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Nnyla

Nnyla
Date Joined: July 15, 2010
Last Online: June 21, 2018
Birthday: October 2
Country: United States
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About Me

I am New Orleans girl "through and through," but my family relocated to Alabama 5 years ago. It's certainly not NOLA, but it's okay. I am a happily married and mom of a 11-year-old son. Family is my priority, but somehow I manage to maintain my sanity as a FT university professor. I teach literature (absolutely LOVE it AND my students). Reading and Writing are my PASSIONS. I enjoy giving and making (simple--digital and handmade) bookmarks, cards and digital scrapbooks for family and friends. I love photography (taking pictures and looking at them--I'm a Flickr addict). I also love water, flowers, nature (in general), parks, bayous, etc. and taking walks--though I don't consider myself the outdoorsy type (much to my hubby's chagrin, camping is NOT appealing to me).

NOTE ABOUT SWAPPING AND RATING: Swap-bot has been a wonderful experience--I've met really awesome people and learned a few new things along the way. I send swaps on time. If you have not received a swap from me in a timely manner, please send me a PM. Some things simply take longer. (I sent a PC to Russia that took nearly 3 months to arrive). I rate as soon as I receive a swap. If I haven't rated you, I haven't received the swap. I will not rate you as a "no send" without attempting to contact you.

Favorite Music

Music is my first love. I like classical, jazz (instrumental and vocal), inspirational, gospel, some R&B, neosoul, traditional blues, calypso, reggae, New Orleans music, etc. The list goes on...Anything with meaningful lyrics, but no heavy metal, gangster rap, or hard rock.

Favorite Books

Far too many to name, so I'll list a few... The BIBLE--where else can you get drama, narratives, history, creative nonfiction, romance, parables, poetry, prophecy, self-help, mischief and mayhem under one cover? Everything SHAKESPEARE has written; Toni Morrison, SONG OF SOLOMON; Ellen G. White, THE DESIRE OF AGES; Howard Thurman, MEDITATIONS OF THE HEART; C.S. Lewis, THE GREAT DIVORCE; Edwidge Danticat, BREATH, EYES, MEMORY; Bessie Head, A QUESTION OF POWER; James Joyce, ULYSSES; Homer, THE ODYSSEY; Dedra Johnson (a good friend), SANDRINE'S LETTER TO TOMORROW; Nawal El Saadawi, WOMAN AT POINT ZERO; Amy Tan, THE JOY LUCK CLUB; Jamaica Kincaid, LUCY; Ngugi wa Thiong'o, A GRAIN OF WHEAT; Tarshia Stanley, THE BOOK OF EPHESUS (published August 2013!); Christian Fiction (love Lori Wick); Literary Theory/Criticism

Poets: Alfred, Lord Tennyson; Robert Browning; Elizabeth Barrett Browning; Shakespeare; Rita Dove; Emily Dickinson; Lucille Clifton; Alice Walker; Nikky Finney, John Milton; Brenda Marie Osbey, etc.

Favorite Movies

Again, too many to name...The Fisher King; Eve's Bayou; The Caveman's Valentine; Beloved; Sugar Cane Alley; Imitation of Life; Daughters of the Dust; Xala; Black Girl; Schindler's List; Nights in Rodanthe; P.S. I Love You; Women of Brewster Place; Brown Sugar; Love Jones; Mona Lisa Smile; Runaway Bride; Stepmom; Steele Magnolias; Fried Green Tomatoes; Something to Talk About; Pretty Woman; Redemption; Crooklyn; Bamboozled; Malcolm X; The Color Purple

My Favorite Things

Teddy Bears (I collect figurines only; had too many stuffed bears, so I gave most away); SUNFLOWERS; the color PURPLE; the color PINK (after a few family rounds with breast cancer, pink has become a favorite); stickers; pretty paper and notebooks; journaling; cool/nice/pretty pens; sharpies; postcards; craft scissors (even though I haven't quite mastered cutting straight with them); funny quotations; meaningful quotations; spiritual (as in religious quotations); silly/funny children's poems and stories; photography; digital scrapbooks; my Mac; Photoshop; poetry; music; books; reading; writing; letters; history; art; simple vegetarian recipes; Dr. Seuss; Care Bears (Grumpy Bear); anything that keeps me organized; I also LIKE people. MOST are interesting and fun!

