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shelleym

shelleym
Date Joined: April 10, 2008
Last Online: May 22, 2017
Birthday: January 2
Country: Canada
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About Me

I'm 43, married, and have a 14-year old daughter and 11-year old son.

Things I do for my soul: * Send long chatty letters and other happy mail * Art journal * Keep a written journal * Draw * Collage * Go to life drawing night (aka naked drawing night) * Cook and bake * Plan out imaginary houses * Keep a vegetable garden; can and preserve

Favorite Books

  • Art instruction books (Art journaling, sign-painting, colour theory, etc.)
  • Cookbooks (Food from scratch, basic cookbooks, and specific ones like slow-cooker)
  • Personal development (Relentless, 4 Hour Work Week, Living More with Less)
  • Biography (Jenny Lawson, Russell Brand, Anne Lamott)
  • Spirituality
  • Fiction/mysteries (John Sandford, John Connolly, Lee Child)

Favorite Crafts

I sketch, art journal, make mail art, keep a written journal, and I also paint with acrylics and watercolours. I'm trying my hand at illustration lately too. I have several favourite thrift shops where I pick up vintage papers and fabrics and all kinds of stuff that makes me happy and find their way into my work. I use a Hobonichi Techo planner for my daily to-do list and my regular journal right now is a Pentalic sketchbook.

My Favourite Things

  • Interesting or hand-drawn typography (found or created)
  • Labels/stickers/journal cards that I can use to put the date in my journals, either blank or with days of the week, or months of the year
  • Cool packaging design
  • Doodles and sketches (yours, someone else's, something you found on the ground at the bus stop...)
  • Hand-carved stamps
  • Cassette tape imagery / mix tape
  • Old skeleton keys
  • The unusual, the weird, the inappropriate
  • Interesting obituaries
  • Rub-ons
  • Sketchnotes
  • Waxed linen thread
  • Cigar labels
  • Make me laugh - the less appropriate the better.
  • Superhero stuff (especially Wonder Woman and Batman)
  • Paper goods: envelopes, notecards, Cavallini paper goods and stickers, labels, onion-skin paper
  • Cirque du Soleil style
  • Skulls
  • Octopuses (octopi?)
  • Getting mail in re-used envies
  • Colorful or unusual salvaged postage stamps
  • Graffiti
  • Magazine articles that grabbed you so much that you just had to share with someone (share with me!)
  • Fountain pens & inks
  • Steampunk
  • Typewriters & typewritten stuff
  • Vinyl stickers
  • Collage stuff - interesting pictures, bits of typography, patterns, textures, anything you think is too nice to throw out
  • Daily ephemera - I use these in my journal, and don't worry if it's got a footprint or other sign of use on it. If you think it looks cool, then I probably will too.
  • Vintage ephemera yummm
  • Stationery for writing letters
  • Used teabag paper - I don't drink tea but I love using the tea-stained paper in my journal
  • Personal, chatty letters
  • Favourite colour is orange; but I also love neutral palettes; or colourful things; or analogous colours (side by side on the colour wheel); or complementary colours (across from each other). Yep. I like colour.

What People Say About Me

***Disclaimer: these may have been taken completely out of context. "You write like a serial killer." - April, 2015 "Your letter had just the right amount of cock." - August, 2015

