Swap-bot Time: November 24, 2017 1:06 am


Date Joined: August 1, 2009
Last Online: November 22, 2017
Birthday: October 16
Country: United States
Etsy Faves

About Me


I'm 61 years old with two grown children and three grandsons. I also have a two year old granddaughter. I work with special needs high school students. I live in Arizona where it's very hot in the summer, but really nice in the winter (when it finally decides to cool down).

I'm actually very easy to please - if you make it for me, I'm going to appreciate the effort. I'm thankful when people put time, thought and heart into what they make and send. Hand made items are wonderful, but finding vintage items at a thrift store or yard sale also takes time and energy, so I really appreciate what is required to complete a well done swap.

I won't flake and I will rate. If I should happen to forget to rate a swap, please let me know. I always try to send something my partner will like and I read all profiles, regardless if the swap says "sender's choice". Profiles are fun to read and they help me create a good swap package.

If you don't receive a swap or tag from me, please let me know right away. I have no problem re-sending or doing whatever it takes to fix a problem.

Favorite Music

Classic rock: Rolling Stones (best rock & roll band ever!), The Beatles, Van Morrison, Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan...etc.

Country (mostly retro, classics and bluegrass)



As far as newer music, I love folk rock and roots music, as well as some of the folky country bands.

Favorite Books

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

The Godfather

The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

Alice in Wonderland

Classic children's literature (including Peter Pan, the Oz books, Winnie the Pooh, Little Women, the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder), beautifully illustrated fairy tales and nursery rhymes, Beatrix Potter's work

Some of my favorite modern book authors and books for children include: Mercer Mayer, Maurice Sendak, Richard Scarry, H.A. Rey's Curious George series, the Amelia Bedelia books, Russell Hoban's Frances series

I love very old, out of print books for children. I would love to collect vintage books, but they are usually too expensive. I do find them sometimes in thrift stores though!

Favorite Movies

The Wizard of Oz

anything with Johnny Depp

Comedies - especially adult humor. I love Knocked Up, Bridesmaids, etc.


Favorite Television


I'm Dyin' Up Here

Anthony Bourdain's shows - I LOVE him!

Modern Family

The Voice

Antiques Roadshow

true crime shows

history, nature, Nova type shows

About Me


*altered objects - matchboxes, rusty old tins, altoid tins, boxes, dolls, lotsa stuff!

*mixed media - configurations, shadowboxes, etc.


** I LOVE to make ornaments for different holidays or occasions

I DO NOT sew, nor do I embroider, crochet, knit...but oh how I admire the talents of those who do! Nothing better than receiving something hand crafted that I could never even begin to know how to do myself.


handmade items!!!

original art - I have no talent whatever in the fine arts and I love so very much to receive art made by others. Artists rock! =)

pinup girls and old school tattoo art

art dolls and vintage dolls, even doll parts

wooden boxes, all sizes - I've loved them for years.



Day of the Dead ~ Frida Kahlo ~ Loteria

HALLOWEEN!!!! - devils, bats and witches are faves - I especially enjoy vintage Halloween (all eras) and gothic Halloween. Spooky is GOOD! I like ouija boards, spirits, graveyards,Poe, ravens, mystical, fall colors, scary jack-o-lanterns,apothecary stuff, scary but not too overtly gory (NO slasher movies)

Christmas - I adore retro/kitchy Christmas (think 1950s - ish) - little elves, gnomes, glittery, tinsel, all that fun stuff!

More Christmas - Victorian Christmas images are also a favorite and I've discovered in recent years that I like angels.

lowbrow Victorian imagery

Neanderthals - my DNA test results show that I have more Neanderthal DNA than most people have - wow!

vintage circus and vintage magician images

vintage ephemera from all eras

flowers - new or vintage crochet, paper, anything flower related to use for Day of the Dead or Frida projects

MERMAIDS!!!! - yep, even Disney

garden gnomes

weird, wacky, wonderful things


items from other countries, cultures and eras

jewelry - love anything handmade

suns and moons (especially the man in the moon), stars, clouds...

I like all colors. It's more about the way different colors are combined that appeals to me rather than one particular color. But I do have to say that I'm always drawn to ocean colors...aqua, turquoise, teal - I call them "mermaid colors"...


rodents, especially rats. I have a bit of a phobia, I guess. Realistic rats and mice freak me out.

scrapbook supplies - I do some scrapbooking once in awhile but I already have a lot of supplies on hand, and I usually need something specific when I do scrapbooking projects. And please, no scrapbook paper scraps. My cup runneth over with paper scraps already.

ATCs ~ Please, don't send me an ATC!! I actually do like making ATCs and I used to make and swap tons of them, but I stopped collecting them years ago.

As I said in my "likes", I LOVE Halloween and Christmas, but not so much the cutesy/kiddish stuff, unless it's vintage style.

Stickers that children would use. I do use stickers on occasion, but not really the flat ones that look obviously like a sticker.

I know that bookmarks are very popular, but I really don't need any. I do most of my reading online. I do enjoy making bookmarks though.

