Swap-bot Time: September 18, 2019 12:48 pm


Date Joined: May 31, 2017
Last Online: September 17, 2019
Birthday: February 5
Country: United States

About Me

Jan 2019: goal is a letter a week

Update: sept 14 Heading out for another vacation, this time, to Lake Tahoe. Will be back on Sept 19 and hope in time to pick up my mail at the post office. It’s the best part about coming home and sleeping in my own bed lol

UPDATE: Plan to retire in 2020 JUNE. Hubby wants to live in Europe for a year. Hoping to make friend with pen pals and get some fun places to go and see from those folks. Perhaps have a beer or cup of tea. I will be doing a blog about our adventures and people we meet along the way. Stay tune.

UPDate: 9-6-2019 we have a couple of kids wanting to get married in Oct 2020 so cutting trip down to one or two months...

My BFF has been all over the internet and met some pretty amazing people. I was raised as an Army Brat but spent all my years till jr college living at Fort Ord and Monterey California. Lucky me, I met my best friend at the age of 8, Dorothy. We are still to this day 54 years later side kicks. Spent 14 years living in Los Angelos area. Because of the smog, crime, and pollution our family moved to the great north west and ended up in Vancouver Washington.Been here since 1994 and worked at our hospital for 25 years in the lab, hence, LABLAURI.I am married to a wonderful man of two year. On our first date, he said he wanted to save Venice Italy for his honeymoon. A year later on Oahu, under a big crescent moon, reflexing off the still waters, he asked for my hand in marriage. A year later, we are on a gondola in Venice . Other than my husband, I have 3 boys. Will 36, and my twins, John and Chris 33 I should mention were born on Christmas Day with red hair. Will and his wife have 2 children Joey and FINALLY a girl, Annabelle. John and his wife are expecting a boy in July. UPDATE: 5 lb 5 oz. with, yes, red hair. Which brings me to my best friend. I wouldn't say we are to competitive, but I will never forget my phone call to her announcing I too was having twins. She had twin girls 4 months before my twin boys. We don't live near each since I left for college but the 4 remain friends to this day.

I love to garden and am starting my first herb garden. UPDATE: Not very successful, oh well.

My favorite color is sage and purple. My husband must really love me because he let me paint our bedroom lavender 💜💜💜💜. The rest of the house is sage.

I play piano but only for myself .

I must be honest, I did not know what a Washi was till my BFF shared with me her stash. Looking forward to obtaining some. UPDATE: we got throw away lab coats now. Wear for a week or so then depose of it. I have since brought WASHI tape to work with me and I have the prettiest and most unusual lab coat. I have got to introduce Washi tape to people! Even got one med tech to check into swap bot.

Favorite Television

I love British TV. and subscribe to Acorn TV. They have Aussie tv shows too. Thank goodness for my iPad and wireless headphones. Hubby can watch his shows and I can watch mine,


I am a cubbies fan and married into it. Love Baseball and Football. I also love the Seattle Seahawks as I am from Washington. We watch a lot of baseball and football. So I would like anything Seahawks or Chicago Cubs stickies or whatever! UPDATE: boycotting NFL

Favorite Crafts

If it wasn't for by best friend, I wouldn't do crafts. I see the hours she spends making and creating art. I started small with jewelry. Still learning but can do the basics. My first mistake was spending three days beading. I didn't know to take breaks. I paid the price. Now, I get up, make a cup of tea or glass of wine🍷 My BFF gave me a water color set and I have fallen in love with water coloring. My favorite thing to do is land scaping. When we go on vacation, I have a mini set I bring with me. Making cards for family and friends with their favorite places brings me joy.

Traveling has given me the opportunity to take pictures. Now I make beautiful cards. Favorites are snap shots from Venice Italy and Kauai. UPDATE I have a pink and gold Glam Craft Room. Love my girlie room, no boys allowed. LoL


I love to travel. I did not know my husband belonged to a time share till I ran across it while moving into our home. What's this I asked. He rarely has used it over the years and I was, give me everything you have on it because it will be used. I love going to the resorts, no travel lodge for me! Other than Venice, I have been to England, Paris, Rome, Florida, San Francisco, Monterey, San Diego, Kauai ( first Anniversary). Victoria BC (New Years). San Antonio Texas just cause...I have us locked into San Francisco again..for Christmas, my brother Dave got my husband and I tickets to the Cubs one night and the next night him and his wife will join us. This fall, the big island Hawaii, and St. Thomas Virgin Island next April. The hardest part is waiting. UPDATE: St Thomas canceled boohoo Washington DC for Cherry Blossom Parade.


