Swap-bot Time: January 30, 2023 3:38 am


Date Joined: January 11, 2016
Last Online: January 29, 2023
Birthday: June 5
Country: United States
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About Me

Update March 2021 - I have been away for a while, but I am back.I have mailed out the zine swap I owed to 3 people (rightfully rated "1" by 2 of them). Everyone has received theirs. Link to finished zine on Flickr

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 older than I've ever been (and now I'm even older, and now I'm even older...I'm older than that still). 2020 was a year of change for me - I retired and moved to the Finger Lakes area of NY. I am still married but my poor little doggy has crossed the rainbow bridge.

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.

I don't really need extras ~~ my ratings are based on the swap itself. That said, I use almost everything as I like junk journaling and such like.


  • 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.


ariestess rated for TUT~Geometric Tile (edited) on Jan 28, 2023
Comment: Thank you SO much for this gorgeous hex tile! I keep staring at it! The colors are so pretty and I love how it looks like an organic snowflake! And thank you for hte lovely sticker for my omni-jo!
ariestess rated for TUT ~ Zine-Go-Round JAN 2023 on Jan 28, 2023
Comment: Thanks for sending along the zine! I can't wait to add another page to this one! And thank you for the lovely flower & butterfly sticker! It's going in my omni-jo for this month, or maybe February. Not sure yet. LOL
swapwithyi rated for Mini Art Journal Go-Round #7 on Jan 13, 2023
Comment: I enjoy collaborative swaps as well,hope you have a nice day,thankyou for the extra postcard, I will pass on the shine deco
swapwithyi rated for AMA: Collaboration PC #115 on Jan 13, 2023
Comment: thankyou
lrm1980 rated for AMA: Intl - Mystery Supply Swap on Jan 12, 2023
Comment: Thanks for the fantastic swap! Your work is beautiful. I love the card you created as well as the awesome envelope. Thank you so much!
JuneRosebud rated for AMA: Collaboration PC #116 on Jan 12, 2023
Comment: Hi Cecily, What a cool start to your post card!! Will be happy to send it on for you once I am done working on it=)
hazelwitch3 rated for AMA: Collaboration Puzzle Fun #4 on Dec 30, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the lovely puzzle pieces. I'm looking forward to adding them to my puzzle!
mcorbus rated for TUT~Tangled Tile Using a Book Page on Dec 26, 2022
Comment: Loved the swap, thank you :)
Comment: Thanks for the gorgeous 3x5 card! I am in love with it and can't wait to add it to my collection!
ariestess rated for TUT~Out of Shape Zentangle on Dec 21, 2022
Comment: OMG! This leaf zentangle piece is SO pretty! I love it! Sorry for the late rate. The roommate had this upstairs in her room for some reason.
lob rated for ZZ ~ Color tangles! Red and Black on Dec 8, 2022
Comment: So beautiful! I just love the tangles you combined for this!
Comment: What a great tile! Thanks so much! I love how you highlighted the string by using different colors in the rings of the circle! The gold makes the whole piece shimmer! Stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Comment: Thanks for sending me this great zine to work on and pass forward! It'll be fun to work on! Your note and envie was beautiful too! Stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Comment: Thanks for sending this beauty on for me to add to! I love the note you added! The combo of the Orange, red and gold really glows! It brightened up a gloomy day! It's raining here now, washing away the foot of snow we got last week. Typical Alaskan island weather. Stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: Glad you liked it. It is dreary here, too.
PrairieKittin rated for ZZ ~ Tangle & Pass PC on Nov 28, 2022
Comment: Just what I needed today! Sick in bed with the flu. Thank you.
Response: I hope you recover quickly. Flu sucks.
JanHardt rated for AMA: Collaboration PC #114 on Nov 19, 2022
Comment: Iā€™m going to enjoy working on this card. What fun! Thanks for sending it along.
ariestess rated for TUT ~ It's A String Thing #164 on Nov 13, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the gorgeous and colorful tile! I love it and can't wait to add it to my collection!
ariestess rated for TUT ~ Zine-Go-Round October on Nov 13, 2022
Comment: Thanks for passing along this neat zine! I can't wait to add to it!
Comment: Thank you!
Comment: Great addition to Jan's mini art journal -- and thank you too for packaging it all so beautifully and decorating the envelope. It was a real pleasure to receive and open!

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JanHardt on Jan 15, 2023:

Hi Cecily, Thank you so much for the beautiful page you created in my Mini Art Journal. I love the embossed Gelli print, and the hand lettered ZINE is amazing. JanHardt

wolfeagle on Jan 8, 2023:

Thank you so much for your artwork for the AMA: Intl Mystery Supply swap. I love your envelope also.

AmookIslandCreations on Dec 30, 2022:

You are so very welcome! Thanks for showing the finished PC! It's so beautiful! Happy New Year with hugs from Alaska! Sherry

DaisyNY on Dec 30, 2022:

Thank you for working on my Twinchie PC!

Zen - Twinchie 2022 DaisyNY_LizzyJo_Instatangle_AmookIslandCreations_PrairieKittin

DaisyNY on Dec 30, 2022:

AMA - Collaboration PC 202212

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user6937 on Jun 6, 2022:

Happy b-day, to you, too! Glad yours was also a good one :)

RiverTopanga on May 29, 2022:

Thank you for adding your creative chain to my CPG COLLAB HMPC #28. Is that chain hand drawn?

So happy to get the card back! It's on my fridge now šŸ˜ƒ

wolfeagle on Feb 17, 2022:

Thank you for working on my geico gecko pass and paste. I love seeing how they turned out.

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