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ccmmsu

ccmmsu
Date Joined: May 7, 2014
Last Online: February 25, 2021
Birthday: June 11
Country: United States
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About Me

***MAIL UPDATE 1-21-21 Graphic from a NY Times article on the mail slowdown. The darker the area, the worse it is. Black means less than 50% of first class mail was moving on time. See that black splotch in the bottom of Michigan? That's me. BTW -- I just rec'd a swap that was mailed Nov. 14.

pm 1-15-21 Partners are just now receiving swaps that I mailed in early December. Our distribution center was slammed at Christmas, like many others, and they are still digging out. There are several swaps from early/mid-December that haven't arrived yet. Unfortunately, 6 weeks is not unusual for domestic delivery right now.*** 12-16-20 Back in August six mail sorting machines were removed from the hubs that my mail goes through. From August through November my mail came in clumps. I'd go 1-2 weeks with no first class mail and then suddenly get 10 swaps in 2 days. It was not unusual to have swaps take 6 weeks to get to me, and rarely was it less than 2-3 weeks. I'm happy to say that the last couple weeks I have been seeing swaps come in at a more steady rate. It is still the norm that they are taking 2-3 weeks average to get to me, but at least they are coming every couple days. I am hopeful that this means our mail situation is getting back to normal. :) Thanks to all my partners for your patience the last few months!***

*** 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. :)

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.

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

LadyTbird rated for 🎵 Song Lyrics ATC #2 🎵 on Feb 25, 2021
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Comment: Thank you so much for the ATC!! It made my day yesterday when I opened your envelope and saw the song you chose as inspiration. It's one of my favorites. It's also nice to meet a SWAP-bot "neighbor!" Thanks again. :)
robinjeree rated for AMA: USA- With One Image - Jan on Feb 24, 2021
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Comment: Christine, what a beautiful poppy postcard you created! I love the way the red color is so vibrant against the neutral vintage background. Thank you so much :)
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Comment: LOVE the playing cards and the PC's! Thanks so much for sending them! Have a marvelous day and happy swapping....
OrigamiGrace rated for CPG One Sheet Zine #1 - US Only on Feb 20, 2021
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Comment: I love your zine!! So adorable!! Thanks so much for swapping and sending me such a fun 'zine! Look forward to more zine swaps!
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Comment: H i Christine, Thank you for the 8 and 9 of Hearts you sent me for this swap. I really love the back of the cards, Hershey Chocolate and Cocoa. Both of these items are things I really enjoy. These 2 cards are a wonderful addition to my Franken Deck Thank you for the state postcard and for the postcard to color. Both I will love having to add to my collections. Thank you for reading my Profile. It was a pleasure to have you as a partner for the first time on Swap-bot. I hope we have many more times to swap with one another. Until we meet again, Happy Swapping!! Colorado mail in and out of the state has been slow as well as I am also awaiting a special form of low back surgery to keep my chronic pain at a Level that is tolerable. I am sorry for the delay. Barb B. sleepingrover2010
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Comment: thank you!! you gave me two I was so happy when I opened it. I LOVE the purple gem one those are some of my favorites.
MissRich rated for Playing Card Swap- Series2: EIGHTS on Feb 18, 2021
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Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely cards & the Alice postcards! I love them xo
nancylee rated for AMA: Year of the Ox on Feb 18, 2021
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Comment: The postcard is lovely! I am happy to add it to my yearly Lunar New Year decorations
BusyB rated for CPG 1 Sheet Zine #2 - Global on Feb 18, 2021
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Comment: Aww, such sweet stories about dogs you've known and loved! Thank you for sharing with me. Hope you are warm and safe.
laurenaraya rated for KSU: 6 mini envelopes! on Feb 17, 2021
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Comment: woah! thank you SO much for such a lovely swap!!
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Comment: Thank you for the wonderful journal pages you made for me. The Arabian nights is so intricate, looks like you're looking through a real door!🙂 I also love the styling of the page you made with the stampers paper. I haven't used any yet and will definitely check it out. ♥️
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Comment: Oh, Christine! I literally squealed with joy when I opened your swap. Thank you SO much for the BEST sticker sheet I have ever received. I am so thankful that you decided to share it with me - I feel so special! Thank you, thank you!! xx
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Comment: And we meet again lol Thank you for the extra stickers & the shark 🦈
craftynut rated for Ugly PC Swap #23 on Feb 10, 2021
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Comment: I am in complete agreement about the card.
sunshinesuperman rated for AMA: 21 in 2021 -USA on Feb 9, 2021
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Comment: WOW! Such very awesome items in my goody bag. I love all of it. The Celtic wax seals made the trip just fine. I adore the gargoyle postcard and looks like ones I came across in Scotland. I have a little thing for gargoyles. all the items are things I will use in my mail art. I hope to have your name one day to share the wealth!. Hugs, Mona
Rainydancer rated for AMA Pass & Paste postcard #81 on Feb 9, 2021
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Comment: thanks!
pattiairel rated for Letter Set Swap on Feb 9, 2021
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Comment: Beautiful swap!! Love the stationary. Thanks for joining my swap♥♥♥
littlepinecone rated for Ugly PC Swap #24 on Feb 9, 2021
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Comment: I actually loved this elephant skull postcard! One of my degrees is in zoology also, so I feel the same way you do - it’s fascinating, but there aren’t too many people you can send it to. 😂 But rest assured that I actually appreciated this one. Thanks for the great postcard!
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Comment: Thank you!! I will get this sent out next round. : ) Thank you for the extras and the kind note.
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Comment: thank you so much for the cools cards & I love the LP card too :) many smiles!

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Comments

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. ❤❤❤

manders2280 on Feb 7, 2021:

I hope this is good news for all of us.
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carol on Jan 18, 2021:

Thanks for sending back my HD/HP P&P 42! It's been a lost child, and I'm glad to have it back. Looks great! I love your purple flowers!

sebastian122 on Jan 9, 2021:

Hang in there.

wolfeagle on Dec 30, 2020:

hny

OrigamiGrace on Dec 24, 2020:

Merry

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sebastian122 on Nov 13, 2020:

And finally, day 5!! Thank you so much for all the adorable goodies, and for joining my swap!!

sebastian122 on Nov 10, 2020:

Day 1 is in da house!

sebastian122 on Nov 7, 2020:

Got Day 2 today...so can 1 and 5 be far behind? ;-)

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