Swap-bot Time: May 23, 2019 12:21 pm


Date Joined: January 11, 2016
Last Online: May 23, 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.


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!
Comment: Hello Cecily, Thank you for your mail. I like it a lot. I love the tiny butterfly's you put in the envie. Thank you very much
Comment: Hello Cecily, I'm very sorry I forgot too rate you. It has slipt my mind I think. I always rate the letters I got. I dont now why I dident this ons love Andrea
Response: Thanks, don't worry about it. I was mostly concerned that it might have gotten lost, being a group effort.
SwedishMum rated for AAA - Rainbow Series Orange on May 8, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the nice ATC I got. I like it a lot !
PrairieKittin rated for Collaboration #69 on May 6, 2019
Comment: Swap-Bot is messing up today and won't let me give you a heart. :-( This is one of the most unusual and fabulous collab cards I've ever seen! YAY.. finally was able to add the heart you deserve!
Response: Lol, thanks for letting me know - otherwise, I'd wonder...and more thanks for the compliment - that means more than hearts!
dlchick rated for MA: Cut vs Pen postcard on May 3, 2019
Comment: I think you did an excellent job, I think the postcard you picked would have been a challenge for anyone because of the subtle tone changes from light and shadow. I'm impressed! :)
Comment: I like the contrast in shapes you did. Hmm... now, what can I do? Thank you!
ktk8 rated for MA: Cut vs Pen postcard on Apr 26, 2019
Comment: OH Cecily....this is a GLORIOUS postcard and very like the one I sent..... I LOVE IT! your drawing is G R E A T...... thank you so much !!!! many many hearts to YOU......
Response: Too kind. :)
PrairieKittin rated for Collaboration #68 on Apr 16, 2019
Comment: Very pretty. I think I know what I'm going to do with it already! :-)
Comment: Looks great! I can't see a smudge at all from the ink. Thanks!
WoodlandBanshee rated for AAA - Rainbow Series Purple on Apr 8, 2019
Comment: Beautiful ATC! Thank you.
Comment: Thank you for the nice letter. I liked it the best Andrea
Comment: Thanks for this wonderful PC! This is an inspiring use for aluminum foil! It held up going through the mail very well. We are just starting to get buds on the trees. No pussy willows yet. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry

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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 πŸ€—

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 β™₯'s to mine. It looks great!

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