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USAFwife

USAFwife
Date Joined: February 3, 2010
Last Online: June 24, 2017
Birthday: January 21, 1976
Country: United States
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About Me

Un-identified swap! I received a swap with no name, no swapper ID and no swap title. I would like to rate you, but I don't have anything to go on - not even a name on the return address. The swap came in a handmade envelope from a calendar page with eagles on it, the return address and my address were written out (no name on return) and taped on. Return address is in Melvin, MI. If this is you, PLEASE tell me so I can rate you!! Thank you!!

I'm a married mom of 3 teenagers, native of Michigan, but living in Western Massachusetts now. All 3 kiddos are in high school and doing an online school currently. So far, we have moved 16 times,and lived in 11 different states. For me, "home" really is "where the heart is". Wedding anniversary is March 25, 1995. We are a military family, (since Oct 1st, 2002). I'm a long-time pen-paller, started writing letters back in 1988 or so, and prefer old fashioned pen and paper. We have 3 pets, all rescues that have traveled the country with us. Falcon is a Husky mix, about 8 years old; Ben is a Turkish Van (though no papers), almost 6 years old and Jack is a short hair tiger cat, almost 6 years old. (The dog, Falcon, has made 5 moves with us, and the cats 4 moves.) Really like to reuse envelopes, paper, do recycled paper crafts. I almost never buy brand new books, get most of mine from swap sites or Better World Books. If you get an envelope from me that looks like it's been around the world - it may have, indeed!

I get rather annoyed when people spell my name wrong.

I'm afraid of owls. If you could skip sending me owl images, stickers, washi tape and not decorate the envelope with owls I'd appreciate it. Sometimes I use envelopes and such with owls, but just to move them on - I seem to get sent a lot of owls. :(

My oldest son is physically disabled, and my younger son is on the Autism Spectrum. Getting through the day is sometimes more than challenging & emotionally draining. I was diagnosed with depressions a very long time ago and it's always a struggle. I tend to get rather annoyed with people who generalize disabilities - physical, mental, emotional - with a "just get over it" or "just think happy" type comment. It's really not that easy.

Books/movies/TV/ music

I have been a fan of The Monkees and Menudo for more than 30 years! For newer music, I like Imagine Dragons, Lady Gaga (yes, really), and some of Maroon 5. Kids are into Deadmau5 and Daft Punk, and that's grown on me some. Also enjoy John Mayer, Adele, Enigma, & Soul Asylum. Husband likes Matthew Sweet so I know way too much of his music, too. :)

I like the show *"Supernatural", Sherlock, Grimm and Sleepy Hollow. All time favorite show is Are You Being Served?" from the BBC in the 1970's - that show always makes me laugh! Kiddos are really into Dr Who, Bones, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Don't go for a lot of romance, sex, swearing, drinking, violence, etc. Not a 'goody two shoes', and not into 'inspirational' exactly, I just like entertainment. And I seriously dislike vampires - except the original Dracula. Ghosts, now - that's a different story. :)

Books: All time favorite story is "Legend of Sleepy Hollow" By Washington Irving. Have always just loved that story and all the movies - including the old Disney one - that have been made. :) Some very favorite and re-readables are: "Love Comes Softly" by Janette Oke, "Haunting of Hill House" by Shirley Jackson, "The Dark Tower" series, "Insomnia", "Diary of Rose Red" and others by Stephen King, "Faithfully Religionless" by Timber Hawkeye Also love the original Grimm Brother's Fairy Tales - those old superstitions and folk lore always grab my attention. :) Love listening to audio books! The BBC radio dramas of Agatha Christie are the best. :)
Movies Favorites are: Emperor's New Groove, The Haunting (both 1963 version and 1999), Sleepy Hollow, 10 Things I Hate About You, Far and Away, Clue, The Mummy,

Favorites & what I like

I LOVE Garfield. I've loved Garfield all my life, and dearly enjoy getting anything related.

