Swap-bot Time: September 29, 2020 2:27 pm


Date Joined: June 7, 2007
Last Online: September 29, 2020
Birthday: May 28
Country: United States
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Today is September 18th...."Oregon my beautiful Oregon do what you do best...RAIN" It's raining in northern Oregon!! My family and friends are safe! My son in Southern Oregon called early this morning to happily report he can see down the street and clouds (not smoke) in the sky. For the first time in over a week we have windows and doors open. A great day to be thankful!! ❀️

Update: September 14th.... A lot of you have been asking how I'm doing here in Portland Oregon. Thank you for asking. πŸ’› We are doing okay. We live near the WA state border and are away from the downtown area where most of the riots and demonstrations are happening. The wildfires have affected our family and friends in evacuations, all levels in Southern Oregon (our hometown is there, our hearts are broken πŸ’”) and my oldest Sister living 40 minutes south of us. Two friends lost their homes in Southern and still waiting to hear about some if their homes will be saved. We are in no immediate danger. Except the air quality is awful in most of Oregon. Our post offices are open where I live...here is an article from USA TODAY. Portland is not on the list!


It's time to update my profile....Goodness, way overdue! Today is July 8th 2020. My hubby is going into week 17 of working at home. He's an IT professional. Lots going on and all we can do is be hopeful and live each day trying not to dwell on everything happening in our world. We are very blessed and for that we are grateful.

During June we had unexpected family visit us. I had to drop some of my swaps and made some of my swaps not late but sent later than I wanted. Feels good to be caught up on everything! Swaps and home. lol

During this coronavirus pandemic I have become more creative than I have in a long time! It started off with coloring in my paper doll stamped images while I watched Netflix and got hooked on the "The Talk" ( I don't watch daytime TV!) lol) making greeting cards and lots of baking. Even hubby set a record of baking batches of his famous peanut butter cookies! lol Then I was asked by my granddaughters mom if I would make masks for her as she was going back to work. That led to making masks for family and friends and I'm still asked to sew them. That led to finding my quilts I started. Finishing one for a friend's birthday this month.

Lastly my son shared some of his sourdough starter that he bartered for from a restaurant where he lives and he's the fermenting king. lol (he makes water kefir and other ferments) There's definitely a learning curve to both but fun! I'm a newbie so don't ask any questions. LOL It's that time again for making Oregon strawberry jam (I barely got the strawberries I like before they were gone) and maybe some fruit preserving. Yumm!

It's great to stay busy and creative during this time! Keeps both hubby and I sane!

We have one cat who has our heart. Our beautiful Yuki Maru. In Japanese it means snowball thus her white fluffy coat. It suits her. Our little 'sack 'o sugar" At her first health check years ago the vet told her that. It's true, she's the little princess in our home. She is 16 years old. We lost her sister Oni in March 2019. Our hearts were broken. RIP little one. ❀️

When growing up there were always animals in our family and my children loved them too. (hubby not always a fan, lol) I even had a horse when I was 14 but I was not a good cowgirl! Lol We've had rabbits, rats, horses, chickens, an 'onery little black rooster named 'Chuckles' who would chase me all over the yard! Lol My brother had a horse named Shawnee and a 4H hog one year. I miss our little dog Blondie, One year my oldest son and I went Christmas shopping and Blondie came home with us! Hubby was not happy but she was well loved by her human children and our home was hers for 17 years. Animals are amazing!

I'm a boymom! Not much offends me. LOL Seems my hubby and I talk about this often recently. I'm half tomboy and half girly girl. I'm a Gemini. That's my story and I'm sticking to it! Lol

Humor is good for your soul! I love it when we can laugh and one of the things I love about my sweet man of 39 years. He always makes me laugh, he's my best friend. ❀️

ABC Easy as 1-2-3...OH wait that's a song..lol This is the ABCs of me..thought it might be worth adding as some of these things aren't listed in the other sections....

