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thebragal

thebragal
Date Joined: March 16, 2010
Last Online: October 15, 2019
Birthday: November 18, 1973
Country: Canada
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Actively looking for private swaps for coins from any country except standard Canada and USA coins. Special editions, retired, vintage, unusual coins or pressed coins welcome from anywhere. Low value is fine. Please PM me or I’d love to get them as extras in my swaps! Also love gently used or new postage stamps especially vintage or special editions from anywhere. Especially anything butterfly, unicorn, mermaid, rainbow, floral, shell, beach, nautical or ocean themed.

10/07/18 I rebranded my blog yesterday and transferred it to Wordpress. I’m excited to reveal My Crafts are Like a Box of Chocolates ~ You Never Know What I’m Going to Make! I hope you will pop over and visit!

Please see bottom of this section for a note about suitability of some items you may wish to send due to my religious beliefs. No Xmas or Halloween please.

I SEND ON TIME UNLESS I'VE LET YOU KNOW. However, I was just informed that a swap I sent on time was postmarked 12!! days late. (ETA: another swap, one I put in the mail early -a miracle for me- was also marked well after the send-by date.) I live in a small town with a pretty rinky dink PO but that's still ridiculous. I'm sorry but I don't have a choice as to where I mail my letters! So if this happens to you, please let me know before rating me down. Thank you to a (two) dear friend for letting me know! (May 20, 2016) I also have a bad habit of forgetting to hit the Sent button even when I’ve mailed. So please PM me before rating me a 3 for sending late.

I ALWAYS RATE. However I have a busy life and a bad memory so please give me some time. I rate email swaps once I've gotten all the emails and I have sent. I rate snail mail swaps within a day or two of receiving them so if you don't see a rating. I haven't gotten it. If you PM me and I don't reply right away, again, give me a day or two. Don't be offended if I don't reply immediately. I have three autistic children vying for my attention and they come first. I won't ignore you, I promise.

Hi, my name is Rebecca Ednie (1973) and I am a SAHM of three boys, Jameson (Feb 2001), Spencer (May 2007) and Theodore (Dec 2011). Married to Tim (1973), a paramedic with Toronto Emergency Medical Services and now a manager.

I used to work as an RN (still licensed until 1/1/14) but I am disabled with lupus so I can't practice anymore. I live in a small town but I am close to a much larger one and 40 min drive from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. We have a brown/black and white tabby cat, Jesse! My home is a suburban end townhouse on a quiet street. We live right next to a park for the kids and the school is great! I love living in such a small town yet so close to a larger town and a major city. If you drive 5 minutes (or less!) in any direction, you find horse farms and corn fields.

I’m a very practical, down-to-earth person with some sass and a wee bit of snark. Looks and outward appearance mean almost nothing to me as long as you aren’t slovenly or dirty. (But I hope you look good to yourself and feel good.) I’m most comfortable in PJs, hair up, boobs down. But I can fancy myself up when I want to.

I talk too loud, love really hard and am outspoken especially on subjects I’m passionate about. I’m messy on the surface but organized underneath. If I lose something I look calmly for a while then go bonkers. I don’t like confrontations but won’t back down if someone insists. I like a good debate but keep it nice.

I’ll never put you down or deliberately hurt you but say dumb stuff without realizing it until later. My brain is constantly in overdrive and I overthink EVERYTHING. I speak (and type) without thinking sometimes but do my best to be kind. I think I too am autistic so please give me some leeway if I say something stupid. Just tell me I hurt you and I’ll apologize profusely. And we can go on being friends. :)

Jameson is an adult now! He’s into digital art and wants to go to art school. Loves gum, cola-flavoured anything and sour candy. He likes enamel pins for his backpack and jacket. He good with traditionally girl colours and themes so anything goes except sports! He does like skateboarding tho. He’s very into music and loves playing guitar and drums.

Spencer loves Wii, minecraft, video games, Pokémon and Beyblades. He’s also into card and board games. He’ll eat almost any candy or chocolate but isn’t allowed gum. He likes going to the park and riding his bike.

Teddy loves all the same stuff as Spencer. He’s also into stickers and animals. And he crafts with me sometimes. He loves cute animal stamps especially ones dressed as superheroes.

If you have any board games you aren’t using and aren’t too large I’d be happy to trade or pay shipping.

PLEASE READ the section below - IMPORTANT NOTE - regarding things I cannot accept due to my religion. Thanks, I really appreciate it.

