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waldenpond2

waldenpond2
Date Joined: June 9, 2010
Last Online: January 7, 2018
Birthday: October 20
Country: United States
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About Me

I am a high school English teacher. I love reading, books, language, nature, knitting, tea, and colorful, cozy things.

Liking nature aside, I have a deep fear and phobia of butterflies, bees, and bugs in realistic or even cartoony/cute form. Please send bug-decorated things to someone who will enjoy them more. :)

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Literary Favorites

I can think of few things better than curling up under a blanket with a book, tea, and delicious snack... Something I have much less time for since having my son and thus enjoy all the more as a special treat. :)

Adore:
Thoreau, Emerson, Jon Krakauer, Amy Tan, David Mas Masumoto, and LouAnne Johnson

General Favorites:
Cat's Eye, Handmaid's Tale, Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood, the Dragonriders of Pern series, Mists of Avalon, Gone with the Wind

Young Adult Favorites:
Queen of the Tearling, *Hunger Games trilogy, Riddlemaster of Hed trilogy, Catcher in the Rye, To Kill a Mockingbird, Alanna Song of the Lioness series, Harry Potter series.

Children's Lit:
Little House in the Big Woods, Anne of Green Gables, Little Women, Little Princess, The Secret Garden, the Ramona series, Antoine de Saint Exupery, Tove Jansson's Moomintroll, Roald Dahl, and most sweet children's literature.

Interests

  • traveling! Alaska, glaciers, the Arctic Circle -- my heart goes pitter-pat. I'd love to visit New Zealand, Scotland, Ireland, Iceland, Finland, and the Baltic / Scandinavia someday, too.

  • languages -- currently learning Icelandic from a book and disc.

  • baking, cooking (easy but delicious recipes mostly)

  • making paper crafts, carving stamps, and knitting. I know how to knit, purl, and decrease, which limits me to scarves, baby blankets, and hats. Someday I will learn how to use double-pointed needles.

  • beginning to learn: crochet, sewing, needle felt, and quilling.

  • collecting stamps, domestic and foreign, to use in making gift tags.

  • landscape and nature photography -- especially in macro

  • organizing -- it's therapeutic!

Collections

I love tiny, pretty pieces of beach glass and tiny unusual stones/ pebbles. A collection is displayed on my bookshelves.

I'm enamored by paper tags large and small, sparkly and solid, patterned and embossed, circles, scalloped, shipping, oh... how I love tags!

I also collect:

  • stickers and embellishments: ribbons, flowers, charms, or sparklies. Please, no foam.

  • beautiful altered matchboxes. There are so many talented matchbox-makers on SB!

  • sewing-related: vintage or unusual buttons, lovely ribbons and trim, cotton lace, pretty fabric, nice felt, or soft yarn.

  • vintage children's paperback pictures, wooden thread spools, miniature glass vials, small tins, charms, and dollhouse miniatures

  • sweet koalas and orangutans, charming hand-drawn turtles, elephants... Apples, aprons, gingham, red-checks, and other pioneer-y things

  • the original Rainbow Brite and Care Bears from the '80s.

Likes

My sense of aesthetics is characterized as "charming, lovely, and nature-inspired."

My favorite colors are all shades of blue, green, and purple. And rosy, deep raspberry pink. Rainbows and peacock colors: blue - turquoise - green - brown. Happy lemonade yellow with sea green and royal blue. And peppermint red and white stripes or polka dots!

  • Christmas. Cute snowmen, cozy hot chocolate, sparkling lights, gorgeous wrappings... my very favorite holiday followed by Valentine's Day!

  • scents: balsam, pine, cedar, lavender, sage, rosemary (woodsy or smoke scents) apple, citrus, peach, chocolate mint -- actually, chocolate, period.

  • dandelions and trees, flower fairies or fairy gardens, magnolias, columbines, rose geraniums, sweet peas, freesia, Iceland poppies

  • hand-made bookmarks, carved stamps -- any of your hand-made crafts that shows thought, care, and the maker's delight.

  • nickel-free hand-made earrings or jewelry. Sparkly pins and brooches.

  • Kate and Will ephemera

  • Baker's twine and washi tape -- it does a crafter's heart good.