Things I like Sparkling stuff,

Beads, Washi tape, tea ( no green) and coffee, Color pens, Anything to make jewelry , Postcards, Stationary sets, Note cards Turtles .O1 or .03 micron pen Ocean theme stamps Flowers/ tropical stamps

Anything pink and,gold for my craft/glam room

Fuzzy socks, Hair barrettes/headbands, Anything lavender, purple, or sage, Anything Cubs or SEAHAWKS

Not a big fan or small scraps of paper for journaling

I am,learning to water color above new paint brushes


Candles Soaps I do not journal and really don’t ever use those little pieces of paper.

I spend a lot of time on my swaps and hope you can see that. I recently got the spare room for my crafts/glam room. I would stay in there all day if I could. It's been fun getting it set up.


If you have a favorite picture of yourself, feel free to send me one. I have an inspirational board that I made for my craft room. I would love to fill it with pictures of my swap buddies. Please drop a note to say hi with your swap. I really enjoy hearing from people the most. thanks


9O96O rated for SPCP: Photo Project Sender's Choice on Sep 10, 2019
Comment: Such a generous package. I loved the notecard with your frontyard violas and russian sage (I presume) photo. Very pretty purple composition. Loved the note too about the seeds and especially about your new found talent with watercolours. Congrats on selling your art, that's a milestone in your life! :) Also thanks for the washi sample card. It's the first washi sample card I've received. They are beautiful samples, I really like the muted tones and the delicate look of the patterns.
Response: Thank you for your kind words. One always hold a breath waiting for a nice review! I am tickled you enjoyed everything. Thank you for the heart.
Comment: I love the pictures & the long note. Love that you included yourself on the pics. I have only been to BC on the bus transfer from Seattle to a cruise ship, but hope I can go again. But where is the picture of the man you met on the trail? LOL
Response: I know really! There are somethings I should just forget never happened. Lol
Comment: Hi! Thank you so much for my letter, stickers and postcard! I'll be writing back to you REAL soon!
Comment: Sounds like you had quite the trip back up those stairs! I have never seen Canada.. but someday :) Crazy view of the Dam that you sent! Must have been amazing!
Response: it was. Ready to go back, with hiking shoes, clothes and water! Thanks for the heart
Comment: I really enjoyed your letter and hearing about your travels. Sending the photos was a great idea and the postcard is great, thank you
Response: So glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for the heart
Comment: Thank you for the letter and stickers. I would love to follow your travel blog. Sounds like you are going to have a ton of wonderful adventures <3
Response: Thank you for the heart. Hope to get it up and running soon
RooBaRoo rated for 🌍 SAND & EARTH SWAP #8 on Aug 21, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the awesome swap, the lovely extras, but most importantly for the letter :) I'm sorry to know you have to "buy dirt"! The swap reached well enough! However, next time, put some clear tape on top of the little polypack's own closure - the earth made it's way out during the long journey - oh! I do not mind at all!
Response: How disappointing!!! I am glad you enjoyed the letter . Good learning curve
LadyJo rated for Real Photos - Scenery Edition! on Aug 19, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the descriptions in your letter and the beautiful photos you sent to me! Very nice! I want to go there!
Response: Thanks for the heart. Bucket list it!
RNRISLOVE rated for Real Photos - Scenery Edition! on Aug 17, 2019
Comment: Thank you ever so much for the gorgeous pictures. I hope I can take good pictures like that next month on vacation to Yellowstone.
Response: Oh my that is on my bucket list for sure. Lots of good things to photograph how fun. Thanks for the heart
NRGordon rated for Real Photos - Scenery Edition! on Aug 17, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the beautiful photos, the extras, and your note. I have yet to visit Hawaii or the Pacific Northwest. I think the PNW will be next fall. I got in late last night so I'm just rating from yesterday's mail. It had to wait another few minutes while I brewed a pot.
Response: Ah brewed tea I assume ! Thanks for the heart. Or act me if you get to Portland Oregon
AmazingAlex rated for Snail Mail on Aug 14, 2019
Comment: Holy Moly! I was blown away by your amazing letter and beautiful photos! I'll be sending you a reply letter soon!
Response: Enjoy hearing from you. Thanks for the heart
Malliecat rated for Book Lovers ATC #8 of 9 on Aug 14, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful atc (it’s the first in my collection) 🥰 it is very pretty
Response: ThNks forvthe heart. Your collection will add up in no time! Are you using a three ring binder? I got the 9 pocket baseball card holders.
LizFinn rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #157 on Aug 14, 2019
Comment: I love the way you made the letter into a booklet. The envelope was beautiful. The jellyfish was awesome! It's going up on my artists wall. Ty for a wonderful swap.
Response: Thank you for wonderful words. I had a swap partner sent me the booklet and thought what a cool way to send ATC’s. I am pleased you think my art is worth displaying!
AnnaL rated for ATC - Free Themed #52 (USA) on Aug 13, 2019
Comment: Thanks Lauri for the pretty ATC that you made it, I love it. Cant wait to use those diecuts. Wishing you a great day today, AnnaL.
Response: Thank you Anna. Hope you made some beautiful art! Thanks for the ❤️. I enjoyed making that ATC
tristitia rated for July 2019 Journal Swap on Aug 11, 2019
Response: This is the last journal swap I will ever do. A lot of work went into making this journal. I hope your partner was kinder to you.
MrsAlderman rated for ATC - Free Themed #49 (USA) on Aug 10, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful jellyfish!!! I love the colors you chose and the sparkle!
Response: I am so glad I took a picture of it. Friends want copies and maybe blow it up for a canvas..I tried to draw another but yours is a one of a kind! Thanks for the heart
supersquirrel rated for ATC - Free Themed #50 (USA) on Aug 10, 2019
Comment: Hi Lauri, I'm loving your new art venture - beautiful pieces. Thanks for the special envelope and funny stickers too :)
Merimax rated for Photo from your house on Aug 9, 2019
Comment: Thank you, Lauri, the photos are lovely. It seems to be a beautiful place to live. I am looking forward to more photos that you snail-mailed - will update later. PS: Received your letter and all extras. Love them!
Response: Hope they arrive soon. Thanks for the heart ❤️
Comment: Awesome pictures, thank you!
Response: Thanks for the heart
Comment: Thank you for the pen pal letter I look forward to being pen pals!!
Response: Me too!

