Swap-bot Time: October 27, 2020 10:50 pm


Date Joined: January 3, 2015
Last Online: August 18, 2020
Birthday: September 20
Country: United States

About Me

August 2018: Looks like I need to take a break (again) from swap-bot for awhile. I haven’t been able to join any swaps lately. I plan on joining in on all the fun a little later this year. My mailbox doesn’t like to be without fun mail for too long. ❤️

March 2018: Life was hectic, and I took a break from swap-bot. I’m finally able to sign up for some swaps and am looking forward to getting involved with this community again.

I live and work in New York City. I love the variety of the city and take advantage of it by visiting various neighborhoods, shopping, going to restaurants and performances. Although I do love the activity of the city, one of my passions is to spend time gardening. It helps that I've got a green thumb. And that's how I got my swap-bot ID ;-)

I discovered swap-bot by picking up a swap-bot postcard at the "Etsy NY Handmade Cavalcade" at the Chelsea Market in Manhattan in Dec 2014.

If you don't get something from me, email me before rating so I can figure out what happened. And if you're running late, no worries. Just message me to give me a heads up.



POSTCARDS!!! Ever since I was a kid, I’ve loved to send and receive them. It really brightens my day to receive one in the mail. And it's also why I originally joined swap-bot. I like all kinds, but prefer PC with only one picture (not a collage of smaller photos). I'm also on postcrossing.com.


Favorite Crafts

My favorite crafts are knitting, crochet, cross-stitch and needlepoint. Besides making a few things for myself, I do charity knitting too and have donated hats, scarves, lapgans for seniors and blankets for animal shelters. I also always have at least one cross-stitch project going - I especially like to bring one of these projects with me when I travel. A favorite to make are Santa ornaments to hang on my Christmas tree.

I have swap-bot to thank for encouraging me to dabble in paper crafts. Some of the swaps have been a lot of fun and tolerant of beginners. I'm not sure why I didn't get into it sooner. I've always loved stationary, pens, stickers, stamps, postcards, etc.

I tend towards using brighter and vibrant colors. I enjoy the different textures of various yarns, threads, fabrics and paper.


Other Interests

I like so many things! It's so hard for me to stick to just one thing.

  • Fiddle. A new addition to my interests! In May 2018 I signed up for a beginning fiddle group class. I played the flute from grades 6-12 and really loved it. Since I've always loved the sound of a violin, I wanted to see if I could learn to play a few fiddle tunes. I forgot how slow it can be in the beginning. I'm still working on Mary had a Little Lamb and Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star. Oh my!

  • Gardening. Flowers are my favorite. I also grow some veggies and herbs.

  • Reading. I favor non-fiction, with some occasional historical fiction. I'm not into mystery, horror or violent stories. Lately, I've been reading about alternative healing and health as well as books and articles on my favorite topics.

  • Traveling. I really enjoy exploring new places. Sometimes, it could be as simple as visiting a different neighborhood in my city. Other times, it's good to go away and relax. The beach does wonders to soothe me.

  • Riding my bicycle. It's great to explore new areas while getting some exercise. I'm trying to get into the habit of biking to work once in awhile. NYC has done a great job with marking bike lanes on roads, so it's time to take advantage of them.

  • Astrology. I read various magazines, books, articles, web pages, etc. Every now and then I'll go to a lecture or take a class.

  • Genealogy. It's like a treasure hunt looking for various bits of information. If you've done any research on the Eastern Kresy area of Poland / Western Polessia area of Belarus, I'd love to hear from you. I'm always looking for good info about that part of the world.

