Swap-bot Time: March 21, 2018 1:26 pm


Date Joined: August 21, 2008
Last Online: March 21, 2018
Birthday: November 5
Country: United States
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Updated DEC 26.2017

I think I should mention, that I really dont read my email for important information. My email is a lot of notifications that are not really important. I do read my pms here more than twice a day. and do check my comments here on my profile about 4 times a week.


I am thrilled if someone posts fun images to my profile. Despite the explanation from others, I can not do this with my computer.

Update 3/10/18 My husband goes into the hospital March 16th, starting chemo, His Stem cell transplant day zero is March 22nd. He will be in an isolation ward for 3 to 6 weeks.
AND, yes, this might effect my joining new swaps or hosting, but I plan to mail on time for the swaps. I am in.

Update 12/20/17, they found a stem cell match, for my husband!! a 28 year old male outside of the USA who is willing to donate. They keep putting off the transplant date. Now we are scheduled for March, when we should be starting chemo to destroy my husbands bone marrow and begin the stem cell transplant. This wont affect my swapabliity, as it might be the one thing that keeps me sane.

9/29/17 My husband Paul, is battling Bone Marrow Cancer. He is working towards a stem cell transplant. His chances of survival are good.

I will have been married 30, Jan 2018 years, We used to be foster parents. We took guardianship of 5 siblings in 2002. YEAH they are all adults now. We are not birth controlled challenged or of any religion or belief that would cause me to give birth 8 times. I stopped birthing babies after 3. (It was not fun anyway) Being a foster parent is really about saving one life at a time. or in my case 5 kids from the same mom. It is like going on a missions trip but you stay home and your house is really messy and your hair is frizzy.

We have both 6 cats and 4 dogs. I bought the crazy cat lady starter kit, but I swear the last 2 cats adopted us. One just came in the back door and started eating. So we fixed her and she is still here. In May of 2017, 2 more cats adopted us. We named the last one UNA purrman, cause what is one more cat? Well let me tell you, 6 cats is enough. Oh the cat litter boxes!!!

How I got 4 dogs, when I swore I was not a dog person, is very hard to explain. The oldest dog Sadie is 11 and at the request of a friend we took in her unwanted dog 2007. Then I needed Princess, in Aug of 2015 (humane society), then Shyanne, needed me in OCT of 2016, and this year Tess needed us. So four dogs. And they are all so lovely and sweet. We are family. The last two dogs have some real issues with anxiety. It does make you wonder what happened to them before they came to me.

My nickname AZmom875 started, because I was counting down, first 8 kids then 7 and I knew in 2007 the 2 boys would graduate HS and move out and we would be down to 5 kids at home. Oh right!!!! Everyone of these kids have boomeranged back more than once. We presently have 3 kids who are all adults, living with us. My oldest son moved to California with his wife in May of 2017. My daughter, that is going to college in Tuscon will be studying endophytes in Paris for the rest of 2017, and 2 adults that live in New Mexico near their bio mom. So 4 kids in college right now, and no we are not paying their way. We will put a roof over their head while they are in college as long as they can follow a few simple rules. As IF! Two of my girls should graduate in May of 2018. One will be a teacher and the other will study endophytes in a lab or something close to that.
An endophyte is an endosymbiont, often a bacterium or fungus, that lives within a plant for at least part of its life cycle without causing apparent disease. Yes, I had no idea either.

I am CastleQueen5 over on atcsforall.com. Some of you know me over on that website. When I joined there. I wanted a name that didnt reflect my identity being tied up in my role as a mother. I bet some of you can understand that. So I chose to be the Castle Queen. The name came about because, a neighbor told me that I was the Queen of my Castle and my foster kids really need to treat me better. It stuck with me.

Things we leave behind.

Sometimes in life, we take a deeper look and try to decide what would we leave behind if we were to die? What brings me joy while I am alive? After doing some reflection due to having life's big events shoved in my face, I have decided I want to leave behind more quilts for my family and less paper items that might not mean so much to them. I rightly suspect that when I die they might toss all my ATCs and postcards, as they have no meaning to them. My ATCs do bring me joy while I am alive, and some postcards also do. But my future will be focusing creating some quilts to leave behind. No, I am not dying. Well, we are all going to die someday, but I should be fine for another 20 years or so.

