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Date Joined: July 6, 2010
Last Online: September 25, 2017
Birthday: June 14
Country: United States

About Me

UPDATED: September 11, 2017

My daughter's boyfriend was scheduled to have knee replacement surgery after Labor Day (veteran who was blown up). There was a cancellation the week before, so they moved his surgery up. I have been helping with taking and picking up his daughter and my grandson from school and such

I have 4 graduation parties, 1 bridal shower, both weddings and 1 unexpected trip to Ohio and Family cook-out/bonfire for Labor Day weekend done.

Found out that there is 2 baby showers added to my list this fall, along with another baby due in the family. Two baby afghans are done and 1 more afghan and 3 lovey's to go.

Plus, I'm still working on cleaning my computer/craft room. I was doing pretty good, The room has became the "put it in there and close the door so no one can see" room. So I'm basically starting over...too many projects I want to do and not enough time to do them (anyone have the secret to living to be about 300 or so?...LOL) So I'm still limiting myself to very few swaps at this time.

ATTENTION: IF FOR SOME REASON YOU HAVE NOT RECEIVED ONE OF MY SWAPS, IT IS MOST LIKELY BECAUSE IT WAS LOST IN THE MAIL. PLEASE SEND ME A MESSAGE BEFORE RATING AND LET ME KNOW, AND I'LL REMEDY THE SITUATION. THANK YOU.

PLEASE READ ABOUT MY POST OFFICE BELOW

I live in Michigan, in the "thumb" area of the state. Melvin is a small village, around 130 people in the village limits. I live about 2 miles out of town, on a farm with my husband Bill. Our daughter, Cheyenne (31), lives with her boyfriend. Our grandson, Ethan Shaun, was born January 2, 2010. Our son, Bill (32), shares an apt with his girlfriend. Bill and I celebrated our 37th wedding anniversary June 28th, 2017

We live on a 72 acre farm. We used to raise cattle, but after Bill's heart valve replacement surgery, we got out of that and now rent out the land for farming.

We lost our German Shepherd, Harley, to kidney cancer February 14, 2017

I was diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis in April 2012. Colitis in August 2013.

I have been swapping for 44 years now.

I'm not much of a letter writer, so I'm not looking for pen pals.

July 4, 2016 - Bill and I started Geocaching. Any little items to use as swag is greatly appreciated. (swag stands for Stuff We All Get. Can be things like hot wheels cars, erasers, decorated bottle caps, painted rocks, key chains, small toys, tokens, etc)

About Ethan

I am his Nana - He is 7 (BD: 1/2/10)

Likes: Hot Wheels; Pokemon cards, little Minecraft figures; Hatchaminals (little ones in blind packs); Board games, playing games on the iPad; Lego's; Fruit Flavored Tootsie Rolls; Pistachio Nuts; coins to feed his monkey (bank); state bike plates with the name "ETHAN" on them (e-mail for states he already has-I find them at Wal-Mart); pressed pennies, small flashlights; he also likes tokens..like Chuckie Cheese or memorial coins from places/business'; wooden building kits-birdhouse, boats, planes, etc that he can build with Papa and paint with Nana

He is obsessed with Pokemon cards right now.

He loves to read. He is into "The Magic Treehouse" books currently

School has started so he's there all day. After school, while it is still warm, he's riding his bike and playing with his friend next door

8/2017 - He has started swimming lessons at the "Y" and is loving them!

Please NO tattoos they make him break out in a rash

PLEASE NOTE - If you are participating in the Kid's Stocking Stuffer Swaps that I host, you can address the package to Ethan in care of me at my address. Also, his last name is not the same as mine, so just Ethan is fine on the envelope

Ethan says "Thank You" to everyone for the Stocking Stuffers he received.in 2016! (He opened them so quick I was unable to write down who sent what)

Favorite Television

I like actuallity TV. I watch ID, Discovery, History, SyFy, Oxygen, AXS, Travel and HLN most often.

I love NASCAR

Not into watching movies.

