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Date Joined: July 6, 2010
Last Online: April 17, 2019
Birthday: June 14
Country: United States

About Me

UPDATE: April 8, 2019

I am not online much during the weekend. That is "our time" for hubby and I.

I have excess Decos. If you want some please let me know how many.

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 have tons of other cards: Birthday, Thank You, Christmas, etc. If Interested please message me. You can have them, but I would need the postage to send to you.

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 (32), is newly married and lives with her husband and step-daughter. Our grandson, Ethan Shaun, was born January 2, 2010. Our son, Bill (33), shares an apt with his girlfriend. Bill and I will celebrate our 39th wedding anniversary June 28th, 2019

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 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 44 years now.

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

July 3, 2016 - Bill and I started Geocaching. If you have a travelbug to pass along I'd be happy to "grab" it from you and put in a cache in my area

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.

They are:

*Someone wearing a pink tie

*To my doppleganger - I have salt/pepper hair, brown eyes, wear glasses, have a Queen figure and am on the tall side

*Slip this card in someone's locker

*Anyone who is good at deciphering codes?

If you'd like to help me please message me.

PLEASE NOTE: I live in a rural area. My mail is sometimes 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 2019 Too many Christmas gifts I had to make, so my goal for 2019 is to get it cleaned up.

About Ethan

I don't need any extras in my swaps (unless it's something from my likes/collection lists). If you would like to include any extras then something for Ethan will get you a heart

I am his Nana - He is 9 (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; 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

Favorite Television

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

NASCAR, Shark Week and Destination Truth are my favorites

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.

December 21,2018 I just abandoned my 200th piece of art/crafts!

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I just found this fantastic web site:

http://gomakesomething.com/

Though the site is archived there are some fantastic things on it, especially "The Basics Articles for Beginners" I'm still looking and learning!

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 (I don't have the supplies for making my own); purse charms/dangles

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 (which I hate doing)...:^/

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.

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.

November 2018 - I picked up a mini Rolodex and cards at the thrift store. If you'd like to do a card for it, please contact me and I'll send you one.

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-unless they are loonies or twonies (SP?)); windchimes; 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 any amount; 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 (I donate these to Ethan's school); Scotties tissue coupons (for the nose, not the other end); business cards; sea glass; Godzilla

I'm looking for a vintage sewing pattern for a girl's dress from the 40's - 50's. It's OK if some of the pieces are missing.

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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

matchboxes

whimsey jars -would love one crochet theme!

Amigurumi

Steampunk anything

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 11 (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 February 2019 - I am no longer mailing from the Melvin post office unless it has to go out right away. I am making a trip once a week into a neighboring town to mail items.

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.

(October 2018) I recently mailed a package to my niece who lives about 150 north of me in MI. I mailed on a Tuesday. I had tracking on it and checked it on Friday, thinking it would be delivered that day. The package was in PA. The postal system is crazy. Why did it even leave the state?

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 44 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.....

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. (After telling someone this I later checked her profile and it was 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

CaseyErin rated for Just Randomness Giveaway on Apr 17, 2019
5
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Comment: Fun swap!
Response: I hope you enjoy your box of Randomness!
SillyTilly42 rated for Crafts giveaway on Apr 16, 2019
5
rating
 
Response: Thank you!
Tamawi rated for Super Quick Deco Swap on Apr 12, 2019
5
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Comment: Thank you, this deco is turning out very nice. Everyone's additions are so well done.
Response: You're welcome….I thought so too.
joppagirl rated for 4-6 Decos USA on Apr 10, 2019
5
rating
Comment: Thanks for the decos.
Response: You're welcome and enjoy!
Amandlyn22 rated for Just Randomness on Apr 8, 2019
5
rating
Comment: Thank you for the fun randomness!
Response: You're welcome!
5
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Comment: Thank you! I love the black and white photo.
Response: You're welcome!
Mistyinltown rated for Super Quick Deco Swap on Mar 27, 2019
5
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Comment: Thank you! Loved the Miss Piggy envelope! Have a beautiful day.
Response: LOL...You're welcome!
5
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Comment: Thankyou! I laughed at the Geocaching licence, love it! :)
Response: I had a couple extra and hoped you would enjoy it!
PrettyAlice rated for Super Quick Deco Swap on Mar 25, 2019
5
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Comment: Thanks!
Response: You're welcome! Hopefully the other one shows up too.
SeleneW rated for Seed Catalog Deco on Mar 23, 2019
5
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Comment: Thank you for making the Seed Deco for me and turning it out into rotation.
Response: You're welcome and I hope you enjoy it when it comes home to you
Dsweeny rated for ATC Bag #63 (USA) on Mar 23, 2019
5
rating
Comment: Beautiful, thank you!
Response: You are welcome!
Tamawi rated for USA Last Page Deco - March on Mar 18, 2019
5
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Comment: Thanks, this is an interesting deco book!
Response: Enjoy!
TeaP rated for New Deco on Mar 13, 2019
5
rating
Comment: Thank you.
Response: You're welcome
5
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Comment: Cute Stuff!
Response: Enjoy!
PenPalCoCo rated for Just Randomness on Mar 10, 2019
5
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Comment: Thank you so much! I really appreciate all the items and even the extras you packed for me. So sweet! XoXo
Response: You're welcome and thank you for joining the swap!
shinyserra rated for Last Page Deco - March on Mar 7, 2019
5
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Comment: Thank you very much for the cool decos and the pennies for my sister!!!
Response: You're welcome and enjoy!!
ChrisAnne rated for Decos Only - USA March on Mar 6, 2019
5
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Comment: Thank you for the decos.
Response: You're welcome and enjoy!
mjhaertling rated for One Deco - March on Mar 4, 2019
5
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Comment: I like your idea of collecting deco pages & displaying them in a photo holder. I may copy that idea. I need some more ways to store & display my mail art. The funky dog theme is such fun. Will be on the look-out for a funky dog.
Response: Thank you! I knew as soon as I saw it what I wanted to do with it. And it was only 25 cents because it was the last day of the sale and they were getting ready to put everything away...lol.
SeleneW rated for Decos Only - USA March on Mar 4, 2019
5
rating
Comment: Thank you for the deco books.
Response: You're welcome and enjoy!
ChrisAnne rated for DBL ~ Move One, Make One ~ USA on Mar 1, 2019
5
rating
Comment: Thank you for the decos. I like your idea of making decos to fill a rolodex.
Response: Thank you! As soon as I saw it on the table I knew that's what I wanted to do with it.

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 859 523 542
Completed Fives Threes Ones
1011 1164 0 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
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Comments

stiffneck78 on Apr 9, 2019:

Thanks for all the excess! I will play and pass them along.

jenmcjen on Mar 17, 2019:

craftseverything on Feb 14, 2019:

Just stopping by to tell you that I abandoned your art piece at the cancer center where my mom is receiving treatment. It is a wonderful cancer center known for its treatment worldwide. You can see a link of the photo on my instagram.

arimails on Jan 25, 2019:

I received the swap for Quick Pick 3 ! thank you so much for angeling, so kind 😄❤️

washingtonmaverick on Jan 13, 2019:

I took a deck of Sneaky Cards with me Geowoodstock 2018 in Cincinnati Ohio, the only sneaky card to be found was the one left in the airplane magazine. I hope you have had better luck than me!

bluehairedmary on Dec 8, 2018:

I left your angel in the reading nook at my local coffee shop that I go to on Saturdays when my daughter has cheer practice. I’ll post a pic later. I’m on my phone right now. :)

BasketWorks15 on Sep 24, 2018:

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

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