Swap-bot Time: October 22, 2018 8:12 pm


Date Joined: September 7, 2016
Last Online: October 22, 2018

Country: United States

About Me

Updated July 2018: I no longer have my giant commute! I am not returning to my school next fall and am currently thinking about what I want to do; what I do know is that I will not be traveling more than 30 minutes to get to work anymore.

More updates below...it's been a while since I updated my profile:)

I am a teacher with a mega-commute (70 miles each way to work...don't ask). 54 yo, married, with two sons. We currently live in the Hudson Valley of NY, although we have also lived in MA and Pittsburgh, PA. We are still Steelers fans because of that.

To pass the time on my commute, I listen to music, podcasts (This American Life, Ask Me Another, Wait Wait..., The Moth, Selected Shorts, and I listened to Serial, S-Town, Caliphate.) I don't like books on tape, though. I also talk on the phone - love my hands-free system.
In my free time, besides playing around in my basement studio, I go to boot camp, hike, cook, read, and I'm a crossword puzzle fanatic. Must be the Times and I must do it in ink. I also love to do KenKen.

Favorite Music

SHOWTUNES SHOWTUNES SHOWTUNES. I am a huge musical theater fan. Happily, since we currently live near enough to NYC, we go in as often as we can (afford), to see shows. And I listen to the soundtracks and sing loudly in the car (again, on that long drive). Also like folk and contemporary music, such as - The Decemberists, John Mayer, James Taylor, Gregory Porter. I also really like Bruno Mars, but I don't like much pop music.

Favorite Books

July 2018 update - recently read some great books - The Good Thief and The 12 Lives of Samuel Hawley, both by Hannah Tinti

Modern Girls, by Jennifer Brown

Lilac Girls, by Martha Hall Kelly

The Night Child, by Anna Quinn

Halsey Street, by Naima Coster

Baby Teeth, by Zoje Stage

Behind Closed Doors, by B A Paris

Jhumpa Lahiri is one of my preferred authors, and I tend to like fiction written by Indian writers. I like to read modern fiction and family sagas.
Some books that have stuck with me include -

The Paris Architect

The Pearl that Broke Its Shell

The Language of Flowers

The Night Circus

The Red Tent

The Midwife of Hope River

Orphan Train

I do not like mysteries. However, I love the series by Alexander McCall Smith called The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency. They are set in Botswana and although there is technically a mystery included, they are gentle and beautiful and funny and make me feel as if I have visited Botswana.

Favorite Crafts

Art journaling

Gelli printing, especially with deli paper

Mixed media


Faces, especially odd ones



Stamp carving

Art foamies - kind of a new-ish product

(I follow Julie Balzer's blog...really like her style and use of color)

(I also follow a quilting blog called Exuberant Color - her use of color is incredible)

I love all kinds of pens - especially paint pens (the sharpie paint pens are good, so are Molotow), gel pens, markers (love the Pigma micron pens), white pens. I have trouble passing by pens without buying a new one.

My style...

I love bright colors (but not neon) and really, I like all colors.

I love folk art - outsider art - primitive art

I gravitate towards modern and contemporary art.

I like the quilts and color combinations of Kaffe Fassett.

I like explosions of colors and patterns.

I am drawn to faces. I cannot really draw well but I am trying to learn how to draw faces. If they come out odd, it's fine.

I also like vintage style (though not steampunk) - old postage stamps, vintage office papers, library cards, ledgers, maps, receipts, etc

If you are a "maker", I like receiving hand-carved stamps, your painted papers, altered tags, handmade journals, homemade washi tape, elegant or modern looking return address labels

Washi tape - I like vintage-looking washi or watercolor-y washi

New obsession that I've seen but don't own any (yet...!) - vintage bus tickets, train tickets, travel stuff

I collect...

Pens. Pens. Pens.

