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thriftymermaid

thriftymermaid
Date Joined: January 20, 2009
Last Online: December 13, 2018
Birthday: December 27
Country: United States
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WELCOME

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

Welcome!! I thank you in advance for reading my profile and getting to know me. Peace and warm regards fellow Swap-Botters.

ATTENTION FRIENDS:

  • I had a beautiful baby girl, Zora, on May 5, 2017! She is a happy thriving girl with a big smile and lots of black curly hair. Between being a new Mom and work I won't be able to commit to the level of swapping I did before but I am happy to be back and will be participating in some Christmas swaps, as they are my favorite. Thanks so much to everyone who sent packages, messages and love. It is so appreciated!!

  • Important Note: Since my last back surgery has left me wheel chair bound I often send my family members to the post office so please accept my apologies if I am not able to put lots of colorful stamps on the packages, I try to make up for it with the contents inside! :o)

About Me

My name is Erin and I am from Cape Cod, Massachusetts. My father was a commercial fisherman and I miss him dearly every single day. That is where I get my love for the sea and mermaids.

I am in my late 30's. I live with my husband Miller, a handsome guy from the gorgeous country of Jamaica. My mom also lives with us, a wonderful lady who I inherit my love of crafts from. She is a quilter who also loves to crochet. We, most surprisingly and very happily, have a new addition to our family as of May of 2017. Our baby girl, Zora Jean!! :o)

I love to craft, recently I've been making a lot of boho ribbon tassles with different fibers and charms, memory wire bracelets and Upcycled Beaded Chandeliers from old Jello molds, glass beads and charms. And I'm trying to get some Smash Book/Junk Journaling time in. I love beading and paper crafts best of all, but will try anything and enjoy experimenting.

I love writing poetry, memoir and fiction. I majored in Creative Writing in college and writing has always been part of my daily life.

In my free time I am often treasure hunting at local thrift stores, flea markets and antique barns. I enjoy shopping, reading, swimming and cozy quiet time with my family.

I consider myself to be a Bohemian, gypsy type of soul. Colorful things make me happy, as do layered bracelets, big earrings, and nature. I enjoy uplifting quotes and quotes and exercises that inspire creativity and the artistic spirit.

I am in love with all things vintage, re-purposed, and recycled. I greatly desire anything handmade in this style or new things inspired by vintage images and prints.

Favorite Books

I LOVE to read. Alice Hoffman is my ultimate favorite author. I am also enamored with Natalie Goldberg, Jennifer Weiner, Jojo Moyes, Karen White, Sarah Pekkanen, Zora Neale Hurston (My Baby Girl's namesake), Alice Walker, Ann Hood, James Patterson (Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas!). I loved Stern Men by Elizabeth Gilbert, Illumination Night, Blackbird House and Acts of Nature by Alice Hoffman. Somewhere off the Coast of Maine by Ann Hood. I liked Good In Bed by Jennifer Weiner. The Perfect Happiness by Santa Montefiore was very good. Latest Favorite: Skipping a Beat by Sarah Pekkanen. Very thought provoking, but instilled with humor and a realistic love story.

Favorite Movies & Music

My favorite movies change but some of them include: Anne of Green Gables movies/miniseries with Megan Follows, Little Women with Winona Ryder, Tristan and Isolde, The Holiday, An Officer and a Gentlemen, Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, The Family Stone, Steel Magnolias, Tyler Perry Movies, Circle of Friends, Bridget Jones' Diary, When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, You've Got Mail, Goonies, Les Miserables, Musicals in General...

I love all kinds of music, anything that inspires me and fuels my creativity. I love chick music, folk, country, soft rock, and some reggae. Some of my favorites are Regina Spektor, Christina Perri, Jewel, Natasha Bedingfield, Adele, Cat Stevens, Kenny Rogers, Simon and Garfunkel, Sanchez, Tanya Stephens, Rihanna, Sasha, Ingrid Michaelson...

