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ccmmsu

ccmmsu
Date Joined: May 7, 2014
Last Online: December 1, 2021
Birthday: June 11
Country: United States
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About Me

*** I am taking an extended break from Pass-It-On type swaps, except for decos and one or two group-specific swaps. That means no more bags, round robins, collaboration postcards, etc. Please do not send me anything that will need to move on to another person unless it is specifically called for in the swap we're in. Thank you :)

*** DECO SWAPPERS, please note (updated 10-21-19): I am cutting waaaaaaaay back on swapping decos internationally due to the high postage costs. Please check with me first before sending me an international homer, especially if it has really thick embellishments. If I sign up for a swap that is global, then obviously I will honor that and take an international deco for that swap. Also, I am not taking extra decos beyond what the swap calls for at this time. Thanks for understanding. A big thank you to @Aladyjackson @SeleneW and Anja in Germany for taking my excess decos! I love my swap partners! You guys ROCK! ***

Hi! My name is Christine (she/her), and I am a freelance writer living in Michigan with my husband and our 3 kiddos. We have a sweet, very lazy Pitt-mix named Lulu, and two rescued sister cats named Cinnamon and Sugar. I love crafting, making art, reading, travel, animals, hockey and kayaking. My favorite colors are cobalt blue and apple green. My biggest goal in life (next to being a good mom, of course) is to visit every continent. I've made it to Europe (France, England, Ireland), Africa (Kenya, Ethiopia), Asia (South Korea), and South America (Peru) so far (plus Mexico, Canada, Jamaica, Cayman Islands, and lots of US states in North America).

I have Essential Tremors, which means my hands shake a lot. It is managed pretty well with medication, but if a swap includes a longer letter I may type it to ensure it's actually readable. :)

I just started a group for those of us who have sticker subscriptions like Stickii, Pipsticks, Four Bears, or Violette. If you're interested you can find Sticker Subscription Swaps here.

My Profile is getting kinda long, so here's a Table of Contents of sorts in case you want to skip down to a certain section:

  • About Swaps
  • Favorite Books
  • Favorite Movies and TV
  • Favorite Crafts
  • Likes and Dislikes
  • Kawaii
  • Postcards
  • Wish List

About Swaps

I consider signing up for a swap a contract. I never ever flake, so if you have not received from me, please let me know so I can resend. I don't want any of my partners to miss out on the fun of a swap! I do not mark items sent until the mailman has picked it up from my mailbox or I've dropped it off at the post office. If for some reason I will be late, I promise to message my partner(s) to let them know. If a partner is going to be late, I understand and just ask that they communicate with me. I do my best to make sure I have correct postage on the things I send (I use a postal scale to weigh everything), but I have had different clerks at my local post office charge different rates for similar things, so if for some reason there has been a mistake and you receive something postage due, please let me know. Finally, I promise to rate and do so soon after receiving. If you have not received a rating from me, I either haven't received your swap or it was an accidental oversight. Please message me. I also very much appreciate the ratings I receive. I may not be able to respond to them all, but please know I do read and appreciate them! :)

Favorite Books

I write book reviews, so most of what I read is assigned to me by editors, but when I get to choose I've been gravitating to YA Science Fiction and Fantasy lately.

  • To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Kindred by Octavia Butler
  • Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  • Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
  • Weird Girl and What's His Name by Meagan Brothers
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  • Maus by Art Spiegelman

other favorite authors:

  • Bill Bryson
  • Cassandra Claire
  • Alice Walker
  • Christopher Paul Curtis
  • Dr. Seuss

Favorite Movies and TV

I love old black and white movies. Philadelphia Story and It Happened One Night are probably my all time favorite movies. I'm also a sucker for Brat Pack-type teen movies like Breakfast Club, Say Anything, and Some Kind of Wonderful. Some favorite animated/anime movies are Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast, Brave, Kiki's Delivery Service (Jiji!!), Howl's Moving Castle... really, pretty much anything Studio Ghibli made, Your Name, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, and The Secret of Kells. I like all kinds of movies, though.

I don't watch nearly as much TV as I used to. Some shows I really like are The Mandalorian, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Gilmore Girls, Big Bang Theory, Dr. Who, Stranger Things, Erased (Japanese) and MST3K. I've been watching a lot of anime lately (eagerly awaiting the start of season 2 of Promised Neverland!), and I have an inconvenient addiction to Korean Dramas (inconvenient because I can't multitask while they're on because I have to read the subtitles). Those are saved as rewards for getting lots of work done. :) Some of my favorite K-dramas are Goblin, My Love from Another Star, and Cinderella and the Four Knights.