HOBBIES

Scrapbooking, card making, ATCs, BTCs, matchboxes, mixed media collage, 3-D paper boxes and packaging, rubber stamping, all types of paper crafts. Home dec. Jewelry design and creating including metal working, soldering, cold connections, wire wrapping and weaving, mixed media, beading, sawing, repurposing vintage or broken pieces. Also sewing, making soap and bath products.

I am an aspiring newborn/baby photographer so I'd love any props especially vintage: cute hats, flowered head bands, cute skirts/tutus, vintage clothes,blankets or quilts even if stained (clean) or damaged as that adds character. Vintage toys are great too like rattles and blocks; even if they are tiny they work for closeup shots. I'm not into bright, modern designs much, I prefer softer, muted and old-fashioned.

I also take lots of photos of my vintage and shabby creations, mostly cards. I need VINTAGE props for them too like sewing supplies, masculine toiletries packaging, bottles or jars, anything baby, fabric, magazines or wallpaper as backdrops, flowers, ribbon, beads or jewelry,

I've also done and enjoyed teddy bear making, many types of needlework, gardening, reading, some crochet and knitting but only small projects as I am really slow and arthritis makes my hands ache. I just don't do these on a regular basis.

MEDIA FAVOURITES

Music: Country is my main love! Also: music from musicals. Anything from Aladin to Chicago to Les Mis. And 50's and 60's music with a bit of 70's thrown in. I also like Pop and almost all the music except rap and hip hop from Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance. Some lighter rock, alternative and any song with a good story. Latin dance music.

Books: Anything suspenceful or mystery but especially medical thrillers. Anything apocalyptic or dystopian. Some sci-fi. Some police/investigative stories. I read on my phone and have thousands of free books! Michael Crichton, Robin Cook, author of Tempe Brennan Series (aka Bones). Nothing paranormal.

TV: I love pretty much all of the crime/law and medical/hospital dramas. Also sci-fi. And most good dramas. Not too into comedies because they are cheesy but I like the odd good one like Modern Family. Big fan of Space channel. Like some reality or documentary style shows like sewing and make up contests. (Alone, Naked and Afraid, Project Runway, Face Off, Mayday). Will always watch Star Trek of any type.

LIKES

From Your Country: COINS! or low value paper currency, candy, chocolate or treats, postage stamps (used ok), local attraction/tourist maps.

Food: Chocolate, candy, Sour candy, cookies, maple anything, orange, peach, lemon, lime, grapefruit, grape, caramel, mild coffee flavor ok but no coffee, real strawberry, cherry, apple; Irish Cream

Scents: Chocolate, vanilla, lavender, lilac, lime, coconut, cherry blossom, citrus, berry, peach, jasmine, lily of the valley, cherry blossom/Sakura, lemon

Bath & Body: bath bombs, soaps, bubble bath, lip gloss

Colours:

FAVOURITE: soft pinks especially ballet and other soft pinks, aqua, turquoise, teal, metallic gold, butter yellow, coral

others I like: soft or muted yellow, plum, kraft, chocolate, deep red, vanilla, metallic copper, silver, eggplant, Sage, celery, rose; almost all blues except bright blues like cobalt or primary blue, any soft or muted green

Themes/Images or Die Cuts I Love or Need:

Tween boy images like rock stars, video games, skateboards, bikes; Paris, vintage, old handwriting, beach, antique sewing stuff, flowers, baby, realistic children's images, damask, toile, horseback riding and horses, Vintage birdcages, Awareness ribbons, verses and quotes (not too sappy), vintage packages/advertisements- Coke, perfume, laundry soap, coffee, tea, bath products, seed packets, baby clothes/products; mother and child/baby, travel, pets, flourishes and swirls, Poodle skirt/sock hop/diner 50's, Flower power/tie dye 60's, groovy disco 70's, Teddy bears, botanical illustrations, Beach and shells, Vintage cars '10s to 60's; lingerie and bras, 40's or 50's pin up girls, WWII poster girls, funny or witty saying with images to match, I prefer colourable images to solid ones and semi-realistic or realistic; I'm not so into photo stamps right now. I like some cartoon images, semirealistic butterflies, vintage Mickey Mouse

Favourite Scrapbook/Stamp/Embellishment Companies:

Concord & 9th,WPlus9, Neat & Tangled, Basic Grey, Cosmo Cricket, My Mind's Eye, Stampin' Up!, Papertrey Ink, Honey Bee, Kaisercraft, Spellbinders, Crate Paper, October Afternoon, May Arts, We R Memory Keepers, Prima & Julie Nutting, Swarovski Crystals, My Favourite Things, Taylored Expressions, Red Lead Paper Works, Winnie&Walter, Mama Elephant, Pinkfresh, Pink &Main, Avery Elle, Altenew, Graphic 45, Websters Pages, Echo Park, Carte Bella, Maggie Holmes, Bo Bunny, Pinkfresh, Pink & Main, Spellbinders, Avery Elle

