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Stampalia

Stampalia
Date Joined: June 22, 2023
Last Online: June 16, 2024

Country: United States

About Me

6/6/2024 I'm back and all caught up on ratings :) 5/18/2024 I am out of town and have my mail on hold for two weeks. I will get caught up on my ratings by June 5th.

I'm interested in earth science and art history. I have a long haired chihuahua named Arthur. He's a rescue. I studied Horticulture and I enjoy gardening. I like going to the beach and camping. I love rollerskating and golf. I don't cook much but I love food and especially desserts. I do make gelatin desserts.

I used to work for a stamp dealer. He sold stamps from the US and all over the world including countries that no longer exist. I liked traveling to many different states like New York, Ohio, Arizona, Oregon, Nebraska, Texas, D.C., Virginia to work at stamp shows.

I also love flowers and flower arranging. I worked as a florist and I also have experience growing flowers to sell at farmer's markets. In the past I have grown many different kinds of Succulents and bulbs but I am in an apartment now with no proper outdoor space to grow anything.

I like to do cross stitch and sewing projects. I do a little knitting but not in a long time. I have also done some jewelry making. I love stationery and writing or drawing with different types of pens and ink. I'm also starting to experiment with making my own paper and pressing flowers. I'm new to this site and I just started Postcrossing, too. I'm very interested in swapping postcards, stationery and also stamps and stickers.

Entertainment

I am the kind of person who leaves the tv on as background noise and i watch all kinds of shows.

Watching a lot of wrestling these days. Raw, Smackdown, NXT

Gameshows: The Price is Right and Jeopardy

Stuff i watch on DVR: Bones, Diagnosis Murder, Twilight Zone, Matlock, Quincy, Las Vegas, Murder She Wrote, all the Real Housewives franchises, Top Chef and most of the shows on Bravo. Fringe, X-Files, Yellowstone, Perry Mason, Hunter. I like reality shows that focus on art like Face Off, Ink Master and Project Runway. I watch a lot of the 90 day fiance shows. I love Eurovision now that we can watch it on Peacock in the US. I also love to watch shows like Nova or anything documentary style about animals or the planet or weather, oceans or deserts and rainforests.

I'm getting back into reading to limit the time I spend on social media. Right now I am most interested in science fiction. I like getting ideas of what to read from people's profiles. Please do not send bookmarks. I'm using my library card with the Libby app. I thought I was devoted to having an actual book in my hand but this is far more convenient.

Likes

Some of my favorite things are

bees, butterflies, dragonflies, ladybugs

Birds - quail, hummingbirds, peacocks, swans

lobsters, octopuses, crabs

Artists: Gorey, Kliban, Gary Larson, Sendak

the colors green and gold

Cryptids - Bigfoot, Loch Ness Monster, mermaids, Moth Man, Jackelopes, Krampus etc

Jewelry, gemstones and minerals

desserts especially gelatin types, lemon bars, all puddings, flan, cakes, anything orange

fruit especially strawberries, cherries and citrus Vegetables: corn, brussels sprouts, greens, squash, artichokes, sweet potatoes

All flowers but especially pansies, fuchsias and orchids, also bulbs like daffodils, hyacinth, iris

succulents

hippos, elephants

Lunar new year dragon

Astrological sign Leo

Birth month July

Fashion anything from couture to streetwear

Stickers and washi tape

Teas: I am switching my morning cup of coffee to tea instead. I still want the caffeine but I'm not finding many variety in black tea choices at the grocery store other than Constant Comment and Chai (I love them both). It would be awesome if you have any good, reasonably priced, favored, caffienated teas you can recommend. I live near several Asian grocery stores, a Russian shop, an Indian market, several Mercados and other places I could source something new and different if you can tell me your favorites. I don't like green tea but I just tried a cinnamon Rooibos that was yummy.

