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theshyone

theshyone
Date Joined: November 5, 2021
Last Online: January 22, 2022

Country: United States

About Me

Hello! I am new here and very excited to begin participating. I have been looking at this website for well over a year and finally found the courage just to make the leap and create an account (so thanks for taking the time to look through my profile).

I love exchanging letters (snail mail), goodies, and the like through the mail, and have been trying to get my various family members and friends to do it with me over the past year or two. However, not everyone is interested (shocker, I know), so I am hoping this will be that creative outlet for me :)

My favorite thing about my life is being the mom to my young adult daughter. We do many (read: most) things together, like going to museums, libraries, parks, road trips, and shopping. She even got me into K-pop over a decade ago and many of our adventures include K-pop in some form. She keeps me young, or at least reminds me to keep a more youthful frame of mind, especially with things like being hopeful, optimistic, and trying to not get too cynical about life. We own a precious, but bully of a doggo. He is a rescue Doberman who thinks he rules the world, cause he does. He bullies us with his aggressive cuddles and then his disdain when he is done with us.

Some other things I enjoy doing include scrapbooking, knitting, sewing, reading, journaling (I have kept a journal since I was 11 years old), photography, cross-stitching, polymer clay, and gardening (both indoor and out). Because of scrapbooking I have a large stationary, sticker, and whatnot collection, but I am ALWAYS looking to add to it! So I guess, add collecting stationary-like things to the list of things I like to do. Things I don't enjoy doing include cooking (although I tolerate baking because - sugar), cleaning/chores, exercise (although I do it because it is good for me or some nonsense like that), and talking on the phone. Things I want to learn in the near future include crocheting and digital scrapbooking (I am sure I will add to this list in the future).

Swapping Tidbit

As I am a newbie, I am sure this section will morph, be updated, and deepen over time. But as for now, one of the most important things to know about swapping with me is that several people in my household have pretty severe asthma, so no strong smelling anything. I prefer most everything as fragrance-free as possible. I know it is impossible to live completely fragrance-free, but we do a pretty decent job at it in this household. Much appreciated in advance.

Loves/Likes/Interests

--Letters (snail mail), whatever form it comes in, like quick post cards, long in-depth letters, and everything in between. I love learning about/connecting with others, so I am really interested in pen palling (I've seen the term pen friends floating around this site. While I have not heard of that term before, it sounds lovely).

--All things stationary-related, like papers, stickers, washi tape, die cuts, pens, markers, coloring pages, post cards, sticky notes, inks, stamps, punches (you get it, the list goes on. Plus you may know of something fabulous that I have yet to discover. I am always willing to learn about other forms of stationary-related goodies).

--Regarding the above love of stationary, I love all sorts of themes, including cutesy/Kawaii (my daughter has been collecting stickers for almost 2 decades now, so our cute collection is nothing to sneeze at), animals, food, botanicals, vintage, people, holidays, cartoons (in short, I rarely meet a sticker/washi tape/sticky note that I do not love). That being said, I'm not into gory, horror, or scary (I spook easily!)

--Anything plant related (I recently went from 4 plants to over 100 in about a year's time. I'm a little addicted). I can discuss anything plant related ad nauseam, so beware :)

--Anything book/learning related (I love learning and you will usually find my nose buried in a book. I also find the smell and environs of libraries comforting and will definitely hide in one when stressed). It would be easier to write the list of things I don't like to read, which is horror/gory. Other than that, I am willing to give most literature genres a try.

--All things art and craft related. The other place I escape to when stressed is the museum (it is a safe space, surrounded by beautiful things). I, myself, cannot draw a proper stick figure, but truly appreciate others' artistic endeavors.

--Music is another destresser for me. I have very eclectic music interests, being raised by parents with very dissimilar music tastes, I learned to love many diverse genres. This includes, but is not limited to: jazz, blues, classical, opera, pop, rock, rap, hip hop, folk, and yes, even "elevator music." I also like to challenge myself with music i don't appreciate right away. I give it some time, see if it will grow on me. And lastly, the above mentioned K-pop, with which I share a love of with my daughter. Should any of you share a similar interest in K-pop, but have no where to rant about it, let me know! We can rant away together :)

--Old movies, I love older movies (we're talking the "Golden Era of Hollywood" and older), especially musicals. I danced throughout childhood and adolescence and admire the dancing skills of others. I also enjoy really bad sci-fi, from like the 50's and 60's (you know, the kind that is so bad that it is good?). I don't tend to do dramas, as life has enough dramatics in it for me, so I don't usually find it entertaining to watch. And again, no horror/gory/scary movies (unless it is a silly/funny spoof of one).

--Tea is acceptable (for me to share with my family...I drink it to bond with my family, but may or may not enjoy the liquid myself. We look for different teas for the family to try when traveling, or even going to a new store, and that has been a lot of fun).

