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ccmmsu

ccmmsu
Date Joined: May 7, 2014
Last Online: October 25, 2021
Birthday: June 11
Country: United States
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About Me

*** 8-11-21 -- Well, these last few weeks have been fun. The night before I left town to visit family, my mom fell and broke her shoulder. A lot of my trip and time after has been consumed with figuring out her needs, dealing with hospital and rehab facility, and working on cleaning out her very full apartment in anticipation of either her return in a wheelchair or (most likely) move to a new apartment in an assisted living building. She lives 3.5 hours away, so this is eating up a lot of time. In addition, after I did finally get home I got really sick and have spent a week in bed. Luckily it's not Covid (I got tested) -- just a regular old virus that is slamming my under-utilized immune system. The good news is that our family has now had an immune boost before the kids go back to school and the annual bring-a-bug-home-from-school season starts. :) All my swaps were sent out ahead of my trip or on time when I returned, but ratings are taking some time. I have 3 weeks worth of mail that I'm working through. I'm almost there! Sorry for delayed ratings and thank you for patience while I catch up. ***

*** 7-21-21 -- I will be out of town and periodically without internet from today until August 2. I will respond to messages and rate any swaps that come in while I'm gone when I return. :)

*** 7-13-21 -- I am taking an extended break from Pass-It-On type swaps, except for decos and one or two group-specific swaps. That means no more bags, round robins, collaboration postcards, etc. Please do not send me anything that will need to move on to another person unless it is specifically called for in the swap we're in. Thank you :)

*** DECO SWAPPERS, please note (updated 10-21-19): I am cutting waaaaaaaay back on swapping decos internationally due to the high postage costs. Please check with me first before sending me an international homer, especially if it has really thick embellishments. If I sign up for a swap that is global, then obviously I will honor that and take an international deco for that swap. Also, I am not taking extra decos beyond what the swap calls for at this time. Thanks for understanding. A big thank you to @Aladyjackson @SeleneW and Anja in Germany for taking my excess decos! I love my swap partners! You guys ROCK! ***

Hi! My name is Christine (she/her), and I am a freelance writer living in Michigan with my husband and our 3 kiddos. We have a sweet, very lazy Pitt-mix named Lulu, and two rescued sister cats named Cinnamon and Sugar. I love crafting, making art, reading, travel, animals, hockey and kayaking. My favorite colors are cobalt blue and apple green. My biggest goal in life (next to being a good mom, of course) is to visit every continent. I've made it to Europe (France, England, Ireland), Africa (Kenya, Ethiopia), Asia (South Korea), and South America (Peru) so far (plus Mexico, Canada, Jamaica, Cayman Islands, and lots of US states in North America).

I have Essential Tremors, which means my hands shake a lot. It is managed pretty well with medication, but if a swap includes a longer letter I may type it to ensure it's actually readable. :)

I just started a group for those of us who have sticker subscriptions like Stickii, Pipsticks, or Violette. If you're interested you can find Sticker Subscription Swaps here.

My Profile is getting kinda long, so here's a Table of Contents of sorts in case you want to skip down to a certain section:

  • About Swaps
  • Favorite Books
  • Favorite Movies and TV
  • Favorite Crafts
  • Likes and Dislikes
  • Kawaii
  • Postcards
  • Wish List

About Swaps

I consider signing up for a swap a contract. I never ever flake, so if you have not received from me, please let me know so I can resend. I don't want any of my partners to miss out on the fun of a swap! I do not mark items sent until the mailman has picked it up from my mailbox or I've dropped it off at the post office. If for some reason I will be late, I promise to message my partner(s) to let them know. If a partner is going to be late, I understand and just ask that they communicate with me. I do my best to make sure I have correct postage on the things I send (I use a postal scale to weigh everything), but I have had different clerks at my local post office charge different rates for similar things, so if for some reason there has been a mistake and you receive something postage due, please let me know. Finally, I promise to rate and do so soon after receiving. If you have not received a rating from me, I either haven't received your swap or it was an accidental oversight. Please message me. I also very much appreciate the ratings I receive. I may not be able to respond to them all, but please know I do read and appreciate them! :)

Favorite Books

I write book reviews, so most of what I read is assigned to me by editors, but when I get to choose I've been gravitating to YA Science Fiction and Fantasy lately.

