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jenmcjen

jenmcjen
Date Joined: June 8, 2018
Last Online: August 20, 2018
Birthday: July 24
Country: United States
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About Me

8/15/18 @ 1:44 AM: OMG I want a zine so badly!!!!

8/10/18: If you have sent stuff to me in Little Falls, thank you! My mom says there is more than one thing arriving each day. The downside is, I won't be able to rate it until I move up there, which should be about the 26th. Once I'm moved in, I'll open and rate everything, so if you think you should be getting a rating from me and it's late, that's why. Again thanks SO MUCH!

I Pledge to Rate

I'm 47. I like many types of art, and have gone through phases in life, always creating. Some phases I've been through.

  • cross stitch
  • knitting
  • crochet
  • quilting
  • mod podge madness
  • painting with acrylics
  • sketching
  • zentangles
  • inchies (my new budding fave)
  • stamping and card making (Stampin' Up)
  • And then, no matter what else I may be doing art-wise, I'm always a writer.
  • There have been more, no doubt, but who can remember it all?

If I am sending you a postcard or notecard, the colorful side? I probably painted that. Or tangled it. I like painting. I am not good at painting, so don't worry about finding a picture in there, but I like mixing pretty colors in pretty ways.

I'm fanatically obsessed with.

  • the color green
  • Benedict Cumberbatch
  • David Tennant
  • dogs
  • songbirds
  • Harry Potter (Ravenclaw)
  • and mainly, the color GREEN. My daughter can't wait to move out cuz "I'm sick of living in a lime!"
  • Newest obsession: squares. Don't ask me why. Love 'em.

Other things I like, in no particular order.

  • abstract paintings
  • all things Irish
  • travel
  • having all adult children!!!!
  • being on my OWN for the first time in my LIFE
  • photography (but the kind with the $200 camera or my iPhone 7+),not the $1500 camera--

As for who I am.

  • I am ultra liberal
  • Atheist which means
  • I love people very much and
  • Appreciate life now cuz I believe it's all I've got and
  • I don't hate religious people who don't hate others.
  • I have a kid who's gay. Have been a vocal supporter of gay rights since Matthew Shepard (I'll bet half of you youngsters don't even know who that is--if not, you really should look up his story. Heartbreaking.)
  • All 3 of my kids are mixed race (white/black)
  • I had 4 grandkids, but
  • One died of SIDS at age 4 months and 5 days.

  • I'm from Minnesota born and raised

  • And plan to start a life of travel in about a year
  • Because I've hardly been anywhere.
  • I had my first kid at 17
  • So now at 46,
  • I'm "free" for the first time in my entire life.
  • Not married, kids grown and heading out.
  • I'm in a stage where I am seeking ME.
  • Part of that is I've started painting.
  • And the travel thing.

  • I mostly stay at home and

  • Am now medicated and recovered more or less from agoraphobia.
  • But I'm still a homebody
  • So the travel thing will be WAY out of my comfort zone.
  • And yet, everything I've ever wanted.

Grandkids are the very reason for having kids. They are so awesome!!!

My dad died 3 years ago, and I still miss him every single day of my life, and my ex (children's father) died 2 years ago, and I miss him more and more. I thought time was supposed to heal! I'm patient...

  • I love history.
  • I am and have always been a writer. I journal a LOT and write fiction a LOT. Please don't ask me what I've published. I'll let you know if I ever have something to answer that question with! Well, blog articles, which I do for work.
  • I think people and their stories are super interesting, and
  • When I do travel, I plan to collect as many people's stories as possible.
  • Also I just discovered Smash Books and am definitely going to make one for each trip!
  • If we end up in a swap together, I'd love for you to tell me your story!

I'm newly into these things like ATC and inchies. So cool.

Favorite Music

I mostly listen to books and NPR, but in the last couple years, Pandora and I have been working out my fave music. So here's some of my fave artists.

  • Maroon 5!
  • Mumford & Sons!
  • The Fray
  • Milky Chance
  • Bastille
  • Of Monsters & Men
  • The Lumineers
  • Peter Bjorn and John
  • The Arctic Monkeys
  • The Script
  • Twenty One Pilots
  • AWOL Nation
  • Fallout Boy
  • The White Stripes
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Foster the People

So that, whatever that is called.

Favorite Books

I wrote what's below and decided it's a bit of a cheat. Of course I don't have one fave book. But I do quite like Les Miserables. And King's Dark Tower series. And then below are my authors.

