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sassafrass

sassafrass
Date Joined: April 10, 2009
Last Online: December 15, 2017

Country: Canada
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Notes

It's been one heck of a year. I am trying to settle into some kind of normalcy. Life can be unpredictable and change suddenly. Hold your loved ones close and cherish each day you have.

A note on rating ... I will always rate. I do my best to rate promptly, but sometimes this doesn't happen immediately. I get a huge volume of mail from here and other sites, and can't always get to my post boxes during their normal hours. Thank you for your patience!

U.S. Address

I do have a U.S. mailing address. For any US swaps, I do try to message my sending partner right away, but if I miss doing that, please contact me for the addy. If you are sending to me for an international swap and wish to send to my US address instead of Canada, please message me :)

A Note about Mail from Canada

It's slow and very inefficient at times! There is no mail pickup on weekends or holidays. I mark my swaps sent the day I put them in the mailbox. If it happens to be later in the day, I may have missed the pickup time for that mailbox (times vary). Also, please note that mail is no longer handled and sorted locally in my city. Any mail picked up from my city is sent to a sorting facility in another city. This is where it will be postmarked, so please keep in mind that it can be days off from the day I put it in the mailbox because of the extra travel time.

About Me

hello
♥♥ Hard to believe I've been here over 8 years! ♥♥ Time flies :) I love swapping here, and most of my experience here has been amazing and wonderful. I've had the pleasure and joy of meeting a lot of great people from around the world, that I would have otherwise never known.

I design and create metalwork jewelry, and it's my passion and full time job. I am lucky enough to spend my days in my studio, creating pretty things to send to lovely people around the world.

In my spare time, I love to do crafts of all kinds (see below), spend time with my hubby and cats (we have 4 hoodlums!) and frequent thrift shops and vintage and antiques markets.

Favorite Crafts

I love creating so many different things, and can't think of much I have not tried yet.

My current passions are jewellery making, paper crafts, scrapbooking, stamping, painting, mixed media art and collage, art journals, junk journals, ATC's, smash books, altered art, and digital art. I am totally loving flip books and pocket letters!

I envy those that can sew well, and knit and crochet. It just wasn't my thing, and I have far too many wonky shaped scarves!

Likes & Loves

Vintagy Things

  • old photos, especially Victorian photos like tintypes and cabinet cards. I also love black and whites from the 1920's and 1930's
  • vintage ephemera, old maps, travel stubs, old documents, victorian postcards, vintage postcards
  • tiny vintage bisque dolls and figurines (frozen charlotte/penny dolls, little dogs, cats)
  • vintage and old scraps of lace and ribbons, vintage rhinestone bits, vintage glass and/or rhinestone buttons .. love Victorian era buttons
  • vintage hat pins
  • old skeleton keys
  • old used postage stamps from around the world
  • foreign language book/dictionary pages
  • vintage maps
  • interesting images from magazines (whole pages and cut out)
  • vintage wooden spools (with or without thread)

Food & Drink

Love chocolate, except dark/bitter (on it's own). I don't mind dark if it has nuts or fruit. Fave is milk chocolate or white chocolate, and anything with fruit/nuts or peanut butter. I would enjoy trying anything :) I really love anything Fazer from Finland! I love lots of different candies, including gummies and sour candies.

I am a coffee fanatic and especially love pumpkin spiced or any spiced coffees, mocha, etc. Also a huge fan of iced coffees. I also drink a lot of tea and especially enjoy spiced teas, and fruity teas. Some of my faves are from Zhena's. I also love things with a tea motif/theme. Not a huge fan of chamomile or licorice or mint. Hot chocolate (any flavor) as well as cold drink sachets are always welcome too :)

Crafty Things

  • Love anything from Tim Holtz, Amy Tangerine, 7 Gypsies, My Minds Eye, October Afternoon, Basic Grey, etc.
  • handmade junk journals
  • handmade envelopes
  • Things for junk journals/smash books - used bus or metro tickets, interesting candy/sweets wrappers (esp with foreign writing), other little ticket stubs/papers/receipts, little envelopes, takeout menus, etc. I especially like anything that is unique or from a different country, or has foreign writing on it :) I would love air mail labels/stickers from your country
  • chipboard and embellishments of all kinds
  • stickers (words, quotes, vintage style)
  • sari silk ribbons (any colours!)
  • beads - glass beads or natural beads
  • other ribbons (not primary colours)
  • decorative and fancy papers, beautiful scrapbook papers
  • love washi tapes
  • rubber stamps (love artsy ones, butterflies, dragonflies, birds, old writing, ornamental, etc.)

