Swap-bot Time: August 20, 2018 10:48 pm


Date Joined: January 11, 2016
Last Online: August 20, 2018
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.


crystalite rated for Collaboration #58 on Aug 20, 2018
Comment: Great collage background...I will work on this and pass it along! Thank you for the ATC sleeved pretty rub-on decals (I may have gotten the decals mixed up with another sender, but I know you sent the sleeves, and I thank you! Our summer has also been hot, humid and stormy! I love summer, but Iā€™m looking forward to Fall!
graciepie49 rated for MA: Put some ART on it! on Aug 18, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the art and for the write-up about it. It is one of Blake's I hadn't seen before.
Comment: Thanks for the envelope of super fun stuff.
wolfeagle rated for USA: Here Comes the Sun-August on Aug 13, 2018
Comment: Thank you. I love this postcard and instantly knew your inspiration. I was inspired by Icarus on one I made also. ;D
Comment: Very pretty addition. I like the blue. And, yes, sometimes I do wish I could add shading or color! LOL!!
starmccoy rated for MMPC - Mixed Media Mail Art "Fly" on Aug 10, 2018
Comment: Thanks so much! I did fly ( the bug ) too. No, I'm not a no bug person, at least in art. You did a great job.
Comment: The idea is to make a pretty card. I tried to do the "make it look like a whole card", but people just didn't get the concept, I guess. I love the way you did, though! So, these swaps are just to make a pretty card, whatever that looks like to you. Thank you for a great addition to this one.
Bucket rated for Zentangle with color on Aug 6, 2018
Comment: Thanks so much - these are gorgeous!
BeckyG56 rated for Collaboration #57 on Aug 4, 2018
Comment: Interesting card, I look forward to adding to it!
Response: It's one I started a long time ago. I'll be curious to see what you do with it.
Comment: Thanks for the zine! I will mark it up and send it on in the next round! Thanks too for the beautiful zen button blanks! They will be fun to experiment with! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
carol rated for Intl-Here Comes the Sun-July on Jul 24, 2018
Comment: Another gorgeous card! How funny that you got me in both swaps, but I love them both. Thanks so much!
SuZignomeMoM rated for RM~Magpie Mania on Jul 21, 2018
Comment: ā™„ Both of your envelopes arrived in today's post. Because I opened the smaller one 1st I was mystified but figured it out when I got to the large one. Thanks for all the fabulous stuff. The butterflies just blew me away. Looking forward to swapping with you again.
Response: Thanks! Glad you like what I sent.
ChrisAnne rated for RM~Magpie Mania on Jul 21, 2018
Comment: Cecily, thank you for the fun silver magpieness. I can't wait to put these great goodies to use creating more art. I got envelope #2, but you were already so generous with the first one.
Response: You're welcome. I hope you can use them.
carol rated for USA-Here Comes The Sun-July on Jul 19, 2018
Comment: Wow! What a beautiful sun pc! I love it! Sadly, fireflies don't live in AZ. I think they don't cross the Mississippi River or something. But I remember them fondly from living in TN when I was little. We'd also visit relatives in IL and catch them with our cousins. Such amazing little creatures!
Artstamper rated for ZZ - Zen Button on Jul 13, 2018
Comment: Beautiful button! Thank you so much.I have made a button in black and white and in color and definitely prefer the color.
Response: I'm a sucker for color as well.
nc27614 rated for Zentangle mandala - June 2018 on Jul 13, 2018
Comment: Love your mandala! Great tangling and I like the bright colors. See ya at the mail box.
Response: Thanks!
Comment: Thank you for the pages. I love your description of your techniques too!
Comment: Delightful.... I love your presentation too! The mini w/washi so cute. The feather, well I fell in love with it, reminds me of my son Making his fishing lewers..Very nice. I remember the East coast summers, born in Boston .... miss it! Happy summer!!
Lady rated for Masterboard of Collage #2 on Jul 7, 2018
Comment: Loved the handwriting collaged into the masterboard.
mahlermail rated for Scrap Paper Animals on Jul 6, 2018
Comment: Lovely cat -- thanks so much. Very creative.
Response: I see this now. I don't know how I missed it before. Thank you!

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MissPaula on Jul 16, 2018:

This is not my Collab PC but thanks for adding the black edges and ā™„'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. šŸ˜Š

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.)

ccmmsu on Mar 21, 2018:

Thank you so much for working on my collaboration PC! I love it!! collabpc

carol on Dec 29, 2017:

Thanks for working on my "face" P&P! It turned out really cool! I'll try to post it here, but for some reason, mine don't show up right. It's on the January Swap page if you want to take a look there. Thanks again!

Face P&P

CurlyTea on Nov 23, 2017:

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