Swap-bot Time: December 13, 2018 5:29 am


Date Joined: January 11, 2016
Last Online: December 12, 2018
Birthday: June 5
Country: United States
My Flickr Photos

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.


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.
carol rated for Collaboration #62 on Dec 4, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the lovely note. Sorry to hear of your health issues and salary contract troubles. I know how frustrating both can be. You must work in a school system--at least it sounds like the issues we had for years. Contract freezes and no pay increase for years and then a miniscule one that doesn't even cover the increased cost of medical insurance. I hope this all gets better soon for us all!
wolfeagle rated for USA: Here Comes the Sun-November on Nov 27, 2018
Comment: Thank you. I absolutely love this sun. The colors are fantastic.
Response: Thanks, Angela. Kind words are so nice!
Comment: What a stunning card! It is amazing and what technique! The colors are amazing. I think this pc just made the center of my sun collage piece. Fabulous! Thank you, Mona
Response: Mona, thank you. I was a bit disappointed to be sending to you rather than getting from you (because I love your work), but this made my day!
AmookIslandCreations rated for ZZ ~ Twinchie Postcard on Nov 14, 2018
Comment: Thanks for this one! I will pass it on in the next round. Thanks too for the home made PC. I have made ink from cherries. It sparkled, with the salt in it, after it dried. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Comment: Thanks
Response: You're welcome.
Artstamper rated for ZZ~ USA Zine-Go-Round 5 on Nov 1, 2018
Comment: Wow, this is turning out so beautiful! I can't wait to add to it. Thanks.
Comment: Thank you soooo much for the more than just lovely Bird-page. It is really a masterpiece!I'll cherish it! <3 <3 <3
Response: Thank you. That is so nice to hear.
Comment: Thank you so much!
wolfeagle rated for Intl-Here Comes The Sun-Oct on Oct 13, 2018
Comment: I love this sun. Thank you.
Angie rated for USA:Here Comes the Sun-Oct on Oct 13, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the lovely postcard! Did I ever tell you my middle dog is named Daisy? She's an angel. Thanks for the nice note too!
Response: I think it's a common dog name. You're lucky. Neither my dog Nellie nor I are angelic. But we try to please.
Rithinking77 rated for A.I. -Coins - Coloring book on Oct 9, 2018
Comment: Lovely coins!! Thank you so much!
birgitph rated for BMAG profile based ATC on Oct 6, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful card - I love the nautilus shell on it! Idaho does have only fresh water fish (but we have sturgeon, which look kinda cool). I've never seen that crackle finish before, it looks fantastic! Thanks so much,
Allegrae rated for Collaboration #60 on Oct 5, 2018
Comment: Great postcard base! Looking forward to playing with it.
Kathy821 rated for ZZ ~ Tangle & Pass PC ongoing on Oct 4, 2018
Comment: Great work! Thank you so much. i'll keep it moving.
Comment: So cute - thanks!
Comment: This one is so spectacular! It just glows! Thanks so much! We have had a cool, gloomy summer. Sept tried to make up for it, but now that we are in Oct, it is gloomy and rainy again. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Comment: Excellent. Thank you! Great twinchie, too! Love the shading.

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 283 2 3
Completed Fives Threes Ones
289 308 0 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
3 38 248 0
View all

Currently Hosting

  • the user is not hosting any current swaps


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 :)

milamilamura on Apr 19, 2018:

Hello girl! I've received part two of the tag 3 Hot drinks with a twist, funny how the first part hasn't made it yet, but I'm sure I'll get it soon :) From the surprise description on your card, I have no idea what it is, but I already know I'm going to love it hehe. Thanks for the teas and the hot chocolate! Have a fun week!

camelsamba on Mar 24, 2018:

You have jack-in-the-pulpit in your yard? Do you have woods? It must be a lovely yard! I have some bloodroot that I planted it (not naturally occurring). (It has spread a lot from my original planting, though, so that is nice.)

Login to leave a comment now!