Swap-bot Time: January 24, 2021 2:43 pm


Date Joined: April 22, 2012
Last Online: August 10, 2016
Birthday: November 10
Country: United States
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About Me

I am happily married to a most wonderful guy. We like to camp, travel, ride bikes, kayak, hike, dance, read, garden, build things and enjoy our families. I have two grown children and two grandchildren who I get to see often.

I am a recently retired school librarian which leads to the fact that I love to read and my taste in reading is widespread - fiction for all ages, biographies, history, philosophy, memoirs and classics.

I am a paper addict - I love paper of all weights, textures, colors and uses. I also have a vast collection of notebooks and journals - I try to avoid the Dollar bins at Michaels because I know there will be several journals there that I won't be able to resist cause they're so pretty or funky and they're only a dollar! I also love making books and boxes and origami. Stationery is another favorite thing of mine and I like to send and receive mail - which is why I am at Swap-bot. I am interested in trying other types of art media and have a collection of art journaling books that are inspiring me as I learn more about it. I enjoy quilting and have a fabulous collection of fabric. My latest passion is Zentangle - I became a Certified Zentangle Teacher in October of 2011 and currently teach classes several times a month. I could tangle all day if there weren't other things that needed to be done.

My Likes . . .

Paper in all its forms, textures and colors

Stationery/note cards/postcards

Card stock

Black and white prints (paper or fabric)

Vintage pictures/images

Fairy tale pictures, memorabilia, stories

Postcards of anything especially art prints

Bright, clear colors


finger puppets

colored pens


cloth napkins/handkerchiefs

small containers with lids

flower pictures (photos you've taken)

herbal, green & black teas

coffee (with caffeine)

recipes (I love to cook)

books (can't resist used book stores)

Beatle paraphernalia


little glass figures


buttons/frog fasteners


Favorite Books

Authors Jane Austen, Alexander McCall Smith, Ann Patchett, Patricia Cornwall, John Steinbeck, Nevada Barr, Bill Bryson, Barbara Kingsolver, Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle (love mysteries) I also like Memoirs, Biographies and autobiographies. Nonfiction like Isaac's Storm, The Children's Blizzard, The Devil in the White City, Into Thin Air, A Walk in the Woods

Don't like . . .

Sports stuff (only watch Packer games)


Cutesy stuff

Reward stickers

School related things

Religious stuff

Dull colors

Holiday related items

Crafts I do ... Crafts I don't

I am really getting into making ATCs and art journaling. I love making things with paper, fabric and beads. I do some sewing and quilting but usually on a small scale due to space limitations. I am open to new paper crafting and will probably try inchies and twinchies, dotees and paper fans in the near future. I love making cards and boxes - origami intrigues me, but I look for more practical things to fold like envelopes and boxes rather than animals.

About Me

I love getting mail and I love sending things to make my partners smile. I have collected a lot of stuff over the years and I am happy to share it (it is a slow declutter process), but if I notice that you like to do a craft that I have an abundance of supplies for, I will very likely include some with the swap item. I like to include a few extras and I hope it will make for a happy mail day.

I sincerely put a lot of effort in the things I send out and I hope that it is appreciated. If you don't receive a swap from me, please let me know, so that I can correct the problem. I do want to spread swapping happiness.


