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Date Joined: January 27, 2014
Last Online: July 17, 2014
Birthday: August 21
Country: United States

About Me

Some of my recent swaps may have not made the mail on time due to my vehicle breaking down and having to enlist the help of someone else. Additionally, I know of at least one international swap that wasn't mailed correctly because I didn't receive a custom's receipt for it. In fact, I didn't receive the postal receipt either, so I am not sure which swaps this involves other than what I can ascertain from my notes as being "SENT." I apologize for this mishap, and if you don't receive your package, please let me know and I will re-send ASAP.


Ephesians 4:29-32 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

Mother of five (however, one of my sons passed away on May 18, 2013; on his sister's birthday). Grandmother of 15 (10 girls and 5 boys).

UPDATE: Nana here with another update -- I have the new baby full-time for a few days. Her mommy has been hospitalized because she apparently got a staph infection at the hospital when they put in the IV when she was going to give birth. That "thing" got huge, her hand and arm swelled up, and had to be taken to the E.R. It has packing in it, but that is basically all I know, as we are awaiting the actual culture report. I'm not permitted to visit because I'm caring for her infant...

11:40 p.m., Faith Randall Leigh weighed in at 8 lbs. 1 oz., 20 inches long. She sure has a set of lungs on her! The nurse said she was probably hungry, but we'll see... lol (Of course, she is the one of the new three that will live with me!) Faith is my 15th grandchild. It's time for a rest kids. Nana can only do so much babysitting!

30 April 2014 -- We are, once again, at the hospital. (I've actually lost count now of how many times this makes this month, lol.) Anyways, my newest granddaughter should be here sometime today. I'll post when she does decide to arrive...

Madison Paige arrived at 8:32 a.m. today, 24 April 2014, weighing 6 lbs. 11 oz., and is 19 inches long. Unfortunately, she had to be delivered by C-section; but mommy and baby are fine.

A new granddaughter arrived happy and healthy on Wednesday, 2 April 2014. Her name is Savannah Brandy. (They chose Brandy because it sounds like Randy, in memory of his brother that passed away last year.) She weighs 7 lbs. 9 oz. and is 19 inches long.

It has been VERY hectic here with all of the back and forth to the hospital visits, caring for more grandchildren, etc. Savannah's mommy ended up back in the hospital with a blood clot in the lung, and then had a subsequent unrelated surgery. Since Danielle's release from the hospital, I have been repacking her wound daily and helping care for the four little ones (in addition to the two I already have). I have missed the post office hours a couple of times, so if your package is a day or two past the deadline, I hope you'll forgive me. It will get mailed just as soon as I can get to the post office. (My swaps are about the only thing keeping me "sane" at this point, lol.)

We have three Abyssinian guinea pigs: Captain Cuddles, and the girls -- Reecie and Mouse (aka Zhu-zhu). My granddaughter likes to dress them in baby clothes and put tiny bows in their hair, lol. She would like to learn to make costumes for them on her sewing machine, so any patterns that you might share would be truly welcomed.

BTW, if you have a complaint, a personal agenda with me, or need to vent at me for some reason, how about having a little bit of common sense, compassion, and decency and send me an email or PM.

Favorite Crafts


Christian art

kid's crafts

making flowers and other embellishments

learning to paint again, especially lighthouses, butterflies, frogs, easy flowers, and more...





rubber stamping

altered art/up-cycled/recycled art

scrapbooking, etc.

Love to craft with my 10-year-old granddaughter, Laci, and now my nine-year-old grandson, Bubbies (Kenny), too.

Favorite Colors

While I enjoy a large variety of color, my two favorites have always been yellow and blue -- kind of the French decorating shades of these. Having said that, bold colors of autumn always catch my eye!

And at Christmastime, I prefer to work with a cheerful palette of colors and not be limited by reds and greens.

I also like ocean and tropical color themes. Yeah, I guess I'm a room-by-room smorgasbord of color themes.

Wish List

Anything Tweety, brown bag molds, dolphins, seahorses, sea turtles, butterflies, yellow (but not school bus yellow, lol), pretty blue, Pittsburgh Steelers, writing instruments -- colored pencils, pens, watercolor pencils, markers.

acrylic paint

adhesives (especially double-sided tape 1/8-inch size)

airmail paper

altered/recycled art items (yes, send me good, clean "junk!!!")

Altoids mint-type tins -- (empty, of course)

beach-themed items -- starfish, saltwater/colorful fish, sea critters, sailboats, weathered-looking wood, pelican


bookmarks (especially ones that have Scripture on them)

Brown Bag Molds


Buttons, especially vintage and/or metal and bright colors

candle wicks

candy -- Sugar-free -- chocolate or citrus-flavored -- lemon, orange, lime (diabetic)

clay -- dry, such as bentonite clay powder (used for colorants and in herbal remedies)


Ed Hardy Type (Women's) stick incense

Embellishments -- 3-D stickers, sea creatures, buttons

embossing powder (clear and earth-tones)

essential oils (especially citronella, rosemary, wintergreen, tea tree, eucalyptus, clove, sweet orange, ylang ylang, Japanese grapefruit, etc.)