Favorite Television

When my husband isn't watching soccer...I enjoy Poldark, Downton Abbey, This is Us, Being Mary Jane, Scandal, Reign, Empire, The Originals, Any and all PBS & BBC miniseries, Junk Gypsies, Flea Market Flip, Storage Wars, American Pickers, House Hunters International.

Favorite Crafts

Another long list :o) Beading, Jewelry making, Upcycled Crafts, Smash Booking/Junk Journaling, Altered Books, Paper crafts in general. I enjoy sewing small things such as ornaments.

WISH LIST

Swap-bot is the best! I have been so honored to swap with amazing ladies through the years, many of whom I consider friends. I believe that Swap-Bot should be a fun and drama free zone so don't worry, just do the best you can, enjoy and make good friends.

Please check out my Etsy and Pinterest Links Above to get Further Ideas and Inspiration about my Likes & Style. Thank you!!

I wish I may, I wish I might receive in no particular order...

  • Anything Baby Girl for scrapbooking Baby Zora's journey-washi, papers, vintage ephemera, stickers, etc

  • Ribbon, lace, seam binding--vintage and new for making tassels.

  • Washi, Deco or Craft tape. A true obsession! (Anything Goes!!)

  • Nautical (Mermaid, Anchors, etc.) Rubber Stamps, Papers, Ephemera, Stickers, Washi...

  • Anything Postal Related, Air Mail, Snail Mail, Happy Mail, Ephemera, Rubber Stamps, Washi, Vintage...

  • Absolutely Anything from Cavallini Papers & Co or Paper Chase

  • If you're in the UK or Europe--Instant Smile = Any Stationery Items or Fun Tapes from Hema, Tiger or Paper Chase. :o)

  • If you're on the West Coast I'd love anything from Daiso. Fun packaging, note pads, washi tapes, etc.

  • Anything Fox or Cutesy Woodland!

  • Anything that says "Selfie"

  • Glassine Envelopes, Bags, Cello Bags, And Other cute packaging!!

  • Something from my Etsy faves or Amazon Wishlist. Or something that you can make or have that is similar!! Gently used is always welcome. The link is located at the top of my profile.

  • STICKERS All kinds welcome, except reward ones please. I still have the sticker collection I began in 2nd grade. Love, love, love stickers!!

  • SEA GLASS

  • KAWAII !!! Everything Welcome: stationery, deco tape, memos, sticky notes, cellophane baggies, pens etc. (Some faves include Shinzi Katoh, Sugar Bear, Bear Cocoa, Laundry Raccoon, Chocopa, Mochi Panda, Rilakkuma, Fairy Tales, Circus Animals, Lucky Bear, Suama, Cute Food Ones...) But there are many I haven't seen so feel free to surprise me!!

  • I absolutely love handmade items! I love to see what other people are making and to be inspired and have inspiring things around me!

  • Vintage, Re-purposed items, crafts, jewelry, etc.

  • Paper Ephemera--The more vintage (or vintage looking) the better-old handwritten items, labels, cool stuff for collage, mixed media, altering and smash-booking.

  • Paper Doilies! Especially ones in pretty colors and designs!!!

  • A Prayer Flag! or Garland.

  • Adhesive glue runners--all kinds. I go through these like crazy!

  • Unused US Postage Stamps of any value.

  • Anything Jamaica! I am Crazy for the Caribbean! I love anything with a tropical theme or Palm trees.

  • Old Game Pieces, dice, etc. (especially wooden ones)

  • Old Keys, they don't have to be skeleton ones. I love the cool shapes and fancy writing on keys before and around the 70's. I love to use these in making wind chimes.

  • ANCHOR Items--earrings, charms, bracelets, purses, crafty stuff, fabric....anything with Anchors.

  • Anything Seashore, Beach or Cape Cod related, would love old playing cards, maps, stamps, paper, stickers, etc.

  • Jewelry making supplies-- Glass, Crystal, Metal beads, CHARMS, split rings, eye pins, clasps, wire, in any color/tones etc.

