Swap-bot Time: September 19, 2019 6:03 am


Date Joined: June 15, 2013
Last Online: September 18, 2019
Birthday: November 5
Country: United States
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About Me

I am a Contract electronic resource Librarian in the sunny state of Colorado. I am also a volunteer storyteller.


I am married with 4 parakeets as pets. They keep me entertained with their antics. Their names are Sherlock, Ghost, Cooper, and Oscar. We lost our sweet Edgar Poe August 23rd, 2017 and Louie not long after. Both of them were just the sweetest birds and I miss them terribly.

I am navigating my 30's and loving it. My hubby and I travel as much as we can and live life to the fullest. I'm an avid hiker and try to do at least one hike a week.

I love crafting especially with felt and buttons, sewing skirts, making jewelry and geeky crafts. I also am a pottery/ceramic student at a shop in our town.

If you have not received something from me please let me know asap so I can send again. I will rate as soon as I can, usually that day or the next. If for some reason I have not rated you please let me know.


Likes: (This is not a gimmie list at all. It's just for ideas)

  • Crows and Ravens

  • Hiking related items - Stickers for my water bottles, quotes about hiking and being outdoors, pins or patches for my backpack

  • Star Trek- The original series (I watched it with my Dad when I was little)

  • Star Wars- I love Princess Leia,
    Han Solo, and girl power themes.

  • Doctor Who- Amy and Rory, and 10 are my faves.

  • Lord of the rings & Hobbit

  • Firefly/Serenity- Dear sweet adorable Mal

  • Birds- any kind!

  • Space things- Constellations, Northern lights

  • geeky buttons and pins

  • Harry Potter- Ravenclaw all the way!!

  • Literary themed postcards

Favorite Books

I love reading fantasy and science fiction books. I am a big reader of YA books because of my job and also because most of them are better than adult fiction.

I also like graphic novels, comics, historical fiction, and steampunk.

I also read old fairy tale and folk tale books. I am currently learning stories to tell for my volunteer job. I love hearing stories from other cultures. I also believe in the value of passing on traditional tales.


Romance- I'm just not a fan of 100% romance novels.

Horror- I will read it now and again but I don't particularly care for graphic violence.


Stationery/Postcards -

  • I love any kind of stationery as long as it doesn't contain nudity.

  • I collect fun postcards with Owls, dragons, library themes, Space, geeky, book illustrations, birds, crows/ravens, flowers, ocean scenes. I also really like art drawings or paintings of animals.

  • I am not fond of spiders, nudity, clowns, or cards depicting violence towards animals or people

Favorite Crafts


  • I love to cross stitch. My favorite patterns are usually geeky in nature. I can always use more floss of any color and needles.

  • I also sew costumes, dresses, and skirts for fun. I'm exploring new creative avenues with my sewing machine.

  • I like to hand-stitch small projects and I'm always looking for new inspiration

  • fun buttons, vintage buttons- I sew them on everything.



***NO FOOD!!!! I have lots of food allergies and it's just easier to say no to it all than to have a seriously ridiculous list.

  • things depicting violence

  • clowns- I have an actual clown phobia.

  • Anything with a smoke smell.


