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iLoveMail

iLoveMail
Date Joined: November 9, 2009
Last Online: June 18, 2019
Birthday: June 27
Country: United States
Postcrossing

about ME...

I'm excited to be living in California again (returned to San Diego in 2014). I moved across country, changed jobs a couple times, started my own baking & cake decorating business (2017) and survived breast cancer last year.

Currently planning an amazing trip with my daughter to Europe! We are very excited ♥️♥️ {We will be gone from 7/24-8/23 so I won't be joining any swaps with a send by deadline after 7/10 that way I'm able to rate my partners in a timely manner.}

My health has been my #1 priority for sometime. I was "healthy" when I got cancer, now I am truly WELL. I eat "clean" & love working out - lifting weights specifically!


I enjoy creating, from envelopes & mail art to all things baked. I love the idea of starting with just raw materials or ingredients and ending up with something tangible that I've created! I enjoy giving things to people, especially when they appreciate all the time & effort I put into my work. I love vintage ephemera, travel-related or foreign ephemera, stamp carving, zentangle & mail art.

I've been working in the restaurant industry for all of my adult life (and then some!) I’ve worked in a few bakeries and wedding/special occasion cakes on my own since 2005. I started my own baking & cake decorating business here in San Diego in 2017 and was extremely busy for about a year & a half before my cancer diagnosis. I have immensely cut back accepting new clients since last summer. When I'm ready to be in business again, I'll offer keto/low-sugar/gluten-free desserts only. I've been working part-time in the same restaurant for about 3 years and spend my free time at the gym, reading, baking & being grateful. I love being creative again! I hope to be very active here on SB, as well as find some long-term penpals again soon :)

Creative things I enjoy

mAiL aRt ~ handmade envelopes ~ stamp carving ~ journaling ~ decoupage ~ altered anything ~ mixed media ~ zentangle ~ photo/memory crafts ~ baking from scratch


my WISHLIST :) & Likes!

I'm more into creating things, sending & receiving handmade items than collecting more "stuff". Aside from the list below, there's not too much I really want to receive. It would be great to get any of the following, not in any particular order....

I'd Love to Receive:

  • postal/airmail themed things like deco tape, hand-carved stamps with a postal theme, foreign (non-US) postal forms like customs or registered/express mail

  • vintage ephemera (most of the swaps I join/host have a vintage element)

  • unused airmail stickers from any country (like the kind you get free at the post office!)

  • unused airmail envelopes from anywhere, vintage or new

  • aerograms - vintage, new, or foreign (so hard to find!) and/or “fold-n-sends”

  • any memorabilia or ephemera from foreign airlines or that are no longer in business, like PanAm or TWA or even existing airlines (like the safety cards in the seat backs; menus from foreign airlines), used tickets

  • stamp-carving supplies, or hand-carved stamps relating to my profile

  • REAL stamps (postage) on my swaps

  • handmade paper tape or washi tape

  • UNUSED US postage stamps - any denomination, vintage or new. I don't collect cancelled (used) stamps anymore but have lots to trade!

  • vintage recipe cards (written or unwritten)


Postcards!

Though I don't collect as much as I used to, I have lots of postcards available for trade. Let me know what you're looking for - chances are I have it. The only postcards I would be interested in are map cards from foreign countries/cities & vintage cards from most anywhere. I'm happy to send postcards & receive something different from my wishlist.

Postcards I'm collecting now: (I prefer my postcards UNWRITTEN, in an envelope if possible.)

  • vintage (or anything from before 1970)
  • map cards of other countries & cities (I have most states)
  • new, store-bought scenic, single-view postcards from other lesser-known places & countries, especially Iceland, South Africa & southern African countries, Kenya, Morocco, Seychelles, Maldives, Azores, Mauritius, New Zealand & islands in the Indian or Pacific Oceans.
  • I prefer scenic "view" cards - countrysides, cities, neighborhoods, beaches, oceans.

I DON'T CARE FOR OR COLLECT THE FOLLOWING TYPES OF POSTCARDS but have some to trade!

  • animal cards, insect cards or cards with people on them
  • art cards (unless its a really cool black & white vintage card)
  • ad cards
  • zazzle cards
  • cutesy, country, flowers or floral
  • churches, crosses or any religious persons

Pleeeeeeeze Don't Send...

