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Churchmouse70

Churchmouse70
Date Joined: May 9, 2017
Last Online: June 22, 2018
Birthday: November 15
Country: United States

About Me

I am a pastor's wife with 2 sons in college, so I am enjoying my extra time in my craft room right now. I have taught 6th grade and kindergarten, and I ran a homeschool co-op for 10 years. My husband and I, along with our 2 sons, lived in Guinea, West Africa as missionaries. We lived very close to Timbuktu along the Niger River so we saw a lot of hippos and monkeys where we lived. At night we'd fall asleep to drum beats in the distance as we lay under our mosquito nets. My husband contracted malaria and dengue fever so we had to come back home to the States to get treatment. I love sharing stories about living in the bush with no electricity or running water, so if you want to know what it's like to live in Africa, please feel free to ask me.

I like creating and crafting just about anything. I letterbox and carve my own stamps. I like to make cards and pocket letters. I have big binders full of ATCs and LTCs from swappers. Making friends and meeting new people is the best part of swapping.

I also like to dabble with my essential oils. I make diffuser bracelets and necklaces. I recently started making different balms and lotions with my EOs.

I have 2 rescue dogs; a party mix cocker spaniel named Fluffy. He was sold for crack by a drug dealer when he was just a puppy. We found him chained to an abandoned drug house half dead. He is now fat and happy and spoiled and my baby. Our other rescue dog is an American Bulldog named Glenda. Her previous owner set her on fire and broke her tail in 3 different places. We rescued her before they could put her down. We were told she would never grow her hair back in, but she did. She is now also fat and happy and full of mischief. She is my husband's favorite girl. LOL!

UPDATE: Fluffy passed away on Christmas Eve. We are devastated but trying to get back to normal. He'll always live in our hearts.

We also have a very spoiled Maine Coon cat named Richard Parker. He runs this house!

I always send on time and I rate the day I receive my mail. If you didn't get your mail from me, something is wrong. Please let me know and I will look into it.

Favorite Books

I love to read!! You will never catch me without a book! Lol!! Every time I start a new book, I pull out a new bookmark to use. I love handmade bookmarks! I love reading my Bible and my favorite genre is Christian Historical fiction. A few of my favorite authors are Angela Hunt, Terri Blackstock, Francine Rivers, Tamera Alexander, Liz Curtis Higgs, and Deanne Gist. I am an early book reviewer for several publishing companies. If you ever need a suggestion for a great book in the above genre, just ask.

I have every John Grisham book and I love them all but "The Testament" is my favorite. Here are a few of my favorite secular books:

Follow the River

The Pearl

Little House Series

Hunger Games

Harry Potter

The Good Earth

The Constant Princess

I also greatly enjoy young adult books. A few of my favorites are: Call It Courage, The Sign of the Beaver, and Where the Lillies Bloom.

Favorite Television

Survivor, Survivor, Survivor!! I'm a huge Survivor fan!! I also like The Amazing Race and Dancing with the Stars. My favorite sit com is Big Bang Theory. I grew up watching Little House on the Prairie and I still love it. I am a loyal "Heartie" which means I love the Hallmark show "When Calls the Heart". I love to binge on Downton Abbey, Mr. Selfrige, and Poldark. These are my favorite British shows.

Favorite Crafts

I enjoy paper crafts of every kind. Decorated envelopes are my passion!! There's nothing I like more than receiving an envelope with cuteness on it; it makes the happy mail even happier. I try to decorate all my envelopes I send out.

Here's a few things I'm involved in: *Junk Journals *Card making *Pocket Letters *Stuffed envelopes *Rubber stamping *Carving stamps *Altered books *Homemade tags *Flip books *Embellishments *ATCs and LTCs *Planner goodies esp. paper clips *Creative Bible journaling *Bullet journaling

Goodies I Love

Right now I am enjoying Bible journaling. So if you have any cute stamps, I can always use stamped images in my journaling. I am so thankful to receive anything that is given in love. I'm truly not picky, but here are a few of my favorite things: (I just turned into Julie Andrews) Lol!

-bumblebees, any cute insects but I adore Bumblebees

-handmade embellishments

-rhinestone stickers

-embellished paper clips

-rubber stamps and stamped images

-washi tape (I use lots of washi)

-handmade tags and bookmarks

-die cuts

-handmade envelopes

-anything for junk journals

-ATCs

-Ephemera

Postcards

I've never collected postcards, but since I've been on Swap Bot, I'm finding I rather enjoy them. I prefer to receive them naked and written on. I really like touristy type cards that tell me where you're from and map postcards. Any local cards from your hometown are welcome. I also like animal postcards. If you have a cool stamp or sticker to decorate it with, all the better!

I have a map of the world that I like to mark where my PC's come from. Please tell me what state or country you are sending from if it's not on the PC. I really appreciate that!

Animals That Have My Heart

Of course I love dogs and cats! We are currently looking to adopt another cocker spaniel. I wish I could take them all home with me. I miss Fluffy so much. I also have a passion for sea turtles. Every time we go on vacation, I must visit the turtles! I've even been blessed to witness the hatching one year on Edisto Beach in S.C. I'm a monkey fan. Lol! My husband and I will take special trips to the Atlanta Zoo just to see the monkeys. The baboons and orangutans absolutely fascinate us. One year we took the boys to Monkey Jungle in Miami, boy do we have stories to tell from that trip. Of course, we were all thrilled to see monkeys in the wild when we lived in West Africa. We stopped on the side of the road one time because someone threw a mango at our car, turns out, it was a mischievous monkey in a tree. It wasn't uncommon to see people riding their bicycles through the village with a small monkey hanging on the back. They were just everywhere.

