Date Joined: April 27, 2009
Last Online: April 26, 2017
Birthday: October 27
Country: United States
my pinterest, also known as to do list!
Well I started off his year with a bang! Decided it was time for a change in my life. I painted my bedroom walls a totally different color, I ventured into something different for employment, I did some volunteering and I cleaned my craft room. I now know where almost everything is in this house, except for the glass (that is the next adventure), and my rubber and acrylic stamp collection needs some help. It feels good but it also made me realize I might be a hoarder :o I think I am more of a compulsive shopper and collector! So now the profile gets the redo also...
Hello, I am Val a not 30 something anymore crafting supplies collector from southwestern Pennsylvania, USA. I work fulltime, spend my spare time shopping, scrapbooking, crocheting, making paper crafts and cards, sewing, collecting Westmoreland glass, making 1:12 scale miniatures for my dollhouse and occasionally cut some glass for a stain glass project. I do not have kids, unless you count my Father and the dog…both seem to require about a much care and time as a newborn!
I have been told I am artistic, I prefer crafty…give me a pile of randomness and enough time and I will create something out of it. I have been on Swap-bot actively since 2011 and even though there have been a few flakers along the way the journey has been fun, challenging, and a new experience! I am looking forward to more swapping and trying new things along the way.
I am getting back to normal after my two hip replacement surgeries in 2013. It has been a struggle physically, emotionally and most of all financially. The swapping really took a hit...but I am slowly coming back. Unfortunately while I was pinching pennies postage went crazy, so I think I will stick with regional swaps for now and save my postage money to buy more stuff!
I am still on the rant about rating your swaps when you receive them. If you don't care for the rating system that is fine but if you never let me know that you never received your swap items I will never know...send me a pm or post a simple comment "I got it" is all I need, I'll figure out what swap it is for on my end. If I haven't received a swap from you and the 2 week notice arrives in my inbox I will drop you a note and we go from there, please do the same for me.
The profile picture is Bubba - rescued May 2013. He is a red and white Boston Terrier. We have spent many nights at the local dog park trying to get him over his fears. He is getting better and some day we hope he will run with "the pack". Now he just collects all the toys and hides them behind the bench in the people area, he is getting a reputation as a hoarder too!
Thank you for stopping by and if there are any questions feel free to message me.
I think I can say I’ve tried just about everything! But there are a few things that have lasted over the years… paper crafts: scrapbooking, card making, art journals Sewing, crochet, jewelry making, 1:12 scale miniatures
Someday I would like to make soap, maybe really attempt to learn to knit, and sew a quilt start to hand sewn finish…as I said…someday…
I have discovered the wonders of pinterest and am in big trouble. I now officially have more ideas than I will ever have time to do...but if you would like to share your boards with me send me a message! The link to my boards is above. !!!
Since the "BIG CLEAN" I can honestly say I do not need any of the following...the amounts I already possess are stangering and in some cases to embarrasing to admit...
A FEW THINGS I CAN ALWAYS USE MORE OF-
POCKET LETTER SWAPS-I am so in love with these!!! I haven't had a penpal since I was a teenager and then it was only because the internet and cell phones hadn't been invented...but I LOVE happy mail. These are the perfect way to use up all those onsies and twosies of things I have been saving for later, create something fun and brighten someone else day! I would love fun stickers and labels for my envelopes. Fair warning my letters will probably ramble :) and I will put goodies in every pocket! Please see the "big clean" list for things I really do not need if you like to fill your pockets!!! a few pocket letters I have created
TEA SWAPS - I love swapping tea, it gives me an opportunity to try teas from all over the world right from my mailbox! Please no loose tea unless it is commercially packaged. I have also found that I do not care for; plain green tea, licorice/anise flavored, chamomile, medicinal/medical teas. I will pass these on or take them to work for others to enjoy. In past I have received Nova Teh Tarik Halia Ginger Milk Tea, Faywai Sweet Tea, Wangderm Authentic Thai Iced Tea - I love these and would love more!!!! Also Cupper Tea - Licorice Spearmint Infusion - Dad has declared this the best tea I ever received!
WASHI TAPE SWAPS What can I say...another addiction.... I love the skinny tapes and tapes with words/quotes/phrases, I will always use any pattern or design. I don't have a use for childish, kawaii, cat or religious designs and end up passing these on to those who do.
INCHIE and ATC SWAPS I mount all my inchies on canvases. Current projects are a small holiday and seasonal 5" x 8" framed piece, to rotate for the seasons or holidays. I am also working on a tea themed canvas - ATC's and inchies welcomed. I am not a big fan of really chunky ATC's or inchies.
