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LaughingLoon

LaughingLoon
Date Joined: February 23, 2020
Last Online: July 24, 2021
Birthday: September 29
Country: United States
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About Me

June 28, 2021;I need to step back for a bit. Apologies to those who have sent messages - I will read and reply when I can. I will give precedence to rating swappers and making sure my swaps made it to their destination. My knee implant has become infected and must be removed. I am screwing my courage to the sticking point and gearing up for several months in a wheelchair and IV antibiotics. this is quite the challenge for a control freak. Take care all - be kind to one another.

IMPORTANT INFO: USPS has a new security policy that any package over 1/2 inch in thickness cannot use postage stamps! I have had several packages returned this week with a label explaining the policy. These must either be taken to the post office or machine labeled and franked by computer so the sender can be tracked. Yikes! If I get your package returned I will contact you. Thanks for understanding.

January 2021: Can’t believe we are still isolating. Our age group has been made eligible for the vaccine but there are no appointments available, We are lucky to have family close by, so we see our kids and grandkids regularly, but we miss our large extended family. Art keeps me busy. I now make enough to consider myself a full time glass artist. I still also create with paper and felting, so my main problem is that I have time to make but not enough social contact to give my stuff away. So I am happy to be back to swapping.

July 2020: the pandemic infection rate for Florida is sadly out of control. I have relocated to our cabin in Northeastern Vermont for the duration and hope to be home in late September. In the meanwhile, I have Internet which is basically squirrel powered. Therefore, I must take a break from swapping Until I have a reliable Internet connection. My husband, who must remain in Florida for work, will be shipping me the on open swaps so that I can catch up on ratings when I have some connection. In the meanwhile, everyone I have encountered through swapping remains in my prayers. Stay safe, hold your loved ones close, and God bless.

IMPORTANT NOTE; I am using orange mailer or usps.com to calculate mailing costs and leaving the envelopes and packages in my home mailbox for carrier pickup. This results in 3 consequences:

  1. I’m doing my bit as a ‘hot spot’ resident to minimize contact;
  2. On days when we have a sub postal carrier sometimes they don’t pick up my outgoing mail so it might be a days’ delay - and recently our carriers are not delivering OR picking up mail every day;
  3. The Post Office may say I calculated incorrectly. This may result in postage due. Apologies in advance, and I will pay the postage AND make you a ‘regret’ gift! Thanks for your understanding.

Recovering hoarder, working on destashing a shop’s worth of papercrafting supplies, ribbon and fabric. Know anyone who works in stained glass? I have a full closet of bevels I would love to share.

Disabled with a chronic pain condition about 10 years ago early retirement gave me time to focus on stained glass and fused glass art and other projects as my situation allows. Proud parent of 3 grown children with 1 on the autism spectrum; 3 grandkids ages 4 to11. Housemom to a 10 player Dungeons and Dragons weekly game preceded by dinner which I prepare.

About those grandkids: Daniel, 11 - Miami Dolphins; football; video games; plays in local football league; girls starting to notice him (he does not mind) so any guy grooming stuff). T shirt adult M. New glasses.

Hailey, 9: unicorns; crafts; all things pink; Little House books; baking. T shirt youth xl. Also new glasses.

Maddie, 4: playdoh, mermaids; beginner readers; girly hair items. T shirt 6x.

Hoping swapping will give me more chances to create and reduce the supplies - were I immortal there would still be plenty remaining!

About Me

Likes - favorite color is green but I also like jewel tones and brights. Strong preference for handmade items; recipes (particularly baking); herbal teas and flavored cocoas. Love Jane Austen novels and PD James mysteries; Harry Potter; Peanuts characters; Mr. Rogers and his simple philosophy of the power of kindness; old movies.

Dislikes - smoke-scented items (family member allergies); political themed items (please let’s all be kind to one another!); raunch (enjoy, just not my thing). Don’t need more stickers.

Know a quilter? I have fabric to share!

