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gigigigi

gigigigi
Date Joined: October 9, 2016
Last Online: January 21, 2018

Country: United States

About Me

I'm Gigi. I love sending and receiving letters and packages. Decorating envelopes and writing long letters has been my favorite hobby since I was a teenager. Coming home to find something special in my mailbox always makes me so excited! (this frequently results in skipping and jumping back from the mailbox, although I refrain when it's icy out).

I live in a small town in central Oregon. My town is full of Cowboys and amazing thrift stores. I'm always finding vintage treasures, like postcards, ephemera and old magazines I can use for collage projects and mail art.

I'm a huge fan of handmade treasures both old and new. I would describe my style as art deco meets mid century modern meets kitsch. (I'm all over the place). I drink a lot of tea (all kinds), collect abandoned homemade stuffed animals for my tiny stuffed animal museum (currently housed in a bookcase in my living room).

I love to cook and bake, and I often make bread because it makes my house smell great! I love to ride my bike, and drink dark beer and eat pizza. I feel most at home in nature, and I spend as much time in the woods as possible (regardless of weather, you can usually find me outside).

I write letters and send mail to help keep me inspired! Plus, a walk to the mailbox is much more rewarding when there is something better than bills inside the box!

Favorite Crafts

I like to make things from yarn and fabric and paper. Recently, I've been crocheting a lot of tea cozies, because an adorable teapot is a wonderful thing! I've also been making animal masks.

I make a lot of collage art, usually very small pieces (inside of old matchboxes), but sometimes I make larger pieces for show flyers or other events. I typically use old magazines and damaged cancelled stamps for these projects.

I also like to sew. I used to make stuffed animals, but recently I've taken up quilting. I sometimes make costume accessories because you never know when you will need to dress up like a lion. Plus, you can never have too many costumes!

I draw and make small zines in my free time. I'm learning to be better with watercolors. I've been making some potato stamps. I'm happiest when I'm making something, so I'm constantly trying to create new things.

Favorite Movies

I don't watch much television, but I love movies. My partner and I have been watching all the films that won the Oscar for Best Picture. We've made it to the 1960s and most of the films so far have been excellent.

It's difficult for me to pick a favorite movie, but I love films by Michel Gondry and Jean-Pierre Jeunet. I think they appeal to my love of whimsy.

Favorite Books

I read a lot, but I'm always bringing home new books, so I'm never without reading material.

The Tin Drum is my all time favorite book. Mary Poppins also holds a spot on the list. Recently, I've read and loved The Book Thief, The Night Circus, and Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore. I highly recommend all three.

Swap Preferences

  • I love bright, colorful things.
  • I don't have any allergies and I'm always excited to try new things.
  • I write lots of letters so stationary or notecards with envelopes are appreciated. I can always use single, plain, lost envelopes of any size.
  • I freak out over anything vintage, especially things from the 50s and earlier. I especially love vintage postcards.
  • colorful or patterned socks (sock size 9-11). but please no toe socks. . .my toes never feel right when separated.
  • odd bits and scraps of fabric.
  • Licorice anything! (I'm a huge fan, even salty varieties. I will not force my licorice love on you!)
  • I collect postage stamps, so those are always nice to receive. I prefer older, bi-colored stamps, space stamps and architecture stamps, but stamps are so lovely that I'm happy with anything. (I also use damaged, cancelled postage stamps in my collage projects).
  • any kind of tea, especially medicinal teas. loose tea is fine by me! Lady Grey is my absolute favorite, but I love trying any new varieties.
  • owls, foxes, birds, beetles and whales
  • old matchboxes
  • personified inanimate objects (lamps with faces, for example)
  • kawaii letter sets and memo sheets (especially awawa chan, harinezutan, sabokappa, and almost any mindwave characters).

Dislikes: I'm very easy to please. If you take time putting together your swap, I'm sure to love it. The only things I dislike are bible quotes and crosses/Christian things. These items would find a better home with someone else.

Postal Notes

I'm lucky enough to be friends with a few current and former mail carriers. That is one rough job! Because I value receiving mail so much, I try not to cause postal issues for my mail carrier. For example, she has to pay out of pocket to bring me mail with postage due. That seems like a hardship for her, so I'm always ready with tons of exact change to pay her back.

If mail I send you ever falls short on postage, please let me know. I will send you a special package to make it right!

