Comment: After spending the majority of 2022 in-transit, this swap has finally arrived. Hurrah!!! Thanks so much for the two yellow-themed ICM decos that you created! Now, time for these to continue on their journey!
Response: At long last. I was so worried about the swaps. Glad that it arrived safely. Thank you for the heart. Have a blessed 2023.
Comment: What a fun envie you drew me! I really enjoyed your notecard (so festive and pretty)! My favorite though was the personalized note that you wrote for me. I enjoyed getting a peek into your life. I also really appreciated your willingness to email me what you sent me, as your country's mail service is struggling at the moment (then again, who's isn't!?!) Thank you for all the time and effort you put into this thoughtful swap (＾∇＾)
Comment: Arrived 6 months after you mailed it. Postmarked 02.03/2022. But it's here and in good shape. Thanks for Fujimoto Kyoko's Handrail deco. An unusual theme. I'll start thinking about what my page will look like. :)
Response: So glad that it eventually arrived safely. Thank you for being so patient. Thank you for the heart.
Comment: They arrived! 6 months after you mailed it. The postmark date was February 2022. So sad that your SA postal service is so very slow but happy to let you know that it got here and in good shape. Thanks Apelser. I hope someday you receive all of the decos that were mailed out to you 6 months ago. Fingers crossed.
Response: So glad that it arrived. Thank you for the heart
Comment: Thanks for sharing. What an awesome name. I tell everyone to wait one year after their pet dies-gives you time to grieve. Next get your pet, wait one/two year & get a second. I currently rescue senior dogs or cats. They are so special. I have two now & one 5 year old given to me by daughter when he, Oscar, was 5 months old. Two cats that just wandered into my yard & stayed.
Response: Thank you for the heart and rating. Yes, we aren't in any hurry getting a new dog/s now. Still having a look around.
I have received your card at last! It has been stamped 22 dec 2021. I feel bad that your mail service is slower than mine! Thanks for the animal PCs and the different serviettes!
I shall forward your card in the next round!
Response: I am so glad that it eventually arrived. Yes, mail is so slow these days. Thank you for the heart.
Comment: Thank-you. 😊 I suppose almost 90 days to get here is better than your mail to me being completely lost. Which I am sure you will understand if I thought that. I am hoping your mail service will get sorted out soon. Oh, you have the dubious record, of the longest mail in transit, to me😆
Response: So glad that it arrived safely. Thank you for the heart.
Comment: My goodness, just a few days shy of 90 days and your 3 swaps to me (darn that Swap-bot glitchy assignment algorithm) are finally here. And they all got here the same day. It must be extremely frustrating waiting for your swaps and your ratings. I really don’t know how you can manage dealing with that. Thank-you. I’m sending you a pm.
Response: So glad that it arrived. Thank you for the heart. Yes, I am really getting frustrated with not receiving mail. And of course, now I am to afraid to send any mail out because I don't know if the postal service will actually deliver it abroad. Thank you for your patience.
Comment: Arrived today! Thank you for the extra p/c you sent along. Will pass along the traveling post card on the next round. I hope you get your mail soon. Not sure how they will deliver all that back mail. Good luck.
Response: So glad that it arrived safely. Thank you for the heart.
Comment: I received your beautiful letter 5-27-22!!! Wow, but so worth it. You sound like a lovely person , we have a lot in common. Esp coffee!!!LOL Summer is approaching, kids are out of school. Im still buying plants for my own oasis on my porch.Cursive is wonderful still, Pooh on those ppl!! I would love to write you!! Again, thank you Antoinette.
Response: I'm so glad that it arrived. Thank you for the heart.
Comment: Yeah, it made it here finally!! Thank you for all the lovely extra goodies!! I hope the mail I sent to you in February arrives soon also! xxMuggleMom
Response: I am so glad that it arrived. Thank you for your patience for the mail to arrive. Yip, I would really LOVE to get some mail again. SAPO has seriously let me down this year. I am starting to feel quite depressed without any mail. Thank you for the heart.
Comment: Got it - thank you for the deco and stickers. A funny thing happened. A person who lives 40 minutes from me found your envelope inside the flap of a box from Ireland. Luckily, they forwarded your letter to me!
Comment: Thanks so much for the sunrise/sunset and fairy decos! I have to tell you, this envelope took a wild ride with the postal service—the envelope was torn open on all sides, covered in a bunch of oil and grease, and arrived in a bag. But somehow all of the contents were still sandwiched in perfectly with only minor scuffs! I’m so glad it arrived, what luck!
Response: Oh, my soul...What on earth did they do to the poor envelope. I am just so glad to hear that everything inside made its way to you.
Response: Hi. This was actually fast as I mailed it on the 9th of January and you already received it by the 27th of February. Mail from South Africa can take anything from between 6 weeks to 10 weeks to arrive. Thank you for the heart.
Comment: Hello Marie-Antoinette! Thanks for the lovely notecard, very kind of you to send one with donuts on it haha. I enjoyed reading about you and your country! I hope you are having a nice summer and that you are fully recovered from covid.