  • πŸ’™A Art by you Autumn ATCoins Art Junque Alice in Wonderland my Art Journals

  • πŸ’™B Barbie Blackberries Blue my fave color Book pages Baking Breakfast Beaches Botanicals Betty Boop

  • πŸ’™C Claude Monet Cats Coffee Children's book illustrations Cookbooks Christmas Collage Campfires Cookies Cooking Children x3 Cross Stitching Circles especially in art

  • πŸ’™D Dawn Dolls Disney Dogs doTerra essential oils Dyan Reaveley Dance

  • πŸ’™E Envelopes decorated by you Eighties music Essential Oils Embroidery

  • πŸ’™F Fabric Foodie Forest Food preservation Ferment foodie (sourdough bread and kefir) Flowers Fresh Fruit Farmer's Market Fussy cutting

  • πŸ’™G Garfield Glue book Gardening Grandchildren x2 Glittery Gelli prints Gluten Free G45

  • πŸ’™H Hello Kitty Halloween Handwriting HIstory Hand drawing Humor Hubby of 39 years

  • πŸ’™I Ice Cream

  • πŸ’™J Junk journals Johnny Cash the word JOY

  • πŸ’™K Kefir Kindness

  • πŸ’™L Lace Letters Lightening storms

  • πŸ’™M Marjolein Bastin artist Mail Art Mickey Mouse magazine cut outs Movies Matryoshka Dolls the Moon Mountains

  • πŸ’™N Nuts Nature Notes from pals interesting Newspaper cutouts

  • πŸ’™O Ocean "Mother Ocean"

  • πŸ’™P Pen-pals Paper dolls Postcards (vintage and new) Princess:Cinderella Pink my second fave color Paint Pockets (JJ) Peanuts (comics) Popcorn

  • πŸ’™Q Quilting Quotes

  • πŸ’™R Raspberries Rubberstamping Rain Recipes (tried and true)

  • πŸ’™S Sewing Sea Animals Strawberries Sunshine Snoopy Scooby Doo Snowmen Suzy's Zoo Stickers (no reward please)

  • πŸ’™T Tea Thrift stores Thomas Kinkade

  • πŸ’™U Umbrellas Unicorns

  • πŸ’™V Vincent van Gogh Vintage real ephemera Vintage valentines Vintage paper dolls Vintage 1930s 40s 50s 60s 70s Vintage stickers Valentine's Day

  • πŸ’™W Wild animals Wool roving and fibers Willie Nelson Woodland animals Walks Whimsy

  • πŸ’™X

  • πŸ’™Y Yard sales

  • πŸ’™Z Zoo (Oregon Zoo) and Zoo animals Zentangles

Favorite Crafts and Art

I have tried a lot of art and crafts in my life. While I am no expert I do have an eclectic style and appreciation of art in many forms. Handmade is always appreciated and treasured. A few of my favorite things:

  • paper dolls, I love my dolls! Have on-going doll art journals; die cut dolls, stamped, magazine and paper cut outs, even clothes etc, made by you, stickers of dolls etc.

  • Julie Nutting paper dolls

  • Tim Holtz and Graphic 45

  • I do love drawing and painting. I started watercoloring with online instruction in summer 2019.

  • Sewing was the first craft I learned when I was ten years old. My angel mother taught me and I designed my own shirt. lol After 40 plus years I still enjoy sewing. Although I made my own prom dress, wedding dress and clothes as a teenager, Halloween costumes for my kids and granddaughters I don't sew many clothes now.. But I do sew for their American Girl dolls. We make dolls accessories together. (hand sewing or crafting for now)

  • Quilting, My Grandmother, my Dad's mother was an amazing quilter. Still have one of the last quilts she made for my Dad. What a treasure!

  • Fabric

  • Junk Journals

  • Art Journaling. In 2017 I started attending monthly art journal classes at a local store. I love it so much! Also attended a monthly paper craft club with challenges and incredible peeps' creations, prizes and coupons. I have made a great new friend and sure do miss not being able to attend since the pandemic. Or meeting my friend for lunch before club. I still enjoy working in my journal and have learned a lot from our wonderful teacher, Lori. She has forever inspired me!

