1/6/18 - This past week I went through to see which swaps I have yet to be rated for as well as swaps I have not yet received. I will be reaching out to these partners in the coming weeks. I am not on as much as I have been but I do still check my messages fairly regularly (not weekends) and always follow through with my commitments.
10/25/17 - I have received a swap from zip code 21044 please message me if this is you!
Hello, my name is Valerie. Native Texan. I love animals, I have two rescue dogs, a rescue cat, and a bunny. [I cant wait to learn how to place their pics here!] Most of my time is spent being lazy with them or being a hermit in my craft "cave". Spend lots of time being an animal advocate, which is why my friends call me Animal.
I love paper crafting, not a day goes by that I am not making something "artsy" or learning something new to try. I love taking pictures, my camera is practically attached to me though I rarely get them printed even though that is the goal. I have a full time job, a sometimes job and recently opened an Etsy store I hope to expand on as well.
I like creepy things and cute things and basically anything with skulls on it, I keep buying Halloween themed things to decorate my house but I have no more shelf space for any of it. I can never get enough cute bunny themed items! Literally, I don't know where to find them!
I am really bad at letter writing portions, I'm pretty antisocial but I am making an effort. Please keep that in mind when receiving things like Pocket letters/note cards etc. I join these swaps more for the craft component and to push myself to be more open and to socialize with people. Thought I would put this even though it makes me sound a bit deranged.
I'm very eclectic especially when it comes to my music taste! I listen to just about anything and everything, but lately feel "old" as I have not been keeping up with current songs/artist, which I feel horrible about as I used to promote bands locally and online YEARS ago. I feel like a fraud as I lived in Austin (the dying "Live Music Capital") my entire life until about 10 months ago. Most tuned to Radio stations: Country 80's pop Alternative/Rock but I do listen to EVERYTHING! Feel free to give me suggestions on what you're listening to right now :)
I do my best not to watch TV but sometimes I get sucked in, I watch You're the Worst, This is US, Doctor Who, a lot of crime shows, AHS, still watch Grey's Anatomy even though that show should probably end already, The Orville, Bull then I also watch dumb shows like KUWTK and Floribama Shore. My husband watches a lot of car shows and he has me watching Americas Got Talent lately as well.
I love anything art/craft related that I can get inspiration from. I also love books on crime, steampunk, mystery, etc. Sadly I collect books more than actually read them.
I also rescue books from a terrible fate and give them new life in the journals I make for myself and my Etsy shop. Though mostly they just mingle in their own walk in closet turned mini library.
Making handmade journals and art books. I love to scrapbook; art journal, I work on at least 4 books at a time; paint; collage, probably one of my oldest and favorite things to do; making journals and planner charms for my Etsy shop.
HAVE Deco Books ♥ YOU WANT TO SEND ALONG? THROW IT IN ALONG WITH ANOTHER SWAP!
Swapping: >>> Paper Open to serious, fun, reliable and quick swappers who don't forget to rate. Please join if you fit these criteria.
>>> Texas Swappers Open to reliable swappers/raters with Texas postal addresses
TOP LIKES: Skulls (all styles- realistic-cartoony) and BUNNIES. Other Likes: Mammoth, Elephant, Rhinosorous, Scarab Beetles, Jelly Fish, steampunk, Circus/Carnivals! arts/crafts, sparkly/shiny things, "dark" things, happy things, dried flowers, hand drawn things, unique images, random photos, vintage things, new things, robots, dinosaurs, space, stars, aliens, anything HALLOWEEN (at any time of the year), glitter, confetti, things that remind me of that old school Funfetti cake with matching icing!!, sequence, unique packaging, decoupage papers/ cool tissue paper designs/gift wrap, anything animal related, small toys (under 2 inches - like you find in gumball machines), zines, used stamps especially from other countries, playing card/random cards with different designs/for different unusual games.... Favorite colors in no particular order: Pink, Gray, Black, Green
POSTCARDS: NAKED! - dont know what to write? Weird facts are cool! the more random/weird the better, not to fond of touristy cards but I know how hard it can be to find cool ones. I've been loving those cards with glitter. Do not mind handmade cards as long as it is clear that effort was involved.
Absolute: If you get nothing else from below PLEASE DO NOT SEND ANY FOOD/DRINK ITEMS...Please no letter writing paper, especially copied/printed, I am not a letter writer and these just take up space before I am able to send them along.
NOTHING DIRTY, STAINED, STICKY OR SMELLY.
***Store bought items (brand new), as I am not finacially able to purchase brand new items for everyone in every swap I participate in, I NEVER expect you to go out and purchase something brand new for me as a swap partner (unless swap specific). If its a new unused product from your stash you will never use thats fine. I just dont want you to feel pressured into having to do something like that, for me! Frankly I much prefer random ods and ends that would make great additions to my personal journals.
If I have an option of sending a PC naked or in an envelope, I will likely send naked because that makes me happy (sorry I'm weird y'all!).
Posting this again because I think it is important: I am really bad at letter writing portions, I'm pretty antisocial but I am making an effort. Please keep that in mind when receiving things like Pocket letters/note cards etc. I join these swaps more for the craft component and to push myself to be more open and to socialize with people.
I will send swaps on time (typically as soon as partners are assigned though not always) unless I'm dead or imprisoned, so if you don't get my swap check the jail or the obits then let my family know!
☹️ I would probably join more swaps if everyone stopped requiring tea packets! 😝
I will RATE as soon as I get my mail from you and hope you would kindly do the same as that lets me know you recieved what I sent.
PLEASE try to write the name of the swap somewhere on the outside of the the envelope/package it helps me when rating. It would be greatly appreciated. I always try to do the same as it also helps me with keeping my outgoing mail straight! Thank you!!
Please message me here if needed as opposed to email if you are able as I typically only check my email if im looking for something specific. If you do email please include the swap name as I join several of the same type of swaps.
HUGE THANK YOU TO EVERYONE, I ENJOY SWAPPING WITH YOU!
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