Swap-bot Time: April 19, 2018 10:12 pm


Date Joined: January 28, 2013
Last Online: April 19, 2018
Birthday: February 5
Country: Canada

About Me

Hello! My name is Sarah, I'm in my Northern 30's live in Alberta, Canada and work as a Registered Nurse in the Canadian Army. I am slowly working on my Master's degree and a certificate in wound care so I am cutting down on my swaps a little bit during the school semesters. I have over twenty years in the army in the communications branch as a Signals Operator, in the health services branch as a combat medic and now as a nurse, but it will soon be time to retire and I'm hoping returning to school will help set me up for better success when I enter the civilian work force.

As a Canadian I am very patriotic, I love our Commonwealth and our Queen.

I am in a long-term relationship now after being widowed in my 20's and I like to still do some of the things that brought me joy before I lost my beautiful husband. I have his picture here because I am so proud and still miss him and think of him every day. He is in everything I do. He was awarded the Canadian Forces Medal of Military Valour for his actions in combat. I am a proud Soldier and a proud soldier's wife!

My spouse and I have had a bit of a small zoo here although have lost a few of our companions over the years. Still with us are our 2 dogs, 2 cats and a budgie.

Crafting is my favourite hobby and I'm trying to make sure I have time to be creative amidst the busy pace of daily life . Having swaps to do gives me inspiration and means I have to make time for it!

I love paper crafting, reading, journaling, cooking, gardening and jewelry. I used to scrapbook but when I tried to pick it up again I started to find it too restrictive so I have been enjoying my own version of a 'smash book' since I broke down and bought a Zutter Bind-It-All.

I love tea but mostly just black and green teas. My favourites are Orange Pekoe and breakfast teas (really do not like Earl Grey or herbal teas). I have a lovely collection of teapots and pottery mugs (which I have promised to try and downsize as it was growing beyond cabinet space) *this is one promise I am still working at...but thanks to Pinterest I have found another means of using some of my tea related items and I will post a photo once I'm finished (still working on this!!)

Anything vintage is awesome, I spend long hours in the antique malls locally and where ever I might be traveling for work, looking for old books with illustrations or interesting titles, postcards, photographs and various fun ephemera items. Favourite items are old ledgers (with and without writing), maps and and anything related to the British monarchy.

I have had the privilege of owning a camera for most of my life starting with a Polaroid (which I still have and wish they still made inexpensive film for!). I'm not a great photographer but I used to have fun with it and I am trying to again. I found hipstamatic on iPhone and fell in love. I'm also sort of in love with my cell phone as keeping in touch with my family and friends is a top priority for me.

I love old fashioned snail mail, being away so often there was nothing better than hearing my name at mail call. I spent my youth writing to my grandparents and while I now live close to them I still love making and sending them cards and I have standing agreements with a few old army buddies to send postcards from any future travels.

I also like to get out on my motorcycle, weather permitting. I'm learning to do the mechanical work and I was able to rewire the signal lights all by myself (with a bit of help from google), and I'll admit to a giddy sense of personal pride when I put it all back together and it worked!! Next project is a set of up-cycled saddle bags!

While I am not a specifically religious person I am spiritual and I enjoy learning about other faiths and beliefs in the world. I would love to receive anything about your faith should you choose to send it.

Favorite Books

The Fionavar Tapestry, Harry Potter, The Outsiders, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Belgariad/Mallorean series, the "Cat who" series as well as a healthy love of any sort of romance novel.

I admit that I used to mostly pick new reads by the cover art as I read so much it seemed a good a way as any. Now with my kindle and reading mostly medical journals online I rely on recommendations from friends/family and reviews.

I used to dream of owning a typewriter and writing/publishing a book and thanks to eBay, Kijiji and the local antique malls I now own and love several vintage typewriters:) I've told myself I don't need another one but in my head that sentence is finished with "right now". The writing and publishing a book would still be lovely so I'll keep it on the bucket list.

