Swap-bot Time: April 19, 2019 1:40 am


Date Joined: August 19, 2008
Last Online: April 18, 2019
Birthday: March 13, 1984
Country: United States
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About Me

I work in marketing at a university hospital system and have a wonderful partner and sweet baby son. We have a big friendly mutt in our household too.

I am an avid reader and writer. I love literary fiction, memoir, fascinating history/social science, and the classics.

I enjoy hiking, backpacking, camping, and mountaineering with my family. We love the outdoor opportunities here in the Pacific Northwest!

Maxwell Butte

Favorite Crafts

I'm a paper crafter, and dabble in painting and drawing.

Things I like to make and also like to receive:

*Handmade notecards/postcards




*Mail art

*Naked mail

*ATCs, inchies, twinchies


*Paper flowers


Non-crafts I like to swap:

*Postcards (see section below)

*Books, reading, etc (see section below)



*Paper crafting supplies


*Stationery (not for computer)

*Googly eyes, brads, non-flat stickers


I do a lot of zentangles and love to swap them. I'm not particular about using the official trademarked Zentangle method or patterns. Below are some samples of what I've created!

Mandala zentangle




My favorite color is yellow, closely followed by pink/red. I love yellow and pink together! I also like green and really like multi-colored items.

As far as shades, I tend to prefer bright, vibrant shades and jewel tones. I like pastels - especially yellow and pink. I'm not too excited by earth tones or darker shades.

Postcard preferences

MAPS! - especially unusual maps (like a historical map, a map of a small town, or some sort of themed map).

Typical tourist cards - scenic/city views, cards from a tourist destination/landmark, etc.

I prefer NAKED postcards, with a message and a stamp.

I also enjoy USED vintage postcards - the older the better, with old stamps and interesting old messages.

Favorite Books

I prefer literary fiction, short stories, biography, memoir and well-researched, well-written history and social science. I am interested in book reviews and recommendations. I don't like most genre fiction (like romance, mystery, thriller, etc...) and I don't usually like series fiction.

Favorite novels: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, We Have Always Lived in the Castle, The Solace of Leaving Early, A Tale of Two Cities, Midnight's Children, The Once and Future King, Joseph Andrews, Cat's Cradle, A Prayer for Owen Meany, A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Gilead, Ada, Tinkers, One Hundred Years of Solitude, Their Eyes Were Watching God, The Grapes of Wrath, Sacred Hunger, Waterland, The Man Who Fell in Love with the Moon, Sometimes a Great Notion, All the Light We Cannot See, Americanah, Salvage the Bones, Love Medicine

Favorite short story authors: Anthony Doerr, Alice Munro, Raymond Carver, Carson McCullers, George Saunders, Junot Diaz, Jhumpa Lahiri, Edgar Allan Poe, Lucia Berlin

Poetry: Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Langston Hughes, ee cummings

Check out my Goodreads (link above)

Things I love

animals, bright colors, nature/the outdoors, stationery, map postcards, notecards, journals, word puzzles and games, logic puzzles, the number 4, Girl Scouts, hiking and camping, books and reading, The Beatles, German beer coasters, papers for card making, extremely fine line pens (005) in all colors, tea, handmade envelopes, naked mail, zentangles, short stories, challenges, biking

Looking for a good theme for a profile-based swap to send me? Some ideas I would enjoy, in no particular order:

*Yellow and pink


*Adventure/mountain/active outdoors


*All things German





I like black and green teas - flavors always welcome! I enjoy flavors like vanilla, chocolate, caramel, any sort of nutty flavors, and I love coconut. Fruit flavors are hit and miss - sometimes great, sometimes not.

I don't care for herbal teas or earl grey.


*Hello Kitty, kawaii, Disney, Diddl, any other trademarked characters

*Vintage (unless it's used postcards), Victorian, ephemera, steampunk, etc...

