Swap-bot Time: July 29, 2017 4:54 am


Date Joined: August 1, 2009
Last Online: July 27, 2017
Birthday: October 16
Country: United States
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About Me


I'm 60 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


The Last Man on Earth

The Office

Anthony Bourdain's shows - I LOVE him!

Modern Family

The Voice

Antiques Roadshow

true crime shows

history, nature, Nova type shows

Favorite Crafts

I do:

*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 and witches are faves - I especially enjoy vintage Halloween (all eras) and gothic Halloween. Spooky is GOOD!

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

lowbrow Victorian imagery

Neanderthals - my DNA test results show that I have 2.8% Neanderthal DNA!

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: Thanks saving for Halloween, very tempting but I am gonna try lol lol. Love the bag it is in!!!!! Thanks so much h.
Response: You are welcome!!! xo
Comment: Both the human and Neanderthal parts of me are feeling absolutely spoiled rotten with the Cthulhu swag, hankies, owl card, and pretty packaging! Thank you!!! Update: Spoiled rotten, day 2! Thank you for sending the second part. I love the stickers! You have inspired me to read more Lovecraft.
Response: Hey, you are welcome, m'dear! I thought it so charming that you said in your profile that you like Cthulhu, so I wanted to go with that. When I ordered the stickers that arrived so late, there was only supposed to be the one but they sent three and I wasn't complaining! I hope you'll make something fun or just use them to decorate with. Enjoy! And thanks for the rating!
Comment: It's so funny that you made me something for Halloween---I finished a "crappy" Halloween item as well, but after reading my partner's profile, wasn't sure she would like it. But I LOVE the altered bottle you made for me and all of the extras as well. Thanks for hosting a fun swap and sending another great example of your artwork! {{hugs}}
Response: You're welcome, Lu! I know you love Halloween too, so it was extra fun to make this for you!
samsstuff rated for Create a Small Art Doll on Jun 14, 2017
Comment: I love her, thank you!
Response: You're welcome! And thanks much for participating in the swap! I hope to host more doll swaps in the future.
kfaye rated for Something Witchy This Way Comes on May 20, 2017
Comment: I'm waiting for October to open it but I love the drawstring tea bag enough for a heart! Thank you :)
Response: Thank you for the rating - hope you enjoy!
Comment: Thank you for the sweetly wrapped package! I can't wait to open it in October!
Response: You are very welcome!!!
Comment: I have been so excited for this swap and WOW, you sure delivered. What an amazing box of goodies that arrived at my door step. I have everything displayed because it looks so great in it's packaging. What a fun bag and so cleaver making the buttons part of the scene. The little matchbox is adorable as all the wonderful items to use for crafting and the tag kit. I had so much fun going through the bow. The 3 tags are fabulous as is the entire swap. I am so lucky to have had you as a partner. YES, YOU SPOILED ME!!!! Hugs and 100 hearts, Mona
Response: Thank YOU! I loved putting it all together for you. This was one of my favorite Halloween swaps ever! xo
Comment: What a wonderful pot holder and tag! Thank you so much! I was so excited to learn about Easter witches. Puts a fun spin on the pastel fuzzy bunny holiday.
Response: Glad you like it! I had never heard of Easter witches either and thought the whole thing was so cool!
luleemik rated for TSJ: Make an Art Doll! on Apr 11, 2017
Comment: Wow---just wow! Amazing work---love the fortune teller doll and all of the cool elements you included in this wonderful artpiece!!! Thank you for the beautiful glass heart pendant and tags as well. {{hugs}}
Response: You're welcome, dear Lu!!! Did I tell you in the note that she was originally a marionette from Mexico? I found her at the thrift store and she was in pretty bad shape. I had to do some painting on her face (soooo not my forte'), but the overall piece turned out pretty well I think. I found two marionetts at the thrift store that day - the other is a clown. I thought you would like the girl. xo
starhiker rated for TSJ: Please Send Souvenirs! on Apr 10, 2017
Comment: Thank-you.
Response: You're very welcome!
Comment: I am so amazed!! I didn't have any thing in mind of what you were sending. I loved the outer egg how you even wrapped it! The Mermaid in an egg just blew my mind!!
Response: Awww...that's very sweet of you to say. Thank you! I made the ornament from a thrifted Easter decoration. I remember years ago when those pearlized eggs were popular. I tore it apart and sort of re-decorated it mermaid style. Happy Easter! =)
susieq40 rated for Thrifted Easter Egg on Apr 7, 2017
Comment: Oh dear me, what a gift you sent, wow, a beautiful egg ad it was full of goodies, tied up in A pretty pink box and love the card too..can't believe this was at a thrift store.. You deserve lots of hearts. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Response: I'm so happy that you like it!!! Happy Easter! xo
Comment: Loved the altered cake server!! Sweet doll face!! THanks!!!!!!
Response: You are very much welcome!! Let them eat cake! =) Thank you for the rating. xo
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful gifts! You are an amazing artist!
Response: You're very welcome and thank you for the rating!
Comment: Love the doll! She looks just perfect on my shelf of the dead and other creepy characters, well done! Thank you for a great swap and love the Kleenexes! Hugs, Mona
Response: I'm so glad you like her!! Thank you for the rating!
smadronia rated for TSJ: Curious Kitchen Contraption on Feb 9, 2017
Comment: I wouldn't have guessed the grater. I would have guessed like you, something to cook over open flame. I am sure I will find a use for it. Loved the strainer! First thing I thought of was absinthe, since they pour it over a sugar cube.
Response: Oh cool! I did not think of absinthe. I loved that Johnny Depp movie where he was investigating Jack the Ripper and he did the whole absinthe ritual. =) Thank you for the rating! xo
Comment: What a cute package, so useful and I love the goodies inside the tin, what caught my eye was the pattern paper you had wrapped it in. Such a clever idea...see a trip to TS?..thanks so much for all😀
Response: You're very welcome! The pattern paper was from a package I received but I loved the idea so I recycled. =)
Comment: Robin, received your beautifully wrapped package today. Such a pleasant surprise. When I opened the envelope and saw the homemade Valentine's Day card you made for me and all the little goodies that went with it, I was so happy that you did that. Then I opened one package and it contained a doily, hanker-chief and a heart pin. That pin will be added to my collection. The little hear trinket box filled with antique buttons was just fabulous. I will keep my rings in it. I wish I could give you more than one heart. I just turned 74 on Sunday so it was like a birthday present for me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Shirley
Response: Shirley, you are very welcome and Happy Birthday!Thank you very the very sweet message and the rating.
luleemik rated for Dia de Los Muertos para La Navidad on Dec 3, 2016
Comment: Love, love, love the ornies! They are stunning! thanks for playing with me and happy holidays: Hugs
Response: You're very welcome!!! xo
Comment: hi Robin, wish I could give you a hundred hearts! wow...I love what you sent me, it's really so beautiful and just WOW ... I cant get over the creativity , it's truly art I love it! Thank you so much...this is something I will treasure. Happy swapping and have much joy :)xx
Response: I'm really happy that you like it! Merry Christmas and thanks much for the compliment and the rating!! I love making ornaments.

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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!)


Thank you SO much @ChinaCat for the awesome sea pottery! totallyfreakingout I've never seen anything like this before. It is so nice and smooth... The stamps tags you made are also gorgeous! Thanks so much!

samjowers on Jul 9, 2016:

Best birthday card ever!!!!! Thank you for thinking of me!

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