Likes & Dislikes I like cats, Garfield, sloths (animal), cats (just no big-eyed ones), Hamsters (animals), llamas (animals), giraffes (animals), coffee, LOVE Pepsi!!, bookmarks, book recommendations, stationery (single sheets are ok), ghosts, haunted houses (stories, not the Halloween sort), old buildings/architecture/abandoned buildings, Egyptian Gods/Goddesses (esp Bast), Greek mythology, word searches, Ziggy (cartoon character), Scooby Doo (original cartoon series), The Muppet Show (original ones), Colorado (state),The Dark Tower (book series by Stephen King - NOT looking forward to the movie!.), cooking/baking, recipes (my recipes are kept in 3-ring binders, so a full sized sheet is preferred to a recipe card), celestial things - sun/moon/stars design - esp moon, tree designs, earrings (no gold - allergic!)

Please don't send candy or food items. If we're in a tea swap, only sealed tea bags, please. (No tea with strawberry or pineapple - I'm allergic.) Dislikes: OWLS!!!!, North Dakota, anything with a strong smoke/cigarette smoke smell - very allergic.(If you're a smoker & we are partners, please message me before sending.) North Dakota, vampires, heart - shaped things, preachy religion, smoke smell, North Dakota, big-eyed creatures, Bible quotes and overly Christian items, hate-speak/racism & cruelty towards others, foul language, sex & violence in books/movies/songs, sexy vampires, and did I mention North Dakota? (it was a LONG 5 years!!)

Collections

Daughter collects Barbie dolls & Wonder Woman, loves cats - except the 'big eye' type, & the adult coloring books

Youngest son collects GI Joe (12 inch figures) items & equipment, loves older Superman comics, Mad Magazine

Oldest son likes Star Wars things, Harry Potter, the sport soccer (getting to know the New England Revolution), LEGO

Favorite Crafts

I"m not a crafty person or an artistic person. I enjoy making my own envelopes and decorating with washi tape, but that's about as creative as I get.

I'd like to try Pocket Letters and Zentangling, but I'm a baby beginner - not sure if my stuff is "good enough". I like to make bookmarks as well.

THE COOLEST journals ever made: http://bookjournals.com/

Ratings

I mark swaps 'sent' when I put them in the blue box. Sometimes I miss the drop-off time, so the postmark might not match up.
I am not a postmark reader. If I get the swap from you, thank you, and I will rate you according to the swap guidelines. But I don't check postmarks.

I rate when I open the swap. If you haven't gotten a rating from me, please contact me. I probably didn't get it. If you don't get a swap from me, please PM me and let me know. If you get something from me postage due, please let me know! I will reimburse you! I do not accept postage due mail, and don't expect you to, either.

Would like ...

I'm open to private swaps, newbie swaps.

I will do International swaps from time to time. It depends on the swap items and the cost. But please ask!

I am interested in swapping Pocket Letters, journal swaps, washi tape, stationery, book marks, books, recommendations. Other than that you'll have to teach me how to craft it. :) I don't use Pintrest and have no desire to start. Saying "just Google it" to me will loose my interest right a way. I hate that phrase (and "It'll probably be ok" or "I wouldn't worry about it" - grr!) - so for something new, I'm talking actual directions.

I'm open to private swaps for kids - letters, postcards, some crafts.

I like the challenge of doing a journal swap - the commitment - but I seem to get flaked on - a LOT - with journal swaps. Very disappointing.

I love to read, I love book recommendations too. I do have my favorite genres for books, but I'm always open to something new, as well.

