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ccmmsu

ccmmsu
Date Joined: May 7, 2014
Last Online: November 18, 2017
Birthday: June 11
Country: United States
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About Me

Hi! My name is Christine, and I am a freelance writer living in Michigan with my husband, our 3 kiddos, and a rescued mutt named Lulu. I love crafting, making art, reading, travel, animals, and kayaking. My favorite colors are cobalt blue and apple green. My biggest goal in life (next to being a good mom, of course) is to visit every continent. I've made it to Europe, Africa, and Asia so far.

I joined Swap-bot in May 2014 when someone recommended it to me. After checking it out I didn't quite feel ready to swap on this scale, so I stuck to swapping on smaller sites (Scrappin' Peeps for the last 3 years and Pocket Letter Pals for 1 year). After I became more comfortable I came back to Swap-bot and started swapping here in August 2016. I'm enjoying getting to know people here and learning about how this fun community works.

I have Essential Tremors, which means my hands shake a lot. This makes writing by hand difficult, so please excuse my less than stellar penmanship. I DO make sure that anything handwritten is legible, but it isn't always pretty. If a swap includes a letter, I will usually type it (unless the swap specifies handwritten, but I usually avoid those). I always sign my name by hand, though, because I feel like that at least gives it a little more personal feel.

My Profile is getting kinda long, so here's a Table of Contents of sorts in case you want to skip down to a certain section:

  • About Swaps
  • Favorite Books
  • Favorite Movies
  • Favorite Television
  • Favorite Crafts
  • Likes
  • Dislikes
  • Wish List
  • Tea and Candy

About Swaps

I consider signing up for a swap a contract. I never ever flake, so if you have not received from me, please let me know so I can resend. I don't want any of my partners to miss out on the fun of a swap! I try to send well before the due date, and do not mark items sent until the mailman has picked it up from my mailbox or I've dropped it off at the post office. If for some reason I will be late, I promise to message my partner(s) to let them know. (I hope I won't ever be late, and have even stayed up late into the night to get things done and out on time, but I know life can sometimes throw us a curveball.) If a partner is going to be late, I understand and just ask that they communicate with me. I do my best to make sure I have correct postage on the things I send, but I have had different clerks at my local post office charge different rates for similar things, so if for some reason there has been a mistake and you receive something postage due, please let me know. Finally, I promise to rate and do so soon after receiving. If you have not received a rating from me, I either haven't received your swap or it was an accidental oversight. Please message me. I also very much appreciate the ratings I receive. I may not be able to respond to them all, but please know I do read and appreciate them! :)

Favorite Books

I write book reviews, so most of what I read is assigned to me by editors, but when I get to choose I've been gravitating to YA Science Fiction and Fantasy lately. Since I started volunteering in the elementary school library this past year, I've also been reading (or listening to audiobooks of) a lot of middle reader books so I know what to recommend to the kids. If anyone has any recommendations in that genre, please let me know!

  • To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Kindred by Octavia Butler
  • Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  • Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
  • Weird Girl and What's His Name by Meagan Brothers
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  • Maus by Art Spiegelman

other favorite authors:

  • Bill Bryson
  • Cassandra Claire
  • Alice Walker
  • Christopher Paul Curtis
  • Dr. Seuss

Favorite Movies

I love old black and white movies. Philadelphia Story and It Happened One Night are probably my all time favorite movies. I'm also a sucker for Brat Pack-type teen movies like Breakfast Club, Say Anything, and Some Kind of Wonderful. My favorite Disney movies are Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast, and Brave. I like all kinds of movies, though.

Favorite Television

Right now The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones are my favorites. I also love Gilmore Girls, Big Bang Theory, Dr. Who, and MST3K. I have an inconvenient addiction to Korean Dramas (inconvenient because I can't multitask while they're on because I have to read the subtitles). Those are saved as rewards for getting lots of work done. :)

Favorite Crafts

I mostly do papercrafts and mixed media art now, though I have dabbled in many types of crafts over the years. I used to make and sell jewelry until my tremors got to the point that it took too long to do things. I still make custom pieces for people, which was my favorite thing to do anyway. I love creating something specifically for the recipient. :)

I am a true Gemini, so I like many different artistic styles depending on my mood: vintage, Steampunk, shabby chic, clean and simple. I adore Graphic 45, October Afternoon, and Simple Stories collections. Tim Holtz, Dyan Reaveley, Finnabair, and Frank Garcia are fav designers. Prima flowers and colorful paints and ink make me happy.

