Swap-bot Time: March 26, 2017 4:00 am


Date Joined: March 23, 2012
Last Online: March 25, 2017
Birthday: May 18
Country: United States

About Me

120516 YAY!!! 2000 Five ratings reached today!

102616 We are officially back in our winter house, in Larsen Bay, after closing the house on Amook Island, until next spring. The whales, sea otters, deer and foxes as well as the eagles and sea birds have been so entertaining, this year! Winter storms are here! Already 5-10 inches of snow, high winds and seas, dark clouds and fog. Great times to stay inside and create! Also volunteering, at the school, having the kids read aloud to me. Hugs from Alaska!

080316 Taking the oxygen concentrators back to Kodiak City tomorrow! Yay! Never take any breath for granted. Thanks for all your prayers and well wishes! I know they made a difference!

052216 Thank you for all the well wishes! I am still on oxygen at night, (my oxygen goes down to 80%) but am gaining more energy every day. Had a Sleep Study done. More results in 2 weeks. Hugs from Alaska.

042416 Home after a week in the hospital with pneumonia. Had to come home on oxygen. Trying to wean myself off the oxygen. No energy, but swapping takes my mind off that. Hugs from Alaska.

012416 We just had 2 earthquakes, one almost on top of the other, a 6.5 and a 7.1. I live about 216 miles south and west of the epicenter, and they shook the house and made my lamps and mobiles swing. Nothing fell off the walls. Up in Kasilof, there are huge cracks in the road, with parts of it raised high enough to be able to slide down. They lost at least three houses to gas line fires. My Dusty kitty hid out for an hour, and my DH slept right through it.

011616 All of our snow has gone away, though we are getting winds of 40k and seas that are 18 feet high. Hope everyone is having a safe and creative new year!

120915 We were visited by Santa and his elves today, via 2 US Coast Guard helicopters. They brought gifts and holiday foods. Our children, then, put on a Christmas Program for them, the pilots and engineers. It was a beautiful, glorious, severe clear day!

102515We are officially in LB for the winter now. We have to go out and pull the running line and see what damage this last storm did (if any), but we will be mostly in LB. We have been monitoring scrap metal removal, (almost 3 million pounds so far), watching out for teenage bratty bears, (there are twins, breaking into buildings, in the village) and getting ready for winter.

06152014 My DH and I spend most of our summer and fall out on Amook Island and come into the village about once a week to check messages, get our mail, do laundry, etc,, weather permitting. I check SB and rate all the mail, I receive, on those days, as well. Please do not think that I am ignoring any messages/swaps/rating. I treasure each one I receive. Hugs from Alaska.

04092014 Home from Anchorage!!! Yay!!! Denali Vena Cava Filter removed. Hugs from Alaska.

Please...if you have any unexplained swelling on one side, any type of heavy (like a period) clear discharge from your vagina, or something doesn't "feel" right, get it checked further than a PAP smear. PAP smears do not find ovarian or uterine cancers! I was "lucky" that I had a blood clot, that after further tests, lead them to diagnose before it was too late. Don't wait. You are important!

09122013 My son is safely home from Afghanistan! Thank you Lord!

06292013 I'm home from my Lower 48 trip: Tomorrow,(4-1-13) I am beginning a long journey around the Lower 48 States. I am taking the ferry, down through the Inside Passage, to WA, (Here on 4-12-13) going from there to Idaho (4-14-13), down thru UT (4-16-13) to AZ and the Grand Canyon (4-20-13). Then I am heading east thru TX (4-23-13), into LA, thru AL to FL (4-25-13) to see my sister, After that, I will be driving up the East Coast, thru the New England States, to ME to see my uncle (5-5-13), Then, I will be heading west, and driving around the Great Lakes (with a side trip to MO to see my Nephew 5-11-13) to WI,(5-13-13) to see my other brother, Then it's thru MN to South Dakota (5-18-13) to see my Pa and his wife, north to Canada (MB 5-22-13, BC 5-24-13, YT 5-28-13) and back to Alaska (Tok, AK 5-31-13) over the ALCAN. Will get home on the 29th of Jun, weather permitting. 36 USA states, 5 Canadian Provinces and 17,000 miles, and my trip is completed! Happy Swapping!!!

