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centralperky31

centralperky31
Date Joined: August 6, 2008
Last Online: May 17, 2013
Birthday: November 21
Country: United States

About Me

I've had a bit of a rollercoaster ride in the past 4 years and there have been some dark times where I just wasn't myself, couldn't find a creative bone in my body and barely managed to get out of bed in the morning.

I'm back in the saddle again, though, so I'm hoping that I can get back into crafting, swapping and loving life like I used to! :)

Currently I'm working on...

...trying to get back into crafting.

I've been working on smash books & junk journals on and off for the last couple of years but I really miss doing something more regularly and seeing what other people are doing.

What I want to try:

  • Project 365
  • Happiness Project
  • Project Life by Becky Higgins

Favorite Crafts

I LURVE to craft - and I have a deep appreciation for handmade items and artisanal items. I do a little bit of cross stitching and embroidery, although I don't have as much patience for that as I'd like - I usually end up with a half-finished project that gathers dust for a few months (or in some cases, years!).

I love vintage papers and ephemera above anything else in the world, so I'm trying to learn how to make beautiful things that incorporate these treasured items.

Aside from that, I like to sew. I'm not terribly good at it - I can sew together a patchwork blanket but I haven't had the patience to teach myself how to sew even a basic tote or a dress. I would love to take a class with a seamstress and REALLY learn how to sew clothes - my dream is to design & make my own clothes! :) :)

Things I LOVE!

Of course, first and foremost are my family and my wonderful husband, as well as our two very spoiled dogs. They are the light of my life! I'd also have to count my best friend and a growing number of penpals in this pile - they all contribute to making me feel happy!

Now to the material things...and here's a bit of a confession: I'm a total clutter bug, grade A packrat! LOL I absolutely just love STUFF! Whether it's antique/vintage linens, old buttons, acrylic & rubber stamps, fabric, books, ribbons or clothes, I LOVE IT!

I particularly love almost everything vintage/antique, especially things relating to travel, household items (linens & lace in particular), books, clothes, accessories and all sorts of other things. I collect antique/vintage china of all kinds; not for value, since I really can't afford that, but just sort of when I see something I like for a price I can live with. I really love anything and everything relating to the WWII era, Victoriana and Edwardian era. I'm also very interested in inventions from the "days of yore" during the industrial age etc.

Last but not least, I love everything coffee-themed. I collect coffee-themed stamps (my absolute favorite one is Like It A Latte by Stampin' Up!) and Starbucks city/state mugs. So far I have one from L.A., London, Spokane, Alaska, Hawaii, New Mexico, Seattle and Atlanta. If there's a Starbucks in your city and they have a mug, PLEASE let me know - I'll be happy to do a swap with you for one or swap you something else for a mug!! :)

Favorite Books

I'm a big bookworm and I just love, love, LOVE to read!! Aside from that, I read a little bit of everything. One of my favorite authors is Jen Lancaster, because I think her writing style is absolutely hilarious. I also loved Sophie Kinsella's Shopaholic series. I also read non-fiction (political, current events, biographies etc), political/legal thrillers (think David Baldacci, John Grisham, Dave Meltzer etc) but I'm not terribly keen on crime novels. I don't read sci-fi, fantasy, horror or outright romance novels like Danielle Steele, Joan Collins etc.

I love to share thoughts & ideas about books - and I LOVE to get book recommendations. So if you just read or are reading a book that you absolutely ADORE, please let me know! :)

I collect antique/vintage books - not really for crafting purposes, although I do always appreciate any kind of vintage papers when they happen to come with a swap! I just love the history behind a book, thinking about what period it was printed in, what life was like for the person who owned it etc - I just find the story behind books absolutely fascinating!

Favorite themes & materials

Themes: * nautical * vintage/retro * coffee * bygone eras * kitschy *

Materials: * ribbons * lace * burlap * paper of all sorts * stamps!!! * vintage ephemera (letters, photos, ads...) * metal findings * old keys * old books *

