*** I've rated all swaps I've received as of Sunday 10/14/18 ***
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! :) I've also tried to label the sections for those of you who don't want to read the entire profile :)
THIS SECTION DESCRIBES MY CURRENT CRAFTY PASSIONS....
I am currently working on THREE wedding albums, one for my own wedding last year and then one for each of our daughters! It goes without saying that anything wedding themed is welcome right now LOL.
DECORATING MY PLANNER- I'm currently using the Happy Planner Mini but also sometimes use both an A5 Carpe Diem, and a regular sized Traveler's Notebook.
CARD MAKING- a small project that can be super simple or rather in depth!
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- Chances are if you are receiving a swap from me, it will be stamped with the Swap Bot logo stamp I created during the anniversary craft challenge! :)
PROJECT LIFE/SCRAP BOOKING- This all began with me as a scrapbooker many, many years ago! It is still what I love.
QUILTING AND SEWING- mostly rag quilts and small lap quilts
RECYCLING/UP CYCLING 'JUNK' -see previous item- they go hand in hand
FABRIC POST CARDS
SMALL ARTSY PROJECTS like ATC's, inchies, twinchies, book marks, hand made post cards and altered rolodex cards. (to name a few)
FLAT SURPRISE IDEAS....
*I always enjoy samples of die cuts using neutral colors of card stock(words, images, frames, seasonal, etc)
Your "tried and true" recipe for the crock pot or instant pot. Please only ones you have personally tried and can recommend- I'm still learning with the IP.
Wedding theme embellishments. The colors are traditional white, gold and silver, pearls, and fibers like lace, trims, and burlap.
PLANNER ITEMS: One specific item I am wishing for is the Daiso ruler set. It has like 4 rulers in a small case. I adore tiny/mini sized planner items in general. 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 your weight, the water you drink, pay bills, errands etc would also be nice to sample. I've never bought any stickers from Etsy but would love some samples to see if they are "my thing" or not.
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 fantasy or sci-fi themes, romance, horror, or x-rated themes. I lean towards historical, self help, biographies 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, the word "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:The mini hand sanitizers from Bath and Body works are strongly desired :)
TEA SWAPS: I lean towards fruity, but I'm eager to try new things. My favorite right now is vanilla chai! There is a 'new one' that is APPLE CINNAMON that I'd love to sample.
Christmas swaps- for advent and small gift swaps, I have two trees- a classic one with traditional ornaments in red and green with a focus on rustic, plaids and wood. The other one is in my craft room and is a very blingy and feminine white, rose gold, and silver theme...with feather boas, and florals.
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. (did I just name EVERY color?) lol
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)
I'm an adult in a little kids body.....wait. Reverse that! One day I will own a small herd of ALPACAS...sadly though I usually have to settle for Llama items (squint your eyes- it'll be okay). I'm not sure I have a favorite color...depends on the item I guess. Black and white polka dots are awesome, but so is the color combo of red and aqua!
ANY washi tape or if you have religious crosses, words like Amen, words, word bubbles, and/or japenese themes I'd love to have a sample!!!
PROJECT LIFE: I love getting any project life items, including cards and embellishments. Especially the specialty ones with gold and the special shapes etc.
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!
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,
birds, butterflies, dragon flies
NEW/unused, purse sized lotions, hand sanitizer, lip balms (i have an addiction!)
pierced ears and nose
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
***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 three 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 threads and fluff....and those same paints and ink. FOrget the pretty nails...I usually 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 Audible or an audio book of some sort.
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! :)
A year ago, I was engaged and planning to get married. Hurricane Irma invited herself (how rude!!) and the wedding ended up being cancelled with all of my family flying home to Canada to escape the storm. We went to my husband's work (at a local TV station) where he was essential crew, and I volunteered for the next few days, and since he has been there for 28 years and many of the people he works with were invited to the wedding we decided to get married anyways! Yes, with Hurricane Irma raging outside, we just went ahead with our plans and got married in the middle of a hurricane...literally in a storm shelter So overcome your obstacles and let nothing stop you!. (a year later we celebrated our first anniversary in the ER...and I joke that at this rate our love story might kill us both! LOL)
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 or instant pot! oh and cupcakes! The perfect day just has to have a cupcake in there somewhere! :)
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