PRESSED PENNIES I am looking for any of the following to add to my collection- USA - Alaska, Hawaii, Seattle WA, NYC, Key West Fl, Islamorada FL, Tampa FL, Cape Cod, Boston MA, Salem MA, Vermont, Washington DC, Tybee Island GA, Atlantic City NJ, Wildwood NJ, Lewes DE, Rehoboth Beach DE, Niagara Falls NY, Bar Harbor ME, Cumberland MD, Beckley WV, Charleston WV, Seneca Rocks WV, Canaan Valley WV, Ohio Amish Country, Ohio Turnpike, PA Amish, Disneyworld CANADIAN - Vancouver, Niagara Falls, Toronto, Halifax INTERNATIONAL - the list is long, message me if you have any to swap, trade, sell. Also see travel under themes below.
POST CARDS - I really don't collect the cards but like to include them in the scrapbooks I create from my travels. I like touristy postcards; map, 'greetings from', recipe, any touristy, multi view, vintage or new, photography/painting/drawn, funny local cards from any of my travel venues. See the pressed penny and scrapbook themes. PLEASE no ad cards, freebies, religious or cheaply made hand made cards.
ALL OTHER SWAPS I love handmade, I think it shows you care and want to share your artistic side.
I work mostly in these color waves;
⦁ think ocean blues/greens/turquoise
⦁ think sunset yellow/orange/teal
⦁ think woodsy greens/browns
⦁ think snow whites/blues/purples/silver
⦁ think fiesta red/orange/yellow/blue/purple
⦁ think old world vintage gray/brown/taupe
I have found that the only colors I don’t care for or can’t ’fit in’ anywhere are neons.
Themes of scrapbooks include - travel related items (Paris, London, Netherlands, Singapore, Thailand, Japan, Hong Kong, China, Switzerland, Belgium, Italy, Canadian Maritime, Alaska, Florida, New England, cruising, road trip, Universal Studios Orlando, Disney World), beach items (Florida keys, Caribbean, Hawaii), seasonal items [winter/spring/summer/fall], snow items, dog (Boston, Poodle, Scottish Terrier)
I really don't care for anything childish, kiddy, cutesy, country, cat related, precious moment type stuff, Hello Kitty/Japanese cute/anime/ type things, whimsical/fairy, religious, sculls/dragons/dark stuff, harry potter, internet gaming, twilight, dirty, worn/torn, or very used. Garbage I will throw out, something’s I will pass on, and the rest I give to friends with those sort of tastes.
When I have the time...OK, I'll skip dinner for a few of these... Grey's Anatomy- Big Bang Theory- Hawaii Five-O YUM!!!!- Dancing With the Stars- Modern Family- Dangerous Catch- Diners Drive Ins and Dives and most cooking shows on Food Network - Anything on Alaska - Amish Mafia - General Hospital
Old movies on rainy, ugly, cold afternoons.
I really hate to say dislikes, it more like things I have way to much of or no personal use for…I will not rate down for it or toss it. I will pass it on to someone who likes these sorts of things.
Anything childish, kiddy, cutesy, country, cat related, precious moment type stuff, Hello Kitty/Japanese cute/anime/ type things, whimsical/fairy, religious, sculls/dragons/dark stuff, harry potter, twilight, internet gaming
Paper, any size, any color, any texture
Holiday specific items, I don’t scrapbook the holidays and have more than enough card making supplies and decorations.
Chunky rhinestones and any glitter
Foam stickers - In the past I have passed them on to a friend who teaches in a small rural school...I passed on so many she has politely asked me to stop!
Amagari, stuffies, I-pod, I-pad, kindle, notebook, or cell phone covers, dottees, store bought jewelry, socks
Postcards (non touristy), FB, LB, slams, decos, zines, sticker bags or anything of this sort…I have a collection problem now and don’t need to add to it!
Anything to do with knitting, I cannot knit I have tried; It does not work for me…
Scented candles, make-up, hair care, lotion/potions and that sort of thing, bath items, incense
Address labels…I have so many, never use them and always forget to put them on envies…
LIKES AND LOVES!!!
Handmade is wonderful and I don't care if you are over-the-top or plain and simple, it is the love and creativity that counts.
Scrap booking embellishments; especially flowers, flourishes, alphabets, anything Tim Holtz, round any color any size sequins
Bakers twine, washi tape, thin jute
Pincushions, needle books, I keep my collection of pincushions in a basket on an antique sewing machine so anything will work.
Crochet thread- #10 in any variegated colors, hot pink, any metallic. Roving, any color any amount. Very large size "S" crochet hook.
Well...I jumped on the bandwagon and now have a planner - Filofax Personal Size. I am in love with all the little bits and pieces! Really need calendar pages.
I love to use real postage in some of my crafts, if you can mail your swap goodies with regular postage stamps I would love it.
Japanese craft books on polymer clay, crochet, jewelry, felting...if you want to trade please let me know!