IMPORTANT NOTE for Partners

I do not celebrate my birthday or any religious or secular/national holidays because of my religion. Please no religious, paranormal, occult, Xmas, Halloween, Easter, thanksgiving, New Years, Valentines Day etc related items. Happy to receive thanks, fall, winter and spring items. I DO however happily celebrate my wedding anniversary, November 25, 1997. TWENTY ONE YEARS!! Also the Memorial of Jesus' death. (Near Easter) I appreciate your consideration. I won’t preach but am happy to answer any questions.

WISH LIST

See "hobbies" section for photography prop wish list. For jewelry wish list see below in "Likes for Specific Swaps". For anything below, please consider the colours I've mentioned above.

Coins: special edition Canadian or USA. No regular issue as I have them. Standard issue, vintage or out of circulation from any other countries. Prefer multiples of the same because then I have one to keep and the others to swap. I’ll happily trade for extra coins. Low value is fine. Also looking for low value paper money especially from France pre-Euro. (I had some but lost them so I’d like to replace them.)

Fancy die cuts. Scroll style frames, flowers, ornate snowflakes, scripty words or phrases from white Cardstock. I like to stack them for dimension so multiples of the same one would be lovely.

Anything vintage baby. Even if not perfect, I can upcycle it or use it in mixed media. Broken jewelry or watches with gears inside.

Vintage photos, letters, envelopes, postcards, account book paper, used or unused. Other vintage business paper. Like tickets, claim check or inventory tags, advertisements. Reproductions or high quality copies are great too. Vintage seeing supplies, old glasses, used paint brushes. Vintage book paper, text or illustrations. vintage sheet music preferably without words and definitely non-religious

Any type of interesting metal bits like cogs, gears, bottle caps, brass stampings etc. for my mixed media art. Rusty, patinated or tarnished is fine.

Unusual ribbon, fancy brads, Tim Holtz memory glass, TH embellishments, colour sprays, any paints or other colour mediums. Ribbon, silk or paper flowers, glitter paper esp metallic, neutrals or pastels, Scrapbooking or cardmaking embellishments.

Swarovski crystals, flat back or for beading, rub on letters especially in coloured or in brown, white, pink or ivory, vintage (esp w thread still in them or on original cards), mother-of-pearl or special buttons, fancy white ribbon (I colour it with Copics), vintage ribbon or lace, crocheted lace, vintage school themed stuff in deeper rich colours, baby esp newborn crochet patterns, fine or glass glitter Japanese paper tape, washi tape

DISLIKES

EXTRAS: I have too much stuff especially bits of paper, punchies and ATC backgrounds! And I primarily base my ratings on the swap's design and creativity anyway so please only send extras if they are things on my wish list. However, I sometimes give a heart based on extras if I like (rather than love) your swap so if you have something from my wish list, I'd love it! Thank you

Colours: primary colours, bright orange and yellow, mustard and pumpkin. HATE Emerald or Kelly green, cobalt or other bright blues, fluorescent yellow and green (if it’s muted, pastel or jewel tone, I probably like it. See likes above)

Scents: musky, Woodsy, patchouli, Karma from Lush, mint, apple, watermelon and pretty much anything else not listed in favourites

Bath Products: lotion, bath beads

Flavours/Food: mint, coffee, tea, watermelon, mango, guava, papaya, passion fruit, heavy or hot cinnamon; seeds of any kind like pumpkin or sunflower

Themes: Anime, illustrations of children with huge heads and/or missing facial features (popular with some stamp companies) like Anya and Ian, anything obviously computer generated esp if pixelated, anything religious or related to holidays or celebrations (please see 'Important Notes' section), creepy birds, mythical or fantasy creatures except cute faeries, anything to do with occult; tattoos, blood, gore, diseases-I care, I just don't want to see it in art, violence, crime, police, anything anti-female, the Simpsons and other 'adult' cartoons, Barney; crass humour; modern carss; airplanes, exercise, Disney's Goofy or Donald Duck, Bugs except butterflies, ladybugs or bees but they have to be cute with NON-realistic eyes, bug eyes creep me out;

Odd stuff: stiff ribbons, stickers with white borders, old style scrapbook papers (I really like newer ones that have light distressing), plain shirt buttons

COLLECTIONS

Enamel pins: anything pretty (flowers, rainbows, fruit, plants), mermaid, ocean, unicorn, crafty, mom-life, or mildly snarky. Girl power, art supplies. No swearing. Hell or damn ok. Nothing worse. Don’t mind is the post is bent or not sharp. I’ll cut it off and make a magnet.

