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browneyedmurmur

browneyedmurmur
Date Joined: December 13, 2020
Last Online: March 7, 2021
Birthday: June 30
Country: United States
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About Me

Three very important things before reading this novel of a profile that I wrote...

1) The “North” in my address has to be spelled out in its entirety, as it is the name of the road, NOT a direction. If you write “N.” instead of spelling it out, there is a good chance that the mail will not make it to me.

2) If you don’t receive a swap from me in a timely manner, PLEASE contact me! I keep my receipts from the post office and will happily check the whereabouts of your mail if it was sent with tracking. If it didn’t have a tracking number, I will resend your mail ASAP! I’m fairly new to swap-bot, and don’t want to have my swapping career ended by a bad rating before it even had a chance to begin! Lol!

3) Please know that I don’t want you to be stressed out if you get me as your partner! While I like some things more than others, I enjoy the idea of you making something that you love and want to share with me even more so.

Now that we have that out of the way...

Hello! My name is Miranda, and I am a 41-year-old housewife and Etsy shop owner from Indiana. I have lived in the Hoosier state all of my life, mostly in small, rural towns (except for my time in Bloomington, when I attended IU). Although I enjoy visiting new places and bigger cities, there’s nothing my heart loves more than a colorful, country sunset that fades into a chorus of crickets and a light show of fireflies and stars...unless it’s accompanied by the crackling of a campfire and the lapping of a lake on the shore. Yeah,,,that might make it even more perfect!

I have been married to my high school sweetheart for twenty years. We have no children (two miscarriages early in our marriage), and currently have no pets. We had two big yellow tom cats that blessed us with their presence (the namesakes of my Etsy shop), but they passed away a couple of years back. Harvey and Beau will be hard acts to follow, as they were practically purr-fect in every way, but I do hope to adopt again soon.

I enjoy walking in nature and just reveling in all of the peace, beauty, and creativity it holds.

I drink coffee in the morning, herbal or decaf tea before bed, craft beers (porters or stouts) and gin & tonics when the mood strikes.

I play D&D and watch “Critical Role.” Caduceus Clay has my heart.

I tend to read nonfiction self help, but am also fascinated by Scandinavian minimalism and hygge (IKEA is my happy place).

I’m a Christian.

I’m also the eldest of two, a turbulent ESFP, a Cancer, and 4w3 on the enneagram, if that’s helpful - lol!

Likes

Favorite Paper Craft Style

I favor vintage, botanical, floral, entomological (bugs, bees, butterflies, other creepy crawlies, etc.), mushrooms, Victorian, and steampunk themes; that said, I don’t limit myself to these styles, as I also make things for friends, family, and pen pals. There is always room for something bright, cheerful, or cute in my craft supply collection. Christian faith-based and inspirational themes are fine, as are seasonal (NOT holiday specific) items. Really, almost anything goes!

Favorite Yarn

I tend to favor worsted weight, but will work with about anything! I’m not picky about fiber content. I adore everything Malabrigo and Noro produce.

Favorite Colors

I wear and decorate my home with black, white, grey, camel, rust, saffron gold, and bright golden yellow - think of the colors on a calico or yellow tabby cat. However, don’t limit yourself to those by any means! I craft with ALL colors, as I am usually creating something with the recipient in mind.

Favorite Flower

Strangely, I love the dandelion. It has nostalgic and melancholic symbolism for me. First, it is bright and cheerful, and reminds me of childhood bouquets when life was carefree and innocent. When the flower ages, it loses its vibrancy, and becomes more fragile, similar to how we, as humans, age. I also love that, even in its death, the same children that harvest the yellow flowers in the spring find joy in making wishes on its delicate seeds. Kind of a full circle thing, ya’ know?

Favorite Scents

I wear Lush’s Vanillary in the spring/summer and True Gent by Avon (it’s a men’s cologne) in the fall/winter. I’m drawn to more masculine scents like pine, sandalwood, leather, woodsmoke, and tobacco, especially if they’re mixed with vanilla. I love Wildberry’s pear vanilla incense.

I’ve seen a number of ABCs, and thought it was an easy way to scan favorite things, so here goes!

