Comment: You went above and beyond a flat swap! Thank you so much for everything. I appreciate all the profile-based things you sent from the candy to the zines. Seeing the cat bag and cute wrapping made me not want to open anything at first! I love the space stamps, note pad, and pin. Your swap really made my day. :)
Comment: Your swap was awesome! The outer envie was so amazing! I loved the images of the birds and the way you printed the address and the incredible collection of postage stamps! Just wonderful! I watched the Put a Bird on It episode after reading the article. Hysterical! Thank you for the fun-filled swap! xoxo
Comment: Wonderful! ♥ How had I never heard of this story? The language is lovely and clever and the whole thing is delightful. The mail art is fantastic, too: I like how you juxtaposed the images with the text. Thank you so much!
Comment: Thank you Mary for my amazing flipbook! I absolutely love it! You did a beautiful job and I enjoyed looking in the pockets and reading the phrases you used. Love my bird items infeference to my J-bird. Thank you so very much! I am finishing yours up and hope to have mailed out by the end of the week. 😊
Comment: Thank you so much for the GORGEOUS flip book! I am so in love with it. Where else would you find a peacock, Paris, and Kurt Cobain? Thank you also for the movie recommendation and kind words. This swap really meant a lot to me.
Response: Thanks so much; I'm so happy you appreciated its ecclecticness. ;-) If you ever want to do a private swap, let me know!
Comment: Thank you so so much for your beautiful flipbook stuffed with even more georgeous goodies! I oohed and aahed all the way through opening it! (if you like, i opened it live on instagram and its there for the net 24 hours hihi) And YES we totally have similar styles! Thank you again :) Lots of love
Comment: Absolutely fabulous package. The honey bee candy was delicious. We are moving to a new house with a fireplace so the matches in the bee box are special and appreciated. I can’t wait to start the book!! Thank you so very very much!!!
Response: Yay! So happy you liked it. Let me know if you like the book!
This is above and beyond what I had even imagined! Iâ€™m using all my willpower not to open every one right now!
This package was such a bright spot in my day. My children broke one of my favorite ornaments today, and my best friend had a terrible time at work, so she came over and we each opened one box....simply amazing! Each box is so lovingly crafted with the blue art and words of encouragement on the inside. I opened the felted mouse ornament (perfect replacement for the one I lost today), and my friend opened the black tags. Truly helped both of us beat the bad day blahs!
Thank you, as always, for the time, effort, and creativity you put into every swap! I look forward to our next one ðŸ˜Š
Response: Yay Michelle...so happy that the swap has already fulfilled the purpose it was designed for;-) Hope you and your family are on the mend and are enjoying the holidays. Let me know when you're up for another swap...maybe after the new year when all the craziness has died down. Until then, take care!
Comment: Aunt Diane had to have been a closeted alcholic, right? Maybe? Iâ€™m still stumped on that one. As I write this note to you Iâ€™m watching â€œ 11/8/16â€on Netflix, which follows voters (on both sides) on Election Day. Itâ€™s interesting to watch it knowing the outcome, and knowing that these folks donâ€™t for most of the film.
Your box rocked! Gimme all the greens and dots! I will certainly start using these fab notecards this weekend and I absolutely love the sticky note album. Itâ€™s truly perfect.
Your letter may have been my most favorite among these favorite things. I feel like we should be pen pals! Iâ€™ll be catching up on some letter writing over the holiday weekend. Mind if I send one your way?
This private swap was so fun and winning was like winning the big Bingo jackpot. Thank you so much for the invite! â˜ºï¸
Response: I think you're right about Diane, although she's seen on the gas station convenience store security footage as seeming perfectly fine. It's just so weird to me. I'm going to check out Election Day; I put it on my list. And oooooh yes, I'd love a letter. Seems we'd have endless things to talk about as pen pals! Look forward to hearing from you soon! Have a good rest of your weekend!!
Comment: Such a wonderful box of goodies! Thank you for including some items for Phoebe and Penny ðŸ˜Š I LOVE the flipbook packed with awesome stuffâ€”especially the Steve Zissou pins!!! (That happens to be one of my favorite movie quotes EVER) â¤ï¸ So wonderful to swap with you, and I hope you would like to swap again!
