Date Joined: July 22, 2018
Last Online: June 19, 2019
Birthday: March 31
Country: United States
Hello, my name is Sarah. I am a forty something mom to two boys ages 8 and 2. They keep me pretty busy. My oldest plays lacrosse and wrestles. so we have lots of practices and games. We also like going to the movies and the library together. I am an art teacher in an elementary school. This will be my 20th year of teaching in the same school!
As for my own art I enjoy watercolor/acrylic painting, photography (especially abandoned buildings), calligraphy, hand lettering, holiday crafts, cards and stamps, collage, sewing and felt stitching
May 1, 2019- We just got home from an extended vacation on Lake Nottley in Georgia. It was absolutely beautiful and SO relaxing. Meanwhile, I came back to lots of swaps!!! I’m working on rating them as I can.
We live in the country in the middle of the woods. It's beautiful here. Nice and quiet and very private. However, being a good distance from town, weather can play an important role in my mailing. During heavy rain, we have a small bridge that floods. It's the only way out of here so we can get stuck for a bit. When it snows, we can't get up or down our hill to get to the main road. Sometimes, even if I can get to our mailbox the mailman can't get to me! It doesn't happen too often but I can't control the weather. If this happens, I will be sure to send a message to let my partner what happened. I will not flake on a swap but country life does have pros and cons!
I'm just going to go ahead and put this right up here at the top. A year and a half ago I suffered a traumatic brain injury. Life has been pretty rough since then. Some days, after my boys go to school and I'm hope alone Swap Bot is the only thing I have to occupy me. After a day of hard doctors appointments ad physical therapy, kind letters brighten my day. I am not posting this for sympathy but understanding. Please understand that I do write everything down but sometimes still make mistakes! I know some people probably think if I can't do things right I shouldn't be doing swaps. However, I try my hardest and if I mess up all you have to do is let me know and I will resend. I have never flaked on a swap. Please be understanding and leave out the snarky comments and condescending tone. All you have to do is kindly tell me what happened and I will fix it. As I am quite aware of, life can change in an instant. One event can change your life completely. Life's to short to be mean. (More info on my head injury below sorry to repeat but I want people to understand the situation!)
*Please know that I live in the middle of the woods. My mailbox is on a main road which is actually two roads from my house. Even though I try as hard as I can, sometimes the mailman beats me to the box! I promise that I will do my best to get it there on time but it may not get picked up till the next day. If you don’t get something in a timely manner please message me and I will resend. We have had mail thieves in the past but I think that situation has been taken care of...sad some people are like that. I promise I will not flake and if I figure out the mail has gone a day late, I will message you to let you know. Making my swap partners happy or bringing a smile to there day is my main goal here!
One last thing you should know about me...A year and a half ago, I fell down a flight of steps while carrying laundry. My head went through our baby gate at the bottom of the steps leaving me with a rather large head wound that required many stitches. I was also diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury. I don't like telling people this as I certainly don't want it to come across as me looking for pity. However, I struggle with the loss of my short term memory. This is in no way any excuse for me to flake or be late! Just a warning that I may have to ask for clarification and I may repeat things or misspell words. Swap Bot has been a Godsend for me. I had to quit teaching after 20 years and I felt really disconnected from the outside world. These exchanges help me be creative, practice my writing and look forward to goodies in my mailbox. Thanks to all of my partners for being a part of my recovery!
Cooking-teaching my kids to cook
All things snail mail related
Reading-Horror, SciFi, YA, Motivational, Christmas books
Yoga and meditation
Party Planning-love making party things from Pinterest
Thrift Shopping- I love to re purpose things I find at thrift stores
Journals- I keep lots of journals on health, gratitude, my kids and list making.
I love all kinds of music. When I hit shuffle on Spotify, I usually end up with some interesting play lists. I like metal, classic rock, progressive, new age, classical, disco and show tunes. See I told you it was a wide variety! Some of my favorites are Pink Floyd, Rush, TOOL, Iron Maiden, Journey. I like horror inspired music like the work of John Carpenter. I also love the theater and some of my favorite show tunes are from Cats, Aida and Les Miserables.
