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blubutterfly

blubutterfly
Date Joined: January 28, 2013
Last Online: March 31, 2020
Birthday: February 5
Country: Canada

About Me

Hello! My name is Sarah, I'm in my southern 40's, live in Alberta, Canada and work as a Registered Nurse in the Canadian Army. I am slowly working on my Master's degree and a certificate in wound care so I have been cutting down on my swaps a little bit during the school semesters...but with the current crisis situation in the world I have signed up for a few extra swaps as I have the time and could use some happy mail in the ol' mailbox!

I have over twenty years in the army in the communications branch as a Signals Operator, in the health services branch as a combat medic and now as a nurse, but it will soon be time to retire and I'm hoping returning to school will help set me up for success when I enter the civilian work force.

As a Canadian I am very patriotic, I love our Commonwealth and our Queen.

I am in a long-term relationship now after being widowed in my 20's and I like to still do some of the things that brought me joy before I lost my beautiful husband. I have his picture here because I am so proud and still miss him and think of him every day. He is in everything I do. He was awarded the Canadian Forces Medal of Military Valour for his actions in combat. I am a proud Soldier and a proud soldier's wife!

My spouse and I have had a bit of a small zoo since we've been together, although have lost a few of our companions over the years. Most recently my long-time companion and totem-cat, Emma, in November of 2017. Losing a beloved pet never gets easier and she was my most treasured fur-baby as I had her since my late husband and I bought our first home together. Still with my spouse and I are our 2 dogs and our rather large (and somewhat spoiled) house cat. We recently added a kitten as our remaining cat did not recover well from the loss of his Alpha. Happy to report he completely adores the kitten although she has been less than kind to our furniture! In the past we have had ferrets and budgies, in the future we are hoping for goats and chickens!

Crafting is my favourite hobby and I'm trying to make sure I have time to be creative amidst the busy pace of daily life . Having swaps to do gives me inspiration and means I have to make time for it!

I love paper crafting, reading, journaling, cooking, gardening and jewelry. I used to scrapbook but when I tried to pick it up again I started to find it too restrictive so I have been enjoying my own version of a 'smash book' since I broke down and bought a Zutter Bind-It-All.

I love tea but mostly just black and green teas. My favourites are Orange Pekoe and breakfast teas (really do not like Earl Grey or herbal teas). I have a lovely collection of teapots and pottery mugs (which I have promised to try and downsize as it was growing beyond cabinet space) *this is one promise I am still working at...but thanks to Pinterest I have found another means of using some of my tea related items and I will post a photo once I'm finished (still working on this!!)

Anything vintage is awesome, I spend long hours in the antique malls locally and where ever I might be traveling for work, looking for old books with illustrations or interesting titles, postcards, photographs and various fun ephemera items. Favourite items are old ledgers (with and without writing), maps and and anything related to the British monarchy.

I have had the privilege of owning a camera for most of my life starting with a Polaroid (which I still have and wish they still made inexpensive film for!). I'm not a great photographer but I used to have fun with it and I am trying to again. I found hipstamatic on iPhone and fell in love. I'm also sort of in love with my cell phone as keeping in touch with my family and friends is a top priority for me.

I love old fashioned snail mail, being away so often there was nothing better than hearing my name at mail call. I spent my youth writing to my grandparents and while I now live close to them I still love making and sending them cards and I have standing agreements with a few old friends & army buddies to send postcards from any future travels.

I also like to get out on my motorcycle, weather permitting. I'm learning to do the mechanical work and I was able to rewire the signal lights all by myself (with a bit of help from google), and I'll admit to a giddy sense of personal pride when I put it all back together and it worked!! Next project is a set of up-cycled saddle bags!

While I am not a specifically religious person I am spiritual and I enjoy learning about other faiths and beliefs in the world. I would love to receive anything about your faith should you choose to send:)

Favorite Books

The Fionavar Tapestry, Harry Potter, The Outsiders, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Belgariad/Mallorean series, the "Cat Who" series as well as a healthy love of any sort of romance novel.

