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AlisonSwaps

AlisonSwaps
Date Joined: August 9, 2019
Last Online: November 13, 2019

Country: United States

About Me

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)
  • 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 stationary and postcards (including vintage)
  • Camping (both cabin and tent)
  • Finding eclectic coffee houses
  • Cooking stuff over a fire in cast iron pots
  • Collecting enamel pins (my life goal is to find an original Geedis) and 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)
  • 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)
  • ... and lots of other low-fi stuff..

[ Crafting interests ]:

  • Making ATCs
  • 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 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!)

[ Favorite Shows ]:

  • Rick and Morty
  • King of the Hill
  • Bob’s Burgers
  • Napoleon Dynamite the animated series (it was a short-lived animated show based off of the movie; it featured all of the original characters as voice actors; if you loved the movie, definitely check it out)

[ Coffee! ]: (Yup - This gets its own section!)

  • I recently discovered how to make my own cold brew and make a batch at least once a week.
  • I’m trying to wean myself off of Dunks, Starbucks, and the iced coffee from our local bakery to see how much money it could save. :)
  • Stovetop percolator is my favorite way to brew it (when I have the time). Otherwise, I use a classic drip pot.

Ratings

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Comment: Congrats to being a homeowner!
mihis8 rated for RAMS | Introduction - Show me you! on Oct 30, 2019
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Comment: Hello Alison, I received your package today and it is such a special package put together with so much Love and care. I loved every element of it!!! Thanks again for sending such a lovely package along my way. Love, Mihika
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Comment: all amazing things to be thankful for!
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Comment: Thank you for your note!
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Comment: Thank you so much for the note and goodies. I loved your card. Congratulations, it sounds like things are going well for you!
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Comment: That's a long list to be thankful for!
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Comment: Oh my goodness! Thank you for such a colourful and decorated envelope as well as your lovely letter and the beautiful washi! Truly, I appreciate all the effort you put into this! Thank you x a million!
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Comment: Thank you for the cute mermaid card and decorated envelope and goodies! That sounds so frustrating about the cafe truck!
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Comment: Very nice pc and note! Thank you so very much!!
HappyMom rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #166 on Oct 12, 2019
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Comment: Reading your card was such a treat - and I love the pressed flowers! Thank you so much :) Happy Swapping!
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Comment: Loved your adorable letter!
christy102194 rated for Happy Little Notcards #93 on Oct 11, 2019
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Comment: The farm trip and street fair sound like fun! :)
rainydayangie rated for Handmade Envelopes #1 on Oct 7, 2019
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Comment: Thank you! I love them!
Foreverfall rated for Let’s get our BOO on! on Oct 7, 2019
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Comment: Thank you so much for all the goodies. Love the washi tape, envelopes and stickers!
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Comment: Great postcard and I really enjoyed reading your 5 facts!
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imrolynn rated for Happy Little Notcards #93 on Sep 26, 2019
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Comment: If I could give extra hearts I would!! I love how you decorated everything. It's such a random mix of things, and I feel like if I tried to do that it would look nuts, but you made it so beautiful. Also, where did you get the ocean notecards? I love them! Thank you so so much!
Phenyx rated for Flat Envie of Fun Part 25 on Sep 25, 2019
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely surprises you included. I especially loved how everything including the mail art was nature themed.
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Comment: love your envelope

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Comments

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!

susieq11 on Aug 22, 2019:

How did I miss the lobster charm and little glass one!! OMG! Looooove!!! 🦞❤️

susieq11 on Aug 22, 2019:

Alison!!! Thank you SO much for the Random flat envie - Pay it forward! But it was a box!! You spoiled me! I love everything - the postcard with the seagull is too funny! The soap smells amazing, can’t wait to try the tea, love the notecards and memo pad - I can’t say thank you enough. You went WAY above and beyond - hope your vacation was awesome!!!!!!! xoxo

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