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thriftymermaid

thriftymermaid
Date Joined: January 20, 2009
Last Online: April 9, 2020
Birthday: December 27
Country: United States
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WELCOME

Welcome!! I thank you in advance for reading my profile and getting to know me. Peace and warm regards fellow Swap-Botters.

ATTENTION FRIENDS:

  • Profile updated 10/30/19

  • Important Note: Since my last back surgery has left me wheel chair bound I often send my family members to the post office so please accept my apologies if I am not able to put lots of colorful stamps on the packages, I try to make up for it with the contents inside! :o)

About Me

My name is Erin and I am from Cape Cod, Massachusetts. My father was a commercial fisherman and I miss him dearly every single day. That is where I get my love for the sea and mermaids.

I am 40--when did that happen!! I live with my husband Miller, a handsome guy from the beautiful island of Jamaica. We have a beautiful miracle baby--Miss Zora, currently 2.5 years old who is the sun of my universe! My mom, Debby, also lives with us, an incredible person who I inherit my love of crafts from. She is a quilter who also loves to crochet.

I love to craft, recently I've been making a lot of boho ribbon tassles with different fibers and charms, memory wire bracelets and Upcycled Beaded Chandeliers from old Jello molds, glass beads and charms. And I'm trying to get some Smash Book/Junk Journaling time in. I love beading and paper crafts best of all, but will try anything and enjoy experimenting.

I love writing poetry, memoir and fiction. I majored in Creative Writing in college and writing has always been part of my daily life.

In my free time (which is not plentiful these days) I am often found hiding in my craft room, treasure hunting at local thrift stores, flea markets and antique barns. I enjoy shopping, reading, swimming and cozy quiet time with my family.

I consider myself to be a Bohemian, gypsy type of soul. Colorful things make me happy, as do layered bracelets, big earrings, and nature. I enjoy uplifting quotes and quotes and exercises that inspire creativity and the artistic spirit.

I am in love with all things vintage, junky, shabby, re-purposed, re-loved and recycled. I greatly desire anything handmade in this style or new things inspired by vintage images and prints.

Favorite Books

I LOVE to read. Alice Hoffman is my ultimate favorite author. I am also admire wordsmiths: Natalie Goldberg, Jennifer Weiner, Jojo Moyes, Karen White, Sarah Pekkanen, Zora Neale Hurston (My Baby Girl's namesake), Alice Walker, Ann Hood, James Patterson (Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas!). I loved Stern Men by Elizabeth Gilbert, Illumination Night, Blackbird House and Acts of Nature by Alice Hoffman. Somewhere off the Coast of Maine by Ann Hood. I liked Good In Bed by Jennifer Weiner. The Perfect Happiness by Santa Montefiore was very good.

Favorite Movies & Music

My favorite movies change but some of them include: Anne of Green Gables movies/miniseries with Megan Follows, Little Women with Winona Ryder, Tristan and Isolde, The Holiday, An Officer and a Gentlemen, Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, The Family Stone, Steel Magnolias, Tyler Perry Movies, Circle of Friends, Bridget Jones' Diary, When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, You've Got Mail, Goonies, Les Miserables, Musicals in General...

I love all kinds of music, anything that inspires me and fuels my creativity. I love chick music, folk, country, soft rock, and some reggae. Some of my favorites are Regina Spektor, Christina Perri, Jewel, Natasha Bedingfield, Adele, Cat Stevens, Kenny Rogers, Simon and Garfunkel, Sanchez, Tanya Stephens, Rihanna, Sasha, Ingrid Michaelson...

Favorite Television

When my husband isn't watching soccer...I enjoy Poldark, Downton Abbey, This is Us, Being Mary Jane, Reign, The Originals, Any and all PBS & BBC miniseries, Junk Gypsies, Flea Market Flip, Storage Wars, American Pickers, House Hunters International.

Favorite Crafts

Another long list :o) Beading, Jewelry making, Upcycled Crafts, Smash Booking/Junk Journaling, Altered Books, Paper crafts in general. I enjoy sewing small things such as ornaments.