Likes

I am pretty easy to please. I love seeing other people's own styles, so please don't feel like you need to try to make something that fits into my style. Here are a few things that make my heart flutter, though:

  • vintage
  • steampunk
  • metal
  • wood
  • washi
  • Alice in Wonderland, Wizard of Oz
  • Old Hollywood
  • old photographs
  • rockabilly and snarky housewives
  • dragons, gargoyles, mythical creatures
  • Gorjuss Girls and Julie Nutting dolls
  • bright, happy colors
  • school/office supplies
  • planner stickers
  • stationery, especially Korean or Japanese, but any
  • birds and animals (all, but especially red pandas, sheep, owls, cats, and hedgehogs)
  • dark and supernatural (think Edgar Allen Poe, dancing skeletons, ghosts -- especially if it has a hint of morbid humor to it)
  • kawaii (I know this is kind of the opposite of dark and supernatural -- see, I told you I was a Gemini! lol) I especially love ghosts, pandas, red pandas, cats, people, and hedhehogs. My fav characters are Tarepanda, Kutusita Nyanko, Capuri Mono, and Sumikko Gurashi (especially Zassou/Weed). Current Kawaii Wish List: older Tarepanda, Jinbe San, Mind Wave Kiguru Me/"Quit" animals. tarepanda kutusita sumikkogurashi

Postcards: I tend to like non-touristy more than touristy, but really I am happy to receive anything. Sometimes I get a touristy postcard I love. You never know. If a swap allows for handmade postcards, I like those, too, especially if they show the sender's art and style. I'm equally happy with naked PCs or ones in envelopes. Some themes I'm particularly interested in collecting are "Greetings From (State or City name)," black and white, old Hollywood, book and movie related, and art.

Dislikes

Please don't send me nudity or profanity. There's just too fine a line between what's ok and what's not with those, so it's best just to avoid it altogether.

Please no religious or political themed items.

And obviously, nothing racist or hateful. (I feel funny even saying that, as I hope it would be common sense, but someone recommended I should, so there it is.)

If you are sending me something for me to use, then I prefer not to receive teacher/reward stickers or cutesy-style items (like Magnolia Stamps type images), simply because they don't really fit my personal style and aren't likely to get used. If you are making me some art, like an ATC or Pocket Letter or Card, and cutesy is your style, then I would be more than happy to receive it. :)

Wish List

I'll add and subtract from this over time. If you happen to have one of these items laying around and want to toss it into a swap, I promise it will be going to a home where it will be appreciated and loved. :)

  • My daughter is adopted from Ethiopia, so I'm always looking for items that feature African American kids to use in her scrapbook and other crafts.
  • used postage stamps with images of people or animals
  • Daintree Tea from Australia (received some in a swap once and LOVED it!)

Tea and Candy

For swaps involving Tea or Candy:

My favorite candy is anything chocolate, especially with caramel, nuts, and/or coconut. I like fruity things like Skittles and orange slices and sour candy like Sour Patch Kids or Shockers. I also love trying candies from other countries.

I'm not a big fan of chocolate with fruit flavored centers (like orange cream, etc.) or grape or watermelon flavored things.

For tea, I don't care for fruity flavors and I have an overabundance of Earl Grey, so would prefer not to receive those if possible. Other than that, I'm happy to try anything.

