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AlisonSwaps

AlisonSwaps
Date Joined: August 9, 2019
Last Online: April 9, 2020

Country: United States
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About Me

Corona Update: Fellow swappers — Please note that while my swaps are all being mailed out on time, I use a PO Box to receive my mail. Due to the “shelter in place” order by the Massachusetts governor, please expect some delay in rating, as I do not retrieve mail from my PO Box every day like I used to. Also, if you’re running behind on sending me a swap and it’s past the deadline, don’t stress about it. I will completely understand if it’s late. Be well. :)

Greetings!

In the 1990s, I discovered penpaling and swaps (mainly Friendship Books, Slams, Label Bags and Sticker Sacks). It's been quite a while since I've done swaps and penpaling. I recently unearthed my vault of stickers/stationary and remembered how much fun it was to send and receive stuff in the mail. So.. I'm diving back into the world of fun written/craftable/swappable things.

I absolutely adore getting mail (post cards, letters, greeting cards, envelopes stuffed with goodies, RAKs, themed swaps, etc)! I also love to surprise others through snail mail. :) To me, the written word is such a beautiful thing and I truly do cherish the opportunity to send out each swap whether it be a letter, notecard, RAK envie, thank you note, package, etc.

I live in the Boston area with my husband and two daughters.

[ General Interests ]:

  • Playing the ukulele (I play weekly in a band and go to a monthly jam session that features a bunch of other instruments. My latest obsession is learning to play Blues music on my uke.)
  • Experimenting in my garden and watching things sprout (particularly flowers)
  • Rescuing orphaned plants and seed saving
  • Running/hiking
  • Rocket Dog flip flops
  • Hanging out at the beach/collecting seashells and beach glass
  • Antique hunting (particuarly for cool 80s toys and other kitschy things)
  • Anything Simpsons-themed (Homer and Krusty the Clown are my faves!)
  • Drinking coffee
  • The color magenta
  • Thrifting (rummage sales, estate sales, garage sales and hunting for treasure at Savers)
  • Collecting goofy/quirky t-shirts (especially vintage ones)
  • Floral and botanical things, rose- and violet-scented things
  • Scratch and sniff stickers, stationary and washi tape
  • Kawaii anything (Sanrio, SanX, Daiso, etc)
  • Finding unusual postcards (including vintage)
  • Vintage Hallmark stationary
  • Camping (both cabin and tent)
  • Swapping tea packets (love foreign and exotic teas!)
  • Finding eclectic coffee houses
  • Cooking stuff over a fire in cast iron pots
  • Collecting iron-on patches
  • Peeping at old buildings and architecture
  • Maps (I am fascinated by them and often incorporate them when I’m creating mail art)
  • Sakura GellyRoll pens and watercolors (I just bought the travel case of 24 watercolors and am trying to teach myself how to paint)
  • Pens! Micron, Le Pen.. I just love them!
  • Traveling/spontaneous day trips
  • Planning trips to DisneyWorld (I usually go every year with my sister to run one of the the races during the Disney Princess Half Marathon weekend)
  • Halloween (hands down my favorite holiday since I was little)
  • Blank postcards (I use them for PostCrossing)
  • Doing Random Acts of Kindness (RAKs) through the mail
  • ... and lots of other low-fi stuff..

[ Crafting interests ]:

  • Spreading Modge Podge on things
  • Creating tiny tradeable crafts for my daughter's Girl Scout troop (SWAPs, for those of you familiar with them)
  • Doodling and capturing funny quotes my family says in my SmashBook
  • Hand-drawing and inking my own stickers on Avery labels
  • Mail Art
  • Upcycling scraps of paper into something fantastic (particularly handmade postcards and envelopes)
  • Making beaded jewelry
  • Sewing stuff on my machine without a pattern (I’m a rebel.. ha.)
  • Slapping stickers onto things (cheap stickers, fancy stickers, large vinyl ones, stickers in a foreign language, teensy ones, glittery stickers, alphabet letters, cartoon-y stickers, kawaii stickers, vintage-looking ones.. I just love stickers in general!)

“ In this era of instantaneous communication, a letter is a rare and wondrous item.”

