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browneyedmurmur

browneyedmurmur
Date Joined: December 13, 2020
Last Online: April 13, 2021
Birthday: June 30
Country: United States
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About Me

A couple of things to note before you read this novel I call a profile:

1) The “North” in my address has to be spelled out in its entirety, as it is the name of the road, NOT a direction. If you write “N.” instead of spelling it out, there is a good chance that the mail will not make it to me.

2) If you don’t receive a swap from me in a timely manner, PLEASE contact me! I keep my receipts from the post office and will happily check the whereabouts of your mail if it was sent with tracking. If it didn’t have a tracking number, I will resend your mail ASAP and send you a message letting you that know I have done so. In fact, if a considerable amount of time has passed, and you haven’t rated my swap, I will more than likely contact you to see if you’ve received it, and if you’d like me to resend, if only to ease my own mind. I’m SO not cool with the idea of leaving you swapless!

Now that we have that out the way...

Hello!

My name is Miranda, and I am a 41-year-old housewife and Etsy shop owner from Indiana. I have lived in the Hoosier state all of my life, mostly in small, rural towns (except for my time in Bloomington, when I attended IU). Although I enjoy visiting new places and bigger cities, there’s nothing my heart loves more than a colorful, country sunset that fades into a chorus of crickets and a light show of fireflies and stars...unless it’s accompanied by the crackling of a campfire and the lapping of a lake on the shore. Yeah,,,that might make it even more perfect!

I have been married to my high school sweetheart for twenty years. We have no children (two miscarriages early in our marriage), and currently have no pets. We had two big yellow tom cats that blessed us with their presence (the namesakes of my Etsy shop), but they passed away a couple of years back. Harvey and Beau will be hard acts to follow, as they were practically purr-fect in every way, but I do hope to adopt again soon.

I enjoy walking in nature and just reveling in all of the peace, beauty, and creativity it holds.

I drink coffee in the morning, herbal or decaf tea before bed, craft beers (porters or stouts) and gin & tonics when the mood strikes.

I play D&D and watch “Critical Role.” Caduceus Clay has my heart.

I tend to read nonfiction self help, but am also fascinated by Scandinavian minimalism and hygge (IKEA is my happy place).

I’m a Christian.

I’m also the eldest of two, a turbulent ESFP, a Cancer, and 4w3 on the enneagram, if that’s helpful - lol!

Likes

Favorite Paper Craft Style

I favor vintage, botanical, floral, entomological (bugs, bees, butterflies, other creepy crawlies, etc.), mushrooms, Victorian, and steampunk themes; that said, I don’t limit myself to these styles, as I also make things for friends, family, and pen pals. There is always room for something bright, cheerful, or cute in my craft supply collection. Christian faith-based and inspirational themes are fine, as are seasonal (NOT holiday specific) items. Really, almost anything goes!

Favorite Yarn

I tend to favor worsted weight, but will work with about anything! I’m not picky about fiber content. I adore everything Malabrigo and Noro produce.

Favorite Colors

I wear and decorate my home with black, white, grey, camel, rust, saffron gold, and bright golden yellow - think of the colors on a calico or yellow tabby cat. However, don’t limit yourself to those by any means! I craft with ALL colors, as I am usually creating something with the recipient in mind.

Favorite Flower

Strangely, I love the dandelion. It has nostalgic and melancholic symbolism for me. First, it is bright and cheerful, and reminds me of childhood bouquets when life was carefree and innocent. When the flower ages, it loses its vibrancy, and becomes more fragile, similar to how we, as humans, age. I also love that, even in its death, the same children that harvest the yellow flowers in the spring find joy in making wishes on its delicate seeds. Kind of a full circle thing, ya’ know?

Favorite Scents

I wear Lush’s Vanillary in the spring/summer and True Gent by Avon (it’s a men’s cologne) in the fall/winter. I’m drawn to more masculine scents like pine, sandalwood, leather, woodsmoke, and tobacco, especially if they’re mixed with vanilla. I love Wildberry’s pear vanilla incense.

I’ve seen a number of ABCs, and thought it was an easy way to scan favorite things, so here goes!

