Swap-bot Time: August 15, 2018 9:18 am


Date Joined: June 22, 2013
Last Online: August 12, 2018
Birthday: March 16
Country: United States

About Me

I feel compelled to add this: While I certainly appreciate anything that is sent to me, I find that I am getting an overabundance of little bits and pieces of enclosures, some useful but mostly sent on. You don't need to send these little bits to ensure you a heart! All I ask is that is the swap is nicely put together and contains a little note or a profile based picture or something like that - something that makes it personal for me, and that'll land you a nice red heart!!

I am a 58 year old-desperate-to-be-a-grandma! It's taking toooooo long!! I have three daughters, one married, so there's hope.Oh My Goodness! Finally, at last! My daughter just told me I am going to be a Grandma next January!! Yahoo!

My days are rather quiet, as I am a home-body but love it.

Art and creating are my passions, making invitations, announcements, etc., journaling, writing, sewing, all paper arts and paper crafts. All sorts of crafty stuff. It gets ridiculous, When the last child left for college, I finally got a room devoted to my flights of fancy. Yay!!

But I also love the literary world, reading, writing, journaling, editing...

HUGE supporter of the written word and snail mail. What would I do without USPS - and, while I am an ardent participator in the digital world, I so much prefer the printed matter contained in crisp envelopes with entrancing stamps (argh on postmarks without stamps, and the ubiquitous flag stamp - not to imply I'm unpatriotic, but given the choice, I have to go with something colorful and fun.) I learned about LWA from another swapper and am proud to say I, too, am now a card-carrying member!

I'm a Pisces, bask in teal and purple, love my fountain pens, roaming endlessly on Pinterest, and organizing all my fun "shtuff." Always looking to learn new art skills. LOVE that I don't have to cook for a family anymore. It takes too much time, and food is so annoying!

Favorite Books

Favorite books include To Kill a Mockingbird; The Secret Life of Bees, Ethan Fromm, loads of Nonfiction - World War I and World War II era, historical fiction. Hard to really pinpoint favorites 'cause I'm all over the place! No mysteries or romances.

Favorite Movies

Big Fish is my favorite, Steel Magnolias, Friendship's Field, Gone with the Wind, To Kill a Mockingbird, Mama Mia, Wallace and Grommit, Agnes Brown, Hector and the Pursuit of Happiness, and many more.

TV - I love Madam Secretary, Code Black. I watch programs on NetFlix,the only problem there is that once you watch the episodes they have for a particular series that's it and you have to wait FOREVER for a new season to come out! Love Call the Midwife, Foyle's War. Like TED talks, and my guilty pleasure - America's Got Talent and Chrislie Knows Best. I like the Crime dramas and British Tele.

Yays and Boos

YAYS: the ocean, rain, anything art, waltz music, indi music, children's picture books (good literature -my favorite author/illustrator is Arnold Lobel), tulips, daffodils, apple blossoms, mexican cuisine, hershey kisses, white cake with ridiculously sweet buttercream frosting, baking bread, all kinda cats big and small, mousies, tigers, camels, squirrels, peacocks, windmills (like Holland's), history, reading, beautiful ranges of colors in my inks, paints, chalks, glitters, etc., thrift stores and flea markets, used bookstores, live performances on stage or in concert, psychological thrillers, metal embellishments like charms, cleverness....

BOOS: California summer weather, chocolate cake, rock 'n roll, rap, harsh music, cooking, disaster or shoot'em up movies; I detest grocery shopping , board games, snakes, girly motifs and overboard pinkie, anime, unreliable people, injustice, cartoonish, crude things, dogs, kawaii, hello kitty,"modern art," coffee... But really anything is fine, just in moderation.


I've pretty well covered likes and dislikes, but I see other profiles have a bit on what they prefer to receive in swaps. To be quite honest, I would love anything that I have the privilege of receiving. I respect that everyone has their own style and their own ideas of what is "good" or "bad." Surprises make it fun. However, as I am told I need this, here goes:

Unusual Playing card jokers and foreign cards

Matryoshka dolls (illustrations, stickers, etc.)

Product Labels and any sort of logo art (this can be clothing, food, non-food items....)

World War II anything (World War I would be even better!)

neat pens (gel, metallic, fine points...)

embossing powder

Anything pertaining to Holland motif

Washi Tape (who doesn't love washi?)

Ephemera and embellishments

Peacocks; big Game animals like Tigers, Lions, Elephants, Giraffes; Squirrels, Camels and kitties. ADDED 2-6-18; foxes, frogs and knitting (I'm working on projects for my daughters). I particularly prefer illustrations rather than "real life" type photos.

Color choice doesn't matter, though I am partial to teal and purple


Tea bags (the packaging not for the tea itself)

Mules, but not donkeys

Parodies of American Gothic

Renditions of See no Evil, Speak no Evil, Hear no Evil in illustrative or photo format


Love unusual papers

Patterns or instructions for an usual envelope or craft or card idea


No Hello Kitty stuff or Sponge Bob, Kawaii, please

Cute Mice

Die Cuts - esp seahorse and frame types

No allergies / bad flavors black licorice and watermelon - yuck!

Novelty brads

Surprises / cleverness/ creativity

Amaze me

The icing on the cake: a letter (long or short) included with swap. Now THAT really makes my day!