Ratings

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Comment: Thank you for the lovely postcards xxx
nmlacagno rated for Say thank you! on Jun 22, 2017
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Comment: Thank you so much for the washi tape and thank you for the card it was beautiful so much to be grateful for!
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Comment: Hi Cindy love your fun fact postcards. I usually found some of postcards at the Old Deerfield Country Store on Route 5 & 10 in Deerfield. Fun place to go as there are numerous antique stores and also of the famous countrywide Richardson's Candy Kitchen. My favorite are the chocolate covered crackers. They are like potato chips. Once you have one you don't want to stop (milk or dark chocolate too). In the summer months you can enjoy the best ice cream cones around. Take a day trip and go on route 5 & 10 from Holyoke to Vermont. If hesitant ask someone, they will let you know. Shirley
m3i5 rated for Say thank you! on Jun 21, 2017
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Comment: Hi Cindi, Thank you very much for your thank you notecard and your favorite teas! :)
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Comment: I like the passport stickers and love the foods and animals with glasses! Thanks for making a cool pc 🤓
ArtyBeth3 rated for UHM: Blind Washi Swap on Jun 19, 2017
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Comment: Yes, we have been getting each other as partners quite a bit lately. That's cool though. I thank you for this set of great tapes! Four are totally new to me. But I love to receive and will use all tapes whether I've seen them before or not. Long live washi tape. LOL! :)
Babytreese rated for Say thank you! on Jun 19, 2017
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Comment: Love this idea! Thanks for sharing! Have a great summer!
bluehairedmary rated for Say thank you! on Jun 19, 2017
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Comment: Lovely card and thank you for the washi samples! Thanks for sharing your list! Hope you have a great week!
SparkJoy rated for Say thank you! on Jun 19, 2017
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Comment: Thanks so much for hosting and for the extras. It feels good to practice gratitude every day. I liked seeing what you are thankful for :)
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Comment: Thanks so much for the card and goodies!
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Comment: Oh, what lovely goodies! Thank you so much!
veronicallama rated for WIYM: Blind Washi Swap on Jun 19, 2017
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Comment: Thanks for the cute washi!
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Comment: Great pcs...thanks! :)
chrysotheme rated for Washi exchange - US Only on Jun 16, 2017
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Comment: Thank you for the cute washi!
craftykat68 rated for Washi exchange - US Only on Jun 15, 2017
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Comment: Than you so much for both of the washi tape sets and I just love the cat pic you put on the card!!Love cats!
JoMama rated for Washi exchange - US Only on Jun 15, 2017
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Comment: Thanks for the extra sample. I love all of them!
ArtyBeth3 rated for WOW! Washi tape Note Card on Jun 14, 2017
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Comment: You did a great job on the washi note cards! Thanks for the washi tape samples too!! :)
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Comment: Loved my journal!!! Learned new things. My day was going so bad then opened the mailbox and found my specially decorated envelope. The rest of my day was great. Thanks Cindi. You have been awesome. Can't wait to try the doggie treat recipe!! Also thanks for hosting the swap and giving newbies a chance to join!!!!
Response: I"m so glad you liked the journal. :) Hope you had fun with the swap, too. :)
Mamabemus rated for Let's Get Washi! 5 on Jun 7, 2017
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Comment: love the winter scene with the deer
Mamabemus rated for WOW: Blind Washi Swap on Jun 6, 2017
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Comment: love the roller coaster tape
Response: Glad you liked it. :) I think that one is one I found at Staples office supply store. Neat find :) Thanks for the heart!

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Comments

anrtist on May 27, 2017:


HAPPY SUMMER!
Blessings, cc

ladydy5 on May 23, 2017:

Glad to have you join us in Make an Envelope group

miablancs on May 15, 2017:

Thank you for your thoughtful Care Package...I really appreciate it, you are too kind =D.

I am still resting and taking things slow as I really feel a lot of pain and nausea since the operation. Thank you again for everything...hugs Bonnie

doulakk on May 8, 2017:

Welcome to our group!
Please join one or two swaps!

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neecie on May 4, 2017:

hallo hello! thrilled to receive your letter ... can't wait to open it, but gotta find scissors! hooray for write_on 2017!!!

LavenderSprinkles on May 2, 2017:

Can you tell me a bit about MAVA.?

CraftyMommaonaBUDGET on Apr 2, 2017:

SWAPS-March Dear Diary Swap

Hello, I mailed this swap to you on Friday 3-31-17 please let me know when you get it, the person at the post office didn't seem like he knew what he was doing. I am kind of worried about it :) Thank you

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