I enjoy making photo postcards, handmade envelopes, and ATCs. I also enjoy receiving these items from others.

Dislikes

I dislike: horror and gory stuff; witchcraft and sorcery/fortunetelling/tarot; zodiac/horoscope; cigarettes; alcohol; profanity; dogs and cats (quite ironic since our family has every other animal imaginable); distasteful humor; nudity; scraps; ripped and/or torn things; edible items (too many things I don't eat, so better not to send); meat or anything that glorifies meat. (I've been a vegetarian MOST of my life. I don't judge others for eating meat, but I don't want it thrown in my face).

Wish List

Washi tape samples (especially faith-based and word washi); inspirational quotes and stickers; teddy bear stickers; planner stuff; blank non-touristy postcards; ideas for cute/pretty/elegant/beautiful card-making

Allergies

Cigarette smoke; pet hairs/dander; dust; pollen

Hubby's & Son's Likes

Hubby is easy--since most things he likes are too large to stuff in any envelope: foreign currency and old US currency.

Son likes: robots, animals in general, elephants and frogs in particular; rockets, astronauts, and space, age-appropriate comic books, reading, drawing, postcards, stickers, Pikmin, Minecraft, Skylanders, Rabbids, nature, rocks, and sooooo much more.

Postcards

I prefer postcards naked, stamped and written on (but if you're sending a PC that you don't want marred by postal machines and handling, I will not complain if you place it in an envie). I am not too picky about postcards--but my favorites are (not in any particular order): literary postcards; artsy postcards; whimsical postcards; cultural (icons/myths/stories) postcards; map postcard; touristy postcards that teach me a little about your history or culture--building, bridges, statues, monuments. I also like fun, humorous and quirky cards. Surprise me and I'll be pleased. But please no nudity or profanity--my son enjoys the postcards with me. Thanks!

Your PCs: I love well-crafted PCs made from your photography AND well-crafted "homemade" PCs, so if you're into making them, please send me one. I won't rate you down for not sending a "store-bought" one! Do note that well-crafted PCs involve more than cutting a picture from a magazine and gluing it to a piece of card stock.

