Swap-bot Time: June 29, 2017 7:13 am


Date Joined: March 23, 2012
Last Online: June 29, 2017
Birthday: May 18
Country: United States

About Me

My DH had a successful cataract surgery. Looking forward to returning home, after his last appointment tomorrow. 2 flights and a boat ride.

No Purple Please.

04012017 Put the landing craft back in the water and into the harbor. It was 48 degrees F today so spring is here. Soon we will be back out on Amook Island for the Spring, Summer and Fall. We have had 50 deer, we have counted here in the village, over the winter, and about that many eagles. With the warmer temps, came rain and fog. Badly needed here as we have had no precipitation for a month and temps hovering around 18 degrees F for the same amount of time. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry

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


Dasha rated for AMA Sender's Choice -June on Jun 29, 2017
Comment: Thank you for a beautiful painting, that winter scene sure made me feel less hot in crazy hot weather we have here right now. :)
meeltje57 rated for MA: Sender's Choice June 2017 on Jun 27, 2017
Comment: Thank you for this lovely little bird. I love the way you did the background too! Thanks for covering the postcard, it is in perfect condition ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ♫ 💙💜💛❤💚💕
Response: Thanks for the heart and so glad it arrived in one piece! Covering it is a great way to use all those photo folders, we used to get when developing film. I love all the little doodads and hearts at the end of your message! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
nancybarlow rated for AMA: Themed Zine - Words on Jun 23, 2017
Comment: Sherry, I LOVE both Zines! This was my first one and it could get to be addictive. I've already shared the "square foot gardening" with a friend. Thanks so much!
Response: Thanks for the heart and you are so very welcome! Zines are extremely addictive! surprising how much information you can get on a single page! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Comment: hello, thank you for those cards which i had received earlier, i forgot to rate it, the homer is on the way back:). thank you for the tea :)
Response: Thanks for the heart and following up on rating me! You are so very welcome! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Comment: Thanks for the extras! Hope your PH is recovering well from the cataract surgery. Take care. (p/s: what is PH?!)
Response: Thanks for the heart and you are so very welcome! DH is short for Dear Husband. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
midteacher rated for HMPC: Sender's Choice - June on Jun 15, 2017
Comment: Very artistic PC. Love the background you created. FYI: It arrived postage due because of the flowers and rhinestone. Not concerned over the cost, just want you to be aware of it.
Response: Thanks for the rating. Sorry for the postage due!!! I sent 20 of these out and yours is the only one that required more postage, that I have heard. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Comment: Sherry thanks for the awesome cards you chose for this swap. I love these kind of swaps! I am sending you a message.
Response: Thanks for the heart and you are so very welcome! These are fun! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
knitterofhats rated for Quote Postcard - Summer on Jun 13, 2017
Comment: Thanks! Happy Summer!
Response: Thanks for the heart and you are so very welcome! Happy Summer to you too! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
susieq11 rated for Altered Postcard 3 on Jun 13, 2017
Comment: Thank you, Sherry! I love all the sea creatures! I'm so happy you joined my swap! xoxo
Response: Thanks for the heart and you are so very welcome. You should come to Alaska to see them all in "person." Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
eel rated for CHWH ~ Encouraging Scripture Postcard on Jun 11, 2017
Comment: Hej Sherry, It finally arrived! Sucks when we put the wrong stamps on, eh? I have done that a few times, myself. Love the scriptures that you chose. eel
Response: Thanks for the heart and so glad it made it there!!! I hate it when that happens! LOL It probably cost more for the post office to send it back to me. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Comment: Thank you for the lovely zines!
Response: Thanks for the heart and you are so very welcome! I love making and receiving zines!!! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Dasha rated for Mostly Yellow on Jun 8, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for a beautiful yellow card. Love the quote too.
Response: Thanks for the heart and you are so very welcome. I think that will be my postcard for next year! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
boriquaz rated for USA-Hearts PC-June on Jun 6, 2017
Comment: I love this swap series too. Great postcard. Thank you. Happy swapping!
Response: Thanks for the heart and you are so very welcome! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
mjhaertling rated for Tweet Tweet Tweet on Jun 6, 2017
Comment: Received your pretty card today. Very striking colors. I love it. I like to see eagles but would probably not like to have one right next to me.Your home must be a beautiful place.
Response: Thanks for the heart, You can see my house if you Google Amook Island. My house is the gray one over looking Uyak Bay. I live in heaven on earth. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
graciepie49 rated for ZMACS May: Strata Trifold on Jun 5, 2017
Comment: Hi Sherry . . . Your volcanic chimneys trIfold is such a cute idea! Thanks :-)
Response: Thanks for the heart and you are so very welcome! Glad you like it and wish you could see the real ones! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Karen07 rated for WPS - 3 Postcards to 3 Partners #11 on Jun 3, 2017
Comment: Thanks for a great card! Have an awesome summer!
Response: Thanks for the heart and I hope you have a great summer too! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Comment: Cute PC, thank you! We see the whales on their migration here too they are wonderful:)
Response: Thanks for the rating! Hard to think that they only eat when they are up here!!! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
mgallardo68 rated for Intl-Hearts PC-May on Jun 2, 2017
Comment: Beautiful postcards decorated with 2 of my favorite quotes ever!! Just recently used them in a Postcard I sent as well. Thank you so much Sherry for your wonderful swaps always!
Response: Thanks for the heart and all your kind words. It's a joy to swap with you! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Comment: Loved that you sent pic of your house. I only went to Alaska once, the inner passage on a cruise ship, but if I had the $$ I would definitely visit again. So beautiful & pics don't do it justice.
Response: Thanks for the heart and all your kind words. You definitely have to come back. We have been here for 20 years, drove all the way to the end of every paved road, in Alaska, and still have more to explore. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
maggie16 rated for Mail Art: Rubber Stamps on Jun 1, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the mail art envelope, the zine, and the sweet card, Sherry! The butterfly stamped image is very pretty! Oh, and try not to worry about taking apart old books...it's better they be used for new artwork/crafts than having them sitting on a shelf collecting dust ;) Hugs, Margarita xo
Response: Thanks for the heart and all your kind words! So happy that you like it. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry

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WayUpInAlaska on Mar 30, 2017:

Hiya! was just browsing through profiles and saw you were in Alaska too! :) I'm up in North Pole by Fairbanks...just thought I would stop off and say a quick hi while I was here :)


Whippet on Mar 29, 2017:

Thank you Sherry for being so kind to send me the card "The Little Moments With You...", also the Alaska postcards RAK. Central Florida's "Spring" has passed too quickly, tomorrow the first daytime temp up to 90F for '2017! Keep cool for me.

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!

AmookIslandCreations on Oct 31, 2016:

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