Swap-bot Time: August 13, 2020 4:27 am


Date Joined: May 31, 2017
Last Online: August 12, 2020
Birthday: February 5
Country: United States

About Me

UPDATE: I am officially retired! And a member of the RGC. Retired Girls Club as of June 26, 2020

Returning from RGC trip to Vegas 7-5-2020. Gal bought a condo!!!! Now we have a place to crash

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 4 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 39 and my twins, John and Chris 36 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 New UPDATE: The nfl got their heads out of their butts and I will watch football now, I am an army brat and disrespecting our flag is nothing I can tolerate. Leave it at that.

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.

Watercoloring is my new passion. Found a teacher and well, don’t be surprise if you get a card from me with one of my watercolors.

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. Just took a road trip to Arches, Moab Utah, Colorado ! Iowa , Mt Rushmore and finally Yellowstone. Now retired so much of America remains to be seen. Europe is out these days sadly.


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 Any information, brochures, maps, ideas about Germany or Austria. Best info is by those who know. So, if your writing to me and have travel experience in those countries, please tell me about it. Maybe things on don’t waste your time on.


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


Comment: Thank you for the map!
annabelleshannon rated for Pink mail! on Aug 10, 2020
klover rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #205 on Aug 8, 2020
Comment: Wow! The painting you did of the valley of fire is awesome! It sounds like you had a great vacation and a very busy one:-). You will need a vacation from your vacation. Lol. Thank you for the beautiful postcard as well. What an amazing photo op! Glad you had a great time:-). Have a great day and happy swapping:-)
Response: Your right about needing a vacation! Thank you for your kind critique of my art😊
Comment: Thank you so much and I loved reading about your trip. Loved the pictures too. Hope you're doing well and are safe.
Response: Thanks, glad to be home! Thanks for the heart
ckwini rated for Brighten My Week Notecard July #5 on Aug 1, 2020
Comment: Lauri, thank you so very much for the handmade note card, letter and stickers. I can tell the time and thought you put into each part. I especially love the letter and plan to write back to you. Perhaps we can continue the conversation. Take care for now!
Response: Oh I am so glad you looked everything, please do write!!! Thank you for the heart
gingerbee rated for One Week - One Letter #2 on Jul 31, 2020
Comment: Your letter was so wonderful to receive - I LOVED that envelope you made!!! And the bookmark and pictures just added to a delightful package - thank you.
Response: I love it when people like bees, I really feel creative. Thank you for the heart.
shiloh102 rated for USA- Pen Pal of the Month - July on Jul 30, 2020
Comment: I just reread your wonderful letter. I think you would be a great pen pal but I just work and don't have much going on with this virus. I will write you back it just will not be as exciting as your letter. I hope you keep traveling.
Response: I am so glad you enjoyed it. I would be happy to corespond.thanks for the heart
Karen07 rated for Happy Mailbox all MONTH July on Jul 29, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much Lauri! I really enjoyed everything. You did a great job of keeping my mailbox happy!
Response: Then my job is complete. Thank you for the heart!
alafour rated for USA- Penpal of the Month - June on Jul 20, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the letter!!
Jorryn rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #196 on Jul 15, 2020
Comment: Hi Lauri! Sounds like you had a busy weekend.Thank you for sharing it with me. Happy retirement! Jen : )
Response: Thank you for the heart, been 3 weeks now. Why do I feel like I do more housework than before!!!!
oldsoul rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #191 on Jul 10, 2020
Comment: Thank you Lauri, I appreciated your noted on your weekend. Also, I truly liked the postage stamps you chose for me as extra - beautiful! I hope you'll get back to normal life soon. We are living a new normal in Finland, basically everything is like before, but with some added carefulness. All the best to you!
Response: Glad you finally got it! Thanks for the heart
Comment: I loved the letter I received. It was very pretty and heartfelt! I also enjoyed the nature pictures added.
Response: As your first swap partner, I am glad you enjoyed my swap. It just takes so long doesn’t it. I am glad it was worth the wait.
Chocopan rated for I <3 Plants! on Jun 29, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful mail! The envelope itself was so pretty I almost didn't dare to open it, and I love all the goodies. My favorite, however, is the DIY card. Thank you and take care <3
Response: Glad you liked it. Made my day thanks for the heart.
lilmissthrifty rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #199 on Jun 29, 2020
Comment: Happy retirement!!!!! what a big accomplishment I hope you enjoy your free time! and thanks for an awesome swap!
Response: Your welcome. Been on the road from Washington to utah .Colorado and now 12 hours later Iowa. Thank you for the heart. Why are postcards so hard to find?
danyelle15 rated for O,O How I Love 2 PenPal #01 on Jun 26, 2020
Comment: Love it so much! Thanks for the pictures! Will respond soon!
Response: So glad you enjoyed. Been on my retired vacation and just logged in. Sorry late response.Lookibg forward to hearing from you!
hfe777 rated for Brighten My Week Notecard May #3 on Jun 23, 2020
Comment: I finally got your card (2nd time around). Love the picture on the card and how you decorated the envelope. Thanks for the extra goodies!
Response: You are welcome!
parakeetmails rated for Let's draw! Toucans on Jun 22, 2020
Comment: Thank you SO much! You truly made this swap special to me. Your artwork is beautiful! I have the little card standing on my desk. Thank you!! 🦜
Response: I a, tickled you felt it worthy to be display!!!! Thank you for the heart. I really enjoyed making this swap
banjobraids rated for ATC: Sender's Choice on Jun 22, 2020
Comment: This ATC is beautiful! I love the paint scratch technique you used. Your gorgeous card and all these amazing extras are awesome! Thanks so much for such a great swap! :):):) Omgosh I forgot to mention the awesome gingko leaves!!! They always remind me of my grandmother and the park in Ohio we'd walk through all the time with tons of gingkos. Thanks for a great memory! :):):)
AFK rated for Virtual Photo Journal Week 2 on Jun 15, 2020
Comment: I loved all your photos and the stories with them. Thanks :-)
Response: Thank you glad they all got to you! Thanks for the heart
elkalsa rated for Virtual Photo Journal Week 2 on Jun 14, 2020
Comment: thanks for sharing! the email's are ok. what a spoiled dog! :) you can practice piano after retiring :D and of course doing new art and other things!
Response: Thanks! My bucket list is to find an artist retreat for me and my BFF

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Snaileditcrafts on Aug 2, 2020:

Thank you for joining this swap that I am hosting, "Home Made With Love." Partners have been assigned! Have fun with this, as you share your home made items with your assigned partner! p

Heirloom on Dec 31, 2019:

From the USA Happy Mail group

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??

BabyBee78 on Oct 18, 2018:
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