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crescendo

crescendo
Date Joined: October 4, 2008
Last Online: January 27, 2020
Birthday: March 7
Country: United States
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About Me


UPDATE 6/18/19

I AM BACK! Hooray!!! After months of horrible debilitating depression, I am recovered thanks to many angels that came into my life or were already in my life. There is no way I can ever express just how grateful I am for all of the support and understanding I've gotten. I'm so excited to be able to swap again. It makes me do a happy dance. To those of you who checked on me and sent me happy mail and letters and all the love, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

UPDATE 3/23/19

Its hard to believe so much time has passed, I'm still working hard to get my health back and thank you so much to those of you who have sent me encouragement, it means the world to me. I'm so glad it is Spring, the daffodils are a sign of new life and regrowth. Hugs to you all. I want to start swapping again and getting back into seeing what the latest trends in art and crafts are these days! Anybody who wants to send me a message to get me back up to speed on the current stuff I would love a PM! I still have every intention to fulfill the open swap on my dashboard when I am able, and I appreciate all of you who have not dropped me from your groups, so that when I am back and able I can remember what groups I am in. I totally understand those of you who have had to drop me due to my being absent and having that open swap. My partner is so compassionate about understanding.

UPDATE 11/19/18

I'm starting to get a bit of my bearings back, I miss you all and swapbot soooo much. I feel so isolated not having the energy to send happy mail, but I was able to send out two pieces of mail today for the first time in months. Still trying to get a handle on the depression, but I am being patient with myself healing from grief. I just had to sell my mom's house of 50 years, the house I grew up in and am having real sadness letting go, I didn't expect to be so heartbroken. Mom is in assisted living, which also breaks my heart, as she is not thriving well there and is like a different person. It is weird to be entering crone stage of life myself while losing my childhood seems so acute. I think I skipped some steps in there someplace along the line emotionally. Its a weird transition, surreal. During this past 6 months I have had so many people leave my life, move away, get cancer or other serious illness...I wonder if others have struggled as much with change, or am I overly sensitive? Any words of wisdom if you've gone through this and come out the other side with your heart put back together? I'd love to hear from you via PM with any supportive words. thank you my swapbot family! I miss you.

UPDATE 7/18/18

I will not be able to be active on swapbot for a while, my 87 year old mother fell in her home and I find myself instantaneously a full time care giver. It is taking all the life force I have to stay strong to help her on her healing journey. I am having panic attacks and depression and just keeping my head above water.

If you would like to send my mom a get well card, I think it would uplift her spirits immensely. You can PM me for her address and I will log in periodically to check for messages. 87 years independent and poof, your autonomy can disappear in an instant. Be sure to relish every moment that you have health enough to wipe your own ass!


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Retired software engineer who is energized by peaceful nature environments, but drained by noise, crowds and hubbub. I live with my awesome husband among lots of fir trees.

I have an immature sense of humor at times (ok, all the time!) and am not offended at all by foul language, explicit music, fart jokes or anything like that. I just laugh and laugh at those things, heh.

I am allergic to perfumes or anything scented.

My interests include (but are not limited to): organic gardening, nature journaling, boating, goats, nature, trees, birds, graphic design, art, computers, cats, learning craft projects of all kinds, animals, outdoors, hiking, decorating, landscaping, science, spirituality, the body/mind/spirit connection, fitness, nutrition, Spinning (indoor cycling, not wool:), learning about the history and origins of all religions of the world.

I am a digital image and font hoarder.

Favorite Crafts

I like making dangly charms to hang off of bookmarks, purses, journals, zippers, etc. Anyplace that needs a dangle. I like making prayer flags to string for the garden. I like to laminate bookmarks. Not as crazy as I used to be with my laminator. Hmmm, I should resurrect that...

I am currently obsessed with making stickers with my laser printer along with the Print and Cut feature of my Silhouette Cameo machine. I'm also currently fascinated with learning how to make bracelets like these . The other thing I went crazy hoarding last Black Friday was those Heidi Swapp foil sheets to do foiling on all the things.

Some of my favorite artistic mediums to work in are watercolor, pen/ink/watercolor journaling, digital graphic design, and pretty much will dabble with any type of painting and drawing. I love the drawing instruction books by Claudia Nice.

Favorite Colors

I love bright/saturated/vibrant/vivid colors.

A couple of my favorite color combos are blue and green, and also citrus colors combo of lime/lemon/orange


Some favorite things

Themes I like:

♥ Bicycles

♥ Cats

♥ Red poppies

♥ Winter/Summer Solstice, Spring/Fall Equinox, Yule

♥ Lemons, limes, oranges (especially lemons)

♥ Sea Turtles (my sacred Totem animal)

♥ Toast with cute face

♥ Snails and garden slugs (cute ones, not actual slimy ones)

♥ Goats. Goats. Did I mention LOVING Goats?

