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blubutterfly

blubutterfly
Date Joined: January 28, 2013
Last Online: June 29, 2022
Birthday: February 5
Country: Canada

About Me

Hello! My name is Sarah, I'm in my southern 40's, live in Alberta, Canada and not too long ago I retired after 20+ years in the Canadian Army. I went back to my old unit as a contractor and continue to s-l-o-w-l-y work on various education goals. I usually cut down on my swaps a little bit during the school semesters...but with the ongoing crisis situation in the world I sign up for swaps more often as I have the time and could use some happy mail in the ol' mailbox!

I have served in the military as a member of the communications branch (Radio Operator) and in the health services branch (Combat Medic & Nurse). I wasn't really ready to retire from service, but I was badly injured a few years back and I was ready to spend more time with my family. I'm currently working in an office day-job and can't complain as they let me have as many office plants as I want!

As a Canadian I am very patriotic, I love our Commonwealth and our Queen.

I am in a long-term relationship (over a decade now), after being widowed in my 20's and I still like to do some of the things that brought me joy before I lost my beautiful husband. I have his picture here because I am so proud and still miss him and think of him every day. He is in everything I do. He was awarded the Canadian Forces Medal of Military Valour for his actions in combat. I am a proud Veteran and a proud soldier's wife!

My spouse and I have had a bit of a small zoo since we've been together, although have lost a few of our companions over the years. Most recently we had to say a very sudden and heart-breaking good bye to our biggest dog, Shiloh. She was my spouse's first ever dog and our home feels so empty without her, she had the biggest personality and was the momma-bear of our crew. In September 2020 we had to say good-by to our silly and loving mischief-maker cat, Wicket. He was still quite young all things considered and I am still struggling with his loss on top of everything else 2020 brought. In November 2017 we lost my long-time companion and totem-cat, Emma. She was my most treasured fur-baby as I had her since my late husband and I bought our first home together. Losing a beloved pet never gets easier, I miss them so much.

Still with us are my tiny Yorkie (Lucas), and our now fully-grown kitten (Padme) who we added a Christmastime in 2018, and our newest addition- a house terror (kitten) we decided to call "Hope" as we brought her home at the end of 2020 hoping that 2021 would be a better year.

In the past we have also had ferrets and budgies, in the future we are hoping for goats and chickens!

Crafting is my favourite hobby and I'm trying to make sure I have time to be creative amidst the busy pace of daily life . Having swaps to do gives me inspiration and means I have to make time for it!

I love paper crafting, reading, journaling, cooking, gardening and jewelry. I used to scrapbook but when I tried to pick it up again I started to find it too restrictive so I have been enjoying my own version of a 'smash book' since I broke down and bought a Zutter Bind-It-All.

I love tea but mostly just black and green teas. My favourites are Orange Pekoe and breakfast teas (really do not like Earl Grey or herbal teas). I have a lovely collection of teapots and pottery mugs (which I have promised to try and downsize as it was growing beyond cabinet space) *this is one promise I am still working at...but thanks to Pinterest I have found another means of using some of my tea related items and I will post a photo once I'm finished (still working on this!!)

Anything vintage is awesome, I spend long hours in the antique malls locally and where ever I might be traveling for work, looking for old books with illustrations or interesting titles, postcards, photographs and various fun ephemera items. Favourite items are old ledgers (with and without writing), maps and and anything related to the British monarchy.

I have had the privilege of owning a camera for most of my life starting with a Polaroid (which I still have and wish they still made inexpensive film for!). I'm not a great photographer but I used to have fun with it and I am trying to again. One of these days I will take a class and learn how to use my fancy digital camera. I'm also sort of in love with my cell phone as keeping in touch with my family and friends is a top priority for me, plus, built-in camera with good resolution!

I love old fashioned snail mail, being away so often there was nothing better than hearing my name at mail call. I spent my youth writing to my grandparents and while I now live close to them I still love making and sending them cards and I have standing agreements with a few old friends & army buddies to send postcards from any future travels.

I also like to get out on my motorcycle, weather permitting. I'm learning to do the mechanical work and I was able to rewire the signal lights all by myself (with a bit of help from google), and I'll admit to a giddy sense of personal pride when I put it all back together and it worked!! Next project is a set of up-cycled saddle bags!

While I am not a specifically religious person I am spiritual and I enjoy learning about other faiths and beliefs in the world. I would love to receive anything about your faith should you choose to send:)

Favorite Books

The Fionavar Tapestry, Harry Potter, The Outsiders, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Belgariad/Mallorean series, the "Cat Who" series as well as a healthy love of any sort of romance novel.

