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agirlnamedfriday

agirlnamedfriday
Date Joined: May 18, 2010
Last Online: May 8, 2020
Birthday: December 8, 1985
Country: Canada
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About Me

Covid-19 Problems

I figured I would put this out there in case any mail is sent back to me or if partners of mine have the same thing happen, since the whole world is dealing with this, I'm sure it's not just Canada.

I got a bunch of postcards back for a few days in a row (and I'm expecting more), that were headed to some different countries with a notice stuck to each of them saying they were returned to sender due to certain countries not accepting international mail and/or postal service being suspended, some from as far back as the end of February. Thankfully the notice said that I could re-post without paying for postage again once the suspension is over, but who knows when that will be.

I'm in Canada, and this is the link for the updates on which countries Canadians can and cannot post to currently (Under International, latest update from March 31st).

If you receive something back that you had sent to me, please don't worry, I will not rate you down for it, please do let me know if this happens. We will figure something out, even if it's scanning it or taking a picture of it and emailing it to me for the time being and a promise to re-post once the virus is under control.

Well wishes to all of you and your loved ones. Stay safe.. we need each other's moral support more than ever right now.

Sending love to all of you ♥

Me

I'm an introvert and I love all kinds of time to myself, especially alone time with cats around :)

I am an ally to any and every disadvantaged, marginalized, oppressed peoples and groups from all over the world. Please consider me a safe person to speak to and private messages with me to be safe spaces.

Love for all ♥

Requests & Guidelines

Freedoms

Be as YOU as you want to be, as creative as you'll allow yourself to be. I don't want to hinder anyone's creativity, so I don't have many guidelines on what should or should not be sent to me, but there are some minor things.. the most important is that you put effort into your swap and own the hell out of it so I have something beautiful to show off and love.

If you're in a swap with me where you're sending a postcard, feel free to pick the size, medium, handmade, store-bought, in or out of an envelope.. whatever you wish (assuming the swap doesn't have restrictions against it), same thing applies to greeting cards, I especially like the ones that you can seal and write the address on the back of it, completely ignoring the need for an envelope.

Guidelines

Please don't send me things that involve religion, hyper-politics (I don't mind some, as I am a social justice warrior myself and a very free-thinker and believe that all people and animals are equal, despite what the world's most powerful people attempt to make us believe. We all deserve equality, equity, fairness, love and support and no one deserves to go without or be left behind, regardless of where they came from, their class, race, sex, gender, ability/disability, education, their name or their class), anything promoting hatred, hate-speech, prejudice, discrimination, anything demeaning or derogatory.

For recipes, please avoid sending me anything that requires meat to be a main focus, if meat can be left out or replaced, that's fine. However, carmine (and any of it's other forms of a different name: cochineal, cochineal extract, crimson lake or carmine lake, natural red 4, C.I. 75470, E120 or carminic acid) and gelatin/gelatine should also be avoided as I have allergies to not only meat but some pretty severe ones to carmine and gelatin/gelatine.

I am a vegetarian, but I eat vegan close to 100% of the time, as I am finding out that I'm reacting to eggs and dairy. I also have issues with soy and gluten, but recipes that include those things are fine as alternatives are easy to find. This is a great link for ingredients to steer clear of for vegetarians and vegans.

While I am not a Christian, I used to have tied with Judaism, and when sending me certain things, I can appreciate the architecture of ancient religious temples, but only from an architecture standpoint - if that is the goal, feel free to send along.

Please don't send me anything involving Game of Thrones.

Requests

If you are sending me any kind of mail swap, please consider putting stamps on it instead of the "postage paid" labels that the post office prints out. I love seeing my swaps arrive with stamps all over them, much more visually appealing and collectible. If stamps aren't possible, it's not a big deal, it's only a preference and won't change how I rate you.

Swap Content, Etc.

I love crafting and creating and while I am a beginner at some things, I'm seasoned at others. I have a lot of interests and I'm sure that's shown in the things I create and send out.

For some reason, I am extremely nervous about this whole pocket letter thing and I've had one in the works for some time now. I've seen such elaborate ones and I feel like one I make probably wouldn't compare, but I'll take the plunge at some point and send it to someone, I'm sure! Hopefully they'll like it.

I love postcards. I don't care what they're made from, what they're in, what is stuck to them just yesterday, I received one that had a coin stuck to it with a sticker sealed over it, I was so thrilled and dumbfounded that I hadn't thought to do this myself, haha).. I don't want to limit anyone's creativity, I just ask that I not be sent religious things or anything I've listed that I wouldn't like to receive elsewhere on my profile.

