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erikawithak

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erikawithak
Date Joined: June 10, 2012
Last Online: July 22, 2012
Birthday: May 15
Country: United States
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About Me

UPDATE: I have been sick and going into false labor this week which has kept me from doing much, including swaps. My doctor doesn't want me doing much right now, but I am trying to get all my swaps done and sent. Some may be late, but all WILL get sent out!

***********I'm extremely sad...and I guess guilty until proven innocent. I am partially suspended because someone accused me of having another profile because that user and I have the same last name and 1st initial...and now because that person signed in last right around the time I signed up. I know many of you don't believe I am not eedwards, and that's OK. There is nothing I can say that will make you (or SB who hasn't returned any messages) believe me. I have a baby coming, and SB is just not worth the stress of being seen as a bad swapper or something because of this, so I have decided to finish the swaps I have and not push the issue further. All I can do is be a good partner for my remaining swaps and show that I deserved to be on SB. Thanks to all of my awesome partners who have been so nice and understanding!

*****************I am home out of state for the month of July. I have brought my swap stuff with so I can still do Swap-bot! If you would like to get rated earlier message me for the address I will be at and send your swap there from now until the last week in July. I would really appreciate receiving mail while home on vacation! *****************

UPDATE--Had my ultrasound on 6/27 and found out my baby is a girl! Her name is going to be Adalee. So excited!

Hi! I am a 27 year old mother of a 7 year old boy, and currently expecting my 2nd, a girl, on September 27th. I have been married to the father of my kids for 8 years now. I have a Bachelor's in Art, and am a student at Southwestern College in Santa Fe, NM (USA) studying art therapy and counseling. I love to write (mostly nonfiction but I am in the process of a fiction novel as well), (junk) journal, and make jewelry and art, my favorite mediums being wire work, bead weaving, bead embroidery, book-making, knitting and cross stitch, drawing, and collage. I also like to make dolls, alter stuff, ATCs...well almost anything! I collect stamps (postage, but I like rubber ones too!), sent postcards (especially sent with international or unusual stamps, or stamps which match the theme of the card--see below), and spiritual/religious items from any and all paths.

Favorites....

TV: HBO's Game of Thrones and Girls. I like cartoons as well, especially Adventure Time and Regular Show and I can't forget my childhood favorites Ren and Stimpy and Rocko!

Books: Anything by Stephen King, but especially his Dark Tower series. The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. The Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson. Jostein Gaarder's Sophie's World (well anything by him). Books by Julia Cameron. Anything on self help, crafts (jewelry especially), therapy, and spiritual matters.

Magazines: Somerset Studio and its many offshoots, Bead and Button, Bead Trends, Artful Blogging, Where Women Create, Breadwork, Beautiful Jewelry, Bead Unique, anything craft related really! I like quality fashion magazines every once in a while for eye candy too :)

Music: I like rock, especially alternative, my favorites being Incubus, Green Day, and The Beatles. I also like Foster the People, Naked and Famous, and more.

Movies: LOTR, Shawshank Redemption, Practical Magic, Detroit Rock City (nostalgia from high school!).

Things I like!

Wishlist:

  1. Custom addy labels stating I am looking for international penpals, collect postage stamps, and will take stamp bags!

  2. Postcard and ATC protector.

  3. A large(ish) map I can use to keep track of penpals.

  4. A bento box set.

  5. Kawaii stuff--preferrably genuine and not in English!

  6. Moomin stuff--postage stamps included!

  7. Something from my list or other sections below.

Things I like: Things from your country that I can't get in the US, fibers, art history, fun papers, book or dictionary pages (especially medical or scientific), collage bits, postage stamps (see below), stamp bags (I promptly send these on!), postcards, maximum cards, international currency, blank journals, filled journals, junk journal things, ephmera, broken jewelry I can reuse, chocolate (especially Cadbury Wonderbars! Please no dark chocolate), candy bars from other countries, traveling, all colors!, seed beads, beads (except plastic or acrylic), gemstones, sweetgrass, smudging herbs (except sage, hate the smell!), fetishes, artsy or kawaii stickers, kawaii food-related stuff, The Moomins, fantasy, owls, Santa Fe, mountains, little glass bottles, embellishments, vintage, chain, little envelopes for embellishing, tags, stationary, wire, fashion, etc!