I'm not entirely certain there is enough room. I read more than 200 books annually, but I definitely have a list of favorite authors, which includes, first and foremost, Stephen King. Then in no particular order.

1 Stephen King

  • JK Rowling.
  • Amy Tan.
  • Louise Erdrich (home grown).
  • Bryce Courtenay.
  • Charles Dickens.
  • Anne Rice.
  • Alexander McCall Smith.
  • Zadie Smith.
  • Brandon Sanderson.
  • Ursula K Leguin.
  • Joe Hill.
  • Owen King.
  • Margaret Atwood (long before the Hulu show came out).
  • Gregory Maguire.
  • William Kent Krueger (home grown).
  • NK Jemisin.
  • Charlaine Harris (guilty pleasure).
  • Diana Gabaldon.
  • GRR Martin.
  • JRR Tolkien.
  • Octavia Butler.
  • Ian McEwan
  • Amitav Ghosh
  • David McCullough.
  • Dominic Murray (a friend!).
  • Sherman Alexie (separate from recent events).
  • Tony Hillerman.
  • Margaret Cole.
  • John D. McDonald.
  • Lemony Snicket.
  • Walter Mosley.

Okay, there are so many more. But you get the idea. I like books.

Favorite Movies

This is easier.

  • Lord of the Rings Trilogy.
  • Tombstone (the only Western on the list cuz - not a fan of Westerns - but the Wyatt Earp/ Doc Holliday relationship in this gets me every time).
  • Harry Potter movies.
  • Meet the Parents.
  • Schindler's List.
  • Dead Again.
  • Fallen.
  • Star Trek movies.

I don't watch a lot of movies. But this is a selection of ones I have liked.

Favorite Television

Oh, now this could be awhile. Okay. The top three, in the order I became a fan of them, are

1 The West Wing, BBC's Sherlock, and Doctor Who.

2 Then All Law & Orders (I will always love Jerry Orbach), Firefly (robbed!), Grey's Anatomy.

And in no particular order

  • ER
  • Buffy
  • Castle
  • Criminal Minds
  • Supernatural
  • The Walking Dead
  • Being Human (UK)
  • Star Trek (all)
  • LA Law
  • How I Met Your Mother
  • Big Bang Theory
  • Young Sheldon
  • Modern Family
  • Blackish
  • Life in Pieces

Okay I'll come back. I'm not in the mood.

Places I Plan to Travel

  • St. Louis, MO
  • Chicago, IL
  • Portland, OR
  • Portland, ME
  • Probably New York City?
  • Maybe the Grand Canyon, but scared...
  • Ireland
  • England
  • Scotland
  • Wales
  • New Zealand (LOTR vacation)
  • Peru (Machu Picchu)
  • France
  • Germany
  • Spain
  • Portugal
  • Thailand

Dislikes

  • Prejudice
  • Racism
  • Religion
  • Bible verses
  • Thoughts & Prayers
  • Insincerity
  • Pessimism
  • Loud Noises
  • Ticks
  • Pickles
  • Bagless Vacuums
  • Cleaning (though I love having a clean home, so...)
  • Cats (but only because I am so allergic to them that if I'm around them too long I might actually die, otherwise they are cool)

