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thriftymermaid

thriftymermaid
Date Joined: January 20, 2009
Last Online: January 25, 2021
Birthday: December 27
Country: United States
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WELCOME

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

ATTENTION FRIENDS:

  • My Aunt passed away abruptly on September 20, 2020. She was only 55 years old. We are devastated. Please tell someone how much they mean to you today—don’t wait for a special occasion.

  • I only pick up mail once a week! I do rate when I open your swap! Please contact me for anything.

  • I am wheelchair reliant so I often send other--non-creative type--family members and friends to the post office to mail my swaps out for me. They may not be able to use pretty postage--know that I try to make up for it with the content of my swaps.

  • Profile Updated October 2020

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 41—when did that happen!! I live with my husband Miller, a handsome guy from the beautiful island of Jamaica. We have a beautiful miracle baby--Miss Zora, currently 3.5 years old who is the sun of our universe! My mom, Debby, also lives with us, an incredible person who I inherit my love of crafts from. She is a quilter who also loves to crochet.

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 (which is not plentiful these days) I am often found hiding in my craft room, 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, junky, shabby, re-purposed, re-loved 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 admire wordsmiths: 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.

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, Reign, 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...

  • 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...

  • Alex & Ani style bracelets in silver tone!

  • Flow or Daphne's Diary Magazines or products Or Similar publications, magazines or books.

  • Travelers Notebooks-standard size. Covers and inserts.

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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. Also any used worldwide postage stamps for crafts and collecting.

  • Anything Jamaica.

  • 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, long eye pins or head 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.

  • Anything that says "Selfie"

  • Unicorns.

  • E6000 glue, crystal glue or lacquer.

  • Rubber Stamps with Snail Mail, Nautical, Vintage, Woodland Creatures, Nature, Distressed, Labels, Postage, Creativity, Planner Stamps, Dress Forms, etc.

  • 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.

  • Artwork, prints, postcards by artist Carl Larsson.

  • 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!!

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

  • Curly Girl Designs Stuff.

  • Flavia Weedn Items.

  • Papyrus Stationery, etc.

  • Punch Studio Cards, Stationery, Etc.

  • 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.(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.

  • For Valentine Swaps: Vintage (or Vintage Inspired) Valentines and cute new (not vintage) 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, 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, cotton yarn, quilting books and magazines, Gees Bend Alabama quilting items or history, Jude Hill stitching, Shashiko, Indigo/Indigo dying, 2021 Calendar: quilt, farm, moon, or country themed, goddess items, chakras, crystals, sun-catchers, tarot, snowmen, organic and fair trade items, organic individually wrapped teas, dark chocolate, cotton socks. She likes inspirational items, rainbows, moons, Charlie Brown, a good mystery book and Magnum PI.

  • The Newest and Biggest Love of My Life, Little Miss Zora, is 3.5 years old. She loves dinosaurs, especially T-Rex, foxes, mermaids, unicorns, bears, mini dolls and animals for her doll house, doll house furniture, Calico Critters or similar type figures and accessories. She wears a Girls size 7 (Tall Gal). She loves music, coloring, painting (mostly watercolors and tempra), stickers and sticker books and board books. As far as characters go she loves Dora the Explorer (especially Swiper the fox), Tumble Leaf, Creative Galaxy.

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. My Nana Olivia, his Mom, passed away in May of 2019, she is another of my Christmas angels now--thank you to everyone who sent things for her in past Christmas swaps--she always got a big kick out of it! ((Hugs))

Christmas swaps are my favorite of all the wonderful swaps on Swap-Bot! Thank you to the lovely ladies who host these swaps, the gals who do private Christmas swaps with me and the swappers who help make Christmas morning so special.

  • Profile Surprises!! - I would love anything sent to me based on my profile wishlist above.

  • Flow or Daphne’s Diary type magazines or books

  • I'm really loving all of the Santa and Christmas Gnomes!

  • Hygge or Scandanavian style Christmas items.

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

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

  • 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. (Her likes are listed above)

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!!!

