Swap-bot Time: March 30, 2020 12:17 pm


Date Joined: September 7, 2016
Last Online: March 30, 2020

Country: United States

About Me

I am a teacher, currently a math specialist for grades 3-8. I shouldn't have preferences but I do prefer the younger ones over the middle schoolers.

Married for 28 years with two adult sons who live in different cities from each other and from us. Love using FaceTime to see them.

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.

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. I also listen to a super nerdy yet top notch Hebrew grammar podcast.

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 they are gentle and beautiful and funny and make me feel as if I have visited Botswana.

And of course, all of the Harry Potter books. Especially the first.

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.

Also I have recently started making rolodex cards. I bought a rolodex card holder at a reuse shop for fifty cents and am enjoying filling it up. It holds the mini cards (I think they are about 2 inches by 4 inches.)

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

Smoke smell. Please please don't send anything that smells like smoke. I am highly sensitive to it and will not be able to appreciate, or even keep, what you 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: Thank you for the beautiful flower photo on my profile!
user2148 rated for Challenge Image Swap on Mar 28, 2020
Comment: LOVE the cute Shroom!! Such a fabulous design! Thank you for all the generous variations! I did a gnome for my challenge partner and they will work together beautifully! ❤️❤️❤️
Response: So glad you like it! It was fun to carve and now I have another cute one in my stamp box:)
luvbird rated for USAPC Paper Destash on Mar 28, 2020
Comment: Hi Deborah! Thank you so very much for all the lovely papers that you sent me... I love it all!
Aeon rated for Black Backgrounds on Mar 28, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the gorgeous PC! The postal machine must have caught the edge and peeled the paper back a bit but it reveals more of the black background, so it looks cool! 😊
Response: Oh no :( but glad it still looks good - "grunge" on black actually does still work!
marymary914 rated for Put-a-girl-on-it INT on Mar 27, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the great tag and extras! 😊
Comment: I'm so sorry to rate so late, but here I am. I appreciated all you sent and have used them. Thank you!
Comment: That is one cool pouch. I am planning to use it for 'on the go projects' With all the time I spend in the VA with hubby, you need hand work or go buggy. Love the color...it is so me!!! Thank you for the seeds. They will get planted at home. Love Marigolds.
Response: Great! So glad you like it and that you have a use in mind. Enjoy :)
Comment: Thanks for your detailed and thoughtful answers...I enjoyed reading them very much and felt that I got to know you some 🙂
SatisHuman rated for Quick! It's a email swap! on Mar 20, 2020
Comment: Thanks for sharing!
Comment: Thanks for this beautiful fairy house as well as the description of how you made it. I love the colors and all the mini-quotes! The butterfly dangly is cool too. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: I'm so glad you like it and so happy it arrived safely, in its bubble wrapped nest :)
luv2kraft rated for USAPC Paper Destash on Mar 19, 2020
Comment: Love the assortment. Thanks ever so much.
georgiafae rated for MJS: Flowish Journal - US on Mar 18, 2020
Comment: This is wonderful! So many things to look at and then create with! Thanks for all the great goodies you shared with me. Stay healthy!
Comment: Thank you for your message! I also often cry watching This is us! This is such a good show. And I think that once it will be over I will probably rewatch it!
MaryCheng rated for Intl: Face Time-February on Mar 16, 2020
Comment: Thank you Deborah, love your PC. Scraping paint is my current favorite technique for backgrounds. Love the face.
LaughingLoon rated for 10 snacks you love on Mar 7, 2020
Comment: Here’s to Trader Joe’s - your list made me hungry.
swolverton rated for 10 snacks you love on Mar 6, 2020
warheart rated for UHM: Hand-made Envelopes on Mar 5, 2020
Comment: Love the envelopes you made! Thank you!
Cindymt rated for 10 snacks you love on Mar 5, 2020
ToujoursMoi rated for AMA-Mystery Supply Swap on Mar 5, 2020
Comment: Thank you so very much for this beautiful tag. I really left what you’ve done and how you used the supplies. Very creative!
Tverne05 rated for USA: Face Time-February on Mar 4, 2020
Comment: Nice! I like what you did with the face time PC.

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wolfeagle on Mar 4, 2020:

Thank you for the tag you created with the AMA:Mystery Supply Challenge supplies. I'm loving the variety of projects.

mandigutterrose on Feb 13, 2020:

 Valentine’s Day GIVEAWAY! RAK @mandigutterrose

Heirloom on Dec 31, 2019:

From the USA Happy Mail group

Cgscdy on Nov 29, 2019:

Thank you so much for the stickers. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE them!!!

Heirloom on Nov 29, 2019:

SO MUCH for offering RAKs in the USA Happy Mail group!

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!


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