Swap-bot Time: August 17, 2017 2:21 pm


Date Joined: February 3, 2010
Last Online: August 17, 2017
Birthday: January 21, 1976
Country: United States
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Swaps & mail

If you don't get a swap from me, PLEASE PM me! I am happy to re-send, and know that things do get lost in the mail. Please note!! We have 2 cats and a dog! If you are allergic, I am sorry, but they live here too. Just a heads up. They do not sleep on my desk or in my stationery drawers, but this is their house too.

SENDING MAIL TO ME : So, apparently the post offices in Western Mass here are pretty picky. If you are sending me a journal, please don't use media mail. I've been informed - several times now - that media rate isn't ok for journals or anything other than printed and bound books. So journals, magpie journals, etc - those can't go media mail. They will be opened here before they are delivered to me, and so far I've been charged the difference in the postage at least once. Plus, the post office opening mail can lead to things getting lost and damaged.

I mark swaps 'sent' when I put them in the blue box. Sometimes I miss the drop-off time, so the postmark might not match up.
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. But I don't check postmarks.

I rate when I open the swap. If you haven't gotten a rating from me, please contact me. I probably didn't get it. If you don't get a swap from me, please PM me and let me know. I am always willing to re-send what I can (if it's a journal swap, that's harder, but I usually buy the tracking for those.) If you get something from me postage due, please let me know! I will reimburse you! I do not accept postage due mail, and don't expect you to, either.

About Me

First and foremost - I'm a letter writer. I started pen palling around 1988, thanks to a book series called "Pen Pals" by Sharon Denis Wyeth.

One of my early pen pals included Friendship Books in her letter and that led to my next (strange) obsession. I LOVE to see where things have visited, the different handwriting on the pages, envelopes, letters. I love to see what people choose for stationery, stickers, envelopes, stamps - all of it. The letters are always wonderful too - I don't judge a letter by an envelope :) - but I love all those little extras. I don't swap FB's anymore, but that is what lead me to swap-bot, originally.
And my Number One hobby-love is pen palling. REAL letters, building a REAL friendship - not the couple of pages basically listing old Face Book posts, not the type that don't leave me feeling that they actually READ my letter.

I grew up in a teeny tiny town in South Western Michigan, and for as long as I can remember, I wanted to GO! Just travel and visit and move. I haven't exactly accomplished that, but I have lived in 11 states, and moved 16 times since I got married in 1995. Not what I had in mind - watch how you word those birthday wishes and wishes on a star! haha! :)

So, about me: I'm a married mom of 3 teenagers, living in Western Massachusetts now. All 3 kiddos are in high school and doing an online school currently. Wedding anniversary is March 25, 1995. We are a military family, (since Oct 1st, 2002). Yes, I really am a "USAF wife"! :) We have 3 pets, all rescues that have traveled the country with us.

Really like to reuse envelopes, paper, do recycled paper crafts. I almost never buy brand new books, get most of mine from swap sites or Better World Books. (LOVE 'tree free' paper! Bamboo paper is my favorite, but I love all types!)

I would love to find a GOOD thrift store nearby - I don't like buying or wearing or sending something that someone could buy anywhere at any store they walked into. I like DIFFERENT! I LOVE to re-use, find new purposes for the old as much as possible. THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX!! I'm not overly crafty, but I LOVE paper, pens, stickers, stationery, journals, washi tape - that type of stuff.

I have never "fit in" - not as a kid, not in school, not as a teen, not as adult. It makes life a bit more challenging, but! I am "me".

I am very proud to say I haven't shopped at a Wal-Mart store in 13 years (will admit that I love going to Target - they have cool paper - but currently the closest Target store is an hour away. Sadness)

I get rather annoyed when people spell my name wrong.

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.

My oldest son is physically disabled, and my younger son is on the Autism Spectrum. Getting through the day is sometimes more than challenging & emotionally draining. I was diagnosed with depressions a very long time ago and it's always a struggle.