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Comment: Wow, you went above and beyond for this swap! I love it all! Thank you so much for all of the lovely presents!
Response: Oh yay!! I'm so glad you liked them--I had a lot of fun shopping for you!! Thanks for the rating! 💜🎈
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Comment: Thank you so much! I think I'm going to save the presents to open on my actual birthday, since it's just a little over a week away. Thank you for the mermaid notes, too! They are so cute and always useful!
Response: I hope you enjoy--and I hope you have a wonderful Birthday!! Thanks for the rating!! 💜💜💜🎈🎈🎈
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Comment: This is my 1st delivery of a stocking stuffer into my stocking for this coming Christmas. Thank you. I look forward to trying the soap you sent me. Thanks for that extra. May 2021 bring you happiness and health.
Response: Yay!! Glad you got it safely!! Isn't it exciting to be stuffing our stocking already!! I still need to put everything away from this Christmas!! lol Wishing you and yours a wonderful and safe 2021. Thanks for the rating! 💜
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Comment: I love all the stickers that you sent, especially the fairy/mermaid ones. I am going to hoard those ones.
Response: I’m so happy you liked them—so glad some were hoard-able!! 😉💜 Thank you for joining the swap and for the rating!!
luluvision rated for A Merry & Bright 2020 on Jan 8, 2021
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Comment: As you know, I absolutely love everything you have sent me and to Sienna! You truly are fantastic and really know how to spoil a person!! Happiest of days to you and your family!!
Response: Love you girls!! Merry, Merry and a safe and Happy New Year!! ❤️🎄❤️🎄❤️
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Comment: Guess what finally arrived yesterday! It made my day, and I love it. The notecards, lip balm, soap, all perfect choices! Thank you so much!!
Response: YAY!! So glad it finally arrived and that you liked everything! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and that your New Year is going well so far!! 🧜‍♀️💗
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Comment: What a great card and stickers! Perfect! 💖 I can't really pick a favorite, but those kitties are pretty remarkable...
Response: I love those kitty stickers too! New sticker swaps up in the WIYM group. Hope you'll join if you can. Thank you so much for the rating!! 💜
ncsue rated for MLU: Handmade Mermaid Ornament 2020 on Dec 29, 2020
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Comment: Just got back from my holiday travels to find your package waiting for me. Love the little mermaid in a bottle. Think this will be hanging in my car with my other mermaid stuff. Thanks so much
Response: I'm so glad you liked it! It was so fun to make!! Happy New Year! Thank you for the rating!
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Comment: Hi Erin, thank you for the stamps and sticker book! Thank you also for your lovely note. I hope your Christmas was great! I wish you a very Happy 2021! Take care, Annabelle xoxoxo
Response: YAY! I'm so glad you liked your gifts! Happy New Year! Thank you for the rating! 💜
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Comment: After 27 days, my great gifts arrived today. I absolutely love the earrings. The stamps are a fine surprise present. I am into Russian stamps. You have made me a happy lady today. It is December 28. . And the card with my favorite bird!
Response: I’m so glad it finally arrived!! I can’t believe it took so long to get there, I’m glad you could tell by the tracking, that I sent on time. Phew!! Still amazed a package sent on the same day could make it from Maine to Australia before one could make it from Maine to Vermont!! These are crazy says we are living in. I’m glad it FINALLY arrived and that you like what I sent. Wishing you and yours a very Happy New Year! Thank you for the rating. 💜
gothic87 rated for MEGA End of Year Sticker Swap! on Dec 27, 2020
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Comment: Thank you so much I loved all the stickers!!
Response: I’m so glad you did!! Stickers are the best!! Happy New Year! Thank you for the rating!! 💜
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Response: Thank you for the rating! 💜
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Comment: WOW!!! Another awesome Christmas swap from you, Erin.You are such a generous and thoughtful friend, and I can't thank you enough for all the lovely gifts. Everything made me smile and I am very appreciative for all of it and the very pretty wrapping as well! I'll just mention a few special things but it was all really awesome! I loved the spoons (and needed them too!), the BIG Frida mug and the mermaid picture. THANK YOU!!! I hope 2021 is good to you...xoxo
Response: Awww I’m so glad you liked your presents! I found those spoons this summer in a cute little gift shop and had to get them for you! I’m glad you like them. Thank you for all the lovely gifts...will be messaging you soon. Hope you had a wonderful day. Big hugs. xo ❤️🎄🎅🏼
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Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely gifts. I loved the wrapping paper, will have to reuse them somehow in a journal. And the stamps and Tim Holtz butterflies, wow. You really spoiled me. Hope the holidays are treating you well. All the best.
Response: So happy you liked your gifts! Thanks for the rating!! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!! ❤️🎄🎅🏼
luckycharms rated for No Coal for Christmas! 2020 on Dec 23, 2020
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Comment: Eriin my friend, I do believe your are Santa Claus!!! I just opened up a box of Christmas morning that you sent!!!!!! Thank you for putting such a huge smile on my face during these trying times!!! Now I can't wait till Christmas to open up all my goodies!!! Thank you again and I hope you have a Very Merry Christmas!!!!
Response: So glad you got it in time! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas Day. Thank you for making my day a brighter one!! xo 🎄❤️🎅🏼
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely package. Can’t wait to open. I will update rating when I do. Update: Thanks so much for all the lovely gifts. I especially love the handmade mermaid bauble from your store, going to hang it in my window. Everything was perfect for me!
Response: Hope you enjoyed it!! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!! Thanks for the rating!! ❤️🎄
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Comment: Thank you so much for the two stocking stuffers. I am waiting for Christmas to open them. I also love the Holiday card and the beautiful stickers. Thank you and Aloha! -- OMG - I love the dragon socks! How very cool! And I can't explain how awesome I think the octopus in the shell ornament is! WOW. I am in love with it. Thank you so much for sending something from an independent artist! Aloha
Response: Yay!! So glad they made it for Christmas morning!! Thanks for the rating! Merry, Merry Christmas!! 🎄🎅🏼❤️
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Comment: I love the Silver reindeer wrapping paper and Gold Star! It puts me in the Christmas spirit!!!! Its almost that time, and I am going to have so much fun Christmas morning opening all my goodies!!!! Thank you very much for the stocking stuffer!!! Merry Christmas my friend!!!
Response: ❤️🎄💚🎅🏼💚🎄❤️
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Comment: Thank you Erin for the festive wrapped stocking stuffer!!! You know I am about to go crazy to open it!!!!! Thanks for the vintage memo pad, baking label and Gnomes stickers!!! Girl, you know me to well!!! lol Merry Christmas!
Response: Awww! So glad you got it in time for Christmas! Love sending and exchanging with you!! Soak up those Hallmark movies—only a few days left now!! xoxo
lou rated for Private: Christmas 2020 on Dec 18, 2020
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Comment: It’s here and now I know Christmas will be great and will survive 2020, looking forward to our annual open!
Response: So glad it got to you in time for Christmas! Love this tradition. I’m looking forward to our opening too!! Big hugs. ❤️🎄🎅🏼❤️

