Comment: Viviana.... first of all that was a beautiful zine with gorgeous sketches.... I wish I could draw like you. And your story was beautiful. I teach ELL children in grades 1-3. It made me love them even more reading your story. Thank you. Where is your family from before the USA?
Response: Thank you for reading, we are from Guadalajara Mexico, we went back a few times during our summer breaks, but at a certain point I didn’t feel like I was from there any more, at the same time I didn’t belong in the USA either, I was stuck in the middle mentally.
Comment: Received your swap today and thanks so much for your awesome handmade note card, the stickers (esp. coffee ones ), and best of all your lengthy story, about the Real monsters. How well I know about that. My first husband was one. An abusive __hole. Who was physically & mentally abusive. But wow, how scary, you having to deal with a Stalker! I'd have been out of mind with that situation too! It took me years, before I could trust another man though. I met my 2nd husband in 1988. It was 2 years before I could fully trust him. By 1990, I finally did & we married that same year. He's my sole mate. Thanks so much for sharing your story with me. What a story at that!🙁 I'm so gald that stalker is long gone out your life! Like you, I too have bad anxiety. Take care and enjoy the rest of your day.
Response: Thank you for taking the time to read my swap, I really appreciate you telling me your experience, I understand that it is not easy to talk about, but I'm glad that you found happiness, i think when I am in the right place of mind I will get some therapy for it.
Comment: I took the quiz too, and got a Raven as well - maybe we're kindred spirits. :) Makes sense - I talk to the ravens we have here all the time. :) Interesting. I've never really studied much about familiars (I did my swap on Black Dogs), thank you for sharing what you found! Have you listened to History Goes Bump or Homespun Haints? Those are 2 I listen to regularly, have heard of a few of the ones you listed. :)
Response: Yes I enjoy that podcast too, I always have something in the background when my kiddos are at school 🥰🥰
Comment: thank you for the postcard! To answer your question, on the front of the postcard it is suppose to have a place you're not from like it could say nevada or wisconin on it. You had sent me a postcard of Compton Acres, Poole, that card can be used for this swap too. :) I hope this helps!
Response: Yes it does, thank you for taking the time to respond 🥰
Comment: Hi Viviana, I'm so sorry you had a rough month, but it happens, right? I hope you are feeling better today. I've been married 45 years and there were many times we had car troubles. You are not alone. If you need an ear, I'm willing to listen. One thing I've learned is, things always change. Here's hoping for better days. PS I loved the stickers! Awesome!
Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to read my journal, life is full,of ups and downs, I am glad I got to share my life with another person ☺️
Comment: Thank you for the pretty postcard! I love the regency and Victorian eras and this card is perfect!! I am happy to have it in my collection! I hope you are doing well! Halloween is around the corner and we are loving the cooler temperatures for sure! x xgabi
Comment: Hi Viviana!!!! I got my little Frankie Zine!! It is SO CUTE!!!!! Your drawing/sketching skills make me so jealous!!! Thanks also for the little extra bag of goodies!!! I really appreciate it! Happy Halloween!
Response: I’m so glad you got it 🥰 happy Halloween 🎃
Comment: Hello! Thank you for sharing your story with me, and even providing a sketch! I got goosebumps reading your story. From your story, I can see that you are a good person. Good people attract good spirits. It seems the boy/coyote is really looking after you, or it might even be your guardian spirit. Also, yes on the zine! You narrate your story really well <3
Response: Thank you so much! I am glad that it got to you 😄
Comment: Thank you so much for your letter and the photos. :) I don't like the super realistic ones or the ones with moving eyes either. Why did anyone ever think that was a good idea?! I don't really like eyes either. I never had movie stars or musician posters on my walls as a teen because I didn't want the eyes to watch me. :( My stuffed animals were always my best friends when I was little - I still have one cat :) - and we used to 'talk' too. :)
Response: Plushies are less frightening, I think because they look less human lol
Comment: Hi Viviana, thank you so much for your awesome letter. It was so fascinating to read about your experiences with the paranormal, some of them sound quite frightening, but the other one you described sounds like it was really looking after you. I'm glad!
