Swap-bot Time: January 19, 2019 9:10 am


Date Joined: June 22, 2013
Last Online: January 16, 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.


mylove4craft rated for Washi washi on Jan 17, 2019
Comment: Great washi and congratulations on becoming a grandmother! I hope you get to see Chloe soon! I have a niece named Chloe!
ccmmsu rated for Washi wishes on Jan 15, 2019
Comment: Oh my gosh, talk about above and beyond! I am obsessed with the little booklet you made. And you were so generous with your washi -- I LOVE every single one of them! I'm going through a William Morris phase, so that 2" washi is making me very happy right now. :) Thank you so much! A mountain of hearts for you!
Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed it! Isn't that Morris washi gorgeous? I have two other patterns of it. I love that it is so wide. Enjoy!
mylove4craft rated for Washi wishes on Jan 14, 2019
Comment: OMG! The magic folder is so cute and fun! Thank you!!
Response: It was a lot of fun to make. I like finding new ways to present simple swaps to make it more fun. I'm relieved to know you knew what it was - it would have been a failure if you'd opened it and was "what the heck?" Thanks for rating and the heart.
sfcorrespondence rated for NEW YEARS INTENTIONS 2019 on Jan 14, 2019
Comment: I loved your 'intentions' and hope that you are taking the charge in 2019! I totally hear you on your goal of making more time for reading and not overwhelming yourself with swaps. Cheers to the New Year, and thank you so much for your wonderful letter. It was a joy to read. :) Good luck with the car!
Libertyjayne rated for Winter - ATC - Snowflake on Jan 14, 2019
Comment: Thank you for lovely ATC!
kgomez101 rated for Washi washi on Jan 13, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for the washi and congrats on being a grandma! Pink is my favorite color <3
Magenta3 rated for scrap sampler #3- Christmas/winter on Jan 12, 2019
Comment: Love the sampler booklet and the card and photo, note, and extras. Thank you so very much!
Response: I'm addicted to making these now. I have them all over my desk. Love corralling those little bits. I'm glad you like the one I sent you!
lperry rated for Washi washi on Jan 10, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much! Love the way you packaged everything.
AlishaK rated for Washi washi on Jan 10, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for the wonderful Washi! Also Congrats on the new grand baby, hope you get to see her soon.
crochetjunkie rated for Washi washi on Jan 10, 2019
Comment: I love your note. Very creative! Yes I love to make swap cards with washi too! I’ll print some info on sheets of card stock on the computer, add washi to the back and cut the cards out. Super fun! Thanks for the nice washi too!
Comment: Thank you for the pretty card and tags.
sarahjf02 rated for Mini Crafty Happy Mail on Jan 1, 2019
Comment: Thanks so much for all the items that you sent me! The note card, stickers and tags are beautiful. I can't wait to use all of them. I had a very nice Christmas with my family and I hope you had a great one too. Happy New Year! :)
KatrinaKatrina rated for Just Randomness on Dec 31, 2018
Comment: I love the envelope decor! I hope I’m thinking of the right mail lol if it had the Christmas trees on the front. And then the contents were so fun to go through of course! :) thank you so much!
Comment: Thanks so much for the lovely Christmas card and washi tape. I was very happy to receive both of them.
chiken79 rated for Quick Pick 3 Swap on Dec 28, 2018
Comment: Thank you for all the goodies. 😀
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful things that made my Christmas all that more fun. I did open the potholder set on day on(brightened up my kitchen) but waited until Christmas day to open the rest. Thanks for being a very thoughtful partner. Happy New Year of Swapping!
Thumpersivy rated for Last Minute Christmas Surprise on Dec 28, 2018
esew123 rated for Winter Zine on Dec 27, 2018
Comment: Yay! I received your zine today. Congrats on being a new grandma. :-) The graphics were very pretty. Thank you.
PrettyAlice rated for Winter Zine on Dec 26, 2018
Comment: Thanks! Nice zine!
Artstamper rated for Winter Zine on Dec 26, 2018
Comment: Love your little zine, especially how you used die cuts to decorate it. Lots of good stuff in it too. Thank you so much.

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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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