Swap-bot Time: October 16, 2019 10:46 pm


Date Joined: December 8, 2011
Last Online: May 4, 2019
Birthday: July 25
Country: Canada
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February 11, 2018

Wow, the last update i posted was summer 2016. Anyway, life moves on... out of the blue my husband wanted a divorce so adjusting to that. I hope to get back to swapping one day... we'll see.

About Me

I teach upper elementary at a small school in rural northwestern Alberta, Canada. Most of the time I love my job, but it demands a lot of my time!

I live with my husband and nearly 7-year-old son in a small town. We live with our elderly pomeranian/chihuahua cross named Mackie, and also a young grey cat named Simon. We recently adopted two middle-aged cats because we are crazy. One is a 20-pound long-haired Siamese-looking cross, and the other is a slightly smaller brother that is missing a back foot. They are super lovey, but also a little bit sheddy! If you are allergic to cats I am very sorry. I do my best to keep cat hair out of my swaps (they generally stay away from it, so that's good).

Generally, my sense of humour can be crude, or smart, or witty.

Favorite Crafts

For the most part, I prefer to make hand-drawn items. I am not great, but I enjoy it. I have dabbled in different crafts here and there, but I am certainly not highly skilled at any particular thing.

I prefer swaps involving:


~Happy Mail

~Letter writing



~Art journalling

~Mail art

General Interests

I've seen a lot of people do the Alphabet list, so I will give it a go. It is a work in progress, so be sure to check back...

A: animals, ATCs, Archer

B: beer, beaches, Bob's Burgers

C: cats, critical thinking, chocolate, coffee, Canadiana, Celtic

D: dogs, decorated envies, drawing, Discworld

E: education

F: fantasy

G: Garfield, grey and pink

H: Harry Potter, horses, Hawaii, history, humanism, The Hunger Games

I: ice cream



L: Lilo & Stitch, The Lion King, Lemony Snickett, the Legend of Zelda

M: My Little Pony, Mario

N: Nintendo

O: ocean

P: postcards, paisley, plaid, pink and brown, painting, paper


R: R.A. Salvatore, reading

S: sci-fi, Star Trek, Scotland, Sia, sea turtles, South Park, stickers

T: Terry Pratchett, traveling

U: unicorns


W: wine



Z: zentangles

No Thanks

Please please please don't send... ~balloons (phobia - although imagery of balloons is fine) ~holiday-related items (unless it's sender's choice or I've joined a holiday swap, of course) ~religious items/material ~scented items (I'm very sensitive)


