Swap-bot Time: April 15, 2021 7:48 am


Date Joined: May 27, 2014
Last Online: March 5, 2021
Birthday: April 19
Country: United States
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About Me

I ship from West Hartford, Connecticut, USA (usually) + my Instagram is @DirtStudio if you want to see what's headed your way! (SPOILER ALERT!)

About Me:
--> Founder + Creative Director + Artist behind “Dirt Studio” in Connecticut. Mother of three sons (8, 6, and 1.5).

I studied Sustainable Fashion Design at Parsons The New School for Design (May 2011) and Animal Behavior at UConn (December 2006). I consider myself an adventure- and laughter-loving artist and crafter. Addicted to snail mail and learning new things.

My favorite adventures are traveling, finding flea markets around the globe, paddle boarding, kayaking, hiking, horseback-riding, skiing (I used to race GS), exploring new towns, and taking local arts and crafts classes. I taught Beginner Drawing at Artsplace in CT and love to sketch, carve, bead, embroider, emboss, draw, illustrate, doodle, paint, pastel, felt, sew, and more.

I love treehouses, tiny homes, collages, minimalism, maximalism, haha, layers of colors, adventures, getting outside, and traveling.

Favorite Crafts

  • carving / linocut / stampmaking
  • beading / embroidery
  • dyeing fabrics
  • sewing
  • sketching / designing / illustrating
  • watercolors / acrylics
  • pen and ink / ZENTANGLE
  • working in my sketch- and illustration-books (smashing, collaging, painting, sketching, illustrating, fashion design, experimenting, washi taping, practicing penmanship/calligraphy, lettering, etc...I love filling them up!)
  • rubber stamping
  • pen pal-ing / writing letters + postcards
  • making ATCs/ACEOs
  • learning NEW crafts!

Favorite Music

Elbow, Christine and the Queens, everything 90’s, TLC, Weezer, Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Beatles, The Big Chill Soundtrack, Taylor Swift, Fela Kuti, Musicals, epic movie soundtracks and orchestral pieces, Miles Davis, Sharon Jones and the DapKings, The White Stripes, The Shins, ...

Favorite Books

  • Throne of Glass and A Court of Thrones and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas
  • A Discovery of Witches series by Deborah Harkness
  • Harry Potter
  • The Hunger Games
  • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
  • Stardust by Neil Gaiman
  • The Magicians
  • The Hate U Give
  • The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod
  • How to Steal Like an Artist
  • The 4-Hour Work Week
  • I LOVE going in to used book stores or flea markets and "hunting" for old books and beautiful / useful items, especially to use in art + design projects!
  • Goodreads fan!

Favorite Movies

Legally Blonde, Harry Potter, Independence Day, Starship Troopers, The Hunger Games, Avatar, Star Trek, Serenity, Love Actually, Penelope, Amelie, Stardust, Brave, The Fifth Element, The Holiday, The Greatest Showman, ...

Favorite Television

Firefly, Grimm, Project Runway, Sherlock, Sense8, Blown Away, The Great British Bake-off, The Magicians, ...


Colors : rust, turquoise, teal, black, CMYK, black and white, golds, contrast, muted, okay I love all colors and combinations!

Treehouses, anything unusual, rare, surreal, sci-fi, fantasy, odd, steampunk, handmade anything (especially paper), ATCs, ACEOs, washi tape, glue pens, tombow, copic, or micron markers, watercolor brushes, new art tools, elements of nature (including fairies, dragons, and magical creatures), zentangles, watercolors, fashion design, adventure, travel, old world maps, paddle-boarding, skiing, kayaking, surfing, flying, hiking, camping, fires, lakes, Babywearing, Eco-living, snail mail, smashing, art journaling, sketching, painting, SEWING, beading, embroidery, picnics, and trying new things!

Favorite animals / images / icons : (All realistic depictions, I'm not a fan of cartoon-like images...think encyclopedia or antique-like engravings for the style I enjoy most, thank you!).

--> Monkeys, apes, horses, bugs, rare or "ugly" underwater species, jellyfish, octopus, mermaids, hermit crabs, lobsters, crabs, turtles (sea and painters), rhinos, hippos, big cats, kudu, ostriches, zebras, elephants, bicycles, kayaks, paddleboards, surfboards, canoes, leaves, illustrated flowers, berries, fruits, vegetables, le creusets, wine bottles, old sailboats and pirate-looking ships, outrigger canoes, tents, camping, moss, dragons, fairy-houses, TREEHOUSES (I based my whole final fashion design collection at Parsons on them!), Persian cats, ferns, and old-looking maps.

--> Stickers: steampunk, gears, vintage keys, scissors, measuring tape/rulers, old cameras, globes, vintage shoes, fleur de lis, ... (And I have a toddler who loves trains, diggers, cars, buses, bugs, turtles, dinosaurs, and dragons!!).

--> Tea: (I prefer Organic / Fair Trade / Sustainable) Earl Gray, English Breakfast, Green Tea, or Black Tea - thank you!


Horror, religious anything, intentionally rude/mean/angry things, animal cruelty, guns, war, pessimism, ...

FOOD : we have allergies, so please don't send any food unless we have talked. Thank you!

