Swap-bot Time: December 3, 2023 10:54 pm


Date Joined: September 22, 2008
Last Online: December 2, 2023
Birthday: December 25, 1969
Country: Canada
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About Me

My name is Cynthia.

I'm 53 and my kids are:
A (girl): 18
J (boy): 15
My husband is 55 in case anyone cared about HIS age.

I love to bake and cook. So I'd happily receive recipes that you love to make. And, I much prefer my recipes on 8.5x11" paper as I keep a recipe binder.

I am a former farm girl who now lives in the city. But, I am still an outdoor/country girl at heart. I love to garden and can as many pickles and vegetables as I'm able. (Summer of 2021 I canned 151 jars so far. 18 different recipes. And I still have a few more to go as some tomatoes are still ripening.) We are an AVID tenting family and are proud of it.

I am not very crafty but that doesn't mean I don't LOVE to get your homemade gifts. As well, I am comPLETELY fine with second-hand stuff (as long as it's in good condition).

I LOVE one on one swaps so if you see anything that piques your interest please message me. Frankly, one one one swaps and larger package swaps are my favourite and I'm often looking for people to do them with.

PLEASE don't send me stickers or random sheets for scrapbooking or ephemara. I've been getting so many in my swaps lately and I have absolutely no use for them. If you want to put in a little extra (and I get that) I'd MUCH rather receive a bookmark or a teabag (preferably black or rooibos or mint. I don't drink fruity tea) or a unique playing card.

Favorite Music

I love music. Much of my life is connected with a song. I often think one day I should put together a soundtrack of my life. I lean towards lyric-based folk music.
- Jann Arden
- the waifs
- Sara Groves
- Brandi Carlile
- Josh Ritter
- Jeremy Fisher
- Ryan Adams
- Indigo Girls

Favorite Movies

  • Memento
  • The Princess Bride
  • Fight Club
  • Se7en
  • American Beauty
  • Sliding Doors
  • The Usual Suspects
  • Amelie
  • The Station Agent
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Before Sunrise
  • Before Sunset
  • Finding Neverland
  • Garden State
  • Jojo Rabbit
  • Parasite

Just a few things I would LOVE

Favorite Crafts

  • Photography
  • Cooking

Random likes

  • Colored Sharpie markers
  • Dip mixes
  • Map or globe items
  • Typography and ampersand art
  • Bath salts
  • Bath bombs
  • Notecards
  • Block notepads
  • Adult sticker books
  • Writing paper
  • Wine
  • Silver jewelry
  • Coconut
  • Shot glasses
  • Wine stoppers
  • Reusable shopping bags / totes
  • Indian food
  • Thai food
  • Tea (mint, rooibos, Earl Grey, English Breakfast. I do NOT like fruity tea.)
  • Wrapping paper
  • Potato chips
  • Bubblegum
  • Herbs
  • Caramel
  • Cooking magazines
  • Cookie cutters
  • Daisies
  • Going to garage sales
  • Food Network
  • Lemon candy
  • Traveling
  • Bright post-it notes
  • Mini glass magnets
  • Musicals
  • Gardening (I would be delighted to get seeds.)
  • Cooking
  • Canning (if you can, I would love a recipe of your favourite thing to can.)
  • Chocolate
  • Marshmallow candy
  • Sarcasm. I loooove me some good sarcasm. You send me an Anne Taintor (or similar) magnet and I will automatically give you a heart.

Random dislikes

  • Goth
  • Kawaii
  • Gold jewelry
  • Jelly bellies
  • White chocolate
  • Fruit tea
  • Black licorice
  • Amaretto flavor
  • Lotions (Not that I don't like them but I'm quite sensitive to smells so I can't use most.)
  • Chocolate and fruit combinations. (ie. I don't like pear, orange or raspberry flavored chocolate.)
  • I don't do much in the way of paper crafting. I've gotten a lot of scrapbooking supplies through swapbot through the years (extras in a swap) and they're kind of wasted on me so PLEASE don't send any. I also have no real need for stickers now that my kids are older and again... I don't do paper crafts.

Favorite Books

I am an AVID reader. Here are some recent reads that I have given a 4 or 5 star rating on Goodreads (in other words, I liked them):
- Dusk, Night Dawn by Anne Lamott
- The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio
- Long Bright River by Liz Moore
- When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
- American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins
- Know My Name by Chanel Miller

If you've read any of the above AND enjoyed them, I would be happy to receive a note of books that you've loved and recommend.

International Family

My family and I have been hosting high school students from around the world for 13 years now. So far we've hosted 20 students from the following countries:
- Hong Kong
- Thailand
- South Korea
- Mexico
- Nigeria
- China
- Colombia
- Brazil
- Vietnam
- Germany
- Spain

Some haven't been good fits for our family but by far the majority have been great kids that we've enjoyed having live with us. Currently (2021) is Ana from Brazil.