WISH LIST

Swap-bot is the best! I have been so honored to swap with amazing ladies through the years, many of whom I consider friends. I believe that Swap-Bot should be a fun and drama free zone so don't worry, just do the best you can, enjoy and make good friends.

Please check out my Etsy and Pinterest Links Above to get Further Ideas and Inspiration about my Likes & Style. Thank you!!

I wish I may, I wish I might receive in no particular order...

  • Washi, Deco or Craft tape. A true obsession! (Anything Goes!!)

  • Nautical (Mermaid, Anchors, etc.) Rubber Stamps, Papers, Ephemera, Stickers, Washi...

  • Anything Postal Related, Air Mail, Snail Mail, Happy Mail, Ephemera, Rubber Stamps, Washi, Vintage...

  • Alex & Ani style bracelets in silver or gold tone!

  • Flow or Daphne's Diary Magazines or products.

  • Travelers Notebooks-standard size. Covers and inserts.

  • Anything Baby Girl or Little Girl for scrap booking Baby Zora's journey-washi, papers, vintage ephemera, stickers, etc

  • Ribbon, lace, seam binding--vintage and new for making tassels.

  • Absolutely Anything from Cavallini Papers & Co or Paper Chase

  • If you're in the UK or Europe--Instant Smile = Any Stationery Items or Fun Tapes from Hema, Tiger or Paper Chase. :o)

  • If you're on the West Coast I'd love anything from Daiso. Fun packaging, note pads, washi tapes, etc.

  • Glassine Envelopes, Bags, Cello Bags, And Other cute packaging!!

  • Something from my Etsy faves or Amazon Wishlist. Or something that you can make or have that is similar!! Gently used is always welcome. The link is located at the top of my profile.

  • STICKERS All kinds welcome, except reward ones please. I still have the sticker collection I began in 2nd grade. Love, love, love stickers!!

  • SEA GLASS

  • KAWAII !!! Everything Welcome: stationery, deco tape, memos, sticky notes, cellophane baggies, pens etc. (Some faves include Shinzi Katoh, Sugar Bear, Bear Cocoa, Laundry Raccoon, Chocopa, Mochi Panda, Rilakkuma, Fairy Tales, Circus Animals, Lucky Bear, Suama, Cute Food Ones...) But there are many I haven't seen so feel free to surprise me!!

  • I absolutely love handmade items! I love to see what other people are making and to be inspired and have inspiring things around me!

  • Vintage, Re-purposed items, crafts, jewelry, etc.

  • Paper Ephemera--The more vintage (or vintage looking) the better-old handwritten items, labels, cool stuff for collage, mixed media, altering and smash-booking.

  • Paper Doilies! Especially ones in pretty colors and designs!!!

  • A Prayer Flag! or Garland.

  • Adhesive glue runners--all kinds. I go through these like crazy!

  • Unused US Postage Stamps of any value. Also any used worldwide postage stamps for crafts and collecting.

  • Anything Jamaica! I love anything with a tropical theme or Palm trees.

  • Old Game Pieces, dice, etc. (especially wooden ones)

  • Old Keys, they don't have to be skeleton ones. I love the cool shapes and fancy writing on keys before and around the 70's. I love to use these in making wind chimes.

  • ANCHOR Items--earrings, charms, bracelets, purses, crafty stuff, fabric....anything with Anchors.

  • Anything Seashore, Beach or Cape Cod related, would love old playing cards, maps, stamps, paper, stickers, etc.

  • Jewelry making supplies-- Glass, Crystal, Metal beads, CHARMS, split rings, eye pins, clasps, wire, in any color/tones etc.

  • Gordon Fraser or Schmid vintage items, especially his bear and scottie dog images. These were my favorite stickers as a kid. Reproduced is fine.

  • Woodland Creatures (foxes, owls, raccoon, bears and penguins too). Cutesy and whimsical is wonderful.