Comment: This absolutely makes a great postcard. Thanks for mentioning where the photo was taken. I took a virtual tour around the park to see the area (google streetview). First time I've visited South Africa. Even though it is only online, it was cool to visit and to see the location of where that pretty bird was photographed.
Comment: Thank you for the neat South African National Anthem pc ! I love your country! Always wanted to visit there! It’s nice to learn more about you, too! Thank you! It’s so nice when people take the time to share something about themselves. I wonder what type of pen you used, that wrote so well without smearing, on the plasticized postcard? May you Thrive Well ! ! ! ~ Z
Response: So glad the postcard arrived safely. Yes, I really wish the postcards here had another type of backing that isn't so smooth and difficult to write on because I always have to be careful that the writing does not smudge or smear. Thank you for the heart.
Comment: Thanks for the South Africa postcard and sharing how you want to always live there. South Africa is part of the Social Studies curriculum I teach. We focus on the current government and economics and of course Nelson Mandela and apartheid.
Comment: I'm so sorry I did rate you sooner. It arrived a month ago and I just realized I never let you know I received it. Thank you so much for the awesome postcard! I love the expression on the lions face!
Comment: Love the PC and quotes. Can't wait to check out the books you suggested. I've read a lot of Clive Cussler, but have read Odessa Sea. so I'll definitely check that one. See you at the mail box, bearnbabs
Comment: Thanks so much for the great post. Yours is also the first mail I've ever received from South Africa! The stamp is pretty & the message you sent along (always my favorite part) was great.
Thanks again & I wish you all the best!
Response: Thank you for the heart. I am so glad that it arrived safely. With this pandemic mail seem to be MUCH slower.
Comment: Thank you for 2 post cards and some stickers as extra. Enjoyed reading your letter. I will add to it and send it on round 8. Best wishes for 2021. Today was historic here in the USA since it was the inauguration of President Biden and Kamala Harris as our 1st woman Vice President. I am extremely happy and excited for America's future.
Response: Thank you for the heart. I am so happy that the letter arrived safely. I'm wishing you all the best for the new year.
Comment: I was so happy to receive this chunk of Christmas from South Africa. I flew into Johannesburg, stayed the night at a lovely B&B before flying to Capetown, spent 3 weeks traveling through the garden route to Durbin. Beautiful country. I have a friend who lives in Betty’s Bay. Thank you! Your address brought back fond memories!
Response: I am so glad it arrived safely. Thank for telling me about your trip to South Africa. Thank you for the heart
Comment: ▂▃▅▇█▓▒░۩۞۩ Thank You ۩۞۩░▒▓█▇▅▃▂ Antoinette for the *˛˚ღ •˚ ˚mind blowing ~♥~˚ ✰* ★ swap! It finally arrived on 4-7-20. Mail between Africa and the USA always travels slow. I am ooing and awing over your gorgeous card. It is just (¯`*•.¸♥♫ ♫ B░E░A░U░T░I░F░U░L ♫ ♥¸.•*´¯) ♥♥♥♥ Wow! You sent a unopened bag Woodland Stories Embellishment from Little Birdie and four blank adult coloring Christian pray cards! I could hug you right now, you know that? This was such a personal and thoughtful gift.I LOVE it! You spoil me! I am definitely going to write you back! Sending you a gazillion hearts! 💖❥💞❦💕❧💗♡💓♥️❤️❤💘ღ💝❣💘💚💟💙💜💛 εїз Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ ❤ ƸӜƷ εїз
Comment: Hello! Wonderful to see you in my mailbox! Just received your pretty letter today--it does take a bit to get here from your country, but it was a wonderful letter and I'm planning to write back! :)
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful card, I am sorry the rating has taken so long but the postman finally made it !! I know you mailed my card a long time ago, I wonder where the journey has taken it.
Comment: Well this sure took a long journey around the world to get here...lol. I really loved your answers. I can tell how important work and your parents are to you and that shows your good character.
Response: Thank you for the heart. I'm really so glad that it arrived safely.
Comment: Hi Marie-Antoinette! Happy New Year! I am similar to you in that - a)the hosroscope of the day was useless - for me it GENREALLY is absurd! :D b)I too hate it when someone "cleans" the table I've been working on, & get so hurt when I tell them so, & say "I kept everything EXACTLY where it was !!!" & c) some hard-to-not-murder coworkers (in the past, THANKFULLY)
Thanks for sharing about your time with your Grandparents, your 21st Birthday(& some toxic people who I'd avoid reminding you of) Stay excited :) & oh! Thanks for the pretty notepaper!
Response: Thank you for the heart. I am glad that it arrived safely. I had a lot of fun doing the writing challenge. Have a blessed 2019.
Comment: OMG I SOOO loved your letter! I'm ditto on the travel thing, though for awhile there, I thought I was going to live a life of trouble. Sort of forgot that I don't even like leaving my house! I sent you an email response, and also am sending you a physical letter in hopes it will actually get there. Thanks so much for taking the time to share your life with me!
Response: Thank you for the heart. I'm glad you enjoyed reading about me and I cannot wait to hear from you. Happy New Year to you and your loved ones.