  • Love true Vintage ephemera! My favorites are 1960s and earlier, I like the 70s too, vintage textiles, fabrics and scraps, sewing and hand stitching items, vintage magazines, fashion and sewing magazine pages, cookbooks, children's books, readers and song books, old medical, geography or encyclopedia pages, wallpaper and wrapping paper, vintage ads and pamphlets, sewing patterns from 1970s or earlier, vintage rhinestones and costume jewelry, old type written letters and documents, forms and envelopes, old handwritten letters are a favorite

  • Die cuts, use them in my journals and collage

  • I enjoy "junkin'" for art junk /vintage treasures My bestest pen pal gave our goodies the name "art junk" And when my sister goes antique hunting she calls it 'junkin'" Well the terms stuck! lol Love that!

  • embroidery, cross stitch, needle felting, wool roving or wool fibers

  • most colors (except neon colors) but some of my favorites are blue, pink, purple, aqua, and autumn colors

  • Love all animals! forest/woodland creatures, sea creatures, African animals, pets, especially cats and dogs.

  • My favorite artist is Marjolein Bastin (nΓ©e uit den Bogaard) (born 1943) is a Dutch nature artist, writer, children's author and illustrator. She is the creator of the character "Vera the Mouse" I discovered her 25 years or so ago when I use to buy Hallmark cards that featured her beautiful watercolor artworks including Vera the Mouse. I have a large framed print "Nature's Sketchbook" hanging on the wall by my art desk that I love!

  • the sea and all it's many beauties

  • quilling and origami

  • interesting metal embellishments

  • hearts (collected since I was a teenager)

  • Halloween, Valentines Day and Christmas are my favorite holidays.

  • Disney, Hello Kitty, The Peanuts, Scoobydo, Garfield, favorite Disney Princess Cinderella

  • Vintage Barbie and Dawn dolls

  • Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, vintage Barbie, Katy Keene, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s Rock n Roll, Dance, Fairies, Butterflies, Birds, Nature, Retro, Quirky and Colorful, Skulls, Quotes and Poetry, Cats and Dogs, Zentangles, Humor, Repurposing and Recycling, Fashion (paper dolls or old magazine cut outs for my paper doll junk journal)

Favorite Television

My husband and I watch a lot of TV through the week in the evenings because it's the best way to relax together after our long days....This Is Us, Big Bang Theory, Survivor (since the beginning) NCIS (still watch the orginal with Gibbs) Use to love CSI (with Grissom) Firefly, Bones and Grimm, That 70s Show, So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing With The Stars, Americas Got Talent, The Talk (Daytime TV) Mike and Frank on American Pickers, Food Network, Anne of Avonlea, DinersDriveIns&Dives .... Sad to say some of my favorites are no more. Fave movies: Grease, Ghost, Dirty Dancing, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars and Avatar, Breakfast Club, Original Ghostbusters. Old shows: I Love Lucy, That Girl, Gilligan's Island, Mork and Mindy, Welcome Back Kotter, Laverne and Shirley, Happy Days, Lassie, Bewitched, Little House on the Astroid, I mean Prairie. Sorry I had to, my hubby hated that show! Lol

Music and Dance

My favorite music is from1970s, 80s, 90s. Also love Elvis and music from the 1950s. I like old school country; Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson. Easy listening, James Taylor, Jewel, Enya. I grew up with a country music loving family, but I'm a rock n roll girl! In 1980 I met my dear hubby at an under 21 club, a discotech called "Fat City" in Medford Oregon. Yes I still enjoy disco music and love dance! The days of our dancing together, what magic!! I enjoy watching dance reality TV, ice skaters and ballerinas, hip-hop It's just wonderful live art to me!

No thank you....

