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ccmmsu

ccmmsu
Date Joined: May 7, 2014
Last Online: January 15, 2020
Birthday: June 11
Country: United States
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About Me

*** 10-21-19 UPDATED FROM 2-2019 Deco Swappers, please note: I am cutting waaaaaaaay back on swapping decos internationally due to the high postage costs. Please check with me first before sending me an international homer, especially if it has really thick embellishments. If I sign up for a swap that is global, then obviously I will honor that and take an international deco for that swap. Also, I am not taking extra decos beyond what the swap calls for at this time. Thanks for understanding. A big thank you to @Aladyjackson @SeleneW and Anja in Germany for taking my excess decos! I love my swap partners! You guys ROCK! ***

Hi! My name is Christine, and I am a freelance writer living in Michigan with my husband and our 3 kiddos. We have a sweet, very lazy Pitt-mix named Lulu, and two rescued sister cats named Cinnamon and Sugar. 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 (next to being a good mom, of course) is to visit every continent. I've made it to Europe, Africa, Asia, and South America 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 4 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 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. :)

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, 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.

  • 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 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. My favorite Disney movies are Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast, and Brave. 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 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, Cinderella and the Four Knights, and of course Boys Over Flowers.

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. Tim Holtz, Dyan Reaveley, Finnabair, and Frank Garcia are fav designers. Prima flowers and colorful paints and ink make me happy.

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
  • 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
  • stationery, especially Korean or Japanese, but any
  • birds and animals (all, but especially red pandas, sheep, llamas & alpacas, 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). See below for more on this...
  • postcards -- see below for more

Dislikes:

  • Please don't send me anything x-rated or full of profanity. I'm not a prude by any means, but my kids like to get the mail from the box and hang out while I open it.
  • Please no religious or political themed items.
  • And obviously, nothing racist, homophobic, 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 dinosaurs, dumptrucks, Dora or Barney).

Kawaii!

I fell in love with kawaii 20 years ago while living and working in Seoul, South Korea, though I didn't know it had a name back then. A couple 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:

  • older Tarepanda
  • Mind Wave Kiguru Me/"Quit" animals
  • Buru Buru Dog

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.

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
  • anything from Cavallini
  • Daintree Tea from Australia (received some in a swap once and LOVED it!)

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*** profile updated 10-21-19

Ratings

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Comment: Thanks for telling me about your daughter. It's nice to know I'm not alone with being a tomboy and raising a GIRL. LOL
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Comment: Great postcard. Thank you
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Comment: Thank You
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Comment: I LOVE the journal you made for me! Thanks so very much. The page where you circled your choice between the two things was a great idea and so much fun to do. Thanks for this special swap.😊
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Comment: Thank you for the travel suggestion! I'm totally going to look into that. I haven't been to Maine yet!
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Comment: I loved your Detroit/Las Vegas comparison. It's SO true. Vegas is as far from me as...Detroit honestly :) Next time we are paired up I will send you some good ol' Nevada secrets!! Happy New Year!!
simcoe54 rated for PH: Christmas Package & PCs on Jan 2, 2020
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Comment: What a fun package. Thanks for everything and Happy New Year!
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Comment: Thank you! Happy 2020 ;)
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Comment: Thanks for the card! I love the stickers you used and how you made red ornaments. Those girls with the green hair are funny lol Thank you for joining my swap!
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Comment: Christine! Such great postcards! It's really awesome to see what others have in their stashes - you did great! Also, the piggy (and other cute animals) are adorns! I like the texture of the stickers, too. Thanks so much! p.s. I love your stamps, I know some ASL! It was a nice surprise to come across it!
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Comment: Thanks so much!
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Comment: This is such a fun swap! Can't wait for the final round. Thanks for joining!
Ellen101 rated for Kawaii Swap Christine/Ellen on Dec 4, 2019
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Comment: Thank you soooo much for sharing your vintage kawaii with me! I'm excited about all of the awesome memos. They're awesome! 💕
GrrrMeoww rated for Washi of the Month OCTOBER on Nov 18, 2019
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Comment: Thank you for the Halloween washi tapes, I especially love the wide one with the monsters/ costumes, the bats, and the stamp you used to send it with!
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Comment: thanks!
Ellen101 rated for KSU Traveling Stickers R5 on Nov 15, 2019
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Comment: I received the Kawaii pc's and they'll be moving along. Thank you for the Kawaii memos! Humming Slowly is very cute! 🐼
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Comment: Thank you so much!!❤❤
tampagirl rated for CPG Send Any Deco - Global on Nov 12, 2019
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Comment: I'm sorry that it took me so long to rate but I did get the package the other day. Thank you so much these are the cutest little books I've ever seen!!
GirlMomToTwo rated for DB: Lets Trade Decos! Oct 2019 on Nov 7, 2019
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Comment: thanks for the decos! Cute enive!
Ellen101 rated for ILK: October 10-10-10 Swap on Oct 31, 2019
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Comment: Thank you for spoiling me! I really like the Kutusita Nyank memos...so adorable! And the extras are so appreciated. I love the silk ribbon you used to tie the stickers envie. 💝

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Comments

sebastian122 on Dec 27, 2019:

Thank you so much for the awesome card and the RAK! You're too sweet!!!!

manders2280 on Dec 25, 2019:

Thank you for the wonderful gudetama Christmas card. It did not occur to me that such a thing existed but now that I think about it I am not surprised. The holiday is ubiquitous in Asian countries. When I lived in India, there were decorations everywhere (though Hindu temples sport colored lights year round) and one day I spotted a line of children, all wearing Santa hats like gudetama.

raniheartspaper on Dec 18, 2019:

Thank you so much for an amazing envelope and additional extras!

sebastian122 on Dec 15, 2019:

Thank you for sending me R2 of the nesting envelopes!

manders2280 on Dec 12, 2019:

Thank you for Matryoshka Round One - all the sticker flakes and mini memos - and thank you for joining my swap series - and participating in every round

tiggerkitn25 on Dec 9, 2019:

I got your KSU nesting envies round 3! Thanks for the memos and stickers! :)

sebastian122 on Oct 31, 2019:

Happy Halloween!!

Fairydollmilk on Oct 30, 2019:

Thanks for adding to my traveling stickers and for the cute halloween greeting!

craftyone on Jul 1, 2019:

Thanks for the June AWG wishes. I love the papers and letter set!

goinjenny on Jun 28, 2019:

Thank you for the PCs and memos in AWG June!!

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