Comment: Hi Lauri! Thank you for the lovely nc (love the photo!), share, and goodies! I love that you are on the go and hope you have a wonderful trip to Hawaii! We have never been but it is on my bucket list! All the best and safe travels! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Response: Thank you for the heart. We had a great time!
Comment: Thanks! I love the camping cat postcard. 😻 Sounds like you had a nice road trip. Your doggie is so cute! I don't think I could handle road tripping with a Yorkie LOL the constant barking would drive me absolutely bonkers 😂
Response: And that’s why we drugged him lol.he slept a lot too. Thanks for the heart
Comment: Hi Winston,
My sister Lola is in one of her moods and she asked me to thank you for your wonderful letter and photos. I am an 11 year old chihuahua named Nemo but my mom calls me Lil Fella or Porkchop. Happy that mom was standing in the SPCA when my owner came to surrender me cause I also do not play well with big dogs (napoleon complex). She picked me up to give me kisses and when the lady said she could not keep me mom took the leash out of the womans hand and brought me home. I do not mind my brothers and sister but those 2 cats are a menace.
Great pictures and glad you were able to go on the road trip. Sorry that you will not be able to go to Hawaii but maybe you can use that as a way to get extra treats.
Gotto go Winston. Mom is calling me so we can go for a walk.
Response: Well I am sure Lola had her reasons!!!! Probably those cats!!! I just got a new haircut today and I am so adorable . I hope you had a good walk .
Comment: Thanks so much for the exciting account of Glacier! I will show these beautiful photos to my husband as the ones we took were long ago and with a not-so-great camera. We camped there and took some very long hikes up to a glacier and the tea house. I wish I could give you more than one heart!!!!
Response: Thank you! It is worth another trip back.
Comment: Just received your letter! I loved the photos you sent and their size is so cute! I also struggle to find stationery!! Specifically stationery sets lol I have to order them from like Amazon or Aliexpress ~ Thanks again c:
Response: So glad you got it. Mail has been slow….thanks for the heart.
Comment: Thank you for the lovely swap. I've only been to DC once...and I loved it. I have a degree in history. I could live in those museums! Hope you and hubby do well. Thank you for the postcards. They are amazing.
Response: I loved the history down in Jamestown area. DC is diffinetly more than a once trip! So much to see and do. Thank you for the heart.
Comment: I love the notecard you picked out for me. Thank you! I'm going to use the image in a junk journal. The vintage stamps are also wonderful. It's great that you were able to get so much creative time in your weekend. Do you have an IG? would love to see your journal. Happy Swapping.
Response: Thank you , my instagram is The Traveling Love Bugs.
Comment: Wow Lauri you went above and beyond! I love how you gave me 3 perspectives of the falls--a photograph with you in it, a mini photo of the falls, and a notecard. I'm jealous, you are 3 years older than me and you look instagrammable. Congrats on doing 3 miles in the cold and snow. An unforgettable way to challenge yourself on a special birthday. It was worth it for those beautiful shots. I like your extra little note wrapped in waxed thread. An excellent gift for me. I've made handmade mini books but never used waxed thread. This is going to make me feel like a pro. :D I've started watching your list of book makers starting with Ali Manning. Thanks so much for the recommendations. P.S. Also checked the falls on google. My favourite thing to do is check out the 360D photos. :) P.P.S. The handpainted envelope is so pretty.
Response: Well thank you so much for your kind words. Ali has a class this Monday! I am so glad you liked everything. I will check out the 360D photos
Comment: I turned 65 last Nov and know what you are talking about being bombarded with calls and mail. Thank you for the new card asking for a small sticker, it will be fun digging through my stickers for just the right size and shape.
Response: Well at least it is over with until next October. Thank you for the rating
Comment: Dear Lauri, thank ou very, very much for your wonderful letter, the goodies and -most importantly- I hope you had a great brithday! Have a wonderful new year in your life! ^-^ And when you think Green tea already feels like drinking gras, I recommand to try icelandic moss-tea. I was curious and it's said to be healthy, but I felt like I'm drinking earth+grass... XD At least I can say: I tried it.
Have wonderful day! ^-^
Response: Thank you so much for your kind words and rating. Perhaps if I can find the tea. Wonder if they sell in the usa
Comment: Thank you so much for the letter and extras. I loved the postcards and seeing the photos from Washington. We are from Eastern Oregon and also lived an hour north of Seattle for awhile so we are very familiar with the area. It was fun seeing a bit of home!
Response: Thank you for the heart. I hope you got to visit some of those places.
Comment: Thanks for the letter, Lauri! And thank you so much for the v-day stickers! I like the idea of sending yourself a pc from travel places; our twins did that when they were young! AND especially...your mushroom illustration on envelope was so charming! Just adorable!
Response: Thank you for the rating. Been on a mushroom kick! Glad you enjoyed it all.
Comment: It was such a pleasure to get this gorgeous piece of mail! It looks like you hand illustrated the envelope, as well as making and illustrating the small ones that contained the seeds. I love the choice of seeds and the presentation was beautiful. Happy planting!
Response: Thank you so much. Funny story, I always told my boys, it’s all in the presentation and to this day, when they give presents they are beautiful!. Thank you for the heart.
Comment: Thank you for the extras! I’ll be sending your card on. I have not tried book binding but I am dying to give it a try!! It’s so cool you made your grandson a sketch book. That’s so sweet! I hope you liked it. I haven’t seen Yellowstone yet, but I’m very interested in watching it.
Response: Don’t forget 1883, both are good. Thanks for the rating
Comment: Thank You for your letter! I loved the art on the envelope and it's definitely one I will cherish! There was no return address but I really enjoyed reading your letter. I hope you have a great new year filled with lots more travel!
Response: I PM my address. What a dork . Thank you for the rating!
Comment: Thanks for sending the postcards my way. Looks like I'll be sending two home. And thanks for the extra postcards. I've never been to Hawaii. My daughter went her senior year of high school with the band. And I've never been to Washington DC. You've given me lots of things to check out with books and tv. Love the envelope!!
Response: Thank you for your kind words and rating. Its nice to get postcards sent home. Still waiting for mine!
Comment: Hello Lauri,
Thanks so much for the note, I love the birthday card and will remember you in June for my 60th!! OMG I enjoyed a peak into your fab weekend. I've not been to Hawaii but I am looking forward to going. I'm going to put the aloha sticker on my file cabinet at school so I can see it and remember your sweet card. Enjoy the rest of your trip! Have a fantastic 2022!
Response: You brighten up my day. How sweet where you put the sticker. We are home now. Beach and frolicking in the waves on Friday , shoveling snow on Saturday
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely card, note, postcard and photo! The New Year’s party at the lodge sounds like a lot of fun! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Lauri! Give a hug to adorable Mr. Winston for me!
Response: It started snowing so maybe this year, it will be white mew years!!
Comment: It was a wonderful experience to receive my pen pal, Lauri's letter today. I'm so very delighted. Thank you so much for this love. She has put in so much efforts into crafting this beautiful letter with lovely bookmark and pictures. Absolutely loved reading her warm letter.
Response: I am just pleased you felt so happy, that was a reward in its self.
Comment: The card arrived! Thank you for the pictures and the little note. Your trip sounds and looks so fun! Ive never been to Red Rock Canyon, but I have been to Las Vegas! One day, I would love to visit Venice.
Response: Oh I hope you do! Thanks for the rating .
Comment: I got your PC but I think it belongs in another swap, its not a Round Robin one, but I think I have a way to get it back into the right swap(LSRUS). Unfortunately, if that means that a Round Robin Traveling PC swap card made its way into another swap, you may want to give them a head's up so they can try to get it back into our rotation. Thanks for the extra Oregon PC, it is beautiful
Response: OMG really! Perhaps I can send another one! Let me know! Need to keep this straight 😊
Comment: Lauri, I absolutely loved your letter and all the lovely things you sent along with it! Especially the post card! I am starting to get into collecting post cards and yours by far is my favorite! Thank you so so much! You truly are a sweetie and funny! 💛💛💛
Response: What a wonderful comment ❤️. This is what happy mail is all about!!!! Thank you forcth3 rating
Comment: What gorgeous photos! I would love to hike in a place like that. I love stationery too, all kinds. If you are looking for cool stationery, I've found estate sales and general stores in Amish/Mennonite communities to be great places to find some stationery related treasures.
Response: Thank you! I can try the estate sales, happy to make your week bright!
Comment: My aunt's best friend lives in your town. I lived in Portland (NE, SE, and Milwaukie) and north of Seattle (Arlington and Edmonds). I sure do miss views like the lovely one you painted for me.
Response: Oh my I love Edmonds andRick Steve’s lol. No place like the NW! Thank you for the heart.
Comment: I really appreciate the envelope with your artwork, artwork inside and the lovely teas! I cannot wait to try the cinnamon :) Thank you for your note as well and photos from your trip to Vegas. I have seen Lily Pulitzer's work and your artwork is a nice representation. I am also in love with the watercolor painting on the envelope. Well done! Thank you and happy swapping.
Response: Thank you for the kind words. It’s all about happy mail. I am so glad you enjoyed it 🙏
Comment: Lauri! Thanks for the great teas and pretty stickers! But thank you more for your lovely letter, which was fun and enlightening (we live in a Ponderosa pine forest but my husband does not think we should make tea from the needles...) and interesting to read. Your vacations sound great and give me hope for travel for us! Such a delightful swap! Thanks!
Response: Thank you. Like I said, ya gotta know what pine needles to drink. I have really gotten to enjoy my batch. It’s clear to drink but I add honey.
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful hand-made art card, sharing your weekend, the hand-drawn map, the brochure and stickers! Oh, and for the tip about tempera paint sticks. I will definitely check those out!
Response: Thank you for the heart. Glad I had something fun to write about and yes, check out the paint stick.
Comment: Dear Lauri, I absolutely loved your acrylic piece for both the bookmark and the card: gorgeous colours and such lovely texture! I hope you get to make your dream come true and move soon - you should also check the Algarve area (although a bit packed during summer because of tourists, it’s quite warm and sunny all year round and with some nice landscapes) - do let me know if you end up moving 😉
Response: Thank you so much!!!! Who knows when we can make it to Portugal!!! Appreciate the kinds words
Comment: Hi Lauri. Sorry for delayed rating. Your card got covered over with other mail. In any case, I loved your use of a beautiful photo for the NC. I like to do that also. And the bookmark is great! Perhaps if you write to me again, you can send pictures of the books you made. Thx.
Response: I would love too. Thank you for the rating...
Comment: Hi Lauri, Thank you for the long letter about your adventures. /the pics and cute watercolor was a nice touch. I always get pcs right away on trips too and start sending them out. I am glad you enjoyed your trip.
Response: Thank you for the heart. Glad you enjoyed the swap.
Comment: Thank you, Laurie, for the lovely swap! I appreciate the large writing (and I purple!) and the lovely tea bag holders! It's cool that we are so close! I have not explored the area very much, but we will go to some of the area's offerings when things settle back down... Looking forward to the Mary Hill Museum! Anyway, thanks again and take care!
Response: Your welcome, and yes, Mary Hill has some fun things there! The tasting room is pretty cool too, good eats.
Comment: I am a new artist on canvas, acrylic. I enjoy beach/marsh scenes. SOme abstract. I made a ocean bookmark for this swap for my partner, so I love your abstract ocean! I enjoyed the scenes you explained to me so beautifully....the trip sounded beautiful. Never to old to behold the beauty of this world! I'm glad you stayed safe. Thank you for the goodies~I love your pic..you guys seem so happy!!ANd bravo on the handmade envelope! Thanks again!
Response: Thank you so much for your kind words. I was having a crap day painting, telling myself I suck. Creating can be such a downer. We forget our god stuff and just dwell on our poo stuff. Thank you 🙏 for reminding I am ok.
