Swap-bot Time: August 18, 2019 6:23 pm


Date Joined: December 21, 2018
Last Online: August 18, 2019

Country: Canada

About Me

August 14 - Away for a few days. I plan to get to my mail in a few days and will rate as soon as I get back.

July 31 2019: The summer has been going nicely. I've been hosting swaps steadily and they've been well-received. I'm looking forward to August. I'll be taking a 1-week vacation in August to go camping. There may be a couple of days where I don't have internet access, but I don't expect it to interfere with my swap-bot responsibilities, except maybe a slow response to messages.

I've had 2 health scares this month but after some further testing I'm OK. Phew.

I also got my official acceptance letter for an HED service dog. It might be another year before I get the training and the dog, the waiting list is long. It gives me something exciting and life-changing to look forward to.

July 15 2019: I just created my first group! I'm excited and nervous. :)

Snapshot Photo Craft Projects

Theme: A DIY group. Turn your snapshot photos into postcards, ATCs, notecards, zines, and more. Type: Arts and Crafts



If you haven't received a card within a month of my send date, please let me know.

I like staying creative in small ways and this site provides a lot of opportunities. I like handcrafted one-of-a-kind things.

I love making my own postcards.

Here's an example of one of my handcarved blocks postcards.

Carved block prints

Cut n Paste postcards are one of my favourite style of postcards. They are fun to make and receive. I like rummaging through magazines for images that will make a great postcard. Look over on the right, under "Currently Hosting" I've usually got one CnP on the go.

Borrowing from NRGordon's description, I like making postcards from found images. They are intriguing, and more personal. If you like making postcards, definitely send me one if you are my partner in a swap. Let me know how you made it and tell me something about the image you picked (why you picked it, what you like about it).

Things I find interesting:

  • Everything Keri Smith--in particular her Wander Society concept. Solvitur Ambulando!
  • Documenting things a la the Wander Society
  • Hygge concept - cosy, comforting, calm, zen
  • Little Free Library visits while wandering and exploring
  • Dogs
  • Coffee shops
  • Whimsical things
  • Canadiana
  • Amateur art made by regular people
  • Tartan
  • Public art galleries

In my area I really like: Art Gallery of Ontario, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Gallery Stratford, and Art Gallery of Guelph. Ontario Gallery Finder

I also like Co-op Artist stores. Co-operative Art Galleries in Ontario directory

To all those people who join my swaps and rate promptly and with a nice note...

Thank you

Favorite Books

My favourite books are the kind I want to keep and not give away. Or the kind I think are so good I want to pass it on, then buy a second copy to keep.

Being Mortal - Atul Gawande

The Wander Society - Keri Smith

The Guerrilla Art Kit - Keri Smith

Experimental Travel - Rachel Antony, Joel Henry

The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well - Meik Wiking

El Deafo - Cece Bell

Good Mail Day - Jennie Hinchcliff

How Can Art Make You Happy - Bridget Payne

Currently reading:

Congratulations by the way by George Saunders

Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon

Show Your Work by Austin Kleon

Experimental Travel by Rachael Antony

Irrationality by Justin E.H. Smith

The Legend of The Vila della Luna by Jana Kolpen


Comedians (and their TV shows):

  • Ricky Gervais
  • Jim Jeffries
  • Bill Burr
  • John Oliver
  • Jon Stewart
  • Bill Maher
  • Sindhu Vee

Current TV Shows:

I'm still a fan of Saturday Night Live. I've watched every season. Including the years they hadn't invented VCRs yet and I had to stay up well past my bedtime to watch.

What We Do in the Shadows. I don't know anyone who doesn't love this movie. There's a TV series out now on the FX channel. Hilarious. These are classic Romanian Victorian vampires living in modern times.

Kim's Convenience (Toronto) Immigrant Korean family run a variety store near Kensington Market in Toronto. Funny. Wonderful characters.

Schitt's Creek I've grown to really like the "Green Acres" style fish-out-of-water storyline. They film in Orangeville and Goodwood, Ontario (I've visited both locations - my friends who like the show are jealous :D ). I've always loved the SCTV comedians. It's great to see Catherine OHara and Eugene Levy working together.

Food and Drink

Take-Out Food: Asian especially Thai and Indian.

Drink: Bubble tea, coffee, club soda with fruit juice, the tea lattes at Starbucks


