18 May 2018
US Mail costs have skyrocketed or at least according to the clerks. I have an official postal scale (a gift to myself when I joined Swap-bot) and know about what it will take to send before it is out the door. The clerks are always adding that 21¢ surcharge no matter how many I already put on the envelope. (I think they have orders to upgrade to make money.)
2 flip books cost me $10 to Canada & $14 to Finland. There goes my whole months mail budget. sigh
At least my health is improving. Looks as if the blood clot dissolved and other than maintenance visits, I have not had to see a Dr since Feb. HURRAH!!!
I grew up on a farm in rural Kentucky, the oldest of 6. Because we had no TV until I was 14, I spent a lot of time crafting.
Later when I was out of school I worked as an illustrator and cartographer.
While raising my children I took ceramic & woodworking classes at the local craft shop.
Many of my favorite books are posted on my Pinterest board, "Best Book EV-VER"
I can speed read but never bother to if I am enjoying what I call "entertainment reading".
To find most of my favorite movies check out, "Movie Magic"
Many of my favorite TV shows are just a click away, "Turn on the Telly"
Any of these things will make me when I receive them in the mail;
a. ATCs, Alphabets
b. BTCs, Butterflies, Birds, Books, Buttons, Blue (color), Brown (color)
c. Chocolate (I am always up for chocolate as my lack of waistline will attest), Cats, Cards
d. Dragons, Dragonflies, Doodles, Dogs (all sorts but if I was going to have one I would want a Heinz 57.)
e. Envelopes (handmade), Ephemera, Easter (anything/anytime)
f. Faeries, Foxes, Frogs, Folios, Fortune cookie fortunes
g. Gnomes, Glitter, Green (color)
h. Handcrafted anything, Halloween (cutesy, please not horrific)
i. Ice cream, Irises
j. Junk journals
k.Kittens, Kitsch, Kites, Keys
l. Long letters, Lace
m. Minions, Maps, Music
n. Nature, Note paper, Note pads
o. Origami, Owls, Orange (color)
p. PAPER (exotic or plain), Pocket letters, Postage stamps, Pen pals, Purple (color)
q. Quilts, Quilling
r. Ribbons, Recycle/Re-purposed/Reused items, Red (color)
s. Stickers (Teeny tiny to ATC size, I love em all and can find a place to use them), Skinnies, Sunflowers, Stamps (rubber), Stamps (postage), Short letters
t. TEA (all sorts) I maintain a board on Pinterest where I rate teas as I experience them. I am always looking for something new, Twinchies, Turtles
u. Unusual paper
v. Vintage things, Violet, Valentines
w. Washi, Washi, Washi
x. X-mas anything/anytime
y. Yarn, Yellow (color)
z. Zendangles (not to be confused with zentanglesÂ®)
Things that will make me ;
If you happen to send something from the dislike list I promise not to hate you.
Anything else you would like to know please feel free to ask.
I belong to two art based clubs.
LAFTA "Louisville Area Fiber and Textile Artists".
STABA (Second Tuesday Artist Book Association) a very small group devoted to creating books that are also works of art.
I have 4 International penpals, 2 of the 4 started with flat swaps I joined at random about a year ago. Another blossomed from my Post Crossing exchange, and the last came from a blog I follow called Penpal of the Week I was even featured as Penpal #141 on Aug 4th.
I am hoping to form several new penpal relationships with people I have met here on swaps.
I have been very bad about answering letters lately. If I owe you a letter and you read this, feel free to give me a hard nudge in messages.
Mini albums made from Project Life sized cards have replaced my love of Pocket Letters.
I don't do Project Life but have received many cards as extras in swaps. Rather than sending them to another swapper I decided to use them. The 1st couple of mini albums were easy and so much fun that now I am making my own 3 x 4 cards to match the swap themes I have found for these little gems.
You can still include things like a confetti packet and tags. Even add a full-fledged letter or just a note. The possibilities are endless.
more of my Mostly Gold swap
Perfect pairing. Paper scraps 3 x 4 and smaller with Washi (I have waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too much of both). Cannot get much better.
My sister in Iowa created a bunch of gnomes. She gave them to her friends in hopes that they would photograph the gnomes in their travels and send back pictures to a project she called "Gnomes2Roam".
When she made Wally (named after Crocodile Dundee's mate, Walter, because of his hat) for me, I offered to send some gnomes to my overseas pen pals. She made 6 brothers for Wally. The gnomes refer to her as "the creator".
The first brother to move out was Wiggo who went to Norway and started his own home security business and has fallen in love with the smallest Matryoshka sister living there. Wyatt moved out to live with my daughter in Ohio and practice his yoga. William went all the way to New Zealand where he had a shock shortly after arrival when it snowed. Wilson (named after the Seahawks quarterback) moved to California to quarterback his own team of Lego® football players. Finally Thor flew off to the Netherlands to live the quiet life.
After he named himself, Soren decided he liked it just fine here with Wally. He is the only gnome I know without a mustache.
Watch Wally and Soren's cousins on YouTube
Meet Olav in grey and Lars in red.
They are the newest Gnomes to move in with me.
We have one cat, Kit, who loves putting in her 2¢ on all my creations but I try very hard to limit her contact with anything I send people with allergies. So far I have been successful. Please just be aware.
" Hope to swap with you again." Six of the most coveted words on here. It really makes me smile to know what I gathered together has made someone happy.
I ALWAYS send. If the unforeseeable happens and I am going to be late, I will contact you.
I ALWAYS rate. My mail comes in around 5 PM and I am down here on the computer rating right after supper.
I ALWAYS respond. Even if it is just a ♥. This helps me keep track of the swaps that got to their destination.
I learned several things from joining Swap-bot.
One - I have way too much .
Two - All my efforts to downsize using Swap-bot have
My partners are sending back waaaaaaaaaay too much stuff.
Three - There are a lot of lovely, talented people out there that have no idea what a gift to the world they are.
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