Home & Bath

  • candles .. spiced or floral or fresh scents
  • yummy smelling shower things. I prefer floral or light and fresh (rosemary, green tea, cucumber, citrus)

I'm not fussy about smells like vanilla and coconut.

Miscellaneous Random Things :)

  • small shells and beach/sea glass
  • I love postcards of any kind, but do prefer store bought PCs unless the swap is for handmade
  • love anything matryoshkas (they always look so happy!)
  • cute owl things (note papers, cards, stickers, etc)
  • Mickey Mouse (especially classic Mickey)
  • journal books, notebook, note cards, sticky notes etc
  • absolutely LOVE anything from Papaya Art
  • love anything with a morroccan style/design
  • bird motifs (natural and/or vintage looking and whimsically drawn)
  • small pretty things
  • aged and worn looking things
  • pretty florals
  • Anything Edward Gorey
  • owls and woodland things
  • Chococat and Deery Lou, although not a fan of Kawaii, otherwise :)
  • I LOVE Halloween
  • Felix the Cat
  • Dr. Seuss (esp. Cat in the Hat)
  • Charley Harper anything :)
  • Beatrix Potter
  • Classic fairytales
  • Art by Waterhouse, Klimt, etc
  • cats on postcards, notes, etc
  • Anything Moomins :)
  • things with a tea motif/theme
  • Mary Engelbreit
  • anything from Somerset
  • nature inspired things
  • strange things like old pictures/postcards of urban decay, ornamental and unique headstones/cemeteries
  • I love and appreciate anything handmade :)

Fave Colors

  • My favourite colours are black, pinks (not bubble gum) kiwi/avocado/moss/celery greens, turquoise, aqua, teal, and choc or moss brown, jewel tones, fall colors, rustic colors. Not really into primary colors or fluorescents/neons

Wearables

  • cozy socks (none with toes!) U.S./Canada size 9
  • As far as jewelry, I like things in an organic or rustic style, and chunky :) I love aged looking pieces. I am especially fond of jewelry with natural elements and earthy colours. I have pierced ears and like anything from small studs to big chunky hoops. I also love pieces done in an assemblage style, or vintage style.

Themes I Enjoy

  • whimsical drawings/art
  • Charley Harper
  • Beatrix Potter
  • Felix the Cat
  • Birds in a whimsical or vintage illustrated style (not cartoons)
  • Flowers
  • Woodland
  • Studio Ghibli My NeighborTotoro
  • Architecture
  • Paris, french, and eiffel tower
  • Vintage/Victorian Halloween
  • Alice in Wonderland (classic illustrations, not cartoonish)

Not So Fussy About

I appreciate and welcome everything I receive. The following are just not really my personal taste:

  • sweet sugary smelling things, and vanilla scented
  • primary and bright colours
  • cartoonish/child-like items (except those mentioned above)
  • anime, kawaii, etc. (unless noted)
  • religious items
  • dragons, vampires, etc

Favorite Television

.Cold Case, Friends, The Mentalist, Law & Order, Monk, Castle, Bones, Elementary, Sherlock, House MD, The Blacklist, The Closer, Major Crimes, True Detective, Criminal Minds, Dexter, Modern Family, CSI (all of them) Backstrom, Rizzoli & Isles, Stalker, crafting shows, cooking shows

Favorite Music

I enjoy a huge variety of music. Mostly an alternative/grunge gal, but I'm all over the map really! Some faves:

The Fray, Lifehouse, Maroon 5, Thirteen Senses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Type O Negative, The White Stripes, Depeche Mode, The Cure, Radiohead, Muse, The Verve, The Cult, Linkin Park, The Black Keys, Pearl Jam, One Republic, Avicii, Oasis, The Offspring, Stone Temple Pilots, Incubus, Third Eye Blind, Broken Bells, Foo Fighters, Jack Johnson, Killers, Neverending White Lights, Bjork, etc

Movies & Books

Books I most enjoy are mysteries and crime dramas. Some of my favourites being from James Patterson (love the Alex Cross ones!). I also love Stephen King, Stieg Larsson, Kathy Reichs (Bones), Tess Gerritsen (Rizzoli and Isles)

I also LOVE craft books and art magazines. Would cherish anything from Stampington/Somerset (even previously loved)

My fave movies are rom coms, comedy, some action movies, and thrillers. Love any and all James Bond movies!