  • Anything that says "Selfie"

  • Unicorns.

  • E6000 glue, crystal glue or lacquer.

  • Rubber Stamps with Snail Mail, Nautical, Vintage, Woodland Creatures, Nature, Distressed, Labels, Postage, Creativity, Dress Forms, Skeleton Key Themes etc. I'd love some Planner stamps. I actually like old wooden stamps, don't mind used ones. New acrylic ones fine too although I find I use them less.

  • Vintage Type Writers--Items inspired by them too.

  • Sun Catchers & Crystals (Old or New)

  • Anything Frida Kahlo Inspired, Love images of her and quotes by her.

  • Anything with artists John William Waterhouse's or Alphonse Mucha's art print images.

  • Artwork, prints, postcards by artist Carl Larsson.

  • Bohemian, Gypsy Items, themes, colors.

  • Art Deco and Art Nouveau

  • Collage sheets--any pics I could use for card making, journal covers, or in jewelry. Prefer: Mermaids, Vintage, Bathing beauties, Diva gals, etc.

  • A handmade Junk Journal or Smash Book!!

  • Junk Journal and Smash Book Supplies.

  • Inspirational quotes, Quotes on Creativity.

  • A Whimsy Jar.

  • A great new pen.

  • Vintage buttons. (Especially ones with Anchors on them.)

  • Address labels or Swap Cards.

  • Interesting Blank Labels or anything that can be used to address a handmade envelope.

  • Matryoshka Dolls

  • RAINBOWS!

  • I am a girly girl so I love anything with a little Bling!!

  • Jewelry, handmade or store bought. I like longer necklaces 24 inches or longer. 8 inch bracelets. 10 to 12 inches in anklets. I love dangly earrings!!

  • Curly Girl Designs Stuff.

  • Flavia Weedn Items.

  • Papyrus Stationery, etc.

  • Punch Studio Cards, Stationery, Etc.

  • Susan Branch Items.

  • Pip Studios Cards, Journals...

  • 1980's version of Care Bears, Strawberry Shortcake, Rainbow Brite, She-Ra, Get A Long Gang, Snorkels, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Smurfs.(No dolls or figures please, but I would be delighted with images, stickers, old game pieces, journal covers, coloring books, journal covers, folders, school supplies, pencil boxes or lunch boxes.)

  • Vintage Children's Book Illustrations.

  • Stationery & Stickers--Anything & Everything Goes! Disney is fine, Kawaii and Cutesy too in this category. (No reward stickers please.)

  • Postcards with a theme of Mermaids, Bathing Beauties, Vintage ads, Christmas, Valentines Day or Cape Cod, Massachusetts, particularly Provincetown. Vintage ones would be adored.

  • Teddy Bear stationery, stickers and deco tape. Not stuffed ones.

  • Vintage (or Vintage Inspired) Valentines and cute new (not vintage) Valentine paper goods and crafting items. Washi, papers, stickers, etc...

  • Gift cards in any denomination for: Amazon (Love my Kindle Fire), T.J, Maxx, Michael's, A.C. Moore, JoAnn's Fabrics, Barnes and Noble, Staples or Hobby Lobby.

  • Beauty Related Stuff: (If called for in a swap) I like black for eyeliner and mascara. I like the plastic tube eyeliners best. I adore eye shadow cream sticks, the fat ones are best, in pinks, purples, browns, and gold tones. Lip stain, tinted lip balm, lipstick and gloss in berries, mauves, deep pinks and on occasion reds. I love items from Bath and Body Works or similar, especially shower gel and body sprays. I can always use a small purse size nice smelling antibacterial gel or lotion. I tend to like fruity or musky scents, not florals. I don't use nail polish too much but if I do my own nails I like clear or light tints, maybe something for strengthening nails. Hair accessories and earrings are wonderful.