NO purple please!!! Think of this as a severe allergy! It's weird, I know, but that's how it is.

I am a retired Occupational Therapist, living with my husband, David, on a remote Kodiak island, called Amook Island. The nearest village, Larsen Bay, is 4 miles across Uyak Bay. That is where we pick up our mail, fuel and have our winter house. We generate our own electricity, and use a composting toilet, but all our other appliances are the same electric and gas types as elsewhere. Our lives are ruled by the weather and the tides. We have whales, orcas, sea lions, seals, otters, sea birds, eagles, ravens, magpies and song birds, as well as fox, deer, Kodiak bear, ermine and all the sea life to watch. It is absolutely beautiful here!

Favorite Crafts

I do almost everything, craftwise except make baskets. As an Occupational Therapist, I used crafts and art to help people who had been injured or had some other life changing event, regain function and become as independent as possible. I used the modalities of leather craft, stained glass, weaving, paper arts, painting, woodworking, ceramics, metals and jewelry making, polyclays, etc. I continue to keep those skills up now for my enjoyment and to share with others. I love to learn new skills. I love mini-zine swaps!. I also learned how to do Ravenstail Weaving (deceptively looks simple to do). I love mail art!

Likes and Dislikes

I LOVE Yellow and Blue to Blue Green (teal blue) as my favorite colors.

Vintage and antiqued items.

Small printed papers, rather than large ones

Doilies, crocheted and paper

Art nouveau and art deco, think of Alphonse Mucha and Maxfield Parrish. . Birds, the ocean (and all the creatures that live in it) and dragonflies are favorite subjects.

I love lemon anything, and yellow/white daffodils.

Mail art that is thought provoking and intriging to look at with textures.

Interested in all kinds of lands, peoples and cultures.

Natural Sciences: Biology, Botany, Geology, Herbology, Meteorology etc.

POSTCARDS: I love all of the above subjects. I have an album going of ALL kinds of birds, (ravens and birds of prey are favorites). I love foxes, muskox, wolves, old decrepit buildings and outhouses too. I appreciate every single PC that I receive!


I DESPISE Purple!!!

If you want a heart, from me, please do not make anything, send it in, or enclose anything with that color within the packages or envies, or postcards that you send. That includes writing on PC with purple ink.

That being said, I am thrilled that there are other people who DO enjoy purple as I can pass purple papers and pens, etc., that come in sets, on to them :)

It has been brought to my attention that people are feeling "intimidated" by my request for no purple and are "afraid that you will mark them a 3 on a sender's choice swap." I have only rated one 3 and that was because that person sent a swap that was not within the parameters set by the swap, and did not reply to any messages, until after I rated a 3. I have only rated ones to those people who flake. As it states above, I will just not give a heart for swaps that have purple on them, they will be rated a 5 if they fufill the requirements of the swap.

vulgar language or gratuitious nudity.

political subjects or running down any country.

cutsie or childish, including stickers with childish themes

Favorite Music

Pretty eclectic in this area. It all depends on my mood. Only things I dislike are head banger/ violent music and rap.

Favorite Authors

Kate Shugak and Liam Campbell Series by Dana Stabenow, Iris Johansen, Kay Hooper, Marjorie Liu, Kathy Reichs, Patricia Briggs, Margaret Coel, Sue Grafton, Susan Henry, Mercedes Lackey...for fun. I have read all of John Sandford, and Toni Hillerman and am working on Kendra Elliot's Bone Secrets series. I like urban legend anthologies too. I read about ancient cultures from Egypt to Herculanium, to the Mayas and Incas, etc. I am book poor...all my money is spent on books.

Favorite Television

We do not have a TV. I catch these shows when we go into town. Project Runway and All Stars, Bones, CSI, Mystery on PBS, Crafting in America, Home and Garden TV, Discovery and Animal Planet

Flaking and other Stuff

If I sign up for a Swap, I will be sending out the item(s). If you do not receive something from me, please email me, and I will rectify that. That being said, also please be patient, as I do live in a remote place and sometimes we do not get mail for 2-3 weeks. I will also rate my partners, usually on the same day I receive the item(s). Thank you in advance for not flaking. Hugs from Alaska.

