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blackkiwi

blackkiwi
Date Joined: August 15, 2012
Last Online: July 23, 2014
Birthday: June 30
Country: United States

About Me

.....I took a little INTERNET hiatus and am back to a little swapping, because I love it so!!.....

I'm a retail manager that commutes into the city...and back to the country at night! I'm an avid crafter and haven't met one I don't like. In my free time I garden, cook and craft...read and listen to music.

I'm married to a newpaper'man'...and have a very persnickity cat, Sarah. We live in a 100 year-old house that, when we closed in it (years ago) we asked the owners if it might be haunted...how awesome would that have been to have some cool history? No..it's not :) We do have a great series of raised bed gardens...and that's my summertime passion.

In the winter, I'm a skiier! I also LOVE to make snowmen and play in the snow :) I'm a big kid and I'm ok with that!

{PLEASE NOTE!! I'm new...and so very excited to be swapping...and would HATE to think that someone didn't get a package that I created for them. SO...PLEASE (please please please) let me know if you didn't get my package. A package from me is always filled with little bits of who I am...and I would be ever so sad if it got lost in the mail.}

Favorite Music

I LOVE to listen to music...and Pandora is always on when I'm in my craft room! Mix it up from classical to blues - jazz to 80s pop...I love it all. Right now I'm listening to a mix of pretty mellow female singer/songwritters.

I can apreciate the following as art...but they aren't staples in my playlist.

  • christian music

  • most country music

  • rap music

  • death metal

Favorite Crafts

I have to pick a favorite? I adore making anything with paper:

  • rubber stamping (oh how I love thee)
  • letterpress
  • cards
  • ATCs (I'm a newbie!)
  • altered art
  • collaging
  • art journals
  • scrapbook pages
  • poetry art

You name it...I'm game! I've been playing around with soul collaging after I attended Brave Girls Camp...artwork that comes from the heart is a pretty precious thing.

I've recently taken (back) up doodling - something I haven't done in a while...a pre-zentangle type of thing (maybe I'll explore zentangle soon, too)!

I'm an avid canner, too...and that's a craft of sorts, right? I LOVE to make jams, jellies and pickles...relishes...anything using things from my garden or local farmer's market. But, I think that I might be a little leary about swapping canning just because I know canning is a pretty precise things...and all that jazz.

to.favor.

Color:

  • kelly Green
  • navy blue
  • soft colors paired with white (for instance, my craft room is is white and a color called mint julep - a very light blue green color)

Scents:

  • real Vanilla
  • real berries
  • coffee
  • anything spicy or zesty

Animals:

  • cute woodland creatures
  • horses
  • cats/kittens
  • puppies
  • baby cows
  • well...baby any animal :)

Nature! Twisty trees! Gardens! Flowers! Farmer's markets! Picnics! Girly things! Organic or local food! Cooking! Laughter! Making others smile! Sarcasm! Real food!

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not.to.favor.

I'm not a big fan of (for me):

  • drab colors (think...olive green, puce...ug)
  • bugs
  • spiders
  • snakes
  • heavy-duty goth
  • crazy insane makeup
  • tie dye
  • trinkety things
  • diet ANYTHING
  • anise flavor (yuck. yuck.)
  • cilantro
  • onions
  • mushrooms
  • artificial sweeteners/flavors
  • artificial scents (if you've smelled a nasty vanilla candle, you know what I mean)
  • lemon or apple teas
  • wintergreen/wintermint
  • promo/teacher stickers
  • $1 store/freebie/used items

*****.....*****..... FLAKERS! Got flaked by: @myliujura for the 7 day tea #3 swap

to.drink.to.eat.

I'm a 'salty' kind of girl :) I'd rather munch on a plate of nachos than a piece of cake...so when it comes to candy, I'm a snob (eeep) - I'd rather have ONE really great truffle a month than a candy bar a day...but my downfall is gummies (but I don't eat them but every once-in-a-while)! I'm trying very HARD to eat much better...more fresh, local foods!

I love:

  • coffee
  • tea
  • chai
  • salty treats
  • peppermint

to.travel.

I love to travel or get away from my day-to-day life! I love to explore, be it a new little city or a great park...a picnic at one of the lakes nearby or an amusement park. I just love to {go}.