I loved your artwork too, you are so so talented! I think you could make a comic or something out of these stories, you have a great style!
Response: thank you so much, I am glad that you liked my story, I would like to do that one day, but I have always been so busy to take the time and make a comic, (Somethday maybe)
Comment: I had a similar experience to yours and your dream is so scary! I'm not a huge fan of alien anything - more scared of the aliens than ghosts and goblins! :) Thank you for sharing your stories and for your great artwork!
Response: same thing!, I say I don't believe in Aliens mostly because I would rather see a ghost than an alien, they scare me a lot lol.
Comment: Absolutely charming and adorable zine! I hope you make many more! You're a natural! Thoroughly enjoyed your creativity! (I still have a pair of those big leg jeans from back in the day). Lolz Thank you!
Response: thank you, for taking the time to read and rate my zine! i enjoy making them, but can never seem to find swaps for it :)
Comment: Awww! Thank you so much for my handmade items. I absolutely love them both.These are keepers that went directly in my memory book. I appreciate that you created artwork for me! I will treasure it. ♥️
Response: so glad that you liked them, I really enjoy the hand made swaps, :)
Comment: I would like to stay in contact with you can you send me your email?
I really like your letter!! It struck home!! I am dealing with some of the same things!! Maybe not cultural! But definitely some things you wrote about. My family is too VERBAL about my problems and will RIGHT me off not speaking to me FOR MONTHS at a time!! Calling themselves GOOD CHRISTIANS!! IDK I think we all come from dysfunction!! lol
Response: That would be nice,I'll send you my info
Comment: Hola Viviana! Me encanta tu zine! Your drawings are beautiful! I'm sorry that you struggle with nightmares. My boyfriend also immigrated to the US at a very young age from Mexico, and dreams of his old home often.
Response: thank you so much, yeah I use to have nightmares after I moved to America, now I just have them due to stress and anxiety. :)
Comment: Hello from another Cali mom. Thank you for your super cute letter that made me smile. My kids took over the house last summer as well. I loved the drawings, especially of the toy your youngest daughter picked. Sounds like you had a lovely summer. Thanks again for sharing your summer vacation.
Response: thank you so much for taking the time to read and rate <3
Comment: Thank you for the postcard of the Angels stadium! I always liked the movie Angels in the Outfield. I enjoyed hearing about your family. Right now I am behind on mail, but I look forward to sending you a postcard in return!
Comment: Viviana!!! I'm dying! This Luna Lovegood ATC is literally perfection. I feel so lucky to have received it. Thank you so much. The envelope alone had me so happy. I love how you addressed it and the seal you drew on the back. You are so thoughtful and talented. Thank you again!
Response: I'm so glad you liked it, Luna has been my fav because of her weirdness <3 i hope more swaps on Harry Potter pop up, they are fun to do :)
Comment: Viviana, this is my favorite postcard I've ever received. I love your Alice in Wonderland drawing Down the Rabbit Hole! I hope you scanned a picture before you sent it, if not I can. Thank you!!!!
Response: I really glad that you got it and liked it!! :)
Comment: Thank you so much for your book log. I loved how you made it into a zine and that it was handwritten. Would give you more hearts for that if possible! :-) End of Days sounds like something I would read so I am definitely going to check that one out!! <3
Response: The first two are called angel fall, and world After ðŸ˜†
Comment: your atc almost made me cry! I opened it and not only is it an adorable atc but your style is haunting similar to a loved one that is no longer in my life. Oh my thank you so so much for such an amazing atc
Response: Thank you im glad that you liked it. Sorry to hear about your loved one.. :(
Comment: Thanks so much for the comic page! I love your drawings they are so detailed! It's such a bonus that it was colored too. I feel bad I didn't color mine. But I love yours and thanks so much for participating !
Response: Glad you liked it! Thank you, I had so many ideas for this!