Comment: Thank you for the tea. I mostly drink black tea too, but I'm expanding my horizons. I bought a kettle that heats at different temperatures, so it isn't too hot for white, green and oolong teas. It has helped a great deal, the green tea is no longer bitter, and the white is a bit more flavorful.
Not a fan of Patricia Cornwell, I tend to avoid really graphic descriptions of violence, something she seems to specialize in. I've started reading the Longmire series, so many people have told me how great it is. And I plan to watch the series on Netflix, but I need to read the first couple of books first.
My twins are now 24 and on their own, I no longer have to run after them and make them do things they don't want to do. Whew!
Comment: I have so much to say about this swap! First off, it arrived, haha! Whenever the USPS sends me stuff back I'm always so annoyed but it happens more than I want it to. Secondly, what a wild weekend that was! I haven't flown anywhere in a few years! You make it sound so easy! Also, thank you so much for the goodies and the envelope was perfect! Lastly, YOU ARE SO TALENTED!! I love your flower painting! I'm going to hang it up, it's gorgeous! Thank you SO SO much. Absolutely worth the wait!
Response: Thank you for your kind words. Appreciate it. Tickled you are hanging my art😀
Comment: Lauri! Your letter definitely brightened my day, starting from the amazing pineapple envelope, right down to the thoughtful letter and elephant earrings! Wow! Also, I've always wondered what an ATC was, so now I know! :) Thank you again for such a kind and generous letter. P.S. If I could give you more hearts, I would. <3 <3 <3
Comment: Wow! Sorry to hear about New Orleans.
I stayed on St Charles and it was nice.
I took a trolly once. Enough for me.
Local tour guy told me to stay away from them. They follow you and rob you. Good enugh for me.
I loved it. Took Ubers from my hotel and did not walk around.
My trip was at Christmas and fabulous. Or I should say around Christmas
I would go agsin. I did so much
Beautiful note card.
Thanks for stationery.
Response: Glad you had a good experience, guess it was just the wrong time to visit. Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Hi Lauri Wow I want to visit Camas so badly right now!! Thanks for a wonderful swap, I would so hike with you and be still and enjoy nature!! I love waterfalls and listening to birds, insects and all the sounds of nature. Thanks so much for the lovely pictures and the letter. I would so love to sit on that big log and watch the water falling down!! Beautiful!!Winston is adorable and my father in law had a yorkie named Sadie, Sadie lived to be 17. Columbia Gorge is beautiful!! Thanks for sharing your home place with me.
Response: It takes a swap like this to remind us where we Live! Thanks for the heart.
Comment: WOW! Thank you for such a wonderful swap! I really enjoyed reading your letter. I've never been to New Orleans, but have spent some time on the beautiful Florida beaches! I love the pictures you sent. It made the swap so personal. Thank you also for the tea and washi! Thank you so much for brightening my day!
Response: I am so glad you enjoyed it. Glad to be home though! Thanks for the heart.
Comment: My brother lives on Maui and I have heard how people are resentful. It isn't hard to understand when rich jerks like Mark Zuckerberg and Larry Ellison keeping buying it from underneath Native Hawaiians using questionable tactics. I agree with them. i do love to go and learn all I can about the history and do what I can to help preserve the wildlife and land. I get to go all the time, I am so blessed.
Comment: Oh how wonderful!! Your travel plans are awesome and I dream of when I can do that!! My husband will be partially retiring...he has macular degenerative eyes. He is more of a homebody but he likes when I can go out and about with friends on road trips. I meet a fellow swapper in June!! SHe will be coming from the western parts, I live in the SE!!. We are so excited, going to rent a home for a few days and play tourist in Savannah Ga! I hope you have safe travels and tons of awes and beauty!! Go forth and discover your dreams!!
Response: What a blast that would be!!! How exciting, I would love a road trip to meet my swapbot friends, thanks for the heart ❤️
Comment: So great to hear from you. Your envelope you made me is a keeper for sure. Very nicely done. And your card too. Really does look like the rolling ocean waves. I have your letter in my pile to respond too. Spring is here for sure and I cannot wait to get my hands into the earth for plantings. Take care, thank you so much for lovely mail.
Response: So pleased you like it. Can’t wait to hear from you and an update.
Comment: Hi Laurie! Wow! What a wonderful package you sent me, I absolutely loved everything about it! So many extras and all so pretty! I also loved the postcard. The handmade envelopes and card are beautifuI, you are very talented. I also really liked that you sent me such a long note with it, I will definitely check out the movie you recommended and I hope you will keep enjoying your scrapbooking and watercolouring, it sounded great :) Thank you so so much!
Response: Thank you for your kind words. Its a joy to make my art and have it appreciated!. Thank you for the heart
Comment: I was so happy to receive this awesome swap, you sound like a lovely lady. I too just became artsy(acrylic canvas artist 4 yrs ago) WOw, you travel a lot! I envy you! You seem so be so happy and that makes me happy!!Thank you for the abstract bookmarks, the vase reminds me of the Van Gogh flower vase. Love the teas!!
Response: So pleased you liked it, yes I thought Van Gogh too! Just hope I am not crazy...enjoy the tea and thank you for the heart
Comment: This is very different than what I usually get, but quite interesting, thanks! I went on a cruise back in 2006 (too long ago) to Hawaii. We stayed for a week in Honolulu before the cruise left, then visited the Big Island, Maui and Kawaii. I'd move there in a flash - just loved it. Thanks for the memories :)
Response: I know the feeling...to expensive now. I hope it was a good interesting swap. Thanks for the heart
Comment: Hi Lauri, much appreciated for the 2+ page letter that you recently sent me lol. And yes! I received your postcard that you sent from Hawaii! I'm so jealous you got to go to Hawaii, but again it sounds like hell right now to go to the airport with the whole COVID test thing, how was your result? I've lived on Oahu for many years, but never visited the Big Island. I've never been to Spencer Beach, but if you ever visit Oahu, I recommend visiting Laniakea Beach. As I'm writing this, I actually googled "foot on the swing" that you mentioned in your letter. Funnily, it's called a "footrest hammock", thank you for this item suggestion, you have no idea how often my legs get numb when flying, might try this once I travel again. Lovely decorated fishy mail art envelope too! Take care!
Response: Glad it made it to you. The footrest is a game changer. Test were all negative. I am ready to go back. Kauai opens up in April but same routine...
Comment: Hey there...I got your envelope. I don't know where it went first but someone had already opened it for me and had taped it back closed...! Likewise I don't know what was in it so hopefully everything that you sent me is there. I love the decorated envelope! I use to travel to Hawaii for my job about every -4- weeks and "never" went to the beach if you can believe that! I only went to the island of Oahu but I know it like the back of my hand. I hope you had a fun time on vacation. Thanks for the swap...
Response: How weird is that !!! Really no beach time! I understand, my husband traveled to Europe a lot but never stopped to see the sights .Now we are retired and as soon as we can, we will go. Thanks for the heart !
Comment: Thank you for the nice note and pictures of your trip. I don't hate you, but am rather jealous! We were there 4 years ago for our 40th Anniversary and I want to go back next year for our 45th. We stayed in Waikiki but did go on a volcano tour, first was a helicopter ride over the volcanoes, then a ground tour. It was a lot of fun. You have been busy since you retired and that's what you should be doing. Our snow didn't last long but now it's been raining hard for 24 hours. Gotta love the PNW in the winter. NOT! Good luck on the destashing!
Response: Thank you for the heart! Sold over $125.00 so I. Am on a roll. Try the big island or Kauai next time! Ok, maybe Maui. So many island so much time!!!
Comment: I always feel like we’re sitting and having a cup of coffee when you write! It’s the best! Thank you!!! ♥️Happy Valentine’s Day❣️
Response: you are so welcome. That is how I like to write! Our flight home from Hawaii was cancelled on Saturday so we had to spend one more night on Kona and flew home Valentine's day. It was all good!
Comment: What a lovely envie you made! Thanks! Brightened my mailbox for sure. I've been up to your area--it is so beautiful! My son lived in Portland for a while and I loved visiting. I also loved coming home to my sunshine! Lol. Enjoy Hawaii! I loved it. We visited the volcano park when I was there, but I was so bothered by the air, that I had to stay in the car after the first couple of stops. Coughed for months after. But it was really cool, and I'd love to go back. Have fun! I'm sure masks will help there!
Response: I find the extra time making something for our partners far out weights buying stuff because they put a lot of time and effort into it. I hope you enjoyed the watercolor bookmarked enclosed in plastic cover. I see how much you enjoy reading. It helps to make the book mark last longer. The homemade water color art on the card truly shows that your partner took the time to be creative not to mention the art that was drawn on the envelope with all the details. I suppose it can get lost on people who do not appreciate art or the time it takes to put together a nice swap.
Comment: Oh my goodness! What a joy it was to get your letter in the mail. I LOVED the envelope. So beautiful! The letter was wonderful! I absoultely adore the pictures. What a neat add in! Enjoy your trip to Hawaii! I'm so happy that you get to go! And your huge road trip you took sounds like it was super. Thank you so much for the wonderful letter! PS. my daughter is a park ranger at Zion and there is some snow right now, not tons. We are having a really dry year. Bryce sits higher so they have a bit more snow. Personally, I think Bryce is so much more beautiful in the snow. I'll message you with a few ideas on Hawaii.
Response: Oh thank you and for the heart. I wonder if they will get more snow by the middle of March? I wanted to be a forest ranger back in 1975 but my counselor said there wasn’t much demand so I didn’t go into it...kick myself now.
Comment: Thank you for the friendly letter, tea, and stickers. I didn’t have to cancel plans for anything. Hopefully we can travel later this year. I took a Bible College class on Bible Counseling years ago.
Response: That is good to hear...thank you for the heart
Comment: Lauri! Thank you so much for your sweet card. I LOVE the envelope and all the little goodies you included! If you sold prints of your art I would definitely buy them, I absolutely love the rainbow jellyfish! I hope this year you and your family will be able to travel to all of the places you've wanted to + then some :)
Response: Thank you so much! I hope to make that a dream! On both counts! Thanks for the heart
Comment: Hello Lauri,
Thank you for the letter! I can’t wait to try the teas. The salted caramel looks so good and spicy citrus teas are always tasty! I’ve been quarantined since March. I have very bad asthma and part of my lungs removed so I need to be very careful because I’m at high risk and so is my mother of who I am a caretaker for. I’m very lucky that my job allowed me to transfer to work at home. I’ve always wanted to travel and I had two trips planned, one to New York and one to North Carolina and possibly a third trip to Texas to visit but I haven’t been able to. I will eventually get to go, but I’d rather be safe and wait. I will get vaccine if it becomes available to me. I don’t have allergies but my mom does and is immunocompromised so it’s best that the healthy people around her get vaccinated so we’re less likely to spread illness because she can’t get it. The arts lesson thing sound really good. I was thinking of buying a skillshare membership which sounds similar. As if a platform to take different types of classes and they have quite a few on journaling and Art! I’m not very active on Facebook. I do have one but I just use it to talk to my grandma. 😂. Oh I would love to visit Ireland/Scotland. I have a friend in Scotland and I always say I’m going to go visit her as soon as I can save up the money for a trip. Hopefully in a few years. Period pieces are my favorite. I’ve started watching Poldark and it makes me want to visit Cornwall ( those cliffs!) Thank you so much for the post card and the washi tape. I love the designs! Hope you and Kevin and the rest of your family are safe and healthy.
Response: Thank you. enjoy the tea and keep that dream of travel alive! I watched Poldark too.
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful Christmas card, teas, letter, and awesome post cards! I love it all! It was fun to read your letter, but oh it has to be so disappointing that you can't travel. I love to travel too! We did locally but not to far from home. I hope this changes soon. Merry Christmas!