Ultimate Wish List

  • digital swaps (stickers, art journaling pages, whatever...that are designed and emailed by you!).
  • washi tapes
  • glue dots, glue pens, photo corners, etc...
  • copic markers (fine line or others!)
  • sakura pigma micron pens
  • any fine liners, really - especially permanent
  • zentangle links / books / how-to's or ideas
  • precut ATC / ACEO sized paper
  • Eco-anything (recycled paper, pencils, fabric)
  • fabric (especially 1/2 yard +)
  • stickers with diggers, fish, or bugs (for my toddler!)
  • chalkboard anything (labels, tags, stickers, markers)
  • miniature canvases
  • found / vintage jewelry or beads
  • unused postage that you designed
  • unique, handmade magnets
  • unused, handmade postcards
  • collage materials that you think I might like

Thanks for reading!!!


Katti rated for #5 3-3-9 INSTAGRAM photo swap on Feb 21, 2015
Comment: Thanks for sharing these great pictures! It was fun to have you in the swap!
Response: Thanks for setting it all up!
paraxparaxnoia rated for #5 3-3-9 INSTAGRAM photo swap on Feb 16, 2015
Comment: Thansks for sharing your pics :)
Response: Thank you. Sorry for over-posting, Noora!
ilsepulse rated for #5 3-3-9 INSTAGRAM photo swap on Feb 15, 2015
Comment: So much fun to see all the swap-photos on insta! It was great, thanks! :D
Response: Thank you! It was great "meeting" you!!!
Discobrownie rated for Stuffed Envelope Swap on Feb 11, 2015
Comment: Thank you for the great stuffed envelope!! I love everything in it!! Enjoying a cup of the organic black chai. The pencil paper envelope is so cute. Thanks for the note too...it's nice to know more about the person sending :)
Response: Yay! I'm glad you like it! I loved decorating your envelope!!
Comment: Thank you for the lovely and interesting Bookmark. It is the perfect size to actually use. Zentangle is one of my favorite things.
Response: You're welcome and I'm so glad you like it. I loved making it!
cynlen rated for Swappers on Instagram, Unite! on Oct 27, 2014
Comment: Thank you for the follow! :-)
onewaysiying rated for Swappers on Instagram, Unite! on Oct 25, 2014
PorcelainVee rated for Swappers on Instagram, Unite! on Oct 23, 2014
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chamario rated for Swappers on Instagram, Unite! on Oct 23, 2014
Comment: Thanks for the follow :-D
julianapena rated for Swappers on Instagram, Unite! on Oct 22, 2014
Comment: Thanks for following!
angeliccat15 rated for Swappers on Instagram, Unite! on Oct 22, 2014
Afrikanachik rated for Swappers on Instagram, Unite! on Oct 22, 2014
Comment: Thanks for the follow :-D
lifesatlas rated for Swappers on Instagram, Unite! on Oct 22, 2014
RetroChik rated for Watercolor resist atc on Oct 9, 2014
Comment: Yay, I got it. Thank you so much. :)
Response: 9.16.14: Oh no! So sorry I didn't see your message from *a month ago* (gasp! I'm so embarrassed!). I'll get that out this week!! 10.5.14: I resent this item on 10.3.14 (much later than I meant) and will await it's arrival and new rating. I'm ashamed it took me so long and I apologize, Shannon, profusely!!! (Hope you like your new package!) 10.9.14 : Yay! I'm so glad! Thanks for the 5 and the heart after all that!
orangeyy rated for Pen Pal Party! July 2014 on Jul 25, 2014
Comment: wow! thanks so much for this, some parts made me laugh :) and your envelope looks so great!!!
Response: Yay! Thanks for the heart and I'm glad you laughed!!
Kimber rated for Fill Up My Mailbox 2014 on Jul 20, 2014
Comment: Thank you!
Response: You're welcome!
kema rated for ATC collage on Jul 20, 2014
Comment: Blue, blue, blue, yes, yes, yes!!. Thank you Alex, the ATC was nicely made and I love it. Have a nice summer!
Response: You're welcome and thank you for the heart!

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southerndevil on Nov 19, 2014:

southerndevil on Nov 19, 2014: Hi! Thanks for the message! I love rust, orange, peacock blue, and basically anything colorful. No allergies! My favorite symbol is probably the hamsa - an Arabic symbol of protection. I'm not picky. :-) thanks!

RetroChik on Sep 16, 2014:

Thank you for getting back with me. I had held off rating because of your recent family addition. I completely understand how busy you can be when dealing with a new baby. I will remove the one rating as soon as it arrives.

biasbabe on Jul 23, 2014:


To the Nuts for Sewing and Crafting Group

AlexWhatton on Jul 11, 2014:

Owen was born a 12:02 am on Friday, July 11th!! He weighed 8 lbs 2 ozs, is 21" long, and we are both doing great!!

anrtist on Jun 28, 2014:

HAPPY 1 Month Birthday!

Welcome to my groups! ;-) Blessings, cc

AlexWhatton on Jun 11, 2014:

I sent out 4 packages already and I can't wait to receive my first! Whoever thought up Swspbot is a genius. My nap times are so much more fun now! And it is all helping me become a better artist AND Mom...thanks everyone! PS: I'm also @AlexWhatton on Instagram if anyone wants to connect over there...it is how I found out about #swapbot after all!!! xoxo

NannaPhoebe on Jun 7, 2014:

Welcome to swap-bot, be very carefull it can be additive. I would love to swap with you, let me know when.

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