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Original Member
Last Online: July 23, 2018
Birthday: September 2
Country: United States
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About Me


PLEASE NOTE: I prefer my postcards to be mailed naked. Thank you.

depression is a flaw in chemistry not a flaw in character.

I'm off of school for the summer so I'm going to give this another try. I hope I don't get any postage due swaps.

I'm a senior at University, studying history with a minor in art. I belong to my local Women's Club, where I am Chairperson of the Arts Committee.

Recently moved back to Florida after living in Chicago for 27ish years. Glad to be back home, see my friends from school, spend time with my 89 year old father, and slow down a bit. I feel like I was running all that time and now I can relax and have a glass of sweet tea on the front porch.

Original Member, July, 2006

"Making objects of beauty is a revenge on depression." - Matjames Metson


I was in a band called The Sump Pumps; playing percussion and singing backup.

I am a former tour guide for Chicago Hauntings. This is a ghost hunting tour created by Ursula Bielski, a world-renowned author and ghost-hunter.

I am a firm believer in the paranormal.

I was struck by lightning when I was 12.

A piece of my artwork is on permanent display in Malaysia.

I once stalked Bono outside his hotel room in the freezing cold Chicago winter and had my picture taken with him.

I am tattooed and I love well-executed tattooed skin. I don't understand how people can let someone practice tattooing on their skin; it often looks like a three year old has used a crayon on you. That sh*t is permanent! I also feel tats are an extension of me; my beliefs, my art, and as such, should be beautiful.

Favorite Music

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Favorite Movies

°º©©º°¨¨¨¨¨¨°º©©º°¨¨¨¨¨¨°º©©º°¨¨¨¨¨¨°º©©º°¨¨¨¨°º©©º°¨¨¨¨¨°º©©º°¨¨¨¨¨¨°º©©º°¨¨¨¨¨¨°º©©º° An Affair to Remember; anything Cary Grant; Wuthering Heights; Sense and Sensibility; Twister; Breakfast at Tiffany's; Charade. Anything with Audrey Hepburn; Shetlands Are (look it up on YouTube); In The Name of The Father; Million Dollar Baby; Lincoln; Argo; The Shawshank Redemption; Casino; Good Fellas; Twister; Remember the Titans; The King's Speech; Roman Holiday; It's a Wonderful Life; White Christmas; Holiday Inn; Love Actually; Casablanca; Sabrina (both versions); Legends of The Fall; Fight Club, Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade, Imitation of Life, Skyfall, Jackie Robinson by Ken Burns

Favorite Television

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Favorite Crafts

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Fave colors: I'm often drawn to blue, sea blue, silver blue that is almost grey, sea green, pale peachy pink, hot red orange.

Other Favorites

°º©©º°¨¨¨¨¨¨°º©©º°¨¨¨¨¨¨°º©©º°¨¨¨¨¨¨°º©©º°¨¨¨¨°º©©º°¨¨¨¨¨°º©©º°¨¨¨¨¨¨°º©©º°¨¨¨¨¨¨°º©©º° Making tea in a real teapot (and I drink it the English way, with lots of milk and sugar); Star Gazer Lilies; Buddah; Ponies; Tuxedo Kitties; digging around at Flea Markets; digging around at Thrift Shops; English things; Constant Comment Tea; Books; History; Vintage Paris; San Franciso; travelling; Tim Holtz' products; my Cricut Expression; oatmeal; thick juicy steaks encrusted with bleu cheese; sleeping late; a clean house; rainy cool days; camping (real camping with a tent and a fire); Earl Grey tea; surprises; Johnny B Radio; kittencats; puppydogs; snail mail envelopes full of surprises and local ephemera; doorways; shabby chic; Portillo's double cheeseburgers with everything NO ketchup; good homemade soup; clean 100% cotton sheets; a good fitting bra; oatmeal raisin cookies; learning about other religions and cultures; learning to say thank you in other languages (so far I'm up to 23;) Atomic Fire Balls; dresses; a good solid pair of flip flops that can last the summer; Shetland Ponies; Jimmie John's Italian Nightclub; auctions; ice cold milk; a good sale; Chicago Cubs Baseball; Portillo's Chocolate Cake (to die for); vintage postcards and photos; old metal bits of whatever; keys; old jewelry (to take apart and put back together some other way); foreign language text from anywhere; bath scrubs; good candles; different colored or shaped glass beads; lovely yarns and fibers; cool tiny things; urban foraging; a good hair cut; Postsecret; walking through cemeteries; finishing projects I start (rare, but I'm working on it); hearing my Ray strumming on his acoustic guitar; sitting around the fire watching and contemplating the flames; leaning my head on Harley's tummy and listening to him purr, (can't do that anymore since Harley left us in February of 2014, rest in peace sweet little man); watching Wellington drool all over the catnip toy I made him; looking things up on Wikipedia, whether they're true or not; picking on my cats (in a completely loving way, don't worry Peta fans),

