Date Joined: March 4, 2018
Last Online: April 10, 2021
Birthday: September 17
Country: United States
I am a retired teacher aide in junior high. I substitute teach in my local school district as often as I can. I have a B.S. in Education and am certified to teach junior high-high school. I have three children and six grandchildren. I live in a very small community, but have spent several years in Georgia and North Carolina teaching.
4/5/21 It’s Covid vaccination time. Scheduled appointment is on 4/8. Kinda scared to go, but am hearing more people I know have been quite ill. 😥 Hoping all goes well and no problems.
4/5/21 Not sure about anyone else, but I am having a terrible time at my post office mailing swaps. I sent my second swap to Canada and the clerk wanted me to fill out customs forms...$14.25 to mail a tag. I persisted and got the cost down, but it was a challenge. Also, my envelopes are being bent and prodded which bothers me as I don’t know if anything inside is being ruined. One small bump in the envelope sends it to a first class tracking envelope...minimal cost $4. Is anyone else having issues???
💌🥰 I need to send out a huge “Thank you!” to all the participants in the swaps I have/am hosting. I appreciate each and every one of you also enjoying what I like to create. If anyone wants to see a particular swap, but not interested in hosting, please feel free to message me. I will try my best to accommodate.
I know it’s not required, but I enjoy sending a couple extra goodies that are profile based. It’s just my way of saying that I enjoyed getting to know someone by reading their profile. On a humorous note, I have had partners who like things that I have never heard of so I had to seek out Siri to assist! It’s always fun learning new things!
I also don’t join swaps unless I feel confident that I can create something special for my partner. I have this ritual with each swap. I complete it. Set it aside and revisit everyday sometimes for several days. I know if it doesn’t feel right and then I start over. I am really tough on myself with ATC’s as they are a newer craft for me. I don’t rush through swaps just to complete them as I want to be proud of what I send.
3/2021 My new passions are collaging and ATC’s. I have been dabbling in mixed media...have a way to go, but having fun with it. My jelly plate printing has turned into a challenge...not giving up though! Just ordered a new brayer which I hope helps.
*Reading -My favorites authors include: James Patterson, Nicholas Sparks, and Kristin Hannah. I also do not mind reading young author selections.
*Gardening - I had the best flowers ever spring/summer of 2020.
*Shopping-I enjoy searching through craft clearance and visiting thrift and resale stores.
Favorite Craft Projects *ATC’s *Dies in general❤️ *Tag books/flips *Tags in general. *Altered paper clips❤️ *Memorydex cards❤️ *Collaging❤️ *Mini pocket letters *Small item paper crafting like boxes, tuck spots *Paper crafted items for junk journals *Mini journals and flip books ❤️
Favorite Colors *turquoise *green *pink *gold *yellow *earthy tones Lately, Feb. 2021, I have been leaning towards much more muted colors...naturals, earthy, woodsy, mauve, lavender, pale blues... rather than super bright colors.
Favorite Themes *woodsy animals🦌 *vintage *botanicals *seasonal *flowers🌸 *butterflies *books *rain/umbrellas *garden *hearts *spring and summer *fall *fruit theme *mini anything
Newfound Loves *ATC’s * snippets - fabric and paper bits *embossing folders *mini envelopes *stitching on paper *die cutting *flat mail *mixed media *stencils *gnomes *fairy gardens
Embellishment Loves *tags *charms *resin *die cuts *ribbon *trim *pearls *gems *washi *ephemera *tiny envelopes and pockets *lace *fabric bits Anything goes here!
Want to learn to do list: *water coloring *bead tassels and baubles I have been collecting items and watching videos to learn but need confidence in sharing my “firsts” with anyone.
Not Too Crazy About List *Harry Potter *Disney *Mystical - except for unicorns and mermaids *Creepy crawlies *Gothic *Skulls *Steam Punk
My Watchlist *Outlander ❤️ *The Last Kingdom❤️ *Law and Order - all *British crime series on Netflix *Virgin River ❤️ *Medici
Music My tastes vary, but I do not like hard rock or twangy country.
Not Interest In *Religious brochures *Candy
Wish List *Postcards *Pretty papers with small flowers *Vintage anything *Postage stamps - used I’m really not picky and enjoy anything that I receive!
Goals for 2021 *To host more swaps *Learning mixed media techniques. *Using more of my stash. *Play with water coloring. *Continue my ATC journey. *Put together my junk journals *Decorate my mailing envelopes more
On a personal note, I have met some very lovely swappers on this site. Even though we haven’t met in person, I feel I have friends here. I have been given encouragement, advice, and have received swaps and goodies that have brought tears of joy to my eyes. It can be a very special place!
I love to create but sometimes have no one to share anything with so I thought a swap group would be the answer. I really am enjoying the fact that I can pick and choose my interests and when I want to swap. I love the mail when it arrives and the beautiful creations made for me. I love trying new things to create as long as I can view a picture or tutorial.
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