Swap-bot Time: October 22, 2021 7:34 pm


Date Joined: September 22, 2008
Last Online: October 22, 2021
Birthday: December 25, 1969
Country: Canada
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About Me

My name is Cynthia.

I'm 51 and my kids are:
A (girl): 15
J (boy): 13
My husband is 53 in case anyone cared about HIS age.

I love to bake and cook. So I'd happily receive recipes that you love to make. And, I much prefer my recipes on 8.5x11" paper as I keep a recipe binder.

I am a former farm girl who now lives in the city. But, I am still an outdoor/country girl at heart. I love to garden and can as many pickles and vegetables as I'm able. (Summer of 2021 I canned 151 jars so far. 18 different recipes. And I still have a few more to go as some tomatoes are still ripening.) We are an AVID tenting family and are proud of it.

I am not very crafty but that doesn't mean I don't LOVE to get your homemade gifts. As well, I am comPLETELY fine with second-hand stuff (as long as it's in good condition).

I LOVE one on one swaps so if you see anything that piques your interest please message me. Frankly, one one one swaps and larger package swaps are my favourite and I'm often looking for people to do them with.

PLEASE don't send me stickers or random sheets for scrapbooking or ephemara. I've been getting so many in my swaps lately and I have absolutely no use for them. If you want to put in a little extra (and I get that) I'd MUCH rather receive a bookmark or a teabag or a unique playing card.

Favorite Music

I love music. Much of my life is connected with a song. I often think one day I should put together a soundtrack of my life. I lean towards lyric-based folk music.
- Jann Arden
- the waifs
- Sara Groves
- Brandi Carlile
- Josh Ritter
- Jeremy Fisher
- Ryan Adams
- Indigo Girls

Favorite Movies

  • Memento
  • The Princess Bride
  • Fight Club
  • Se7en
  • American Beauty
  • Sliding Doors
  • The Usual Suspects
  • Amelie
  • The Station Agent
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Before Sunrise
  • Before Sunset
  • Finding Neverland
  • Garden State
  • Jojo Rabbit
  • Parasite

Just a few things I would LOVE

I collect cookbooks with a fervor that is unhealthy.

And also, things that I've loved from other countries that I'd love to receive again:

Kex choklad

Haribo Chamallows

New Energy Cashew and Hazelnut

Lotte Salted Caramels

Milka Choco Break mit Haferflocken

Ice cubes Gum - wintergreen flavour

Boston Baked Beans

Cow Tales Caramel

Toms Guld Barre

Toms Mini Saltkaramel

Anthon Berg Mini Marzipan Bars

Kanjers Original Stroopwafels

Manners wafers I've only tried the lemon one but, in looking at their website, I would like to try ANY of them.

Fazer Kismet chocolate wafer

But, honestly, I just love candy and chocolate. Salted caramel, marshmallow, lemon, coconut and chocolate, nuts and chocolate, tart candies...

Favorite Crafts

  • Photography
  • Cooking

Random likes

  • Colored Sharpie markers
  • Dip mixes
  • Map or globe items
  • Typography and ampersand art
  • Bath salts
  • Bath bombs
  • Notecards
  • Block notepads
  • Adult sticker books
  • Writing paper
  • Wine
  • Silver jewelry
  • Coconut
  • Shot glasses
  • Wine stoppers
  • Reusable shopping bags / totes
  • Office supplies
  • Indian food
  • Thai food
  • Tea (mostly black. Not that fond of fruity tea.)
  • Wrapping paper
  • Potato chips
  • Bubblegum
  • Herbs
  • Caramel
  • Cooking magazines
  • Cookie cutters
  • Daisies
  • Going to garage sales
  • Food Network
  • Lemon candy
  • Traveling
  • Bright post-it notes
  • Mini glass magnets
  • Musicals
  • Gardening (I would be delighted to get seeds.)
  • Cooking
  • Canning (if you can, I would love a recipe of your favourite thing to can.)
  • Chocolate
  • Marshmallow candy
  • Sarcasm. I loooove me some good sarcasm. You send me an Anne Taintor (or similar) magnet and I will automatically give you a heart.

Random dislikes

  • Goth
  • Kawaii
  • Gold jewelry
  • Jelly bellies
  • White chocolate
  • Black licorice
  • Amaretto flavor
  • Lotions (Not that I don't like them but I'm quite sensitive to smells so I can't use most.)
  • Chocolate and fruit combinations. (ie. I don't like pear, orange or raspberry flavored chocolate.)
  • I don't do much in the way of paper crafting. I've gotten a lot of scrapbooking supplies through swapbot through the years (extras in a swap) and they're kind of wasted on me so PLEASE don't send any. I also have no real need for stickers now that my kids are older and again... I don't do paper crafts.

Favorite Books

I am an AVID reader. Here are some recent reads that I have given a 4 or 5 star rating on Goodreads (in other words, I liked them):
- Dusk, Night Dawn by Anne Lamott
- The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio
- Long Bright River by Liz Moore
- When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
- American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins
- Know My Name by Chanel Miller

If you've read any of the above AND enjoyed them, I would be happy to receive a note of books that you've loved and recommend.

