Hello! Thanks for stopping by to check out my profile!!!!
Although I love the internet and the abilities it affords me (like swap bot) I am still a pretty ol' fashioned girl who places a lot of value in a good handwritten letter, a nice note, a phone call, or best of all...a face to face conversation! If you'd like to know more I've added an 'about me' section all the way down at the bottom! :)
THIS SECTION DESCRIBES MY CURRENT CRAFTY PASSIONS....
BIBLE JOURNALING: I am loving this new hobby and journey!
DECORATING MY PLANNER- COLOR SCHEME IS PINK AND GOLD (especially glittery, sparkly and with a fondness for polka dots, and stripes) I'm currently using both an A5 Carpe Diem, and a regular sized Traveler's Notebook.
CARD MAKING- I don't make as many as I used to because they take a lot of time. I only swap handmade cards when I know my partner appreciates hand made items.
MAIL ART- I usually decorate my envelopes for my partners- even when it is not required. Pretty mail is just happier!
HAND CARVING MY OWN STAMPS- an ongoing hobby that has me creating stamps when I can't what I'm looking for at the store
PROJECT LIFE/SCRAP BOOKING- This all began with me as a scrapbooker many, many years ago! It is still what I love. I would LOVE to swap for project life cards and embellishments.
QUILTING AND SEWING- I recently bought a new sewing machine so I am enjoying quilting and sewing as well as other small projects.
ALTERING ITEMS- I am forever doing this to whatever I can get my little paws on!
RECYCLING/UP CYCLING 'JUNK' -see previous item- they go hand in hand
POCKET PAGES-- a fairly new adventure, but one that I am enjoying. It's like mini scrapbook pages for me and I probably put more thought into than I should.
FABRIC POST CARDS--I only make these on special occasions for partners who appreciate hand made items.
SMALL ARTSY PROJECTS like ATC's, inchies, twinchies, book marks, hand made post cards and altered rolodex cards. (to name a few)
If there are current swaps that I'm in that have any preferences I will try to post them here to help you out. As with anything though this is just here to help you as I really enjoy most of what I'm sent (and in the event it is not to my liking- I'm always sure to pass it along to another home where it will be loved)
PROJECT LIFE: I love getting any project life items, including cards and embellishments.
PLANNER ITEMS: My colors are gold and pink but I also like assorted stickers, glittery items, SHAPED PAPER CLIPS!, page flags, washi, etc. The stickers to track the water you drink, pay bills, errands etc would also be nice to sample.
BOOK/BOOKMARK SWAPS: I enjoy a wide variety of books and prefer (when possible) the trade paper size please. I don't really enjoy books that have strong sci-fi themes, romance, horror, or x-rated themes. I lean towards historical, and oddly enough young adult! lol
WASHI TAPE SWAPS: There is a washi tape that I have been wanting FOREVER----its by Darice and its blue with white clouds & red hearts ....I'd LOVE to have a sample of this if you can spare it!, also any with religious theme like crosses, amen, etc. sparkly/glittery ones, ones with maps, florals, cheverons, and colors that are PINK AND GOLD. Although not 'true' washi, I'd also like fabric tape esp with florals
ADVENT SWAPS: if you are using the dollar bins, and there is anything with a metallic gold theme or PINK (washi, ribbon, embellishments) this would be a real WIN! One specific item I am wishing for is the Daiso ruler set. It has like 4 rulers in a small case. Also I have a long list of ideas below to help.
TEA SWAPS: I lean towards fruity, but I'm eager to try new things. My favorite right now is vanilla chai! So far I don't like the plain black teas...please no cinnamon flavored ones.
IF YOU NEED A "FLAT SURPRISE"...and you aren't wanting to do washi tape, I'd really love some enamel dots, , project life cards, samples of little die cuts, strips of your nice scrap paper cut using edge punches and the ever popular random sampling of large die cuts from like Tim Holtz (birds, fences, phone, hearts, dress form, sewing themed ones, even just frames) I also REALLY love receiving sampling of die cuts from spell binders frames and such used for card making. I have a container that I add them too and use on mail art, cards, and other projects!
Also, I've been receiving note cards/post cards and I have to say that they are AWESOME! While I don't really 'need' more note cards you guys are buying some really adorable ones and as for the post cards---the ones I've been getting aren't your typical scenic/tourist cards but more like miniature pieces of art! I've been putting them up in my craft area and I love it!
More than anything you can include in the envelope, I appreciate your time, thought and talent that you put into it's preparation. A nicely prepared swap that is accompanied by a letter is just a VERY very nice thing to receive! I especially appreciate mail art on the outside of the envelope! Because I participate in a lot of swaps that require you to add an additional little goodie that is profile based here is an extensive list of ideas---not because I need all these things, but rather to give you lots of selection to choose from. :)
I like... * polka dots! love, love love POLKA DOTS! * stripes * feminine, shabby, girly * and all things PINK!
My favorite color combinations are red/teal, brown/pink (kraft) and black/white.
I really like all colors but right now my other favorites are orange, green, blues, pinks, black and white.
If you want to include small favors here are some suggestions I enjoy or that I'm wishing for A LOT!
One specific item I am wishing for is the Daiso ruler set. It has like 4 rulers in a small case. I also love most of their stickers, and page flags!
