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sassafrass

sassafrass
Date Joined: April 10, 2009
Last Online: January 18, 2019

Country: United States
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Notes

12/18 After many false starts and failed attempts to get back here on a more regular basis, I do believe this is it :) The past 1+ years have been super challenging and difficult physically, emotionally, and mentally. Here's to a new start and a new year! I will be going through my groups and cleaning them up, and will slowly start to swap again. Just dipping my toes in a bit for now.

A note on rating ... I will always rate. I do my best to rate promptly, but sometimes this doesn't happen immediately. I get a huge volume of mail from here and other sites, and can't always get to my post boxes during their normal hours. Thank you for your patience!

CANADA Address

I do have a Canadian address. If you are sending to me from Canada or for an international swap and wish to send to my Cdn. address instead of U.S. please message me :)

About Me

hello
Hard to believe I've been here over 9 years! Time flies :) I love swapping here, and most of my experience here has been amazing and wonderful. I've had the pleasure and joy of meeting a lot of great people from around the world, that I would have otherwise never known.

I design and create metalwork jewelry, and it's my passion and full time job. I am lucky enough to spend my days in my studio, creating pretty things to send to lovely people around the world.

In my spare time, I love to do crafts of all kinds (see below), spend time with my hubby and cats (we have 4 hoodlums!) and frequent thrift shops and vintage and antiques markets.

Favorite Crafts

I love creating so many different things, and can't think of much I have not tried yet.

My current passions are jewelry making, paper crafts, scrapbooking, stamping, painting, mixed media art and collage, art journals, junk journals, ATC's, smash books, altered art, and digital art. I am totally loving flip books and pocket letters!

I envy those that can sew well, and knit and crochet. It just wasn't my thing, and I have far too many wonky shaped scarves! Update: I have attempted crochet again and have actually been enjoying it. I have found it to be quite relaxing!

Likes & Loves

Vintagy Things

  • old photos, especially Victorian photos like tintypes and cabinet cards. I also love black and whites from the 1920's and 1930's
  • vintage ephemera, old maps, travel stubs, old documents, victorian postcards, vintage postcards
  • tiny vintage bisque dolls and figurines (frozen charlotte/penny dolls, little dogs, cats)
  • vintage and old scraps of lace and ribbons, vintage rhinestone bits, vintage glass and/or rhinestone buttons .. love Victorian era buttons
  • vintage hat pins
  • old skeleton keys
  • old used postage stamps from around the world
  • foreign language book/dictionary pages
  • vintage maps
  • interesting images from magazines (whole pages and cut out)
  • vintage wooden spools (with or without thread)

Food & Drink

I am on a health quest and (sadly!) candies/chocolate/sweets are off limits. I do occasionally host a candy/choc swap, so if you get me for a partner, feel free to send anything you like. My husband will enjoy :) I am a coffee fanatic and especially love pumpkin spiced or any spiced coffees, mocha, etc. Also a huge fan of iced coffees. I also drink a lot of tea and especially enjoy spiced teas, and fruity teas. Some of my faves are from Zhena's. I also love things with a tea motif/theme. Not a huge fan of chamomile or licorice or mint. Hot chocolate (any flavor) as well as cold drink sachets are always welcome too :)

Crafty Things

  • Love anything from Tim Holtz, Amy Tangerine, 7 Gypsies, My Minds Eye, October Afternoon, Basic Grey, etc.
  • handmade junk journals
  • handmade envelopes
  • Things for junk journals/smash books - used bus or metro tickets, interesting candy/sweets wrappers (esp with foreign writing), other little ticket stubs/papers/receipts, little envelopes, takeout menus, etc. I especially like anything that is unique or from a different country, or has foreign writing on it :) I would love air mail labels/stickers from your country
  • chipboard and embellishments of all kinds
  • stickers (words, quotes, vintage style)
  • sari silk ribbons (any colours!)
  • beads - glass beads or natural beads
  • other ribbons (not primary colours)
  • decorative and fancy papers, beautiful scrapbook papers
  • love washi tapes
  • rubber stamps (love artsy ones, butterflies, dragonflies, birds, old writing, ornamental, etc.)

Home & Bath

  • candles .. spiced or floral or fresh scents
  • yummy smelling shower things. I prefer floral or light and fresh (rosemary, green tea, cucumber, citrus)

I'm not fussy about smells like vanilla and coconut.

