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sharmison33

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

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!

Update 11-17-18

Just wanted to let everyone know I’ve had a few events that have slowed down my swap this week. Last week, we got a whopping 8 inches of snow! It’s very early in the season for that much snow. Couldn’t get to post office for a few days. I put the mail in my box at home but they didn’t get out here for two days. On top of that, on Sunday I ended up in the emergency room with a kidney stone. Worse pain ever! Can’t drive on pain meds. Hubby is mailing swaps but can’t get there till after they close. He drops them in the outside box so most of them go out the next day, making them only one day late. I hope you understand. If for some reason you don’t get a swap from me, please message me and I will get it to you. Always try to contact each partner butt I’m afraid I will miss someone!! If you receive something damaged by the mail service let me know and I will do my best to fix it. Thanks so much.

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!

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 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

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.

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

Wish List:

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!

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.

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.

Ratings

samsstuff rated for Any Holiday ATC - Ornament on Feb 21, 2019
5
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Comment: Thank you for the cute ornament & the little extras!
Response: You’re welcome. Thanks for the ❤️
5
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Comment: Yay! Sienna was so happy to receive your package today. I was strongly encouraging her to hold out until her birthday! Don't know how long I can hold her off! LOL Thank you!!
Response: Oh I hope she likes it! I’m naming trouble waiting to open mine too. Thanks for the ❤️ 🥳🥳🥳
BizzyBusMom rated for MAS: 1 for All - mystery supply! on Feb 17, 2019
5
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Comment: WOWZA... Wowza and wowza Sarah....... what a delightful bundle of happy mail joy in my mailbox!!!!! Everything about this swap is amazing, kind and personalized. I love the ATC and it's presentation, so cute. But the wonderful extra's are amazing. I loved "ALL" the J of hearts thank you for your thoughtfulness - your Grandmother sounds like an amazing women I would love to have known her. She sounds like she was an angel. Thinking of her the way you did with such an amazingly simple but powerful gesture touches my heart....... thank you. 5++++
Response: Aww...you are so welcome! Thanks for your kind words about my grandma. She was an amazing lady who really taught me all of the important lessons in life. I could so identify with your playing card connection. Loved ones will always have a special place in our HEART wether with us or watching over us! ❤️❤️❤️
Jebico rated for Little "Classroom" Valentines Swap on Feb 15, 2019
5
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Response: Thanks for the heart!
LadyJo rated for Fill ~ Ins on Feb 13, 2019
5
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Comment: Thank you for the cheery card and stickers! It is nice to get this on a cold winter day! Well, windy winter day too! I enjoyed reading your fill ins as well! I agree with kids or people in general go crazy at Full Moon!
Response: You’re welcome. It’s very cold and windy here too. In the past 3 days I think we’ve had every kind of winter weather there is! Thanks for the ❤️
PaperPassion rated for Coloring In Heart on Feb 13, 2019
5
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Comment: The heart you sent to me is beautiful thanks so much.
Response: Aww...I’m so glad you liked it. Happy Valentines Day. Thanks for the ❤️
5
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Comment: Happy Valentine’s Day
Response: Happy Valentine's Day to you too! Thanks for the ❤️
donetta rated for VC: Tag Book Tag #1: January on Feb 7, 2019
5
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Comment: Sarah, this tag is simply adorable! I love the elegant red and gold color scheme, and the beautiful clock and swirly embellishments. I' off to a great start with this as my "cover" for the year! ETA: And I forgot to mention all the fabulous extras! I'm just a kid when it comes to extras, and you made this "kid" very happy!
Response: Oh I'm so glad you like it!! I get so nervous that my projects won't be good enough. This one I was especially nervous about since it's the first page of our book. M so glad everything made you happy. Your kind words have definitely made me smile 😊 Thanks for the ❤️
Manurnakey rated for CPG QUICKIE: Doodle PC - US Only on Feb 6, 2019
5
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Comment: I really liked your doodled postcard. I think it might've gotten caught in the sorting machine on its way to my house - it was ripped and retaped. But fortunately I was able to see the pretty doodle :)
Response: Awww... I am so sorry! I’ve had a few pieces of mail get abused lately. I need to find a way to better protect them better. Thanks for the ❤️
Momskii rated for Little "Classroom" Valentines Swap on Feb 5, 2019
5
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Comment: thanks so much. I DO love ice cream
Response: Me too lol! Thanks for the ❤️
5
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Comment: Thanks for the super cute Valentine and extras! Happy <3 Day! :)
Response: You're welcome. Happy Valentines Day to you too. Thanks for the ❤️
marinda rated for Little "Classroom" Valentines Swap on Feb 5, 2019
5
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Comment: Super cute valentine. Thank you!
Response: You're welcome! Thanks for the ❤️
5
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Comment: Happy Valentines Day, thank you.
Response: You're welcome. Happy Valentines Day to you.too! Thanks for the ❤️
watercolorgirl rated for AAA - Fun Holidays January on Feb 5, 2019
5
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Comment: Thank you for the two funny holidays ATC's. Both are very well done and thank you for the extras. Happy winter.
Response: I'm so glad you liked them. I love these fun holidays! Thanks for the ❤️
samsstuff rated for WIYM - Book Page ATC on Feb 4, 2019
5
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Comment: Thank you for the cute ATC & the amazing extras! I love the postcards!
Response: I’m glad you liked everything! Thanks for the ❤️
tcornell rated for WIYM - Book Page ATC on Feb 4, 2019
5
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Comment: Thank you for your beautiful butterfly ATC, I also loved the card you sent it in! Thank you also for the postcard and adorable pug card!
Response: I’m glad you liked everything! Thanks for the ❤️
Karen07 rated for Little "Classroom" Valentines Swap on Feb 4, 2019
5
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Comment: Thank you and Happy Valentine's Day!
Response: You’re welcome. Happy Valentines’s Day to you too! Thanks for the ❤️
5
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Comment: Such a cute Valentine! I'm going to include it in my scrapbook! Thank you very much!
Response: Awww...I’m so glad you liked it! Happy Valentines Day. Thanks for the ❤️
mejulia rated for EP Sticker Sheet Swap on Feb 4, 2019
5
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Comment: I love what you sent. Thank you so much.
Response: I’m so glad you liked everything! Thanks for the ❤️
astarael rated for Vintage re-print PC on Feb 3, 2019
5
rating
Comment: Thank you :)
Response: You’re welcome. Thanks for the ❤️

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Comments

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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