Ratings

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Comment: Thanks so much for the awesome postcards! Loved them!
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Comment: Thank you for all my goodies. Note cards will be used up tomorrow as I need to catch up on my pen pal writing. Very nice idea to wrap it all in sewing paper. And of course, I had a huge smile when I saw Gerald greeting me in my mailbox. Thank you so very much!
iliamall rated for OPEN QUICK flat destash swap #115 on May 23, 2017
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Comment: Hello, Shelley!! I just got your swap today!! <3 Thank you so much for resending!!! I enjoyed everything you sent, but I am completely in love with the dark starry night owl postcard in particular!! :O :O There you got me, it is perfect, from the blue colour of the tree(!), the owl drawing, the golden stars (!!) to the quote and even the matte paper of the card! Oh, thank you so much for choosing this and for everything else in there! <3 I wish you a great day! :D I am very happy! ^^
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Comment: Oh man I love everything you sent thank you. I needed those sh*t stickies today at work (i'll be sure to bring them with me tomorrow lol) Great postcards and i love the stamps :)
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Comment: Thanks for the really fun and thoughtful packet - happy May!
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Comment: I love the vintage paper items that you sent! If i see Bon Jovi I will put in a good word for you ! Tomorrow it is supposed to be 93 degrees! Im hoping that it is just a random mini heat wave. Thank you for the awesome swap!
slckad rated for IU: SOC April on May 13, 2017
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Comment: Great SOC letter for April! Thank you for the planner stickers too.
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Comment: Thank you so much for your fantastic package! I love the fact that you watched my profile so closley! I will certainly try the tips you sent me with the magazine pages and ..... as soon as I know the secret, I will tell you ;-).
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Comment: Wow, thank you so much for the generous package Shelley <3 Excited to try this carving block and thank you again for your kind compliments on my work! Found you on IG too :D xoxox
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Comment: Wow, thank you SOOO much for the lovely paper samples! Can't wait to try them!!!!
smartin85 rated for PPWAH: SOC Apr. on May 7, 2017
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Comment: Great, papers. I adore the Braille one. It is stunning! I appreciate the note and the explanation and yes, I really look forward to visit a flea market soon. Thank you for a lovely swap!
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Comment: Love the book pages thank you!
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Comment: Thank you for the happy mail! I love the stamps and not to worry, the planner stickers are fine... I can put them in good use. Thanks for being thoughtful (:
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Comment: Thanks for the lovely mail! I absolutely ADORE the envelope and the neat stamps you used! Thanks for making my mailbox happy!
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Comment: Shelley what a lovely piece of mail! I adore the vintage written postcard you sent me! Fab!
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Comment: AHHH! I LOVE everything you sent thank you! My favorites are the sheet music and BINGO card :)
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Comment: Oh my goodness! This was AMAZINGLY, and most definitely made my day super happy! Thank you so very much, you could t have chosen better!
lawchick rated for SWL ~ INTL Penpal Zine on Apr 16, 2017
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Comment: Wow this zine is AMAzing! It makes me feel like I need to do mine all over again. :0 Thanks so much and I hope to see you in future swaps. :) Keep zine-ing.
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Comment: Shelley Thank you for the stationary and the map of Calgary. Shirley

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Comments

RareBlue on Apr 14, 2017:

No worries at all! I am trying to keep up with Write_On this month, if I owed you a letter I would be all over that 💩.

RareBlue on Apr 5, 2017:

Pssssst. Do I owe you a letter? Or were you absconded by the minions devoted to the Goddess of Canning?

lou on Jan 13, 2017:

Happy Birthday Month from WIYM group!

oblivionspin on Sep 29, 2016:


You asked to see this. I would have printed it out and sent it with my letter, but SOMEONE used all the printer ink printing out dumb shit (it was me. I did it.)

bjmonroe on Sep 22, 2016:

oblivionspin on Jul 26, 2016:

I should have written the watermelon rage while it was still fresh. Today the remains were tossed, arguments about my patented new way to eat watermelon linger. (Life hack: just cut the fucker in half, put one half in your lap like a bowl and scoop it out with a giant serving spoon, eat.)
Look forward to hearing about the messes you're cleaning up, assuming that's super secret spy talk. I'll have my decoder and black light at the ready.

oblivionspin on Jul 14, 2016:

Did I um... send you the last letter I thought I sent you, or did I imagine it? I'm in a cranky mood and seriously considering having a few drinks so I can write you an angry letter about the giant ass watermelon that is taking up half my fridge.

ScrapHappyGabi on Jul 10, 2016:

hi

RyeRye on Jun 23, 2016:

Thanks for joining Inspiration Station!

ScrapHappyGabi on Mar 20, 2016:

spring

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