Miscellaneous Random Things :)

  • small shells and beach/sea glass
  • I love postcards of any kind, but do prefer store bought PCs unless the swap is for handmade
  • love anything matryoshkas (they always look so happy!)
  • cute owl things (note papers, cards, stickers, etc)
  • Mickey Mouse (especially classic Mickey)
  • journal books, notebook, note cards, sticky notes etc
  • absolutely LOVE anything from Papaya Art
  • love anything with a morroccan style/design
  • bird motifs (natural and/or vintage looking and whimsically drawn)
  • small pretty things
  • aged and worn looking things
  • pretty florals
  • Anything Edward Gorey
  • owls and woodland things
  • Chococat and Deery Lou, although not a fan of Kawaii, otherwise :)
  • I LOVE Halloween
  • Felix the Cat
  • Dr. Seuss (esp. Cat in the Hat)
  • Charley Harper anything :)
  • Beatrix Potter
  • Classic fairytales
  • Art by Waterhouse, Klimt, etc
  • cats on postcards, notes, etc
  • Anything Moomins :)
  • things with a tea motif/theme
  • Mary Engelbreit
  • anything from Somerset
  • nature inspired things
  • strange things like old pictures/postcards of urban decay, ornamental and unique headstones/cemeteries
  • I love and appreciate anything handmade :)

Fave Colors

  • My favourite colours are black, pinks (not bubble gum) kiwi/avocado/moss/celery greens, turquoise, aqua, teal, and choc or moss brown, jewel tones, fall colors, rustic colors. Not really into primary colors or fluorescents/neons

Wearables

  • cozy socks (none with toes!) U.S./Canada size 9
  • As far as jewelry, I like things in an organic or rustic style, and chunky :) I love aged looking pieces. I am especially fond of jewelry with natural elements and earthy colours. I have pierced ears and like anything from small studs to big chunky hoops. I also love pieces done in an assemblage style, or vintage style.

Themes I Enjoy

  • whimsical drawings/art
  • Charley Harper
  • Beatrix Potter
  • Felix the Cat
  • Birds in a whimsical or vintage illustrated style (not cartoons)
  • Flowers
  • Woodland
  • Studio Ghibli My NeighborTotoro
  • Architecture
  • Paris, french, and eiffel tower
  • Vintage/Victorian Halloween
  • Alice in Wonderland (classic illustrations, not cartoonish)

Not So Fussy About

I appreciate and welcome everything I receive. The following are just not really my personal taste:

  • sweet sugary smelling things, and vanilla scented
  • primary and bright colours
  • cartoonish/child-like items (except those mentioned above)
  • anime, kawaii, etc. (unless noted)
  • religious items
  • dragons, vampires, etc

Favorite Television

.Cold Case, Friends, The Mentalist, Law & Order, Monk, Castle, Bones, Elementary, Sherlock, House MD, The Blacklist, The Closer, Major Crimes, True Detective, Criminal Minds, Dexter, Modern Family, CSI (all of them) Backstrom, Rizzoli & Isles, Stalker, crafting shows, cooking shows

Favorite Music

I enjoy a huge variety of music. Mostly an alternative/grunge gal, but I'm all over the map really! Some faves:

The Fray, Lifehouse, Maroon 5, Thirteen Senses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Type O Negative, The White Stripes, Depeche Mode, The Cure, Radiohead, Muse, The Verve, The Cult, Linkin Park, The Black Keys, Pearl Jam, One Republic, Avicii, Oasis, The Offspring, Stone Temple Pilots, Incubus, Third Eye Blind, Broken Bells, Foo Fighters, Jack Johnson, Killers, Neverending White Lights, Bjork, etc

Movies & Books

Books I most enjoy are mysteries and crime dramas. Some of my favourites being from James Patterson (love the Alex Cross ones!). I also love Stephen King, Stieg Larsson, Kathy Reichs (Bones), Tess Gerritsen (Rizzoli and Isles)

I also LOVE craft books and art magazines. Would cherish anything from Stampington/Somerset (even previously loved)

My fave movies are rom coms, comedy, some action movies, and thrillers. Love any and all James Bond movies!

I must admit I am in love with Robert Downey Jr. I know we are meant to be together, and as soon as he realizes this, it will all be good! ;o

Swapping

deerMissing swap? If you have not received from me, chances are it's gone missing in the mail. I take swapping very seriously, and always send my swaps. If it hasn't arrived, please let me know before rating so that I can make it right. Sadly, it is the mail, and things do get lost occasionally. If something in life happens to cause me to be late with a swap, I will communicate with you before the swap deadline (barring extenuating circumstances), and I appreciate the same.

