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brightparlor

brightparlor
Date Joined: March 28, 2014
Last Online: October 11, 2015

Country: United States

About Me

Hello! I've been a fan of all things postal since I was a child, so I was very happy to find swap-bot. I live in a rural area near the Mississippi River and I love it when snail mail brightens my day. I promise I will always send my swaps on time. If you have a problem, please communicate and let me know. I'll willing to resend if the original item doesn't make it.

I enjoy letter writing, postcards, mail art, and all types of desk accessories. I like to knit (mostly socks and accessories), paper craft (I make Stampin' Up cards), read, and take photographs. I've fond of a nice cup of tea or coffee with friends and taking walks outdoors. I love traveling when I get the chance and drawn to the little details of a place when I visit.

Paper, Mail Art & Postcards

Paper: I like both stationery sheets and notecards and will write my penpals on just about anything I can get through the mail. I make quite a bit of my own notecards with Stampin' Up products. I love letterpress when I get the chance to use it - such lovely paper!

Mail Art: I became happily ensconced in mail art when I joined the Letter Writers Alliance and was thoroughly challenged to up my 'mail game.' My mail art could be collage, rubber stamps, doodles, a combination of those, or sending your not so typical items through the mail. I use found items, ephemera, recycled items, my own photography, and pieces from my paper collection. I make a lot of handmade/decorated envies, handmade postcards, naked mail, and of course, hand written letters.

Postcards: If you're interested in my favorite postcard/card categories, they are: landscapes (cities, country scenes, mountains, black & white), travel / wanderlust, tea / teacups / coffee, anything vintage mail or postal themed, books or libraries, doors & windows, farms, cottages, cabins, historical buildings, your hometown/country, food, sheep, knitting or crochet or something that you'd love to share. I also like panoramic postcards. I'm a member of Postcrossing.com so I'm always using postcards.

Smash book / junk journal: I'm always adding bits and bobs to my current journal. I have plenty of pages, but additions (tags, diecuts, etc) can always be used or incorporated into mail art. I prefer items not to be too bulky; no 'rewards' ("good job"!) stickers please.

Favorites / Hobbies

When I'm not papercrafting, I like to knit. I knit a lot of socks, hats, cowls, scarves. I crochet as well but tend to only crochet blankets or dishcloths and cross stitch when there is free time left over. I enjoy photography and am rarely without a camera on day trips to capture whatever I may find.

Other things I generally like: all things stationery/air mail, libraries, flowers, strawberries, pigeons, barn swallows, postcards, books, tea/teapots/tea accessories, coffee, sheep, washi tape, desk accessories (post its, paper clips, pens, pencils with erasers), vintage travel, all things London/British, Fortnum & Mason, knitting, crochet, cross stitch, museums, postage stamps, rubber stamps, Kinder eggs (can't get them in the US), gardening, gnomes, clouds, old/vintage photographs, polka dots, skeleton keys, hexagons.

My favorite teas are black (earl grey, breakfast, afternoon...) and I'm not a big fruit tea fan. I will also drink white and green teas. As for coffee, I don't mind instant coffee and nothing to fruity or heavily flavored.

Colors

Colors: blues, aquamarines (especially paired with red), greens, whites, light grey, purples, pastels.

I'm not a big fan of neon orange or tons of black.

Not a huge fan...

...of Disney, kawaii, highly scented products (they make me sneeze), spiders, snakes, goth, lots of glitter, anything religious themed.