Response: I'm so with you on Steve Zissou...it's funny we both sent Wes Anderson items...you really nailed the theme on yours though! It was a truly fantastic (Mr. Fox) box! I forgot to ask you where you got your stationary; that is so very cool. I need that! Check your inbox for my next idea ;-)
Comment: hi Mary! what a cute package! i especially love the "envelope" it came in, and the darling tiny sheet music envie! i have to tell you this crazy story.. for 3 -4 weeks I've had this huge, beautiful writing spider (it's what we call them, but most call them garden spiders, like my yankee boyfriend lol) who made her web under my mailbox. I'm careful not to disturb her.. she even got upset with me once & came after me which was scary.. anyway i named her Charlotte, and i drive by her several times a day.. but for 2 days she's been gone.. then your package came and there she was on a stamp!!! i took a picture of it ðŸ˜¢ðŸ’œ thank you for all the goodies, & i hope you get mine soon! it's still the only one that got returned. ðŸŽƒðŸŽƒðŸŽƒ
Response: What an awesome (creepy haha) story; thanks for sharing! I'm glad you have a keepsake of Charlotte in case she doesn't return ;-)
Comment: It's an absolutely lovely package, Mary! I love it all and have not been able to stop smelling the soap! I have already been enjoying the tea and put the blue portfolio in my work bag. It is going to come in handy right away! I just love everything and all the special touches that you did. I chose to open the little card last and have to say that is my favorite! I loved looking inside the little pockets to discover the lovely tuck ins that you included and especially the magnet with the quote from my profile! Thank you, thank you, thank you! Can't wait to swap again. :-)
Comment: Thanks for looking at my profile-you sent some great stuff for an old hippie like me and really interesting about the pop rocks! Thanks for sharing! And what a fun envelope-cartoon on front and beautiful lining. I had just found my envelope liner dies that I haven't seen for awhile(funny how crafts supplies hide)-maybe that should be an episode of "Disappeared" or maybe more the truth be told"Hoarders"!
Comment: MARY!!!!!!! You completely outdid yourself with this swap! The wrapping, the veggie ribbon, the hedgehog tissues, and the woodland notecards were fantastic! But the Portland flipbook is PHENOMENAL!! I can't wait to show my husband (who has been planning our trip) all of the goodies and recommendations! If you ever come to the SF Bay Area I will happily make you one too. ;-)
I hope that you would like to swap again in the future, and if so I would be happy to be the coordinator. Thank you so much for putting together the ultimate package for me. I'm so touched by the effort you put into it, and am so glad that I joined Swapbot!
Thank you so much! Xoxo
Response: Yay! I'm so glad it got to you...that's why I was freaking out when it was kinda 'lost' in transit; I knew I would have a hard time duplicating it ;-) I hope you and your family have the best time here; as you can probably tell, I love my city! Coincidentally, I lived in San Jose for about 7 years and worked in San Mateo, so I know the Bay Area pretty well. I'm sure a lot has changed, though, in 15 years... Anyway, have a great trip and let me know what you end up seeing while you're here! Maybe we can do a flip book swap in the future; they're so fun to make!
Comment: Oh Mary, I wish I could give you 100 hearts!!!! This package was so wonderful and thoughtful. The profile surprises were amazing! My hubby and daughter were happy to have something for them enclosed in my package. They always see me getting goodies in the mail. I LOVE LOVE LOVE everything! Thank you SO much! I look forward to us hopefully swapping again!
Response: Awesome! So glad you liked everything ;-)
Comment: Thank you so much for the amazing swap.... it really was the best one ive ever gotten... it made my day especially since Monday is my bday so it came at the perfect time Thanks for making my day
Response: Oh I'm so glad. It was really fun to put together. Happy happy birthday!!
Comment: Hi Mary, Thank you so much for the wonderful items you sent and how impressive everything was presented. I love the colors too. My husband and I will enjoy the chocolate at snack time tonight. Cheers, CarolynðŸ’žðŸƒðŸŒ·
Comment: Enjay! OMG! I absolutely love my swap bag! Thank you so much for all the pink goodness you have going on ðŸ’•ðŸ’•ðŸ’• You did awesome the cupcake inspirationals is adorable! Totally love itðŸ’— XOXO Dawn
Comment: Thank you SO much for the stamps & postcards! I love everything you've chosen, and 'm particularly in love with the movie production stamps! I have never seen those. If you'd like to swap again, let me know! I thought all of my subscriptions ended but I just got Rolling Stone in the mail!
Response: I've had those stamps for awhile...they were just waiting for the right person to send them to and when I read your profile I knew that was you ;-)
Comment: So many hearts just for the attention to packaging before I even got to the zine! Thank you for making this a pleasure to open. Then the zine was amazing too. So colorful and exactly what I need as I plan to work in my first garden ever this year.
Response: Good luck with your garden! I am a novice as well...always learning! ;-)
Comment: Hey Mary! I loved the things you sent. Thank you for taking the time to read my profile and send me a perfect package. The erasers are so cute and I am dying over the Disney stamps, I have never seen stamps like those before they are amazing! Thank you <3
Comment: Yay!!! It just arrived today and is absolutely lovely. I love the binding, the secret envelope with a piece of chocolate, and cute heart stickers. Great facts about Valentines Day, too. Thanks! x
Comment: Thanks I like the holiday stickers you sent a lot!
Response: I can't believe they took that long! Can you check the postmark and let me know what it says? And also your resend should be arriving soon since I sent it about a week ago...let me know if it doesn't get there!!
