Swap-bot Time: January 22, 2019 12:27 am


Date Joined: September 7, 2016
Last Online: January 21, 2019

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


graciepie49 rated for Partner's Image Challenge on Jan 20, 2019
Comment: Wowzers Deborah! You made a Gorgeous jar stamp and sent me such a lot of wonderful prints of it! And all kinds of papers - Thank you so much! The jar seems ready for me to fill with drawings or collage and is exactly what I had in mind. Thank you :-) Oh, and I don't want to forget to mention the awesome VINTAGE Note Card featuring jars that you included in the envelope. Thank you!!!
MRShemery rated for Me from A to Z on Jan 18, 2019
Comment: I enjoyed learning a little bit about you and realized, as I was reading your list, that we have quite a bit in common! =)
Comment: Thanks for the tag, love the marbled paper, it is awesome! Great tag!!
Sazza rated for ❤HMWL❤~ Go crazy with color ART on Jan 17, 2019
Comment: Received your wonderful package today; thank you for sharing your art and all the goodies, they are enjoyed. <3 First and foremost though, I am blown away by your marbled cardstock base!! What technique and supplies are you using to turn it out that way? I haven't seen the like. So tight nit and colorful! I would love to attempt it one day. :D Thank you again for the send!
Response: So glad you liked it all. I did the marbling with a product called Marabu marbling paints. They weren't too pricey and though there was a bit of a learning curve, you get pretty results.
joybells2426 rated for CUCrew: Collab ArtBook, Part 2 on Jan 10, 2019
Comment: Beautiful work! I love it and can’t wait to put all of these together. Thank you!
newrule rated for THEMED washi swap - floral on Jan 9, 2019
Comment: Thanks so much for the pretty floral tapes! Loved them!
Neenarneenar rated for USAPC: Masterboard ATC on Jan 7, 2019
Comment: Just got around to opening your wonderful art.. thank you. Sorry for the late rating.
Cariboocarol rated for Mini Crafty Happy Mail on Dec 31, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the items!
kssunlover1947 rated for THEMED washi swap - floral on Dec 30, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the washi
wombatlady rated for THEMED washi swap - vintage on Dec 27, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the fabulous washi samples! You be honest, I avoid Portland traffic as much as I can (I really live in Beaverton), but it does have some good things going for it and I love the PNW!
PrettyAlice rated for THEMED washi swap - vintage on Dec 25, 2018
Comment: Thanks, I really like these!
PrettyAlice rated for THEMED washi swap - floral on Dec 25, 2018
Comment: Thanks these are great!
Poohtat rated for THEMED washi swap - floral on Dec 22, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the samples.
Comment: Love the beeswax embossing powder! Thanks for a great tag.
pinklilly rated for Just Randomness on Dec 21, 2018
Comment: Hello Deborah, what a beautiful envelope filled with goodies, thank you so much!!! I love it all!!!
shellbee8 rated for THEMED washi swap - vintage on Dec 21, 2018
Comment: Love these tapes so much thank you!
BabyBee78 rated for Swap a Tag 🏷 #3 on Dec 15, 2018
BabyBee78 rated for Mini Crafty Happy Mail on Dec 14, 2018
joybells2426 rated for CUCrew: Collab ArtBook, Part 1 on Dec 9, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the artbook pages! I love them. And the extras you sent were awesome. Thanks!
graciepie49 rated for OMAE: Daily Detritus on Dec 8, 2018
Comment: Hi Deborah :-) . . . No worries, I sure do like your postcard! All your elements came together in a pleasing arrangement, or as the GEICO gecko is saying, "PERFECT." And I like the geometric pattern on the top and right edge too! Thanks :-D

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Profile Check for: Washi tape swap #1 Welcome to the swap! I hope that you enjoy the swap and join more of the ones to come! Happy Swapping!!!!!!!

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