Swap-bot Time: May 25, 2019 2:40 am


Date Joined: June 22, 2013
Last Online: May 25, 2019
Birthday: March 16
Country: United States

December 2018


DECEMBER 13, 2018 ----- I AM A GRANDMA - FINALLY!! My daughter was due in January, but had an emergency C-section today and had a sweet little girl! I am sooooo excited! She's in the NICU but everything looks good. I'm still crying tears of joy!

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.

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

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.


Comment: Thank you so much for the yellow goodies!
Lablauri57 rated for Long Letter Swap on May 20, 2019
Comment: Thank you the very nice cards.Love the turtle one. Good to hear from you. Drop you a line soon.
Response: Looking forward to your letter!
bluerose3 rated for Just Randomness on May 14, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the resend :)
Comment: Happy Summer!
Comment: Great answer!
elliecf rated for WTL: Washi Nature Walk on May 11, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for so many different samples! They're all so interesting, I can't belive you own so many rolls of washi tape, wow! I loved the paper you used for the note and envelope. Thank you <3
Comment: Thank you for the nice washi. I find awesome notecards at Goodwill a lot. I always feel like I’m getting away with something when I find something really awesome for a low price. Lmao
m3i5 rated for WTL: Washi Nature Walk on May 9, 2019
Comment: Hi Alissyn, Thank you very much for all the pretty washi's you've send! :D I only got 3 out of the 8 you've send, so lots of new ones for me :D
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful swap! I hope you are feeling better!
DawnS rated for Easter Card Swap #5 on May 4, 2019
Comment: Thank you!
Comment: So much fun to get this swap. I love the way you put it all together. Thanks! Happy Swapping.
Response: Thank you! There were so many to choose from! Thank you for the heart. Blessings.
user6937 rated for Magazine clippings - not art on May 3, 2019
Comment: You sent me some very nice images, thank you! I have done packing tape transfers and I think the leopard will make a very nice one; mmm, maybe the next magazine clippings art swap? Thanks also for the nice, chatty letter (love 'em); wish my handwriting was as nice as yours (I type mine). I enjoyed reading the description of Anna Atkins art, too - I appreciate you keeping that with the image.
Response: It's never easy to know what to send so I am glad that you can find some good ones there . I love clippings. Anytime you'd like to swap just let me know!
tammielynn1969 rated for Pen Pals For Grandmas on Apr 29, 2019
Comment: Letter on it's way
Comment: Thank you so much for the letter!
veronicallama rated for Easter Mini Pocket Letter on Apr 25, 2019
Comment: Such a sweet set of Easter-themed inserts - thanks! And I enjoyed your letter and the washi and stickers too.
Fairwind rated for Easter Card Swap #5 on Apr 23, 2019
Comment: Thank you for another lovely card!
denisedecker58 rated for Easter Card Swap #4 on Apr 21, 2019
Comment: Thank you! Your card was beautiful!
Response: I hope you had a lovely Easter Sunday. I'm glad you liked my card. I had fun making it.

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CurlyTea on Mar 19, 2019:

Happy Birthday!

Aladyjackson on Jan 3, 2019:

Happy new year! Congrats on the baby!❤️❤️

Ryleighsmom on Dec 20, 2018:

WIYM 2018 'Merry Christmas' Card Swap - USA

Hello! Do you happen to know if you received this swap from me? I'm archiving swaps and I don't see a rating for this one. Doesn't mean it isn't there...my eyes are nearly crossed now...but I can't find it. LOLOL

I'm happy to resend if needed! Thanks! Michelle

ellecamino on Dec 18, 2018:

Congrats on becoming a grandma!! I just wanted to say a heartfelt thank you for the Christmas Art Journal Supplies. I got your package today and wow-so many goodies!!! I almost Christmas was still a month away so I could get a chance to use everything you sent me :) Thanks.

tentmari on Dec 17, 2018:

Congratulations on becoming a grandma!!! That's such an awesome Christmas gift. : )

I am contacting you, also, about a missing rating for the WIYM: Christmas Glitter Card. I sent this swap it on 11/19, but have not been rated by you for it yet. Have you received it? You can email me or leave a message on my profile.

kittyhahahotbot on Nov 8, 2018:

MNJoviGirl on Sep 23, 2018:

It's been ages write soon!


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!

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