Although some of my friends and family find my typewriter obsession hilarious, it's true; I am a little in love with my typewriters and as my handwriting is one degree shy of abysmal I often type a note when the swap calls for more than a few lines of text.

Favourite movies & music

Movies: Too many to list!! I love all kinds of movies: comedy, action, drama, mystery, animated, documentary, sci-fi, romance etc. Not that big on horror movies although I recently watched Cabin in the Woods and loved the story line and originality.

Music: Love just about everything! My favourite playlist at the moment has The Eagles, Barenaked Ladies, Counting Crows, Everclear, Mariana's Trench, Tracy Chapman, Lady GaGa and the Zac Brown Band. My current second favourite playlist is all big band music: Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Glenn Miller and Duke Ellington.

I don't practice much anymore but in the past I played the piano, oboe, trumpet and flute, and occasionally I still try to learn to play the guitar.

Favorite Television

I have terrible insomnia so I watch a ridiculous amount of tv. Current favourites (in no particular order) are Bull, The Good Doctor, Happy!, Westworld, The Walking Dead, Big Bang Theory, Elementary, Sherlock & The Librarians. Perennial favourites are M.A.S.H, Murder She Wrote, Matlock, Law & Order, Doctor Who (Fourth is my Favourite but I do like Ten and Eleven quite a bit too), Star Trek of any kind (I think Sir Patrick Stewart is kind of awesome, I would listen to him read the phone book if they still made phone books;) and of course just about anything on Masterpiece Theatre:)

Favourite Crafts and Stuff

PAPER!! Because the nature of my job was unpredictable and I have had to travel extensively for work over the years I gravitated to paper crafting as it is extremely portable. I have dragged my journals through just about everything including field exercises, training courses, domestic and overseas deployments. I wish they looked like this:

In addition to art journaling/smash style books I also enjoy making/collecting cards and stationary that I send to friends and family.

My second favourite craft is jewelry, primarily earrings and I love to repurpose small items with lovely silver and gold findings. A piece of my work (not pictured here) was recently selected for publication in a US publication and I'm still ridiculously happy when I think about calling my Mom to tell her and thank her for the years of putting up with my arts & crafts!

I love pretty much anything vintage, postcards, old time/national geographic magazines and stamps. Constantly going through gel pens and sharpie markers.

Not my favourite...

Not big on perfumed things as I have terrible scent allergies and we have lots of pets that already test the limits of my sneezing! I tolerate the sneezing and sniffling for my fourfeets because they are wonderful, joyful creatures who desperately needed new homes:)

I like to watch Disney movies but I'm not big on Disney themed stickers, cards, stationary etc. I do have a younger family member that I could pass things on to if I receive items of that nature but even she will eventually be out of her 'Disney phase'.


I did cave and join Pinterest but I'll have to figure out how to link it here.

I do surf etsy and I've seen lots of recommendations here to post a favourites list so here goes!

my etsy favs list

Canada Post

Canada post can be hit and miss. I have had some packages arrive from the UK in less than a week while the same sized package from the US took 10 days or more. I will try to rate as soon as I receive swaps but sometimes I do wait for the end of the week and rate everything from that week all at once:)

The post office closes on weekends where I live so for swap send-by dates that fall on a weekend I will try to have them sent by the Friday whenever possible. I like to send early when I can but sometimes it does take me until send by date to make it to the post office. Canada Post removed the local boxes from the county and to mail anything you have to go in to a postal outlet now.

Please note that if the swap send by date falls on a Friday that the postmark will not always read as that date if the mail was picked up after 5pm (even though it went in the mailbox on that date!) The stamp may not be cancelled until the following Monday as thats just how our system here works!!

As I mentioned I do try to send a bit early when I can and I will ALWAYS send by the date the host picks and always to swap requirements.

If you do not receive anything after a reasonable amount of time please pm me! I have great ratings/feedback so far and I only sign-up for a few swaps at a time. I have been flaked on numerous times now so I know exactly how much it sucks!! I will NOT do that to someone!