A: The Antiquarian Sticker Book, address labels, autumn, Alice In Wonderland (NOT Disney), American traditional tattoos

B: botanicals, birds, bees, butterflies, beetles, bugs, badgers (the animal, not the college sports team)

C: Christianity, coffee, coffee dyed paper, cocoa, chai, cardstock, cats, crochet, cross stitch, collage, cactus, camping, Critical Role, Caduceus Clay (a character on Critical Role)

D: doilies, die cut words, deer, Dungeons & Dragons

E: embellished paper clips, envelopes, emo music, embroidery, effort, ephemera

F: fall, flip books, folk music, fussy cuts, forest creatures, foxes

G: girly stuff

H: handcrafted items, hygge

I: insects, incense

J:

K: knitting, kittens

L: lace, leopard print

M: monograms, mythology

N: nature

O: old looking items

P: playlists, polka dots, photography, photo realism, pressed flowers, porcupines, pandas

Q:

R: ribbon, random combinations of things

S: stationery sets, stationery paper, stickers, scrapbook paper, seasonal (NOT holidays), song lists, Shel Silverstein’s children’s poetry books, Sweetarts candy, steampunk, succulents, squirrels, skunks

T: Tim Holtz, tea (anything but jasmine), tea stained paper, tags, travel, tickets

U:

V: vintage, Victorian, vintage ads

W: wrapping paper, washi tapes, washi stickers, The Wizard Of Oz (L. Frank Baum’s books, NOT the movie), Where The Wild Things Are (the book, NOT the movie), wilderness, wax seals

X:

Y: yellow

Z:

Dislikes

Politics of any kind. I do this for fun, to escape from all of that gobbledegook. I don’t want it ruining my happy place!

Nudity/pornographic material/sexually suggestive stuff

Holiday specific items (unless it’s the swap’s theme, in which case - GAME ON!); I love decorating for the seasons, though (ex. - not so big on Santa or Christmas trees, but love forest creatures in the snow or people skating and drinking hot cocoa).

Disney, Hello Kitty, or other popular cartoon characters

Kawaii, Sanrio, manga, or anime

Rap & country music

Girl power themes

Romantic comedies (I like tragedies, though), or romance novels

Stickers for teachers, students, or moms; daily planner stickers

Occult items like tarot cards or ouija boards

Drug culture, pot leaves

Favorite Television

“The Walking Dead”

“Fear The Walking Dead”

“The Walking Dead : World Beyond”

“Law & Order : SVU”

“True Blood”

“Breaking Bad”

“The Sopranos”

“Sons Of Anarchy”

“The Killing”

“Bates Motel”

“Stranger Things”

“The Goes Wrong Show”

“The Masked Singer”

Favorite Music

Brand New

Vampire Weekend

Straylight Run

Dashboard Confessional

Lord Huron

Taylor Swift

Chris Isaak

The Killers

The Decemberists

David Bowie

Weezer

Woodkid

Twenty One Pilots

Gregory Alan Isakov

The National

90s alt rock, 00s emo, folk, stuff that I hear on television shows that almost always ends up being European, rockabilly, surf music, sad/depressing songs

Favorite Movies

“Moulin Rouge”

“Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo & Juliet”

“Fight Club”

“Goodfellas”

“Pulp Fiction”

“Kill Bill”

“Best In Show”

“Zoolander”

“The Shawshank Redemption”

“The Breakfast Club”

“The Princess Bride”

“Labyrinth”

“The Dark Crystal”

“Legend”

“Clue”

Favorite Books

“Love Is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time” and “Talking to Girls About Duran Duran: One Young Man's Quest for True Love and a Cooler Haircut” by Rob Sheffield

“Till We Have Faces” by C.S. Lewis

“Anthem” by Ayn Rand

“Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury

“Animal Farm” by George Orwell

“How Starbucks Saved My Life” by Michael Gates Gill

“Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland” and “Through The Looking Glass” by Lewis Carroll