Comment: got this wonderful baby in the mail today and I'm soo glad we did this swap together :D I don't think i could of asked for a better swap. I loved the size of the book too! And OMG I think your artbooks have a thing for liquids lol. I had a little cup of water next to my computer and the book bumped it! thankfully only a little corner got wet! D: sorry the 1st one you did didn't make it. i like how you were able to save some of the drawings :) *that whole thing made me feel sad for you*
Maybe we can do another swap like this in the future :) also thank you for all the extra goodies :D and making the whole thing special for me ^_^
Response: I'm so glad you got it, this has been the most time consuming BUT at the same time fun, swap I have done, I have truly enjoyed it. Thanks again for doing this swap with me and I hope we can do this again someday I loved the challenge
Comment: Great review. Allthough it sounds a bit violent, I love stories with angels. I'm gonna try the first book and then see if it's ok, I placed it on my to read list. I liked the stationary where you wrote it on. Thank you
Comment: Absolutely love the atc you made for me. She is one of my favorite characters and I was very pleasantly surprised to see thats who you went with. Adorable envelope as well. Wish I could give more than one heart.
Comment: It finally arrived! Thank you so much for going to so much trouble to get it to me, I've never heard of anyone having so much trouble - and with no cause! The address looked perfectly fine :/ But thank you for making it happen - I loved it <3
Comment: Nice covers. I can see that you are into anime'. My son and grandson like it, too, so I've actually seen quite a bit of it. I like your back cover a lot, with the pretty butterfly. Thanks for sharing.
Comment: I really enjoyed reading about this dear and sorry for the delay in the post one of the lovely family members buried it on the table and I cleaned it off and found it prob the oldest child the one i married lol...
Response: this swap was sent on the 8th .. I had to send a note asking her to rate me.. she rated all her partners the same day, it shows that she did not even take the time to read any of the e-mails, because honestly a lot of these lady's poured there soul into there e-mails, and all deserved at least a comment.
Comment: I know you said you do not want to use physical discipline but sometimes a tiny smack on the thigh does not hurt, or smacking on the hands. It sounds like Luz knows you will not punish her and takes advantage of that. I am not saying beat the crap out of a kid. Not at all! But do not let a little kid walk all over you.
Response: I would hate to resort to that, though my husband is about ready to snap one of these days, if we can't get her to understand that what she is doing is not right. I'm working with her a lot more now, trying to get her to behave using different methods first..
Comment: Thank you for Sharing. HUGS. I know about getting my *** beat too. LOL my mom got me with the belt, shoe, branch. I was scared of my dad's belt it was leather and it had animals and it said "Jalisco" LOL
Have a great week
Response: oh man once my mom got a-hold of the closes object near her hand, there was no point in running, it was always a perfect hit at whomever she aimed at. (later in life we found out she played soft ball back in her high school year) :( that would have helped to know..
Comment: I loved Balboa!! I lived in S. Cal for 17 years and always enjoyed going there. Such a shame it was so cold when you went but I'm sure you'll go again because it is such fun, especially with kids!! Love the PC - it's always so interesting to see where sea lions decide to laze about!! Thanks again for the great PC ~~
Response: your welcome :D I am glad you liked it, It's such a nice place and we enjoy going to all those shops close by :)
Comment: Viviana, thanks for the cool mini-zine. I really enjoyed reading it. And I love the faux postage! I have not made many zines, and I've been surprised at how easy they really are to do. Who knew! :-) Cynthia
Response: I am still a new-b when it comes to Zines even if it's been a while :)
Comment: Thanks for the great letter! I'll try to write you back next week (after the Easter holiday). i love the little game-y doodles on your letter. are you still stuck in FF XIII? we have FF XIII 2 and i'm not crazy about it, i think there's going to be a third one ... i wonder what that'll be like? my fave FF is 6. okay, i'd better save something for my letter! thanks again <3
Response: glad you got it :) cant wait to here back from you.
