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Saba

Saba
Date Joined: August 28, 2014
Last Online: June 17, 2021
Birthday: July 23
Country: United States
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About Me

I am a middle-aged married mum of 2 (who loves alliteration.) I was once the regional buyer for a local bookstore and transitioned to the non-profit sector before I gave it all up to be at home with my littles. I am learning to enjoy being home but do miss interacting with different people every day. I am hoping swaps will be a way to embiggen my circle again. Pen pals and Letteran always welcome.

Crafty Habits

linocut, stamp carving, ink marbling, weaving, crochet, book binding, sewing, encaustic, needle tatting, embroidery, and a dozen others that grabbed my fancy for a bit. I have even tried my hand at blacksmithing and glass blowing.

I have become a bit obsessed with mail art and faux postage of late. Swap-bot may be very good for me or a quicker trip down the rabbit hole.

Bad Habits

always having 6 different notebooks started at once, keeping too many scraps of paper, thinking I can tolerate caffeine (it gets me every time), forgetting to charge my laptop and cell phone, thinking my handwriting is legible, automatically changing the font to something without serifs, not spending enough time checking my grammar (I am so sorry grammar police, it will only get worse from here)

Likes

anamorphic text, antiquated slang, art nouveau, Baba Yaga, beach glass, book recommendations, canning, clean lines, collective nouns, Joseph Cornell, cosplay, creative swearing, cuckoo clocks, curry, drift wood, Amelia Earhart, Earl Grey, embroidery, epistolary novels, faux postage, Janet Fish, forced perspective photography, Ganesh, handmade items, honey bees, InuYasha, Eddie Izzard, Japan, kokeshi dolls, lilacs, Micron pens, Tim Minchin, moths, mushrooms, the 9th Doctor, nuns, octopi, the color orange, flat pennies, pin hole cameras, poetry, polka dots, pumpkins, quirky signs, random people, ranunculus, small bits of nature, snails, Studio Ghibli, the Taj mahal, tarot, tattoos, TED Talks, Thai food, thrifting, tofu, trees, umbrellas, vultures, wasabi, x-rays, Hiroshi Yoshida & the letter Z

Favorite Authors

Jane Austen, Charles Baxter, Emma Bull, Douglas Coupland, Jim Crace, Neil Gaimen, Molly Gloss, Michael Koryta, Norton Juster, Alan Moore, Scott Morse, Mary Oliver, Mary Doria Russell, Jody Shields, Brad Watson, Martha Wells (These are really just a few. I read everything and anything except true crime. Why oh why does this exist? Don't we all look at our neighbors a little funny as it is? Do we really need this in our heads? Also I am not overly keen on YA as most of my memories of being a teen are frightful and full of awkwardness. I know there is some truly lovely stuff out there but it just doesn't really move to the top of the TBR list.)

Favorite Movies

The Big Lebowski, My Man Godfrey, Stranger than Fiction, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, The Fifth Element, The Lego Movie, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Shaun of the Dead, Gosford Park, Howl's Moving Castle, Read or Die, Still Breathing, Triplets of Belleville, Groundhogs Day, My Fair Lady

Quirks

I don't let my kids wear heavily branded clothes and we don't have a tv. Throw in the fact that we are all vegetarian and I start to sound like a hippie but mostly we just like to spend our time wisely and appreciate nice things.

I will admit to disliking: clutter, makeup, glitter, The Beatles, disposability and people who do not hold doors open. I also do not like country kitsch, most floral patterns, Wal-Mart, Disney characters, people who hug too long and tweeny colors like teal and magenta. I like the things I own to last forever so I avoid anything too trendy. I am terrified of spiders (but that is only responsible), rip tides, and most large crowds.

The Dare

I dare you to PM me your five favorite books and why. I will send you a list of book recommendations.

If you like any of them, send me a quick thank you and maybe we can chat about books or crafts or swaps.

If you hate all my recommendations, I will craft you a bit of art mail with my abject apologies and post it to you.

Information for current swaps

  • I prefer labels to stickers. I have almost no use for project life cards or other scrapbooking items. I prefer postcards to notecards.

  • I’m currently making postage people collages and would appreciate cancelled stamps featuring women, any condition

  • I love the color orange in all fashions: tape, markers, yarn, paper, ink. Any and all forms

  • Preferred themes: astronomy, libraries & books, stamps & air mail, snails & bees. I also love hand drawn art and doodles.

  • I relish the chance to focus on writing a fun letter and sending it in a fancy envelope. Let me know if you would like to exchange letters.

I am fond of meeting new people and would love to get to know you!

