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Last Online: December 12, 2020
Birthday: December 9
Country: United States
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Hi! I'm Jan Post from near St. Louis, Missouri. Next year I will have been married for 50 years. We have two adult children and three teenage grandchildren and 5 cats. If I were to pick words to describe myself they would be: Christian, Creative, Compassionate, Thrifty, Organized, Resourceful, and Pioneering. My hairdresser called me a pioneer woman because I've never been afraid to take on something hard or new.

I home educated my two girls over 11.5 years starting back in the mid 80's way before it was popular! As a young adult I started a sewing business, made and sold crafts for 25+ years, sold Creative Memories and Stampin Up, managed a craft consignment mall, ran a food pantry, and worked with homeless families. I now have a successful Etsy shop where I sell retro and mid century items along with vintage ephemera.

Thrifting is a big part of my life! Paper collecting is my addiction!

Being a Christian has shaped my worldview. I have respect for other's beliefs as I hope others are respectful of mine. Our differences do not let that get in the way of making art, or being kind. I like Christian ephemera especially old Sunday School cards, game cards, and postcards with Bible Verses. Our world could use more civility! Being kind and noticing the good in other people is a good place to start.

Favorite Music

Contemporary Christian especially Sara Groves.

Harry Chapin, Blind Faith & Eric Claption, Simon and Garfunkel, Crosby, Stills, & Nash (and Neil Young), The Beatles, Old Folk Music including Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Peter, Paul and Mary, and Joni Mitchell. (I still have a record player and a large collection of vinyl that I still play!) Irish music, Classical music - Beethoven, Mozart, and Vivaldi, Oldies from the Mid 60s to the Mid 70s I don't like Swing, Jazz, Rap, Hip Hop or Heavy Metal.

Favorite Movies

The Princess Bride, Bruce Willis in Red and Red 2 Any movie with Tom Hanks The Hundred Foot Journey Anything Jane Austin The Three Amigos Young Frankenstein

Favorite Television

I don't watch much TV! When I do, it's NCIS, Bull,The Big Bang Theory, Young Sheldon, or Forensic Files

Favorite Crafts

Art Journaling, Rubber Stamping, Altered Books, Junk Journals Sewing Collecting STUFF for the above addictions

Please don’t send...

Please don’t send these things Anything cute like Hello Kitty, Kawaii, cartoon, Disney, Nudes, Witchcraft, Dark Themes or Celebrities.

Recipes to try.

Any kind of stickers. I have plenty of them that I don’t use already.

Memo Sheets

Glitter has been banned from my house for more than 25 years.

Perfumes or strong scents and cigarette smoke; both give me headaches.

I don't use candles, drink tea or coffee, or need any make up!

Things I like and/or collect

My preference for everything is mid century or older.

Here’s an alphabetical list of things I like:

Small Alphabet letters - Scrabble Size or just a little larger up to 1 1/4 inch tall.

Artistic handwriting


Advertising from old magazines (especially 1920s - 1950s, especially bright colored food and kitchen ads.

Albert Einstein (my hero) pics and quotes

Abe Lincoln (my other hero) pics and quotes

Buttons, especially on cards, colored and unusual buttons make me quite happy.

Bible verses or pages - your favorite or any cut from a damaged Bible

Business cards in foreign languages

Book pages that relate to anything I collect

Bird or butterfly ephemera

Christian ephemera


Cats - we have 4, all rescued or adopted

Christmas - Victorian, postcards, old world Santa

Cigar Boxes

Cookbook related ephemera (booklets, recipe cards, vintage kitchen ads for appliances.) please do not send recipes to try out,

Decorated envelopes


Doodling pens like black Pilot sharp point, Micron, or one that's your favorite

Excellent grammar! I collect misplaced modifiers, dangling participles, and poor punctuation in pictures or sayings like this from a gas station: "Eat Here and Get Gas"

Edgar Allen Poe

Embroidery thread

Fabric in small prints

Fairy pictures, small fairy wings

Fleur de lys

Fragrances: jasmine and vanilla (combined) - citrus, and fresh outdoor scents,I get headaches from perfumes, but I do like citrus scented lotions from Bath and Body Works.

Fussy cut pictures

Foreign language pages in French, Russian, and from European countries and Africa

Financial documents

Game pieces from around the world

Gardening Ephemera

Greeting card or card fronts from vintage cards

Glue Dots

Ink Joy pens

Inspirational sayings

Jewel tone colors

Kindness - quotes

Ledger pages with hand written entries

Linens with embroidery or crocheted lace

Little Golden books old or new in good condition

Labels - from vintage cans, cigar boxes, crates, mailing labels, canning labels, etc.

Mother Teresa (my heroine) quotes, pictures, sayings, cards

Photographs in Black and White 1950s or before, the older the better, especially ones from 1940s and before.

Postage stamps especially ones from Asia, African countries and from South America

Patriotic illustrations

Playing cards especially with flowers, birds or cats

Old postcards especially from the early 1900s with pretty illustrations or scripture verses. Having writing on the back is fine. I'm not a serious postcard collector.

Quilt blocks, any size or any amount

Rubber stamped images of any items on my things I like list

Scrabble letters - older ones please that have some patina!

Scripture cards

Skeleton Keys

Stazon Ink Pad and/or refill in black

Seed packages in good condition, empty or with seeds.

Table cloths or kitchen towels from the 40's and 50's (can come with stains and holes too!)

Tobacco or Coffee tins

Ticket stubs from theater, bus, subway, carnivals, etc.

