Swap-bot Time: September 24, 2018 6:20 pm


Date Joined: August 19, 2008
Last Online: September 24, 2018
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


PrairieKittin rated for Zentangle with tessellation on Sep 24, 2018
Comment: Wow! these are beautiful! Thank you!!
Response: Thank you, so glad you enjoy it!
Comment: Thank you for your list! (I saw "Call Me By Your Name" movie and I'm sure the book is way better!)
Response: I haven't seen the movie, but the book usually is better, so you're probably right! Glad it arrived safely!
Klbbird2 rated for Best Day Ever: A Postcard Journal on Sep 18, 2018
Comment: Love the Oregon cards! I want to visit so bad and hope one day I will. My husband and I are big duck fans!!
Response: Glad you enjoy the cards and they arrived safe! It's beautiful here; definitely worth visiting!
jenmcjen rated for Simple Shapes Zentangle 2 on Sep 11, 2018
Comment: I received your zentangle today. So gooooood!!! Also, I wanted to tell you that when my son was 8 and I was pregnant with a third baby, he asked if he could name her and I said sure. But he decided to name her Buckethead, so I decided to name her Amaria instead. But ever since I've seen your username, I've wanted to tell you that. This is beautiful zentangle art, thank you so much!
Response: That's hilarious!! I'm very glad you didn't let her be named Buckethead... does he call her that anyway? Also, so glad you like the Zentangle!
Comment: Thank you for the lovely PC!
Response: Glad you like it!
matt319 rated for MEGA Touristy Postcard Swap USA #1 on Aug 21, 2018
Response: Thanks for rating!
judee0624 rated for One Map PC (Blank or Naked) #8 on Aug 18, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the fun Portland card. I've never been there.
Response: Glad you like it!
Hyshu rated for MEGA Touristy Postcard Swap USA #1 on Aug 16, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the great card
Response: Glad you like it!
frenchd73 rated for MEGA Touristy Postcard Swap USA #1 on Aug 16, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the great map pc, I love it!!
Response: So glad you like it!
Comment: Thank you so much for this great map card! It's so detailed I love it!!
Response: So glad you like it!
katmandu rated for MEGA Touristy Postcard Swap USA #1 on Aug 14, 2018
Comment: Great PC! Haven't seen one with this many views on it before! My kitty is very persnickety and did like the critters on your PC... but only after I rubbed some catnip on it! Thank you, from me & Shakespeare! 😺😺😺
Response: Haha! Glad you two enjoyed it. :)
soccer8s rated for MEGA Touristy Postcard Swap USA #1 on Aug 14, 2018
Comment: Great Oregon card
Response: Glad you like it!
lynnerfb rated for Zentangle mandala - July 2018 on Aug 14, 2018
Comment: Beautiful
Response: Thanks - glad you like it!
priony rated for MEGA Touristy Postcard Swap USA #1 on Aug 14, 2018
Comment: Thanks! I don't have a Nevada Map card. Well, now I do!
Response: Glad it arrived safe!
bluerose3 rated for MEGA Touristy Postcard Swap USA #1 on Aug 13, 2018
Comment: Thank you
Response: You're welcome!
Comment: Thanks, Kara!
Response: You're so welcome!
Leftie rated for MEGA Touristy Postcard Swap USA #1 on Aug 11, 2018
Comment: πŸ—»πŸ”....Thank you for the postcard of the majestic Mt. Hood! πŸ˜€ This is my second pc in Mega Touristy Pc #1 !....πŸ”πŸ—»πŸ”πŸ—»
Response: Glad you like the postcard!
Comment: I don’t have that one! Don’t we live in a beautiful state?
Response: We sure do!
ariestess rated for Zentangle with color on Aug 2, 2018
Comment: OMG! This is such a beautiful Zentangle! Thank you so much! I'm planning to put it in one of my journals. I'm just not sure which one yet. LOL
Response: So glad you like it, and that it will have a nice home! :)
waldfee rated for Custom Mini Zine on Jul 31, 2018
Comment: Awww, so cute! It really fits perfectly, thank you very much.
Response: So glad it arrived safely, and that you like it! I enjoyed making it for you.

Rating Overview

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Artistic on Sep 24, 2018:

Welcome back!!

TereDiane1954 on Jun 8, 2018:

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn!!?? I love that bookβ™₯ 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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