I must admit I am in love with Robert Downey Jr. I know we are meant to be together, and as soon as he realizes this, it will all be good! ;o

Swapping

deerMissing swap? If you have not received from me, chances are it's gone missing in the mail. I take swapping very seriously, and always send my swaps. If it hasn't arrived, please let me know before rating so that I can make it right. Sadly, it is the mail, and things do get lost occasionally. If something in life happens to cause me to be late with a swap, I will communicate with you before the swap deadline (barring extenuating circumstances), and I appreciate the same.

Ratings

CrystalZ rated for ISS: Christmas Card & Flat Surprise on Dec 12, 2017
5
rating
Comment: Wow! I just received this in the mail today and I love it! I appreciated the care you took in creating the stuffed pocket and the extra goodies you included :) Hope you have a very Merry Christmas!
Response: Thank you Crystal! I'm so glad you like everything :) I knew who the Wayne Gretzky stamp had to go to once I saw I was sending to you :D
5
rating
Comment: Thank you for the lovely card and pretty bookmark! I shall put it to good use. I hope you have a lovely holiday.
Response: Thank you so much! I'm glad you like your swap. Wishing you all the best for the holidays!
colodad rated for VTHS: ATC - Fall Color on Dec 12, 2017
5
rating
Comment: thanks for a nice ATC. I like the photo you used and the extras you sent me.
Response: Thank you for the rating and heart! I hope you enjoyed the swap :)
5
rating
Comment: Hi Christine, I don't even know where to start with this rating? Those rings are sooo lovely and personal. It brought tears to my eyes when I got the package today. The people I love all included. thank you so much for taking such care and creating this for me. So very special.
Response: I am so happy to have had the chance to create them for you, and hope you will enjoy. I loved doing this swap with you and I know when I open my package from you, it is going to be exquisite and beyond amazing. Thank you!
nannycat rated for ISS: Fast PC Swap on Dec 10, 2017
5
rating
Comment: thank you so much for the very lovely post cards they are really unusual and unique and of course the lynx is my favorite lovely choice .....i hope you have a lovely Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year.......happy swapping Wendy
Response: Thank you Wendy ❤️ I'm so glad they made the big journey and reached you safely. I hope you will enjoy!
5
rating
Comment: Christine, this was such a lovely swap package, I like how you packaged all the awesome paper scraps! Can't wait to sort them all. It's fun to have new bits to work with. Thank you!
Response: Thank you ❤️ I'm pretty convinced you can turn any little thing into something beautiful! Many thanks for swapping and for being in the group.
Zander rated for ISS: Handmade Bookmark & Tea on Dec 9, 2017
5
rating
Comment: Thank You for the lovely teas and an awesome bookmark!!
Response: Thank you so much for the rating and ❤️. I loved creating the bookmark and putting everything together. Hope you will enjoy!
Rosina176 rated for ISS: Mini Pocket Letter on Dec 9, 2017
5
rating
Comment: Received the PL today. Thank you very much for sending it along and for the extra goodies too. I'll PM you.
Response: Thank you so much! ❤️ I hope you will enjoy the goodies :)
Whippet rated for ISS: End of Month PC Swap on Nov 27, 2017
5
rating
Comment: Hi Christine & thank you for the Coyote Canada PC you sent to me. Congratulations on your weight loss & feeling better health. That is my goal also, to keep my weight & diet healthy. We got some Canada cold air all the way down here in Central FL. I'm enjoying the cooler days, cold nites. Happy December!
Response: Thank you! ❤️
miia rated for ISS: Decorated Halloween Envie on Oct 30, 2017
5
rating
Comment: Wow! Thank you really very much! Your envelope is wonderful and all those gifts inside are just perfect! Your envelope made my day, I' so happy about it! You are the best! :) ♥︎
Response: So glad you love everything! Thank you for swapping!
5
rating
Comment: Thanks so much for all my goodies! Love the bracelet!! ♡♡♡
Response: Thanks so much for the rating and taking part in the swap! I hope you will enjoy :)
chabbywabbit rated for QUICK ATC Stash Swap on Sep 25, 2017
5
rating
Comment: Dear Christine!! i finally got the the resend mail!!! thank you so much for re sending this. I love them!!
SilverD rated for VTH: ATC with a Party Hat on Aug 28, 2017
5
rating
Comment: Really beautiful! Did you cut those guys out with an exacto? Please tell me how they were cut out. The b&w face pics what are they from? Cool retro images, did you print them? And last... the postcard "wonderful you" where did it come from? I love it! Thank you and I'm so sorry for your losses and send you love that everything gets better.
5
rating
Comment: 5/18/17: This package arrived today -- beautifully wrapped and presented like the other one. The contents were also lovely and I'm thrilled with it. I've changed the rating to 5 now that it has arrived. Thank you. 5/11/17: I've been very slow to rate for this swap to give you the opportunity to sort it out. The send by date was 11/25. It shows sent 11/25. I don't believe you responded to my first inquiry on 12/3. On 1/14 you told me you would send it within the week. On 2/13 you told me you would send it within the week. I don't believe you have responded to my last inquiry on 4/20. I know you have some difficult stuff going on and I've tried to be understanding. Still, at almost 5 months late, I think I have to rate now. I'm happy to re-rate if something arrives.
Response: 05/16/17 Sent Priority via USPS tracking #9405511699000848592883 I have responded to every single message you sent. We had many back and forth. In fact, there was also messages from you where you had also completely forgotten about the swaps and our conversations. I understand your right to rate, but after our many conversations and you telling me you understand my situation and for me to not worry and take my time, I thought you could at least let me know you reached a point where you felt the need to give me 1s.
Lonestarchild rated for ISS: Random Envie on May 18, 2017
5
rating
Comment: Edited 5/18/17: This package arrived today. I must say, the contents are extremely generous and the packaging was just beautiful. You really made such an effort to make this so nice and I appreciate it so much. I'm changing the rating to 5 because you made good on your promise (stunningly) and on reflection, perhaps I shouldn't have rated you without expressly letting you know that I intended to. 5/11/17 I've been reluctant to rate this one as well (see other rating for ISS: Whatever Makes You Happy about the same time period) for the same reasons. We've had multiple back and forth messages on this one as well with multiple promises to send, but I still have not received anything after almost 5 months. Happy to rerate if something arrives.
Response: 05/16/17 Sent Priority via USPS tracking #9405511699000848592883 We were in regular contact about these, and I explained everything to you. You told me not to worry about it. That swapping shouldn't be a burden, and to take my time. I didn't plan on taking months, but I also didn't plan on my entire life being turned upside down and having to be watching my loved one dying. You are certainly entitled to rate how you wish, but I honestly would have appreciated at least a warning that you were about to rate me not one, but two 1's since we had been in regular communication.
stevado rated for ISS: Note Card to Flipbook #2 on Feb 21, 2017
5
rating
Comment: Almost a miracle, today I have received your swap. You made a perfect flipbook, really great.so much care and such wonderful products, beautiful! Thank you
123Poggy123 rated for VTH: Ir-resist-ible ATC on Jan 28, 2017
5
rating
Comment: Wow, this beautiful sure took its time to get here. This is a beautiful technique.
RainyT rated for TIAZ: Flipbook in a Baggie on Jan 22, 2017
5
rating
Comment: Thank you for the cute flip book =) I hope everything gets better for you and your family ... prayers and best wishes
ChinaCat rated for VTH: Vintage in a Ziploc on Jan 18, 2017
5
rating
Comment: Love, love, LOVE all the cool goodies in this bag. The tiny ceramic dog is perfect for a shadowbox I have. The cards and photos are beautiful and I appreciate and will use everything you sent. Thank you so much!
5
rating
Comment: I can not believe it took so long to get there, but it did! How cute the envelope, wonderful, many thanks for the goodies. Thank you very much.