gagirl828 rated for Christmas Card and A Tea Bag on Dec 11, 2014
Comment: thank you!
VioletFaye rated for Christmas Card and A Tea Bag on Dec 9, 2014
Comment: Thank You for my snowman card ! Can't wait to try the tea !
Comment: Love the white on black.Thanks so much.Great job.
Response: You are very kind and I appreciate it. Thank you.
lindilexer rated for A Magazine LETTER! on Nov 21, 2014
Comment: Thank you for the creative letter and the beautiful photo. I love fall!!! You were more clever than me...I used whole words instead of letters so my letter didn't make much sense!
Comment: Thank you so much for everything! And the paper you used to wrap it was beautiful!! Your package made me smile after a rough day at work, so thank you again!
Response: So happy to brighten your day!
ladydy5 rated for For the love of TREES on Oct 27, 2014
Comment: How nice. Love your description of them too. You have that artist eye. Thank U
developpeople rated for A CHALLENGING Book Swap! on Oct 7, 2014
Comment: Cathy, thanks for the book. I want to make beautiful quilts and have a hard time choosing contrasting colors, this book is perfect for me.
JeanetteC rated for Last Leg- inanimate on Aug 6, 2014
Comment: Cathy I have to say this was my favorite package ever. I love the cards and really love the chatty note about your adventures. Thank you!!
Scubaroo73 rated for What I Made on Aug 5, 2014
Comment: I must say, the blueberry pie looks absolutely delicious. Thank you for making into a notecard and including the recipe. We have a place near by that we can pick fresh plump blueberries and will be going this weekend. I can't wait to bake the pie and have warm blueberry pie with scoop of vanilla ice cream. I Wil definitely be using notecard and have the perfect person to send it too. Thank you very much. Have a great day
Comment: I love your letter and the tea. It was very glummy outside here today. Your latter made My day.
mebanham rated for ZZ Group: Zentangles ATC Style on Jul 28, 2014
Comment: Very beautiful work. Thank you very much :-)
JanHardt rated for Mail Art Envie: Life in the 1950s on Jul 23, 2014
Comment: Great swap. I too enjoyed this swap so much. Maybe because I can remember the 50s. Thank you for the amazing envelope and ALL the extra special goodies.
Cadfael57 rated for I've been there/ Send 2 Photos on Jul 19, 2014
Comment: Thank you very much for all photos & documentation !
jewnbugg rated for Hometown pride! on Jul 11, 2014
Comment: Thank you, Cathy, for the great information and the photos!
Mugsie rated for WIYM: Mail Call: June, 2014 on Jul 9, 2014
Comment: Oh Cathy ~ I "LOVE" my zentangle tile so much! I have never seen one done on black and boy is it gorgeous! I need to get me some black paper! Thank you so very much!! I see my doctor next week and I am so hoping I will get the go to finally be able to walk without crutches! Thanks again ~ Kelly :)
Response: I hope your doc cooperates with you an gives you the okay to proceed without the crutches - good luck and stay safe! So happy you liked what I sent you :) Thanks for the heart and the kind words.
Comment: Thank you for the lovely ATC-I love the multiple images and textures. And thank you for the wonderful Halloween stamps-how very generous of you to include them. I will enjoy using them very much. I hope you are having a great summer.
Response: Your profile made it an easy decision to send those stamps to you :) - I am so glad you can use them. Thanks for the rating and the heart. I AM having a very good summer and hope you are as well.
AmyHale rated for TNW-ATC-Toadstool on Jun 29, 2014
Comment: Thank you for the lovely ATC's ! I really liked them both and your creativity
crystalite rated for SS: June Color: BRIGHT or PASTEL on Jun 26, 2014
Comment: Beautiful pictures! And you are so right about double mounting them....it really makes the photos pop! Those are some gorgeous flowers...thank you!
sunshinesuperman rated for Load it Up! ATC on Jun 23, 2014
Comment: Thank you for the awesome ATC, I love it. You have the talent of texture and layering, fabulous job! I love 3D cards when they are well done. I really appreciate the extras and I love the photos, especially the ones with the little ghosts! Wonderful swap. Hugs, Mona
midteacher rated for SS: Photo Notecards: Q2 2014 on Jun 20, 2014
Comment: Absolutely love each of the photo notecards you sent! More importantly, I appreciate the time you took to send a note explaining each one of the photos. Many, many, thanks!

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Mugsie on Nov 11, 2014:

Happy (belated) birthday!

From all of us at "WIYM" group!

MissWhimsy on Jul 12, 2014:

Thank you for the awesome sheets of nature stickers for the TNW Tag!!! They are fantastic, perfect for my project!!! :)

Animatarian on May 27, 2014:

TPD RED Envie Swap Part 2: Your BEAUTIFULLY RED envie arrived today... and very much "on time"!!! :) I love the great flower and word collage you did, something I struggle with! Sounds as though we like many of the same things... I can hardly wait to try the Lemon bar recipe (lemon is a favorite, and I collect recipes also!). Paper is also a passion.... thanks for the goodies. However, photography is NOT one of my talents, the rose picture you sent is beautiful! I love roses, but unfortunately, so do the deer and I haven't been able to keep any here in the mountains! Thanks again for a great swap. Hope to swap with you again soon!

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lsmahutchin on Nov 11, 2013:

Happy Birthday!
Happy Belated Birthday!

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