Swap-bot Time: November 13, 2019 12:42 pm


Date Joined: June 22, 2013
Last Online: November 13, 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: That is the prettiest halloween card ive ever gotten. I adore 3d stickers. Thanks just recd this today. My mail is abit slow coming in at times.
Mimi7 rated for ATC: Pumpkin Themed (by: Helena8664) on Nov 11, 2019
Comment: Hi Alissyn, Thanks so much for the wonderful ATC, I love it, I have a lot of squirrels, deer that come into our yard. We live by a woods. Thanks so much for the lovely note and the wonderful washis. I hope you also enjoy the holidays!!
ashchu rated for Make Me Happy With HappyMail #27 on Nov 10, 2019
toni rated for ATC: Pumpkin Themed (by: Helena8664) on Nov 8, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the lovely atc! Oh, my grand is in CA and I am here in TX haha.
Response: Should we trade places? Haha.
auntiejo rated for A/FWL-Halloween Card -USA on Nov 6, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the card and goodies! It came with postage due (45 cents, no biggies) but wanted to let you know. I use 15 cents stamps ...usually 2 of them... with a Forever Stamp when sending my swaps that are similar to this one. :-)
Response: I'm sorry! I thought I had put enough. I'll send you some stamps. Thank you for being kind about it.
lilmermaid rated for A/FWL-Halloween Card -USA on Nov 6, 2019
Comment: thank you very much
Comment: AMAZING mail goodies! Thanks so much! And also thanks for taking the time to send the other piece. You’re lovely! <3
Response: So glad you enjoyed your package. It was fun gathering all the bits just for you!
Comment: Thank you for the lovely green card! I appreciate your sending a second one. You must have a lot of embellishments!
Response: Did you like it?
Comment: Enjoyed your letter and the little envelope of Paris goodies!
stephanieM rated for Thanksgiving penpal swap on Nov 5, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much!
Comment: Thank you for the lovely letter! I enjoyed sitting back with my coffee and reading it! You have such beautiful handwriting. I will write back soon!
Response: I look forward to your letter!
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful handmade card. I hope you have a wonderful halloween!
TouringLady rated for Homemade Halloween Card USA on Oct 29, 2019
ubx rated for ☆ THEMED ENVELOPE #10 ☆ on Oct 28, 2019
Comment: Thanks for everything !
cerealgirl rated for More awesome magazine pics on Oct 27, 2019
Comment: Thank you sooo much for all the wonderful pictures!!! Oh, how I just LOVE doing these swaps!!! :D
Comment: Thank you so much! I really enjoyed your note and I LOVE the stickers and washi. Thank you ☺️❤️
Jenny19 rated for Broken Sticker Sheets #3 on Oct 23, 2019
Comment: OMG I was absolutely blown away by your package! You are so generous and I look forward to swapping with you again :)
Response: So glad it made it your way. I hope you will be able to make use of at least a few of the stickers! :) Enjoy!
Comment: OH! I love the black cat ATC's you sent me for this swap. They are all sweet and adorable-guess if I had to pick a favorite it would be the one with yellow flowers! And I Love the stationery you made the envelope out of and wrote your note on. Two of the cats are mine so I searched the internet to try and find some but sadly-no luck. I did find a hoodie that has those two cats that are like mine so HAD to order that. Then I scanned all the pieces of your mail-the envelope and note letterhead so I could at least have a copy of all the wonderful and varied cats. Hope your car is doing well soon-Happy Swapping-Oh-almost forgot-love the little folder you sent the ATC's in also-thanks for sharing with me.!
Response: Your comments made me smile. You're so exuberant! I'm so glad you enjoyed everything. Hey, and you got a hoodie out of it, too!

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JuneRosebud on Nov 1, 2019:

Thank u 4 joining my swap through WIYM: Ho To The Third Mini Pocket Letter=)

Fritosmom on Jul 9, 2019:

Puzzling Letter-Finally had time to put your Puzzle together. Very challenging. I decided to try Puzzle Guard (a glue) since it was so little and I had so much trouble getting MY Puzzle Letter turned over. Short story. LOL! The front looked great but the back was Off....Parts were not correct. I was able to read most of it. So 1. I am an organized Hoarder of Crafts 2. It is 100 degrees with awful humidity 3. Writing on puzzles is difficult. Thanks again and Happy Swapping!

CurlyTea on Mar 19, 2019:

Happy Birthday!

Aladyjackson on Jan 3, 2019:

Happy new year! Congrats on the baby!❤️❤️

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.

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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