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aurelas

aurelas
Date Joined: January 31, 2013
Last Online: April 24, 2018
Birthday: April 3
Country: United States
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About Me

Hi! I am a stay-at-home, psychologically disabled mom with a sweet little girl who keeps me running in circles, cats to keep me covered in purrs, and a good husband who tries to help me stay sane. It doesn't work! CHAOS REIGNS HERE! lol

Update: we just got a Netherlands Dwarf rabbit named Pom Pom (he belongs to my daughter). I think I'm in love.

My score is lower than it used to be. I have 2 ones and I would have 3 if one dear soul had not been so kind. The other two were no longer active members of Swap-bot... What happened is this: I got into a swap about memories, and accidentally stumbled into a hornet's nest of memories involving child abuse that I had kept suppressed for over a decade. I was so confused and generally messed up from that that I didn't finish the swap for about a year. I would have finished it sooner but I was ashamed for being so late, and as I saw it, so weak. I also dreaded having to explain what had taken me so long. It was totally my fault and I deserved less than I got. The people here are so generous! I will probably not be engaging in any swaps of memories again, so you should receive everything from me on time. :)

I someday want to be a published writer of both fiction and nonfiction. Right now though, I'm kind of finding myself and trying to get my insanely messy house in order while taking care of my daughter and kitties and now bunny. I spend my little bits of free time reading, embroidering, sewing, crocheting, knitting, scrapbooking, watching British television and anime, and playing Lord of the Rings Online or Sims 3. I am an ice hockey fan and a lover of music, the ballet, and the opera.
I used to want to be an actress on Broadway and still would love to play Lady Macbeth someday. I also love words and spend way too much time trying to figure out their origins or learn bits of dead or unusual languages. I'm really into Japanese right now but still know very little of it! I work on my stories in my head as I go but rarely have time to write them down.

Please note: everything will come from a smoke-free home, but our home does include cats and a rabbit, so if you're allergic, we might have a problem!

I am sometimes interested in private swaps! Just send me a message :)

Fave colours/ house colours - Green! Green is definitely my favourite. Think verdant fields in England...I also love purple. I wear a lot of red and black as well. - Blue and White (like the china) for bedroom - Our kitchen is done in cats and poppies with some strawberries--lots of blacks, reds, and yellows. Or it used to be. It's actually mostly undecorated now. Our current kitchen walls are just so hard to get a nail into! :( - Living room: fall colours. - Daughter's room: Blue and yellow - Bathroom: theme is Hello Kitty so bright pink, purple, aqua, etc - Pretty much, with me, earthtones are always a sure bet. You cannot go wrong with them and I can always find a place for them.

Favourite Books

  • Little Women
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • The Silmarillion
  • I Capture the Castle
  • Lord of the Rings
  • Sappho's poems
  • Black Butler manga
  • The Hobbit
  • Persuasion
  • The Pickwick Papers
  • David Copperfield
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • The Secret Garden
  • Sherlock Holmes
  • Rebecca
  • The Anansi Boys
  • Brave Story
  • Macbeth (and basically all of Shakespeare--that one is just my favourite)
  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
  • The Remains of the Day
  • Right Ho Jeeves
  • Mansfield Park
  • The Innocence of Father Brown
  • Pandora Hearts manga
  • Anne of Green Gables
  • Cold Comfort Farm
  • Harry Potter series
  • Howard's End
  • Gintama manga -- Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
  • The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe
  • The Princess and the Goblin
  • Jonathon Strange and Mr. Norrell
  • Watership Down
  • Aubrey/Maturin series by Patrick O'Brien
  • Gemma Doyle Trilogy
  • Richard Jury mysteries by Martha Grimes

Favorite Television

  • Gintama
  • Monty Python's Flying Circus
  • The Addams Family
  • Last of the Summer Wine
  • Black Butler
  • Dark Shadows
  • Doctor Who
  • Yes Minister/Yes Prime Minister
  • The IT Crowd
  • Parks and Recreation
  • The Good Life
  • Mystery Science Theatre 3000
  • As Time Goes By
  • Top Gear UK
  • The Red Green Show
  • Seinfeld
  • Early Edition
  • Spice and Wolf
  • Home Improvement
  • Tiger & Bunny
  • Masterpiece Theatre
  • Hetalia
  • Antiques Roadshow
  • Soul Eater
  • Monk
  • Numb3rs
  • Blast of Tempest
  • A Bit of Frye and Laurie
  • Deathnote
  • Atelier
  • Sakamoto Desu Ga
  • Fullmetal Alchemist
  • The Three Stooges
  • Laurel and Hardy
  • Portlandia
  • Scarecrow and Mrs. King
  • Fawlty Towers
  • Mushi-shi
  • Green Acres
  • Mission Impossible (original series)
  • Waiting for God
  • Are You Being Served?
  • Black Books
  • Recess
  • Noragami

okay, I watch a lot of tv and I'm blanking out now Currently watching: Absolutely Fabulous, Gintama, Find It Fix It Flog It, rewatching Parks and Rec and TIger & Bunny, and Talking Tom, which is probably the cleverest show for kids out there. And for adults for that matter.