  • To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Kindred by Octavia Butler
  • Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  • Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
  • Weird Girl and What's His Name by Meagan Brothers
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  • Maus by Art Spiegelman

other favorite authors:

  • Bill Bryson
  • Cassandra Claire
  • Alice Walker
  • Christopher Paul Curtis
  • Dr. Seuss

Favorite Movies and TV

I love old black and white movies. Philadelphia Story and It Happened One Night are probably my all time favorite movies. I'm also a sucker for Brat Pack-type teen movies like Breakfast Club, Say Anything, and Some Kind of Wonderful. Some favorite animated/anime movies are Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast, Brave, Kiki's Delivery Service (Jiji!!), Howl's Moving Castle... really, pretty much anything Studio Ghibli made, Your Name, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, and The Secret of Kells. I like all kinds of movies, though.

I don't watch nearly as much TV as I used to. Some shows I really like are The Mandalorian, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Gilmore Girls, Big Bang Theory, Dr. Who, Stranger Things, Erased (Japanese) and MST3K. I've been watching a lot of anime lately (eagerly awaiting the start of season 2 of Promised Neverland!), and I have an inconvenient addiction to Korean Dramas (inconvenient because I can't multitask while they're on because I have to read the subtitles). Those are saved as rewards for getting lots of work done. :) Some of my favorite K-dramas are Goblin, My Love from Another Star, and Cinderella and the Four Knights.

Favorite Crafts

I mostly do papercrafts and mixed media art now, though I have dabbled in many types of crafts over the years. I used to make and sell jewelry until my tremors got to the point that it took too long to do things. I still make custom pieces for people, which was my favorite thing to do anyway. I love creating something specifically for the recipient. :)

I am a true Gemini, so I like many different artistic styles depending on my mood: vintage, Steampunk, shabby chic, clean and simple. I adore Graphic 45, Finnabair, and Tim Holtz style. Dyan Reaveley's bright, saturated colors make me swoon.

Likes and Dislikes

Likes:

I am pretty easy to please. I love seeing other people's artistic styles, and I'm grateful for all the happy mail people share with me.

Here are a few things that make my heart flutter:

  • vintage
  • steampunk
  • metal
  • wood
  • washi
  • Alice in Wonderland, Wizard of Oz
  • Old Hollywood
  • old photographs
  • rockabilly and snarky housewives
  • dragons, gargoyles, mythical creatures
  • Gorjuss Girls and Julie Nutting dolls
  • bright, happy colors
  • school/office supplies
  • stationery, especially Korean or Japanese, but any
  • birds and animals (all, but especially red pandas, sheep, llamas & alpacas, owls, cats, and hedgehogs)
  • dark and supernatural (think Edgar Allen Poe, dancing skeletons, ghosts -- especially if it has a hint of morbid humor to it)
  • kawaii (I know this is kind of the opposite of dark and supernatural -- see, I told you I was a Gemini! lol). See below for more on this...
  • postcards -- see below for more

Dislikes:

  • Please don't send me anything x-rated or full of profanity. I'm not a prude by any means, but my kids like to get the mail from the box and hang out while I open it.
  • Please no religious or political themed items.
  • And obviously, nothing racist, homophobic, transphobic, xenophobic, or otherwise abusive or hateful.
  • I love stickers, but would prefer not to receive teacher/reward stickers or stickers with baby/little kids' themes or characters (like dinosaurs, dumptrucks, Dora or Barney).
  • Loose glitter -- it's evil. Heavily glittered things (like cheap Christmas cards) are very likely to end up in the trash in an effort to contain the plague that is loose glitter. You have no idea how happy I was when they started varnishing over glitter on scrapbook papers. Trapped glitter that cannot leave the surface it's on? Yay! Love that sparkle. Loose or shedding glitter? Evil incarnate.

