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wm

wm
Date Joined: February 8, 2016
Last Online: January 16, 2018
Birthday: May 3
Country: South Africa
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About Me

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I'm fascinated by genuine vintage odds and ends and especially like postcards, not only because of the amazing variety available out there, but because it connects me with people around the world. Occasionally I try my hand at creative writing and have started using postcards as a prompt ... as a writer in the making I love interesting pens ... now think about this ... Alt text

The SAPO is notoriously slow, so I do ask for your patience when receiving swaps from me. I send as soon as I can and rate as soon as post has arrived.

Favourite postcards

• the so-called postcard "beauties"; vintage/nostalgia

• something that tells a story

Ents and dryads. The Celtic Tree Mythology fascinates me, according to which I'm a poplar, my heartner s a Cedar and my adoptive mother an Elm

• autographs and poems, as well as pictures of celebrities (esp. writers) ~ graphology

• reflect on this: people, their eyes and mirrors

• other than pencil/charcoal sketches (of people or animals), I'm always on the prowl for Mecki cards and love the art of Josephine Wall, Janet&Anne Grahame Johnstone, Carl Spitzweg and Arthur Rackham. Rackham's fairies are the best!

• cards to colour

• as for animals, I love Great Danes and leopards; maxicards of butterflies/moths

Barbie dolls and if it has to be Disney, then Tinkerbell or any of the Disney dogs. My daughter (born in 2011) would LOVE to receive something too, if you could address it to Leonie - even if it's part of a swap for me. I don't mind passing these on to her

You can find my Postcrossing account by doing a 'search' for Wanda4miles in South Africa. The reason I'm not available for swaps there is that I don't check that e-mail account often enough.

PS please refrain from sending me handmade cards, touristy cards are not really my thing and I loathe snakes.

Favourite stamps

Alt textRSA, i.e. South African stamps ... mint, used, or both (or the ones that appear on my envelopes to you). Also Butterflies/moths (the one displayed below is Myscelia cyaniris), ladybirds and writers. I never knew there were actually stamps displaying Barbie and would love to add them to my collection!

For a while I collected dogs on stamps, hoping to come across ones with Great Danes ... in the end I had so many dogs, it was ridiculous! I still have plenty of these, if anyone wants to swap, and am still on the look-out for Danes.

I use stamps for my greeting cards, here I'm looking for Christmas stamps and ones displaying hearts, cake, balloons and presents.

I work only with whole (not torn), decently franked stamps.

Favourite books

Poetry, mainly that of Anne Sexton, Sylvia Plath (naturally Ted Hughes), Ingrid Jonker, Marina Tsvetaeva, Karin Boye a bit of Sara Teasdale, Charlotte Mew. I happen to be a personal friend of Dorian Haarhoff and greatly admire his work.

I've read almost all Elsabé Steenberg, Karl Kielblock, Eleanor Baker and Lynda La Plante's books and want to start some Jodie Piccoult. Julia Cameron's books have been shredded by me ... and if you have an interest in writing beyond that, James Pennebaker has come up with some amazing stuff.

Goodreads contains a very long list of books I've read and reviewed ...

Need more?

• although I love the colour burgundy Alt text is an icon I use as editor and translator. She appears on my business cards and letterheads, in fact, if I do write to someone, I only use butterfly cards/paper and envelopes (with the occasional rubber butterfly stamp) and stickers

• since childhood I've loved beads and do all sorts of things with them (in my knitting, in collages, in bottles). Most importantly I wear #RelateBracelets to make a difference! > Alt text. I also make greeting cards, which is part of the reason I don't really like homemade postcards (could make them myself). My focus tends to be birthday and Christmas cards because they sell. Valentine's and Easter cards don't really sell unless they're super special. How is one supposed to do that and keep the cost of the card low? (which is the only reason South Africans tend to buy homemade cards)

• I collect miniature perfume bottles - MINI ones! In 2010 I was fortunate enough to travel to Israel and smell (a.o.) real nardus oil; the alabaster jar "my precious" (uttered in a husky Gollum whisper!). Read: perfume samples are always welcome

• if anyone is prepared to send me scrabble letters, I'd be really grateful (esp. the letter 'y')

My knitting:

I knit Barbie clothes that I sell with accessories (or I clean up the dolls and sell each with two outfits, as you can see). If you have any spare Barbie shoes/handbags/hats or glasses lying around and you're tossing: I'm catching, swapping, exchanging, bartering!

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A semioticist would have much to say about what's been weaved into this page ...

Favourite music

Alt text ... I will never pass for a perfect bride, or a perfect daughter ...