Please Keep in Mind

The Fun of Deadlines and Postmarks

I will sometimes do my swaps at home or at work, especially during my overnight shifts since I have some down time, and I can often send my flat-mail from work because there is a mail box right outside of the main entrance of the site I am at most often and when at home, there is a mailbox at the end of the road and many post offices between where I work and where I live, so I have many opportunities to mail my swaps well before the deadlines, and I'm not anticipating anything throwing a wrench into my life and causing me to send something late, but if that time ever comes, I will definitely communicate that to my partners.

For swaps with tight/short deadlines or for swaps that take lots of time, effort and detail, however, I may finish and ship before the deadline or the date of the deadline, so please keep this in mind as the postmark may not reflect when I put the swap into the mailbox or handed it over to the post office depending on their pickup time for the day, which also applies for deadlines that fall on Fridays, weekends and statutory holidays, because if post after the daily pickup time on the date of the deadline, the swap will not be travelling until the next business day, which could be a day after or a whole weekend and even a long weekend after I posted it, that is why I take digital pictures whenever I send my swaps out; the pictures I take have a permanent time-stamp and date-stamp which is accessible through the properties menu of the image file and are pictures of the swap itself, the packaging with visible addresses and my username and the swap name, any receipts from sending larger packages, myself depositing the swap into a mailbox and the mailbox itself, just in case. I will also send a message to you if I send something on the deadline date.

My Swaps to You

I’ve never had this happen and I hope that it never does, but I’m seeing it happen a lot on here lately that upon receiving swaps there is sometimes postage owed. Should I ever have to send anything larger than a letter, I go to a post office to have it measured and weighted (and convince them to put stamps on it rather than a boring postage-paid sticker.. it doesn’t always work) and I always fill out a customs form (if you’re international for me) for swaps marked as GIFT, as that is exactly what I am sending to you and I mark the value as low. If for some reason you ever receive a swap from me that has postage owing, please contact me, show me what I you had to pay and I will gladly reimburse you for whatever you paid. Here is hoping that I never run into that problem

I want my swap partners to be happy and I will not flake, I enjoy putting effort into something that someone else is going to receive and I get just as excited while I'm waiting to hear if my swap arrived to you because I hope you will like it as much as I loved making/creating/writing it.

If you don't receive your swap from me within 4-8 weeks (depending on which part of the globe you're on), please reach out to me and I will definitely arrange to resend. I take pride in the swaps I do and I know how disappointing it can be to be waiting and waiting and nothing comes, that feeling sucks, especially when you've put in so much effort for the swap you did for your partner. You deserve to receive something just as much as any other hard-working swapper does. My goal is to keep my score at a 5 and keep my partners happy.

Your Swaps to Me

As I said before, be as creative as you want, assuming the swap you're involved with me doesn't have restrictions.

If you find you have a hard time picking things from my profile for certain swaps, feel free to message me and we can work something out. Sometimes the things I like aren't always available or they're expensive where you live or if having to order them online (if it's your only option) and shipping would take too long and put you over the deadline or even too expensive, I get that. If you reach out to me, I'm sure that there are other things you can send to me that I can easily re-gift for other swaps or people in my life.

If you need extra time for whatever reason like hard-to-find profile/swap items, life getting in the way, emergencies, illness, etc, please message me to let me know that you'll be sending your swap out a little late so I can expect that. I will not rate you down for sending a swap late under circumstances like that as there are things beyond our control and things happen when they happen - we are not as in control of our lives as we would like to believe. As long as I receive a swap from you and you clearly put effort into it, I will not rate you down.

If we arrange for you to do a resend to me because I didn't receive something after an expected period of time (depending on how far away you live from me), I will not rate you down. If it turns out that you sent me a re-send as arranged and I receive it and I end up receiving your initial package, I will absolutely let you know and I will send you a package to make up for receiving both (this happened to me for one of the first swaps I did years ago. I received a resend less than two weeks after it was sent and then two months later I received the first one and the postmark showed it was sent before the deadline of the swap, so I sent her a package to make up for both arriving to me).

If your swap deserves a 5, then it deserves a 5, even if it's late/resent and we've been in contact about it. I hate giving out 3s and 1s, so I don't unless absolutely necessary.

The Postal Unpredictability

Keep in mind that postal services can be horrible, Canada Post especially. Some postcards that I've sent to Russia have taken 3 months to arrive.