Response: Thank you, I am happy you enjoyed everything . Thanks for the heart
Comment: Hi Lauri, the ornament you painted so so beautiful! Thank you for this lovely gift :)
I like your weekend - I live in a condo, so ordinary things like raking leaves sound pretty interesting to me. I also think this swap gives us a glimpse into what an "ordinary" weekend may be to someone else. It's my 2nd one, and all partners have done things that I find to be quite interesting. I am sorry the Europe trip you've done so much planning for didn't work out this year. I hope you'll have safe trip for the new year, and many more to come. Happy swapping!
Response: I am so happy you liked it. Spent this week cancelling our New Years plan to Kauai. Made a backup one for April. Enjoy these swaps!
Comment: Wonderful mini happy mail! Thank you so much for all the goodies! I'm so in love with the pressed leaves especially ≧◡≦ 💕 Love the autumn theme. I hope you enjoy your trip! Stay safe and have a great time! + I love to paint the sky/sunsets in particular :}
Response: Thank you, glad I remembered them. Thanks for the heart
Comment: Thank you for the nice letter and beautiful photos of your art! Love the stationary and your ideas on how to create your own!! :) Thank you also for the recommendation on the art group and Papermate pens. I will have to check out that group!
Response: Love to pass on stuff that I have learned, paper mate pens are a game changer. Thank you for the heart.
Comment: Hi Lauri! I received your swap today! I loved it! I think you are very talented. I loved the drawing of the pumpkin on the envelope. I didn’t know you painted as well. I sent a letter, but I will write again because I want to know more about your online painting class.
Have a nice weekend!
Response: Thank you for the heart and kind words. I would be happy to talk about my course and will be checking the mailbox for your letter!
Comment: First of all I love the paper you made the envelope from - I have had a hard time finding halloween paper here. That article you sent me was so shocking! Its crazy what people will pay for old pokemon stuff! The stationary you sent is very pretty and thanks for telling me how it was made - I will definitely steal that idea from you. The stickers and washi are so awesome and the memo sheet is adorable. Thank you SO much!
Response: I thought you would get a kick out of The article. Glad everything was liked! Thanks for the heart
Comment: OMG! I love your art! The colors are my favorite - and so vibrant!!! I'm going to try out your recipe once our weather cools off and I can turn on my oven. I'll write back if you don't mind. :)
Response: Oh thank you!!!! Ofcourse, I will look forward to hearing from you.! I am glad you like my art. Thank you for the heart
Comment: I love the envelope, if that's what you call being on the low end of Art then I'm rock bottom 😀, it's lovely. I can't imagine what it's like dealing with the fires and now the storm. Hope you're safe. thank you.
Response: Well you just made my day! Thank you for your kind words. It was really needed! Thanks for the heart. We have our much needed rain.
Comment: Sounds like you ended up with an awesome vaca! On congrats on retiring, my hubby is counting down the months:) Then we are hitting the road too and lol, I'll be buying postcards at every tacky souvenir shop I can find:) SO glad you got out and about!!
Response: Have a fun road trip, good luck with the postcard hunt!
Comment: I love the pumpkin. I have a not so secret obession with eating all things pumpkin this time of year so this ATC is perfect. I will check out the art group you mentioned. If we can avoid more natural disasters here in CA maybe I will have more time for art and less time at work. :) I have a monthly art group here that I also really enjoy.
Response: Pumpkins are fun to paint!! Hope you check out our class. They are opening for new members the 17th for three days!! Thanks for the heart
Comment: Your journal swap has arrived today! Thank you so much for taking the effort to scan and send everything to me. I haven't had a read through of it quite yet because I want to find time to sit down and really enjoy going through it but a quick flip of it is already making me quite excited coz it looks super interesting!
Response: Oh I am so sososo happy you got it. Enjoy the read, I have fun and looked forward to writing in it everyday.
Comment: Wow! The painting you did of the valley of fire is awesome! It sounds like you had a great vacation and a very busy one:-). You will need a vacation from your vacation. Lol. Thank you for the beautiful postcard as well. What an amazing photo op! Glad you had a great time:-). Have a great day and happy swapping:-)
Response: Your right about needing a vacation! Thank you for your kind critique of my art😊
Comment: Lauri, thank you so very much for the handmade note card, letter and stickers. I can tell the time and thought you put into each part. I especially love the letter and plan to write back to you. Perhaps we can continue the conversation. Take care for now!
Response: Oh I am so glad you looked everything, please do write!!! Thank you for the heart
Comment: I just reread your wonderful letter. I think you would be a great pen pal but I just work and don't have much going on with this virus. I will write you back it just will not be as exciting as your letter. I hope you keep traveling.
Response: I am so glad you enjoyed it. I would be happy to corespond.thanks for the heart
Comment: Thank you Lauri, I appreciated your noted on your weekend. Also, I truly liked the postage stamps you chose for me as extra - beautiful! I hope you'll get back to normal life soon. We are living a new normal in Finland, basically everything is like before, but with some added carefulness. All the best to you!
Response: Glad you finally got it! Thanks for the heart
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful mail! The envelope itself was so pretty I almost didn't dare to open it, and I love all the goodies. My favorite, however, is the DIY card. Thank you and take care <3
Response: Glad you liked it. Made my day thanks for the heart.
Comment: This ATC is beautiful! I love the paint scratch technique you used. Your gorgeous card and all these amazing extras are awesome! Thanks so much for such a great swap! :):):)
Omgosh I forgot to mention the awesome gingko leaves!!! They always remind me of my grandmother and the park in Ohio we'd walk through all the time with tons of gingkos. Thanks for a great memory! :):):)
Comment: Hi Lauri! I've received your mail c: Thanks so much for the surprise goodies and photos! Your mail is so pretty hehe it made my day! May you keep crafting in your beautiful craft room! Have a good day <3
Response: Thank you, I am glad you enjoyed it. I work this weekend but have mon tues wed off. 3 days of crafting!!!
Comment: Thank you for the great message and recommendation!
I received it last night, but I had other things to do so I was late in rated it.
I'm really sorry.
In Japan, it rarely snows after the cherry blossoms have bloomed (it snowed in Tokyo this year, but I didn't get to see the cherry blossoms), so I was surprised at the cherry blossoms in the snow you sent me!
The camellia are also beautiful. This camellias（TSUBAKI） are called "Otome Tsubaki" in Japan.Otome is an Japanese old word that means "girl".
Looking at your bookmark makes me feel like I've been to Hawaii (dream place for Japanese people)!
Jessie Bennety Sam should be respected for tackling a difficult subject in the 1950s
And thank you from Far East for all the work you do.
Have a nice days
And take care of youeself.
Response: Thank you, what a sweet rating. I am so glad you finally got it. I am doing well thank you. I hope we can swap again in the future....thanks for the heart.
Comment: Thank you for sharing this beautiful envie of tree treasure!!! I too ❤️ the cherry blossoms 🌸 of DC in Spring! The view of Jefferson Memorial that you photographed is a perfect bookmark and I look forward to using it! It seems we like many of the same places too - as Kawaii is certainly on my list of places to see! I adore Lake Tahoe visits too 😉 An extra special thanks 😊 for sharing the postage stamps you inherited - they’re fantastic!!! I’m just so grateful and deeply blessed to have had this opportunity to be partnered with you! You’re so very kind and it means the world to me! Mahalo nui loa!
Response: Back at ya sista! I am so pleased you liked everything. It was a fun swap for me to put together for you. Thank you for the ❤️
Comment: Thank you for the very nicely decorated envelope. I love how you wrote my name on the envelope. Do you practice it. I hope you are safe at the hospital. Be careful. I do hope your retirement is delayed too long.
I also hope your trip isnt delayed for too
long. But for the foreseeable future things
are on a hiatus! Do you get your orchids to bloom again after the first initial blooming. I
have my orchids thrive but not bloom again.
.Thank you for the tea and for the washi tape!!
Have a great day
Response: Sadly I was tested on Tuesday for Covid19. At home till the 16th. Awaiting my results. I wish I felt up to crafting...thanks for the heart
Comment: Thank you for the lovely card, bookmark, and photo. The snowy plum tree looks beautiful. Yes, the virus has hit us hard too. We're now in lockdown. But I'm still working (from home) as we are a drug discovery CRO so apparently we're vital :-)
Happy retirement in July! I hope they get you a big cake!
Response: Thanks for the ❤️. Hope your week was good..I still have to work, hospital 24/7. Still, I miss my craft stores.
Comment: Thank you for the pictures and letter. That Lily is just stunning! Sad to hear about your son's canceled trip, maybe they can go next year for the Olympics. I got home from Japan just in time, about a week before this all started blowing up. I recieved an Orchid plant from one of my students, but have NO idea how to care for it. Wishing you luck and safety in your hospital job!
Response: Thank you! Glad you are home and safe. Please watch Miss Orchid girl. Don’t over water!!!! Great idea about the Olympics
Comment: Thanks for you wonderful little book with good photos and the bookmark. I enjoyed everything about this mailingl I know people must do jobs like yours, but it's a little bit scary. Thank heavens for people like you!
Response: Glad you liked my booklet. It was fun to have it do to! Feeling positive about life! Thanks for the heart
Comment: ▂▃▅▇█▓▒░۩۞۩ Thank You ۩۞۩░▒▓█▇▅▃▂ Lauri for the *˛˚ღ •˚ 𝒃𝒆𝒂𝒖𝒕𝒊𝒇𝒖𝒍 ~♥~˚ ✰* ★ Valentine's Day panting. I 𝒍𝒐𝒗𝒆 it! This was such a personal and thoughtful gift. It is priceless! I am forever touched. I am truly humbled and honored to have been your partner. Thank you for your thoughtfulness and generosity. Sending you a gazillion hearts! 💖❥💞❦💕❧💗♡💓♥️❤️❤💘ღ💝❣💘💚💟💙💜💛 εїз Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ ❤ ƸӜƷ εїз
Response: OH I am so happy you liked it. Sometimes I just get inspired...thank you for the heart.
Comment: Hi Lauri ! I received your first (the second you sent) letter a week or two ago, and the second (the first you sent) a few hours ago :) I just want to signal that your second envelope is arrived open, and with a lot of damage. I really hope there was no lost. It seems like someone open it or your envelope wasn't quite thick :/ Anyway, that's nothing, thank you a lot for these letters. I love them. I will answer as soon as possible ! Thanks you :)
Response: Usually I tape them up pretty good...must of forgot, thanks for the heads up! Looking for award to hearing from you.
Comment: Hi Lauri! Happy belated birthday. Seems like you had a great time celebrating. Thank you so much for the lovely note card. I love how you decorated the envelope and how it tied in to the design on the card. Very cute. ♥️ Thank you so much for the extras.
Response: I just love doing that! Thanks for noticing. It was a good week. Thank you for the heart
Comment: I love Rick Steves! I went on one of his Italy tours - definitely worth it; and used his books for Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam - definitely follow his advice, he won't steer you wrong whether or not you take one of his tours or do it on your own with the guide books. Happiest birthday to you!!
Response: Thanks for the birthday wish, it was fun to hear him speak but now with the Coronavirus, we hope we don’t have to cancel out our trip (:
Comment: Thank you for sharing your awesome stories! I have known my childhood best friend for 40 years. We were born two months apart and next door to each other . I love pictures too so thank you for sending. Now I can’t remember if I’ve been to Depoe Bay 🤔!!!
Response: Isn’t it special having a friend that long❤️. Well then you must take a road trip someday to Depoe Bay thanks for the heart
Comment: Hi Lauri!!! Thanks for the swap, mail is taking forever to arrive but I’m happy it ‘d here :) the apple & cranberry tea looks delicious and the Caramel it’s definitely a favorite. Thanks again!