Ratings

LinSoles rated for ☆ FULL ENVELOPE #23 ☆ on Apr 8, 2020
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Comment: What a wonderfull swap you made for me. I enjoyed opening it and love the contents. Even the little lucky cat. So cute. Thank you.
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Comment: Thank you so much for the cow PC!! I also love the quote - inspires me to get caught up on my letter writing :)
nanadiana rated for Handmade Positivity Postcard 🎨 on Apr 7, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for the handmade postcard! I love it. What do you use to coat it? I tried using modge podge but think I used to much. Thank you for making my day!
ATea rated for Visit me on Instagram! on Apr 5, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for the neat envie, the extras fun paper goodies, and lovely note. We are on lock down too! I keep busy with swapping, de-clutter, talking to others on the phone, and the normal chores. It is hard not to become anxious about this whole situation. Take care!
Ellesbells rated for Visit me on Instagram! on Apr 3, 2020
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Comment: 😁😁😁
Ellesbells rated for Let’s document History pc on Apr 2, 2020
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Comment: Thank you! Stay safe!
hanifahsekar98 rated for Visit me on Instagram! on Apr 2, 2020
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Comment: Thanks for visiting my instagram! :)
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Comment: Thank you for the funny postcard. I like to get funny cards to make me laugh during these somewhat boring days.
Suzyanner rated for First Class Destash! 💌 #1 on Apr 1, 2020
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Comment: Thanks so much for the beautiful notecards and lovely homemade postcard, and the very nice stickers! Fun to swap in-state! Thinking of you during this very tense time. Swapping and getting great treats like you sent really does help!
InTheWoods rated for Visit me on Instagram! on Apr 1, 2020
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Comment: Thank You :)
squince rated for Let’s document History pc on Apr 1, 2020
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Comment: Be well!
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Comment: Thank you for the card. Stay safe.
Liiskah rated for Visit me on Instagram! on Mar 31, 2020
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Comment: Thankyou :D
Ellesbells rated for Nice Notes on Mar 31, 2020
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Comment: That note card cracked me up! 😂 I too have been getting more crafty during the quarantine! I'm diving head first in to the world of ATCs!! I've found I love it!!
christy102194 rated for Nice Notes on Mar 31, 2020
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Comment: hope all is well ^^
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Comment: Thank you for sharing this beautiful State flag/map PC! I love these kind! You’re adorable heart doodles around my name are a pleasant surprise that I greatly appreciate too!! Please be healthy and stay safe out there in The Gopher State!
Jafferty rated for Let’s document History pc on Mar 30, 2020
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Comment: Thanks for the swap! So interesting to read what people are experiencing. Seems like we're all in the same boat. At least we have our swapping and mail to pass our time while at home. I love how you decorated your card! Happy swapping!
MorgueStudies201 rated for 1 Page Letter #7 on Mar 29, 2020
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Comment: Hey! we have a bunch in common! If you want I would love to be pen pals, and I would love your first zine. I have been doing some reading and things about them also. They seem to have a VAST history and i thought it was some new trend! Thakns for the washi, I need to restart my collection lol.
Tverne05 rated for MAE - Your Choice on Mar 28, 2020
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Comment: Thanks for the envies you sent. I love making my own envelopes. Stay safe!

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 49 3 2
Completed Fives Threes Ones
47 60 0 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
1 37 9 0
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Comments

Lonestarchild on Apr 9, 2020:

Thanks so much for happy mail handmade PC for April WW!

susieq11 on Apr 9, 2020:

Thank you for the beautiful Spring-y envelopes! So pretty! I love how you decorated them and all the pretty colors. You made me smile! WW April

Poohtat on Apr 8, 2020:

Thank you for the nautical notecards in the WW group.

kiddomerriweather on Apr 7, 2020:

Thank you for the April WW! I love all the note cards you sent. I really needed them, too.

threelittlebirds411 on Mar 24, 2020:

Thank you for the pug-fug-mugly stickers! Lol I actually like some of them and I'll use them in my junk journal. Hehe

stephiedee on Mar 24, 2020:

Thank you for the random vinyl stickers! They're cool and not like any of the ones I already have. ✌️😎

Poohtat on Mar 21, 2020:

Thank you for the random stickers RAK. They are great!

ChrisAnne on Mar 12, 2020:

Welcome to The Christian Homestead! We're glad to have you with us!

daydreamer47 on Sep 29, 2019:

Sis, the stickers were AWESOME!! Thank you so much for the fantastic selection you sent me. I honestly adore all of them. The envelope was freaking cute too xo

Autist on Aug 31, 2019:

Thank you so much for the send back RAK! I love the little animals and they will fit well in my collection!! Thank you!

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