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Date Joined: July 6, 2010
Last Online: October 15, 2018
Birthday: June 14
Country: United States

About Me

UPDATE: October 11, 2018

ATTENTION: IF FOR SOME REASON YOU HAVE NOT RECEIVED ONE OF MY SWAPS, IT IS MOST LIKELY BECAUSE IT WAS LOST IN THE MAIL. PLEASE SEND ME A MESSAGE BEFORE RATING AND LET ME KNOW, AND I'LL REMEDY THE SITUATION. THANK YOU.

PLEASE READ ABOUT MY POST OFFICE BELOW

I have too much "stuff". Bits and pieces I've saved for Decos and random journaling. So I have filled some envelopes with stuff. No requests, but if you'd like to receive an envelope filled with random items, please message me with "Stuff" in the subject line. I am also offering a baker's dozen of all different notepaper sheets. If you'd like some, put "Baker's Dozen" in the subject line. And I have letter sets. Add "Letter Sets" to the subject line. I really don't need anything in return, unless you'd like to send a new unused postage stamp or two. Appreciated, but not required.

I also have flat rate boxes filled with things. I can't do shipping, but if you want to pay for the shipping, a box is yours, nothing in return.

I live in Michigan, in the "thumb" area of the state. Melvin is a small village, around 130 people in the village limits. I live about 2 miles out of town, on a farm with my husband Bill. Our daughter, Cheyenne (31), lives with her boyfriend. Our grandson, Ethan Shaun, was born January 2, 2010. Our son, Bill (32), shares an apt with his girlfriend. Bill and I celebrated our 38th wedding anniversary June 28th, 2018

We live on a 72 acre farm. We used to raise cattle, but after Bill's heart valve replacement surgery, we got out of that and now rent out the land for farming.

We now have a cat named Max. He is orange and white. Max was dumped at our home on August 30, 2018. He was only about 4 or 5 weeks old at the time the vet said. No accidents, so he is a house cat. Something new for me as I've only had dogs in the house. When we had cattle, we had barn cats.

I was diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis in April 2012. Diabetes in June 2018

I have been swapping for 43 years now.

I'm not much of a letter writer, so I'm not looking for pen pals.

July 4, 2016 - Bill and I started Geocaching.

I have ALOT of School Spirit UPC's. If you can use them please message me. I really don't want to throw them away if someone's school will benefit.

I was given a couple Knit-A-Day calendars, but I don't knit (well, I can do the garter stitch and knit scarves) I also have some patterns from a Crochet-A-Day and charts from a Cross Stitch-A-Day calendars. You can have them, all I ask is for the postage to send to you.

I have tons of cards: notecards, thank you, birthday, Christmas (especially Christmas) If interested, contact me.

I recently picked up a deck of Sneaky Cards. There's some cards I can't do because I don' live in a more populated area. If you'd like to help me please message me.

PLEASE NOTE: I live in a rural area. My mail is slow. Some of my swaps have taken 20 days or more to arrive (see about my post office below)

I'm still working on cleaning my computer/craft room. I was doing pretty good, The room has became the "put it in there and close the door so no one can see" room. So I'm basically starting over...too many projects I want to do and not enough time to do them (anyone have the secret to living to be about 300 or so?...LOL) So I'm still limiting myself to very few swaps at this time. NEW for Fall 2018 I am really concentrating on getting this room cleaned up. My goal is to have it done by the end of the year. Encouragement is welcomed..LOL!

About Ethan

I am his Nana - He is 8 (BD: 1/2/10)

Likes: Hot Wheels; Pokemon cards, little Minecraft figures; blind packs of the following: Hatchaminals & LEGO figures; Board games, playing games on the iPad; Lego's; Fruit Flavored Tootsie Rolls; Pistachio Nuts; coins to feed his monkey (bank); state bike plates with the name "ETHAN" on them (e-mail for states he already has-I find them at Wal-Mart); pressed pennies, small flashlights; he also likes tokens..like Chuckie Cheese or memorial coins from places/business'; wooden building kits-birdhouse, boats, planes, etc that he can build with Papa and paint with Nana

He loves to read.