Favorite Movies

  • Sense and Sensibility
  • Singin in the Rain,
  • All About Eve
  • The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
  • I Capture the Castle
  • Citizen Kane
  • Life is Beautiful
  • Sabrina (w/ Audrey Hepburn)
  • Lord of the Rings
  • Conversations with Other Women
  • The King's Speech
  • Vertigo
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Phantom of the Opera
  • Ladies in Lavender
  • Sunset Boulevard
  • Pride and Prejudice (A&E)
  • Cold Comfort Farm
  • Wall-E
  • Toy Story
  • 84 Charing Cross Road
  • Harry Potter
  • Waiting for Guffman
  • Nicholas Nickleby
  • The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill but Came Down a Mountain
  • My Fair Lady
  • The Remains of the Day
  • 2001 A Space Odyssey
  • It (Clara Bow, not Stephen King lol)

Also love the Marvel/Avengers movies, with fave characters being Thor, Loki, Black Widow, and Hawkeye

Favorite Music

  • Enya
  • Simon and Garfunkel
  • The Beatles
  • Florence and the Machine
  • Kalafina
  • Queen
  • Carla Bruni
  • Lindsey Stirling
  • Bob Marley and the Wailers
  • Three Dog Night
  • Linda Ronstadt
  • Bille Holliday
  • Bach! my favourite composer
  • Barenaked Ladies
  • Seinabo Cey
  • The Weakerthans
  • Mouse Rat ;)
  • The Everley Brothers
  • Norah Jones
  • Ella Fitzgerald
  • Frank Sinatra
  • Dido
  • Charlotte Church
  • Debussey
  • Peter, Paul, and Mary
  • Fats Waller
  • SID
  • Patsy Cline
  • Jem
  • Wagner
  • Gershwin
  • Scott Joplin
  • just about anything Jack Black sings
  • Pete Seeger
  • Clint Black

Favorite Crafts

  • sewing
  • hand embroidery
  • crocheting
  • cross stitch
  • scrapbooking
  • cardmaking
  • costume making
  • quilting by hand
  • latch hook
  • smashbooking
  • making stickers from catalogue pictures
  • upcycling clothing
  • art journaling (well, I'm staring to anyway)

I save all sorts of junk to make into things and sometimes even get around to doing it. The first example I can think of is a hair barrette made from a dull old Sunbeam bottle opener. I am a bit of a hoarder and am trying to find more and more ways to use up my stash of stuff.

I am also wanting to learn to draw manga-style and to make woodcuts or lino-cuts.

Basically, if I don't know how to do it yet, I am either planning to learn or working on learning.

What I Love

  • Cats
  • Books
  • Mysteries real and fictional
  • American Girl, Barbie, and Les Cheries dolls
  • Stickers without halos
  • Rubber stamps
  • Goth stuff that doesn't involve suicide themes, guns, or pentagrams.
  • Paperdolls!
  • Vintage postcards--unless they have giant grasshoppers on them! I say this because I have seen some. Even if there is a cowboy riding them, they still creep me out and give me nightmares and make me want to run and hide. lol
  • Great Britain
  • Japan
  • Myths and Legends
  • Folk songs
  • Hello Kitty
  • Ancient Egypt
  • Helena Bonham Carter
  • Dinosaurs
  • Shabby Chic
  • Autumn
  • Goats
  • Halloween! Best holiday ever :D
  • Costumes
  • Fashion Design
  • Reptiles
  • The Regency Era
  • Maritime History/Archaeology
  • Archery
  • Rats
  • Corgis
  • Swimming at the Beach (I wish I could live in the water)
  • Fog and Rain
  • Movies adapted from classic books
  • Really dark chocolate
  • Mohair Yarn
  • Canoeing
  • Bats
  • Camping
  • Tweed
  • Riding in Trains
  • Sheep :D Someday I want to own some.
  • Cherries! I am a sucker for anything with cherries
  • Blue and white china
  • Butlers--they fascinate me
  • Red lipstick
  • Ice hockey--Go Lightning!,
  • Plaid
  • Weeds (dandelions, thistles, etc)
  • Vintage Gunne Sax dresses
  • Teacups
  • Tigger
  • Audrey Hepburn
  • Vintage sewing patterns
  • Rabbits and hares
  • Birch trees
  • Calla lillies
  • Vintage cars, especially British
  • Grumpy Cat
  • Coca Cola
  • Green leaves
  • Ghosts (not really into zombies, werewolves, and vampires though)
  • Vivienne Westwood
  • Japanese street fashion
  • haikus and other poetry
  • quotes about books and reading
  • history in general
  • World War II-era posters and such, particularly ones featuring strong women
  • hippie stuff, just no pot leaves please! lol
  • dinosaurs
  • fishnets
  • ginger everything
  • dishy bishies
  • anything really odd