Comment: This was such a fun swap and I loved all the items you had sent to me. It was so much fun receiving little pressies in the mail throughout the month. Thanks :)
Angie rated for MA: Collage with Stripes Postcard on Aug 25, 2016
Comment: Way cool! The guy in a horizontal striped swim suit and then the vertical stripes! Awesome! Thank you so much. I hope this was the first card so I hope we caught it in time and you didn't send another. Yay! It's really cool!
Lorie rated for NH: Paper Napkin Swap on Aug 22, 2016
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful napkins and the lovely postcard of the Rockies. I am hoping to visit there someday. I love the Canada napkin as well :-)
Response: You are very welcome! I'm glad it made it safe and sound.
TC rated for NH: Paper Napkin Swap on Aug 17, 2016
Comment: Maria, these are lovely, and I absolutely ADORE the Canadian postal one! Thanks for the PC too - I'll use that in a future swap. :)
Response: You're very welcome! I'm glad you liked them. I initially didn't read the swap carefully enough and when I realized that I needed to send four DIFFERENT napkins it was even better, because then I had an excuse to buy some cool napkins!
widelo123 rated for NH: Single postcard swap on Aug 4, 2016
Comment: Maria, thank you for the postcard with the farm silos. I hate when they tear down a piece of history I suppose it is to costly to have them stand. Shirley
Response: Thanks for the rating! It is definitely heart breaking, but I also understand. At least we have pictures to remember them by!
mandigutterrose rated for NH: Easy Postcard #8 on Aug 1, 2016
Response: Thanks for rating me!
colld rated for Adult Coloring PC INTL #8 on Jul 26, 2016
Comment: beautiful card :) thank You very much. I love it
Response: Thank you AND you are welcome!
Comment: Hey great PC!! Thanks so much:) hope you have a great summer!
Response: You are welcome. I hope you also are enjoying your summer!
Comment: Thanks for this great postcard! It arrived in perfect condition. It made me smile! I am feeling quite good actually, Just need the oxygen at night still! Hugs from Alaska.
Response: Whew, I was worried I hadn't glued it well enough and it would have trouble getting to you. Take care!
slckad rated for NH: Easy Postcard #5 on Jun 9, 2016
Comment: Thank you so much for the bear postcard! I absolutely love it!!
Response: You are welcome! I hoped you would enjoy it!
TC rated for NH: Zentangle ATC #3 on May 25, 2016
Comment: Maria - nice card! You used a couple of tangles that are new to me; I'll have to give them a try. Thanks for joining the swap!
Response: I usually stick to some of the same ones so I was being inventive! Thanks for being such a super host!
tampatha rated for Happy Mail - April 2016 on May 3, 2016
Comment: Thank you for the very lovely letter and the 6x6 paper! I really love the glittery ones! I'll be hoarding those ones for a bit! :)
Response: You're welcome! I love a good bit of paper myself so I was happy to send some on to a fellow papyrophile (that word is sort of made up but sort of real, lol).
ContraryHousewife rated for NH: Cave or Cavern PC on Apr 23, 2016
Comment: Thank you. I have never seen a lava tube, but would love to some day.
Response: You're welcome! Thanks for swapping with me. :)
Purplmyst rated for NH: Sticker Slapping Fun on Apr 20, 2016
Comment: Holy sticker-slappin mania! I don't think it was possible to get one more sticker on thst awesomely decorated envelope :o)
Response: Thanks, lol. I would like to say I planned it strategically to fit those all on there... but it was luck!
kim91262 rated for Mini Handmade Art Journal R19 on Sep 14, 2015
Comment: Great use of sandpaper (?) in your journal spread!
kim91262 rated for Mini Handmade Art Journal R18 on Jul 17, 2015
Comment: The stamps on the envie alone were worth 10 hearts! they are all so awesome :) thanks for using real stamps!! And the mermaid stickers, i'm not sure I want to share with my kid. since you sent TWO sheets of awesome-sauce stickers, i guess i could keep one and give one to her. Oh, and the journal. yeah, that's pretty sweet too :) love the quote you used and all those body parts!
Coss rated for NH: Wild Animal Postcard on May 28, 2015
Comment: Thanks for the very cute bear cub post card.
kim91262 rated for Mini Handmade Art Journal R17 on May 4, 2015
Comment: thanks for using a canada stamp on the envie...and i got a laugh out of the misspelling of my last night (and the little oops you put next to it!). everyone wants to stick an 'L' in there!! i like your art and the creative way you wrapped the journal :)
Comment: TKU for card and fabric. I sent it on to dabellarguelle March 3/15 and she rated me that she received same.
Angie rated for Starfleet Academy Handmade Postcard on Mar 15, 2015
Comment: Thank you for the fun postcard! Gotta love Gul Dukat! :-)

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shelbysbarn on Jan 4, 2017:

Thank you so very much for your help! I really appreciate you taking the time to tell me what I need to do to get things right on here again. I too, really really REALLY hope I can get this all right! Having a great attitude & positive thinking is the first step right? I CAN do this!! Thanks again and happy new year!

RyeRye on Jul 6, 2016:

Welcome to Inspiration Station!

rngstgstll on May 1, 2016:


Cheers, and welcome to AMOPWBFS!

LittleRed on Aug 20, 2015:

There is a Stuff a Smarties Box Swap -Fall/ Autumn themed in the Canadian Swappers Group. We'd love to have you join!! Come by the Canadian Swappers Group and have a look:)

kiddomerriweather on Jul 10, 2015:

Thank you for the Unicorn planner stickers for the April M/L/FT WTA. They are super cute!!! I was a little scared to open the envelope when I saw it was from "RedneckGeek.etsy.com", but I was intrigued nonetheless. LOL I can't wait to use them!

miablancs on Jun 30, 2015:

VivaLaDiane on Jun 8, 2015:

Hi Γ’β„’Β₯

owlsinathens on Apr 27, 2015:

No I didn't make it myself, I found it in a small shop here in Vienna :) Yes, Epona is another name of the Celtic goddess Rhiannon - she's often pictured as the young woman in the threefold goddess :) I have some cool goddess cards where Epona/Rhiannon is pictured as a woman in profile with horses

TerryF on Jan 19, 2015:

The angeled NH: Mail Art for Beginners swap arrived today - love the colourful graphics on the front! Please tell T. that his horse is amazing too! Many thanks, dear M, for doing this for me. Hugs, T (";)

TerryF on Dec 18, 2014:


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