If you don't receive my swap for whatever reason, PLEASE let me know, and like others, I will resend or otherwise fix the problem.


daydreamer47 rated for Washi samples- USA on Aug 14, 2018
Comment: Such pretty washi! Thank you for the extra postcards too 💞
kaylashaye rated for Custom Mini Zine on Aug 14, 2018
Comment: Hey girl! Thanks! I do LOVE owls!
Comment: Hi Alissyn, Thank you for the decorated envelopes with kitties :)
Comment: I really enjoyed reading your letter. I plan to write back, but it may take me a while - school year starts tomorrow and I teach! Thanks, Alissyn.
CAMILES rated for WIYM: Mini flipbook - Summertime on Aug 9, 2018
Comment: Wow, what a great job. So many flips, love it. Just got it today, thank you
Comment: I love the map. I could copy it Great address labels
Response: Thank you rating so promptly and for the heart.
Comment: You made an absolutely beautiful flipbook!! :)
Response: Thank you. I'm happy you enjoyed it. They're so much fun to make.
katmandu rated for Washi samples- USA on Aug 4, 2018
Comment: This is a fabulous selection of washi tapes that you chose for me! I love them all! I've just started my "washi" collection so it's fun to do swaps to add to my teeny collection! Thank you!
anicka22 rated for Happy Mail, Yay! #26 on Jul 31, 2018
Comment: Thank you so very much for.a lovely swap, you really made my day! Thank you very much. Going to send a small Thank you next week!
Comment: My gosh you sent a lot of fun goodies! Thanks for everything! The beach themed goodies will get used right away.
ericabella rated for Magazine cutouts on Jul 28, 2018
Comment: Thank you, Alissyn!
doodlebugdezines rated for Woman Themed Ephemera Swap on Jul 27, 2018
Comment: Great selection!!! Thank you!!
Holunderfee rated for Flipbooks in colour: GREEN on Jul 26, 2018
Comment: Hi Alissyn, thanks so much for the gorgeous flipbook. I love it! Looking at the flipbook shows that you really enjoy making them. Do you know know what? I`m still surching for some hidden objects. *lol*. By the way, how do you store your flipbooks?
Comment: I got the journal today and really loved it. Awesome!
bbsporty rated for WIYM: Blind Envie Swap #7 on Jul 13, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful blind envie. I just love everything!
steffelchen rated for Snail Mail Rules! on Jul 11, 2018
Comment: Thank you for your sweet letter! :)
Alisha98119 rated for Magic Box Destash Swap July on Jul 5, 2018
Response: I hope the box wasn't too disappointing.
Comment: Thanks for all the time and care you put into this magnificent little book--it's a source of inspiration as well as delight. ♥
Comment: WOWZERS!!!!!! I joined this swap to purge, never thought I'd get all these great things I'd use!! You deserve so many more stars! Thank you so much!!
Response: I hope you can use some of it! That's the problem with destash swaps - you give stuff away and then replace it with new stuff! But if it's good stuff it works out great. Enjoy! Thanks for the rate and heart.
aurelas rated for Just to Say Hello Swap on Jun 6, 2018
Comment: I feel so bad that you were afraid I wouldn't like the postcards. They are wonderful! A bunch of them are going to become library decor, and I will be using the Halloween one at Halloween I am sure. I love postcards that have been written on, too, and enjoy imagining the stories behind them. Same thing with bookmarks found in library or second-hand books! Anyway, I love it all :D I have the dolls on the stickers and will probably use them on pages about those dolls. And I really enjoyed your letter; I'll be sending you one soon. I already have the letter paper ready and waiting, just needing time to write!
Response: I look forward to hearing from you and I'll definitely be sending you more PCs1

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simcoe54 on May 27, 2018:

All I can say is awesome. The banknotes are perfect for my collection and all new ones. Thank you so so much!!!

BlueberryLady on May 11, 2018:

Thank you Very much for the Beautiful and Unusual Notecard and envies you sent me for Cheap Postage Tag You're It - US Only ! Love them and have never seen any like them before ! !! HUGS from chilly 47* Ohio.

LauraM540 on May 7, 2018:

Thanks for the wonderful envelope of goodies from the theme in the ziplock tag! I love your packaging too!

simcoe54 on Apr 28, 2018:

OMG - Thanks so much for the package with so much amazing items. Love the wood postcard (1st one for my collection) as well as all the other postcards and of course, I love the banknotes. You made my mail day special. Thanks again.

CurlyTea on Mar 19, 2018:

Happy Birthday!

kfaye on Dec 14, 2017:

Hi! I got package #11 on day 11!!! Great timing, haha! I LOVE the Alice In Wonderland stamp set!!! Thank you SO much :D You are sweet <3

naturenerd3 on Dec 5, 2017:

Welcome to Pockets and Flips USA

katmiller on Nov 28, 2017:

Thank you for the paperclips! That was so sweet of you to send me some back to add to my collection! :) I will have to look at thrift shops for more!! I really appreciate it! -Katelynn

Bananers on Jul 18, 2017:

Thank you for the great mystery bag!!

ladydy5 on Jun 20, 2017:

Welcome back and to our group Make an Envelope

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