If you are doing a THRIFT STORE SWAP with me, please don't send items that can just as easily have come from a dollar store. Sorry if that seems harsh, but a trinket that originated at Dollar Tree is probably not something that will make me happy if I'm hoping for something thrifted and awesome. A few times, I have received items that I don't even want to pass along to another partner. It's very rare though, I'm happy to say! =)

I don't do stamping so I really have no need for stamps or ink pads. I will gladly pass them on if I receive them though.


weird, funky clay faces - especially painted ones

small Halloween or otherwise spooky things that I can use for Halloween shadowboxes - I like them kind of creepy!


old keys

old photos, especially of people...the older the photo, the better!

vintage needlework - small doilies, crochet, embroidery, etc.

THRIFT STORE FINDS - small items I can use for shadowbox and assembly pieces, especially items for Halloween, Day of the Dead shrines and retro chic Christmas projects

cool vintage stuff

Vintage Lefton china items ~ especially holiday

handmade items that you LOVE to make!

nautical, ocean, seashell, MERMAID items

Old discarded small doll clothes - Barbie sized or smaller. I don't sew, but I do re-fashion doll clothes for some of my art dolls/altered dolls.

I'm in love with retro Christmas items - kitchy 1950-1960s elves, Lefton china figurines, retro stickers, wrapping paper, cards, etc. These items don't have to be in "like new" condition because they are VINTAGE! I can hide all sorts of flaws and cracks with glue and glitter...=).


I like candy, especially chocolate. I dislike gummy candy. I don't drink herbal teas, but do drink black tea. Spices from other places interest me.

I've recently started drinking coffee! Fifty nine years old and I managed to stay away from it all this time - imagine that! My coffee maker takes Keurig style cups and I'd love to receive and try different flavored coffees - no decaf though.

I like to try unusual (regional) things.

I am a semi-vegetarian and have been for 30 years. (I do eat fish, eggs and cheese.)