UPDATE: We did take Ethan to see Rock Dog on 3/4/17. Almost $40 for 3 of us and I even had bottled water in my purse that I carry all the time. Crazy

Favorite Crafts

I love to crochet. It is my favorite craft and I crochet everyday. I have a bag packed and can grab and go with it to any place I have to wait - Dr. office, car repair, etc. I also have plastic shoe boxes with small balls of yarn, a hook and pair of scissors in each of our vehicles. I make granny squares while waiting for hubby in stores I don't want to go in, stopped in traffic or just any unexpected waiting I have to do.

I belong to a group called "Fairy Godmothers" We do knitting, crochet and sewing for charities in our area. Any supplies or completed items will earn you a heart and our greatest appreciation.

I also like paper crafts and general crafts. I enjoy making ATC's and skinny's. I have alot of ideas and have started to keep a notebook of ideas on ones to make. But I have to be in the mood to do them.

I also enjoy making/receiving inchies. I have to challenge myself with these because they are so small. Again, have to be in the mood

I've done Decos on and off for the last 29 years. Any excess Decos are welcomed. 1-100+ whatever you want to send.

New as of 4/2015 - I've discovered Art Abandonment (search it, it's quite fun!). If you are willing to abandon some of my art for me, please PM me and I'd be happy to send it to you. Or if you would like to send me some of your art I'd love to abandon it in my area for you. 2/8/2017 I just abandoned my 100th piece of art!

Likes and Dislikes

Likes: Decos, windchimes (I have a chime tree in the summer); bubble envelopes; computer stationary; card stock; colored paper and scrapbook papers; regular lotion-like Jergen's or Vaseline Intensive Care; unscented baby lotion; address labels blank or ones with my address on them with a cute graphic; "clicky" advertising ink pens (black ink); greeting card envelopes (big ones at least sticker sheet size or larger); Letter sets (2 sheets of stationary with matching envelope); French Vanilla hot cocoa mix (no other flavors please); steampunk items

Dislikes: Anything religious or political; coffee; tea; gel pens; swap cards; junky, cheap swaps; make-up; jewelry-I very seldom wear it except for my wedding rings & Mother's ring and I DO NOT have pierced ears; burned CD's; perfume; scented lotions; anything made with wool; I know owls are the big thing, but I'm just not into them, so I would appreciate nothing "owl" (unless they are steampunk related); anything glitter, confetti, etc - there's nothing worse than opening a great swap and having all that fall out and then having to pull out the vacuum...:^/

Candy likes: Skittles (red bag); Kraft Carmels or vanilla carmels; Milk Duds; Regular/Flavored Tootsie Rolls (vanilla are favs); M&M's (plain); cinnamon teddy bears (or Santa/hearts at the holidays); chocolate-like Hershey bars, Kisses, Dove, Reeses Peanut Butter Cups, Mallo Cups; Wintergreen Altoids

Dislikes: Gum, anything with coconut, pineapple

**I am in need of a few tea wrappers (I guess that's what you would call them) I don't drink tea, but would like the "wrappers" that the tea bags are enclosed in. I use them in my paper crafting. Any are fine, but colorful or different kinds would be greatly appreciated!

My Big Deco Book/Rolo

Many years ago I received a Deco made using a composition notebook. It was filled with many beautiful pages.

I have often thought about that book and hoped it made it home to the owner to enjoy.

I've decided that I would like a book like that. But with the price of postage now, it would be impossible to do one and mail it to people.

So I'm going to do mine like this:

If you would like to make a page for me, make it no larger than 7.5 x 9.75 inches. That is the measurements of my notebook. Make it on a piece of paper - multipurpose paper, scrapbook paper, colored paper, etc - and then I will attach it in my book when I receive it.

You can choose any theme you want. All I ask is that it is not religious or political.

On a separate piece of paper, type or neatly print the following:

Name/address

Date

And any other information you would like

I will attach this information to the back of the page in my book.

PLEASE DO NOT FOLD THE PICTURE!!!!

If this is something you do or would like to do, I would love to make a page for your book in return. If it's not, then I'd be happy to send or make Decos in return.