Favorite Crafts

If you made it, I’ll love it - time is a precious gift.

I work in stained glass and kiln fused glass. I sew simple things and recycle clothes into bags. I make cards and paper crafts. I love to bake (check out King Arthur Flour’s recipe site) and cook. I am a beginning weaver. I felt (my spouse says if the 16th century returns we are all set). I used to bead, now do so rarely. I make natural products for colds, skin products (in olden times called ‘simples’). - see 16th century compliment, above. I am (slowly) learning to play the harp. I am terrible so far. I cannot knit or crochet. Took a class and they refunded my money!

I love to receive

My over-the-moon, love-you-forever gifts would be anything with the phrases “the best is yet to come” - Especially on a fork or incorporating a fork. It was my late mother in law’s favorite phrase. Same for the phrase “in a world where you can be anything - be kind” or any Mr Rogers’ quote about kindness. That is in honor of my parents. Vinyl cutouts for walls with these phrases; stamped images; stamps - anything with them!

Handmade items of any kind Knitted or crocheted washcloths Old sheet music and lyrics Travel sized items and samples ATCs with/about literary characters (including Pooh’s family; Peanuts; Beatrix Potter; Harry Potter; Flower Fairies and anyone from old books) Herbal tea (no mint or chamomile, please) cocoa Autism themed items (not Autism Speaks, please) Mechanical pencils (constantly losing mine) Notebooks - I incorporate them into repurposed old books Short (no-show) socks Charms and metal accents for cards Fortunes from cookies Tiny seed beads in transparent colors

I am hoping to give more than I receive, so prayers and poems are my favorite extras rather than “stuff” - all belief systems are welcome; I have much to learn ...

Please share with others, and not with me: - short pieces of washi tape or ribbon. I have so much! - Odd Envelopes, unless handmade - ephemera - again, overloaded -scraps of paper or fabric

I love chocolate but remember it’s hot in Florida! Don’t send it between May and October (hot cocoa is always welcome)

Current challenges

And now about the current situation...

Like most of you, my family is still limiting social contact to minimize risk. Schools are part in person, part at home learning. Family members have contracted Covid, and survived, but damage has been done. Some friends are gone. Every day we adapt and triumph by keeping fear at bay and waiting for our entire family’s turn at vaccines. The chaotic transition in DC has added to the tension. Family members have ceased contact over differing opinions. Therefore, I would love to hear how you are managing and what keeps you upbeat - count your blessings and tell me how you are finding the light in the every day. My gift is more time with my family and the chance to share the things I love with the people I love. May the same be true of you.