Response: I am glad you finally got it! Hope the caramel lives up to its name! Thanks for the heart
Comment: You really did have a great Birthday week! Thank you for not only sharing your adventures but for letting me "see" you thru pictures. I really enjoyed this swap. I hope you keep having a wonderful life. Happy Swapping.
Response: Thank you, I am glad you enjoyed it. I hope they have more of these. I am just glad I had something to write about lol!
Comment: Lauri, I can not thank you enough for your card, letter, the business cards (which I absolutely LOVE!) and the stamps and old pictures. Wow, talk about making a persons day - you definitely made mine and I so appreciate it!
Also, did you make the beautiful envelope? I love the pattern and was so excited because I just got into Happy Planners and don't have a lot of stickers but the beautiful flowers that are on the envelope, I can cut out and use my zig glue pen and put them in my planner to decorate it. Opening your envelope was like Christmas for me! (Hugs) Thank you again so much!
Response: Oh my that was a lovely rating! I really enjoyed putting that together! Thank you for the heart ❤️
Comment: Hey Lauri!
WOW this is awesome! I love the envelope and all the goodies you tucked inside! Do you know anything about the photos you sent me? Who the people are? Years? Is that your grandad and grandma/?!
These are awesome! Thank you SO much! I will treasure them!
Response: I think the one with the fancy dress was my grandmothers friend. She is standing in front of her and has red hair. Other than that, the hawaiian pics were my family when we were young and living on the army base. Glad you liked them.
Comment: Great letter, thankyou! I trust that there has been some downtime for you after all the fun with family? I especially loved the idea of the blood slide for your grandson: very unique! Thanks, too, for all the lovely Christmassy bits and pieces, they are very much appreciated and will find their way into a variety of projects next Christmas, I am sure! All the best, Tracy.
Response: Thanks for the Heart. Everything seems to be getting back to normal...
Comment: Hi Lauri, thank you for such a beautiful card, the watercolor hummingbird is so beautiful! Thank you for sharing about your art class! Watercolor is such an interesting medium! And you're right I should add a my crafting section. I will amend that on my profile real soon.
Also thank you for the move suggestion! It's funny where I work, it has a center in Seattle and don't get me wrong I love where I am at now, but I've considered/fantasized about moving somewhere closer to nature because of that. Also, not a fan of snow huh? lol, also thanks for the extras additives.
Response: Well we are getting 5 days of snow next week...I only work 2 days so lots of days of crafting indoors for me!
Comment: Thanks for the lovely card and goodies! You had so much to say I will write back when I get a chance. :) I have been to Prague and Vienna if you want recommendations (although I know a lot more about Prague).
Response: Oh yes, I would so appreciate hearing from you. Next week we are traveling to edmunds washington to hear a lecture from Rick Steves on germany and Austria. I am pretty excited
Comment: Lauri... awesome brochures. I have Oregon on my bucket list of places to see. I have friends in N. Powder, and Portland sounds like such a fabulous, eclectic community! I will get there someday!! 😁
Comment: Thank you very much- This is such a pretty card and i love your artwork on the envelope too! <3 I hope you and your family have a fantastic Christmas and a Happy & Healthy New Year!!
Oh! My husband collects WW1 and WW2 stuff too! We have a traveling museum that we put on display at various events up and down the east coast!
Thanks for the stickers and washi!!
Response: Let me know if your ever coming out west! Thanks for the heart
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful Christmas card. If you send me a private message with your address and when you're coming to Amsterdam, I can send you some information and coupons. I work in Amsterdam on the tram as a conductor. Happy holidays and a wonderful new year!
Xx Monique ❤️🎄
Response: Thank you so much and for the heart! I sent you all the info. Looking forward to meeting you if we can!
Comment: Thank you for all the Christmas love in my mailbox!!! I absolutely love the Scottish brochure. Definitely got to check it out for 2020 possibly? And what adorable washi tape with that infamous red truck too.
And your artsy envie I am touched.
I hope your mailbox is 1/2 as happily filled as mine is.
Response: Thank you I just knew you would like the brochure...I am glad it all came together for you. Thanks for the heart
Comment: Lovely, esp. the pc of George Peppard with Audrey, my Mom has always had a not so secret crush on him, I think she'll be 'borrowing' that one from me soon. We've had snow, just hasn't stuck on the ground very long at the house yet, mountains though are covered already. Merry Christmas :-)
Response: Merry Christmas...thanks for the heart. Hope your mom enjoys the card
Comment: Thank you for the absolutely gorgeous Christmas Card!!! What a great idea to do water colors, take a photo and use for your Christmas card. I’ll have to do that myself with some family photos:-)
Such cute washi tape too. I wanna know where everyone gets their Christmas washi tape! Pro after the holidays and on sale to boot.
I loved the holly decorated envie. Girlfriend how do I begin to count the ways that you are talented?
Nope no kids for the holidays:-(
Stampin’ UP has great white card stock. FYI
Thank you for this great swap. It gave me a warm tug on my heart.
Merry Christmas 🎁🎄
Response: Thank you so much for your kind words. Most my tape was from last year end of the season, michaels , Tuesday morning some on line. Just put away for the next year. It’s all new again
Comment: Hi Lauri. Sorry, I got this a couple days ago, but things have been crazy here.. more than just Thanksgiving crazy! I LOVE, Love, Love the photo you made your card from... so beautiful. Pansies are one of my favorite flowers. :-) Your weekend sounds exhausting! Thank you so much for the beautiful Washi. I've never seen any like it, and, purple IS my favorite color! <3 Thank you again for the lovely note. :-) <3
Response: It was cool, that I got you as a partner! Thanks for the heart.
Comment: Thank you for the pretty card, postcards, and nice note! I agree Lake Tahoe is gorgeous. We were there a few years ago and loved the gondola ride up to the top of the mountain. You live in a lovely area!
Response: So happy you have been there. Thanks for the heart, cheers to you and your family
Comment: Wow, Laurie! Beautiful work on the deer Christmas card! That is amazing for a "new" artist! Thank you so much for that and the sweet note and vintage postcard. I also love the "spattered" envelope! Keep up the good work! :-)
Response: Thank you so much. Appreciate the kind words. I will pm you why! W=Thanks for the heart.
Comment: Thank you so much, dear Lauri for your lovely envelope with beautiful stamps .Love the teas and thanks for sharing the new washi tape, so cute ! Wish i could join you going to listen to the Celtic Women. Have a nice day ! Monique x Forgot to mention, also thank you for the postcard of your state, must be a beautiful place to live !
Response: Thank you for the heart. Yes Washington is so very beautiful.
Comment: Thank you for the very pretty notecard. I would love the junk journals and I want to try your distress ink + photo paper technique. I love the butterflies! Did you do them with this technique?
Thank you so much for the pretty handmade card. The photo was totally worth the fall!
Response: Yes I did. I will get them in the mail next week. Thanks for the heart and a new home for the journals
Comment: Hi Laurie, Thanks so much for the great stamps! They're gorgeous😊really love the folk art ones. Thanks also for the pictures and stickers. I love to take pics too, but rarely print them anymore. Wow, lace from your wedding dress, so cool! It's beautiful😊
Response: Thank you for the kind words. The stamps are very unique for sure. Thanks for the heart
Comment: Hi Lauri, I received your postcard today! Thank you! You do live in a beautiful area..oh wow..you're coming to Australia December 2020?!! I'd love to write..maybe could meet up if you're in the area and show you around!
You have my address, would love to hear from you to get your details if you like a reply?
All the best and safe travels 🙂
(I'll be in Hawaii and San Diego end of April to end of May 2020)
Response: Oh that would be awesome. Have a good vacation
Comment: I LOVE everything!!! The earrings and bracelet are beautiful!!!! I can’t get over them! You spoiled me sending so much and the washi you sent is awesome too!!! Thank you so much for being so generous!!! ❤️ ❤️
Response: Well I am so glad you liked them! I wanted to stick with your favorite colors and ocean theme. I am very tickled, thank you for the heart
Comment: I adore all the floral stamps you sent me!! I hadn’t actually seen the seasons greetings $.22 stamp, so thank you for that! 🥰📮💌 Hope you have a great day and thanks for the sweet note too, Micaela
Response: Your so welcome, really enjoy these swaps. Can we do a Christmas stamps swap?
Comment: Hi Lauri! What a wonderful note and photo with the swap. Such a beautiful ATC made with the pressed leaf... I love it! Wasn't it fortunate that you had those already!! Very cool, my kind of gal, I do things like that too! The gems really brighten it up. Mine was also in the dark red/brown ... but nothing to brighten it up :-( Thank you so much for the extras! Thank you for joining the swap.. glad you enjoyed it . <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3
Response: Going out to find more leaves for next year! Fall is here in full swing. Thanks for the heart.
Comment: Hi Lauri , wow I wish I could give you more hearts...I cant tell you how awesome it was to receive your letter and pictures :) It made me so happy , you rock girl! The notecard you made is really lovely. What a fabulous view. I take my kids to the Butchart Gardens for the twelve days of Christmas event...they skate and ride the carousel and then we walk the lights. Magical. I love my Pyrex but I have so much now that I don't buy anymore pieces ...lol fingers crossed. Have you tried selling at a vintage fair event? or marketplace on Facebook? Good luck to you. Happy October swapping peace love light
Response: Thanks for heart. Great ideas for selling my set. Maybe with Christmas coming up it might sell.
Comment: Again, very cute pictures. I love street art and train graffiti. Hope we are partners in more swaps. Just read your profile. Note to self: ISO loving man with travel plans like your husband's.
Response: Thanks for the heart, time to make more traveling plans.
Comment: I squealed when I saw the stamps you included! Thanks so much for a great assortment, and my absolute favorites- I can never have enough! Maybe one day I'll use them lol. Your note was really nice also, I appreciate all you included. You are like the 5th person to mention that museum, next time I'm in DC I'll definitely check it out!
Response: I like to hear that!!! It’s what I strive for! Thanks for the heart.
Comment: Such a generous package. I loved the notecard with your frontyard violas and russian sage (I presume) photo. Very pretty purple composition. Loved the note too about the seeds and especially about your new found talent with watercolours. Congrats on selling your art, that's a milestone in your life! :) Also thanks for the washi sample card. It's the first washi sample card I've received. They are beautiful samples, I really like the muted tones and the delicate look of the patterns.
Response: Thank you for your kind words. One always hold a breath waiting for a nice review! I am tickled you enjoyed everything. Thank you for the heart.
Comment: I love the pictures & the long note. Love that you included yourself on the pics. I have only been to BC on the bus transfer from Seattle to a cruise ship, but hope I can go again. But where is the picture of the man you met on the trail? LOL
Response: I know really! There are somethings I should just forget never happened. Lol
Comment: Thank you for the awesome swap, the lovely extras, but most importantly for the letter :) I'm sorry to know you have to "buy dirt"! The swap reached well enough! However, next time, put some clear tape on top of the little polypack's own closure - the earth made it's way out during the long journey - oh! I do not mind at all!
Response: How disappointing!!! I am glad you enjoyed the letter . Good learning curve
Comment: Thanks for the beautiful photos, the extras, and your note. I have yet to visit Hawaii or the Pacific Northwest. I think the PNW will be next fall. I got in late last night so I'm just rating from yesterday's mail. It had to wait another few minutes while I brewed a pot.
Response: Ah brewed tea I assume ! Thanks for the heart. Or act me if you get to Portland Oregon
Comment: Thank you, Lauri, the photos are lovely. It seems to be a beautiful place to live. I am looking forward to more photos that you snail-mailed - will update later. PS: Received your letter and all extras. Love them!
