Swap-bot Time: December 18, 2017 12:23 pm


Date Joined: May 23, 2012
Last Online: December 13, 2017
Birthday: June 3
Country: United States
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Updated 09/20/2017

I live on five acres of Colorado hillside a mile from the start of the Rocky Mountains with my husband and two dogs. I've been messing around with art materials for nearly two decades now. The morning view from our house:

November Sunrise

Before retirement, I worked as a systems analyst in Maryland, Texas, and Colorado, primarily in the field of telecommunications. I still follow technical issues, and do a little scripting to keep my hand in. Perl used to be my favorite language, but I write primarily in Ruby now.

For years, my main physical activity was horseback riding, primarily hunter/jumpers training. I had a bad fall several years ago, and reluctantly decided to give up riding. We still have one retired horse that we board at a friend's place.

I now do agility training with our Miniature Schnauzer Rion and our Boston Terrier Bandit.

Favorite Crafts

I particularly enjoy making Artist Trading Cards and tags and carving images from soft blocks. I occasionally do a little sewing, but retirement means that I require very little in the way of new wardrobe items. Photography is another interest, though mainly when I travel these days.

Favorite Books

I read a lot, mainly romance, urban fantasy, and paranormals, with a hearty addition of various types of non-fiction. Nalini Singh, Michelle Sagara, Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, and Lois McMaster Bujold are probably my favorite authors at present. I am a big fan of our local library system, which is fabulous.

Likes / Dislikes

I love food, but am on a medically restricted diet, so must regretfully decline being sent any food.


  • decorated envelopes
  • handmade postcards and greeting cards
  • mail art
  • vintage clip art
  • rubber stamping
  • soft block carving
  • gelli printing
  • artist trading cards (ATCs)
  • horse themes
  • index card a day (ICAD)
  • dog themes
  • Art Deco
  • Art Nouveau
  • Jewel tones
  • shabby chic
  • National Parks
  • southwestern scenery
  • deco (books)


  • religious themes
  • pastels
  • violence

The Dogs

Rion has been with us since he was eight weeks old, adopted out of a local shelter in 2008. We think he is mostly Miniature Schnauzer.

Bandit has been with us since January 2016. We adopted him via a Boston Terrier rescue when he was three years old. He had been surrendered to the rescue by his second family, due to a damaged eye, which they could not afford to treat.

Rion was a little dubious about Bandit the first week, but now they get along just fine, though they do tend to squabble over who gets the "good" crate during the day.

Despite Bandit's missing eye, he is a whiz at learning agility. We started in May 2016. Rion and I have been doing agility since November 2014, and I am continually impressed by how much better he is at it than I am.

Bandit and Rion


We have a frail elderly Appaloosa gelding named Rags who is boarded by a friend of ours. We have been sure his days are numbered for at least the past three years. Despite his creakiness, he keeps on keeping on.



Swapbot Goals

I rate within 24 hours of receiving an item. If I fail to receive an item, I will contact my partner via direct message before rating. I usually drop the mail at a post office or post office box, though I have been known to use our mailbox on the road in a pinch. I avoid joining swaps that may arrive when I am traveling.

I avoid joining too many swaps at one time because with a horse and two dogs there is often some sort of emergency, and I don't want to mail late because of Real Life. (I had one quick turnaround swap that went out the door and into our mailbox right after bringing our Boston Terrier home from the Emergency Clinic where he was treated for a rattlesnake bite.)


ccmmsu rated for Decos Only - USA November on Nov 19, 2017
Comment: What a fun deco idea -- thanks for passing it on to me! And thank you also for the beautiful postcards. I love them!!
Rosekoala02 rated for Decos Only - USA November on Nov 17, 2017
Comment: thank you :)
stiffneck78 rated for Artistic Decos - October on Oct 24, 2017
Comment: Thank you! I got a kick out of the postcards. haha
ginny19590 rated for A.I. ATC - Collage #2 on Oct 17, 2017
Comment: What a kind an considerate thought to use the die punch button. No one hardly ever considers that part of my profile. I loved your ATC it is definitely going into my collection. I wish I could give you an extra heart. Thank you so much.......=0)
joppagirl rated for Autumn Deco on Sep 30, 2017
Comment: Thanks for another great deco and I love the cute stickers!
barbieloufromKY rated for UHM: Mail Art and Surprise on Sep 28, 2017
Comment: Such a beautiful envelope! I love it! Mail Art is such a fun swap to create and receive! Thanks for the post cards and stickers too.....
Ace330660 rated for Decos Only - USA September on Sep 22, 2017
Comment: Received the deco ! Thanks !
Dsweeny rated for Decos Only - USA September on Sep 17, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the adorable purple themed deco! Looking forward to adding a page. :)
dancingDog rated for A.I. Collage #1 on Sep 17, 2017
Comment: Very nice - thank you!
AnitaHames rated for SS: Postcard Fun on Sep 16, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the pretty postcards! The stickers are cute, too. Thanks for all the nice things!
DaisyTX rated for RSC - Loving the color Pink! on Aug 18, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the pretty card!
Fabriqueen rated for Looking Forward to Summer on Jul 8, 2017
Comment: I hope you and your sister enjoy your time together. My sister lives only four hours away but it seems like forever in between our chances to visit each other. Thank you so much for your cool PC! Hugs, Diane
PaperPassion rated for RSC - Sketching Together #2 on Jul 3, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful card.
Tinker60 rated for June: Simple Storebought PC Swap on Jun 25, 2017
Comment: What a pretty PC . . .I've been to New Mexico numerous times and have always enjoyed myself there - so much to see and do. Thanks so much for the beautiful PC for this swap ~~
carterj rated for Looking Forward to Summer on Jun 25, 2017
Comment: Thank you! I will be visiting my sister in Michigan this summer as well!
Comment: Thanks! I'll have to visit that museum next time I visit LA!
Response: I think you will enjoy it.
Vickimac rated for USHM: Flowers in the mail on May 30, 2017
Comment: Elaine- you sent me actual flowers! That is SO COOL!!! I am going to plant them tonight in my flower beds :) I really like the flower cut outs also- will put them in my smashbook on my spring page. thank you for the awesome goodies!
Response: Well...flower seeds. I am glad you like them.
ainaignies rated for NH: City, State, or Town PC on May 30, 2017
Comment: Thank you
Response: You're welcome
slckad rated for TGIF Weekend Note Card #55 on May 25, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the great notecard about your weekend! Game day sounds fun!
Response: I'm glad you enjoyed it.
nc27614 rated for HMPC: Sender's Choice - May on May 25, 2017
Comment: Love the gel print on this pc and the sweet stamping. Thanks for this beautiful addition to my collection. See ya at the mail box.
Response: I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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CurlyTea on Jun 5, 2017:

Happy slightly belated Birthday!

jukejan on May 9, 2017:

Just sending you out a hug!

btbeth on Dec 25, 2016:

🎅 🎅 🎅 Merry Christmas, Elaine!🎅 🎅 🎅
🎄🎄🎄I just opened my DT Shopping Spree stocking and wanted to thank you again! 🎎 So many sweet little gifties! Absolutely made my day a little more merry! 🎄🎄🎄

ladydy5 on Sep 14, 2016:

Come on and check out our group the 9 little pockets sbdcwelvone

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