Swap-bot Time: January 20, 2018 10:20 pm


Date Joined: September 23, 2016
Last Online: January 20, 2018
Birthday: December 30
Country: United States
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About Me

Hi, My name is Sheli - I've lived in Alaska most all my life. My husband and I own and work in our little store called Alaska Transfers & Design in Fairbanks and live in the next town over named North Pole - and yes there is a Santa Claus house! Even reindeer! Some of the town is decorated year round and we have candy cane street lights.

north pole

At our house, we leave the Christmas tree up year round....we have it on the ceiling so the cats don't try to climb it when we aren't home.....We add and move around the ornaments through out the year so it's always changing :)

ceiling tree

Looks really cool lit up !


The tree skirt is made from a couple doilies I crocheted and the star is a Death Star Ornament or toy the daughter came up with - we use it to light up the living room during our dark winter months :)


Besides our little store which we make custom tshirts, mugs, coffee cups and such Plus antiques, novelties and Alaska souvenirs, we have an online webpage called Way Up In Alaska (link is at top of profile) and a HUGE eBay store with over 8,000 items - and we are in 1 of our local antique stores.


We send and receive all of our mail from our store in Fairbanks since it's more secure than our roadside mailbox out in North Pole.

We enjoy spending the summers traveling in state as well as traveling through Canada on our way to visit the lower 48 to go antiquing and just seeing the sights.

I have a nice size collection of vintage crafting magazines as well as vintage cookbooks

Have one daughter who is grown up and out living life in New Jersey :)


For pets we have 3 very spoiled cats who enjoy watching the many cool animals that visit our backyard - We have a couple squirrels that visit daily along with ducks in the summer and a few Pine Grosbeaks fly in to scavenge for food and every now and then we see signs that a moose or bear have been through the back yard. Late at night we get owls that like to hunt the little critters (voles which are like tailless mice) and the bigger critters, the bunnies...poor bunnies! But the owls have to eat too - so it's either the owls or the lynx that visit that will get those poor bunnies. We also get red foxes and bats back there too. We left the back yard wild so the critters can be enjoyed and not forced out. We are lucky that the area area we live it's all left wild by the other home-owners and hopefully will stay that way, we enjoy the wildlife viewing.

This past summer we took a 70 day RV trip driving from our little house here in North Pole Alaska through Canada and through the states. We visited 25 states and 9 Canadian Provinces. It's our annual picking trip where we go around buying antiques & Collectibles and whatever else catches our fancy to sell in our stores.


Favorite Books

Vintage cookbooks - have a few hundred in my library so far

crafting books - I have been collecting workbasket magazines. The older coats & clark ones are another line I collect and general crafting magazines too. The ads in the older books are great!

For book reading, Love the Miss Peregrine's home for peculiar children series. Over the summer while we were on our trip, I read The Help ( I loved the movie and love the book even more!)

Favorite Movies

Don't really have a favorite genre, hard to pick a favorite movie, but Elf is always funny! :) So is National Lampoon Christmas Vacation and A Christmas Story ( I do really love Christmas movie maybe it's because I live in North Pole Alaska ahaha!! ) Love a good mystery, documentary, or action filled movie - and old movies are great to watch too :) Horror is my good ol' standby when I can't find a movie I want to watch

Favorite Television

Have a few shows on TV I like to watch - Walking Dead, Supernatural - those we don't watch until they come out on DVD though. But have been enjoying Goldbergs, Those who can't, Mysteries at the Museum, Ancient Aliens, Born This way, Love at First Sight, Dr. Dee (she's here in Alaska! :) ) . And whatever else I can have playing in the background while I craft or read through cookbooks and crafting magazines :) One of our recent new likes is This Is Us. such a great show! and I usually don't like dramas

Favorite Crafts

my fav doily

Crochet is my favorite! but love sewing and general crafting. I also make earrings to sell in our store - but crochet is always my go to craft since it's easy to take along on road trips.

Swap preferences

I have no real preferences when it comes to swapping - but some info about me to help you make a choice - if those other categories didn't help out here is a bit more :)

I am not religious in the slightest

I love animals (cats especially)

Love vintage cookbooks, crafting magainzes/books, ads, recipes

enjoy old photos - i buy them randomly - no real theme to them, quirky or creepy ones are my fav though

Holidays especially Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas are my favorite

favorite scent - baking cookies, cinnamon, citrus

We travel out of Alaska often in our RV so love RV themed goodies since we spend 70 days a summer living in it.

am a coffee and tea drinker - and am not choosey on flavors, always fun to try something new :)

I do use a Keurig (use the pods and load my own) and loose ground coffee as well - have no preference on what types of drinks I receive :)