I admit that I used to mostly pick new reads by the cover art as I read so much it seemed a good a way as any. Now with my kindle and reading mostly medical journals online I rely on recommendations from friends/family and reviews.

I used to dream of owning a typewriter and writing/publishing a book and thanks to eBay, Kijiji and the local antique malls I now own and love several vintage typewriters:) I've told myself I don't need any more typewriters, but they seem to keep following me home... The writing and publishing a book would still be lovely so I'll keep it on the bucket list.

Although some of my friends and family find my typewriter obsession hilarious, it's true; I am a little in love with my typewriters and as my handwriting is one degree shy of abysmal I often type a note when the swap calls for more than a few lines of text.

Favourite movies & music

Movies: I do enjoy all kinds of movies: comedy, action, drama, mystery, animated, documentary, sci-fi, romance etc. Too many to list really but all-time favs would be the Indiana Jones movies (especially The Last Crusade), Princess Bride, Groundhog Day, Ghost, Harry Potter, The Goonies, Love Actually, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Four Weddings & A Funeral, The Fifth Element, Guardians of the Galaxy, Red/Red 2, California Typewriter, Labyrinth, Monty Python, Toy Story, Star Wars (the original 3), Back to the Future & The Wizard of Oz. Not that big on horror movies although I watched Cabin in the Woods and loved the story line and originality.

Music: Love just about everything! My favourite playlist at the moment has The Eagles, Barenaked Ladies, Dua Lipa, New Edition, Dolly Parton, LL Cool J, Walk The Moon, Counting Crows, Everclear, Rage Against the Machine, Mariana's Trench, Tracy Chapman, Lady GaGa and the Zac Brown Band. My current second favourite playlist is all big band music: Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Glenn Miller and Duke Ellington.

I don't practice much anymore but in the past I played the piano, oboe, trumpet and flute, I have given up learning to play the guitar but I got a ukulele for Christmas (2019) so that is my new mission!

Favorite Television

I watch a ridiculous amount of tv, the insomnia is a lot better these days but the tv covers the tinnitus on bad days. Current favourites (in no particular order) are Bull & MacGyver (hoping Evil comes back for a second season). Perennial favourites are Big Bang Theory, M.A.S.H, Murder She Wrote, Matlock, Law & Order, Doctor Who (Fourth is my Favourite but I do like Ten and Eleven quite a bit too), Sherlock, Elementary, The Librarians, Lost Letter Mysteries, Star Trek of any kind (I think Sir Patrick Stewart is kind of awesome, I would listen to him read the phone book if they still made phone books;) and of course just about anything on Masterpiece Theatre:) Which stands in stark contrast to my current and more modern habit of "I Can See Your Voice". Normally not a huge fan of this type of performance show, but I do enjoy game shows and this one is hosted by Dr. Ken Jeong:)

Favourite Crafts and Stuff

PAPER!! Because the nature of my job was unpredictable and I have had to travel extensively for work over the years I gravitated to paper crafting as it is extremely portable. I have dragged my journals through just about everything including field exercises, training courses, domestic and overseas deployments. I wish they looked like this:

In addition to art journaling/smash style books I also enjoy making/collecting cards and stationary that I send to friends and family.

My second favourite craft is jewelry, primarily earrings and I love to repurpose small items with lovely silver and gold findings. A piece of my work (not pictured here) was recently selected for publication in a US publication and I'm still ridiculously happy when I think about calling my Mom to tell her and thank her for the years of putting up with my arts & crafts!

I love pretty much anything vintage, postcards, old time/national geographic magazines and stamps. Constantly going through gel pens and sharpie markers.

Not my favourite...

Not big on perfumed things as I have terrible scent allergies and we have lots of pets that already test the limits of my sneezing! I tolerate the sneezing and sniffling for my fourfeets because they are wonderful, joyful creatures who desperately needed new homes:)

I like to watch Disney movies but I'm not big on Disney themed stickers, cards, stationary etc. (Small exception for 'vintage' Disney (Robinhood, 101 Dalmatians, Cinderella).

Etsy

I did cave and join Pinterest but I'll have to figure out how to link it here.

