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iowa05

iowa05
Date Joined: November 7, 2018
Last Online: May 20, 2019
Birthday: May 4
Country: United States
My Pinterest! (to see my style)

About Me

Hi there, my name is Sandara (san-DAIR-uh). I'm super easy-going and absolutely love putting together sweet packages for people. I'm married and a mom of two little girls. My girls are young and their names are Hazel and Tessi. Please feel free to address mail to one of them instead of just me!

I'm a lifetime lover of art and graphic design, so I will love anything artistic or handmade that you send me! Anything with nature, poetry, drawings, illustration, art, or just generally creative mail I will enjoy thoroughly. πŸ’• (Especially anything sparkly or holographic!)

I also love bullet journaling and use the system for all kinds of things. I love receiving pretty papers, drawings, and stickers I can use to decorate them.

You can check out my Pinterest (linked above) to get a feel for my style :)

one of my favorite illustrations

Things I Love...

  • Color: robin's egg blue/aqua/turquoise!!
  • Anything glittery, sparkly, or holographic!!!
  • Other colors: dusty pink/champagne pink, pastel purples, mint green, light grey
  • Flowers! Especially cosmos, anemones and peonys
  • The woodlands, mountains, rivers, nature in general
  • Graphic design, especially typography, water colors, and illustration
  • Art! I love drawings, illustration, paintings, or sketches
  • Polar Bears
  • Chocolate!! (The darker the better!) :)
  • Music: A Fine Frenzy, The Lumineers, & Mutemath
  • Movies: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Nacho Libre, The Little Prince

My Favorite Items

  • ZINES!!!
  • Washi tape!!!
  • Anything handmade, especially art/drawings! :)
  • Pressed flowers, leaves, etc.
  • Journals or notebooks, big or tiny! (especially unlined and that lay flat)
  • Really any sort of art supplies (literally - I do everything - from quilling to leatherworking to jewelry-making!)
  • Hot chocolate packets! I love to try new brands! The darker/richer the better. :)
  • Stationery, envelopes, handmade postcards
  • Stickers
  • Bookmarks
  • Postage stamps (new or used)
  • Recipes from countries outside the U.S.
  • Comic strip that makes you laugh :)
  • Friendship bracelets
  • Rubber stamps (or the flat, acrylic ones)
  • Paper garland/banner
  • Inspirational quotes
  • Origami (you can flatten it)
  • Beads
  • Twine
  • Unique or pretty fabric strips/ribbons/yarn that I can decorate my dreadlocks with
  • Pretty much any kind of craft supplies or stationery... pretty paper clips, note cards, paper pads, die cuts... :)

Dislikes

  • Caramel (just don't like the flavor. Weird, right?)
  • Licorice (same)
  • Anything scary, gothic, witchcraft, skulls, etc.
  • Characters, like Disney, movie or tv characters, HelloKitty, etc.
  • Anything spiritual-themed that is not Jesus-focused
  • Halloween themed (pumpkins yes, jack-o-lanterns no)
  • Santa Clause (I love Christmas! Just don't love Santa.)
  • Temporary tattoos

My kids are young, so keeping my mail happy and innocent is important to me. Thanks for understanding!

I don't collect...

It's not technically a "dislike", but I don't collect postcards, and I really only like receiving and sending homemade ones. Also, I appreciate the art and time put into making ATC's, but I don't collect them, either. Any you send me will inevitably be passed on.

My Girls

My little girls are super girly and love anything full of rainbows, butterflies, and sunshine. ;) I usually open my mail with them and they get so excited when there is a surprise for them to enjoy.

Some things that make them squeal with delight are:

  • Stickers (the smaller/more on a sheet the better because they use them up so quickly! But they love all kinds!)
  • Anything sparkly
  • The colors pink, purple, and blue
  • Ballet-themed anything (or dance in general)
  • Washi tape samples
  • Bookmarks

Also, educational items are great too! They are preschool & kindergarten age. We love reading kids' nature magazines, bookmarks with interesting facts on them, and practicing our ABC's. ;)