Favorite Crafts

I mostly do papercrafts and mixed media art now, though I have dabbled in many types of crafts over the years. I used to make and sell jewelry until my tremors got to the point that it took too long to do things. I still make custom pieces for people, which was my favorite thing to do anyway. I love creating something specifically for the recipient. :)

I am a true Gemini, so I like many different artistic styles depending on my mood: vintage, Steampunk, shabby chic, clean and simple. I adore Graphic 45, Finnabair, and Tim Holtz style. Dyan Reaveley's bright, saturated colors make me swoon.

Likes and Dislikes

Likes:

I am pretty easy to please. I love seeing other people's artistic styles, and I'm grateful for all the happy mail people share with me.

Here are a few things that make my heart flutter:

  • vintage
  • steampunk
  • science
  • metal
  • wood
  • washi
  • Alice in Wonderland, Wizard of Oz
  • Old Hollywood
  • old photographs
  • rockabilly and snarky housewives
  • dragons, gargoyles, mythical creatures
  • Gorjuss Girls and Julie Nutting dolls
  • bright, happy colors
  • school/office supplies
  • stationery, especially Korean or Japanese, but any
  • birds and animals (all, but especially red pandas, sheep, llamas & alpacas, owls, cats, and hedgehogs)
  • dark and supernatural (think Edgar Allen Poe, dancing skeletons, ghosts -- especially if it has a hint of morbid humor to it)
  • kawaii (I know this is kind of the opposite of dark and supernatural -- see, I told you I was a Gemini! lol). See below for more on this...
  • postcards -- see below for more

Dislikes:

  • Please don't send me anything x-rated or full of profanity. I'm not a prude by any means, but my kids like to get the mail from the box and hang out while I open it.
  • Please no religious or political themed items.
  • And obviously, nothing racist, homophobic, transphobic, xenophobic, or otherwise abusive or hateful.
  • I love stickers, but would prefer not to receive teacher/reward stickers or stickers with baby/little kids' themes or characters (like dinosaurs, dumptrucks, Dora or Barney).
  • Loose glitter -- it's evil. Heavily glittered things (like cheap Christmas cards) are very likely to end up in the trash in an effort to contain the plague that is loose glitter. You have no idea how happy I was when they started varnishing over glitter on scrapbook papers. Trapped glitter that cannot leave the surface it's on? Yay! Love that sparkle. Loose or shedding glitter? Evil incarnate.

No Thank You Items: These are things I don't swap, so sending them to me is like sending them to purgatory: friendship sheets/books, label bags, x-slips.... In general, please don't send anything that has to be passed on unless a swap specifically calls for it. Thanks!

Kawaii!

I fell in love with kawaii 20 years ago while living and working in Seoul, South Korea, though I didn't know it had a name back then. A few years ago I discovered online kawaii shops and become a collector (hoarder) of Japanese (and some Korean) kawaii. I swap memos, lettersets, letter pad sheets, sticker flakes and sheets, envelopes, deco and washi samples, and more.

I especially like pandas, red pandas, cats, manga girls and boys, and kawaii with weird backstories. My fav characters are Tarepanda, Kutusita Nyanko, Capuri Mono, and Sumikko Gurashi (especially Zassou/Weed). I pretty much love it all, though, and love discovering new (to me) characters from my swap partners.

Current Kawaii Wish List (anything from these characters/themes -- even a single memo sheet):

  • older Tarepanda
  • Mind Wave Kiguru Me/"Quit" animals
  • Buru Buru Dog
  • Rilakkuma Rainbow collection
  • San-x Shirasutai Anchovies

tarepanda kutusita sumikkogurashi

Postcards

I tend to like non-touristy more than touristy, but really I am happy to receive anything. Sometimes I get a touristy postcard I love. You never know. If a swap allows for handmade postcards, I like those, too, especially if they show the sender's art and style. I'm equally happy with naked PCs or ones in envelopes. Some themes I'm particularly interested in collecting are "Greetings From (State or City name)," black and white, old Hollywood, book and movie related, and art.

If it's a naked PC swap and you're wondering what to write to me, here are some ideas:

  • What does your Swap-Bot ID mean?
  • What is your favorite food to cook at home? What's your favorite food to eat out?
  • Do you come from a big family or a small family? Do you like the size of your family, or do you wish it were smaller/larger?
  • What was the last book you read? Do you recommend it?
  • What was your favorite cartoon when you were a kid?
  • If someone offered you plane tickets to anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Wish List

I'll add and subtract from this over time. If you happen to have one of these items laying around and want to toss it into a swap, I promise it will be going to a home where it will be appreciated and loved. :)

  • My daughter is adopted from Ethiopia, so I'm always looking for items that feature African American kids or Ethiopian/African images to use in her scrapbook and other crafts.
  • used postage stamps with images of people or animals and any used stamps from other countries
  • anything from Cavallini
  • Daintree Tea from Australia (received some in a swap once and LOVED it!)