Please NO tattoos they make him break out in a rash

PLEASE NOTE - If you are participating in the Kid's Stocking Stuffer Swaps that I host, you can address the package to Ethan in care of me at my address. Also, his last name is not the same as mine, so just Ethan is fine on the envelope

Favorite Television

I like actuallity TV. I watch ID, Discovery, History, SyFy, Oxygen, AXS, Travel Channel, Reelz and HLN most often.

I love NASCAR and Shark Week

Not into watching movies.

UPDATE: We did take Ethan to see Rock Dog on 3/4/17. Almost $40 for 3 of us and I even had bottled water in my purse that I carry all the time. Crazy

Favorite Crafts

I love to crochet. It is my favorite craft and I crochet everyday. I have a bag packed and can grab and go with it to any place I have to wait - Dr. office, car repair, etc. I also have plastic shoe boxes with small balls of yarn, a hook and pair of scissors in each of our vehicles. I make granny squares while waiting for hubby in stores I don't want to go in, stopped in traffic or just any unexpected waiting I have to do.

I belong to a group called "Fairy Godmothers" We do knitting, crochet and sewing for charities in our area. Any supplies or completed items will earn you a heart and our greatest appreciation.

I also like paper crafts and general crafts. I enjoy making/receiving ATC's and skinny's. I have alot of ideas and have started to keep a notebook of ideas on ones to make. But I have to be in the mood to do them.

I also enjoy making/receiving inchies. I have to challenge myself with these because they are so small. Again, have to be in the mood

July 2018 - Just discovered ATCoins and have received some. Haven't tried my hand at making them yet.

I've done Decos on and off for the last 29 years. Any excess Decos are welcomed. 1-100+ whatever you want to send.

New as of 4/2015 - I've discovered Art/Craft Abandonment (search it, it's quite fun!). If you are willing to abandon some of my art for me, please PM me and I'd be happy to send it to you. Or if you would like to send me some of your art I'd love to abandon it in my area for you.

7/21/2018 I just abandoned my 175th piece of art!

Likes and Dislikes

Likes: Decos (NO Artistic ones please. I don't have the supplies for them); windchimes (I have a chime tree in the summer); bubble envelopes; card stock; colored paper and scrapbook papers; regular lotion-like Jergen's or Vaseline Intensive Care; unscented baby lotion; address labels: ones with my address on them with swap-bot/cute graphics or pictures of my interests 30 to a sheet and ones with just my address, no graphic in black ink 80 to a sheet; "clicky" advertising ink pens (black ink); French Vanilla hot cocoa mix (no other flavors please); steampunk items

Dislikes: Anything religious or political; coffee; tea; gel pens; swap cards; junky, cheap swaps; make-up; jewelry-I very seldom wear it except for my wedding rings & Mother's ring and I DO NOT have pierced ears; burned CD's; perfume; scented lotions; anything made with wool; I know owls are the big thing, but I'm just not into them, so I would appreciate nothing "owl" (unless they are steampunk related); anything glitter, confetti, etc - there's nothing worse than opening a great swap and having all that fall out and then having to pull out the vacuum...:^/

Candy likes: Carmels regular and vanilla; plain M&M's in the brown package; Cinnamon Teddy Bears or during the holidays Santas or hearts; Wintergreen Altoids

Dislikes: Gum, anything with coconut, pineapple, fruity gummies, sour anything

My Big Deco Book and Rolo Deco

Many years ago I received a Deco made using a composition notebook. It was filled with many beautiful pages.

I have often thought about that book and hoped it made it home to the owner to enjoy.

I've decided that I would like a book like that. But with the price of postage now, it would be impossible to do one and mail it to people.

So I'm going to do mine like this:

If you would like to make a page for me, make it no larger than 7.5 x 9.75 inches. That is the measurements of my notebook. Make it on a piece of paper - multipurpose paper, scrapbook paper, colored paper, etc - and then I will attach it in my book when I receive it.

You can choose any theme you want. All I ask is that it is not religious or political.

On a separate piece of paper, type or neatly print the following:

Name/address

Date

And any other information you would like

I will attach this information to the back of the page in my book.

PLEASE DO NOT FOLD THE PICTURE!!!!

If this is something you do or would like to do, I would love to make a page for your book in return. If it's not, then I'd be happy to send Decos (in the USA only) or make Decos (worldwide) in return.

AND...Summer of 2015, I bought a photo Rolodex at a yard/rummage sale. I've decided instead of putting photos in it, I'd like to fill it like a Deco. If you would like to help me fill it, please contact me with your name/address and I'll send you a backing card for you to Deco for it.

