Swap-bot Time: November 20, 2017 10:01 pm


Date Joined: January 11, 2016
Last Online: November 20, 2017
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; love love love Lynda Barry)
  • alt text 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

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


Comment: Thank you, Cecily, for the lovely magpie journal! SO much lovely art included and new techniques for me. I was especially fond of the 'Alone' poem and have added it to my favorites. I didn't understand the Crow poem! Loved the foiled page a LOT and am going to try that and love the way you included everyday 'stuff' (water bills ;+) into the art on each page. You are a talented mixed-media artist--something I aspire to be as well. I really appreciate all the hard work that went into the journal ;+)
Response: I'm so pleased you liked it. Thank you so my for the feedback - that's so important!
Wooper rated for Collaboration PC #47 on Nov 15, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the card! I'll try to figure out something good to add :) And yeah, it's getting darker and darker here.. I have seen northern lights yes! But more in the northern Finland, here in Helsinki there is too much light pollution for that :)
JenniferB rated for NFZen ~ A ATC on Nov 11, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for this fab ATC. you listed and did so many starting with A. Love your work. Appreciate all that you sent me. Cheer! ❤️😊
Response: Thank you for such nice comments!
Artstamper rated for NFZen ~ "B" ATC on Nov 9, 2017
Comment: This ATC is so beautiful, I can't believe it! How did you get so much detail on such a small card? What size pen did you use? Thank you so much.
Response: The smallest was Copic MultiLiner 0.05 - the paper is hot press watercolor paper. That grabs the ink better than regular card stock, I think. Sometimes the smaller pens won't write on some papers. I'm glad you like it!
Tamawi rated for Intl-Hearts PC-September on Nov 8, 2017
Comment: Your zentangle turned out fantastic! I like how there are hearts within hearts within hearts and that you were able to fill the entire space. What a lot of work you put into this postcard - thank you!
Response: Not too pink? Thank you, I'm glad you liked it.
Comment: Thanks for the very cool journal page. I LOVE the black lace!!
Response: I was hoping you would - it seemed appropriate for you.
kdeorne1 rated for NH: My favorite poems on Nov 5, 2017
Comment: Thank you for sharing with me your favorite poems.
Response: You're welcome. Taste in poetry is such a personal thing.
RockyBeach rated for FCMA: Bat Mail on Nov 4, 2017
Comment: I love that tangled bat! It's perfect, thank you. What's the name of the pattern you've used for the background? The swirls are so dynamic. Could be the visualized sound waves the bats are making. :)
Response: Thank you! It's called "Pop-cloud" [Link](http://tanglepatterns.com/2012/07/how-to-draw-pop-cloud.html)
Lucine rated for **PBP Oct~ Leaves …** on Oct 27, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the awesome AJ page and your sweet note, I really like it;))
ccmmsu rated for Intl-Hearts PC-October on Oct 23, 2017
Comment: Oooooh, I LOVE this PC! It's beautiful. Thank you!
ktk8 rated for Animal Tangle October on Oct 23, 2017
Comment: What a cute cute cute bat.... I love to see "hanging" bats..... and the eyelashes....thanks for a gorgeous zen tangle!!! I love it.... like the gel printed card also.....fun swap....
carol rated for Collaboration PC #46 on Oct 22, 2017
Comment: Very cool looking card! I love zentangling! I do it sporadically, I guess. I'll see what I can come up with for this card. It's looking pretty darn good to me already! Thanks for the nice note!
AmookIslandCreations rated for USA-Hearts PC-October on Oct 18, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the beautiful "tangled hearts" postcard! I love how the hearts nest into one another! Our temps are rapidly dipping into the freezing zone. Our leaves have pretty much blown away in all the wind we are having. The wind and seas are both howling this morning. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: Your description is making me shiver.
Comment: Thank you so much for doing this one-on-one ribbon/lace trade with me! It really helped me out to destash all that ribbon, and it's nice to know it went to someone who will appreciate it. The package I got from you is so lovely! The lace is just gorgeous, and I was surprised to receive some pretty washi tape samples as well. <3 <3 Thank you so much again!
kpfree rated for Collaboration PC #45 on Oct 2, 2017
Comment: Hi Cecily! Thank you for the collaboration swap that i received today. Interesting background and i am not sure yet what direction this will go from me yet.......I think the originator will find this pc swap very interesting! Thank you Cecily!
Response: I hope we get to see the end result.
FundyGirl rated for Pass & Paste Late September 2017 on Oct 2, 2017
Comment: Fun card. I'll have to think how to finish it properly. I liked hearing about your dog. My Australian Cattledog doesn't like to go outside either and she snorts at us (like a little piggy) when she's displeased with something. Funny.
mcall rated for Twinchie Book on Sep 30, 2017
Comment: WOW! WOW! WOW! I absolutely love the twinchie book, the paper you made and the shell bottle!! Lucky me for a partner like you Thank you Cecily
Response: Thank you for such a gratifying comment. That made my day
Comment: What a GORGEOUS postcard! I love the Butterfly! I also love the adorable doodling you did on the reverse side. Super cute!
Response: Thank you so much.I'm so glad you liked it.
jukejan rated for USA-Hearts PC-September on Sep 22, 2017
Comment: I love hearing the crickets too, so your softly painted heart is a part of that now! Really well done PC, thanks!
Response: Thanks for the rating and the very nice comment. :)
petaluda rated for Pass & Paste Early September on Sep 21, 2017
Comment: THANK you so much!! I love this card You are very considerate to include the foil embossed stickers . What a lovely surprise were the address labels with my swap bot ID . You made my day <3
Response: You're welcome, Kalliopi.

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WaywardDreamer3 on Oct 11, 2017:

I recieved the wood veneer ( from the PF Who Likes Tag US Only ). Its great, thank you! I have many ideas.. but which to start on or settle on etcetc!

wolfeagle on Oct 11, 2017:


wolfeagle on Jul 27, 2017:

Thank you for working on my Collaboration Pc. I love the background you added.

dally on Jun 30, 2017:

Thank you so much for the NYC post cards that you sent me extra and apart from the ATC-green and Masterboard swaps! You're so sweet. These are gorgeous, I will be working them into my NYC travel journal! <3 <3 <3

piratecaptainmo on Jun 22, 2017:

Hey there,

I was reading your intro in the Art Guild and saw that you enjoy watercolor. I just saw these watercolor paints on facebook today. I think this is such a cool concept!

EmilyT on Jun 20, 2017:

Thanks for adding to my pass & paste!

sherba31 on Jun 13, 2017:

Thanks for your part on my "not a Pass & Paste" card. I really like how it turned out.

EmilyT on Jun 10, 2017:

Thanks for adding to my pass & paste, it looks great!

CurlyTea on Jun 5, 2017:

BeckyG56 on May 9, 2017:

Thanks for adding to my collaberation PC. It was the stenciled face, and you added the silver temp tattoo. It added alot to the card!

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