Since I live in such a small town, we rarely get neat stamps like I see on the mail I receive. If you don’t save them, I would LOVE to have your used stamps from your incoming mail! I also like any small denomination stamps...1,6, 10 cents.
Playing cards-I collect red 3s (Hearts or Diamonds). When I was little, my grandma taught me to play Canasta. In that card game, red 3s are worth extra points. They are just a little reminder of her, the quintessential grandma!
Anything Egyptian/Egyptian art related, Art and Artists...favorites Monet, Druer, Klimpt, Ansel Adams and Frank LLoyd Wright I can't stand Andy Warhol!
Favorite Animals: sloths, llamas, owls,humming birds, hedgehogs, cats and leopard geckos.
TV: Stranger Things, Amazing Race, Big Brother and British Comedy.
Small journals and notebooks, Felt tip pens and Stickers.
Old architecture and abandoned buildings
Ephemera, especially vintage, holiday and words to have interesting things for my ATCs.
Postcards I enjoy...
Art and artists,
Where you live-landscapes, native animals. Big Letter States, Animal Pictures, Funny Animals, Vintage Objects and toys, Abandoned Buildings, Ocean-mermaids, seahorses and octopus, Steampunk, Victorian, Fairy Tale, Movies especially vintage sci fi and monster movies ***If a PC calls for a choice, I'd like mine naked and stamped as long as that's an option!
Letter sets and stationary. I have a terrible time finding it around here!
ATC sized paper
Cute shaped brads
Ephemera of any kind, Tim Holtz, vintage, holiday
Washi tape you can never have too much in my opinion! Except for Disney...I’m not a fan of princesses!
Anything holiday related. I love reproductions of vintage holiday cards
Anything with the animals listed in my favorites especially washi and stickers
BOX TOPS-my boys collect them for school!
Postage stamps unused, used, small denominations
Stamped Images. I'm really enjoying card making and love using stamped images but rubber stamps can be rather pricey. I would LOVE for you to share some of your favorite stamps with me and to get some stamped images on plain card stock for my cards.
Old book pages or sheet music
I'm sorry this does seem really long. Please know that I will find joy and beauty in every PC, letter and work of art I receive! Nothing beats finding great stuff in your mailbox. I enjoy writing and receiving snail mail and also spend a lot of time decorating envelopes. I have not done ATCs since art school/college but I am excited to start making them again. I also live in the middle of nowhere and I try to get out as much mail before due date as not to be late. I get to the post office at least three times a week and I rate as soon as I get home.
As I said, I have to sons ages 9 and 3. Both boys enjoy playing lacrosse. My youngest loves construction equipment and my oldest is into video games. My oldest will be doing any of the swaps that involve kids and writing. Both boys love to be creative. They love to paint and draw. The both love those little craft kits that you can get at the craft stores. They also like card games and even though there's a large age gap between them, my oldest will play them with his brother. They are both candy lovers and have a fascination with pez dispensers. The love slime and beg me to make it at home all the time. As for mail, they love animal postcards and neat stamps. Most of all they are excited to find stuff in the mailbox and even more thrilled when it's for them! I don't like to put their names out there for everyone to see so if you get me for a partner for a kids swap let me know and I will send you their names.
The boys would LOVE to have box tops! The class that collects the most box tops gets a dress down day. They both go to Catholic school so getting to pick out what you wear for a day is like gold for them.
If you would happen to be an international swapper, the boys would love to try some snacks from your area. They watch you YouTube videos of people trying foreign snacks for the first time. I pretty sure there's a YouTube video for everything!!
I hate to include this category but just in case...
Peaches and raisins.
Teacher stickers( I am a teacher but not working right now due to my accident)
Please NO foam stickers. I have an entire storage tote full from after holiday sales!!
No kid stickers especially not girly. I just can’t find anything to do with them.
PLEASE...PLEASE...no Disney Princess anything. I have no use for them and honestly, I’m not a big fan of the whole princess thing anyway! I prefer the original fairytales Disney swiped them from!
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