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Last Online: December 2, 2018
Birthday: March 12
Country: United States
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About Me

May 2012- I swapped for several years here and on other sites. Work and other life issues have forced me to re-evaluate my time spent on trading. At this time I am only focusing on making art for myself. I've met some wonderful people through Swapbot and received some beautiful art. Thank you all, friends!

I'm a collector who loves to thrift store shop. Give me an estate sale, garage sale, tag sale, auction or flea market & I'm in heaven!

Things I Like:

Hearts with wings, star & moon themes, dogs & cats, retro-rockets and flying saucers, anything with a coffee or tea motif. Old costume jewelry, corsetry, antique clothing, hats, and shoes! I'm attracted to art in boxes, bowls & cups. I collect vintage pin-up art, original underground comic art, ATCs, interesting, quirky or pretty old photographs, and illustrated children's books. I enjoy baking and cooking, cookbooks, recipes or trinkets with cupcakes, creampuffs or layer cake designs.

I love Halloween, Dios de los Muertos and snow at Christmas. We have enough holiday ornaments to decorate several Christmas trees. And I truly appreciate a good birthday cake.

About Being a Swap Host/Coordinator:

I always hope to create fun swaps where everyone gets something. I am also losing enthusiasm for being a host AND a swap angel when people who sign up don't follow through. If you join one of my swaps, PLEASE be willing to send. And if you can't send on time, be honest with your partner. It's all about communication! I value swappers who are willing to say they are running late...I also value swappers who ask their partner directly what's going on before giving an automatic low rating.

About Me as a Swapper:

I've been swapping on Swap-bot since October 2006. I'm not perfect -- I've missed a couple Swap-bot deadlines, but I've always communicated with my partners, and the packages have all gone out. I can only aspire to be a "perfect 5", and I'm doing the best I can. I take pride in what I send out, and don't sign up for trades unless I am willing to send you something I'd want to get. If you have not received, please let me know! I want to make it right!

I'd Enjoy Finding In My Mailbox:

Glass beads (esp. dark colors), Astroboy & Felix the Cat items, mermaids, beautiful paper/vintage book pages or old photos to use for ATCs, silver charms and milagros, small size lace & trim for doll-making and collage. I am especially interested in black lace if it is very small width (for dollmaking and ATCs.)

COLORS: dark/cobalt blue, violet, silver, magenta, jet black

TREATS: I like salty/savory. I'd always pick pretzels, nuts or cheese over candy as a treat. I like mustard, berry jams and orange marmalade. If given the choice I'd pick dark chocolate over milk chocolate any day. I like lemon, ginger, coconut, peanut butter and mint! Wasabi, garlic, hot salsa -- they're all good!

TEA & COFFEE: I love all kinds of tea, and do not like flavored coffees. My mom says I am a coffee snob, but I like Starbucks and LOVE Peet's Coffee! Caribou Coffee, too...wish we had that on the west coast...

A SILLY THING THAT DELIGHTS ME: I love striped socks!


Please don't send me things that smell like cigarette smoke or perfume.

I do NOT like gummy or marshmallow anything! I also don't like popcorn -- can't stand the smell! And please don't send flavored coffees. I'm also not big on candy or chocolate, but I can and will share those with other people. Please, please, please -- no heavily scented items (especially not florals.) I do love candles but have allergic reactions to some!

I can fully appreciate spiritual things but would be disappointed to receive specifically religious items as the bulk of a general swap! Obviously this restriction wouldn't apply if I am signed up for a religions swap, and I sometimes do participate in these!

Favorite Crafts

ATCs, shrine making, dioramas & little houses. Mixed media & paper collage, water color, pen & ink drawing. Doll making (paper, soft sculpture, sculpey & fimo.) Batik, silk screen, & calligraphy. Raku fired ceramics. Jewelry making with salvaged and vintage beads.

Favorite Movies

So many...here's a bunch that I've enjoyed: It's a Wonderful Life, Moulin Rouge!, To Kill a Mockingbird, Harold & Maude, Run Lola Run, Äppelkriget (The Apple War), Blade Runner, The Best Years of our Lives, Dr. Strangelove, Casablanca, The Matrix, The African Queen, Fried Green Tomatoes, Dazed & Confused, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, Chocolat, Gone with the Wind, MASH, Three Women, The Princess Bride, Wuthering Heights, The Little Princess (with Shirley Temple), The Dark Crystal, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Rosemary's Baby, Sayonara, Lord of the Rings Trilogy, most any movie by Alfred Hitchcock, Kiki's Delivery Service, My Neighbor Totoro, Edward Scissorhands, Heathers, Rivers & Tides, Practical Magic.