Comment: Wowww, what a magnificent zine you've put together! This is the loveliest and most detailed thing I've ever seen in this category, for sure. And fascinating, too! Super special that you tailored it for my interests, and gosh, even the packaging and presentation was special! Thanks so much for a wonderful swap, and have a fantastic day!
Comment: Hi Mary!! Thank you so much for the wonderful package of wonderfulness!! The Tarot cards are great I am excited to add them to my collection and what my partner told me "it's like a mini reading"!! Thanks for a special swap. Take Care -Vane
Comment: Hi Mary, I loved your pocket letter and enjoyed all the different little surprises inside the pockets. I hope I will be assigned to you one day to be able to send you a Dutch/ tulip themed pocket letter :)). Thank you and have a lovely day.
Comment: Your package arrived three days ago. I am hesitant to open the box as I want to save the surprise! Thank you!
OMG!!!! the boxes are wonderful!!! Even if each had a rock in it, I'd be thrilled. LOVE your presentation!!!!
The hustle-bustle of the season has calmed & I've time to reflect on the brilliance of the gift you sent me. Inside each box was a treasure of value designed for just me. My anticipation mounted each day as I made a ritual of opening one box at a time. I am moved, Mary, by how much time, thought & care you shared with me. From the 12 matching, exquisitely wrapped boxes, to the labels identifying the item, to the meaning of each item (found feathers, china shards, blingy crown charm) everything was beyond extraordinary!!!
In all my time on swap-bot, there has never been a swapper to measure up to your class. If I ever met you, I am certain we would be best friends. You are that special person that inspires greatness.
If you ever at interested in a one-on-one swap, I would always want to play.
Thank you for touching my heart . . .
Response: Oh no, you ruined the surprise...there ARE rocks in them hahah!! I'm so glad you like the wrapping and I hope you like the contents of each box as well. I really tried to send things I thought you would like. Happy Holidays!!
Comment: Mary, absolutely loved my envie. The purple was Perfect. I'm an earthy color girl, but who doesn't like a little "POP" once in awhile. Plus the "extras". Using the candy wrapper right now for another swap. Happy Swapping!
Response: So glad you liked it!! I'm in the candy wrapper ATC swap too; glad you could use it for that! ;-)
Comment: Thank you so much for the awesome letter and street art! You definitely made my day. The street art zine sounds like a great idea and if you've got the time you should definitely give the mailart group a go, maybe get your daughter into it. P.S. Love the postage you used, as well, made me think of my grandma.
Response: Glad you liked it ;-) Good advice too ;-) Message me and tell me why that postage reminds you of your grandma if you have time...I used the polar bears, right?!
Comment: Oh Mary...you are awesome!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE my Eiffel tower towel, which would have been a great swap in and of itself...but no, you were so wonderful and sent even more goodness! And everything was great...and from my profile likes!! What a happy mail day. Thank you so very much!!
Response: I'm so glad you liked everything. Hope you are having a wonderful day ;-)
Comment: Ok! Have to give you a 5 although i Love the chunk! I'm glad this one appeared ;) Thank you so much for resending. Keep, keeping warm. Oooh, we're going down into the 20Â°s tomorrow night... that's our winter!
Response: So glad you got the resend. Thanks for letting me know it got there so quickly!! ...stay warm at night ;-)
Comment: Thank you for the resend. Love the card. I have inlaws in the Kansas City area although I never lived there myself. Have lived here in Topeka most of my life. It is a good city to live in. Not too big and not too small.
Response: So glad you got the resend; thank you for the heart! Hope you're not too cold...Spring is on the way ;-)
Comment: I loved your ATC with the quote. First the meaningful quote and second the dragonfly. Iike to collect dragonflys. I have them decorating both my laundry room and one of my baths. I love the clever placement of the ribbon, I will remember that when I make future ATC's. Thank you so much. By the way I am a transplanted Oregonian. I lived in Roseburg area for most of my life. Miss the trees and all the fruit that grew in that area. Especially the blackberries. ha ha Never thought I would miss those darn blackberry vines when they invaded into the pasture and we had to prune them back, but they are rare here, and very expensive to buy. Can't please some people. LOL Marcia
Comment: I got your ATC! I love it, and I was so surprised when I saw your envelope in my mailbox. It felt soft, like fabric. At first I thought it came from a pen pal because I thought someone had sent me a scarf or something (and I'm not in any scarf swaps on Swap Bot), but when I opened it it was a pleasant surprise! The Twinkies were squished in the mail, but I'm going to eat them anyway XD I've never had Twinkies before! Anyway, the ATC is brilliant. Thank you!
Response: Thanks for the rating and the heart! I'm bummed that they got squished but glad you're still gonna try em! They're a treat from my childhood...the company recently went bankrupt and Twinkies weren't available but now they're back! Yay!