Preferences: Book to movie; Hardback to Paperback; reading to tv, wood mounted rubber stamps to acrylic mounted rubber stamps; toilet paper coming out from the bottom to coming out from the top; Coke to Pepsi; 12 grain wheat to white; psychological thrill to gore; 2% milk to regular; half caf to full caf; Target to Wal-Mart; Edgar to Sig; cloudy to sunny; cool to hot; truth to lies; black and white to color; sepia to black and white;

Some of my favorite people are: My Ray, My Meagan, Matjames Metson, Susanah (whom I miss terribly), my Uncle Al, Kelly Y., Maizey, Chloe, Tyler Durden, Uncle Billie, Mike Rowe, Vincent D'onofrio, Heidi Klum, Angelina Jolie, Daniel Burnham, Dan the EMT who tried to save my Ronin,

Some of my favorite books: The Hiding Place by my Tante Corrie TenBoom; The Help by Kathryn Stockett; Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen; The Odessa Files by Frederick Forsyth; The Taking by Dean Koontz; Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow; There Are No Children Here by Lafeyette and Pharoah Rivers; The Sinking of the Eastland, America's Forgotten Tragedy by Jay Bonansinga.

Dream Wish List

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Things I don't like

°º©©º°¨¨¨¨¨¨°º©©º°¨¨¨¨¨¨°º©©º°¨¨¨¨¨¨°º©©º°¨¨¨¨°º©©º°¨¨¨¨¨°º©©º°¨¨¨¨¨¨°º©©º°¨¨¨¨¨¨°º©©º° Ignorance; hatred; prejudice; poorly executed swaps; females who are weak; females who feign weakness; females who think their tits entitle them; along those same lines, too much skin unless it's beautifully tattooed; Kawaii; Sanrio; Hello Kitty, etc (ickie bad); Anybody with the last name Kardashian; Justin Bieber; Dancing with the Stars; Survivor; American Idol; pinky girly things; animal prints; things that are too religious (like those little books people hand out), unless they are in a language other than English; green tea; cheap candles; bath salts; plastic beads; large bodies of water; clowns (I do like menacing clowns, tho); teddy bears; stuffed animals; Disney except for Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin movies; the St. Louis Cardinals (we are talking hate, here); The Cincinnati Reds; The Pittsburgh Pirates, The Green Bay Packers; The New England Patriots; cheaters, liars, thieves

Flakers and Vile Swappers


Rating Policy as it pertains to evil swappers and vile flakers.

On this issue I will not budge. I am a patient person and will give extra time for many reasons: life, mail, weather, sickness; but the minute you ignore me and/or lie about it, all bets are off.

Also be advised that once a "3" or a "1" has been issued, it will not be rescinded. I do not bandy about with the "1" and "3" buttons and only issue them in the direst of situations. In fact, I've only issued one "1" and no "3's." You could send me the winning lottery numbers to the largest pot of gold in the world and your rating will not change.

If you do flake on me:

A pox upon you! I will gather all manner of beast, and using "The Force," I will send them to your place of residence where they will lick your windows with their slimy beast spit and breathe their stinking beast breath deep into the bowels of your most prized possessions. A smell, I assure you, that can never be eradicated.

Furthermore, I will do everything in my power and use every method at my disposal to ensure that other swap-boter's are aware of your loathsome, vile, wormy behavior.

Everyone will know your name; you won't be able to swap a quarter for two dimes and a nickel.

Get it?

Hell knows NO FURY like a LoraRae flaked.

You have been warned.

FLAKED June 16, 2012
I am an original member of this site. I've been on since 2006. I guess I've been lucky up to now; I am saddened to report that I have been flaked.

@VAGrammy66 - flaked for the "Inspired by Postage Stamps Booklet." NOTE: She was rated a 1 for this but did some charitable act at Christmas and has the rating removed.