Halloween and everything related, witches, bats, pumpkins and gourds, skeletons, ghosts also The Nightmare Before Christmas

Fairies, mushrooms, moss, lichen, gnomes, squirrels, fruit and nut trees. Cherry blossoms

Animal Crossing

Gudetama, Bananya, Rilakkuma, Afro Ken, Pompurin,

Christmas but secular only like lights, tree, Santa and reindeer stuff, I'm not religious

Snoopy characters (especially Lucy and Woodstock) Strawberry Shortcake, Jem, Rainbow Brite and Care Bears, Winnie the Pooh, Alice in Wonderland

Bric a brac - Feathers, beads, sequins, shells, seeds but no glitter, please

Ive always liked Hello Kitty and I'm just getting to learn about Kawaii. So far I love it all

Postcards

Cards I like to recieve "naked" (with stamps and addressed to me) would be anything from my list above. They can be a photographic style or illustrations. Cute stuff and cartoons but also spooky and goth work for me. Any card with a cat on it. Vintage cards, too. I save all my cards and I love them as little pieces of art so if you like to embellish with stickers and washi tape, go for it.

I am not offended by cards with nudity or adult humor. I like things that are subversive and anti-fascist. I'm a feminist. I am not religious but I do like cards relating to Buddhism and other non Western religions. I celebrate holidays like Easter but only the secular elements like the Easter bunny.

If you're sending a realy touristy type postcard I prefer them to be from your area, town, country or state. Unless it is a swap that specifically calls for somewhere different like "I'm not from here" or state trivia postcard swap or if it just fits with the overall swap theme like a vacation you would wish to go on.

Cards that I would like to recieve for my stash (unadressed and sent in an envelope) could be from my list or even better, would be subjects that probably aren't on my list above but are popular to other people. Topics like Stadiums. Birds. Trains, airplanes and transportation. Keep Calm. Recipes. Bridges. Harry Potter. Royalty. Lighthouses. Disney. Space. Maps. Large Letter. I tend to buy the postcards I like so swapping with others is a way for me to diversify. Also for Postcrossing popular topics seem to be Loupaper, Moomins, Blue Cats and Tausdenschรถn.

Things I would not like are: maxicards issued by countries like Australia (exceptions for maxicards you create yourself if you like to be artistic)

Stamps

I'm not a stamp collector but I love stamps.

If we are swapping used stamps my preference would be for modern (year 2000 to new issues) of foreign stamps on or off paper.

For US used stamps same time period but preferably not forever postcard stamps.

Please no CTO's

Take care when you cut out stamps to not cut off any perforations.

Don't feel bad if you don't have exactly what I'm looking for. I'm always grateful and I will share with others what I do not keep.

Postal System

I post all my mail in the drop off indoors, never on a Sunday or holiday, usually in the morning or by the second pick up, and I mark it sent that same day. I cover my bases but we know the post office will never be perfect. I'm not either, so I wouldn't expect it of the USPS. Their job is not easy and has gotten harder since DeJoy took over. At any time, if you have concerns that a swap I sent you is lost please message me and I will resend right away.

Zip Code: Please include all nine numbers of my zip code. The four at the end are important. As much as I love art and beautiful lettering it is better to print my address as simply and accurately to the postal version. Using CA instead of California and the entire nine digit zip code makes it more accurate for deliveries. Don't get me started on the poor Instacart and Doordash drivers who get lost in our maze of apartment buildings.

