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thriftymermaid

thriftymermaid
Date Joined: January 20, 2009
Last Online: September 27, 2020
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. I may be slower on ratings as I haven't opened any mail this week yet. I will rate as soon as I open. And I will send out swaps on time. Please hug and let someone you love know how much you appreciate them today--you never know if you'll get another chance.

  • 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.

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 40--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 2.5 years old who is the sun of my 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 or gold tone!

  • Flow or Daphne's Diary Magazines or products.

  • Travelers Notebooks-standard size. Covers and inserts.

  • Anything Baby Girl or Little Girl for scrap booking 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! 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.

  • 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, 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.

  • 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.(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 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, 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 and magazines, Gees Bend Alabama quilting items or history, Jude Hill stitching, Shashiko, Indigo/Indigo dying, 2020 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.

  • The Newest and Biggest Love of My Life, Little Miss Zora, is 2.5 years old. She wears a 5/5T (Tall Gal). She loves music, coloring, stickers and sticker books, board books, all of the characters from the If a Mouse Has a Cookie book/tv series. She only has 1 If a Mouse has a Cookie book.

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 (shout out to the amazing gals of the Advent Lovers Group) 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.

  • New in 2019--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!!!

Ratings

samsstuff rated for WIYM: Stocking Stuffer August 2020 on Sep 21, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely gifts!
2Hearts rated for WIYM: Junk Journal Supplies #5 on Sep 20, 2020
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Comment: Thanks so much!
JazD rated for LSRUS: USA Profile Based Gifts Swap on Sep 19, 2020
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Comment: Erin, Thank you so much for the mug. Yes it did bring lots of cheer and put a huge smile on my face. It's awesome :) Thank you for the stickers as well. We don't have fall weather yet. We did have snow on the 8th but now it's back to low 80s high 70s. I'm looking forward to some sweater weather. Thanks again!
BusyB rated for LSRUS: USA Random Filled 9x12 Envie on Sep 17, 2020
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Comment: Wow, so so many fun items!!! I'm still going through it all but I wanted to let you know it's here. Had a long journey but arrived in perfect condition. Definitely have some ideas already! Lol Thank you so much for such a lovely swap! Many ❀️'s for you Erin! Hope you are safe and well.
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Comment: Hi Erin! Thank you so much for my wrapped Christmas gift that I will not open until the week of Christmas. LOL Thank you also for the extra gifts (beautiful set of note cards and roll of washi tape).
Response: You're so welcome!! I hope you like your present. Christmas week will be here before we know it! Thanks for the rating!! β›„πŸ€©
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Comment: What a lovely swap! Above & Beyond what was called for :)
Response: So glad you liked it!! I really liked how the outside of that envi turned out!! Thanks so much for the rating!! πŸ’œπŸ’™πŸŒˆ
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Comment: Hi Erin! I very much enjoyed reading your letter and take my hat off to you for not letting life get you down! Thank you for the very positive share and all the lovely goodies! You totally made my day with everything - wishing you all the best and please stay safe during these crazy times! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Response: Thank you for the lovely rating! Stay well too and, of course, happy swapping!! πŸ’œπŸ’Œ
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Comment: Thanks for the penny.! Put the goodies in my stocking...
Response: You’re so welcome! Thank you for the rating!! πŸ’œ
Rabbitfreedom rated for 3 Sticker Sheets Swap on Sep 3, 2020
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Comment: Thank you so much for the most wonderful stickers and awesome octopus notecards! Aren't Violette stickers the best!?
Response: Yes!! Love Violette stickers and am grateful for your group because I've learned about Stickii now too!! Yay!! Thank you for the rating and for hosting fun swaps!! πŸ§‘πŸ’Œ
