March 31. US mail has taken 6 weeks to reach me while others in the same time frame have taken 4 weeks. There are less flights into Australia (which means less mail ) because of our restrictions on the number of people allowed into the country. Everyone arriving here has to go into 2 weeks hotel quarantine. So while mail is slow to arrive the good part is we have very few Covid cases, but we all know how quickly things can change and even go backwards.
I will NOT be hasty to rate and would hope my partners feel the same as it is all out of our hands once the mail is handed over.
I joined swapbot in January 2007 💓
Please when sending me a swap use my first and last name, not my swap-bot user name. I live in a very small town where the PO is part of the general store and mail is filed alphabetically. There is no home delivery so I collect it from the store. We don't have mail in or out over the weekends and anything I mail after 10.00 am on Friday will not be checked through until Monday.
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I am a former teacher and now run two businesses.
I have introduced quite a few friends and some family members to swapbot. While I often mentor them and we may sit and do crafts together I do not take responsibility for their swapping habits.
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I am nani_ani on flickr
I am whisperingnan on AFA .
I believe ratings are important so I try to rate as soon as I receive and while we all have good intentions I sometimes slip up. If you think it has taken too long I don't mind if you jog my memory with a gentle reminder pm.
International mail can have many holdups along the way and more time is sometimes needed if those snails are taking the scenic route. It can take up to 4-5 weeks and sometimes more these days as the mail is moving much slower. Australia post have said they are slowing the mail and introducing an optional premium rate for letters to travel quicker!!! No-one can tell me how that effects international mail going through the Australian system.
Living in Australia means most of my swaps are international. I am not hasty to rate before receiving considering the distance things need to travel and that the postal people seem to be working slower and slower.
If your item is SENT late I am happy to wait as long as there is contact between us before the send date and I allow lots of travel time. ( see the previous paragraph ) . I will not wait to rate a 1 if you are already receiving 1's or you don't answer any messages. It's about communication!
POSTING MAIL TO AUSTRALIA Australian Customs Information
NOTE About POSTCARDS : I enjoy unique or unusual postcards and any that make me smile. My favorites are art/illustration postcards. Those printed by artists from your local area would be wonderful as would handmade postcards that you make but please NO cards made with stickers or washi tape. I like bright and cheerful colours but that is not a requirement. ❤❤❤
( While I love them going through the post naked I won't rate down if the swap says send naked and you put it in an envelope )
Any size is fine too. The bigger , the better !
** I ENJOY**
* ...spending time with my family
* ...I am a Christian with a sometimes devilish sense of humour .
* ...living in a small country town
*...bush camping ... no power, log fire, sitting under the stars..... ...watching sunsets, walking along the beach ...desert landscapes.
...daisies, red poppies , lavender
...creating mail art, altered books , handmade journals, chunky books, skinnys, ATC's, postcards.
...working with watercolours, acrylics, pencils, pens, crayons, glue, paperscraps, fabric, and sometimes all of them together.
...whimsical style art. I have a growing ATC collection of whimsical houses, trees and cats.
...paper serviettes/napkins with artistic designs for artwork backgrounds ( not Christmas, birthday , baby etc)
...domestic cats on postcards and notecards especially if they are ginger or black
...domestic cats on fabric...cats on anything! (even stickers!)
...collecting inspirational quotes
...coffee and tea themed art
...I was helping a friend collect joker playing cards and have now started my own collection.
...Decos: If you are sending a swap to me and want to include one or two or more to keep them moving that will be fine.
...I make zines
...Heavy horses ( think clydesdales, suffolk punch, shire horses etc All those big hardworking farm horses of old)
...pelicans...camels...owls...leopards (the only wildcats I like)
... Art Nouveau Art Deco & Arts & Craft style
... Sudoku/soduko (have to keep those braincells active
... travelling...I have travelled worldwide but my favourite destination is Central Australia where the desert colours are truly magnificent. "Travelers are dreamers who make their desires for adventure a reality.”⠀
... travel ephemera
... vegan recipes
... I recently started drinking T2 Chai tea
Please don't put my username and swapbot information on the outside of envelopes and packages.
I would prefer NOT to receive.....
Items made with stickers and washi tape
Lot's of bling! (glitter, lace, rhinestones etc)
Pink or baby blue
Halloween or thanksgiving items
Any thing romantic but not erotic that takes me away to foreign places .
A lot of my collected books are Historical & Geographical as well as craft.
Would rather spend time crafting than watching TV *
I have dabbled in most things. Right now I enjoy watercolour painting, handmade postcards, chunky and not so chunky pages , making altered books, journaling , mixed media art , mail art, poetry writing , making note books and mini zines
I knit and sew and enjoy spending time in the garden.
I have a large collection of craft books and I would like to work my way through all of the great ideas but alas there are just so few craft hours available in any day .
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