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browneyedmurmur

browneyedmurmur
Date Joined: December 13, 2020
Last Online: October 21, 2021
Birthday: June 30
Country: United States
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About Me

A couple of things to note before you read this novel I call a profile:

1) The “North” in my address has to be spelled out in its entirety, as it is the name of the road, NOT a direction. If you write “N.” instead of spelling it out, there is a good chance that the mail will not make it to me.

2) If you don’t receive a swap from me in a timely manner, PLEASE contact me! I keep my receipts from the post office and will happily check the whereabouts of your mail if it was sent with tracking. If it didn’t have a tracking number, I will resend your mail ASAP and send you a message letting you that know I have done so. In fact, if a considerable amount of time has passed, and you haven’t rated my swap, I will more than likely contact you to see if you’ve received it, and if you’d like me to resend, if only to ease my own mind. I’m SO not cool with the idea of leaving you swapless!

Now that we have that out the way...

Hello!

My name is Miranda, and I am a 42-year-old housewife and Etsy shop owner from Indiana. I have lived in the Hoosier state all of my life, mostly in small, rural towns (except for my time in Bloomington, when I attended IU). Although I enjoy visiting new places and bigger cities, there’s nothing my heart loves more than a colorful, country sunset that fades into a chorus of crickets and a light show of fireflies and stars...unless it’s accompanied by the crackling of a campfire and the lapping of a lake on the shore. Yeah,,,that might make it even more perfect!

I have been married to my high school sweetheart for twenty years. We have no children (two miscarriages early in our marriage), and currently have no pets. We had two big yellow tom cats that blessed us with their presence (the namesakes of my Etsy shop), but they passed away a couple of years back. Harvey and Beau will be hard acts to follow, as they were practically purr-fect in every way, but I do hope to adopt again soon.

I enjoy walking in nature and just reveling in all of the peace, beauty, and creativity it holds.

I drink coffee in the morning, herbal or decaf tea before bed, craft beers (porters or stouts) and gin & tonics when the mood strikes.

I play D&D and watch “Critical Role.” Caduceus Clay has my heart.

I tend to read nonfiction self help, but am also fascinated by Scandinavian minimalism and hygge (IKEA is my happy place).

I’m a Christian.

I’m also the eldest of two, a turbulent ESFP, a Cancer, and 4w3 on the enneagram, if that’s helpful - lol!

Likes

Favorite Paper Craft Style

I favor vintage, botanical, floral, entomological (bugs, bees, butterflies, other creepy crawlies, etc.), mushrooms, Victorian, and steampunk themes; that said, I don’t limit myself to these styles, as I also make things for friends, family, and pen pals. There is always room for something bright, cheerful, or cute in my craft supply collection. Christian faith-based and inspirational themes are fine, as are seasonal (NOT holiday specific) items. Really, almost anything goes!

Favorite Yarn

I tend to favor worsted weight, but will work with about anything! I’m not picky about fiber content. I adore everything Malabrigo and Noro produce.

Favorite Colors

I wear and decorate my home with black, white, grey, camel, rust, saffron gold, and bright golden yellow - think of the colors on a calico or yellow tabby cat. However, don’t limit yourself to those by any means! I craft with ALL colors, as I am usually creating something with the recipient in mind.

Favorite Flower

Strangely, I love the dandelion. It has nostalgic and melancholic symbolism for me. First, it is bright and cheerful, and reminds me of childhood bouquets when life was carefree and innocent. When the flower ages, it loses its vibrancy, and becomes more fragile, similar to how we, as humans, age. I also love that, even in its death, the same children that harvest the yellow flowers in the spring find joy in making wishes on its delicate seeds. Kind of a full circle thing, ya’ know?

Favorite Scents

I wear Lush’s Vanillary in the spring/summer and True Gent by Avon (it’s a men’s cologne) in the fall/winter. I’m drawn to more masculine scents like pine, sandalwood, leather, woodsmoke, and tobacco, especially if they’re mixed with vanilla. I love Wildberry’s pear vanilla incense.

I’ve seen a number of ABCs, and thought it was an easy way to scan favorite things, so here goes!