Loves

(Hints to Use for Surprise Profile Swaps)

  • Hockey cards
  • Baseball cards
  • Montreal Expos memorabilia (including game tickets)
  • New York Islanders memorabilia (including game tickets)
  • Cat things
  • Cat toys
  • Friendship books (I have none of these at the moment)
  • Tea (individually wrapped, loose, or bags wrapped in handmade sleeves.. doesn't matter to me!)
  • Coffee
  • Bento boxes and accessories
  • Miniature and Regular-Sized Tea Sets
  • Coins
  • Stamps (used or mint, international or domestic)
  • Tea tins/canisters
  • Tea infusers
  • Corks from various alcohol bottles
  • Foods and drinks that are not available where I live
  • Arts, crafts and planner/journaling supplies
  • Stationery and other letter writing accessories
  • Custom items that say my name: Victoria, nickname: Vicky or TGIF or Vic and my last name since I'm often called by that more than my first name considering my job and it's something that men seem to like to do and I'm around them constantly (you'll have to ask for my last name if you're not a swap partner)
  • Custom items that say my niece's name: Calleigh
  • Custom items that say my nephew's name: Austyn
  • Custom items that say my siter's name: Katarina (not Katrina.. it's a mistake that happens often, but there is an extra A in there)
  • Rubber and acrylic stamps
  • Unique attachments that I can put on my duty belt for work.. even better if they're something custom made that doesn't exist or cannot be found or bought
  • Postcards of any kind, any shape
  • Swap-bot information cards or stickers
  • Postcrossing and/or Postcard United information stickers
  • Bookcrossing supplies (especially custom)
  • Firefighter themed things. My boyfriend’s badge number is 3404

Un-Loves

(Hints to Use for Surprise Profile Swaps)

  • Anything religious (including angels or cherubs.. unless the angels or cherubs are related to Valentine's Day)
  • Anything promoting political extremism, hate speech, intolerance, prejudice and discrimination of any kind
  • Recipes involving meat where the meat cannot be replaced (including carmine and gelatin - both of which I'm allergic to), gluten, highly-processed foods and soy

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Where I can, I reuse many materials like envelopes, wrapping paper, bags and anything else that is suitable to reuse for packaged swaps but I don’t reuse items that are overly worn or damaged.

I don’t mind if my partners do the same by reusing materials, I’m sure the planet would love you for it too. :)

Where Do I Get My Stationery?

I've been asked where I buy my stationery and I get it from La Papierre! If you decide to subscribe, mention my full name (if you PM me, I will tell you), Victoria F aka agirlnamedfriday or Victoria F in Elgin, Ontario, or even Victoria F - [email protected], you and I will both receive free stationery :D