Comment: Your envie finally arrived yesterday. Beautiful Postcard. Thank you for sharing an additional one with me to keep. I will post out today your traveling postcard to the next round :-) Have a wonderful day.
Comment: Thank you so much for the great card and all the amazing goodies. I already have replied to it and hooe you will enjoy my letter and please excuse my late rating. Due to our move I am terrybly behind with almost everything.
Comment: Card arrived in today's mail :) Thank you for the sweet note and the calendar :) Our winter is not wanting to end here - we get a fresh coating of snow every few days, but thankfully the warmer days are making progress in melting the snow. Hope you have a great week and fingers crossed I get some down time to join in & host more swaps soon :)
Comment: Hi, Thanks so much for the beautiful flowers from South Africa! I enjoyed your note, and it is so strange that you are looking forward to cooler weather. We are just beginning spring, although we've had some days with snow. I'm so looking forward to the Spring flowers, especially lilacs. Take care & Best Wishes ~ Judy
Comment: Thank you for the nice Flowers of South Africa postcard. I love the atmospheric first line of the book. Will be checking out this author and I’ll let you know what I think of the book after I read it. Also, thanks for sending a 2nd one!
Comment: Thank you for the great card. It arrived here on Feb 2 which is middle of winter for us. I have a beautiful snow covered view outside my kitchen window. Thank you for telling me about your country. That is the only way I learn about many places that I will never get to visit although I would like to.
Comment: thank you for the very beautiful 5 atcs! I can't believe it when I saw your mail today, because its been 5 month since the envelope was postmarked! It must went on a journey before coming to me :)
Response: Thank you for the heart. I am just so grateful that they arrived safely. Mail seem to be terrible these days. If I don't get a Christmas card in March, I get mail that has been opened. It is terrible... :(
Comment: Thank you for your answers. I can definitely relate to the feeling that not murdering anyone is an accomplishment, hehe. Jokes aside though, WOW 195 BOOKS?! That's amazing. I love reading but sadly I only read 4 books last year
Response: Thank you for the heart. I am a real book worm....seeing that both my parents love reading.......
Comment: Thank you for choosing such a beautiful postcard for me and for the information about your country! I would very much like to visit South Africa some day! I think it's wonderful being a part of this swap-bot community that brings people together :)
Response: Thank you for the heart. I am glad that you like the postcard I chose for you. I absolutely LOVE Swap-Bot as I not only get to use my hobbies, but I also get to meet people from around the world who share my passion for crafts and snail mail.
Comment: Thank you so much for the Christmas cards. How nice of you to take the time to send one in Afrikaans and translate it. I love it and they are up on my wall! And thank you for the cute stickers. Merry Christmas Antoinette! And God bless you richly!
Response: Thank you for the heart. I am so glad that it arrived safely. Have a blessed Christmas with your loved ones.
Comment: It finally came! Poor envelope got a bit beat up in transit, but it made it all in one piece! I love all three of the ATC's you made. You're the first person I've gotten mail from in South Africa, it sure did take a while, but I'm glad that it made it. Thank you so much for all the time and energy you put into the art!
Response: I am just glad that they arrived safely. Thank you for the heart.
Comment: Antoinette, thank you for the lovely postcard of South African Flowers. We are heading into our fall season now and it will become Winter in December. We moved to NC from MA because of the harsh winters. It rarely snows in NC. I will be 75 in January. Time flies bye. Shirley
Response: Thank you for the heart. I am glad you liked the flower postcard I picked for you. Here it has been unbearable hot and we are supposed to be in spring now. Take care
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful card, so creative love it! Thank you for the sweet prayer and note! I love flowers so the postcard you sent with flowers of Africa, wow Iâ€™m going to hang it in my studio! The ATCâ€™s you made adorable! The one you titled mom&daughter, reminds me of me and my daughter the brown curly hair me and my daughters hair is a red color! Your amazing thank you so much!!â¤ï¸â¤ï¸
Response: Thank you for the heart. I am glad that you like the goodies I sent with. God bless. And lots of hugs
Comment: Thank you so much for my adorable pocket letter! It is my first happy mail from South Africa and I will treasure it always! The gifts you enclosed were so sweet, and the little letter you enclosed was lovely. I am an avid reader also, and we have many of the same hobbies. Thank you again. I hope we are swap partners again some time. :)
Response: Glad that it arrived safely and that you like the goodies I included for you. I am still a newby with pocket letters but I am having so much fun making them. Sadly in South Africa pocket letters and ATCs are not a very popular thing and some people look at you very strangely when you mention it.....
Comment: thank you for the beautiful Fox! I love him!! thank you also for all the other animals. I was sad when I noticed that there was almost no participation also. Please don't let the turn out for this swap turn you off hosting other swaps. :)
Response: I am so glad that it arrived safely. I will soon host a colouring page swap again and hopefully there will be some more members who join.
Comment: So sorry for the late rating. I rated you in my head just not here on swap-bot. I do that with my text messages too. Drives hubby crazy. Anywho, loved the the cards and thank you so much for some great cards, loved the creativity of them especially the jackolope in a jacket. Lol loved it. Thank you so much wish I could give you like 10 hearts for these cards.
