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RiverTopanga

RiverTopanga
Date Joined: January 21, 2017
Last Online: August 4, 2020
Birthday: December 11
Country: United States

About Me

Hi, I'm Leslie.

7/29/20: I am in the throes of decluttering for another possible move. Across country. My swaps will be very sparse until I end up at my destination. I will start participating again at full steam when we are settled. It is a move that we are really excited about, and have waited for a long time to accomplish. Please pray that all goes well. πŸ™πŸ€ž

7/6/20: I am now participating in select International swaps. I am trying to keep my postage budget down this month... I went way over the last 3 months (Aaacckk!).

4/15/20: Just as an FYI: Due to COVID-19 stay-at-home restrictions, I will not be participating in International swaps at this time. I am out of Global stamps, and my stamp budget increased exponentially this month due to all the regional swaps I am participating in. This is, in no way, a reflection on the Int'l swaps. I am hoping the restrictions will be lifted in May, and I can get to the PO to buy some Int'l stamps to add to my May stamps. (fingers crossed!!). Craft on everyone!!

Please note that I am a responsible and reasonable swapper. I always try to bring questionable envies to the post office, but sometimes one will slip through and need extra extra postage πŸ™ Please, if I owe you postage, let me know. Also, if you owe me, know that if you are uncomfortable sending money, I will accept the amount owed by check, postal money order, or unused American postage stamps.

I love Snail Mail! It's so fun to come home from a long day at work and find some wonderful Happy Mail!


*NOTE: Since the move to Florida, I have been mailing most of my swaps from the mailbox. If your swap has a post date on the item that is one day later than I sent from the mailbox, I apologize. I always hit the sent button after the mail has been picked up, not when I drop it in the mailbox. Unfortunately, it may take the mailman (yes, it's really a man!) a long time to get it back to the post office for sorting and mailing. And, I regret that the postal service may have issues if I tell my postman to get the items to post office ASAP ... and darn the rest of his route!! Lol. πŸ˜‰ I do usually send swaps out ahead of the swap date, so it should still be in compliance.

If you have not received a swap from me, please let me know before you rate. I very rarely miss a swap deadline, and will always message you if I think it will be late.

I can't believe that I actually have to put this on my profile: Swappers that owe me postage: ***Speedy Found Image #16 - $2.68 UPDATE: 1/22/20: I was told by a member of the Swap Bot Flakers that it could be a problem at my end of the postal system. I should go and talk to my post office. So, I did. Here is what they told me: PO stated they would never let an envie that size, with a tracking number, be mailed for $1.10 in stamps. The Post Office will give out piles of tracking numbers to people that mail a lot of items (who knew?). She had to have put the tracking on herself and mailed it. So, when I got home, out of curiosity, I Checked USPS website, here is what it says for the tracking number on the envie: "Label Created, not yet in system A status update is not yet available on your package. It will be available when the shipper provides an update or the package is delivered to USPS. Check back soon."
If it had been mailed with the PO and they put the tracking number on it, it would be in the system as having reached its destination at my house. And the proper postage would be on it.

LIKES/DISLIKES

POSTCARDS.... PLEASE be thoughtful when rating your partners. A heart rating might make that person's day a bit brighter. It confuses me no end that some people refuse to give a heart rating for a postcard. One swapper here pointed out the duplicity in people's rating.... You say, "Thank you for the beautiful postcard, I loved it.", but you rate with just a 5 and NO heart. How can you love that pc and not give a heart? Most swappers are thoughtful when choosing a pc for their partner and try to find one in their collection that the partner would like to receive (unless it's a blind swap). Then, they take the time to write a nice note, stamp it, and mail it before the deadline. WHY would all this NOT deserve a heart rating? Unless it is obvious that person is just in it for ratings, and took no thought or time to write a nice note, then what is the problem? Are the raters just lazy and rude? How much effort does it take to hit the square for "this was an extra special...." and give your partner a smile a for the day? Do you not like to receive hearts?

FAMILY

My 88 yr old mother lives with me. She still has her license (but doesn't drive here in Florida), and makes friends easily.

I also have a son who lives in California (lucky him!)

Favorite Crafts

For Crafts, I am a long-time stamper and scrapbooker. I have stopped making full size Pocket Letters- they are very time consuming. I can do most crafts, however, I have not yet been able to get the hang of sewing, crocheting, or knitting... but I would still like to learn.

I have found an inner artist me from being on swap sites. It's exciting to be challenged like this!

Favorite Books

My all time favorite books...

  1. Martians Go Home

  2. The Disc World series by Terry Prachett

  3. The Harry Potter Series

  4. A book from childhood... The Diamond in the Window.

  5. Little Men by Louisa May Alcott

  6. The Golden Compass trilogy

Favorite Movies

Favorite Movies... hmmm So Many!

I love old movies: Examples: Singing in the Rain, Bringing up Baby, Oklahoma, Carousel, The Philadelphia Story, American Graffiti, Back to the Future (the first is the best! and yes, it IS a classic!), Dirty Dancing... and the list goes on.

I saw La La Land before Christmas 2017, it was Fantastic!