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*** profile updated 12-16-20

Ratings

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Comment: Thank you for the cute card. :) I hope you are enjoying the holiday season so far. Your little outside tree sounds so cute. :) Happy holidays!
Murras01 rated for Ugly PC Swap #43 on Nov 29, 2021
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Comment: Thanks for the great swap! Please send some of that heatwave my way next!! Thanks again & best wishes to you!
Lilyhax rated for PH: Variety Pack #6 on Nov 28, 2021
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Comment: Thank you. I loved everything. What an amazing package.
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Comment: How lovely she is! I, too, am trying my artistic skills. So much fun!
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Comment: Lovely! - makes me want to see the other one you initially made! That's a great feather die you have. Thanks for the postcards, too :)
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Comment: Hi Christine! Thank you for the great letter (the Rilakkuma stationery is so cute btw!). You've read quite a bit more than me from this decade. We also share some TBRs in common - I really like Evelyn Waugh but have yet to read Vile Bodies also. Thank you for the goodies too :) I don't do anything big on Halloween, just try to watch a scary movie or two, and have a chat with a friend who's also into the holiday!
AmyMarie rated for Playing Card Swap~Round #4~ Swap #9 on Nov 21, 2021
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Comment: Thanks for the fun swap. Nice playing cards and I appreciate the postcard and colorful envelope. Take care.
Sweetrizzo44 rated for SSS: Any 2 Sheets - November on Nov 20, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the stickers! One of the sheets you sent me was just the best since I used up the same sheet of stickers. When I used the last sticker, I was sad. Your sweet surprise made my day! Take care and keep on swapping...
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Comment: OMG!! That bird PC cracked my up so much. I love it!!! Those illustrated birds are great stickers too. Thanks so much.
Response: That postcard is from Mincing Mockingbird. They have a whole line of them called Troubled Birds, and I'm kind of addicted to them. Glad you like it as much as I do! :)
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Comment: Hi! Thank you so much for lovely cards and a letter! I will respond as soon as possible!
bizzles rated for SSS: Curated Sticker Sheet Swap #2 on Nov 19, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for both of the sheets that you sent me! I love all of the stickers you chose!
bizzles rated for SSS: Itty Bitty on Nov 19, 2021
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Comment: Oh my goodness these are the tiniest stickers I have EVER seen!!!! Too cute! Thank you, as always, for a lovely swap!
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Comment: Hi! Thank you so much for the cards! I love them all! Many blessings.
AmyMarie rated for Playing Card Swap~Round #4~ Swap #7 on Nov 16, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the great playing cards! I appreciate the airmail envelope and story of where it came from - and the postcard.
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Comment: Thanks for the cards and the set of washi! As far as Australia - if you stay on the coasts you are pretty much all set. I didn't get over to Perth but I hear it is great. Been to Hamilton Island, Sydney, Melbourne, Alice Springs (I personally think you could skip this), the Northern Territory, Adelaide (you can skip this too) and Tasmania.
wolfeagle rated for AMA: Art Journal Pages -November on Nov 15, 2021
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Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely pages.
minniepic rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt for PCs #161 on Nov 13, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely postcards ❤️❤️❤️
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Comment: This PC is so cute!
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Comment: We are definitely in fall down here - mid 40s at night and 70s in afternoon. Makes dressing in layers required. Thank you for your card. Keep warm!
swapbotmaria rated for SSS: All Treats, No Tricks on Nov 9, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for another lovely swap. I loved my selection of goodies. Those little astronauts one of my favorites!

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Comments

sebastian122 on Nov 21, 2021:

Happy Happy!

Rainydancer on Aug 17, 2021:

“I realize your default energy level is Cardboard Cutout, but I can’t get to know you if you don’t speak.”nks for sending my pass & play pc home!

manders2280 on Jul 1, 2021:

Today I received a traveling postcard that you started for me in October 2019! Thank you for thinking of me!

RiverTopanga on Jun 24, 2021:

Welcome to the Artisan ATC group! Love your list of "things that make [your] heart flutter 😉 look forward to swapping with you soon!

orode on Mar 27, 2021:

Thanks so much for the hd pass & paste I started. Love the waves for the turtles. Olga

orode on Mar 27, 2021:
wolfeagle on Mar 25, 2021:

Thank you so much for working on my Pass and Paste postcard. Love the cool black and gold design you made.

GirlMomToTwo on Mar 21, 2021:

Thank you SO much for sending home my full sticker bag!! You're a doll!

Rainydancer on Mar 14, 2021:

Welcome to Sunshine swaps!

wolfeagle on Feb 20, 2021:

Thank you for working on my Pass and Paste postcard. Love your sea turtle addition.

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