Wishlist

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I love just about everything, but there are a few things I'm looking for:

  • anything Black Butler (except the upside-down pentagram symbol) Grelle is my favourite
  • anything Gintama, especially Katsura and Elizabeth
  • anything Doctor Who, especially 11th Doctor, River Song, TARDIS, or Amy Pond-related
  • magazine/news clippings of Helena Bonham Carter--I'm a bit obsessed and she practically never appears in American publications!
  • vintage car photos/ads
  • washi tape
  • brads and buttons
  • Superman and Supergirl logos
  • toile, tweed, and tartans
  • British and Japanese seeds
  • anything Hello Kitty
  • vintage sewing notions
  • celestial items (sun, moon, and stars)
  • art deco
  • vintage embroidery designs
  • Siamese cats
  • fairies/ Tolkien-esque elves--no Santa's elves please!
  • vintage fashion images
  • Barbie stuff
  • bookplates
  • art nouveau
  • the Union Jack--I collect it
  • anything in a non-English language, especially Welsh or Japanese! Korean is really cool too.
  • Kutsushita Nyanko
  • Chococat
  • Choo Choo Cat
  • Tigger (used to be one of my nicknames)
  • maneki neko cats aka lucky cats
  • Tokidoki
  • cherry blossoms, ginko leaves, birch trees
  • anything for Les Cheries dolls--it's so hard to find here!

What I Don't Like

  • Grasshoppers, especially large ones! I go into panic attack mode and may even run when I see the big ones. Please don't do that to me! It's hard enough living in Florida lol
  • Anything gory (unless it's surgery--I know, I'm weird)
  • Attack on Titan
  • Twilight or any vampires that sparkle, twinkle, etc. I like my vampires to be scary and dangerous and something no one sane would want to be (Dracula, Barnabas Collins, the Anne Rice ones, etc unless they are Bunnicula lol Bunnicula is the exception!)
  • Zombies (unless they are the Bizarre Dolls from Kuroshitsuji)
  • Anything that promotes hatred or degradation of any group of people
  • Anything explicitly sexual--artistic nudes are fine. Pinup style art is okay with me. Porn is not. I know there is a fine line, but if it is blatantly exploitative, it is out. If you have doubts, don't send it!
  • Gross-out or potty humour--I really just don't find it funny. I mean, I see poop all the time. I'm a mother.
  • Emojis, especially the poop one. See above.
  • Excessive use of profanity

(Monty Python and Gintama break most of my rules but I love it because of the bloody brilliant way in which they do it. But they're the only ones who can get by with it).

  • If we're talking food, onions are my big no-no. I can't stand them.
  • Please don't send chocolate because this is Florida and it will melt into a puddle long before I get it! In fact, I'd say most foods probably will lol
  • Please don't send me anything that smells like cigarette smoke. It makes it very hard for me to breathe. I am a classic nerd--I have mild asthma lol
  • A lot of perfumes and scents in makeup give me headaches or stuff my nose up or make me look like I'm crying so it's probably safest not to send me anything scented.

About Religious Items: I am a Christian and a member of an Episcopalian church. If you do not believe that Episcopalians are proper Christians, please keep it to yourself. I would prefer not to be sent religious tracts of any kind or any kind of proselytizing material. I will gladly be friends with anyone of ANY creed provided they do not try to force their beliefs on me.
Christian stickers, cards, etc are fine with me, so long as they do not advertise a specific denomination. I find other beliefs very interesting and will not be offended by cards and such relating to them, with one exception: no Satanist stuff, please! And by Satanist I literally mean "worshiping Satan." I have never heard of Satanist stationary so I'm not too worried. lol

