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ccmmsu

ccmmsu
Date Joined: May 7, 2014
Last Online: September 24, 2021
Birthday: June 11
Country: United States
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About Me

*** 8-11-21 -- Well, these last few weeks have been fun. The night before I left town to visit family, my mom fell and broke her shoulder. A lot of my trip and time after has been consumed with figuring out her needs, dealing with hospital and rehab facility, and working on cleaning out her very full apartment in anticipation of either her return in a wheelchair or (most likely) move to a new apartment in an assisted living building. She lives 3.5 hours away, so this is eating up a lot of time. In addition, after I did finally get home I got really sick and have spent a week in bed. Luckily it's not Covid (I got tested) -- just a regular old virus that is slamming my under-utilized immune system. The good news is that our family has now had an immune boost before the kids go back to school and the annual bring-a-bug-home-from-school season starts. :) All my swaps were sent out ahead of my trip or on time when I returned, but ratings are taking some time. I have 3 weeks worth of mail that I'm working through. I'm almost there! Sorry for delayed ratings and thank you for patience while I catch up. ***

*** 7-21-21 -- I will be out of town and periodically without internet from today until August 2. I will respond to messages and rate any swaps that come in while I'm gone when I return. :)

*** 7-13-21 -- I am taking an extended break from Pass-It-On type swaps, except for decos and one or two group-specific swaps. That means no more bags, round robins, collaboration postcards, etc. Please do not send me anything that will need to move on to another person unless it is specifically called for in the swap we're in. Thank you :)

*** DECO SWAPPERS, please note (updated 10-21-19): I am cutting waaaaaaaay back on swapping decos internationally due to the high postage costs. Please check with me first before sending me an international homer, especially if it has really thick embellishments. If I sign up for a swap that is global, then obviously I will honor that and take an international deco for that swap. Also, I am not taking extra decos beyond what the swap calls for at this time. Thanks for understanding. A big thank you to @Aladyjackson @SeleneW and Anja in Germany for taking my excess decos! I love my swap partners! You guys ROCK! ***

Hi! My name is Christine (she/her), and I am a freelance writer living in Michigan with my husband and our 3 kiddos. We have a sweet, very lazy Pitt-mix named Lulu, and two rescued sister cats named Cinnamon and Sugar. I love crafting, making art, reading, travel, animals, hockey and kayaking. My favorite colors are cobalt blue and apple green. My biggest goal in life (next to being a good mom, of course) is to visit every continent. I've made it to Europe (France, England, Ireland), Africa (Kenya, Ethiopia), Asia (South Korea), and South America (Peru) so far (plus Mexico, Canada, Jamaica, Cayman Islands, and lots of US states in North America).

I have Essential Tremors, which means my hands shake a lot. It is managed pretty well with medication, but if a swap includes a longer letter I may type it to ensure it's actually readable. :)

I just started a group for those of us who have sticker subscriptions like Stickii, Pipsticks, or Violette. If you're interested you can find Sticker Subscription Swaps here.

My Profile is getting kinda long, so here's a Table of Contents of sorts in case you want to skip down to a certain section:

  • About Swaps
  • Favorite Books
  • Favorite Movies and TV
  • Favorite Crafts
  • Likes and Dislikes
  • Kawaii
  • Postcards
  • Wish List

About Swaps

I consider signing up for a swap a contract. I never ever flake, so if you have not received from me, please let me know so I can resend. I don't want any of my partners to miss out on the fun of a swap! I do not mark items sent until the mailman has picked it up from my mailbox or I've dropped it off at the post office. If for some reason I will be late, I promise to message my partner(s) to let them know. If a partner is going to be late, I understand and just ask that they communicate with me. I do my best to make sure I have correct postage on the things I send (I use a postal scale to weigh everything), but I have had different clerks at my local post office charge different rates for similar things, so if for some reason there has been a mistake and you receive something postage due, please let me know. Finally, I promise to rate and do so soon after receiving. If you have not received a rating from me, I either haven't received your swap or it was an accidental oversight. Please message me. I also very much appreciate the ratings I receive. I may not be able to respond to them all, but please know I do read and appreciate them! :)

Favorite Books

I write book reviews, so most of what I read is assigned to me by editors, but when I get to choose I've been gravitating to YA Science Fiction and Fantasy lately.

  • To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Kindred by Octavia Butler
  • Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  • Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
  • Weird Girl and What's His Name by Meagan Brothers
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  • Maus by Art Spiegelman

other favorite authors:

  • Bill Bryson
  • Cassandra Claire
  • Alice Walker
  • Christopher Paul Curtis
  • Dr. Seuss

Favorite Movies and TV

I love old black and white movies. Philadelphia Story and It Happened One Night are probably my all time favorite movies. I'm also a sucker for Brat Pack-type teen movies like Breakfast Club, Say Anything, and Some Kind of Wonderful. Some favorite animated/anime movies are Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast, Brave, Kiki's Delivery Service (Jiji!!), Howl's Moving Castle... really, pretty much anything Studio Ghibli made, Your Name, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, and The Secret of Kells. I like all kinds of movies, though.