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Comments

alafour on Jan 20, 2021:

Thank you so much for the Birthday RAK!

Sunflower107 on Jan 11, 2021:

What a sweet surprise in my mailbox today. A lovely birthday card and extras. Thank you so much for making my day.

CANNEKCUL on Jan 2, 2021:

Happy New Year! I wanted to thank you for my beautiful cultured Seaglass blue dangle earrings, with silver. I absolutely love them. ♥️♥️

chimerix on Dec 27, 2020:

Dropping by to thank you so much for the octopus earrings and the octopus note cards. It was so much fun to find them as I opened my stocking stuffers. Thank you so much for taking the time to spoil me! Aloha!

samjowers on Dec 26, 2020:

I hope you had a very merry christmas!!! Hope new years bring some peace and happiness as well!! I see you watch POLDARK! OMG!!!! Aiden Turner!

LavenderSprinkles on Dec 25, 2020:

Happy holidays!

Stepht on Dec 24, 2020:

Erin thank you so much for the awesome unicorn stationery for Zoey via Wishlist! She said say "Thank you and you're the best!!" She was super excited. Happy Holidays <3

Heirloom on Dec 24, 2020:

chimerix on Dec 24, 2020:

OMG!!! I just got another stamp in the mail from you! I love the little dragon stamp! Thank you so much. You really spoiled me this month! Mele Kalkikimaka!

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phillaine on Dec 24, 2020:


Merry Christmas! ♥

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