Comment: Thanks so much for such a wonderful package! It makes me smile that someone across the world is praying for me. I know that God hears all of our prayers and He loves us all, no matter how near or far we are.
Comment: I was absolutely thrilled when I saw stamps from South Africa as I am visiting Capetown, Garden District and Durban in September! Thank you so much for the wonderful alphabet cards! Generous of you to create 2 of each. Big Thanks!
Comment: Oh my goodness!!! What a beautiful journal page, Antoinette! Thank you so much! It is just so stunning! I love your style and what you wrote. And the goodies! :) Our journals are going to be amazing!! xxoo Shannon
Comment: Thank you for your sweet little packet of goodies for this swap. You are way too kind and generous. I am so heartbroken to hear of the tragic passing of your fur baby Snoopy. There have been people leaving out treats in the parks in our area that are filled with crushed glass. It always amazes me how someone could harm an innocent animal. It is always a joy to swap with you and what a wonderful story of how your parents named you. You are so fortunate to have parents that love you so dearly. I hope you have a wonderful Easter holiday and I hope to swap once again with you soon. For now my CAT SCAN showed I must have my gallbladder removed =D. It is so kind of you to ask about me and thank you for your kindness =D you are too sweet!
Comment: Oh my goodness, Antoinette! What a truly beautiful piece of art this journal page is! I absolutely love it! What I really want to do is frame it and hang it on my prayer room wall. It is just stunning. Thank you so very much. I really love this swap series and am excited about how lovely our journals will be! THank you for blessing me with such a lovely page and for the note pages! I have an Art Journaling Bible and will be using some of those pages in my Art Bible! Thank you again! I hope we swap together again soon! xxoo
Comment: Oh my goodness!!!! You went Above and Beyond the swap requirements! What a FANTASTIC package. Thank you so much for the gorgeous postcards, ribbons, cardboard creamer cover (thats going to be the cover and back of my next junk journal) and for the great verses. You made my week ! Bless you!
Comment: Your Proverbs card is lovely, Antoinette, and your prayer equally so. Many thanks for the extra effort in making this card and for including the extra Proverbs. I'll read them and remember your thoughtfulness. â¤â¤ jinanne
Comment: The red polka-dotted envelope full of treats from you just arrived! Thank you very much! I like most the postcard with the blooms! I can use all the stickers and the bike note-card :-). Thank you also for using all the stamps! Best wishes, Jana
Comment: I really loved the coloring sheet you colored! I just love Circus stuff! How u knew I don't no but your GREAT!!!! Thank you for the shopping list and the WONDERFUL extra sheets as well! LOVE LOVE LOVED it all!!!!! 100 HEARTS and one star coming right up lol
Comment: Thank you for the huge "rusk" card! I have to say, this was a learning experience for me: I did not know what rusks are. I looked it up online. Seems to be more or less what I know as biscotti. Thank you for hosting the trades, recycled cardboard trades are my favorite!
Comment: What a beautiful page you've colored...and all the extras! I'm still enjoying working through all the last pages you sent, and I've already picked several favorites from these that I know will be some of the next I color in. Thank you for your generosity and for all the time and love you colored into the mermaid!
Comment: Dear Apelser, Thanks SO much for the beautiful page which you colored for me. WOW! I also loved all the pages you sent me to color. My favorite of course is the harpsichord. Thanks also for hosting these swaps. Wish I could give you a 10 rating and a bunch of hearts.
Response: I am glad that it arrived safely and that you like the pages I chose for you. I have great fun choosing the pages for you and strangely I thought you would like the harpsichord one. :)
Comment: Dear Antoinette - Your magnificent Cat has been here for some time but I am just getting caught up on things and just now feeling well enough to read my mail. He is beautiful and you did an excellent job of coloring him. I am thinking I should frame it and put it up for all to see. The extra cats you sent are wonderful too - I might have sent you some of the same. Thanks also for the lists and stickers. I will be answering your letter in the next few days. Sorry I was so late with rating and sending. Thanks again. Chris crispycritter
Comment: Thanks so much for the extras and joining the swap!!! Nice choices I can't wait to color! Are you looking for a pen pal? I've never had a pen pal from Africa! I would love to learn about your life and country âï¸
Response: I would love to get another pen pal. Looking forward to hearing from you :)
Comment: thank you so much for everything, i received it few days ago but i took it from my box on the way out, opened it while waiting for the metro:) and then completely forgot. i am so happy about the magazines, they are very nice.
Comment: Beautiful, adorned card! Can you send me one every month? LOL always a good mail day from you. Thanks much!
Response: I will gladly send you every month. Would you like to have a private swap each month? Each time I think that I should not join the Chunk O Cardboard swaps as my stack of cardboards are finished, but then each time I manage to get ones and then I just cannot throw them away. At least I can use the cardboards for something :)
Comment: IT MADE IT!!! I think they put this in a bottle and floated it across the pond :) US Post Office claims they attempted delivery on the 22nd of December and again today - they didn't attempt to deliver to me on the 22nd :( I can't believe how inexpensive your postage is - you are sooooo lucky! Thank you and may you continue to have fun with pocket letters!!!