♥ Spiritual, yoga, mandalas, prayer flags, personal growth, inspirational things, goal setting

♥ Hand letter or collage of these words and phrases: "Liberation", "Simplify", "Slow Down", "Routine", "Stay present", "Posture", or, "Stand up straight", "Chew Your Food", "Misery is not Effective".

♥ The Sun, the moon

♥ Haiku written by you

♥ Dandelions (both the flowers and the seed head); Daisies

♥ Strawberries with the foliage

♥ Anything Food with cute faces

♥ Old style Smokey the Bear

♥ Any items/art/craft that you are passionate about creating by hand -- I love to see everyone's creative side come out.

♥ Just mentioning goats again

A few ideas/inspirations for tangible items.

(handmade or gently used as well):

♥ Those little solar powered creatures that wobble when you set them on a bright windowsill

♥ Whirlygig/spinner/wind sock for my garden (dollar stores have these or would love handmade too)

♥ Unique/funky stickers from those sticker of the month subscription places like: pipsticks, stickii , etc. ; puffy vinyl stickers, single large stickers like/inspired by those from redbubble

♥ Fabric scraps, prints or solids - at least 6"x12" if ya got it

♥ Hand carved stamps

♥ Hand or dish towels in citrus colors of lime, lemon or orange (or combo)

♥ Washi rolls or samples with cats, outer space, Van Gogh

♥ Hand drawn/Painted ATCs

♥ Lined grocery list pad that says "Groceries" or "Shopping List" or something similar across top (ok to separate it into chunks if it makes mailing cheaper) or just send me a few pages from one of yours

♥ Altoids tin shrine

♥ Pura Vida inspired sliding knot bracelets like THESE

♥ Herbal or decaf tea ( not containing chamomile or hibiscus)

♥ Longshot: A few dollars worth of these lemon or strawberry 2 cent & 3 cent postage stamps that you can only buy in rolls of ten thousand . I thought maybe someone has a business that might have purchased rolls of these. See them HERE

Favorite Television

Stranger Things, The Blacklist, Orphan Black, Big Bang Theory, Glee, New Girl, Covert Affairs, PBS, Good Eats, Alias, Scrubs, Frasier, Seinfeld, Southpark, Jeopardy, Science shows, documentaries in general, Daily Show, Sherlock, Elementary, Downton Abbey, Travelers, ,Sense8, Star Trek

Movies that I never get tired of watching:

You've Got Mail, Maid in Manhattan, Star Trek Insurrection, Star Trek Into Darkness, Chocolat, When Harry Met Sally, Legally Blonde, Bring It On, Groundhog Day, Zombie Land, Whip It, Juno, Big, Trading Places, Shawshank Redemption, Catch Me If You Can, The Equalizer, Wonder Woman, Black Panther, Avengers genre

Dislikes/Please Do Not Send...

↓ For tea I drink herbal and decaf, but nothing containing chamomile or hibiscus (allergy).

Please, NO bath/body products or scented candles or incense I am highly sensitive to chemically perfumed items, even just smelling them gives me a migraine. (things scented with authentic essential oils are OK)

↓ I don't need any blank journals or blank note/memo pads, don't need stationary, pens, or planner items. Especially, please, I beg of you, NO more page flags!! (lol).

↓ I don't need any pot holders.

↓ I am not into the altered/colorized vintage/victorian photographs of people, nor the Zetti style, nor steampunk. There is something about them that is just eery and disturbing to me. No children with wings, crowns or duncecaps. No cabbage rose/Victorian country style. I am not trying to criticize these styles if you love them, but they just are not my cup of tea and I cannot explain why they creep me out, they just do.

↓ No items that smell of cigarette smoke, or, especially don't try to cover it up with perfume (including scented dryer sheets -- triggers migraine -- sorry! I'd prefer to air out cigarette smoke than get a migraine!)

↓ No items that are the color "mauve" (I have a strange and passionate aversion to this color for whatever reason). The color "burgundy" or "wine" is a close runner up to disliking.