  • address labels (do not have any right now with our new address), flocking or embossing powder.

  • comics and cartoons: Peanuts, Calvin and Hobbes, Zits, and Mutts.

  • Becky Kelly, Tasha Tudor, and Suzy's Zoo: delicate, charming, and lovely artwork.

  • nature art: and photojournalism/ landscape photography: Andy Goldsworthy, Dorothea Lange, Ansel Adams, Group of Seven, and Thomas Kinkade.

  • anything relating to mail, calligraphy, script, sealing wax, or Victorian/Edwardian-inspired.

  • Kawaii (any cute, food/dessert, or Christmas, but not the realistic animals or skulls), Sanrio (Hello Kitty, My Melody, and Little Twin Stars), Disney's Beauty & the Beast and Pocahontas, and Moomintroll. Hallmark's Hoops and Yoyo make me chortle with glee!

  • brightly colored and unusual school supplies or student reward stickers. It never fails to get a grin when I put scented scratch 'n' sniff stickers on homework. :)

  • Music: Enya, Adele, Yo-Yo Ma, Handel, Sarah McLachlan, Alanis Morissette, a wide variety....

  • Movies: Anything with Audrey Hepburn or Humphrey Bogart or Julie Andrews, Little Women (Elizabeth Taylor version), classic and well-done -- usually related to families of some sort. :)

  • TV: Downton Abbey (Mary and the Dowager Countess are my favorites) and Game of Thrones (Love Tyrion's wit!).

  • Alas! I have become a coffee drinker in self defense against the multi-wake ups involved in parenting a young one. I'm loving Keurig cups in various flavors of cappuccino or anything sweet. I say I take a little coffee with my cup of milk and sugar, please. :)

Tea

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Black tea, oolong, or rooibos fill my teapot almost daily.

I love Nordqvist, Harney & Sons, Pickwick, Lupicia, Teavana, and tea from unique shops.

Favorite flavors: chocolate, strawberry, apple, pear, blueberry, mint, jasmine...

Loose tea is fantastic, but please include a note sharing the ingredients, flavoring, and type of tea, please.

I do NOT like green tea, chai, coconut, or tea with cinnamon, licorice, clove, anise (any "spice" flavoring).

What I can make for you...

  • paper-related items: cards, postcards, ATCs, envelopes, pretty bookmarks, etc

  • stamp gift tags (or gift tags in general)

  • cupcake toppers

  • button jewelry

  • yarn-wrapped wreaths (this is a time-intensive one)

  • other things within my ability -- just ask. :)

If you like...

For my Dear Husband, if you like :)

He likes European soccer. The Simpsons or Futurama. Dark chocolate. Sriracha (we go through several bottles a year and he has a tshirt with a little cartoon guy holding onto a bottle saying I love Sriracha!), ghost chilis, or anything spicy.

For my sweet little boy, Edward, born in 2013:

Books -- his first word was "book"! He currently wears size 5T.

