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user5311

user5311
Original Member
Last Online: November 5, 2018
Birthday: October 23
Country: United States

About Me

60-ish mom and wife, avid reader, crafter and thrifter.

My husband is from Spain and when our daughter was little (she's 26 now!), we lived there (in Madrid). We would walk along on the streets and people would stop and point out that we were speaking 2 different languages (my English to their Spanish)! I did learn Spanish, but it took hard work!

Now we are back in Cincinnati, which is where I grew up. We live in a neighborhood that feels European-like - we can walk to shops, restaurants, post office, etc.

Our house is a 1926 Arts & Crafts style bungalow. The kitchen has 8 doors but the house has a stained glass window in the dining room and a fireplace in the living room. We've been here forever now and I don't anticipate ever moving.

I have my own craft room (our daughter's old bedroom). I try hard to be organized but seldom is the room presentable. I have 2 tables to work on and shelves on 2 of the walls.

Favorite Books

I like mysteries, Regency Romances by Georgette Heyer, romances by Betty Neels, British chick lit, craft books and lots of other things that don't fit into any of the above categories. I read about 150 books a year.

In addition, I listen books on my MP3 player. Recent listens include U is for Undertow by Sue Grafton, Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger and The Big Over Easy by Jasper Fforde. I loved the Girl with Dragon Tattoo series by Stieg Larsson.

Favorite Movies

Casablanca is my all-time favorite but that dates me - lol Last movie I saw in a cinema was Julie and Julia, which I liked, especially Meryl Streep's role as Julia Child (one of my heroes).

Sometimes I think I'm too ADD to sit and watch a movie at home - at least I seldom do so.

Favorite Crafts

Paper crafts mostly bookbinding. I do traditional bookbinding, Japanese-style plus I have a couple of machines to bind books with (Rollabind punch, spiral punch plus a double-0 ring punch/binder).

I like quirkiness. My 2 favorite craft magazines are Somerset Studio and Cloth, Paper, Scissors. .

I love magazines. Love, love, love them. I like to read them and then cut them up. I use the images in my journals, to make postcards, covers for books and more. I use cut-out letters for ransom letter-type headings and cut-out words and phrases in my journal.

I also keep idea books - pictures of rooms I like, clothes, shoes, or other things that caught my eye as I was paging through a magazine.

Right before Christmas 2008, a local Borders went out of business and all their magazines were 75% off. That day was one of my all-time favorite days, as I spent $50 for a huge pile of magazines to cut up.

I make lots of postcards. When our daughter was in college, I sent her a homemade postcard a day. Mail art is so much fun..

I am also an avid journaler. I like to add cut-out words and photos to my journals. Also, sometimes I cut out an article from the newspaper or a news magazine and journal my reactions to it.

Colors

After 7 years of only wearing green clothes, I gave them all away (well, except for my rain coat). I now wear dark blue, black, white and red. And as soon as I can thrift a raincoat/poncho, I will be regifting the green raincoat to a thrift store.

Likes

It is NOT necessary to send me anything extra to get a heart. I only list these items to give you a sense of who I am.

  • old photos
  • maps
  • magazines (I might have mentioned that above)
  • buttons
  • postage stamps (used or new)
  • needlepoint
  • ribbon
  • tarot cards
  • children's book illustrations (Dick and Jane, Maurice Sendak, Charley Harper - ok, not technically a children's illustrator but I think children love his brightly colored animals).
  • old beginner readers
  • Nancy Drew
  • paper flowers
  • rubber stamps (non-cutesy)
  • wood rulers
  • Copic markers
  • Japanese craft books.
  • paper dolls, especially paper doll animals
  • zines
  • board & card games of all sorts
  • flashcards
  • rub-ons
  • polka dots
  • rickrack
  • graph paper
  • anything postal related
  • mail art
  • magazine headlines that follow the formula "40 is the new 30" or "brown is the new black"
  • old postcards (either written on or not)
  • foreign postage (used is fine)

Dislikes

  • country cutesy
  • little puppy or kitten drawings, unless vintage
  • religious images
  • political images

I prefer not to receive FBs, Slams,Decos and the like.

Lost or Missing Swaps

Please let me know if something I mailed has gone missing and I will immediately send another package to you.

Food

Sadly, for health reasons, I have a restrictive diet, so no teas, gum, candy, etc. I wish i could eat these things, but it is not to be.

Random Stuff

I think swapping should be fun. I like to give hearts. I am not here to ding anybody.