A: The Antiquarian Sticker Book, address labels, autumn, Alice In Wonderland (NOT Disney), American traditional tattoos

B: botanicals, birds, bees, butterflies, beetles, bugs, badgers (the animal, not the college sports team)

C: Christianity, coffee, coffee dyed paper, cocoa, chai, cardstock, cats, crochet, cross stitch, collage, cactus, camping, Critical Role, Caduceus Clay (a character on Critical Role)

D: doilies, die cut words, deer, Dungeons & Dragons

E: embellished paper clips, envelopes, emo music, embroidery, effort, ephemera

F: fall, flip books, folk music, fussy cuts, forest creatures, foxes

G: girly stuff

H: handcrafted items, hygge

I: insects, incense

J:

K: knitting, kittens

L: lace, leopard print

M: mythology, mums, marigolds

N: nature

O: old looking items

P: playlists, polka dots, photography, photo realism, pressed flowers, porcupines

Q:

R: ribbon, random combinations of things

S: stationery sets, stationery paper, stickers, scrapbook paper, seasonal (NOT holidays), song lists, Shel Silverstein’s children’s poetry books, Sweetarts candy, succulents, squirrels, skunks

T: Tim Holtz, tea (anything but jasmine), tea stained paper, tags, travel, tickets

U: unused postage stamps (particularly the old fashioned “lick ‘em and stick ‘em kind)

V: vintage, Victorian, vintage ads

W: wrapping paper, washi tapes, washi stickers, The Wizard Of Oz (L. Frank Baum’s books, NOT the movie), Where The Wild Things Are (the book, NOT the movie), wilderness, wax seals

X:

Y: yellow

Z:

Dislikes

Christmas items of any kind. Our first miscarriage began just after opening gifts on Christmas Eve, and continued throughout Christmas Day. While I’ll always be mindful of and thankful for Jesus’ birth, I find the holiday’s festivities to be a sorrowful reminder of what might have been.

Politics of any kind. I do this for fun, to escape from all of that gobbledegook. I don’t want it ruining my happy place!

Nudity/pornographic material/sexually suggestive stuff

Holiday specific items (unless it’s the swap’s stated theme, in which case I knew what I was signing up for, so GAME ON!)

Disney, Hello Kitty, or other popular cartoon characters

Kawaii, Sanrio, manga, or anime

Rap & country music

Girl power themes

Romantic comedies (I like tragedies, though), or romance novels

Stickers for teachers, students, or moms; daily planner stickers

Occult items like tarot cards or ouija boards

Drug culture, pot leaves

Favorite Television

“The Walking Dead”

“Fear The Walking Dead”

“The Walking Dead : World Beyond”

“Law & Order : SVU”

“True Blood”

“Breaking Bad”

“The Sopranos”

“Sons Of Anarchy”

“The Killing”

“Bates Motel”

“Stranger Things”

“The Goes Wrong Show”

“The Masked Singer”

Favorite Music

Brand New

Vampire Weekend

Straylight Run

Dashboard Confessional

Lord Huron

Taylor Swift

Chris Isaak

The Killers

The Decemberists

David Bowie

Weezer

Woodkid

Twenty One Pilots

Gregory Alan Isakov

The National

90s alt rock, 00s emo, folk, stuff that I hear on television shows that almost always ends up being European, rockabilly, surf music, sad/depressing songs

Favorite Movies

“Moulin Rouge”

“Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo & Juliet”

“Fight Club”

“Goodfellas”

“Pulp Fiction”

“Kill Bill”

“Best In Show”

“Zoolander”

“The Shawshank Redemption”

“The Breakfast Club”

“The Princess Bride”

“Labyrinth”

“The Dark Crystal”

“Legend”

“Clue”

Favorite Books

“Love Is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time” and “Talking to Girls About Duran Duran: One Young Man's Quest for True Love and a Cooler Haircut” by Rob Sheffield

“Till We Have Faces” by C.S. Lewis

“Anthem” by Ayn Rand

“Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury

“Animal Farm” by George Orwell

“How Starbucks Saved My Life” by Michael Gates Gill

“Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland” and “Through The Looking Glass” by Lewis Carroll

