Swap-bot Time: July 18, 2019 8:36 am


Date Joined: January 11, 2016
Last Online: July 17, 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.


Zander rated for AAA - Rainbow Series Brown on Jul 9, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the ATC and extras
Comment: Thank you so much for this beautiful ATC and the litter goodies but now the envie blew my mind loved it Saving it for cut outs
penelopesamuel rated for TPS: ATC #7 on Jun 27, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful ATC and the extras! I love the detail the lace creates in the gelli print :) I have not used lace before, but I will the next time I make prints. I really like the watercolor mandala blanks and am looking forward to tangling on them <3 Thank you so much for a wonderful envie full of goodies!!
Response: I found that my home-made gelatin plate caught the lace details better than the gelli plate. The paper used also makes a tremendous difference - plain cardstock and printing paper (arches cover, bfk rives) make almost photo-realistic impressions.
Lishmo rated for TIMs: Inchies—Whatever on Jun 25, 2019
Comment: Beautiful inchies! Thank you. I love all the texture. I've recently started gelli printing. It's addictive! But, oh, the backgrounds for projects...
tentmari rated for Collaboration #71 on Jun 19, 2019
Comment: I have an idea about what I want to add to this unusual collaboration PC. Thank you for the extra goodies; I love the cats! 😊 Your envelope was awesome! 💕
Comment: This is a beauty! I so love the scent of peonies! I tried ordering some yellow ones, but they wouldn't send them to me! :( Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: Yellow ones are different - I have two tree peonies that are yellow: High Noon and Age of Gold. What zone are you in? I'm Z6 but soon to be Z5 (moving after retirement, but already planting the garden up there). ~~~ Looked you up - you're warmer than I'll be. Perhaps we can make an arrangement when AoG gets to dividing size.
Comment: I love the background on this one. This should be really pretty when you get it back!
Jafferty rated for MJS: Mini-Magpie Journal on Jun 10, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the magpie journal! It's always fun to see the different ways people create theirs. I also appreciated the info on the process that you used. Thank you!
elflady rated for Collaboration #70 on Jun 2, 2019
Comment: Thanks for sending postcard to me and for your contribution. What a great card it is too. I am not sure what I am going to add---maybe some texture paste .elflady
piratecaptainmo rated for BMG: Landscape ATC on May 27, 2019
Comment: I love all the layers you incorporated! Beautiful ATC!
Poeprincess rated for Twinchiesx3 on May 26, 2019
Comment: OMG—I want to come & play at your house! These Twinchies are amazing! And the fact you sent me 5 makes me feel so blessed with your creativity—thank you!
Response: If you lived near by you would certainly be welcome. Thank you.
PrairieKittin rated for ZZ ~ Twinchie Postcard ongoing on May 23, 2019
Comment: I love the way you followed the lines of the person before you!! This is great!!!
Lazydaisy0104 rated for AAA - Rainbow Series Blue on May 22, 2019
Comment: You put soo much time and effort into this beautiful card. I’m jealous of all the techniques you know how to do. Thank you for the ATC it’s great!
Comment: What a great interpretation of this theme . I am very impressedwith all the techniques you used. Love the background. elflady
Comment: Hi Cecily! Thank you for your lovely postcard! I love the background! I think it might have lost some components along the way! Some of the branchy things were hanging off!
Response: Oh crap! I hate it when the glue doesn't stick. Thanks for letting me know to be more careful.
Comment: Absolutely love what you did with this one! I feel a challenge here that I hope I can meet I so enjoy seeing what you can do with tangles.
scrappycats rated for Using Washi tape scraps on May 19, 2019
Comment: love what you did
Comment: Thanks! I will add some tangles and send it home! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Comment: Thanks, I will add some tangles and send it on! I love the little gel print note with butterflies and home made envie! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: Thank you for noticing - I like making & using them.
CheyanneB rated for BMG: Stained Glass style ATC on May 12, 2019
Comment: I love everything about this!! Thanks so much :)
Response: I'm glad you liked it - thanks!

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AmookIslandCreations on Jun 13, 2019:

I would love to work out something with you to get some yellow peonies! When are you moving? Hugs from Alaska!

mgallardo68 on Jun 11, 2019:

That page looks so pretty! So happy you can use what I sent! Thank you for letting me know it! ♥♥

CurlyTea on Jun 5, 2019:

Happy Birthday!

mgallardo68 on May 15, 2019:

Wow!!! I can't believe you still had it! Looks great and I am happy you were able to repurpuse it!!

gothbarbie on May 14, 2019:

How fun! Love that you posted the finished PC on my comments! I love how that PC came together!

Hell0Z0mbie on May 2, 2019:

Love all of what you sent from the April RAK attack - thank you so much!! The zentangle especially, OMG, so amazing!

Singske on Mar 29, 2019:

About the collab pc, that was the one I wasn’t sure about... Well it turned out ok. Didn’t it. Thanks for sending the pic. Have a great weekend 🤗

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!


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