A: The Antiquarian Sticker Book, address labels, autumn, Alice In Wonderland (NOT Disney), American traditional tattoos

B: botanicals, birds, bees, butterflies, beetles, bugs, badgers (the animal, not the college sports team)

C: Christianity, coffee, coffee dyed paper, cocoa, chai, cardstock, cats, crochet, cross stitch, collage, cactus, camping, Critical Role, Caduceus Clay (a character on Critical Role)

D: doilies, die cut words, deer, Dungeons & Dragons

E: embellished paper clips, envelopes, emo music, embroidery, effort, ephemera

F: fall, flip books, folk music, fussy cuts, forest creatures, foxes

G: girly stuff

H: handcrafted items, hygge

I: insects, incense

J:

K: knitting, kittens

L: lace, leopard print

M: monograms, mythology

N: nature

O: old looking items

P: playlists, polka dots, photography, photo realism, pressed flowers, porcupines, pandas

Q:

R: ribbon, random combinations of things

S: stationery sets, stationery paper, stickers, scrapbook paper, seasonal (NOT holidays), song lists, Shel Silverstein’s children’s poetry books, Sweetarts candy, steampunk, succulents, squirrels, skunks

T: Tim Holtz, tea (anything but jasmine), tea stained paper, tags, travel, tickets

U: unused postage stamps (particularly the old fashioned “lick ‘em and stick ‘em kind)

V: vintage, Victorian, vintage ads

W: wrapping paper, washi tapes, washi stickers, The Wizard Of Oz (L. Frank Baum’s books, NOT the movie), Where The Wild Things Are (the book, NOT the movie), wilderness, wax seals

X:

Y: yellow

Z:

Dislikes

Politics of any kind. I do this for fun, to escape from all of that gobbledegook. I don’t want it ruining my happy place!

Nudity/pornographic material/sexually suggestive stuff

Holiday specific items (unless it’s the swap’s theme, in which case - GAME ON!); I love decorating for the seasons, though (ex. - not so big on Santa or Christmas trees, but love forest creatures in the snow or people skating and drinking hot cocoa).

Disney, Hello Kitty, or other popular cartoon characters

Kawaii, Sanrio, manga, or anime

Rap & country music

Girl power themes

Romantic comedies (I like tragedies, though), or romance novels

Stickers for teachers, students, or moms; daily planner stickers

Occult items like tarot cards or ouija boards

Drug culture, pot leaves

Favorite Television

“The Walking Dead”

“Fear The Walking Dead”

“The Walking Dead : World Beyond”

“Law & Order : SVU”

“True Blood”

“Breaking Bad”

“The Sopranos”

“Sons Of Anarchy”

“The Killing”

“Bates Motel”

“Stranger Things”

“The Goes Wrong Show”

“The Masked Singer”

Favorite Music

Brand New

Vampire Weekend

Straylight Run

Dashboard Confessional

Lord Huron

Taylor Swift

Chris Isaak

The Killers

The Decemberists

David Bowie

Weezer

Woodkid

Twenty One Pilots

Gregory Alan Isakov

The National

90s alt rock, 00s emo, folk, stuff that I hear on television shows that almost always ends up being European, rockabilly, surf music, sad/depressing songs

Favorite Movies

“Moulin Rouge”

“Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo & Juliet”

“Fight Club”

“Goodfellas”

“Pulp Fiction”

“Kill Bill”

“Best In Show”

“Zoolander”

“The Shawshank Redemption”

“The Breakfast Club”

“The Princess Bride”

“Labyrinth”

“The Dark Crystal”

“Legend”

“Clue”

Favorite Books

“Love Is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time” and “Talking to Girls About Duran Duran: One Young Man's Quest for True Love and a Cooler Haircut” by Rob Sheffield

“Till We Have Faces” by C.S. Lewis

“Anthem” by Ayn Rand

“Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury

“Animal Farm” by George Orwell

“How Starbucks Saved My Life” by Michael Gates Gill

“Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland” and “Through The Looking Glass” by Lewis Carroll

