Date Joined: February 18, 2010
Last Online: August 15, 2012
Birthday: November 2
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October 2011: Well ... the best laid plans of mice & men. Hectic school days last spring turned into a super busy kid-ful summer, and now into school again. This year's school is even more time-intensive, keeping me up virtually every weeknight until midnight working on school stuff. sigh Needless to say, crafts in general, and definitely swaps, are out of the picture for now. Some day I'll rejoin!
February 23, 2011: Right decision to lay low & not take on any commitments outside of school & family ... it's been very hectic. Miss you guys - one of these days I'll pop back in to do a swap or two - though at this rate, I won't be surprised if it's not until school's done for the year.
January 5, 2011: After all, I've decided to completely drop out of my swaps at present. Life's too hectic, and while I do love crafting, I am cutting out all unnecessary commitments, to keep things as simple as possible.
December 14: Ahhh. Caught up, again! I'm not swapping for the time being. In the new year, I have a full course load (yep, going back to school!) and of course, the family responsibilities ... I'll join back in the swapping fun once I know how much time I have to commit. Happy holidays, everyone!
Also ... I'm severely editing my group membership. Once back in the swing of things, I will be knocking on virtual doors again to get back in, but meanwhile, it doesn't make sense for me to keep receiving group messages, etc.
I'm a SAHM, and sometimes WAHM, in the Canadian prairies. My family is the #1 joy in my life, followed closely with friends & crafting, lol, and crafting with friends!
When I complete a swap, put it in an envelope, seal it, address it, and put postage on it, I mark it sent. This might be early in the same morning it hits the mailbox, or it might be (more likely) late in the day, when the package won't see a mailbox 'til the following day. It might be on a Friday evening, in which case the next mail service leaving my town is Monday at 5pm. However - it is when I mark it "sent" because otherwise I'd never remember to come back & follow up with the paperwork end of things. So if you are a postmark-checker, please note that it would be quite normal for mine to be marked the following business day from whenever I marked it sent on swap-bot; and further, that if that swap-bot date is a Friday, the postmark won't be 'til the Monday. Not trying to make my send date look better than it really is - this is just the only way I can keep up on the swapbot red tape. (o:
Well, that depends what for. To wear - deep reds & earthtones in winter, aqua/plum in warmer weather. Decor colors - warm - mostly deep red, taupe, dark brown, tan - but any earthy, and autumnal colours are lovely to me
For swaps that require a theme (e.g., fatbooks) - there are a few genres I'd be interested in:
- Art Deco
- Art Nouveau
- Eames Era/ Atomic Age/ mid-century Modern
- vintage (50s-ish) ads - amusing, offensive, etc
- Day of the Dead - this is also my birthday, and I'm finding the celebration fascinating - would love anything DOD!
I always send my swaps. If I have to be late for any reason, I will contact both the receiver and the swap coordinator, but that would only be in the case of dire emergency, which of course, I'm hoping never happens. So if you think it should be in your hands & isn't, please contact me. Canada Post can be s-l-o-w sometimes (to be fair, I suspect it's really the border service that's the hold-up, not the postal service so much).
Often, I will fill my envies up to a postage-increase threshhold, which for the USA happen at 1 oz, 1.8 oz, 3.5 oz; there is also 7 oz but the rates are pretty darn costly for a tag or low-postage swap ... just trying to remain able to participate.
Please dont' be offended by my recycling and regifting! I use previously-used packing when possible, and if I haven't a use for what I'm sent, I will offer it to someone else. Please don't take offense at this - I would much rather see it loved than sitting around, collecting dust. It might be an amazing work of art, but if it's not my taste, or in whatever way it doesn't fit in, or I simply have too many & need to part with some, I want to find it a new home. Speaking of recycling, if your envelope has actual postage stamps on it (not stamped at the post office or printed out at home), it'll be saved & used for other art ... so if possible, I'd love to see real postage stamps!
When I am tagged, I add the tag to my crafting "to do" list, and get to it as soon as it's convenient. I have a loose rule of thumb that I want to be sending it out within 2 weeks or so. If you tag me & want speedy shipment, please message me to let me know about the urgency.
Just a handy spot to keep tabs on my private swaps! I get carried away in such a flurry of tagging that if I didn't keep track somewhere, I would not know who to thank half the time!
Current tags - eagerly stalking the letter carrier!
A note about flakers: I have a few myself (see below), and that is disappointing. However - I have hosted swaps for my children to join, and in both of my recent kids' swaps, there has been a flaker. How repulsive. Do people have no conscience? Flaking is abhorrent on its own. But when you know that the recipient is a child - how could that not make you do the right thing? Argh. I'm very frustrated and disappointed by this.
I used to have a list of flakers here. However, that only seemed to encourage good swappers to angel for them. I appreciate it truly - but don't want to leave a list here that might keep having that effect. So I've taken it off. I had five people with nine tags/swaps for flakes. But life goes on. New flakes will still be listed, because odds are, the person is still active on swap-bot and I don't want to contribute to another person being disappointed. But meanwhile, I'm going to enjoy losing that darn list.