I DO NOT WANT/Don't Need/Will probably end up re-gifting or sending to someone else

  • store-bought rubber stamps; I prefer only handmade or vintage
  • anything religious or related to religion
  • anything flower/floral-printed, including postcards
  • please don't send seasonal items (Halloween, Easter, X-mas, Valentine's, NOT any holiday) I don't use or care for holiday-themed items, thanks!
  • scrapbook paper (I have more than I'll ever use!)
  • flower embellishments or anything floral printed
  • country/Americana/folk art crafts, prints or colors or ANYTHING
  • perfume & scented things such as lotions
    & soaps (I have eliminated most chemicals from my house since healing from cancer)
  • bath & body items or cosmetics (I have VERY sensitive skin.)
  • postcards I'm not collecting (above)
  • key chains or refrigerator magnets
  • post-its or note pads
  • candy
  • blank recipe cards, unless handmade
  • I'm not religious, so I would appreciate not receiving any religious items, bible quotes, stickers, etc.
  • I prefer things I can use year-round
  • things smelling of cigarette smoke - YUK! No offense meant, I have allergies

I always try to respect others likes/dislikes, beliefs, etc. as well, and I go out of my way to send what you like. Thanks in advance :) and THANK YOU for reading my profile!!

About my swaps & groups ~


** I love to do private swaps with dependable swappers! Just PM me :) I have the following available to send: postcards, note cards, handmade envelopes, airmail labels from many countries, ephemera (mostly vintage), stationery sets, stickers...try me ;)

99% of the time, I send extras with my swaps. It is never to make up for the swap, or that my swaps are lacking in any way; I send extras if I have things you like, according to your profile. I like to make others happy & don't mind sharing my stuff! I only join & host swaps that I know I can complete and am able to do well. I don't like to send mediocre type-3 swaps and feel free to let me know if I send you something that you don't love. (and tell me why). I read my partners' profiles repeatedly to make sure that I never send items that your profile says not to send! By the same token, if you want a heart from me, please don't send items I don't like or want according to my profile, but more importantly, put some effort into it please!"

Thank you for taking the time to read all of this! Again, these are all just requests, not demands :)


I don't mind getting re-used packaging :) I always use real postage on my swaps and I REALLY appreciate it when there are real stamps (not metered) on anything I receive. Thank you :))))