Postage Stamps: see above

Vintage ephemera, ribbon, lace

Shells and Sand: I use them in my mixed media art. If they are really pretty but chipped or broken that’s ok. Please make sure nothing is alive in there! Especially bugs in the sand. Maybe a quick microwave trip before sending?

Coins and Paper Money: Any special edition, no longer circulating or vintage Canadian or USA coins. Any foreign coins and I’m happy to receive doubles or even triples of the same coin. I then trade them!

Sealing Wax: I only have a few colours of sticks and beads. I LOVE making wax seals! I only have a mermaid, bee, hummingbird and my initials. If you have any you aren’t using I’ll happily pay postage. Or make me a couple of seals!!

Anything Mermaid, Ocean or Unicorn Themed.

Achievements

I have three lovely little miracles in my life and I'm so blessed to have them because many women with lupus miscarry repeatedly!

Dirty Dozen Design Team at SplitcoastStampers Jan-June 2017

Designer for Flourishes (clear stamp company) Sept 2016-May 2017

Designer for Crazy 4 Challenges 2016-present

Designer for The Shabby Tea Room June 2015-close

Designer for Unscripted Sketches Nov 2013-June 2014, Doodle Pantry 2010, Feb-Aug 2012, Our Creative Corner Challenge Blog! Jan-June 2011, So Sketchy (guest) and Clear Dollar Stamps (guest), Twinkling Tuesdays/Whimsical Wednesdays challenge design team 2008-2010 Lily Pad Cards blog (guest) May 2012

Published in Rubber Stamp Madness in 2006. I'll have to look up the issue and page.

Still looking for rubber stamp, colouring, card making or sketch design team opportunities.

I graduated from Humber College as a Registered Nurse. On the Dean's List all semesters, got the highest mark in the class in 3 semesters out of 6.

First Aid and CPR teacher. Volunteer for First Aid at Church building and renovation sites. 300 hours of Candy Striper service as a young teenager. 2 summers volunteering for the local nursing home.

Flakers and Troublemakers

Flakers (not full list):

@miyuiki00 for Fandom Pocket Letter

@jennable for Beginner Zine

@sassysewer for Websites You Love

@sksavestheday for Movie Night: Admit 2 #1

@nlgrudis for National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day ~ May 12th, 20

@effycrush for Zombocalypse Notes Round 2

@jake25 Adopt a Critter MB

@lamira White and Pink ATC Angeled by @bstitched

Troublemakers

@GracelynnsMommy2014 For no reason I can think of, she left a rating of one in May 2017 for a July 2015 swap! No comment, no reply to any communication as to why. My other partners got my email for this type 1 swap. @racheljohnson said she was leaving retaliatory ratings all over but I don't know why I was a target. She did change this after I objected.

@TheArtistChick [Mega ATC Swap and Mini Mega ATC](swap http://www.swap-bot.com/swap/show/84424)

@ayates Poor communicator and rated unfairly. Lover of and instigated of massive amounts of Drama