State Card Map PCs

I now have one of every State Map Card! Thank you so much for helping me reach this small goal!

I know Alaska has, at least, 4 state maps cards, so I would not mind getting more than one from each state. If you would be willing to, I would like you to PM me to make sure you are not sending me a duplicate. Thanks in Advance.

NOTE: I have found, through swapping, that I absolutely LOVE those PCs that have the terribly old and neglected buildings on them that say "Retirement Home, only needs a little work," or "This can be yours for $999,999.00" I would love to have one from each state! I currently have one from California, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, Idaho, Iowa, Oregon, Florida, Missouri, North Carolina, Colorado, Tennessee, Montana, and Wyoming. Thanks!

Oh, Oh...now I have a new LOVE, thanks to Heather!!! Outhouse PC!!! She sent me a blue one with a smiley face on it. :) I have one from: Alaska, Texas, South Carolina, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky!!!. Thanks.

Angels: Thank you so much!

@Lucine @Merimax @Thelittledreamcatcher @MichelleWillow @VLD


yvonne401 rated for CHWH ~ Spring Recipe Postcard Swap on Mar 26, 2017
Comment: Thank you!
jaz1yn rated for HMPC: Put a "Definition" on it on Mar 25, 2017
Comment: Your martin/bird postcard is lovely and I enjoyed reading your message. Thank you for making it and sending it to me!
PeggyO rated for HMPC: Sender's Choice-March on Mar 23, 2017
Comment: Thanks for your pretty colored design postcard---I think you did the drawing of the design as well. I keep thinking I should try some of that but not confident enough to do so. I must practice which is all it takes I suspect. I would LOVE TO SEE ALASKA so much.We are thinking of taking a cruise that would leave from Seattle. It is on my Bucket List! Thanks for the card and the friendly message. Happy swaps and sending hugs back to you!
Response: Thanks for the heart and all your kind words! You are so very welcome! Yup! It just takes practice. I have traveled, on the Marine Highway, from Haines, AK to Bellingham, WA! Spectacular scenery My DH and I have traveled every highway, in Alaska, to the end of the road, and we have only seen a tiny portion of it. Come on up! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
rexypants rated for Big Spring Swap on Mar 22, 2017
Comment: Hi Sherry! Thank you very much for the wonderful envie of PCs! I especially loved the alligators. The one with your address on it is pretty cool too. Take care and thanks for joining!
Response: Thanks for the heart and for hosting this fun swap! You are so very welcome! Happy Spring! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
jaz1yn rated for Intl-Hearts PC-March on Mar 21, 2017
Comment: I love your bird postcard with the little heart; thanks for making it and sending it to me. The protective sleeve was a good idea too... on its way to me something tore a small hole in the front center; I'm glad that didn't happen to the actual card. Will you please tell me how you made it? It is wonderful that you volunteer at the local school each day; we need more people like you in this world. Keep up the good work!
Response: Thanks for the heart and all your kind words! The protective sleeve is a page out of one of those photo albums, I used to get, free, with each roll of film developed. I just cut carefully along the inside seam and close the end with washi tape. Need to make sure the end, with the address is opposite the washi tape. If you want to hear about how I made the card itself, pm me. :) Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Liiskah rated for I Don't Live Here March '17 on Mar 19, 2017
Comment: Thankyou for the postcard! I agree, living on a sandbar would be somewhat unnerving!
Response: Thanks for the rating and you are so very welcome. Have you seen those videos, that show land, buildings and trees just sinking and disappearing? THAT's scary! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
bjmonroe rated for easter dotee OR icicle on Mar 17, 2017
Comment: I love my little dote, adorable. Looks just like a peeps, especially the tiny black eyes. Perfect. Thank you
Response: Thanks for the heart and you are so very welcome! I am so glad you are enjoying it. It was so fun to make for you! Those eyes...you know, you have the perfect size beads, to add to something, but you just can't put your hands on them? I bet I searched for an hour to find these ones! LOL Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Marl33n rated for Beautiful Birds PC Swap on Mar 17, 2017
Comment: Yes, owls are amazing, thanks for the beautiful postcard!
Response: Thanks for the heart and you are so very welcome! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
SilverD rated for AMA: Public Service Announcement on Mar 14, 2017