Comment: Thank you for the great postcard!! I love this type of swap so much! the stamps and stickers you used are lovely!
Our weather is surprisingly mild for this time of the year today it's 16 degrees celsius.. thats crazy! usually it's below freezing by now! No sign of snow for Christmas!
Comment: Hi Antoinette, thank you for that wonderful, huge chunk of Rice Krispies cardboard! I don't think the boxes look quite like that here--I think the character design is a bit different--so I was very happy to see the version you have. Wonderful lot of stamps, stickers, & tape, too! Wish you could have sent a touch of your summer along with it all! Thanks again.
Comment: Antoinette what a beautiful letter! I was so excited when the mailman arrived today and I had to sign for it. You clearly put a TON of thought (And goodies!) into it and I am so appreciative. I love that it was themed (and I'm an animal lover). Also, I LOVE learning about new places and things so all of the little informative pieces were amazing. What an amazing FIRST pocket letter for me to receive. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Comment: Hi Marie-Antoinette I received my pocket letter and I enjoyed it so much. I really liked reading your letter and looking at all of the cool stuff in the pockets. You did an excellent job. Hope we swap again sometime. Pat
Comment: WOW!!! ;-) Just when I had given up on it ,,,IT ARRIVED! wow it takes a very long time!!! From South Africa ~ #42 DAYS!!!!
I am in the country in Southern USA! ;-) THANK YOU, I luv it and am so happy it did make it!! 5 ðŸ’˜ðŸ’žâ¤ â¥ â™¡ to you!!! Blessings, cc
Response: I am so happy that it arrived safely. I was about to mail the new one out tomorrow. It is totally ridiculous that it took so long. I am just grateful that it did find it's way to you. Thank you for the heart. I am so glad you like it.
Comment: This is beautiful! You must have super-sized tissue boxes in South Africa. Mine wasn't nearly that large. Enjoy your spring - we're coming into winter, but thank goodness I live in Florida! I am NOT a cold weather girl!
Response: Thank you for the heart. I am happy that it arrived safely. I asked some colleagues at work to bring me boxes, especially tissue boxes. I have no idea where the one lady got the tissue boxes from. :)
Comment: Loved it all -- even the envelope and the stamps it took to mail it! You hit the nail on the head with butterflies -- and the elvish looking door with the owl over it! The owl is my husband's Boy scout totem, and I have a butterfly tattoo on my right shoulder. It is my own design, and I got it to celebrate my 1-year cancer free check-up after breast cancer surgery. Thank you so much, also for hosting the swap. Happy swapping!
Response: I am so glad that it arrived safely and that you like it. Thank you for the heart and thank you once again for joining my swap.
Comment: What a beautiful card! The leopard is just spectacular. A beautiful animal. I love getting the book page cards when the book pages are in another language. It just adds so much to it.
I agree with you that these swaps are a lot of fun!
Comment: Thank you so much for your beautiful postcard I love it! Please can you tell me how you made it coated in plastic to protect it as I would love to use whatever you used for my handmade PCs. Also I wanted to tell you that you really are a fantastic artist I love what you created...Thank You.
Response: I used the self stick plastic that we use to stick over books to cover/protect them.
Glad you liked the postcard. Thank you for the heart.
Comment: What a wonderful card! I think it is an awesome idea to use the self adhesive plastic over the top. I am going to do that with mine. I love your little additions also to the mail carriers. So fun!!
Comment: Thank you for a beautiful PC. I love the stamps too - showed my son and he thought they were wonderful as well. Great swap and idea for Mom...I hope my card makes it in time for her birthday. Take care, Annette
Comment: O----M---G!!!! Thank you so much:) I'd to give you a ton more stars if I could. What a fantastic bunch of napkins. You definitely are well stocked:) Thank you, thank you, thank you:) Take care.
Comment: So, that took a long time to fly from South Africa to the Netherlands! But it arrived :-) Thanks a lot. It was funny to receive this "meat postcard". I'm vegetarian myself :-)
Ps, weather is cold and rainy..
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful postcard, Antoinette. I finally found the swap after looking several time in the send list. I think I was expecting to see in more recent sent items than I expected--who knows? Anyway I finally found it! Thanks so very much!
Comment: Holy wow this took forever to get here! I can see you sent it by the fifth but I just got this yesterday. Thank you for your answers to the prompts and the extras. I really enjoyed them all. Happy swapping!
Comment: So many wonderful things to say about your packet starting with the stampyou used and the lovely mailing label. Then you answered all 30 prompts. Wow! I'm with you on the cell phone chatting!! Love the baobab trees! Thank you!
Comment: Marie-Antoinette -- I am so ashamed -- I spent a month looking for your letter after my kids my interrupted m reading, then husband "cleaned " it out of the corner of the kitchen that I call my 'office'. Thanks so much for your patience. It is a lovely letter, and I enjoyed the typewriter art article as well. Good to be humble when your house is full of ... well, activity would be one word for it! Sorry for the delay, and belated happy holidays/ vacation!
