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caf1988

caf1988
Date Joined: June 19, 2015
Last Online: October 23, 2019
Birthday: October 21
Country: United States
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About Me

My day job is doing bindery at a print shop (everything after a job is printed).

My hobbies are reading, writing letters (snail-mail), and doing simple, quick crafts. I love to make cards and am dabbling in mailart and atcs. I studied history and environmental science at the University of Virginia, College 2011 (Yep, I'm still pissed!) and I love to learn new things.*

I'm a duckpin bowler (bonus points if you know what this is!)

While I'm not picky about what I receive, I do have a preference for stationary items (notecards, paper, envelopes, stickers, etc), small notions that can be used to decorate handmade cards (die cuts, washi tape, ribbon, rhinestones, buttons, glitter glue, etc), or anything else that can get my crafting juices flowing. Cling/Clear Stamps (particularly flowers or animals) and ink pads (all colors).

I like all kinds of postcards.

I don't have a use for "Post-It" type sticky paper.

My favorite color is orange.

ATCs are always welcome! As is any kind of artwork. I have very diverse taste in art.

I like fairies, but not the Tinker Bell type. I prefer them to be more realistic rather than cartoon-y. I love anything nature oriented, particularly flowers, bees, and mushrooms. I'm totally into gnomes right now.

Articles cut out of magazines are cool, too!

I'm interested in typography and would love to receive interesting labels (from wine or beer bottles, for example, though the sky's the limit) and other ephemera. I don't drink alcohol in any form (I don't care for the taste), so please only send the labels! smile.

My dad (coworker) runs the letterpress at the print shop we work at. If you have a cut (type/image for lack of a better explanation of the term) for something that'd look good on a 4x6 postcard or similar size notecard, and would like to see it printed, drop me a message.

I have recently started a love affair with fountain pens and would love to receive some cool ink samples!

If you're writing a letter or postcard to me and aren't sure what to write, I enjoy hearing about your local current or not so current events/drama (good, bad, or ugly it's all social history to me), whatever your current paasion/obsession is (watching an unhealthy amount of reality tv? Been there!), or a favorite book recommendation--I'm always looking for new authors to read (any and all genres)!

I have no food allergies and am game to try any unique snacks you may want to send. I am game to try any new flavors of tea. Hubby likes instant coffee.

My husband drives a tow truck, so I'm intrigued by any towing related items you may find. While we like Tow Mater, I'd rather see vintage trucks rather than cartoons.

Some of my fandoms are Doctor Who, Star Trek (particularly Voyager), and pretty much anything that is a reworking of a fairy tale (I LOVE Once Upon a Time). Oddly enough, I really get excited about fan created art/cosplay even when I don't know and/or care about the original source.

(From above)*I'm particularly interested in "social history" which is the stories of individual people and their interaction with bigger events. I don't care for "military history" which looks at the intricacies of how a specific battle was fought. I like politics from the perspective of why people think what they do, rather than the wheeling and dealing to implement policy; I'm fascinated by the academics rather than trying to change opinions. The world is a fascinating place and I enjoy looking for that "awkward" point where two similar people disagree and where two dissimilar people can find agreement.

Pen Pals

I'm always looking for new pen pals! I like long chatty letters about anything and everything. Feel free to ask me any questions you like. Sorry, no men, please.

I swap FBs and the like (slams, bags, etc), but ONLY in small quantities (less than $1 in postage).

Administrative Stuff

Our mailbox is located at the entrance to the neighborhood, so I check it once a week in winter and 2 to 3 times a week in summer. I rate swaps the same day I get them out of the mailbox.

As a favor to me (it's not required!), please write the name of the swap and your username somewhere on the outside of the envelope. This just makes my life easier when I'm sorting the mail. Thanks!

I honestly don't notice that the swap you're sending is late until it's been on my sent page for over a month from the send date, but at that point I do send out messages to try to figure out what happened. I refrain from rating 1 until I want to clear out my sent page, IF there's been no communication.

If you want me to run out and check my mailbox immediately for your swap, just send me a message. I really don't mind the walk when I know there's something better than junk mail in it!

I once got a 1 because Swap Bot lost the message the recipient sent me to say my envelope had never arrived. Please be kind and send a second message if you don't hear from me, especially if SB says I've read the message.

