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thebragal

thebragal
Date Joined: March 16, 2010
Last Online: August 17, 2019
Birthday: November 18, 1973
Country: Canada
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Actively looking for private swaps for coins from any country except standard Canada and USA coins. Special editions, retired, vintage, unusual coins or pressed coins welcome from anywhere. Low value is fine. Please PM me or I’d love to get them as extras in my swaps! Also love gently used or new postage stamps especially vintage or special editions from anywhere. Especially anything butterfly, unicorn, mermaid, rainbow, floral, shell, beach, nautical or ocean themed.

10/07/18 I rebranded my blog yesterday and transferred it to Wordpress. I’m excited to reveal My Crafts are Like a Box of Chocolates ~ You Never Know What I’m Going to Make! I hope you will pop over and visit!

Please see bottom of this section for a note about suitability of some items you may wish to send due to my religious beliefs. No Xmas or Halloween please.

I SEND ON TIME UNLESS I'VE LET YOU KNOW. However, I was just informed that a swap I sent on time was postmarked 12!! days late. (ETA: another swap, one I put in the mail early -a miracle for me- was also marked well after the send-by date.) I live in a small town with a pretty rinky dink PO but that's still ridiculous. I'm sorry but I don't have a choice as to where I mail my letters! So if this happens to you, please let me know before rating me down. Thank you to a (two) dear friend for letting me know! (May 20, 2016) I also have a bad habit of forgetting to hit the Sent button even when I’ve mailed. So please PM me before rating me a 3 for sending late.

I ALWAYS RATE. However I have a busy life and a bad memory so please give me some time. I rate email swaps once I've gotten all the emails and I have sent. I rate snail mail swaps within a day or two of receiving them so if you don't see a rating. I haven't gotten it. If you PM me and I don't reply right away, again, give me a day or two. Don't be offended if I don't reply immediately. I have three autistic children vying for my attention and they come first. I won't ignore you, I promise.

Hi, my name is Rebecca Ednie (1973) and I am a SAHM of three boys, Jameson (Feb 2001), Spencer (May 2007) and Theodore (Dec 2011). Married to Tim (1973), a paramedic with Toronto Emergency Medical Services and now a manager.

I used to work as an RN (still licensed until 1/1/14) but I am disabled with lupus so I can't practice anymore. I live in a small town but I am close to a much larger one and 40 min drive from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. We have a brown/black and white tabby cat, Jesse! My home is a suburban end townhouse on a quiet street. We live right next to a park for the kids and the school is great! I love living in such a small town yet so close to a larger town and a major city. If you drive 5 minutes (or less!) in any direction, you find horse farms and corn fields.

I’m a very practical, down-to-earth person with some sass and a wee bit of snark. Looks and outward appearance mean almost nothing to me as long as you aren’t slovenly or dirty. (But I hope you look good to yourself and feel good.) I’m most comfortable in PJs, hair up, boobs down. But I can fancy myself up when I want to.

I talk too loud, love really hard and am outspoken especially on subjects I’m passionate about. I’m messy on the surface but organized underneath. If I lose something I look calmly for a while then go bonkers. I don’t like confrontations but won’t back down if someone insists. I like a good debate but keep it nice.

I’ll never put you down or deliberately hurt you but say dumb stuff without realizing it until later. My brain is constantly in overdrive and I overthink EVERYTHING. I speak (and type) without thinking sometimes but do my best to be kind. I think I too am autistic so please give me some leeway if I say something stupid. Just tell me I hurt you and I’ll apologize profusely. And we can go on being friends. :)

Jameson is an adult now! He’s into digital art and wants to go to art school. Loves gum, cola-flavoured anything and sour candy. He likes enamel pins for his backpack and jacket. He good with traditionally girl colours and themes so anything goes except sports! He does like skateboarding tho. He’s very into music and loves playing guitar and drums.

Spencer loves Wii, minecraft, video games, Pokémon and Beyblades. He’s also into card and board games. He’ll eat almost any candy or chocolate but isn’t allowed gum. He likes going to the park and riding his bike.

Teddy loves all the same stuff as Spencer. He’s also into stickers and animals. And he crafts with me sometimes. He loves cute animal stamps especially ones dressed as superheroes.

If you have any board games you aren’t using and aren’t too large I’d be happy to trade or pay shipping.

PLEASE READ the section below - IMPORTANT NOTE - regarding things I cannot accept due to my religion. Thanks, I really appreciate it.

