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Lonestarchild

Lonestarchild
Date Joined: September 19, 2015
Last Online: October 25, 2021
Birthday: April 8
Country: United States

About Me

Gypsy at heart. Most prized possession: dog-eared passport because, oh my, the places I can go! Most adored human: she of the adventurous soul - my delightful, irreverent, 19yo woman-child daughter.

August 10, 2021: After a summer in Texas with my sweet momma, I'm heading out on my next adventure tomorrow morning to my new home in the pacific northwest. I was planning for another international move but covid has put that on hold for the time being. Who knows -- maybe this beach girl will love the rainy mountains!

My daughter and I have spent most of her life as expats outside the US. In the past we've lived in Malta, Cambodia, Vanuatu, Ghana, Tanzania, and Australia. And, we travel alot no matter where we live. Our last big trip before covid (summer 2019) we spent 3 months in Greece -- I was working in the refugee camp and she was volunteering at a vet clinic. We'll be up and running as soon as things open up again. Next trips: Morocco with my best friend, and spa week in Mexico with my mom.

Other than being constantly in need of new luggage, I'm a child rights lawyer and researcher. I research and write about child welfare and adoption.

Favorite Crafts

I'm an artist wannabe. I don't have any special talent but I quilt, sew, do various kinds of needlework and have lately gotten into paper crafts.

Favorite Music

1980 hair bands. Shameful but true.

Favorite Books

Huge reader. We've spent most of the last 10 years living in developing countries where there is no such thing as TV -- that suits us fine because we are readers. Outlander fan, but I also like any historical fiction and lawyer/legal thrillers.

I also spend way more time than I should on Crosswords!

Random stuff

Random things that make me happy:

  1. smell of new books
  2. envies big enough to mail postcards -- handmade and plain color storebought to decorate
  3. pens & paper and stationary & stickers
  4. beads & sequins & ribbons and funny/unusual things to attach to mixed media pieces of art
  5. washi
  6. handknitted socks! (or nice cotton/wool ones -- not the synthetic cutesy ones)
  7. Crossword puzzles! (in the US: the ones from the Dollar Store make me happy! Also happy with freebies from the paper, just also include the answers please because I cheat.)
  8. new/unused postcards (not tourist ones)
  9. blank journals/notebooks - especially ones with recycled paper...pages are a little rough like newspaper, not slick & shiny
  10. handmade pottery -- tiles and plates
  11. Nancy Drew
  12. Wooden spoons & aprons
  13. bags -- any kind: small ones for pens and such and tote bags...all kinds of bags (I especially like tote bag people sew -- about the size to roughly what regular plastic bag from a store holds)
  14. Address labels -- for me (info only, including USA; no pics) or blank to send out
  15. sea glass & the ocean & and ocean colors
  16. envies of randomness!
  17. old mags -- I cut them up for stuff so I don't care how new/old they are
  18. paper scraps -- LOVE paper and anything at least as big as a postcard is awesome! . .

THINGS I CAN HAPPILY LIVE WITHOUT:

  1. almost all the isms,
  2. crimes against kids,
  3. horror/gothic/vampire/scary stuff,
  4. smelly lotions & potions,
  5. tv,
  6. spicy food,
  7. caffeine free coke & coffee
  8. cold weather,
  9. make-up & high heels,
  10. fridge magnets, shot glasses, tourist spoons/thimbles, keychains and that sort of thing (even if it is a "requirement" of the swap -no sense wasting your money on it!),
  11. Hello Kitty, kawaii and that sort of thing

IF YOU DON'T GET SOMETHING FROM ME, LET ME KNOW PLEASE.

POSTCARD WISHLIST

Postcard Wishlist: I don't really care what kind of card, but I like interesting images, watercolors, birds & animals (NO SNAKES!), books, maps, clocks, crowns, keys, botanicals, B&W....

Not a fan of tourist cards - truly not my thing.

No Religious, Rude, Crude, or Mean cards please.

Recycling

I like to recycle stuff -- Please don't be offended if I use newspapers or mag pages or other interesting materials for envies and mailers. Thanks!

Email

** Please use the messaging system on SB and not my email account. My email is subject to review by third parties and I'd much rather my personal stuff not mix with my work stuff. Thank you!

Cats

It is possible that my cat, Oddly Bean, will want to send you something as well. She has been known to include a cat hair or two in the envies. I do my best to avoid that -- cost of postage and all -- but she loves to hang out on my desk (the better to see the squirrels in the yard and increase her chances of getting a cuddle). My apologies in advance if my mail arrives with a stray cat hair or two.