Comment: That is truly sad and horrifying that people think they can go shooting a gun anywhere there just because it's Alaska. People can really be stupid sometimes. I hope no one ever gets hurt because of idiots like this!
Response: Thanks for the heart! It gets worse when they mix testosterone, alcohol, and a mob mindset into the mix! We are trying to prevent anyone from hurting themselves or others. We want this to be a place where all can come and enjoy the beauties of our part of Alaska! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
bbsporty rated for USA-Hearts PC-March on Mar 14, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful postcard! I just love the bird against the bronze background!
Response: Thanks for the heart and you are so very welcome! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Karen07 rated for WPS - Animal Postcard #31 on Mar 13, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the javelina. Never even heard of it!
Response: Thanks for the heart and you are so very welcome! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
bjmonroe rated for Queen bee Swap on Mar 13, 2017
Comment: Love the Queen Bee you made for me. you put a lot of work into it. Thank you
Response: Thanks for the heart and you are so very welcome! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
widelo123 rated for AN My Favorite Animal on Mar 12, 2017
Comment: Sherry, thank you for the postcard. Shirley
Response: Thanks for the heart and you are so very welcome! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Artstamper rated for MA: Alter a PC #5 on Mar 10, 2017
Comment: I really like this PC! I could use a little beach today.We had a big Spring snow storm. Thanks so much. It arrived in one of those postoffice envelopes but I can't see anything wrong with it.
Response: Thanks for the heart and you are so very welcome. Glad it arrived safely! It has been about 3 weeks since we rec'd our last snowfall. We have patches of ice on the roads, but snow still, in the mountains. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Germanbaby77 rated for SWL ~ USA Rainbow ATC on Mar 10, 2017
Comment: Beautiful ATCs! Love how you used 2, and how well they fit together! Thank you for sending them both!
Response: Thanks for the heart and you are so very welcome! ATC's are so fun to make! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Comment: Thank you for the cards. The Alaska card was new for me so I now have 7 different Alaska map cards.
Response: Thanks for the heart and you are so very welcome! Hugs from Alaska! Sherry
sunshinesuperman rated for ZMACS FEB: Star Book on Mar 8, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for the most unique star book, I love it. I just adore how you used the constellations to spell out my name. I just keep looking at it over and over. Perfect swap! Hugs, Mona
Response: Thanks for the heart and all your kind words! I am so glad you are enjoying it! I was amazed that there was only one "N" constellation! So fun to put together for you! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
graciepie49 rated for MA: Drawing Practice on Mar 4, 2017
Comment: Dear Sherry :-) . . . How gorgeous are your fish and how clever is your drawing of them! Thank you for sending me such a great postcard. And I send hugs to your kitty for enduring the fright of crashing snow.
Response: Thanks for the heart and all your kind words! You are so very welcome! Dusty also thanks you for your hugs. She is otherwise focused, right now, on commanding her automatic food dish to "feed me!" Even though it always feeds her at specific times every day, she gets pretty anxious that "it's never going to work!" Poor kitty! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Comment: The perfect animal for me. I love all the little details.
Response: Thanks for the heart! So glad you are enjoying it! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Angie rated for MA: Rubber Stamped ATC February 2017 on Feb 27, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the nice ATCs. I like the bird one best but they're both nice. Thanks for the little stamp too! XO
Response: Thanks for the rating and you are so very welcome! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry

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Drachenfrau on Dec 30, 2016:

Have a wonderful 2017, Sherry!!! I hope my Christmas-card arrived. :-*

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anrtist on Nov 8, 2016:

There are so many negative things on TV & everywhere you turn,.. esp on this election day!
I want to share this with you lovely ladies today!!!

Blessings, cc

jukejan on Nov 2, 2016:

Enjoyed your profile and your screen name drew me in. I have a AK interest and loved reading about the wildlife. Peace!

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