Swap-bot Time: August 14, 2022 12:23 am


Date Joined: June 7, 2007
Last Online: August 13, 2022
Birthday: May 28
Country: United States
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About Me

πŸ’™ January 2022- My focus word for this year is "STRIDE" a good or regular rate of progress. A step in progress toward an aim"


πŸ’™Updated August 2022

πŸ’™ February 2022- I am starting a new collection this year for USA map postcards, unwritten, blank. This list is what I HAVE so far and would love it if ya'll have one to share, new or vintage. I also collect anything of my home state of Oregon. Vintage would be so fun! (Oregon new or used)

πŸ’™ Postcards I like are animals, where you live/interesting places and anything on my ABC list.

πŸ’™ June 2022 I started collecting interesting or cute vintage playing cards for a franken-deck. My birth card is the 4 of clubs. Also fun to alter for junk journals.

πŸ’™ I enjoy my art and junk books/journaling a lot. I work in small journals, 6"x8" Dylusions art journal (got a great deal on these when I attended art journal classes locally a few years ago) and travelers notebook size. August 2022, I am gluing pages together to prep a composition notebook for a journal and working on more for Christmas gifts. Next hoping to try a 'Flow' type journal or an altered Little Golden Book. I write in my journals. I enjoy genuine vintage ephemera especially colorful; bright or pastel. I enjoy vintage postcards, color, black n white, linen, blank or written. Some I save for my collection, some I use in my journaling, some I send in postcard swaps. I enjoy artsy, mixed mediums in art journaling; gelli prints, paint, watercolor, inks, rubber stamps, hand drawing, collage, fussy cuts..so much fun! Best way to describe my style is "eclectic" from cute to vintage, zetti to whimsy weird/cute, colorful. In June/July 2022 I made and finished a junk book called 'pretty in pink' for my bestest pal and dear friend for her July birthday. (her fave color and themes: sewing, fashion, retro) She "loveloveloves" it!

πŸ’™ We enjoy many other activities as you can read the ABCs of me. My husband has been 3D printing items. Three years ago he bought his first printer from Craigslist. We've had more fun with this new age machine! Lol And making fun gifts for family, friends, and swap-bot pals. Hubby and me use to travel but we are slowing down and focusing on retirement in the next 3-5 years.

πŸ’™ I really appreciate a note or letter from my pals here. It's always enjoyable reading what everybody is doing, your thoughts, how you made your art, your travels. Thank you for sharing a bit of your life with me! ❀️

πŸ’™Valentine's Day, Halloween and Christmas are my favorite holidays.

Here is my Etsy where I shop, keep my favorites and favorite shops.


Happy 2022 everybody! It didn't start off that great and it finally happened. I tested positive for Covid19. Lucky for me I am fully vaccinated and boosted. Feeling much better now and happy to say the only thing lasting is fatigue. Hubby had no symptoms. 🀞 Change so much change the last two years...

"There is always light, if only we are brave enough to see it. If only we are brave enough to be it." ~Amanda Gorman National Youth Poet Laureate #InauguralDay 2021

Happy October! Today is Oct 14th 2021.. 24 years ago yesterday my sweet mama left this earth on a beautiful sunny day. Seems like it was only yesterday..... She loved Autumn. If she were here now she would love watching Gil Grissom on CSI-Vegas with me! Yeah.... Dr. Grissom is baaaack!

January 1st 2021!! So thankful for a New Year! I started my new year off right by calling and talking with my two young Granddaughters at midnight. Lol So cuute! ❀️ It took awhile but I finally came up with my word for the this year and it's....LIGHT After the darkness of 2020 the world needs some light and a glimmer of hope as we head into 2021.

Today is September 18th 2020...."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 2020.... 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.

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.

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 18 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. (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 when Christmas shopping 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!

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 40 years. He always makes me laugh, he's my best friend. ❀️

πŸ’™πŸ’™ ABC Easy as 1-2-3...OH wait that's a song..lol This is the ABCs of me. Reading these on others profiles so thought I would add one as well.

  • πŸ’™A Art by you Autumn ATCoins Art junque Alice in Wonderland my Art journals Artists (fave art journal artists, Dyan Reavely, James Burke) Adele (singing artist) Love all animals! Except most reptiles, snakes, bugs and ewwww spiders!! forest/woodland creatures, sea creatures, wild animals, pets, especially cats and dogs.

