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ccmmsu
Date Joined: May 7, 2014
Last Online: June 16, 2024
Birthday: June 11
Country: United States
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About Me

*** 4-26-24 Just an FYI: I've noticed in the last few months that some domestic mail is taking 6 weeks or more to reach me (I just received a swap that was mailed on March 4th). Weirdly, international mail is moving faster, on average. Go figure. Generally I'll wait 2 months before worrying that a swap was lost. Also, I will never rate someone down without attempting to make contact first. Swap-bot is my happy place, and I want it to be that way for my partners, too. :)

*** I am taking an extended break from Pass-It-On type swaps, except for small decos and one or two group-specific swaps. That means no more bags, round robins, collaboration postcards, etc. Please do not send me anything that will need to move on to another person unless it is specifically called for in the swap we're in. Thank you :)

*** updated 2-21-23: DECO SWAPPERS, please note -- I am no longer swapping decos that can't be mailed at letter rates. Please don't send me any decos that are more than 1/4" thick (if it can still fit in an envelope when opened like a book, then that's fine) or over 3oz. I will not be signing up for deco swaps that include regular/larger decos, so this should only affect any extra decos you might decide to send me. (But please double check that I can take extras before sending.) I'm sorry to sound like an old cranker pants, but I'm staring down college tuition for 3 kids in the next few years, and I could buy a lot of textbooks by cutting out those overseas package costs. On a positive note, I'm happy to take homers that can be mailed at letter rate. Thanks for understanding. :)

Hi! My name is Christine (she/her), and I am a freelance writer living in Michigan with my husband and 2 of our 3 kids (our oldest just moved out -- I've managed not to cry... yet). We have two rescued sister cats named Cinnamon and Sugar, and just added a puppy, Bo, in December 2023.

C&S bo

I love crafting, making art, reading, travel, animals, hockey and kayaking. My favorite colors are cobalt blue and apple green. My biggest goal in life is to visit every continent. I've made it to Europe (France, England, Ireland), Africa (Kenya, Ethiopia), Asia (South Korea, Japan), and South America (Peru) so far (plus Mexico, Canada, Jamaica, Cayman Islands, and lots of US states in North America).

I have Essential Tremors, which means my hands shake a lot. It is managed pretty well with medication, but if a swap includes a longer letter I may type it to ensure it's actually readable. :)

I started a group for those of us who have sticker subscriptions like Stickii, Pipsticks, Four Bears, Postix, or Violette. If you're interested you can find Sticker Subscription Swaps here.

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 and TV
  • Favorite Crafts
  • Likes and Dislikes
  • Kawaii
  • Postcards
  • Wish List

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 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. 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 (I use a postal scale to weigh everything), 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 after 6 weeks (domestic, 8-10 weeks international), I haven't received your swap. Please feel free to message me. I also very much appreciate the ratings I receive. I may not 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.

  • 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
  • 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 and TV

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. Some favorite animated/anime movies are Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast, Brave, Kiki's Delivery Service (Jiji!!), Howl's Moving Castle... really, pretty much anything Studio Ghibli made, Your Name, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, and The Secret of Kells. I like all kinds of movies, though.

I don't watch nearly as much TV as I used to. Some shows I really like are The Mandalorian, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Gilmore Girls, Big Bang Theory, Dr. Who, Stranger Things, Erased (Japanese) and MST3K. I've been watching a lot of anime lately, and 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. :) Some of my favorite K-dramas are Goblin, My Love from Another Star, and Cinderella and the Four Knights.

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, Finnabair, and Tim Holtz style. Dyan Reaveley's bright, saturated colors make me swoon.

Likes and Dislikes

Likes:

I am pretty easy to please. I love seeing other people's artistic styles, and I'm grateful for all the happy mail people share with me.