The “Oz” series by L. Frank Baum

“Where The Sidewalk Ends” and “A Light In The Attic” by Shel Silverstein

“Where The Wild Things Are” and “Pierre” by Maurice Sendak

“Harold And The Purple Crayon” by Crockett Johnson

“The Little Book Of Hygge” by Meik Wiking

“The Road Back To You” by Ian Morgan Cron

“Sacred Pathways: Discover Your Soul's Path to God” by Gary Thomas

Ratings

Raven93 rated for WIYM - Tiny blind Spring swap :) on Apr 1, 2021
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Comment: Such a beautiful envelope! And very cool stickers. I also like how you mounted the stickers. Thank you!!
Response: I’m glad you liked everything! I started making my own “sticker sheets” as a way to keep my envelopes flat and avoid paying extra postage. The first few times I sent loose stickers, they clumped up in the corner of the envelope, and the post office charged more. Plus, depending upon how carefully the stickers are removed, the recipient gets some paper to craft with as a bonus. Win/win!
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Comment: Thank you for the mystery envelope, it definitely brightened my day
Response: You’re welcome! I’m glad it was a happiness to you. 😊
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Comment: Thank you very much! I love the items you sent! Have a lovely day!
Response: I’m so glad it finally arrived and that you like it! Have a great day yourself!
rev1901 rated for Craft Club Swap #3: Travel Theme! on Mar 29, 2021
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Comment: Thank you so much for the cute flipbook, it was besutifully decorated and I enjoyed going through it and finding all the pockets!
Response: I’m so glad you liked it! It was fun putting it together for you. 😊
Mayje rated for Wonderful washi #3 on Mar 28, 2021
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Response: I’m so glad it finally made it to you! 😊
pernie123 rated for WIYM: SSS - MAR 2021 (USA) on Mar 28, 2021
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Comment: 100 hearts to you! What a beautiful surprise! English goodies please my soul as well as my stomach! You were more than generous. Thanks in superlatives---
Response: I’m so glad you were pleased! And “thanks in superlatives” - I’m going to have to use that in the future. I love it!
Fabriqueen rated for mini album double envie on Mar 27, 2021
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Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely envelope booklet you made for me and all the extras you included! Have a wonderful day! Hugs, Diane
Response: You are so welcome! I’m glad you liked it. 😊
quaisoir rated for Themed Envelope #4 Crown on Mar 26, 2021
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Comment: Omg Miranda!! What a unique swap indeed! I love them all (except for the cockroach illustration - yikes! 😂) yeah, definitely something I couldn't find around here. Thank you so much for giving me such a dark collection of stuff! Those stickers are gorgeous! The envelope is really nicely decorated. Thanks for a wonderful swap! 😘
Response: I’m glad you liked everything - minus the cockroaches! 😂 They weren’t so much dark but creepy. They came from an insect book that I read over and over again as a child. I remember being scared they’d be in my canned goods when I was about five years old. Have a great weekend!
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Comment: Thank you for the postcard and great song recommendations! I’ll be adding them to my playlist. Thanks!
Response: It finally made it to you - yay! I’m glad you like it. Enjoy the music!
Risna rated for LSRUS: Mystery Envelopes Int’l on Mar 25, 2021
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Comment: It's so wonderful to meet you here on postcrossing. I received your wonderful envelope today. Love the items you've picked for me. Thank you so much, It made my day.
Response: You are so very welcome! I’m glad to have helped brighten your day! 😊
Karen07 rated for LSRUS: Mystery Envelopes USA on Mar 23, 2021
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Comment: Awesome swap Miranda! Thank you!
Response: I’m so glad you liked it! Have a great week!
K8thecrafter rated for LSRUS: Mystery Envelopes USA on Mar 21, 2021
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Comment: What a fun mystery envelope full of retro ephemera. I just loved it. Thank you!
Response: I’m so glad you liked it! That paper just makes me happy. 😊
CraftyShana76 rated for Musical Scavenger Hunt PC #2 on Mar 21, 2021
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Comment: Great songs!!! And I love the PC. TYVM!
Response: You’re very welcome!
Poeprincess rated for Vintage Fairytale Tags - 2 on Mar 19, 2021
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Comment: A lovely tag! Love your elements. Thank you for the extras and for creating it for me.
Response: You are so welcome! I’m glad you liked it. I find these swaps to be so fun and fanciful! 😊
debbiespoms rated for Musical Scavenger Hunt PC #2 on Mar 19, 2021
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Comment: Thank you very much for the bird postcard and your musical answers. My favorite is One you grew up with "More than a feeling". As so did I grow up with that song. Great choices though.
Response: One of my favorite memories is riding in the truck with my dad on the way to little league basketball practice, listening to that album on cassette through the speakers. My dad is a drummer, and my mom and my brother and I are all fairly musical, so I grew up with a lot of music playing in the house. It wasn’t surprising for there to be a different genre playing from whatever areas we were occupying in the house at the time. 😊
IDASHi rated for yo yo mini album on Mar 19, 2021
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Comment: I didn't expect to get this so soon! And it's so much fun! I don't usually work with that kind of color pallet when I'm crafting, but I love it. I also love the envelope decorating idea, it's simple, fun and would even work if your re-usung an envelope that had writing on the front. Thank you for the beautiful creation!
Response: I’m glad you liked it! I actually have reused envelopes from unsealed birthday cards that were given to me in person. 😊 Have a great weekend!
dmarie rated for Vintage Fairytale Flatmail folder on Mar 18, 2021
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Comment: I got it today and I love 💕 it ....the three pigs theme is brilliant 😊 It is so much fun!!! Thanks for the happy 💌📬! Many hearts to you❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Response: Thank you so much for your kind words! I had a lot of fun with this swap, using the three pigs’ building materials (or printed papers thereof) in the project. I’m glad you enjoyed it!
danatropicana rated for LSRUS: Mystery Envelopes USA on Mar 17, 2021
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Comment: Wow! What a fun and lovely envelope full of great items! Thanks so much!
Response: You’re welcome! 😊
PrincessLeia rated for Musical Scavenger Hunt PC on Mar 16, 2021
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Comment: THANKYOU that is just my kind of bird! Great colour! I will listen to your songs later tonight.
Response: I’m glad you like it. Enjoy the music!
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Comment: Thanks for the lovely goodies! Very fun swap! Have a good day!
Response: You’re welcome! You have a good day as well!