I admit that I used to mostly pick new reads by the cover art as I read so much it seemed a good a way as any. Now with my kindle and reading mostly medical journals online I rely on recommendations from friends/family and reviews.

I used to dream of owning a typewriter and writing/publishing a book and thanks to eBay, Kijiji and the local antique malls I now own and love several vintage typewriters:) I've told myself I don't need any more typewriters, but they seem to keep following me home... The writing and publishing a book would still be lovely so I'll keep it on the bucket list.

Although some of my friends and family find my typewriter obsession hilarious, it's true; I am a little in love with my typewriters and as my handwriting is one degree shy of abysmal I often type a note when the swap calls for more than a few lines of text.

Favourite movies & music

Movies: Too many to list!! I love all kinds of movies: comedy, action, drama, mystery, animated, documentary, sci-fi, romance etc. Not that big on horror movies although I watched Cabin in the Woods and loved the story line and originality.

Music: Love just about everything! My favourite playlist at the moment has The Eagles, Barenaked Ladies, Counting Crows, Everclear, Mariana's Trench, Tracy Chapman, Lady GaGa and the Zac Brown Band. My current second favourite playlist is all big band music: Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Glenn Miller and Duke Ellington.

I don't practice much anymore but in the past I played the piano, oboe, trumpet and flute, I have given up learning to play the guitar but I got a ukulele for Christmas (2019) so that is my new mission!

Favorite Television

I watch a ridiculous amount of tv, the insomnia is a lot better these days but the tv covers the tinnitus on bad days. Current favourites (in no particular order) are Bull, Evil, Big Bang Theory & Elementary, Perennial favourites are M.A.S.H, Murder She Wrote, Matlock, Law & Order, Doctor Who (Fourth is my Favourite but I do like Ten and Eleven quite a bit too), Sherlock, The Librarians, Lost Letter Mysteries, Star Trek of any kind (I think Sir Patrick Stewart is kind of awesome, I would listen to him read the phone book if they still made phone books;) and of course just about anything on Masterpiece Theatre:) Which stands in stark contrast to my current addiction: LivePD. I just can't help it! I'm saying it's research as I'm managing a caseload that has an increasing number of addictions related issues.

Favourite Crafts and Stuff

PAPER!! Because the nature of my job was unpredictable and I have had to travel extensively for work over the years I gravitated to paper crafting as it is extremely portable. I have dragged my journals through just about everything including field exercises, training courses, domestic and overseas deployments. I wish they looked like this:

In addition to art journaling/smash style books I also enjoy making/collecting cards and stationary that I send to friends and family.

My second favourite craft is jewelry, primarily earrings and I love to repurpose small items with lovely silver and gold findings. A piece of my work (not pictured here) was recently selected for publication in a US publication and I'm still ridiculously happy when I think about calling my Mom to tell her and thank her for the years of putting up with my arts & crafts!

I love pretty much anything vintage, postcards, old time/national geographic magazines and stamps. Constantly going through gel pens and sharpie markers.

Not my favourite...

Not big on perfumed things as I have terrible scent allergies and we have lots of pets that already test the limits of my sneezing! I tolerate the sneezing and sniffling for my fourfeets because they are wonderful, joyful creatures who desperately needed new homes:)

I like to watch Disney movies but I'm not big on Disney themed stickers, cards, stationary etc.

Etsy

I did cave and join Pinterest but I'll have to figure out how to link it here.

I do surf etsy and I've seen lots of recommendations here to post a favourites list so here goes!

my etsy favs list

Canada Post

Canada post can be hit and miss. I have had some packages arrive from the UK in less than a week while the same sized package from the US took 10 days or more. I will try to rate as soon as I receive swaps but sometimes I do wait for the end of the week and rate everything from that week all at once:)

The post office closes on weekends where I live so for swap send-by dates that fall on a weekend I will try to have them sent by the Friday whenever possible. I like to send early when I can but sometimes it does take me until send by date to make it to the post office. Canada Post removed the local boxes from the county and to mail anything you have to go in to a postal outlet now.