Comment: I am SO sorry it took me this long to rate! I loved loved loved everything, thank you! I drank the teas right away, got really excited about the magazine clippings, and need to leaf through the zines more. Marcus also says thank you for the notecards! That was really thoughtful of you. Thanks again. <3
Comment: I love watermelon and I love this mini-zine...every page was so cool...facts a haiku a recipe and yummm some gummm...I am beginning to think that zines are the best..because this one was! thank you so much..envelope was also watermeloney good..thanks...
Comment: Hiya Mary! I loved my pencil bag surprise! The owl stickers were the cutest and I put the hedgehog eraser on my hedgehog collection shelf :)
Thank you so much!! (Oh - and totally can't wait to try the tea!!) You're the best!
Comment: Mary! Everything was wonderful! I haven't heard the poem yet, I'll save it for the full moon. I had a wonderful moon view recently in Wyoming, but it's just a sliver now. The candle, recipes, safron is all wonderful!!!! I love how beautifully you put it all together. Thanks so much, it was a wonderful swap. I hope we can do it again some time!
Comment: Hi, I found your envelope among the once I had as rated already, it must have happened by mistake, or my son was playing around. When you wrote the message I had in my mind that I saw little cards with letter so it was strange to me that I didnt know where the swap is and I wrote you as not received. So I searched again and found it:)
anyway, your letter was really nice, thank you for sharing the photo as well
Comment: Mary, I can't believe the apron, I LOVE it! That was so generous of you and the apron was vintage, with an owl and fabulous everything I love so much! You hit a homerun! The cupcake toppers were so adorable. Thank you!! April
Comment: thanknyou thanknyou! i loved the map that your wrapped everything up in.i liked the photo+the little bit of history behind it.if i ever visit Portland i feel like i have a bit more of an insight into the city.thanks again..woohoo!x
Comment: I really liked your poems and loved the backgrounds and time you put into their presentation! The Walt Whitman one was actually new to me and it REALLY resonated with me... Your selections were very thoughtful, and I enjoyed that along with them =).
Comment: Got my wonderful package and quickly realized that I had read the description WRONG!!! I made one envelope per...*rushing off to make more decorated bre's....thanks partner for sending so quickly!!!!! Not only were they wonderful, you also saved my partners that I will SEND to from having to tell me I screwed up...or even worse, from my possibly getting a low rating for not having sent what was required!!!
Comment: Thank you so much for the cool Scorpio ATC and the chocolates. It's a lovely card...I think it's kind of weird how people seem to match their sign. I feel like I'm pretty libra-y too. I also love the wire you used on your baggie...did you make it yourself? If you did, you must have a lot of patience! It looks like you twisted it up with beads and sequins.
Comment: Oh my gosh!!! I am in heaven!! What a FANTASTIC, WONDERFUL, EXCITING package of chocolate!!! Thank you so so much. I could tell is was going to be extra special when I opened the box!! It was wrapped up in a green (my favorite color) box with green tissue paper, a green note, and a green sticker!! Each pack of chocolate was wrapped with green ribbons!!! I have never tried any of these bars, however I have seen them on online specialty stores (which I actually have bookmarked in my favorites) I have been wishing for the bread and chocolate bar. I am saving my special package for thanksgiving to celebrate. I am so very thankful!! You are a GREAT swap partner. IF I could give you more hearts I would!! Thanks so much!!
Comment: 9 HEARTS, Mary this is the sweetest package I've ever received, such a prize. The touching story in the beautiful cover was so nice with a very happy ending, giving Jesus all the credit for her survival, I love it and plan to share it. The quote box in the surprise package was a treat, cleverly and sweetly packaged. I love roses and pinks and will continue to "let God put His super in my natural". So nice to meet a fellow Christian swapper. This quote will be placed on my kitchen window sill for all to read. You made my day :) I hope we meet in another swap some day. Many, many thanks, Doskie
Comment: EmJayBe, you're the best! I wish I could give you thousands of hearts! I got your package today and everything is so adorable, I loved the card, the stickers, that Placebo thing you made which is AMAZING, I just love it. Thanks for everything!! xxxx
Comment: Hello Mary,
WOW! What a treat I found when I opened up your package and I was greeted with your recipe package. I will be proudly adding your recipes to my ever-growing and fantastic collection of recipes. All will eventually become a recipe book, but not at the present time. Your recipe cards will be proudly in the book. I really appreciated the way you packaged your recipes--the presentation was GREAT! Secondly, I really liked how you put the ingredients on one card and the directions on the base card. I liked how the ingredients card had the same design so you knew where each one went. Lastly, your recipes sound delicious and ones I will want to try and share with others. Thank you for sharing your creativity and art expression with me. I know we will be crossing paths again. Until we meet again--I hope you continue to experience happy and successful swapping experiences.