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carmen

carmen
Original Member
Last Online: June 8, 2016
Birthday: March 15, 1975
Country: United States
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Where I Am At

Welcome to my home on Swap-bot.

picture alt This is Austin, born Oct '11

picture alt This is my husband Joe and Gracie Lu, born Mar '10

I am a middle school art teacher. I have been teaching for the last 12 years-- K thru Adult Ed. I have taught everything from drawing (my specialty) to ceramics, to mixed media, to painting and digital art.

Digital Hearts

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Complete sentences, correct spelling and solid sentence structure are wonderful things. Clear communication, honesty, courage, humility are things I try to imbue my writing with and that I enjoy reading in others' writings.

I enjoy elaboration, sensory writing, tangents, side-notes, footnotes, trivia, interesting facts and anything unique a writer has to offer.

NOT Looking for Correspondents

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--Life has gotten exceptionally crazy... and has stayed busy-- If you think I am brilliant and am dying for a letter from me, PM me with a very good reason to write you and your address.

I used to mail letters to friends all the time, filled with embarrassing personal tidbits, drawings, rants, raves and mundane daily events. My friends don't write me back anymore.

Errata

You won't find long laundry lists of likes, dislikes, favorite cephalopods, or the scents my raccoons prefer. Instead, I try to avoid profile-based swaps. That said, here are a few tuck-ins I will appreciate; tea-- bagged is fine, holy/saint cards, blank PCs, vintage photos, stationery/lettersets, unused postage, recipes & vintage ephemera.

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Love Me, Love My Swaps

I just started a group, Gastronome and a blog Gastronomy to share my passions for swapping, cooking and blogging. Come join me!

Sometimes I browse the swap listings, and I can't find an appealing swap, so I write my own. Check what I currently have.

My other brain children are the Smart Phone PC swaps. Use your smart phone to create and mail custom postcards. I use Postagram and Touchnote to take my cell phone photos and drawings and turn them into real postcards. Big fun and lots of potential.

Recipe cards, sent naked through the mail are fun, and I am hosting a series of those, too.

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My First Swap

Lots of Postcards #2 - International May 18th, 2007. I must have just squeeked under the "Original Member" deadline.

That Pesky Three

A rating from @qweenoftheworld who is '"partially suspended" at the moment. I am not apologizing, nor am I repentant. I am trying to be a righteous babe and not gloat. But it is really hard. I'd love to get that postie back, it was quite nice.

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I am not clairvoyant

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Dr. Mabuse knows what you are thinking, and he's not telling me. We are not evil geniuses, so let's use the free, instantaneous PM system.

Angels

I want to acknowledge @thehurriedmommy for her extraordinary generosity for the Dear Diary angel package she sent me (it was a letter swap and she sent me a huge bag full of goodies!).