ATC card likes and dislikes

FOR ATC cards:
I would HEART: Zebras, Sunflowers, cats, John Cusack, Coffee, Lattes; used postage stamps, butterflies, tea, tea cups, tea pots, fall leaves, trees

Other themes that are appreciated are penguins, zebras, maps or book pages as backgrounds, buttons, vintage, retro, quirky, zetti, frogs, dachshunds, alligators, mice.

I have been collecting Altered playing cards= APCs, Decks with these themes: Geigo Gecko, Zebras, It is too long to list the suits and numbers I still need. Contact me for that.

I dont like Pin up girls or nudes, but do collect cards with females that are positive or quirky.

I dont collect atcs with holiday themes even though I celebrate holidays. I like to collect non holiday themed cards, like a Bat or black cat card but not in a Holiday theme

I do collect the Weird or Bizarre Holiday cards. I host swaps once a month for one bizarre holiday in the group ALL ABOUT ATC. See my profile for the group.

I dont like Halloween atc cards, but I like pumpkins (not jack o lanterns), black cats, fall leaves, I LOVE FALL LEAVES CARDS, any black birds, scarecrows or sunflowers in a fall theme.

I dont collect atcs with Easter bunnies or Easter eggs or baskets, but rabbits, spring flowers, chickens, Crosses or Easter lilies are fine.

I dont collect St Patrick's Day, Valentines day or 4th of July atc cards, any thing patriotic, but I like green, and hearts, and love it when people make a mandala from ugly patriotic stamps.

What brings me Joy

I like items with Zebras, cats, sunflowers, coffee tea, teapots, Geigo Gecko, Black bears as themes

I like the cancelled postage stamps and esp like those with butterflies and sunflowers, hummingbirds.

If you can make Address Labels, I would love that. My computer is a MAC, so when I make labels with Avery, I can only do like 2 different images. BORING! And it doesnt line up correctly.

I do love coffee, esp flavored coffee, except Irish cream. Coffee and K cups are welcomed. I like most teas, except Jasmine and Rose. I am not fond of plain chamomile, mint or green teas, but love them in blends. I like spicy teas, herbal teas, medicinal teas.

For the stuff envelope swap, I mainly make atc cards now, so smaller items that will fit on 3.5x2.5 area. vintage, faces, clocks, animals, silk or paper flowers,paper punches.

I use a lot of chap stick, lip balm items, and lotions, and candles (of all sizes but tapers,) But it is too hot to send that stuff April to OCT. They melt in the packages and make a mess.

Dislikes/ No JOY

I am not real fond of Holidays or Patriotic themes when it comes to ATCS or Paper goods swaps, buttons or notepads or ribbons.

I celebrate and enjoy holidays, but I really dont want any holiday items for scrapbooking, atcs or other papercrafts.

I esp dont like Halloween or Easter Bunnies or Easter Eggs.

Please dont send me Holiday stuff, I will just save it to pass onto someone else cause I cant just throw things away, it goes against the pack rat hoarders oath.

Favorite Movies

I just love time travel movies, I find them awesome: Peggy Sue got married, Premonition, Back The Future Series, Frequency, Lake House, Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, Somewhere in Time, and Butterfly Effect...

I like chick flicks, I avoid scary movies, because they give me nightmares; but I will watch anything John Cusack is in, even a rated R movie like Identity and 1408 both which still gives me the willies at night when I think about the movies

Favorite Books

I am on bookmooch.com see link above, and Paperbackswap.com Azmom875 there too.

I can read one book in one day or in a few hours. I can average 60 to 100 pages an hour.

I like mysteries, cozy mysteries esp if they are well done, Magical mysteries, time travel novels, I mostly like Women's fiction, quirky non fiction, or a good Memoir... I like some Christian fiction, but please have a plot, build some real characters or dont waste my time. I dont like the Christian Historical or amish books.

I like chic lit if the girls are not too insipid and slutty. I also like the 40 year old finding themselves after a crisis, kinda like HEN lit, but really just womens fiction. Tell me a good story, tell me a secret, give it a twist at the end. Show me true love not based on lust or throbbing in stupid bodily places. Dont waste my time, life is too short to read sub-par books. I also dont need blood, and gore, and unnec, graphic smut, and unnec. F bombs to find adult fiction enjoyable, but sure do love a good laugh, books that find that perfect blend between love and bedroom. I can tolerate paranormals that about time travel, people with the abilities to see ghosts, or talk to pets. Not into vampires, werewovles, demon hunters, shape shifters.

I do love craft books about quilting, scrapbooking, rubberstamps, or making atcs.

