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gem

gem
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Last Online: December 14, 2010
Birthday: June 14
Country: United States
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About Me

1ST JAN 2009 Happy New Year! Updating my profile a wee bit, and noting that I am going to participate in one swap a month (or less) for now - too much else going on and po$tage has become more of a deterrent.

Hey there, gem / Michelle here - Married 30something mom to 5 boys (Nick,15 James,12 plus Mr Gem and Tonka the 7 yr old American Bulldog, and Weezer & Pekoe the kitties). I'm a textbook Gemini living in Florida, USA. I did graphic design and internet sales from home for several years until I got burned out so now I just do the artsy-mom thing, with some occasional eBay & etsy'ing thrown in. I love to read, take photos, and play on Flick'r and SwapBot. I love dollar and thrift store shopping, I collect zebras and old dictionaries. *Really ANY dictionaries, if you must know. Read on for my current favorite swap likes 'n stuff ...

I've always enjoyed all kinds of arts and crafts, and am often trying something new - right now I am into: ATCs, decos, altered books, art journals, collage & assemblage, matchboxes, felt and fabric crafts like stuffies and monster plush, pouches and totebags. So supplies or items that could be used for any of these projects would be loved! Want specifics?

Art supplies I adore and/or use alot: Sharpie markers and paint pens (all colors, all sizes), gel pens, Micron, PITT and any dark ink drawing pens, scissors, Elmers Extra Strength gluesticks, artistic CLEAR stamps - they're my new fave! alphabet stamps, black and all shades of brown ink pads, metallic watercolors (think Lumiere but I actually have a fave called "Colorific Metallic Shimmering Watercolors" that are discontinued so if ya find & send those I vill lahhhve you!), vintage images and old photos for collage, old maps, text in languages other than English, BIRD images! old keys, ANY old letters and numbers, clock and watch parts, rusty stuff, artistic stickers, felt, colorful fabric, Charmpacks, fatquarters, patterned ribbon (not sheer or wired), self-stick ribbon!, felt ribbon, felt (felt! not foam) cutouts, embroidery floss, needles, small zippers, buttons, baker's twine, used postage stamps, empty matchboxes, scrapbook supplies like textured, patterned paper, tags, embellishments, brads & eyelets, charms

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Other fun favorite things: ▪ unique Kawaii stuff ▪ DECOTAPE! ▪ food w/ faces ▪ Momiji dolls ▪ Kimmidolls ▪ blind box toys ▪ keychains ▪ zipper pulls ▪ cellphone charms ▪ Japanese culture ▪ 1" pinback buttons ▪ ZEBRAS! ▪ vintage circus ▪ Asian style ▪ zippered pouches ▪ reusable grocery / tote bags ▪ stars ▪ birds ▪ things that say gem ▪ polka dots ▪ stripes ▪ cute Japanese fabrics ▪ owls ▪ artsy fridge magnets ▪ gum ▪ mints ▪ mint & candy tins ▪ lipbalm ▪ rosaries ▪ crosses ▪ Paris & Eiffel Tower ▪ Marie Antoinette ▪ blank journals ▪ notepads ▪ fun pens ▪ long socks ▪ charms ▪ Zetti style ▪ Steampunk ▪ German dresden foil accents ▪ swirls ▪ scrolls ▪ vend machine stickers & toys ▪ quirky things ▪ lil yella birdies ▪ caramels ▪ gummie candies ▪ fashion, decorating and art magazines from outside the USA

You can also check my Etsy Faves link above, to see what other things are catching my fancy at any time - you don't necessarily have to shop there (though I recommend it, 'cause etsy's great), but perhaps you have similar items in your own stash that would find a nice new home with me ... I try to keep it updated by pulling any expired listings, but I generally keep the "sold" items up in case the seller has more. You can also see what's in my Flick'r Faves - that will really show you what kind of design and style I love at any given moment ...

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The only things I really prefer NOT to receive are strongly scented items, so please no candles, incense, lotions, soaps or perfumes. Also I am not a tea drinker - but coffee or hot cocoa mixes are a lovely substitute ... Cat & dog toys will be SO ADORED! but no edible pet items please - Tonka is allergic to almost everything, and Weezer just doesn't eat treats (weird, right?!)

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My Swap Style: I tend to be a last-minute mailer but ALWAYS message you if I am going to be late for any reason. I do reuse packaging when possible, and encourage you to do the same. I don't care whether you use stamps or metered postage on my swap packets (though stamps are more fun & interesting!) and you don't have to write SwapBot on the outside but please DO include your user name and the swap ID somewhere inside the package ... I also can be flighty when it comes to rating - I mean well but sometimes you hafta nudge me when I forget ... it's not on purpose, I promise!

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Thanks for reading my profile, and Happy Swapping! ~ gem ~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Ratings