The “Oz” series by L. Frank Baum

“Where The Sidewalk Ends” and “A Light In The Attic” by Shel Silverstein

“Where The Wild Things Are” and “Pierre” by Maurice Sendak

“Harold And The Purple Crayon” by Crockett Johnson

“The Little Book Of Hygge” by Meik Wiking

“The Road Back To You” by Ian Morgan Cron

“Sacred Pathways: Discover Your Soul's Path to God” by Gary Thomas

Ratings

watercolorgirl rated for USAPC: Triple Pocket 1 page on Oct 19, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely triple pocket. The colors you used are so pretty and the decorated envelope was very nice too.
Mamabemus rated for Musical Scavenger Hunt PC #2 on Oct 11, 2021
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Comment: sorry for the late rating
annanymark rated for Floral Themed Mail on Sep 22, 2021
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Comment: Wow, you made this swap so great! The envelope was beautiful and you managed to send me so many things. A big thank you ❤️
laterdayze rated for SSM: Pick your theme envelope #6 on Sep 16, 2021
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Comment: Definitely not too early! I love getting Christmas themed stuff any time of year. I love all the goodies that you sent, thank you so much for sharing with me! <3
Gionanna rated for WIYM - Tiny Blind Summer Swap :) on Aug 10, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for such a nice selection of paper goodies :-) I really appreciated the swap!
Response: You’re so very welcome! Enjoy the rest of your summer!
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Comment: Holy cow! You absolutely out did yourself. Thank you so much for the thoughtful, campaign 2 themed mail. :) And the dice bag is over the top! You made my week!
Response: Woo-hoo! I love when I make someone’s week! I’m so glad you liked everything. 😊
Trevismom rated for #2 Pick a theme 🐌🐥🐳 on Aug 2, 2021
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Comment: I loved all the Paris themed items! Thank you for the great swap! ❤
Response: I’m so glad you liked everything! I had so much fun putting this together. Have a great August!
eshasketch rated for LSRUS-Fast Blind Swap-int on Aug 2, 2021
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Comment: Hi Miranda! Thank you for the lovely surprise mail! I especially love the herbs and spices stickers! 💕
Response: You are very welcome! I’m glad that you liked them! 😊
Melogee rated for SSM: Music Mix: Summer Jams on Jul 24, 2021
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Comment: I love how you really ran with the theme, all the way down to the memo sheet! The playlist card was beautifully done and you have cute handwriting. Thanks so much for making one of my first hosted swaps (in a long time) so special and worthwhile. I'm so happy that you enjoyed the swap! Thank-you for taking part.
Response: I am SO happy that you liked it! I signed up to be in this group because of this swap! I forgot how much I loved making play lists. I hope you have a fabulous rest of your summer!
becait rated for Curated Sticker Sheet Swap #1 on Jul 20, 2021
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Comment: Thank you so much !! These stickers are perfect!! I love them so soo much 💕💕💕
Response: Yay! I’m so glad you liked them. Have a great week! 😊
Vickyen rated for SSM: Sunshine Happy Mail #18 on Jul 20, 2021
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Comment: Hi Miranda! Thank you so much for the lovely Sunshine Happy Mail! I love everything you included and it all made me smile! Wishing you all the best! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Response: You are very welcome! Have a great rest of your summer! 😊
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Comment: I love everything you included! thanks so much!
Response: You are so welcome! I’m glad you liked everything!
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Comment: Miranda, thank you so much for the lovely swap - I’ve loved it all, dear! Happy summer!
Response: I’m so glad you liked it! A fun and happy summer to you as well! 😊
soyprincesa2 rated for Inspire Me Kit - June on Jun 24, 2021
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Comment: That was a thoughtful package. I loved how you put the different items into the glassine bags with handmade labels and the bakers twine. All the little bits and so many romantic little things to really have fun with and create something special. I do love Jane Austen and now I am definitely going to come up with something special to use it. The wax seals were something I haven't used in decades... since my early teens. The stickers are almost too wonderful to use. I will probably hoard them. Thanks!!!!
Response: I am so glad you liked everything! Have fun using it to make your happy mail creations! 😊
Lonestarchild rated for CPG 3-2-1 Swap - Global on Jun 24, 2021
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Comment: Oh wow! What a lovely and generous swap! So much fun in this great big envie! thank you for a FAB swap!
Response: Yay! I’m so glad you liked it. I had a lot of fun putting it together!
DarshanaM rated for FTLOC#1: Inspire Me Kit - June on Jun 14, 2021
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Comment: I received the package. It was well packed with so much variety. The flowers were super cute. Well thought f and put together kit. Thankyou.
Response: You are so welcome! I’m glad you liked what Input together for you. 😊
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Comment: Thank you! it was beautiful.
Response: I’m so glad you liked it!
vcox rated for LSRUS-Do your best-US on May 23, 2021
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Comment: Miranda, I absolutely loved your swap. You included items that I always wanted. I never got around to getting the Elle oh Elle paper from Hobby Lobby. So I appreciate it and the stickers and matching extras. The gold acrylic hearts, I definitely wanted as well. I can't wait to craft with all of the things you included. I loved the packaging it was so neat, the tissue paper was very pretty. Everything fit perfectly in the suitcase. I'm going to check out the tutorial. Thanks again.
Response: Yay! I’m so glad you liked everything! Definitely check out her tutorial (Vivian is awesome), and have fun crafting!
pernie123 rated for LSRUS-A Week Of Surprises Swap-US on May 21, 2021
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Comment: Thank you so very much for my packages in pretty wrapping paper and cheerful card. I opened no. 1 straight away. Tea filters? I never used them in my life. I am a purist with tea. However, after looking them up. I shall try using them in the teapot. The best came last. The beautiful little purse! Did you make it
Response: You’re so welcome! I hope you enjoy your week of gifts. Thanks for the heart! And I did crochet the change purse! Crochet was my first long-standing hobby, then came knitting - paper craft is probably my most recent endeavor. That particular purse was my favorite of the bunch that I made using that yarn. I really liked the combination of blues. I’m so glad you liked it!