Milk or white chocolate anything!
Hot chocolate, tea, water sachets, instant coffee, individual coffees/cappuccino/espresso, any one-cup drink or bottle mix
Things you can't walk into a store and find in the states, food, crafts, stuff! No allergies here, non sugar free stuff welcome, encouraged (helps feed the “house boy”!)
Dad loves snacks, candy, foreign food. Sweet, salty OK bitter, sour not so much. He will try any tea once and loves good hot cocoa. Dog is very, very picky for someone who never had food, treats or toys growing up!
Coupons - keeps us in interesting goodies! I can always use any yogurt - Pepsi - coke - orange juice - spaghetti sauce - frozen entrees - tide - Downey fabric softener - any Mexican, oriental, or ethnic foods - breakfast anything - pop tarts - L'Oreal Preference - Ulta Store coupons - bath and body works store coupons - drink mixes - Pillsbury anything.
Coke and Kellogg reward points
Looking for the following state and America the beautiful quarters: DC, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, Grand Canyon, Gettysburg, Hawaii Volcanos, Acadia, El Yunque, White Mountain,
The occasional ¼” long dog hair might be wrapped in a swap. But please note I shed more than the dog does…so that long multi colored hair is mine!
I will mail all swaps by the deadline. Please note my local Post Office sucks…mail does not go out everyday and postmarks can be from other local Post Offices and days after the sent date. I know this for fact, the neighbor and I did an experiment! I try to mail from other Post Offices but there are days when the schedule doesn't allow it...
I will mail the cheapest way possible, more money saved on postage allows more money to swap. I will not do delivery confirmation unless requested, the swap is higher dollar or it’s free…I have also had mail accepted at the desk of my local PO and then arrive on the other end postage due. PLEASE let me know if this ever happens, I will make it right.
I will rate within 48 hours of receipt and hope you do the same (rate me that is, I don‘t expect you to have any of my compulsive tendencies!) If you do not like to rate your received swaps I respect that but could you please let me know the swap arrived safe…I worry that you have never received the swap goodies you were promised. I have also stopped begging for ratings, if you don’t rate that’s OK but if you never receive something you have to let me know…OK?
I know life can get in the way. If you’re going to be late just let me know, communication is the best way to avoid swap hassles…at least with me
I never thought I would need this…
FLAKED ON: Yes I do think this is necessary. I hope that every person on this list really enjoyed the items they received from their swap partners and every time they use, look at or enjoy the swap items they feel good.
If you have been flaked on for similar type swaps and would like to do a private swap I am all for it. We might as well get some credit for our efforts and maybe even a star in swap heaven!
@Swapbotbaby007 - VERY GENEROUSLY AND BEAUTIFULLY ANGELED BY USER2637
@kikilala - VERY GENEROUSLY ANGELED BY MIABIFF
@moonday - VERY GENEROUSLY ANGELED BY NIGHTTRAINBOWW
@bloomincute2 - VERY GENEROUSLY ANGELED BY DEVILSPIGEONHOLE
@jmadison - VERY GENEROUSLY ANGELED BY MIABIFF
@mollysuzannedonahue - VERY GENEROUSLY ANGELED BY LISHMO
@CraftyLass - VERY GENEROUSLY ANGELED BY THE COORDINATOR BARSOOK
@cthalken - VERY GENEROUSLY ANGELED BY THE COORDINATOR HOOSIERGIRL
@buffisan - VERY GENEROUSLY ANGELED BY THE COORDINATOR TAMTAMLEE
@brabbit - account now deleted VERY GENEROUSLY ANGELED BY DEVILSPIGEONHOLE
@vickygr - VERY GENEROUSLY ANGELED BY DEVILSPIGEONHOLE
@cookingbear - VERY GENEROUSLY ANGELED BY THE HOSTESS paperpusher
@katybear826 - VERY GENEROUSLY ANGELED BY HOSTESS - KATHY821
@marischa - VERY GENEROUSLY ANGELED BY HOSTESS - JSWDESIGNER
@toroko - VERY GENEROUSLY ANGELED BY HOST - SCHUYLANG
@fabmama72 - VERY GENEROUSLY ANGELED BY HOST - kiwi2140nz
HAPPY TO ANGEL FOR:
Hippy Dotee Doll - Happy to angel for Ilovesurprises2
Time for Tea - Happy to angel for leashingfear
Private Swap - Happy to angel for WPREGEL
Pick 2 US Only Tag - Happy to angel for OrigamiGrace
Pretty Pink Pocket Letter - Happy to angel for smnichols
Multiview PC - Happy to angel for hazelwitch3
Animal PC - Happy to angel for hazelwitch3
Winter and Christmas Washi Fast Swap - Happy to angel for ChelleHames
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