  • Something for my lovely Mum Her name is Debby. She likes 100% cotton fabrics, fat quarters, old wooden thread spools, quilting books and magazines, Gees Bend Alabama quilting items or history, Jude Hill stitching, Shashiko, Indigo/Indigo dying, 2020 Quilt Calendar, goddess items, chakras, crystals, snowmen, organic and fair trade items, organic individually wrapped teas, chocolate, cotton socks. She likes inspirational items, rainbows, Charlie Brown, a good mystery book and Magnum PI.

  • The Newest and Biggest Love of My Life, Little Miss Zora, is 2.5 years old. She wears a 5/5T (Tall Gal). She loves music, coloring, stickers and sticker books, board books, all of the characters from the If a Mouse Has a Cookie book/tv series. She only has 1 If a Mouse has a Cookie book.

CHRISTMAS SWAPS

I LOVE everything about Christmas: The anticipation, putting up the tree, advent calendars, Christmas stockings, decorating the tree, ornaments, memories, food, presents, Christmas carols (Yes, even in July!). My dad loved Christmas and he passed that love down to us. He is my Christmas Angel now. My Nana Olivia, his Mom, passed away in May of 2019, she is another of my Christmas angels now--thank you to everyone who sent things for her in past Christmas swaps--she always got a big kick out of it! ((Hugs))

Christmas swaps are my favorite of all the wonderful swaps on Swap-Bot! Thank you to the lovely ladies who host these swaps (shout out to the amazing gals of the Advent Lovers Group) and the swappers who help make Christmas morning so special.

  • Profile Surprises!! - I would love anything sent to me based on my profile wishlist above.

  • New in 2019--I'm really loving all of the Santa and Christmas Gnomes!

  • Hygge or Scandanavian style Christmas items.

  • I love anything vintage Christmas (or Vintage inspired)--wrapping paper, labels, cards, etc.

  • Christmas Teddy Bear Rubber Stamps, Figurines, Ornaments, Stockings, Stickers, Cards, Etc.

  • I am doing a December Daily Junk Journal. I would love anything to put in it, vintage Christmas ephemera, Holiday Washi Tape, A Base for a Cover, Christmas Rubber Stamps, Stickers, ideas, inspiration please!!

  • Your handmade creations!

  • Nautical and Woodland Creatures (foxes, owls, raccoons, bears and penguins too). Cutesy and whimsical is fine.

  • Christmas items from your country or region that mean something to you or you think I might like. I love doing international swaps!

  • Pine or Christmas tree scented candles.

  • Charlie Brown, Lucy and Snoopy (Peanuts) Christmas items.

  • For Christmas swaps feel free to include something for my Mom in exchange for one or more of my items. Just mark it: to Mom or Debby and I will gladly add it to her stocking or put it under the tree. (Her likes are listed above)

WALL OF FAME

This section was inspired by @LittleDonnaGirl I love the idea of celebrating the Swappers who make our lives brighter.

Some of the wonderful ladies who've given me inspiration, super special packages or doses of incredible kindness are:

@waldenpond2 @LittleDonnaGirl @luluvision @ChinaCat @Artistic @adancingflower @lou @skybridgestudios @lexidh @paperfarm @MissWhimsy @samjowers @zoev1975 @livvy @shannonlinde @anicka22 @VioletLove @luckycharms @Laficelle @Created46

THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART!!!