No Thank You Items: These are things I don't swap, so sending them to me is like sending them to purgatory: friendship sheets/books, label bags, x-slips.... In general, please don't send anything that has to be passed on unless a swap specifically calls for it. Thanks!

Kawaii!

I fell in love with kawaii 20 years ago while living and working in Seoul, South Korea, though I didn't know it had a name back then. A couple years ago I discovered online kawaii shops and become a collector (hoarder) of Japanese (and some Korean) kawaii. I swap memos, lettersets, letter pad sheets, sticker flakes and sheets, envelopes, deco and washi samples, and more.

I especially like pandas, red pandas, cats, manga girls and boys, and kawaii with weird backstories. My fav characters are Tarepanda, Kutusita Nyanko, Capuri Mono, and Sumikko Gurashi (especially Zassou/Weed). I pretty much love it all, though, and love discovering new (to me) characters from my swap partners.

Current Kawaii Wish List (anything from these characters/themes -- even a single memo sheet):

  • older Tarepanda
  • Mind Wave Kiguru Me/"Quit" animals
  • Buru Buru Dog
  • Rilakkuma Rainbow collection
  • San-x Shirasutai Anchovies

tarepanda kutusita sumikkogurashi

Postcards

I tend to like non-touristy more than touristy, but really I am happy to receive anything. Sometimes I get a touristy postcard I love. You never know. If a swap allows for handmade postcards, I like those, too, especially if they show the sender's art and style. I'm equally happy with naked PCs or ones in envelopes. Some themes I'm particularly interested in collecting are "Greetings From (State or City name)," black and white, old Hollywood, book and movie related, and art.

If it's a naked PC swap and you're wondering what to write to me, here are some ideas:

  • What does your Swap-Bot ID mean?
  • What is your favorite food to cook at home? What's your favorite food to eat out?
  • Do you come from a big family or a small family? Do you like the size of your family, or do you wish it were smaller/larger?
  • What was the last book you read? Do you recommend it?
  • What was your favorite cartoon when you were a kid?
  • If someone offered you plane tickets to anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Wish List

I'll add and subtract from this over time. If you happen to have one of these items laying around and want to toss it into a swap, I promise it will be going to a home where it will be appreciated and loved. :)

  • My daughter is adopted from Ethiopia, so I'm always looking for items that feature African American kids or Ethiopian/African images to use in her scrapbook and other crafts.
  • used postage stamps with images of people or animals and any used stamps from other countries
  • anything from Cavallini
  • Daintree Tea from Australia (received some in a swap once and LOVED it!)

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*** profile updated 12-16-20

