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theshyone

theshyone
Date Joined: November 5, 2021
Last Online: July 3, 2022

Country: United States

About Me

Hello! I am new here and very excited to begin participating. I have been looking at this website for well over a year and finally found the courage just to make the leap and create an account (so thanks for taking the time to look through my profile).

I love exchanging letters (snail mail), goodies, and the like through the mail, and have been trying to get my various family members and friends to do it with me over the past year or two. However, not everyone is interested (shocker, I know), so I am hoping this will be that creative outlet for me :)

My favorite thing about my life is being the mom to my young adult daughter. We do many (read: most) things together, like going to museums, libraries, parks, road trips, and shopping. She even got me into K-pop over a decade ago and many of our adventures include K-pop in some form. She keeps me young, or at least reminds me to keep a more youthful frame of mind, especially with things like being hopeful, optimistic, and trying to not get too cynical about life. We own a precious, but bully of a doggo. He is a rescue Doberman who thinks he rules the world, cause he does. He bullies us with his aggressive cuddles and then his disdain when he is done with us.

Some other things I enjoy doing include scrapbooking, knitting, sewing, reading, journaling (I have kept a journal since I was 11 years old), photography, cross-stitching, polymer clay, and gardening (both indoor and out). Because of scrapbooking I have a large stationary, sticker, and whatnot collection, but I am ALWAYS looking to add to it! So I guess, add collecting stationary-like things to the list of things I like to do. Things I don't enjoy doing include cooking (although I tolerate baking because - sugar), cleaning/chores, exercise (although I do it because it is good for me or some nonsense like that), and talking on the phone. Things I want to learn in the near future include crocheting and digital scrapbooking (I am sure I will add to this list in the future).

Swapping Tidbit

As I am a newbie, I am sure this section will morph, be updated, and deepen over time. But as for now, one of the most important things to know about swapping with me is that several people in my household have pretty severe asthma, so no strong smelling anything. I prefer most everything as fragrance-free as possible. I know it is impossible to live completely fragrance-free, but we do a pretty decent job at it in this household. Much appreciated in advance.

Loves/Likes/Interests

--Letters (snail mail), whatever form it comes in, like quick post cards, long in-depth letters, and everything in between. I love learning about/connecting with others, so I am really interested in pen palling (I've seen the term pen friends floating around this site. While I have not heard of that term before, it sounds lovely).

--All things stationary-related, like papers, stickers, washi tape, die cuts, pens, markers, coloring pages, post cards, sticky notes, inks, stamps, punches (you get it, the list goes on. Plus you may know of something fabulous that I have yet to discover. I am always willing to learn about other forms of stationary-related goodies).

--Regarding the above love of stationary, I love all sorts of themes, including cutesy/Kawaii (my daughter has been collecting stickers for almost 2 decades now, so our cute collection is nothing to sneeze at), animals, food, botanicals, vintage, people, holidays, cartoons (in short, I rarely meet a sticker/washi tape/sticky note that I do not love). That being said, I'm not into gory, horror, or scary (I spook easily!)

--Anything plant related (I recently went from 4 plants to over 100 in about a year's time. I'm a little addicted). I can discuss anything plant related ad nauseam, so beware :)

--Anything book/learning related (I love learning and you will usually find my nose buried in a book. I also find the smell and environs of libraries comforting and will definitely hide in one when stressed). It would be easier to write the list of things I don't like to read, which is horror/gory. Other than that, I am willing to give most literature genres a try.

--All things art and craft related. The other place I escape to when stressed is the museum (it is a safe space, surrounded by beautiful things). I, myself, cannot draw a proper stick figure, but truly appreciate others' artistic endeavors.

--Music is another destresser for me. I have very eclectic music interests, being raised by parents with very dissimilar music tastes, I learned to love many diverse genres. This includes, but is not limited to: jazz, blues, classical, opera, pop, rock, rap, hip hop, folk, and yes, even "elevator music." I also like to challenge myself with music i don't appreciate right away. I give it some time, see if it will grow on me. And lastly, the above mentioned K-pop, with which I share a love of with my daughter. Should any of you share a similar interest in K-pop, but have no where to rant about it, let me know! We can rant away together :)

--Old movies, I love older movies (we're talking the "Golden Era of Hollywood" and older), especially musicals. I danced throughout childhood and adolescence and admire the dancing skills of others. I also enjoy really bad sci-fi, from like the 50's and 60's (you know, the kind that is so bad that it is good?). I don't tend to do dramas, as life has enough dramatics in it for me, so I don't usually find it entertaining to watch. And again, no horror/gory/scary movies (unless it is a silly/funny spoof of one).

--Tea is acceptable (for me to share with my family...I drink it to bond with my family, but may or may not enjoy the liquid myself. We look for different teas for the family to try when traveling, or even going to a new store, and that has been a lot of fun).