bb2 rated for SMSUSA: Autumn Happy Mail on Sep 2, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for a great variety of Autumn Happy Mail. Thank you for reading my profile and choosing things I'd like. I hope you make it to Oregon sometime. I'd enjoy meeting you. Happy autumn!
Response: I'd definitely let you know if I'm ever heading out that way!! Thank you so much for the rating!! All the best to you!! πŸ’œπŸ’Œ
ncsue rated for MLU: Send me Something Mermaid on Sep 2, 2020
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Comment: Love the mermaid dangle Now the tough decision on whether to dangle from rear view mirror or in my studio. Thanks so much
Response: You’re so welcome!! I’m glad you like itβ€”that makes my day. I love the idea of a studio-the studio get my vote! I should make you a shorter one for your rear view mirror. Thank you for the rating!! πŸ§œπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ’œπŸ§œπŸ»β€β™€οΈ
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Comment: Hi, Great envelope & goodies! Your swap really had a seaside theme, I loved it.
Response: So glad you liked it! I really had fun putting it together. Thanks for the rating!! Be well! πŸ’œπŸ§œπŸ»β€β™€οΈ
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Comment: Hi Erin Thank you sooo much I love everything I wish I can give you more hearts Spicemom
Response: This was such a fun swap! Glad you liked what I sent--thanks so much for the rating!! <3
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Comment: So Pleased with your Purple Package! I'm Panting to Pursue the Plastic Packet Paper craft! You were super generous! Thank you SO MUCH!
Response: So glad you liked it! Thanks so much for the rating. Be well!! <3
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Comment: Wow! You spoiled me so much! I gasped at how beautiful the ribbon bookmark is! You made this?! You have talent! Thank you so much for the stickers and other bookmarks! The fox postworker is so cute! Where did you get it?
Response: I'm so happy that you liked the bookmark--I love making them! The little fox postman is from Violette stickets out of CA. Love their stickers. You can order at violettestickers.com <3
AmyMarie rated for WIYM: Junk Journal Supplies #3 on Aug 12, 2020
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Comment: Wow, so many interesting things to work with in this fun envie! Thank you for the fun variety - they have my creative wheels turning. Stay safe.
Response: Yay!! Glad it got those creative wheels turningβ€”mission accomplished!! πŸ˜‰ Thanks so much for the rating-stay safe too!! πŸ’œ
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Comment: Thank you for the gift! Now the waiting game!
Response: Right!! It's not easy...but so worth it in the end. :o) Thanks so much for the rating!! <3
Aalicia rated for Mermaid Happy Mail on Aug 4, 2020
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Comment: Everything was absolutely beautiful ! All the way down to the paper wish I could give more ❀️❀️❀️❀️❀️ Thank you so much!!!
Response: So glad you liked it!! Thanks for the rating!! Look forward to swapping with you again soon. Stay safe!! πŸ’œπŸ§œπŸ»β€β™€οΈ
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Comment: I'm so sorry for the late rating! Somekitty had knocked this swap under the desk! Thank you for the lovely mermaid mail! I love it!
Eulegirl rated for MLU: Valentine Card Exchange on Mar 12, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for all of the lovely mermaid items. Those stickers are adorable!

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 567 120 130
Completed Fives Threes Ones
500 576 0 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
0 65 402 33
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Comments

BusyB on Sep 17, 2020:

Thank you again for the awesome swap 9x12 envie! More like a box! I finished going through it all. You were so generous and went above and beyond! Your kindness will be put back into the world through me PIF and my creativity to share. Hugs and stay safe!

Heirloom on Sep 1, 2020:


** USA Happy Mail group! **

OrigamiGrace on Apr 3, 2020:

Have a great weekend!!

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SunTradeToo on Feb 11, 2020:

Thank you so much for the beautiful envelope!

lou on Jan 22, 2020:

Happy 11 year anniversary on swap bot, glad you’re here!

Heirloom on Dec 31, 2019:


From the USA Happy Mail group

tcornell on Dec 27, 2019:

Happy happy birthday!πŸŽˆπŸŽπŸŽ‰

thisismeAXiD on Dec 1, 2019:

Happy birthday month

lemooon on Nov 30, 2019:

Wishing you all the best!

LLL~Location,Location,Location!

zoev1975 on Oct 22, 2019:

Sweetie, I would love to do a private Christmas swap!

I'll message you xx

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