  • Gordon Fraser or Schmid vintage items, especially his bear and scottie dog images. These were my favorite stickers as a kid. Reproduced is fine.

  • Woodland Creatures (foxes, owls, raccoon, bears and penguins too). Cutesy and whimsical is wonderful.

  • Unicorns.

  • E6000 glue, crystal glue or lacquer.

  • Rubber Stamps with Snail Mail, Nautical, Vintage, Woodland Creatures, Nature, Distressed, Labels, Postage, Creativity, Dress Forms, Skeleton Key Themes etc. I'd love some Planner stamps. I actually like old wooden stamps, don't mind used ones. New acrylic ones fine too although I find I use them less.

  • Vintage Type Writers--Items inspired by them too.

  • Sun Catchers

  • Crystals (Old or New)

  • Anything Frida Kahlo Inspired, Love images of her and quotes by her.

  • Anything with artists John William Waterhouse's or Alphonse Mucha's art print images.

  • Bohemian, Gypsy Items, themes, colors.

  • Art Deco and Art Nouveau

  • Collage sheets--any pics I could use for card making, journal covers, or in jewelry. Prefer: Mermaids, Vintage, Bathing beauties, Diva gals, etc.

  • A handmade Junk Journal or Smash Book!!

  • Junk Journal and Smash Book Supplies.

  • Inspirational quotes, Quotes on Creativity.

  • A Whimsy Jar.

  • A great new pen.

  • Vintage buttons. (Especially ones with Anchors on them.)

  • Address labels or Swap Cards.

  • Interesting Blank Labels or anything that can be used to address a handmade envelope.

  • Matryoshka Dolls

  • RAINBOWS!

  • I am a girly girl so I love anything with a little Bling!!

  • I love dangly earrings!!

  • Jewelry, handmade or store bought. I like longer necklaces 24 inches or longer. 8 inch bracelets. 10 to 12 inches in anklets.

  • Curly Girl Designs Stuff.

  • Flavia Weedn Items.

  • Papyrus Stationery, etc.

  • Punch Studio Cards, Stationery, Etc.

  • K & Company Items.

  • Susan Branch Items.

  • Pip Studios Cards, Journals...

  • 1980's version of Care Bears, Strawberry Shortcake, Rainbow Brite, She-Ra, Get A Long Gang, Snorkels, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Smurfs. (No dolls or figures please, but I would be delighted with images, stickers, old game pieces, journal covers, coloring books, journal covers, folders, school supplies, pencil boxes or lunch boxes.)

  • Vintage Children's Book Illustrations.

  • Stationery & Stickers--Anything & Everything Goes! Disney is fine, Kawaii and Cutesy too in this category. (No reward stickers please.)

  • Postcards with a theme of Mermaids, Bathing Beauties, Vintage ads, Christmas, Valentines Day or Cape Cod, Massachusetts, particularly Provincetown. Vintage ones would be adored.

  • Teddy Bear stationery, stickers and deco tape. Not stuffed ones.

  • Vintage (or Vintage Inspired) Valentines and Valentine paper goods and crafting items. Washi, papers, stickers, etc...

  • Gift cards in any denomination for: Amazon (Love my Kindle Fire), T.J, Maxx, Michael's, A.C. Moore, JoAnn's Fabrics, Barnes and Noble, Staples or Hobby Lobby.

  • Beauty Related Stuff: (If called for in a swap) I like black for eyeliner and mascara. I like the plastic tube eyeliners best. I adore eye shadow cream sticks, the fat ones are best, in pinks, purples, browns, and gold tones. Lip stain, tinted lip balm, lipstick and gloss in berries, mauves, deep pinks and on occasion reds. I love items from Bath and Body Works or similar, especially shower gel and body sprays. I can always use a small purse size nice smelling antibacterial gel or lotion. I tend to like fruity or musky scents, not florals. I don't use nail polish too much but if I do my own nails I like clear or light tints, maybe something for strengthening nails. Hair accessories and earrings are wonderful.

