends around the house for stenciling.

Dream List of Art Supplies

I like anything that is vintage, shabby/chic and SLIGHTLY steampunk. You may have noticed that I love anything Tim Holtz style--not necessarily with his name on it--I improvise whenever possible. Fibers--cloth and paper for mixed and altered media

Unusual collage items

Tim Holtz, Theresa Collins, 7 Gypsies, Graphic 45, Basic Grey, etc.--any of their supplies or less expensive brands that are in similar styles.

old photos and postcards

vintage game pieces (I already have tons of dominoes and Scrabble tiles!!!)

junk jewelry or new vintage style jewelry supplies I can use on paper and altered art.

(no buttons PLEASE!!!!!--drowning in them--but LOVE them!) Also I have so many paper scraps that I don't need ATC size papers unless you have something you think I would REALLY love!)

I love anything Victorian--especially children, cats, and dogs, bunnies, toys, books, vintage fashions (children and women).

I also love old magazine or catalogue pages from the Victorian era through the first half of the 1900s. .

Ratings

luluvision rated for BLC: BOMC The Dry by Jane Harper on Jun 8, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for your answers! I enjoyed reading them as well as reading the book! I'm actually reading the second Aaron Falk novel!
Response: Thank you for remembering to rate. I think I'm going to read the new one as well. I like his character, and she'll probably further develop his character in the next and (maybe future ones?).
JudalineZ rated for May/June BTC swap on Jun 7, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for the cute BTC. I love getting the BTC. Hope you are feeling better.
Response: I am doing much better now except my back has become a much bigger problem---slight scoliosis and a slight twisting of the spine because of that. Now I know why my back hurts! But, as always, working on swaps and making my own creations to keep sometimes distracts me from the pain--better than a pain pill and no undesirable side effects or addiction fears! :-)
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Comment: Great ATC. I absolutely love the background. Thank you for giving me one too & the butterflies. I appreciate you explaining the process for making this ATC.
Response: You are welcome--glad you liked it. I've been trying to do that in my notes to partners as I often get one i really like and can't quite figure out what they did. Have you been wet and stormy there? The maps looked like you had been. Best wishes--Peggy
Natasa rated for surprise rating booster on Jun 5, 2018
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Comment: THANK YOU
Response: You are welcome--hope you are getting some ratings for your creations. Just don't let your dashboard get to extended. Keep things on watch list and only add a swap when you've finished 1 or 2 and can be sure you'll be able to do it. That's my key to keeping high ratings. Happy Swapping!
Jjean rated for BLC: BOMC The Dry by Jane Harper on Jun 5, 2018
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Comment: Thanks for your review.
Response: Thank you--I'm looking forward to reading the next book!
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Comment: Thank you! I always love Eric Carle postcards!
Response: You are welcome--I, too, love Eric Carle's stories and illustrations! Thanks for rating and for the added <3!
fairyduster53 rated for VJP: Time for Tea on May 25, 2018
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Comment: Lovely page!! I so enjoyed your letter and all the sweet extras. Hope you are feeling much better! Smiles
Response: I am so glad you like it--everyone likes different kinds of art and style, so sometimes I really try hard to get something that matches what I find in profiles. I am doing much better--leg is just at the point of getting into the pool! That is good as the Aquatic Fitness Class just started in the community pool and our kiddos are coming for the day tomorrow! They are on summer vacation as of this afternoon but Mom still has one work day to put in.So we are going to see what the pool is like tomorrow!
MelbourneGirl rated for Literary Wisdom #12 on May 20, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for this great card and beautiful stamps <3 Yes, it is cold, grey and raining here but cosy inside. All our best of wishes <3
Response: You are most welcome--I am happy to know that you liked the card. It is part of a set I ordered online. Happy Swapping!
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Comment: Thank you for the great swap!! I will send the card off next round. Love all my extra goodies. : )
Response: You are welcome---for some reason I was feeling that these swaps are kind or "sterile" or boring just a post card and no sense of who sent it to me, so I added a bit to make it happy mail as well as sending the card on its way!d
jjhere rated for T Holtz MONTHLY ATC CHALLENGE—APRIL on Apr 28, 2018
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Comment: Oh, I love the acetate pocket with the tags on the ATC! I'm a sucker for interactive creations. :) What an envie full of extra delights, too. Thanks again, Peggy.
Response: You are most welcome--I first made an ATC with a pocket for a swap that required a pocket and items to fill it up. I really liked making it and do one again now and then. It is really giving the ATC some extra space as without the pocket, I'd never get all of that on the ATC itself! Thanks for rating and for adding a nice heart!
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Comment: Thank you so much for the "Dickens" postcard! I'd heard of the work, but have never seen it for myself. We were spared the worst of the weather. This time of year is always tense.
toni rated for VS Vintage Collage Images on Apr 26, 2018
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Comment: Wow! You sent so many things! Thanks so much. It just now got here as the envelope had gotten torn and was held together with a rubber band, but all the contents were fine as you packaged them so well.
jjhere rated for TIM HOLTZ CHALLENGES: BOOKMARK SWAP on Apr 23, 2018