My Daughter's Info

6 years old,in first grade loves: - horses, unicorns, and pegasus - Wonder Woman - science - space, especially the moon - robots - Barbie - castles and dragons - cats, especially grey tabbies like her Gumball - cheetahs and big cats in general - Batman, the 1966 series - dolphins and the ocean - Princess Leia - nature - reading (4th grade level) - rocks - ballet - fairy tales (she likes them dark) - Talking Tom - taekwando - Breyer Horses - My Little Pony - archery - arts and crafts! every kind. She's learning to sew, crochet, and embroider. - dinosaurs - history, especially pilgrims (no idea) - Addams Family (old tv show, not movie) - Beauty and the Beast - dogs - witches - rainbow anything - sparkly anything - playing board games from Cataan Jr. to checkers - Lego everything! - Thomas and Friends/ trains - mermaids - Groovy Girls dolls - cooking and gardening - cotton candy - bunnies

Dislikes: - snakes - spiders - guns - lizards - roaches - sharks - eels - can't have chewy candy or gum! orthodonture :( - Sesame Street - Transformers - blood - poop emoji

Not allowed to watch gory or very violent shows or movies or anything with lots of rude, gross, or potty humour. Not allowed Monster High, Equestria Girls, or other dolls/media that portray deathly skinniness as normal. Nothing racist, sexist, or generally negative about another group of people in any way. Please do not send religious pamphlets, books, or proselytizing materials of any kinds. Things with Bible verses, crosses, creches, etc are fine though, and texts and images from other religions are welcome as well; you can never start teaching diversity too early! I would prefer nothing Satanic be sent to my girl, though.

Ratings

catonip rated for Talk About Your Day Notecard #46 USA on Apr 16, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for sharing your day with me. It was lovely being able to read about your adventures and your daughter and husband sound positively lovely. I would say more but I want to respect your privacy. In the end I hope you where able to find some time to relax and I am always open to being pen pals. :) Warm regards, Vivi
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Comment: Christine... thanks so much for the birthday card and the enclosed goodies.
Peaches12 rated for April 2018 Birthday Card Swap on Apr 6, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for the goodies!
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Comment: Wow, what a nice long sweet note, really cute goodies AND a stain tip- all in one very special envelope. This is what swapping- is all about-- GREAT SWAP and thanks so much.
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Comment: I loved reading about your day and all the horses. Thank you for all the goodies!
MyRetroSoul rated for Just Randomness on Mar 22, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for all the wonderful stuff!
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Comment: Thank you so much for the sweet mail. I wouldn't feel too sad about your daughter as most kids go back & forth as to whether they want you around or not. It does sound like you were busy! Thanks so much for the extras too. The tea looks great!
Amy7783 rated for Define Your Childhood on Jul 6, 2015
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Comment: The first 1 I have to rate ;( Received on June 23rd.
Elliepatterson rated for Define Your Childhood on Jun 24, 2015
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Comment: I got your message and will write more later
chubbyhell rated for Love Yourself Email Swap on Jul 25, 2014
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DeidreArt rated for Gain exposure to your blog 2! on Apr 2, 2014
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myfairladyxx rated for Define Your Childhood on Nov 3, 2013
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Comment: Hi Christie I appreciate you getting an hold of me about this swap. I understand that sometimes life gets in then way of swaps. :) I hope that we can be partners in another swap with better timing so it can have a more positive outcome! Take care.
seekingjoytoday rated for Define Your Childhood on Oct 20, 2013
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Comment: I'm sorry, I hate to rate low but I never got anything and I did contact you. It's now three weeks late.
jaz1yn rated for Song Swap: Numbers on Oct 17, 2013
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Comment: Thanks for making your list into a playlist! I didn't recognize the album art for "85" and when I looked it up saw that it was on Rilo Kiley's first release, The Initial Friend E.P., which isn't on Spotify. Note to self: add "One Fine Day" and "December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)" to my Motown-ish/oldies playlist... thank you for reminding me of those songs. I had "Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M." on my list too. :)
MrsDoubleA rated for Song Swap: Numbers on Oct 12, 2013
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Comment: Thank you for your playlist.
KatrinaAlana rated for Follow me #12 on Oct 3, 2013
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Comment: Thank you so much!
Hanabeess rated for Song Swap: Numbers on Oct 3, 2013
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Comment: Thank you for your great playlist! I really enjoy all of them especially I loved the song of Yeah yeah yeahs:) the style is unique:)
Mrrranda rated for Song Swap: Numbers on Oct 2, 2013
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Comment: Thanks! Playlist format was convenient.
amycoelho rated for My playlist in August 2013 on Sep 19, 2013
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Azhuresjewels rated for My playlist in August 2013 on Sep 9, 2013
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farangelinan on Apr 22, 2018:

Profile Swap: Things that make you happy.