I do surf etsy and I've seen lots of recommendations here to post a favourites list so here goes!

my etsy favs list

Canada Post

Canada post can be hit and miss. I have had some packages arrive from the UK in less than a week while the same sized package from the US took 10 days or more. I will try to rate as soon as I receive swaps but sometimes I do wait for the end of the week and rate everything from that week all at once:)

The post office closes on weekends where I live so for swap send-by dates that fall on a weekend I will try to have them sent by the Friday whenever possible. I like to send early when I can but sometimes it does take me until send by date to make it to the post office. Canada Post removed the local boxes from the county and to mail anything you have to go in to a postal outlet now.

Please note that if the swap send by date falls on a Friday that the postmark will not always read as that date if the mail was picked up after 5pm (even though it went in the mailbox on that date!) The stamp may not be cancelled until the following Monday as that’s just how our system here works!!

As I mentioned I do try to send a bit early when I can and I will ALWAYS send by the date the host picks and always to swap requirements.

If you do not receive anything after a reasonable amount of time please pm me! I have great ratings/feedback so far and I only sign-up for a few swaps at a time. I have been flaked on numerous times now so I know exactly how much it sucks!! I will NOT do that to someone!

Fabulous Swappers

I received this in the mail in 2013. Not even part of a swap...just because! How cool is that?! Completely unexpected and very much appreciated:)

What I'd love

I absolutely love quirky/odd/strange postcards or note cards of any kind, stamped with real postage (several swappers have introduced me to vintage postage, this is good and bad because I love it but now spend far too much time (and $$) on eBay, but I did find a site with lot sales of older Canadian postage:) Just need them to re-stock!

I always love to see a nice note on the back of postcards, even if it’s only about the weather & what you did today! Other favourite Artists/subjects/suppliers include:

  • Banksy
  • Henry Rox
  • Glen Baxter
  • Edward Gorey
  • Jetoy cats
  • Naughty Little People
  • TinTin
  • Royal Family photo cards
  • vintage cards
  • black & white photo cards
  • cards with bees/butterflies
  • cards with typewriters
  • Redbubble
  • Lantern Press

Ratings

kydestar rated for SS: Touristy postcard from May 2022 on Jun 15, 2022
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Comment: Hi Sarah, I love the postcard you sent, thank you!
Catt007 rated for SS: What did you do this Easter? on Jun 2, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely shots. I know exactly what you mean about the best shots being an accident. I love a happy accident 😺 The photo of your Cat is gorgeous, really atmospheric. It makes me wonder what she's thinking. Like you I had imagined a much busier, more adventurous Easter when I signed up for the swap but in the end, it was calm and happy and I guess that's all we can ask for. Thank you for the fabulous envelope, I love the stamps. Stay safe 😸
MarHelene rated for Ugly PC Swap #52 on May 26, 2022
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Comment: Card got here yesterday! I('m thinking of going to see the movie.
susieq11 rated for Note on a Postalette 2 on May 25, 2022
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Comment: Thank you very much for the lovely note on a Snoopy postalette! I loooove it! Yes I have a few assorted postalette s stocked away. Definitely a thing of the past! And I remember aerograms - I think that’s what you meant? It is always a happy mail day when I receive mail from you! Thanks for joining my swap and I hope you’re doing well. xoxo
vlhafer54 rated for WIYM: Sender's Choice PC #12 INTL on May 22, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely bird - we're having a heatwave - it's 85 today but it was in the 90's last week!
Conni59 rated for Chunk O Cardboard Intl - April 2022 on May 12, 2022
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Comment: Cute chunk! Thank you. Always fun when friends help our hobbies along. I find I purchase the same things so rely on family and friends for a variety!
nanadiana rated for WIYM: Animal Postcard #1 Int'l on May 11, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for the beautiful bird pc. I'm waiting to get out in the garden too. We're suppose to have a rain free day today, but we'll see if that happens! No big plans for the Spring or Summer, maybe take my dad on a train ride to see my sister in Oregon. How about you? Take care!
theshyone rated for WIYM: Sender's Choice PC #12 INTL on May 10, 2022
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Comment: Oh my, what an absolutely cute PC! Made my day to receive it :D I also really enjoyed your personal note and I do completely get the plant addiction. We now have over 120! Yikes, when did that happen?!
Meisje rated for WIYM: Animal Postcard #1 Int'l on May 10, 2022
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Comment: Thanks for the great card. Hope your garden is work is done 🌸 Sending you lots of sunshine ☀️
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Comment: Hello, fellow bird watcher! Thank you for the beautiful card, note, and postcards. They made my day!
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Comment: Thanks so much! Cool to see a RAOT pc in the wild! Theyre my favourite local store! <3 Al
susieq11 rated for Three Truths and a Lie #5 on Apr 30, 2022
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Comment: Thanks for the giraffe postcard! I am torn on what to guess is the lie! I’m going to guess that you haven’t visited 5 of 7 continents!?! If I’m wrong I want to hear about Antarctica!! I only know one person who has been there (and more Han once at that!) Thanks for joining my swap!! Hope you had fun! : )
Response: Good guess! It's the jumping out of airplanes that I fibbed about. Used to be a goal but these days I like being on the ground:) Or at least to stay in the plane until it lands lol! Thanks for hosting, I had fun:)
susieq11 rated for Spring Greetings 2022 on Apr 28, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for the beautiful swap! That envelope is just gorgeous! Cute stamps too! I love the pretty card and thank you for the notecards - poodle and teapot! So sweet! We have had maybe 4 warm, Spring days so far. It has been so cold. Hoping May will reward us! I loooove having you for a partner and I thank you for joining my swap! : )
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Comment: Thank you for the bee botanical PC. So exciting to hear you’ll be raising bees soon! Flowers on the hive will be neat.
Ikat78 rated for Statue PC Swap on Apr 15, 2022
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Comment: Hi Sarah! Thank you for the Manitoba pc. It has fireworks!! Ha, ha, how cool. Thank you for joining my swap. I’m so jealous you found a postcard lot of 300. That is amazing and sounds so fun to look through.
Risna rated for CONFESSIONS OF A POSTCARD COLLECTOR #2 on Apr 10, 2022
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Comment: Thank you so much! Love the armadillo PC... and your story. How did your mother react when finding out?
Response: As luck would have it, I had several pieces of mail that day and she didn’t notice the PC! She had just neatly stacked all of the mail in little piles at the front door, never actually looking at what the mail consisted of that day! Our wedding was the following year and that was the date people knew for about 7 years. When she did find out she understood though, hard to argue with ‘young, happy & in love’ lol!! Thanks for the rating, comment & the heart:)
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Comment: This does make a great postcard! Thank you for sending it and for the nice note. I enjoyed reading it.
quaisoir rated for Ugly PC Swap #48 on Mar 29, 2022
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Comment: Hi Sarah! Thanks for the postcard. I really like it, the typography and the image are lovely. 😊
simcoe54 rated for CS: Postcards 2 + 3 on Mar 19, 2022
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Comment: Great postcard choices. Thanks
Onyx rated for St. Patrick's Day Card 2022 on Mar 15, 2022
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Comment: Wow I really love all the postcards you sent and your charming typewritten letter. Thank you so much for a lovely swap!