Ratings

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Comment: Thanks for the great Aquarium PC!
SkaGirl rated for super quick favorite PC USA #2 on Jun 15, 2024
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Comment: Thank you! :)
DeidreArt rated for LSRUS: Most Loved TV Shows - PC on Jun 12, 2024
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Comment: There are too many good shows to keep caught up on!
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Comment: great love the little red envelope
mchesser12 rated for SONG THEME #43 on Jun 11, 2024
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Comment: Thanks for the pc and sharing the list of D songs.
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Comment: Hello! Thank you so much for the resend!! I am jealous that you get to spend time at the beach! I want to go to the beach haha. Thank you!
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Comment: What fun postage stamps. I've never seen the beetle bailey one. We have donuts, diamonds & Eurovision in common for sure! Are you excited for next year? Always wow'd by the talent I see and hear. Thanks for joining the swap. xxMuggleMom
Response: I am excited for next year's Eurovision but I'm still listening to Europapa at least 4 or 5 times a day. They treated Joost Klein so unfairly. My other faves were Baby Lasagna and Bambi Thug.
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Comment: Hi Abigail: Thanks for the cute PC about where you live! Aloha, Sharon
SkaGirl rated for ANYCARD W/PROMPT #113 on Jun 2, 2024
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Comment: Thank you! :)
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Comment: Thank you, awesome card and stamps! I listed some of the same trees.
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Comment: Hello! Thank you for the beautiful Joshua Tree Postcard! Did you write the poem on the back? Thanks again!-Kimi
Response: I wish I could say I wrote it but then I would have agonized for days and never come up with anything. I used chatGPT.
Dustzappa rated for Black & White Postcard Swap #5 on Jun 1, 2024
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Comment: Thank you for the great postcard. Hope you have a wonderful summer.
octobereve930 rated for Washington State day PC on Jun 1, 2024
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Comment: thank you for the NP card 6/1
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Comment: I loved the poem you wrote, the stickers, and of course the wonderful vintage stamps that matched!! Great postcard! Thanks so much! :)
catlingmex rated for Black & White Postcard Swap #5 on Jun 1, 2024
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Comment: Lovely card, thank you!
marclively rated for Black & White Postcard Swap #4 on May 31, 2024
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Comment: Many thanks! Marc
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Comment: Thanks Abigail for the Denali National park PC and your D,E,F of me. Of your list, I also love Dogs and have only one now, as our female Pomeranian Isis passed away May 22nd and I'm so heart sick over it still. ๐Ÿ˜ข Anyway, I also love donuts, eggs, fairy tales, and Flamingos. Take care and Happy swapping !
matt319 rated for Iโ€™m not from here #4 on May 30, 2024
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Comment: Thank you very much!!
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Comment: Yes, I am just receiving your postcard you sent the 10th of February. I'm convinced my post office hates me. I'm also receiving other swaps sent in February. Perhaps they were holding on to your postcard to send it closer to Halloween. IDK Thank you for the postcard. I like being able to dress up for Halloween as well. No one cares if you forget to comb your hair.
Response: Oh wow I'm glad it arrived. Feel free to message me if a swap hasn't arrived in a few weeks. I'll always resend. Who knows how the post office manages to misplace things and then they mysteriously reappear lol I once got two postcards stuck together. The top one was for me and the other was supposed to go to Arizona. I sent it along in an envelope and the recipient wrote me back to say thank you.
giap rated for Bird or Butterfly PC Swap #1 on May 28, 2024
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Comment: Hey, Abigail! Thank you so much for your postcard! I love the bird design and butterfly sticker, and appreciate the fun fact! Thank you for the lovely stamps as well :)

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Comments

sleepykitty on Apr 29, 2024:

Thank you so much for the postage you sent for your April RAK! I appreciate it greatly and hope you have a wonderful week ahead. ๐Ÿ“ฌโค๏ธ๐ŸŒ

Doulton on Feb 25, 2024:

First, please accept my condolences on the loss of Tutuola--wonderful name. When I look back at my life, some of the cats and dogs were more precious than many of the people.

I switched from coffee to tea about 25 years ago. It's not hard to brew your own tea from leaves. My personal favorite is the dark, rich, smoky Lapsang Souchong. I also enjoy Earl Gray, Irish Morning Tea, and tea with flavors for fun (i.e. black tea with strawberry bits or almond tea).

It's so painful to part with a beloved one. I am very sorry that you are living in loss.

BlueberryLady on Sep 24, 2023:

Welcome to Beginners Crafting Group

We have a Variety of Swaps - 1 or 2 a month. If you have any suggestions for Swaps or would like to Host add ideas to the Thread in our Forum, for hosting send me a message.
Jean 9/24/2023

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