Response: Hope they arrive soon. Thanks for the heart ❤️
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful card and lovely goodies! I am blown away at how pretty this card is! It’s too bad you had to cancel your trip, but sometimes it can’t be helped. It sounds like you have had a relaxing and productive stay-cation. 😊
Response: Thank you. Back to reality this week. Thanks for the heart
Comment: Dear Lauri, thank you for the beautiful letter and the nice tea. I'd love to write to you. Please let me know if you are interested in writing letters and becoming penpals. Maybe we can also swap some more tea. Hope you will have a nice week x
Response: I would be thrilled to hear back from you. Thanks for the heart
Comment: I love swapping with you! Your watercolor of the lavender is stunning. I am so glad you are finding your groove. I hope you will still do swap-bot when you move....maybe look up urban sketching for your journey? Many thanks and best wishes.
Response: I do plan on keepingvul with swapbot, told my husband to plan for postage in our budget!!!
Comment: Your Dad card sounds cool. I hope it was well received. Thank you for your notecard, the cutest lil love paper clip and the happy mail stickers. I need to buy some of these as they are darling decoration for envelopes. 🤗
Comment: Thank you for the stunning photos. Excellent work. I take so many pictures of flowers. Flowers and cats. We have the white hydrangea but just call it the Snowball Bush. Ours was huge this year. Must like the hot humid weather we've been having. Good luck with your painting. Always been a dream of mine. Thanks again.
Comment: I read your letter and am so happy for the future life you will be leading! how wonderful to travel!! And yes you must create a craft room! Thank you for the beautiful watercolor beach scene and the book mark , so beautiful. Cant wait to try the teas, thank you!
Response: Thanks for heart, I hope the tea is good
Comment: Oh. My. Goodness!!!! I wish I could post pics in the comments cause I would love to show everyone this card!! It’s perfect!! The colors, it’s painted and REAL SAND?!!! 😱😍 to say you done a fabulous job would be an understatement my friend! Oh and I love that you designed the envelope to match the ATC. I’m tickled pink (get it😜) thank you!!
Response: Doing a tap dance. So glad you got it and was thrilled with it. Thanks for the heart.
Comment: You do beautiful water color! I'm proud to own one of your "originals" in the greeting card. The Atc and the book mark also also very nice. Thanks for the extra stickers enclosed-cute animal sayings! Sounds like you have quite a fun adventure coming up next year-how exciting! Take care and thanks for swapping with me!
Response: Thank you for your kind words and for the heart!
Comment: Hey! Lauri..I swear I have already rated you. Sometimes I think the system doesn't catch these. Frustrating! Thank you so much for the beautiful watercolor Sunflower ATC! Such a fantastic, colorful ATC. 🌻 And the card and envelope to match! Amazing!! You outdid yourself. Thank you, thank you, thank you ☺ 💖💚💙💟
Response: You probably did. Glad you liked the swap. It’s my favorite stamp. Do so much with it. Thanks for the heart.
Comment: OMG those private watercolor lessons are obviously paying off - what a BEAUTIFUL card! It's up on my Favorite Things board! I also enjoyed reading your letter, and plan to write back, if you don't mind waiting maybe two weeks or so...work and life and blah blah so much to do. I'm so glad to have "met" you and I also love the photo!
Response: Thank you. Learning so much. Tha is for the heart
Comment: Oh I beyond loved your swap. Thank you so much- I would have been happy with anything but it was so perfect to all my likes. Yes I love Lord of the Flies haha. I have may different versions of the book because I love all the different covers.
Response: Well thank you very much. I am glad I was able to make you happy. It was a joy to put together for you. Thank you for the heart.
Comment: Thank you so much for the card and goodies! The card is so pretty! I do hope you have a wonderful trip abroad! You will be so inspired within and painting wise Im sure! You are discovering the real world now, enjoy!
Response: I had my first lesson and drew a Bird of Paradise. She was very happy with my finished piece. I am going again tomorrow!!! tHANKS FORTHE HEART
Comment: Wow this is awesome. Your trip sounds amazing. My husband and I are planning a few months in New Zealand next year. You can't go wrong with Rick. He and I go way back...lol I worked for PBS in college and I can honestly say I have seen EVERY single show! If you don't follow him on social media you are missing out.
Response: Oh I am on his web site for sure. Being this close, well three hours, I can go to his seminars. Thanks for the heart. Hope you like lord of the rings and hobbit stuff.
Comment: I'm so sorry that I've taken so long to rate. I misplaced it, thinking I had already rated. I love all that you sent, including the pretty handmade envelope and matching note. The stationery is so beautiful! Thank you for sharing and thank you for everything.
Comment: a warm and inviting atc!!....would love to be there now!...I love the feel of the sand on the atc!...very cool!...and the sparkles when you move the card around...cool, again!...great job!!..thanks for the letter and stickers, too....cheers!
Response: I love using that sand on ATC. It’s so unexpected. Glad it was a good swap, thanks for the heart
Comment: Thank you for the handmade card and teas! I will definitely enjoy them. I live about 1.5 hours away from Tahoe and we go there a couple times a year. I grew up in the SF area so I know it well. I hope you have a fun time watching the games.
Response: Thanks for the heart. Hope the weather is still nice in sept!
Comment: Thank for the interesting teas! It seems like you will have a fun time in San Francisco. I still need to go there to visit. Lake Tahoe - sounds like a very relaxing time away from home! I also hope the weather is not too hot and humid this summer.
Response: We don’t have humidity here in the northwest. One of the reasons I love it here.
Comment: It's as though I were there myself, the way you describe each photo. I had a wonderful visit! LOL Deception Bay is quite beautiful and I can see how it would be so dangerous to ships.The door is gorgeous and so unique.Thank you for all the beautiful photos! Also I love the flower on the envie, so pretty.
Response: Thanks for heart. I am glad you enjoyed the swap. I love photos.
Comment: (Ha! I hadn't realized you were sending to me for this swap!) Thank You... your photos are incredible. I especially love the one with the bird eating out of your hand! Interesting about the roosters and the Brazilian Cardinal. And the beautiful Otter card, and great envelope. Just a wonderful package, and I so very much appreciate it! ♥!!
Response: So glad you enjoyed the photos. Thanks for the ❤️
Comment: Thank you so much for the Vintage PC of Chownings Tavern. My husband used to be a performer of magic there years ago. I will add it to my collection! And thank you for the pink butterfly!! I loved the note card! Happy Swapping! Xx
Response: Thank you for the ❤️. How funny the post card was a hit. One never knows. I guess it’s a keeper
Comment: Lauri, thank you for the great card, the beautiful stamps, and the lovely extras. I Love them all!!!! And thanks for adding your address. I might just write you back :) I like that run across some of the people from previous swaps, it makes this feel like a close community. I love Swap Bot !!!!
Response: Would love to hear from you. Glad you enjoyed the swap! Thanks for the ❤️
Comment: I got your letters (or journal actually) today. Thank you very much! And thanks for the unique stamps! I'm sorry to tell you I can't commit into more regular pen friends at the moment :( But I enjoyed reading about your week and looking at the pictures you had included, thank you once again! :)
Response: Glad you found it entertaining. Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Everything is absolutely stunning including the envelope. It is a keeper for sure including the envelope. You are a very talented artist. Thanks for taking the time to write such a nice note it brightened my day.
Response: Wow, thank you. You brighten my day. Thanks for the heart. I appreciate your kind words
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful sea-themed swap! It was so thoughtful of you to make & send earrings! They were adorable! And I loved the vintage stamps too! Your ocean-inspired art on the envie and throughout the whole swap was amazing!
Response: Well thank you for the great review. I had hope they met with your approval
Comment: Thank you for the lovely notecard and message! I love the postcards and everything you sent! Thank you so very much! It was very special and I'd love to follow your blog when you travel to Europe
Response: So glad you liked everything and I will put you on my list!
Thanks for the heart
Comment: I really enjoyed your nice and happy letter! I would love to keep up with your upcoming travels (oh, how I love to travel, but can't at the moment). What a wonderful, awesome, Happy mail you sent. I LOVED the goodies! Thank you!
Response: As soon as I get my blog up I will let you know ! Glad everything met with your pleasure, thanks for the heart
Comment: Hello Lauri, this was such an amazing swap! Thank you for sharing pictures of your beautiful flowers, and for sending cutouts for my ATCs. You are so thoughtful :) You must be so excited for next year to move to Europe with your husband. I wish you the best of luck
Response: Thank you for the heart. Yes, I can’t get enough travel shows on houtube!. Hope you make amazing ATCs
Comment: Thanks so much for the adorable otter card, tea, and handmade mini sign! So very thoughtful and I love the paint job on the envelope and sign. Your trip to Europe sounds AMAZING!! That hike is going to be so fun - I wish they had something like that in the US!
Response: Thanks for heart. We have lots of good areas for such a program
Comment: Oh my goodness!! Thank you for all my lovely things, I cannot wait to use them in my junk journal! They are all so me....I LOVE the colors in the distress ink paper! and Oh my goodness the embossing bee things are soo pretty...I really want one of these machines...Do you care if I write back sometime?
Response: Thank you for your enthusiasm! Please do contact me anytime❤️
Comment: I love lavender, thank you very much! Love your letter also. I have not been to the postal museum but would like to go. Planning a trip there sometime with family and I'm sure it will be on the list of places to visit. I collect very few stamps but I do buy older stamps and use them! I love older stamps, they fascinate me. I am 52 and I'm taking a welding class. You are never too old to learn; that's for sure! PS. Thank you for the lovely photos as well. Such a lovely swap!
Response: I am so glad you found it interesting. What a fun class to take. I would like to try stain glass
Comment: Lauri, thank you so much for the amazing journal you sent! I have absolutely LOVED reading about your life and daily happenings during January. You are such a talented artist - the bookmarks were gorgeous. I also got on a big Marie Kondo kick after watching her shows - 10 SUV loads from our house to charity and a roll off dumpster filled with junk. It was so freeing! I'm going to send you a penpal letter to follow up to your journal. :) Thank you again!!
Response: I am so glad you enjoyed it!!! Last time I just got a thanks. happy to hear from you. BFF is in route via a plane and we have snow! Birthday celebration all week. Thanks for the heart
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful ATC! I enjoyed hearing about your wedding (sounds amazing) and your gap year sounds exciting, I might be a tad jealous. I love the stamps thank you! Also no snow here yet, just lots of COLD!
Response: We just got a little sprinkle today😀. Thanks for the heart
Comment: The letter was very thorough and detailed and I loved getting to know your family and travels! The little stamp is very very cute and I am so excited to use it. Also, I am so impressed that you took the time to send the bookmark additionally since it wasn't included in the first letter. Very beautiful and considerate! Thank you so much!
Response: Oh my goodness, it must of gone in another envelope...well I should be getting a thank you from another person. So sorry. One is made today and putting in the mail! Personally just handed it to my mail man!
Comment: Great swap, Lauri! I love the mail art, first of all. You had some cute washi on the envie that I was oh-so-happy to find samples of inside, too. And thanks for the postcards and a terrific letter. Love the idea of an adventurous gap year. :-) Thanks for swapping!
Response: Your welcome...I love drawing on envelopes....thanks for the heart and nice words
Comment: Thank you for the long letter and fast swap! The penguin envelope drawing is really cute! Thank you for the nice postage stamps too. I teach art part time in an elementary school, and I also do sub art teacher for high school kids. Very different experience. Young kids are not skilled, but their learning attitude is better. High schoolers have better art skills, but their learning attitude is not as good. You know, many high schoolers only want to text their BF or GF instead of doing art. Thank you for sharing your life with me. I think your life is very productive! Gap year and travel sounds like a great idea. It’s good that your kids are all old now, and have grand kids already. The Hawaii bookmarks you painted look very nice!! Thank you again for joining my swap! Hope you have a good year in 2019 ❤︎
Response: Thank you for the heart...I am glad you like my art!!!! But first I have to text my BFF 😆
Comment: Hi Lauri! Just got your mail art and wonderful letter! It was like getting a letter from a friend :). You write an interesting letter and what experiences you have had and are planning. Very inspiring. Martha PS: Thank you for the stamp and lovely mail art!
