Date Joined: February 3, 2010
Last Online: April 19, 2018
Birthday: January 21
Country: United States
Updated & current as of March 30, 2018
I took a bit of a break, but am slowly coming back.
If you don't get a swap from me, please PM me! I am happy to re-send. Sadly, the mail here in Western MA is rough - I get more and more mail that is torn open and damaged. If sending me anything thicker than a letter, please reinforce the envelope with tape - a few times, only well-placed Washi tape has kept a letter in the envelope!
I mark swaps sent after I drop them in the blue box, but the USPS doesn't always pick up on schedule. There may be times the dates don't match. I've heard the post mark has been off by up to a week. I am not a postmark reader. If I get the swap from you, thank you, and I will rate you according to the swap guidelines. If you haven't gotten a rating from me, I didn't get your swap.
Hearts - I give hearts based on the swap, not on the extra bits that you include. I would rather not receive odd bits of paper and post-its or word search pages, odd stickers. Unless it is an item listed in my 'likes', please do not send extras! I give 'hearts' for the swap, if you spell my name right, etc - not for extra added bits. You cannot 'bully' me into giving hearts!
I get rather annoyed when people spell my name wrong. It's Cindi, NOT Cindy! Seriously, if you are addressing mail to me, it's right there in black and white, typed out. Take the second to spell my name correctly! Thanks!
I'm a letter writer. I started pen palling around 1988, from a series of books called "Pen Pals". Anyone remember those?
In 2017, I learned of the **Write On Challenge for the National Letter Writers Month of April. How did I not know about this before?! Honestly, I think I have been looking forward to the Write On Challenge more than I ever anticipated Christmas as a child!**
I'm a member of the Letter Writers Alliance! Love the idea of this club, and would LOVE to send a pigeon! If you know what I'm talking about, send me a PM. :)
So, about me & mine: I'm 42 years old, married 23 years now, a mom to 3 teens and really am a USAF wife. I tend to be more of a serious person (rather than whimsical), and have little to no time for 'drama-llamas' who want to point fingers and gossip.
I'm not Christian, but do have my own beliefs. I love to follow the lunar cycles, celebrate the start of a season more than a holiday, and in general have little use for any holiday. I dislike commercialization, don't understand decorating for a holiday, but do still tend to send out greeting cards in the Christmas season (though I prefer the 'season's greeting' or 'happy holiday' types.) I'll respect you if you respect me!
I don't 'hate' any race, religion or group of people. I am "LGBTQ friendly" even though I am a hetro-married woman. It can happen!
I'm not a prude, I don't care for excessive swearing. I don't drink, don't smoke.
I deal with anxiety, migraines and depression, and it sucks. My children have varying levels of "special needs".
I'm not a crafter, but I do like to read, write letters, swap. I knit a bit, I cook & take care of the house, the family.
We have used an online school for 7 years and counting now. It's not the traditional 'homeschool' - where I am the teacher, set the schedule, etc .... - this system has a school body with principal, teachers, counselors who set the standards and classes, and we do the state standardized tests as well.
We have 3 pets, all rescues that have traveled the country with us. Ben is a Turkish Van cat, Jack is an orange tiger cat, and Falcon is a Husky mix dog.
I'm afraid of owls. If you could skip sending me owl images, stickers, washi tape and not decorate the envelope with owls I'd appreciate it.
I love to read. I prefer printed books to e-books, but I'm not a collector. Prefer used books to new books. I trade my books through 2 sites, and am a member of Good Reads. Also love audio books, use the library Overdrive app and a subscription to Audible.
I LOVE Garfield. I've loved Garfield all my life, and dearly enjoy getting anything related.
I would like
I like butterfly shapes, trees, and prefer stars and moons to heart shapes.
My favorite color is blue (dark rather than pastel)
stationery sheets or letter sets (neatly folded is fine, but not torn/dirty or a messy fold)
any Garfield item
items designed by Laurel Burch
new postage stamps (but not used)
pens - especially like purple ink - or business/promotional pens, souvenir pens
items with sun/moon/stars
Fountain pens (I have a Jinhao)
envelope seals and sealing wax
Animals I like: sloths, llamas, cats, giraffes. Not much into reptiles or fish, in general. Prefer real animal pictures to drawn/cartoon types.
washi tape I do like washi tape, and would like tapes relating to books or text, script writing, sloths, giraffes, coffee, cats, unicorns and rainbows, stars, moons, trees. Prefer silver to gold
please do not send:
Items that smell like cigarette smoke (I have to throw those away, outside, as they will give me very bad headaches)
Items that are used or dirty
Items with nudity or profanity
any food items (except tea bags)
Watchtower and similar religious material. I am happy that you have your religion, but I am not interested in joining.
Items with my name spelled incorrectly(seriously, if you are going to 'surprise' me with address labels, please make sure my name is spelled correctly!)
Owl paper, stickers, washi, etc .... I'm afraid of them, so it's actually traumatic.
Types of make up, face masks, trial sized items, etc. I have to use very specific cremes and lotions, and scents, so all of those items will just go in the trash.
Any scented items - candles, samples, etc - I cannot use many scented items, so I would rather you not send them.
Used stamps - I do not collect them
Post cards - I do not collect or send them.
Patriotic & 'God Bless America' type items - we are a military family, but do not care for those type of items.
FB's, x-slips, LB's, SB's, etc .... I do not swap them any longer.
Planner items (I use a Passion Planner, but do not embellish it)
Dollar store type items
I HATE it when someone tells me to "just Google it"! If you want to introduce me to something new, that's fine, but I need directions! Refer me to a specific web site, that's ok, but don't tell me to "just Google it" - first of all, I've probably already done that! And second, sometimes dear old Google will give wildly different items!
THE COOLEST journals ever made: http://bookjournals.com
I try some paper crafts, I've made some Dotee Dolls, and do some journal swaps. I make some envelopes, usually from book pages or calendar pages. I like to re-use items when possible. I've made some basic envelope journals, but not really into embellishment. If I have to buy a bunch of stuff to make something, I'm not likely to get into it. I already have too much stuff!
I am open to private swaps!
I don't mind doing International or newbie swaps. So, please send me a PM if you would like to do a private swap. :)
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