abshanghai rated for Where You Live (PC) - July 2018 on Aug 7, 2018
Comment: THANK YOU SO MUCH for this great postcard! I love love love the stamps, too!
bstrong rated for WIYM: Pick 1 PC (July 2018) on Aug 3, 2018
Comment: Received the PC, thank you very much. I just got back from visiting my daughter and grandchildren in Salmon Arm BC, the hottest day I believe is 38°C, a little way too hot for this northern girl. It was nice to come back home to reasonable temperatures of 24°C, but it's awfully smoky to the forest fires. Good luck with your continued studies. As a mom of the university student who finished a Science degree I know how hard it can be how much work it is. Congratulations on all you've accomplished so far.
Comment: Thank you for taking the time to read my profile and send postcards that I would enjoy! It was very much appreciated! Blessings to you! Charmaine
Sabbe77 rated for Where You Live (PC) - July 2018 on Jul 25, 2018
Comment: I've got a soft spot for palmtrees, a heart for that♡ Thank you for the informative greetings, I like when people tell me a bit of whatever 😊 have a good day
pyneapplequeen rated for Resort Postcard on Jul 9, 2018
SwedishMum rated for CALG : Postcard Penpals 2 on Jul 3, 2018
Comment: I loved the vintage postcard. Thanks for sending the nice pc to me. We have a hot Summer here too, but you probably would say it is an ordinary one :)
pynart2 rated for CALG : Postcard Penpals 2 on Jun 30, 2018
Comment: Loved your Post card. Looking forward to hearing from you again.
fbresnah rated for One Deco Book - June on Jun 26, 2018
Comment: Thanks so much for the cool deco book and extras! I LOVE that mirrored sticker paper!
Comment: Thank you for the book and zine. I truly love it all!
Germanbaby77 rated for Magic Box Destash Swap June on Jun 12, 2018
Comment: thank you for the fun box! lots of interesting stuff in it.
NaitomeaMinx rated for Love My State PC on Jun 11, 2018
Comment: I love the postcard! Thank you so much makes me wanna visit FL all the more one day!
catonip rated for Getting started tea ☕️ swap #3 on Jun 7, 2018
Comment: thank you for the beautiful card and tea <3
Mimi7 rated for Ammm: Wishlist Happymail on Jun 7, 2018
Comment: Hi LoraRae, Thanks for a wonderful swap I love everything you sent!! Thanks so much for sending in sets of 3's!! I love the brads, little girl images, so neat, peacocks, cool, I really love the bicycles. And the mermaids, octopus , cats, too funny. Thanks for looking up my likes!! Have a great summer!!
ByJQ rated for I LOVE ME: Mission #1 on Jun 6, 2018
Comment: Thank you for your list. I completely relate to the small circle... mine seems to be dwindling the older I get, that's for sure. Good luck with college. I hope to go back one day and actually get a degree instead of "some college". :)
radmama rated for Instax photo - spring <3 on Jun 5, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful photos, extras and nice note!
knitterofhats rated for FF: Let’s Swap Lettersets on Jun 4, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the awesome assortment and wonderful handmade envies!
Poeprincess rated for Mermaid ATC inside and out on May 22, 2018
Comment: Adorable mermaid! Envelope, too. Yummy tea & extras. Enjoyed your package! Thank you.
frenchd73 rated for Quick Turnaround PC #10 on May 21, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much!!! I'm so sorry for the delay in rating!!!!
Response: Is okay, I'm glad you liked it.
mandigutterrose rated for CALG Mother's Day Greetings on May 17, 2018
Comment: Much love to you and your angel babies.
Response: And to you and yours!
aurelas rated for For the Love of a Dollar Store (USA) on May 15, 2018
Comment: I had been thinking of buying the towel myself, and the notebook will be perfect for an art journal! I love it all :) Thank you so much!
Response: That's pretty funny! I'm glad it was one you like!

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CurlyTea on Sep 4, 2018:

Happy Birthday!

riverwatcher on Jul 23, 2018:

Hi! I sent you a message a few days ago. Thanks.

hamsterfarm on May 23, 2018:

Thank you for joining instax - spring <3


naturenerd3 on May 17, 2018:

Welcome to Pockets and Flips USA

Babsmomof5 on May 15, 2016:

Thank you so much for your thoughtful gift from my Wishlist on the Wishlist group. You just nailed everything, and I can't thank you enough for how wonderfully happy you made my day today with your mail!

Neenie on May 6, 2016:

Thank you so much for the *Wishing for______tag!!!!! Loved the wonderful plastic container full of all kinds of paper flowers, ephemera, sunflower magnet, charms, and more!!! You really looked at my wishes and I can tell read my profile! Your amazing! Truly made my day! Thanks again!

heliogal on Apr 23, 2016:

WOW LoraRae!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I just received your incredibly generous package for the WIYM pick 2 tag. Holy Moly woman you just overwhelmed me with AWESOMENESS. I can not tell you enough how much I love that beautiful celestial altar cloth! I can feel the really good vibrations you've put into it! Such a total wonderful happy mail day surprise!! The ephemera is just too cool I love the things you choose and all of those yummy die-cuts wow I'm in mail art heaven! THANK YOU so much for keeping this site such a magical place of wonder and surprise!!

RyeRye on Aug 7, 2015:

O M G!!! I received the most glorious pocket letter from you today as a RAK just to show me how they are done.
I could NEVER make one of these things!
You have it all color co-ordinated and everything is cut so perfectly to fit and you even made it personal! You've got it stuffed with the coolest stuff! I'll be able to use that in art journaling so, thank you!

I really loved the hand written letter too!

Now send me your addy so I can send you a lil sumpin wil ya?

Fry on May 2, 2015:

Elsie the Cow has THREE postmarks! I thought this was cool. Tampa, and two St. Petersburg! Cray-cray!

RyeRye on Sep 20, 2012:

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