International Family

My family and I have been hosting high school students from around the world for 13 years now. So far we've hosted 20 students from the following countries:
- Hong Kong
- Thailand
- South Korea
- Mexico
- Nigeria
- China
- Colombia
- Brazil
- Vietnam
- Germany
- Spain

Some haven't been good fits for our family but by far the majority have been great kids that we've enjoyed having live with us. Currently (2021) is Ana from Brazil.


lyssathemermaid rated for October Recipe Swap INT' on Oct 21, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the recipe, its new to me! Very much appreciate the cute extras, too! :-)
Pumpkin1984 rated for Halloween Candy Scavenger Hunt on Oct 19, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the awesome wrapped package. I canโ€™t wait to try the candy:)
Ang rated for October Recipe Swap INT' on Oct 8, 2021
Comment: I love butternut squash soup so you bet this recipe will be used soon! And thanks for the extras!
Cryptid rated for Puzzles! on Oct 4, 2021
Comment: It arrived today. Looks like the envelope got wet at some point in transit but everything seems to be there. Thank you for sending Chai. That was very kind.
Arabella rated for FTLOC#1-Quick Bookmark Swap-int-2 on Oct 1, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the nice bookmarks Cynthia, they will make me smile each time I open my book!! I'll have to hide the octopus one from my daughter!!
kizzlets rated for Profile based happy mail swap #12 on Sep 25, 2021
Comment: Thank you for reading my profile and your thoughtfulness!! I appreciate the ephemera you sent and the goodies, you really brightened my day, thank you!
glassnowdrop rated for Puzzles! on Sep 20, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the puzzles and note :) looking forward to giving them a go!!! Also thanks sooo much for the tea - sounds right up my alley!!! can't wait to try that either :) all the best!
Comment: Super cute cards! Love the "FRIENDS" one! xGabi
Comment: thank you
Comment: Thankx! Can't wait!
Comment: Thank you so much for the encouraging sayings to add to my jar! I'm enjoying this swap so much. Have a wonderful day! Hugs, Diane
Comment: Yay... It has arrived! Can't wait to open these up as a pick-me-up on down days! You take care there and stay safe ok? (:
Comment: Thanks so much for the humorous jokes, thoughts, and quotes. At this time in my life I really do need it. Thanks a bunch! It was really on time. I needed a pick me up. Take care and be safe!
Comment: I didnโ€™t get the one you mentioned in this envelope, so itโ€™s a good thing you sent this second one out! I love the cat post itโ€™s and the Jack bookmark! Thank you! I just got the first one! So I got double the bookmarks! Thank you!
Comment: Cynthia Hello to you! Thank you for the Acts of Kindness. I look forward to reading them over the weeks to come. Take care. D
Comment: Thank you! I like that you included the Canadian ones.
Comment: .Thanks for the washi and the quotes !
Shenaniganator rated for Return Address Labels on Aug 26, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the pretty labels and the tea! :) Happy swapping!
Response: Glad they made it. Was beginning to worry since it had been 3 weeks.
Comment: Thank you for the cards!! Theyโ€™re awesome!!!

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Tverne05 on Sep 4, 2021:

Thank you soooo much for the angel notes for the Random Acts of Happiness! You Rock!

LadySunshine on Aug 25, 2021:

Thank you for the package!

amandat0913 on Apr 14, 2021:

OH. My. GOODNESS your RAK has absolutely made my day - thank you so very much!!!

Poftoffel on Apr 11, 2021:

Thank you so much for the tote!!!!!!!! Itโ€™s so cool!!!!! I was having a hard day and your lovely and thoughtful gift cheered me up!! And the washi is gorgeous!!! Thank you!!

DragonflyDreamer on Apr 3, 2021:

57 shades of wow beyond WOW!!!! I received your RAK prize painted tote bag today. Stunning. Beautiful. Amazing...doesn't even begin to describe it!. Thank you so very much! Clearly dragonflies are sort of my thing, but The Secret Garden was my absolute favorite book as a little girl. My mom could probably tell you it by memory alone, she read it to me so many times. I will treasure this forever. Thank you.

anicka22 on Jan 13, 2021:

Thank you soooo much for the beautiful washitapes for my december wishlist

thriftymermaid on Dec 30, 2020:

Thank you so much for the gorgeous rubber stamps for my December wishes in the Wishlist Group. So fun!! Happy New Year!! ๐Ÿ’—โ›„

Swan on Dec 22, 2020:

Thank you for two perfect wishes from my December Wishlist: two wonderful roles of washi tape: one with lambs, the other one with books!

TeaNi on Dec 13, 2020:

Thank you SO very much

for granting a December wish for me with the cute citrus stamp set from my etsy faves! I've had my eye on it for quite some time and look forward to playing with it! :)

Beckster on Dec 8, 2020:

Thank you for the soup recipes for my November wishlist. I love homemade soup and plan to try all recipes you sent!

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