Ratings

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Comment: Thanks for everything !!! Happy to leave you a heart. :3
snailmailkitten rated for Kawaii Letter! ^^ USA #12 on Nov 15, 2017
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Comment: Thank you so much for the goodies <3
stiffneck78 rated for Decos Only - USA November on Nov 15, 2017
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Comment: Thank you for the great books and Gorjuss stamped images!!! I've really enjoyed swapping with you lately. Thanks again.
BusyB rated for Mini Art Journal page FREE THEME on Nov 14, 2017
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Comment: Apparently I didn't save the rating. sigh Thank you so much for the cool Graphic 45 Sea themed page and washi samples I love it! Nice addition to my book. Thank you for your patience. <3
Response: No problem! I'm glad it arrived and that you like it. I love that G45 collection. :)
Rosekoala02 rated for Let's move some decos #2 - USA on Nov 14, 2017
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Comment: I love them! thank you for extra. :)
Rosekoala02 rated for Decos Only - USA November on Nov 14, 2017
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Comment: Thanks for decos! i love the extra.
fairyduster53 rated for Let's move some decos #2 - USA on Nov 13, 2017
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Comment: cute deco
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Comment: I've finally recovered enough to catch up. Thank you for passing the PC along. It's going out now. My apologies for the late rating.
Response: I'm glad you're doing better. Best wishes for a steady and complete recovery!
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Comment: Thank you so much for the kawaii goodies. I absolutely love the Sentimental Circus ones with the jellyfish, I'm obsessed with jellyfish. Happy to leave you a heart. :3
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Comment: Hi there, thanks so much for the kawaii mini memo sheets. And an extra thanks for the sticker flakes. Oh & P.s. that tiny envelope is absolutely adorable !!! :3
Zefaniya rated for Kawaii Sticker Flakes Swap USA #11 on Nov 7, 2017
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Comment: Thanks!
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Comment: wow!! were to start. the korilakkuma memos are to cute some gos for the sentimental circus. thank you so much of the min memos piggy girl and sentimental circus are to cute. And omg the stickers!!! thank you thank you. i wish i can give more then 5 you deserve why more then that thank you!!!!
Response: Awww! I'm so glad you like it!! I just got those memos in and have been in love with them since. I agree -- too cute!! :) I'm glad I could share them with you!
fairyduster53 rated for Artistic Decos - October on Nov 6, 2017
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Comment: Thank you for your swap!!!
AZmom875 rated for USA🐱 Just send me the cat !! on Nov 2, 2017
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Comment: This was super cute and fun, thank you.
mellyrose89 rated for Seeing Doubles - 2 on Nov 1, 2017
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Comment: Thank you for the postcards and extras!!
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Comment: What an amazing bag and swap! I don't even know where to begin ♥ I absolutely love everything you sent! All the goodies you made, the cute address labels, the cutouts, tags, little wands, and all the beautiful things I can use in my crafty projects. Thank you so very much for such a beautiful and thoughtful swap! ♥ ♥♥
Response: I'm so glad you like it! That makes my day. :)
GinaVisione rated for EJ: Scavenger hunt October 2017 on Oct 30, 2017
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Comment: Love the Fish Tank :D! So fun - great work!!
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Comment: Hi, Christine! Thank you so much for all of the goodies, I really appreciate you taking the time to check out my profile and also the extra care that you put into the packaging to keep everything safe. Thanks a bunch! Xo -Kearstin
luluvision rated for 1 + 1 October on Oct 27, 2017
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Comment: OH MY GOSH! What a crack up your card was! I loved it! Thank you so much!! Yes, we are looking forward to season 2 of Stranger Things!! Her first book signing event we went to was for R.L. Stine! LOL (She also just finished reading The Mortal Instruments series - not that that is very 'scary' per se but I guess demons and vampires and werewolves don't seem to scare her.) I'm also taking her to a haunted house tomorrow! But she's still scared of the dark! LOL
Response: We all have our thing, don't we? Mine's spiders. lol I'm so glad you liked the card. It was a blast to make. :)
mariewilliams810 rated for Dog Deco on Oct 25, 2017
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Comment: Thanks for the very cute dog deco and kawaii extras.

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Comments

wolfeagle on Oct 20, 2017:

Thank you for adding to my Collaboration PC. It made it home and its one of my favorites with the girl, kids and kite.

esmy77 on Oct 16, 2017:

Thank you for the beautiful

postcards you sent to me

and I truly appreciated

your kind note,

you are awesome! keep on rocking !

snail mail by esmeralda3

ktk8 on Oct 11, 2017:

Hi and THANKS for finishing and sending home my HD/HP postcard... I love the long necked camel just finished it off GREAT!!! Happy Swapping.....

wolfeagle on Oct 11, 2017:

hi

Stahlrala on Jan 21, 2017:

so excited you joined my swap welcome

MandySwaps on Oct 13, 2016:

Just letting you know that your swap for "NH: Magazine Clippings October 2016" is in the mail! Should be there Monday! I hope you enjoy it :)

Artsynerdgirl on Sep 24, 2016:

I just got your PC for NH: Ghoulish Greetings. Thank you so much. You sent out early, which is a great!

Welcome to Swap-Bot! You are off to a wonderful start. I think you are going to be a great addition here. :)

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