Swap-bot Time: September 16, 2019 1:50 pm


Date Joined: June 22, 2013
Last Online: September 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.


dancingtiger rated for Poetry Challenge #2 on Sep 16, 2019
Comment: lovely poetry - rich language..and thank you for the frida and georgia cards too- very thoughtful of you x
SatisHuman rated for A Simple Woman's Day Swap #4 on Sep 14, 2019
Comment: Thanks for a beautiful journal and great answers! You are very talented!
Mon1496 rated for Magic Destash Box September on Sep 12, 2019
Comment: I loooved I probably took 3/4ths alot of the paper I can use for pocket letters the stickers are amazing. the little boxes are perfect for penpal gifts. Thank you
Response: Yay! I love knowing you could enjoy things in the box. Thank you for rating with a heart ๐Ÿ˜
Poohtat rated for Just Randomness on Sep 12, 2019
Comment: What a nice package. I love it all! Thank you
03Scarlett rated for Good-bye to Summer Notecard Swap on Sep 7, 2019
Comment: Thanks so much for the great letter ... it made my day! : )
Comment: Thanks I liked the cardboard embellishments that you made. Not my fav swap either..but love trying new stuff.
Traceyk rated for Happy Little Notecards #90 on Sep 7, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the swap! I enjoyed reading it although it was made out to Joanne. (???)
Response: Oh, darn it! I got the two partners mixed up. So sorry. JoAnne is probably just as confused! The one going to you reminded you of how awful a penpal I am!
Dinkyde rated for A Note For You # 12 on Sep 7, 2019
Comment: I loved your note. What an awesome surprise from your daughter. That made me smile. Two of my favourites are on your book list, A Man Named Ove and The Alice Network. I think you'll enjoy both. Thanks again for bringing sunshine to my day!!
Response: That list is books I've read this summer! I LOVED A man Called Ove! I heard they are making an English version of the movie starring Tom Hanks. Alice Network was super. Be sure to read Me. Rosenbaum Dreams in English. Happy reading!
sharmison33 rated for Pals that Read Profiles: Take 1 on Sep 4, 2019
Comment: Alissyn your envelope arrived today and it is AMAZING!! Itโ€™s been a rough day and to receive all of these goodies really made me smile! Iโ€™m getting ready to put all of the cards in their storage books now. I will drop a letter in the mail for you to answer your questions. Thanks for your generosity and kindness. Both are much appreciated. ๐Ÿ˜Šโค๏ธ
Response: Yay! Can't wait to hear from you!
VAgardengirlgirl rated for Poetry Challenge #1 on Sep 1, 2019
Comment: Alissyn, your poetry package was such a delight from the adorned envelope & HM card to the letter and poem, which is utterly charming. As a cat lover with 2 indoor cats, I completely understand your situation, and the joy when the โ€œkidsโ€ return home. Many many thanks for a thoroughly enjoyable package. ๐Ÿ’•
Response: I'm so happy you enjoyed everything. It makes my heart happy to make someone smile!
frograe rated for Bumble Bees Funtastic Swap on Aug 31, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for your letter and washi samples. I really enjoyed reading a bit about you! โ˜บ
patricia8288 rated for Send Anything #80 on Aug 21, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the lovely swap
Poohtat rated for Send Anything #80 on Aug 21, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the goodies. 106 is way to hot for me! Love the little pocket you made on the card. What a cute idea.
crochetjunkie rated for Send Anything #80 on Aug 20, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the great washi stickers! I love these things! And Iโ€™m the same way...Iโ€™ve addressed so many envelopes upside down. Lmao
tentmari rated for Pineapple on Aug 20, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for all the great pineapple items you sent me!!! I LOVE everything! I think it is wonderful how you included a๐Ÿgreeting card and a handmade๐Ÿ-themed envelope!!! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’—
Response: I love pineapples! Fun to eat and fun to swap. Thanks for the heart ๐Ÿ
CraftyMommaonaBUDGET rated for Book Lovers Day on Aug 20, 2019
Comment: Thanks for your swap, your swap was not labeled with the swap name which is why I didn't rate sooner
24Donna rated for CMF: Super Easy Polka-Dots Cards on Aug 12, 2019
Comment: Just received your card! I know what took it so long, it must have got caught in a mail machine! It was almost torn in half! But itโ€™s here and very beautiful! Thank you! Also being a grandma is such a blessing!
Response: I'm relieved it finally came! My little girl lives in Texas and what a shock I got this weekend. I was having lunch with two of my daughters when someone said "is this seat taken?" I looked up and there she was (and my daughter and husband but they're not important ๐Ÿ˜‹). I had no idea they were coming. I was stunned and then then jumped up and grabbed that little sweetie and never let go. Who cares about lunch! I've only seen her once when she was about 6 weeks old and now she's 8 months. They left today and I'm so sad.
Pepsicola57 rated for Magic Box Destash August on Aug 11, 2019
Comment: Wow! What an awesome lot of stuff , I will use it all .wish I could give more than 1 heart.
Response: Yay! I'm glad it brought a smile to your day! Enjoy!
diamondsapril rated for July 2019 Journal Swap on Aug 10, 2019
Comment: the journal was awesome....great job....love it. thanks bunches....I got the message to rate and I already rated when I received it, was a great & awesome journal...
Response: I hope it was interesting -one never really knows!

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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!โค๏ธโค๏ธ

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!

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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