Response: Glad it brought a smile to your face! Thanks for the heart.
Comment: Thank you for the nice card, and thank you for the lovely attached letter. You're right, the best swaps include a personal bit of the partner in the form of a note/letter. You will find one from me in the mail in a couple of days!
Response: I will be looking forward to reading it, With a up of tea ofcourse. Thanks for the heart
Comment: Lauri, thank you so much for the lovely ATCs. The black cat looks awesome and you are so thoughtful for sending an August ATC, now my month collection is complete!
Although I am taking a break at the moment I hope to be teaching or getting involved in some type of education soon - I would be happy with any area but it would be great to do some type of creative or artisitic learning. Thank you for asking ❤️
Response: Well I am sure your students will benefit from your creativity. Thanks for the heart.
Comment: HAHA....I was sitting here opening mail and rating my swaps and as I began reading this letter I thought "wow you sound like the other partner I had?" I just realized you ARE the same partner on two different swaps lol. I LOVE that you included a photo of your board at work- and would love to see it now decorated for Halloween! Thank you for the washi tape!
Response: That is so funny! Don’t think the board will be decorated as I am off work till nov 3 due to my hubbys surgery.
Comment: Oh Lauri your letter was a gem to read thank you sooooo much! I just love a good handwritten letter! We really need to arrange to do a couple private swaps because I can tell already that we 'click!' Perhaps we could even Face time so I could see your craft room because it sounds darling! As for the flavored teas- I grew up in Canada and it used to be that RED ROSE brand had a slogan "ONLY in Canada!" My mom only drank the original Red Rose...and I've never even seen the flavored so I'm excited to try it. Beautiful die cuts thank you so much- I love that you hand watercolored them!
Response: That would be fun. Today, I am cleaning and organizing the room. Do you work during the week? Let’s find a time. I am pretty open except for taking hubby to rehab.
Comment: Thanks for the letter and goodies, Laurie. I really enjoyed reading your letter and getting to know about you and your family. The watercolor die cuts are great and the card is beautiful. It reminds me of a fiery sunset. I plan to display it on a mini easel in my den for the rest of this month, then I will move it to my pinboard in my crafting nook.
Response: I can’t tell you how pleased I am to hear you want to display my work. Tickles me . Thank you for the heart.
Comment: The room is looking great. We did white with grey accents and carpet. The room hasnt got a lot of light, and this REALLY brightened it up from what it used to be! I love it. I have tried my hand at watercolor recently. I painted a moon and a sea turtle/ocean pieces... and i CAN NOT do them again. I have tried so many times. Just doesn't happen. Thank you so much for the lovely sea view painting. I've hung it over my craft space [that seems to get smaller every time i look too!]
Response: Thank you for thinking my art was worth displaying! I can never reproduce something I did either! Hubby and I were talking about gray for our bedroom highlight with lavender thanks for the heart
Comment: I loved everything! Thank you for the beautiful sunflower decor on the envelope. Also, for the awesome water color card. I am going to put that in my journal. I love the bags and the cute dog stamp. Awesome!!
Your profile made it easy. . I enjoyed putting it together thanks for the heart
Comment: Hi Lauri, I love doing autumn ATC's and coins also!! Even though we live in southern Illinois , most of southern Illinois is baseball Cardinals fans, I guess because we live so close to ST. Louis only about 60 miles from it. Thanks for the nice letter, enjoyed it and the pretty envelope. Thanks for the wonderful autumn ATC's. So beautifully done, thanks so much Happy Fall to you also!!
Response: Thank you, I love doing autumn themes. My mom was a cards fan too.
Comment: Thank you so much, Lauri! This was such a great swap...the cute card, wonderfully decorated envelope with a great dragon stamp (which I’ll be adding to my journal!), the washi tape samples, the photo of your decorated work board, AND your very enjoyable letter! You are so creative and you really made my day!🎃
Response: Ah thank you, that made my day. I enjoy putting together that swap. I just got that set of stamps last week. Sadly I used them all. Back to the post office. I enjoy getting different stamps.
Comment: Nice watercolored beach atcs, Lauri! Makes me wish I could go walk in the sand! Thank you!!
Response: The day after we got to Hawaii, my girlfriend and I walked on the beach in the morning for a long distance. The next day I got out of bed and could barely walk! The muscles in my calf’s were strained. Now I know to take it easy or stretch out Still had a good time at the wedding. Thanks for the heart.
Comment: Hi Lauri! Such a nice Pumpkin ATC! I love the leaves! It's all wonderful! Thank you also for the "and a bit more"... the washi and the papers are really neat! I love your notes. I agree about the crafting. I have been a stamper/scrapbooker for over 20 years, but since joining Swap Bot, find myself wanting to sit at my craft area everyday! I'm sorry you have stop to paint your house... but think how beautiful it will be when you are done :-) A perfect canvas for some wall stenciling, don't you think! LOL. Thank you!!
Response: I am so happy you liked everything. I have to make more pumpkins as I enjoy sending them. The house is almost done hurrah
Comment: This is such a beautiful card, and thank you for the nice letter. I like hearing people's stories so I found it very interesting. I love the envelope you made, and the little one, and the ribbon and paint chip sample, and was just super happy with what I received. Thank you so much!
Response: Your welcome. Feel free to write back. I would love to hear from you. Thanks for the ❤️
Comment: Thanks so much for the beautiful ATC. You're watercolors are gorgeous! You're very generous with all the great extras. They will be put to good use. it's hot here too. Today it was almost 90 degrees. Thankfully we were spared the wrath of Florence except for a little misty rain and wind, even though we do need rain! I love to do many crafts, but being a parent again to preschoolers limits it some. Never enough time lol :) Happy Fall!
Response: Thank you for the heart and I hope you can find time to craft. They have to sleep sometimes lol
Comment: Hello Neighbor!! I am not completely familiar with this area, but my friend (who is a nurse) told me Camas is not far and I can see it from my bedroom window! I really enjoyed your letter and hope to write back just as soon as I can! Thank you for the goodies!
Response: it will be nice to stay in contact and maybe some day meet!
Comment: I love your cheerful ATC - makes me smile! Two of my favorites, a mason jar on a yellow envelope! Makes me smile even more!! Thanks for the cool die cut and the fantastic presentation too :) :) :)
Response: Well my purpose was served! Glad you enjoyed it all.
Comment: WOW! This ATC is the cutest one I have ever seen, including my own! I love the strawberry background and the mason jar with the burlap lid and little ribbon, SO adorable. Great job!! Thanks for the Washi, did you make it yourself? It is really cute and I like how wide it is.
Response: It is from a die cut, I can send you some if you like. Thanks for loving it. Send me an email. What is it that you want to know how wide it is? Be happy to die cut some jars for you and labels
Comment: 8/13/2018-OH how ever nice. I just love the envies you sent me and it sounds like you and ur hubby do alot of traveling...how awesome. We don't travel all that much. My husband and I have a business and he is always working and when he is not working it is because he is taking his mom or grandmother to the doctor. I think as far as I have gone out of Texas is to California and to Florida, Colorado, Kansas, Mexico, but it was all to visit family. Except Florida...we went to Disney World. Hope all goes well with your husband. Thank you.
Response: Well I hope someday you make some great travel plans and just do it. All work no play isn’t a fun thing!
Comment: Perfect summer flamingo mail art! Thanks for your note - I save much of what I receive, stashed in a large basket. As for the little booklet, I think they are called Friendship Books; this is the second I've received. I guess I'll add my name and pass it on! Thanks also for the stamps and the waxed envelopes!
Response: Thanks for the heart and for explaining the little booklet!
Comment: Thank you for the nice Beach Ball ATC! Love the extras and the way you decorated the envelope. The notecard is so beautifully painted -love your note inside. How cool to meet up with other swappers! ❤️💙❤️
Response: Thanks. I think I spend more time on the extras than ATC. I love pulling it all together. Thanks for your kind words and the heart.
Comment: Thank you for the letter. That recipe sounds REALLY delicious, and I love that it doesn't contain any pepper so I can eat it! I'm going to make it sometime next week, I think.The Mister is pretty jazzed about trying it too. Thanks!!
Response: Love to see how you like it. Thanks for the heart
Comment: My swap partner was AWESOME! I cannot believe all the things she sent me from my profile! She truly is an A++ swapper. I wish she was always my partner. I loved my ATC and coins and at brand new supplies and my journaling cards memo book stickers puppy paw punch(that is my 1st punch ever!)! I loved everything you really went above and beyond for this swap!!!😊💟❣💝
Response: I am so glad you got it, had me worried for a bit. Enjoy everything. Glad you liked the punch. Thanks for the heart and nice words.❤️
Comment: Thank you.
I am a bit disappointed. The swap description said that we have to write about our funny habits, 5 facts about ourself and our favourite food. You haven't mentioned any of this.
And I am very sorry, I don't get it how a stamped image can be seen as art.
The host gave you a 5, so I will give you a 5 aswell, but honestly technically I don't want to.
Response: I believe the stamping community would disagree with you. Thanks for the 5 and at least hope you enjoyed my letter.
Comment: You really surprised me with a lovely collection of nice things! I LOVE the artwork on the card! Thank you! I’m happy with everything... but I really love the vintage woman photo, washi tapes and note cards. Collecting notes while traveling is a great idea. Happy Summer to you and thanks again. 💙🙏🏻💙
Response: I am so gald you are pleased...and it made you happy!
Comment: I was happy to receive your letter so soon! And I love how you added a personal touch, I would love to see the cherry blossoms in DC! My husband and I hope to go to Japan too but during the holidays, so no cherry blossoms :( I used to be obsessed with them though, even had them for my wedding decor! But of course, after the wedding I was sick of all flowers hahaha. Thanks again, and happy swapping!
Response: I go through phases myself.. thank you for the heart.
Comment: Hi Lauri! Sorry I am so late getting this rating to you... just starting to catch up from vacation... I Love the "Z"innia ATC for "Z"! And you were so clever to do it in my favorite color.. purple! THANKS!! Thank you also for the beautiful extra background! Happy Swapping!
Response: Better late than not at all I say...thanks for the heart
Comment: Thank you so much for the recipes! We are huge steak fanse so this best marinade ever will come in handy ;) I'm glad you got to see some of the Big island before this volcano got mad. This lemon paper is adorable!
Response: Glad you like the recipe and I got to use the paper for a fun swap
Comment: I really enjoyed your letter and your trip to Washington DC. Your job sounds really nice. I don't put updates on my profile, but, I change it about twice a year. I keep each pen pals most recent letter just in case I need to refer back to it and I keep a card file on each established pen pal with addresses, birth dates, interests and such.
I love all the unique washi tape and tiny envelopes intrigue me especially when small surprises are hidden inside like lady bugs and shiny jewels. The watermelon covered envelope is delightful. Very nice swap, thank you, happy swapping
Response: It’s always fun to see what other people do with their swaps...thanks for the heart.
Comment: WOW .... so wonderful! I’m so envious of your talent! I feel very special to receive such a delightful ATC.... AND ..... OMG 🤣😂🤣😂 the Inn story hysterical!!!! Loved it thanks for sharing, yes, I would say your a hopeless romantic!!! I’d give you more ❤️❤️❤️❤️ If I could..... Oh I loved the fabulous washi too - thank you again
Response: You are so welcome. I am still learning just scratching the tip of the ice berg. Thanks for the ❤️
Comment: Lauri, thank you! I love the toucan! I just painted a few for another swap...they're great subjects, so colorful! Wow, thank you for the architecture stamps and the nice note. Stay ECO friendly!