Ratings

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Comment: Thanks for the postcard!
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snpyrunner rated for DRAW for 30 minutes *edited 8.6.* on Jun 25, 2013
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Comment: Cool drawing!
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Comment: Yeeeey, awesome mail time ^0^ Your doodles are really cool! And I liked to see little details from your life ^.^ My favourite doodles are the earbud (I drew mine too ^.^), the pistacchios - that looks very dynamic - and the little elephant, because it is so CUTE! It looks really fluffy even on paper ^.^ Thank you lots, I'm looking forward to trying the tea as well <3 I hope life will treat you a lot more nicely from now on!!
Response: such a lovely swap! Thanks for hosting! I am glad you liked the drawings. Keep me posted! Hugs.
topekagal66601 rated for What's Your Favourite? on May 14, 2013
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Comment: Thank you for the tea. I've not had any for a long time and since it looks to be a little cooler and rainy for a few days it might be good to have some again :) I don't have any of my YA stuff online yet but it is something I am looking into. Just not sure where to put it. I've no idea how to do a blog though as I've never done it. Thanks again for the swap :) PS I have those times as well with the kids. I think every parent does :)
Response: Blogging is easier than setting up a swap-bot profile! Just go to blogger.com and follow the easy tutorial.
elleto rated for What's Your Favourite? on May 11, 2013
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Comment: Thanks for your answers 😊
Boombo rated for Busy Illustrated Envelope on Apr 27, 2013
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Comment: I rated you 5 but quite desipointed by the drawing on the back!
Response: Update~~ this person flaked on her partner for this swap. I don't know what to say to this. It makes me sad that a piece of my art is languishing with someone who doesn't appreciate it. Sadder still that I forgot to photograph it before I posted it.
StaceyStoke rated for New PenPal for All on Apr 3, 2013
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Comment: Thanks for your letter, I loved the Airmail paper and envelope and all the stamps! I recently got flaked on in an Airmail themed swap so this totally made up for it! So double thanks! Will write back soon
Response: I was truly anxious that it would never arrive-- that I didn't get enough postage on it, or the UK postal workers couldn't read my writing. So yay!
nanatam rated for New PenPal for All on Mar 29, 2013
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aipoopyhead rated for #2 3-3-9 INSTAGRAM photo swap on Mar 21, 2013
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Comment: I really enjoyed seeing your photos, so thank you for sharing! :) My favourite photo for this swap is your black-and-white photo in the corner of the room.
Response: I love your food pics! Thanks for being a fun instagram friend-- I plan to keep on following you.
Katti rated for #2 3-3-9 INSTAGRAM photo swap on Mar 20, 2013
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Comment: That was fun! Thanks for sharing your pics!
Response: Thanks for hosting such a fun swap!
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tastelikeapples rated for Cookbook Challenge #1 on Mar 1, 2013
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Comment: Your chicken tagine looked delicious! And your pictures were gorgeous as well. Thanks for putting together an awesome swap!
rngstgstll rated for Beautiful Food Postcard #1 on Feb 25, 2013
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Comment: Thanks for the food postagram -- the fried rice and seasoned wok looked really sharp with the black background! Is the recipe on the Yan Can Cook website? Thanks for hosting this fun swap!
Response: Thank you and you are welcome! The recipe is from "Chinese Cooking for Dummies" by Martin Yan. I haven't looked on his website, but I bet its there.
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streetjewel rated for 3-3-9 INSTAGRAM photo swap on Feb 18, 2013
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Comment: Thank you for sharing)) Enjoyed))
Response: You have a great eye! Happy shooting.
Briyh rated for 3-3-9 INSTAGRAM photo swap on Feb 18, 2013
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Lindsay919 rated for Mothers with toddlers/infants on Feb 14, 2013
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Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely letter! Will write back soon!
kbk rated for Write a letter: Make a friend on Feb 12, 2013
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Comment: Thank you so much for the postcard and lovely letter.
mizlilyroo rated for hexaflexagon - kaleidocycle on Feb 7, 2013
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Comment: Thanks for your hexaflexagons. They are indeed tricky. I found mine hard to decorate cos I didn't have an idea. I liked your drawings.

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
4.9933 180 23 27
Completed Fives Threes Ones
158 296 1 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
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Comments

onlyincambodia on Apr 15, 2016:

Hi back at you! Welcome back to the SB!

QueenOfTheDesert on Jun 25, 2013:

Hi Carmen! Thank you so much for your message on my profile. I warms my heart to see others care when other don't. Indeed, this lady did not really understand the meaning of swap-bot I think. I believe barterartistmel (organizer) will angel me, but thank you for offering. If you are up for a private swap, let me know? Take care! Priscilla

Anaryawe on May 29, 2013:
  • Nod for Orwell! He's such a darling.
Anaryawe on May 29, 2013:

Ha! Sounds like a nice proper activity! GB is a certain factor in having good time. I commute a lot to different cities, and usually when I'm about to arrive I play "Oh no" or some other tack of theirs to get me into the mood of "hey this is my city now, let's make this a good day and party!" instead of just "blah here again." Works every time.

sugaraddict on May 26, 2013:

Hi Hi!! I'm hosting a Foodie Pen Pal Swap which I thought might interest you :) Do swing by and check it out yea.. We would love to have you swap with us! :) Thanks!!

katara on Feb 13, 2013:

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Gnoe on Jan 2, 2013:

Thanks for your kind comment on my profile Carmen, such a nice welcome to S-B! I'm still trying to find my way here and it's enlightning to see what a different type of profile you put up. Great pics too :)

Yay for fellow Kieslowski/Tarkovski fans! ;)

HelenG6 on Dec 21, 2012:

Thank you for your CHRISTmas wishes. Have a blessed one ourself! I love your Creed. I follow that one myself and enjoy the byzantine photo; love it!

anrtist on Sep 2, 2012:

Thanx for being such a Great Part of SB & LLL!!! Please take the time to check in the LLL~Location, Location, Location Group and see who is SWAPBOTTING in your area! ;-) Its open to all SwapBotters so feel free to invite anyone to check it out! Have a GREAT DAY ;-) & Happy Swapping! Blessings, cc

earthnk on Aug 27, 2012:

Hee hee, I'm playing the Throck on Tuesday night and hitting the boards in Washington State on Thursday night, actually. lol! Catch you next time :-)

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