Please note that if the swap send by date falls on a Friday that the postmark will not always read as that date if the mail was picked up after 5pm (even though it went in the mailbox on that date!) The stamp may not be cancelled until the following Monday as that’s just how our system here works!!

As I mentioned I do try to send a bit early when I can and I will ALWAYS send by the date the host picks and always to swap requirements.

If you do not receive anything after a reasonable amount of time please pm me! I have great ratings/feedback so far and I only sign-up for a few swaps at a time. I have been flaked on numerous times now so I know exactly how much it sucks!! I will NOT do that to someone!

Fabulous Swappers

I received this in the mail in 2013. Not even part of a swap...just because! How cool is that?! Completely unexpected and very much appreciated:)

What I'd love

I absolutely love quirky/odd/strange postcards or note cards of any kind, stamped with real postage (several swappers have introduced me to vintage postage, this is good and bad because I love it but now spend far too much time (and $$) on eBay, but I did recently find a site with lot sales of older Canadian postage:) I always love to see a nice note on the back of postcards, even if it’s only about the weather & what you did today! Other favourite subjects/cards/suppliers include: Banksy, Jetoy, Naughty Little People, Redbubble, Lantern Press, Glen Baxter, Edward Gorey, TinTin, Royal Family photo cards, vintage cards, black & white photo cards, cards with bees/butterflies, cards with typewriters, just to name a few things!

Ratings

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Comment: I loved your letter and the wonderful items you sent!
Cariboocarol rated for CS: A Canadian Fact #2 on Mar 27, 2020
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Comment: Thank you very much for the long beaver card and extra plus a lovely note! The envelope you made was fabulous too - its a keeper!
KatKit rated for Let's send black&white postcards! on Mar 27, 2020
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Comment: What an interesting card. I really like this type of artwork. I enjoy Christmas themes any time and in this world turned upside down at the moment, I hear there are some communities with their Christmas lights on. I've also been watching Hallmark Christmas movies that are running on one of the channels I get. So your Santa card is most welcome!
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Comment: Thanks for the fun chunk. The grandkids thought the beaver was great. The Star Gazing Snowshoe tour sounds like a lot of fun. I got our several times, but not near as much as I used to. The past three winers have been poor. We get a lot of snow but then it rains or partially melts within two days. Temps reached 74F/23C the other day. For March in Maine, that is just wrong.
loverofpostcards rated for Ugly PC Swap #2 on Feb 19, 2020
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Comment: Sure is ugly!! lol
CheyanneB rated for CS: Let's Trade 3 PCs on Feb 18, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for the awesome selection of postcards!! (And for the extras) I’m very appreciative to be adding them to my collection :)
ayahsantos rated for NOT YOUR EVERYDAY POSTCARD on Feb 11, 2020
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Comment: Hi Sarah!! I love this wooden card. I have few from Hallmark *RIP*. Everytime I go to Edmonton I go to Sherwood Park too. My bf cousins live there. Take Care!!
Cariboocarol rated for CS: Something Canadian Postcard on Jan 31, 2020
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Comment: Hello! I love the good old Canada goose as well - thank you very much!
Catt007 rated for STAR WARS POSTCARD SWAP - INTL on Jan 27, 2020
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Comment: Love the postcard, thank you :)
AlisonKingWriter rated for Ugly PC Swap #1 on Jan 23, 2020
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Comment: I love the interesting card! Right up my alley tbh, so well done! And yes- any mail in the PO is good mail :) Have a lovely day! -Al
tigermousecat rated for Happy New year on Jan 22, 2020
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Comment: Thanks so much for the bright and sparkling card you resent!
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Comment: Thanks! I always enjoy a non-square card, and nice stamp assortment too! The Underwood Champion is a great looking typewriter, but I think I'm looking at 50s or possibly 40s models. I wasn't able to nail down a pic of a 1937. I THINK (but I'm not sure) that the Champion is one of the machines that you can find with the loopy cursive typeface. I've had an ongoing eBay search for over a year now, but all I ever find is Underwood Olivetti's. I do NOT want an Olivetti. I have a few 30s machines (mostly Royals) that I got over the last two years, but I haven't gotten to use them much. Oh, one last thing: there are more Canadians here in our park than Americans. Yay for us, tho, Minnesotans have the second most people here.
ScrapHappyGabi rated for Chunk O Christmas Intl 2019 on Jan 17, 2020
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Comment: Love this Christmas Chunk! Dinno what route it took to get here.. I like to imagine that it went through all of Europe and saw some amazing sights! LOL Thank you so much! LOVE that you typed it on your new typewriter! How cool to have such a neat vintage feel!! Hope 2020 is treating you well so far! XX Gabi
NRGordon rated for Chunk O Christmas Intl 2019 on Jan 12, 2020
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Comment: Thanks for the cute 'chunk'. It is truly a Christmas card for our part of the world. We made a couple away visits before Christmas but the kids all came here for the holiday. It is always a good time.
MeggyMoo rated for Chunk O Christmas Intl 2019 on Jan 8, 2020
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Comment: Lovely card and sentiment, thankyou! I hope you also enjoyed your Christmas and that the new year has started off well! Tracy
bluehairedmary rated for CHWH ~ Autumn/Winter PC on Jan 5, 2020
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Comment: Nice winter view! I'm hoping we get snow this year - it's Georgia, though - so that's not guaranteed! Happy New Year!
Ciska76 rated for New Year’s Card 2020 on Dec 24, 2019
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Comment: Thank you so much Sarah for your beautiful envelope, the cool notecards and your lovely note. I love this time of year, where you can dream about the garden. After Christmas We want to look into what seeds to order for next year...what a joy! I wish you a wonderful Christmas and a joyful start of 2020. 💕
wm rated for PROFILE BASED POSTCARD SWAP - NOVEMBER on Dec 23, 2019
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Comment: Awesome! Thank you for the Scrabble tiles!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
user6937 rated for HOW STRANGE!!! POSTCARD-NOVEMBER on Dec 3, 2019
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Comment: Thanks so much! I love "Naughty Little People" cards and the Queen Califia is great! Thanks for the extra pc's too (I just sent out the same Canada map card, so you've sent a replacement for me). Love the typed address label - I used to have one until I "lent" it to somebody and never got it back. Rotters.
Vickiejojo rated for In Memory Of...PC Intl on Nov 26, 2019
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Comments