--Some beauty related items, pampering oneself is always lovely. But again, the scents can be an issue. I have pretty dry skin that thinks it is constantly at war with the world at large. I try to convince it otherwise, but it mostly does not listen!

--Items from differing cultures, backgrounds, and the like. I grew up as a military brat, living in many places overseas, before returning stateside as an older child. I loved it, learning about people, cultures, viewpoints! I am interested in just about anything on this topic, such as stories, personal experiences, your love for your own culture, food, candies, traditions, trinkets, post cards, whatever, I am not picky when it comes to what people want to share about their culture. I love it all

-Similar to the topic above, within the U.S. there are different cultures, varying from region to region, state to state, even city to city. I adore roadtripping across the country and immersing myself in the culture, lifestyle, and experiences in different parts of the U.S. So please feel free to share your love of your state/city with me, in any form that floats your boat.

--That is all for now, I will update, clean up, add to this list in the future, as I gain more experience and know-how with this site and swapping!

Dislikes

-It bears repeating that I prefer all items entering my home to be as fragrance free as possible, as several members of my family have more severe asthma and cannot breath with most scents assaulting their lungs.

--As for other dislikes, being a newbie I do not have an extensive list as of yet. I have listed some things above in my loves/likes section (as exceptions to what I enjoy). But as for a more in-depth list, I am not sure what is possible to dislike yet, so appreciate, in advance, your patience with me as I learn the site and become more experienced with swapping. I will update this list in the future..

Ratings

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Comment: Thanks for the awesome envelope of goodies! Happy 4th!
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Comment: Great postcards! thank you
Response: Yay, so glad you got and liked the swap :D
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Comment: Your envelope was gorgeous! I’m glad to be back swapping too. I just can’t get to my craft stuff yet. 11 years and still not settled??? Nooooooooo😂😂😂 Don’t tell me that!! hahaha. Hapoy Summer!!
Response: Yay! So glad you got and loved the swap! It was so much fun making for you :D Not too many worries about taking as long as me to unpack, I am usually an usual case :/ Anywho, have a great summer too <3
kclicquot rated for UHM: June Pick-2 Happy Mail on Jun 30, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for the great swap. Dr, Suess and Harry Potter washi! Flower stickers and note cards. I LOVE those small USPS small denomination fruit stamps!!!! CHEERS!
Response: Yay! So glad you got and loved the swap :D Totally makes my day! I know, aren't the fruit stamps so adorable!?!
bearnbabs rated for BW&PP: National Pen Pal Day on Jun 29, 2022
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Comment: LOVE your decorated envie and all the extras you sent. Glad you liked all the mail we sent...I had just written you as my pen pal and then I was in 2 swaps with you.....so I thought I'd just write to you in each of the swaps because I love writing.. The books you reccomended are wonderful. I have read them all. I look forward in getting your letter. Have a wonderful day. bearnbabs
Response: Oh, I am so glad you got and loved the swap! I had so much fun decorating your envie and sending you goodies :D I was in Barabara and Pam heaven there for about a week, getting multiple letters from each of you. I loved it! Will be writing back soon <3
mchesser12 rated for CPG Just a Note #6 - Global on Jun 28, 2022
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Comment: Thanks for the note, blank notecard, and stickers. I’ll be writing back to you.
Response: Yay, so glad you got and liked the swap ❤❤❤ So looking forward to getting your letter ❤❤❤
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Comment: Thank you so much for everything! What a special envelope!
Response: Yay! I am so glad you got and loved all the paper goodies! I was a bit worried, but it makes my day that you enjoyed it ❤❤❤
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Comment: Thank you so much for the gorgeous envie and all the beautiful items inside! I love it all! 💕
Response: Oh goodness, I am so glad you finally got the envie! I was beginning to loose hope that it would arrive. I am also glad that you enjoyed the decorated envie and goodies! I had so much fun putting it together for you ♡♡♡
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Comment: Thank you for the nice items, including the extra notecard and PC!
Response: Yay! I am so glad you got and liked the swap ♡♡♡ I had fun picking them out for you :D
Ettoad rated for ILB: International Pen Pal Day on Jun 25, 2022
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Comment: I so loved reading your letter! I did receive the one sent in April and look forward to replying to both 💕 I gasped a little gasp over the quidditch washi tape! My sister, niece and nephew are all massive Harry Potter fans (I enjoy as well!), I will have to use some of the tape to send them some Happy Mail 😸😺
Response: Oh! I am so glad you liked the quidditch washi!!! Isn't it the cutest!?! So glad you got and liked the swap :D Look forward to hearing from you in the future ♡♡♡
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Comment: Hi! How cute that the two of you worked together on this great card! I think sticker slapped cards are always going to look a little chaotic! I love it! Be well!
Response: Oh, we are so glad that you got and loved the swap ♡♡♡ Hope you had a lovely weekend :D
bringitb rated for WTL: Please take this washi! #5 on Jun 24, 2022
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Comment: Thanks for sharing so many washi samples! I will happily add them to my collection. =) Thank you!
Response: Yay! I had fun picking out washi to share with you ♡ So glad you got and liked the swap :D
pynart2 rated for tLB: National Pen Pal Day on Jun 24, 2022
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Comment: I so enjoy your letters, they always put a smile on my face, thank you so much. Will write you soon.
Response: Oh, I am so glad you enjoy my letters ♡ Your letters also put a smile on my face, so we are similar in that sphere :D
pynart2 rated for BW&PP: National Pen Pal Day on Jun 24, 2022
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Comment: So enjoyed your letter and extras. Thank you so much Typing is great thank you. Have read the books and they are wonderful.
Response: Yay! I am so glad you got and liked my letter and extra goodies! I always enjoy swapping with you ❤❤❤
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Comment: Thankyou for the awesome postcards.
Response: Yay! So glad you got and liked the swap :D
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Comment: Why thank you so much Angela, for having gone by my profile for inspiration on the sticker sheets and for the washi tape samples. You're so sweet and thoughtful ! I love them all very much! Thank you again!😀
Response: Yay! That makes my day! So glad you got and loved the goodies :D I really like looking at my partner's profile for inspiration about what to send. While I do not always have a lot of their likes, I do try my hardest to match what they would like :D Makes my day when it works ❤❤❤
Vickyen rated for PH: Postcard Book/Box Set Swap #3 on Jun 21, 2022
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Comment: Hi Angela! My time in CO went so fast and I loved spending time with my kids and Grandbaby! She is such a hoot and learning like crazy - she is 4 months old and like a little sponge! LOL! It is good to be home though as well, I missed my hubby and stuff! LOL! Thank you for the lovely array of pcs! Love them all! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed your time in CO with your kids and grand baby ♥ She sounds so lovely, so glad you got to enjoy her! Also glad you got and liked the swap :D Hugs ♥
SunflowerRose rated for PH: Send 2 Postcards #40 on Jun 20, 2022
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Comment: thank you loved them
Response: Yay! So glad you got and loved the swap ♥♥♥
matt319 rated for Stuff the Mailbox- Autumn on Jun 20, 2022
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Comment: Angela, I’m so happy for this swap! I love the flipbook you sent me (I’ve already tried to copy the design). And wow, how you spoiled me with all the goodies. And the nice letter ❤️❤️❤️
Response: Yay!!! I am beyond thrilled that you are happy with what I made you. Whenever I get creative like that, I feel a bit insecure. It was so much fun spoiling you with goodies ❤❤❤