littletoki rated for Feathered Friends Scavenger Hunt on Jun 13, 2010
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Comment: is there a way to give multiple hearts?! this package left me speechless. not only did you find fun things i'd like for each letter... you somehow managed to incorporate my current fav color combination! thank you thank you a million times over. i wish i could pick out my favorite part of the package but that's too hard so i'll just say that i love everything equally :) (although if you forced me to choose one, i'd say the little house board!)
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Comment: thank you SO much for this awesome package! I love it! the colors are amazing and you really spoiled me with all the extras! thanks again dear! *hugs*
LeishaCamden rated for Funny Ransom Notes on May 24, 2010
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Comment: Thank you for this excellent ransom note ... !! ;-) I would follow your instructions except that I already own most of what you listed ... ! ;-) Thank you for the postcards too, they will be put to good use. :-)
LMM rated for ::: Lots of Dots! ::: ATC Swap on Apr 21, 2010
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Comment: Favorite colors, favorite number! What a fun ATC made just for me!
emsan rated for Em & Gem need their candy fix! on Feb 23, 2010
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Comment: Yee-ha! This was an awesome package to receive! Such a great selection of candies, some of my faves and some new ones to try too. And a special thanks also for the very cute tote! :) Hugs//Em
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Comment: Woohoo, I love my new masking tape, Gem! Great choice of course - so thank you veeeeeeeery much! The seller wrapped it really nicely and added a cute card, too! ♥
Response: Oh cool! You have no idea how hard it was to not buy it for myself,though ... hehe ;p
TheBigB rated for I <3 Hearts ATC on Jan 19, 2010
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Comment: Lovely, thanks a bunch! and tell your kitties I'd have appreciated a little sumtin sumtin....
suessstoff rated for Quick! Snap the birdie! on Nov 9, 2009
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Comment: Awesome choice, Gem!!! You always seem to know what is absolutely perfect at that very moment. Love it! Thank you so much! ♥
whinendine rated for 090909 Postcard Swap on Oct 14, 2009
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Comment: Thanks for the special postcard and especially the postmark. I appreciate them both.
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Comment: thanks SO much for the gorgeous swap Gem! The box is beautiful! And I love the Victoria Secret Lip Gloss! thank you my friend :) xoxo
Kelli rated for Matchbox Mafia - Gorgeous Greens on Oct 2, 2009
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Comment: Thankyou for the cute green stuff.
jmelx8 rated for 090909 Postcard Swap on Sep 30, 2009
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Comment: aww, thanks! I thought it was really quirky. The real collage must have beeen beautiful! I really suck at collages but you did yours gorgeously! Thanks heaps for the PC and i do hope you had a great swap ! x
SchrödingersCat rated for 090909 Postcard Swap on Sep 16, 2009
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Comment: Thank you very much for the pretty postcard! The postmark is very clear and you can read the date, which is really great :-)
darzy30 rated for 090909 Postcard Swap on Sep 15, 2009
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Comment: Your collage is lovely. I had to check out your flickr photos! They are great, and the cats are cute, too!
camkin rated for 090909 Postcard Swap on Sep 12, 2009
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Comment: Thank you for the beautiful postcard!
tkichinka rated for 090909 Postcard Swap on Sep 12, 2009
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Comment: How did you get your PC so professional looking?
Response: I had a few of my collage cards printed using Moo - just uploaded straight from Flick'r - it was super easy! And thank you, I think they look great too!
Carriel rated for 090909 Postcard Swap on Sep 12, 2009
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Comment: Thanks Michelle.......pc is great....Smokiey Mts. sound wonderful and a wee bit dangerous??090909..it will never happen again...carriel
annelibabe rated for Red + White with a Twist on Sep 2, 2009
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Comment: I love my parcel!!!!!! Love it all!!!!!! tea towels match my kitchen and I really will use everything you sent - lucky me! Thanks michelle!!!!!!!! xx
Drachenfrau rated for BIRDS - Scavenger hunt on Aug 1, 2009
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Comment: OMG gem, this is absolutely a rockin' package!!! The snail-shrine is so beautiful and I love, love, love that rubber stamp!!! Love the Dia de los muertos cards and the inspiration-stone is great! So is the bag and the rubber ducky! :-)
suessstoff rated for Quicky Birdy on Jul 20, 2009
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Comment: *squeal* That little bird is so adorable, Gem! And he makes such a cute sound. I love him and so do Mücke and Juri! The packaging is über awesome, too. Thank you soooo much!!!

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 109 14 16
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105 158 0 0
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Comments

MissThundercat on Jan 17, 2011:

oh my goodness, thanks so much for the awesome xmas card and the birdie tote bag!! it's SO beautiful! i will totally enjoy using this! thanks so much for thinking of me! hugs

cayce on Jan 5, 2011:

Uhhhuuu, now I am the proud owner of the super nice tote bag too! Thank you so much, Michelle and have a fabulous, creative and happy new year! hugs

cayce on Jan 5, 2011:

Uhhhuuu, now I am the proud owner of the super nice tote bag too! Thank you so much, Michelle and have a fabulous, creative and happy new year! hugs

suessstoff on Jan 3, 2011:

Oh my goodness, Gem! Thank you sooo much for the pretty Christmas card, your nice greetings and the super awesome tote bag! I love it and will proudly use it for my grocery shopping from now on (starting right tomorrow).
I too hope to "see" more of you this year and I also hope we get to swap (again) soon!
♥ Nicole

Drachenfrau on Dec 24, 2010:

Wishing you and your loved ones a merry christmas and a wonderful new year hun! :-)

big hugs

Moni

orit on Dec 24, 2010:

You crazy wonderful woman you! Thank you so much for the tote bag - it is so awesome!! Many hugs to you and a very merry Christmas!

sunnyblueskies on Dec 17, 2010:

Thank you so much for the adorable Christmas card and the sweet birdie gift--I absolutely love it!!

MissThundercat on Jun 22, 2010:

happy belated birthday dear! i was on vacay the time it occurred durr! i hope you had a good one! also hope you received my swap package i sent you a little while ago! xo Tarah

nadithings on Jun 19, 2010:

OMG! im so sorry i missed your Bday! Happy belated Bday! xoxo NADI

sunnyblueskies on Jun 14, 2010:

Happy birthday, gem!! I hope you have an amazing, beautiful day! Lisa

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