Ratings

Hyshu rated for Blank Notecard Swap #3 USA Only on Jun 14, 2019
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Comment: Thank you for the wonderful selection of cards Thank you for the bonus cards! Thank you for the washi tape and the 2 vintage postcards! They were awesome! Thank you for joining my swap!
scrappermama rated for MaE: Ephemera Envelope Envy! on Jun 11, 2019
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Comment: Love, love , love!! Thank you for the great envies & yummy ephemera!! I can't wait to wait to use them!! Have an amazing summer!!
Response: You too! Thanks so much for joining & for the heart ♥️!
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Comment: Thank you so much for such great assortment!! I love these swaps so much...it is so fun to open!!!
Response: Me too! I’m excited for our next vintage ephemera swap, thanks for joining!!
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Comment: Thank you for the wonderful postcards. The bonus was a nice surprise. I love them, also all the various stamps you used. :)
Response: Wonderful! Thanks so much for the heart :)
Kraftylady777 rated for Tangled Initials on Jun 6, 2019
5
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Comment: Thank you so much for the awesome swap. I love the card you made and all the cool extras.
Response: I'm glad you like it, been a while since I tangled anything! Thanks so much for joining the swap & for the heart :)
blkwlf rated for WIYM ~ It's W I Y M Time! on Jun 3, 2019
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Comment: Love it all :)
Response: I’m so glad! Thanks for the ♥️
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Comment: Everything about your swap is super wonderful. How you decorated your envelope, the frog memo note (I love frogs), the extra postcard of a Suzy Zoo character, the homemade envelopes and of course the variety of notecards. Thank you, thank you!
Response: Great Michelle, I’m thrilled that you like everything ♥️
Luvslife3 rated for Blank Notecard Swap #3 USA Only on May 28, 2019
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Comment: OH MY GOSH!!! I LOVE what you sent me Alfie!!! I've never seen the Dr Suess book stickers before...they are awesome!! And a Punch Studio card, I adore those and the one you sent is beautiful!! Thank you for the great selection of cards and reading my profile and including the cute pig envie and purple ribbons!!! I wish I could give you more hearts!! <3 <3 <3 <3 Awesome mailing envelope too!!!
Response: You’re so welcome Laura! I’m so glad you like what I sent :) Thanks so much for the heart ♥️
neva rated for SMHQ ~ Ephemera Envies! on May 24, 2019
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Comment: Thank you so much for all the beautiful envelopes! You're so good at this. Even lined! You went above and beyond.
Response: Awww, thank you! I’m so glad you like them :)
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Comment: Awwww what a cute mail came my way! Thank you so much! ♥♥♥
Response: You’re welcome!
Angelflores rated for Flat Envie of Fun Part 21 on May 22, 2019
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Comment: Hello alfie today a recive your swap and i love it. Thank you for all the stamps and i also like legolas from lotr so thanks for all the nice goodies
Response: Wonderful! I’m glad it arrived safely :)
MeggyMoo rated for Send 3 From the List! #12 on May 20, 2019
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Comment: Thanks so much for a great package! I knew it was going to be good when I saw the envelope! I loved everything inside, too, and will keep and use it all! I already have plans for one of the recipe cards. Thanks again for spoiling me so well, it was very special. Tracy
Response: Awesome Tracy! I’m so happy you liked it 😊 thanks you!
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Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely letter and all the stamps for my collection! My goal is to follow my budget too -- It's hard!
Response: I’m glad you like the stamps! Thanks for the ♥️
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Comment: Thank you for gorgeous items! I love all of them! And I'm glad to hear you love Downtown Abbey, too. I can't wait the film be released! Have a great day!
Response: I’m glad you like everything :) I didn’t know there was a movie coming out!? Now I’m super excited ♥️
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Comment: great stamps!
Response: Glad you like them!
kittyhahahotbot rated for EJ: Scavenger Hunt Postcard on May 15, 2019
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Comment: Stuff your eyes????? What a cool play on words. Thank you for the lovely postcard!
Response: I thought it was too! So glad you liked it & thanks for the rating :) ♥️
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Comment: You always spoil me! Thank you for another awesome swap. And all the extras! ❤❤❤❤
Response: Anytime!! ♥️
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Comment: I love all the letter sets and extras you sent me. I can always tell when someone has read my profile. Thank you so much for everything.........=)
Response: I’m really happy you liked everything! I do spend a lot of time reading profiles...there’s no quick swap for me, but I enjoy it so much ♥️
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Comment: Thank you!! I love all of the beautiful illustrations <3 and the extras are so cute!!!!!
Response: I’m so glad you liked everything! Thank you for the ♥️
MamaMangrove rated for PH: Send 5 Postcards #14 on May 8, 2019
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Comment: Thanks for another delightful & generous selection of cards, Alfie. I'm especially enamored of the VW bugs one too! I had a vintage beetle back in the 70's & rue the day I sold it! Love your envie, stamps & notepaper too
Response: Wonderful! My grandfather had a green bug from the 60’s that my mom drove as a teenager and then my older brother drove it as well. Must’ve been in our family for 40 years! I’m thrilled that you liked what I sent again 🤗

Rating Overview

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4.9946 625 106 115
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Comments

thisismeAXiD on Jun 17, 2019:

Happy birthday month

SabrinaDeeBerry on Apr 29, 2013:

Wishing you a happy spring ♡

Beckster on Mar 15, 2013:

Thank you for the awesome envie and the Whimsy Jar!

rngstgstll on Feb 28, 2013:

" If instead of a gem, or even a flower, we should cast the gift of a loving thought into the heart of a friend, that would be giving as the angels give." George MacDonald

Thinking of you :)

RyeRye on Feb 13, 2013:

Happy Valentines Day~

From all of us in The Friendship Circle!

RyeRye on Feb 8, 2013:

Thanks for thinking of me on my Birthday!

Deluxx on Jan 20, 2013:

Alfie, thank you so much for the hand carved stamp for my rolos! I honestly had forgotten about the tag (I guess I need to keep better track) so it was a truly wonderful surprise. And I love the fabric tapes -- so cool. I went and looked up the tutorial to see how you did it. Thank you so much!

wokeupmissing on Jan 16, 2013:

The airmail stickers are from Laughing Elephant. I picked them up a few years back from a local craft store. You can get a box of them on Amazon or LaughingElephant.com for about $10. I've got a couple sheets with about 5 stickers each, if you want to do some kind of little trade. Let me know. Glad you liked the swap cards.

elluzki on Jan 14, 2013:

I'm glad you liked what i sent. I had a feeling you would, as i share the same passion towards all postal and airmail related things :)

isabellasnow on Jan 7, 2013:

Alfie..thank you so much for resending the handmade washi tape--that was very thoughtful! I have not yet had a chance to use the first set you sent, so I'm not sure if the tape will be difficult to remove from the paper. All I know is I got double the fun! So...once again, thank you!

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