LizzyJo rated for N&T: Medicated Twinkie Coaster on Sep 18, 2019
Comment: Your coaster turned out great! Fall is my fave time of year, too. It came at I good time, because lately I've needed a reminder to believe in "hope". Thank you for joining my swap.
LizzyJo rated for N&T: Backstitch ATC on Aug 20, 2019
Comment: I not only love what you made for me, I absolutely adore it! I have it hanging in my living room so I can see it easily. (I admire you for sewing it to the card stock. I was not up for that challenge.)
Response: Yay! I'm so glad you liked the fox. Thank you for the kind words and the rating.
sherba31 rated for N&T: Meditative Twinchie on Jul 6, 2019
Comment: What a delightfully beachy twinchie! Thanks so much. Love the unicorn wax seal as well. I look forward to more of this swap - YAY!
Response: I'm so glad you liked it. Thank you for the rating.
couchart rated for PH: Bird Scavenger Hunt #3 on Jun 15, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the fun bird cards plus the extra!
sharmison33 rated for R&W: Make a Poetry Journal on May 1, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful notebook filled with wonderful poetry. I loved reading them. Shel Silverstein is one of my all time favs!
USAFwife rated for R&W: Wreck It style journal on Apr 3, 2019
Comment: Oh my goodness, 10,000 hearts! Not only did I LOVE the actual journal you used, but I love how you illustrated the different points! Love this so much!
Response: I am so glad you liked this. It was fun to create. I hope you can add some pages of your own!
Comment: Thank you, esp for the extra!
jayneblonde002 rated for PH: Music PC (Blank or Naked) on Mar 12, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for your music postcard as well as the extra.
Comment: I LOVE this so much! I love baby animals! Elephants are mine and we have 2 babies at our zoo! Thank you!!
Lonestarchild rated for AN: Bird Love #2 (global) on Feb 21, 2019
Comment: SQUEAL! Such a fun and incredibly generous package! Love it -- just love it. Adore the little bag --- exactly my kind of thing! And the cards and washi are PERFECT. Thank you so much for such a lovely swap!
Response: Yay!! I’m so glad you liked the bag. I like doing these themed swaps.
jeepermom rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt For PCs #48 on Jan 22, 2019
Comment: Oh my goodness I was so excited when I saw TWO John Wayne cards. That is awesome! I love them (and the other cards, too). Thank you so very much!
Response: I’m so glad you liked them!!
banjobraids rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt For PCs #47 on Jan 16, 2019
Comment: WOWWWwww, Valerie, these are so great! They're so perfect for me, you are such a thoughtful person! I especially love the Weddell seal, the explorer Shackleton is one of my favorites and there are lots of stories about the seals :):):) One of my great-aunts used to raise french bulldogs and they are still prized in my family. And these beetles!!! They're so amazing! I absolutely love Hercules beetles, too. Blown away, thanks so much! :):):)
Response: I’m so happy!! I’m glad I had cards you love. Thanks for the rating!
Lonestarchild rated for AN: Flower Power on Jan 12, 2019
Comment: Oh wow -- Flower Power indeed. thank you for such a lovely package! Can't wait to use the ribbon -- already know exactly what i'm doing with that! Thank you so much!
marinda rated for AN - Winter Scene on Dec 2, 2018
Comment: I love this postcard! Thank you. I love looking at pictures of snow!
simcoe54 rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt For PCs #40 on Nov 8, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the great postcards and the extra tractor card.
Comment: Thank you!
rogo09 rated for AN: Animal Scavenger Hunt #9 on Oct 30, 2018
Comment: Awesome cards Valerie. Thank you
aladyde rated for AN Land, Water, and Air Animals on Oct 2, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the pretty choice of cards and the extra one.Danke!
Kvwanderlost rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt For PCs #35 on Sep 22, 2018
Comment: Great PCs Valerie! Especially love the dog w/ball and the silk kimono extra! Many hearts to you :)
MamaMangrove rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt For PCs #36 on Sep 22, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the postcards, Valerie, especially the Woolley Bear caterpillar and of course the wonderful Edward Gorey illustration.

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phillaine on Aug 24, 2019:

Val, you are just the sweetest. I LOVE my surprise! Thank you for thinking of me and for your kind and generous gift. Lots of happy stitching to come. ♥

LizzyJo on Aug 7, 2019:

I'm glad you are happy with the WTA stitched twinchie I sent to you. It was fun to make.

susieq11 on Jul 30, 2019:

Very glad you liked the flower wishes!! : )

manders2280 on Jul 22, 2019:

The botanical postcard I sent you was from a box of 100 I bought on Amazon:
Botanicals: 100 Postcards from the Archives of the New York Botanical Garden

StagKing on Jul 6, 2019:

Thank you for the wonderful birthday card, PCs, and stickers! I love the guinea hen PC to pieces!

Wonderful Wishes July 2019

bluehairedmary on Jul 5, 2019:

Thank you so much for the birthday wishes for the Wonderful Wishes group! The llama patch is AMAZING! I love the llama wide washi too and the sharpies! Thanks so much for being so thoughtful!

tcornell on Jul 3, 2019:

You really made my day with my Amazon wish for the Edgar Allan Poe coloring book- thank you soooo much! July 2019 Wonderful Wishes. ~Tracy

DarkSkullMistress42 on Jun 20, 2019:

Thank you for my wish in wonderful wishes, I will put them to good use.

MiRdLHWY43 on Jun 19, 2019:

Thank you for the cute book postcard with your recent favorite reads. I will definitely check them out. (Library pun intended:) A recent favorite read for me was Paris by Edward Rutherfurd. Thanks again!

goinjenny on Jun 17, 2019:

Thank you for the note cards and Princess Diana PC in Wonderful Wishes June!!

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