HOBBIES

Scrapbooking, card making, ATCs, BTCs, matchboxes, mixed media collage, 3-D paper boxes and packaging, rubber stamping, all types of paper crafts. Home dec. Jewelry design and creating including metal working, soldering, cold connections, wire wrapping and weaving, mixed media, beading, sawing, repurposing vintage or broken pieces. Also sewing, making soap and bath products.

I am an aspiring newborn/baby photographer so I'd love any props especially vintage: cute hats, flowered head bands, cute skirts/tutus, vintage clothes,blankets or quilts even if stained (clean) or damaged as that adds character. Vintage toys are great too like rattles and blocks; even if they are tiny they work for closeup shots. I'm not into bright, modern designs much, I prefer softer, muted and old-fashioned.

I also take lots of photos of my vintage and shabby creations, mostly cards. I need VINTAGE props for them too like sewing supplies, masculine toiletries packaging, bottles or jars, anything baby, fabric, magazines or wallpaper as backdrops, flowers, ribbon, beads or jewelry,

I've also done and enjoyed teddy bear making, many types of needlework, gardening, reading, some crochet and knitting but only small projects as I am really slow and arthritis makes my hands ache. I just don't do these on a regular basis.

MEDIA FAVOURITES

Music: Country is my main love! Also: music from musicals. Anything from Aladin to Chicago to Les Mis. And 50's and 60's music with a bit of 70's thrown in. I also like Pop and almost all the music except rap and hip hop from Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance. Some lighter rock, alternative and any song with a good story. Latin dance music.

Books: Anything suspenceful or mystery but especially medical thrillers. Anything apocalyptic or dystopian. Some sci-fi. Some police/investigative stories. I read on my phone and have thousands of free books! Michael Crichton, Robin Cook, author of Tempe Brennan Series (aka Bones). Nothing paranormal.

TV: I love pretty much all of the crime/law and medical/hospital dramas. Also sci-fi. And most good dramas. Not too into comedies because they are cheesy but I like the odd good one like Modern Family. Big fan of Space channel. Like some reality or documentary style shows like sewing and make up contests. (Alone, Naked and Afraid, Project Runway, Face Off, Mayday). Will always watch Star Trek of any type.

LIKES

From Your Country: COINS! or low value paper currency, candy, chocolate or treats, postage stamps (used ok), local attraction/tourist maps.

Food: Chocolate, candy, Sour candy, cookies, maple anything, orange, peach, lemon, lime, grapefruit, grape, caramel, mild coffee flavor ok but no coffee, real strawberry, cherry, apple; Irish Cream

Scents: Chocolate, vanilla, lavender, lilac, lime, coconut, cherry blossom, citrus, berry, peach, jasmine, lily of the valley, cherry blossom/Sakura, lemon

Bath & Body: bath bombs, soaps, bubble bath, lip gloss

Colours:

FAVOURITE: soft pinks especially ballet and other soft pinks, aqua, turquoise, teal, metallic gold, butter yellow, coral

others I like: soft or muted yellow, plum, kraft, chocolate, deep red, vanilla, metallic copper, silver, eggplant, Sage, celery, rose; almost all blues except bright blues like cobalt or primary blue, any soft or muted green

Themes/Images or Die Cuts I Love or Need:

Tween boy images like rock stars, video games, skateboards, bikes; Paris, vintage, old handwriting, beach, antique sewing stuff, flowers, baby, realistic children's images, damask, toile, horseback riding and horses, Vintage birdcages, Awareness ribbons, verses and quotes (not too sappy), vintage packages/advertisements- Coke, perfume, laundry soap, coffee, tea, bath products, seed packets, baby clothes/products; mother and child/baby, travel, pets, flourishes and swirls, Poodle skirt/sock hop/diner 50's, Flower power/tie dye 60's, groovy disco 70's, Teddy bears, botanical illustrations, Beach and shells, Vintage cars '10s to 60's; lingerie and bras, 40's or 50's pin up girls, WWII poster girls, funny or witty saying with images to match, I prefer colourable images to solid ones and semi-realistic or realistic; I'm not so into photo stamps right now. I like some cartoon images, semirealistic butterflies, vintage Mickey Mouse

Favourite Scrapbook/Stamp/Embellishment Companies:

Concord & 9th,WPlus9, Neat & Tangled, Basic Grey, Cosmo Cricket, My Mind's Eye, Stampin' Up!, Papertrey Ink, Honey Bee, Kaisercraft, Spellbinders, Crate Paper, October Afternoon, May Arts, We R Memory Keepers, Prima & Julie Nutting, Swarovski Crystals, My Favourite Things, Taylored Expressions, Red Lead Paper Works, Winnie&Walter, Mama Elephant, Pinkfresh, Pink &Main, Avery Elle, Altenew, Graphic 45, Websters Pages, Echo Park, Carte Bella, Maggie Holmes, Bo Bunny, Pinkfresh, Pink & Main, Spellbinders, Avery Elle