Ratings

fitzsue rated for Stuff the Mailbox #10 on Aug 20, 2018
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Comment: Thanks for the nice note - let me know if you need a nice thought every once in a while, since I know there will be hard days
Response: Thank you for the kind offer, and I may very well take you up on it! Thanks for the rating and the heart, too.
user6937 rated for Intl: Here Comes The Sun: August on Aug 19, 2018
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Comment: Wow, what a great zentangled sun! I love it, thank you - great cover up on the pink, too, lol :)
Response: Yeah, I try so hard to get things done early, but then sometimes it backfires. I was actually about to just toss it and start over, when I thought - hmm, pink plus yellow = orange. That's sunny! Glad you got it and glad you liked it. Thanks for the rating and the heart!
groundhogstamper rated for Stuff the Mailbox #10 on Aug 18, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for the fun swap. I especially enjoyed your note, but am sorry you are dealing with back pain too. Oh, isn't it fun crafting with the grandkids...even worth the pain it may cause!!! I can't get on the floor any more, but we've done slime and paint pouring at the kitchen table this year. Messy, but so much fun.
Response: Grandkids - the best! I think art is always messy. I see somebody's art room or space and it's immaculate, and I think - how? Either they're not arting enough or they are a different species than me. Haha! Anyway, glad you liked it, and thanks for the rating and the heart!
Gobarb rated for Fruit Salad ATC - Pineapple #3 on Aug 18, 2018
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Comment: Hi Jennifer. Thank you for the cool ATC card. I like the fact that it is mixed media. I would never have thought to use ribbon for the pineapples. How clever is that? I have all of the Tim Holtz Crazies but I will use the dog on my next TH ATC that I am about to start. It's all cut out for me already! 😉
Response: Oh, gosh I'm so happy! I thought and re-thought the ribbon part over and over and wasn't sure it was a good idea in the end. So to have you specifically mention them, I feel so glad. Yeah, it's always nice to have a pre-cut. I'm considering getting the dies to go with the crazies, but I have found a certain zen in cutting out shapes, so I'll save the money! Thanks so much for the rating and the heart!
Poohtat rated for Stuff the Mailbox #10 on Aug 18, 2018
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Comment: Thank you! So many goodies! My sons are Nicholas Todd and Dylan Thomas. So yes, same initial but only middle name. Yes, the blue frogs are dart frogs. All my frogs even the yellow, black and red are dart frogs. I still love Pooh and hope I never stop! I even have my original childhood Pooh in my hope chest!
Response: Your children thank you! But sometimes it becomes a thing. My daughter-in-law's family has all J names, so my granddaughter was named Jraya. It just sounds like Drea, but it's spelled Jraya. I thought Jennifer would be a good name for her, but ah, well. It's funny about frogs - my fave color in the world by A LOT is green, but I want blue frogs. Not enough to get them, but as a velleity. My daughter was nicknamed Pooh cuz that was the first thing that made her laugh was a musical Pooh. She is now a musician. Anyway, what I came to say is thank you so much for the rating and the heart!
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Comment: Thanks for the great ATCoin. The backgrounds will be fun to create with.
Response: Thanks for the rating and the heart. I'm glad you liked the coin and hope you can make something out of the bright backgrounds!
LisaLisa3 rated for Stuff the Mailbox #10 on Aug 18, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for all the goodies!! And yes, I am a huge fan of LisaLisa, love her music. : ) Thank you for the nice note as well.
Response: You're so welcome! After I read your rating (thank you so much for the heart and the rating!!) I went on YouTube and listened to some Lisa Lisa & the Cult Jam. I forgot how Lost in Emotion was one of my favorite '80s songs! So I listened to that about 20 times, and a couple others.
tlemon4 rated for Stuff the Mailbox #10 on Aug 17, 2018
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Comment: Thank you so much for a great swap:)
Response: You're very welcome. Thanks for the rating and the heart!
ScrapHappyGabi rated for Stuff the Mailbox #10 on Aug 17, 2018
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Comment: Thanks for the great goodies and the letter! I will reply soon! SuperWhoLock for LIFE! <3 hahahah! YES! I hope Tennant drops from the sky and lands in my house!! hehehe Thanks! I'll definitely check out Being Human! Have a fab weekend! x Gabi
Response: Awesome - I'd love a letter back! Did you read my profile? So much in common. Thanks so much for the rating and the heart!
patricia8288 rated for Stuff the Mailbox #10 on Aug 17, 2018
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Comment: thank you for the lovely swap. dont't be nostalgic for the 80's be happy because it was part of us. Happy swapping
Response: Thanks so much for the rating and the heart! Yes, that is a very good attitude to the past. After all, there was no internet! Haha!
crochetjunkie rated for Stuff the Mailbox #10 on Aug 16, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for the fun stuff! It’s okay you didn’t have anything dark or unusual for me...I liked what you sent!
Response: I just found dark stuff in my stash so next time I get you - but I'm very glad you like what I sent! This was such a fun swap, and thanks for the rating and the heart!
