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JannaK

JannaK
Date Joined: May 16, 2013
Last Online: April 21, 2018

Country: Canada
My Website
SPOILERS! See some of my work on Flickr
Mailart365 (participating in 2014)

About Me

I'm a 30-something photographer/painter/,mixed media artist in Canada who adores sending and receiving snail mail. :). I'm an active member of Postcrossing, IUOMA (International Union of Mail Artists), Letter Writiers Alliance and Swap-bot of course! I love all the wonderful and creative things that end up in my mailbox. :)

My website is for my wedding photography business; while anyone can pose people, I excel at capturing the decisive moment, and the subtle emotions that people tend to cherish. I love photographing weddings because there are always so many true emotional moments, from not just the bride and groom but everyone attending. In 2014 I decided I wanted to spend more time painting and mixed media art for myself, so my business is on a hiatus at the moment, but the love for photography is still close to my heart.

I also have a full time career as a pilot. I fly for a regional carrier in Canada, and we fly mainly to fly-in only First Nations communities. I love this kind of flying, the challenges it brings and also the sense of accomplishment from it (flying in the north is not a matter of convenience but of necessity.)

In terms of random trivia, the things I love most are my husband and 8 year old son, cats (especially Bengals), bright colours, jazz and blues, traveling (especially cruises!), yoga (if I can do it you can too- I'm a reformed yoga skeptic!), reading (read all the books!!!) and painting. :). I'm also a firm believer in random acts of kindness and paying it forward. Be the good you wish to see in the world!

Favorite Books

Fahrenheit 451, Brave New World, The Tiger's Wife, the Divergent series, The Night Circus, Outliers, The Namesake, The Dinner, The Goldfinch

Favorite Television

I don't watch it much but I loved Weeds when it was on, and enjoy Glee even though I'm not really into musical theatre. Breaking Bad... just wow! Orange is the New Black also captivates. Anything that opens my eyes to a side of life unlike my own seems to keep my interest the best. ;)

Favourite Imagery {Likes}

In no particular order my eye is drawn to...sugar skulls, "artsy" stuff (pens, ink, paintbrushes, etc), anything ocean related but especially stingrays and crabs, perfume bottles, cameras, airplanes, pretty jewelery, anything yoga related, lotus blossoms, buddhas, cats, cherry and watermelon motifs. :). I like Hello Kitty for reasons I can't quite explain. And I adore Barbapapas! They aren't common here whatsoever so any Barbapapas themed stuff would pretty much make my year. :)

As for colours, I adore cadmium yellow the most of all, but I love almost every colour equally, except perhaps beige (which I equate with giving up. Sorry beige lovers!)

I love postage stamps, especially modern ones! I love civilian airplane stamps (think Boeing 737 versus an F-18 fighter), and stamps from obscure little islands (Falkland Islands, Cape Verde, Pitcairn, etc.). Finland has a lot of great stamps it seems, but anything bright and new, or even bright and old are extra special to me. :)

Stuff that would make my day

Stickers from around the globe, art papers, paper "stuff" (it can be old, as long as it's not really musty smelling-allergies make it too tricky to work with), postcards and adcards (yes! adcards!!! Love them!), papers with non-English text (even junk mail and receipts), maps, rubber stamps or Lino cuts, washi tape, foreign stamps. Shiny, sparkly and bizarre also fit the bill. :)

Dislikes

I'm quite liberal and open to almost everything, however I strongly dislike country kitsch, dogs (sorry to you dog people-it's not personal), babies/dolls, and bible/scripture items. Thanks for respecting my wishes.

Before Rating...

These shipping notes do not apply to most of you! However, once in awhile I think we need a reminders that yes, there really are good people left in the world, and the mail system just isn't awesome everywhere on the planet!

My dear swapping friends, there as some shipping details you should know:

  • I am located in Canada. Great country, mediocre mail service, with slow delivery times (compared to other developed nations that is.)

  • if you haven't received a piece from me within a reasonable time frame (this may be more than 2 weeks), PLEASE contact me before rating! I love swapping, and find joy in sending my swaps, so I never flake! (Sadly I have been flaked on and it's so disappointing.) In terms of pieces being lost, only one ATC swap I've mailed has ever gone missing, which puts the odds at less than 1% of it not reaching you. And I was happy to replace it, so technically that means 100% success. Hooray!

  • USA swappers, I must reiterate, it OFTEN takes more than 2 weeks for letters or small parcels to reach you! This is beyond my control, so I would really appreciate a couple days grace or a message to contact me before you automatically give me a 1 (it's happened before- and subsequently been resolved, with 5s and even hearts, upon seeing the postmark and realizing that yes, Canada Post really can be absurdly slow!) If you worry a lot about not receiving something from me/Canada in general, at the magical two week mark, then you should probably just stick to regional swaps. ;)

-Like many swappers, I do not mail my swap the day partners are assigned but rather I use most or all of the allotted time. Even if it's a start in advance thing; I usually wait to finish it with preferred colours or styles to challenge myself a bit and to customize to the receiver! :) It's a good thing; I want to send you something lovely and for me that usually takes several days to think upon and complete. Opinions will vary but most of the time it's worth the wait. :)

-Thanks to everyone who has swapped with me or shall in the future. It's a great community we have here and I love being a part of it!

