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Date Joined: January 30, 2008
Last Online: February 26, 2018
Birthday: September 26, 1979
Country: United States
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About Me

I reuse packaging.

PLEASE NOTE: Please don't confuse me with "iheartswap" on here or "iheartswap" on Flickr (not me). Sorry for the confusion, I should have been more creative with my user name ;)

FOR SWAPS: I will ALWAYS send a swap. If I can't make the deadline, you will hear from me first. If you haven't received a swap from me, please contact me before rating me and I will make it right. I swap to delight myself & others.

I'm married to my high-school sweetheart and raise children full-time (3 little boys). I also work part-time at a bookstore (for sanity and pleasure).

I enjoy MANY genres and styles of art & also crafts. I'm outgoing and social, but only have a few close friends. I try to live a simple life. Our family is part of a CSA farm, which nourishes our bodies and soul.

I frequent thrift stores, parks, farmer's markets, coffee shops, and anywhere books are sold. I have a healthy addiction to tote bags, paper, coffee & tea, owls, the color brown, and swapping.

Please send a note along with your swap so I know a bit about you, but also so I know which swap it's for ;)

Favorite Crafts

Paper crafts. Rubber stamping. Altered books. Altered & recycled art projects. Handmade & unique journals. Journaling. Hand-sewing little felt items.

Favorite Music

Folk, rock, alternative. My stand-bys are Wilco, Norah Jones, Ellis Paul, Woody Guthrie, Nickel Creek, The Shins, The Raconteurs, Amos Lee, Jake Armerding, The White Stripes, Iron & Wine, among many others.

General Favorites

COLLECTIONS: OWLS, Scrabble tiles, cute handmade mini plushies

COLORS: Brown, orange, red, and green.

BOOKS: Classic children's literature and fairy tales (not Disney). I also enjoy memoirs and cultural studies books. Working in a bookstore exposes me to SO many books, it's hard to narrow it down to a 'writable' list.

HOBBIES: Reading, journaling, creating, spending time with family, crafting, thrifting, swapping ;)

GAMES: Cribbage, Crosswords, Euchre, Pinochle, Scrabble, Yatzee

SCENTS: Clean & Citrus scents and lavender--oh, how I love lavender

ANIMAL: Owls & little birds, I also find myself drawn to elephants

Things I'd love to receive

(updated 2/18/09)

  • fun envelopes of any size (especially need mailing size)
  • stationary/letter writing set (especially if it's vintage)
  • felt shapes
  • anything SHINZI KATOH
  • alphabet letters of any material
  • needle felting supplies (I want to try it)
  • nice tea & hot beverages
  • hard candy, JellyBellys or gum
  • handmade Jewelry (no gold color)
  • paper punches (or pieces you've punched of different/unusual shapes)
  • cute coin purses
  • handmade plush critters
  • deco tape!! (no japanese words)
  • ANYTHING with an owl or tree theme
  • Guinness artwork (for my husband)
  • clear acrylic pieces (or thick plastic)
  • handmade soap bars
  • something you made with love
  • pins/badges (not broaches)
  • scrabble tiles or other game pieces with letters
  • easy hand sewing plush/felt patterns
  • strong, small round magnets
  • woodland creatures paper crafting supplies
  • little surprise for my boys :)
  • family activities
  • full decks of cards

Please do NOT send

  • Anything New Age or Magic (Wicca, voodoo, etc...)
  • Lotions & Bubble bath
  • 'Country' style (roosters, gingham, etc...)
  • Anything pet related
  • strong scents (no pine, smoke, etc...)
  • perfume
  • EXPIRED edible items

What my boys like...

Ages (birth month): Ambrose 6(March), Alex 5(December), and Athan 3(May)

*indoor activities for the Winter *gum & all candies *bouncy balls *General: sports, super heroes, firefighters & police officers, knights & castles *books *dress up/role play items, especially super hero masks *Legos *Hot chocolate *stickers--all, they go through them like crazy! *drawing, coloring, & not too messy craft items *dot to dot books for 4 year old *anything Greek or Roman related for 6 year old (nothing's over his head, he's a brain)


