Swap-bot Time: October 20, 2017 5:31 am


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Last Online: October 19, 2017
Birthday: November 14
Country: United States
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About Me

04/28/2017 My favorite cat, Buster, met his maker today. He had been ill since December, and progressively getting worse. Making the decision to let him go today is probably one of the most difficult decisions I've ever had to make in my life. My house seems so empty without him.

12/29/2016 My dad recently died - or at least it still feels recent. There are days I feel perfectly fine, and others that find me sobbing uncontrollably. This holiday season has left me feeling especially melancholy. I fluctuate between having a really good day and a really horrible day. This month I find myself in a sort of a grief fog - Please be kind. Thank you!**

I love good mail, and I always have! I was in the Army, but that was years ago. Now I'm living the high life in Reno (get it? High life? Sierra? oh well...), working as an office manager. I have three cats, a love of tarot, divination, and gardening (flowers, not veggies). I like to read (cozy mysteries are my current faves), I'm a magazine-aholic, and I drink lots of chamomile tea (no wonder I'm so calm!).

I love Mary Engelbreit, French Kitty, Chococat, Maneki Neko and scotties. For scents, vanilla, spice, and citrus-smelling items are my favorites. I love tarot cards and other types of divination. I love cats. And reading. And BPAL!!! I love cosmetic and perfume samples. I'm rediscovering fairies. I would love guided meditation CDs (okay if burned copies!). I love magazines: girlie, home, different (Utne, Mental Floss, B*tch, Bust), mystery (Ellery Queen, Alfred Hitchcock), and British mags. Starbucks cards are always appreciated! I guess you could say I'm a girly girl...love pink.

Favorite colors are the combo of pink and black together, yellow and gray together, pink and brown together, turquoise and brown together. I don't wear silver jewelry, but love gold and copper. I like autumn colors, but my office is decorated kind of with purples and browns.

Being an ex-California girl and a Scorpio, I have a love of water. I am almost always in the bathtub or taking a shower. My favorite bath/lotion stuff is Blackberry Vanilla (their "sensual" scent), Warm Vanilla Sugar and Moonlight (Moonlit?) Path by Bath & Body Works, Pear Glace by Victoria's Secret, and Origins Ginger scented stuff.

I love Yankee candles, but not many of the floral scented ones. Some favorites include, but not limited to, Sage & Citrus, Lemon Lavender, French Vanilla, Fresh Balsam, Home Sweet Home, and Spiced Pumpkin. I also like the Bath and Body scents as well, especially the Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream!

I HATE GLITTER. Seriously...glitter and I don't get along. Glitter is the litter of the art world...it gets on everything, you can never get rid of it, and it lingers until the end of time.


GLITTER. I think I mentioned that already, but it's always worth mentioning again! ;-)

Photo albums and frames Oh ye gads...I have absolutely no use for photo albums or frames. I don't post pictures around the house or at my desk.

Most things made in China Seriously. Their products have killed cats and dogs and children. Why do we continue to trade with China? I realize that I can't stay away from all things China - but for sure stay away from items my food might touch, that go into my mouth, or on my face/body are items I will not use.

Memo sheets The only time I've used memo sheets sent to me is when someone kindly sent me about 5 ME ones. However, for the most part I prefer the whole pad or nothing at all. I lose the sheets, and they just add clutter to my work area. Honestly, I've gotten to the point where I just throw loose memo sheets away, so it's not worth your time or money to send them to me.

Hot Drinks I would prefer not to receive any hot drinks (teas, hot chocolate, etc.). I am not really a hot drink kind of gal - and I especially don't drink hot chocolate, because I don't drink milk.

Christmas ornaments I do not set up a tree. If an ornament is part of a swap requirement, please do not send me one - it would be a waste of your money and time. I won't mark you down for not including an ornament.

Postcards I do not participate in postcard swaps anymore. Exception: I enjoy receiving blank/unused Mary Engelbreit and kitty postcards, especially Grumpy Cat.

Knick Knacks and Whatnots

Some of my favorite things include:

  • Mary Engelbreit
  • Laurel Burch (esp. cats & dogs)
  • French Kitty
  • Chococat
  • Owls
  • Tarot
  • Gardening
  • Cozy mysteries (without romance)
  • Cats (I have three)
  • Magazines! I hardly ever buy them, but I love them!
  • Dark chocolate
  • Dark chocolate sea salt caramels!
  • Scotties
  • Lucky Cat (also known as Maneki Neko)
  • Roll on perfumes
  • Copper anything!
  • Bath salts (not made in China)
  • Candles (also not made in China)
  • Bookmarks
  • Witch stuff (not hags)
  • Grumpy Cat (who doesn't?)
  • Cool stickers (meaning not reward, kids, Disney, etc.)

