Swap-bot Time: February 19, 2019 11:33 pm


Date Joined: January 11, 2016
Last Online: February 19, 2019
Birthday: June 5
Country: United States
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About Me

I like Zentangling, for myself, and I like other people's work.

I was looking at some of the "top swaps" and noticed that many of them specified "no home made", well, home made is really what I would most like to receive (I can buy things for myself).

I'm on the far side of middle-aged, married, no kids, but we have a rescue dog (black pitbull - sweet as can be). I work full-time in an office (systems analyst) but I am no longer enthusiastic about it...counting the days, counting the days.

I have a small house on the East Coast of the US not too far from New York City. I like doll making most of all as that incorporates sculpture, painting, design, fabric, embroidery and beading. I used to be able to draw and paint, but I lost the knack from disuse. Zentangling seemed like a way back, but I like it for itself. I think the gems are really pretty.


  • Jewel tone colors
  • Hand-made/one of a kind
  • Wit and Symbolism
  • Fish-related (includes cephalopods)
  • Insects and Arachnids
  • Ooak Art Dolls
  • Shiny stuff
  • Grungy stuff
  • Beads, ribbons, embellishments
  • Anything interesting or unusual or personal
  • Religious iconography and mythology


  • Violence, cruelty and gore
  • Saccharin or kawaii
  • Passive-aggressive narcissists who can't be bothered to acknowledge they even received the swap for weeks on end because that isn't "fun" for them.


  • Stickers - most, but not all, are uninteresting
  • Cartoons (Garfield is hideous, but Mutts is elegant; I do love Lynda Barry)
  • mutts pic It just depends on how well it's done

  • Clowns mostly hate, but it could be done well, this one is charming: "Primitive Clown"

  • Muddy colors, again, it all depends on how they're used
  • I don't mind receiving religious tracts as long as you don't mind how I use them in my work (be forewarned)

Favorite Crafts

I like to do mixed media using jewelry, paper, ceramics - anything that can be altered or repurposed - one man's crap is another man's treasure.

Since I've joined Swap-bot, mail art has become my main creative outlet ~ postcards, ATCs and just starting zines which have challenge of the added elements of time and narrative. I've added gelli printing (lowercase because it's homemade from gelatin and glycerine, remelted after each use, pia) and alcohol inks to my repertoire since being here. I've done a couple of journals, but honestly, they're exhausting.

I also do handmade one of a kind paperclay and polymer clay dolls, so fabrics and embellishments (dangly earrings) are always welcome.