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Comments

MisplacedfromPA on Jun 22, 2022:

An envelope was delivered today with RAK ~~ June enclosed. My 2nd item is a book of stamps. Thank you and I really appreciate them. I am using stamps up quickly. Thank you so much.

MisplacedfromPA on Jun 22, 2022:

After an extremely busy weekend, I finally opened a box for RAK~~June from you. I love the beeswax tea lights. I have a perfect terra cotta dish I will use it with. Thank you

heliogal on Jun 22, 2022:

Angela, I am so ecstatic with everything you sent me for the CPG Happy Mail Tag! Starting with that gorgeous envie you decorated!! I spent a long time looking at every little detail before opening it up to find it so stuffed with so many fabulous things!! I am so happy with the pretty postcards, the witchy stickers, the lovely stationery all the fantastic ephemera I will have loads of fun using in future crafts! I really appreciate it all and you my friend!! Thank you so much!!!

katjl on Jun 17, 2022:

Thank you for June RAK: The first 3 people to comment will win 2 sticker sheets or 25 loose stickers. I like the assortment of stickers. 😀

Gnoe on Jun 9, 2022:

Thank you for your lovely & unexpected reply! Reading your note was such a delightful start of my day. I think ramblings make the most enjoyable letters (it's my way to write too :-) Much, much, much appreciated!

BlueberryLady on Jun 2, 2022:

Love all the notecards, Recipe cards and Postcards that you sent me for RAK~May. Thank you for the note too... its always nice to get to know the other person we are partnered with in Swaps.. Hugs !

feverfawn on May 29, 2022:

Thank you so much for the RAKs tag of 2 sticker sheets and the extra little planet stickers - they're so cute!! I love them :)

greenleaf on May 20, 2022:

Glad to hear my postcard has arrived safely😊 I am really happy that you're answering it again☺️Thank you ! I can't wait to receive it from you !

SpringShire on May 18, 2022:

Hi! I wrote a letter and put it in a safe place. You know those that are so safe you can’t find them? 😂🤦🏽‍♀️ Rewriting so stay tuned!

anicka22 on May 14, 2022:

Thank you so much for an amazing envie of randomness! It was such a joy to receive it. The envie was beautiful, your note so sweet and all the fun surprises! The stickersheet is adorable.

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