Lisserz rated for I Want To Bake #1 on Dec 2, 2023
Comment: These sound so good. I will have to make these some time this month. Thank you.
Lisserz rated for I Want To Cook #1 on Dec 2, 2023
Comment: This sounds yummy. Can't wait to try it. Thank you.
ElenaMaz rated for Help! Getting Low on Tea! on Nov 30, 2023
Comment: got it today, TYSM!
kiyasu rated for Tea 3x3 with Friends! #38 on Nov 29, 2023
Comment: Hey Cynthia, I just picked up your mail and it made me smile!! I haven't properly opened the parcel yet (only cut one side open enough to be able to take out your handwritten note), and I really look forward to properly checking your teas. I'm still drinking the teas from another swap partner from this same swap, so it might take time to get to yours, but you made my day!! Your "Happy Mail" at the back of the envelope also made me smile :D Thanks again for brightening up my day! Cheers, Kiyasu
Lolle rated for International Tea Advent Swap #4 on Nov 27, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the tea! Looking forward opening those cute little packages - the stickers are a very nice touch ๐Ÿ’• Love your note paper!!
Pantlessrobot rated for Help! Getting Low on Tea! on Nov 25, 2023
Comment: thankyou for the teas! These sound really good!
emina rated for Bookmark swap #3 on Nov 22, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the lovely bookmarks ๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿ
marclively rated for Bookmark swap #2 on Nov 20, 2023
Comment: Thanks! Marc
MeetSarah87 rated for International Tea Advent Swap #3 on Nov 18, 2023
Comment: Thank you very much for your swap. I love that you are hosting this swap and hope you will do it again next year. It is such a great idea for all tea lovers. Canโ€™t wait for December to start
Response: Thanks! I enjoy it too.
catlingmex rated for I Want To Cook #1 on Nov 17, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the yummy-sounding recipe. I printed it off to try sometime.
BubbLeGumGirLie rated for I Want To Bake #1 on Nov 16, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the recipe. I am excited to try it out.
Lolle rated for Help! Getting Low on Tea! on Nov 15, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the teas, Cynthia. The DavidsTea sounds yum, can't wait to try it ๐Ÿ’• Love from NZ, Carola
debbiespoms rated for I Want To Bake #1 on Nov 15, 2023
Comment: Thank you again Cynthia. I love chocolate and the Chocolate Snowflake cookies sound perfect for the holidays!
debbiespoms rated for I Want To Cook #1 on Nov 15, 2023
Comment: Thanks very much Cynthia, for the Butternut squash and bacon mac n' cheese recipe. It sounds very interesting and I do love butternut squash. I used to grow my own. But quit doing it. Because it's so hard to can squash. Esp. when I got so many of them. Anyway, I can't wait to try your recipe!
raichi rated for International Tea Advent Swap #1 on Nov 13, 2023
Comment: Thank you so much for wrapping nicely:) I am looking forward to opening every packages!
Response: Glad they arrived. Was getting a bit nervous.
romyisa78 rated for International Tea Advent Swap #2 on Nov 10, 2023
Comment: Thank you so much
Comment: Thank you for the corn recipes! I canโ€™t wait to make that dip! It all sounded so yummy.
Aseret25 rated for Time for Soup #1 on Nov 7, 2023
Comment: Thanks for sharing your soup recipes! These all sound delicious - I make a similar beef & barley soup, I'll have to try it with your suggestions.
Manonroberts rated for Time for Soup #1 on Nov 7, 2023
Comment: Thank you so much for the great recipes, I'm definitely going to make the roasted butternut squash soup and the wild rice and mushroom soup very soon! :)
syjterrell rated for Tea swap #4 on Nov 2, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the flavours you chose for me! I am looking forward to trying a Canadian company's tea.

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Millia on Nov 2, 2023:

Hi Cynthia! I just wanted to let you know that the Washi Tape RAK you sent to me has arrived and I absolutely love the washis, they're all so pretty ๐ŸŒท As a thank you I wanted to decorate your profile a bit - here are some photos I thought you might enjoy based on your likes ๐Ÿฆ

Wishing you a beautiful day & happy swapping!

cowboypoodle on Oct 30, 2023:

Thank you so much for the Washi tape RAK! :-)

traceyj on Oct 3, 2023:

thank you pickle

Thank you for the Washi RAK, I love the clever way you packaged them too. Hope you're having a splendid week~~

hazelwitch3 on Oct 1, 2023:

I came back from a week's vacation to discover the envelope full of WONDERFUL washi tape! Thanks so much -- I'm really looking forward to using it in my crafting and envelope decorating. Such a great variety and so many interesting designs. Thank you!

SaraRose08 on Sep 30, 2023:

Ahhhh, I got the 'Washi Tape RAK' today and I'm obsessed! There's so many!! I love them all! Can't wait to use them in my crafts and mail art! Something for every theme/occasion! Thank you SO much!!! You rock! ๐Ÿฉต

user6937 on Sep 26, 2023:

Thanks for the washi tape RAK!

HappyMom on Sep 16, 2023:

Welcome to the Electronic Swaps Group!

Poohtat on May 4, 2023:

Thank you for the lovely colorful butterfly tote. I love it. Because of the way I spell my name, I never see it on anything, so thank you!

lunatenchi on May 1, 2023:

Thank you so much for the handpainted tote of Pikachu; i absolutely love it! :D

hollycm6 on Apr 10, 2023:

How can you say youโ€™re not very crafty???? This firefly tote is AMAZING WORK!!!! Well maybe more artsy than crafty???? I donโ€™t know but I LOVE IT!!!! So sweet, thank you so much!

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