I don't watch nearly as much TV as I used to. Some shows I really like are The Mandalorian, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Gilmore Girls, Big Bang Theory, Dr. Who, Stranger Things, Erased (Japanese) and MST3K. I've been watching a lot of anime lately (eagerly awaiting the start of season 2 of Promised Neverland!), and I have an inconvenient addiction to Korean Dramas (inconvenient because I can't multitask while they're on because I have to read the subtitles). Those are saved as rewards for getting lots of work done. :) Some of my favorite K-dramas are Goblin, My Love from Another Star, and Cinderella and the Four Knights.

Favorite Crafts

I mostly do papercrafts and mixed media art now, though I have dabbled in many types of crafts over the years. I used to make and sell jewelry until my tremors got to the point that it took too long to do things. I still make custom pieces for people, which was my favorite thing to do anyway. I love creating something specifically for the recipient. :)

I am a true Gemini, so I like many different artistic styles depending on my mood: vintage, Steampunk, shabby chic, clean and simple. I adore Graphic 45, Finnabair, and Tim Holtz style. Dyan Reaveley's bright, saturated colors make me swoon.

Likes and Dislikes

Likes:

I am pretty easy to please. I love seeing other people's artistic styles, and I'm grateful for all the happy mail people share with me.

Here are a few things that make my heart flutter:

  • vintage
  • steampunk
  • metal
  • wood
  • washi
  • Alice in Wonderland, Wizard of Oz
  • Old Hollywood
  • old photographs
  • rockabilly and snarky housewives
  • dragons, gargoyles, mythical creatures
  • Gorjuss Girls and Julie Nutting dolls
  • bright, happy colors
  • school/office supplies
  • stationery, especially Korean or Japanese, but any
  • birds and animals (all, but especially red pandas, sheep, llamas & alpacas, owls, cats, and hedgehogs)
  • dark and supernatural (think Edgar Allen Poe, dancing skeletons, ghosts -- especially if it has a hint of morbid humor to it)
  • kawaii (I know this is kind of the opposite of dark and supernatural -- see, I told you I was a Gemini! lol). See below for more on this...
  • postcards -- see below for more

Dislikes:

  • Please don't send me anything x-rated or full of profanity. I'm not a prude by any means, but my kids like to get the mail from the box and hang out while I open it.
  • Please no religious or political themed items.
  • And obviously, nothing racist, homophobic, transphobic, xenophobic, or otherwise abusive or hateful.
  • I love stickers, but would prefer not to receive teacher/reward stickers or stickers with baby/little kids' themes or characters (like dinosaurs, dumptrucks, Dora or Barney).
  • Loose glitter -- it's evil. Heavily glittered things (like cheap Christmas cards) are very likely to end up in the trash in an effort to contain the plague that is loose glitter. You have no idea how happy I was when they started varnishing over glitter on scrapbook papers. Trapped glitter that cannot leave the surface it's on? Yay! Love that sparkle. Loose or shedding glitter? Evil incarnate.

No Thank You Items: These are things I don't swap, so sending them to me is like sending them to purgatory: friendship sheets/books, label bags, x-slips.... In general, please don't send anything that has to be passed on unless a swap specifically calls for it. Thanks!

Kawaii!

I fell in love with kawaii 20 years ago while living and working in Seoul, South Korea, though I didn't know it had a name back then. A couple years ago I discovered online kawaii shops and become a collector (hoarder) of Japanese (and some Korean) kawaii. I swap memos, lettersets, letter pad sheets, sticker flakes and sheets, envelopes, deco and washi samples, and more.

I especially like pandas, red pandas, cats, manga girls and boys, and kawaii with weird backstories. My fav characters are Tarepanda, Kutusita Nyanko, Capuri Mono, and Sumikko Gurashi (especially Zassou/Weed). I pretty much love it all, though, and love discovering new (to me) characters from my swap partners.

Current Kawaii Wish List (anything from these characters/themes -- even a single memo sheet):

  • older Tarepanda
  • Mind Wave Kiguru Me/"Quit" animals
  • Buru Buru Dog
  • Rilakkuma Rainbow collection
  • San-x Shirasutai Anchovies

tarepanda kutusita sumikkogurashi

Postcards

I tend to like non-touristy more than touristy, but really I am happy to receive anything. Sometimes I get a touristy postcard I love. You never know. If a swap allows for handmade postcards, I like those, too, especially if they show the sender's art and style. I'm equally happy with naked PCs or ones in envelopes. Some themes I'm particularly interested in collecting are "Greetings From (State or City name)," black and white, old Hollywood, book and movie related, and art.

