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thriftymermaid

thriftymermaid
Date Joined: January 20, 2009
Last Online: December 11, 2019
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:

  • I'll be away from my mailbox from December 1-8, 2019. I will rate any outstanding swaps promptly upon pick up at the post office, thanks!

  • 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: Oh my goodness thank you sooooo very much for the amazing swap! It is so beautiful with so many wonderful mermaid things! Thank you so much!!!
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Comment: Thank you for such an amazing card and stickers,you are wonderful and especially thank you for taking the time to have a nosey through my art and other things. You rock.
Response: Awwww, thanks for the great comment and rating!! All the best to you for a fantastic holiday season and New Year!!
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Comment: What a wonderful looking bunch of presents ~ I can't wait to open them!
Response: YAY--I'm glad they arrived safely! I really had a lot of fun putting this swap together--I hope you enjoy them, Waiting is the hardest part!! :o) Thank you for the rating and Merry Christmas!!
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Comment: I love your hand writing! I wish I could write that nicely. The tape of mer-kitties fit me purrfictly!! Oh the mermaid tied to the package was an awesome touch. I wish I had thought of that!! My blind kitty Pip said thank you for tying a ribbon on it. He couldn't wait to play with it, he was playing with it before I could get the mermaid off...
Response: Thanks Nathalie!! I'm so glad you liked your gifts--and that kitty liked the ribbon--I hope you have a very Merry & Mermaid-y Christmas!! oxox
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Comment: Once I was able to get the box open I was speechless. Thank you so much for all the goodies. Happy holidays.
Response: LOL I am a little excessive with the tape sometimes!! Sorry!! :o) Thank you so much for the rating and Merry, Merry Christmas!! <3
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Comment: Ohh my, such a lovely cheerful envelope, and gifts, I really look forward to open everything. You really made my day, even if I haven't open them yet :)
Response: YAY! So glad they reached safely! Thank you for the rating and joining the swap. Merry Christmastime!!
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Comment: Thank you-can't wait to open these! I'll edit comment once opened.
Response: Thanks so much for the rating! Hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving!
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Comment: Thank you so much! I received my package yesterday 11/25/19. I can’t wait until Dec 1st to open my first gift. Super excited!!!! Happy holidays!
Response: YAY!! Thanks so much for the rating and for hosting this super fun swap!! :o)
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Comment: Erin, squeeeeeeeeee! BEST Un-birthday ever! LOL Thank you so much for the lovely card, the extra goodies you enclosed in there, and your sweet note... Then, the gifts: wrapped so pretty: the washi tape set is so beautiful! the clear stamp set is PERFECT! The set of postcards are great, and funny! The stamp/stickers are wonderful as well. You really made my day with this, thank you so much... As far as us doing a private swap together, I would love that- perhaps after Christmas though, I've done some large swaps lately and need to hold off until after the holiday, but I would be delighted to do so! Thank you also for hosting these swaps. Sending bunches of hearts your way!
Response: YAY!! So glad you had a Happy Unbirthday!! :o) Thanks so much for the wonderful rating--makes my day!! And I'd love to do a swap after Christmas--less pressure!! I hope you have a wonderful Holiday season and a Happy New Year!!
Artistic rated for 3 Craft Kits USA on Nov 22, 2019
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Comment: I'm so excited! I know this is going to be good by the decorated box alone! I'll wait until December to open.
Response: YAY! Loved this idea, thanks for hosting! Having lots of fun shopping for our next round! <3
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Comment: Thank you for the 2 lovely gifts!!! That envelope was gorgeous, too!!
Response: YAY!! Mermaids are the best. Thank you for the rating and for joining the swap! <3
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Comment: Wow! This is some of the greatest mermaid stuff I’ve seen. You must have a secret source. 😉 I know I will definitely get to put it all to wonderful use. Thanks!
Response: I'm so glad you liked it! Thanks for the rating and joining the swap! <3
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Comment: Omg I absolutely LOVE these earrings!!!! You sent such a lovely package and I enjoyed opening it. Thank you so much for everything!!! ❤️ ❤️ ❤️
Response: Yay! I’m so glad you liked them. I couldn’t decide which one to send so I sent both! I hope have a very Merry Christmas!! 🎄 Thanks for the rating!! ❤️
ScrapHappyGabi rated for AMMM: CHRISTMAS GIFTS #1 on Nov 5, 2019
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Comment: Haven't opened it yet - Saving for Christmas! xx So excited for some things under the tree for meeee!! <3 xx THANK YOU SO MUCH!! x
Response: YAY!! Hope you enjoy them! Thanks for hosting such a fun swap! Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas!!
lou rated for Our Private Easter Box of Fun on Apr 21, 2019
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Comment: Thank you SO MUCH for everything, it was all wonderful and amazing, and perfect for me! You make the holidays complete, it’s really great to swap with you!!
Response: Ditto, my friend! Happy Spring! <3
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Comment: Erin, thank you so very much for the lovely mini Valentines Pocket Letter. Oh my gosh, I love every little thing about it...so pretty! Love the crocheted embellishment. Did you make that yourself or purchase it? Really cute! And, such great tuck ins...can’t wait to use them. You are so very generous! The extras are wonderful. Everything is just perfect, from the sweet decorated envelope to the PL and the extras. I would love to give you 100 stars if I could. Great swap...thank you so very much.
Jguilford15 rated for Stickers and a Valentine on Jan 29, 2019
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Comment: I LOVEEEE the stickers you sent!! Thank you so much for everything!! :)
georgiafae rated for MJS: Grow My Magpie Stash on Jan 27, 2019
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Comment: Thanks for all the great things you sent me-such lovely bags big and small and such a nice variety of items-thanks for growing my stash! Loved the creativity of the envelope-a definite WOW factor!
CANNEKCUL rated for I Love Unicorns - USA on Jan 24, 2019
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Comment: Oh my goodness! I totally LOVE everything. Thank you so much. ❤️❤️ You totally spoiled me.
AliCrafter rated for Magic Box Destash Swap January on Jan 19, 2019
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Comment: That is the most amazing destash box I've ever seen! You have spoiled me beyond anything! Surely this wasn't ALL destash! Ohhhh the washi and washi and washi. I adore the bag you put them in. I love the tags and the ephemera. I love everything! Thank you so much for a better-than-Christmas-stocking!
Response: YAY!! I'm so glad you liked everything! I was so happy to share washi with another washi lover!! Thanks for the great comment and rating! All the best to you and yours--especially that new baby girl!! :o)

Rating Overview

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Comments

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.

CurlyTea on Dec 31, 2018:


Happy Birthday!

Queensmiley2530 on Dec 27, 2018:

Oh my Erin!! You truly made my day with all these amazing profile gift and that wonderful stocking.. Thank You so much & Have a Happy New Years. I love love everything 💕💕💕💕

Artistic on Dec 23, 2018:

A wonderfully festive box arrived in Houston! Two days left before it gets opened! :)

isabellasnow on Dec 1, 2018:

HAPPY DECEMBER BIRTHDAY from WIYM GROUP!

Artistic on Nov 14, 2018:

Indeed! Let's do our annual swap!

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