Swap-bot Time: July 13, 2020 12:42 am


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Last Online: November 2, 2018
Birthday: July 7
Country: United States
Information on BodyWriting with Pamela Underwood

About Me

Geography Professor, Zoo volunteer, artist, community theater actress and avid reader. I have been married 29 years and currently am fostering 2 cats for a friend who is travelling internationally. I was born in the Year of the Dragon and enjoy Asian motifs. I live in SoCal and also appreciate Day of the Dead and Frida Kahlo imagery.


Please do not send me anything with a religious or political theme and I will do the same for you :) I have no allergies to commonly swapped items.

Favorite Colors

I find all colors of the RAINBOW inspiring!

Favorite/Lucky Number


Latest News

Fall 2018: I am back on the site to divest of my ATC collection. Hoping angel for anyone flaked on.

Older News

I won @OrigamiGrace ATC WTA game in February 2008 and enjoyed seeing my mailbox overflow! Thanks to everyone who participated!

Swap Philosophy

I am not actively swapping at this time, but my MO is to watch swaps I THINK I want to participate in, and hope to be inspired and start creating before the sign-up deadline. If I don't have a strong idea by that time, I won't sign up. That means I watch a lot of swaps but only join a few. I used to make make ATC in series--I had a monthly F2F artist group that I brought ATCs to, so I made a minimum of one (10-16) card series each month. I am often inspired to combine multiple swap themes into a single motif. I always rate if the sender includes info as to which swap something is for and what their swap-bot name is. I only give hearts based on the swap item itself, never for "extras".

Favorite Television

I primarily watch documentaries and shorts.

Favorite Crafts

I mainly swap ATCs. I sew and do fabric crafts (art quilts, etc) and enjoy fabric-craft oriented swaps, especially the Wish Flags and Goddess Dolls. Outside of Swap-Bot I do pine needle basketry and hard shell gourd crafts (musical instruments, especially). On a larger scale, I make body prints (like my avatar)--see the link above for more info on those.

More recently, I'm doing dot mandalas on rocks.

Favorite Music

Bob Dylan, Todd Rundgren, Classic Rock, Chick Music (Natalie Merchant, Sarah McLachlan , Anna Nalick), show tunes

Favorite Movies

5th Element, Jaws, Shawshank Redemption, When Harry Met Sally, While You Were Sleeping, The Abyss, Gladiator, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Paint Your Wagon, Kate & Leopold, You've Got Mail, Blade Runner, Hunt For Red October

Favorite Books

I read mostly hard SF, time travel, and historical fiction. Some of the best books I've read in the past few years include Robert Sawyer's Calculating God, Audrey Niffenger's The Time Traveler's Wife, Kim Radish's Annie Freeman's Fabulous Traveling Funeral, Kevin Brockmeier's The Brief History of the Dead, Yann Martel's The Life of Pi , John Twelve Hawks' The Traveller & Life by Gwyneth Jones. I like Minette Walters, too. Tana French's Dublin Murder Squad is a new favorite and I still read Donna Leon's Guido Brunetti books as soon as they come out. I am starting Mark Billingham's Tom Thorne series.