Response: Thank you for the heart. Don't worry - I know how it goes. My parents have learned by now not to disturb my "organised chaos" in my room :)
Comment: Thank you so much for your letter! I loved the wrapping paper (& envelope!)you used. I'll write back :) I'm very glad for you that postal service is no longer on strike...empty mailboxes are no good!!!
Comment: Good Heavens! You answered every question and in great detail! I so appreciate the time, effort, and no doubt expense to send your packet all the way from South Africa! (Sadly, all those nice stamps were scribbled over instead of a cancel stamp) I will use some of your responses and a jumping off point in my next letter to youl Also, you are so kind to include the jokers! Love them!
Comment: Thank you for the lovely letter and beautiful post cards. It was a real pleasure to learn a bit about you and I'm hoping we will continue writing for many years to come...I will be sending a letter soon.
Comment: I am lucky again! Thank you so much for the wonderful map card with such fascinating detail. What's especially amazing to me is that I can see the Protea flower (which is my favourite) along with so many other things that have personal connections for me -- fantastic! :) xo
Comment: You have the most gorgeous writing I've ever seen! I'm sorry it took so long to get back; it's been tough moving back home, so the letter got misplaced along the way. Thank you so much, though! It was beautiful!
Comment: Fabulous job! I love both of them! You have really nice handwriting. I love the map card of South Africa! I have a penpal in Franschhoek, so I want to learn more about your country. Thank you!
Comment: Thank you so much for your lovely letter containing your pretty friendship book which I'll gladly pass on to my partner in the next round, beautiful extra postcards and a very kind message, It was a great pleasure to hear from you.
Comment: Got swap in mail this afternoon and thank you. Mail was opened and post said you sent tea and they would not give it to me. But, thank you anyhow. Hope all is warm in your land, it sure is cold here -30c
Also your mail date on your envey is Feb 13/14. Not Feb 5/14. Maybe this is why it got delayed at post, was due to the tea. I know Australia will not let in tea now also
Comment: Thank you so much for your beautiful up cycled Bible verse tags. The verses of Scripture you included were some of my very favorite and I quote them often in speaking publicly. Some reminded me of things pertenate to my life now. Thank you very much. God bless.
Comment: What fine work you created, thank you for sharing! I plan to show your beautiful bookmarks at my next social meeting with my knitting/crocheting friends, at our local coffee shop. I appreciate you including the teas, too.
Comment: I just got your journal and wanted to thank you and that it arrived safely. I like that you arranged it by year--it is a really nice way to remember the songs of the 80s. I know I'm going to have a good time looking through it and remembering all the videos that went with the songs.
Thanks a bunch and it was pretty exciting to get a package from South Africa too.
Response: I am glad that it arrived safely and that you like it. Enjoy the memories. Now that's what I call music!
Comment: Thank you for the pretty Christmas card and the extra cards! I hope you and your dogs will have a wonderful holiday!
My deepest condolences to the passing of the former president Nelson Mandela. May his legacy live on forever.
Comment: Thank you very much for the great Christmas cards as well as the beautiful postcard of Johannesburg. Quite a timing to receive a mail from South Africa for the first time in my life... My deepest condolences to the passing of your former president Nelson Mandela, not just an inspiration to the people your country but also to the whole world.
Comment: Received Your Card Yesterday's mail. Thank you so much for the Beautiful Card and the 2 extra Cards inside .. love the Butterflies and the Heart... and your Thoughtful Note telling what you are Thankful for... Hugs...
Comment: Absolutely love the napkins you sent me.. Especially the wild animal ones. They are so awesome.. I usually make envelopes and cards with my napkins, but think I will wait and make something really special with these.. :)
Comment: Oh Antoinette what a LOVELY letter! I am not even finished reading it yet because you wrote so many wonderful things I want to savor the letter and only read a few pages each day. I love that stationary too! Thank you for such a great swap!
Comment: Thank you so much for your owesome journal!! I will be reading it in more detail tonight, but I love it already :-) I hope you'll receive mine soon since I sent it on the 30th of Sept. Have a nice weekend!
Very nice PC! I especially Dankie for the phrase interpretations. I like your idea of a treasure chest. I am going to have to find a name for my own mailbox.:-) You have very nice penmanship. You PC made me hungry for my mom's homemade biscuits!! Happy Fall Mailings, ellie
Comment: Thanks a lot for the long and warm letter. You have a much newer typewriter than me, with better ink...and soooo fewer typos! Wow! And is it normal in SA to write the recieverÂ´s address to the left and the snederÂ´s address to the right? IÂ´m just curious. Again: Thank you very much for this special swap!
Comment: Hello Marie, Thank you for the very interesting postage stamps on your postcard. I always need to get out my atlas or google the captions. I could not read all of your message due to fading but I did enjoy the baby animal capers!
