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USAFwife

USAFwife
Date Joined: February 3, 2010
Last Online: August 20, 2017
Birthday: January 21, 1976
Country: United States
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Swaps & mail

If you don't get a swap from me, PLEASE PM me! I am happy to re-send, and know that things do get lost in the mail. Please note!! We have 2 cats and a dog! If you are allergic, I am sorry, but they live here too. Just a heads up. They do not sleep on my desk or in my stationery drawers, but this is their house too.

SENDING MAIL TO ME : If you are sending me a journal, please don't use media mail. I've been informed that media rate isn't ok for journals or anything other than printed and bound books. So journals, magpie journals, etc - those can't go media mail. They will be opened here before they are delivered to me. The post office opening mail can lead to things getting lost and damaged.

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.

About Me

First and foremost - I'm a letter writer. I started pen palling around 1988, thanks to a book series called "Pen Pals" by Sharon Denis Wyeth. One of my early pen pals included Friendship Books in her letter and that led to my next (strange) obsession. I LOVE to see where things have visited, the different handwriting on the pages, envelopes, letters. I love to see what people choose for stationery, stickers, envelopes, stamps - all of it. The letters are always wonderful too - I don't judge a letter by an envelope :) - but I love all those little extras. I don't swap FB's anymore, but that is what lead me to swap-bot, originally.
And my Number One hobby-love is pen palling. REAL letters, building a REAL friendship - not the couple of pages basically listing old Face Book posts, not the type that don't leave me feeling that they actually READ my letter.

So, about me: I'm a married mom of 3 teenagers, living in Western Massachusetts now. All 3 kiddos are in high school and doing an online school currently. Wedding anniversary is March 25, 1995. We are a military family, (since Oct 1st, 2002). Yes, I really am a "USAF wife"! :) We have 3 pets, all rescues that have traveled the country with us.

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. (LOVE 'tree free' paper! Bamboo paper is my favorite, but I love all types!)

I'm not overly crafty, but I LOVE paper, pens, stickers, stationery, journals, washi tape - that type of stuff.

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.

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.

MUSIC I have been a fan of The Monkees and Menudo for more than 30 years! I also like Imagine Dragons, Daft Punk, John Mayer, Adele, Enigma, & Soul Asylum. Husband likes Matthew Sweet

TV 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. 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. Recently found & am enjoying the "Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper" series by JL Bryan. Also love & re-read: "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, the original Grimm Brothers Fairy Tales Audiobooks 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.
I like butterfly shapes, trees, and prefer stars and moons to heart shapes.

Likes & Dislikes I like cats, Garfield, sloths (animal), cats (just no big-eyed ones), Hamsters (animals), llamas (animals), giraffes (animals), butterfly's, coffee, bookmarks, book recommendations, stationery, ghosts, haunted houses (stories, not the Halloween sort), old buildings /architecture/ abandoned buildings, Egyptian Gods/Goddesses (esp Bast), Greek mythology, 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!.), 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.(No tea with strawberry or pineapple - I'm allergic.)

Dislikes: OWLS!!!!, smoke smell (Not allergic to it, but it causes migraines), big-eyed creatures, Bible quotes and overly Christian items, hate-speak/racism & cruelty towards others, sex & violence in books/movies/songs, sexy vampires

Collections

Husband and I collect items including English Bulldogs and sloths I collect anything Garfield, pens (esp those promo ones from businesses), bookmarks, magnets (refrigerator) Daughter collects Barbie dolls & Wonder Woman (esp the OLD Wonder Woman comics) 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.

FOR WASHI TAPE SWAPS I like animals (not owls), colors and patterns, coffee themed, postage stamp and post mark themed, books or writing/text print. Daughter likes the Llama Love design from Michael's. Real animals or cartoon are fine.

Not into the 'poop' and mustash or beard designs. And I do not use washi in my planner, so the motivational or days of the week and such just get passed on to someone else.

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

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.