tigerlily2110 on May 28, 2018:

Alice in Wonderland postcard Hi, left you a message on 26th May, has this swap arrived with you? I'm away until 1st June, but can you let me know if it hasn't arrived by then, and I will resend. Thanks Kath

e2java on Nov 3, 2016:

So today was just an ordinary day…nothing special about it until I came home and saw an international little package waiting on the counter for me. Thank you so much for the sweet surprise! I haven't tried that brand of jelly babies but I am sure they will be delicious. I might not bother with dinner now!

ScrapHappyGabi on Mar 20, 2016:

spring

rexypants on Nov 11, 2015:

Thinking of you this Remembrance Day.

bbsporty on Nov 10, 2015:

Today I was greeted by the best soft kitty postcard ever!! Thanks so much for the Happy Mail!

LittleRed on Aug 20, 2015:

There is a Stuff a Smarties Box Swap -Fall/ Autumn themed in the Canadian Swappers Group. We'd love to have you join!! Come by the Canadian Swappers Group and have a look:)

kerrydwynn on Jan 1, 2015:

G R E A T P R O F I L E !!! A pleasure to read!

rexypants on Aug 28, 2014:

I rock? Excuse me, but YOU ROCK! And the possibility of us both rocking? Well, I suppose I can live with that. What you said is pretty much how I feel whenever I discover something (well, anything) from you waiting in my inbox. Have a lovely weekend!

rexypants on Aug 10, 2014:

Thank you so much for the lovely RAK - it was a much appreciated surprise. Watch your mailbox, Mz. K...

picupurcross on Jul 10, 2014:

You're very welcome! I'm so glad it made it there safe and sound and that you enjoyed the surprise! 😊 Hope you have a great summer!

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