Comment: So glad it finally got here! I was worried your PC wouldn't it make it here before I left for a mini vacation :) but it arrived in the mailbox today with beautiful stamps on the envie and lots of great post it notes too! thanks for the extras :)
Comment: Loved this chunk o cardboard! Thank-you:) the various postal agencies must really wonder about swap-bot sometimes. This swap was awesome! Also very much liked the stamps and airmail sticker. Hope you have a great winter! (summer:)
Comment: Thanks for sharing your answers with me. I really enjoy reading them, you are a much better bible study student than I am when it comes to answering these questions. I hope all is well in South Africa :)
Comment: I really enjoyed reading your lists. Seems like no matter where we are from we have things in common :) Thank you so much for sending them and also for sending the postcards! They are my first ones from South Africa :)
Comment: Thanks for sharing your answers with me. I truly enjoy reading your answers and I think answered one of my questions wrong about believe with verses 15, 16, and 18 after I read the question again when I was reading along with your answer :-( Hope you enjoy your weekend and look forward to hopefully seeing you in chapter 4's study :-)
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful cards. The purple ink does go well with the flowers on the card. Thank you. The green ink you used does seems to work well with the nib and paper and handwriting :-) Thank you for sharing your work, I will get back to you soon!
Comment: LOL, as soon as I decided to message you, it turned up the same day! Thank you so much! Oh my gosh, the paper you used is sooooo pretty (and thank you very much for the extra sheets; you have no idea how much time I have spent recently looking for writing paper here; it seems non-existent!). The elephants on the envelope were cute :) Goodness, your handwriting is IMMACULATE! :) I will reply soon. Thank you again!
Comment: Thanks Marie-Antoinette! I remember reading about her as well, her story intrigued me :) Thanks for sharing all about you, I enjoyed reading it! You have a job where you can touch people's lives every day, how awesome is that! God bless you <3
Comment: Thanks for sharing a little about you and your family with me. That's great that both your parents are 68, still alive and your dad is enjoying his retirement :-) Yes, I'm glad your head is still attached (poor queen Marie-Antoinette) :-(
Comment: Thank you so much for sharing your answers with me. I LOVE how you got your answers into those little green squares, that was neat!! :-) I enjoyed reading the answers because you put a lot of effort into answering the questions
Comment: Thanks for sending me a postcard. No, I don't think we've been partners before, and even if er had, I never mind getting the same postcard over. I love packaging from other countries, it's always interesting to read
Comment: Hello Marie-Antoinette! Thank you for the lovely upcycled postcard. I adore the keychain from your country - the images on the currency are exquisite! I am waiting for the warmer weather here, and hopefully no more cold days. Happy swapping! (ï½¡â—•â€¿â€¿â—•ï½¡)
Comment: Hello Marie,
Thank you for the wonderful journal with your entries of lists in it. I had enjoyable time reading all the entries that were in the journal including your entries. I look forward to adding my entries and passing the journal on to the next swapper. I appreciate the flower stickers your sent me as well. Have a great week.
Comment: WOW thank you for the beads they are already in use a pair of earrings and a necklace. and as I sit here it is the second day of over 30c day and there is more to come. Thanks again for the swap.
Comment: Hello Marie,
Thank you for the very wonderful way you shared your thoughts for each of your lists. The way you shared was inviting, colorful, and wanting to do more. Thank you, as well, for the beautiful papers you sent along with the journal. I am a paper lover and what you sent brought joy to my heart. I look forward to adding to your journal.
Comment: What a surprise that you got me as your partner (smile). I enjoyed your "Christmas Eve" font; what a great name and neat font. I enjoyed your letter, plus the goodies too. I hope you had a Merry Christmas, and I pray you have a relaxing New Year too. P.S. I also loved your very colorful envelope!
Comment: Hi Marie-Antoinette, I finally received your chunk O Cardboard today! It took 2 months to reach here, but did eventually arrive. That is interesting information about the Ouma bakery. I also like your colourful stamps. Thanks.
Comment: Thank you for the Monster Colossus crossword puzzles! I think I am set for the whole winter now! The clever Top Secret envelope has not yet been breeched, but it's just a matter of time! And the bird stamps are gorgeous! I will use them in my next minizine! Thanks for a wonderful swap! Take care, Karen
Comment: Thank you so much for the fantastic calendar! It's perfect! I absolutely love it. I've never received anything from South Africa. I so love animals and nature. This calendar will be a treat to enjoy all year. Thank you so very much again!
Comment: Thank you so much for your letter (Yes, it only just arrived today... a month after you dated it!... the postal service is crazy!) ... We have a lot in common, and I look forward to writing back to you soon =) Thank you also for the cute butterflies, flower, and smiley face!
Comment: Oooohhhh I got your envie today and had to wait till I got home in the afternoon to open it. It had me waiting with anticipation as I was too scared to just rip it apart. I like to open my envies with great care so as not to damage all the great work that goes into them and I soooo loved yours. The idea is sooo great too. I have a friend at church who is waiting for me to bring all my envies to show here what I have been sent and yours is the most unusual and one of the ones at the top of my fav list but everyone has done a great job though. I love the bookmarks and the paper you sent me too. I am always looking for paper to write notes on for my partners so it was much appreciated. When I have some time to read I will be able to use all my lovely bookmarks I have been sent thus far.
Thanks again for being my partner and I love it when you are my partner as I also get to see the cool stamps from your country too.