*Gothic, dark, horror

*dollar store, kitsch, trinkets


jjhere rated for Collaboration #68 on Apr 13, 2019
Comment: I love your base! The marbled paper looks like it was gorgeous. So cool that you made the stamp, too. Hmmm...what to add...??
fiorellaione rated for TBR: March Update! on Apr 10, 2019
Comment: Thank you for your update! :I
MRShemery rated for TBR: March Update! on Apr 9, 2019
USAFwife rated for TBR: March Update! on Apr 9, 2019
Comment: Looks like you're making progress. :) It's hard to not add more books, isn't it?
Response: Not just hard, impossible! I may institute a remove one to add one policy.
colleenbUSA rated for TBR: March Update! on Apr 8, 2019
Comment: Good job so far!
hazelwitch3 rated for TBR: Pledge and read! on Apr 5, 2019
Comment: Thank you for sending me such an interesting review of Just Like Us. it sounds a fascinating book and you did a very good job of describing it. I think it's one I will probably read some time in the future.
Response: Glad you liked it! Sorry (not sorry) for potentially adding to your TBR though. :)
Ronya rated for Collaboration #67 on Mar 27, 2019
Comment: Thank you very much. :)
USAFwife rated for TBR: Pledge and read! on Mar 27, 2019
Comment: Thanks so much for sharing. I've seen that book on a few different newsletters and book sites. Once I tackle my current TBR, maybe I'll look for it. :)
PrairieKittin rated for ZZ ~ Twinchie Postcard ongoing on Mar 20, 2019
Comment: Ooohhhhh.......... I'm going to have fun with this one! Thank you! Love the envelope, too!!
hazelwitch3 rated for TBR: February update! on Mar 12, 2019
Comment: You're making good progress so far and congratulations on not adding any more to the list (unlike several of the rest of us!). Keep up the good work!
MRShemery rated for TBR: February update! on Mar 7, 2019
colleenbUSA rated for TBR: February update! on Mar 5, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the update, good luck!
USAFwife rated for TBR: February update! on Mar 5, 2019
Comment: It's great that you're making progress. And I'm envious of your ability to not add to your TBR! I've not only added to my list of books to read (books not purchased) AND to my physical shelf! I'm not doing very good on that front. Wasn't "Becoming" a good book? We listened to it together as a family and everyone really enjoyed it. :) And from your list - "An American Marriage" - I LOVED that book. I got a chance to read it just after it came out last year and was very pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed the book. :) Love it when that happens. :) Thanks for sharing!
jayneblonde002 rated for TBR: February update! on Mar 4, 2019
Comment: Thank you for your list.
fiorellaione rated for TBR: February update! on Mar 4, 2019
Comment: Thank you for your update! :)
Artistic rated for Bookish Bucket List on Feb 23, 2019
Comment: Wow! I want to appropriate Read Around the World and the Tournament of Books. "1001 Arabian Nights" is something I, too, would like to read (but in English). Thanks.
WoodlandBanshee rated for Collaboration #66 on Feb 20, 2019
Comment: Great additions to a great card. Thank you for the extra tuck ins!
Comment: Thanks for this beautiful start! It will be fun to tangle and pass on! It's OK to send one back to me that I have already worked on. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
nancylee rated for Fish Postcard on Feb 15, 2019
Comment: Love it! One of the really fun things is how differently we all create , the cutouts are beautiful-thank you.
Neenarneenar rated for TBR: List the list! on Feb 14, 2019
Comment: Thank you for sharing your VERY long list. I hope your able to cross many of them off this year.

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jenmcjen on Mar 17, 2019:

Artistic on Sep 24, 2018:

Welcome back!!

TereDiane1954 on Jun 8, 2018:

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn!!?? I love that book♥ Welcome back :)

latentsmile on Nov 19, 2013:

Here's hoping all is going well with you in life. Feel free to apply back to the Mandalas group if you return to swap-bot. I am just cleaning house of inactives. <3

anrtist on Aug 21, 2012:

HEY, I SENT U an invite to the new LLL, Location group, I think you will enjoy it ;-)

LizzyJo on Aug 1, 2012:

I'm glad you like the little German book. I love the font, but agree that it would be really difficult to read.

savannahjan on Jul 31, 2012:

I'd love to see the collaborative letters started up again! :)

LizzyJo on Jul 25, 2012:

Your pages are on the way. :-)

LizzyJo on Jul 16, 2012:

I'm glad you like the German book page. I wanted to include something I thought you would like.

LizzyJo on Jun 4, 2012:

I'm glad you liked the folder. Part 2 should be on it's way in a few days.

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