Here are a few things that make my heart flutter:

  • vintage
  • steampunk
  • science
  • metal
  • wood
  • washi
  • Alice in Wonderland, Wizard of Oz
  • Old Hollywood
  • old photographs
  • old ephemera (over 20 years old), especially with handwriting on it (old postcards, letters, receipts, tickets, ads, ration or supermarket stamps, greeting cards, library cards, etc.)
  • rockabilly and snarky housewives
  • dragons, gargoyles, mythical creatures
  • Gorjuss Girls and Julie Nutting dolls
  • bright, happy colors
  • LGBTQ+
  • Libraries and books, and really love the old library check-out cards. My favorites are the ones from school libraries with little kids' names written in little kid handwriting -- I always wonder what little Sally grew up to be like after reading Green Eggs and Ham :)
  • school/office supplies
  • stationery, especially Korean or Japanese, but any
  • stickers
  • birds and animals (all, but especially red pandas, sheep, llamas & alpacas, cats, and turtles)
  • 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). See below for more on this...
  • postcards -- see below for more

Dislikes:

  • Please no religious or political themed items.
  • Please don't send me anything x-rated. Nudity is fine, but getting porn from strangers creeps me out.
  • And obviously, nothing racist, homophobic, transphobic, xenophobic, or otherwise abusive or hateful.
  • I love stickers, but would prefer not to receive teacher/reward stickers or stickers with baby/little kids' themes or characters (like dumptrucks, Dora or Barney).
  • Loose glitter -- It always ends up in the corner of my eye (and everywhere else). You have no idea how happy I was when they started varnishing over glitter on scrapbook papers. Trapped glitter that cannot leave the surface it's on? Yay! Love that sparkle. Loose or shedding glitter? {shudder}

No Thank You Items: These are things I don't swap, so sending them to me is like sending them to purgatory: friendship sheets/books, label bags, x-slips.... In general, please don't send anything that has to be passed on unless a swap specifically calls for it. Thanks!

Kawaii!

I fell in love with kawaii 25 years ago while living and working in Seoul, South Korea, though I didn't know it had a name back then. A few years ago I discovered online kawaii shops and become a collector (hoarder) of Japanese (and some Korean) kawaii. I swap memos, lettersets, letter pad sheets, sticker flakes and sheets, envelopes, deco and washi samples, and more.

I especially like pandas, red pandas, cats, manga girls and boys, and kawaii with weird backstories. My fav characters are Tarepanda, Kutusita Nyanko, Capuri Mono, and Sumikko Gurashi (especially Zassou/Weed). I pretty much love it all, though, and love discovering new (to me) characters from my swap partners.

Current Kawaii Wish List (anything from these characters/themes -- even a single memo sheet):

  • older Tarepanda
  • San-X Toromi French Bulldog
  • Buru Buru Dog
  • Rilakkuma Rainbow collection
  • Zombbit
  • Sanrio Kuromi

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 indie art.

If it's a naked PC swap and you're wondering what to write to me, here are some ideas:

  • What does your Swap-Bot ID mean?
  • What is your favorite food to cook at home? What's your favorite food to eat out?
  • Do you come from a big family or a small family? Do you like the size of your family, or do you wish it were smaller/larger?
  • What was the last book you read? Do you recommend it?
  • What was your favorite cartoon when you were a kid?
  • If someone offered you plane tickets to anywhere in the world, where would you go?

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 or Ethiopian/African images to use in her scrapbook and other crafts.
  • used postage stamps with images of people or animals and any used stamps from other countries --- currently looking for used US red fox stamps to use in a project I'm working on.
  • sheets of tiny stickers like these 5mm ones from Pipsticks: ts I use them on postcards and letter margins and all kinds of other itty bitty spots. If I'm in a swap for sticker sheets that says the stickers have to be a certain size, you can still send me a sheet of tinies. I'll count it as part of the swap.
  • anything from Cavallini