UHU glue sticks

Valentine cards 1960s or before

Vintage papers from banking like cancelled checks, bank transactions, bills, etc. Mid century preferred

Wooden Rulers especially those with familiar or very old advertising like Pepsi, Wonder Bread, etc

Wooden thread spools with or without thread

YES glue

Z Zennia Seeds


Sending Food really ups the postage on packages. I like a lot of candies, but the only one that's hard for me to find here is a good dark chocolate with raspberries. I do like these: Chocolate covered caramels, Chocolate Turtles, Hot Tamales, Peanut Butter Cups, Payday, Mounds, JuJy Fruits, Burnt Peanuts or Boston Baked Beans, Peanuts, Pecans, Macadamia nuts

Other Stuff

I have crafted since I was old enough to hold a pair of scissors and made doll clothes from my mom’s sewing scraps. For a few years I hosted an online group that made collaborative books. I enjoy making and sharing Artistic Decos and have been a member of several deco groups but have taken a rest from group participation for a while. I've been on SwapBot for years, but have taken breaks from time to time. My favorite toy is a large Accucut die cut machine with lots and lots of dies. I'm a paper hoarder and a die junkie. I can use Accucut, Ellison, and Sizzix Bigz Dies. I don't use thin dies.

Right now I'm collecting items for a Mother Goose Journal. I found an old Mother Goose book for 35 cents and thought I'd use the pictures in it until I saw it was a 1896 edition worth $540. I did not cut it up nor did I sell it!


It would be my great pleasure to exchange mail with you, surprise you, or send you the perfect gift! Going to the mailbox should be a happy experience! If you don't receive a swap from me, please message me first and I will re-send. I'm grateful for what you choose to send in a swap. If it's not my style, I may pass it along to someone who would. I always rate my swaps, but maybe not on the first day!


KaliOya rated for Playing Card Swap~Round 2~Swap #1 on Sep 23, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful and unique cards. They will make a wonderful addition to my deck. Happy swapping.
Comment: Thank you so much for the cool retro cards!!! Absolute gems for my Franken deck!!
TonyaAshe rated for VES: Magazine Ads on Sep 11, 2020
Comment: Fantastic photos! Thank you so much! I love them all! I always wonder who the people are in the photos, what they are doing and what memories they made while taking the photos. Thank you for a lovely variety of photos!! xx Gabi
marclively rated for 50 Post Stamp Swap In the USA on Aug 27, 2020
Comment: Thanks, Marc
TonyaAshe rated for Make Me Happy With HappyMail #33 on Aug 22, 2020
AmyMarie rated for Playing card swap #27 on Aug 21, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the lovely letter and playing cards. I like the detailed jokers. Also, I appreciate the envie and fun postage stamps you used to send. Stay safe.
annaliesethegnome rated for Playing card swap #24 on Aug 15, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the lovely cards!
jules4534 rated for Playing card swap #25 on Aug 15, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the nice cards and note!
Jillemina rated for Quick pick lucky 7. USA only. 7E on Aug 14, 2020
Comment: Wow! What a thoughtful swap! The map bunting is wonderful. It is already hanging on my cork board. Loved the stamps, cards, tags and notecard. THANKS
Aurora1 rated for Playing card swap #26 on Aug 13, 2020
Poohtat rated for WIYM: Blind envie swap #12 flowers on Aug 11, 2020
Comment: Thank you for all the lovely floral items. Zinnias are such a pretty flower. I grow them mixed in with cosmos and snapdragons. Great mix as they can all grow anywhere from 8 inches to 48 inches! Enjoy.
Comment: Hi Jan, thanks for the nice stamps!
annaliesethegnome rated for Playing card swap #22 on Aug 8, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the cool cards!
Comment: Thanks! Marc
ubx rated for Filled envelop #8 on Aug 8, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the nice filled envelope
sparkleysnailmail rated for Quick pick lucky 7 USA 7C on Aug 6, 2020
Comment: I love all the different unique stamps you sent!! Thanks so much :)
pernie123 rated for VES: VINTAGE PHOTOGRAPHS on Aug 4, 2020
Comment: Thank you. Fine looking family group! Cute German boys--And, the boy with the sash may be wearing a military academy uniform. Young lady, late 50s, dignified man, 1880s or 90s.
Ashzaller rated for Stuff the Mailbox #23 on Aug 3, 2020
Comment: Sorry for the delayed rating! thanks so much <3
bringitb rated for Playing card swap #23 on Jul 30, 2020
Comment: Thanks for sharing these beautiful cards! This was my first Franken-deck swap, and these are a beautiful start! Thanks again =)

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Highlander18 on Sep 17, 2020:

Thank you very much for August RAK Commemorative Stamps - beautiful for projects.

BusyB on Sep 15, 2020:

Thank you for the August RAK of Commemorative stamps! They are so colorful and I will enjoy using these! Hugs, Bonnie

Poohtat on Sep 8, 2020:

Thank you for the foreign papers for the RAK USA. Very nice!

catlingmex on Aug 9, 2020:

Jan, the fabulous glassine envelopes RAK has arrived! Thank you so much. <3

Kirkdebb on Aug 7, 2020:

Foreign Language Papers RAK. THANK YOU for all of these amazing pages. I was surprised at how many different languages there were. I had a lot of fun showing each of my children the pages and having them guess what language it was. I can't wait to use them for some amazing ATCs!!

petaluda on May 6, 2020:

THANK you very much for the glassine envelopes USA ONLY RAKS - April 🥰💝

glennasgarden on May 5, 2020:

Thanks so much for the book pages RAK :)

ladydy5 on Apr 22, 2015:

Your profile is stunning to read. Welcome to 9 Little Pockets.

myshoesdontmatch on Feb 25, 2015:

lostinavalon on Jan 26, 2015:

After rating you tonight, I popped over to read your profile. You are living a very full and rewarding life, I can tell! What a blessing you must be to those who know you---you've blessed me today!

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