Swap-bot Time: March 18, 2019 9:16 am


Date Joined: June 22, 2013
Last Online: March 17, 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.


vlhafer54 rated for Egg shape atc on Mar 17, 2019
Comment: I love the egg - it's so clever the way it swings open - too cute! And thank you for the extras. Enjoy the good weather while you can.
Response: It was really fun to make. I'm glad you like it.
adancingflower rated for Just Randomness on Mar 14, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for all the goodies—can’t wait to put them to good use! I especially loved the poem and ribbons!
pynart2 rated for Pocket Letter , Books & Tea on Mar 12, 2019
Comment: WOW! WOW! what can I say a beautiful Pocket letter. Wish I could give a lot of Hearts for the surprise I received from you. Thank you.
Response: I'm so happy you like the PL. I so enjoy making them especially when I know they have brought some happy to someone's day!
smmarrty rated for Supplies - junk journal on Mar 1, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the goodies - I will use them in my journals. I loved the envelope too!
Comment: Thank you for all the great items
Comment: Loved your envie, note, and happies you sent! So very nice! Enjoy your sis time...ever so special. :)
Comment: Thank you for the nice things!!
CheyanneB rated for AAA - Recycled Christmas Card ATC on Feb 22, 2019
Comment: I think my package might have been on a bit of an adventure - postmarked from way back in January, it arrived open today. Although no damage is done - its beautiful! Thanks so much! I hope you have a great visit with your little grand daughter :)
aligurl75 rated for Swaps ~ Dear Holiday Diary on Feb 19, 2019
Comment: I just wanted to tell you how much I am enjoying this journal. The interaction of the flippockets and all the quotes. I'm loving it! You have no worries on it not being as good as your partners book to you. I think it's fabulous. Thank you for sending it and sharing your days with me.
Response: I'm so happy that you're enjoying it. It was quite a challenge but so much fun too. Thank you for your kind words.
TonyaAshe rated for Magic Box Destash Swap February on Feb 17, 2019
Comment: Awesome Box! Thanks!
basykes rated for January 2019 Journal Swap on Feb 16, 2019
Comment: One of the best (most interesting) journals I've received. Thank you!
renate rated for Snailmail Pals Internaional on Feb 9, 2019
Comment: Thanks for your nice letter will reply soon on your questions
MindPuppet rated for Snailmail Pals Internaional on Feb 6, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely letter and the tea! I will write back soon!
Response: I look forward to receiving it!
1koolkrafter rated for Anything Goes 4x6+ on Feb 1, 2019
Comment: Very nice!!! Thank you...🤗
breethefrog rated for WIYM ~ Cover My Envelope! on Jan 31, 2019
Comment: Your envelope is amazing! I love the circular address, and the collaging is beautiful. This is definately one of my favorite-ever envelopes. Thank you, and I wish you lots more rain.
Response: I'm so happy you liked the envie. I love doing collage mail art. It's so fun taking bits of different things and making them into something interesting and hopefully, pretty! Thanks for the rating and heart.
martieCZ rated for Winter wonderland flipbook swap on Jan 31, 2019
Comment: Alissyn, that´s absolutely gorgeous! Thank you very much , it´s so beautiful. Thank you for all cute goodies you put in and for your message. And congrats to the birth of your first grandchild :).
Response: I'n so happy it made it to you and that you like it. Flipbooks are one of my favorite things to do on SwapBot. Still learning how to make things fit! Thanks for the rating and the heart.
katluk rated for Winterwonderland Pocket Letter on Jan 29, 2019
Comment: This pocket letter is sooo beautiful! I can't stop looking at it because it's so pretty. Each pocket is different but they all match together perfectly ♡ Thank you so much for this swap!
Response: To have someone appreciate the hard work that goes in to some of these swaps means a lot. I'm so glad you enjoyed it!
ccgigglebox rated for Ephemera swap...winter on Jan 26, 2019
Comment: I love everything! I can't wait to use the items in my journal

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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!

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.

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