jeepgirl rated for Cosmetic ATC (US only) on Apr 5, 2009
Comment: I only received one ATC instead of the two that were required. If you send the other one I will change my rating. I am confused since you hosted this swap.
Comment: Great job Rachel! Looks like you had a great time making these! Thank you so much for all the fun extras. Ill have a fabulous time with them!
Comment: Thanks so much for the cuuuuute little mushrooms, I love them!!
Dani182 rated for Lunch Box Notes For The Boys on Dec 1, 2008
Comment: Thanks for the great lunch box notes!
Comment: Thank you so much. I look forward to opening my "gifts"!
eadaoin rated for Handmade Bird themed swap on Nov 25, 2008
Comment: Thank you for the fab journal and tags. I love them! :)
aallen66 rated for Button Advent Calendar on Nov 10, 2008
Comment: This is one of those package that you received and immediately want to give a hundred hearts. Wow. The packaging was so pretty I almost didn't want to open it - but I did! I can't wait for December 1 to get here so I can open my first little envelope. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Comment: Absolutely fabulous! I LOVE everything! I'm gonna make the glass stone owls into magnets... they are too cute! Thank you so much for an awesome swap - you rock!
marquettegirl rated for Coffee Cup Sleeves - altered! on Sep 19, 2008
Response: Thank you for rating :) -Rachel
wickedmint rated for Hand carved stamp on Sep 2, 2008
Comment: thank you for the two great stamps, and also thank you for sending back-up for your inspiration! i LOVE LOVE LOVE gnomes and toadstools so the bookmark and stamp are my new favorite things!
Response: Awesome :) I'm so happy that gnomes & toadstools are popping up everywhere, they're so fun. Enjoy the stamps! -Rachel
Comment: Thanks Rachel for the great package that arrived today! I just adore the elephant journal. The panda things, jar of flowers, little embellishments, candy and glass slides are great too! I can't wait to make something with the slides. Thank you so much! :-)
Response: I'm looking forward to doing another private swap with you :) You're really fun to shop for! -Rachel
artsyfartsy rated for ~ Adopt a Critter Matchbox # 2 ~ on Jul 16, 2008
Comment: Thanks Rachel! Alice feels right at home here in Oregon! :)
Response: Yeah! This was a fun swap and I'm so pleased you like her :)
KellyGirlKnits rated for Free Bookmark Swap! on Jul 14, 2008
Comment: AWESOME bookmarks!! I am jealous that your B&N has so many cool free ones. Thanks!
Response: Yippee! I'm thrilled you liked them--the music ones are my favorites. Since I work there, I can always scope out the best bookmarks before their gone. Thanks for the heart :) -Rachel
scowlette rated for Just Owls:) on Jul 7, 2008
Comment: what a great package! thank you for all the owl items. the journal was especially awesome!
Response: You're very welcome, dear. It was fun 'hunting' for owls for you ;)
Comment: Very cool ATC'S....I really liked them!!!
Response: Ooh, thanks! I really liked making them. The arrow one kept evolving into different designs.
LMNtalAlchemy rated for Free Bookmark Swap! on Jul 2, 2008
Response: Thank you for the rating.
Comment: These were lovely thank you!
Response: Thank you. I'm so glad you liked them. Green was a great color to work with in the Summer.
Comment: Hi, thank you for the very cute food label bookmarks. That is a fun idea and you are right; a book lover can never have too many bookmarks. :)
Response: You are very welcome. Hope you find some great Summer reads! -Rachel
mmamodio rated for Journaling tools swap on Jun 22, 2008
Comment: I love this package of tools! You must like things that I like b/c you gave me everything I would love and use to journal with. TY! - JDC Moni
Response: Oh goody, I'm happy you can use everything. This was a fun swap to put together and I'd love to do a private swap sometime with you--maybe the end of Summer, I'm a bit overwhelmed with happenings right now. -Rachel
Comment: Thanks for the clever tree ornament with an owl charm.
Response: hehe, thanks! I was thrilled to find that charm and after I made your ornament, I went back to the store and bought the last 3 in stock! :) -Rachel

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mousepoo on Oct 20, 2009:

I just started a new group, and I would like to invite you.

Art Journal Love.

hayatiggs on Mar 21, 2009:

Come join the Whimsical Woodland Wonderland group $5 Etsy Profile Surprise Swap!

JChromosome on Mar 3, 2009:

You should be getting your package in a couple of days!! We got hit pretty hard with the snow here in NC, which we don't normally get, so in a word, "Everything Stops" unfortunately that means the mail as well!!!

Hailey on Feb 5, 2009:

★G N O M E -- T O U R I S T ★ whimsy

Check out our 1st ‘Whimsical Woodland’ Swap!
Click Pic Above For Link ♥ Hugs –Hailey (Purr) ♥

Hailey on Dec 10, 2008:

whimsy 'Whimiscal Woodland Wonderland’

Updated our swap group, come over and check out the new main page & forum x Hugs –Hailey (Purr)
♥ Click the cute deer icon above for a quick link ♥

chincho on Nov 19, 2008:

Thanks, dear, for your comment, I'm so glad I made the kids happy!

giraffeandrabbti on Nov 5, 2008:

So glad you liked them! Hope they help to write lovely letters :) x

sinisterspackle on Nov 2, 2008:

Thank you SO much for remembering me on my birthday (via the Wishlist :D) I really appreciate it :) (Also I'm sorry this is so overdue!)

kerrlouise22 on Oct 31, 2008:

hi rachel, thank you so much for my oct wishlist package!! i really love it and yes it did make me smile. thanks again.

louise xx

marmot on Oct 26, 2008:

Thank you so much for joining my woodland whimsy jar swap. I'm really excited to be hosting it! :)

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