Ratings

VioletLove rated for Mother's Day Card on May 4, 2016
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Comment: Thank you soooo much for a wonderful package! The cookies are delicious! Surprisingly I have been sharing and the whole family loves them. Thank you for making my mother's day so sweet!!! I hope you have an amazing day :)
Response: So glad they reached you quickly! You're welcome! A wonderful weekend to you!!
thriftymermaid rated for A Brite Valentines Day!! on Feb 3, 2016
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Comment: Hi Naomi!! So happy to get a pretty little box from you! I haven't opened it yet--waiting a little bit. <3
thriftymermaid rated for A Kindred Spirit Christmas on Dec 15, 2015
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Comment: NAOMI!! All caps is an absolute necessity! Always amazing to get a package from you. I just peeked because I didn't want to be too tempted!! Everything is so beautiful! I'm so looking forward to Christmas! And you know I'll be back to thank you further afterwards!! Big Hugs! :o)
thriftymermaid rated for Happy Spring Swap on Apr 7, 2015
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Comment: Happy Spring Naomi!! I was so excited to get the huge box you sent through the mail today!! :o) As always, I LOVE everything!! You're so thoughtful and I love reading your notes. Your mailbox is now by my computer on my hutch so I can see all the time and be reminded of your kindness. All of the stamps were awesome, I am absolutely enthralled with the rose stamp with the white decorative handle. It is soooo cute!! And the Writing Box, I will definitely be storing treasures in it!! The tea cup is gorgeous and will be put to good use. I love the little sugar/glitter bowl. A great friend of mine used to collect lustre-wear and its amazing this piece is all together with no chips or anything!! Of course I love the kawaii too!! So many things to thank you for!! Thank you for swapping with me again, it is always so much fun! Love to Sir Edward, I hope you all had a wonderful Easter!! Hugs!!!
paperfarm rated for Happy Un-Birthday to US! on Feb 17, 2015
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Comment: Thank you so much Naomi for my fun Un/birthday parcel. It arrived in time for my birthday too! Unwrapping each gift was a 'eeeh' moment for me. I liked everything you sent, especially the pretty flower hair pin and vintage style sticker sheets. Until next time- Big Hug
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Comment: Oh Naomi, Swapping with you does the heart good!! :o) I've been looking at my little box since I got it this afternoon and I've been waiting...until I couldn't anymore!! lol I LOVE everything, thank you, thank you, thank you. I adore the Valentine card you sent and the deco tapes had me dancing with joy before I opened any of the presents!! The socks are adorable, I love the rubber stamps, I'm intrigued to try sharing the lip balm with Milzy--say a prayer that it doesn't snow on Friday so I can make the 6 hour journey to be with him for Valentine's Day!! Mixing when we kiss will be a fun activity! lol And I'm so glad you sent the necklace--I wholeheartedly support the cause and will check out their website and wear the necklace! And the SMURFS! Of course I watched it!! lol That and the Chimpmunks were my favorite cartoons as a kid. Along with She-ra!! My dad called my brother Josh brainy smurf, he was usually too smart for his own good! Thank you for a great Valentine's package --I'm feeling the love. ;o) Your package is supposed to be to you on Monday, it was sent priority but it wasn't a flat rate box, be on the lookout. Happy Valentine's Day my friend!!!
Response: I loved the Chipmunks as a kid, too. I tried watching some recently and was surprised by how slow and inane I found it as an adult. ;) I hope you had a good day, sweet friend.
georgiafae rated for TPD: Garland of Hearts Swap on Feb 7, 2015
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Comment: Wonderful wonderful! Love the garland with the vintage lace addition to the hearts-thanks for mailing it in such a pretty mailer too!
Response: I'm so glad you liked it! I hope you had a lovely day. :)
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Comment: O-M-G!!!! That just needed to be said. I hardly know where to start...I had a great giggle reading about Little E's first Christmas. I'm pretty sure the next one will be more to his liking. :o) Everything you sent to me was amazing. It was one of the greatest swaps I've ever received. So thoughtful...every detail was appreciated. The notes, the wrapping and of course, the gifts themselves. I'm over the moon with the vintage ephemera, the wonderful mailing labels. The Ernie the Envelope package--I had none of that!! My Downton Abbey Calender!!!!! (I can't wait for Sunday! I have a serious crush on Branson!) The cameo necklace is divine! The kawaii! That awesome little Coca-Cola Santa tin! The frizz control! (I have very curly hair, so that is awesome.) My tea for Downton and the wonderful sugar sticks! Snoopy and Charlie Brown! Washi! I simply can't put into words how grateful I am for the love you put into this package. I carefully put everything back in the box and am taking things out to oh and ah over. What a wonderful Christmas, Birthday, New Year Surprise. You are an amazing person. Thank you so much. And of course I want to do a Valentine's Swap!!
Response: So glad you enjoyed! You sent a pretty amazing/fantabulous/cool beans swap yourself! :) they killed off my favorites of Sybil and Matthew, so I watch now primarily for Mary and the Dowager Countess -- what rapier wit!! We'll have to compare notes next week. ;)
Mscraftyt rated for Holiday Fun Matchbox Swap 2014 on Dec 29, 2014
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Comment: Thank you so much for the adorable matchbox! I love it!
VioletLove rated for Christmas Card Swap on Dec 23, 2014
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely cards! I love the way you decorated the envelopes. You have a beautiful family. Merry Christmas! I look forward to swapping with you in the new year :)
bigmamabird rated for Not Your Mama's Christmas Card! on Dec 8, 2014
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Comment: Many thanks for the lovely card!
ShesJustKat rated for Fun & Easy Holiday Card Swap on Dec 7, 2014
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DebR rated for C&C Stocking Stuffers!! on Nov 21, 2014
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Comment: Thank you, the presents look so pretty. I am saving them till Christmas.
dodothefairy rated for TPD - Mystery Supply Swap #5 on Nov 20, 2014
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Comment: thank you!
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Comment: Wow, a whole package of fun!!! Thanks a LOT for spoiling me=^••^=
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Comment: This package was SO AWESOME and deserves a million hearts! I so appreciate the time and thought and tender loving care with which you put everything together! My goodness! Where to start?! I sat on my couch going through the layers and layers of everything several times . . . it felt like an early Christmas! Thanks so much for the tea, coffee, and sugar (packaged in such a delightful way), the cute bandaids, inspirational thoughts for card making, handmade envies, hot air balloon stickers, nostalgiques vellum stickers, snoopy stickers, sample ATC, ATC kit created with love (of course), cute piggy treat bags, washi tape, ladybug labels, magnet words, “crafted by” clear stamps, bee photo squares, thought bubble post its, ALL the cute post-it notes actually, butterfly notecards, bumble bee card, birds and nests rubber stamp set, hand sanitizer, and the Pink Bubbly chocolate! WOW! My little package to you is no match for these awesome treasures! I just love everything! Thanks so, so much . . . and know that just when you least expect it, there will be a little extra happy mail in your mailbox so as to not let you completely outdo me. :o) ******** P.S. Ohhhh yes! And the Limited Edition Downton Abbey tea! I had no idea! That went right in my tea cupboard so it wouldn't get lost and I am having some today (brewing as I type this). It smells WONDERFUL! Thank you again!
lou rated for AUGUST: airmail travel on Sep 23, 2014
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Comment: A lot of fun traveling with you, but I'll pass on the wedding pics ... lol
zoev1975 rated for C & C Bookpage Art - EDITED on Jul 23, 2014
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Comment: Thank you Naomi for fabulous bookpages - My favourite is the girl in the puddle!
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Comment: Thank you! Loved it!
VioletLove rated for Waldenpond2 and violetlove on Jul 14, 2014
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Comment: Thank you for a wonderful package! You sent so many lovely things and you were so kind to include goodies for the girls. I love the necklace and look forward to using the adorable tea press. I can't wait until I get a chance to look through all of the tiny treasures in each whimsy jar. You are such an amazing swapper! Big hugs!
Response: Yay! I hope you like them! So glad we swapped! Replying to your message soon -- sorry for the delay. Just moved today and man oh man is it crazy.... :)