Also, there are a lot of good stamps out there right now! Stamps on a package or envelope always makes me extra happy, especially foreign stamps. When I travel, I typically return home with postage stamps as souvenirs. They travel well (obviously!) and tell fantastic stories! Mail is simply the best!

Ratings

MisplacedfromPA rated for TF - Holiday Jewelry on Dec 19, 2017
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Comment: What a cute set of gingerbread. A pin and earrings (I claimed the earrings and my 21 year old daughter pinned the man to her coat right away. I also LOVE the wreath pin. Perfect for my sweaters. Thank you so much for a wonderful swap. Merry Christmas.
Madameabi rated for I love WINTER stickers! Swap (USA) on Dec 16, 2017
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Comment: I love the stickers you sent me! Especially the candy canes, stantas and penguins! Thank you so much!
MelbourneGirl rated for Happy Mail, Yay! #20 on Dec 14, 2017
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Comment: Thank you so much the the Lovely (yes, lovely) envie full of joy ❤️ We hope you have a very merry Christmas and a very happy new year!
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Comment: You have beautiful writing and I loved the card. Have the best Christmas and start 2018 like a boss! xoxo♥
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Comment: What a thoughtful card, Gigi, thanks for supporting this great cause! Have a fabulous Christmas! Thank you for the card and the notecard!
Robinarie rated for Just Randomness on Nov 27, 2017
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Comment: Thank you!
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Comment: Thanks for all the goodies you sent, Gigi! My favorite parts are the beautiful envelope (turquoise and green plaid) and your note. :) I make a lot of chex mix too! A couple of weeks ago peanuts were on sale, and I stocked up even though it was still too warm. :)
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Comment: thanks for the fun assortment of stuff and nice note! :)
Bridgette rated for Craft Destash 11/11 on Nov 16, 2017
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Comment: Thank you for the goodies! There was a very wide assortment in there! I will be thinking of you and your mom, I hope she continues to heal! 💙
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Comment: Fantastic random items. It is wonderful that you have found a way to communicate with your deaf neighbor. I have had surgery on both ears now so I have cochlear implants that helps so much. I used to watch the original Wonder Woman on TV with Lynda Carter. Loved the new movie as well.
Babsmomof5 rated for Hosting my 100th Swap!! on Nov 7, 2017
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Comment: What a lovely story, thank you for sharing! I think a 100th birthday party sounds like a wonderful idea that he would have truly appreciated...I bet he will smile down and be felt by all if you guys do it! Thank you also for the fun extras you sent!
uhohbabyos rated for Color Me Whimsy--Green on Nov 3, 2017
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Comment: Super cute package thanks so much. Loved the little animal green washi.
animal87x rated for Happy Mail fun on Oct 19, 2017
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Comment: Wow thank you! I really love that paper Halloween treat bag and oddly enough my favorite was those yellow dot tags! XD cute eli on the envie too
patricia8288 rated for Happy Mail fun on Oct 18, 2017
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Comment: thank you
tates6 rated for Happy Mail fun on Oct 14, 2017
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Comment: Thank you. happy swapping
CariahCreates rated for Happy Mail fun on Oct 14, 2017
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Comment: Thank you for the fun assortment
Robinarie rated for Happy Mail fun on Oct 14, 2017
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Comment: Very nice fun mail!
Fenix825 rated for WIYM: Halloween Countdown #21 on Oct 10, 2017
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Comment: Thank you! I'm opening these in order this month so I'm hanging on to yours til the 21st!
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Comment: love the package thank you so much :) and also for the card with good wishes. happy holidays..
shellybuckmeier rated for Happy Little Notecards #42 on Sep 8, 2017
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Comment: Hammocks are cozy places!

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Comments

BusyB on Aug 30, 2017:

Thank you so much! You rock! What a nice happy mail surprise for post eclipse. I love your city's postmark. I sent some mail before the eclipse to be special post marked to friends and family. I had to send to Salem because Portland didn't have any! lol

jaimierandolph on Jan 20, 2017:

Profile Check for Notecard w/flat surprise #1 Welcome to the swap! Happy swapping, jaimierandolph

wolfeagle on Dec 31, 2016:

HNYE

ladydy5 on Dec 3, 2016:

Welcome to our group, enjoy! Thriftstore Find

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