I appreciate decorated envelopes. It's great when someone takes the time to read my profile. I love to write and receive letters, so if you are looking for a new penpal, let me know.

Postcards I like state map postcards, art postcards, black & white postcards, old postcards. OK, I like postcards!

Ratings

peartree55 rated for Really Weird PC #1 - USA on Apr 9, 2013
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Comment: REALLy WeIRd Postcard...Thank you!!
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Comment: I can't believe I somehow missed rating you, 'cause I really loved what you sent, from the very cool envelope to the jokes and extra cool postcards. Apologies for the lateness - please know that I loved what you sent and have, today, sent your postcard out into the netherworld for round 6 (and it's going practically a whole world away - to Indonesia!)
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Comment: Thank you so much!!! ♥♥♥
Tricia22 rated for Cat postcard swap *USA only* on Mar 18, 2013
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Comment: Thank you for the dancing cats in the garden pc, i love it, Happy Spring & Happy Swapping
SarahRed rated for Quick long letter swap on Mar 12, 2013
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Comment: Oops, nearly missed rating you! Thanks for the letter, a reply is already flying along the postal services!
Rocktopus rated for Bizarre/Unusual PC Swap #3 - USA on Mar 9, 2013
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Comment: lovely pc
pmcgd55 rated for Themed Mail Art: TRAVEL on Mar 7, 2013
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Comment: Thanks for what you sent. I was disappointed to not get a letter-could you at least tell me where you got what you sent me and if you have travelled?
earthnk rated for Animal PC! on Mar 7, 2013
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Comment: Great pc. Thank you very much :-)
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Comment: Very interesting selection :^)
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Comment: Thanks much, Love your envie...it will go into my smash book!
Vickyen rated for Animal PC! on Feb 27, 2013
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Comment: Hi! I love your Cat's Cradle pc! It has been so long ago since I did that, not sure I remember how! Very sad! LOL! Are you doing ok with your empty nest? Some days are better than others here! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
bexx rated for Easy and Thoughtful PC Swap #2 - USA on Feb 27, 2013
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Comment: Thank you so much for the adorable postcard :) I was happy to read that you've visited the U.P. - and had a pasty!! :)
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Comment: Thank you for the great PC.
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Comment: Thanks so much, Vicki! I would love to see this carpet - I could probably really use it ;). I hope you're having a great day!
ChelseaLake rated for Bizarre/Unusual PC Swap #3 - USA on Feb 25, 2013
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Comment: Ohh! I love this postcard, Vicki! It's right up my alley! Also, hooray for being neighbors! I was just in Cinci not too long ago! Have a great day and thank you so much!
rainamr127 rated for Mega Long Letter Pal-USA on Feb 25, 2013
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Comment: Hello I got your letter today. I will write back this week and get it out to you and answer all your questions. I love to write :) I love all the little stickers and stamps, I am sorry, I am not that craft and don't have all different kinds of stickers lol. I love the cat and the box joke on the back of the envelope :)
BTim rated for Creative mail art *USA* #2 on Feb 25, 2013
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Comment: Beautiful envelope-- and what a treasure trove inside. Thank you!
Aumonae rated for Smash Trash again on Feb 24, 2013
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Comment: Your envelope was gorgeous :) That was a welcome surprise. My husband said to tell you that you are now his favorite person for sending us the cancelled foreign stamps :) The whole swap was superb and I would give you 10 hearts if I could!
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Comment: Thanks for the neat cards (and cool envelope/stamps!) :)
kisscut91 rated for Creative mail art *USA* #2 on Feb 23, 2013
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Comment: Thank you very much :) I really enjoyed you r envelope!

Rating Overview

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Comments

CurlyTea on Oct 29, 2018:


Happy Birthday!

CurlyTea on Oct 23, 2017:

RyeRye on Jul 2, 2016:

Inspiration Station~

RyeRye on Jun 27, 2016:

Thanks for joining Inspiration Station~

susieq11 on Apr 11, 2013:

How are you?!

AnnieMaxine on Apr 10, 2013:

I received your postcard that you had in your possession for the Adventures of the Traveling Postcard. Thanks for participating. Annie

rachelcdoyle on Apr 4, 2013:

gothbarbie on Mar 6, 2013:

I should say HELLO here more often! : ) HELLO!

1Scrapper on Feb 14, 2013:

Happy Valentine's day!

susieq11 on Oct 23, 2012:

Happy Birthday!!!!!

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