jinxspinx rated for Stuff the Mailbox #10 on Aug 16, 2018
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Comment: hi there! Thank you for your swap!! I LOVED everything you sent. Esp the cosmic postcard! Im also impressed that you looked up what ATC JAMS are! I would love to do a swap with you if you would ever want to. Theres a few groups on here for JAMS (Im in them) as well as some facebook groups. :) Have a beautiful artsy day! Thank you again!
Response: Glad you liked stuff! I did sign up for an ATC Jams group, so I will be starting that shortly. Or when someone sends me one. I'm living in one town now, moving to another in 9 days, so I will get to it after that. I look forward to the ATC jams - it seems like such a neat thing to do. And also I sometimes feel sad because I never keep any ATCs I make (though I am duplicating one that I really love one of these days to keep) so this is a way to get to keep something I made, WHILE also swapping! Thanks for the rating and the heart!
ladyaduial rated for Stuff the Mailbox #10 on Aug 16, 2018
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Comment: Thank you so much! I love the personalized note and hope to swap with you more.
Response: Definitely. These stuff the mailboxes - I'll be joining ALL of them now that I have a big ol' stash. I have this quality about me that made it so fun to get together 20 envelopes, put the stamps and my return address label on them, collect 20 or 40 or 60 of a bunch of different stuff, and have them all ready to go and label, and basically this was just so fun. I'd love doing this even if I didn't get stuff back, but can't wait to see what I get back! Thanks for the rating and the heart!
spicemom rated for Stuff the Mailbox #10 on Aug 16, 2018
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Comment: Hi Jennifer Thank you I like what you sent me Spicemom
Response: I'm so glad you liked it. This was such a fun swap. Thanks for the rating and the heart!
LizzyJo rated for ATC Coin Color Combo on Aug 15, 2018
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Comment: Yay for green! (I wish I could have written this in green.) Thanks for the cheery citrus ATcoin, green envie and card, and die cuts. Your green goodies made my day!
Response: So glad you liked it. I'm mad for green, and feel the same kind of rush when I meet someone else who is that I feel when I meet a fellow Whovian or Sherlock fan or Trekkie or... you know, like that! Green is my #1 fandom! Thank you so much for the rating and the heart!
supersquirrel rated for It isnt easy being green on Aug 14, 2018
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Comment: I'm loving your creations. Great backgrounds and all in my favorite color :) Thanks for the cool postcard too.
Response: I'm so glad you liked it! I was flipping through postcards, and that one jumped out to m e as really matching the rest with the different shades of green and almost teal. Green is a great obsession of mine, so I loved doing this. Do you ever find it hard to send cards you make? Also, I just ordered a set of notecards that come in yellow envelopes and of course I thought of you! You might be getting a random yellow envelope one of these days. :D Oh, and thank you for the rating and heart!
AshCash rated for Scattergories PC Swap - E on Aug 14, 2018
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Comment: Thanks! I like your answers. : )
Response: Glad you liked it. Thanks for the rating and the heart!
sherylk3 rated for INT Envelope of green for ATCS on Aug 14, 2018
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Comment: I had so much fun going thru all the green! Love the stamped bird images, so simple but great. I actually haven't been able to catch up on Greys Anatomy yet :)
Response: Glad I didn't put spoilers in then! I'm so glad you liked it! I had such fun putting it together and only felt sad that I didn't have a green envelope in that size. Yeah, I'm finding that I like to stamp images, then use watercolors or colored pencils and then use them like a die-cut on a card or other piece of art, so hopefully you will be able to use those. Thanks so much for the rating and the heart!
violagirl rated for i dare you 2 on Aug 14, 2018
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Comment: Thanks for the cool card :) I should do a collage swap on Swap-Bot! I did one a few years ago, where people made collages representing wellness. I still have the one I received, it's taped on the wall of my bedroom.
Response: Oh, that is brilliant. Definitely do it! I'll be the first to sign up. Thanks so much for the rating and the heart!
violagirl rated for Random Card Swap USA 1 on Aug 14, 2018
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Comment: Thanks for your heartfelt message regarding your mental health recovery. I am going to make some collage pages with clear paper, so that I can decorate the front and also preserve the back so it can be read. I will do this with cards where people talk about mental health! :)
Response: Oh, that means so much to me! I don't know if you read my profile, but I definitely relate to mental health struggles. I don't know how much of that I was able to put on a postcard, but it's a real struggle. Thanks for the rating and the heart!

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Comments

stormofangels on Jul 24, 2018:

Those cards were from a long time ago, from Close to My Heart. :) I have some more around somewhere getting through my clutter, if I find more I will let you know! :)

Candyn29 on Jul 16, 2018:

Welcome to swapbot

Ramya on Jun 16, 2018:

Thank you for joining the Uniquely Me #1 Swap! ✨

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