Rating Overview

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Comments

thriftymermaid on Nov 23, 2016:

thriftymermaid on Oct 20, 2016:

Happy Birthday Naomi! I hope you have an awesome day and I hope we catch up soon!

thriftymermaid on Dec 31, 2015:

thriftymermaid on Dec 28, 2015:

Thank you so very much for my AMAZING Christmas box of goodies. Everything is incredible and so appreciated. I feel so lucky to be buddies with you. I'll PM you soon. <3

LittleDonnaGirl on Nov 1, 2015:

I'm enjoying some of that Downton Abbey tea you gave me and thinking of you. I have been away from Swap-Bot for about six months and recently returned and am catching up with everybody. I hope you are doing well my friend. :-)

LittleDonnaGirl on Oct 28, 2015:

Happy belated birthday! I just returned this week to Swap-Bot after being off for about 6 months. I hope you are doing well and I hope you had a very special birthday! :o)

thriftymermaid on Oct 22, 2015:

A little bit late but wishing you a very Happy, Happy Birthday! I hope it was great my friend!

thriftymermaid on Jun 30, 2015:

Thinking of you and saying Hello!! :o)

VioletLove on Jun 17, 2015:

Just stopping by to say hi! ;)

thriftymermaid on Jun 6, 2015:

Hi Miss Naomi,

Was thinking of you and Sir Edward and thought I would drop you a line to say Hello!

I hope all is well and that you're enjoying the sunshine.

Hugs.

Erin

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