Swap-bot Time: March 19, 2018 2:01 am


Original Member
Last Online: March 18, 2018
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 stamping 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.

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 homeless or needy kids, something like Project Linus. I gives me great pleasure. 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.

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! Please DO NOT send me any little snips of papers, I have boxes full of that. Dislike t-shirts with writing on it expect musical groups




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.


Lately I am extremely 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.

Now I am collecting any kind. They are so interesting.

I started State and map cards and capitol cities.

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.

But I really love to have a collection of movie star cards. I have a few of Elvis.


I like anything from the 60s or 70ts


Postcards of animals

Small fabric scraps (100% cotton)


Georgia O'Keefe

Maxfield Parrish

Tim Holtz


biasbabe rated for Fall ratings booster on Oct 17, 2017
Comment: So Sorry dear for the late rating. Been in and out of the hospital to many times. What a amazing package. I loved everything. The little sewn package was also adorable.
Response: Thanks for rating and the heart, much appreciated. Hope you are feeling better! BC
Comment: Barbara, you have left me in awe of the extremely thoughtful gift that you sent to me! What a lovely, unexpected surprise, you've touched my heart by sending me the special bookmark and beautiful words that you wrote! 💝 It's these moments that you just *sigh* for a bit longer because someone actually put their heart inside the envie and made it personal. Thank you 'so' much! I love the stickers also... yet the bookmark is precious on a completely different level. I wish I could hug you for your thoughtfulness... 💝 ~Carol Ann
Response: What a wonderful comment you wrote, it warms my heart to hear how happy you were with what I sent to you. This is what it is all about, right? Thanks for rating and the heart. BC
Comment: Awesome pack of envelopes!!! Thank you so much and the fabric baggie was awesome! I must make some!!!
Response: So glad you liked them. Those fabric baggies are fun to make when you have a lull moment. Thanks for the heart.
shalvorsen rated for I.S. - ATCS are for Trading! on Aug 5, 2017
Comment: Thank you for such a nice swap! The ATCs and the goodies, and such a fun envie too. :) Thanks so much!!
Response: You are so welcome. Thanks for the heart. BC
perkl8r rated for A.Q. Summery Mug Rug! on Jul 11, 2017
Comment: so pretty and such bright colors, love it, thank you.
Response: Glad you liked it, thanks for the heart!
rebeldaisy rated for The BIG One -USA- on Jul 11, 2017
Comment: Thanks so much for the amazing package. I loved the bat stamps you used and it was just filled with great items. This really was a big one! I can tell you really put a lot of thought and effort into this swap. It really was just perfect. Thanks again (sorry I had to wait a day or 2 to rate, I was out of town).
Response: What a lovely comment! I am so happy that you liked what I sent. Thanks for the heart, I appreciate it.
Lonestarchild rated for Send Anything: June -USA- on Jul 6, 2017
Comment: OH MY! Such and amazing and GENEROUS swap. Had such fun unwrapping all the little bits and pieces. Excited about the book - love this author and have not read this one! Squee! And so many other thoughtful things too! Thank you so much -- this was just lovely!!
Response: How wonderful you liked what I sent to you. This was fun. Thanks for rating and the heart.
astrodogg rated for TIAZ: Tags in a Baggie on Jun 26, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much! These were awesome! So cute! I love the Valentine one! And the bag they came in! 😍😍😍 So creative! Thank you so much again. Thou deserve more than just one hearty friend! ❤❤❤❤❤
Response: Oh what a lovely comment! I'm so happy that you liked what I sent, that's what it is all about, right? Thanks for rating and the heart, I appreciate it.
Arabella rated for 9 LP Patriotic swap-USA only on Jun 20, 2017
Comment: Thanks so much for the patriotic pocket letter, Barbara! Love that Uncle Sam! Thank you for all the stamps including the ones you used on the envelope - and for the postcards! Great swap!
Response: Thanks for the heart and your lovely comment. I really appreciate it.
coleenfranks rated for IS: Stamped Images~USA~Birds on Jun 16, 2017
Comment: Barbara, thank you for such a lovely swap. Love all the goodies. I love the simple, but so pretty card and appreciate you doing the bird stamps on the envie. That's going the extra mile. I'd give more hearts if I could. Thank for joining my swap. You are right, s-b is sooo much fun.
Response: Hello Coleen, so glad that you liked what I sent to you, I appreciate your rating me and of course the heart. I think we were partners before, correct? BC
cinnamonspice rated for IS: Decorated envelope #10 INT on Jun 14, 2017
Comment: A lovely envelope and lots of catfull goodness. Thank you.
Response: I am so happy that you like the envelope, thanks for rating and the heart. BC
dearchelsie rated for 2 x 4 Swap -USA- on Jun 14, 2017
Comment: Wow, what an amazing package. I really loved everything. It was so much fun to go through. I never had big postcards like that before. Its great! Once again thank you for all the amazing goodies. Have a great summer.
Response: Thanks for rating and the heart, I appreciate it. It was a lot of fun to decide what to send you I am so glad you liked everything. BC
January rated for IS: Prayer flag - USA on Jun 10, 2017
Comment: Beautiful flag - well done, thank you! (And thanks about the non-animal theme lol!)
Response: Thanks for rating and many thanks for the heart. I am happy you liked it.
Lisapotterylady rated for 2 x 4 Swap -USA- on Jun 9, 2017
Comment: Its a pleasure getting this swap from you ~ its all fun things that I will enjoy using!
Response: Thanks for the heart and rating, I really appreciate it. It was a pleasure to swap with you.
teresa110 rated for IS: Stamped Images ~USA~Flowers on May 30, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful flower stamps loved the ones with glitter and extras.
Response: Thanks for the heart. I am so glad you like the images. It was fun!
BluGinhm rated for ☼Sunny Day Pocket Letter☼ on May 19, 2017
Comment: What a lovely pocket letter! I love it - thanks for everything in it, too!
Response: Thanks for the heart. This was such a fun swap, I'm happy you like it.
LesleyR rated for Washi Washi! 4 on May 16, 2017
Comment: Thank you Barbara for the wonderful package! :)
Response: I'm so glad you were happy with the swap.Thanks for rating and the heart.
Comment: Wow! Thanks for the great package!
Response: I am so happy you liked what II sent to you. Thanks for rating and the heart. BC
Sazza rated for TIAZ: Paper in a baggie-US Only on May 12, 2017
Comment: Wow, what a super fun package, Barbara!! It was a blast to go through and I honestly loved all of it. :) Washi, postcards, envelopes (like your style and the idea of punching the edge for closing), die-cuts, paper... everything. And the layered bird, what a cool idea! I hope to explore layers like that later down the road when I have more time, now that I've seen it. Thank you so much for the nice note and everything that came with it; I can tell you put a lot of effort in this and it is appreciated. :) Also, those chinese dragon die-cuts! How awesome are those?! :D
chabbywabbit rated for Washi Washi! 4 on May 8, 2017
Comment: Thank you for your swap also for the extras! it was a surprise!
Response: I'm so happy you liked everything. That's what it is all about. Thanks for the heart.

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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 Feb 8, 2016:

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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.

pne on Oct 10, 2014:

Thank you for helping my travelling postcard from round 19 get back to me!

doulakk on Jul 25, 2014:

Welcome to our group!
Please join one or two swaps!

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