Swap-bot Time: February 19, 2018 4:03 pm


Date Joined: January 3, 2015
Last Online: February 3, 2018
Birthday: September 20
Country: United States

About Me

I live and work in New York City with my husband. I really enjoy the variety of the city and take advantage of it by visiting various neighborhoods, shopping, going to restaurants and musical 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.

I don't watch a lot of TV and I'm just not that into movies. I'd much rather read a book. If I have to choose a movie to watch, I will almost always go for a comedy. I want to be entertained and in a good mood when the movie ends.

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!!! I love to send and receive them. It 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). And a postcard highlighting any of my interests is always fun to receive. I'm also on postcrossing.com.


Favorite Crafts

My favorite crafts are knitting, crochet, cross-stitch and needlepoint. After years of only making hats and scarves, I'm starting to knit my own sweaters. 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.

And I have swap-bot to thank for fueling my (now not so new) interest in paper crafts. I'm not sure why I didn't get into it sooner. I've always loved stationary, pens, stickers, stamps, postcards, etc. I'm past the "dabbling" stage.

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


Other Interests

  • 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. Simplicity is very appealing to me right now.


Random things I like

  • Flowers, floral themes
  • Anything related to travel
  • Astrology
  • Beach / Ocean
  • Humor
  • 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
  • Fleur de Lis
  • Stickers, Washi Tape
  • International or Craft Magazines
  • Decorative paper beverage & dinner napkins
  • Paleo 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


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



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!
samsstuff rated for CFC: Summer Picnic Dishcloth on Aug 2, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the sweet dishcloth & the little extras!
Response: Thanks for the heart :-)
sal410cat rated for Electronic Vision Board #1 on Jul 28, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the board! I look forward to meditating on these for you!
Response: Thank you for all the positive energy ❤️
Comment: Nice to hear from someone who has been to Gt F. Thank you for the light house.
Response: Thanks! hope that was I able to add a new Lighthouse to your collection.
Helena8664 rated for (Electronic) Word Magick Survey on Jul 25, 2017
Comment: Thank you for sharing...there are actually a couple of things I wanted to look up & check out that you turned me on to! :)
Response: I hope you enjoy exploring new information. Many blessings to you on your journey.
Mimi7 rated for Collab Coloring PC #6 on Jul 22, 2017
Comment: Hi Irene Thanks for the wonderful Owl pc to color and send on its way.Thanks so much for the extra cat postcards. I hope you will enjoy your card when it comes back to you.
Response: I'm looking forward to getting my completed card back. Thanks for hosting such a fun swap.
EllieBeth8 rated for 5 Postcards to 2 Partners #134 on Jul 21, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the great postcards! Have a nice day! Shelley
Response: I'm glad you liked the selection. Enjoy!
susieq11 rated for 5 Postcards to 2 Partners #134 on Jul 19, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the great postcards! I'm happy to see you back! I love the sea turtle card too. Hope to see you in another swap soon! : )
Response: Thanks for another great swap :-)
Comment: Thank you for the drops of happiness! Looking for a little sunshine every day and I hope you are too
Response: Yes! This has been a good summer for drops of happiness. Let's hope it continues into the fall :-)
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely card! (*^_^*)(≧▽≦)
Response: I'm glad you like the PC. I hope that you've been having many drops of happiness this summer.
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful mail!
Response: Thanks for the heart! I'm happy that you enjoyed the swap.
Comment: Loved everything! But the butterfly that I can carry with me is by far the best thing I've ever received from a swap! I'm in love with it!
Response: I'm so happy you enjoyed the little butterfly. Carry it in good heath and peace :-)

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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.

cherrihurt on Nov 30, 2015:

Hi Irene. Thank you so very much for the awesome new York PCs. They are some of my favorite in my collection now!!

susieq11 on Nov 6, 2015:

Happy Friday!! Hope you're doing great!

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