Ratings

Leigh rated for SS: Stamped Bookmark on Dec 3, 2018
5
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ToujoursMoi rated for TIAZ: Craftiness in a Bag Int'l on Jun 18, 2018
5
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Comment: And thank you so much for this swap, too
5
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Comment: Thank you for this amazing swap
laterdayze rated for OSS: ATC with a Quote or Words on May 24, 2018
5
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Comment: Hello Christine! So sorry for the late rating. I found your swap stuck in some junk mail. It must have got smooshed in there when mail lady stuffed my mailbox. Anyway, thank yo so much for the ATC, I love it :D
ElectricHare rated for ISS: 3-2-1 Swap on May 7, 2018
5
rating
Comment: It arrived!!! I just want to say a MASSIVE thank you. I love the Washi and the cards, but my favourite has got to be the Star Trek stamp book! Thank you so much. I wish I could give more than one heart for this, especially as the first one got eaten by the mail gremlins. Thanks for resending, it was definitely worth the wait πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’š
5
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Comment: Thank you much. Lovely stamps on the envie :)
Traceyk rated for OSS: Tea and a Note on May 4, 2018
5
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Comment: Your swap arrived today. Let's just call it water under the bridge. Hope you're feeling better soon.
Zefaniya rated for OSS: 3 PCs in an Envie on May 4, 2018
5
rating
Comment: I love the variety of postcards! My favorite are the Knotts and the dogs! :)
January rated for IPC: Let's Build a Tag Journal #1 on May 3, 2018
5
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Comment: Thanks for pretty tag - the background is beautifully colored and mottled - reminds me of the ocean. And, thanks for great communication! And for hosting too.
farangelinan rated for ISS: Tea and a Note on Apr 30, 2018
5
rating
Comment: Thank you.
HannahsMommy07 rated for IPC: One Word Swap on Apr 29, 2018
5
rating
 
MeghanMac rated for Note Card and Flat Goody on Apr 3, 2018
5
rating
 
MariaBronx rated for IPC: Handmade Envies on Mar 26, 2018
5
rating
Comment: Thank you so much! I rated weeks ago and just noticed it didn't post!
jacianne rated for ISS: Project Life Cards on Mar 22, 2018
5
rating
Comment: Thank you so much for my cards...they are beautiful!
CrystalZ rated for IPC: Paint Chip Bookmark on Mar 20, 2018
5
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Comment: I love the cute bookmark you created for me! Very nice colour scheme you picked and the saying is perfect and so true.....start each day with a grateful heart. Thank you for sending the extra notecard as well :)
January rated for IPC: Outside Inside Surprise Envie on Mar 20, 2018
5
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Comment: Thank you so much!! That envelope was so much fun to open and look at - and then, great stamps inside! So generous!
Anettethhjertnes rated for ATCO: Paint Chip ATC on Mar 20, 2018
5
rating
Comment: Amacing atc, it was so lovely. Thank you for the card and the envelop
choke rated for VTHS: Glue & Distress Inks Tag on Mar 19, 2018
5
rating
Comment: Nice job! You nailed this technique, I was not able to get the contrast like the video showed. But it was fun! I love the colors and dimension you used!
MichelleKemper rated for OSS: Washi Love! on Mar 17, 2018
5
rating
Comment: Thank you Christine for the awesome washi and Project Life cards! I love them!!
Rbrstmpr rated for OSS: 3-2-1 Swap on Mar 16, 2018
5
rating
Comment: Yowza Batgirl!! I love it all from the great photos to all the paper ephemera. Woo Hoo!! What a great partner! Thanks for everything.

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 490 416 437
Completed Fives Threes Ones
577 550 0 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
7 235 331 4
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Comments

kiddomerriweather on Jan 10, 2019:

Thank you for the compliment. It's the first decent selfie I've taken in a loooooong time. Usually I look like I could be an extra on "The Walking Dead." I'm doing pretty well. I just binge watch too much t.v. and don't feel like crafting very much lately. It's become a chore. UGH! I was just talking about you yesterday to my mom. I thought I'd lost the square earrings you gave me, but I found them and was so excited. I ran in the living room to show her that I found them. So yay! They are my favorite. I hope all is well on your end.

mgallardo68 on Jul 15, 2018:

Hello! Hope you're doing better! Sent you a message :-)

Sandara333 on May 21, 2018:

I hope you're feeling better my friend.

hope you’re feeling better

adrianaclara on Apr 24, 2018:

Paige1900 on Mar 8, 2018:

You are without a doubt totally...

Sandara333 on Feb 27, 2018:

Hey...hey. I’m unable to send messages on swapbot so I’m replying here. Yes...OMG, my cats are shredding my curtains, couch & now the chairs!! I need help.😹

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