Ratings

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Rainydancer rated for Friendship Book Swap #10 on Oct 7, 2019
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Rainydancer rated for Friendship Sheet Swap #150 on Oct 7, 2019
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momto8cats rated for Get your bags moving! #5 on Oct 2, 2019
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Comment: Thank you for the sticker bags!
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Comment: Thank you for the fun sticker bags! I look forward to passing them on :)
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Comment: I received your HUGE package today, thank you!
GirlMomToTwo rated for Get your bags moving! #2 on Sep 14, 2019
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Comment: Sorry girl! I was going through old swaps and noticed I hadn't rated this one... my fault! :) sorry the rating took so long!
Tverne05 rated for Sticker Bags Across the World - 18 on Sep 13, 2019
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Comment: Thank you! I will pass along in the next round.
Rainydancer rated for Get your bags moving! #3 on Sep 3, 2019
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Comment: Thank you for the beautiful ink swatches. I really liked the Kyo no oto, and the poppy red. I cut the same type of cards for my ink samples :)
vlhafer54 rated for Card Making Challenge #65 on Aug 31, 2019
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Comment: Thank you - love the owl!
stephanieM rated for Friendship Book Swap #9 on Aug 30, 2019
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Comment: Super nice Friendship books!
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Comment: Thank you! Such a lovely, neat card! The bee is cute with its little pops of glitter!
agrimkitten rated for NH: One stamp Happy Mailβ™₯ on Aug 22, 2019
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Comment: Thank you so much for the awesome Halloween envelopes and stickers. They were awesome! Definitely put a smile on my face!!
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Comment: Love it!! What a great way to incorporate washi tape - so creative:) Thank you so much for a lovely swap!
momto8cats rated for Friendship Sheet Swap #144 (USA) on Aug 19, 2019
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Comment: Thank you!
uiltje rated for CPG Green Flat Envie - Global on Aug 18, 2019
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Comment: I received you envelope a couple of days ago, but didn't have the opportunity to rate you. Our daughter moved out, because of her new study at the other side of the country (after 2 hours driving we cross the border to Germany.....;-) ). Now I had time to look at all the mail I received. Thanks for all the green items, I love them all. I put the Korean card into one of the boxes in het new house. I don't know if she already discovered it.......
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Comment: Just got your letter and wanted to say thank you! I LOVE the quote you picked and Hermione has a very valid point! I agree 100% Thank you for the flat surprises you're right they would be great paintings in Hogwarts.
Rainydancer rated for Books, Bags, Sheets Mini Swap #4 on Aug 14, 2019
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Comment: Thanks for my postcard! Even though I live here, now I've got one from Virginia :)

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Comments

goinjenny on Oct 18, 2019:

Thank you for my goodies in Wonderful Wishes October!

tcornell on Oct 16, 2019:

Thank you for the handmade envelopes that you sent for WW October. Love them!

sherba31 on Oct 11, 2019:

Thanks for the Wonderful Wishes playing cards. Such a fun variety! The Virginia ones make me miss living in there, except all that traffic! Fall was the best in that area and sadly it feels like summer here in the Sunshine State.

Fairydollmilk on Oct 10, 2019:

Thank you for the fun mushroom magnet and neat playing cards for wonderful wishes!

LilysMama on Oct 7, 2019:

Thank you for the Decos for the Deco RAK, they made it safe and sound :)

IsadoraWing on Sep 24, 2019:

thanks! for the birthday postcard and movie list! I'm putting Desk Set on my to-watch list now. :)

Mimosagirl on Sep 19, 2019:

Thank you for the September WW granted.🌼

dartha on Sep 3, 2019:

Wonderful Wishes: Thank you so much for the cool train postcard!!! Sounds like a fun trip even with the rain. I'm so jealous about the craft room!!! thank you, darla

grammypammy on Aug 29, 2019:

Thank you for granting my August wish for scrapbook paper to make ATC’s!!

susieq11 on Aug 29, 2019:

Thanks so much for the postcards for WW August!! The deer ones are new to me - I have SO MANY and I’m always amazed how often I get new ones. Love all the postcards. Thank you tons!!!!! xx

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