Things I won't use...trying to keep it short as it should be, but I end up with too many of certain things!

*I enjoy making ATCs for others but I don't collect them anymore. Just running out of space to store more binders. I still enjoy ATC coins especially when I can use them in my journals.

*pencils, erasers, reward stickers

*scraps of paper

*blank recipe cards, packages of note cards or memo pads. I have too many! lol

*please no more washi tape rolls

*glitter, any, but I do I LOVE glitter in art that you send. I just have a big stash already.

*not fond of neon colors

*scarves and socks, make-up or make-up bags

Be Kind

A few last words..I always send my swaps and rate promptly and say thank you. Please do the same for me. Life happens though, so let's be kind. Very rarely things have had to be resent. It happens, just be sure there is sufficient postage. I go by the USPS mailing guidelines and have had no problem. I try to go to the post office once a week to mail. I do not mail from our community mailbox where I live. Our mailbox where we receive mail is locked. I drop off mail in the Blue Box. The post office has different hours on the weekends and it certainly isn't open 24/7! One of the post offices I use is closed on the weekend and because of people problems they decided to close their lobby at night. When I drop off my swaps, that's when I mark sent. Sitting right in the parking lot! It's a wonder the USPS system works as well as it does with the millions of mail we send. So....if you can be anything be kind. Please communicate with me. I will do the same. I have enjoyed swapping here for many years. Craft on!

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Kirkdebb rated for WIYM: Support USPS PC Swap on Sep 29, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the pretty card. I love the stamps you used! I need to find some for my state and city too!!
Comment: Bonnie ! You are a rock star ! I LOVE the card with your fun white pen writing :) and I LOVE LOVE the 80s treat bag and the stickers and washi. Thanks for a lovely swap !!!
CraftyShana76 rated for Halloween mail <3 on Sep 28, 2020
Comment: TYSVM!!!! I loved everything!!! I enjoyed the letter too! TYVM!!
chandlerguera rated for VES: A Mix of this and that! on Sep 28, 2020
Comment: Hi Bonnie, you know the contents will be awesome when the envelope is lovely! I like how you identified each piece of vintage ephemera and it sounds like you really scored some great finds at the Crafty Vintage Store! Thank you so much for everything! xo
Comment: Hello Bonnie! Thanks for the sunflower themed envelope and letter. Thank you for your thoughtful words. I am thankfully staying safe from the california fires. I hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy in Oregon as well :) happy Swapping!
Meowsha rated for WIYM: Support USPS PC Swap on Sep 27, 2020
Comment: I love the card!!! Thank you :)
DaiziDruke rated for WIYM: Support USPS PC Swap on Sep 26, 2020
Comment: Had no idea Harlequin printed postcards! Thank you! The motto is wonderful.
wyrdfae rated for WIYM: Support USPS PC Swap on Sep 26, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the cute pc
Comment: Thanks so much!
debbiespoms rated for WIYM: Support USPS PC Swap on Sep 25, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the lighthouse PC.
Response: Welcome, thanks for rating.
Ukucaitie rated for CPG: Dog PC - US Only on Sep 24, 2020
Comment: Thank you for writing about blondie. She seemed like a great dog. That's cute about the watermelon!
Response: Lol I'm glad you enjoyed hearing about my Blondie dog. Thank you for the ❀️ Have a great weekend!
shelleym rated for WIYM: Junk Journal Supplies #3 on Sep 24, 2020
Comment: The cigar labels, the blank vintage forms, that business card (so amazingly inspiring) and of course the care you took in ensuring it got to me. Bonnie, you're the best partner ever! Thanks so much!!
Response: Yay, so very welcome Shelley! Just so happy you received and that you like your swap! Thank you for your kind words and awesome rating. Just read your email and will respond. So sorry.
suepier rated for SF: Simply Send a Postcard USA on Sep 21, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the great postcard.
Response: Very welcome and thank you for the heart rating.
Comment: Thanks for the cool pc!
Response: Very welcome and thanks for the heart!
pkpeace rated for CPG: Mixed Medium Art Tag ~ Animals! on Sep 20, 2020
Comment: This tag is absolutely beautiful and one that I will cherish forever! I love the deer, especially that it's a Mom and her babes. I love to watch them in the mornings except when they are eating my plants!
Response: 😊 Thanks Patty! I think I forgot to mention the tag reminds me of the momma deer and her twins that were by my bedroom window one morning. Where I use to live. Sure do miss all the creatures back home!
AmyMarie rated for WIYM: Junk Journal Supplies #5 on Sep 19, 2020
Comment: Such lovely ephemera! I appreciate the decorated envie and nice postage stamp too. Thank you! The fires are devastating so much of the country and really affecting the air quality. I have family in Oregon and Colorado and friends in California. I am glad you are safe and I hope your family and friends have safe places to be.
Response: Everybody is back home except one nephew and our friends have their families nearby. So thankful! I hope all your friends and family are safe.. Glad you like your goodies. Thanks for the ❀️
bluerose3 rated for PH: C Is For (Blank or Naked) #2 on Sep 18, 2020
Comment: Thank you.
Response: Welcome Thanks for rating.
Comment: Thank you so much! What a fun envie of awesome ephemera! I am loving everything you sent !I am so excited to put together my autumn album this year starting on 22nd Sept! These goodies will be featured in it and wow I love them ALL so much! Thank you for sharing your treasures with me! I agree,... I LOVE these swaps soooo much too and I'm lucky to have such awesome partners to send to and receive from!! xx Gabi
Response: Your rating just makes me happy! πŸ’› Can't wait to start playing in my journals again soon! Hope you are having a happy Saturday!
lostinavalon rated for WIYM: Junk Journal Supplies #4 on Sep 15, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much!
Response: Very welcome! I'm so glad it showed up. I hope you and your family are doing well.
sherylk3 rated for PH: List 5 Series - Today I Saw on Sep 14, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the PC, love the leaves turning colour.
Response: Yay! I'm so happy you like your postcard and made it to you in Canada! Thank you for the ❀️