Collections/Wish List

yarn (no wool please! Makes me itchy & bumpy!! Though I can take sock yarn. I have a friend that makes socks for the homeless shelter); US state/park quarters (message for list); president dollars (message for list); half dollars (50 cent pieces); bi-centennial quarters; foreign coins (no Canada ones, I live close and get them all the time); windchimes; Yankee/Home & Garden/White Barn jar candles; Favorite Findings buttons and any other decorative buttons; Disney Swap pins; pressed/smashed pennies (can use 3 of 1 design); advertising wooden nickels; decks of new playing cards (for Veteran's hospital); postcards with recipes on them~unused in an envelope please; miniature (2 inches) rubber duckies (check out Oriental Trading to see what I'm talking about); clear mailing tape on a roll, ATC's and ATCoins, inchies, matchboxes; lanyards; empty Altoid tins; wooden birdhouses/kits to build them; license plates; fortunes from fortune cookies; Richmond Hill tea wooden boxes; wine corks; pull tabs from beverage cans; Coke codes; Pepsi Stuff codes; Scotties tissue coupons; business cards; sea glass

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I am looking for heart shaped jewelry. Pins, necklaces, earrings in silver tone. Bling is great!

I also am looking for flower pins, necklaces and earrings. I need some butterfly pins too. Silver or gold

What will you swap for?

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I'd love to receive any of the following:

altered playing card

altered Altoid tin

dotee dolls

About My Post Office

Why am I adding this? Because many of you are sticklers with the postmarks on packages and I am almost afraid to swap with some of you. So, I want you to know why the sent date listed on the swap may not match the package(s) I send.

Melvin is a small rural town (population around 130)

Post Office's hour's are:

M-F 8 am to Noon

Sat 8 am to 10 am

I live in the country, on the rural mail route. I click on the sent button when I put the mail in the mailbox. After that, it is out of my control. Our regular mail carrier does not arrive to my house until after 1 pm. (If a sub is on, then it's 2 or 3 pm) The mail delivery truck arrives at the Post Office in town around 4 pm. Most days the mail carrier is not finished with the route and back to the Post Office with the mail he/she has collected by then. Because of this, the mail sits in the building overnight and does not get picked up until the next day. Then it is taken to the Detroit area to the sorting facilities where it is postmarked.

We have had 9 (sigh) different "postmasters" since June 2015 until now. (side note - they are usually just qualified) No one wants to work at this PO due to none of the modern machines. The mail is postage stamps/metered mail.

UPDATE January 2017: The USPS has cut back on the amount of postage stamps and cash in our PO. I tried to mail 3 small packages with a $50 dollar bill and the worker didn't have enough cash to make change

Lastly, the USPS in general has gotten terrible over the past few years and is getting worst all the time.

Example: I mailed an envelope to TX and it was received 3 days from mailing. An envelope I mailed the same day to OH took 6. Ohio is closer to Michigan than Texas...go figure.

I had a package go missing for 3 months. It had tracking on it and showed it was picked up at my home, then no tracking information until it showed up at my partner's home. Would love to know where it was for those 3 months...the stories it would tell.

So....all this said, I do try and get swaps out as soon as partners are posted, but sometimes that's just not possible. So if your swap is postmarked late, this is why and I hope you will take it into consideration when rating. And if I am late I WILL message you

About Swaps I Host

I host several swaps each month. The "rules" I have are to protect everyone who signs up. I've been swapping for 43 years and these have always worked for me. I've had to ban several people lately. I've gotten some really harsh replies, so here is my explaniations:

My swaps are USA only because I can not afford to send to foreign lands. I have a postage budget. There might be only 1 person from another country, but it seems like I'm the one to get them for a partner. Another reason is the time it takes to get there. I sent to Australia once. She didn't get and rated me a 1, so I re-sent and she still didn't get it. I mailed a 3rd time. She received all 3 envelopes within the same week. And I was out almost $7 in postage. And then she only changed the rating to a 5 (I figured that receiving 3 swaps for 1 should have at least have earned thank you and a heart. I guess I was expecting too much..?). Recently I've been mailing some excess off. I was going to mail 2 small Decos to Canada. It would have been $6.98 to mail them! Crazy.....