  • πŸ’™B Bath & Bodyworks products, love Vanilla and Lemon scents the best Barbie Blackberries Blue my fave color Baking Breakfast Beaches Beatles, Boston as in the singing artists Botanicals Betty Boop Bohemian

  • πŸ’™C Claude Monet Cats Coffee Children's book illustrations COLOR, Colorful Bright happy Colors Cookbooks Christmas Collage Campfires Cookies Cooking Cross Stitching Circles especially in art Casper the Friendly Ghost Craft Warehouse store Cupcakes Cinderella COLOR (neon colors in small amounts) Some of my favorites are blue, pink, purple, aqua, and autumn colors

  • πŸ’™D Daffodils (fave flower) Vintage Dolls; Dawn Dolls and Barbie Paper Dolls Disney Dogs doTerra essential oils Dyan Reaveley Dance Drawing

  • πŸ’™E Envelopes decorated by you Eighties music Embroidery Elvis Estate sales

  • πŸ’™F Fabric Foodie Forest Food preservation Flowers Fresh Fruit Farmer's Market Fussy cutting Fairies

  • πŸ’™G Garfield Glue book Gardening Gnomes Glittery Gelli prints

  • πŸ’™H Hello Kitty Halloween Handwriting History Hand drawing Humor Hubby of 40 years Holly Hobbie Helen Reddy Heart, as in the singing artists Hearts (collected since I was a teenager)

  • πŸ’™I Ice Cream Instant Pot (just got one for Christmas 2020) Iris Folding

  • πŸ’™J Jewelry I have pierced ears and like pretty dangle earrings in silver, not gaudy, necklaces and bracelets same. I have small wrists. Junk journals Johnny Cash the word JOY Julie Nutting Paper Dolls Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

  • πŸ’™K Kefir Kindness in many forms... Kate Greenaway Katy Keene

  • πŸ’™L Lace Letters (Penpal) Lightening storms Lemon Lilacs Lilies I ❀️ Lucy Little Golden Books (to alter)

  • πŸ’™M Magnets for my fridge Marjolein Bastin artist Mail Art Mickey Mouse Magazine cut outs Movies Matryoshka Dolls the Moon Mountains Maya Angelou Marilyn Monroe Mushrooms Mixed Medium

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

  • πŸ’™O Ocean "Mother Ocean" Origami

  • πŸ’™ P Playing Cards Pen-pals Paper dolls Postcards (vintage and new, vintage linen and black n white) Playing Cards Princess:Cinderella Pink my second fave color Painting Pockets (JJ) Peanuts (comics) Pansies Poetry

  • πŸ’™Q Quilting by machine Quotes Quirky Quilling

  • πŸ’™R Raspberries Rubberstamper for over 30 years Rain Recipes (tried and true) Retro Rock n Roll Retro

  • πŸ’™S Sewing Sea Animals Strawberries Sunshine Snoopy Scooby Doo Snowmen Suzy's Zoo Star Wars Saint Patrick's Day, my Mother was Irish

  • πŸ’™T Textiles, new and vintage Tea (green and black, flavors are my fave) Thrift stores Thomas Kinkade Tulips (was mom's favorite flower)

  • 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 Vintage fabric & sewing Vintage textiles

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

  • 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.

πŸ’™ 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 50 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.

πŸ’™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! I am currently working on a quilt for my youngest granddaughter.

πŸ’™ Art Journaling. In 2017 I started attending monthly art journal classes at a local store. I loved it so much! Also attended a monthly paper craft club with challenges and incredible peeps' creations, prizes and coupons. I 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 journals and learned a lot from our wonderful teacher, Lori. She has forever inspired me!

πŸ’™ LOVE true Vintage ephemera! My favorites are 1970s and earlier....vintage textiles, fabrics and scraps, sewing and hand stitching items, vintage magazines, fashion and sewing magazine pages or vintage sewing books, 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

πŸ’™ 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!

πŸ’™ 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!

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....World's Funniest Animals, This Is Us, Big Bang Theory, Survivor (since the beginning) NCIS, still watch the original 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, 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 and Adele. Also love Boston, Peter Frampton, Heart, Sir Elton John. 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 disco-tech 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!


*Please don't send me anything with nuts, seeds, popcorn or peanut butter. I can't eat them anymore. Ugh...plain milk, white, or dark chocolate, jelly beans or fruity candy I can have.

*paper scraps

*While I l love my junk journals please don't send me your everyday trash.

*pencils, erasers, reward stickers, window clings for children

*socks (someone sent me a children's size that I couldn't wear) make-up or make-up bags, mug rugs/coasters. I appreciate all the handmade coasters but we now have plenty AND I use and enjoy all of them! All around our home. My BFF has also made some for hubby and me.