I Love Art & Artists

I love beautiful art & photography. And I especially like black & white line drawing. I've collected underground comix since the late 1960s. Artists I like include Edward Gorey, Harry Clarke, Gahan Wilson, Robert Crumb, Shari Flenniken, Trina Roberts, Vaughn Bode, Aubrey Beardsley, Kay Neilsen, Mahlon Blaine & Don Blanding. Pre-Raphaelite art by Waterhouse & Rosetti, Art Noveau & Art Deco, Surrealism. Mucha! Warhol, Frida Kahlo, Georgia O'Keefe, Diane Arbus, Ansel Adams...

Favorite Books

Margaret Atwood ("The Handmaid's Tale" is truly chilling), Ruth Rendell, Laurie King, & Sujata Massey. I also give thumbs up to Stephen King ("The Stand" & The Dark Tower series are favorites.)

I love mysteries but am not so much into the blood & guts as I am into the detection, crime scene investigation and characters.

Favorite Music

Favorites: John Lennon and the Beatles, Janis Joplin, The Decemberists, Carbon Leaf, Billie Holliday, Eva Cassidy, David Bromberg, David Grisman, Dixie Chicks, Joan Armatrading, Cindy Lauper, Joni Mitchell, Elvis Costello, The Clash, Christine Lavin, U2, Bruce Springsteen, Bananarama, Kate Bush, Janis Joplin, & Jimi Hendrix. Anyone remember The Rubinoos or Leila & the Snakes? Cheapsuit Seranders, Squirrel Nut Zipper, Tangerine Dream...

Favorite Television

Lost! I faithfully watch Big Bang Theory, Criminal Minds & Cold Case. I miss My So Called Life and Freaks & Geeks. TRUE BLOOD! My favorite mini-series is "The Stand", but I've also loved Six Feet Under, Deadwood, Carnivale, the Lonesome Dove series.


