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caf1988

caf1988
Date Joined: June 19, 2015
Last Online: September 16, 2019
Birthday: October 21
Country: United States
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About Me

My day job is doing bindery at a print shop (everything after a job is printed).

My hobbies are reading, writing letters (snail-mail), and doing simple, quick crafts. I love to make cards and am dabbling in mailart and atcs. I studied history and environmental science at the University of Virginia, College 2011 (Yep, I'm still pissed!) and I love to learn new things.*

I'm a duckpin bowler (bonus points if you know what this is!)

While I'm not picky about what I receive, I do have a preference for stationary items (notecards, paper, envelopes, stickers, etc), small notions that can be used to decorate handmade cards (die cuts, washi tape, ribbon, rhinestones, buttons, glitter glue, etc), or anything else that can get my crafting juices flowing. Cling/Clear Stamps (particularly flowers or animals) and ink pads (all colors).

I like postcards that tell a story or set a scene rather than traditional touristy cards.

I don't have a use for "Post-It" type sticky paper.

My favorite color is orange.

ATCs are always welcome! As is any kind of artwork. I have very diverse taste in art.

I like fairies, but not the Tinker Bell type. I prefer them to be more realistic rather than cartoon-y. I love anything nature oriented, particularly flowers, bees, and mushrooms. I'm totally into gnomes right now.

Articles cut out of magazines are cool, too!

I'm interested in typography and would love to receive interesting labels (from wine or beer bottles, for example, though the sky's the limit) and other ephemera. I don't drink alcohol in any form (I don't care for the taste), so please only send the labels! smile.

My dad (coworker) runs the letterpress at the print shop we work at. If you have a cut (type/image for lack of a better explanation of the term) for something that'd look good on a 4x6 postcard or similar size notecard, and would like to see it printed, drop me a message.

I have recently started a love affair with fountain pens and would love to receive some cool ink samples!

If you're writing a letter or postcard to me and aren't sure what to write, I enjoy hearing about your local current or not so current events/drama (good, bad, or ugly it's all social history to me), whatever your current paasion/obsession is (watching an unhealthy amount of reality tv? Been there!), or a favorite book recommendation--I'm always looking for new authors to read (any and all genres)!

I have no food allergies and am game to try any unique snacks you may want to send. I am game to try any new flavors of tea. Hubby likes instant coffee.

My husband drives a tow truck, so I'm intrigued by any towing related items you may find. While we like Tow Mater, I'd rather see vintage trucks rather than cartoons.

Some of my fandoms are Doctor Who, Star Trek (particularly Voyager), and pretty much anything that is a reworking of a fairy tale (I LOVE Once Upon a Time). Oddly enough, I really get excited about fan created art/cosplay even when I don't know and/or care about the original source.

(From above)*I'm particularly interested in "social history" which is the stories of individual people and their interaction with bigger events. I don't care for "military history" which looks at the intricacies of how a specific battle was fought. I like politics from the perspective of why people think what they do, rather than the wheeling and dealing to implement policy; I'm fascinated by the academics rather than trying to change opinions. The world is a fascinating place and I enjoy looking for that "awkward" point where two similar people disagree and where two dissimilar people can find agreement.

Pen Pals

I'm always looking for new pen pals! I like long chatty letters about anything and everything. Feel free to ask me any questions you like. Sorry, no men, please.

I swap FBs and the like (slams, bags, etc), but ONLY in small quantities (less than $1 in postage).

Administrative Stuff

Our mailbox is located at the entrance to the neighborhood, so I check it once a week in winter and 2 to 3 times a week in summer. I rate swaps the same day I get them out of the mailbox.

As a favor to me (it's not required!), please write the name of the swap and your username somewhere on the outside of the envelope. This just makes my life easier when I'm sorting the mail. Thanks!

I honestly don't notice that the swap you're sending is late until it's been on my sent page for over a month from the send date, but at that point I do send out messages to try to figure out what happened. I refrain from rating 1 until I want to clear out my sent page, IF there's been no communication.

If you want me to run out and check my mailbox immediately for your swap, just send me a message. I really don't mind the walk when I know there's something better than junk mail in it!

I once got a 1 because Swap Bot lost the message the recipient sent me to say my envelope had never arrived. Please be kind and send a second message if you don't hear from me, especially if SB says I've read the message.