Group Wish Lists

I love, love, LOVE granting wishes via the Wish Lists posted in various groups I belong to. However, I am really tired of not getting thanked - either via PM or Profile Comment - for sending out wishes. As rudeness should not be rewarded, I've decided to stop sending out wishes to those people who can't be bothered to offer a thank you.

I'm also avoiding the dreaded "One Wish Wonders" - you know who you are. You're the people who post expansive, expensive, and extensive wish lists, yet only send out the minimum of 1 wish per month. You guys suck the fun right out of it.

Don't Open 'Til Christmas Swap

Regarding "Don't Open Till Christmas" type swaps - I am rating 5s once received, and will add hearts and additional comments after opening.

Favorite Crafts

I don't think of myself as a crafty person, but I do engage in light papercrafting for pocket letters (my new favorite thing to do) and I have also started to make my own small envelopes (microlopes).

I was attempting to learn how to knit... that didn't go well, but I don't think I've given up entirely yet. I recently bought a crochet needle, and I hope to learn how to make dishcloths. We'll see...

The one thing I like to do, but is really expensive to send, is making altered candles. I use the glass pillar candles that can be found in the "religious" section of the grocery store, and I decoupage them, add embellishments, etc. I like to make spell candles out of them, or "just for fun" candles - this Christmas I made myself a holiday candle using fabric, a vintage image of a cat hanging up an ornament, some fancy yarn, and a jingle bell.

I had a lot of fun with altered clothespins as well - this crafting thing is addicting!

Favorite Books

I love reading fiction that was written by women. Some of my favorite authors include Krista Davis, Joyce Maynard, Bailey Cates, Melissa Bourbon, Nancy Coco, Elizabeth Berg, Sandra Dallas, and Sophie Kinsella. Favorite books include P.S. I Love You, Good Grief, Twenty Questions, The Persian Pickle Club, and Lovely Bones. I also like the anthology groupings like Irish Girls About Town, Scottish Girls About Town, and the like. I've been reading a lot of cozy mysteries lately and also enjoy mystery anthologies, you know, books with short stories by mystery authors.

Things I have to swap

If anyone is interested in a one-on-one, I have some stuff - US only:

Lots of cosmetics, brand new, received from Ipsy and Birchbox. Let me know what you are interested in (eye make up, etc.). I have a ton of stuff I would love to get rid of.

My Decorating Style

Brown and turquoise pretty much run through my house. My bedroom is brown and red.

I love shabby chic stuff, vintage, etc. One of my most favorite furniture pieces is something I got from my parents when they were alive - their record console! It's from the 50's, and holds probably about 100 albums. I love it!

I have a REAL garden for the first time in my life! I decorate it with garden gnomes, and would welcome any that were sent to me. Would love anything else for the garden (if sending seeds, please make sure they are for this planting year!). Gardening books, seeds, planters...it's all good!


I know tea is popular in the swap world. Please refrain from sending it to me. Due to dietary restrictions and allergies, I am unable to consume most teas. Chamomile and rooibus work for me. Everything else seems to cause distress - and that includes chamomile tea doctored with any other type of flavoring, like citrus.

Please: no green tea, no black tea - caffeinated or otherwise. My system reacts wildly inappropriately to it!

Thank you!