*Spiders, eeek! Bugs, snakes and lizards eek! I guess I do like a lot more reptiles than I admit. Lol I love to watch anything about the animal world on TV or Netflix. So interesting and entertaining! Bees especially honey bees are okay. :-)

Swapping and mailing

I always send my swaps and rate promptly and say thank you. Same for wishes, tags, and RAKS. If I don't respond it means I didn't receive. I always communicate with my partners when needed via the swap-bot messenger system. Sometimes an occasional email message. Please do the same for me. Our mailbox where we receive mail is locked. I drop off mail inside the post office. The outgoing mailbox where I live has a 3/4" drop off slot and mail can get wet in there. Not ideal. The post office has different hours on the weekends and the lobby certainly isn't open 24/7. Mail pick up time inside the post office is now 5pm instead of 2:30 pm meaning my mail may not be postmarked the same day. When I drop off my swaps, that's when I mark sent. Sitting in my car in the parking lot before I leave! I also take photos of sent swap mail in case it's needed. Stay safe and craft on! πŸ’›β€οΈπŸ’›

Wishes, Tags, WTA, RAKS

Tag Games:

WTA Sent:


RAKS Sent:


COLLABS(homers) and Mystery Supply Swaps


JJJ Let's Make a Junk Journal:

I will be working in my new travelers sized journal with lots of torn edged pages I just ripped with my new ruler! Works great! I made a fabric cover and it has a rustic/forest/woodland theme fabric with watercolor birds print mixed with some brown. So pretty!

I'm going with a vintage style nature theme with some color! I love bees, butterflies, woodland animals; squirrels, rabbits, deer, fox, mushrooms, forest, trees, leaves, forest plants and wildflowers. Fern and columbine are two of my favorites. I don't really like people in most of my journals. I have specific books for including people and most are of my family. Things I love are gelli prints, mixed medium and handmade papers, handmade by you, words and quotes, genuine vintage papers and fabric are a favorite and bring a big smile! Old book pages of all kinds, postcards, recipes, handwritten letters, love handwriting! I think that list is pretty comprehensive! Thanks for reading. :)


PaperPassion rated for YTPC: 3-Tuck Tag with Ephemera on Aug 11, 2022
Comment: Lovely swap.What you sent to me is absolutely beautiful.Thank you so much for all the goodies.Wish I could give you one hundred hearts.
Response: Very welcome, so tickled you are enjoying what I sent and that was super fast getting to you! ❀️
susieq11 rated for MAIL ART - Where I Live on Aug 10, 2022
Comment: Thank you for this amazing swap!!! I love the envelope - stencils, Oregon washi (!), rubber stamps - so neat! And let's not forget the bunny, ha ha! The mini zine is soooo cool as are the postcards and your lovely letter! I amso lucky I was your partner! Thank you fro joining and also for that extra deer postcard!! xoxo
Response: You're welcome my friend! So happy you enjoyed what I sent! I can't believe I forgot to tell you about the wild 'bun-bun' friends who visit our yard. Lol When my husband saw the bunny stamp on your envie he asked if I told you about it so I had to add the words to the envie. Lol They're so cute! I'm practicing for mail art swaps! Hope to join in more. 🀞xo
Comment: Oh my gosh these pockets are fabulous!!! They are SO pretty!! I absolutely LOVE them and cannot WAIT to get them into my journal!!! You tucked so many goodies into these pockets I don't even know where to begin! They look perfect as they are and Im tempted to leave them STUFFED as you made them and showcase them in my journals!! 10,000 Hearts!! Thank you!! <3
Response: Very welcome! Yay, so glad your package found you! I wonder why it was delivered to your neighbor if you didn't ask for that! SMH I was just looking for the videos on YouTube to make another pocket to resend. Now I don't have to, lol and I know your goodies are home safe with you! Yay! So glad you love what I sent. My way of saying thank you for hosting on swap-bot!
Comment: Thank you so much for the postcard! Its so pink! I'll try to do more themed happy mail for penpals. Or at least color the envelope, lol.
Karmi53 rated for June&July Birthstone on Aug 4, 2022
Comment: Oh my goodness these two pages are the most beautiful pages l ever seen great job. Love all the details that you used to make them. I love the stencil you used and the trim and picture thank you. And thank you for the extras too. July was hot here l hope august is a little cooler. Take care stay safe and thanks
Response: I'm so happy you love what I sent! It's another scorcher here this weekend. Stay cool!
Comment: Hi Bonnie! Thank you so much for the pretty pockets and all of the goodies...I love them (heart)! They really brightened my day :-)
Response: Very welcome! I'm so glad I helped brighten your day. ❀️
Comment: Hi Bonnie!! What a wonderful bunch of goodies! I just love that cherry blossom note card, the Oregon postcard, and the beautiful pocket! I'm also so thankful to have the Asian book pages--I didn't have any of those. Really special--thanks so much, Bonnie, for sending such a lovely swap xo
Response: Very welcome! If we are partnered again I would be happy to send more kanji book pages. I'm glad you enjoyed what I sent. :) Thank you for a lovely rating.
Comment: Thank you so very much for the lovely postcards and the extra❀️❀️❀️
Response: Very welcome, thanks for rating and the heart.
Comment: Thank you for sharing some new stationery goodies with me. I adore how you decorated the envelope with cookies and the "got milk?" saying made me laugh!!!
Response: Lol I'm so glad you love the envie and like your new stationary goodies! I have been waiting to use those stickers on an envie for you! πŸͺπŸͺπŸͺ I thought of you when I saw them. πŸ’›
yvonne401 rated for CHWH ~ Summer Postcard Swap on Jul 22, 2022
Comment: Homemade strawberry ice cream sounds yummy! I love ice cream all year round but especially in the summer. Thank you! Happy summer!
Response: Thanks for rating. Happy summer indeed!
Artstamper rated for Bee Creative on Jul 22, 2022
Comment: I love the "Bee Happy" page you sent. It is really lovely, thanks you! I do appreciate the die cuts, I am a die cut lover. I mentioned the extras because so many people were sending bits of paper and I have tons of it to use up from my own stash. I truly enjoy the effort people make in their swap and for me that is enough.
Response: I'm so glad you love your page! Good to know what you shared with me about die cuts and extras. I had the same thing going on. No paper bits as I have tons too! Lol Thank you for the heart rating.
Comment: What a delightful treat is was for me to meet you at the mailbox today! Thank you so much for the vintage-like envies. They will surely be an important embellishment in upcoming projects. Thank you, too, for the welcomed tuck-ins. E vE rTiNg was perfectly my cup of tea!!
Response: Very welcome! So happy you are enjoying your swap! Thank you for the heart rating. ❀️
Comment: Thank you! The gifts look fun!
derakisu rated for Zines #6 on Jul 17, 2022
Comment: I love this little collection of spooktacular ATC art ! The scaredy cat has to be my favourite. It's a sweet idea to group ATCs in a zine. Thank you !
Comment: Thank you for such a lovely selection of flat goodies! I will have to make an Asian page for sure and I truly love the shoes on the sears page Can you even imagine shoes for $.79? Love everything.
Response: Very welcome! Thank you for your lovely comments always and heart rating. I get a kick out of those old catalogue pages! I'm so glad I could share with you!
Comment: Thank you very much. The mystery is solved. I once attended a Rte 66 club meeting in Chicago--your washi tape. I remember S&H green stamps. I think of vintage as 1940ish and earlier.
Comment: Beautiful card. So glad you are happy! A great place to be.
Comment: I really enjoyed your letter, Bonnie. What a fabulous rubber stamp! At first, I thought it was part of the stationery design. Wishing you more sunshine this summer! <3
IDASHi rated for CPG Just a Note #7 - US on Jul 14, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the card and the summer haiku. Your flowering Kwanzan tree is beautiful! Thank you for sharing!
oldsoul rated for Zines #5 on Jul 13, 2022
Comment: Thank you for your very beautiful swap, Bonnie! I hope to swap with you again.
Response: So happy your swap found you! Thank you for your lovely comment and the heart.

