Swap-bot Time: November 13, 2019 7:41 pm


Date Joined: September 7, 2016
Last Online: November 13, 2019

Country: United States

About Me

(Updated Nov 2019)

I am a teacher! Currently a math specialist for grades 3-8. And, oh, those middle schoolers....

Married, 2 sons who are post-college and paying their own rent, but I miss them like crazy.

Some of my hobbies (besides art, of course) include - reading, cooking, baking, hiking, going to theater, the NYTimes crossword puzzle, and trying to stay fit with HIIT at my gym. I'm one of the older folk there but I do try and keep up!

Favorite Music

Broadway musicals are my favorites. Old and contemporary.

Also like folk and contemporary music, such as - The Decemberists, John Mayer, James Taylor, Paul Simon, Gregory Porter. I'm Long Island born and raised, and so of course I like Billy Joel. AND our son is a musician so we listen to his music ;)

In addition to music, I also listen to podcasts (This American Life, Ask Me Another, Wait Wait..., The Moth, Selected Shorts, and I listened to Serial, S-Town, Caliphate) and my new favorite, Everything is Alive. It's magic. Try it, you'll be hooked. I also listen to a super nerdy yet top notch Hebrew grammar podcast. (I speak fluent Hebrew.)

Favorite Books

The Book of Night Women, by Marlon James

Silver Sparrow, Tayari Jones

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

Making my own junk journals

Faces, especially odd ones



Stamp carving

Art foamies

(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. I have trouble passing by pens without buying a new one but lately I have restraining myself and not buying new ones. I really do have more than enough.

And recently I have been experimenting with paper marbling. It's tricky (and can be messy) but fun when it works.

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, travel tickets and other tickets.

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

I collect...

Pens. (See above - but I really have too many...)

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

Journals - I like to make my own junk journals

Tags - my own or others' - all kept on a big book ring, fun to flip through

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: Who doesn't love Seinfeld?!
SkaGirl rated for โ˜† EMAIL QUESTIONS #11 โ˜† on Nov 13, 2019
Comment: Thanks!!! :)
Merimax rated for โ˜† EMAIL QUESTIONS #11 โ˜† on Nov 13, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the interesting answers. My hairstyle issue with perm was bad... But not nearly as bad as yours...
sweetgypsy rated for IS: Let's Make some Stickers on Nov 8, 2019
Comment: Thanks!
BLUR rated for Airing of grievances notecard #15 on Nov 7, 2019
Comment: Too fun! Glad you had a good week!
orneryswife rated for IS: Let's Make some Stickers on Nov 7, 2019
Comment: Beautiful gelli printed stickers!! Thank you.
fbresnah rated for Airing of grievances notecard #14 on Nov 1, 2019
Comment: Hello thank you for the card! Sorry you had problems with the bus being late and the drug store. I hate long lines, especially when I am trying to get my prescription!
Cgscdy rated for TAG~ mystery supplies + yours on Oct 30, 2019
Comment: Tysm for the tag. I can't wait to see all of them as well!
Comment: I have waaaayyyy too many pens! :P
user2148 rated for HCSI: Orange Themed Postcard on Oct 28, 2019
Comment: Love it!! The book is amazing! Iโ€˜M just getting into my reading season! Thanks so much for the great card!!
diesel101 rated for Non Dominant Hand (NDH) PC on Oct 25, 2019
Comment: thank you so much for the PC! so sorry to hear about your little knife-fruit accident
shinyserra rated for Make a Magnet on Oct 22, 2019
Comment: These are so cute! Sorry for the late rate. I've had a lot of issues lately. They're going on my fridge now :)
baphometbaby rated for Just Randomness on Oct 19, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for all the goodies!
Littleroo rated for Airing of grievances notecard #13 on Oct 18, 2019
Comment: Im sorry but I hope this week is cancelled and you find another class.
marclively rated for Used ticket swap #3 on Oct 13, 2019
Comment: What a lovely letter! How sweet to get to know you that way. I loved the child like - free spirt scent to your letter. Even though I can tell you're a a very wise human who enjoys the simple things in life. Your letter absolutely made my week and I'm still swimming in those feeling. Thank you!!!!
kittyfun rated for Airing of grievances notecard #11 on Oct 7, 2019
Comment: Wow! I can't believe the substitute left! That's crazy!
Comment: Thank you for items sent, esp. US and Grenada stamp.You sent a variety. I enjoyed the card info about Edward 111.
Tuutis rated for IS: Put-a-stamp-on-it swap on Oct 2, 2019
Comment: Thank you, so pretty! I like tags as well, and I like using them as a bookmark sometimes.
wokeupmissing rated for 48-Hour Shop Your Stash on Oct 2, 2019
Comment: Thank you for all the goodies from your stash!

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Artstamper on Aug 5, 2019:

Hi, I just wanted to thank you for working in the Handmade art Journal of mine that returned home today. You did Rd 42 Patterns and I wanted to let you know that I liked what you did and to thank you for your work. I will enjoy having such a nice selection of pages from so many swapbot partners.

Artstamper on Aug 5, 2019:
OrigamiGrace on Jul 4, 2019:

From Cheap Postage Group!


iowa05 on May 5, 2019:

Happy Sunday! I hope you like this quote. :)


wolfeagle on Apr 10, 2019:


Thank you so much for the Tag for the AMA:Mystery Supply Swap. The bunny slippers crack me up.

wolfeagle on Mar 26, 2019:

Thank you for working on my Collaboration pc with the bird. I love your triangles...they are similar to my own acrylic poured paintings.

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CurlyTea on Jan 22, 2019:

Happy Birthday!

OrigamiGrace on Nov 22, 2018:

From Cheap Postage Group!


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