Fabulous Swappers

I received this in the mail in 2013. Not even part of a swap...just because! How cool is that?! Completely unexpected and very much appreciated:)

What I'd love

I absolutely love quirky/odd/strange postcards or note cards of any kind, stamped with real postage (several swappers have introduced me to vintage postage, this is good and bad because I love it but now spend far too much time on eBay!) with a nice note on the back.

Yes it is a postcard!!


Steinway5 rated for Chunk O Cardboard Intl - Feb 2018 on Apr 18, 2018
Comment: OMG, thanks for resending your chunk. Your postcard is better than I ever could have hoped for!!! I LOVE the chickens... I have always wanted to have some of my own! So awesome that you can participate in such a cool local program! Also... I LOVE the stamps you used!! Especially the cool embossed ones!! Thanks for such an amazing swap!! 💛💛💛💛💛
inkyplum rated for Boring or dull postcard on Apr 6, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the postcard! It is most certainly more spring-like now that April has rolled around! How bizarre to have snow so late in the year! Hope you are well. Happy swapping!♥
BeautySmith rated for Ugly PC swap #3 on Mar 27, 2018
Comment: Thank you for your lovely card Sarah, that's a piece of luck that these colors are not your jam, because it's totally mine! :D
Comment: I love what you did with the designer cup! Very clever! A good cup of coffee always makes me smile :) Many thanks!
satinification rated for B&W PCs MAR on Mar 21, 2018
wombatlady rated for Quick Swaps: Bird on Mar 13, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful bird PC!
Response: You are very welcome! Thanks for the comment, rating and the heart:)
AromaAlchemist rated for Photo-postcard swap INTL on Mar 13, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful and moody card, what a great photo! I love the story too :)
Response: It's one of my favourite images from that part of the trip, just wish I had a better camera at the time! Thanks so much for the comment, rating and the heart:)
moxiekiefer rated for Ugly PC swap #2 on Mar 1, 2018
Comment: arrived today thanks !
Response: Glad it arrived! Thanks for the comment, rating and the heart:)
Apelser rated for Chunk O Christmas Cardboard Intl on Feb 27, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the lovely card. It was great hearing from you again. At the moment I am starting to look forward to April as I will be going on leave as from the 9th of April. I'm so looking forward to it as my last day off/leave was April 2017. :(
Response: That's a long time to have no vacation! I hope it is extra awesome for you to have the time off:) Thanks for the comment, rating and the heart!
nannydino rated for Science Fiction PC Swap #19 on Feb 23, 2018
Comment: Hi Sarah, thank you for the Dalek PC. I'm waiting for Spring also...it's snowing here today on the Island and the Annual flower count is in March :) peace love light
Response: Glad you enjoyed it:) I'm hoping that the old adage of "in like a lion, out like a lamb" pans out for the end of this month cause I'm tired of shovelling snow! Thanks for the comment, rating and the heart:)
Lady rated for Chunk O Cardboard Intl - Feb 2018 on Feb 23, 2018
Comment: Clever! Did you drink out of this & recycle?
Response: Yes I did! Washed out the inside and glued a piece of cardstock on for a good writing surface. I just love the patterns they are making for the cups lately:) Hard to resist the 'everyday art'! Thanks for the comment, rating and the heart!!
armadillogal rated for B&W PCs FEB on Feb 22, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the neat card!
Response: I was able to stock up on B&W PCs on a few trips last year, love getting a chance to use them:) Thanks for the comment, rating and the heart!
Comment: What an adorable snail PC! Love it! Thank you so much.
Response: Glad you liked it! I didn't know how many cool postcards were out there before I joined Swap-Bot:) Thanks for the comment, rating and the heart!
CindyST rated for Science Fiction PC Swap - Dr Who on Feb 6, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the cool postcard :)
Response: Thanks for the comment, rating and the heart:) I always enjoy the chance to send one of these PCs out into the world!
Ivy1971 rated for CHWH: National Handwriting Day on Jan 30, 2018
Comment: Thank you Sarah. I love the postcard and the letter!!!! ❤️❤️❤️
Response: You are very welcome:) thanks so much for rating, and for the heart!
CookieChops rated for Ugly PC swap #1 on Jan 26, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the ugly card! And I also loved your creative use of stationary! 😂 I have the same problem, too much and not enough time to use it! Happy swapping, Jess :)
Response: Thanks for the comment, rating and the heart! And yup, I could give the local hallmark a run for their money lol!
Comment: Not a lot of snow here, either. Lots of cold, tho! -12F. Thanks for the card - Love all of the Woodstocks and your stamps.
Response: I have a whole stack of vintage Christmas stamps saved to use in Dec:) Thanks for the comment, rating and the heart! And for hosting!!
Comment: Sarah, I really love the sparkly Peanuts card/postcard!! Thanks so much. xo
Response: You are welcome! Hope 2018 is good for you so far:) Thanks for the comment, rating and the heart!!
Comment: Thank you for the cute card. I gave me a good laugh. No big plans for Christmas. Just try to see the kids, grandkids and great grands.
Response: Glad you enjoyed it! Hope your holiday was great and 2018 is awesome so far:) thanks for the comment, rating and the heart!
MadeByRori rated for IU: QUOP PC_Nov on Dec 9, 2017
Comment: Thank you 😊