MUSIC I have been a fan of The Monkees and Menudo for more than 30 years! For newer music, I like Imagine Dragons, Kids are into Daft Punk, and that's grown on me some. Also enjoy John Mayer, Adele, Enigma, & Soul Asylum. Husband likes Matthew Sweet so I know way too much of his music, too. :)

TV I like the show *"Supernatural", Sherlock, Grimm and Sleepy Hollow. All time favorite show is Are You Being Served?" from the BBC in the 1970's - that show always makes me laugh! Kiddos are really into Dr Who, Bones, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Don't go for a lot of romance, sex, swearing, drinking, violence, etc. I seriously dislike vampires - except the original Dracula. Ghosts, now - that's a different story. :)

Books: All time favorite story is "Legend of Sleepy Hollow" By Washington Irving. Have always just loved that story and all the movies - including the old Disney one - that have been made. :) Recently found & am enjoying the "Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper" series by JL Bryan. Some very favorite and re-readables are: "Love Comes Softly" by Janette Oke, "Haunting of Hill House" by Shirley Jackson, "The Dark Tower" series, "Insomnia", "Diary of Rose Red" and others by Stephen King, "Faithfully Religionless" by Timber Hawkeye

Also love the original Grimm Brother's Fairy Tales - those old superstitions and folk lore always grab my attention. :)

Audiobooks Love listening to audio books! The BBC radio dramas of Agatha Christie are the best. :)

Movies Favorites are: Emperor's New Groove, The Haunting (both 1963 version and 1999), Sleepy Hollow, 10 Things I Hate About You, Far and Away, Clue, The Mummy,

Favorites & what I like

I LOVE Garfield. I've loved Garfield all my life, and dearly enjoy getting anything related.
I like butterfly shapes, trees, and prefer stars and moons to heart shapes.

Likes & Dislikes I like cats, Garfield, sloths (animal), cats (just no big-eyed ones), Hamsters (animals), llamas (animals), giraffes (animals), butterfly's, coffee, bookmarks, book recommendations, stationery, ghosts, haunted houses (stories, not the Halloween sort), old buildings /architecture/ abandoned buildings, Egyptian Gods/Goddesses (esp Bast), Greek mythology, Ziggy (cartoon character), Scooby Doo (original cartoon series), The Muppet Show (original ones), Colorado (state),The Dark Tower (book series by Stephen King - NOT looking forward to the movie!.), cooking/baking, recipes (my recipes are kept in 3-ring binders, so a full sized sheet is preferred to a recipe card), celestial things - sun/moon/stars design - esp moon, tree designs, earrings (no gold - allergic!)

Please don't send candy or food items. If we're in a tea swap, only sealed tea bags, please. (No tea with strawberry or pineapple - I'm allergic.)

Dislikes: OWLS!!!!, North Dakota, smoke smell (Not allergic to it, but it causes migraines), big-eyed creatures, Bible quotes and overly Christian items, hate-speak/racism & cruelty towards others, sex & violence in books/movies/songs, sexy vampires


Husband and I collect English Bulldogs (figurines, magnets, etc) I collect anything Garfield, pens (esp those promo ones from businesses), bookmarks, magnets (refrigerator) Daughter collects Barbie dolls & Wonder Woman (esp the OLD Wonder Woman comics) Youngest son collects GI Joe (12 inch figures) items & equipment, loves older Superman comics, Mad Magazine Oldest son likes Star Wars things, Harry Potter, the sport soccer (getting to know the New England Revolution), LEGO

Favorite Crafts

I"m not a crafty person or an artistic person. I enjoy making my own envelopes and decorating with washi tape, but that's about as creative as I get.

FOR WASHI TAPE SWAPS I like animals (not owls), colors and patterns, coffee themed, postage stamp and post mark themed, books or writing/text print. Daughter likes the Llama Love design from Michael's. Real animals or cartoon are fine.

Not into the 'poop' and mustash or beard designs. And I do not use washi in my planner, so the motivational or days of the week and such just get passed on to someone else.

If I get washi I don't like as much, I usually pass it on in the next swap, as an extra.

THE COOLEST journals ever made: http://bookjournals.com/

I'm open to private swaps, newbie swaps. I will do International swaps from time to time. It depends on the swap items and the cost. But please ask!

I am interested in swapping Pocket Letters, journal swaps, washi tape, stationery, book marks, books, recommendations.
Other than that you'll have to teach me how to craft it. :) I don't use Pintrest and have no desire to start. Saying "just Google it" to me will loose my interest right a way. I hate that phrase so for something new, I'm talking actual directions.