Ratings

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Comment: I love the mail-a-lobster postcard, thank you! And such a great quote about being strong, I am in total agreement! (We need to be strong now more than ever.) Stay safe and be well!
Response: Oh good, I'm glad you got them! I'm glad you like the mail-a-lobster card too. Best wishes to you and your loved-ones during this time. <3
lovesreward rated for Let's send cat postcards! on Apr 11, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for the cute yoga cat card, my husband and I got a kick out of it and I think my cats (and I!) need to do this dynamic spinal twist to help us stretch because we could all use a good stretch! I hope you are well and staying healthy too. Take care! <3 Thank you for the second "extra" RAK cat PC you sent to me - cute face and you certainly have more interesting stamps in Canada than we do here in the US! :) <3 Take care!
Response: I love the postcards too! I think my old cats (who are now currently my parent's cats) need to do far more than just yoga.. they're getting super lazy!
PaperProf rated for Let's send cat postcards! on Apr 10, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for the cute cat PC.
Response: You're welcome :)
Hyshu rated for Christmas Postcards on Feb 5, 2020
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Comment: I received both of your postcards AND the very generous envelope full of goodies!! You did not have to send me all that but it was wonderful to open and go through. Thank you so much for all!!
Response: I'm glad they both arrived, even though one took an incredibly LOOOOONG journey.. I wonder where it spent its time while it was making it's way across the border, haha. I know I didn't have to send the envelope, but I felt terrible when it hadn't arrived and everyone else's had, it really sucks when a swap you're supposed to receive doesn't show up, and I wanted to make up for it, so I looked through your profile and picked things I hoped you'd enjoy :). I am glad both showed up after all though, and glad you enjoyed the envelope of goodies :)
matt319 rated for Quick send postcard swap #5 on Jan 30, 2020
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Response: Thank you
suepier rated for Christmas Postcards on Jan 23, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for the pretty postcard.
Response: You're welcome :)
blubutterfly rated for Chunk O Christmas Intl 2019 on Jan 17, 2020
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Comment: Apologies for the late rating! I set aside a pile of paperwork and it had mail mixed in!! The cards did not arrive together, the extra one arrived first (our delivery here is randomly sketchy, I think the postal person just doesn't bother working on Monday's as a rule, and I often get other people's mail...). But no matter the delivery time it was lovely of you to send the extra! I haven't been to Fort Henry for many many years but visited there with my late Husband when we were just dating (we were both students at CFSCE), and we were married not too far away from there actually, at the Barriefield Rock Garden (do you know that spot?). It brought back good memories, thank-you so much:) Hope 2020 is starting out good for you!! Thank-you for your family's Service:)
Response: I do know of the Barriefield Rock Garden! I lived at CFB for many years and spent a lot of time there with friends who lived in that area, as many had come over to Lundy's Lane to do grades 7 and 8 (the school on the base) from J.E. Horton because it only went up to grade 6.. so that was a very familiar area since it was literally right in between both of those places. :)
MeggyMoo rated for Chunk O Christmas Intl 2019 on Jan 8, 2020
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Comment: Rush the renovations and get the cats! Prior to Coco, I always had cats in pairs and always brothers. They were so much fun and great company for one another, too. Coco, however, came as an only (the last kitten there when I went to get some) and a girl and would not tolerate other cats around, even as a kitten. She's fine with Meg (the dog) but that's it! 17 years old and set in her ways! I bet you can't wait to get your own cats! All the best, Tracy.
Response: I'd love to rush them, but this winter has been so weird and unpredictable and when it's been "wintry", it's been really bad.. so we will definitely have to wait until at least spring.. but here's hoping that time goes by quickly and the snow leaves sooner rather than later :)
ScrapHappyGabi rated for Chunk O Christmas Intl 2019 on Jan 8, 2020
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Comment: THANK YOU for the fabu chunk!! Love it!! Hope your Holidays were amazing! HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Ps - THANK YOU SO MUCH for sending the Kingston Penetentiary!! I LOVE IT!!! This is so cool!
Response: You're welcome! I'm always thrilled when I look through someone's profile and find that I actually already have stuff they might like!
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Comment: This is such a cute card Victoria! Thank you very much! Hope you had a great Christmas and that your 2020 would be filled with happiness and love :)
Response: You are so welcome! I hope your 202 is filled with the same :)
newrule rated for Christmas Postcards on Dec 29, 2019
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Comment: Thanks for the lovely card! Happy New Year!
Response: You're welcome, happy 2020! :)
CheyanneB rated for Holiday Greetings on Dec 23, 2019
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Comment: Thank You!! (And thanks for following up) I look forward to enjoying some yummy tea :)
Response: No problem! Mail is a little unpredictable this time of year and it's disappointing when you don't receive something you've been expecting. I'm glad it arrived :)
suepier rated for WIYM: Woot! PC Swap time! #9 on Dec 21, 2019
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Comment: Thank you for the great postcard.
Response: You're welcome :)
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Comment: Thank you!
Response: You're welcome :)
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Comment: Thank you so much for your amazing card! Wish you magical holiday season!
Response: You're welcome, I hope your holidays went well :)
CrystalZ rated for Holiday Greetings on Dec 18, 2019
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Comment: Thank you for the cute Christmas card! The two yummy teas will be enjoyed and the labels I will be using this year :)
Response: That's great, I'm glad you're pleased :).
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Comment: Hi Victoria! This card arrived earlier than the other mail you sent out to me :) Thank you for the Holiday greetings!
Response: It's amusing how unpredictable the mail is around this time of year, I'm not at all surprised about the arrival times. Happy holidays to you!
debbiespoms rated for WIYM: Christmas Postcards on Dec 17, 2019
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Comment: Thank you! I love it! Happy Holidays!
Response: Happy holidays to you too! :)
mrsD rated for Holiday Greetings on Dec 17, 2019
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Comment: love the xmas tree kitty card. thanks for the yummy tea and tags too! merry Christmas!
Response: I'm glad you liked it! <3
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Comment: Than you very much for the pretty Christmas card, extra card,PC, and bookmarks! Love all! I myself, had never touched a Blind swap until a month ago and like you I have been on here for years. 2008 to be exact. But I was always afraid to do these, because don't how the person would react. So, I look at profiles. Happy Christmas Victoria!
Response: I'm glad my choices made you happy! Now that the first blind swap has been a success, I'll probably do more in the new year :)

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Comments

lovesreward on May 3, 2020:

Thank you for the RAK second PC for "Let's Send Cat PCs" - I finally found your profile to say thank you - I appreciate the extra love and the nice postage stamps too! I hope all is well with you! <3

MsBellaDonna on Apr 13, 2020:

Thank you so much for the extra PC! I really love it and the great quote too! Love and hugs!

MeggyMoo on Jan 21, 2020:

Thanks for the extra card of the Prince George Hotel! It arrived late last week, all on it's own and in fine shape!

CrystalZ on Oct 2, 2019:

I appreciate the fun postcard you sent me as a thank you! Love the Apollo 11 stamp on it too :)

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