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smmarrty

smmarrty
Date Joined: February 5, 2009
Last Online: June 12, 2024
Birthday: May 26
Country: United States
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About Me

RATINGS: I rate each package that arrives. I usually rate the day it arrives. Please do me the courtesy of rating also. It's not so much that I want the rating - it's that I want to know that something I sent has arrived. Thanks.

I am a teacher, sometime grad student, and crafter. I make quilts, cards, envelopes, paper stuff, ATC's, dotees, creepy dolls and other stuffed things. I also love shrink plastic charms and charm bracelets/necklaces. I try to use things I already have and I try to use old stuff in a new way. I have lots of stuff to trade - mint tins, fabric, japanese newspapers and craft/quilt magazines. Email me if you are interested - [email protected]. Happy Swapping!

ABOUT FRIENDSHIP BOOKS: I am no longer participating in FB swaps. I'd love to receive any of the ones that I started or were started for me. When I get one, I might rejoin the FB madness.

Favorite Books

I read...alot. I always have 1 or 2 books going at the same time. Right now I read mostly British crime and police procedurals - Stephen Booth, Mark Billingham and Elizabeth George (yes, I know she's American.) I also like Cara Black, Val McDermid and Ruth Rendell.

Currently, I am taking a break from graduate school for a Masters in Education. I bought a Kindle and I am alternating between e-books and real books. So far, I still carry a real book with me at all times. Too chicken to carry my Kindle around with me in the big, bad city.

Favorite Music

Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, the Grateful Dead, all 70's music - good and bad. Current artists the Killers, the Shins, the Raconteurs, Duffy and K.T. Tunstall. And The Black Keys, Mumford and Sons, Adele, Bruce Springsteen, Iggy Pop, Bob Marley, Ray LaMontagne, and more.

Favorite Crafts

I start quilts (I don't always finish them!), paper stuff - envelopes, ATC's, greeting cards and other stuff. I sew dolls (badly, mostly) but I love making dotees. I just started making charms and learning a little beading. I'll try just about anything...I love my Gocco machine but I've only used it twice.

You should know...

I'm a good friend, daughter, sister, auntie and employee - just celebrated my 27th anniversary at the preschool I work in - teacher and assistant director. Whew!

Wish List

Vintage fabric, Vintage linens - tablecloths in particular, Sewing tools and supplies, Striped tee shirts (that can be cut/sewn into stuffies), Buttons, buttons, buttons, Wood beads,"S" things, Nancy Drew books (yellow spine - 1960's version), Birds and bird things, game pieces, wood dominoes, playing cards, small paper mache boxes for decorating, Cigar boxes, Chocolate - the darker the better! Love, love, love Somerset magazine - most of the editions, foreign language newpapers or magazines, and craft magazines from anywhere. As for colors, I prefer bold, bright colors - think Fiestaware. I do not like pink, peach or salmon. No neon things or cutesy things. I LOVE YOUR HANDMADE ANYTHING.

P.S. If you're sending chocolate - I CANNOT eat most nuts. So plain is good - thanks.

As for themes - I love birds, insects, trees but nothing too cutesy. I prefer 50's, 60's and 70's type of style.

Themes I like/love

Birds, nests and eggs; Reading, books and literature; Food - esp. chocolate and sushi; Sewing, crafts and buttons; Vintage sewing, crafts and buttons; Color - especially bold and bright, think Fiesta Ware; Not fond of pink, peach or salmon; How-to's and instructions for almost anything crafty; Travel, maps and tickets; Craft and sewing magazines and books; For fabric - I love batiks, dots and stripes, birds, leaves/trees, bugs, and any graphic patterns; Humorous - but no kitties hanging from tree limbs; Nothing too cute, no kitties

For junk journaling/ATCs/altered puzzle pieces/all paper crafts - I love vintage paper - ads, greeting cards, postcards and photos. I like yellow pages - especially odd stuff like taxidermy ads or pet photographers. Also love transportation tickets, raffle tickets, origami paper, and newspaper in languages other than English.

Dolls and Animals

For doll swaps - I like JunkerJane, scrappy, raggedy, slightly grungy (but not decrepit), whimsical - things not normally found in nature.

I generally prefer bold and bright colors but tea-stained/coffee dyed is okay too. Black and white is always acceptable and a mix is fantastic.

Animals - giraffes, zebras, badgers, platypus, honey badger, anteater, dogs over cats, elephants, birds, birds, birds, or hybrid animal-humans or bird-humans. Aliens and robots okay, too. Anything wearing glasses is great.

IMPORTANT INFO

Please do not send any perfume samples or scented anything. I am allergic to lots of random stuff and I want to enjoy your lovely handmade something but I cannot enjoy it if I am sniffing, sneezing, and wiping away tears.