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*** profile updated 5-12-24

Ratings

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Comment: Thank-you so so so much for the Mothman pc! He's actually my fav cryptid <3
Stargazer008 rated for A-Z of SCIENCE-"F" on Jun 9, 2024
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Comment: Thank you for your science postcard dedicated to FORESTRY. And now have a wonderful Sunday.
concxrde rated for SSS: You're Making a Scene on Jun 8, 2024
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Comment: thank you for the lovely underwater scene and extra sticker goodies! i'm so jealous you got to go to Japan, i hope your trip was amazing β™‘
swapbotmaria rated for SSS: Altered Postcard #11 on Jun 6, 2024
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Comment: Thank you, Christine. Lovely swap as always. it’s lovely to see you in my mailbox again.
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Comment: Thank you for the fun summer pc!!
AzEkologi rated for Bird Watching via PCs - May 2024 on Jun 2, 2024
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Comment: WOW! So much cool stuff about your PC. The stamp of the guy holding the stamp?!? That's pretty funny. I also love the art collection of 'Facial Tattoos - Maori Warriors to Metheads' - that got a chuckle. I wish that we loved close to a water source which brought a plethora of birds. I'm in the city, but still get a bit of a variety as I've got a couple of feeders and 3 birdbaths. It get's hot in the summer in AZ and the birds seem to wait in my yard for me to fill the baths in the morning...all day several take cool-down baths and others drink the bathwater (yuck?). Anyway, thanks for the great PC. I hope to see you in the bird swap again. Best, Rick
Larina rated for SSM: Animal postcard on Jun 1, 2024
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Comment: Thanks so much for the card!
edgetorn rated for DB: Silly/Funny Decos # 2 on May 28, 2024
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Comment: Love the deco you sent! I needed a good laugh today!
GreetingsEarthling rated for SSS: Flowers on May 28, 2024
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Comment: Yay flowers!! Thank you for sending me such bright and fun sheets : )
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Comment: Thanks Christine! Cute deco! I will add a page and pass it along shortly!
Mimi7 rated for DB: Silly/Funny Decos # 2 on May 25, 2024
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Comment: Hi Christine this is a fun and clever one, thanks so much and thanks for joining this swap!!
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Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely sticker sheets and it was really kind to send 2 additional. The vintage ones and the cute one with the πŸ¦’ are aresome and new for me.
sherylk3 rated for Bird Watching via PCs - April 2024 on May 11, 2024
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Lolle rated for SSS: Altered Postcard #10 on May 9, 2024
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Comment: Thank you for this fun pc, Christine! Sounds like a super busy, but exciting & fun time for you. Love from NZ, Carola - Stickers are my love language πŸŒˆπŸ’–
swapbotmaria rated for SSM: Sticker sheet search 324 on May 4, 2024
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Comment: Thank you, Christine! You always send a lovely selection of stickers and extras.
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Comment: Thanks for your blue deco!
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Comment: Thank you Christine! I loved the letter you sent me!
Pyrhulla rated for Bird Watching via PCs - April 2024 on Apr 30, 2024
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Comment: Thank you so much for the great Cardinal postcard! I love the caption as well, so funny :)
colleenbUSA rated for SSS: Washi Tape #2 on Apr 28, 2024
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Comment: Thank you so much for all the wonderful washi tape samples! I only got 3 packs of postcards from the pips spring cleaning sale.
Sonya rated for DB: Silly/Funny Decos on Apr 24, 2024
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Comment: Your funny deco is great, Christine. People will enjoy adding to this one. Cheers!

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 1564 182 205
Completed Fives Threes Ones
1516 1650 0 0
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Comments

Lolle on Apr 26, 2024:

Yeah!! So happy to be the winner, that made my day! The goat envelope is pretty awesome and I love all the stickers πŸ’– Thank you for sending those sticker goodies to me, Christine!

MuggleMom on Mar 7, 2024:

Hi! Sent you a message - can you let me know? Thanks!!

wolfeagle on Dec 25, 2023:

MC

OrigamiGrace on Dec 25, 2023:

xmas

Have a wonderful holiday!

fruitbat5150 on Dec 11, 2023:

I’m from the Kawaii RAK swap, wishing you a wonderful evening and always much kawaii happiness! It’s always good to see a fellow SG lover. My fave is Pengin? I will think of you whenever see Weed :D

kiyasu on Dec 9, 2023:

Hey, I'm from Kawaii RAK, and wishing you a lovely day and happy swapping!! ^_^ ~Kiyasu

wolfeagle on Aug 30, 2023:

Thank you so much for your beautiful card.❀️❀️❀️

jay9 on Jul 13, 2023:

Thank You for sharing your art in my Deco book. I love it! πŸ–

MuggleMom on Jul 3, 2023:

Thank you for sending me Sonya's deco! Love your flower envelope too!

sebastian122 on Jun 18, 2023:

Thank you for all the goodies, on the swap I messed up. You deserve a skillion hearts!!

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