I can no longer angel swaps due to my postage budget. Angelling several swaps each month wipes it right out and I can not enjoy any other swaps, maybe one you are hosting.

If you are a newbie, welcome to Swap-bot! It is really fun once you understand how it works. My advice to you is: BEFORE you join any swaps, scroll to the bottom of the page and check out all the catagories there, especially the "new User Info" All are very helpful in helping you get to know Swap-bot.

I really enjoy swap-bot, but it is NOT my life. If partners do not get posted the day after the deadline, PLEASE do not message me about it - I will not reply. According to swap-bot rules, the swap host has 7 days to assign partners. If the deadline needs to be extended then it will be. Spending time with my grandson Ethan and my other family members is much more important to me.

I ask for a well filled profile. My definition of a well filled profile is more than 1 paragraph. I should have to scroll down the page to read it all

Why? Many swap-botters feel if you can't be bothered to fill out your profile then you will probably not be bothered rating and many flakers do not bother to fill out their profile. Plus a well filled profile helps your partner to send you an extra special swap. It is very easy to get ideas, just click on any established member's icon/user id and that will take you to their page. I am constantly changing/updating my profile. That said, I recommend that you don't copy someone else's profile. I came across a profile that is almost word for word like mine.....creepy.

If you are going to be gone within 3 days of partners being assigned and not able to check into swap-bot then you need to contact me and let me know so I don't ban you from the swap. Frankly, I thought this was just good manners, but apparently not. I'm not a mind reader, I can't know that you have gone/are going on vacation, have mid-terms, a family emergency, etc. I've found that when someone doesn't check in within the 3 days, then the swap is usually flaked on.

Recent 1's or 3's - Please message me with an explaination. If it's a valid reason, then I'll let you join. If not, then I suggest you clear it up. Many swap hosts will tell you the same thing. Side Note Did you know that you can get a 1 or 3 rating removed? Check out the swap-bot blog around the first of November for details!

Because of delivery issues, multi-profiler/flaker concerns, and site policies I require real names. If you join a swap of mine with a fake name or no last name, you will be removed from the swap and asked to fix it for future swaps.

Lastly, I am not your Mother. I'm not your partner's Mother either. Please contact your partner with any problems you have. I can't make someone rate you, or reply to your rating. If you don't get a swap and no replies to your message(s), then rate a "1" . Unfortunately, I've found rating the "1" seems to get people motivated into resolving the problem. I do appreciate being contacted so I can ban any problem swappers from future swaps so it doesn't happen to someone else or you if they are your partner again. (Please give me the swap name and the user id of the flaker.) If it is a big problem that can't be resolved, you should contact admin about it. If they get enough complaints then the user is suspended.

I think that is it for now. I'm sure I'll be revising/adding to this in the future so check back often

Afterthoughts

If you want to make anything for me I like: dragons-Medival ones, not Oriental ones; anything "sexy" themed (I did a sexy storybook character ATC swap and it was fun! My partner is still fanning herself! I've also hosted a Deco swap on the same theme) I like fairies, storybook characters, pin up girls, anything vintage or whatever! I love to receive altered playing cards, dotee dolls, matchboxes, whimsey jars, altered Altoid tins, Amigurumi

TOTE BAGS - Hello, my name is Linda and I am a tote/shopping bag addict! I would love totes/shopping bags from stores not in my area, like Piggly Wiggly (especially Piggly Wiggly, fond memories of shopping there with my Grandpa when visiting KY as a child), Vons, Winn Dixie to name a few. Let me know what you have and maybe we can work out a trade. My son works at a family owned store so I can send one from there or another family owned store in another town (if still available). Or maybe I can help you with your collection.

I like black, silver and red. My computer/swap room is done in these colors with Mystical Creations dragon items for the theme