Comment: Thank you for sharing your thoughts and running this swap.
Comment: Thank you! I never thought of putting quotes in, great variety of "stuff"
secretterrabite rated for Private: Cindi & Ali Journal on Aug 17, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the huge effort and sticking with it.... still reading!
Comment: I'm rolling in your "double batch" of washi tapes! What fun that I don't have any of them in my current collection. I've now got to get busy & host some more swaps! :)
Rita rated for Blind Envelope - International #10 on Aug 16, 2017
Comment: What a pleasant surprise! Thanks for the paper goodies and tea♥️ I loved your pocket letter - I did not see anything I would change. You had a theme and went with it. Pocketletters were meant to be something with a theme that you could do fast, with extra craft stuff you already have and easy to fold and send to your partner. That's the basic requirement and that's how I do it. Others really go overboard and it's a choice but should not be expected of everyone.
Comment: Thank you for all the beautiful washi!
kathiann rated for NH: Handmade envelope & surprise on Aug 15, 2017
Comment: I love the goodies! And the paper you made the envelope out of was great!
MelodicPenguin rated for Washi Move it Move it! on Aug 14, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for the washi tapes and for hosting this swap! It was a great way to exchange some wonderful washi tapes!
Ramya rated for Fan of Washi on Aug 12, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the great collection of cool tapes! I have none of them so I'll enjoy having them to try out! I wish you Happy Swapping Always---Ramya
Fabriqueen rated for Handmade Envie Swap #2 on Aug 9, 2017
Comment: I love the envelopes! Thank you so much! Hugs, Diane
nmdesertrose rated for SHARED JOUNAL EXPERIENCE #3 on Aug 8, 2017
Comment: Thanks so much for sending the journal!
Response: Thanks for rating :)
ShyAnn64 rated for Washi Move it Move it! on Aug 7, 2017
Comment: Thank you for all the pretty washi! I love all of them, especially the birds :) Also, thank you for hosting this swap, so much fun!
Response: Glad you liekd the washi. :) Thanks for joining the swap and thanks for the heart! :)
Kyari rated for 3 Things In An Envelope #5 on Aug 7, 2017
Comment: I love the stickers! thank you so much!
Response: Thanks for the heart :)
Comment: Thank you for all the extra goodies included!!
Response: Glad you liked it. :) Thanks for the heart :)
Comment: thanks
Response: Thanks for rating :)
lostinavalon rated for Summer Reading "Read Four" July on Jul 31, 2017
Comment: Thanks!
Response: Thank you for the heart :)
Comment: Thanks for the goodies in the envie and for the note. I really like the magnetic bookmarks,
Response: So glad you liked the goodies. Thanks for the heart :)
Candace rated for Summer Reading "Read Four" July on Jul 28, 2017
Comment: Thank you! It sounds like you might benefit from a book club to get out of your rut - ha ha! That's why I'm in one, I find books I typically would never select.
Response: Thanks for the heart :)
Comment: Cindi!! Thanks so much! And you have more dots and stripes washi than I do! And the designs you sent are all awesome! Plus the little piano cats are just so cute. :) Thanks!!!
Response: Oh, the washi collection will just grow and grow now. :) haha Thanks for the heart :)
JoMama rated for MAE: Washi Wonderful Envelopes on Jul 24, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the fun happy mail! I love the envelopes and the matching samples.
Response: Thanks for the heart :)

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secretterrabite on Aug 17, 2017:

Thank you so much for being an angel for the list journal swap you hosted, it's a great book :-)

piratejimbob87 on Aug 2, 2017:

Thank you for angeling the Newbie Friendly postcard swap, I love the postcards you sent, especially the cat one :) and it was such a lovely package too.

Best wishes,

sera on Jul 28, 2017:

Thank you very much for angel-ing the big washi swap int. 2! I loved the kitty vein and all the tapes you sent me!

Doraecyscraps on Jun 28, 2017:

Hi Cindi, I am mailing out the Big Washi Swap today. Hope it reaches you safely! 😊

anrtist on May 27, 2017:

Blessings, cc

ladydy5 on May 23, 2017:

Glad to have you join us in Make an Envelope group

miablancs on May 15, 2017:

Thank you for your thoughtful Care Package...I really appreciate it, you are too kind =D.

I am still resting and taking things slow as I really feel a lot of pain and nausea since the operation. Thank you again for everything...hugs Bonnie

doulakk on May 8, 2017:

Welcome to our group!
Please join one or two swaps!

click here

neecie on May 4, 2017:

hallo hello! thrilled to receive your letter ... can't wait to open it, but gotta find scissors! hooray for write_on 2017!!!

LavenderSprinkles on May 2, 2017:

Can you tell me a bit about MAVA.?

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