IMPORTANT NOTE for Partners

I do not celebrate my birthday or any religious or secular/national holidays because of my religion. Please no religious, paranormal, occult, Xmas, Halloween, Easter, thanksgiving, New Years, Valentines Day etc related items. Happy to receive thanks, fall, winter and spring items. I DO however happily celebrate my wedding anniversary, November 25, 1997. TWENTY ONE YEARS!! Also the Memorial of Jesus' death. (Near Easter) I appreciate your consideration. I won’t preach but am happy to answer any questions.

WISH LIST

See "hobbies" section for photography prop wish list. For jewelry wish list see below in "Likes for Specific Swaps". For anything below, please consider the colours I've mentioned above.

Coins: special edition Canadian or USA. No regular issue as I have them. Standard issue, vintage or out of circulation from any other countries. Prefer multiples of the same because then I have one to keep and the others to swap. I’ll happily trade for extra coins. Low value is fine. Also looking for low value paper money especially from France pre-Euro. (I had some but lost them so I’d like to replace them.)

Fancy die cuts. Scroll style frames, flowers, ornate snowflakes, scripty words or phrases from white Cardstock. I like to stack them for dimension so multiples of the same one would be lovely.

Anything vintage baby. Even if not perfect, I can upcycle it or use it in mixed media. Broken jewelry or watches with gears inside.

Vintage photos, letters, envelopes, postcards, account book paper, used or unused. Other vintage business paper. Like tickets, claim check or inventory tags, advertisements. Reproductions or high quality copies are great too. Vintage seeing supplies, old glasses, used paint brushes. Vintage book paper, text or illustrations. vintage sheet music preferably without words and definitely non-religious

Any type of interesting metal bits like cogs, gears, bottle caps, brass stampings etc. for my mixed media art. Rusty, patinated or tarnished is fine.

Unusual ribbon, fancy brads, Tim Holtz memory glass, TH embellishments, colour sprays, any paints or other colour mediums. Ribbon, silk or paper flowers, glitter paper esp metallic, neutrals or pastels, Scrapbooking or cardmaking embellishments.

Swarovski crystals, flat back or for beading, rub on letters especially in coloured or in brown, white, pink or ivory, vintage (esp w thread still in them or on original cards), mother-of-pearl or special buttons, fancy white ribbon (I colour it with Copics), vintage ribbon or lace, crocheted lace, vintage school themed stuff in deeper rich colours, baby esp newborn crochet patterns, fine or glass glitter Japanese paper tape, washi tape

DISLIKES

EXTRAS: I have too much stuff especially bits of paper, punchies and ATC backgrounds! And I primarily base my ratings on the swap's design and creativity anyway so please only send extras if they are things on my wish list. However, I sometimes give a heart based on extras if I like (rather than love) your swap so if you have something from my wish list, I'd love it! Thank you

Colours: primary colours, bright orange and yellow, mustard and pumpkin. HATE Emerald or Kelly green, cobalt or other bright blues, fluorescent yellow and green (if it’s muted, pastel or jewel tone, I probably like it. See likes above)

Scents: musky, Woodsy, patchouli, Karma from Lush, mint, apple, watermelon and pretty much anything else not listed in favourites

Bath Products: lotion, bath beads

Flavours/Food: mint, coffee, tea, watermelon, mango, guava, papaya, passion fruit, heavy or hot cinnamon; seeds of any kind like pumpkin or sunflower

Themes: Anime, illustrations of children with huge heads and/or missing facial features (popular with some stamp companies) like Anya and Ian, anything obviously computer generated esp if pixelated, anything religious or related to holidays or celebrations (please see 'Important Notes' section), creepy birds, mythical or fantasy creatures except cute faeries, anything to do with occult; tattoos, blood, gore, diseases-I care, I just don't want to see it in art, violence, crime, police, anything anti-female, the Simpsons and other 'adult' cartoons, Barney; crass humour; modern carss; airplanes, exercise, Disney's Goofy or Donald Duck, Bugs except butterflies, ladybugs or bees but they have to be cute with NON-realistic eyes, bug eyes creep me out;

Odd stuff: stiff ribbons, stickers with white borders, old style scrapbook papers (I really like newer ones that have light distressing), plain shirt buttons

COLLECTIONS

Enamel pins: anything pretty (flowers, rainbows, fruit, plants), mermaid, ocean, unicorn, crafty, mom-life, or mildly snarky. Girl power, art supplies. No swearing. Hell or damn ok. Nothing worse. Don’t mind is the post is bent or not sharp. I’ll cut it off and make a magnet.