Ratings

jacianne rated for Hand painted floral ATC on Jul 25, 2021
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Comment: Hello my dear. Amidst having covid and having death un my family and depression i am so cheered up by your swap...i received it a long time ago...i dont even know when because i have been really out of it but tonight i opened the package and i am really really encouraged...thank tou ao much and God bless you for your kindness and thenlove you showed in tour swap
thequilterslink rated for A.I.- ATC with a Pocket on Jul 12, 2021
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Comment: Thanks so much!
ellie rated for WIYM: Penned-up from the Pandemic #3 on Jul 10, 2021
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Comment: No worries, our health comes first. Believe me I understand. Thanks for the chatty letter and am the goodies. I love the bag. I hope you are feeling better.
AnitaHames rated for EPUSA- Floral Card on Jul 8, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for both beautiful cards and the graphics!
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Comment: Amazing Happy Mail……. Beautiful butterfly bag. I absolutely LOVE. The paper was so classic and extravagant too. Take care of you Michele …….
Kraftylady777 rated for Stuff the Mailbox #28 on Jul 6, 2021
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esalas73 rated for YTPC : File Folder Card on Jun 29, 2021
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Comment: This absolutely reminded me of Paris. Thank you for taking me on that journey. I loved it!
ladydy5 rated for A.I. - Atc Alphabet “L and M” on Jun 28, 2021
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Comment: Absolutely amazing idea! Thanks for sending such pretty ATC’s .
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Comment: Thank you.
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Comment: Oh my goodness! Everything is wonderful! I deeply appreciate the pendant and the notebook as well as the ephemera. Thank you so much!
Coffeeegal rated for YTPC: Tiny Mini Album June on Jun 21, 2021
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Comment: They are amazing ♥️♥️ Thank you
Kirkdebb rated for NFSC: Make me a Stocking Stuffer on Jun 21, 2021
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Comment: It's tucked away for Christmas! Loved the Christmas washi you used to decorate it.
chimerix rated for A.I. -ATC Alphabet J - K on Jun 20, 2021
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Comment: Consider my day brightened!! The J and K ATCs are just wonderful. I feel like I'm looking at a kids' picture book - they are just perfect. AND - the popover mix - OMG!!! I love popovers! My DH immediately pulled out my popover pans and declared that was what we were having for breakfast. A big MAHALO!
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Comment: I wish I could give you two hearts! I love everything so much.
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Comment: Yes, indeed, we have similar tastes in crafting. Thank you so much for the “more than” an ounce of thoughtfulness! I’ve enjoyed looking at the book that you sent winging my way. The other items are certainly “my cup of tea” as well. Thank you . . . thank you very much!
megan1230 rated for CH -10 Non photo book pages on Jun 19, 2021
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Comment: Thank you so much for the book pages but the cards are BEAUTIFUL!!! I love the Ann Taintor-themed one! So gorgeous! You're very talented!
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Comment: Placed my wrapped present into my stocking for Advent, thank you. A huge thank you also for the wonderful homemade birthday cards from you. They will certainly come in handy. You do great work.
Zander rated for YTPC: Double Page Pockets on Jun 18, 2021
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Comment: Oh my gosh what an assortment of page pockets you sent me! I love them all with all the extras tucked into them. Thank You so much for a great swap. Take Care
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Comment: Thank you so much for the wonderful envelope of goodies! I love all of the ephemera holders and will have fun decorating them. I also love all of the ephemera goodies that you sent - I will have fun using them in my projects. Thanks for such a great swap. :-)
JBuchner rated for YTPC: 3 Window Envelopes on Jun 15, 2021
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Comment: Oh wow!!! This swap made my week!!! Thank you sooo very much. I love everything!!!❤️❤️❤️

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Comments

Mimi7 on May 21, 2021:

info you might have to hit save for ratings I still have not been rated for F and G ATC's thank you Donna

AliCrafter on May 10, 2021:

What a delightful surprise in my mailbox today! You are so very kind to send me the alphabet stickers for my little Chloe! Thank you lovely lady!

Mimi7 on May 3, 2021:

Please rate me for the F and G Atc's so I can archive this swap thanks so much

Mimi7 on Apr 29, 2021:

Hi Michele Did you receive A.I. Alphabet ATC's F and G from me? I sent on April 14th Just checking Thanks

CraftyShana76 on Apr 28, 2021:

Hi! I have sent you messages. Can you please reply? Thank you!

makestuff on Apr 25, 2021:

Welcome to the Nuts for Sewing and Crafting group!

teejlc on Mar 24, 2021:

Michele! oh my goodness, I literally had tears in my eyes when I opened your package yesterday. I LOVE birds and yellow is my favorite color so this gift really felt so personal to me- as if you know me in real life! I'm going to hang in my kitchen window right next to my window bird feeder so I can enjoy it every day. Thank you so much for the stamps as well. Much love to you!

LavenderSprinkles on Mar 12, 2021:

Thanks for blessing me with the lovely RAK. The girls are very excited! I truly appreciate the gift!

bostianh on Mar 1, 2021:

Thank you so much for the LSRU February wish list gift package, it was so beautiful and the glass heart is stunning!💖

Poohtat on Mar 1, 2021:

Thank you for my LSRUS Birthday wish. The poem is lovely and those diecuts are so cute.

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