Swap-bot Time: August 21, 2017 6:55 am


Date Joined: March 23, 2012
Last Online: August 15, 2017
Birthday: May 18
Country: United States

About Me

07122017 Last week I forgot to mark 4 swaps "sent," before we headed back out to Amook Island. They were sent out before the swap deadlines, but we were in a hurry, because the weather had come down again. So very sorry! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry

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


wolfeagle rated for Snails Mail Art on Aug 20, 2017
Comment: What a lovely snail. I love that you're sketching what you two find on the shore.
TamiTam55 rated for AMA Sender's Choice -August on Aug 19, 2017
Comment: I love your heart postcard, it's so very pretty. You are very talented. I'm lucky to have had you for a swap partner.
bbsporty rated for HMPC: Sender's Choice PC-Aug on Aug 19, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the great postcard! That mermaid tail fits perfect with the lady's body!
ccmmsu rated for USA-Hearts PC-August on Aug 18, 2017
Comment: Beautiful PC! Thank you! What a great idea to cut the hearts from pics of fancy dresses -- so pretty. And thanks for describing how you did the background. I forgot about using colored pencil to dampen the brightness of the paint. I'm so happy to add this PC to my collection!
pattiairel rated for CHWH - Quick stationery swap on Aug 15, 2017
Comment: thanks for the nice letter and swap!! Alaska sounds great!!
EmilyT rated for WPS - Summer Postcards on Aug 15, 2017
Comment: Thank you, beautiful summer seaside! Of course I've never been to a beach with penguins, super "cool"
Response: Thanks for the heart and you are so very welcome! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
kssunlover1947 rated for WPS - Animal Postcard #32 on Aug 11, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the Bull Moose card and information you sent.
Response: Thanks for the heart and you are so very welcome! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
dally rated for ZMACS Aug: watercolor minizine on Aug 11, 2017
Comment: Love both zines you sent me! Wonderful additions to my collection.
Response: Thanks for the heart and you are so very welcome! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
dvmac rated for ZMACS Aug: sketchy minizine on Aug 10, 2017
Comment: Thank you Sherry. The bush (is it a juniper?) was very ambitious. I don't know if I would have the courage to tackle it. But you did great! There must be so many opportunities for sketching for you. And I love birds, too, so thanks again.
Response: Thanks for the heart and you are so very welcome! The bush was a juniper! I thought it would be fun for this swap. My DH collects lots of things, for me to draw, on his walks around the island. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
susieq11 rated for Mail Art - Sender's Choice on Aug 10, 2017
Comment: Hi Sherry!! Your swap was awesome!!! The envelope is so pretty and I so enjoyed your note and zine!! How fun!! I recently watched a friend's dogs for 2 weeks while they went to Alaska. They loved it - said it was gorgeous and couldn't believe all the animals they saw!! I know from you how plentiful they are. I'll get there one day! Thank you for really making me smile today!!! XOXO
Response: Thanks for the heart and you are so very welcome! You should come! SOON! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Comment: Hi Sherry -- thanks for the great cards. Alaska is the only US state I haven't visited -- I can't wait to cross it off my list soon! How interesting to live on a remote island. All the best, al
Response: Thanks for the heart and you are so very welcome! Come on up! We have lived here 20 years and taken every highway to the end of the road! Still so much to see and do! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Onyx rated for AN Domestic Animals USA on Aug 8, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the awesome postcards! I loved all of them and the handmade envie too. Wonderful swap!
Response: Thanks for the heart and you are so very welcome! I love critters! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
bbsporty rated for MA: Mostly Green Postcard on Aug 8, 2017
Comment: I just love your postcard! It is so pretty! Thank you!
Response: Thanks for the heart and you are so very welcome! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Comment: Fab zine, the shell is beautiful. Thanks for the extra zine (spoilt), we saw ravens at the Tower of London, they were so big and powerful :-)
Response: Thanks for the heart and you are so very welcome! Thanks too for all your kind words! I LOVE ravens! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
camelsamba rated for ZMACS Aug: sketchy minizine on Aug 6, 2017
Comment: Nice sketches! I especially like the one of "rocks & ocean" - i have a hard time capturing rock formations. The clams are also great. They're all great! Thanks also for the bird zine with its fab feathers :^)
Response: Thanks for the heart and you are so very welcome! Thanks too for all your kind words! This was such a fun swap. That is the view that I see every day. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
bigmamabird rated for ZMACS Aug: watercolor minizine on Aug 5, 2017
Comment: Hah, got this swap in today as well... I feel special with my little zine pile! They are great fun and inspire me to get mine done... Cheers my friend!
Response: Thanks for the heart and you are so very welcome! I love making zines, don't you? So much information in a tiny book! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
bigmamabird rated for ZMACS Aug: sketchy minizine on Aug 5, 2017
Comment: Love your awesome zine, it shows a little bit of you life very nicely! The extra bird zine is also awesome! Hope you had a good summer...
Response: Thanks for the heart and you are so very welcome! have my own little piece of heaven on earth, right here! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
shellbede rated for ZZ ~ String 247 on Aug 5, 2017
Comment: Very cute and thanks for the extras!!
Response: Thanks for the heart and you are so very welcome! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Comment: Sweet journal! I can tell you put a lot of love into it!
Response: Thanks for the heart and you are so very welcome! I am lad you are enjoying it! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
ktk8 rated for in the Flower Garden Zentangles August on Aug 4, 2017
Comment: Oh Sherry I always LOVE receiving and sending to you..... I LOVE the calla....thanks for all the extras also esp the postcard & extra callas...... the BEST swap..... THANK YOU...... I love Alaska...got to spend Christmas of 2006 in Juneau......
Response: Thanks for the heart and you are so very welcome! Thanks too for all your kind words! You will have to come back and explore more! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry

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DaisyNY on Aug 11, 2017:

Your Heart PC got a comment on my Flickr page: "Love it!"

Angie on Jul 19, 2017:

One of my dogs found a rabbit in the brush. Every time I'm outside there are bunnies running this way and that. It makes the dogs crazy!

ScrapHappyGabi on Jul 2, 2017:

Cruising to Alaska from Vancouver 19th - 30th JULY - Will wave from the ship as we pass along the shore LOL!! ~ xx G

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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