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blubutterfly

blubutterfly
Date Joined: January 28, 2013
Last Online: October 15, 2021
Birthday: February 5
Country: Canada

About Me

Hello! My name is Sarah, I'm in my southern 40's, live in Alberta, Canada and I recently retired after 20+ years in the Canadian Army. I went back as a contractor and continue to s-l-o-w-l-y work on my Master's degree. 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 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 recently find a site with lot sales of older Canadian postage:) 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 subjects/cards/suppliers include: Banksy, Jetoy, Naughty Little People, Redbubble, Lantern Press, Glen Baxter, Edward Gorey, TinTin, Royal Family photo cards, vintage cards, black & white photo cards, cards with bees/butterflies, cards with typewriters, just to name a few things!

Ratings

apocaleepse rated for Ugly PC Swap #38 on Oct 5, 2021
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anicka22 rated for IFM: Vintage PC with a Quote #2 on Sep 25, 2021
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Comment: Love the postcard and the quote
debbiespoms rated for IFM: Vintage PC With a Quote on Sep 9, 2021
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Comment: Hi Sarah! Received your German Vintage PC with German quote by Friedrich Nietzsche today and thank you very much for it. I love scenery!
laterdayze rated for Ugly PC Swap #36 on Sep 2, 2021
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Comment: Yeah, definitely not attractive but is colorful!
HennyPenny rated for Weird but True Postcard - INTL on Sep 1, 2021
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Comment: OMG, that is weird. I wonder if my face would be less flabby and wrinkly with the decrease in gravity :) Thanks for the great choice in stamps and pc.
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely blue butterflies. Yes, we do have a garden. Our house is the last one in a row of 5, so we can walk from our front door to our backyard. Our view is the city park, so we are very happy with our home. My hometown is a rather new city at the border of Rotterdam. So, a lot of people on a small piece of land. The most of the city was a polder 60 years ago. Now we have 67.000 inhabitants. I deliver mail in my own neighbourhood. I collect my bags with mail only 800 metres from my house, so I don't cycle that much kilometres. But during busy days (we also deliver magazines) I am glad I have a sturdy bike. Maybe we'll meet again in another swap!
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Comment: I love all the stamps you used! I enjoy looking at them and wondering what some of them are about, especially the strange Austrian one. Do you know?
Response: Hi there! I'm glad you enjoyed it, these are always such fun to make. I did debate keeping that stamp as it is...unique! It is by an Austrian graphic artist, children's book author and illustrator, painter and sculptor by the name of Walter Schmögner, (from a special stamp series- circa 1986). He was interested in "processes of decay, with insects and evocative dream images". This particular image is called "Dissolution", or possibly "Resolution", depending on the translation. Thanks for the rating and the heart!:)
Cellolady rated for CHWH: Sender's Choice PC Swap on Aug 10, 2021
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Comment: Thank you! Loved the PC!
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Comment: Thank you for the nice letter, pc and notecard! It is always nice to hear how others are doing in other areas of the world..
loverofpostcards rated for Ugly PC Swap #34 on Jul 25, 2021
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Comment: Thank you Sarah! I love Snow White!
NRGordon rated for Chunk O Cardboard Intl - June 2021 on Jul 11, 2021
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Comment: Thanks for the great chunk. R Most restrictions have been lifted here, much to my dismay. The D-variant is spreading and we really don’t know how good the vaccine is against it and there are so many people being untruthful about being vaccinated. It’s going to be a long time before I stop wearing a mask in public, Weather has been very wet here for over a week. We need it to replenish the ground water from last summers drought. We just go to fireworks for the 4th.
9O96O rated for CS Postcard penpal #2 on Jun 30, 2021
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Comment: I love the snail mail postcard! Really whimsical, can't help but smile. 🐌 ----- I don't do a lot of gardening. My backyard is very shady with many cedars. I actually like the shade but plants don't. However I've got some decent hostas throughout. My sisters all have sunny backyards and front yards filled with flowers and vegetables. I visit them when I can to enjoy what they've created. 😀 I completely agree about how fast the summer seems to be going. I was thinking the same thing...can't believe the summer solstice has passed already. PS Really cool postage stamps.
Response: Glad you enjoyed the card/stamps! I have that same shade issue with my front yard, so also have cedars & I'm trying to get a small area planted with hostas. They are so expensive though! My neighbour said he might split some of his this fall and has offered me a few which will be lovely! Thanks for the rating, comments & the heart!! Have a great summer:)
brooklynbunch rated for Ugly PC Swap #31 on Jun 12, 2021
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Comment: Thanks for the card--I like the stamps you used. Susan (brooklynbunch)
lrm1980 rated for Self-printed Postcards #03 on Jun 10, 2021
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Comment: What a great photo of your grandma’s garden gnome! Thank you for the pc and the nice note! 💛
Arhel rated for Self-printed Postcards #03 on Jun 9, 2021
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Comment: Oh, I love the mood in this photo! "Otherworldly" fits it quite well. Thank you so much!!!
dartha rated for Lots of Stamps on an Envelope #22 on Jun 9, 2021
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Comment: Thank you so very much Sarah for your beautiful envelope (cool stamps!!!) And Snoopy cards !!!! AND the cheshire cat too - it's like a birthday and Christmas gift in one. AND AND a rat stamp too!!!! My heart is with the Geraldine McEwan and Margaret Rutherford, but I enjoy all of the different ones.
Response: Glad you liked everything! I also love Snoopy and Alice so it was fun to send:) Hope you are having a great summer!
KIllerMal rated for Self-printed Postcards #03 on Jun 8, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the wonderful postcard with the bee, I love it ;) you tell me it has snowed on your side then I look out the window and it's 40* it seems so strange...are we that far away? hahaha thanks for using beautiful stamps :)
CHOWEFACE rated for Vintage tourist card #03 on May 19, 2021
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Comment: thanks for the lovely card of Acapulco!

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Comments

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!

rexypants on Aug 28, 2014:

I rock? Excuse me, but YOU ROCK! And the possibility of us both rocking? Well, I suppose I can live with that. What you said is pretty much how I feel whenever I discover something (well, anything) from you waiting in my inbox. Have a lovely weekend!

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