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sharmison33

sharmison33
Date Joined: July 22, 2018
Last Online: June 19, 2019
Birthday: March 31
Country: United States
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About Me

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.

Weather Issues

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!

MEDICAL ISSUE...

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!

My Hobbies

Painting

card making

rubber stamps

Cooking-teaching my kids to cook

All things snail mail related

Digital scrapping

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.

Favorite Music

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.

Things I Love

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!

Wish List:

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

About Me

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.

My kids

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!!

A Few Things I Don’t Like

I hate to include this category but just in case...
Realistic frogs.

Peaches and raisins.

Hot tea.

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!

Ratings

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Comment: Thank you so much for all the profile based paper goodies. I love it all!! The washi too, all new patterns for me. Thanks you so much!
lisaglass rated for QUICK Sender's Choice PC #1 USA on Jun 18, 2019
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tigermousecat rated for VC: Tag Book Page #5 - May on Jun 18, 2019
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Comment: Thank you for a lovely tag and extras!
Jsereg001 rated for Washi Lover's MEGA Swap #2 on Jun 18, 2019
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Comment: I love the washi as well as the extras that you sent!! Also love the beach themed card and envelope!! Thank you so much!!! ❤️ ❤️ ♥️
aspens rated for 2° weekend cards on Jun 17, 2019
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Comment: Love the Greetings from card! Thanks so much.
pattiairel rated for Swaps ~ ANYTHING goes on Jun 17, 2019
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Comment: Thanks Sarah for a great swap!!!! ♥♥♥
Rainydancer rated for QUICK Sender's Choice PC #1 USA on Jun 17, 2019
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Comment: this tape is great thanks!
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Comment: Dear Sarah! Thank you so much for your wonderful mail. I really enjoyed all the extras a lot! So sweet of you! Thank you!! Greetings from Germany, Jen
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Comment: Thank you! I love the PCs you chose for me! They are lovely! Love the Llama note papers and pc too! SO CUTE!! <3 Great swap! They are perfect!! xx
myancey rated for 100 truths-smailmail on Jun 15, 2019
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Comment: I loved your answers ! And the way u decorated it. So do u like sugar in your sweet tea? We do in the south as it's hot we pour in sugar and stir it in. I don't know if y'all do that in wv. Have a great day!
marliese rated for EJ: Ephemera ATC on Jun 15, 2019
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Comment: Lovely ATC - and Thank You for the profile based extras!
greenafy rated for Sender's Choice Postcard Swap #5 on Jun 13, 2019
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Comment: I love the leopard postcard! It's so cute!!
KarenFife rated for Flower/Garden Postcard-USA on Jun 13, 2019
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Comment: That's a beautiful flower. I'm not sure they grow well here in Michigan. Thanks so much for including your childhood memory!
LadyJo rated for 2° weekend cards on Jun 13, 2019
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Comment: Thank you for the beautiful postcard! I love it! We have one of these as well! It is the purple one!
Ukucaitie rated for Quick Easy Peasy PC Swap #1 on Jun 13, 2019
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Comment: I really love the LOVE west virginia postcard! Thank you so much. Im glad the weather has been good there. Here nothing but rain! Thank you :)
Drea3nvy rated for 2 Blank Note Cards! on Jun 12, 2019
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Comment: Thank you for the beautiful happy mail and super cute notecards! The extras are so amazing thank you so much!!!!
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Comment: Thanks for all the fun items!!
veronicallama rated for APP: National Writing Day on Jun 11, 2019
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Comment: Thanks for the very nice letter and the little llama journal - so adorable!
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Comment: Love it! Thank you ~ off to do the puzzle too!
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Comment: What a wonderful selection of notecards! thank you so much!!!

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Comments

isabellasnow on Jun 16, 2019:

Hi Sarah! Many thanks for the deckle-edged postcards you sent and the other wonderful ephemera. I'm in love with vintage ephemera! It was so sweet of you to think of me again. Pass along my thanks to your sweet dad.

stiffneck78 on May 2, 2019:

Profile check!

jenmcjen on Mar 17, 2019:

OrigamiGrace on Nov 22, 2018:

From Cheap Postage Group!

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RiverTopanga on Nov 19, 2018:

Hello Sarah! Welcome to the Artisan ATC group. We look forward to seeing what you create. - Leslie

isabellasnow on Nov 12, 2018:

Hi Sarah! Welcome to the Gothic Arches group! We're so glad to have you and hope you'll find lots of lovely swaps to join in our cozy little group.

jukejan on Sep 19, 2018:

So weird that I am mailing a PC to you and just had you mail to me in another swap. Hope the flooding subsides quickly and that no damage occurs.

mommyofmultiples on Sep 16, 2018:
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