Response: Baby step....your welcome, I am glad you liked it.. thanks for the heart
Comment: Thank you for the great notecard. I have never seen a reindeer in person, let alone a white one. That must be really cool. You do have an interesting family situation with the ex. Tell hubby, I hope he feels better.
Response: I knew you would dog it😊 thanks for the heart
Comment: I adore the ATC you made and sent to me. I like Audrey Hepburn also. The statement you put on the ATC was that quoted by Audrey Hepburn? I loved the layered look and it definitely wasn't to thick for me. I was mostly talking about things like a paper embellishment that has 2 or 3 little sticky sponge like things that will stick to whatever you're making to give it that 3D look. If I could I'd give you more hearts. God Bless and Happy Swapping........=)
Response: Oh I am so glad you like it. Yes, she said that. It is difinetly a fun ATC
Comment: Thanks so much Lauri for everything! ALL of the "ITALY" things are really cool. The bookmark is so sweet, thanks for the extra trouble you went to! I haven't found your special restaurant yet, but I'll keep looking...I love a challenge! I haven't been to Hawaii yet.....but, someday! The ATC is really nice...GREAT JOB!! 😊💜👍👍
Comment: Lauri, thank you for the lovely stationery! It was a nice treat to receive in the mail. I especially loved your letter! How resourceful of you to use napkins or fast food bags for writing if needed, that's awesome!
I actually buy a lot of my stationery from a store on Etsy, it's called La Papierre. They actually mail you stationery, it's lovely quality. And to answer your question, yes, I have left Alaska on vacation multiple times, although I haven't been on one since 2014 so I think I'm about due!
Again, thank you for the goodies and happy swapping! :)
Response: I really enjoyed making that swap. Glad you get out and thanks for the information on etsy
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful PINK swap. I really loved it all. The pink jewels are nice. I enjoy photography but mostly I take pictures of flowers and my cats. Your photos are so ....PINK and the tiny cats stickers are so cute. Thanks again.
Response: Your welcome I have had those cat stickers for a long time...just waiting for a cat person🐱🐱🐱
Comment: Hello and thank you for the Washington Monument postcard. I went to DC in 1988 (I was 17 years old) for three days with my Grandma and it was an amazing trip. We went to the top of this Monument and could see all around, although it was difficult through the smog (it was July and not only 95 degrees out - but 90% humidity; I would recommend NOT going in the summer time!). I hope you are having a great trip!
Response: I use to visit my grandparents who lived near by in Virginia. I all to well remember those lazy summer afternoons and humidity
Comment: Hi Lauri. Thank you for the Iris ATC. I almost did Irises too! I love the Van Gogh PC too... I hope you enjoyed your DC vacation. I've never seen the cherry blossoms there, but I have seen them in Okinawa, Japan. Apparently, the ones in DC rival them for sure! Swap on! :-)
Response: You are so welcome. We were about a week late for the full blooms but we did get to see some. It was worth the trip. Thanks for the ❤️
Comment: Hi. I've been doing this for so long, it's a habit I don't want to break. Sami is my nickname. Everyone calls me Sami. I've tried to do water coloring, but my mind and a brush just don't get along... Love the ATC. Happy travels.
Response: Thanks for the heart, starting to pack today!
Comment: LOL @ the "I should print out a dozen of your addresses" comment! [truth though :P] As far as I know [in response to your questions], it is against swap-bot rules to not reveal your address. I too had issues where I had to ask her for an address. I can't believe she won't give it to you though. How are you supposed to send??
Comment: I love the card. Its so pretty.
DC is going to be fun. I don't envy the plane ride. (I am assuming you are flying because I really don't envy that car trip.)
My brother is moving to WA state this week. I see visits in our future.
Comment: Thank you for the notecard and the extras. Fuschia are such pretty plants. They won’t survive the winter, so I bring them inside. I now have five inside plants that bloom like crazy. They are strange though. Outside the are a plant that branches out and hangs with lots of blossoms. Inside they turn into vines and stretch all the way across my windows but still have lots of blooms!
Response: Really! Mine are in the ground, so far nothing has sprouted. I hope they come back.
Comment: Hello Miss Lauri,
I rec’d your wonderful swap & am just so tickled. I thank you for the beautiful extras. I have to think about your question but will pm you my answer:-) you are very kind.
Happy Spring & take me with you to DC:-)🌻
Comment: Oh, wow! I love leprechauns year ‘round! Thank you so much for the wonderful ATC! Thanks also for the other amazing goodies. You certainly read my profile. What an extra special swap! Enjoy your trip! Cherry blossoms and the White House!!!!! 💖😊🇺🇸
Response: So happy you liked it, thanks for the ❤️
Comment: Lauri, I really enjoyed your letter. My goodness have you traveled a lot! I did enjoy Paris, however that's the only "exciting" place I've been. Thank you for the bookmark- always need one! And I love rainbow anything.
Comment: Thank you for the great card! Funny story: I moved to Seattle in 1995 to get to know my biological father. Met my now ex husband, got preggers, then married in Vegas, then moved back to Calif to be with family. Divorced 4 years later. Been here in NV since 2008 LOL. (I actually lived in Everett, Bothell, Kirkland and Lake City in 4 years in WA).
Response: You are a Washingtonian thanks for the ♥️
Comment: Hi, this was a beautiful and sweet swap. I loved reading about your north facing windows, your dad and the yellow bird. Thank you for sharing such a sweet memory with me. You certainly have birds that we don't see, I've never seen the birds in your beautiful pictures. Your envelope is decorated so beautifully giving me a huge smile. I've always loved pink Flamingos and wished I had one living in my back yard. The Washi tape is perfect, thank you. Have a lovely spring filled with happy swapping
Response: Thank you for your kind words. It is a lovely story...
Thank you for the lovely ATC, with the cherry blossom stamp. It’s funny you said you would be going to dc during cherry blosdom season in April, I will be there for work in April too for a week. I live how you decorated the envelope with stamps, that was so cool. I enjoyed your note and thank you for welcoming me to swap-bot. I am hosting my first swap if you want to check it out, ATC playing card.
Response: Thanks for your lovely response. I joined your swap. Must admit, I have never done a playing card but here we go.
Comment: Omgoodness, I loved your letter!!! Thank you so much for the fold and seals... I wish I could find a place that sells those! they are neat! Thank you so much for sending them to me! Hugs- jaimie
Response: I don’t think they make them anymore ...those were so old. Glad you loved them❤️
Comment: Thanks so much I enjoyed your letter, I laughed out loud when you said "I facetimed with my best friend and you were crafting and u looked up and saw her staring at you " hahaha us ladies need best friends, makes our lives so much better. The stationary is super cute and I love the Paris stamps. I have no clue as to what a Tim Holtz sidekick machine is? I have no idea how to use any craft machines, I cannot even get my printer to work LOL. I can do paper crafts by hand and I am luck to do that LOL Have a great week P.S I am going to add your letter to my junk journal and thank you for the very cute washi tape samples
Response: Thanks for the Heart. I am glad it was a good swap. Google Tim holts, as Dorothy says, “it’s a game changer.” I feel honored to be your journal. 🎉🎉🎉🎉
Comment: Thank you for the card and awesome stickers! I did the AncestryDNA test and I do have some Irish dna. Mostly Great Britain though aside from that. Have fun with your results. My grandfather was a redhead btw. Happy St Pats. ☘️
Comment: Laurie, your stationary is so pretty, and thank you for the lovely compliment inside about hoping to get me sometime as a partner, really made me feel so special. Your ATC was sweet, liked the gold glitz. Happy spring!
Response: Well thank you for the heart. Hope to see you around swapping. Feel free to drop a line too. Save my address somewhere . I cut them out and put on a 3x5 index file. Good ol fashion way.
Comment: omg....I am in AWE! The bracelet you sent me is a perfect fit and so absolutely beautiful! I love the matching earrings too! I am so excited to wear it <3 <3 <3 <3 You do amazing work. If you have a website or online shop, please send me the link! <3 <3 <3
Response: That is so nice of you and no I don’t have any sites. I just make stuff for friends and family and special request. I so appreciate your delight. Perhaps some day I will. ❤️
Comment: Wish I could give 5 hearts!!! This package was amazing (and over the top!) I love each and everything in it. Lauri- You really care about your swap partners- I can tell. Every detail- PERFECT. THANK YOU!!!!!
Comment: Haha I guess you're right, we COULD be penpals at this rate :P btw Prismacolor pencils are the best! Have never used anything I like more. I do admit, with PC swaps I sometimes won't leave a comment such I've been in such a busy rush lately. Trying to work on that. :)
Response: Well thanks for the noteâ™¥ï¸â™¥ï¸â™¥ï¸. I hope you can slow down some and enjoy swapping, now that the holidays are done. Thanks for the â¤ï¸
Comment: Oh my goodness, I am so sorry that this rating is sooooo late! Please forgive me, I just ran across your letter today as I am writing people back and am currently writing to you. Thank you also for the washi samples and little cling stamp, that was sweet of you :) I just moved for the second time in the past few months- we are 8in our own place now- the first move was to a temporary place (my dad and stepmoms house). I hope 2018 is starting off well for you!
Response: Not a problem. Hope you get settled down
Comment: Lauri, I LOVE the bracelet you sent to me! The beaded details were fantastic and the blue and white beads were so beautiful! Even the box you put it in is a treasure, with the hot air balloon on it - I've taken two hot air balloon rides so this was really special! The letter, wrapped up like a present, was so fun, and the extras you included were 'the icing on the cake'! This was definitely an extra-special swap and I appreciate it so much! You did a wonderful job! Happy crafting to you!
Response: Thank you so much for your kind words. I hope you enjoy wearing it.
Comment: Thank you so much for your lovely letter, Lauri! I very much enjoyed reading about your family and your travels. I'm a big fan of Washington DC, I love to visit as often as possible. I hope you have a wonderful time in April!!
Response: Thank you, need to read up and figure out the subway system
Comment: Lauri - whoa! This swap is AMAZING! You totally out-did yourself with the Hawaii calendar and all the pix and postcards. I honestly can't thank you enough. I'm writing you a note back to share some Hawaii experiences and hope you'll keep in touch. I loved the decorated envelope too - Mahalo very much! ðŸŒˆðŸŒ´â¤ï¸
Comment: Enjoyed your letter and many goodies -- you're so lucky to be able to travel so much -- N.Zealand should be wonderful. Have fun with all your artistic endeavors. By the way,now that you have a computer and big monitor you'll probably want to view and maybe maniulate your photography online.
Response: Well that would be an undertaking but then my hubby is a tech person so maybe I will!
Comment: I felt absolutely spoiled after I opened this!! I was so pleased to find so many goodies I can't even describe. Thank you SO much!
Response: Swap sent nov 22,no communication that it was not received. I emailed her and my host. Will resend.
I hope you enjoy everything in it. I think this one was better than the last., where ever it ended up!,,
Comment: Hi Lauri. Thank you for the lovely fuscia ATC. I too really like fuscia and like to paint them. Your ATC is so pretty. I like how you put the colors together. I do a lot with napkins and Mod Podge also. I have so many napkins. I just sent some to my last partner and she loved them. Thank you also for the Christmas Card and your wonderful notes and also for the Washi tape. We are having a low key Christmas this year. Just us and 2 friends of my husband's for Christmas dinner. I will be singing 2 Christmas Eve services at my church as well as one in the AM. Busy time of year! Have a wonderful Christmas!
Response: I am glad you enjoyed Christmas. Look forward to making more napkin ATC.
Comment: Thanks for the cute card. No, no snow in Phoenix. You have to travel to a bit higher elevation for that. Not sure where you live. Was born in Yakima and lived in Olympia a LONG time ago. Merry Christmas!! Stay dry!!