2021 Challenge

One of my 2021 challenges is to reuse as much of the SB packaging as I can -- envies and mailers. I want to upcycle envies by adding/re-doing/altering them in fun ways and put them back in the mailbox. Don't be surprised if you receive an envie that looks a little familiar! Open to private swaps with anyone interested in trading a few of these!

Ratings

TeaNi rated for SMSUSA: Mail Art & Paper Scraps! on Oct 25, 2021
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Comment: thank you! :)
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Comment: Thanks for all the fun goodies!
Response: very welcome
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Comment: Great postcards, thank you!
Response: very welcome!
simcoe54 rated for Non-Touristy Postcards #31 on Oct 24, 2021
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Comment: Great postcards and stamps. Thanks
Response: very welcome!
minniepic rated for PH: Spell SCARECROW With PCs #4 on Oct 22, 2021
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Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely postcards and stickers ❤️❤️❤️
Response: Very welcome!
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Comment: Thank you for the wonderful items! The pumpkin ribbon is so cute! I have to find a good use for it around the house! :D
Response: very welcome!
debbiespoms rated for PH: Send 5 Postcards #33 on Oct 21, 2021
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Comment: Sheri, Hello there! Thanks so much for the 5 & 1 PC's! My favorite is the sweet little kitty with Blue eyes. I love it ! ! 😀
Response: very welcome!
Caithness rated for MAIL ART - AUTUMN on Oct 20, 2021
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Comment: Thanks ever so much for the football mail art. it was interesting to hear about your experience with football and the yearbook. The yearbooks have been developing here over the past few years but they need some TLC. Thank you for the extras.
Response: Very welcome!
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Comment: Sheri, Thank you for the black cat PC and facts about black cats, in different countries being Good luck. I knew that about Japan. But not England, Scotland, and the French, cool!
Response: very welcome!
swapbotmaria rated for IFM: Halloween Themed Envie #2 on Oct 19, 2021
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Comment: I loved the envelope and postcards!!💜 thank you!
Response: Very welcome!
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Comment: Thanks for the great postcards, I love all of them.
Response: Very welcome
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Comment: Thank you for the fun variety!
Response: Very welcome!
Poohtat rated for 5 Postcards to 2 Partners #222 on Oct 18, 2021
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Comment: Thank you. I love the selection, some of my favs. Happy swapping
Response: Very welcome!
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Comment: Thanks for the great postcards and the Halloween treat bags.
Response: Very welcome.
mchesser12 rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt for PCs #158 on Oct 16, 2021
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Comment: Thanks for the great postcards and Halloween stickers/labels. Awesome envelope.
Response: very welcome!
susieq11 rated for IFM Halloween Themed Envie on Oct 16, 2021
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Comment: What fun!!! Great envelope and such fun goodies inside! I love the little bags! Cute! Glow in the dark stuff too! Love it - thanks so much! : )
Response: Very welcome!
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Comment: Thank you Sheri!
Response: Very welcome!
5
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely postcards ❤️❤️❤️
Response: Very welcome!
colleenbUSA rated for AN: Halloween PC #3 (US) on Oct 14, 2021
5
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Comment: I don't really like candy corn TBH, but give me ALL the Reese's Peanutbutter Pumpkins! Thanks for the cute PC!
Response: Very welcome!
5
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Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely sea life cards!! the bird envelopes are nice too :) I hope you are doing well
Response: Very welcome!

Rating Overview

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Comments

MiRdLHWY43 on Oct 22, 2021:

Thanks for the fun Poe postcard, I love it and your tragic story of having to cover up your hula girl costume, I feel your pain having grown up in Illinois! 🎃💜

heidiblooms on Oct 13, 2021:

I received the "Something" tag from you today! Thank you for all the wonderful pen pal things!!

kiddomerriweather on Oct 12, 2021:

Thank you for the vintage PC's you sent me for my October WW. I love them!

anicka22 on Oct 12, 2021:

Thank you for the amazing RAK . Love it all, as I did love the way you wrapped it and the beautiful envie

Zefaniya on Sep 30, 2021:

Thank you for the Vintage Oregon postcard!

LadyJo on Sep 27, 2021:

Thank you for the August AN RAK of Nature! It is a lot of fun things to use! Thanks again!

Poohtat on Sep 23, 2021:

Thank you for the WW Sept wish for plaid.

Cgscdy on Sep 21, 2021:

Ty for the stamps! Love them. WW - Sept

ChrisAnne on Sep 19, 2021:

Thank you for my sloth pc for Wonderful Wishes ~ September. I will add him to the collection!

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