Ratings

kaydee rated for Put A Bird On It #2 on Oct 11, 2013
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Comment: I love the bird cards. Thank you for such a great package.
Response: I'm so glad you liked them :) It made me so happy to created them for you!
craftygranny rated for Swiss Cheese Card on Sep 21, 2013
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Comment: Love the card and the teas! Thank you! :))
Response: You are most welcome - enjoy!!
kriegergenealogy rated for PC from where you live! on Sep 17, 2013
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Comment: Hello Michelle- Thank you so much for the two nice postcards you sent to me. I have never been to your town, but I'm still young (kinda). I plan to see every town in the state. Thanks and best wishes! :)
Response: There is always time to visit :) Enjoy your travels!!
butterflylady rated for Animals We Love Card Swap on Aug 13, 2013
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Comment: Love dogs, oh yes I do. Great job, thks so much. Love the butterfly mailing envelope also....keep up the great work. Thks for the 2nd card. Love and prayers, Sandra
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Comment: Thank you for all the extras!! I loved all the cards. My favorite is the olive colored one with the brown. I cant wait for the next swap!!
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Comment: Thank you so much, very nice card!
Havfrue rated for Cat Lady tea swap on Mar 19, 2013
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Comment: You, Ms., have put the biggest smile on my face! Such great variety of teas, amazing extras and a photo of lovely Peanut who seems to like gift packaging as much as does one of my cats! A tea-tost to Peanut and her owner!:)
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Comment: lovely!
Response: Thank you!
Purpleheart52 rated for Handmade Cards--Get Well Cards on Feb 27, 2013
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Comment: THANK YOU SO MUCH. The cards are so beautiful and original. The extras are perfect for my breast cancer projects...it really touched my heart that you took the time to make them for me. Wish I could give you multiple hearts for your warm, wonderful heart. You have some serious skills on the cricut. Thanks again.
Response: I'm glad you liked the cards..and it was my pleasure to send you a little pink!!
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Comment: Everything was beautiful, thank you.
Response: You are welcome :)
SabrinaDeeBerry rated for ♡ Matryoshka Cards ♡ on Feb 18, 2013
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Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful Matryoshka cards you made for me! The details and colors are stunning. Thank you for joining my swap, and happy crafting! (。◕‿‿◕。)
Response: I'm so glad you liked them...I had a wonderful time making them! Thanks for hosting a great swap :)
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Comment: I loved all of your "pink" cards. Like I said I love pink!! My favorite is the one with the heart and the bird. I think green next month is an awesome idea. My cards should get to you soon-- they went in the mail today.
Response: :) I'll set the next swap up ASAP!! I can't wait to see your cards---and so glad that you liked your pinkies!
LynnViolet rated for Planes, Trains & Automobiles on Feb 10, 2013
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Comment: I LOVE the purple car! I have "Dodged" purchasing the Cameo so far, but this card is making me take another look. Thanks :o]
Response: Haha! I'm glad you liked it :)
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Comment: Absolutely loved your card! What a sweet treat to receive and on a day I needed it. Made my heart smile. Thanks.
Response: Oh...wonderful...so glad you liked them :)
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Comment: I loved the cards. You do such a beautiful job. Let me know if you want to do another personal swap. I can't wait until you get mine!!
Response: Thank you so much for swapping and comming up with the BLUE theme! I'd love to plan for another swap :)
junior88 rated for Coffee+Hot chocolate+Tea+Note :D on Jan 20, 2013
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Comment: Many hearts, Carsyn loved his package, sorry for the late rating, house construction. Can't find a thing
Response: Hahaha...I understand not being able to find things - and I'm so glad Carsyn loved his kitties!
its4donna rated for Looseleaf Tea and Tea Quote #1 on Jan 20, 2013
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Comment: Thanks so much for the lovely teas and the tea quote. Loved the teapot-shaped cut-outs!
Response: I'm so glad you liked the teas and such...I had such fun making the envelopes :)
kaydee rated for Handmade Cards--Thank You Cards on Jan 20, 2013
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Comment: What detail and beautiful work! Great job. Thank you very much.
Response: Thank you for the thank you...on my thank yous :)
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Comment: Thanks for the cards... loved them
cazmae55 rated for Christmas Card on Jan 16, 2013
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Comment: Chelle it has arrived so no need to replace again.Thank you so much Cazmae55

Rating Overview

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5.0000 107 3 4
Completed Fives Threes Ones
82 109 0 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
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Comments

Mirnyj on Dec 18, 2012:

It makes me happy to make other people happy. :D Merry Christmas ♡

iLoveMail on Nov 26, 2012:

Glad to 'see' you in our Craft Love group!

hlwolfe72 on Oct 10, 2012:

Thank you for the anniversary wishes and crafting supplies from my October wishlist in the Just Wishes group :)

clutterfree on Oct 10, 2012:

Michelle...Thank you so much for my healing wishes you sent for the "Just Wishes" group. The handmade cards you sent are beautiful...your thoughts and kind words meant alot to me:)...Charlene

janicemarie on Oct 3, 2012:

I'm off to get married this weekend but I'd love to swap something "soft-coloured paired with white" with you! I'm thinking a blank journal swap? Have you tried any bookbinding?

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