Ratings

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Comment: Two lovely Alice cards arrived here. Thanks!
midteacher rated for Take a Walk Series-May on Jun 15, 2018
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Comment: Love your editing in this series! Your talent is simply amazing. Would give you 5 hearts if I could!
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Comment: hello Chandra, thank you for the cute postcard! I like the lion illustration by Eric Carle and the Tigger sticker. That reminds me of the trailer of Christopher Nolan I just saw today. Have a nice day :)
Response: Hi there! Happy you liked the postcard and the sticker. Thanks for joining in and for rating promptly.
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Comment: Thanks for the Winnie the Pooh postcard! I love it!
Response: You're welcome! Thanks for joining in and for rating with a heart!
HelenG6 rated for Literary Wisdom #12 on May 24, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for the nice literary quotes.
Response: You're welcome! Thanks for joining!
riftvegan rated for Take a Walk series - April on May 11, 2018
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Comment: Love the photos of cherry blossoms and flowers from your walk thru campus! Thank you.
Response: Thank you for loving them! I miss the milder spring temps. It's just plain ol' hot now! And thanks for the heart!
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Comment: Hi Chandra- I was holding off on rating since I know that you sent a bonus card as well. It has yet to make its way here, but I'll let you know when it does! Thanks so much!
Response: I hope that bonus card finally arrived. Thanks for rating with a heart.
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Comment: Lovely PC!
Response: Thank you and thanks for rating with a heart!
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Comment: Chandra, thank you so much for this swap and for sending me the most beautiful card and quote. I love flowers, but most importantly the quote is very inspiring to me. I think that every woman fears something, but it is how we cope with it that makes us fierce or not. Happy Spring my friend!
Response: You're welcome. Thank you for being inspired and for liking the swap. I loved yours too--as you know. ;-) Thanks for the heart!
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Comment: Thank you for the beautiful Alice card <3
Response: You're welcome! Thanks for the heart!
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Comment: Wow, beautiful, Chandra! Very unusual; how did you get that effect? I'm just starting to play with my photo editing programs, and I have not seen this yet.
Response: Hi Tere! I can't remember what I sent, so I can't tell you "how" I achieved the effect. LOL. Thanks for rating with a heart and for the compliment.
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Comment: Thank you for both postcards. I have not received many Alice cards, so these are a much welcome addition to my collection.
Response: Yay! Happy they're new to you. You're welcome. Thanks for rating with a heart!
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Comment: I LOOOOOVE this. I did NOT know of the existence of these other writings. What a hoot! :) Thank you for the many Seuss goodies AND the nice letter. I'm envious of your computer savvy letter writing skills!!! I gotta work on that. They are always so pretty and professional looking!
Response: You don't need the computer because your hand-lettering is so beautiful! Happy to have introduced you to "Adult Theodore." ;-) Thanks for the heart!
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Comment: Pretty photo card. Thanks for hosting!
Response: Thank YOU for joining in and for rating with a heart!
cja rated for Talk a walk series- February on Mar 11, 2018
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Comment: Thanks - loved the photos! You are so talented!
Response: Thanks for the compliment and for rating with a heart. I haven't seen you "around" lately. I hope you're okay.
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Comment: Thank you for the photo card - lovely - and for observing the day!
Response: Thank YOU for joining in and for rating with a heart!
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Comment: Thank you so much for this card and your kind words! I haven't even mentioned it on my profile, but I love Pooh bear, so many great memories! <3
Response: Happy to have surprised you with Pooh. Thanks for joining in and for rating with a heart. Hugs!
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Comment: Thanks for the very cool Star wars comic card for my Star Wars collection. I love those cards and have the same postcard book at home :)
Response: Yay! I love that set,but I rarely get to send them out because I've encountered so few Star Wars lovers in the Children's Book Illustration swaps. Thank you for rating with a heart!
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Comment: Thanks for your amazing envelope filled with treats! I loved the laminated quotes, the swap cards, stickers, and your customized note. I remember looking at your blog last year, it was so creative! Thanks again!!
Response: You're welcome! Thanks for loving everything and for the heart!
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Comment: Eric Carle and duckies, what a beautiful combination :) Thank you so much for saving this one for me and I love the sticker you added as well!
Response: ...and there's another one! I found it after I sent the first one. When you're my partner again, I'll send that one! You're welcome! Thanks for the heart!

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Comments

ReadMoreBooks33 on May 13, 2018:

ReadMoreBooks33 on Feb 14, 2018:

PeggyO on Oct 21, 2017:

WOW---not ONE but TWO children's literature illustration postcards for swap #27!

THANKS! Have a great week at your university! I do miss teaching and most students--I was with a community college, so student pop. was vastly different that at university. But that was the challenge I felt I needed to work with. I don't miss administrators and the stacks of papers to grade that would be constant, longer, and then research papers coming in just before Thanksgiving. PeggyO

BlueberryLady on Oct 11, 2017:

Hope Your Birthday was filled with Love and Laughter and a Cake with Candles and Some Ice Cream and Chocolate ..... and Family and Friends. Hugs from OHIO.

bb2 on Oct 2, 2017:

Just stopping by to say I hope your birthday was special today. God bless you through the coming year.

Karen07 on Jul 28, 2017:

Pooh arrived today. He was trailing along after Eeyore it seems. Anyway, I do think that Winnie the Pooh is great literature for sure! Classic is the way to go though. I think Disney Pooh is a tad lame. Thanks for a great card!

yvonne401 on Jun 19, 2017:

Welcome to Proverbs Women! It's great to have you here!

Blessings,

Yvonne

yvonne401 on Jun 10, 2017:

Welcome to Butterfly lovers! It's great to have you here!

Blessings,

Yvonne

reader44ever on May 31, 2017:

Chandra! I got your postcard for the Literary Wisdom PC #7 swap today! I love it! Thank you so much for being my angel! :-)

TereDiane1954 on Feb 19, 2017:

I found a pretty card from you (2015) between the pages of my Bible,and it made me think I ought to swing by and say ♥ God bless your Sunday ♥

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