  • Folk traditions. This is a fairly new interest. I like learning about celebrations and different ways of doing things. And this ties in nicely with my fiddle classes :-)


Random things I like

  • Flowers, floral themes
  • Anything related to travel
  • Astrology
  • Beach / Ocean
  • Humor (I prefer comedies when I watch a movie)
  • Owls, sparrows, birds
  • Fiddle tunes
  • Polyphonic Folk Music
  • Angels, Gnomes, Fairies, Fairy tales, Folklore, Myths, Solstice
  • Favorite colors: red, royal blue, teal, greens, turquoise, purples



  • Paper cutouts, from die cuts (I don't have a Sizzix or Cricut)
  • Decorative Paper
  • Stationary/Note Paper (no small notepads)
  • Acrylic Cling On stamps
  • Gardening themed items (please, no seeds)
  • Organic products
  • Reading/book themed items
  • New Orleans themed items (ex. Fleur de Lis)
  • Stickers, Washi Tape
  • International or Craft Magazines
  • Decorative paper beverage & dinner napkins
  • Paleo or ketogenic recipes you've tried and like
  • 'Country Companions' Cross Stitch Patterns, especially those cute hedgehogs
  • Liberty of London fabric (scraps are great!)
  • Extra fine tipped pens or markers
  • Mystical items, such as crystals, candles, angels, etc.
  • Tea: I like all teas, except for hibiscus and fruity teas
  • Local papers. I got this idea from a fellow swap-botter (rmrascal). I love to read the local paper when I travel, so feel free to send me your local paper if it fits with the swap.


Potential Favorites

I'm picking up quite a few interesting things to try from other Swap-bot members! This is my list of things to check out:

  • Project Life
  • Smashbook
  • Zentangle
  • Artist Trading Cards
  • Letter-Exchange.com
  • The Documented Life
  • Letter Writing Alliance
  • Toyvoyagers
  • I just discovered Moomins!
  • http://www.postcardhappiness.com/postcard-happiness-project/


I'd Rather Not Have

  • Jewelry with nickel (I'm sensitive to it)
  • Pastel colors
  • Miss Kitty, Disney, Kawaii
  • Children's items
  • Makeup
  • Magnets
  • Fruit in chocolate or desserts
  • Tomatoes, eggplant, mushrooms, hot sauce
  • Plant seeds - I really appreciate them, but need to use up what I've received from previous swaps