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e2java on Nov 3, 2016:

So today was just an ordinary day…nothing special about it until I came home and saw an international little package waiting on the counter for me. Thank you so much for the sweet surprise! I haven't tried that brand of jelly babies but I am sure they will be delicious. I might not bother with dinner now!

ScrapHappyGabi on Mar 20, 2016:


rexypants on Nov 11, 2015:

Thinking of you this Remembrance Day.

bbsporty on Nov 10, 2015:

Today I was greeted by the best soft kitty postcard ever!! Thanks so much for the Happy Mail!

LittleRed on Aug 20, 2015:

There is a Stuff a Smarties Box Swap -Fall/ Autumn themed in the Canadian Swappers Group. We'd love to have you join!! Come by the Canadian Swappers Group and have a look:)

kerrydwynn on Jan 1, 2015:

G R E A T P R O F I L E !!! A pleasure to read!

rexypants on Aug 28, 2014:

I rock? Excuse me, but YOU ROCK! And the possibility of us both rocking? Well, I suppose I can live with that. What you said is pretty much how I feel whenever I discover something (well, anything) from you waiting in my inbox. Have a lovely weekend!

rexypants on Aug 10, 2014:

Thank you so much for the lovely RAK - it was a much appreciated surprise. Watch your mailbox, Mz. K...

picupurcross on Jul 10, 2014:

You're very welcome! I'm so glad it made it there safe and sound and that you enjoyed the surprise! 😊 Hope you have a great summer!

slewis234 on Mar 24, 2014:

hey there sarah, i have you for a partner in a swap and was just reading your profile...what fun! I am a US Navy veteran and one of the most fun times while I was in was when we had some Royal Navy guys come down to Florida to my training center and we got to train with them. It was a blast to learn about their country and their love for the military service. One of them had his wife and children down there and they would invite me for dinner quite often. He road a harley davidson and would come on base to pick me up on the bike and we would ride back out to the beach where they were staying and they would cook dinner and we would eat and have a wonderful time. He had three adorable little boys ages 2-6 years old...they were a real hoot! Anyway, I wanted to thank you for your service to your country. Being a veteran myself I know first hand the value of a good soldier. I'm so very sorry you lost your husband so young. I know he must have been a very honorable soldier to have been awarded such a distinguished medal. I know you are very proud of him but would forgo all that just to have him with you instead. But sometimes things happen and I believe God needed him for a special purpose. I know you will always cherish your time together and have many many beautiful memories. I'm glad that you are finding someone special to spend life with again. Live each day with joy. Thanks for the things you do for the men and women in your military. I hope you'll enjoy the journal I get to send you soon. Hope you have a wonderful day. Shelley

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