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Comments

user6937 on Feb 4, 2022:

Have a wonderful b-day tomorrow! Mail is coming your way - in the mailbox today :)

9O96O on Dec 15, 2020:

Hi blublutterfly. Just a note to let you know that I've dropped the re-send postcard for PnS: Cut and Paste in the mailbox yesterday, so it's on its way. Hopefully, it will get to you by the end of the next week. I hope you like it. :)

9O96O on Aug 14, 2020:

Oh my what a nice surprise to get your sunny yellow envelope and beautiful thankyou notecard. And then when I opened the card, what drops out but postage stamps! A huge surprise. So generous. I'll be using some of them to send you the occasional postcard for the fun of it. Thanks blubutterfly for the support with that swap. I didn't end up getting my partner's postcard and rated a 1, which I hate to have to do. ☹️

Your mail turned a frown upside down. 😊

tigerlily2110 on May 28, 2018:

Alice in Wonderland postcard Hi, left you a message on 26th May, has this swap arrived with you? I'm away until 1st June, but can you let me know if it hasn't arrived by then, and I will resend. Thanks Kath

e2java on Nov 3, 2016:

So today was just an ordinary day…nothing special about it until I came home and saw an international little package waiting on the counter for me. Thank you so much for the sweet surprise! I haven't tried that brand of jelly babies but I am sure they will be delicious. I might not bother with dinner now!

ScrapHappyGabi on Mar 20, 2016:

spring

rexypants on Nov 11, 2015:

Thinking of you this Remembrance Day.

bbsporty on Nov 10, 2015:

Today I was greeted by the best soft kitty postcard ever!! Thanks so much for the Happy Mail!

LittleRed on Aug 20, 2015:

There is a Stuff a Smarties Box Swap -Fall/ Autumn themed in the Canadian Swappers Group. We'd love to have you join!! Come by the Canadian Swappers Group and have a look:)

kerrydwynn on Jan 1, 2015:

G R E A T P R O F I L E !!! A pleasure to read!

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