Comment: Thank you so much for the great swap. I just adore the postcard!! I love your work and was so excited to receive another piece from you. The ATC is adorable. It was all fantastic. Hugs & 100 Hearts, Mona
Comment: Hey... I got your zine... I loved your art work, and since this will also be my first zine, I find it hard to really give any feedback, but I did want to point out that the zine was actually the wrong size... it was supposed to be twice the size you sent... Also... I had a hard time deciding if this was actually a zine... because it seemed more like a miniature story book to me. To me a zine is a mini magazine... But since this was our first swap, I still rated a 5...
As a side note- you are an awesome artist!
ETA: Sorry you found it confusing. I wish you had messaged me to clarify if you found it confusing. It wasn't really the content that didn't meet the swap requirements, it was the size, where I clearly had stated "You will make it using standard size paper (8.5x11 inches) folded in half. "
Response: im sorry but your description and the links you provided made it confusing .. so if I had followed the youtube reference that you had on your description i would have still been wrong..
Comment: Sorry it took me so long to rate - I am very bad at checking emails :-(
I love your idea of an outdoor fort by a stream; I'm not afraid of heights so I really want to try spending a night in a tree-house!
Comment: Oh thank you! Yeah, that is the only problem I have found with tumblr so far, is that it doesn't really let you comment things, only reblog or send a person an 'Ask' which is like a message.
But thank you! And that's cute, I'm glad your daughter liked them! Chickens are so fun~
Comment: Thank you for the lovely mermaid illustration! I just love it!!! To answer your letter - I would never think of giving away any of your illustrations. They should be framed. hehe Let me know if you want to do a part three sometime. Big Hug
Response: lol aww!! thank you I am glad you loved it, I the first one i did for you somehow ended up looking like the little mermaid Ariel =_= bleh.. And I'm up for round three once I return from my mini swap-bot break!!
Comment: Oh what a wonderful letter (although I do hope your little girl is feeling better by now!) I had to chuckle at your high school attempts and have to say "Good on you' for perservering! I LOVE your zine-it is the first one I have ever received (I did a swap but got flaked on :( so never received one) You are so talented!!!Thank you for resending-it was SO worth the wait :)
Response: YAY!!!! I am so glad you got it!! Thank you for your patience!! And thank you for the lovely comment!!
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Comment: thanks for the sweet comment on my profile . I do really love doing pressed flower art The windmill picture is one of my favs . Copper bracelets are the secret for arthritis ! Peace and Happy swapping .
Comment: Thank you very much! I am almost looking forward to having a crappy day!!!!!
Just wanted to let you know I have open two of the packages you sent and they both made my day! Wonderful thoughtful gifts thank you so much!!!
Comment: Thanks! Love the Ernie postcard! I know you told me to wait to rate, but there was absolutely no smudging and the card made it safe and sound. Thanks for the quote too!
Received the 2nd one today (7/23)! Great drawing! Thanks again!
Response: thank you!! I was worried it would arrive all smudged, I am glad it didn't :)
Comment: Wow, Viviana! What a remarkable woman your mother is! I also wrote about my mother for this swap. Such hardships you went through. Awful. But you seem happy now and have a good life. You are probably an outstanding mother as well. Thank you for sharing this story. :)
Response: thank you for taking the time to read my mothers story! :D
Comment: Thankyou for a fab ATC! Beautifully drawn, really really fabulous. I'm sorry for the slow rating, I had for some reason archived the swap but not rated it! Thankyou again, for a lovely ATC in which the effort gone into it was clear. x
Comment: Now that's what I'm talking about. I just love stop motion. This was a good one. And I enjoyed reading about your radio (nice story). I too grew up listening to classical music, and now I am drawn to so many different types of music.
Response: thank you for reading my e-mail! :D I just hope my little one will grow up having an open mind to all sorts of music.
Comment: Your daughter and my son are nearly the same age :) And holy cow, I lived in OC for 16 years before I moved to the desert in 2006. I saw you mention the Spectrum and I was like....couldn't be the same Spectrum I know. And it was! Hi neighbor!
