Swap-bot Time: November 20, 2017 3:38 am


Date Joined: June 22, 2013
Last Online: November 18, 2017
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 57 year old-desperate-to-be-a-grandma! It's taking toooooo long!! I have three daughters, one married, so there's hope. My days are rather quiet, as I am a home-body but love it.

Art and creating are my passions, making invitations, announcements, etc., crocheting (small motifs), learning to tat, 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 Booktalk, and Judge Judy!!

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! especially foreign

Product Labels and any sort of logo art

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

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.


kathiann rated for List Minizine on Nov 18, 2017
Comment: Love the way you decorated this! Thank you for sharing!
MuddyPuddle rated for List Minizine on Nov 15, 2017
Comment: I love "It's a Little Bizarre," particularly your page about about your hacks...I'm going to borrow some! What a wonderful envelope to gather up from my mailbox. Thank you.
Response: So glad you liked it. Minizines are a lot of fun, don't you think? Thanks for rating and the heart.
tsimington rated for Mystery Box on Nov 9, 2017
Comment: Oh my gosh! What a blessing! Easily one of the nicest packages I’ve received. Everything was so nice. I loved it all. Thank you. So many items I can’t even name them all. Be blessed.
Response: It makes me happy to know you're so pleased. I enjoyed putting the swap together just for you!
Tasia570 rated for Washi Tape and a letter on Oct 30, 2017
Comment: Thanks so much for the nice letter and beautiful washi! I'll write back soon!
SassyChicken rated for Halloween Theme Flipbook on Oct 16, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much!! This flipbook is do amazing; one of the best swaps I've received! I can tell that so much thought and love went into making it!
Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed the book. Flipbooks are so much fun to make! Hope it helps make Halloween a little more fun this year!
Akanksha23 rated for Autumn Envelope Flip Book on Oct 7, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the awesome flipbook! Loved all the goodies too!
Eudaimonia rated for WIYM: Mini flipbook - Ladybugs on Oct 6, 2017
Comment: Wow, thank you so much for the effort you put in the flipbook. I loved it, so much to see and enjoy. Wish you all the best, Angelique
Uplandcin rated for ATC Flower Theme on Sep 29, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for the very pretty atc. You put a lot of effort into it and I love it.
amyduff rated for Magpie Journal U.S. - Summer 2017 on Sep 28, 2017
Comment: Thank you Alissyn for my bit o bit magpie journal. Really like the items you put in it and I truly appreciate the lovely letter you sent me with Peanuts goodies. I hope you are well and enjoying the start of a new season!
Response: These little magpie journals are a lot of fun to keep. I always have one in progress on my desk and just load it up with all sorts of minutiae! It's fun to look back.
evanselli rated for ATC: Cat Theme on Sep 5, 2017
Comment: thanks so much for the lovely ATC, it was beautiful!! our fall is creeping up on us as well and we have stores here as well that are putting out holiday things as well! have a great day :)
animal87x rated for Handmade Envie with Items 2 on Sep 5, 2017
Comment: I wish I could give a million hearts!! I need to shop where you do! I can never find cute stuff like what you sent me. Thank you so much! You made a really cool envelope too, so much detail, I love the liner. I am so sorry to hear about whats going on. <3 As for AGT there is a LOT of good talent, (this is my second season to watch it) but my vote is for Angelica Hale, everytime she sings it gives me the chills-in a good way! I am definitely a fan. I am not much of a pen pal unfortunately, but I look forward to seeing you around in more swaps. Let me know if you have more bunny and halloween things youd like to get rid of, maybe we can do a private swap as I see "ribbon" is on your prefered list and I have soooo much I would love to part with. Thank again for all the amazing goodies and the letter you sent!
Response: I'm rooting for Sarah and Hero or Darci, she's amazing Angelica is amazing too but I think too young for a Las Vegas show. She'll have tons of opportunities after this though. Thank you for the kind words and the heart rating. Anytime you'd like to do a private swap, PM me and we'll set something up!
blueseabliss rated for Envelope Flip Book on Aug 25, 2017
Comment: Alissyn, This is the coolest flip book EVER! Thank you so much! My heart goes out to you and your family.
Response: Thank you so much for being so patient with me. I am glad you enjoyed the flip book. I LOVE making these, and it was so fun making this one for you with such a fun theme!
Comment: This is a delightful envie of blue goodies ~ and my favorite shades of blue too! Thank you so much!
Allison8236 rated for 30 lovely Die Cuts on Aug 17, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful assortment of cuts! Thank you for hosting.
annielou rated for PRIVATE SWAP: Mail theme Flipbook on Aug 16, 2017
Comment: The most wonderful fun filled flip book! It's fascinating with all its twists and flips! Not to mention your attention to every detail. I'm over the moon. A 5 and a ❤️ Is not enough unless I take them x infinity. Beautiful work. I feel so lucky to have this book for my very own!!! Thank you!!!
Response: You make me smile! Thank you for all the sweet comments. Aren't they so much fun? I'm so glad we connected and look forward to lots more friendship.
SGriffin rated for Mystery Q&A - 50 on Aug 14, 2017
Comment: Thank you! And I loved the presentation! Super cool.
Zander rated for 30 Diecuts #6 on Aug 10, 2017
Comment: I love die cuts and no you can't have enough.....Thank You so much for the lovely die cuts, love them all and those little note cards are so cute!
guinstar rated for CHRISTMAS (in July) Washi Tape Swap on Aug 10, 2017
Comment: I love the washi you sent me! They're all super cute and thanks for the extras! The cards you wrapped them in are cute! Thanks again! :)
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely ATC. I really like it. The time and effort you put into creating it shows. You are very talented.
ChelleBell rated for MEGA STICKER SWAP #04 USA on Jul 29, 2017
Comment: This package was awesome. I genuinely laughed out loud at some of those funny cat ones. Much appreciated. Thank you.
Response: I've recently gone berserk over cat stickers. I'm glad I could bring a smile to your day!

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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

btbeth on May 27, 2017:

My messages to you are still unread. I mailed the tag a week ago. Please confirm that you got the TIAZ group You Choose tag, thanks!

LauraM540 on May 26, 2017:

Thanks for feeding my washing addiction with the incredible baggie of samples for the you choose tag! Have a great weekend

RyeRye on Jun 24, 2016:

Thanks for joining Inspiration Station!

montigneyrules on Nov 4, 2015:

I saw your comment about my swap being fun, I appreciate the excitement. (Guess What's in the Envelope)

ContraryHousewife on Oct 26, 2015:

Happy Halloween

flowerchild on Sep 16, 2015:

Thank you so much for the nice letter! I wish I had time to write notes like that, maybe if I got one of those speech to written word programs/app I could write while driving :) Hope all is well on your end. Take care.

user2637 on May 18, 2015:

Hiya! I'm hosting a Board Game Pocket Letter in Pocket Pickers United group. I sent you a group invite. :)

ladydy5 on Apr 21, 2015:

Thank u for the computer paper received for WTA I won on EOTPF group. Stated same on our group too.

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