If it's a naked PC swap and you're wondering what to write to me, here are some ideas:

  • What does your Swap-Bot ID mean?
  • What is your favorite food to cook at home? What's your favorite food to eat out?
  • Do you come from a big family or a small family? Do you like the size of your family, or do you wish it were smaller/larger?
  • What was the last book you read? Do you recommend it?
  • What was your favorite cartoon when you were a kid?
  • If someone offered you plane tickets to anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Wish List

I'll add and subtract from this over time. If you happen to have one of these items laying around and want to toss it into a swap, I promise it will be going to a home where it will be appreciated and loved. :)

  • My daughter is adopted from Ethiopia, so I'm always looking for items that feature African American kids or Ethiopian/African images to use in her scrapbook and other crafts.
  • used postage stamps with images of people or animals and any used stamps from other countries
  • anything from Cavallini
  • Daintree Tea from Australia (received some in a swap once and LOVED it!)

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*** profile updated 12-16-20

Ratings

teejlc rated for USA Last Page Deco - 9/2021 on Sep 23, 2021
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Comment: What a fun package! Thank you so much for sending all these wonderful decos. I'm very excited to have such a big stack to work on. Keep me in mind if you need someone to swap with as you work through your pile! Also, I LOVE the stickers you sent. These cockatiels are absolutely adorable. Parrots are my favorite!
joppagirl rated for CPG Sept 21 Move a US Deco - US on Sep 23, 2021
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Comment: Thanks for the rabbit deco. It has been awhile since we've been partners. All the animals are doing well.
andee73 rated for Lantern Press Blank Envie Swap 37 on Sep 21, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the great postcards, and I loved the panda stickers!
Rainydancer rated for SSM: September sticker swap on Sep 21, 2021
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Comment: Thanks so much!
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Comment: Thank you for the extra cards! Now you won’t get it back - it’s Full and I‘m sending it back home (: But see you at the next swap!
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Comment: Thank you Christine. Love the playing cards. In answer to your question, I do not have a completed Franken deck. I have 4 sets going; 2 regular sized playing cards I and two smaller sized decks. The theme idea is great. I 'll look in my duplicates stash and may be I can find enough cards for a themed deck. It's addicting, right? Please read my private message, too. Hugs, Alma
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Comment: Thank you for the extra cards. I love the Jokers, They are one of a kind!
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Comment: Thank you Christine, great choices! I really love the B&W 1945 Baltimore Harbor (I used to live there and my daughter was born there :) and the Atlantis Books!
Response: Oh, how cool the Baltimore PC found it’s way to you! I love little coincidences like that. :)
swapbotmaria rated for SSS: Animals on Sep 13, 2021
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Comment: Sorry for the late rating! 💜❤️ As always
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swapbotmaria rated for SSS: Scavenger Hunt on Sep 7, 2021
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Comment: 💜❤️thank you!!
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annychenghk rated for CPG Move Any Deco 05 - Global on Aug 26, 2021
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Comment: thank you for the extra stickers
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Comment: thank you so much for the great cards!! <3
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Comment: I forgot to rate you for this! I am so silly! Thanks so much for sending this to me! Has your wishlist changed at all? Or perhaps grown bigger? Mine has definitely changed because the library got some books in that I read! Stay lovely xx
Sweetrizzo44 rated for KSU: 25 Flake Stickers! on Aug 19, 2021
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Comment: Christine - thank you for the cool stickers! I love stickers and will have to check out the Sticker Subscription Swap Group. Super excited to get involved with that group.
bizzles rated for SSS: Any 2 Sheets - August on Aug 17, 2021
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Comment: Thank you! I hope you are all feeling better and that the school year is great!
sebastian122 rated for KSU: Only send... Q-Lia on Aug 14, 2021
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Comment: I can't believe you wrote on a coupon!!! So much disposable wealth! I'm even more happy that you send one I can add to the hoard! LOL Thanks for sharing ma fav brand!
laterdayze rated for SSM: Find four #16 on Aug 12, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for all the goodies and for asking about Sofie. Sofie is doing well and says 'meow!' (hello) :D

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Comments

Rainydancer on Aug 17, 2021:

“I realize your default energy level is Cardboard Cutout, but I can’t get to know you if you don’t speak.”nks for sending my pass & play pc home!

manders2280 on Jul 1, 2021:

Today I received a traveling postcard that you started for me in October 2019! Thank you for thinking of me!

RiverTopanga on Jun 24, 2021:

Welcome to the Artisan ATC group! Love your list of "things that make [your] heart flutter 😉 look forward to swapping with you soon!

orode on Mar 27, 2021:

Thanks so much for the hd pass & paste I started. Love the waves for the turtles. Olga

orode on Mar 27, 2021:
wolfeagle on Mar 25, 2021:

Thank you so much for working on my Pass and Paste postcard. Love the cool black and gold design you made.

GirlMomToTwo on Mar 21, 2021:

Thank you SO much for sending home my full sticker bag!! You're a doll!

Rainydancer on Mar 14, 2021:

Welcome to Sunshine swaps!

wolfeagle on Feb 20, 2021:

Thank you for working on my Pass and Paste postcard. Love your sea turtle addition.

theevidenceisme on Feb 9, 2021:

I must apologize for not saying thank you sooner. I just found your envelope at the bottom of a pile of papers. Thank you so much for the handmade envelopes, extra tags and labels for a wish granted June. ❤❤❤

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