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ccmmsu

ccmmsu
Date Joined: May 7, 2014
Last Online: October 15, 2018
Birthday: June 11
Country: United States
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About Me

*** Updated 8-12-18

Hi! My name is Christine, and I am a freelance writer living in Michigan with my husband, our 3 kiddos, a rescued mutt 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, 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 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. 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. *** Exciting news on this front -- I finally broke down and saw a neurologist a few months ago. She put me on a medication that has made a HUGE difference in dampening the tremors! I can sign my full name again -- and it's legible!! lol I'm able to write full letters again after giving it up years ago. I am so excited!! I still shake, but it's back to being manageable most days. I don't think I even realized how many things I had stopped doing until I could suddenly do them again. I am beyond grateful!!!***

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
  • 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 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. 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 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.

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. 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 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
  • 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 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
  • Jinbe San
  • Mind Wave Kiguru Me/"Quit" animals
  • Buru Buru Dog
  • empty sticker sack packages (I like cutting up the designs for art projects.)

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 used stamps from other countries
  • anything from Cavallini
  • 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

Nnyla rated for Literary Wisdom #13 on Oct 14, 2018
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Comment: Thanks for the bookish postcard and the Zora Neal Hurston wisdom! Love her and her work!
christy102194 rated for Kawaii Letter Swap #36 USA on Oct 9, 2018
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Comment: Pumpkin roll sounds AMAZING..!
5
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Comment: this was a cool one! :D
mandymo rated for SUSA - Halloween ATC w/ a Black Cat on Oct 9, 2018
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Comment: Yaaaassss! What a cool cat! I really like how you tore the paper. That had to be difficult. Thank you so much for a super cool atc.
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Mekenzie rated for ๐ŸŒป NH: Colour Swap ORANGE on Oct 8, 2018
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Comment: Hello, thank you for the orange swap. I'll definitely use something, especially the washi. Thank you for the letter as well, nice handwriting!
sebastian122 rated for KSU: Packing tape Postcard! on Oct 3, 2018
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Comment: OMG I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!! You did a wonderful job!!!
vanneparis rated for MMPC - Totally 80's Mail Art on Oct 2, 2018
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Comment: Hi Christine -Thanks so much for the wonderful 1980's Mail Art. Boy, did it bring me back. I watched MTV everyday and played Pac Man all the time. Thank you for joining the swap. Take Care -Vanne
Michelle0329 rated for junk journal supplies - purple on Oct 2, 2018
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Comment: Thanks for all the purple goodies!! I keep telling myself I need to get one of those butterfly dies/punches thanks for those!! You need to read Fable Haven!!! You'll love them!
turboneko rated for ILK: Pick Your Poison: 50 Flakes on Oct 2, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for all the flakes and extras :)
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Comment: Thanks for the great card and awesome washi tapes! Happy Halloween!
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Comment: Awesome goodies... all for me!!!! (Happy dance!) Thanks for sharing with me. =D
sebastian122 rated for KSU: Scavenger Hunt on Sep 30, 2018
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Comment: WOW!!! I'm thrilled you were having fun...'cause I got them all! lol Thanks for joining my swap, I'm so glad you had fun. =D
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Comment: Very cute card and washi! Love both! I dress up every year as a witch but would love a steampunk costume. I need to start working on that. Your hat sounds fabulous! Thank you!
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Comment: Another very cuuuuute swap! hehe Thank you so much for the lovely selection of memos and extras, I loved it ALL :D <3 <3 <3!
Bananers rated for EH: Halloween Envies on Sep 29, 2018
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Comment: The envies you sent were great! I especially love the one with the kids in masks on it! Thank you.
Leekoba rated for Kawaii Letter Swap #35 USA on Sep 28, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for the letter and goodies! The only book i'm reading right now is The Gift of Fear! It's cool that you can dress up for Halloween, i'd love to do that!! I hope you have a wonderful autumn, and Happy Swapping!
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Comment: Aw, thank you for such an amazing swap! I love the mini memo sheets. A lot of cute new ones that I don't have already. Thanks for the extra sticker flakes too.
tiggerkitn25 rated for NH: Easy Washi Tape Samples on Sep 23, 2018
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Comment: Thanks for all the cool washi tapes! I LOVE the unicorns with rainbows and clouds. =)
sebastian122 rated for KSU: 30/30/30 NON-characters on Sep 22, 2018
5
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Comment: Wooooow... nice selection!! Thanks for swapping with me!!

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Comments

sebastian122 on Sep 9, 2018:

Happy Day!!

sebastian122 on Jul 17, 2018:

sebastian122 on May 26, 2018:

Happy Summer!

user6937 on May 23, 2018:

The PH tag of Alice postcards have arrived and I LOVE them; thanks so much!

ladydy5 on Apr 12, 2018:

Iโ€™ve seen some ideas for our group on your website and welcome you to our group Artistically Inclined. If you care to create a swap with us let me know .

ktk8 on Mar 9, 2018:

I received my collaboration postcard you worked on the one with the mandala and you added the the border around the edges to frame it....it's BEAUTIFUL....thank you for working on it for me~

sebastian122 on Feb 27, 2018:

Thank you SO MUCH!!!!

stiffneck78 on Jan 2, 2018:

raniheartspaper on Dec 23, 2017:

xmas

Happy Holidays from raniheartspaper!

hibiscus on Dec 22, 2017:

Thank you for the wonderful Christmas mini book! Even if we won't have a white Christmas I have this little bit of holiday cheer to enjoy!

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