Comment: Thank you for the great card and the awesomely decorated envelope. I hang my Halloween cards on a door (the way some people do at Christmas) and the envelope will be hung up as well. Happy Halloween!
Comment: I LOVE this card! Thank you - and for the extras also, that encouragement card was an "I needed that " :)
Vickyen rated for SMSUSA: Happy Mail October 2017 on Oct 14, 2017
Comment: Hi Lucy! Thank you for the awesome Oct. Happy Mail! I love everything about it!! You have totally made my day! Congrats on your new home! I hope the move goes great for you - the thought of packing to move makes me shudder!! We have lived here 20 years and have soooo much stuff! LOL! The kids keep praying we will have an auction so they don't have to deal with it!! LOL! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Comment: Thanks much! Good luck w/ new house.
Comment: super cute card! thank you ♥ happy halloween! 💀
Comment: Thank you for the cute card and note! What you described with cooking is what happens every time I cook so I don't do it often ;) p.s. cool envelope too!
PrairieKittin rated for Halloween Card (flat mail) on Sep 22, 2017
Comment: I adore the witch!!!!! Thank you so much!! This one is going up on my wall. :-)
Response: I just love Punch Studio cards - thank you so much for the quick rating and I'm so glad you liked it!
Comment: Hi there! The car show you attended sounds fun. I can just imagine the basset hounds look. Lol My weekend was great. My family spent the week and weekend at a beach house on Sunset Beach in CA. It was really needed.
Response: Thanks for the quick rating and heart! I am so jelly of your beach time! I have been craving a visit to the beach!
auralily rated for AUGUST Magickal Stocking Stuffer on Aug 16, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much! I'm going to try to be good and wait to open it :)
Comment: Yes I do like it here. Since I got here I never sat in traffic. I think that's my favorite thing about Cheyenne LOL. The worst thing is the winters. It last forever. It's like we have no spring. Goes from winter to summer. Thank you for the pretty gold box. I'm dying to know what's inside and thank you for the fortune teller fish. I haven't seen one of those in years.
Bargnoffle rated for SMSUSA: July 2017 Happy Mail on Jul 21, 2017
Comment: OMG I am in love with what you sent!! I seriously loved everything about it. The envelope, the ribbons, and all the fun stuff on the inside 😊 I don't know if you've made flipbooks before but it reminded me of one. So much fun!!
Response: Thank you for the quick rating and the heart! I am so glad you like it - it was so much fun to make. I hosted a swap for those about a year ago. The swap wasn't popular, but it is something I really like to make and send them now and again!
Comment: Thank you so much
Comment: Thank you so much
Stickerz78 rated for WIYM July Stocking Stuffer USA on Jun 22, 2017
Comment: Thank you, the gift wrap is lovely!! Stuffed away until Christmas :)
Comment: Thank you! Saving for Christmas! ❤️
shinyserra rated for WIYM: Stocking Stuffer June USA on Jun 11, 2017
Comment: Thanks! In my stocking it goes
Response: Thank you for the quick rating and the heart. I don't know about you, but I think I need another stocking!
Comment: What a great note. Sorry you got sick but was glad you could enjoy the rest of the weekend. I am a little jealousI no longer work so they just fall into another day Wow you really had good luck at the thrift store My favorite one is about an hour away but you can always find something a lot of skiers get rid of thing that I would not be able to buy in a store I have even bought brand new great for Christmas so I Christmas shop all year! tried to save the little guy on the envelope taking a leap of faith but he ended up ripping bad:( I love these swaps so much fun for the cost of a stamp!
Response: Thank you for the quick rating and the heart. Sounds like your thrift store is pretty good, too - only too bad it's so far away! Yikes! I couldn't deal!
kathiann rated for TGIF Weekend Note Card #55 on May 26, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the note! I hope you're still enjoying you Kitten!
Response: Thank you so much for the quick rating! Yeah, he's a handful, and he's got poopy butt right now - but other than that, he's a blast!
Comment: thank you
girlpicasso rated for May Magickal Stocking Stuffer on May 18, 2017
Comment: Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! ♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡ ♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡
Response: Thank you for the quick rating and the heart! Merry (early) Christmas!

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 250 88 93
Completed Fives Threes Ones
265 325 0 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
0 86 128 51
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ladybugluvsstuff on Oct 20, 2017:

cup of sunshine rak received, thank you for the sunshine tea and pretty card! cant wait to try it. 🐞

kiddomerriweather on Oct 19, 2017:

Thank you for the neat Halloween card, stickers, and owl patch from my October AATW wishlist. Going to send you a PM now to catch you up on things. It ain't pretty unfortunately. Love ya!

sabbysteg on Oct 19, 2017:

What's a menopot?

Paige1900 on Oct 18, 2017:

Thank You for the fantastic "Message from the Universe". I love it!

bjmonroe on Oct 16, 2017:

Thank you for my message card. It did make sense. I had to think about it for awhile but I do understand.

piratecaptainmo on Oct 16, 2017:

Thank you for the message from the universe RAK! The two cards make perfect sense for me right now :)

LizzyJo on Oct 16, 2017:

Thank you for the encouragement card and extra verse. They were perfect. (I had forgotten how much I liked reading and watching tapes of Leo Buscaglia many years ago. Thanks for the reminder.)

MissTullie on Oct 16, 2017:

Hi Lucy - Thanks so much for the cute note card you sent me for the TWOFER - RAK and Contest USA. Loved the little "doggie" card and sweet message. Writing you soon....Donna

crochetjunkie on Oct 16, 2017:

Thank you so much for the cute poodle notecard and inspirational card inside. I'm sending you a notecard! You are very kind!

Aladyjackson on Oct 6, 2017:

LUCY!! OMG you sent me the most wonderful RAK and I am so grateful for everything, I can use everything! I especially love the playing cards(my kinda cards, if ya know what I mean lol) and the little keychain dolls? SO CUTE thank you thank you thank you. You are amazing! I feel so lucky!

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