Postage Stamps: see above

Vintage ephemera, ribbon, lace

Shells and Sand: I use them in my mixed media art. If they are really pretty but chipped or broken that’s ok. Please make sure nothing is alive in there! Especially bugs in the sand. Maybe a quick microwave trip before sending?

Coins and Paper Money: Any special edition, no longer circulating or vintage Canadian or USA coins. Any foreign coins and I’m happy to receive doubles or even triples of the same coin. I then trade them!

Sealing Wax: I only have a few colours of sticks and beads. I LOVE making wax seals! I only have a mermaid, bee, hummingbird and my initials. If you have any you aren’t using I’ll happily pay postage. Or make me a couple of seals!!

Anything Mermaid, Ocean or Unicorn Themed.

Achievements

I have three lovely little miracles in my life and I'm so blessed to have them because many women with lupus miscarry repeatedly!

Dirty Dozen Design Team at SplitcoastStampers Jan-June 2017

Designer for Flourishes (clear stamp company) Sept 2016-May 2017

Designer for Crazy 4 Challenges 2016-present

Designer for The Shabby Tea Room June 2015-close

Designer for Unscripted Sketches Nov 2013-June 2014, Doodle Pantry 2010, Feb-Aug 2012, Our Creative Corner Challenge Blog! Jan-June 2011, So Sketchy (guest) and Clear Dollar Stamps (guest), Twinkling Tuesdays/Whimsical Wednesdays challenge design team 2008-2010 Lily Pad Cards blog (guest) May 2012

Published in Rubber Stamp Madness in 2006. I'll have to look up the issue and page.

Still looking for rubber stamp, colouring, card making or sketch design team opportunities.

I graduated from Humber College as a Registered Nurse. On the Dean's List all semesters, got the highest mark in the class in 3 semesters out of 6.

First Aid and CPR teacher. Volunteer for First Aid at Church building and renovation sites. 300 hours of Candy Striper service as a young teenager. 2 summers volunteering for the local nursing home.

Flakers and Troublemakers

Flakers (not full list):

@miyuiki00 for Fandom Pocket Letter

@jennable for Beginner Zine

@sassysewer for Websites You Love

@sksavestheday for Movie Night: Admit 2 #1

@nlgrudis for National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day ~ May 12th, 20

@effycrush for Zombocalypse Notes Round 2

@jake25 Adopt a Critter MB

@lamira White and Pink ATC Angeled by @bstitched

Troublemakers

@GracelynnsMommy2014 For no reason I can think of, she left a rating of one in May 2017 for a July 2015 swap! No comment, no reply to any communication as to why. My other partners got my email for this type 1 swap. @racheljohnson said she was leaving retaliatory ratings all over but I don't know why I was a target. She did change this after I objected.

@TheArtistChick [Mega ATC Swap and Mini Mega ATC](swap http://www.swap-bot.com/swap/show/84424)

@ayates Poor communicator and rated unfairly. Lover of and instigated of massive amounts of Drama