AND...Summer of 2015, I bought a photo Rolodex at a yard/rummage sale. I've decided instead of putting photos in it, I'd like to fill it like a Deco. If you would like to help me fill it, please contact me with your name/address and I'll send you a backing card for you to Deco for it.

Collections/Wish List

yarn (no wool please! Makes me itchy & bumpy!!); notecards with envelopes (no big ones); US state/park quarters (message for list); president dollars (message for list); half dollars (50 cent pieces); bi-centennial quarters; foreign coins (no Canada ones, I live close and get them all the time); windchimes; Yankee/Home & Garden/White Barn jar candles; Favorite Findings buttons and any other decorative buttons; Disney Swap pins; pressed/smashed pennies (can use 3 of 1 design); advertising wooden nickels; decks of new playing cards (for Veteran's hospital); postcards with recipes on them~unused in an envelope please-I can use 3 the same; miniature (2 inches) rubber duckies (check out Oriental Trading to see what I'm talking about); clear mailing tape on a roll, ATC's, inchies, matchboxes; lanyards; empty Altoid tins; wooden birdhouses/kits to build them; license plates; 35 mm film canisters; handmade cards, especially Christmas; fortunes from fortune cookies; Richmond Hill tea wooden boxes

Can anyone make button/keychains? Like the Badge-A-Mint or any other kind? Message me

I am looking for a plastic container that looks like underwear/panties for a Geocache

I'd love to receive any of the following:

altered playing card

altered Altoid tin

dotee dolls

I have a list of more items that I can e-mail to you if interested.

I've been going through my paper supply making FB's. If you would like some made for you, send me your labels.

About My Post Office

Why am I adding this? Because many of you are sticklers with the postmarks on packages and I am almost afraid to swap with some of you. So, I want you to know why the sent date listed on the swap may not match the package(s) I send.

Melvin is a small rural town (population around 130)

Post Office's hour's are:

M-F 8 am to Noon

Sat 8 am to 10 am

I live in the country, on the rural mail route. I click on the sent button when I put the mail in the mailbox. After that, it is out of my control. Our regular mail carrier does not arrive to my house until after 1 pm. (If a sub is on, then it's 2 or 3 pm) The mail delivery truck arrives at the Post Office in town around 4 pm. Most days the mail carrier is not finished with the route and back to the Post Office with the mail he/she has collected by then. Because of this, the mail sits in the building overnight and does not get picked up until the next day. Then it is taken to the Detroit area to the sorting facilities where it is postmarked.

*ADDED 2/9/17 - We have 1 regular mail carrier who delivers the mail M-F. And 1 mail carrier who does Saturday and will also do any days during the week that the regular carrier has off. Yesterday we didn't have our mail picked up or delivered. I called the PO today and was told that both carriers are dealing with family medical issues and there were no other subs available. And this will be an ongoing problem in the future.

Also we have had 7 (sigh) different "postmasters" since June 2015 until now. (side note - they are usually just qualified) No one wants to work at this PO due to none of the modern machines. The mail is postage stamps/metered mail.

UPDATE January 2017: The USPS has cut back on the amount of postage stamps and cash in our PO. I tried to mail 3 small packages with a $50 dollar bill and the worker didn't have enough cash to make change

Lastly, the USPS in general has gotten terrible over the past few years and is getting worst all the time.

Example: I mailed an envelope to TX and it was received 3 days from mailing. An envelope I mailed the same day to OH took 6. Ohio is closer to Michigan than Texas...go figure.

I had a package go missing for 3 months. It had tracking on it and showed it was picked up at my home, then no tracking information until it showed up at my partner's home. Would love to know where it was for those 3 months...the stories it would tell.