Ratings

AmookIslandCreations rated for ZMACS- Haiku Zine on Jun 16, 2021
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Comment: Thanks for these beautiful zines, the stickers and decorated envie! This is a fun swap!! Stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Heynowokay rated for ZMACS- Haiku Zine on Jun 15, 2021
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Comment: Very awesome zine, thank you so much! :)
starmccoy rated for ZMACS- Haiku Zine on Jun 13, 2021
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Comment: Wow wow wow! Thank you so much for the great zines! I loved the stickers too ❤️
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Comment: Ty
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Comment: Thanks a lot for your wonderful mail art letter. I hadn't realized that you printed the flowers on the envelope yourself until I opened it and found more of those beautiful lillies. Also thanks for the extra stickers. Maybe next round you will receive mail from me? Than I would answer your questions :)
user2148 rated for Challenge Image Swap on Jun 8, 2021
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Comment: ❤️❤️❤️ WOW!! ❤️❤️❤️ those irises are fabulous!! What an amazing envelope to receive! I am not worthy and bow to your exemplary carving!! Thank you for the wonderful variety and sweet letter! I agree the universe is telling us something and I will endeavor to respond soon! I am in the process of tearing my craft room apart to eventually have more time for carving, etc. However, at this time it looks like I am the sole survivor of a focused hurricane! 😂 Thank you, my friend, for ALWAYS going above and beyond! Yowza!! ❤️❤️❤️
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Comment: Thank you for the postcards spelling MONDAY. I really liked the selection you sent. And, yes, I too think that postcard looks like Yoda heads (smiles).
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Comment: Wow what an amazing pkg. love the zine. I collect them. And love the stickers. Be safe ;) thank you for sharing these goodies with me.
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Comment: Oh Saba- This was truly an exceptional swap! Starting with the artwork on the envelope to the professionally-done zines to the extras you sent, I loved it all.
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Comment: Wow! Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful projects with me! I adore the French label with the typed address, nice and meaningful touch! The postcard project sounds neat and the one you sent is so pretty. The stickers are impressive as well and yay for you with the zines! This one is so colorful and pretty! Thanks again for a fantastic swap! Be Safe!
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Comment: I enjoyed everything you sent me. You are very talented!
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Comment: I love your mini zines. Did you hand draw the birds? They are very good if you did. The Poem booklet I really enjoyed reading thru. I like the Fire Flowers poem alot. Thanks for creating these and sharing with me. And thanks for the post card too:)
Gionanna rated for WIYM: Blind envie #21-green on May 17, 2021
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Comment: Thank you Saba for a lovely swap! :-)
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Comment: Thank you so much for this gorgeous envelope with your stamps and letter, it's the best swap I've gotten in a while! I'm looking forward to joining your future swaps!
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Comment: Thanks for my postal treats. Most original! You must have done all the envelope decorations. Forsythia is still about, and lilacs. Tulips and blooming trees. I love spring. It is cooler than I like. I have never seen garlic growing.
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Comment: Oh my gosh Saba! Your bees and honeycomb are wonderful! I like bees in that I know they are important to us, as long as they keep their distance from me during the summer! LOL
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Comment: Thank you for a very thoughtful letter and swap! I enjoyed reading about your day - sounds lovely - and I loved receiving your handmade stickers. So unique and wonderful! I especially loved the moths! I'll be hoarding those! If I could change my routine at all it would be to have that creative quiet time in the morning. I'm always rushing to get out the door as soon as possible, eeking out every second of sleep that I can, that I never wake up early to knit or read or write. I'd change that if I could. Maybe in retirement? Thanks again for a special swap!
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Comment: Thanks for all the fun washi tape samples!!
Hyshu rated for Stuff the Mailbox #27 on Mar 27, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for all the goodies!
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Comment: Hi Saba, I appreciate the beautiful bee envelopes you sent me, it is very pretty. I don't think I'm going to use it. I also appreciate the sticker labels too!

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Comments

smadronia on Jan 1, 2019:

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May your 2019 be better than 2018, and your best year yet!

Stephanie

RyeRye on Jul 23, 2016:

Happy Birthday!

LLL

Loonstruck on Jul 23, 2016:

Happy Birthday Sweet Saba! I hope your day is filled with dustless destruction, compliant wilds, and all the very best food!

dawnielynn on May 24, 2016:

Thanks for the happy mail! Love all the labels you included for me - so generous! Hugs.

ladydy5 on Mar 6, 2016:

Welcome to our group Make An Envelope.

Vickyen on Feb 25, 2016:

Pen pals with a PC twist #1- Hi Saba! My pc traveled home just fine and it was great to have a visit from you! Hows the remodeling going? I would love to have the vision to do this! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)

Loonstruck on Aug 27, 2015:

What a remarkable present to find in my mail box! Thank you for the amazing Loon stamp (and the much needed stamp pad), the fantastical dragonfly, and new book to read. Not to mention the wonderful packaging, wrapping, and bonus postcards! I'm so lucky to have made friends with you!

sherba31 on Jul 20, 2015:

Oops! Forgot to say that was for the AATW July Wishlist!

sherba31 on Jul 20, 2015:

Thanks for the very cool playing cards, stamps and the paper. It's so amazing! I've not seen anything like it so do let me know the source if you can. =)

kiddomerriweather on Jun 4, 2015:

Thank you so much for the generous birthday gift! I'm thrilled to have so many of these little books! Thank you also for the beautiful envelopes and awesome fabric rope. I've tried to make my own fabric scrap rope before, but didn't have the patience and gave up. Now I finally have some to craft with! Yay! You are the greatest!

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