Swap-bot Time: June 24, 2019 4:44 pm


Date Joined: August 19, 2008
Last Online: June 21, 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


fiorellaione rated for TBR: May update! on Jun 9, 2019
Comment: I really liked the few things I read by Alice Munro, so I'll keep an eye out for that title. Thank you for your update! :)
monsbrick rated for TBR: May update! on Jun 6, 2019
Comment: What a list! I'm having a fabulous time looking up titles and authors and considering these books. It's a challenge to not add them onto my own TBR list. Thanks for sharing!
MRShemery rated for TBR: May update! on Jun 6, 2019
Comment: Reading your summaries/reviews made me want to add some more books to my TBR list - thanks! LOL
USAFwife rated for TBR Unread Shelf Project Challenge on May 29, 2019
Comment: Looks like you've got a great list. :) I haven't read any of your choices, so I'll be interested to hear what you think of them. :)
kaicee118 rated for TBR: Pledge and read! on May 21, 2019
fiorellaione rated for TBR: April update! on May 11, 2019
Comment: Thank you for your update! :)
marianne81 rated for Collaboration #69 on May 9, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the new card forthis collaboration swaps. I'm going to think about what to add on it. You're enveloppe arrived teared open on both sides but luckily the card was still inside it.
Response: Oh no! Glad the card still made it!
colleenbUSA rated for TBR: April update! on May 8, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the update. Removing even a few books helps. I removed 6-10 I think this month.
tentmari rated for TBR: Audiobook challenge! on May 7, 2019
Comment: I really enjoyed reading your thoughts about this story and your impressions of the author reading her own story. I found it really interesting. Thanks for sharing.
colleenbUSA rated for TBR: Audiobook challenge! on May 7, 2019
Comment: I always mutli-task while I listen to audiobooks! It's a great thing to do, plus it gives you more time to read!
MRShemery rated for TBR: April update! on May 7, 2019
tentmari rated for TBR: April update! on May 6, 2019
Comment: Thanks for your update. I am also trying to trim my TBR list down to a more realistic size. You definitely made some good progress. 😊🌺
DaisyNY rated for ZZ ~ Twinchie Postcard ongoing on May 6, 2019
Comment: Serendipity just means "assorted, unnamed"?
Response: In this case! I tend to get more 'zen' out of tangling if I don't adhere to patterns and just move my pen.
USAFwife rated for TBR: Audiobook challenge! on May 6, 2019
Comment: So glad you enjoyed the book. :) I haven't listened to that book, but now I'm curious! I might have to look for it at my library and give it a re-visit. :)
USAFwife rated for TBR: April update! on May 6, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the update! :) I read Glass Castle so many years ago, but I remember it being really powerful! Haven't watched the movie. My daughter read the book, too. We just finished listening to "Educated" (Tara Westover) and my daughter was comparing the two! Here's to May reading! :)
hazelwitch3 rated for TBR: March Update! on Apr 22, 2019
Comment: Many apologies for the delay in rating. Thanks for sending your list and comments -- as always, a good read in itself! You and I are among those with the longest lists, so I'm always interested to see how you're organising things. Carry on the good work -- your list is shrinking, even if slowly!
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...??
Response: So glad you like it! The marbled paper was really pretty - and easier to make than I thought! I took a class at my local community college.
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.

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marianne81 on May 9, 2019:

Thank you so much for your addition on my collaboration card, I love the clock you made. you can see the finished peace here https://flic.kr/p/2fE6aFS I still haven't figured how to add a foto in my messages so you have to copy the link to see the picture.

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.

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