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Merimax on Aug 27, 2019:

Thank you for the photos and letter, also for the postcards and stamps that you had snail-mailed for the Photo of your house swap. Most kind of you.

iamdawt on Aug 11, 2019:

I just wanted to say that I appreciate all of the effort and thought you put into your swaps. You always go above and beyond. Anyone would be lucky to have you as a partner.

paperlvr on Apr 9, 2019:

Many thanks for your adorable note back for our original Brighten My Week March #5 Swap! I think you wrote to me on vintage stationery I sent to you! 😜 Your distressed oxide note card was beautiful! Thank you for sending me your very first one! Thanks also for the extra goodies! I hope to swap with you again soon!

christy102194 on Mar 25, 2019:

Thanks for the congrats! Cannot believe it's been 6 years!

Heirloom on Mar 20, 2019:

supersquirrel on Feb 13, 2019:

Hi Lauri - I've been snowbound with no mail service since Saturday. It was such a nice surprise to get your letter today (and in a yellow envelope)! What a great sounding store. It definitely is on my bucket list. Thanks for the cool sample you made. I picked up a few spray inks at a garage sale but it didn't turn out as nice as yours :) Thanks for brightening my day!

supersquirrel on Feb 2, 2019:

Early spring??

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RiverTopanga on Sep 15, 2018:

Hello! Hope you are doing well. Good to see you again :-)

kclicquot on Jul 24, 2018:

Thank you so much for Angeling the 4th of July earrings!!! They are so beautiful!

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