Swap-bot Time: January 16, 2021 12:54 pm


Original Member
Last Online: January 6, 2021
Birthday: February 10
Country: United States

About Me

Please Note: Sadly I will no longer participate in International Swaps. Postage is so high and getting more so every year, but what really disturbs me is that so many swaps just don't reach my partner. And for that reason I will do mostly US swaps. Sorry.

I have been retired for a number of years and find that very delightful. Have been married to the most wonderful man for more than 40 years.Life is great. We lived in Palo Alto, California for almost 30 years and they were great years. Northern California in the early 70s was the corridor to heaven. Unbelievably beautiful, wherever you were. The freeways were lined with Oleander. Wonderful fruit orchards with the best apricots in the world. I could go on and on. But then came the computer businesses and people beyond people and the flowers and orchards were replaced with concrete. So, about 9 years ago we 'escaped'. Never regretted it at all.

Here in Reno I belong to a quilting guild and a small private group, we get together somewhat frequently and usually do shoe box projects. Sometimes we meet for lunch only, or go some place exciting.

Every Morning (M - F) I walk for about 50 min. It's a good way to start off the day.

I love trees. The most beautiful thing for me is to walk through a forest and see the sun shine through the trees.And listen for bird serenading and little critters rustling about. My emphasis is on little critters. Once I saw a bear not very far from where I was and it scared the dickens out of me. That was only once and that definitely is enough.

In the winter we usually spend several months in Mexico.

Life is a continuous series of treats!

I love to eat. Cooking is a great pleasure for me and baking even more.

I love licorice.

One of my favorite people is Shirley MacLaine. I think she is terrific. A favorite author is Barbara Kingsolver, I have all her books, The Poisenwood Bible is terrific and I have read it more than once.

CRAFTS. Besides rubber stamping my favorite things are photography, gardening, making packages, and doing swaps, eating, reading, listen to music. One of my favorite writers is Barbara Kingsolver.

My collection of rubber stamps is rather large, however, I am always looking for Ken Brown stamps and would love to trade.

Altering almost anything is fun! Especially books or matchboxes or Altoid type tins.

Lately I picked up quilting again. Many years ago I gave it a try and started buying fabrics, but then I got into stamping and that one won. Both are rather time consuming. But now I am back at quilting (and buying fabrics!!!) and mostly I make smaller quilts for or 'Loving Laps' charity.

I am a dabbler at lots and master of none!

Swap-Bot. I love doing swaps and reading profiles on Swap-Bot. What a great organization this is! So many wonderful and interesting people . At the end of my profile I used to list flakers but I now have deleted them. Those people are despicable and not worth a second thought. Every time I saw that grouping it annoyed me. So now they are gone. Non-raters are another group of unlikable folks. Why are they like that? Especially those who have this big announcement in their profile of pledging to rate.

SWAPS. It is greatly appreciated if you write on the outside of the envelope the name of the swap.

ABOUT RATINGS. I put my heart into all my swaps and would never dream of flaking. If a problem arises I will contact my swap partner, please do the same. If for some reason you have not been rated then most likely I haven't received the swap, so please PM me. Also, if you receive something from me and there was postage due, please let me know and I will pay for that immediately. Often I use older stamps from my previous collection and the glue might not be as good as the new ones.

DISLIKES besides flakers and non-raters are things that are considered cute. I am not into cute, like Hello Kitty or Kawaii or children related stickers etc. Disney is my No. 1 dislike. Please DO NOT send me any little snips of papers, I have boxes full of that.




Guns. If I watch a show and within the first few minutes there are dead people and a lot of firing and screaming, well, off goes this program. The same fate goes with too much cussing. Is there really a need for that?

I recycle packing materials and envelopes. If they are not torn I use them again to protect the environment. You can do this as well when you send to me, please.

Favorite Music

Rock and Roll, Moody Blues, Pink Floyd, Yes, Grateful Dead, Zucchero, etc. All the great bands, gosh, there was a lot of wonderful music out there. Having lived in the Bay Area in the 70s had it advantages. It seems that all the great band gave concerts in San Francisco and I went to lots of them. Seen almost everyone I wanted to, a special treat was the Floyd. Absolutely. And the Stones, and U2 and and and ....