Ratings

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Comment: Thank you for the interesting Zine. Nice to meet you
January rated for RAK Stash Clean Out on May 6, 2019
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Comment: Great "D" quote - thank you :))
mags142 rated for Happy Mail #1 on Apr 26, 2019
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Comment: Hello! Thank you for your amazing swap! This is only your second flip-book?! I would say you are on your way to creating some beautiful things so don't stop! I am also so jealous of your super cute calligraphy! This swap made my day thank you! Hope to swap with you again one day <3
Response: Yay!! I was a little nervous since I'm new to the craft, but I'm so glad you liked it!! :D I've been watching AmandaRachLee on YouTube - she is awesome at calligraphy and bullet-journaling and has been super inspiring for me! :)
Lumona rated for amaZINE #10 - home on Apr 25, 2019
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Comment: Thank you 😊
chandlerguera rated for Chunk O Cardboard - April 2019 on Apr 23, 2019
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Comment: Thanks for the beverage chunk - it's perfectly postcard size. My favorite thing to drink is an Arnold Palmer, followed by a vodka martini, straight up with extra olives.
Response: Glad you liked it! My hubby looooves Arnold Palmers!
MadLittleCrafter rated for amaZINE #10 - home on Apr 22, 2019
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Comment: I love your zine!! It is so sweet and creative!! Thank you for the extra one too I love Luna so much!!! She's one of my favorite characters <3
Response: Yay! So glad you liked them! She's one of my all-time faves, too. πŸ’–
BlueberryLady rated for Chunk O Cardboard - April 2019 on Apr 22, 2019
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Comment: Love the colors too. I took Art in Highschool. One of my projects was a Water color marker "Peter Max" Poster. and in oils a self Portrait of Renoir. I love Vernor's Ginger ale ( its gingery too)!!
Response: Nice! I'll have to try it! :)
ktk8 rated for Collaboration #68 on Apr 22, 2019
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Comment: What a GREAT start to a collaboration card! Will have fun adding and sending on.... Thanks also for the extra postcards.... love them....I have actually been to the Hermitage..... love seeing it again....
Response: Aww, thanks!! This is only the 2nd one I've ever started, so I'm excited to see how it turns out!
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Comment: Thank you for the La Croix Chunk O Cardboard. And Missouri sounds like Kentucky right now. We had sniw yesterday morning and the afternoon was warm!
Response: So glad you liked it! 😊
aoliver rated for Coloring Collab 2019 #4 on Apr 20, 2019
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Comment: Thank you so much!!
Ellivlove rated for amaZINE #10 - home on Apr 19, 2019
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Comment: I really love both zines you sent me! The home zine is so pretty with all your lettering and the hummus one made me laugh. Thanks for the extra book pages.
Response: So glad you liked it! I'm glad it made you laugh! 😁
camelsamba rated for Pocket Zine eSwap - April on Apr 19, 2019
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Comment: I love the lettering on your zine, and the sentiment expressed by the poem. I think I'm going to print it at Kinkos to get the whole effect (and use up their toner instead of mine! :^)
Response: Yes! Good idea. πŸ˜‰
mediatinker rated for Pocket Zine eSwap - April on Apr 18, 2019
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Comment: I admired the slate grey backgrounds on your Home zine. Cool and grounded.
9O96O rated for Pocket Zine eSwap - April on Apr 15, 2019
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Comment: I'm always blown away by the zines that come in via this monthly group. I love the black & white look, the textured backgrounds, the handwritten font and the sweet line drawing cover illustration. Great zine, Thank you for joining April's zine e-swap iowa05 and sharing your talent for zine creation.
Response: I'm so glad you liked it! I love doing zine swaps, and yours has become one of my favorites to look forward to every month. Thanks for hosting! πŸ’•
wolfeagle rated for Feather Mail Art on Apr 14, 2019
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Comment: Thank you. Love that you tried to print feathers. And love the way you hand addressed the envelope.
Response: Yay! Glad you liked it. I had fun with this one. :)
moonillusion rated for Lots of Glitter GIVEAWAY on Apr 14, 2019
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sojourner rated for Pocket Zine eSwap - April on Apr 12, 2019
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Comment: Thank you. Home is always a good topic and I love the sentiments.
aoliver rated for PRIVATE: 200 Questions on Apr 11, 2019
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Comment: Thank you! <3
Writercat rated for Mail Art Penpal Swap #2 - Int'l on Apr 6, 2019
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Comment: Hi Sandara! What a lovely letter you sent so beautifully hand decorated, both inside and out. You're so talented! Love it. So fun to read about you and your life in Springfield. All the best to you! Cathy
Response: Aww, thanks! I had a lot of fun putting it together. Glad you liked it! 😁
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Comment: Sandara, this bracelet is Beautiful! I can never get my stitches so tight! the colors are JUST my style and the pattern you chose is great! It's so well made, it looks manufacturer-good! the envelope and packaging were so great and matched the bracelet, too! thanks for remembering I love rainbow motif! and the calligraphy on the envelope.. that's so great, dude! Thanks for being my first private swap and making it so memorable and positive!
Response: I'm so, so glad you liked it! I had so much fun making that envelope! (And the bracelet.) πŸ˜‚ Thanks for swapping with me!

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Comments

blanketfort on May 8, 2019:

Your letter arrived today :D Can't wait to answer it ^_^

AZmom875 on May 5, 2019:

Some people come into our life as a blessing, while others come into our life as a lesson, so love them for who they are instead of judging them for who they are not. Yolanda Hadid

This is for the swap where I leave you a Quote starting with the letter of your first name, so "S" The RAK Stash Clean out.

blanketfort on May 4, 2019:

Happy birthday, lovely! πŸ’›πŸŽ‰πŸŽˆ I hope you've had an amazing day. I will be sending you a birthday present with my reply as soon as I receive the letter from you πŸ˜ƒ

tcornell on May 3, 2019:

Tomorrow's the big day! Hope it's great!

bday

thisismeAXiD on May 1, 2019:

Happy birthday month

Hell0Z0mbie on Apr 25, 2019:

Thanks for much for the happy mail! I especially like the zines, those are great!

thureris on Apr 22, 2019:

Your letter just came today! Loved it, will write back soon.😊

abcdefgxyz12367985 on Apr 22, 2019:

Thanks so much for the zines and awesome atc for the "surprise tag" love it!

CaseyErin on Apr 15, 2019:

You did a fantastic job with the squiggles! I loved that you turned them all in to animals. Today was a fun mail day. Thank you!

breezyp on Apr 14, 2019:

Yay!!! I'm so glad you got it back! It was funπŸ’œπŸš€

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