Ratings

CoffeePotPeople rated for AMMM: I'd Love Washi Samples on Aug 20, 2017
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Comment: Thank you so much for the wonderful tapes and goodies! I'm just delighted with your choices. (Sorry about not saying anything in the comments about preferences--I couldn't remember which washi swap we were supposed to do that in, lol.) Anyway, they're all wonderful, and I especially am in love with those cats--I'm going to have a hard time using that tape, because I just want to horde it! Thanks again. :o)
CraftyMommaonaBUDGET rated for SWAPS Dear Summer Diary on Aug 19, 2017
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Comment: Thank you so much, I hope to send to u next swap. I have not seen the little golden books in forever thank u soo much for thinking of Layla. Thanks for everything, we just got home from visiting my oarents in Ohio, and I nave a huge batch of mail to rate and get to, yours was the first I opened and rating for. Lots of love, enjoy the rest of August, this summer went by so fast. I hope all goes well this year for your high schoolers. Its rough!! I been thru it 3 times lol my 2 older kids, and myself, and Layla in the future oh no lol. I cannot take anymore of HS. Thanks again. Blessings....V
bbsporty rated for AMMM: I'd Love Washi Samples on Aug 19, 2017
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Comment: Thank you for the great washi samples! I love the fruit one and the kitty tape!
Response: I'm so glad you liked the washi I sent. :) Thank you for the heart :)
Mamabemus rated for WOW: The Most washi! on Aug 18, 2017
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Comment: love them all. never seen any that narrow! love the postmark ones especially.
Response: Hi - so glad you liked the tapes I sent. :) Postmark ones seem to be my favorite. :) Thanks for the heart :)
Conniegirl rated for AMMM: Blind Envelope Swap on Aug 18, 2017
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Comment: Thank you for everything. I love the envelope you sent it all in as well. :)
Response: I'm so happy you liked the swap. Thank you for rating, and thank you for the heart:)
Brittacoco rated for "Thirteen Reasons Why" Discussion on Aug 18, 2017
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Comment: Thank you :)
Response: Thank you for the heart :)
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Response: Thank you for joining the swap, and for sharing your answers as well. :)
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Comment: Thank you!
Response: Thank you for joining the swap. :) and thanks for the heart, too. :)
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Comment: Thank you for sharing your thoughts and running this swap.
Response: It was nice "meeting" you through this swap. :) And thank you for joining and sharing your thoughts. :)
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Comment: Thank you! I never thought of putting quotes in, great variety of "stuff"
Response: I think I collect words more than 'stuff' sometimes. I'm a total quote junkie, too. :) Thanks for the heart, too :)
secretterrabite rated for Private: Cindi & Ali Journal on Aug 17, 2017
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Comment: Thank you for the huge effort and sticking with it.... still reading!
Response: Thank you for sticking with my efforts. :) Can't believe I had to get an additional journal. haha Yours is much neater and nicer - I can tell you enjoy journals! :) Thanks for the heart :)
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Comment: I'm rolling in your "double batch" of washi tapes! What fun that I don't have any of them in my current collection. I've now got to get busy & host some more swaps! :)
Response: How is it possible that with all those swaps, I still sent something "new"? :) haha Thanks for the heart :)
Rita rated for Blind Envelope - International #10 on Aug 16, 2017
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Comment: What a pleasant surprise! Thanks for the paper goodies and tea♥️ I loved your pocket letter - I did not see anything I would change. You had a theme and went with it. Pocketletters were meant to be something with a theme that you could do fast, with extra craft stuff you already have and easy to fold and send to your partner. That's the basic requirement and that's how I do it. Others really go overboard and it's a choice but should not be expected of everyone.
Response: Thank you for the input on my pocket letter. I really appreciate feedback. :) I have watched the videos Janette Lane made on You Tube so many times - haha. :) Thank you for the heart, too. :)
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Comment: Thank you for all the beautiful washi!
Response: Thank you for the heart :)
kathiann rated for NH: Handmade envelope & surprise on Aug 15, 2017
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Comment: I love the goodies! And the paper you made the envelope out of was great!
Response: So glad you liked the goodies, and the envelope. :) Thank you for rating, and for the heart :)
MelodicPenguin rated for Washi Move it Move it! on Aug 14, 2017
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Comment: Thank you so much for the washi tapes and for hosting this swap! It was a great way to exchange some wonderful washi tapes!
Response: Thanks for joining in the swap :) Glad you liked the tapes. :) And thanks for the heart :)
Ramya rated for Fan of Washi on Aug 12, 2017
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Comment: Thank you for the great collection of cool tapes! I have none of them so I'll enjoy having them to try out! I wish you Happy Swapping Always---Ramya
Response: Glad you liked them, and no duplicates! Bonus, right? :) Thanks for rating, and for the heart :)
Fabriqueen rated for Handmade Envie Swap #2 on Aug 9, 2017
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Comment: I love the envelopes! Thank you so much! Hugs, Diane
Response: So glad you liked the envelopes. Thanks for the heart :)
nmdesertrose rated for SHARED JOUNAL EXPERIENCE #3 on Aug 8, 2017
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Comment: Thanks so much for sending the journal!
Response: Thanks for rating :)
ShyAnn64 rated for Washi Move it Move it! on Aug 7, 2017
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Comment: Thank you for all the pretty washi! I love all of them, especially the birds :) Also, thank you for hosting this swap, so much fun!
Response: Glad you liekd the washi. :) Thanks for joining the swap and thanks for the heart! :)

Rating Overview

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Comments

secretterrabite on Aug 17, 2017:

Thank you so much for being an angel for the list journal swap you hosted, it's a great book :-)

piratejimbob87 on Aug 2, 2017:

Thank you for angeling the Newbie Friendly postcard swap, I love the postcards you sent, especially the cat one :) and it was such a lovely package too.

Best wishes,
Leanne

sera on Jul 28, 2017:

Thank you very much for angel-ing the big washi swap int. 2! I loved the kitty vein and all the tapes you sent me!

Doraecyscraps on Jun 28, 2017:

Hi Cindi, I am mailing out the Big Washi Swap today. Hope it reaches you safely! 😊

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

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!!!

Vickimac on Mar 14, 2017:

Vickimac on Mar 14, 2017:

miablancs on Mar 14, 2017:

Welcome to the group Joy of Penpalling Worldwide. Please could you go to the group forum section of the group and fill out the Questionnaire. Thank you and Happy Swapping!

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