If you like classic movies check out this website... http://www.omahafilmevent.com. My friend Bruce puts on these events, and before I moved, I was a volunteer at the bi-annual events. A fabulous evening!

WISH LIST

Also, I love all things Dyan Reaveley/Dylusions. I use the Dylusions paints and inks in a lot of my Swaps. The colors are so vibrant, and the Dyan Reaveley stamps are so funky and fun, I love them! So receiving anything you create with these would be fabulous!

I have taken classes from Dina Wakley, as well. She is a beautiful, warm, talented woman! I learned how to use a gelli plate, and I love it! Never thought I would want to learn something else, but Gelli printing is awesome.. try it if you have a chance. Loved, loved, loved the Dina Classes!

And, I really love Smash Books. They are what I have been using on my trips for the past year. Anything to be used in a Smash Book would be great!

Swap On!!

..Thank you!

PET PEEVES

PET PEEVES:

SMOKEY OR STRONG SMELLING ODORS. I have severe allergies and any smokey, moldy, or other strong smelling odors (including perfumes) will be thrown in the trash before I even open them.

IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING SWAPPING WITH ME: If you are going to be late, PLEASE NOTIFY ME. I would do the same for you. Rules of swaps are there to be followed (as are all rules in life!) I follow them when I send to you, I would sincerely appreciate you follow them when sending to me.

99.9% of the time we know If we will be late completing a swap. Please do not hit the mailed it button if you did not. I'm sure everyone would appreciate the truth more than some lame excuse we all know isn't true.

Ratings

NRGordon rated for Postcard Swap #3 - Mammal on Aug 4, 2020
5
rating
Comment: Thanks for the great PC. I love otters. We have been having almost Florida weather here in Maine. For more than a month its been 80s to mid 90s with 80% humidity... just no rain.
debbiespoms rated for Postcard Swap #3 - Mammal on Aug 4, 2020
5
rating
Comment: Hi Leslie! Thank you for the awesome PC of a Leopard! I usually don't care for art PC's, unless it's an animal & this one is great! Fantastic swap Leslie & I hope you do this swap again. I have plenty of Mammal PC's, hee!
Carollee922 rated for Postcard Swap #3 - Mammal on Aug 4, 2020
5
rating
Comment: I think she is a girl too! Those eyelashes give it away.
Response: You said it! Definitely a give away! Thank you for the πŸ’œ rating. I am so happy you liked the pc!
klover rated for Animal Postcards USA #6 on Aug 1, 2020
5
rating
Comment: Thank you for the awesome postcard! Have a great day and happy swapping:-).
Response: Thank you for the πŸ’œ rating. I am so happy you liked the postcard! Happy swapping to you too πŸ™‚
5
rating
Comment: that's a fantastical terrarium! A special place for Mister Rabbit to play his cello! Thanks for hosting! Stay healthy and best wishes, Mar
Response: Aww. Thank you. I love hosting... I thought it was a cute terrarium, and I do love those Mister Rabbit pcs! Thank you so much for the πŸ’œ rating. Enjoy your pc and you stay healthy as well! πŸ™‚
5
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Comment: Leslie...I completely agree with what you said. Sad we have to do this but for our sanity, it all to often becomes necessary...
Response: Hi! Yes. It is very sad. But we need to protect ourselves from negativity. Thank you for the πŸ’œ rating. Stay safe and sane! πŸ™‚
luvbird rated for Woodland Series #6 - DEER ATC on Jul 31, 2020
5
rating
Comment: Thank you so very much for the darling deer card. I love the background and the pretty colors you used. Such a cute deer!
Response: You're welcome! I am so pleased that you like it! Thank you for the πŸ’œ rating. Stay safe and healthy! πŸ™‚
SeleneW rated for CPG Summer Painted Pennies - US only on Jul 29, 2020
5
rating
Comment: Thank you for the summer daisy and christmas ornament painted pennies. These are the first that I have seen that had glitter! Cool idea! I had to find smaller brushes to paint pennies. Interestingly enough nail art brushes and bamboo toothpicks work well. Toothpicks are easier to control but take more dipping into the paint heh. At least painting pennies takes very little paint. LOL
Response: I'm so glad you liked them! Yes, I bought smaller ones too. But I frequently use toothpicks... need to look into nail art brushes - great idea! Thank you for the πŸ’š rating! Have a great day!!
BasketWorks15 rated for Favorite Coffee Events on Jul 29, 2020
5
rating
Comment: Loved your story. Sounds like a fun event!
Response: Thank you. It was fun and educational! Wish I could do another one someday πŸ’š Thanks for hosting this and for playing, even though it was only you and me. I loved your story too!! πŸ™‚ Thank you also for the πŸ’œ rating.
sweetgypsy rated for USATC: Your Choice ATC Coin Swap on Jul 27, 2020
5
rating
Comment: Fun upcycled Owl coin & extras! Thank you :)
Response: Yay! You liked it! 😊☺😁 Thank you for the πŸ’š rating. Enjoy the extras! πŸ¦‰
Cubsfanjennie rated for πŸ“š Journal GIVEAWAY! on Jul 27, 2020
5
rating
 