Response: lol that would have been so awesome to have a swap bot buddy living close by :D
Comment: Thank you SO much for your journal. It was SO beautifully made, and you made it so personal. I feel really honored to have be in possesion of it! :o) Again, thank you so much!!! And.... Your secret....me too :o)
Response: ^3^ !! Your really welcome!!, i had so much fun putting it together, i wanted to make it different from what i am normally use to doing. I am glad that you liked it :D
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful journal! I got it the other day and read through it in one sitting! No worries about not having decorated the cover. In my mind, if you have a beautiful cover already, then it would be a shame to cover it up! :) I look forward to looking through it whenever I'm feeling down, because it really does bring a smile to my face.
Response: thank you so much for the lovely comment, i am really happy that you like the journal it rook me a little longer then I thought. since i had so many ideas for it :D
Comment: hi I rec'd your fairy card today. the env said it was a resend. thank you very much for resending it. it is lovely and also thank you for the great postcards. I love postcards. If i could give you more than one heart i would. You were most cooperative in offering to send me my swap. very sorry the first one got lost in the mail.
Response: I am glad this one made it to you! it is not our fault that the first one got lost so of course i wanted to re-send and make it two times better then the first one :D thank you for the comment!!
Comment: Such a cute instant book! Thanks :) It was nice getting to learn a bit about you. I got some good ideas from your book for the next one that I make. I really liked how you used the ribbon to keep it closed. Your self-portrait is adorable :) Thanks for the extras - the postcards are fantastic. Great positive messages on them. I've never gotten/seen kawaii (is that right?) paper before - so cute also!!
Response: I am so glad you enjoyed my book!! :D makes me wan't to keep doing them lol â™¥
Comment: I am so excited to own another of your fabulous ATC's. I really lucked out. It is beautifully done and I just adore the story behind it. I will have to read up on it. Many hearts to you. Hugs, Mona
Response: awwww XD
thank you~!! I am having fun trying out new methods of art..
Comment: Both of the photos you sent were soo cute! She is a darling little girl with a beautiful name!! I love the one in the crib with all her "friends". How does she find room to sleep? Haha!!! Thank you for sharing! =]
Response: thank you! :D I have her in there with her stuff toys when I am working on the closet, so she plays with them. but we put them away when its time for bed :)
Comment: I got Super Girl in the mail today, and she's just so cute! The gap in her teeth, the pig tails, the little cape, her heroic little pose...it's perfect. Thank you, I love your style, and I hope to swap with you again!
Response: hehe thank you so much! I am glad that you got it, and liked it :D
Comment: This is the best card EVER!!! I love it and must have more of your work. I do hope I have you as a partner again. Love to do some private swaps for another card some time. JUST FABULOUS!! Merry Christmas, Mona
Response: thank you so much I am glad that you like my art work, i have been slacking a lot and ATC's have been helping me get out of this funk lol I would love a one on one trade anytime!
Comment: Thankyou Viviana for the lovely creative Harajuku Cahier Moleskine, it is so nice and i love it, I will treasure it, if I could give you more hearts I would, very thoughtful. Thankyou Viviana, love jennifer.
Response: your welcome I am happy that you got it!! :D
Comment: Thank you so much for the adorable card! It made me happy to see a J-doll on the cover of it, I just started collecting them!! And thank you for sharing your traditions, I'm not religious either but I think that sounds beautiful :)
Response: your welcome!! I am happy that you liked it â™¥ :D
Comment: Viviana, you are sooo talented! Your illustration is one of the most special gifts I have received on swap-bot! I appreciate your artistic talents! Thank you also for the adorable memo's your sense of generosity blows me away. ;P I would be happy to swap with you anytime!
Response: Thank you so much for the comment! i am so happy that you enjoyed my artwork lol, I didnt think it was enough for the lovely things you had sent me so i added the memo sheets :D
Comment: You are a very talented artist. It was such a pleasure going through your pages and getting to know you a bit more. Thanks for sharing <3 Your heart page is beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. And you are too.
Response: Thank you so much for the kind comment ! :D i enjoyed working on this journal.