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warheart on Aug 3, 2022:

Thank you for the lovely July WW group wish!!

susieq11 on Jul 27, 2022:

Thank you for the wishes for WW July!! I enjoyed your note, the Snoopy and Woodstock card (SO CUTE!), adorable stickers, postcard and letter paper!!! Wow! So nice - I appreciate it!! Thank you for thinking of me xoxo

bethe on Jul 26, 2022:

Thank you for the cute handmade envelopes and stickers from Rebecca J's shop for July's WW. I love them and they will definitely come in handy.

Whippet on Jul 26, 2022:

Thank you Bonnie for the three written picture postcards you sent to me. I enjoy looking at the multiviews of Oregon & the mail illustrated PC. I love you were able to travel on the streetcar. - Kathy

Ikat78 on Jul 25, 2022:

BONNIE!! You’re package for my July WW made my day. Best thing I got today. Thank you. I LOVE the envies and pcs. Plus the Haystack Rock Cannon Beach, OR decoration on the envelope. How cool! πŸ₯°Thanks for a thoughtful wish.

kiddomerriweather on Jul 23, 2022:

Thank you for the July WW! I love the PC's and flat decorative bags. I also received your PC and letter. I'll write back soon. =D

lindseyjae on Jul 23, 2022:

Thank you VERY much for the handmade envies and the sticker sheet! I love everything and appreciate you sending some mail to me. Have a great rest of your month! (WW July wishlist)

Highlander18 on Jul 23, 2022:

Thank you very much for WW wishes - I am blown away!! Love Lou Paper pcs, the pinecones are one of a kind and love the envies you made! Your envie mail art is wonderful!!

Lonestarchild on Jul 21, 2022:

Thanks so much for WW July surprises! Love the cheery envies!

thequilterslink on Jul 20, 2022:

Thank you for the July genuine vintage bakers dozen RAK

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