Response: Thanks
5
rating
Comment: I don't blame you at all -- we don't go out too much these days either . The virus sure has changed the way we think and how we go about our daily activities, doesn't it?? We have a Popeye's, not too far away!! Love their chicken!!! I LOVE Taco bell!! Haven't been in ages... Hmm now I'm dreaming of tacos..... LOL!!
Response: Hope it goes well! Bon Apetit! Thanks for the πŸ’š rating πŸ™‚
5
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Comment: Thank you for the neat inkblot card. I like the color combo you used and appreciate the extras as well.
Response: Wow! That seems like it flew to you! Hooray! Thank you for your kind words. I had a lot of fun doing the card. I did several tries with different color combos, and I liked that one the best, despite the fact that they all came out pretty similar! So happy you like the one I chose for you. Enjoy the extras. Thank you so much for the πŸ’› rating. Hope we swap again someday πŸ™‚
marymary914 rated for ATC Challenge on Jul 22, 2020
5
rating
Comment: I love this ATC! The background is great!
Response: Thank you so much! I am very happy that you like it. I love making ATCs.. Thank you so much for joining the swap and thank you also for the πŸ’› rating. Hope you are well.
beachchicken rated for ATC Challenge on Jul 21, 2020
5
rating
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful ATC! I love it! Thanks for hosting this swap, I hope you host another one soon.
Response: Aww. You are so sweet. You are more than welcome for the ATC. I LOVE making ATCs πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for the πŸ’› rating! Check the group page... there are a few more swaps up there.. not a 5 card challenge one, but a few swaps nonetheless...
Abbyla rated for 2020 Postcard Swap #1 on Jul 21, 2020
5
rating
Comment: Thank you for the happy mail!
Response: You are so welcome! I am so glad you liked it. Thank you for the πŸ’› rating πŸ™‚
5
rating
Comment: Thanks for the postcard and the extras! I will have to bone up on reverse stenciling to add my part to it. You did a very nice job!!
Response: Thank you! I love reverse stenciling. It's so easy and so striking! Gina K. Probably has a video on youtube for it.. glad you like the pcs 😁 Thank you very much for the ❀ rating. Stay well!!
montigneyrules rated for GEEK of the WEEK PC Swap #27 on Jul 20, 2020
5
rating
Comment: I put a ton of crossovers-I got too excited, but Dr. Who & Harry Potter was one-a different way to explore Horocruxes haha. I like the DnD idea; Also Star Trek's Hollodeck is sort of like a Tardis, now that I think of it.
Response: Hey, yes! The holodeck! I think we should all have one!! It was a great question..very difficult to decide on just one mash up. H.P. and Dr. W. would be interesting! So many mash ups, so little space on the pc!! Thank you for the πŸ’œ rating. Love these geeky questions!!
jillybeanie rated for Gnome Life Swap on Jul 18, 2020
5
rating
Comment: I LOVED it! Absolutely everything was adorable and something that a gnome would want to have. I can't wait to make a scrapbook page or an ATC w/ it!
Response: Excellent! So glad you will be able to some of the items πŸ™‚ I thought it was fun to see my "stash" through a Gnome's eyes!! Very unique!! Thank you for the πŸ’š rating!!
jillybeanie rated for Postcard Swap #8 (USA) on Jul 18, 2020
5
rating
Comment: Thank you so much!
Response: You're Welcome! Glad you like it 😁 Thank you for the πŸ’— rating! Have a great week!!

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
4.9963 951 80 81
Completed Fives Threes Ones
787 1073 0 1
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
24 294 469 0
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Comments

debtea2 on Jul 15, 2020:

jjhere on Jul 3, 2020:

I just had to give you a virtual high-5 and "me, too!" after reading the bit on your profile about Dian Reavely. I've only taken one class from her, but what a class it was! She's such a character and a brilliant teacher. Love her to bits.

Juniebird on Jul 3, 2020:

Hi there! I wanted to let you know that I received the CPG Collab postcard that you participated in and it turned out lovely! Thanks for your awesome dragonfly. =)

Gobarb on Jul 1, 2020:

Hi Leslie. Thank you for the lovely comments. I'm glad that you like what I make and that you like the ATC. Hopefully, we will be swapping with each other again, soon! πŸ€—

ChrisAnne on Jun 5, 2020:

Thank you for the second pc and the postage. I am so appreciative of your pc.

ScrapHappyGabi on Dec 31, 2019:

hny

ScrapHappyGabi on Dec 24, 2019:

mcm

yvonne401 on Dec 5, 2019:

Welcome to Swaps in the U.S.A.! It's great to have you here!

Blessings,

Yvonne

moonlitmailbox on Nov 16, 2019:

Thank you very much for the beautiful Thanksgiving notecard and the extra goodies inside. I enjoyed reading about your weekend for the TGIF #171 swap! Have a wonderful holiday season!

Kokoxo on Oct 11, 2019:

ccc

Thank you for the $1 Store Group Oct. Wishes! I absolutely love the coloring postcards and note-card! ~ I can't wait to color them πŸ’–

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