So....all this said, I do try and get swaps out as soon as partners are posted, but sometimes that's just not possible. So if your swap is postmarked late, this is why and I hope you will take it into consideration when rating. And if I am late I WILL message you

About Swaps I Host

I host several swaps each month. The "rules" I have are to protect everyone who signs up. I've been swapping for 44 years and these have always worked for me. I've had to ban several people lately. I've gotten some really harsh replies, so here is my explaniations:

My swaps are USA only because I can not afford to send to foreign lands. I have a postage budget. There might be only 1 person from another country, but it seems like I'm the one to get them for a partner. Another reason is the time it takes to get there. I sent to Australia once. She didn't get and rated me a 1, so I re-sent and she still didn't get it. I mailed a 3rd time. She received all 3 envelopes within the same week. And I was out almost $7 in postage. And then she only changed the rating to a 5 (I figured that receiving 3 swaps for 1 should have at least have earned thank you and a heart. I guess I was expecting too much..?). Recently I've been mailing some excess off. I was going to mail 2 small Decos to Canada. It would have been $6.98 to mail them! Crazy.....

I can no longer angel swaps due to my postage budget. Angelling several swaps each month wipes it right out and I can not enjoy any other swaps, maybe one you are hosting.

If you are a newbie, welcome to Swap-bot! It is really fun once you understand how it works. My advice to you is: BEFORE you join any swaps, scroll to the bottom of the page and check out all the catagories there, especially the "new User Info" All are very helpful in helping you get to know Swap-bot.

I really enjoy swap-bot, but it is NOT my life. If partners do not get posted the day after the deadline, PLEASE do not message me about it - I will not reply. According to swap-bot rules, the swap hostess has 7 days to assign partners. If the deadline needs to be extended then it will be. Spending time with my grandson Ethan and my other family members is much more important to me.

I ask for a well filled profile. My definition of a well filled profile is more than 1 paragraph. I should have to scroll down the page to read it all

Why? Many swap-botters feel if you can't be bothered to fill out your profile then you will probably not be bothered rating and many flakers do not bother to fill out their profile. Plus a well filled profile helps your partner to send you an extra special swap. It is very easy to get ideas, just click on any established member's icon/user id and that will take you to their page. I am constantly changing/updating my profile. That said, I recommend that you don't copy someone else's profile. I came across a profile that is almost word for word like mine.....creepy.

If you are going to be gone within 3 days of partners being assigned and not able to check into swap-bot then you need to contact me and let me know so I don't ban you from the swap. Frankly, I thought this was just good manners, but apparently not. I'm not a mind reader, I can't know that you have gone/are going on vacation, have mid-terms, a family emergency, etc. I've found that when someone doesn't check in within the 3 days, then the swap is flaked on.

Recent 1's or 3's - Please message me with an explaination. If it's a valid reason, then I'll let you join. If not, then I suggest you clear it up. Many swap hosts will tell you the same thing.

Because of delivery issues, multi-profiler/flaker concerns, and site policies I require real names. If you join a swap of mine with a fake name or no last name, you will be removed from the swap and asked to fix it for future swaps.

Lastly, I am not your Mother. I'm not your partner's Mother either. Please contact your partner with any problems you have. I can't make someone rate you, or reply to your rating. If you don't get a swap and no replies to your message(s), then rate a "1" . Unfortunately, I've found rating the "1" seems to get people motivated into resolving the problem. I do appreciate being contacted so I can ban any problem swappers from future swaps so it doesn't happen to someone else or you if they are your partner again. (Please give me the swap name and the user id of the flaker.) If it is a big problem that can't be resolved, you should contact admin about it. If they get enough complaints then the user is suspended.

I think that is it for now. I'm sure I'll be revising/adding to this in the future so check back often

Afterthoughts

If you want to make anything for me I like: dragons-Medival ones, not Oriental ones; anything "sexy" themed (I did a sexy storybook character ATC swap and it was fun! My partner is still fanning herself! I've also hosted a Deco swap on the same theme) I like fairies, storybook characters, pin up girls, anything vintage or whatever! I love to receive altered playing cards, dotee dolls, matchboxes, whimsey jars, altered Altoid tins, Amigurumi

TOTE BAGS - Hello, my name is Linda and I am a tote/shopping bag addict! I would love totes/shopping bags from stores not in my area, like Piggly Wiggly (especially Piggly Wiggly, fond memories of shopping there with my Grandpa when visiting KY as a child), Vons, Winn Dixie to name a few. Let me know what you have and maybe we can work out a trade. My son works at a family owned store so I can send one from there or another family owned store in another town (if still available). Or maybe I can help you with your collection.