Stickers and Rubber stamps: I love anything realistic, artsy, steampunk, odd, weird, horror related, even gross. The more unusual the better! I really enjoy dimensional stickers. And I like the clear cling rubber stamps. I will probably love anything you send!

My son and husband

I have a 7-year-old boy named Aidric who would love to receive mail, too! For any swap if you want to send him something addressed to him instead of me it will be greatly appreciated. His birthday is coming up in July. He loves Spongebob, Legos, Thomas the Tank Engine, Angry Birds, Adventure Time, books (especially early reader), cars (Hotwheels especially, but not so much the concept or "fake" cars), geography (he's into capitals, states, and cities right now!), state license plates, flags, the planets and outer space, stickers, temporary tattoos, oh and did I mention Spongebob?! He also has a LeapFrog Tag reader and loves to get books for it!

John (my husband): My husband kinda thinks my love of mail, swapping, and stamps is silly, but a surprise for him would be nice, too! He loves American football and anything related to Brett Favre, video games, Korn, Stephen King, writing, and especially weight lifting and survival and doomsday stuff. He was also in the US Army so he likes Army veteran stuff.

Postage Stamps, PCs, Penpals

My Collections:

STAMPS: I collect pretty much any stamp I can get my hands on but I particularly collect:

US MINT commemoratives.

From the following countries: Japan, India, Norway and other Scandinavian countries, Netherlands, and any Asian country.

Themes: Crafts and jewelry, fashion, art (especially impressionist/post-impressionist--Van Gogh), food, space, dance, cartoon characters, gemstones, owls, mammals, transportation especially trains, tattoos, plants, mushrooms.

Stamp-collecting related stuff: Glassine envelopes, general album pages, mounts (I don't like to use hinges).

Stamp bags--I will take excess if you need to send some on!

Please don't send if possible: Great Britain Queen Elizabeth stamps, American flag or liberty bell stamps, most stamps with people unless that person is an artist, musician, or otherwise well known.

PCs I collect:

STAMPED PCS! Nothing with the barcodes. I looove to receive ones with unusual stamps at that and even more if the stamp was themed with the card. I don't have any maximum (maxi) cards (PCS with a matching themed stamp and cancellation on the front) but would love to start collecting them, so those would be greatly appreciated!

Cards from around the world--especially Norway where my family is from (stamped with a local stamp).

Topics: International flags, US state maps, landmarks, or license plates--more for my son than me. I like art-related, landscapes, almost anything really I guess.

Messages: I would especially love a tidbit about the stamp on the card (theme, year, type, what it says if not in English), about where you are from (even facts about your city like population and such--my son loves this stuff), a quote, or anything profile related!

PENPALS: I used to have quite a few penpals when I was a teenager but currently have none :( I would love penpals from around the world, but especially from Asia, Norway and other Scandinavian countries, the middle east, and Africa! PM me if you need one from the USA and we can set up a private swap! I like pretty letters, but this is not required. I am planning on making a "book" out of all the letters I have gotten from penpals.

CURRENCY: I also collect coins and paper money from around the world!

ATCs: I just started working on ATCs again and am collecting them.

Themes: ATCs with postage stamps, art (yours or someone else's), dark themes, odd or weird. I will like anything you send though if it is quality work!

Dislikes

Sage, Americana, plastic or acrylic beads, any cheap jewelry supplies, dark chocolate, tea (I never get around to drinking it!).