The “Oz” series by L. Frank Baum

“Where The Sidewalk Ends” and “A Light In The Attic” by Shel Silverstein

“Where The Wild Things Are” and “Pierre” by Maurice Sendak

“Harold And The Purple Crayon” by Crockett Johnson

“The Little Book Of Hygge” by Meik Wiking

“The Road Back To You” by Ian Morgan Cron

“Sacred Pathways: Discover Your Soul's Path to God” by Gary Thomas

Ratings

Eulegirl rated for Washi Tape Enthusiasts Unite! #6 on Mar 6, 2021
5
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Comment: Thanks! I love that you sent my favorite colors! I really appreciate that.
Karthi rated for Floral/Nature Themed Swap #5 on Mar 3, 2021
5
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Comment: Thanks a lot for all the amazing things that you sent me. Absolutely loved every little thing. Thanks and have a great day
Response: I’m so happy you liked everything! You have a great day as well!
julesstewart rated for Snail mail ♥ 3 Easy Projects on Mar 2, 2021
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5
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Comment: Thank you for the fun Mail Themed happy mail! You have SUCH beautiful handwriting! The post card is super cute and I love all the stickers. Thanks for a wonderful swap. Be well.
Response: You are so very welcome - I’m glad you were pleased! And thanks for the compliment! I try to make things as easy on the postman as possible, so I try to keep my penmanship neat! 😊
radalice518 rated for Themed Envelope #3 Pink on Feb 28, 2021
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Comment: i loved absolutely everything in this envelope - and that in itself was gorgeous! thank you so so much :)
Response: Yay! I’m so happy you liked everything. I had such a fun time decorating this envelope.
radalice518 rated for Musical Scavenger Hunt PC on Feb 27, 2021
5
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Comment: love the pc - love Man on the Moon and Vincent :) i'll def check the rest out!
Response: I’m glad you’ll have at least a couple songs you like! I’m loving these music swaps. :)
EverydayAngels rated for LSRUS-Tea time-US on Feb 27, 2021
5
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Comment: OMG, thank you so much for the lovely teas. Pomegranate & Raspberry is one of my favorites and I am excited to try the wild apple sarsaparilla (never seen that one before). The tea cup stickers are super cute too! THANK YOU and blessings for joy in 2021!
Response: You are so welcome! I haven’t tried the raspberry pomegranate yet, so thanks for the review! I’m glad you liked everything!
Banjobritches rated for Flipbook with curve cover on Feb 25, 2021
5
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Comment: I loved the flipbook you made me and I love that retro paper! I've got some, too! Thanks so much! And your envie was very nice, too! Happy swapping!
Response: You are quite welcome! I’m glad you enjoyed it. 😊
KarenLaneWV rated for mini album 1 sheet wonder on Feb 22, 2021
5
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Comment: Beautiful little album! Thank you.
Response: You are very welcome. I’m so glad you liked it!
RoBeastRo rated for Musical Scavenger Hunt PC on Feb 19, 2021
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Comment: Love the Mushroom Postcard and great song choices! "I like Beer" Song was great. I was diggin' all your choices! Probably will be hosting one of these again in the future, so keep an eye out! Thanks for playing!
Response: I will definitely be watching for the next one! Glad you enjoyed my selection.
quaisoir rated for Simple Sticker Swap #1 on Feb 19, 2021
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Comment: Oh wow Miranda. Thanks for the stickers! Such a lovely assortment of designs, I love it! That's really clever of you to paste them all on a piece of writing/printing paper. I'm gonna copy that for future swaps. It's so nice and flat! Have a great weekend ahead and stay safe. 😊
Response: You are so welcome - I’m glad you’re pleased! Yeah, I decided to start doing that with the loose stickers for that very reason after sending some a while back. Otherwise, they have a tendency to bunch up in the envelope, which makes the envelope fatter and more expensive to send. It works really well for small sticker swaps like this one. Have a great weekend!
EchoLima rated for Vintage Envelope #1 on Feb 18, 2021
5
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Comment: Hope you're doing okay over there in this crazy weather! Thank you so much for everything! I loved it!
Response: All is well here in the deep snow - lol! I’m glad you liked everything. Have an awesome weekend!
meeltje57 rated for Floral/Nature Themed Swap #5 on Feb 16, 2021
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Comment: Such a splendid swap. You've put so much effort and love into it, I adore it. Thank you so much for all the loveliness
Response: You are so very welcome! I’m glad you liked it. I had a lot of fun putting it together for you. 😊
YooperHill rated for 3 mini envies on Feb 13, 2021
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Comment: ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Response: I’m glad you liked them! 😄
CapitanSmirk rated for 🎵 New year, new music #3 on Feb 12, 2021
5
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Comment: Thank you for this cool post card and these great music recommendations!
Response: You’re very welcome! :)
noone7212 rated for 🎵 New year, new music #3 on Feb 12, 2021
5
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Comment: Thank you for the card and music! :-) I hope you're doing well and staying safe!
Response: You’re quite welcome, and the same to you! I’m mostly staying in and crafting due to the fact that winter is NOT my favorite season - lol! Ready for some sunshine and warm days for sure, but I am enjoying the swaps. Have a great weekend!
dmarie rated for Flipbook - Woodland - USA on Feb 11, 2021
5
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Comment: This was one of my favorite flipbooks! ...I love the woodland/little red riding hood theme....It was wonderfully decorated and I love the goodies...The mushrooms 🍄🌲 are so gorgeous.... Thanks so much!!!!
Response: Aww - yay! I am so happy that you liked it. I had a lot of fun putting it together. I love me some mushrooms - lol!
RoBeastRo rated for 🎵 New year, new music #3 on Feb 11, 2021
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Comment: Nice playlist mood! =) Several songs that i have heard, just didn't know who did them. Also, can never go wrong with Pear Jam! Dig the pc as well!
Response: Glad you enjoyed it - and completely agree about Pearl Jam. :)
DinkySparkle rated for 🎵 New year, new music #3 on Feb 11, 2021
5
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Comment: I dig the list especially Brand New. Haven't listened to them in a minute. Thank you 😊
Response: They’re simply my favorite ever. I’m glad you’re enjoying the list!
Ashzaller rated for 🎶 New year, new music #2 on Feb 10, 2021
5
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Comments