  • Something for my lovely Mum Her name is Debby. She likes 100% cotton fabrics, fat quarters, old wooden thread spools, quilting books, Gees Bend Alabama quilting items or history, 2019 Quilt Calendar, goddess items, chakras, crystals, snowmen, organic and fair trade items, organic individually wrapped teas, chocolate, cotton socks. She likes inspirational items, rainbows, Charlie Brown, a good mystery book and Magnum PI.

  • A special request for my beautiful Nana Olivia. She loves old Harlequin romance paperbacks. The older the better (any from the 1950's, 60s and 70s would be Perfect!) She also loves current knitting magazines. Dragonflies and iris flowers make her smile too. Happy to do a private swap with anyone who has some old Harlequins to trade!

  • The Newest and Biggest Love of My Life, Little Miss Zora, is 1.5 years old (as of Nov. 2018) She wears a 3T. She loves music, If a Mouse Has a Cookie and Caillou. She could use If a Mouse has a Cookie books. She seems to be drawn to the color red.

CHRISTMAS SWAPS

I LOVE everything about Christmas: The anticipation, putting up the tree, advent calendars, Christmas stockings, decorating the tree, ornaments, memories, food, presents, Christmas carols (Yes, even in July!). My dad loved Christmas and he passed that love down to us. He is my Christmas Angel now. ((Hugs))

Christmas swaps are my favorite of all the wonderful swaps on Swap-Bot! Thank you to the lovely ladies who host these swaps (shout out to the amazing gals of the Advent Lovers Group) and the swappers who help make Christmas morning so special.

  • Profile Surprises!!

  • Anything Baby Girl for scrap-booking Baby Zora's journey-washi, papers, vintage ephemera, stickers, etc

  • Absolutely Anything from Cavallini Papers & Co. I LOVEEEEE the vintage Christmas stuff!!

  • I love anything vintage Christmas (or Vintage inspired)--wrapping paper, labels, cards, etc.

  • Christmas Teddy Bear Rubber Stamps, Figurines, Ornaments, Stockings, Stickers, Cards, Etc.

  • I am doing a December Daily Junk Journal. I would love anything to put in it, vintage Christmas ephemera, Holiday Washi Tape, A Base for a Cover, Christmas Rubber Stamps, Stickers, ideas, inspiration please!!

  • Your handmade creations!

  • Nautical Christmas.

  • Woodland Creatures (foxes, owls, raccoons, bears and penguins too). Cutesy and whimsical is fine.

  • I have a collection of Christmas stockings and would love more, handmade or store bought.

  • Christmas items from your country or region that mean something to you or you think I might like. I love doing international swaps!

  • Of course, I would love anything sent to me based on my profile wishlist above.

  • Pine or Christmas tree scented candles.

  • Charlie Brown, Lucy and Snoopy (Peanuts) Christmas items.

  • For Christmas swaps feel free to include something for my Mom in exchange for one or more of my items. Just mark it: to Mom or Debby and I will gladly add it to her stocking or put it under the tree. She likes 100% cotton fabrics, fat quarters, old wooden thread spools, quilting books or magazines, Gees Bend, Alabama quilting items or history, 2019 Quilt Calendar, Quilting or Sewing magazines, anything Sewing with Nancy, goddess items, chakras, crystals, snowmen, organic and fair trade items, organic teas, cotton socks. She likes inspirational items, rainbows, crystals, mystery books and Charlie Brown. She likes Magnum PI or Tom Selleck anything.

  • Or Something for my Beautiful Nana Olivia-just mark it to Nana. She is an avid knitter and reader. Any books, pamphlets or magazines on knitting. Romance novels of any kind. She also loves iris flowers, dragonflies, Monet's water lilies and chocolate.

WALL OF FAME

This section was inspired by @LittleDonnaGirl I love the idea of celebrating the Swappers who make our lives brighter.