Thanks for understanding.

J is for Junk Journal

Stuff I like and stuff I use a lot in my journals

tickets, bird/bee/bug pics/illustrations, used postage stamps, words, quotes and phrases (stickers/stamps/and from magazines), paper dolls, painted papers, odd bits of paper, unusual photos or advertisements, all the colors of paper and washi tape.

I like things made with and from book pages, painted book pages, junky clusters, small pockets and envelopes made from book or magazine pages. I like paper dolls - a la Megan Quinlan and Niamh Baly. And Stampington magazine ideas for dolls, pockets, and other. Ask me if you need more info.

Ratings

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Comment: Thanks for this great and generous swap and the extras. The envie you sent was so beautiful! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
thebragal rated for AMA: ATC Coin Shaped ATC on May 1, 2024
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Comment: Thank you.
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Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely postcards :) Hope you're having a great day
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Comment: I love it! I had so much fun browsing and browsing through it. It's such a delight. Thank you so much. 🌷 Alissyn
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Comment: Thank you for the special envelope. I love all the handmade paper prints and other extras! -Gracias!
Poeprincess rated for AMA: Inkbox card - grey and blue on Mar 28, 2024
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Comment: Great Inkie! Love the way you used your colors together, and love the quote!
MissMinaPT rated for AMA: Inkbox card - sheet music on Mar 5, 2024
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Comment: So lovely, thank you! Loved the creativity in the extra creations, too.
atlantian rated for 4 x 6 Rolo Group - BLUE on Mar 1, 2024
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Comment: Again!! Thank you for the beautiful art and tuckins. I'm already thing of ways to use them.❤
atlantian rated for 4 x 6 ROLO - Artist's Choice on Mar 1, 2024
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Comment: Love it! You have given inspiration to me.
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Comment: Oh what a great book you send me! Love the front page with the mixed media so much! You made me smile all over. Other people send these out as flatmail and it never gives problems, you pay so much like this! Just put enough postagestamps for the weight of a letter, because in the end it is folded paper you send!
Itchy rated for AMA: Green Mail Art & Ephemera on Feb 1, 2024
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Comment: Thanks, I love everything! :)
Response: Whoo hoo! Glad it arrived. Thanks again for your patience.
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Comment: Ow Susan what a lovely envelope full of fun stuff! All the cute stamps, you made my day! And the diecut flowers were so colorful and bright. 3 hearts for you. If you ever want to do a private swap again, let me know!
Response: Yay! You’re welcome and, yes, let’s swap again.
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Comment: Thanks so much for a really lovely book of stamped images! You had some really fancy bug stamps. I was impressed that you knew where most of your stamps came from…if I tried to do that, mine would be littered with “Don’t remembers” hahah. Thanks for the envie stuffed full of die cuts too- it’s all so fun!!
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Comment: Such fun. Thanks so much. Do you KNOW Barbara Gorelick? I have a friend by that name. I don't know that she writes verse.
Response: I don't. I was just looking for poetry by subject.
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Comment: Thanks for the fun postcard with great stickers! I love the way you put it together.
Arabella rated for MJS: Magpie Clusters ~ US on Oct 19, 2023
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Comment: Love these!!! Thank you!!
MelissaLB rated for PCS: Random playing card swap #4 on Oct 12, 2023
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Comment: Thank you for the great cards. My favorites are the San Francisco cards and the Vodka one. So fun!
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Comment: Beautiful journal, Susan! I love the cover! And I so want to go on a Ghost Hunting Tour!! I enjoyed reading your "What I'm Working On" page and your "Advice to Self"!! I may copy that in my next journal!! You have filled this journal with so many interesting pages and lots of paperclips!! Love all the different kinds! Thank you for all of your thoughtful work!!!
Response: And thank you for your patience.
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Comment: Thank you!😊
wolfeagle rated for AMA: Inkbox card - fish on Oct 1, 2023
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Comment: Thank you so much.

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Comments

wolfeagle on Jun 4, 2024:

Happy Belated Birthday!

smmarrty on Mar 8, 2023:

I just want to say thank you to all of you who have added to and/or sent home the Art Collab postcards - I received 2 in the last month. @sansstuff @Allegrae @DeboraCreates @Onyx95 @iKat78 @mcorbus and @Marhelene

TryshaH81 on Oct 19, 2020:

Thank You Thank You Thank You.
I really can't thank you enough for this huge box of greeting cards!! I will make sure they all go to a good use!! Your amazing!! The people I send cards to are going to love the assortment you sent me. I will be able to send out lots of cards thanks to you!!

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