Teas I like

I do swap tea, here and on Paperbackswap.com I like red, black, white,chai and herbal teas regular or decaf I drink both.
I love spice teas, fruity teas, oolong, chocolate, I like yogi, good earth, and traditional medicinals, plus they have fun things on their tags.

I dont care for plain chamomile, mint nor green tea, but they are great in blends of other flavors. Jasmine tea is too flowerly and perfumey for me. I cant gag down the matcha or matte teas.

if you send me a tea I might not like, I will just pass it on, so dont stress about it.


RAINDARGON rated for USATC: March Free Theme ATC Swap on Mar 21, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the two atc’s.you are the first one to send me one with a crow on it.and love the birds extras too.
swamplover rated for All DECKED out APC Jacks on Mar 21, 2018
Comment: Thank you another bunch of great APCs. You ROCK!!
Comment: Some new tea to try~Thanks so much for everything Heather!
Comment: Thank you for the pass n paste postcard. I can't wait to do my square on it. I sent your postcard back that you sent with it and thanks for the extra one! :)
swamplover rated for All DECKED out APC Queens on Mar 20, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for a great bunch of APCs. I love they way you turned back the book page instead of cutting it to reveal the card suit.
DebR rated for Freebie bookmarks 2 on Mar 20, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the lovely bookmarks. I am sorry for the late rating, I have just realised that it hadn't been rated
swamplover rated for All DECKED out APC 10s on Mar 19, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the awesome APCs.....Ravens are one of my favorite birds. They make me think of Poe...my favorite poet.
DorothyH rated for HUGE Craft De-Stash #6 USA on Mar 19, 2018
Comment: Wow thank you so much, I think there is plenty here to keep me busy for awhile 😜
Mugsie rated for Hello Postcard Swap #1 on Mar 19, 2018
Comment: Hi Heather ~ I do know you pretty well! and I think what you do is amazing! You are so great to do that!! Thank you so much for the postcard! XO Kelly
mjhaertling rated for All DECKED out APC Kings on Mar 17, 2018
Comment: I like how you used postage stamps on the cards. The rickrack is perfect especiaally with the red flower.Thanks for the die cuts; they are so cute.
lynnpinkdaisy rated for Luck o' the Ephemera! on Mar 16, 2018
Comment: Wow! What a great ephemera package! Thank you so much. You definitely went above and beyond and I'm so appreciative. I love all the ephemera!!
RadicalRecrafter rated for A.I. - ATC Collage on Mar 6, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the 2 (!) lovely ATCs! I'm so sorry to be late rating this swap! I actually had much earlier, but now I see that my computer ( or the internet) lost everything I typed!
Comment: Thanks for the 3 atcs! Your atc is lovely. Take care!
geekgirl1001000 rated for Cat with a Hat on Mar 1, 2018
Comment: both ATCs are super cute. Thanks for the extras!
Aynora rated for Hi, new penpal on Feb 28, 2018
Poeprincess rated for A.I. - ATC Collage on Feb 27, 2018
Comment: Thank you, Heather. Great collages!
scrappycats rated for RM: ATC Book #2 on Feb 26, 2018
Comment: You deserve extra points for doing a cat ATC book!! thanks
Response: I did that just for you. I thought you might find it to your liking.
KSENiA rated for ESG: Seven days of food on Feb 26, 2018
Comment: Thank you for sharing.
kittyhahahotbot rated for Jazz up my postcard on Feb 26, 2018
Comment: Got your postcard!

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mariamichelle on Mar 17, 2018:

Thank you for the post-its for my AWG wish and also the notecards for my $1Wish list. I appreciate everything!

ReadMoreBooks33 on Mar 16, 2018:

Thank you for the postcard and book recommendations!


P.S. A jackalope - awesome!!

CurlyTea on Mar 15, 2018:

Tigerlilyknotwise on Mar 15, 2018:


What a fun package for March AWG!! Thank you so much! Spanish, and wax melts, and groundhogs, oh my! Sending a PM :) You totally made my day!

goinjenny on Mar 15, 2018:

Thank you for the great postcards in AWG March

Poohtat on Mar 15, 2018:

CurlyTea on Mar 6, 2018:

m3i5 on Mar 6, 2018:

Hi Heather,

Thank you for sending my postcard back! :)

Kind regards, Jaimee

CurlyTea on Feb 14, 2018:

craftyone on Feb 14, 2018:

Thanks for the stickers, cards and cool book pages for my February wish list! A happy mailbox day 😍

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