Some of the wonderful ladies who've given me inspiration, super special packages or doses of incredible kindness are:

@waldenpond2 @LittleDonnaGirl @luluvision @ChinaCat @Artistic @adancingflower @lou @skybridgestudios @lexidh @paperfarm @MissWhimsy @samjowers @zoev1975 @livvy @shannonlinde @anicka22 @VioletLove @luckycharms @Laficelle @Created46

THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART!!!

Ratings

zoev1975 rated for TP-Christmas Gift on Dec 13, 2018
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Comment: Erin! What can I say? A thousand hearts would not be enough! The most enormous box of goodies arrived this morning, and it is absolutely killing me not to open them! I will come back to this at Christmas when it is all opened.
Response: Hooray!! It made my heart so happy to send to you for Christmas! It had been too long since we last swapped. I so hope you enjoy it, hugs and a Merry, Merry Christmas to you!!
luckycharms rated for No Coal for Christmas! 2018 on Dec 11, 2018
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Comment: Oh my Gosh!!! Thank you so very much!!! I haven't even opened my presents and I feels as through its Christmas morning!!! The box is so very festive, that I didn't want to open! lol, but of course I had too!, and so glad I did. What a wonderful and festive wrapped goodies and wrapped in Awesome Vintage Red Truck paper!!!, Super fun washi tape, so the next time I send to you, I can make your box a delight to receive!!! I love the holiday spatula, yummy Turtles and Hot Cocoa!!! this girl is in heaven!!... You my friend, truly makes my Christmas extra special!!!...Thank you again and I hope you and your family have a Very Merry Christmas!!!
Response: YAY!!!! I'm so glad it made you happy. I had a lot of fun putting it together, as always!! I hope Santa is good to you, my friend, Merry Christmas!! :o)
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Comment: Without even opening the packages yet, I am amazed at your generosity!! They are so woonderfully decorated and thoughtful! Thank you!!!!
Response: I'm glad they arrived safely! Thank you for the rating. I hope you and your girls have a wonderful Christmas and New Year!
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Comment: Erin, you went above and beyond. I cant thank you enough for my sweet package...the way you made Everything so festive and cheery. Love my owl bag and all the cool goodies...P.C's were awesome. The wrapped pkg. Goes in my sock till Yule. Happy Holidays and thanks for all of it. It was such a delight to get the package in the mail. Was worth the wait. Hearts, stars and unicorns to you. 💖🎅⚘🌲
Response: YAY!! It made it!! Thank YOU for being so awesome. :o)
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Comment: Thank you! I love the greeting card. So cute. Also, everything was packaged so lovely. Merry Christmas 🎄
Response: Glad it reached you safely! Merry Christmas and thank you for the rating!
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Comment: Erin I always love receiving gifts from you, they're so festive and Christmassy!!!! I have put them in my Christmas basket and I can't wait to open Christmas morning!!!! Merry Christmas!!!!
Response: I love the sounds of a Christmas basket! Always happy to swap with you Connie!! <3
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Comment: Wow, thank you! I am very excited to open them. You also made my mom's day. I wish you could've seen her face lol.
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Comment: Your valentine arrived today and it was well worth waiting for (it was traveling for a month!)...the envelope is fabulous and I love all the goodies you put inside, the washi and stickers and tiny pen...even my favorite, Peanuts!! Thank you very much!! :-)
moM rated for February Stocking Stuffer With Heart on Feb 22, 2018
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Comment: Can't wait 'til Christmas to open this! I'm going to have such fun with my stocking this year!! Thanks!
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Comment: Thank you for the gifts and the candy!
ladeebug rated for TF: Random Acts of Kindness Day on Feb 20, 2018
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Comment: Thank you so much for the generous package, I too love the random acts of kindness, I loved everything, I put the beautiful cloth on my wooden table with bowl of fruit looks so pretty. What can I say about the bracelet? I is gorgeous and I am saving the envelope with the kittens to keep little snips of items I cut out of magazines now and to share with others. Great pkg. Marcia
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Comment: I feel the love thank you. That was super cute and fun.
Response: So glad you got and liked it! Hope you had a fabulous Valentine's Day!!
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Comment: OMG! Best valentine ever! Beautiful job on the envelope and the goodies brought a smile to my heart! Thank you so much!
Response: I'm so glad! Hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day. Thanks for the rating!
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Comment: Thank you so much!!! Keep an eye on your mailbox because I am sending you a THANK YOU for all the goodies you sent to ME! Xx Gabi
Response: Awww thanks Gabi! No worries though, I had a great time putting it together. I hope you're having a wonderful Valentine's Day!!
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Comment: Erin, you are fabulous!! Of course you have gone above and beyond what is required for this swap and I know you do it with such love! You certainly brightened me and Sienna's day! Shoot, you brightened our year!! Thank you so so so so much! I wish I could give you a billion hearts for this!! oxox
Response: Love you guys!! So happy we kept up our tradition, even if it was a little later than usual this year! :o) I hope you both are having a wonderful Valentine's Day!
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Comment: WOW! what an awesome surprise! Thanks so much for EVERYTHING!
Response: You're so welcome, Happy Valentine's Day! Thanks for the rating!
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Comment: Wow! Erin, you really sent such an amazing Valentine. You made a package swap out of it and I'm so appreciative. Thank you for all the amazing little stationery goodies you sent (LOVE those sloth stickers) and the cute Valentine, too. A really lovely swap; thank you!
Response: You are soo welcome! Thanks for the rating! I hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day!!
DecoPalace rated for MLU: My Mermaid Valentine USA on Feb 5, 2018
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Comment: Wow I am so grateful! You sent well above the $8-$10 limit. I love everything! I think you enjoyed wrapping everything! lol
Response: So glad you liked it Nathalie! Hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day!
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Comment: Wow I loved your card so much! The outside was gorgeous and it had so many lovely things inside! Thank you!
Response: You're so welcome! Thanks for the great rating and for being in the swap!
ChinaCat rated for A MerMazing New Year on Feb 3, 2018
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Comment: Christmas in February!! I had the best time yesterday opening my fabulous box of goodies! Thank you so much, Erin. Everything is great (of course). I've never had a mermaid calendar before! The vintage Lefton is way cool, and did you know that the under water paper party set contains tiny match boxes?? How awesome is that? LOVE the Frida pin...and thank you for the craft supplies. Can I ever have too many supplies? Never! Everything is just wonderful, m'dear - many hearts and thank yous!!! xo
Response: Thanks Robin!! Big Hugs!! :o)