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Ratings

ema819 rated for 30 used past stamp#59 ✿♥‿♥ on Jan 10, 2018
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Comment: thank you very very much for the beautiful stamps :)
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Mamabemus rated for Stamp Lover's Bag on Jan 1, 2018
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Comment: awesome. thanks for the extras. I am VERY excited about the Papa Smurf stamp!!!!!
Response: ;)
bstrong rated for Christmas cards on Dec 12, 2017
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Comment: Wow some people’s talents and imagination just amazes me beyond words. This is so much fun what a great idea and considering and I absolutely love it. Thank you for the time and effort that you put into this card, you’ve absolutely made my day. 😃❤️🧡💛💚💙💜
Response: SO pleased you like it!! ;)
fairypretty7 rated for Pass on Stamp Bag on Dec 12, 2017
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Comment: Thanks for the stamps.
CindyST rated for Postcard bags (again!) on Nov 30, 2017
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Comment: Thank you bag has been received, and thank you so much for the puzzle postcard. Its the first one I have ever seen :D
jukejan rated for Your face on Nov 27, 2017
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Comment: Thank you for the interesting poems and the PC. I was just watching Outlander and I know it was filmed there this season.
Liiskah rated for Postage Stamp Bag Swap #1 on Nov 23, 2017
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Comment: Thankyou :) I can't wait to pass them on.
skinny52 rated for Stamps by Topic on Nov 20, 2017
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Comment: Such a wonderful and beautiful assortment of stamps! You fulfilled my wishes perfectly, thanks so very much!
crochetjunkie rated for Postcard Extravaganza #1 on Nov 20, 2017
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Comment: Thanks for the kitty pc and really interesting stamp!!
coolbaker5 rated for Christmas Gifts on Nov 19, 2017
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Comment: Such a lovely surprise! Thank you!! :-)
Stargazer008 rated for Swap ONE stamp on Nov 18, 2017
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Comment: Thank you so much for sharing the stamps and stories. The building looks amazing and reminds my of the post office in Durban! This letter took such a long time to arrive - it was more than worth to wait for it. Oh what a wonderful surprise! :)
Response: I am so sorry that you've had to wait so long, but good to hear you like it :)
suepier rated for Postcard Extravaganza #1 on Nov 18, 2017
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Comment: Thank you for the great postcard from Southern Drakensberg. I love all of the views.
marclively rated for Postage Stamp Bag Swap #1 on Nov 17, 2017
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Comment: Wanda, thanks for the postage stamps! Marc
armadillogal rated for WIYM - Christmas Postcard Swap on Nov 16, 2017
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Comment: Thanks for the card!
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Comment: Thank you so much, Wanda, for the wonderful collection of stamps! These are great! Such a fabulous variety...thanks for the extras, too! ❤️
Response: absolute pleasure! :)
kweandee rated for Postage Stamp Bag Swap #1 on Nov 15, 2017
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Comment: Got them....will get them moving, and thank you for the extras :)
PostcardAl rated for Postcard Extravaganza #1 on Nov 14, 2017
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Comment: Hello Wanda -- thanks for the comedians cards, and the great stamp. Best, al
Amyncognito rated for Postcard Extravaganza #1 on Nov 13, 2017
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Comment: Thank you so much for the pretty owl card!
Response: so pleased you like it :)
cfroggie rated for Postcard Extravaganza #1 on Nov 10, 2017
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wm on Jan 8, 2018:

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Stargazer008 on Dec 17, 2017:

What a lovely suprise in my letterbox! Thank you for the BONUS card at the WIYM postcard roulette November. Lucky me! And now have a wonderful festive season.

miia on Dec 14, 2017:

Thank you for your lovely owl postcard and thank you for chosing me as your unassigned partner on WIYM: Postcard roulette November swap! :)

Poftoffel on Nov 3, 2017:

And another favorite

Poftoffel on Nov 3, 2017:

My absolute favorite writing quote!

VaGrammy66 on Jul 10, 2017:

APDG ~ Butterflies on flowers🌸Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

Hope you enjoy the pictures!

yvonne401 on Jul 4, 2017:

APDG ~ Butterflies on flowers🌸Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

I hope you like the pics and gifs that I've chosen for you.

Happy Summer!

Blessings,

Yvonne

Sahnetoffee on Jul 3, 2017:

APDG ~ Butterflies on flowers🌸Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

Hey, enjoy the pics I have chose for you and have fun!

drgngirl on Jul 2, 2017:

APDG- Butterflies on Flowers!

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athousandyears on Jul 1, 2017:

Hey, I'm decorating your profile for APDG ~ Butterflies on flowers 🌸 Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

We hope you'll enjoy our selection.


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Kindest regards, -A.

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