Swap-bot Time: January 22, 2019 12:32 am


Date Joined: August 19, 2008
Last Online: January 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


wolfeagle rated for Collaboration #64 on Jan 12, 2019
Comment: Your card looks like my kitty who passed away earlier this year. It brought back nice memories of her. Thank you.
Response: Awww, that's lucky! Glad I chose that card. Thanks for hosting these swaps!
Artstamper rated for Zentangle experiment on Jan 12, 2019
Comment: Wow, your experiment turned out great. I did enjoy making my experiments but don;t feel they turned out as good as yours. Thanks for such beautiful work!
Response: Glad you like it! It's fun to test and try something new -- and if you had fun that's what matters. And you probably got some ideas for next time too. :)
jenmcjen rated for R&W Dec challenge, snail mail on Jan 11, 2019
Comment: Thanks for your lovely letter, and I am so going to get that book of short stories! I LOVE short stories. Usually I think I read horror or fantasy short stories, but I also get the annual collection of short stories - I think it's just Best Short Stories of [year] and then edited by some famous author, and I love almost all of those, too. I'll let you know after I've read them what I think!
Response: Glad you enjoyed the letter! The New Yorker publishes a great short story each month too. I often find new authors there, though they definitely have their favorite authors they publish all the time. And I highly, highly recommend Alice Munro to all short story lovers!!
Comment: I enjoyed your letter, and thank you for the card!
Response: You're welcome!
Comment: Thank you for your beautiful made zia
Response: You're welcome!
elflady rated for Outside the Lines postcard on Jan 2, 2019
Comment: Thanks so much for the colourful postcard. I love it and yes it did arrive in perfect condition. Have a great year.Warm hugs elflady
Response: Glad you like it! I went bold with the color since it was for you. :)
DaisyNY rated for ZZ ~ Twinchie Postcard ongoing on Dec 30, 2018
Comment: This is certainly a diverse set of tangles. It will be my pleasure to finish up and send it home.
Response: :)
Anettethhjertnes rated for Acorn or Leaf Shape ATC on Dec 6, 2018
Comment: You gave me an ide for futur swaps. Thanks for putting time in to make something nice
Response: Oooo, glad I could help generate an idea!
ariestess rated for Tangle My Name on Nov 29, 2018
Comment: Oh wow! Thank you so much! This is so pretty! I love it and can't wait to find a nice frame for it to go on my wall with my tangled WA state from a previous swap.
Response: So glad you like it! It was a fun project last weekend. :)
SassyChicken rated for Gratitude: A Postcard Journal 2 on Nov 22, 2018
Comment: Thanks for sharing your week with me!!
Response: :) Glad they all arrived safely!
marymary914 rated for All Squared Up on Nov 21, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the great PC!!
Response: Glad you like it, and that it arrived safely!
knuffelbeerandy rated for Twinchie Tangles on Nov 21, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the card. they are very nice. I love the tiny drawings. Love Andrea
Response: You're welcome!
elflady rated for Twinchie Tangles on Nov 19, 2018
Comment: Love the tangles.Great to add to the others. elflady
Response: Glad they arrived safe!
littlepinecone rated for Bucket / littlepinecone on Nov 17, 2018
Comment: I loved both postcards you sent - they both arrived today! The William Shakespeare room looked (and sounded) especially cool! I’m glad you got to go. And the story of Ren and his little backpack was so cute. I can relate. :) Thanks for setting up this swap, I really enjoyed it!
Response: Glad they both arrived so quickly! I'm looking forward to getting yours, and glad this swap worked out. :)
Artstamper rated for Twinchie Tangles on Nov 13, 2018
Comment: Thanks so much for these beautiful and intricate twinchies. I'll be looking forward to the next round.
Response: Glad they arrived safe!
noone7212 rated for Election Day - VOTE! on Nov 7, 2018
cynaemon rated for Election Day - VOTE! on Nov 7, 2018
Comment: Thanks
skier11 rated for Election Day - VOTE! on Nov 7, 2018
Comment: Thank you!
Autumn5 rated for Election Day - VOTE! on Nov 7, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for sharing - and for voting!! :)
NRGordon rated for Election Day - VOTE! on Nov 7, 2018
Comment: Thanks for your story and for casting your vote!

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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.

LizzyJo on May 30, 2012:

Part one of our swap is on it's way. :-)

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