Ratings

mjhamel rated for Decorated envie. Newbies Welcome! on Sep 8, 2014
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Response: Thank you for rating! I appreciate it. Glad you liked the package and thanks for the thank you card!
liveve308 rated for August- It's My Birthday! on Aug 8, 2014
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Comment: I was so envious of the card Noora received from you but got excited when I came home today after being away for a week and found your envie in the mail :D The card is really beautifully made! Everything is so lovely I sound like a creep if I go on too much :) Thanks for the extras and the HP-and lighthouse-stamps!!
Response: You're welcome! I'm glad it arrived safely. Enjoy and happy birthday!
paraxparaxnoia rated for August- It's My Birthday! on Aug 2, 2014
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Comment: Thank you SO MUCH for the beautiful card and cute stickers and other extras, everything was so pretty it makes me smile :)) I also really liked your business card! Did you get the printed somewhere?
Response: You're welcome! I'm glad it made it safely. Yes, the business cards are from moo.com. Have a great birthday!
ellie rated for Handmade PC swap senders choice on Jul 29, 2014
5
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Comment: Thanks for making my post card so special.
Response: You're welcome! I enjoyed making it for you and hope all your current craft projects turn out well. I'm glad it made it safely and thanks for the rating & heart!
clillebakken89 rated for See-Through Swap on Jul 23, 2014
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Comment: Thank you for the beautiful envie. I loved the postal themed items inside. Thanks again so much! :)
Response: You're welcome! I enjoyed putting it together for you. Thanks for rating and the heart!
walkthoreau rated for WIYM: Mail Call: July, 2014 on Jul 21, 2014
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Comment: Thanks for the cute card & extras. I will have fun with them!!
Response: You're welcome! Thank you for rating and the heart. Have a good summer.
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Comment: Thanks for all the fun stuff! I love the stickers and envelopes, such a fun piece of mail to get :)
Response: I'm happy that you liked it all - had a great time decorating that envie. Thanks for rating and the heart!
dartha rated for WIYM: Mail Call: July, 2014 on Jul 17, 2014
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Comment: Thank you Lauren for the cool package and the butterfly made it just fine - Love the snoopy stamp too and all the fun goodies you enclosed. Thank you, darla
Response: Darla - glad to hear it made it safely. Enjoy and thanks for the rating and the heart!
Lilian rated for WIYM: Mail Call: June, 2014 on Jun 29, 2014
5
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Comment: What a funny surprise, I really didn't see that coming! Hahaha, this was so great, Lauren :D Now i can't wait till I go out and play with my new Frisbee :) Thanks a lot!
Response: I'm glad you like it and it made it safely! Enjoy and thank you for rating!
elvenfire rated for WIYM: Mail Call: June, 2014 on Jun 23, 2014
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Comment: Wow, I was really surprised to receive a frisbee in mail! :) The postman had to ring the doorbell because it was too big for the mail slot. But he thought it was funny too! Thank you!
Response: You're welcome. I'm so glad that it made it safely to you! Thanks for rating too.
5
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Comment: Thank you for the nice postcard ^_^
Response: You're welcome and thanks for rating!
Aankee rated for Random Acts of Happiness: Round 2 on Jun 17, 2014
5
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Comment: I loved everything in your letter - the envelope, stamps, quotes and stickers. Thank you!
Response: You're welcome and I'm happy you liked it all. Thank you for rating too!
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Comment: Hi, Lauren I received ur card today. thanks a lot. I like it. :) have a great day
Response: You're welcome and thank you for rating!
yolomba rated for Random Acts of Happiness: Round 2 on Jun 17, 2014
5
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Comment: Thank you, you've absolutely made my day with your random acts of happiness. The stickers are very pretty, too.
Response: You're very welcome! I'm glad that you liked them all. Thank you for rating too.
Batmamma rated for Random Acts of Happiness: Round 2 on Jun 17, 2014
5
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Comment: Thank you so much, I need a bigger jar now ;)
Response: You're very welcome; thank you for rating!
Nookku rated for Random Acts of Happiness: Round 2 on Jun 17, 2014
5
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Comment: Thank you for your happiness thoughts and quotes+ lovely extras:-)!
Response: You're welcome! Thank you for rating!
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Comment: Thank you for the beautiful card. The cat on the card looks a bit like my cat Aletta :). I also love the sparrow stamp it's beautiful
Response: You're welcome and I'm glad it made it safely. Thank you for rating too.
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Comment: I love the packaging! I haven't read my slips yet - saving them for days I need a pick me up :) Thanks for the extra bits and the circus stamps :D
Response: You're welcome! I hope they brighten your day when you need it. Thanks for rating.
pne rated for Postcards! on May 27, 2014
5
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Comment: Thank you for the awesome lenticular Egyptian Gilded Lady postcard! And yay for librarians—I used to basically live in the library during my time at school :) Thanks also for telling me a bit about your area!
Response: You're very welcome - I'm glad you like it. Thank you for rating too!
judee0624 rated for CREATE A POSTCARD FROM A PHOTO on May 25, 2014
5
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Comment: Thanks for the beautiful shot, Lauren.
Response: You're welcome! Hope you enjoy it; thanks for rating.

Rating Overview

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Comments

mjhamel on Sep 8, 2014:

I really enjoyed my package I got! It was such a fun surprise to get in the mail!

DLRodrigues on Aug 14, 2014:

Hi Lauren - thank you for the surprise mail. Gosh I am totally spoilt and surprised. It brought a big smile to my face:)) Thank you so so much xx

Mugsie on Aug 10, 2014:

Laura ~ I invited you to my book group, hope you will join us!

Mugsie on Aug 10, 2014:

Thank you Lauren so much for the thank you note! It was so nice of you, thank you! Have a fantastic day! XO Kelly :)

ericabella on Jul 24, 2014:

Thank you for rating me so promptly! I hope you have a great birthday!!!

MissThundercat on Jul 15, 2014:

Hi Laura, Thank you for your beautiful thank you package! I'm so glad you liked my swap, and it was my pleasure! you're just too sweet to send a such a lovely thank you card and those awesome post cards you have included! I actually have visited Chicago twice in 2003 and 2005, one of my fave cities I have visited in the states :) by the way, i love your calling card! great image of tea and postage you used and I can wholeheartedly agree with your slogan/motto! keep your eye out for more surprises in your mail box ;) xoxo Tarah

christy102194 on May 23, 2014:

Got your thank you card yesterday! Made my day (: I am so glad you liked my swap and I hope I can keep going with the SUPER EASY NOTECARD series! Happy swapping to you!

nisforneville on May 2, 2014:

Thank you for the Thank You card! :)

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