Ratings

qbee rated for AAA: Coin's Sender's Choice June on Aug 10, 2019
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Comment: thank you
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Comment: Thanks! Yours came out lovely. I had issues with the wire working the right way.
Response: I used soft jewelry wire. So it was pretty cooperative. In the 18-20 g range. It’s pretty cheap from any jewelry place online. Thank you for the heart!
swiftbrooks rated for Inspiration ATC Series: Travel on Jul 29, 2019
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely Bob Voyage ATC! I love the colors and the composition 😍
elflady rated for ATCO: Stamps and Stencils on Jul 28, 2019
5
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Comment: Wow what a great Atc. Thanks so much. elflady
simcoe54 rated for CH: Two Coins + a Surprise #2 on Jul 26, 2019
5
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Comment: Thanks for the coins and bookmark.
groundhogstamper rated for ATCO: Pick One ATC on Jul 25, 2019
5
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Comment: Thank you for this beautiful ATC. I'm so glad I was your swap partner.
Ace330660 rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R44 on Jul 18, 2019
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Comment: I received your journal today ! Will gladly decorate and pass along !
rocsina207 rated for Alphabet ATC Series: N on Jul 16, 2019
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Comment: Thank you for the wonderful Nautical A T C and the lovely extras. Love everything !
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Comment: Rebecca, oh my gosh! This is a wonderful pocket and tag! I love the sewing theme! So many wonderful images and your collage work is spectacular! The little painted spool and sewing machine charm is so darling. This will definitely be a favorite in my collection.
hibiscus rated for ATC Inspiration Series: Mail on Jul 5, 2019
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Comment: You have lovely taste ... the background the two metal embellishments and those beautiful stamps make such a wonderful picture ...thank you so much for this little masterpiece
suntattoo rated for + to my Coin Collection on Jul 4, 2019
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Comment: Never received anything. Partner says resend was sent late March, which also never arrived. Update July 4th: received with rather snarky note.
Response: I think my record speaks for itself. Obviously I sent this. TWICE. I cannot control the mail. But I’ll send AGAIN! ETA: SECOND resend in mail today.
BeckyG56 rated for YTPC: Dress Form Tags on Jun 27, 2019
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Comment: Beautiful dresses! These will look great in a journal. Thank you!
Wingy rated for Just Randomness Giveaway #3 on Jun 26, 2019
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simcoe54 rated for CH: Money, Money #2 on Jun 24, 2019
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Comment: Great coins! Thanks
Enjoyscrafting rated for Pinterest - Desserts on Jun 23, 2019
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Comment: Loved your different ideas on the boards.
Response: Thank you for the heart!
technoruby rated for Pinterest - Desserts on Jun 22, 2019
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Comment: Thank you so much for sharing your amazing boards with me!
Response: So glad you liked them. Thank you for the heart!
Trinket rated for ATC Colour Series: Sweet Spring on Jun 22, 2019
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Comment: I keep poking the texture of the rabbit on this ATC, I think its a little in your comfort zone for a card but I like it, the colours are very soft.
Response: Sometimes all I can think of is what’s in my comfort zone. Not every piece is a masterpiece. But I’m glad you liked it and appreciate the heart.
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Comment: Really delicate looking little ATC for my collection, I love the use of golden thread in the background on it. And the snacks stand, really cool. Thank you
Response: I was very fond of that one. Glad you liked it. Thank you for the heart!
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Comment: Gorgeous trio of tags! All so different and all so beautiful! Love the little details of each one, especially the hand stitching! Thanks so much!!
Response: Getting the copper wire to thread through without breaking it was a challenge but I was thrilled with the result. Thank you for the heart!
Trinket rated for ATCO: Watercolor ATC on Jun 21, 2019
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Comment: Ive been pawing the background of this ATC for a little while now. Lovely card, I really like it. Did you draw the tiger or stamp it? (not that it matters). Lovely stuff thank you.
Response: It’s a stamp by Hero Arts. Part of their My Monthly Hero Kit for this month. I think they are still available if you are interested. Thank you for the heart!

Rating Overview

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Comments

StwbyQT on May 5, 2019:

RAK Stash Clean Out - StwbyQT

I love quotes. I hope you don't mind I chose more than one! <3

"Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder." – Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi

"Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to continually be part of unanimity." – Christopher Morley

jenmcjen on Mar 17, 2019:

jjhere on Feb 20, 2019:

I DID pop over to your blog and wow! I love your design style with your cards.

JustMeCreating on Feb 1, 2019:

Thank you so much for your sweet comment on my profile! You just put a smile on my face! 💙

shinyserra on Jul 9, 2018:

Thank you so much for the kindness die cuts!!! Those are so perfect.

tcornell on May 18, 2018:

Thank you so much for the beautiful card and your heartfelt words, it means so much to me. xo

YooperHill on Apr 4, 2018:

Rebecca,

I received “the feel better soon” card for my Father and me. It is very much appreciated! I needed a little art in my life today.

I won’t forget your kindness. Thank you.

Esthercita79 on Apr 3, 2018:

Hi! I see you like making ATC's, me too! I mostly participate in pocket letter and ATC and washi swaps. I play Minecraft together with my daughter, she also has autism but I notice that playing Minecraft works as an outlet for her. Happy Swapping! Esther For the Getting to know you swap

Jeanb217 on Apr 2, 2018:

Hi, I think vintage photography would be a wonderful hobby. My son is a professional photographer who has done some wonderful work with students in the vintage area. Take care of yourself. Happy Crafting. Jean [email protected]

DRMOM on Apr 1, 2018:

Hello!

I enjoyed reading your profile. I have to say that I have some pen pals in Canada and they also have lots of trouble with the mail. Hopefully, it will improve. I see you are a mom and I am amazed that you have time to swap at all! Bravo.

Swap: Getting to know you DRMOM

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