Comment: thanks for the lovely zetti postcard! awesome design! blessings to you and your family
Coraline rated for Steampunk assemblage on May 19, 2010
Comment: Thanks you so much for this beautiful steampunk assemblage! I was a little worried when I didn't hear anything from you, but this is just a beatiful piece. I love it!
Comment: wow, what a neat shrine! I loved it thanks so much :)
phillyzee rated for New Year Pack-rat Purge #4 on Jan 20, 2010
Comment: Thanks for the envy, it arrived today (20th). There are a few papers I am ready to play with!
Response: Glad you can use some to create with!
druideye rated for rhyme + rune + riddance #2 on Jan 14, 2010
Comment: Wonderful package, thank you so much for everything!
Response: Thank you! Please rid me of that riddance, ok?
motes rated for ~* Frida Khalo Ornament Swap *~ on Dec 28, 2009
Comment: What a fabulous Frida ornament--thank you so much! It's going to be hanging up year-round for certain!
Response: So glad you liked it!
choci rated for ~* Frida Khalo Ornament Swap *~ on Dec 24, 2009
Comment: Cindy, what an awesome package! The ornament is fantastic, and thank you for the little extras. I'd give you more hearts if I could! :)
Response: Thank you so much, choci! You made my day!
kaikamahine rated for ~* Frida Khalo Ornament Swap *~ on Dec 22, 2009
Comment: WOW Cindy! Your ornament is absolutely GORGEOUS! Makes mine look like a child did them...lol. Thank you so much, it will be up year round. :) Thank you also for the cute embellishments, I can totally use them. Have a Merry Christmas! :D
Response: Well aren't you sweet?! I love this swap (I think I've done it every year), and always love to see all the variations people come up with. I'm so happy you like what I sent you!
dustypenny rated for Jackalope ATC Swap on Nov 12, 2009
Comment: Thank you for the neat Jackalope ATC and all the little goodies, Cindy!
Response: When I found those rabbits, I knew I had to turn them into Jackalopes. I hope the card brings you luck, and that you can use the goodies to create something fun!
Comment: Thanks so much for the cute witch skinny. :-)
Response: I had a lot of fun making it for you!
tiaragoth rated for Steampunk Wearable Art Swap on Oct 29, 2009
Comment: Thanks for sending me such a wonderful swap package Cindy. The steampunk necklace you created for me is absolutely stunning. I really love it and will wear it often. Beautifully made as always : ) Thanks also for the ''Snow Queen'' atc and ''Halloween Opera'' chunky page. You know how much I enjoy collecting your artwork : ) So much cool stuff. I will put all the sparkly embellishments to good use sometime soon. ''Happy Halloween'' to you too Cindy. You are both a valued friend and creative inspiration.
Response: I'm so glad you like the necklace. I had fun making it, especially when I knew you were my partner!
Comment: Wow! She is awesome! I absolutely love her! Thank you so much, she is very special! She is already on display!
Response: So glad you like her. I loved making her for you!
RyeRye rated for board game and some pieces on Oct 18, 2009
Comment: You sent me a fabulous swap! The game boardS are really nice. Thank you so much.
Response: Please let me know if you decide to do the journal swap using these pieces. I have a board I'd love to use to make one.
rustycage11 rated for Halloween Zetti ATCs on Oct 13, 2009
Comment: Love your 'Ghastly' ATC :-) Thank you so much. Deb
Response: We've been trading a bit this year, eh? Glad you liked the card!
clevergirl rated for Halloween Zetti ATCs on Oct 12, 2009
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful ATC - I really love it. Thanks so much for the extras too. Can't wait to use some of the paper!
Response: So glad you can use the papers. I always love to get new types to incorporate in my cards!
chimerix rated for Halloween Zetti ATCs on Oct 11, 2009
Comment: What a lovely ATC. Thank you so much for the wonderful card and the extras to craft with. Aloha
Response: Thank you - I hope you enjoy using those bits I sent along. I liked making the cards a lot.
Comment: Thank you for the great ATC and extras.
Response: I really liked how that card turned out, and hope you did too!
roosje rated for USED POSTAGE STAMPS ATCs on Oct 5, 2009
Comment: Love you atc's,they are beautifuly made!The one with the red tones is my fav!Thank you so much for all the extra bits as well!
Response: So glad that you like them! I liked that card, too. The face is a scan from an old tintype photograph I have. I thought it went well with the text and stamp.
Claylady rated for Steampunk ATC on Sep 9, 2009
Comment: Thanks for the very cool cards and all the extra goodies. I can't wait to use the fiber paper.
Response: So glad you liked them!
Lishmo rated for Pages from vintage school books on Aug 31, 2009
Comment: Thank you, very nice pages. :)
Response: Glad you liked them! Please let me know if you post any pictures of projects using them.

Rating Overview

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babynavyblue on Nov 19, 2010:

Hi, Since you were a part of The Zetti Swappers group I thought you might like my swap I just started. Its a Zetti Art Doll Swap.


Thanks in advance if you join!!

raven on Oct 5, 2010:


LittleCakes on Apr 15, 2010:

Just created a Frida Art Paper doll swap on Viva La Frida Group, please come check it out.

raven on Jan 1, 2010:


raven on Jul 19, 2009:


racheljohnson on Feb 26, 2009:

It was so nice to meet you tonight. Thank you, thank you for all of your help with Sunday's event. I think it will be a fun time! xoxo

raven on Dec 9, 2008:

new year It's never to early to start wishing you have a Happy New Year ..form Raven and the Monthly ATC Swappers group

Peacewytch on Dec 1, 2008:

Thanks for being a part of the Merry Zetti Holiday ATC swap! I'm sure it'll be zetti-licious! Happy Holidays. <:OD

GypsyDyann on Sep 20, 2008:

I thought I'd "Get to Know YOU" since you signed up for the Oz Flying Moneys ATC swap! Also see you are a fellow Oregonian! We are in the Oregon-Made ATC Group together! Hope you have fun in the SWAP! And I agree with you about Thrift Stores being Heaven! :)

yowell on Jul 26, 2008:

Thank you for being a wonderful angel and sending out a replacement package to me. Shame I can't give you hearts on here!! but if I could I would :) Yowell

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