Comment: Your swap had to be the eaisest to read (great colors!) But i am happy that you were able to recover from a rough HS relationship. I wish the best for you, enjoy your husband and your kissy baby!
Comment: Your answers were beautiful, sad, and inspiring (the colours were a nice touch). I think even though we are in very different places in life, we have a lot in common. Your stories about Mai made me smile :)
Response: thank you for reading about my memories! and for the kind words ~â™¥
Comment: Wow, I really enjoyed reading your answers. I completely understand the lessons you have learned from relationships since I went through a time where someone treated me like that too. I'm glad you have a happy family now though! :]
Response: thank you! :)
It's never eassy leaving a person like that.. but i am glad i did! ~ â™¥
Comment: Oops, got these a few days ago! Thanks for the atcs!! You know this is the first time I've actually received something that was Nana even though it's been on my wishlist for so long <3 thank you so much :D ;D
Comment: Thank you, very cute drawings and I spy a spiderman and studio ghibli characters in there :)
The envie was opened when it got here so just checking it was just the notebook inside? so nothing fell out during transport?
Response: yeah it was just the doodle book :( that sucks that the envy was opend.. I taped it well. But i am glad it got to you.
Comment: Nope, you're not the only weird one. ;) I used to leave my bookmarks in books I returned to the library for people like you, but - get this - my library used to call me + remind me to pick it up next time I was in~!
Response: lol I wish this library did that, i know i left a couple in there myself and i would never see my bookmarks again.. :)
Comment: Very neat story! I would have called the police too and I think that helps prove that something really was there if it was enough to honestly believe there was an intruder in the house. Did you have anymore experiences after that? I'd love to hear your sisters too.
Response: yes plenty of things happend in that home! it was where i truely can say i started to belive in the unknown :)
Comment: i've been through that before!..not funny at the time, but funny when you think back at it..never work in an infant room at a daycare (like i do)..you'll end up doing that at least monthly haha =P
Response: I took child development in high school.. but that was years ago lol the panick is something that i need to work on.
Comment: I've read the series and enjoyed it...knowing the trend of movies right now, I would not be surprised to see something based off it come about. Stuart Townsend would make a great Stefan and Taylor Kitsch, I can totally see him as Samuel. Thanks for the email! :)
Response: I hope so, i would just be worried that hollywood will kill it by changeing the whole thing like they always do. I was still a little iffy on who would play adam.. :)
Comment: Viviana....Thank you so much for your adorable journal!!! Your art work is fabulous...you are very talented!!! I think with everything you've been through in your life, you are mature beyond your years as you truly know how to enjoy the simple things in life!!! Your gorgeous daughter and husband are very blessed to have you as an example of what happiness is. Good luck in all you do!!! Thanks again, Lucy
Response: thank you so much for the rating!! :) I am happy that you liked my journal
Comment: omg girl all the songs was amazing I was enjoying them soo much, specially the spanish music I was like omg! I have not heard these songs in forever I remember them!!! wow good list, oh and the japanesse one tottally put a smile on my face and gave my the giggle I was soo happy thank you!!
Response: lol, Im so glad you liked them, the japanese one always makes me smile!! :)
Comment: Thank you so much for the hand drawn pinup ATC. You did an awesome job esp with everything your going thru right now. I wish you good luck in your journey your going thru. Congrats to the little youngin!! Thanks again. Your my first piece of art to goon my ATC wall
Response: glad you liked it!~ :) I love pin up girls.. so dose my hubby so i draw some for him all the time.
Comment: Thank you for the lovely card! I've never received one like that. Don't worry about not being able to send it in an envie - I prefer naked cards, even if they get a bit beat up in the mail. Gives them character! Yours arrived in pretty great condition though, rest assured. :)
Comment: Thank you! I love everything, it's really great! Those note cards are gorgeous,--and with the ribbon tied all prettily around them,--so lovely! I think I squeed out loud when I saw the Sailor Moon stickers. And the fabric is SO cute! Thanks for everything!
Response: your very welcome ^__^ your profile made it eassy for me to get the items that you would most likely enjoy.