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Fritosmom rated for Christmas in July Matchbox on Aug 17, 2010
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Comment: Will re-rate when received. Thank you
Corazon rated for Recycled Food Packaging Postcards #2 on Aug 15, 2010
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Comment: I will be happy to revise this rating when the swap is received.
carol rated for Themed Art Journal -Newbie Friendly! on Jan 25, 2010
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Comment: Wow! what a great package! Thanks for the extra goodies.
druideye rated for Vintage Pinup ATCs on Sep 28, 2009
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Comment: Thank you for the beautiful ATC's and all the great goodies!
bookwormAL rated for No Spending Envelope Fill Swap on Sep 28, 2009
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Comment: Great assortment. Thank you so very much!
Jingles rated for The Great Pumpkin ATC on Sep 28, 2009
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Comment: never recieved, computer will not lower rating! anywat Jingles
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Comment: Thanks for the cute atc <3
Response: you're welcome, thanks for rating! :)
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Comment: thank you for the extras!
Response: you bet! glad you liked everything :)
wackystuff rated for Private Gypsy swap on Sep 10, 2009
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Comment: Wow, that was quite the fancy presentation of your cards! Thanks for the extra ephemera too. Your ATCs are quite nice. I hope you like mine =)
IslandBroad rated for US Black History Month ATC swap on Mar 23, 2009
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Comment: This by far the most elaborate ATC. I LOVE the story behind it. It made me really look at it & appreciate it more. Thank you so much for the extras too. I love cherry blossoms! Have a great week!!!
Response: Thanks for the great rating & heart - I'm so glad you enjoyed the ATC!! :) Have an awesome week!!
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Comment: Wow. You really went all out! I lurrve the ATC's, and the rest...WOW. It came on my Birthday (today) too, so it was like opening a present. Thanks for going to such lengths to correct the situation.
Response: I'm so glad you got it & liked everything!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Thanks for leaving a great rating + comments. :) :)
TryshaH81 rated for Thanksgiving Card Swap on Jan 7, 2009
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Comment: Thank You for all the wonderful goodies you sent! I hope you had a Happy Holidays!
Response: Thanks for rating & for the heart - I'm glad you enjoyed the swap I sent!! :) Chrissy
bean rated for Frida Christmas Tree Decoration Swap on Jan 6, 2009
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Comment: Thank you for the gorgeous notebook, Chrissy! Your thoughtfulness more than makes up for your tardiness, and I don't mind the substitution at all - it's fantastic! I already put my xmas stuff away anyways, heh! I think this swap was hard for a lot of people to come up with ideas for.
Response: Thanks so much for the excellent comment & heart!! I felt so bad about being SO tardy, and I really want to do something extra special for you - I'm so glad you liked it!! :) Hugs, Chrissy
shebadger rated for Candy Wrapper ATC on Dec 29, 2008
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Comment: Thank you!
Response: Thanks for rating & for the heart - I'm glad you enjoyed the swap I sent!! :) Chrissy
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Comment: Thanks, Janet
Response: Thanks for rating & for the heart - I'm glad you enjoyed the swap I sent!! :) Chrissy
vanessavh rated for Cup O' Joe Swap on Dec 23, 2008
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Comment: Thanks for the wonderful package, I had a rotten day and arrived home to find it on my porch. The chocolate was just what I neede!! And I love the altered journal. If you could, would you post a note on my profile saying I sent to you instead of the flaker??
Response: Thanks for rating & for the heart - I'm glad you enjoyed the swap I sent!! :) Chrissy
mamajoy rated for Green and Purple ATC swap USA/CANADA on Dec 19, 2008
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Comment: Thanks for the cute ATC & loads of extras.
Response: Thanks for rating & for the heart - I'm glad you enjoyed the swap I sent!! :) Chrissy

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Comments

takinghearts on Jul 23, 2010:

Hello ---- Please remember to send your Postcard for the Recycled Food Packaging Postcard Swap #2 if you haven't already! Thanks.

raven on Nov 3, 2009:

atc

Wishing you a Happy November Birthday from Raven and the Monthly ATC Swappers Group

carol on Oct 16, 2009:

So sorry to hear about your mother's passing. My thoughts are with you.

LadyStephanie on Oct 13, 2009:

I'm so sorry to hear about your mom. My deepest sympathies go out to you and your dad.

Tinker60 on Oct 3, 2009:

Hi girl. . . did you ever receive the Roaring 20s ATC I sent you? I hope so but haven't heard from you. . . let me know!!! Hope everything is going great for you ~~

raven on Jul 19, 2009:

atc

ambermonkey on Apr 27, 2009:

I would love you to join my new group:

"I love Sophie Kinsella"

Join here

dulcimer on Apr 12, 2009:

If you wish to stay in the group Rubber Stamp Island please pm me to let me know.

HoneyBunny on Apr 1, 2009:


Hi. Please check out my 7 Continents of the World Chunky Pages Γ’β‚¬β€œ Africa. I think you would enjoy it. Thanks.

raven on Dec 5, 2008:

new year It's never to early to start wishing you have a Happy New Year ..form Raven and the Monthly ATC Swappers group

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