Non-swap Tracker

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Ratings

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Comment: Thank you for your wonderful letter!
Panj rated for Fill My Stocking - December on Jan 10, 2020
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choke rated for ETHP: Peeled Paint ATC on Dec 21, 2019
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Comment: Thank you for the awesome Leonardo ATC! I love all the different elements you used and the copper flakes pop amazingly! Thank you too for the sweet card, it really made me smile. I am happy to have you as a friend as well, you'll always be one of my favorites!
Deluxx rated for PCFTE 2020 on Dec 11, 2019
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Comment: Truly unique.
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Comment: Ahhhhhh loved them!!
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Comment: WOW WOW WOW! What cool stickers!!! My daughter immediately jacked about half of them right out of my hands, lol. Some really fun choices! I am going to send the british flag ones to my friend from England. Your artwork is very cute and I love that idea of making a sticker out of it. The banana necklace on the monkey is my favorite part! Thanks so much for a great swap! ):):)
MiRdLHWY43 rated for CPG Sticker Slapped PC - US only on Sep 12, 2019
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Comment: I love all the crazy stickers esp. The 16 candles underpants one and those cute French bulldogs farting out some love! I'll be back on the silly forum next week. 💜
Fabriqueen rated for Once Upon a Summer on Sep 8, 2019
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Comment: I really enjoyed reading your letter and seeing the pics. I know you all had a great time! I love your backyard! I have lived in the big city all my life so I have never seen a meteor shower. Thank you so much for sharing with me! Hugs, Diane
hibiscus rated for EASU: Goat ATC Swap on Jul 7, 2019
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Comment: This is absolutely one of the best swap I’ve gotten!! You are an excellent artist that goats expression is priceless ... love the goat “sponge! How clever I’ve not seen anything like it...I’m convinced I need to learn how to do a hello print love the turtles!! thank you so much for making this a wonderful swap!
Response: I'm so glad you like it! It was so much fun to draw. Oh yes, you need a Gelli plate for sure! Thank you for being such an awesome partner.
Scrybe rated for IU: SOC June on Jul 5, 2018
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Comment: Thank you! for the wonderful big letter. :-) Very creative.
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Comment: Very nice abstract rendering on your envie!
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Comment: It's fun to think of everyone's fancy note cards winging around the world with their precious teabags..! Thanks for the lovely notecard and note(specially the heads up!) the teas are in my kitchen awaiting a hot cuppa!
bluemonkeymama rated for TPS: Mail Art - May 2018 on Jun 10, 2018
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Comment: Sue, I apologize for taking a few days to rate you! This is definitely one of the most thoughtful and wonderful swaps I have ever received. You brought tears to my eyes by incorporating my beloved Fergie in your beautiful art! And your handwritten letter was a treasure as well, for sure. It's been so long since I've received (or written) a long letter. Just a fantastic swap all around. Thank you, so very much. <3 <3 <3
samsstuff rated for IU: SOC May on Jun 5, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for the colorful, gigantic letter & decorated envelope!
Scrybe rated for IU: SOC April on May 7, 2018
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Comment: Thank you
basykes rated for OFAP:Altered Postcard Swap on May 3, 2018
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Comment: Such a fun result! Thanks.
TamiTam55 rated for IU: SOC March on Apr 10, 2018
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Comment: Sue, Sue, Sue! First of all, LOVED it, second OMG girl, your handwriting. LOL Third, My 25th hour would be to write my novels, but I'd have to gain some sort of ability to concentrate and not have ADHOhLookASquirell
bbsporty rated for WIYM: Blind Envie Swap #3 on Mar 12, 2018
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Comment: Wow Sue!! What an awesome blind envie! Everything is great! I love the envie too! The peacock on the front is beautiful and I love the snail mail stickers on the back!! Thank you for making this swap so fun!
MadeByRori rated for IU: SOC_Feb on Mar 9, 2018
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Comment: Thank you ❤️
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Comment: Thank you for the haiku and the interesting postcard. I always like learning new things. Your yard sounds lovely!

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Comments

OrigamiGrace on Dec 30, 2019:

Happy New Year from CPG!

2020

OrigamiGrace on Dec 30, 2019:

Happy New Year from CPG!

2020

IsadoraWing on Dec 27, 2019:

Thanks so much for the pretty card and stickers! I hope you had a nice Christmas. Happy New Year!

kiddomerriweather on Dec 27, 2019:

Thank you for the December WW! I love the Christmas card and pressed penny. It was so nice of you to think of me this month. I hope you had a Merry Christmas!

tcornell on Dec 24, 2019:

Thank you for the ATC rounds (yep, that's their purpose!) and the letter set/stickers in the beautiful Christmas card that you sent me for WW December! Merry Christmas to you!

choke on Nov 19, 2019:

Thank you for the awesome note you sent! I was so happy to receive it and hear that you are doing so well, love love love it! I had planned to send some snail mail to let you know that it was here but can't seem to get my shit together quick enough. :-) So here I am with a profile comment! I will see you in the mailbox again soon but thanks again for the update, it put a huge smile in my heart xoxo

kiddomerriweather on Jun 11, 2019:

Thank you for the birthday wishes!

MiRdLHWY43 on May 14, 2019:

Hi Sue!😘

MiRdLHWY43 on Apr 17, 2019:

Just wanted to stop by and say hello, been a rough year but things are looking up. Hope all is well💙

jukejan on Mar 27, 2019:

Love and hugs back to you. I hope that all is going smoothly for you. Saw your post in gardening. My crocii are up. It's been a long winter.

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