Rating Overview

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Comments

isabellasnow on Dec 1, 2018:

HAPPY DECEMBER BIRTHDAY from WIYM GROUP!

Artistic on Nov 14, 2018:

Indeed! Let's do our annual swap!

luckycharms on Apr 1, 2018:

Happy Easter

Queensmiley2530 on Mar 28, 2018:

Omg!! Thank you for Feb wishes. It meant a lot to get this I had a lot going on and it make me feel so happy. Sending good vibes for you're recovery.

Swan on Mar 22, 2018:

Thank you for the wonderful wishes for my February Wishlist! I love the washi tapes and other embellishments. The spiral notebook is just perfect as well. It's what I use to keep track of all my swaps and wishlists.

luckycharms on Mar 16, 2018:

st patrick

I Hope you Mother is feeling better!

shannonlinde on Mar 9, 2018:

I am so very sorry to hear about your mom. I'll be keeping her in my prayers.

luckycharms on Feb 14, 2018:

Valentine

VioletLove on Feb 13, 2018:

First of all thank you for hosting such a fun swap in the MLU forum and Thank you so much for the beautiful mermaid Valentines card and the lovely stamp!!! Sorry to hear about your mom. Wishing her a speedy recovery. Hugs :)

Tryph on Jan 29, 2018:

Thriftymermaid!!!! What an awesome package from my January wishlist! I'm not sure if I'm supposed to have favourites in an RAK-kind of group, but I don't think I care - my favourit-est in ages!!! Such attention paid to my profile and wishes - thanks so much for making a girl feel special. :)

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