One last thing

If you skimmed the very top part, you may have missed that I'm a pilot. That means I sometimes go several days, and occasionally a week between my logins here (sometimes it's two weeks during our busiest times-that's during June and December and sometimes just the odd, busy work stretch for reasons I can't begin to explain!)

All of my current swap deadlines are in my iPhone calendar so I can keep track of them without logging on so don't panic if it's been a few days without a login. I'm probably just busy working a few time zones away from my own bed and trying to spend my minimum rest time between shifts actually resting. ;). And if I'm away I can't rate, but it's the first thing I do when I'm off and one of the things I look very much forward to when I get home! :)

IMPORTANT: December is extraordinarily busy in my line of work (aviation- all the mail and presents and guests need people like me to get them home for the holidays!), mail volume triples and as a result I am choosing not to participate in any December swaps (except perhaps towards the very end). I very much look forward to January and swapping then. So if I haven't been online during the darkest days of winter, it's not been for lack of desire. I'll be back soon! :). Jan xo

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Comment: Thank you! Another perfect addition to the collection!
katykat87 rated for HD/HP Bob's Burgers ATC - Round 2 on Jul 27, 2015
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Comment: Thank you for my Linda ATC! And the wonderful stamps! :)
sailorvii rated for HD/HP Bob's Burgers ATC - Round 1 on Jul 27, 2015
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Comment: *Sigh*... I'm not sure what to do with this journal, either. :-( Thank you. You did a fantastic job. I wish she could see it.
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Comment: Such sunny vacation pages you did - and here we got our first snowfall this week with accumulation and then below freezing temperatures. This journal's theme makes me want to head to a warm beach & water.
mizlilyroo rated for JannaK to MizLilyroo Round #3 on Nov 6, 2014
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mizlilyroo rated for JannaK to Mizlilyroo Round #4 on Oct 29, 2014
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Comment: Great work!!! and I LOVE the postcards!
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Comment: Again, great artwork! Jane's journal is really cool anyway, with the sign-in page, the take 2, add 3 envelope, etc. I can't wait to put something in here and pass it on! Thanks!
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Comment: Too funny that you got my name for both of the journals! They are both great, and I look forward to continuing and passing them on! The Egypt and Finland pages are sweet! Very nice! And thanks for the stamps and really cool postcards!
Mak rated for A - Z Passport Journal Swap (C and D) on Aug 15, 2014
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Comment: I cannot believe it either that I got my own journal back for this swap. thank-you for the 2 great pages you created, they did not stick. I would love to visit your country one day.
mizlilyroo rated for JannaK to MizLilyroo Round #2 on Jul 17, 2014
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Comment: Nice work Jan! It has given me an idea for follow for my pages.
martingale rated for martingale to JannaK Round #2 on Jul 15, 2014
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Comment: Thank you for posting up about the receipt of the journal - I am still confused! Never mind, on to the next round then!...
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Comment: Thank you
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Comment: You've done a beautiful job on the start of the journal. I hope I can do it justice! Thank you also for the lovely postcards - they are perfect for journalling!
mizlilyroo rated for JannaK to Mizlilyroo on Jun 23, 2014
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Comment: An interesting idea for a journal! I hope I do it justice.
martingale rated for martingale to JannaK on Jun 19, 2014
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Comment: Thank you for the confirmation that the journal arrived safely and I'll get the next swap up shortly!
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Comment: just received the journal you sent. i had no idea it takes that long for mail to arrive from canada.
Response: Thank you for rating.
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Comment: Beautiful job on you page. Thank you for the stamps, I do use them for swaps and journaling.
Response: Thanks! I'm glad you liked the stamps too. :)
AynE rated for Pocketsize Journal/Sketchbook Swap #7 on Mar 10, 2014
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Comment: Funny as it sounds I think so as well so I had tucked a couple of blank notecards in within the journal I had sent on. My partner said that she had been looking at note cards like that a couple of days prior. I say all this to say, I LOVE STAMPS! so of all the things you could have tucked in especially for me, there could not have been a better choice. Thank you so much...
Response: Ha, ha, great minds think alike! I'm glad you loved the stamps- they're so fun; I never get tired of them. :)

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Comments

lorettadog on Oct 7, 2013:

Re: what I wrote about piloting, I meant what you wrote in your profile. :o)

fawnscrafts on Sep 11, 2013:

Where do you get Ikea cards? I have never seen one until I got the ones you sent to me.

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