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banglabou

banglabou
Date Joined: December 12, 2010
Last Online: October 13, 2013

Country: United States
my blog: Meiphemera
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About Me

I was a SAHM/substitute teacher for ten years and just recently went back to work teaching full time. I am loving it! But it is also a big adjustment for my family. So my time is pretty tight these days. I plan to keep a swap on the dash most of the time though because I love making things and love getting fun packages in the mail.

I can make...

My favorite craft project is "making stuff". I like to think of a project, then brainstorm ways to make it happen. I love the process of matching swap themes to project ideas.

I took a jewelry class in college and I sure miss that equipment. But I make do with the equipment I have at hand. Sewing machine, felting needles, crochet hooks, hammer, scissors, sinks, sand, imagination.

Check out my blog to see some of the things I have made. Since I started back to work, I haven't been updating, but it can give you an idea anyway.

My Favorite Things

Color: My most favorites are greens, browns, and blues. Earthtones, jeweltones.

For my bracelet swaps: My wrist size is 7.5".

Treasures I would love to find in a package: KINDER SURPRISE EGGS!! Anything handmade, felties, coins or currency from other countries, bento boxes, natural fiber yarn, hand carved stamps, old/vintage crochet hooks, owl necklaces, black licorice, Scrabble tile necklaces or other crafts from Scrabble tiles, antique/vintage marbles, small pieces (not scraps) of beautiful fabric. Amigurumi. Women's handkerchiefs.

Geeky Stuff: I love the ds Legend of Zelda and the Professor Layton games. Studio Ghibli knocks my socks off every time. I have soft spot in my heart for Star Wars--I remember going to the drive-in and sitting on top of the VW bus to watch it. I love Legos. Except those lame 'girl' Legos that they just came out with. I'm not sure why they couldn't market to girls without creating something insipid. Uh, yeah, another geeky thing might be how annoyed I get with gender stereotyping. Finally, I just adore Mensa tests and logic puzzles.

I don't make ATCs or inchies, but I have recieved a few from people here on Swap-bot who specialize in them and really enjoyed them.

Private Swaps

I love private swaps. I LOVE private profile surprise swaps because I enjoy thinking of ways to surprise and, hopefully, delight my partner. PM me!

Favorite Books

My favorite books are an eclectic mix of contemporary fiction, and contemporary and modern poetry. Some favorites are Barbara Kingsolver, T.S. Eliot, Andrew Hudgins and Sharon Olds. Oh, and Robert Frost, but everybody loves Robert Frost. Right?

Favorite Music

I am seriously obsessed with Leonard Cohen lately. It's very teenagerish. I would love to recieve some kitschy fan item like a t-shirt or pin, poster whatever. I have not found any in my wanderings...

Thanks, but no thanks...

I really do not have any use for scrapbooking/cardmaking/commercial ephemera items. I'd hate for you to share some of your favorite scrapbooking items, because I'll probably just end up putting them in the kids' craft box. The same goes for stationery. I have a lot of it, so although I appreciate the time that goes into making it, I would probably just use it in a swap or let the kids write to their cousins...

I don't care for gold/brass colored jewelry. (Although an element or two in a larger piece is fine.) I like silver, silver-toned and colorful jewelry.

My favorite swaps...

I have received so many wonderful things from swappers. Here are some of my very favorite things I have recieved: (Thank you to the kind swappers who gave them to me.)

