Swap-bot Time: April 8, 2020 5:22 pm


Date Joined: May 31, 2017
Last Online: April 8, 2020
Birthday: February 5
Country: United States

About Me

Jan 2019: goal is a letter a week

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...

UPDATE: Europe trip narrow down to Germany and Austria. Aug/sept 2020

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.


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


kgeslab rated for Winter Journal Swap on Apr 8, 2020
Comment: Thanks for a really nice journal!
Response: Your welcome. Thanks for the heart.
Nnd482 rated for Pen Pals in the Americas on Apr 7, 2020
Comment: Lauri thanks so much for the letter and goodies!
Response: Thank you for the heart. Hope all is well.
circlebfarms10 rated for Pen Pals in the Americas on Apr 6, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the very nicely decorated envelope. I love how you wrote my name on the envelope. Do you practice it. I hope you are safe at the hospital. Be careful. I do hope your retirement is delayed too long. I also hope your trip isnt delayed for too long. But for the foreseeable future things are on a hiatus! Do you get your orchids to bloom again after the first initial blooming. I have my orchids thrive but not bloom again. .Thank you for the tea and for the washi tape!! Have a great day Happy swapping
Response: Sadly I was tested on Tuesday for Covid19. At home till the 16th. Awaiting my results. I wish I felt up to crafting...thanks for the heart
Comment: Beautiful handmade card 😍😍😍
Response: Thank you for the heart. Hope your doing well
christy102194 rated for Friendly Notecard Swap #12 USA on Mar 31, 2020
amccracken109 rated for Real photos: flowers on Mar 29, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely flower pictures and for the letter. I can't wait to hang them up on my wall! Be safe and healthy during this time!
Response: Thank you for the heart ❤️ so glad you liked them
mickiecheryl rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #185 on Mar 26, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the lovely card, bookmark, and photo. The snowy plum tree looks beautiful. Yes, the virus has hit us hard too. We're now in lockdown. But I'm still working (from home) as we are a drug discovery CRO so apparently we're vital :-) Happy retirement in July! I hope they get you a big cake!
Response: Thanks for the ❤️. Hope your week was good..I still have to work, hospital 24/7. Still, I miss my craft stores.
sugabb rated for Real photos: flowers on Mar 24, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the pictures and letter. That Lily is just stunning! Sad to hear about your son's canceled trip, maybe they can go next year for the Olympics. I got home from Japan just in time, about a week before this all started blowing up. I recieved an Orchid plant from one of my students, but have NO idea how to care for it. Wishing you luck and safety in your hospital job!
Response: Thank you! Glad you are home and safe. Please watch Miss Orchid girl. Don’t over water!!!! Great idea about the Olympics
junemoon rated for Swaps ~ Talk about my week 2 on Mar 23, 2020
Comment: Thanks for you wonderful little book with good photos and the bookmark. I enjoyed everything about this mailingl I know people must do jobs like yours, but it's a little bit scary. Thank heavens for people like you!
Response: Glad you liked my booklet. It was fun to have it do to! Feeling positive about life! Thanks for the heart
Comment: Loved reading your letter! Beautiful envelope and awesome goodies!!!
Response: Great, glad it got there!! Thanks for the heart
Cindymt rated for International Letter Swap #2 on Mar 19, 2020
Response: Thanks for the heart
Comment: ▂▃▅▇█▓▒░۩۞۩ Thank You ۩۞۩░▒▓█▇▅▃▂ Lauri for the *˛˚ღ •˚ 𝒃𝒆𝒂𝒖𝒕𝒊𝒇𝒖𝒍 ~♥~˚ ✰* ★ Valentine's Day panting. I 𝒍𝒐𝒗𝒆 it! This was such a personal and thoughtful gift. It is priceless! I am forever touched. I am truly humbled and honored to have been your partner. Thank you for your thoughtfulness and generosity. Sending you a gazillion hearts! 💖❥💞❦💕❧💗♡💓♥️❤️❤💘ღ💝❣💘💚💟💙💜💛 εїз Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ ❤ ƸӜƷ εїз
Response: OH I am so happy you liked it. Sometimes I just get inspired...thank you for the heart.
Wyopenpal rated for Friendly Notecard Swap #12 USA on Feb 29, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the coolest card,I like the set a lot. The washi samples were great.
Response: Your welcome. Thanks for the heart
Eclyan rated for 2020 Year of Penpals: February! on Feb 27, 2020
Comment: Hi Lauri ! I received your first (the second you sent) letter a week or two ago, and the second (the first you sent) a few hours ago :) I just want to signal that your second envelope is arrived open, and with a lot of damage. I really hope there was no lost. It seems like someone open it or your envelope wasn't quite thick :/ Anyway, that's nothing, thank you a lot for these letters. I love them. I will answer as soon as possible ! Thanks you :)
Response: Usually I tape them up pretty good...must of forgot, thanks for the heads up! Looking for award to hearing from you.
CANNEKCUL rated for Friendly Notecard Swap #12 USA on Feb 26, 2020
Comment: Hi Lauri! Happy belated birthday. Seems like you had a great time celebrating. Thank you so much for the lovely note card. I love how you decorated the envelope and how it tied in to the design on the card. Very cute. ♥️ Thank you so much for the extras.
Response: I just love doing that! Thanks for noticing. It was a good week. Thank you for the heart
Suncloud rated for Christmas Card w short note W2 on Feb 26, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the card and note, and especially for the postage stamps.
Response: Those are fun to send out! Thanks for the heart
Candace rated for Folded or Not Notecard Swap #4 - USA on Feb 25, 2020
Comment: I love Rick Steves! I went on one of his Italy tours - definitely worth it; and used his books for Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam - definitely follow his advice, he won't steer you wrong whether or not you take one of his tours or do it on your own with the guide books. Happiest birthday to you!!
Response: Thanks for the birthday wish, it was fun to hear him speak but now with the Coronavirus, we hope we don’t have to cancel out our trip (:
Comment: Thank you so much for all the cute things! I loved them :)
Response: Your welcome, Thanks for the heart
MarHelene rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #181 on Feb 24, 2020
Comment: Thanks! It's always fun to get a card from you!
Response: Hope to hear back. ! Thank you for the heart.
Rox98 rated for Tea & Cookie Recipes #5 on Feb 24, 2020
Comment: Thank you! I really appreciate it😍
Response: Your welcome, thanks for the heart.

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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??

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RiverTopanga on Sep 15, 2018:

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

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