Ratings

mchesser12 rated for SSM: October Pick 5 postcards on Oct 22, 2021
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Comment: Thanks for the great selection of postcards and for the stickers.
turboneko rated for KSU: ~50 stickers total~ on Oct 21, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for all the cute stickers <3
Lward643 rated for Playing Card Swap~Round #4~ Swap #5 on Oct 20, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the cards, the extra disney ones made my day!
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Comment: Thank you so much for this wonderful swap dear Christine :) The sticker are very cute 🥰 I also enjoy fall but the gloomy / rainy days are usually spoiling it all.
PrincessLeia rated for SSM: A dozen die cuts #11 on Oct 15, 2021
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Comment: Hello Christine, Thankyou for the awesome diecuts. I love all the orange - thanyou very much for that. I love the unicorn, fairy and large tree! Ill be using the SPOOKY banner in my halloween journal!❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Thanks also for the cool postage stamps!
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Comment: People are definitely hard. Mine always turn out to be slightly whimsical, but your card is absolutely amazing. Love her. Thank you and Happy Swapping!
ChrisD rated for Handmade Halloween Card & A Surprise on Oct 11, 2021
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Comment: Your card design is amazing! Thank you so much. The extras are appreciated too!
Sweetrizzo44 rated for SSS: Any 2 Sheets - September on Oct 9, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely stickers. They are a nice addition to my collection. Can't wait to use them!
Tamawi rated for Decos Only 10/2021 on Oct 8, 2021
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Comment: I like how the lighthouse lined up on the envelope. Thank you for the decos and the stamp stickers. It has been nice at my house to get a few close family visits this summer too. My outlook has shifted somewhat and I savor when we can get together.❤
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Comment: Thanks for the great playing cards and the nice postcards. Take care!
daniellewelly rated for Ugly PC Swap #39 on Oct 5, 2021
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Comment: Thank you so much for the (not at all) ugly postcard! I think it's very cute. Who doesn't believe in unicorns? My favourite tea right now is called Pumpkin Cheesecake from David's Tea. I have been making it with a flavoured syrup mixed into my milk foam for the most decadent latte. If you want to try really nice flavoured matcha I suggest David's Tea Raspberry Matcha. It tastes great with a splash of lemonade!
pernie123 rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt for PCs #157 on Oct 4, 2021
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Comment: Than you for the beautiful cards.I like the map of Michigan. WE had our Win-Sum place in Charlevoix when our children were small. Lower Peninsula. WE went to Mackinaw Island, to Sault Ste. Marie, and so many marvelous places. Thank you for bringing back memories.
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Comment: Thank you for the wonderful cards.I don;t have any of them. It was so nice of you to share the extra ones. They will go in my 2nd Franken deck. What a great fine. Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful day. bearnbabs
swapbotmaria rated for SSS: Plants on Oct 2, 2021
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Comment: Oh! I didn’t rate-so sorry. These were great, as always. Thank you!
swapbotmaria rated for SSS: Halloween on Oct 1, 2021
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Comment: Thank you! 💜❤️💜 I just reluctantly swapped the sloth sheet and now it came back to me!
swapbotmaria rated for SSS: Blue on Oct 1, 2021
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Comment: Thank you! I love my blue stickers too! 💜💜
swapbotmaria rated for SSS: Green on Oct 1, 2021
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Comment: Thank you! I love the stickers!!💜❤️
Hell0Z0mbie rated for CPG Move Any Deco 06 - Global on Sep 27, 2021
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Comment: Thanks for the fun deco, and I LOVE the stickers! OMG, those are great! It's definitely challenging to move some thicker / international decos, I'm really happy those swaps are popular enough to keep going with! :D
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Comment: Thank you so much! I love the cards you sent. I'm excited to start my deck. I love the stickers too!
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Comment: Thank you for the nice variety of cards and extras. Take care.

Rating Overview

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5.0000 988 28 36
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936 1051 0 0
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Comments

Rainydancer on Aug 17, 2021:

“I realize your default energy level is Cardboard Cutout, but I can’t get to know you if you don’t speak.”nks for sending my pass & play pc home!

manders2280 on Jul 1, 2021:

Today I received a traveling postcard that you started for me in October 2019! Thank you for thinking of me!

RiverTopanga on Jun 24, 2021:

Welcome to the Artisan ATC group! Love your list of "things that make [your] heart flutter 😉 look forward to swapping with you soon!

orode on Mar 27, 2021:

Thanks so much for the hd pass & paste I started. Love the waves for the turtles. Olga

orode on Mar 27, 2021:
wolfeagle on Mar 25, 2021:

Thank you so much for working on my Pass and Paste postcard. Love the cool black and gold design you made.

GirlMomToTwo on Mar 21, 2021:

Thank you SO much for sending home my full sticker bag!! You're a doll!

Rainydancer on Mar 14, 2021:

Welcome to Sunshine swaps!

wolfeagle on Feb 20, 2021:

Thank you for working on my Pass and Paste postcard. Love your sea turtle addition.

theevidenceisme on Feb 9, 2021:

I must apologize for not saying thank you sooner. I just found your envelope at the bottom of a pile of papers. Thank you so much for the handmade envelopes, extra tags and labels for a wish granted June. ❤❤❤

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