--a handmade pair of knitted socks

--a tiny Totoro purse with handmade Totoro and soot sprite figures

--a set of crochet patterns from my etsy wishlist

--a magic yarn ball

--a complete set of English pre-decimal coins

--a change purse filled with coins from all over the world

--blueberry Pockys

--a crochet acorn locket

--a Lego heart necklace

--Pandora's Box, altered box filled with ATCs

Ratings

mimmeli rated for Star Swap on Aug 9, 2012
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Comment: Thanks so much for the tin full of origami stars. I have wanted some of them for quite some time and today I was so lucky to find them in the mail from you!
bluehairedmary rated for Random Envelope on Jul 10, 2012
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Comment: Thank you for everything! I love the fabric, embroidery floss, and stickers! I even loved the map envelope! My husband was jealous! The owl necklace didn't quite make it, though. I guess it was a bit too delicate for the US post office! But no worries! Maybe I'll go to Claire's and see if I can find that owl necklace... cuz I am obsessed with owls! Thanks again!
Response: Oh! That is so disappointing! I tried to wrap the owl in bubble wrap but it didn't fit in the 'business sized envelope' that was required so I paid the extra postage to have it hand stamped instead of going through the machines. That was the last owl necklace they had at Claire's, otherwise I'd offer to get you another. I hope you are able to find one!
LauraAust rated for banglabou & LauraAust on Jul 2, 2012
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Comment: Thank you for everything! Can't wait to read the book on Frank Lloyd Wright! The bookmark is so cute - and love the envelopes! Thanks so much for trading with me!
Response: I'm glad you liked the package. Thanks for remembering to rate even in the middle of moving! You are amazing! Let me know if you'd like to talk about the FLW book when you are done...I was hoping you had not read it, and thought about asking but didn't want to spoil the surprise element of the swap by asking you ahead of time. I'm so glad that it is new to you!
MommyKnows rated for Tea Drinkers Think Differently on May 21, 2012
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Comment: WoooHooo! I have been wanting one of these. I've never seen any (except for pictures online) and they always peak my curiosity. Now I am the PROUD owner of 3 tile pendants! You've done a fantastic job. They are so very cool! Thank you for a great swap!
Response: I'm so glad you like them! They were fun to make and it was a nice challenge looking for tiny squares on tea foils that would look good as necklaces! Thanks for the heart!
Kessie rated for Inchies - Receivers Theme - April on May 11, 2012
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Comment: OMG, thank you SO much! When this package arrived, I wondered what it could be, as it seemed too big for an inchie swap. I loved all the geeky jokes etc. you wrote on the outside, the perfect box you displayed them in, the fact you read my profile & included freezer paper off my wishlist (it's nothing like I've seen before and I will definitely try using it for my next sewing project). And most importantly, I absolutely ADORE the inchies, they are PERFECT! :-) They exactly match the colour scheme I wanted, and the dinosaur is amazing! (What is he made out of?). I can see how much careful work went into creating each and every one of them. One of the best swap packages I’ve ever received. You are AWESOME - and I'm sorry it's taken me so long to say all this!! x x x x x x
weeatcrayons rated for Handmade Geekery on May 3, 2012
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Comment: OMGOSH!! YODA IS FREAKIN ADORABLE!! I love it!! Thank you so much!! :D
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peachynook rated for Handmade Bracelet-INT on Apr 19, 2012
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Comment: thankyou so much for the bracelet it's the first time I've had one made with crochet and it looks lovely
Response: Yay! So glad you liked it. I was nervous it would be too 'outside the box'. Thank you for the heart too!
mordfiddle rated for Mystery Microfiction 10 on Apr 16, 2012
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Comment: Would love to read more. Nice wee tale.
GirlFriday rated for Pandora's Box on Apr 2, 2012
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Comment: Oh my gosh I love it all!!! You did a fantastic job! Thank you soo much!
pippelotje rated for OTT: Ninja on Mar 16, 2012
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Comment: oh gosh.......... that was sooo cute!!! I put on the necklace instantly and am so proud of owning it!! love it beyond words! The amigurumi ninja, will be displayed on my growing collection-wall! yay for ninjapower! and thank you sooooooo much for staying in this swap, I was so happy to have you as my partner! A thousand hearts to you!
Response: I'm so glad that you liked it; I was pretty sure you would. I so enjoyed sending to you last time, so it was fun creating for you again!
klow rated for OTT: Penguin on Feb 20, 2012
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Comment: Such a fun little felt penguin! Thank you for the choice of accessories, though I think I like him best with the red bowtie =) Will definitely make use of the adorable flowers. Happy hooking!
Kraftylady777 rated for Let it snow! on Jan 29, 2012
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Comment: Thank you, kim
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Comment: Hi! Sorry about the lateness of this rating. I've been very blue the last few weeks but I'm back now. Thanks so much for the great selection of yarns. The color palette is spot on! Thanks so much! jen
pynart2 rated for OTT: Button Book Revisited on Dec 24, 2011
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Comment: What a nice creative book you made me. Thank you so much. You did a great job with your drawings. Merry Christmas.
Response: Thank you for this rating and heart! I am so glad to hear that you liked it. Merry Christmas to you too!
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Comment: I ♥-ed the choices you sent! Awesome awesome awesome- can't wait to create! Thank u!
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Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful fibers. It was very strange getting a swap from you in the MAIL!!! I cant wait to see how our matching scarves turn out!!!
Tommie rated for OTT: O Christmas Tree on Dec 19, 2011
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Comment: such a cute tree!!! thank you for the great tree with these cutest ornaments! you are so talented. your stamp would have been wonderful too, i am sure. tommie
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Comment: Thank you for the great variety of yarn colors. We are going to have great limited edition scarves =)
dkay rated for Winter Rapunzel Scarf - International on Dec 18, 2011
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Comment: Great package! Awesome mix for the scarf. Thanks for joining the swap!

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 94 9 11
Completed Fives Threes Ones
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Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
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Comments

mimmeli on Feb 14, 2013:

happy v-day

mimmeli on Jan 15, 2013:

hello

just wanted to wish you a great day!

mimmeli on Jan 8, 2013:

hugs

mimmeli on Dec 24, 2012:

merry xmas

Merry Christmas

mimmeli on Nov 29, 2012:

snowman

mimmeli on Aug 16, 2012:

maneki

Erdbeersternchen on Apr 19, 2012:

Heyhey! I think this group could match with your interests in becoming a Sailor Scout! (:

Sailor Senshi Club

RyeRye on Apr 4, 2012:

mimmeli on Feb 26, 2012:

Hope everything is alright with your new job and that we can talk soon again^^.

patumma on Feb 21, 2012:

It was so great to see you but yes way too rushed! Than you for angling all of the swaps on myprofile. You are so sweet! And I love how you pay so much attention to my profile! My favorit kinds of treats and even washers etc to try out mu stamping set on! And the sock monkey basket soo cute. I really appreciate all of the too numerous to mention rgoodies. They are All perfect for me and very special! Big hugs and hearts and can't wait to see you in the spring!

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