Paper ephemera - such as maps, sheet music, art-y magazines, colorful papers, old ledgers

Journals - I like to make my own junk journals

Blank books

Mechanical pencils

Dislikes - please don't send

Holiday-related items - sorry but I just don't have use for or like receiving items for Halloween, Christmas, Valentine's Day, etc....so please do not send that type of item

Steampunk style Kawai style "Cutesy" stuff

Animals - except I do like birds

Tea - I do not drink tea


Comment: Holy CATS -- how awesome is this??? Totally happy dance squeally mail. Love it. OOOHHEd over the bag. Perfect for fall runs to the farmer's market. LOVE bags! And the handmade journal ---to die for. Can't wait to use it -- have wanted to do a junk journal and this is a perfect start! Yippee! And thank you for regifting such a gorgeous pop-card. It is too great not to have another go-around! Splendid happy mail! (and thank you too for your lovely note -- there's much about my life that I love, but mostly, I work with some extraordinary people and I'm just an imposter alongside them!)
Tinne rated for Circles, Circles, Everywhere on Oct 22, 2018
Comment: Thank you very much for your beautiful mail art.
wolfeagle rated for October Inspirations on Oct 20, 2018
Comment: Thank you. How lucky to have taken classes with her! I would be a professional class taker if I could afford all the ones I want to take. lol
shinyserra rated for 30 Things To Tell Your Partner on Oct 19, 2018
Comment: Oh I had such fun reading your answers!
CreativeCitrine rated for Bird Love Swap-USA only on Oct 15, 2018
Comment: Love everything you sent especially the handmade things and that book page is perfect for a journal I'm making for my son. Thank you so much!
KarenLaneWV rated for JJJ: Gel Printed Mini Journal on Oct 2, 2018
Comment: The journal is gorgeous!! Thank you very much. You do beautiful work!!
Comment: thanks for all the great postcards! :) t
Comment: Thank you for the lovely handmade notebook :)
Comment: What a beautiful tag! I love the colors....and all the detail you put into the leaves and the butterfly. Thank you so much for a GREAT swap!
Artstamper rated for CUCrew: Squared Circle Collab on Sep 24, 2018
Comment: Thank you for theSquare circle collab, very niceThanks also for the extras. I will put up the completed circle on my flicker page if you would like to see it.
Comment: Thanks for the lovely card!
sweetgypsy rated for CUCrew: Squared Circle Collab on Sep 24, 2018
Comment: Thank you for your corner! This is my last piece and I can now see what they all look like together! Fun!!
sweetgypsy rated for JJJ: Send 6 Painted Papers on Sep 22, 2018
Comment: Thank you for your painted papers! Love them!! Looks like you use magazine images on your gelli plate. I've tried that technique a couple times with no luck. I will have to practice some more. :)
Response: Yes - the image transfer technique is still hit and miss for me...and still more misses than hits. So finicky and depends on how much paint and how the image looks and how long to leave it and so on and so on....!!!!!
stephiedee rated for CUCrew: Squared Circle Collab on Sep 21, 2018
Comment: Cool quarter! I've got one more to collect and then I can assemble the new squared circle---so excited! I'll take a pic and share in the forum. 😉
Comment: Thanks a lot for the lovely bird! It really turned out very nice :-D Just one point of 'constructive criticism'. It would have been nice if there would have been some printed items like a paper-set with matching envelope, a tag, stickers with the print on it, or whatever ... That would have been nice. But I really do love the bird image! Definitely! Thank you!!!
Response: Glad you liked it. And thanks for the ideas for next time...something to think on and try for next swap.
Artstamper rated for CUCrew: Abstract Face on Sep 20, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the Abstract Face you made for me! i can see how much work went into it.
Response: Glad it arrived! And thanks for your great communication and understanding :)
HappyMom rated for CPG ~ Random Envie of Dots on Sep 18, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the goodies! Loved everything :)
SuZignomeMoM rated for ATC Tag and Coin on Sep 18, 2018
Comment: ♥ Love the napkin you used as background. Nice way of using cancelled stamps. Thanks for all the extras too.
vanneparis rated for SUSA - Altered Tag w/ a Cupid on Sep 11, 2018
Comment: Hi Deborah - Thank you so much for the beautiful Cupid Tag. I love how you designed it with a Paris theme! I hope you had fun with the swap. Take Care -Vanne
deblew rated for SUSA - Altered Tag w/ a Feather on Sep 10, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful tag. I love it. The feathers are very cool!!

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