DECORATING MY PLANNER- COLOR SCHEME PINK AND GOLD (especially glittery, sparkly and with a fondness for polka dots, and stripes)
ANY washi tape or if you have religious crosses, words like Amen, , kitty cat, words, word bubbles, and/or japenese themes I'd to have a sample!!!
samples of stickers I can use in my planner
shaped paper clips
small/tiny envelopes, ATC plastic sleeves, and vellum envelopes
individually wrapped, fruity teas and green teas are always a win! (I don't really care for black teas or ones with cinnamon!)
specialty post it/sticky notes for my planner
Hello Kitty, sock monkey, Pink Panther, Mr. Potato Head, 'old' Sesame Street/Muppets, Dr. Who, Vintage Alice in Wonderland items, and anything turtles
PLEASE DO NOT SEND ME... * food wrappers * product packaging *anything smelling heavily of cigarette smoke * items that melt in the heat (I'm in Florida) *plain black teas * anything cinnamon flavored including teas
***PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THAT YOU ARE SENDING TO FLORIDA AND WE HAVE ISSUES WITH THINGS LIKE CHOCOLATE MELTING AT THIS TIME OF YEAR.
I strive to make sure that the swaps I participate in exceed the minimum guidelines and I want your experience with me to be a pleasant one. Seriously- my goal with each swap is to make you so happy that I have earned that little heart on my rating! (I'm easily entertained lol) Mistakes happen though, so if you feel that I have not met the requirements, or if you have not received your items on time- PLEASE contact me via a personal message so I can be given the opportunity to make it right.
Whenever possible I do reuse packaging and envelopes. I'm never going to send out something that isn't packaged with care, but the envelope may have been used before- my way of trying to reduce how much waste I am dumping into the landfills.
Thoughts and explanation about the "1" .... I have received a "1" rating, and honestly, I was so upset with it, and the fact that I was not able to reach an agreeable resolution with my partner and get her to remove it that I left swap bot for a couple of years. Please know that for this swap it was a HANDMADE item requiring more than simply repurchasing a few items and it was international shipping. It's hard to say what's goes wrong when not one but TWO items go missing to the same person, but I had sent to her successfully really close to this same time and she loved my stuff! I did try to fix the problem by remaking the item and shipping it a second time (she said she didn't get it either?) and we were talking about how to resolve the issue with possibly sending a third but she simple wouldn't budge and work with me- and then failed to answer any of my communications. Sadly there is no way to remove it unless that member has shut down their account and she hasn't- she hasn't it for over two years but I still have to just hold on to this silly "1" and dilute it with some good swaps. I have really missed this site, and all the fun swaps, and friends I got to meet so despite my foolish statements about leaving, I have returned and hope to return to enjoying the swaps too! I've tried a couple of other things and nothing was as easy to use. Please look at my other swapping history when considering to swap with me before that "1" turns you away... there are a couple of mailing mishaps like lost mail (because it does happen to us all) as you can read about, but from the comments you can see that I kept in contact and resent the items until my partner was happy. If nothing else reading through the beautiful comments reminds you how great this site is and how many wonderful friends we really do meet on here. One person shouldn't ruin all that fun! Happy swapping!
Because of this "1" I created a swapping journal, and track manually all of my swaps. This includes keeping a copy of the receipt from the post office, and pictures of the items before/after they are packaged showing address- just for my records in case there is question of an address being done incorrectly. Truthfully though, like you, I'm just here because this is a wonderful hobby and I enjoy sending and receiving HAPPY MAIL. If something goes wrong in our swap please let me know so I can make it right.
Me in a nutshell...think Dory from Finding Nemo! Yup that just about sums me up. I am a girl who enjoys a variety of hands on crafts...and by hands on I really mean HANDS on! I am most happy when my day includes some form of art and my desk is covered with stencils, paints, inks, and all manner of creative tools! I am usually covered in those same paints and ink and have all kinds of gunk under my nails! For inspiration I am always on the prowl and enjoy browsing Pinterest---OK that is an understatement...I LOOOOOVE browsing Pinterest! I got rid of cable years ago, and now just occasionally watch some Netflix, and I am just as content to watch You Tube crafting tutorials! (of course while surfing Pinterest! lol) or listening to an audio book of some sort. Oh did I happen to mention I am engaged and soon to be married?!
I delight in making HANDMADE items for friends, and find great joy in sending items via snail mail. I am 'one of those' people, who 99% of the time will always opt to attempt to hand make it from scratch which often means my crafts are a true labor of love. Recently I've made my own base Smash Book, two dozen painted background papers, washi tape, baker's twine, and stamped ribbon ...10 yards of it to be exact because I just was having so much fun experimenting with stamps that I just kept going and going! Yes, some would see it as a personality flaw that I can go to the extreme when i set my mind to it, but I would just like to think of myself as very easily entertained! :)
Outside of crafts, I enjoy reading, couponing, frugal living, cooking/baking, and 'green' living, pinterest, and social networking on Face Book. My definition of the "perfect" day is a morning of crafting with a nice cup of coffee or tea, birds in the bath or at the feeders, a trip to the mail box for "happy mail," letter writing to pen pals, and then enjoying a nice meal from the crock pot! oh and cupcakes! The perfect day just has to have a cupcake in there somewhere! :)
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