Comment: Hi Marie-Antoinette! Thank you for everything....heart and extra hearts! I am going to frame the postcard..it is beautiful! Also I love the crocheted bookmark! Do you have the pattern for that? Could you sent me it or the link? It is beautiful...I am gushing:0) teri
Comment: Thanks for the postcard! It's always really cool to receive a PC from SA! I still rmb that the first week or so that i joined, i happened to join your first swap and you sent PCs to me even though i wasn't your swap partner. It was a really wonderful surprise(:
Comment: Hey there Antoinette! I finally recieved your AWESOME envelope today! :) Thanik you SO much for all the great cards with enelopes and also the GREAT and CUTE stationery with envelopoes. I really REALLY love it a lot! I would be happy to be penpals with you as I do not have a penpal in South Africa. Should I write first or you? Just let me know. Thanks again for such a great swap! I was worried that it was lost! ha So happy to have received it today! It made my day! :) Teresa in Nashville, Tennessee! :)
Response: I'm so glad you received it. I would be happy to get another pen pal. Would you mind writing first? Thank you for the heart! I cannot wait to hear from you. Till later my friend!
Comment: Hi Antoinette, Thanks so much for the great Rhino postcard. It's my new favorite. It's gotten so warm here, so no more winter. We have all of the windows open to air out our house today. I really enjoyed your recent letter, look for a reply soon. Take care & be well. ;)
Response: I'm glad you like the card. Thank you for the heart!
Comment: Great card & is your supervisor still around? Hang in there. I've had many bad supervisors-I know how you feel! I would love to be pen pals with you, let me know if you are interested (if not it's ok.)
Response: I would love to get a new Pen pal. I'm always looking for more pen pals.
Comment: Thank you so much for the package. I loved the way you answered the questions. You are so creative and I can tell you put a lot of work into it. You sound like a really kind hearted person. Thank you for the cute stickers too. Happy new year!
Comment: Nice answers. Its weird to hear someones never been to stores that are like staples here and never heard of shows that I love. Guess when you have it you assume everyone does! Thanks! Happy New Year
Comment: oh my I am truly feeling blessed by you! the letter, the poem, the Thanking God letter and especially thank you for the prayer and the goodies I truly felt blessed today. or and that beautiful card. did you make it. thank you so much for all you have sent to me.
Comment: OMG !! I just Looooooove the cards you sent me and the envelope is very nice as well ! Postcards from SA are always beautiful and these ones even more so, they're gorgeous !! THANK YOU! MERCI !! You so deserve the "heart" !
Comment: 5 stars plus. love, love, love the warthog. That is so going on my desk at work! Cheers!
Hello 11/3/2011 received another card from you. I thought the first two were for swaps #3 and #4. Turns out it was a lovely extra. This beautiful guinea fowl is also a great card! Thank you again! Cheers
Comment: Thank you Antoinette for the beautiful postcards. Each one of them is very special. My whole family were excited when your envelope arrived in our mailbox. We have been watching the Rugby on the television and we always watch the Australia-South Africa games whenever they are on. Thank you also for the extra gifts of stickers and card. I will use them to make extra special cards for my friends. The stamps also are lovely and the decorated envelope. One heart is not enough for this swap. I would love to give you more hearts.
Comment: You are so way cool. Your artwork blew me away. I couldn't get over the way you made the envie an it is just as well I read the instructions you gave me. I sooooo love what you did even though you say you are new at this. I usually cut my envies open at the top so as to not damage the work put into it. With the way you sent your envie which is sooo cool I can reuse some of the beatiful paper you used. I also feel soooo lucky to have you as a partner. I can not recall ever having a partner from South Africa so was over whelmed by your generosity. I loved the way you presented the little gifts in the cute envies. I can also add the great stamps to my collection. I sooo wish I could give you more hearts as you so outdone yourself as a partner with what you sent me. Thank you so much again.
P.S. I am keeping your addy aside to send you something special.
Comment: OK, wow wow wow!! What goodies!!!! One of my favorite swaps! I'm gaga over the currency keychain - how unique and interesting!!! My husband has already tried to steal it! (Also, he won't let me peel the INCREDIBLE butterfly stickers off your envie, because they, plus the stamps, make for a gorgeous presentation. He told me, just keep the whole thing, just like it is! Ha ha!). Those are some of the most beautiful PCs I've seen in a while. Have already pulled one to send to my aunt (plus 3D stickers, of course! She's gonna LOVE it!) Those are really special stickers and there are a lot of them! This was one super special package, you deserve countless hearts - you really made my day. Hubby doesn't usually care much about my swaps but he was really captivated by this one! THANK YOU!!
Comment: Hearts, hearts, hearts! Loved the handmade bookmarks that you made! Being a tactile person, I loved the feel and textures of the bookmarks. Great job! I also loved the postcard of Johannesburg, South Africa. I have to admit that I tend to forget other countries have these great big beautiful cities! And I don't think I've ever received any mail from South Africa, so an added bonus. I love how you decorated your envelope, too. You're a great swapper! You put thought and your own talents in your swaps! Thank you! Happy Mail Day here in Georgia!