Profile Updated

October 25, 2018



lexfrog rated for ELEPHANT swap on Nov 15, 2013
Comment: Hooray! The package survived the elephant vortex! Love the bag, notepad, and other cute elephant items - thanks so much!
kellogg rated for Elephant ATC on Sep 9, 2013
Comment: LOVE it! Thank you. I also really like the card
Kims rated for Map it ATC on Sep 5, 2013
Comment: Thanks!
PhoenixPeacock rated for USA only Peacock on Aug 24, 2013
Comment: Your ATC was very interesting in that it could be folded out to the whole peacock. And it looked like you used finger prints?! Very cool.
Response: Yes--the peacock eyes were made with fingerprints! I ♥ to combine swap themes for inspiration.
Comment: Cutest Peacock ever! I really like how it unfolds and get so large.The little hairs/feathers made me smile!
Response: I am SO glad you liked it! It didn't end up being as "doll" like as I had intended, but sometimes you just have to go where inspiration takes you. :)
zoev1975 rated for ATC - ANIMAL THEME on Aug 19, 2013
Comment: Thank you for the peacock.
fairyduster53 rated for Fingerprint Art ATC USA ONLY on Aug 17, 2013
Comment: Cute idea!!
ReneeK rated for Fingerprint Art ATC USA ONLY on Aug 17, 2013
Comment: I love your ATC! Very creative! Thank you so much!
Houstonsgal rated for USA only Peacock on Aug 16, 2013
Comment: What a unique ATC! Thank you so much.....enjoyed looking at the "feathers"... thank again.
cherrysjourney rated for Peacock ATC on Aug 13, 2013
Comment: Laura, I haven't received the Peacock ATC. Can, you help me? Peace and Hugs Cherry Orring-Heath .P.S, Sorry, to bother you.
Response: 8/13/13: The mail by date was just yesterday. You can look at the list of swap participants and see when your partners sent.
pedal2u rated for 100,000! on Dec 30, 2011
esew123 rated for Frida Kahlo ATC on Nov 25, 2011
Comment: Cool cards. Thank you! Love the ATC/paper doll card.
destiney1 rated for Dia de los muertos chunky ATCs on Oct 28, 2011
Comment: love it it's going on the wall for sure
ramona rated for Dia de los muertos chunky ATCs on Oct 23, 2011
Comment: got your chunky....very nice...thanks a lot.
BookSlinger rated for Frida Kahlo ATC on Aug 19, 2011
Comment: Thank you very much for the wonderful Frida ATC!!!!
karenvanita rated for Ganesh ATC on Aug 16, 2011
EmmaPaperclip rated for Frida Paper Doll on Aug 9, 2011
Comment: Wonderful paper doll and you decorated the envelope so nicely.....love her change of clothes. Thank you very much!
Comment: Love the material, seriously love it! Thank you sooo much! Did you get your ATCs yet? Did I mention I love the material? :-)
lovelyred203 rated for LMM and Lovely art journal on Jul 9, 2011
Comment: Thanks so much! Love what you did! :)
Response: So glad you think it was worth the wait! :>)
Pjevsen rated for January Senders Choice on Jun 28, 2011
Comment: Dearest friend. Thank you so much for the outstanding purple ATC - I love it!

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EmilyT on Sep 16, 2013:

bonbon on Aug 16, 2013:

Fantastic CP wishlist pkg! Thanks,you are so generous! The fabric I can also use to make some fall barrettes-just got an instruction booklet on bows. The catnip Ill use to make some kitty toys and the chopsticks I am using for mini scrumbling hangings. These will help in keeping me occupied especially when the snow starts flying here. THANKS AGAIN!

Lizard on Jul 31, 2013:

WOW! Even though your 'about me' is relatively short, I am in awe! Working in a zoo, a HUGE collection of elephants (I should have started collecting years ago, then my collections might be awesome too!) and I used to do theat too. Miss it heaps, but they have lots of young actors in the one group here and I am fat and old. Anyway, love your profile and if I ever get to send to you, I want to angel a swap. I hate when people flake! Sometimes life gets in the way, but I've seen people with 25+ 1s and there's really no excuse for that. Happy swapping.

savannahjan on Mar 15, 2011:

I randomly clicked on your profile and thought, "She sounds awesome!" You're a zoo volunteer!? What do you do there? I am currently starring in a community theater play. It's so fun! Just thought I'd say hi!

mommaviv on Jan 3, 2011:

Love the journal you created for me. Will send you a note when I have mailed to you. Thanks again. Viv

CajunLady on Nov 10, 2010:

I just wanted to let you know that I got the stamps in today!! Thank you so much! I really liked the card you sent them with too!!

OrigamiGrace on Jul 31, 2010:

Thank you for the July wish!

sojourner on Jul 29, 2010:

P.S. you have set out to drive us nuts haven't you with the scramble squares ! ◕‿◕

sojourner on Jul 29, 2010:

Thank you ♥♥♥ for such a lovely surprise cat envie for the CP wishlist.

chocololic on Jul 5, 2010:

thanks so much for the paperbackswap credits! Will enjoy getting a new craft book and/or summer beach book!

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