Credit to @TwinMom - I enjoy doing Christmas stocking stuffer type swaps & receiving little wrapped gifts. I'm going to start saving them and open when I need a little pick me up. So a little wrapped surprise will get you a heart.

I like black, silver and red. My computer/swap room is done in these colors with Mystical Creations dragon items for the theme

Ratings

stiffneck78 rated for Decos Only - USA September on Sep 25, 2017
5
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Comment: I am so sorry for the delayed rating. Thank you for the three decos. I will play and pass these along soon.
Response: You're very welcome!
NiniJae rated for Friendship Sheet Swap #75 on Sep 22, 2017
5
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Comment: Thanks for sending and the washi tape extras, Linda. :)
Response: You're welcome!
coleenfranks rated for Send Anything: September -USA- on Sep 22, 2017
5
rating
Comment: Hi Linda, Your envie aride today. Thanks for the lovely card and all the goodies.
Response: You're welcome
dandeliongirl rated for institches & dandeliongirl on Sep 18, 2017
5
rating
 
Response: :)
Momskii rated for Just Randomness on Sep 16, 2017
5
rating
Comment: thanks, loved the stuff you sent
Response: Great! Enjoy!!
Robinarie rated for Friendship Sheet Swap #74 on Sep 14, 2017
5
rating
Comment: Thank you. Thanks for the index cards too!
Response: You're welcome
5
rating
Comment: Thank you, Ethan :D
Response: I hope it's OK. He had a really hard time picking out something for a teenage girl. He wanted to give her a box of crayons. "But everyone likes to color, Nana" he told me
magicinker rated for Art/Craft Abandonment on Sep 13, 2017
5
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Comment: Thank you Linda for the Cute Snowperson to abandon,,,I once did a similar craft with elmers glue,Thank you also for the ATC,Loved it !
Response: You're welcome. Please let me know where you leave it.
holosquishy rated for Friendship Sheet Swap #70 on Sep 12, 2017
5
rating
 
Response: Glad this one made it to you!
laterdayze rated for Decos Only - USA September on Sep 11, 2017
5
rating
Comment: Thanks for the deco's and the little extra goodies <3
Response: You're welcome!
5
rating
Comment: I will send these out next round and thank you for the pattern, I love getting patterns. : )
Response: You're welcome. Hope you don't mind 2, I had 4 altogether....
Ace330660 rated for One Deco Book - September on Sep 10, 2017
5
rating
Comment: Received the deco ! Thanks !
Response: You're welcome and have fun Decoing it!
cozy86 rated for Crochet Pattern Swap - September on Sep 8, 2017
5
rating
 
Response: Enjoy!
laterdayze rated for Friendship Sheet Swap #72 on Sep 1, 2017
5
rating
Comment: Thank you for the friendship sheets :)
Response: You're welcome
5
rating
Comment: Thank you for the flat goodies - I especially love the notecard and envelope.
Response: You're welcome and thank you for joining the swap
Toby2017 rated for Send Anything: August -USA- on Aug 21, 2017
5
rating
Comment: Thank you for all the goodies, the note card and the recipe card!!!
Response: You're welcome!
fbresnah rated for One Deco Book - August on Aug 19, 2017
5
rating
Comment: Got the book. will pass it on. Thanks.
Response: Great! Enjoy!!
roostercraz rated for Send Anything: July -USA- on Aug 17, 2017
5
rating
Comment: Sorry it has taken me so long to rate you ,I got behind on alot due to a an accident that left me with very painful injuries.
Response: Hoping you are doing better with each passing day.
draco rated for Friendship Sheet Swap #67 on Aug 11, 2017
5
rating
Comment: thank you. i'll get them signed and passed along
Response: You're welcome!
5
rating
Comment: Thank you. Great swap.
Response: You're welcome and thank you for joining

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 731 413 431
Completed Fives Threes Ones
845 985 0 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
10 337 498 0
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Comments

janeengland on Aug 17, 2017:

I just want to say a big thank you for sending my Traveling Postcard back home. It was so exciting x

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