ahren rated for PTG: Bird postcard on May 29, 2018
Comment: Hi Irene, thanks for a beautiful card and genuine message! Dont be scared, come over, explore! They dont bite - but the mosquitoes sure do! KIDDING! Thanks again
Response: I'll need to put on my explorer hat and do some wandering around the world. Thanks for the heart!
Giddyanni rated for IS: Crazy stamping swap ~ INT on May 18, 2018
Comment: Irene, oh my! Thank you for a fantastic swap, it really is one of the best I have ever received.. thank you for going out of your way to make it so personal.. just love it! From the traveladdict envie with all the great stamps, the lovely papers, beautiful ribbon and tags, the signed bookmark and the great handmade card.. no need for classes! Thank you again, you deserve dozens of hearts for this swap❤️❤️
Response: I'm so happy you liked the swap and that you received it intact - sometimes I just don't know if a stuffed envelope arrives in good shape. Thanks for the hearts!
mandigutterrose rated for Book Themed Postcard! on May 17, 2018
Comment: I'm in a perpetual state of cleaning. I throw out one thing and three things magically appear in it's place!
Response: It's certainly the books and magazines for me! I swear they multiply when I'm not looking ;-) . Thanks for the heart.
Comment: Irene, thank you for the Louisiana map postcard. It is new to my collection. Again, Thank you, Shirley
Response: I'm thrilled that I found a card you didn't have in your collection! Thanks for the heart.
Comment: Adorable! times 3. I loved this swap. You brightened a very weary day for me.I love the newspaper also.I could tell you read my profile. Thank you so much.
Response: I've also added the 'local paper' to my wishlist. What a great idea! I'm glad you enjoyed this swap.
Comment: Thanks for the nice assortment! I am obsessed with royalty so my favorite was the Monaco card with the Formula 1 racecar. xo
Response: That worked out well! Thanks for the heart.
velvetbunny rated for CALG-Spring Tea & Note card swap on Apr 27, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the tea. I love the cherry tree stamps.
Response: Oh! I'm so happy you noticed the stamps. Lately I've been making an effort to use fun stamps.
Comment: Thank you for this wonderful card. I've only been once, but NOLA & Cafe Du Monde are in my top fav places I've ever been!
Response: Thanks for the heart! I hope you get the chance to visit NOLA again :-)
simcoe54 rated for PH: 4 Postcards About ME on Apr 17, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the wonderful postcards and for letting me know about yourself through them.
Response: I'm glad you liked them! Happy swapping :-)
HelenG6 rated for (PCG) T is for... on Apr 12, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the great turtle card! Enjoy your day.
Response: It was fun to visit the turtle sanctuary. Happy swapping :-)
Comment: Thanks for the awesome assortment of PCs! :)
Response: I'm glad you liked them! Happy swapping :-)
Comment: surprise! i got your PC thanks a lot for the resend... happy holidays
Response: Wow! That certainly took a very long time to arrive! I’m happy that you finally received it. Happy New Year!
ainaignies rated for Naked Map PC to 2 Partners #5 on Oct 16, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much. I love this PC from Malta :)
Response: Thank you for your patience and great communication. I'm happy that this swap had a happy ending :-)
kclicquot rated for MLF: Postcard swap ~ INT on Sep 22, 2017
Comment: I love the eclipse tale... and I love dragons! Thank you!
Response: I'm happy that you liked the PC :-)
Comment: It's amazing how you were able to know me so well just by looking at my profile - everything was so perfect. Your letter not only made me smile, it inspired me in a day where inspiration was needed. I wish I could give you a million hearts and a hug!
Response: Sending you a virtual hug back ❤️
kathiann rated for Adult Coloring PC USA #53 on Aug 17, 2017
Comment: I love how sparkly this is! Thank you for the wonderfully colored card!
Response: LOL! I wasn't sure the sparkles would make it through the mail system, so thanks for the info. I'm happy you liked it.
BluGinhm rated for Summer fun mini Pocket! on Aug 9, 2017
Comment: I love this mini pocket letter - it's simple but lovely! Thanks for the extras, too, and the postcards!
Response: I'm still learning about PL and happy you liked this one, Thanks for the heart :-)
pynart2 rated for Summer fun mini Pocket! on Aug 8, 2017
Comment: Very pretty, thank you for being in my swap. Loved the mini needle , scissors, & crosses. Thank you again.
Response: I'm happy you liked the mini PL. Thanks for the heart :-)
Karen07 rated for Book Themed Postcard! on Aug 5, 2017
Comment: I also would love a place like this! Thank you!
Response: Thanks for the heart :-)
KathleenHope rated for Summer fun mini Pocket! on Aug 4, 2017
Comment: Pretty colors and fun stickers, thanks!

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lou on Sep 2, 2019:

Happy Birthday Month from WIYM group!

CurlyTea on Sep 26, 2018:

Happy Birthday!

CurlyTea on Sep 20, 2017:

OrigamiGrace on Jan 3, 2017:

From Cheap Postage Group!


njstauter on Dec 28, 2016:

Got your card and gift cards in it. So glad you like your altar cloth. I had fun making it. You are a sweetheart. Many thanks.

njstauter on Dec 1, 2016:

I am so glad you like the quilted altar cloth. It was such a beautiful pattern and I love how it turned out. May you enjoy it for many years.

RyeRye on Sep 30, 2016:

Welcome to Inspiration Station~

njstauter on Mar 25, 2016:

You were most generous with the MFL WTA package. Many thanks and happy spring!

biasbabe on Dec 9, 2015:


To the Nuts For Sewing and Crafting Group

judee0624 on Dec 8, 2015:

Hi Irene Thank you again for the Send me Something swap. I just read your profile and want to recomment These is My Words by Turner as a historical fiction read. It is wonderful! I love the bookmark you sent. I think my son went to that store last year when he visited NYC.

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