Ratings

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Comment: I'm so sorry for the late rating! Somekitty had knocked this swap under the desk! Thank you for the lovely mermaid mail! I love it!
Eulegirl rated for MLU: Valentine Card Exchange on Mar 12, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for all of the lovely mermaid items. Those stickers are adorable!
luckycharms rated for MLU: Valentine Card Exchange on Feb 12, 2020
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Comment: Wow! What a fun loaded Valentine Card!!!! Thank you so very much for all the mermaid goodies!!!! I hope you have a great Valentine Day!!!!
luckycharms rated for MLU: Handmade Mermaid Bookmark on Feb 12, 2020
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Comment: I Love the mermaid bookmark you made for me!!! Such wonderful talent you have!!!! I put it right away in the book I am reading! Thank you so much !!!!
DecoPalace rated for MLU: Valentine Card Exchange on Feb 11, 2020
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Comment: You have way to much fun decorating the envelope! I love it! The "seal" of wax is cute! Thank you for all the goodies. I love the mermaid stickers. I haven't seen them before.
Response: Thanks for joining in the fun!! Happy Valentine's Day!! <3
DecoPalace rated for MLU: My Mermaid Valentine on Feb 9, 2020
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Comment: I love how you wrapped everything and added the charms! I love the charm thing. I plan to hang it from my mirror in my Nitro. I hope its not to long to hang there. THose swap cards you have are a great idea! lol I opened the ink pads before the stampers.. lol Now they make sense. Thank you so much!!!
Response: Yay!! Happy Valentine's Day!!! Thanks for the rating! Hope you found somewhere "safe" to hang up your suncatcher! ;o)
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Comment: Do you know me personally? OMG I love everything you sent me. Stickers, note cards (snail-mail), the earrings are EXACTLY me, and the soap---I am in beach heaven. Only my best friend knows me so well. Thank you so very much. Definitely a swap I will remember. I really need to start a wall of star swappers, and you will be on it.
Response: Awww, thanks so much for the great comment. I'm so thrilled that you liked everything!! Happy Valentines!! <3
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Comment: WHEEEEEE!!!!! I LOVE the hanging mermaid bottle! It's cool the way the mermaid is hanging inside the bottle and the bottle hangs as well. I need to hang it someplace special. The candy jar is super cute! It's exactly my style. I have a couple of favorite Halloween styles: vintage (like the jar), spooky, gothic and spooky-gothic. The Halloween supplies you sent are perfect! I'm always on the hunt for small and medium sized black flowers. These are exactly what I need. Erin, this box really made my day (and week). I had to go to the hospital today for a heart testing procedure, put to sleep...the whole wretched experience. Coming home to this package was so nice! xoxoxoxo
Response: Awwww, I was hoping it would be a nice surprise. Sorry though that you had to go through all of that, I hope all is well!! I have some witch beads coming to that didn't make it in time--I'll send those along when they get here. I love making the mermaid bottles!! Thank you for hosting such a fun swap. I'm taking a little swap break for the rest of the month--I sincerely need to organize the insanity that is my craft room!! Lots of love and light to you my friend!! xoxo
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Comment: I needed scissors!!..and with sparkles too! :D I LOVE the mermaid suncatcher you made me!! That was so thoughtful :D Thanks so much <3 !!
Response: Nice!! I too love a good pair of scissors!! :o) I'm so glad you liked the suncatcher! I've been on a making spree with those. Happy Crafting and thanks so much for the rating!
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Comment: Thank you for all the goodies! I love the unicorn items and everything else as well.
Response: I'm so glad you liked it, thank you for the rating! <3
swayzer rated for MLU: Mermaid Happy Mail-USA on Jan 27, 2020
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Comment: Hi Erin, OMG thanks for all the super fun and cute mermaid stuff I loved it all. I also loved the note you wrote it on, I'm going to need to recycle it and craft something out of it. Thanks so much.
Response: Awesome!! Thank you so much for the rating--I'm so glad you liked it!! <3
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Comment: Oh.My.Goodness! What a wonderful package! So thoughtfully put together and the cards are really wonderful! And snail mail stickers too!! I had so much fun opening this! Thank you for a lovely swap!