--Some beauty related items, pampering oneself is always lovely. But again, the scents can be an issue. I have pretty dry skin that thinks it is constantly at war with the world at large. I try to convince it otherwise, but it mostly does not listen!

--Items from differing cultures, backgrounds, and the like. I grew up as a military brat, living in many places overseas, before returning stateside as an older child. I loved it, learning about people, cultures, viewpoints! I am interested in just about anything on this topic, such as stories, personal experiences, your love for your own culture, food, candies, traditions, trinkets, post cards, whatever, I am not picky when it comes to what people want to share about their culture. I love it all

-Similar to the topic above, within the U.S. there are different cultures, varying from region to region, state to state, even city to city. I adore roadtripping across the country and immersing myself in the culture, lifestyle, and experiences in different parts of the U.S. So please feel free to share your love of your state/city with me, in any form that floats your boat.

--That is all for now, I will update, clean up, add to this list in the future, as I gain more experience and know-how with this site and swapping!

Dislikes

-It bears repeating that I prefer all items entering my home to be as fragrance free as possible, as several members of my family have more severe asthma and cannot breath with most scents assaulting their lungs.

--As for other dislikes, being a newbie I do not have an extensive list as of yet. I have listed some things above in my loves/likes section (as exceptions to what I enjoy). But as for a more in-depth list, I am not sure what is possible to dislike yet, so appreciate, in advance, your patience with me as I learn the site and become more experienced with swapping. I will update this list in the future..