Chaosfay rated for NAPS - January Greetings! INT on Jan 20, 2018
Comment: Hello again! The cats have shown little interest in the catio with the weather and temperatures being like they are. Can't say I blame them. When it's warm they love chasing and killing moths. For some reason the area has a huge moth population. I have lots of vacuum sealed storage bags for my linens and winter clothes as well as cedar balls because I'm not okay with moths getting into my fabric collection. Every quilter's nightmare.
Chaosfay rated for NAPS - Hello Stranger INT PC on Jan 20, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the bear card and compliments! We've set up bird feeders in the front yard for the cats to be entertained during the winter because the catio and basically a very large fully enclosed deck...and it's very cold. The birds love the food and it keeps the cats entertained. Yay! I'm looking forward to spring and so are the cats.
starrycat rated for FS ~ Getting to know me PC on Jan 20, 2018
Comment: Ha ha, thanks for the PC, Sheli! Good luck with the office project!
Comment: He looks cold to me, but a pretty bear, but then lately everything is cold, hit with a winter storm here in Tennessee. Not happy! Thanks for joining the swaps!!! Have a great day!😆
ihni rated for Doodle me a face! PC INT #2 on Jan 16, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the cute doodle. I've never gotten a postcard from Alaska before. Cool!
ainaignies rated for NAPS - Slap A Stamp On It! PC on Jan 12, 2018
Comment: thank you
Paige1900 rated for FS ~ Getting to know me PC on Jan 12, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the bear PC :) We are getting ready to move so I have to do a lot of cleaning out as well. :)
ChrisAnne rated for FS ~ Getting to know me PC on Jan 12, 2018
Comment: Good luck with the yard sales!
TC rated for FS: 2018 Goals on Jan 5, 2018
Comment: Those are some great goals for 2018. I'm curious about gardening at North Pole, AK. The growing season must be pretty short!
Response: Oh yeah short growing season up here! Most people start their seeds inside and transplant or have green houses that they can use and some are heated. Will be a fun adventure :)
Comment: This is a fantastic card! I bet that being in the "North Poll" is a great tourist draw. It must be nuts this time of year, despite the cold, snow, and darkness.
Response: Glad you like it :) Oh yeah with Santa's House and his reindeer - and people coming up for Northern Light viewing, it gets busy up here :) Now we start getting into the dog mushing season where a few of the big mushing races start up. We get people here from all over the world to mush in some of the races.
PostcardAl rated for (PCG) P is for... on Dec 27, 2017
Comment: Hello Shelli -- thanks for the polar bear card. Happy new year! Best, al
Comment: Cute postcard! Merry Christmas!
Comment: Hi, Sheli, I can’t imagine that 28 degrees is warm! It’s getting into the low 20s here tonight but no snow. I’m off this week so snow would be such a fun surprise (for me anyway, lol). I bet it gets tiresome where you live. Love the multi-view pc from North Pole, Alaska...very fitting for this time of year! So glad to meet another ID Channel fan! Wishing you a wonderful New Year!
Response: :) well the 28 is warm when we are normally -45 haha... We are having a bit of a cold snap - supposed to be close to -30F I'm one of those odd ducks that enjoy the winter time here...i don't mind the cold, just don't like the fear of broken pipes or car breaking down...great snuggling weather! :) We just got rid of cable, so trying to find a way to get our ID fix! haha
Comment: Thank you!! My favorite is the Alaska wooden coin token! I want to get there one day!
saarva rated for NAPS - Hello Stranger INT PC on Dec 22, 2017
Comment: Thank you Sheli for your postcard! I enjoyed reading about your town, it sounds amazing! If it weren't so far away I would already be on my way to visit it! Happy holidays! 🎄
Sabbe77 rated for Random PC International #12 on Dec 21, 2017
Comment: Hiya! Thank you for the bear card! I've never seen bears in wild here, they don't live here in the capital but some way to the east. Elks I've seen though 😊 We are having quite warm too.. no snow and occasional rain/sleet. It's hoovering around 32°F, often freezes during night and warms up a bit for the day. Hope to get snow! Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! See you in swaps in 2018!
EmilyT rated for WIYM Postcard Alphabet - I - USA on Dec 19, 2017
Comment: I would enjoy that tour to visit the Indian Village in Alaska
Comment: I miss ice carving displays. I live in Oregon now and we don't get the weather necessary for such an awesome thing.
Comment: thanks for the card, have yourself a merry christmas
suepier rated for CHWH: Wishing You a Merry Christmas on Dec 16, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the adorable and funny Christmas card. I love kitties.

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NaomiRisa on Jan 3, 2018:

candy cane street light and christmas tree on the ceiling are cool!

CurlyTea on Jan 2, 2018:

Happy Birthday!

BigBangMomma on Dec 18, 2017:

I love coming across fellow Alaskans! While I now live in rural boring Ohio, I was born and raised in Anchorage and Alaska will always be in my heart! My brother went to UAF for college, but I've only been to Fairbanks one time for an overnight. Never even seen the North Pole. :( Maybe next time.

Happy Holidays!

RooBaRoo on Dec 4, 2017:

Hey Sheli! Thank you for the unassigned card. :) & from North Pole, that too! I was hoping someone would send me some snow! :D Thank you very much :)

Gnoe on Nov 14, 2017:

How sweet of you to send me your unassigned card for the WIYM: PC Roulette Nov swap!!! And all the way from the North Pole! (Are you related to Santa? ;) Hugs and kisses from The Netherlands!

Amylord on Nov 4, 2017:

Yes my kitty crackles when he sees the squirrels. :)

user6937 on Oct 31, 2017:

Thank you for the Alaska map card! Glad you liked the Calgary Stampede card you got from me, too. Maybe we'll meet some year :)

Fullsteampowell on Oct 22, 2017:

Thank you for the unassigned Postcard Roulette card!

myancey on Oct 20, 2017:

Thank u for the unassigned. We love Sasquatch. Thanks friend.

Amylord on Sep 25, 2017:

Thanks for the plus one postcard! I love the snow house. It's a pity they never finished it.

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