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Comments

tcornell on Sep 22, 2021:

Thank you so much for the floral stationery and stickers that you sent me for the Tag Something! (US Only). I really love everything ♥ I appreciate the prayers as well!

Rainydancer on Jul 8, 2021:

Welcome to Sunshine Swaps!

groundhogstamper on Jun 3, 2021:

Thank you so much for the Happy Mail tag. I am amazed at all of the wonderful things that you sent to me! May God bless you always. Marsha

heidiblooms on Apr 20, 2021:

Thank you so much for all the fun washi samples! I love them all, especially the color-shifty rainbow one. And for all the cute memo sheets and Rilakkuma stickers!!!

January on Apr 6, 2021:

Thank you so much for US tag swap! The stickers are absolutely sweet and I have a use for them in mind...helping to decorate some things in my classroom, my kiddos will enjoy them :)

Petaltea on Mar 4, 2021:

I love the postcard you made for me! Thanks for the “blue” song list. I’m going to look these up after I finish work today. Thank you very much!

PerArduaAdAlta on Jan 16, 2021:

Thank you so much for the Random Flat Envie - Pay It Forward from the forum! I love all the vintage items, the paper, the French sticker. The blank PC is perfect timing! I'm sending it out today as part of a collab piece. But my favorite things are the washi stickers!!! Those will definitely get used. I just adore them for layering in college! Thank you so much! Let me know if you'd like to do a private swap.

takehimaway on Jan 16, 2021:

Thank you so much for the awesome journal and stickers. I will admit I did send the Starbucks card to my friend struggling with the loss of her uncle - I have been putting together a Starbucks themed gift for her! I thought she needed it more than me. I love, love, love the Space Animal Sheet. I have the 3D ones, but didn't know they come in flat (which is my preferred type of sticker). I'm using them to make a "To the Moon and Back" jewelry box. Thank you again! <3

Raven93 on Jan 4, 2021:

Oh my gosh, I'm so sorry - MIRANDA!!!

Raven93 on Jan 4, 2021:

Hi Gabi! Thank you for the AMAZING tag from the forums, That was so generous of you! If you want to join the yellow and grey swap, we'd love to have you. Or if you ever want to do any kind of private swap, let me know. I'd love to make you some cool Peter Pan happy mail with the materials you sent! Or we could do something else - botanical theme or steampunk, maybe? Anyway, hope you are well ad happy, and THANK YOU again!

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