Comment: Thanks for the great picture! I'm lucky to have a lot of letterboxing opportunities around here. It's so frustrating when you can't find it though!!!
Response: Boy oh boy, do I agree wholeheartedly about LBing being frustrating when it can't be found. I slowed down around the time that I was getting more not-founds than founds. But the finds were well worth it -- some great carvers in my area. Thanks for joining this swap and thanks for the heart kclicquot.
ScrapHappyGabi rated for SPCP: Animal Snapshot on Aug 13, 2019
Comment: Love this snap! Love even more that you made it into a postcard! So cute! Piggies! Amazing how "progress" pushes into the rural districts.... Thank you! G
Response: Thank you for the great feedback. Makes me want to look for more animal photo opportunities. We need another animal photo swap soon. Piggies are good animals to photograph, hard to resist their cuteness.
kelliegirl6 rated for SPCP: Yellow Photo Walk on Aug 12, 2019
Comment: Thanks for hosting another cool swap! I love your yellow pocket zine & notecard! It’s so neat & full of lovely pictures! 💛
Response: Thank you for the nice comments and the heart. :) I'm so glad you liked the zine and card. I had fun exploring. My hope is that everyone had a similar fun time exploring and creating.
AtTheSmithHouse rated for FPRU: Cut n Paste on Aug 12, 2019
Comment: I loved this swap! Thank you for the beautiful postcard, and thank you for hosting such a fun swap!
Response: Thank you for the kind, inspiring words. I will definitely do another Cut n Paste FPRU swap soon.
Comment: Thanks you very much for the really great postcard of the Mountie. One of the main reasons that I love postcards is to share with the kids. Lots of information and sites yet to be seen and this was perfect. Thanks again!
Response: Thanks Kathy. :) I'm so glad you and your kids liked it.
Comment: Thank you Rome! I like it!
Response: You're welcome. G. I'm happy to know it made it to Malaysia. I'll be camping this weekend in a site on the Canadian Shield that looks like that Tom Thomson postcard.
Comment: Hi Rome, thank you for the pretty PC of the Japanese Maple tree.I like how you make your PC's...very professional looking. This photo looks magical and dreamy. Happy August swapping peace love light
Response: Thank you. I like that description..."magical and dreamy".
Comment: I love collage, but never have done digital collage - looks like fun. Thanks for hosting a great swap:)
Response: Thanks for the heart Christine. I had a lot of fun making the digital collage. I like how I can think up a scene and then piece it together digitally. With this postcard I started with the yellow lighthouse and then the Rapunzel theme came to mind and it took off.
Comment: What a fantastic cut and paste image. Thank you!!
Response: Thanks haagmm. I was so lucky to stumble upon 5 issues of the Canadian Art magazines at a library book sale. I have found a few very nice pieces for cut n pastes, and I'm learning something about Canadian artists like Fortin. I'm glad you like the Bagotville cut n paste. Thanks for the heart.
Comment: Your postcard is really wonderful, you did really great work. Thank you! Looks like such a lovely place to live!
Response: Thank you. I'm pleased with how it turned out too. :)
papercraftkath rated for Joke PC #2 🤣 on Jul 31, 2019
Comment: What a great postcard! I love the theme of course and your creativity with this. Much appreciated (and also hilarious!)
Response: I'm so glad it had the impact I was hoping for. :D Thanks papercraftkath!
nannydino rated for SPCP: Flower Photo Postcard on Jul 31, 2019
Comment: Hi Rome thank you for the Gerber flower PC...and the Susan P Schutz quote. My printer is not working now so using the online photo service at London Drugs. It's a beautiful photo, have a lovely day peace love light
Response: It made it over to BC in good time. I'm glad you like it. I enjoyed the process of creating it.
NRGordon rated for Joke PC #2 🤣 on Jul 30, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the PC and note. It was good for a laugh. I certainly am enjoying summer with the G-kids. We visited our granddaughter two weeks ago and we have her for most of next week. We enjoy the triplets frequently.
Response: How lovely to hear from you again NRGordon. I'm glad my postcard gave you a laugh. Glad to hear that you are enjoying your summer with your grandkids. Triplets, wow.
Elenamarie rated for Not Store-Bought Art Postcard on Jul 30, 2019
Comment: Rome, thank you so much for your thoughtful postcard. I like the photo you sent. It actually reminds me of the Flint hills here in Kansas. You should Google pics of them. Crazy similar! I wonder what place the photo was featuring? I really enjoyed your note as well. Very thoughtful and sweet. I think some new medication I'm on might be helping some. At least I've had some better days lately. I'm glad you are taking precautions against ticks. I'm also happy to have a stamp from Canada. Thanks so much from a Yooper native.
Response: Thank you for your thoughtful comments. I'm so glad it finally arrived and you like the landscape art I chose. I googled Flint HIlls. So lovely. There's something very charming and calming about undulating hills. I'm glad you're feeling better on the new meds. Stay strong.
Comment: Thank you for the interesting photo and the information about it.
Response: You're welcome kssunlover1947. Thank you for the heart.
young46356 rated for WIYM: YELLOW POSTCARD SWAP #4 on Jul 29, 2019
Comment: Great card, thanks.
Response: I'm happy that my yellow plaid lab postcard arrived and that you like it. Thank you for the heart.
lorencz rated for Not Store-Bought Art Postcard #2 on Jul 28, 2019
Comment: What a cool piece of art showing an old neighborhood. I love the winter snow scene, too. I've never seen the show "Kim's Convenience," but have heard really good things about it. Thank you for the wonderful card and thoughtful writing.
Response: It made it to Korea in good time. :) Thank you for your thoughtful comment in return. It's much appreciated. I'm glad you like the Toronto scene.
mags142 rated for Photo Swap #1 on Jul 28, 2019
Comment: Hello! Thank you for the beautiful photo you sent, i love those perfect moments :)
Response: Thank you mags. I liked this photo swap, it was fun trying something different.
Comment: Thank you for the art card! I love the little cows in the painting especially!
Response: I agree, the tiny cows are a nice touch and give it an authentic Ontario rural feel. Thanks for the heart BHM. :)
Comment: I got the pictures you sent yesterday, and then the actual card finally arrived today! Thank you. I like it a lot!
Response: Fantastic! Yeah! Thanks for letting me know Eulegirl. :) And thanks for the heart.

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