Response: I am across the columbian river from Portland. No snow here yet, this time last year we had ice storms...very mellow compared to then.
Comment: Thank you for sharing your weekend with me. I love the card that you made and appreciate the time it took to not only make the card for decorate the envelope. Thank you for including some stickers. I got a chuckle over your swab/swap writing issue. I could totally see myself doing the same thing.
Response: Well thank you for the kind words and heart. I like the weekend cards, gives me something to do at work
Comment: I love your poinsettia ATC! Thanks for special wrapping it and the blank tag- such pretty paper. You mentioned you are new to ATC making- I would have never know. Have a wonderful holiday season!
Comment: I gotta admit - sometimes it's hard to manage all the swaps [I do too many :P] What saves me is keeping a log. I do it in a little journal, marking down partners rated and ratings received. That way I know later if I didn't get someone's swap or vice versa. :)
Comment: Thank you for the card and nice note. Your travels sound wonderful. I have not been to D.C. but it is on my list! I also love to travel! I've been to SF when I was 16, I loved it!
P.S. I laughed when I opened your card, I just sent you a notecard today and am sending with a handmade Christmas card tomorrow. What are the odds we'd be matched up so often!
Comment: Thanks for asking about my grandson. He's doing well. Will need two surgeries this spring. He's turning 4 this week and is such a trooper. Sadly I won't be going to Florida for Christmas this year.
Comment: Hi Lauri. Thank you so much for a wonderful letter and pictures enclosed. I just got home late last night and sitting this morning, finally relaxing with a cup of coffee, it was so nice to open your letter. I will be writing back. With the holidays here, not sure when i will have a moment but between cookie baking, child-sitting, and sending out cards, I will take some pictures and send a little surprise your way. LOVE your rain gear with the washi tape "patches" and decorations on it (a work photo you sent me) and your wedding dress is gorgeous!!! May you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Comment: I just got your card today like I predicted! :D
I loved your handmade card and thank you so much for the Hawaiian turtle sticky notes! I love them! It sounds like your visit to Hawaii was amazing!
Comment: Thank you very much for your Atc's, the pictures and the letter. Now it's winter in Norway and today is the first day its snowing. It's cold!!!!ðŸ˜¨
today, but luckily we have hot summer too. It's dark outside already at 1600 every day. Well nice to have electricityðŸ˜‚. My love life flourishes. I am very much in love and can not get enough of him. He is the most cuddly man I've met in my life and it suits me very well. You'll enjoy yourself in HawaiiðŸ˜Š
Response: Well if itâ€™s cold outside, itâ€™s snuggle time. Would love to se a pic of you and your guy
Comment: Oh my goodness did you go above and beyond. Honestly it brought me to tears with how amazing the included extra gifts were. I'm totally turning them into a necklace and I will wear it everyday, your so so amazing and I totally wish I could give you a million stars! I hope you have such an amazing time in Hawaii, say hi to the Turtles for me! â™¥ï¸â™¥ï¸
Response: Well I am so glad you were liking the charmes and turtles. This is what swap bot is all about. I am glad I could go to that place for you.
Comment: Lauri, thanks so much for all the pictures! I love the one of the squirrel and the bird feeding together! What kind of bird it that? It's gorgeous! I've not seen one like that around here! The squirrel at the feeder is a familiar sight though... Lol!
I was impressed by the nice clean desktop, but I was more encouraged by the other desk photo, with things piles on top of each other and that beautiful chaotic look that creativity always causes when I'm crafting! And I have to comment on the envelope: love-love-loved the extra care you put into it! Beautiful! PS - Nice lab coat!
Response: Thanks. My bff says a mess is the sign of a true crafter! Today I decorated my lab coat with sayings from Audrey Hepburn.
Comment: Wow! I am just... Wow! Speechless... I love everything you sent. Thank you! I loved reading your letter and looking at all the stuff! I love the little charms and things! And the little envelopes you made. And ... everything. I guess I did pretty good for being speechless! Thanks again! Oh, and I'd LOVE to receive a postcard from Hawaii! I can send you one from NM if you'd like!
Response: I sure did love putting that swap together. I am glad you found it charming. And yes, you will have a card coming
Comment: you are a hilarious and brilliant soul. your swap was so very generous and kind hearted. you sent me very wonderful actual photos that I adored, and I too love writing letters. they are the best part about every swap! I hope to swap with you again miss lauri!!
Response: Well thank you, I hope so too...I love to share photos as it is a thing of the past it seems...
Comment: You don't know what an impact your envelope had on me today, I needed one like this today. I love everything about it and the fact that you took time to write a letter, it was so great to read. We have stellar jays as well and they are messy, but believe me that squirrel he's going to eat you out of house and home - it'll be like having a male teenager and his friends coming over to visit ðŸ˜€ðŸ˜€. I love the bookmark and the fact that you took pictures of the Netherlands to put on it. Going to enjoy the hot chocolate. I could go on and on, but know your envelope and time that you put into it made a difference in my day and will make tomorrow brighter. Thank you so much â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸
Response: I think that is what swap bot is all about. Glad I could bring a ray of sunshine to your day...
Comment: Your card is BEAUTIFUL! This is a keeper!! Honestly I have to say that the ATC touched my heart with joy. You should definitely keep sketching because you have a flair for it. I'm amazed that you have no training in portraiture.This is going in a collage of ATCs that I am working on. Thank you for that envie of joy! Hugs, Patty
Response: Oh that was so nice of you to say, I was hoping you would love it.
Comment: Did you decide on a house color? How did hubby's surgery go? How was the picnic? What a fun trip down memory lane, I like finding old family photos of happy times. As always, a great swap from you. :)
Response: No color yet, hubby is very sore in lots of pain sadlyðŸ˜¥. Didnâ€™t make the picnic due to his work schedule. Nice to swap with ya.
Comment: I adored every bit of that fabulous letter you sent me, and I do hope your husband is doing well with all that. from the packaging to the very generous washi samples this was absolutely the best way to be welcomed home after a very long trip!
Response: Well your appreciation makes it all worth while. Thank you for your kind words.
Comment: Thank you so much for your amazing swap. It's bad when our husbands are home never mind receiving from an injury they are like 4 kids made into one. I'm dying to ask, what type of bird is that? It's beautiful
Response: Scarlet blue jay. I a, sure in a weeks time, he will be better,
Comment: Hi neighbor! That was so cool to get your note and see we are literally like 30 minutes apart! I really enjoyed reading your note, and LOVE the homemade envie, picture of the squirrel and jay (that isn't something you see everyday!) and I've actually had surgery at the hospital you work at! Small world! Take good care, and thank you so much again. :) Dina
Response: Today they knocked the feeder off the railing...glad you enjoyed the swap,
Comment: Thank you so much, nice of you to include something for the girls as well! And I love your letter, a lot of girlpower! Would love a pink wall! And thanks for the second package, my goodness, 5â¤ï¸
Comment: I enjoyed your letter! Thank you for sharing your personal photos and story to go with. The extra goodies were a treat, really personalized! Will reply to your letter as soon as I can. Cheers.
Comment: Lauri, first i wanna say thank you and i sent you an email with the pictures. can we just take a minute and appreciate how much time and care you put in. everything was in profile related. i received a thoughtful letter with everything that tied the knot on the package. never has a swap made me smile so much!
Response: Thank you so much for that. I just love reading profiles and incorporating them into my swap. It just makes it special and fun.
Comment: Hi Lauri! It sounds like you are from Washington and maybe Vancouver. Was not sure but the postcard was a Washington tourist pc! Kool! As you know I am not far from you then being just outside of the greater aportlwnd area! Glad you love traveling and that you have many trips planned for the future! Kool! Thanks for the postcard as I love wild animals the best. They cannot be domesticated and there is such deep respect for that! Enjoy your day!
Comment: Probably the one time in your life you were grateful for a flight delay. I envy anyone with a craft room (that chair!), sometimes I see the sheds for sale at Home Depot and I'm tempted to get one and call it my She Shed!
Thank you very much for the extras for my younglings.
Comment: Thank you so much for your note and the little purple package of goodies! I love them. It sounds like you have a cool craft room! We are fine, no flooding in our neighborhood. Thanks for asking.
Comment: You are so nice to send me this package of good stuff! I loved the stamps! The bookmarks were sweet and I can't believe the garden journal! My husband got a kick out of the paper too. Thanks so much ðŸ’Œ
Response: I have to tell you, I really enjoyed making that journal! It makes it worth it that you loved it.....
Comment: Thanks for the nice card. My family is from around Sayre, the county seat of Beckham county (Elk City is the largest town in the county). My grandparents' all grew up together out there. My part of Oklahoma is wooded. As for the card itself, while we have jet skiing & the like on lakes, rivers do tend to be a bit lazier. The Illinois is great for a leisurely float, but nothing so exciting as wind surfing for sure.
Comment: Thank you for all the great travel stuff ! I love the Giant Crabs from SF ! The stamps are really cool ! I actually remember some of them from the 80's and the 60's ! The Venice tour looks like fun ! and the Waldo photo is neat too !
Comment: Hi Lauri, THANKS for the lovely mail w/ photographs and the email - the image of the car & eels is unbelievable - CRAZY that happened to you. Your poor car! I'm going to send you some mail in return.
Response: Oh dear no thAt wasn't me just something I got because it was so darn interesting. I would of cringed ..looking forward to what your sending
Comment: I hope that you enjoyed your weekend in San Francisco! Sounds like it was fun-filled! Did you get lots of nice pics for your card making? Loved the rose pic on my card btw! Just got your postcard today (8.21.17), loved it! What a nice surprise!! Thanks again!
Response: thanks, yes we did, much to short. I did get a few interesting pics.
Comment: I typically have two boxes on my desk: incoming and out going mail. I go through incoming every three days and register everything. As for sending out, I typically do two big sendouts a week and will knock out every paired swap that day if possible. succulents are pretty forgiving about watering. Is there a whole in the bottom of the pail? when in doubt I water my succulents about once a week.
Comment: Thank you so much Lauri for your beautiful handmade notecard and goodies! I like Cupcake wines but don't think I have tried Black Forest, I will look for it! And Hobbitville in New Zealand sounds completely awesome, enjoy the trip!! :D
Response: I hope you can find it! It's yummy.
Comment: Laurie! Thank you so much for the Goodies 4Me and U!!!! What a wonderful treat. I'm sure the postman was envious. Beautiful card!!!! Did you do that with the die cut machine? and the beads! and postcard, and the packaging is beautiful too! THANKS for being a great swap partner! kc
Response: Yes I did use a die cut. Pretty new to all this. Thank you for your kind words, I really enjoyed making it. Your response makes it worth while. I was having a bad day at work (crazy ER) and saw your post during my break. It really put me in a good mood and the rest of the day flew by. ðŸ’šðŸ’šðŸ’š
Comment: Absolutely bee-autiful! All the envelopes were nicely decorated (I'm in love with your origami one). The extras are right up my alley and I must look up Acorn right NOW. Wow! Thanks for sending extra envelopes. I'll enjoy using them.
Response: I found the perfect person to send it too!!!
Comment: Lauri, thank you so much for this generous swap. I loved everything inside your envelope and I have never seen such Washi stickers before. So thank you especially for those. Receive lots of love out of Germany, Nina
Response: So glad you liked everything. I so enjoy making cards.
Comment: Hi Lauri. I absolutely LOVED what you sent me. From the colors to the contents. I especially love the DIY folder you made. I am definitely copying that! I also enjoyed your letter tremedously. Opening your enevelope was the best thing that happened to me on a very busy and hectic day. Thanks for that!
Response: I know the feeling, opening the mailbox and there is a note of sorts. Makes my day!