A, B, C's of Me

A..... animals, apples, Autumn, Africa B.....Bumblebees, Bible, bookmarks C.....Cocker Spaniels, Cricut die cuts, cardinals D.....Disney, decorated envelopes E.....earrings, embellishments F......flamingos, foxes, fairies G.....Gorjuss girls, Graphic 45 H.....hair accessories (decorated clips and bobbi pins), Harry Potter, Holidays I.....ice cream J..... K..... L.....ladybugs, lambs, Little House on the Prairie M.....map postcards, monkeys N..... O.....owls, ocean life P......peacocks, penguins, Prima dolls, postage stamps, Paper Smooches Q.....

Ratings

kacka rated for Naked Map PC #11 on Jun 16, 2018
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Comment: thank you, really great card, super for my collection
Response: 😜I'm so glad you liked it!
Lazydaisy0104 rated for Recipe Postcard June 2018 on Jun 16, 2018
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Comment: We love cornbread at our house. My hubby is the cornbread master!!! Lol putting banana peppers in the mixture is really good to!
Response: I've never tried that. πŸ˜€Sounds good though.
MMark rated for Animal Postcard - Newbie Friendly #3 on Jun 15, 2018
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Comment: Thank you so much for the adorable puppy card and great list of books. I am putting together my summer reading list so am going to add one from your list. Thanks!
Response: I hope you enjoy your books!! πŸ˜€
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Comment: Thank you for sharing your all time favorite book with me xD It dies sound like a book I would enjoy reading too, so I might check it out in the future :) Thank you!
Response: You're so welcome and thank you for the heart! πŸ˜€
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Comment: The postcard was beautiful. Looks like I will have to go visit there as well.
Response: Thank you for the heart. πŸ˜€
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Comment: Yes, thanks for the great nautical themed cards. πŸ˜€ I loved your envie as well. πŸ˜€ Cool camera washi tape. Where’d you get the original and authentic stamps?
Response: You're so welcome! The stamps were in a dollar bin outside of an A. C. Moore. πŸ˜€ I was very excited about that find. πŸ˜‚
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Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely pocket letter and extra stickers! Happy Swapping!
Response: You're welcome!
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Comment: The Shackleton story is amazing. Thank you.
Response: You're welcome. Thank you for the heart.
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Comment: Love the azaleas on the post card - you are so lucky to sit on the same bench as Tom Hanks, my son and I love the movie Forrest Gump!
Response: I'm glad you liked it! πŸ˜€
widelo123 rated for Send a Naked Map Postcard #9 on Jun 6, 2018
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Comment: Sherri, thank you for the terrific map of Tybee Island, GA. I not only got a map postcard but there was a lighthouse on it also. Shirley
Response: Yes! I thought you might like that. πŸ˜€
Brandiml79 rated for Scripture Postcard USA #4 on Jun 4, 2018
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Comment: Thank you. Needed that scripture as well.
Response: You're welcome. πŸ˜€
user6937 rated for PH: Postcard Poker #4 on Jun 4, 2018
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Comment: Thanks for the postcards you sent me. I like them all! I especially like the Canada one, and the Tybee lighthouse; I never thought about them being painted over the years. The Antarctic Expedition is interesting, I agree. It'd be fun to go down the river, that one is nice and fast. We have a couple of rivers running through our city; people are always on them in the summer.
Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed everything!
widelo123 rated for Scattergories PC Series - T on May 31, 2018
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Comment: Sherri, thank you for the great Texas postcard and all the great T words. Shirley
Response: You're so welcome! πŸ˜€
widelo123 rated for Historical PC Fun on May 31, 2018
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Comment: Sherri, thank you for the great postcard of the Tybee Lighthouse. I am so envious of you lying on the beach watching the ships sail past. That is my idea of a vacation. Shirley
Response: Lol! πŸ˜€That made me laugh. Yes, we had a fantastic time but I'm home now, back to reality. 😩
rmrascal rated for 9LP - For April do an β€œA” on May 29, 2018
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Comment: love your 9 PL
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Comment: All three are new for me. Especially love the South Pole adventurer!!
Response: I'm so glad you liked them!
Bavarija rated for PH: Send 3 Postcards #9 on May 28, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for cards!
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Comment: Thank you very much for postcard.
Response: You're welcome!!
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Comment: Thanks for the postcard about Robert Scott's journey. When I studied abroad in London--over 20 years ago--I went to an exhibit about his expeditions, but I don't remember seeing this particular photograph. I think I would have remembered because of the dog--how interesting that they had what looks like a pet, not a working dog, with them.
Response: Oh, I'm so glad I picked a good card for you. I think history is so fascinating. ❀️
karenh77 rated for Where You Live (PC) - May 2018 on May 21, 2018
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Comment: Thank you
Response: You're welcome and thank you for the heart.

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Comments

ReadMoreBooks33 on May 13, 2018:

ChrisAnne on Sep 18, 2017:

Welcome to The Christian Heart and Home. We are so excited to have you. Feel free to explore the forums and more swaps will be posted very soon!

esmy77 on Aug 30, 2017:

Thank you for organizing the Downton Abbey swap! can't wait!!

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mariewilliams810 on Aug 26, 2017:

I received your letter today for the 2nd part of the Bible Journaling Supplies swap. I wasn't able to participate myself due to time constraints, but thanks so much for sharing with me. I love how you used the stamps and stickers. The rhinestones were also a great addition in my opinion. Very pretty.

shannonlinde on Aug 15, 2017:

Just checking in to say HEY!! :) :)

Artistic on Jul 8, 2017:

So glad you enjoyed my journaIing pages. I'm doing a Bible study of John, so I'll have some new ones in the next month or so.

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