Fabric (Bright pieces of material -- minimum 3 inches wide x 12 inches long -- needed for the costume we are making)

fat quarters -- bright colors, small patterns, very small plaids

Feathers -- Ostrich, Coque tailfeathers, Duck, Turkey, Pheasant, Pink Peacock, Brown Curly, Marabou, Guinea, Chinchilla, Chandelle (I have plenty of "ordinary" pink, red, and purple.). Any that are stripped or have some pattern would be particularly welcome.

Fragrances: Ed Hardy (Women's), Lady Stetson, Victoria's Secret, Emeraude, Obsession, or Avon's Sweet Honesty.

Gelatin -- packets of "plain" for crafting


Incense: Tranquility, Ocean Breeze, Ed Hardy (Woman), Frankincense and Myrrh, Blue Nile, Hippie Love.

Jewelry -- costume/Vintage (Please, no Mardi Gras beads!)

Lace (I really like to decorate with this!)

lighters (unique but not scary)

Mango Butter (for making lotion/cream)


paintbrushes (small, foam)

Postcards -- I like sea-life, seashore, beach themed, lighthouses, butterflies, ladybugs, dragonflies, mountains and interesting rock formations, wild animals, hot air balloons, Amish country, Safari and jungle scenery, unusual and unique flowers/trees (fauna and flora), botanical gardens, popular places to visit in foreign countries, vintage, ephemera. I especially like handmade postcards with imaginative creations and good use of color/artistic.


rubber stamps (clear, used/new), particularly Suzy's Zoo, Mary Engelbreit, Ed Hardy, Religious/Scripture, Snowman/Snowlady, FUN ones for children


Shea Butter -- raw, unrefined

soap and candle-making supplies and colorants

stamping inks (no black, please)

straight pins -- pearl-headed or any kind of cool-looking long straight pins for sewing projects

T pins

Vanilla beans (fresh)

Vintage style items


wooden thread spools

pink/purple/lime green-colored items to craft for granddaughters

blue/red/orange/green/lime green/yellow-colored items to craft for grandsons

Thomas Kincade art

Mary Engelbreit art

used postage stamps from other countries and unique USA ones

Craft items/kits for my 10-year-old granddaughter and nine-year-old grandson who live with me.

THRIFT STORE WISH LIST (The following are some ideas of things that I am looking for in the thrift store arena...in no particular order of preference.):

  1. Ephemera/vintage paper items -- please, only true ephemera. The reason I note this is because I recently received a tag for ephemera that consisted of punch-outs from a new scrapbook cardstock page(s) -- reproduction type -- and while it was cute, it was not true ephemera.

  2. Lighthouses

  3. Vintage playing cards

  4. Vintage baseball items (for my grandson)

  5. Vintage fairies (for my granddaughter)

  6. Vintage Christmas items (especially metal or glass ornaments, nativity scenes, snowflakes, snowmen/ladies, religious items.)

  7. Vintage teacups with saucers

  8. Vintage jewelry (broken is great because I love to re-purpose the pieces!)

  9. Mary Engelbreit art

  10. Thomas Kincade art

  11. Tweety and Sylvester

  12. Tom and Jerry items

  13. Vintage storybooks

  14. Vintage cookware and aprons

I Collect...

Baskets (unique)
books of inspiration/quotes/Scripture
Brown bag molds
candles (please, no cinnamon scent)
inspirational quotes
Bible verse art
seashells and ocean "gems"
out-of-the-ordinary containers for craft storage
items that say "Nana" as opposed to grandma, et. al. (I love being a grandmother. It's my greatest joy in life besides God!!!)
Debbie Mumm angel artwork
Thomas Kincade art
Mary Engelbreit art
Tole painted items
unusual craft supplies (think "trash to treasure")
unique paper
magazines (vintage)
bookmarks (especially ones that have Scripture on them)

These are a Few of My Favorite

The Holy Bible (King James version)

making others smile!

the beach at sunrise or sunset

watching a butterfly flit and flutter through the air on a warm, sunny day

collecting seashells and ocean gems -- anything "beachy"

relaxing on a mountaintop in the cool, crisp autumn air, delighting in the breathtaking scenery of the valley below

relishing in the delight of my grandchildren on Christmas morning and all that "magic" it holds for them, yet knowing that their little minds are learning about the true meaning of Christmas

on a sunny morning, being entertained by the dolphins frolicking in the ocean


Not getting rated on swaps

Adult-themed items (because I am usually crafting when my grandchildren come over to visit), Dark side, vampires, and the like.

Rap music, alternative, heavy metal that makes no sense. Justin Bieber, Punk, Hip Hop

sci-fi books/films/tv shows
Spongebob cartoon character

Allergic reaction to cinnamon aroma in candles, potpourri, essential oils, fragrance oils, and perfumes.

Favorite Music & Television

Country, Christian (Julie Durden -- you can find her at reverbnation.com, Chris Tomlin, Casting Crowns), Oldies -- Rock-n-Roll and Motown (50s, 60s, 70s), K-LOVE radio.