Ratings

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Comment: What a fun & nice swap=) Thank you for the items you sent; much appreciated!!
Response: Yay! So glad you liked it! That makes me so happy โค๏ธ
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Comment: Thank you so so much for all the Hello Kitty stuff! The drawings on the front were wonderful:)
Response: So very glad you liked it! That makes my day! <3
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Comment: Hi, Your letters are fun and great conversation. I would rather have you as my swap partner than to be assigned someone less talkative and interactive. Now, I have two letters from you to respond to ! ! ! I love the washi samples, thank you.
Response: Well I am glad of that anyway :) I enjoy writing you too and really look forward to your response letter <3 So glad you liked the washi :D
tatntole rated for Happy Mail - Lucky 13 on Jan 15, 2022
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Comment: I love everything you sent. My 2022 has been so-so. We had a scare with our dachshund last week, she had a sore back and we were scared it was a ruptured disc which was how we lost our last dachshund. It turned out to just be a sore back and it is being treated with medication. She is feeling much better. We are so relieved.
Response: Oh, yay! I am so glad that you got it and loved everything! That makes me so happy! So sorry to read about your poor pupper, but very glad it does not seem to be serious <3
Brokenwings87 rated for Happy Mail 2.0 - Penpal on Jan 14, 2022
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Comment: bookmark with a cat on it!, washi tape, and a big cute sticker with this tiny little envelope (which i keep wondering where these come from). :D Response coming back soon!
Response: Oh goodness, so glad you liked it! (I know, wasn't the cat precious?!) The envelopes are from Michael's or Hobby Lobby, can't remember which one :D I am so looking forward to receiving a letter from you <3
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Comment: Ah! I canโ€™t believe this is the first ATC you guys have made! Itโ€™s perfect! And the banana milk BT21 stickers are so cute, thank you! Iโ€™m so glad to have found other ARMYs on here, too! Borahae! ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ
Response: Thank goodness you liked it! Also, it looks good because, unlike me, my daughter can draw. The image was her idea (from their video), she is very glad that you love it! So happy you liked the stickers. We were not sure if you were into BT21, but we decided to take a chance. We are also glad to have found a fellow ARMY! ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ Borahae๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ
JennLostAndFound rated for K-Pop Cupsleeve Swap on Jan 14, 2022
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Comment: You guys! How did you know Mint Yoongi is my fave??? I was actually planning on making myself a mint Yoongi sleeve for the next online concert but yours is perfect! Thank you again for joining! ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ
Response: Isn't Mint Yoongi everyone's fave!?! Of course, every version of Yoongi is precious....So extremely glad you liked the cup sleeve! We were sweating bullets (and tears when we had to redo it due to freaking water droplets!) Thank you for hosting this swap ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ Borahae๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ (And yes, let me know if you host another one!)
cassie3001 rated for Saying HELLO from _____! - #1 on Jan 14, 2022
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Comment: Hello, Angela! I received your mail today! Iโ€™m so happy that you and your family have remained covid-free (I hope that is still the case). Itโ€™s wonderful that even in a place where people are so carefree, youโ€™re doing what you think is best for you and your family; I hope that you feel safe. Also, your positive points are really good! Iโ€™ve definitely realised more than ever before how important time with our loved ones is. Thank you for the lovely extras! I like your clever solution to sending a variety of stickers, Iโ€™ll have to try that. Happy New Year, I hope 2022 is a fantastic year for you!
Response: Yay! I am so glad you got my envie and liked the goodies! We have remained covid-free, but still remaining wary of being around others. Currently double masking when we have to go out because covid has exploded in our area in the past couple of weeks, but we are adjusting. It was a nice exercise to try to find positives in such a trying time. I hope you and your loved ones are safe and well also. Hope your 2022 is lovely <3
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Comment: I just received your letter Angela, and your reply is one the way. My kids adored your goodies, thank you!
Response: Oh, I am so glad you received it and that your kiddos loved the goodies :D Looking forward to reading your letter <3
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Comment: Thanks for a nice swapโ™ฅNice to swap with you again
Response: Yay! So glad you got and liked it <3 Looking forward to more swaps with you in the future :D
Stepht rated for Last Penpal Swap of 2021 on Jan 12, 2022
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Comment: Thanks so much for your lovely letter Angela! I'll be writing back soon :)
Response: Oh, I am so glad that you got it! I look forward to reading your return letter <3
kssunlover1947 rated for Christmas Washi Tape Swap on Jan 11, 2022
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Comment: Thank you. I liked the washi specially the Disney one. Had a decent holiday season. . Stay safe and well.
Response: Yay! I'm so glad you got the swap and liked the washi!!! Makes my day :) Stay safe and well also <3
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Comment: Hello again! I really loved your letter and how visually pretty your included items were. I wish I could show you a picture of where I put the bookmark. I squealed like a teen when I saw it and it fits perfectly into my hand-created case for my e-reader that my friends made me. Loved it!!
Response: Hi :D So happy that you thought that the goodies were pretty. Also, I made you squeal?! Ok, that made my day <3
Smsands2 rated for SMSUSA: Books & Tea for Me on Jan 9, 2022
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Comment: Thank you! I've read two of the book recommendations and am going to look into the third book.
Response: Yay! So glad you got my envie! That's awesome that you had already read 2 of them! (It feels validating somehow.)
Tracykason rated for Penpal swap, international on Jan 9, 2022
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Comment: Sorry for such a delayed reply. Swept away by busy-ness this month. I have a bit of a superstition that I never read a letter unless I also have time to reply, so I havenโ€™t actually read your letter yet - but sure it is a good one and in depth by the weight of it. Thank-you for taking the time! I will reciprocate. Happy New Year!
Response: Oh! I'm just glad you got it! Mail can be so slow and unreliable. I think your superstition is adorable and I cannot wait to read your letter in return (no rush though!). Happy New Year to you too :D
Wanda rated for bw&pp: 2022 Book List on Jan 6, 2022
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Comment: Your swap arrived this morning, Angela, and really brightened my day. ๐Ÿ˜Š The envelope was decorated beautifully, so many wonderful extras inside, and your note was both sweet and interesting. You have some intriguing books on your list! Those are some great authors! Iโ€™ve read two of the books and heard of the other three. Maybe Iโ€™ll add them to my list! ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ‘ And I absolutely LOVED the notecard illustration! It will go into my journal on the pages that I keep my yearly โ€˜Books Readโ€™ list. Thank you for it all, Angela! ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“–
Response: Oh my gosh! I'm so glad you got my swap and loved it! It's so cool that you have read a couple of the books and heard of the others. I struggled with what to share. I didn't want it to be really one dimensional, so I tried to pick different genres from the books I am planning on reading this year. I'm happy that you enjoyed the goodies and the card. Super pretty illustration, I agree :D I feel honored that it is going into your journal <3
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Comment: Thank you for this awesome postcard! The googley eye foods had me rolling XD I especially appreciate the little power ranger(?) with a bow on his head, heโ€™s perfect! I agree about some people being kinda nasty around the holidays. Luckily everyone Iโ€™ve interacted with here has been absolutely wonderful. I hope you can say the same! Thanks again <3
Response: Oh! Yay! I am so glad you liked it! I just love the googley eyed food, I think it's so cute. I'm glad you agree. I love that you saw the power ranger with a bow on his head (that was my daughter's idea! So she is proud that you liked it!). Not everyone has been wonderful, but I have not come across anyone too nasty, so I count that as a win :D
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Comment: Awwww, Angela!! Just wanna give you a big ol hug! So considerate of you to go through my profile and send things you think I'd like, and also write to me in response to some things I've posted. Really thoughtful!! Everything is so cute, I love it all. Thank you so much! I hope you are having a joyful and healthy start to the new year! <3
Response: Yay! I am so glad you got the swap and loved the goodies! I'll take you up on the hug :D
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Comment: Thanks, Angela, for the fabulous flower swap! And I appreciate the extras and the nice note! Take care and happy new year! XO Dana
Response: Yay! So glad you got it and liked it! Also, I love sending extras, so really glad you enjoyed them :D Happy New Year to you too <3
fifikitty91 rated for Penpal swap, international on Dec 31, 2021
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Dragonwriter on Dec 23, 2021:

I FOUND A FELLOW KPOPER on here!!!!! YAY!!!! You do not know how excited I am right now!! Thank your daughter for me! :)

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