Favorite Movies

I am quite fond of movies and my very very all-time favorite is 'Notorious' with Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant. This movie I have seen so often I could just about recite is frame by frame. Wonderful film.

Favorite Television

Not too crazy about TV. A good bet is always PBS with their Nature programs and 'Independent Lens' and 'Front line'. Also their evening news programs. Nothing ever seems to offend me on PBS. But lately we have discovered Netflix and I am hooked! I just love the ease to watch their programs.


I am fond of postcards, especially non-touristy but all are great. Honestly I must say I have never thrown a postcard away. Over the years I collected those that people sent me from vacations and travels etc. They are written on and with stamps, they filled a large shoe box.

Then I started collecting vintage cards and they are in a 3-ring binder in protective holders, mostly Valentines and also some Christmas. I look at them quite often. So beautiful. There must be about 40 of them.

My collection got rather large and I have enough! No space. So please don't send any postcards to me. Thanks. Except ---

I would like to collect postcards of Royal Families and US Presidents and their families. Now I have two, Dwight D. Eisenhower and Mamie on their wedding day and John F. Kennedy. What treasures.


I like anything from the 60s or 70ts

Small fabric scraps (100% cotton)


Georgia O'Keefe, Maxfield Parrish

Art Deco

Tim Holtz

Stencils I love stencils


mandymo rated for Ribbon Roll Ornament on Oct 20, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the cool ornament. I really like the articulated skeleton. Have a great Halloween season!
Comment: Wow! I love the beautiful blocks and the wonderful papers! Now I need to get artsy! LOL! Have an awesome day! Hugs, Diane
Response: I am so happy you liked it, thanks for rating and the heart, really appreciate it.
AnitaHames rated for StSw- Happy Fall Ya'll on Oct 7, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the pretty fall card. I really like the fibers and the shimmery leaves! Thanks for the extras!
Response: So happy that you liked what I sent to you. Thanks for rating and the heart.
Patrice rated for NFSC: Mug Rug Halloween on Oct 6, 2020
taledo rated for SS: Fall Leaves/Trees Swap on Oct 5, 2020
Comment: thank you for sharing the lovely fall photos
Response: You are welcome and many thanks for the heart.
petaluda rated for EPUSA - Pass The Napkin Please on Sep 18, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much What a beautiful card!! and a mini card 🌹Thank you for all the extras and the stickers Many hearts
Response: So glad you liked what I sent. And thanks for rating and the heart. Stay safe!
taledo rated for SS: Love Grows Swap on Sep 17, 2020
Comment: thank you for sharing the lovely photos and goodies. happy swapping!
Response: How wonderful you liked the photos thanks for rating. Stay safe!
makestuff rated for NFSC: Zipper Bag Fall Colors on Sep 17, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the lovely zipper bag and the cute extras. I appreciate all the details - the topstitching and zipper tabs are very nicely done. Thanks!
Response: So glad you liked the bag, it was fun to make. My second zipper in my life, can you imagine? I was always afraid of them!! Thanks for rating and the heart. Stay safe.
lou rated for SS: AUGUST free-form: REFLECTIONS on Sep 9, 2020
Comment: Hi Barbara, many thanks for the wonderful photos and the fun things you included for me, too!
Response: I'm so glad you liked them. And thanks for the heart!
perkl8r rated for NFSC: Mug Rug Black and White on Sep 1, 2020
Comment: SPOILER! This mug rug is too pretty to use, I love it. Thank you, Barbara.
Response: How wonderful you liked it! I'm always a bi worried. Thanks for the heart.
rarjones rated for StSw-Celebrate Sunflowers on Aug 25, 2020
Comment: I love your card. So pretty and what did you use to glaze over it? All the extras are so nice of you to send along. Sunflowers are pretty and stand so tall! Thanks for swapping with me:)
Response: So glad you liked the card. Thanks for the heart!
Comment: fun package, thank you Barbara.
Response: Thanks for rating and many thanks for the heart.