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 436 359 380
Completed Fives Threes Ones
511 487 0 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
6 212 289 4
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Comments

ittybittykitty on Dec 12, 2017:

Thanks so much for the great Tim Holtz destash package! I love all of it, and can’t wait to start playing with it!

bjmonroe on Nov 23, 2017:

kiddomerriweather on Oct 16, 2017:

Thank you for the love and prayers. I hope you are doing well. My dad is still in critical condition. I'm just trying to be the best support possible for my mom. I think she'll be relieved once a new nurse comes on her/his 3 day shift tomorrow. This current one was not very nice.

I'm holding it together. I've been hit with so many traumatizing blows this year that I think I am all callous now. I couldn't do it without friends like you supporting me and sending prayers our way. We really appreciate it. Love ya!

pkpeace on May 12, 2017:

starhiker on May 12, 2017:

{{{HUGS}}} ♥♥♥♥

Paige1900 on Mar 4, 2017:

tcornell on Feb 16, 2017:

Thoughts Hoping this time works!!!

tcornell on Feb 16, 2017:

![thoughts/prayers](http://i.ebayimg.com/images/a/(KGrHqEOKogE32rYlC(vBO!PMFPsqw~~/s-l300.jpg)

ChinaCat on Jan 18, 2017:

Take care of YOU and I'll look forward to swapping with you when you come back. xo

VivaLaDiane on Oct 23, 2016:

Drive by hugging. Thanks so much for thinking of me. xoxo♥♥

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