Rating Overview

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Comments

January on Apr 6, 2021:

Thank you so much for US tag swap! The stickers are absolutely sweet and I have a use for them in mind...helping to decorate some things in my classroom, my kiddos will enjoy them :)

Petaltea on Mar 4, 2021:

I love the postcard you made for me! Thanks for the “blue” song list. I’m going to look these up after I finish work today. Thank you very much!

PerArduaAdAlta on Jan 16, 2021:

Thank you so much for the Random Flat Envie - Pay It Forward from the forum! I love all the vintage items, the paper, the French sticker. The blank PC is perfect timing! I'm sending it out today as part of a collab piece. But my favorite things are the washi stickers!!! Those will definitely get used. I just adore them for layering in college! Thank you so much! Let me know if you'd like to do a private swap.

takehimaway on Jan 16, 2021:

Thank you so much for the awesome journal and stickers. I will admit I did send the Starbucks card to my friend struggling with the loss of her uncle - I have been putting together a Starbucks themed gift for her! I thought she needed it more than me. I love, love, love the Space Animal Sheet. I have the 3D ones, but didn't know they come in flat (which is my preferred type of sticker). I'm using them to make a "To the Moon and Back" jewelry box. Thank you again! <3

Raven93 on Jan 4, 2021:

Oh my gosh, I'm so sorry - MIRANDA!!!

Raven93 on Jan 4, 2021:

Hi Gabi! Thank you for the AMAZING tag from the forums, That was so generous of you! If you want to join the yellow and grey swap, we'd love to have you. Or if you ever want to do any kind of private swap, let me know. I'd love to make you some cool Peter Pan happy mail with the materials you sent! Or we could do something else - botanical theme or steampunk, maybe? Anyway, hope you are well ad happy, and THANK YOU again!

JBuchner on Dec 28, 2020:

So cool that you’ve been to The Pageant! It’s such a neat venue! I can’t wait for things to get back to normal so we can go to shows again! Happy New year!

ScrapHappyGabi on Dec 27, 2020:

Welcome to Swap-Bot!! I'm an ENFP and on the Enneagram I am a strong 2 with almost as strong 4 and 7!

If you need anything, give me a shout!

Gabi

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