Sagebrushs rated for Happy Notecard August on Aug 14, 2020
Comment: Nice card, thank you
Response: so glad you liked it, thanks for rating and the heart.
Comment: This was such a lovely package, thank you! I LOVED the coffee themed mini zine ❤️. The mug rug is extra special, thank you! That coffee sleeve is great too. So glad you joined my swap, and really appreciate you!
Response: Thank you for the rating and the heart, I appreciate it. And I am s happy that you enjoyed this swap. I just love those zines!!!
Comment: Barbara, Your flower picks for me were perfect. I'm glad you mentioned the napkin on the card as I was completely stumped by how it felt! It's very nice indeed! Thanks for all the other flower stickers and postage stamps too. Flower stamps (and birds) are my favorites!
Response: Hey, thanks for rating and the heart! Those blind envie swap are great fun, I am always delighted when my partner was happy with the swap. And I am glad that you were happy.
Comment: Wow, I do love your zine! Some day I'll have to count mine. LOL I sure cant get enough. Your envie itself is so festive. Oh my gosh, that little book is so clever and precious! Thank you for sharing that with me. The coffee cozy is cute graphics! Quite whimsey. Ooooo i spy a vintage stamp! And the whales. You, my friend have been quite kind and generous! Thank youuuuuuuuuuuuu.
Response: Thanks for rating and the heart. This was interesting: you sent to me and I send to you, at first it confused me a bit. Ha! I am easily confused!!
Comment: I LOVE the travel-themed pocket! It was so clever to use the luggage tag as the insert. Love your zig-zags down the sides of the pocket--it really makes the whole pocket more special. AND I'm CRAZY for the 3-pocket folded piece you sent--so much so that I'm hosting a swap for them ;+) It's so nice to swap together again; thank you for a wonderful swap!
Response: Thanks for the heart. Stay safe. BC
Comment: Hi Barbara! These are sooo whimsical and filled with lovely tags. Love that golden-speckled orange paper with the silhouetted bird, all the sewing you've done, the fibers, and embellishments. Many thanks for creating these for me! I hope we'll get to swap together again very soon.
Response: Thanks for rating and the heart. I am so glad that you were happy with this swap.
djcamp04 rated for YTPC: Flip Envelope with Window US on Jul 31, 2020
Comment: Way cool window pocket!! Love the purples you used. Thank you for all the great tuck in items & extras. They will be used. I’m headed to my craft room now to find the perfect spot in my journal for this. ❤️
Response: Thanks for the heart and yoour nice note. I am so happy that you liked the flip envelope.
mags142 rated for SS: Photo Notecards on Jul 22, 2020
Comment: Hello! I loved the photo note cards, so beautiful! Thank you for joining my swap, I'm glad to have received your swap :) stay safe!
Response: Thanks for the heart I really appreciate it. Next time I will enclose a note saying where the photos were taken, sorry, just didn't think of it. BC

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dorcii on Nov 19, 2020:

Thank you soo much for the happy mail you sent to me, I received it!! :)

CurlyTea on Feb 11, 2019:

Happy Birthday!

Jenicat on May 22, 2018:

I received your mini zine in the mail today. It's so cool. I love music. Thank you for sending it to me 💜

CurlyTea on Feb 12, 2018:

Happy Birthday!

Fabriqueen on Jul 7, 2016:

Thank you so much for the beautiful Aquatic block you made for me. I love it! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! Hugs, Diane

perkl8r on May 29, 2016:

Thank you for being so generous and sharing your fabric squares with me. I lots for several projects I am currently working on and plan to do as well. Thank you again you are the best!

luckycharms on Feb 11, 2016:


raven on Nov 20, 2015:

anrtist on Aug 5, 2015:

AMAZING MAIL ART GROUP has a ~B I N G O ~ Game starting SUNDAY if you wanna play! Just check in the group and select your words, say you're in & pm me your list! ;-)
ENJOY!!! Blessings, cc

ladydy5 on May 29, 2015:

Oh! It's great to be retire, so welcome to Our group 9Little Pockets.

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