Response: Thank you for the rating, I enjoyed reading your profile. Wishing you great adventures in 2020! <3
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Comment: Hello Erin, What a fabulous Un Birthday giftβ™₯️ I was excited to be getting it and when I checked the mail at the post office this morning it maxed my day start off great! The gifts inside were delightful! The mermaid hanger will hang above my air plant collection. The material I will use a swatch in my cathedral window quilt. The rest will go into my stash for a project down the road. The stamps and ink will make beautiful mermaid cards! Love them and the packing I will try and make a couple ATCs with it along with the Charms. What a wonderful thoughtful package you sent! Thank you Looking forward to hearing from you again.πŸ§œβ€β™€οΈπŸšπŸ’™πŸ€πŸ’› Big squeeze from me to you!
Response: YAY!! I'm so glad everything will be put to good creative use!! Thank you so much for the great note and rating. Happy Un-birthday!! <3
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Comment: Thank you for the great stuff! I can’t wait to use it on my upcoming swaps!
Response: Yay!! Thanks for the nice note and rating!! πŸ’œ
JudalineZ rated for MLU: A Tiny Mermaid Bottle on Jan 21, 2020
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Comment: Love the key chain and the purple sand!
Response: Yay!! So fun to make. Thank you for the rating. πŸ§œπŸ»β€β™€οΈ
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Comment: Thank you for the beautiful earrings and cute extras!
Response: So glad you liked them! Thank you for the rating and for being in my swap!! πŸ’œπŸ§œπŸ»β€β™€οΈ
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Comment: This swap was amazing I love the gifts I got what a great job !
Response: Thanks so much hun!! So glad you liked them and thank you for the rating!! :o)
lou rated for Deck the Halls! on Dec 30, 2019
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Comment: Love our Christmas tradition and thank you very much for all the unusual, thoughtful and fun things you sent! Happy birthday, too!!
Response: Thanks Lou! Happy New Year. I’m so glad we do this!! πŸ’œ
luckycharms rated for No Coal for Christmas! 2019 on Dec 28, 2019
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Comment: Are you sure you are not related to Santa! Because I am know you had to have seen that I was on the Nice list to send me a box of my Christmas wishes!!! Thank you so much! You have truly spoiled me!!!! I LOVE everything, the Hallmark apron and cup made me jump with joy!!! The silicone baking pans, seasonings and cookies and cake toppers will come in very handy, along with the cupcake wrappers!!! Christmas towels and napkins are so pretty!! LOVE the gnome garland,salt and pepper shakers,and red truck dish(awesome!!!) and to finish it off with the fun and amazing Tim holtz die cuts and ephemera pack! Thank you so very much for making my Christmas extra special this year!!1 I hope you and your family have a 2020 filled with lots of Love, Joy and Laughter!!!
Response: I was so excited to send the Hallmark stuff!! I hope everything was Merry and Bright for you and yours! πŸ’—
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Comment: Erin, you are amazing!!!! Thank you for my Fantastic stocking of goodies, You know me so well!!! The rolling pin is AWESOME!!!! I am not even waiting until next Christmas to try it out!!! I will be baking snowflake Winter cookies soon and using the snowflake cookie cut and press too!!! The nite light, Christmas stamps(you know I Love the Red trucks!!),Tim Holtz tags, ink pad, playing cards, the beaded necklace(is great!!), note pad and yummy candy!!! You have made my Christmas so special. Thank you my dear friend!!!
Response: Thank you too Connie! Love our traditions!! The necklace can be a layered bracelet too. Happy New Year!! πŸ’œπŸŽ‰

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Comments

OrigamiGrace on Apr 3, 2020:

Have a great weekend!!

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SunTradeToo on Feb 11, 2020:

Thank you so much for the beautiful envelope!

lou on Jan 22, 2020:

Happy 11 year anniversary on swap bot, glad you’re here!

Heirloom on Dec 31, 2019:


From the USA Happy Mail group

tcornell on Dec 27, 2019:

Happy happy birthday!πŸŽˆπŸŽπŸŽ‰

thisismeAXiD on Dec 1, 2019:

Happy birthday month

lemooon on Nov 30, 2019:

Wishing you all the best!

LLL~Location,Location,Location!

zoev1975 on Oct 22, 2019:

Sweetie, I would love to do a private Christmas swap!

I'll message you xx

luckycharms on May 11, 2019:

happy Mothers day

Artistic on Apr 21, 2019:

Happy Easter to you, too, my friend.

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