The Voice, ID, Forensic Files, Golden Girls, I Love Lucy, Hallmark Movie Channel, Little House on the Prairie, The Waltons, NCIS, Bones, Criminal Minds, Cold Case Files (wish there was more of this!), Inspiration TV, LMN movie channel.

Favorite Movies:
The Bible (Series)
Dirty Dancing
The Breakfast Club
It's a Wonderful Life
A Miracle on 34th Street
The Wizard of Oz
Gone with the Wind
Swiss Family Robinson
The Sound of Music
Pretty Woman Shawshank Redemption
Mrs. Doubtfire
Forrest Gump
Disney movies for the child in me!
Patrick Swayze movies!


lloydp rated for Thriftstore Find - June on Dec 6, 2014
Comment: Happy to rerate if I receive it.
ScrapHappyGabi rated for CREATE A POSTCARD SWAP #1 on Nov 8, 2014
Comment: Hope is well. Will be happy to re-rate upon receiving anything
sassafrass rated for TSJ: A Little Something ... Paper on Sep 24, 2014
Comment: Thank you for the great paper tags, the owls, and the bangle bracelet and pumpkin spice coffee!
neca84 rated for CARD MAKING Challenge #2 on Sep 12, 2014
Comment: lovely
thequilterslink rated for USAPC: Altered Puzzle on Sep 11, 2014
Comment: never received from her
Comment: Thanks for the great collection
Comment: Hopefully nothing tragic has stolen you away. Happy to re-rate if/when you're able to catch up!
latentsmile rated for CARD MAKING Challenge #3 on Aug 18, 2014
Comment: This swap has not been marked as sent. I have not been contacted about a late send.
texdel rated for HM card with letter A on Aug 16, 2014
Comment: Hope you are okay.
Aimo rated for Color Me Whimsey #8 *Black* on Aug 14, 2014
Comment: Hi Helen. This was marked shipped the last day you were on swap-bot, but I never received anything. I hope everything is ok and I will be glad to rerate you once I receive. Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you and that all is ok. :)
Comment: Happy to re-rate I ever receive anything.
Sarahbobera rated for TSJ: Bejewelled on Aug 10, 2014
Comment: Thankyou helen for the nice Letter C ATC's, and for the nice note love Jennifer.
Comment: Still not pressed sent and nothing in the mail (3 weeks later). Will rerate to a 3 if I receive anything. Hope everything is ok.
shawsquad4 rated for Butterflies & Peacocks Baggie-USA on Jul 29, 2014
Comment: I absolutely loved all my goodies, I love peacocks!Thankyou! hugs
PurpleButterfly rated for Send Me Something #1*USA* on Jul 18, 2014
Comment: Thanks!
Comment: Love the card and the extras.. Thank you
miia rated for June Butterflies on Jul 11, 2014
Comment: Thank you so so much for everything you sent me! I love that bookmark, and notebook is so pretty! I also love stickers, thank you very much! :)
deelynn rated for J.U.N.E. scavenger hunt on Jul 11, 2014
Comment: Thank you! The girls snagged the Swedish fish. Lol!
Response: Thanks for letting me know that the swap arrived. I'm happy to hear that there was something in there for your children to enjoy!

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anrtist on Oct 13, 2014:

Praying for you and your family! Hope you can come back soon and be able to make things right! ;-) Blessings, cc

biasbabe on Aug 24, 2014:

Removing you from the Nuts for Sewing and Crafting Group for now till you resolve your ones.

pennypuppy on Aug 23, 2014:

Hi there, just wondering if you would rate me for the altered puzzle that I made and sent to you. I spend a lot of time (5 hours) and effort and money making my swaps and it really would be nice if you would acknowledge that you even got it. However, I know you got it because thank goodness I tracked it.....

lou on Aug 7, 2014:

Please read your messages, thanks!

LittleDonnaGirl on Jul 25, 2014:

Hi There! I hope you are doing okay. I noticed that your swap hasn't been marked "sent" yet for Mini Care Package #3. Would you please let me know if you have been in communication with your partner? I read your message about your vehicle being broken down. I know how frustrating that can be. :( Please let me know the status of the swap and I hope things have improved for you!

nellswell on Jul 22, 2014:

Hi Helen,

I hope everything is alright! Please let me know the best address to send the swap that was returned to me, since the address I sent to that according to the label was "not known" matches the one I currently see for you here. I know that I've sent to you and received from you before with no problems so again, I hope everything is okay and I will hold on to your swap until I know the best place to send it. :-) Thanks!

LittleDonnaGirl on Jul 1, 2014:

Hi! I just wanted to invite you to join Li'l Bit Of Christmas Now & Then Swap!

kerrydwynn on Jun 28, 2014:

Cold Hands Warm Hearts welcomes you!

MissWhimsy on Jun 26, 2014:

That meant so much to me, I will treasure those lovely compliments you paid me in your rating comments!!! I really cant express how much that made my heart swell, thankyou Helen!!! :)

CraftyxPT on Jun 15, 2014:

WTA 53 received, thank you.

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