Date Joined: December 21, 2018
Last Online: May 31, 2023
ATCs I've Made
My ABC List
Updated May 23, 2023
I have a few uncancelled US stamps (no marks), that I cut from envelopes. If you're my send-to partner and would like me to drop a couple in your envelope let me know. I also have a lot of cancelled US stamps (postal stamp marks).
Enneagram 9 - a desire to live in peaceful harmony with their environment.
Married. Childless by choice. Not retired yet but I qualify for senior discounts.
🦻 In mid-life I started to lose my hearing and now I'm profoundly HOH. I lip-face read. I do not know sign language. I had cochlear implant surgery and activation in August 2022.
🤗 ABC List - Things I find interesting
I like handmade. It's unique and personal. There's a greater feeling of community when sharing something we've made. It's a means of supporting and encouraging play, mindfulness, creativity, originality, and authenticity.
CREATIVITY IS GOOD FOR US
Study Says Making Art Reduces Stress, Even If You Kind Of Suck At It
"Reduction of Cortisol Levels and Participants’ Responses Following Art Making," found that 45 minutes of creative activity significantly lessens stress in the body, regardless of artistic experience or talent.
Crafting can reduce your chances of developing mild cognitive impairment by 30% to 50% according to a 2011 study published in The Journal of Neuropsychiatry.
About decos, deco resources, collaborative projects. Also my preferences, and available decos
I've started a group for Collaborative Swaps
Deco swaps are my favourite swaps to host. Everyone sends and rates quickly. Most of the time all of the decos are sent before the swap deadline and I'm flabbergasted when all of the decos are rated before the swap deadline. Deco makers are a great group of swappers!
I hope I don't jinx myself but I feel fortunate to have had about half of my decos come back to me, 8 out of 20. I'm attributing it to my note in my decos that says I'll send each contributor an e-copy of the finished booklet. And maybe because I include a FOB number (Following Our Booklets code) in the deco.
A list of other papercraft swapping sites
No need to send extras to me. Rest assured, I do not rate based on extras.
The things I send
I put a return address on everything I send out.
I keep a photo-log of my outgoing swap items--front, back, and at the mailbox.
It takes on average 10 business days to get to most places. However, delivery is often 4 weeks to many places in the United States.
I will resend if my swap doesn't arrive within 6 weeks.
Postcrossing Postal Monitor: Ongoing mail suspensions
ICC Logistics site - Mail disruptions
USPS Service Performance Dashboard
📩RE-SENDS sent to:
May 2023 - @Shoreart - DB ♥: ESTABLISHED Decos 3/23 (Int'l - I've asked Shoreart for a resend. Unfortunately it's been 8 weeks since the sent date and I haven't received the deco.
April 2023 - @rkassman - HMPC: Pass & Paste Postcard #342143 (Global) - PrairieKittin's homer pass & paste postcard never made it to rkassman's place of employment. I re-sent a new pass & paste PC which arrived May 9th. 👍
April 2023 - @Tara for AMA: Mini Art Journal Go Round #9. DaisyNY's black paper MAJ deco. Mailed it out on Feb 26. Lost in the mail. Didn't get to Tara and the post office didn't return it to me. Re-sent a new MAJ with a neurographic cover. FOB221-033. Tara got the re-send May 10. 👍
Jan 2023 - @CookieMomster78 for DB: Small Deco Booklet #338836. Mushrooms by PaperPassion got lost in the mail. Sent Snowflakes by DeboraCreates as a replacement. Received Jan 31. 👍 I let PaperPassion know that her deco is lost in the mail. Sent her photos of the deco pages.
If you join one of my swaps here's what you should know about my hosting style:
I screen participants to minimize the risk of flakers getting in, and those who do not rate, and those who leave blank comments. I will remove participants with swapping histories that worry me. If you have any negative unresolved swapping history and want to join my swap please proactively message me to explain.
If you haven't received a postcard around the one month mark, let me know. I will send out a nudge message.
If I have had to send more than one nudge message to a member, I may "ban" them from future swaps.
Please, no blank comments. When rating please comment on the item received. Example:
"Thank you for the Van Gogh sunflower postcard."
As a host, I read the comments each participant receives. I really appreciate reading a little description of the item. A description tells me the item was received and noticed.
I check to see that everyone is rated and will add a "Finished" stamp to the Discussion section when all items are sent, received, and rated.
If your partner flakes, PM me to let me know you posted the "1" and I will angel the swap.
Swap-Bot Frequently Asked Questions: What are the rating criteria?
Thank you to all who join my swaps and rate promptly and with a nice note.
Great swapping advice, tips and checklists:
Thinking of hosting a swap? Things you should consider.
Hosts: Rating Requirements Too Low?
Giving/Getting/Reacting to a Poor Rating
Groups and Tags I help manage:
NEW! : Collaborative Swaps
I will create a private swap for the two of us. Contact me.
While you are in the honeymoon-phase of membership, successfully completing private swaps are a great way to show you are serious and committed to swapping.
Many hosts have felt the sting of accepting a new member into a public swap before the 6-month mark only to have them disappear, leaving behind unfulfilled swaps. An example that affected me.
Helpful topics for newbies:
Join the group CPG Newbies
Check @OrigamiGrace 'Currently Hosting' list for 'Nice to Newbies' swaps
How to embed an image on Flickr into your markup text on Swap Bot
The meaningful comments you leave are a big reward and motivator!
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Thank you for the RAK of two deco books - I will get them moving!
I received my Tangled postcard. That’s for sending home. Your last entry with the eyes are super cute! ❤️
Thanks so much for returning the Dry themed deco that Deanie made for me. It's a unique theme and I enjoyed all the interpretations of Dry. I love your Dried Lavender page!
This is the 2nd pass & paste postcard that has come home! Started November 2022, returned March 2023. Here is the finished product:
Section 1: me 9o96o Section 2: Ktk8 Section 3: PrairieKittinkt Section 4: lkat78
Thank you for all your helpful tips on your profile about Deco books. I'm trying to get into them ♡ -Adrevica
My first Pass & Paste postcard that I made is the first of my P&Ps to return. Thank you PrincessLeia for sending it back to me!
Leslie Knope is dope!!
Thank you for sending Kyoto's Fruit Drinks Deco in the CPG: Established Deco Tag!
OMG Sonya, how cool is that. It was meant to be! 🤯😁🤗💖