Ratings

rainydayangie rated for Art/Craft Abandonment on Oct 15, 2018
5
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Comment: So cute! Thank you! I left this at the Portland OR airport before flying to Vermont!
kayreich rated for ATC Bag #56 (USA) on Oct 10, 2018
5
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Response: Thanks for rating and the heart
5
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Comment: thanks for the lovely pattern! love it. have a great day
Response: You too!
Dsweeny rated for ATC Bag #55 (USA) on Oct 8, 2018
5
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Comment: Thank you as always Linda for wonderful swaps - I apologize for the late rating, all on me!
Response: You're welcome!
aligurl75 rated for Random Journal Swap on Oct 8, 2018
5
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Comment: I love love love this journal!! I am having so much fun going through it a bit at a time. All the incredible work you've put into this journal is wonderful and I am so happy to have been your partner and received it. :)
Response: Oh thank you! When I saw I received a rating for it, I instantly got a knot in my stomach, lol. I had a lot of fun doing it even though it took me a year to do it.
tcornell rated for Random Journal Page Swap on Sep 17, 2018
5
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Comment: Thank you for the beautiful journal page and for the postcard. I'm glad you hosted this swap, it was fun!
Response: You're welcome. I enjoyed doing it for you and will be hosting more soon!
5
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Comment: Thank you so much! I'm looking forward to opening all these wonderful gifts from my friends. Hugs, Diane
Response: Me too!
karenc5079 rated for ATC Bag #54 (USA) on Sep 12, 2018
5
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Comment: Hard choose again. TY
Response: You're welcome
laterdayze rated for One Deco Book - September on Sep 10, 2018
5
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Comment: Thank you! :)
Response: Enjoy!
morganizzy rated for Just Randomness on Sep 9, 2018
5
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Comment: thank you!
Response: You're welcome!
pernie123 rated for Thrift Store Scavenger Hunt on Sep 9, 2018
5
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Comment: I love what you sent! Thank you for all. Pearl necklace, so sweet!
Response: You're welcome!
shiloh102 rated for Fill My Stocking - Sept & Oct on Sep 7, 2018
5
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Comment: Thank you Linda for beautiful presents that are going in my stocking for Christmas.
Response: You're welcome and enjoy!
bluesky rated for Kid's Fill My Stocking - Sept & Oct on Sep 6, 2018
5
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Comment: received both thank you! :)
Response: YOU'RE WELCOME!
KumaHime rated for Art/Craft Abandonment on Aug 29, 2018
5
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Comment: So sorry for the late rating! Had a great time with my first abandonment swap. I abandoned on a park bench and when I came back the next day it was gone and someone left a thank you note on a napkin :-)
Response: How fun! Thank you!
colleenbUSA rated for Super Quick Deco Swap on Aug 23, 2018
5
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Comment: Thanks for the decos!
Response: You're welcome and have fun!
5
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Response: Thank you for rating and joining the swap
goosey rated for Pick 3 Swap on Aug 20, 2018
5
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Comment: thank you so much for the wonderful envelopes and cards!
Response: You're welcome. I'm glad the re-send made it to you.
mrscokeley rated for Small Stocking Stuffer - July on Aug 17, 2018
5
rating
 
Response: Thanks for rating
PinkPosy29 rated for Fill My Stocking - July on Aug 17, 2018
5
rating
Comment: Thanks for the gift. Waiting to open.
Response: You're welcome
5
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Comment: Got the card. It will go out on the next round. Thanks.
Response: You're welcome, I'm glad it wasn't lost in the mail

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 814 495 514
Completed Fives Threes Ones
960 1104 0 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
12 382 566 0
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Comments

BasketWorks15 on Sep 24, 2018:

Thank you for angeling me fir the Just Randomness swap. I loved everything!

armadillogal on Jul 16, 2018:

glad you found the pathtag...my others are extagz.

ArtsyEm on Apr 9, 2018:

Just stopping to by to say thank you for being an "Angel" for the swap! Very sweet of you and not at all expected. It is appreciated!

kfaye on Dec 26, 2017:

I love the little kitty inside the seed pouch! Thank you :D

LunaMoody on Dec 20, 2017:

MERRY CHRISTMAS !!!!!

stiffneck78 on Dec 20, 2017:

MisplacedfromPA on Dec 19, 2017:

I appreciate that you angeled for the swap you hosted,,, Sign up Wednesday Mail on Thursday 11-30-17. Love the assortment of items.

stiffneck78 on Oct 31, 2017:

BlueberryLady on Oct 26, 2017:

Loved Reading your Profile.. My husand's name is Bill too. Love your crafting with Crochet to help local Charities..I love Wind chimes and want to make some out of old Silverware, .Plus numerous other Projects I start or have started that aren't done. LOL

janeengland on Aug 17, 2017:

I just want to say a big thank you for sending my Traveling Postcard back home. It was so exciting x

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