  1. Clouds - be it viewing up from the ground or down from the plane. I would imagine animals and stuff from the shape of the clouds. or even jumping on those huge cotton candy land :)

  2. Stars - when i am upset, I would go down to the garden in front of our dorm and lie down on the (dry) grass, listen to David Choi's music, and gaze at the stars. that calms me down a whole lot.

  3. Travelling/Stayaction - visiting new cities i’ve never been to puts a smile on my face. Even a stayacation makes me happy even though i don’t get to travel anywhere. I guess it is the experience of staying in the hotel that makes it feel like not being in the current city i am in. Staycation = Vacation in the hotel of the city you live in.

  4. Kittens/Puppies - they are just so cute and cuddly.

  5. Avocado Toast - yes, its that specific. Hehehe. Actually i love all kinds of bread, but i am on a hiatus from consuming bread. But avocado toast is what makes me happy, every day, all day.

  6. Reading Novels - they allow me to be in a different world walking in the shoes of different people, experiencing through my imagination through the descriptions of the authors. It gives me time off from the things that i am going through at the moment.

  7. Bicycle shaped trinkets - it makes me happy because it reminds me of my bf whom i love so much.

  8. Food - because i am a foodie.

  9. Tulips/Peonies - these two are my favourite flowers and are hard to come by in Jakarta. So when i do get them, it makes me super duper happy. Even though they wither very fast without reaching their full bloom.

  10. Penpalling – I get to be in contact with people far away from me who i regard as friends although we have not met in person yet. I am happy to have found them and call them my friends.

justme2905 on Apr 21, 2018:
  1. Helping my mother cook family dinners. Just being able to be with my mother makes me happy.
justme2905 on Apr 21, 2018:

Things That Make Me Happy Swap


  1. Flowers

My father enjoyed planting flowers. When I see flowers they make me happy because I think about the fun memories of being outside with my Father.

2.Rainbows

Rainbows make me happy because, I feel a connection with my Father who is in heaven now. When I am unsure of something, I look up and see rainbows like the one above it makes me feel like my Father is telling me everything is going to be ok.

3.Music

Music is where I go to escape the stress of the hear and now. Music makes me happy no matter what kind of mood I am in.

4.Holding my great niece for the 1st time made me happy. I felt love like never before. It brought back memories of taking care of her Mother. My 1st niece had my first great niece. April 9, 2018. My birthday is April 7 and my 1st born niece was born April 3. The month of April is full of birthdays. Happy times with my family.

5.Spending time with my next to the youngest nieces makes me happy. The look on her face when I told her I was going to take her to Disney on Ice was priceless. The day of the event I did not want to leave the house. But it was worth it. To hear Ava tell me. Thank you Aunt Mare Mare. You are so sweet. Meant the world to me.

6.Going to my Grandmothers house. I find my Grandmother house a happy place. It is quite and peaceful. I enjoy listening to my Grandmothers stories from her childhood. It makes me happy to see my Grandmother interact with my daughter.

7.Watching my daughter grow. I always said I would never have children. But I have a 13 year old little lady. It is never a dull moment with her around. My daughter always know what to say to make me smile. The joys of being a Mother is never ending.

8.Sunflowers

Yellow is my happy color. Sunflowers bring back happy memories of my Mom and Dad planting sunflowers for me. Little things make me happy. And all of my happy thoughts revolve around my family.

9.Going for walks. I find it amazing go for walks and find things in nature that I have never seen before. It makes me stop and think about God and his beautiful world.

farangelinan on Apr 15, 2018:

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Found this 4in1 combo - Kawaii Pastel Mermaid with my favourite plant. Seaweeds!

anrtist on Aug 21, 2013:

THANX for checking in your LLL GROUP!
Blessings, cc

1creativemama on Aug 21, 2013:

Hi! Thanks for joining the fall atc swap! Just a reminder that tomorrow (August 22) is the last day to send the fall atc out on time. ;)

Darkestlina on Jul 8, 2013:

Buffy is amazing. I think the episode is called I only have eyes for you but I will have to look that up. Also Kudos on Mouse Rat being one of your faves! I am a huge parks and Rec fan

kelliramirez on Jul 3, 2013:

Etsy store swap

Hey faved your shop! Love all the vintage your items are so unique ill keep an eye out for new items

CarlyJo on Jul 1, 2013:

Etsy store promotion swap.

Oh.......OH I LOVE your holly hobby American flag Happiness mug! I am SO HAPPY that you shared your shop I cannot believe that there are these beautiful items out in this world that I have never known about. Than you so much for sharing, I love your cups!

lillianmarie on Jul 1, 2013:

Etsy Store Swap

I favorited your store. You have such a wide variety of items! I like that green yarn!

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