Comment: I can't wait to open it! The ornament is so cute!
Response: Thank you for the rating and I hope you like your mermaid item!! Merry Christmasy time of year! xo
luleemik rated for Crappy Holiday Ornament on Nov 19, 2017
Comment: How did you know I LOVE little gnomes and mushrooms? I have 2 fairy gardens on my patio w/gnomes and I added this little cutie to one of them! Thanks for always knowing exactly what to send to put a big smile on my face!! Happy Holidays!
Response: You are welcome! I like gnomes and mushrooms too. Have a delicious feast on Thanksgiving! xo
Comment: Thank you for all the gifts ~ I can tell already that this will be a heart-full package!
Response: You are very welcome! Thank you for the rating and have a bountiful Thanksgiving and a joyous Christmas!! xo
dolphingirl rated for Handmade Halloween on Nov 15, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the great bottle, I love it! Sorry for the late rating. Things have been really hectic lately.
Response: You are very welcome! Glad you liked it! xo
Comment: Once again you send an amazing swap, but I've come to expect no less from one of my fave swappers. LOVE "el nopal" and how you decorated the mini configuration---you know me so well!! The doily is perfect Christmas colors for the upcoming season! Muchas gracias mi amiga!
Response: I've had that little nativity scene in my supplies for a few years - it's from Peru. The cactus is of course from Mexico and the striped weaving around the edge, Guatemalan. The little rug under the creche was woven in Chimayo, New Mexico. Whew! Glitter, courtesy of Michael's. =) Thank you for the nice rating, friend! I had two of those doilies, so one for you. xo
luckycharms rated for Crappy Holidays on Oct 24, 2017
Comment: Oh how you temp me to open before Christmas!!! I can't wait..Thank you so much for my festive wrap gift and I love the ornament, it is wonderful!!!!... Merry Christmas!
Response: Ha ha! You are welcome and I hope you like it! Merry Christmas to you too!
luleemik rated for Coffin Ofrenda on Oct 23, 2017
Comment: First---thanks for joining my swap---even if it was just the two of us! WOW am I lucky girl---love the ofrenda and all of the guitar elements right down to the tiny mlagros! You are always a super swapper and this is no exception!! Hugs
Response: I'm in love with the one you sent me! xo
kfaye rated for Halloween Ornament NOT made of paper on Oct 14, 2017
Comment: I love the ornament you made! I have been saving my little bulbs to make Christmas ornies, but never thought to make Halloween ones! It' so pretty, I might just keep this one up year-round! Thank you for the little jacko-lantern buttons too!
Response: Thank you for the rating! I lucked out when I found a box of vintage Christmas bulbs at the Goodwill. There were only a few orange. Most of the colors were really strange - blues, rose, etc. Not standard Christmas colors at all. They are interesting and fun to work with. xo
moM rated for Make Some Crappy Halloween Cards on Oct 8, 2017
Comment: Another great swap hosted by you!! Thank so much for hosting! This is a great card! If only I had some instant potions - powdered or otherwise. Thanks too for all the wonderful goodies!
Response: Thank YOU for the rating and for joining this swap! Look for a winter holiday card swap that I plan to host, probably in November. Happy Halloween! xo
Comment: Thanks for the cute card and extra goodies! I especially love the spider and sequin sticker :p
Response: Thank you for the rating and for joining the swap! I'll be hosting another card swap closer to December so I hope you'll join!
annielou rated for Make Some Crappy Halloween Cards on Oct 3, 2017
Comment: Holy crap!!!!! This is my first Crap swap and I am in shock and awe with this card and all the extras!!!! I feel inadequate in my part! This is amazing. Thank you so much! This is really amazing!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Response: You're too kind, annielou!! I'm glad you liked your card and goodies. I plan to host a holiday card swap in December as well. Hope you'll join!
Comment: OMG CAN NOT wait to open, you wrote the magic word w-i-t-c-h!!! Thanks! LOVE the bottle and the witch! Thx again. Oh yeah the bag is cool too!
Response: Hope you enjoy It! Thank you for the rating. xo
georgiafae rated for Make Some Crappy Halloween Cards on Oct 2, 2017
Comment: Holy Crap! You sent a wonderful card and I love the little extras you tucked in! What fun-Thanks for Happy Mail day and Happy Halloween to you too!
Response: You are very welcome! I plan to host a holiday card swap for December. Hope you'll join! Thank you for the rating. xo
Comment: Great story! The doll is lovely in a morbid way and she is already hanging out with other spooky things that live on my tree!
Response: Oh, thank you!! I was glad that you seemed ok with the spooky side of Halloween. I'm not a big fan of gore, but I do like things a bit creepy. =)
kfaye rated for Spooktacular September Hell on Sep 18, 2017
Comment: I LOVE this sooo much!!! Thank you <3
Response: I have one as well, and I just love mine also. Thank you for the rating and have a happy Halloween!! xo
sandyponey rated for Boo Box #2 - September on Sep 18, 2017
Comment: Gorgeous box. Thank you so much Robin. Giving a 5 now, cuz I know everything will be wonderful. Halloween Hugs, Sandy
Response: Thank you for the rating! Hope you enjoy the goodies inside. xo
Lisapotterylady rated for Crappy Whimsy Pocket: #3 on Sep 2, 2017
Comment: I received the Halloween pocket swap and just love it! Thanks for all the goodies too!
Response: You are very welcome!! Thank you for the rating and Happy Fall!!! xo
Paige1900 rated for Halloween Gift #10: Witching Hour on Sep 1, 2017
Comment: OMG...I can literally count on my 2 hands how swaps I have actually gone nuts over in the last 6.5 years of being on SB. Your's in now one of those swaps. Thank You so very much for sending such a well made, thoughtful witchy gift. I absolutely love it (As you can tell no I did not wait to open it). I have it sitting in my kitchen on display for anyone and everyone to admire. Thank you for truly making my mailbox (and me) happy. ♥ ♥ ♥
Response: Oh, cool! I'm so happy that you like it! It's September...yay! I can get out my Halloween decorations now. That is what I plan to do this weekend. Nevermind that it's still 100 plus degrees outside. ha ha! Happy fall!!! xo
Comment: Wow! What a great surprise to get this already! So perfect for me - I love the distressed, almost steam punk look of it and I love the goodies inside - thanks so much!
Response: You're welcome - I loved this swap! Happy Halloween! xo
Tamawi rated for Crappy Creations: Button on Aug 29, 2017
Comment: Wow! What beautiful buttons from your collection of crap! I immediately took your stunning button creation to enjoy at my desk at work. Now my coworkers can also enjoy it. Thanks!
Response: Oh, that's sweet! Thank you for the nice comment and the rating!

Rating Overview

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5.0000 396 28 30
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luckycharms on Nov 22, 2017:


thriftymermaid on Oct 18, 2017:

I missed getting to say Happy Birthday!! I hope you had a great time on your special day. I hope all is well with you and yours. Zora continues to love the blanket you sent her! Hugs!

Changeling on Jun 12, 2017:

Hi! Thank you for your profile comment. I am 4.1 percent Neanderthal. ;)

luleemik on Jun 8, 2017:

WOW, what a great tag selection---I am overwhelmed by your generosity and already have ideas to use some of the items. {{hugs}}

sassafrass on Jan 20, 2017:

Thank you for thinking of me!

starhiker on Jan 8, 2017:

Thank-you for the compliment on my dolls thats very kind of you. Thanks for hosting in the group also! ♥♥♥

thriftymermaid on Jan 4, 2017:

Thank you so much for the lovely Christmas goodies! It made my Christmas all the brighter!! :o)

wolviechick121 on Jan 1, 2017:

JenniferWatsonMcDonald on Dec 18, 2016:

I want to thank you so much for your card for my birthday and the goodies you sent! I truly appreciate it and it meant the world to me! <3 Hope you are doing well!


sassafrass on Aug 21, 2016:

Ohhh how I wish I could do the Prims Halloween swap!! Thank you for setting it up (although I feel depressed to be missing it!)

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