Hi, my name is judith. :) (formerly @dearlybeloved - was changed to match up with my domain).
I love crafting and making things. I adore handmade items and useful things. â™¥ I love going out and doing stuff. :D
I built a row boat. :) Still have some finishing work to put on her, but other than that, she's done! (For those interested, I'm gradually blogging about the process in my blog.)
I believe that every single dollar spent is a vote that actually matters. It can sometimes be tough when times are difficult, but I try to do my best. :) I buy fair-trade and organic whenever I can and try to purchase things made domestically in the US or in countries where workers are paid fair wages and not exploited for corporate gain. I like to recycle and reuse, too!
I put a lot of thought and care into my packages and crafts as well as what my partner likes. I send out things that I personally would like to receive, none of it being dollar store crap. No one likes to get junk or leftovers!
Come visit me at driftclosely.com for all sorts of crafty-related posts.
I send ALL of my packages with Delivery Confirmation (US) or with a Certificate of Mailing (international). Delivery Confirmation shows when the package was delivered, and a Certificate of Mailing is a certificate that indicates a parcel has been mailed and validated by the post office. I keep in good contact, and you will hear from me when your stuff is mailed!
I reuse packaging supplies. I would love it if you would do the same, too!
I also enjoy reading vegan/veg cookbooks and magazines, crafting books and magazines, wedding magazines for the crafty stuff, Japanese craft books, dark fiction (Vonnegut, Gaiman, R. Dahl, and authors in a similar vein), German Romanticism (uncanny). No Harry Potter, Twilight, Da Vinci Code, romance novels, etc.
I have an incredibly soft spot for the aforementioned artists. :)
And I absolutely, positively adore Ella Fitzgerald - she's my girl!
Here are crafts that I enjoy making:
On Swapbot, I primarily join ATC swaps. I used to join the sewing ones, but I have grown to love (and favor) ATCs. Who doesn't like portable, miniature works of art? ;)
I also love calligraphy, but it's too time consuming to offer as a trade here.
And while this isn't a craft, I like writing handwritten letters to friends.
I really love handmade! If it's made by you, and you put lots of heart into it, I will adore it!
I also love useful handmade things/accessories, so I can show it off instead of having it sit in my treasure chest. ;)
Here are some themes that I like!
That's just a guide, not a rule or anything! :)
Please don't send me trinkets or knick knacks that aren't handmade. I don't like mass-produced items that just sit and gather dust, nor do I have the space for them.
I also ask that you do not send me extras unless they are relevant to the swap (trying to destash and reduce clutter). I rate on the swap item made, not on extras.
Just a simple little wishlist here! I have a lot of crafty stuff in my possession, especially stuff that can be purchased from chain craft stores, but these are a few items I have a difficult time acquiring or would love to receive. :D
Again, this is just a wishlist, no demands or anything! :) As previously mentioned, I love handmade and tend to participate in those swaps. If you put the time, effort, and thought into your swap, I know that I'll love it. :D
@Paralistocrat - For the mushroom stuffie swap. After apologizing and promising to send, a month went by with nothing. The host was very sweet as to angel this for me.
@bubbleburd21 - For the vegan recipe swap. This one hits a bit close to home as I think it's super lame how someone who is interested in a cruelty-free lifestyle would steal from others. Told me she would resend but received nothing. bubbleburd also swaplifted the host.
I love doing private swaps! If you're interested in doing a private swap, please contact me. If I have not swapped with you before, I would kindly ask that you send first.
Please check my website to see the types of swap I send out to people.
Also, I am pretty understanding if there is a delay when it comes to mailing out a swap. I keep in good contact with my swaps, and I really do expect the courtesy to be returned. To me, communication is the most important aspect in swapping, especially if there is a long delay. I honestly do not think that it's fair for me to chase down my swapper.
I just ask that you please be mindful of swapping because I am tired of dealing with the lies and constantly following up with my sender. I swap because I enjoy meeting new people and making things, not because I enjoy being lied to or chasing down senders. Thanks. :)
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