Ratings

WanderingStar rated for Swap Tags on Oct 13, 2019
5
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Comment: Hey Rebecca! Thank you for your colourful swaptags that you sent me :) I will start using them later this week, I have some days off to make a few swaps :)
MamaD rated for ATCO: Pick One ATC #3 on Oct 10, 2019
5
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Comment: Fantastic ATC! Proud to add it to my collection! Thank you so much!!
PrettyAlice rated for Swap Tags on Oct 9, 2019
5
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Comment: Thanks, I love these!
5
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Comment: Thanks for the beautiful tags, Rebecca! Love that vintage lady sticker! Great swap!
5
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Comment: Thank you
Star7Lily rated for SC-Charming Charms.. on Sep 23, 2019
5
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Comment: Dear Rebecca, what a gorgeous charm for my bracelet to be. Your wire work is very delicate and quite "charming". Thank you lots of hearts.
hibiscus rated for ATC Inspiration Series: Luxury on Sep 16, 2019
5
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Comment: Gorgeous ! I knew this swap the moment I opened the envelope! Just perfection to add the sequins and shiny silver and gold pieces ...love this card! And that iris strip strip... looking forward to using it.. thanks so much!
Cosychaos rated for ATCO: Gimme Texture ATC on Sep 15, 2019
5
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Comment: Thank you so much for the resend, Rebecca. I really appreciate it! It's a beautiful little ATC.
marclively rated for Surprise Item + a Coin on Sep 15, 2019
5
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Comment: Thanks, Marc
Liiskah rated for Money, Money #2 on Sep 13, 2019
5
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Comment: Love the coins. Thankyou for the resend!
5
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Comment: Thank you! It is so pretty! I have a fondness for mother of pearl and shell buttons and these are so sweet! Thank you!
Response: Loved making it. Thank you for the heart!
derakisu rated for Tie Dye ATC (international) on Sep 3, 2019
5
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Comment: I love your spin on this theme, it's a really original idea ! I would never had thought of it. The mix of colours is so well done too. Also : food-related anything is always way up there in my favourites. ❤️
Response: I had fun painting it. Thank you for the heart!
marclively rated for We Love Coins #3 on Sep 3, 2019
5
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Comment: Thanks, Marc
Response: Thank you for the heart!
BluePixie rated for ATCO: ATC Shape Series: Banners on Aug 29, 2019
5
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Response: Thank you
CookieMomster78 rated for Handmade Card Penpal on Aug 26, 2019
5
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Comment: WOW! I bet you're the coolest pen-pal to have for the long letter writers! This was so great to receive in today's mail. I especially L-O-V-E how you wrote my name on the envelope so fancy! Even my husband commented on how pretty it is (he brought in today's mail)! Thanks for making my day!
Response: I’ve been practicing my lettering. It’s much better when I use a dip pen and ink but it bleeds badly on cheap envelopes. Thank you for the heart!
flamingmarbles rated for MMA: ATC Sender's Choice on Aug 21, 2019
5
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Comment: Thank you Rebecca for the beautiful ATC. I think you pulled off the string art well :) Thank you as well for the extras. I keep stickers at work for the kids that come in and love sharing with them.
Response: So glad you like it. Thank you for the heart!
qbee rated for AAA: Coin's Sender's Choice June on Aug 10, 2019
5
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Comment: thank you
Response: Thank you for the heart!
5
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Comment: Thanks! Yours came out lovely. I had issues with the wire working the right way.
Response: I used soft jewelry wire. So it was pretty cooperative. In the 18-20 g range. It’s pretty cheap from any jewelry place online. Thank you for the heart!
swiftbrooks rated for Inspiration ATC Series: Travel on Jul 29, 2019
5
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely Bob Voyage ATC! I love the colors and the composition 😍
Response: Thank you for the heart!
elflady rated for ATCO: Stamps and Stencils on Jul 28, 2019
5
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Comment: Wow what a great Atc. Thanks so much. elflady
Response: Thank you for the heart!

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Comments

StwbyQT on May 5, 2019:

RAK Stash Clean Out - StwbyQT

I love quotes. I hope you don't mind I chose more than one! <3

"Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder." – Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi

"Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to continually be part of unanimity." – Christopher Morley

jjhere on Feb 20, 2019:

I DID pop over to your blog and wow! I love your design style with your cards.

JustMeCreating on Feb 1, 2019:

Thank you so much for your sweet comment on my profile! You just put a smile on my face! 💙

shinyserra on Jul 9, 2018:

Thank you so much for the kindness die cuts!!! Those are so perfect.

tcornell on May 18, 2018:

Thank you so much for the beautiful card and your heartfelt words, it means so much to me. xo

YooperHill on Apr 4, 2018:

Rebecca,

I received “the feel better soon” card for my Father and me. It is very much appreciated! I needed a little art in my life today.

I won’t forget your kindness. Thank you.

Esthercita79 on Apr 3, 2018:

Hi! I see you like making ATC's, me too! I mostly participate in pocket letter and ATC and washi swaps. I play Minecraft together with my daughter, she also has autism but I notice that playing Minecraft works as an outlet for her. Happy Swapping! Esther For the Getting to know you swap

Jeanb217 on Apr 2, 2018:

Hi, I think vintage photography would be a wonderful hobby. My son is a professional photographer who has done some wonderful work with students in the vintage area. Take care of yourself. Happy Crafting. Jean [email protected]

DRMOM on Apr 1, 2018:

Hello!

I enjoyed reading your profile. I have to say that I have some pen pals in Canada and they also have lots of trouble with the mail. Hopefully, it will improve. I see you are a mom and I am amazed that you have time to swap at all! Bravo.

Swap: Getting to know you DRMOM

tatrchips on Apr 1, 2018:

Hi there - very nice to meet you. WOW are you busy! I see you enjoy a lot of paper crafting as I do with the exception of scrapbooking.... I am more of a journal, cards, pockets, unusual paper items type of gal. I have polymer clay and tools in my craft closet but have not yet played with it.... looking forward to it.

I look forward to swapping with you.

For Getting to know you swap.

Cindy (tatrchips)

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