Updated Nov 28 2023
Rome (in Canada)
Above all, I like handmade. It's unique and personal. There's a greater feeling of community when sharing something we've made. It's a means of supporting and encouraging play, mindfulness, creativity, originality, and authenticity.
Enneagram 9 - a desire to live in peaceful harmony with their environment.
Married. Nulliparous (by choice). Not retired yet but I qualify for some senior discounts.
🦻Profoundly hard of hearing. I wear a cochlear implant in the left ear and a hearing aid in the right. I can really relate to the comedian DJ Demers deaf experience Deaf In The Pandemic
CREATIVITY IS GOOD FOR US
"Reduction of Cortisol Levels and Participants’ Responses Following Art Making," found that 45 minutes of creative activity significantly lessens stress in the body, regardless of artistic experience or talent.
Crafting can reduce your chances of developing mild cognitive impairment by 30% to 50% according to a 2011 study published in The Journal of Neuropsychiatry.
Deco makers are a great group of swappers! Quite often everyone sends and rates quickly. Most of the time all of the decos are sent before the swap deadline. Sometimes all of the decos are rated before the swap deadline.
You have my permission to move my decos and P&P postcards between groups and different collaborative swaps. You can even get a friend/family to fill in a section or page. The sooner they make the rounds and get home the better. 🙂
Send me homers, (it doesn't have to be for a swap). I like finishing them up and getting them back to their waiting owners. 📨📬
No need to send extras to me. Rest assured, I do not rate based on extras.
THE THINGS I SEND
I put a return address on everything I send out.
I keep a photo-log of my outgoing swap items--front, back, and at the mailbox.
It takes on average 10 business days to get to most places. However, delivery is often 4 weeks to many places in the United States.
I will resend if my swap doesn't arrive within 8 weeks (It was 4 weeks when I started SB, then 6 weeks, now 8 weeks because mail service is getting slower and slower).
📩RE-SENDS sent to:
December 2023 - @gamanana0022 - CPG-N: Pass & Paste Postcard #350060 (USA/CAN). My new P&P PC didn't get to Gama. We waited 8 weeks. Sent a re-send postcard Dec 28th. It is Lobo816's homer P&P PC.
August 2023 - @Lealie - PNS: Pass & Paste Postcard 3-6 sections #346487 - Unfortunately Jessica P.'s twinchie candy wrapper postcard didn't make it to Germany. Re-sent a twinchie P&P PC by/for LOB in Sweden. (Lealie has informed us that she was in a serious accident in September and has not recovered enough to return to swapping).
May 2023 - @Shoreart - DB ♥: ESTABLISHED Decos 3/23 (Int'l - I've asked Shoreart for a resend. Received June 30 👍
April 2023 - @rkassman - HMPC: Pass & Paste Postcard #342143 (Global) - PrairieKittin's homer pass & paste postcard never made it to rkassman's place of employment. I re-sent a new pass & paste PC which arrived May 9th. 👍
April 2023 - @Tara for AMA: Mini Art Journal Go Round #9. DaisyNY's black paper MAJ deco. Mailed it out on Feb 26. Lost in the mail. Didn't get to Tara and the post office didn't return it to me. Re-sent a new MAJ with a neurographic cover. FOB221-033. Tara got the re-send May 10. 👍
Jan 2023 - @CookieMomster78 for DB: Small Deco Booklet #338836. Mushrooms by PaperPassion got lost in the mail. Sent Snowflakes by DeboraCreates as a replacement. Received Jan 31. 👍 I let PaperPassion know that her deco is lost in the mail. Sent her photos of the deco pages.
If you join one of my swaps here's what you should know about my hosting style:
I screen participants to minimize the risk of flakers getting in, and those who do not rate, and those who leave blank comments. I will remove participants with swapping histories that worry me. If you have any negative unresolved swapping history and want to join my swap please proactively message me to explain.
If you haven't received a postcard around the one month mark, let me know. I will send out a nudge message.
If I have had to send more than one nudge message to a member, I may "ban" them from future swaps.
Please, no blank comments. When rating please comment on the item received. Example:
"Thank you for the Van Gogh sunflower postcard."
As a host, I read the comments each participant receives. I really appreciate reading a little description of the item. A description tells me the item was received and noticed.
I check to see that everyone is rated and will add a "Finished" stamp to the Discussion section when all items are sent, received, and rated.
If your partner flakes, PM me to let me know you posted the "1" and I will angel the swap.
Thank you to all who join my swaps and rate promptly and with a nice note.
Great swapping advice, tips and checklists:
Are you searching for newbie friendly swaps? Click on the 'Find swaps' tab, choose 'Newbie' under 'Category' and then 'Search'.
Also try contacting the host of the swaps you are interested in. Let them know you are new and asking for a private swap. Hosts aren't required to do this, but many hosts are willing to do a private swap, and you will get a rating.
I will create a private swap for the two of us. Contact me.
While you are in the honeymoon-phase of membership, successfully completing private swaps are a great way to show you are serious and committed to swapping.
Many hosts have felt the sting of accepting a new member into a public swap before the 6-month mark only to have them disappear, leaving behind unfulfilled swaps. An example that affected me.
Helpful topics for newbies:
Join the group CPG Newbies
Check @OrigamiGrace 'Currently Hosting' list for 'Nice to Newbies' swaps
The meaningful comments you leave are a big reward and motivator!
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