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ChrisAnne on Sep 28, 2020:

Thank you for the washi samples! I love all the animals!

Sternenfee on Sep 28, 2020:

Thank you so much for the map postcard for my collection (CPG September wish)

LMeowkin on Sep 28, 2020:

Thank you so much for the note and kitty washi! What fun! I hope your Scarecrow is enjoying the great outdoors!

sofiafenntatum on Sep 27, 2020:

Thank you so much for sending me a CPG Envelope of Random mail from the tag game! I absolutely love everything! I truly enjoyed reading your letter, about life in Portland and your crafting. Oregon is an amazing place to live. Thank you again!

phillaine on Sep 26, 2020:

Thank you for the delightful RAK of stickers! Some of my favorites are the "happy mail" and medallions with the rich colors and metallic accents. So pretty! Do you know where they came from? Have a lovely day. :)

pinklilly on Sep 25, 2020:

Thank you so much for the AWG Sep. Wishes! Love all the fun things you included all the flowery die cuts, stickers, ephemera... Thank you for thinking about me!!!

Mimosagirl on Sep 25, 2020:

Thank you very much for the awesome cute stickers& Halloween washi ! I’m thrilled with everything. WW Sept

djcamp04 on Sep 25, 2020:

❀️❀️❀️❀️❀️Swap-bot RAK❀️❀️❀️❀️❀️ Thank you so much for the sweet card in the mail today!! I enjoyed the card very much and love the ATC kit 😍 can’t wait to put it together! You ROCK!!!❀️

Tricia22 on Sep 24, 2020:

CPG Sep wishes- Thank you for the goodies you sent❀️

Fairydollmilk on Sep 23, 2020:

I love all sorts of dolls and have some Monster High ones myself ( when they were actually quality). I also want to have antique dollhouses someday when I have the space. I have some custom Blythes as well!

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