lynnerfb rated for Ribbon effect zentangle 3 on Feb 15, 2019
elflady rated for Zentangle experiment on Feb 11, 2019
Comment: Wow I love ,love these butterflies. They are so beautifully zentangled . You have done an excellent job with them and I am so thrilled to be the recipiant. Thanks so much also thanks for the extra. elflady
CraftyElf rated for AAA - Rainbow Series Pink on Feb 9, 2019
Comment: Yeah, I finally got to the mail box today. Thank you for your "mishmash" of things pink. Loved your term.
ktk8 rated for Pass and Paste #57 on Feb 7, 2019
Comment: WoW it went from Exquisite Corpse to Pass and Paste..... it's fun....thanks for the extra washi tape.... will work on it and pass it on. Thanks for a nice swap!
Tverne05 rated for Collaboration #65 on Feb 6, 2019
Comment: Thanks Cecily for the ephemera you sent.
SLembke rated for AI: Watercolor ATC on Feb 6, 2019
Comment: The flowers are lovely. I like the abstract as well. Thank you.
marianne81 rated for ZZ ~ Twinchie Postcard ongoing on Jan 31, 2019
Comment: Guess what has find its way to my mailbox, the twinchie you've send in december together with the other one you've finished and send home to me. Thanks I will send it through in the next round.
Klbbird2 rated for CPG Snowflake ATCs - Global on Jan 29, 2019
Comment: Thank you for your clever heart page, love geli prints
Poeprincess rated for Here Comes The Sun: Makeup on Jan 19, 2019
Comment: This is a lovely PC—love the sun”shine”! It came on a dull snishy day & brightened up my mailbox. Thank you.
Comment: Thank you so much for all the wonderful bits of sparkle. I am so looking forward to using them. You are wonderful to swap with.
Klbbird2 rated for AAA - Rainbow Series Yellow on Dec 28, 2018
Comment: Thanks for this gorgeous shimmery PC! Hard to believe it is the end of the year already! Happy New Year! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
sunshinesuperman rated for USA: Here Comes The Sun-Dec on Dec 26, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the great postcard. I love your technique on the sun which makes it look on fire! What a great card to add to the collection. Happy New Years! Mona
Comment: I love it! I'm sending it home today. Your part was wonderful!!
Comment: Hello Cecily Thank you for the card en zine-go round, I wil pas it on the best Andrea
sharmison33 rated for Tangle My Name on Dec 14, 2018
Comment: Thanks for this amazing artwork! So unique I love it!
Response: I'm glad you like it - that was my first time using this technique.
CraftyElf rated for AAA - Rainbow Series Red on Dec 10, 2018
Comment: Kia ora. Thank you so much for the beautiful ATC. Love it. Goes well with the poem. I love roses... My favs. I have had roses in the past but they were so time consuming. Now we have a climbing Rose we can't get rid of. 😳. Twice over the last 30 odd years we have tried. Even had a professional Gardener try... Not to be. It's back in flower at the moment. Not that I don't love the flowers, it just attacks us when we try to do any other gardening around it as we don't always see the price runners 😄 Thank you again for the beautiful rose ATC. Hugs Ann
Response: Thanks Ann! My yard is too wet and shady for most roses - except for the horrible wild multiflora which have grappling hooks for climbing trees - they grow roots where the branches touch the ground (like raspberries) and grow branches from their roots and reseed like crazy. To top it off, what smell they have is not nice. But I remember the roses of my childhood - so sweet.
CurlyTea rated for Oaxaca Inspired Animals on Dec 7, 2018
Comment: This is Beautiful! Thanks for writing everything down so that I can learn through this experience too. I love all the detail that you put into this frog. I will treasure this always and it is taking a prime space in my living room so I can show him off. Thank you so much!
Response: Thank you - sending to you is very rewarding.

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Kathy821 on Feb 16, 2019:

Thanks so much for working on my Pass & Paste postcard. It turned out great!

doodlebugdezines on Jan 2, 2019:

Cecile, thank you for the RAK with the Daniel Smith watercolor samples. I look forward to playtime!! Laurie

OrigamiGrace on Nov 22, 2018:

From Cheap Postage Group!


KathleenHope on Sep 24, 2018:

Thanks for letting me re-do the postcard that I accidentally created a ATC for! I appreciate so much your letting me know and not just giving me a bad rating!

Your Friend, Kathy

milamilamura on Aug 21, 2018:

I received your Hot Drinks with a Twist tag, thank you!! The teas look great and I've never had "Constant Comment" before but I knew it's the most popular tea by Bigelow, so yay! Thanks for the cute handmade embellishments, they are gorgeous! And once again, thanks for resending :)

MissPaula on Jul 16, 2018:

This is not my Collab PC but thanks for adding the black edges and ♥'s to mine. It looks great!

wolfeagle on Jul 5, 2018:

Thank you for working on my Moon Collaboration pc. I love how it turned out.

ladydy5 on Jun 29, 2018:

Your art work is wonderful so welcome into our group Artistically Inclined.

CraftyElf on Jun 23, 2018:

Glad your b'day card arrived ok. I hope you had a wonderful day. Thank you again for the private swap. I will check out the newbie helpers. Thanks for the advice. 😊

user6937 on Jun 8, 2018:

TAG! Let's Play - fish collage has swum up to my door, and I love it, thank you! Well, Alberta might not have a lot of different seafood, but we have a lot of fish; I'm not interested in fishing, though :)

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