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Comment: Thank you so much for the bookmark. I absolutely loved reading your letter - what an incredible story! My story is quite different as I grew up in a home full of avid readers. I used to love going into my dad's study where he a huge (to me) built-in bookshelf packed full of interesting reads. In spite of that, I remember my parents getting irritated with me when we were on a road trip because I had my nose in a book (Gone with the Wind) the whole time and was missing all of the amazing scenery. LOL As a preschool teacher I am constantly on the lookout for great books for my little peeps (thank you, Goodwill). Thanks again and happy swapping!
Response: You are so welcome. I'm happy the long story explaining my design of the bookmark didn't bore you to tears! My mother was a reader, but with no library and VERY limited funds. she didn't have many. I did subscribe to Reader's Digest Condensed Books for a few year, but again, the stories were generally too adult for my 10 yr old mind. That was the age when my 5th grade teacher read to us after lunch time recess---going through the whole Little House series by L. Ingalls Wilder. I read them to both kids and loved them each time. Their experience in S. Dakota was not far from where our farm was. In fact, in here diary of Almonzo and her journey to their farm in Missouri (or Arkansas?), she writes of camping over night in our town (Belden) which she names along with the creek where they camped. It is not far from our rented farm! That was the best teacher in my life there. She wrote a really special message in my Autograph Book: she wrote, "I am expecting great things from you." That has lived in my brain all of my life--I thought of her as I finished a Master's Degree in Literature and as I completed all of my courses for a Ph. D. I passed one exam but never did finish the other exam and write the dissertation. My daughter was born (conveniently) between semesters and I continued finishing my courses, but they decided that she needed me as a parent more than I needed that degree hanging on my wall--a choice I would make again if I had to again. I taught at Purdue while working on my graduate courses and for 21 years at a community college, where I could focus on teaching without having to publish, which I'd probably have enjoyed, but it was teaching that I loved! Thanks for your kind rating with the heart added!
whytewillow rated for A.I. Create a Tag on Apr 15, 2018
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Comment: Lovely Tags. Thank you so much. And thank you for the cute extras.
Response: You are most welcome--I hope you can find uses for all of them eventually. I got a bit carried away and just kept fussy cutting as I watched TV! Enjoy using them--feel free to send any that are not to your taste, on to someone whom you think would enjoy them. Happy Swapping!
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Comment: Thank you!! I will get these sent back out next round. : )
Response: You are most welcome---I have started two others at least a year ago and have never gotten them back. It kind of ruins the sending if that continues, but I'm going to try this one more time and hope this one finds its way back to me! Thanks for rating and for the added heart!
DaiziDruke rated for WIYM: Mini flipbook - Books on Apr 11, 2018
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Comment: Oh, my, Peggy! What a fabulous mini ‘books’ book! It is absolutely lovely! You did a masterful job creating it...I love the trim and all the little goodies in the pockets! Wonderful! I appreciate all the little extras you added...totally not necessary but very welcome! ❤️❤️❤️
Response: You are most welcome, and I'm happy to know that you like it. I tried to make it so that you could add photos and journaling if you want to and make it an actual mini scrapbook, or it could just be a pretty book, like are journal pages. I'm glad you like the little extras--they were fun to pick out. Thanks for rating and for the many hearts!
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely card and the nice message! I'd love to show you the beautiful flowers we have here ;) Best wishes
Response: You are most welcome! I do wish I could visit and see your wonderful flowers! Maybe some day I'll get that chance! Our vintage/antique roses are blooming their hearts out! And my herb garden is growing so lush and aromatic! The plants clearly enjoy the cooler than usual spring and didn't mind the few very chilly days (20s and 30s F) that we had in January and February for only a couple days each time.
Pandd rated for THC: 10 step ATC challenge #3 on Apr 2, 2018
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Comment: What a wonderful swap. The ATC is beautiful. And all of the cool extras! Thank you very much. Loved it all. Pat💕💕
Response: You are most welcome, Pat. How're the shoulders doing? No more surgeries coming down the pike, I do hope. We've both had more than enough of those! Are you having some nice weather? We are still cooler than normal here, with another arctic front coming through tomorrow--my herb garden is loving the cooler weather and everything is going strong. Most of the plants we thought the cold in January may have destroyed are showing new shoots breaking through the soil from the roots. I told hubby to wait and not buy anything because I was sure everything would come back from roots because the ground does not freeze. I am thinking we'll not be able to start our aerobic water fitness class at beginning of May as we did last year because we keep having lows in the 50s and sometimes 40s over night.
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Comment: Thank you for the cute postcard. A very Happy Easter to you and your loved ones!
Response: Thank you and I hope you had a fine Easter in spite of the weather you may have experienced. Thanks for rating and for the lovely <3!
Cocoa rated for T Holtz MONTHLY ATC CHALLENGE--MARCH on Mar 29, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for the creative TH Mar. ATC! Also thanks for the papers♥
Response: You are most welcome. I am glad you like and can use the papers. Never feel that you shouldn't send them on to the next swapper if you don't care for some of the papers. Everyone's styles are different! Thanks for rating and for adding a precious heart!