Ratings

5
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Comment: sorry for late rating cause I was on vacation! thank you for the lovely card!
1
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Comment: Partially suspended, never received. If I do, I will be happy to change the rating.
manders2280 rated for MZA Postal/Mail Related Goodies on Aug 25, 2012
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Comment: I'll re-rate you if I receive something. You've not sent the swap nor have you sent a note saying you're late.
alohabeauti99 rated for Deco Swap-July on Aug 22, 2012
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Comment: 08/21/12 This swap is still on your dashboard as unsent and I have not received anything.
hlwolfe72 rated for Collaborative List Journal # 1 on Aug 10, 2012
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Comment: Not sent as of 8/10, Will re-rate if I ever receive!
sunnybea rated for OSW--SMASH* book prompts on Aug 8, 2012
5
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Comment: Awesome presentation! I love the prompts as well. Thanks so much, and my apologies for the delay in rating.
Mamabemus rated for Once Upon A Time Journal Swap on Aug 5, 2012
5
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Comment: great story beginning
nc27614 rated for Art Envelope Free Theme # 8 on Jul 29, 2012
5
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Comment: Very nice envie. Good luck with you master's. See ya at the mail box.
sweetred35 rated for Letter Writing Game on Jul 26, 2012
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Comment: I apologize for not ratiing earlier, but I misplaced your letter (first part). I truly enjoyed your letter. I'm thinking you aren't currently pregnant is the lie. Let me know if I guessed correctly. I enjoyed being your partner.
meenie7 rated for Blind Pick Postcard Swap on Jul 21, 2012
5
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Comment: oooh, I love this card! How neat :)
kssunlover1947 rated for Blind Pick Postcard Swap on Jul 20, 2012
5
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Comment: Thanks for the card. I don't watch anime but sometimes the grandsons do. Interesting card anyway.
RWB411 rated for Time for an ADVENTURE! on Jul 19, 2012
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ZzMonstruozZ rated for Time for an ADVENTURE! on Jul 17, 2012
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Comment: Erika! thank you for sharing your little adventure. Sometimes the bigger surprises are next to us ;) You've been pretty well accompanied. Take care and happy childbirth! Leo says "hi" to Dolly!
Newsgurl75 rated for Pen pal intro and a card on Jul 17, 2012
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Comment: Writing back soon!! Hope you are enjoying ND! Hugs, E
froglet rated for Time for an ADVENTURE! on Jul 17, 2012
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Comment: Thanks for a great swap. The magazine was a huge hit - thank you so much for it!
Response: You are very welcome! I couldn't resist sending the magazine since the Spanish language is everywhere in New Mexico. Thanks for the heart!
carolynne99 rated for Ad Postcard Swap on Jul 15, 2012
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Comment: Thank you for the big ad card Carolynne
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Antimi rated for Postcard Pen Pals on Jul 11, 2012
5
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Comment: I received your beautiful card with a lovely message today. Thank you! :) I'll be writing back to you soon! :)
emoddle rated for 3+ Postage Stamps Postcard #2 on Jul 11, 2012
5
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Comment: thanks for the postcard :-)

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Comments

candigirl on Aug 27, 2012:

Um, actually, I don't think.you are suspended because someone accused you of being another.seaport (eedwards) as you mention in your profile...it appears that you are suspended due to the fact that you have flakes on at least three other swappers by not sending them the swaps you owe/promised them. The three ratings of 1 are what cause you to be suspended. Just to make the issue perfectly clear so you understand.

Teja on Aug 27, 2012:

My letter with Postage Stamp scavenger hunt came back to me. Can you PM me with your address that I resend?

lavendarcat on Aug 21, 2012:

I hope things are better for you. I received the Smash Book prompts as returned/unable to forward. :(

EmilyT on Aug 17, 2012:

I hope everything is okay with you and your baby girl! I'm here to thank you further for the papers you sent earlier this summer. They are so pretty and Iove the handmade paper ones, they are great.

neecie on Aug 14, 2012:

{also} received my envie for the "blind pick" swap > returned/unable to forward ... ~ hope you are well ~ let me know your current address & i will re-send :)

Newsgurl75 on Aug 11, 2012:

Hey Erika. I mailed you a letter to the NM addy and it came back to me. Can you PM me with an addy. I will just resend the letter...are you in ND? Please advise. - Elizabeth

EmilyT on Jul 7, 2012:

I'm back about the stickers as I really like the swirly ones and circley ones!! As stated when I'm rating my dh has the job of describing things. So for the stickers I said pick what I'd like best and I'll look at the rest later lol. I do love all the sheets, so great. And I hope the swap bot stuff gets cleared up in your favor, the swaps you sent me are lovely.

AlyxBee on Jul 6, 2012:

Unfortunatly I have to remove you from the My Paper Heart group. If everything clears up and you come off suspension, Please let me know, and I can re-invite you.

ColoradoKate on Jul 6, 2012:

Please PM me when you come off of suspension. I need to remove you from Mr. ZIP Approved and SMASH it until then.

Jordaaan on Jul 5, 2012:

I got the tag today Just wanted to let you know thank you! and I love it, I haven't seen those characters in a while (the stickers and envelope). :)

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