Ratings

GirlMomToTwo rated for Get your bags moving! #2 on Sep 14, 2019
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Comment: Sorry girl! I was going through old swaps and noticed I hadn't rated this one... my fault! :) sorry the rating took so long!
Tverne05 rated for Sticker Bags Across the World - 18 on Sep 13, 2019
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Comment: Thank you! I will pass along in the next round.
Rainydancer rated for Get your bags moving! #3 on Sep 3, 2019
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Comment: thanks!
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Comment: Thank you for the beautiful ink swatches. I really liked the Kyo no oto, and the poppy red. I cut the same type of cards for my ink samples :)
vlhafer54 rated for Card Making Challenge #65 on Aug 31, 2019
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Comment: Thank you - love the owl!
stephanieM rated for Friendship Book Swap #9 on Aug 30, 2019
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Comment: Super nice Friendship books!
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Comment: Thank you! Such a lovely, neat card! The bee is cute with its little pops of glitter!
agrimkitten rated for NH: One stamp Happy Mail♥ on Aug 22, 2019
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Comment: Thank you so much for the awesome Halloween envelopes and stickers. They were awesome! Definitely put a smile on my face!!
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Comment: Love it!! What a great way to incorporate washi tape - so creative:) Thank you so much for a lovely swap!
momto8cats rated for Friendship Sheet Swap #144 (USA) on Aug 19, 2019
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Comment: Thank you!
uiltje rated for CPG Green Flat Envie - Global on Aug 18, 2019
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Comment: I received you envelope a couple of days ago, but didn't have the opportunity to rate you. Our daughter moved out, because of her new study at the other side of the country (after 2 hours driving we cross the border to Germany.....;-) ). Now I had time to look at all the mail I received. Thanks for all the green items, I love them all. I put the Korean card into one of the boxes in het new house. I don't know if she already discovered it.......
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Comment: Just got your letter and wanted to say thank you! I LOVE the quote you picked and Hermione has a very valid point! I agree 100% Thank you for the flat surprises you're right they would be great paintings in Hogwarts.
Rainydancer rated for Books, Bags, Sheets Mini Swap #4 on Aug 14, 2019
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Comment: thanks!
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Comment: Thanks for my postcard! Even though I live here, now I've got one from Virginia :)
Rainydancer rated for QUICK Send Anything Swap #1 USA on Aug 7, 2019
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Comment: thanks
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Comment: Thank you, Cathy! This was a wonderful glimpse into "your favorite daydream" and I feel so lucky to have learned a bit about how you met your hubby bowling! Sounds like you've gone thru the "thick and the thin" together since Y2K...I commend you on making it work too! Divorce is too easy these days...I learned my first time that being married is tough on the heart, mind, and soul because we're such flawed humans that we cannot help but hurt the ones we love. But, it took a second time, to see just how hard marriage truly is on the body as well, so we've shared in that scary hospital visit for heart problems, unfortunately. Good news is, we didn't go it alone, right! As hard as it is, we need others because "love makes the world go round!" Oh, and thank you ALSO the extras you sent. Not only did you bring smiles to my face as I emptied each 7-of-hearts from the envie (I love this tiger one), but now I am inspired by these wonderfully fall colored bits of fabric and ribbon too! I must begin fall crafting! Crafting is my happy place right now! So, YES to crafting! YAY to you for taking me there again (I was sorta in a rut)!
GirlMomToTwo rated for Private FB swap on Aug 2, 2019
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Comment: Thank you for the fbs! And for setting up this swap for us! Let me know if you'd like to swap again!
purrincup rated for HA: Howler 💋 on Jul 26, 2019
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Comment: Thank you so much! I'm going to add this to my HP shelf!
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Comment: thanks!
Hunbun rated for Card Kit--USA on Jul 19, 2019
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Comment: What cool elements you sent! I will definitely be using all of it in the future. Thank you!

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Comments

dartha on Sep 3, 2019:

Wonderful Wishes: Thank you so much for the cool train postcard!!! Sounds like a fun trip even with the rain. I'm so jealous about the craft room!!! thank you, darla

grammypammy on Aug 29, 2019:

Thank you for granting my August wish for scrapbook paper to make ATC’s!!

susieq11 on Aug 29, 2019:

Thanks so much for the postcards for WW August!! The deer ones are new to me - I have SO MANY and I’m always amazed how often I get new ones. Love all the postcards. Thank you tons!!!!! xx

anicka22 on Aug 26, 2019:

Thank you for the cute snail mail envies and the lovely birthday card for my CPG wishlist

TreeAnn629 on Aug 23, 2019:

Thank you for my CPG Aug wish. I love the envelopes.

Queensmiley2530 on Aug 18, 2019:

Thank you for CPG Aug wishes love everything

phillaine on Aug 16, 2019:


Thank you for thinking of me and sending all the delightful envelopes for my wish list! I especially like the one you stamped with the mushrooms. I'm going to have a lot of fun using them. Thanks again! ♥

OrigamiGrace on Aug 15, 2019:

Thank you for the lovely handmade notecards from my August CPG Wishlst! I love them!

jinxspinx on Aug 9, 2019:

Thank you so much for the RAK!! It was fun going through it!!!!I really appreciate you sharing with me!!! Have a great weekend

LilysMama on Aug 5, 2019:

Thank you for the cards for the Moving In RAK, love the Chipotle one :)

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