Petaltea on Mar 4, 2021:

I love the postcard you made for me! Thanks for the “blue” song list. I’m going to look these up after I finish work today. Thank you very much!

PerArduaAdAlta on Jan 16, 2021:

Thank you so much for the Random Flat Envie - Pay It Forward from the forum! I love all the vintage items, the paper, the French sticker. The blank PC is perfect timing! I'm sending it out today as part of a collab piece. But my favorite things are the washi stickers!!! Those will definitely get used. I just adore them for layering in college! Thank you so much! Let me know if you'd like to do a private swap.

takehimaway on Jan 16, 2021:

Thank you so much for the awesome journal and stickers. I will admit I did send the Starbucks card to my friend struggling with the loss of her uncle - I have been putting together a Starbucks themed gift for her! I thought she needed it more than me. I love, love, love the Space Animal Sheet. I have the 3D ones, but didn't know they come in flat (which is my preferred type of sticker). I'm using them to make a "To the Moon and Back" jewelry box. Thank you again! <3

Raven93 on Jan 4, 2021:

Oh my gosh, I'm so sorry - MIRANDA!!!

Raven93 on Jan 4, 2021:

Hi Gabi! Thank you for the AMAZING tag from the forums, That was so generous of you! If you want to join the yellow and grey swap, we'd love to have you. Or if you ever want to do any kind of private swap, let me know. I'd love to make you some cool Peter Pan happy mail with the materials you sent! Or we could do something else - botanical theme or steampunk, maybe? Anyway, hope you are well ad happy, and THANK YOU again!

JBuchner on Dec 28, 2020:

So cool that you’ve been to The Pageant! It’s such a neat venue! I can’t wait for things to get back to normal so we can go to shows again! Happy New year!

ScrapHappyGabi on Dec 27, 2020:

Welcome to Swap-Bot!! I'm an ENFP and on the Enneagram I am a strong 2 with almost as strong 4 and 7!

If you need anything, give me a shout!

Gabi

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