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
4.9982 1056 80 82
Completed Fives Threes Ones
1038 1141 1 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
9 306 723 0
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Comments

Gobarb on May 27, 2018:

Hope you are feeling better soon! I certainly understand your situation...it seems that I am going to a Dr. or rehab every other day! There has been more blood taken from me in this month than I ever thought possible. One nurse said they would have to give me a transfusion after all the blood she had to take. LOL! 🙄

MsLee on May 9, 2018:

Blessings to you my dear Peggy, get well soon and be safe.

RiverTopanga on Apr 19, 2018:

Hi Peggy! Welcome to the Group: Artisan ATCs. I hope you will enjoy swapping with our creatively crafty bunch!

choke on Mar 1, 2018:

I have finally finished going through all the treasures you put in my whimsy jar and wanted to thank you once again! It was so much fun and each time I pulled something out I let out a big SQUEEE!!! You have fabulous taste and I really appreciate you sharing all of this fun stuff with me! I can't wait to start using it!

BusyB on Feb 27, 2018:

Peggy, For some reason I have not been able to give you a rating for your beautiful 4x4 February Journal Page. Been trying since Sunday. I have contacted Rachel. Until it gets fixed I'm putting it here! With a <3 of course! Ms PeggyO I am fine with you choosing Valentines. In fact I love what you created! ♡ So many pretty details. Using oxides and dry embossing, hearts and Valentines are some of my favorite. Ground Hog Day would have been fun too. Lol This page is so special, thank you for sharing your art with me and for the great extra goodies. Happy Heart month! Almost time for Spring....still waiting. Lol

nsgrammy2012 on Jan 1, 2018:

Happy New Year!!!!

AmookIslandCreations on Oct 17, 2017:

Come on up for a visit! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry

reader44ever on Jun 7, 2017:

Wow, Peggy. Two days visiting the Post Office this week and both days brought me an "M" postcard from you! Thank you so much!

  • Monday, M was for Minneapolis.
  • Today, M is for Moon! And it is delightful! Thank you so much for sharing!

makestuff on Apr 18, 2017:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! alt text

barbieloufromKY on Mar 12, 2017:

Just saw you had a broken hip!! I hope you are doing much better.... Take care!

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